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DIY Wedding Save the Dates


Shortly after we got engaged, Mitchell and I sat down and looked around on pinterest, and found some save the date styles we liked. Origionally we had planned to DIY our save the dates AND invites, but we had a family friend offer to hand paint our invites for us, so in the end we only had to DIY our Save the dates.

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Just for fun, we hired Points of Measure to create a logo for our wedding. We sent her a photo of our invites and some wedding logos we had found on Pinterest and she worked her magic. When we first got the logo, we weren’t sure if we were going to still DIY our own save the dates or not, originally we had intended to use the logo for our website, and registry.

A few weeks later, Mitchell and I were talking and decided we’d see if we could find someone to turn the logo into a stamp, that we could then use on our thank you’s, and wedding favors and such. I searched high and low, and ultimately found TailorMadeStamps on Etsy.

Our cat, Kitten, showing off all the wood rounds after we glued magnets to them.

The stamp arrived and was just as we had hoped! It was then that we thought it would be perfect for our save the dates we had dreamt up! I went out to the local craft stores and big name stores and looked for some wood rounds that we liked and could use. Coudn’t find any that fit our feel, so I took my search Amazon, and found these. We ordered the amount we needed, and found some magnets we could attach to them.

Mitchell and I spent one evening stamping each wood round, and hot glueing the magnets to the back of them.

The next step to our DIY magnet save the dates was to find a way to transport them, and include a little more info. We went out and bought 140 pound watercolor paper (we ordered this one from amazon) and a kids watercolor paint set that had our wedding colors on it. This is the exact one we bought. We sat down on the floor of the craft room, and painted away.

Mitchell painting one of the papers

The painting part is all about your preference. We wanted light and sweet. Next, I went into photoshop and designed a what we wanted the papers to say. I’ll attach a screenshot of what I designed below. I used photoshop, but I’m sure you could create something in Word if you needed to.

After letting the paper dry overnight, I came back and cut the paper down to a size that would fit in the printer, and printed two save the dates per sheet. Once out of the printer (and dry) I cut them down to the proper size.

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It took some trouble shooting, but we figured out the best way to adhere the magnets to the paper was to use some magnetic strip. I bought this kind, but I’m sure any would work. Once you’re done, it should look something like the photos below.

Supplies needed:

  • Wood Rounds
  • Custom made Stamp
  • Magnets
  • 140 lb Watercolor paper
  • Watercolor
  • Paintbrush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Glue Sticks
  • Printer
  • Paper Cutter
  • Paint Brush
  • Water
  • Magnetic Tape
  • Envelopes
  • Postage

Steps Needed

  1. Stamp wood rounds
  2. Hot Glue magnets to back, and let dry overnight
  3. Watercolor your paper and let dry overnight
  4. Cut paper to fit into printer
  5. Print something for your guests, I suggest “Put me on your fridge” or something similar.
  6. Cut sheets to fit in your envelopes
  7. Attach a small piece of Magnetic tape to center of paper
  8. Attach your magnet to the magnetic tape
  9. Stuff into envelopes
  10. Mail out
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Wedding Weekend – Tips and advice – part 1


So as some of you may know, after 10.5 years of being together, my S/O and I finally decided to get married! We had a moderately long engagement (a year and a half) which gave me plenty, or perhaps too much time to plan everything out.

I was never one of those girls that dreamed about her wedding day, so I went into this completely unsure what I wanted to do with everything. My (then) Fiancé and I sat down, picked colors, and talked about what kind of location we wanted for our wedding.

The number one thing we both agreed on, we wanted somewhere where our Family and wedding party could stay with us for the weekend.

The hunt started, and I found an amazing place on AirB&B. Affordable and we were able to rent out the entire lodge for the wedding.

Immediately we visited the location and toured it. We fell in love almost instantly. The views were stunning, owner was kind, and the property was well cared for.

Some tips for those looking for a smaller private venue:

  • Make sure you plan a budget first. Know how much you’re able and willing to spend on a venue
  • Find one that allows weddings, if you search AirB&B on your computer browser, there is an option for places that allow events
  • Make sure the venue can handle the capacity
  • Tour the venue more than once if possible. We toured ours twice before putting a deposit down.
  • Look at reviews, and let them help you decide
  • Bring more than just yourself and your Fiance’ to tour the venue. We brought along his older sister, my MOH and one of his Best Men the first visit, and the second we brought our moms.
  • Be prepared that no location will please everyone. We had some people unsure about our venue, and even guests who said they visited the website and just weren’t sure how we’d be able to pull it off, and then were FLOORED to see how beautiful it turned out.

