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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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Spring is in the air…


Spring has arrived, and we’re actually enjoying some wonderful SUNNY Seattle weather. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Seattle rain, but there is nothing more stunning that the PNW on a clear sunny day. We (EverSoLightly and myself) have enjoyed the Aquarium, some small hikes, exploring new parks in Bellevue, and all sorts of other wonderful adventures.

We’ve planted some wonderful plants on our back patio, Chives, Lavender, Mint, Rosemary and a few others. Our next step, a table & chairs. We’ve turned it into a “Catio” (taken from Jackson Galaxy‘s show, My Cat from Hell.) So our precious Kitten can have some safe outside time, and my oh my does she LOVE it!

Thats all I have for now, enjoy your June!!

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theREALchef?


Fall colors, photo by Mitchell Smith Photography.

Fall colors, photo by Mitchell Smith Photography.

Fall is in the air! Leaves are changing (finally, because they didn’t change last October!) I’ve been craving all my favorite wintery/fall foods and I have decided to try out some of my favorite recipes!! I can cook my favorite meals for @EverSoLightly and myself 🙂

I thought I’d share my recipe’s with you. First recipe I made this week was home-made MINI chicken pot pies! I got this idea from a friend. Instead of making a regular sized pot pie, make little personal sized ones, similar to the ones you get in the store, but better of couse. 🙂

All measurements vary depending on your preference and how many pies you’re making.

Ingredients:
cups of chicken – cooked (you can use the pre-cooked rotisserie chicken from Safeway or whole foods.)
chopped celery (I chop mine up really small — I’m not a big fan)
chopped carrots
russet potatoes cut into bite sized pieces
1 package of chicken gravy — I made mine with whole milk, but water or any other type of milk would work
Flour (1/3 cup)
Chicken stock/gravy
Crust – I get mine from Whole Foods
butter (I use Smart Balance)
frozen peas
Something to cook/serve your pies in I used something similar to these. I got mine at ross for $1.00 a piece.

Your oven will need to be pre-heated to 400 degrees F

Cut up all your veggies, and chicken. I like to pre-measure everything before starting, though I usually add more as I’m cooking and tasting. In a pan, melt your butter toss in your potatoes, carrots, and peas. Once they are tender, slowly stir in your flour. Once your flour has been mixed in gradually add your broth and gravy. Stir until they are bubbly (not boiling) and thick. Now add your chicken and turn off your burner, and move your pan to a safe location.

Line your mini pie dishes with your crust. Make sure you have followed the directions on the box. If you’ve made your own crust, KUDOS to you I don’t have the time or patience 🙂

Carefully spoon your filling into the pie dishes. Once you’ve filled them all cover with top crust and make sure to puncture holes into the top of your pies to help them breathe.

Place each of your pie dishes on a cookie sheet and put in oven. Cook 20-40 minutes until browned. Let cool a few minutes and serve!

Next recipe: Chicken and Dumplings 🙂