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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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DIY Wedding Favors!


This weekend, in our part of the state, was “Mid-Winter break” which, essentially is a week (or long weekend in our case) off of school to (hopefully) help rid schools of the endless cycle of colds and the flu.

That meant that I had a 5 day weekend (opposed to my usual 3!) The first day of my break, was spent helping a good friend, who, conveniently enough, shares the same name as me, though she spells it differently.

She and I have been working really hard helping piece together the plans for her wedding this spring. About a week ago, we went out and casually scoped out Hobby Lobby, and a few other stores just to see if there was anything we could get for their wedding. We ended up finding more than we had expected! We found these adorable little bottles for her wedding favors!

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While at Hobby Lobby, we also found moss, (two different kinds) and these adorable figurines. This shopping trip inspired her to make little mini “terrariums” as favors for her wedding guests. She got the idea from a couple of places. She had ordered her fiancé a super cute Chewbacca terrarium a while back (Sorta like this one, but a little different..) and from this pin she found on pinterest. (Follow my blog on pinterest, if you haven’t already!)

Here is a photo of the finished product:

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Enough with the back story, lets get crafting! to make these terrarium’s you’ll need:

Bottles of some sort, we bought these ones from hobby lobby. (still on sale!)
Moss, we bought this one, and this one.
Sand
Figurines
Twine
Tags
Tweezers
Glue (optional)

Above are photos of our supplies (most of them.)

Step 1:
Remove price tags from bottles (if applicable) – To do this, soak them in warm soapy water. To dry, we used a couple hair dryers, but you could also let them air dry.

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Step 2:
Once all the bottles are dry, put them out on your work surface. Then fill one by one with about 1 tablespoon of sand. The container of sand we purchased filled 35 of our bottles.

Step 3:
Cut your Spanish moss into small pieces, and place them inside each bottle. If you’re using the Spanish moss, remember to cut it first, we learned that the hard way.

Step 4:
Tear off a small piece of the other moss, and place inside the bottle on top of the Spanish moss. I made sure you could see the Spanish moss underneath the green moss.

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Step 5:
Figurines. We sorted ours first, and planned out how we were going to place them in each bottle. My friend grabbed some tweezers to easily place them in the bottles. We ended up sticking some glue on the bottom of a couple to keep them in place.

Step 6:
Put lids on each bottle, and use some twine to attach a tag.

Bonus Step Tags:
I made the tags for this gift using my trusty cricut. These were custom made, but there are plenty of options out there on the cricut website, and even pinterest. I suggest making something that fits the vibe for the wedding/event, but also goes with the bottles well.

Here are some more photos of the finished product!

 

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Challenge 2


The second recipe I tried has show up on my pinterest feed quite a few times since November, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

You can find the original post here.

It’s usually shared with the photo below:

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The blog says you’ll need 4 chicken breasts, 1 can whole berry cranberry, 1 package dry onion soup and an 8 oz Catalina dressing. You cook the chicken on high for 3 hours, mix the other ingredients together and poor over the chicken and cook for 30 more minutes.

What I did:
I only cooked 3 chicken breasts, and only used 6 oz of dressing. This dish is VERY SWEET. We felt like there was way too much dressing. Next time we’ll use less dressing (it doesn’t compliment the cranberry very well and adds a weird taste.) Ill probably toss in home made cranberry sauce, it might help. I cooked my chicken on low for 6 hours then on high for and additional 30 with the other ingredients.

I served this over couscous, that I made with chicken broth and rosemary. My photo is below.
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The great pinterest challenge 2014


This year my goal is to try every recipe I have/will pin. I started 2 nights ago with a one dish chicken dinner. This week I’ll have made 6 meals off of pinterest. My goal is to stick with mostly/only crockpot dinners. Wish me luck! I plan to post about each of them, so keep a lookout for those!

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CROCK-POT Creamy Chicken Italiano


This recipe is one that my boss has had for ages. I make it for them about once a week in the autumn/winter, and LOVE eating the left overs the next day.

I don’t have any photos for this recipe, since I’ve never made it at home, but I know the recipe by heart and for any/all meat eaters you’ll LOVE THIS!

What You’ll need:
4 frozen costco chicken breasts (or any frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts.)
Powdered Italian Dressing mix
1 Can of Cream of ANYTHING. Seriously Cream of chicken, mushroom, cheddar, celery… any of it works!
1 8 oz package of Cream cheese (the kind that comes in the box works best.)
1/2 cup water
Crock pot

What you’ll need to do:
Put your chicken (FROZEN) breasts into your crock-pot. Mix together your packet of italian dressing & your 1/2 cup water, pour over chicken. Cover & cook on LOW for 5 hours. This is when I bring the cream cheese out of the fridge & set it on the counter, leave it there until the next step.
Next, once you’ve cooked the chicken for 5 hours, mix together your can of cream of whatever, and the cream cheese. Add the mixture to the crock pot & cook on HIGH for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.

