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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.
IMG_3993Once your apples are soft, and they taste the way you want, get your puff pastries ready.
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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DIY: Wreath


Well November is here, full swing. Our long amazing Indian Summer is long over. It’s getting the low 20’s high teens at night… I’m really ready for snow now. Christmas time is quickly approaching, and I survived until today, I caved and watched Christmas movies, sang christmas songs and bought some more Christmas presents. I am OH SO READY for Christmas to come 🙂

It was brought to my attention that I had “slacked” on my thankful posts. Quite the opposite however, I decided that the things I’m thankful for do not need to be publicized. It’s not about sharing with the world what I’m thankful for, it’s about recognizing the great things I have and realizing within myself how thankful I am. I thank god every day for all the wonderful stuff I have, all the amazing people, and everything in my life.

Moving on, I’m on a HUGE DIY kick right now. I made home-made wreaths for myself for Fall and Winter. I also made one for my Mamma 🙂 It’s really simple and a GREAT addition to your holiday/seasonal decor.

I’m going to share a tutorial on how to make these beautiful tulle wreaths, and I’m actually going to pin it on Pinterest.

If you’re following me on pinterest, you may or may not have seen that I re-pinned this lady’s blog post.

If you read, you’ll see she does not give a tutorial, or anything 😦 and it sorta, bothered me. Surely she could have taken the time to make a tutorial. Especially after ALL the comments and love people have sent her. But alas, she did not. Maybe she was too busy? I don’t know, I can tell you though, that I am here to the rescue! This is my take on her winter wreath, and I did one for fall too 🙂

If you have a JoAnn’s near by, you can get EVERYTHING you need there 🙂

for the AUTUMN wreath:
2 yards of Brown tulle

2 yards of Orange tulle
1 Styrofoam wreath
Fabric Scissors

Glue Gun with Glue sticks

Fabric/fake leaves (I got mine from my mom, who bought them at the dollar store in Oregon…haha.)
Ribbon, any color or type, this is going to be used to hang your wreath up, so make sure you like it 🙂

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First step is to cut your tulle, it’s all about personal preference. Do you want them long, or short? Thick or thin? I liked mine kinda short, and kinda thick haha. Here’s a photo of me cutting the white tulle for the winter wreath:

I folded my Tulle in half, and then in half again, then cut the strips. Once my strips were cut, I went back and cut them in half simply by cutting them apart at the folded end. As shown above.

You’ll want to figure out the pattern/look you want to accomplish before starting the project. My Autumn wreath had 4 brown, 4 orange, 4 brown, 4 orange…

Once you have the idea, and the pattern figured out it’s time to start! It’s REALLY simple, all you do is tie the tulle strip in a knot like when you start to tie your shoes. Then, double that knot and you’re set! You want to make sure it’s pretty tight, no sliding around!

Once your whole wreath is covered, it’s time to glue your leaves on! Plug in that hot glue gun, and pick out the leaves you want to use!
Take the time you have waiting for your glue gun to figure out how you want the leaves glued on. Also now you’ll want to tie your ribbon around the wreath, so you can hang it, find the part you want to be the top, and arrange your leaves around it, so none of them are hidden by the ribbon. Here is a photo of my wreath hanging up by the ribbon I chose to give you a visual:

Here’s the finished product to my Autumn wreath:

THE WINTER WREATH:

2 Yards white Tulle
2 Yards blue tulle (or any winter color, silver would look great!)
Fabric Scissors
Glue Gun/Glue sticks
Snowflake ornaments (Sold at target, a bunch for $5)Ribbon

Same as above, only you’ll be gluing snowflakes to it! Heres my final product:

Please post, share, re-pin and tell your friends if you truly enjoyed this tutorial, or even making your own! Share your photos, I’d LOVE to see what you’ve come up with!