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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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DIY: Bridal Shower Gift, with card


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This September, Mitchell’s older sister is getting married. Today, was her bridal shower, and sadly, I was not able to attend. That did not stop me from creating, what I hoped would be, a very special gift for her!

Overall, between deciding what to do, buying the supplies and actually creating the gift, it took me about a week. Most of that was trying to figure out just exactly what would be the perfect gift.

If you know me offline, you probably know that I love crafting. Anything that I can make on my own, I will. I think it’s something I inherited from my mom (and possibly my dad, what little I know/remember of him, he was always doing everything himself.)

I got it in my head, that I had to make them something they could wear, so I thought and though, different ideas. A few that popped into my head:

Shoes, to wear at the reception, something comfy that says “MR & MRS ____”
Hoodies, we live in the PNW after all. One that said “Husband” and one that said “Wife”
T-Shirts that say “HONEYMOON 2017” on the back and MR ____ on the front or MRS ____ on hers.
T-Shirts that say “WIFE” and “HUSBAND”
Sweats that say their wedding hashtag
and a bunch of others. I thought of making them their very own glasses to drink out of at IMG_7580the wedding, customizing something off their registry…

But I daringly went “rogue” and created something not on their list, and that was customized to their wedding day specifically.

I went out on a hunt for all the supplies, and something unique to wrap the gift in. While out and about, I came up with the idea to use my die-cut and make her a wedding dress card. I don’t know, maybe it was cheesy but I liked the way it turned out.

I tried to make sure everything matched the wedding colors, and headed home to start the project.

If you’d like to create this DIY gift, you’ll need the following:

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White Cardstock
Glitter cardstock
Decorative paper of your choice for bottom of dress
Color of cardstock of your choice for bow
I bought all of my paper from Michaels.

If you’re free-drawing your dress, you’ll want to do so in pencil. If you’re like me and have a die-cut for everything… then go ahead and use your die-cut for the dress. I cut the dress 3 times, and then cut off the top of the glittery paper, and glued it to the white cardstock, and then cut the bottom off of the fancy paper and glued just a little bit of it, to the bottom, white cardstock.

Then, I cut the bow out, and glued it over the seam where the two meet.

The card is that simple!

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Now the gift, I made them custom t-shirts. One that says Mr. and one that says Mrs. Then,on the back they both say the date of their wedding…In this case it’s 09.09.17.

What you’ll need:
I used my die cut letters and numbers for this project. I went and purchased Glittery iron on vinyl and non glittery iron on vinyl.

I simply cut out the letters with my die-cut, and placed them on the t-shirts where I thought they fit best, and laid a towel on top of them, and ironed away. It took probably about 45minutes per shirt to get them to stick properly. Overall I think they came out pretty adorable! I think the future bride and groom enjoyed them too!

As for wrapping, I just found a super cute storage box, some pink ombre’ tissue paper, rose-gold ribbon (one of their wedding colors) and ombre’ ribbon for the bow. I taped the card to the box, and voila!

 

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Craft time!


Today was Mitchell’s mom’s birthday, and he and I decided we wanted to hand make her a card this year!

It took some brainstorming, and figuring out what style we wanted. In the end we went with a cute little bumble bee theme. Everything was simple, and fun. I had a die-cut for a bumble bee, and added some glitter to the wings and “doodads” (antennae).

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Photos of our crafts for the 2016 -2017 school year!


I was going to be super productive, and include tutorials and tips and tricks for the crafts we’ve done at school this year, but, I figured I’d save your inboxes, from being spammed with too many posts. So you’re just going to get a little description with each photo.

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The month of November, we taught the kids about thankfulness. We had them make little feather hats, like those the native American’s would have worn, and hats that the pilgrims would have worn. Both of these projects were easy. For the feather hat, we pre-cut the feathers, and allowed the kids to color and decorate the band, then glue their feathers on. We stapled them to fit the kiddo’s head.

Pilgrim hat, was even easier, they just had to glue the yellow square to the front.

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November also was a month of placemats! We had the kiddos create their own placemats, and though we gave them an example of where things should go, we don’t coach them, we allow them to place the pieces where THEY feel fit.

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December, we made these great little shepherds. We covered toilet paper rolls in brown paper, and let the kids design their own faces, then we helped them place the hat and arms on the little shepherd.

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Jumping back to October, we did these pumpkins! They just glued the guts of a freshly cut pumpkin onto the paper. We had a whole discussion about the texture, smell and temperature of the pumpkin guts. They loved this one!

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November, we did a thankful cross. We had them glue the pieces of square construction paper to the cross, with the things they said they were thankful for.

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December! Three Kings! We focused a lot on Jesus’ birth, and one week, we talked about the three Kings, or wiseman, and the gifts they brought for jesus. They glued the precut shapes to their paper, and loved the talk about the kings!

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Jesus’ birth! This one is probably one of the cutest crafts we’ve done.

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We had pre-wrapped the baby jesus’ and they just had to glue the Popsicle sticks and hay to the paper, then they glued baby Jesus, as you can see by the photo above we don’t coach the kiddos on what to do, we let them use their own creativity and individuality.

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January! We did penguins! We talked about penguins and where they live, how they walk and what they eat. Then, they painted a glue/white paint mixture with these sponges I found at Daiso. Then they stuck the pre-cut feet, beaks, and some cotton balls to make their penguins fluffy.

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Snowy Owls! This craft is so cute, so easy and SO fun! All the parents and kids love this one.

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It’s easy, The kids tear apart cotton balls, stuff them in the pinecone, add eyes and a beak and thats it!

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The owls are attached with some playdough, to a piece of paper for easy transportation home.

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Snowman puppets! Easy. Glue hats, eyes, carrot nose, hat and cotton balls onto a paper bag! I went through after and drew a smile on each of them.

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Brown bear, Brown Bear, what do you see? we were out of brown paint, so my co-worker and I mixed gold paint with red and orange to get these cute little sparkly bears! Easy, and the bodies, faces, ears, and tails are all paper plates!

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Foxes! I found this one on pinterest, and it did not disappoint. The students painted glue on their pre-cut paper plate and glued tissue paper squares and the ears and the nose, they eyes are stickers :).

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We punched a hole in the top, and attached some orange ribbon to hang them!

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Llama llama in red pajamas! Easy! The kids colored their llama and his PJ’s and then glued parts of his special quilt!

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Preschool Craft time!


This post is a little dated — because we actually did this craft clear back in SEPTEMBER, but I’m just now getting around to sharing out adventures, and the crafts we’ve done at school.

This one, was linked to our friendship week. We had each of the kids paint their hands and leave a handprint on a piece of paper. After class, and after they had dried I wrapped them in clear contact paper, and taped them up on our tree. These looked adorable, We (my co-worker and I) filled in the blank spots with fake leaves. I took photos of each of the kiddos in front of the tree for their memory books.

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