Thats it, once it’s done cooking it’s ready to serve. Serve over rice or egg noodles… or whatever your preference. Serve with a nice green veggie and you’ll have an amazing, easy and delicious dinner!

 

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DIY – Your own autumn garland.


Guess what?! I have a DIY project for you on this autumn Sunday! It’s a cute, simple and fun idea for any home. Heck, even your children could help out! This is a great project to work on while you’re watching the final season of How I Met Your Mother, or Parenthood, or whatever show you love this year!

Autumn Garland
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What you’ll need:

  • Felt (Autumn colors prefered)
  • Scissors
  • Yarn (I used left over yarn from my Yarn Wreath.)
  • Needle
  • Time

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This is probably the easiest DIY project I’ve ever done… and have ever shared!
Your first step is to figure out what style of leaf you want… I chose one similar to those around our area. You’ll want to trace your shape on paper beforehand so you can get an idea. Cut it out to your liking. Me? Oh yeah I didn’t do all of that, thats what made this project so easy! I just bought a bunch of felt at Ben Franklin Crafts & used their wonderful die-cut center!
Once you have all your leaves cut out (make as many as you want!) Set them out into the pattern you want…


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Now that you have your pattern figured out, it’s time to thread your needle. I found one intended for heavy duty sewing/mending, I’ve taken a photo of it for you. 🙂 Once you get your needle threaded, you’ll want to tie a knot at the end of your yarn… I kept mine on the actual roll of yarn until the end, but now would be a great time to figure out how long you want your garland to be!

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You’ll wanna lick the tip to your yarn, it’ll make it much easier to thread through.

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Once you’ve done that, you simply sew through your leaf. Here’s a photo of how I did it:

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Perfection isn’t necessary, I feel little changes make it more rustic, and more “real.” But if you want to be exact you, of course, can. Keep that up, sew sew sew each leaf. Once you’re done, tie a knot at the end of your garland and you’re set! Find a cute place to hang, or display & you’ll have all your guests complementing your work! (I also did one with pumpkins, I’ll share a photo of it if anyone would like one!)

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I, being from seattle, thought it’d look best next to our wonderful rainy day oil painting in our entry way!

 

 

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Tasty Homemade Apple Turnovers


I’ve said it time and time again. I LOVE AUTUMN. Something about the cool air, the rain, the colors… the FLAVORS! Everything about autumn is beautiful… A couple weeks ago I bought all the supplies to make Apple Turnovers… I don’t know what got into me but I haaaad to make them.

It’s really simple. These turned out really really tasty. I was too worried and embarrassed to share these with EverSoLightly’s family, even though I had intended them for his dad’s birthday. I saved them and EverSoLightly and I ate them the next day & he raved about them!

Home Made Apple Turnovers

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Ingredients:

Apples, I used 4
Apple Peeler, corer, slicer
1/2 cup Apple Juice
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
Cinnamon to taste
Allspice to taste
(crushed) Cloves to taste
Decorative sugar
1 Egg (for egg wash at end)
Puff Pastries

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First, you’ll want to use your apple peeler corer slicer (assuming you washed your apples first.)
I had two bowls next to me, one for the bits of the apple that I wasn’t going to keep, and one for the pieces for the turnovers. I was raised to EAT that delicious skin that comes off with the apple peeler corer slicer. If you don’t want to you can use them as compost or put them in your yard waste bin.
Once all your apples have been peeled, cored, sliced… Dice them up to the size you want. This is YOUR recipe, so nothing is “wrong.”

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Once all your apples are cut up and your mess is cleaned up, toss those slices into a pot, pour in your apple juice, and spices to taste… cook cook cook, you want those apple slices to be soft and beautiful.
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I cut mine into 6 pieces (though only took a picture after I made the first two.) Grease your baking sheet now.

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Once yours are divided up the way you want, fill them with your delicious apple filling. Close them according to your preference. In a separate bowl, mix one egg with a bit of water, mix. Brush this mixture over the turnovers, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in oven according to Puff Pastry box. Once done, move to a cooling rack & enjoy!

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Do you have any extra filling? Toss that into your blender, food processor, or whatever you use and turn it into YUMMY apple sauce!

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