DIY Shell Candles

I found this really easy DIY post from Martha Stewart on making shells into candles. I love this idea for any beach themed party. Plus, it’s a great way to actually use those shells you’ve collected but never knew what to do with. I can’t wait to try this myself.


Clean the shells in a weak solution of bleach and water, and let dry. Melt paraffin wax or existing candles in the top of a double boiler (use one with a lip, if possible; it will be easier to pour from). They mixed the melted wax of pink, mauve, and yellow candles to create coral tones that complement their shells.

If a shell has a tendency to wobble, stabilize it by resting it on top of a cup. Cut the wicking to 2 to 3 inches, and attach it to a metal wick holder; set aside.

Pour the melted wax into the shell, then place the wick and holder in the bottom of the shell, being careful not to burn your fingers. If wick droops, trim slightly. Let cool until hardened, about 30 minutes.

And be careful: The top layer of the wax hardens first, but the melted wax underneath will spill out if the candle is moved before it has had a chance to cool completely.

Deep shells like scallops, clams, and quahogs work best and burn longest.


Beachy Bridal Inspiration

Living in San Diego, where the beautiful beaches are endless, they’re a fantastic inspiration for weddings. Here are some of my favorite ideas.


An Introduction

There’s a lot of pressure when writing your first blog post. You have to be strategic;  thinking about the overall structure and flow, making sure that your first post accurately introduces yourself, your blog and your topic. But it’s important not to forget to include the nuances that will set your blog apart from the rest. You want your post sprinkled with the details–such as style, tone and theme.

In a lot of ways, writing your first blog post feels an awful lot like sitting down to plan a wedding. You have a million ideas, and the possibilities are endless, but you have to start somewhere. So, in an effort to introduce me and my blog, let me set the stage with a short introduction.

My name is Aleksandra Nicole Bruce and I am a curious observer. I find daily inspiration from the world around me, capturing and cataloging snippets of information and polaroids of images. This blog will be a way for me to contemplate, share and reflect on my thoughts, ideas and creations.

Planning my own wedding earlier this year sparked my imagination and I’ve been unable to quench the flames that have grown, ever higher, since. I’m hopeful that this blog will be a therapeutic channel for me to let out unpinned musings and ideas.

Here’s to my first post and the first step!