Some Questions to ask when touring your venue:

  1. How much will it cost to have XX people stay?
  2. Will it cost extra to have the wedding on site?
  3. Do we have to use a specific caterer?
  4. Do we have to use a specific table Bar-tender? DJ?
  5. Are Tables and chairs included in rental?
  6. Is parking for wedding guests included?
  7. Does the venue have a tent for parties?
  8. What is expected of guests renting the space
  9. What type of decor is allowed?
  10. Are departure celebrations allowed? (IE Sparklers, bird seed being tossed, flower petals…)
  11. Is there a quiet time?
  12. Are bathrooms included, or will you need a porta-potty? We got lucky, ours included 2 porta-potties.
  13. Are there areas guests cant go into? For example, we had guests let themselves into the Goat enclosure, even though we were told no one was allowed, I guess some guests thought they didn’t need to follow that rule. We also had guests enter the lodge, that was off limits (and had signs all over) and help themselves to Truly, and other food provided by our wedding party and crew helping us. Be ready to deal with these, and find out what areas are 100% off limits. I didn’t find out about most of these issues until after the wedding, and people started posting videos and photos to social media. Be prepared for extra charges in the event that people don’t follow the rules.
  14. Do you need to pack out your own garbage and recycling? We packed out all our own recycling, which saved a ton of space in their dumpster, and prevented a bunch of stuff from going to the landfil

Next post, I’ll talk about how we used the space at the Lodge we rented, and how we chose where the ceremony was vs the reception!

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Cancer Free Party Decor


5 years ago my mother found out she had cancer. They were confident they had caught it early enough, and after one (rather grueling) surgery, and several weeks of radiation she found herself in remission. 

My mom and I a few years back on the Oregon coast,

This year, we were so ecstatic that she was finally able to say she was CANCER FREE that we threw her a fun little celebration. My Sister, Beckie, texted me one evening, and pitched the idea that we make her some fun decorations, that sorta say, Eff you cancer. You suck. I truly feel like even if you aren’t big on cussing… in this situation, the “F” word is appropriate. Fuck cancer, in every form. It’s the worst. I truly do not believe ANYONE deserves to go through any type of cancer.

We got to work immediately. I whipped out my Cricut, and got to work. We decided some Uterine shaped confetti, a sassy tumbler that says “Cancer Chose the Wrong Bitch” and some fun banners would do the trick.

Uterine shaped confetti

I’ve decided to share some of the things we made with those of you that might have a cricut, but aren’t sure how to create things, or maybe you just don’t have the time. Over the next two posts, I’m going to share the templates to make the OMG you’re cancer free card pictured below, and the tumbler that says “Cancer Chose the Wrong Bitch.”

“F” cancer banner with the “Cancer Free” banner

You’ll need to have a cricut cutting machine. Anything in the cricut family that works with the online Cricut Design Space. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2. An Explore Air, or Maker would work too. You’ll also need your preferred color of permanent Vinyl. I used off white and Navy.

To Make the Cancer Chose the wrong Bitch Tumbler:

In my next post, I’ll share the rest of the photos from our celebration, and the template to make the card and envelope pictured below!

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Matron of Honor Proposal


25734400_1669055093145696_4435133862660740903_oLast December, on our 9th anniversary, my fiance’ proposed. I had every intention on waiting a couple months to ask our wedding party, but while we were on our Christmas vacation in Chicago, I found the perfect gift to ask my best friend to be my MOH.

We were walking around, looking for the Hershy’s store, however, to our surprise, it was closed! In it’s spot stood a Sugarfina, which, is a very fancy candy store. We (at the time) didn’t have a location here in Seattle, but their candy is sold in some of our fancier 26059994_1669055176479021_7308007275460379619_ogrocery stores. We popped in, mostly because it was freezing cold and our Uber was still 15 minutes away.

I walked straight to the left corner, and right there on the shelf was the cutest candy set ever. An adorable box set, with some of their tastiest candies, and each cube of candy had writing on it.

The first cube said “Will You”
The second “Be My”
The third “Maid of Honor?”

