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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 – 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!

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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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DIY Scheduling.


My DIY list is long this year. Long and exciting. Because of that, I’ve decided in order to help YOU and help keep me from posting more than one DIY in a day…. and to prevent them from getting buried on pinterest, or even on here… I’m going to only post one DIY a week. Every Sunday. I’m going to type up the first two posts (yes I’m already two weeks ahead…)  and auto set them to post on Sundays. Have any DIY suggestions? Something you’re afraid to tackle? Something you saw once and want to have someone else figure out all the minor details (and kinks) in the project? Just let me know! I’ll gladly help!

This years DIY season may be spreading into next year… Someone very close to me got engaged this weekend, and I’ve volunteered to help her with her wedding DIY projects!

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My favorite time of year…


Autumn is right around the corner, and if you’ve been reading my blog for the past… 5, 6? years you’d know that once Autumn rolls around my crafting/cooking/creative mode starts and we have traditions that we stick to each year. 

I am so excited to get out the fall decorations, start cooking some delicious fall meals AND this time of year is when we get to see one of my oldest and dearest friends the most! 

Things to look forward to:

Pumpkin Carving
Autumn Decorations
More delicious recipes
I’m going to tackle learning to use my sewing machine!
OktoberFest (which, oddly enough is in September?)
Planning our 2nd Annual Murder Mystery Party (December!)
Thanksgiving!
WINE THANKSGIVING!
HOLIDAY DECORATIONS
Christmas Tree hunting
Christmas Tree decorating
CHRISTMAS festivities! 

Are you excited yet?? I hope you are 🙂

I’m sick, so I’m going back to bed, this took a LOT of my energy to type up…booo.

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If you’re fighting, mom’s got some salsa in the kitchen…


This weekend EverSoLightly and I decided to try something crafty. We started with the idea of melting some crayons on canvas. Our first one, we started with the idea of turning it into flowers, but it didn’t work as planned, so we improvised. We then each and our own creations. I melted mine like the first one, and Mitchell decided to melt his crayons and paint them with a paint brush (Clever!) Here are some photos of how our paintings/crayon art turned out:

Then, this morning, I decided to try my creativity a little more. I created door signs, and a little friendly artwork for the kids’ rooms. I’m really pleased with how they came out, they’re not fully finished yet, I have two more to make, but I thought I’d share the ones I made today. Drew and Kieran got to pick what went on theirs, and the Winnie the Pooh quote is for Drew’s side of the room. The remainder of that quote will be finished and placed on another piece of canvas. The Cinderella quote is for Sarah’s room.