Of course we’re going to choose to overlook the minor detail that she technically is a 25790980_1669055223145683_791073353052414665_omatron of honor, because she and her husband got Married in 2017, simply because the boxset was so cute! As soon as I saw it I looked right at Mitchell and said “I have to get
this for her!” I wrapped the boxset up and the plan was to give it to her for Christmas. We went to her mom’s house for Christmas dinner, and I placed it under the tree.

She unwrapped it, and stared at it for a couple seconds, I think she was first in awe of the box set, the cute candies, and also probably confused as to why this gift was just from me and why I chose just candy. She looked at me and said “did you buy it in Chicago?” Then I think it hit her, that it was asking her to be my maid of 25791019_1669055246479014_6458297457182379669_ohonor. Some tears were shed, and of course she said yes. We talked for a while that night about the adventure we went on and how excited I was to find those candies.

If you’re looking to propose to your MOH and would like to buy these cute gift boxes, you can find them at your local store, or online by visiting the Sugarfina Website. The colors for this years boxes are slightly different, but it’s the same boxset! They’re such a cute idea! Their candies are incredibly delicious, and they 25791161_1669055126479026_2308582483497047335_ooffer candies that are vegan! I highly recommend checking them out if you’re able to!

Of course, if you know me, you know the “proposal” didn’t stop there. I also made her a gift box a few weeks later. I’ll save that for another post though 🙂

Are you recently engaged? Married? How did you ask your wedding party to be in your wedding? I’d love to see/hear other stories!

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Weddings, Vacations and more!


You’ll have to forgive my absence! Life got a little crazy there for a hot minute, but things seem to have settled down some so I should be able to blog somewhat more regularly.

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Just a quick update, Mitchell and I are getting married, we spent Christmas in Illinois. We’ve moved into the cutest little house, and we’re deep into wedding planning. We went to Colorado for a few days and celebrated Lauren and Gene’s 1 year (and change) anniversary. I’ve been buys working on lesson plans, and wedding stuff.

I expect that posts for the next year or so will likely be heavily focused on wedding planning, and the things we DIY.

So far we haven’d DIY’d much, just some of the gifts asking people to be in our wedding
party, but we haven’t finished asking everyone, so I’ll hold off on posting those.

One of the things we plan to DIY for our wedding, are wooden signs. I found some pre-made signs at our local Michaels Craft store, and finally tonight decided to test it out. If 1-3you’re new around here, You’ll wanna know that Harry Potter is pretty important in our lives. So, it only made sense that I’d make something Harry Potter themed to test the
signs out.

I used my trusty (though honestly, I’d recommend you not buy one) Cricut. I don’t suggest them simply because their software requires internet, and is unreliable, and their customer service is just awful. If I could I’d buy a Silhouette instead. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll own both, and will be able to do a truthful and honest review.

Anyway, back to today’s project. I decided to make a cute little sign for our laundry room, because Mitchell is always losing his socks! Always! I didn’t do a good job documenting this project because, well, honestly I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out. But I’ll provide a DIY type post anyway.

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What you will need:
Wooden sign
Vinyl (I used this vinyl from Hobby Lobby)
Cricut, or Silhouette cutting machine
Transfer Tape
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Clothes pins (mine are from Daiso)

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First, you’ll want to create your design in design space (or whichever software comes with your cutting machine.
Now, type out what you want the sign to say, in my case “Free Dobby” was what I chose.
Pick your font, and size.
Trim your vinyl to the right size.
Load your vinyl onto your cutting mat, and have your machine cut it.
Once it’s cut, carefully peel off excess vinyl, and lay transfer tape on top. Careful to not leave any air-bubbles.
Make sure vinyl is stuck to the transfer tape and peel it off carefully.
Now place it firmly on your sign.
Once the vinyl is stuck to the sign carefully peel the transfer tape off, careful to not rip any of the vinyl letters.
Once your transfer tape is off, align your clothes pins, glue them into place and let them cool.

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I know this tutorial wasn’t my best, but if you do decide to make one, please share your photos! I’d love to see them!

If you haven’t already, feel free to follow our instagram, and pinterest!

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DIY – Zojirushi Mug Customization


I’m back! Not only that, but I have a new DIY project to share with you!!

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Mitchell’s mom’s birthday was this month, and one of the things she asked for was a pretty Zojirushi mug. So we with the help of his sister (she pitched in and paid half for the gift) we picked out the mug we thought their mom would enjoy the most.

We went with the Champagne Gold. I picked it up from a local store, Uwajimaya.

This craft does require a cricut, so if you don’t have one, you may have to look on pinterest for a different tutorial.

You will need:

  • 2 different colors of vinyl. We chose navy blue and orange
  • Zojirushi travel mug
  • Cricut
  • Cricut cutting mat
  • Transfer Tape
  • Mod Podge
  • Brush

Step 1:

Choose your design. I made ours — and will happily share if people are interested. You can buy one on Etsy, or make your own using cricut design space. Below is a sample of the size of the cut file.

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Step 2:

Send the cut over to your cricut, make sure to turn the knob to vinyl and follow the usual instructions to cut. We cut the blue first, then the orange seastar.

Step 3.

NAVY BLUE:

With your vinyl now cut, peal off the excess vinyl, and weed out the middle of the a, s’s and y. Attach some transfer tape. This part can be time consuming if you aren’t use to using the cricut, so take your time and use your scraper tool. We used the small one, but this one would work too. Once all the writing is attached to the transfer tape, you may now carefully line it up on to your mug and place it. To get the vinyl to stick you’ll need your scraper tool. You’ll know it’s all ready when the lettering is no longer stuck to your transfer tape.

Step 4.

ORANGE

Follow the same instructions as above, but with the seastar.

Step 5.

Once all your vinyl is stuck to your mug and has no air-bubbles… (if you did a good job removing the transfer tape, you should not have any air bubbles.) You’re now ready to seal.

Step 6.

Squirt a small amount of your Mod Podge onto a plate or washable surface.  Take your paint brush and paint a LIGHT layer of Mod Podge over the vinyl on your mug. Let it dry for 15-20 minutes and come back for another light coat. I repeated this 3 times.  Typically Mod Podge needs to cure for several days before submerging your mug into water so please be careful!

These mugs, are always hand wash only, wash at your own risk 🙂

 

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Pot-Pie, Revisited! (Seafood Pot Pie)


You read that right! It’s fall, so it’s time for my yearly check-up on our favorite recipe, the Chicken Pot-Pie!

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I have been making, working on, and perfecting this recipe for 7 years now, and it’s just better and better every time.  Yesterday, Mitchell and I decided to make one to welcome fall.

We are now pescetarian, which means the only “meat” we eat is seafood. We mostly follow a vegetarian diet, with the exception when we eat out, and the occasional splurge where we make seafood at home.

So, when I had the idea to make a Veggie pot pie for the blog, as we were gathering the ingredients at the grocery store, we decided to try making one with shrimp and cod! The end result was amazing, and I had to share it with you!

(Also, if you were curious, the pot-pie recipe is still amazing, still easy, and still my favorite.)
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This recipe makes 2 pies.

Ingredients:
2 Medium or large carrots – washed and chopped to your liking.
2 stalks of celery – washed and diced.
1/2 an onion, diced.
A very small pinch of Thyme.
2 Medium or larger potatoes –  chopped, not peeled.
2 dozen small shrimp, precooked.
1/2 pound of cod (Or however much or little you prefer).
1/4th a cup of butter… make sure it’s real butter, SmartBalance will not work.
1/4th a cup of Flour.
2 cups seafood broth.
1/2 a teaspoon salt.
1/2 teaspoon pepper.
2 boxes pie crust.

Directions:

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Pre-heat your oven to 375
Put your chopped carrots & potatoes into a medium/large pot with water & cook for about 10 minutes until cooked just enough that you can poke them, but still firm.
While your potatoes and carrots are boiling, wash and pat dry your cod. Season with a little salt and pepper.
Place your cod in a frying pan that has been warmed with a little bit of oil.
Cook thoroughly, take off heat and set aside.

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Once you’re carrots and potatoes have been cooked, strain them & set them aside.
In that same pot, melt your butter.
Once it’s melted, add your flour & stir until mixed.
Now add in your seafood stock, Thyme, salt& pepper, (I added my celery now too) boil for 2 minutes. I added my shrimp one minute in. The photo below is after I started adding the carrots.

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Now it should look like a saucy soup, or stew.
Next, you’ll want to mix all the ingredients into the sauce. Stir well.

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Take your pie crusts & place in your pie plates, pour your ingredients into crust, cover with remaining crust & tossed into the oven for roughly 30 minutes until the crust is a beautiful golden brown.

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Let the pie rest for about 10 minutes (it’s actually best to let it sit about 15-20 minutes) before cutting into pieces. Serve, and enjoy!

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