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Cancer Free Party Decor


5 years ago my mother found out she had cancer. They were confident they had caught it early enough, and after one (rather grueling) surgery, and several weeks of radiation she found herself in remission. 

My mom and I a few years back on the Oregon coast,

This year, we were so ecstatic that she was finally able to say she was CANCER FREE that we threw her a fun little celebration. My Sister, Beckie, texted me one evening, and pitched the idea that we make her some fun decorations, that sorta say, Eff you cancer. You suck. I truly feel like even if you aren’t big on cussing… in this situation, the “F” word is appropriate. Fuck cancer, in every form. It’s the worst. I truly do not believe ANYONE deserves to go through any type of cancer.

We got to work immediately. I whipped out my Cricut, and got to work. We decided some Uterine shaped confetti, a sassy tumbler that says “Cancer Chose the Wrong Bitch” and some fun banners would do the trick.

Uterine shaped confetti

I’ve decided to share some of the things we made with those of you that might have a cricut, but aren’t sure how to create things, or maybe you just don’t have the time. Over the next two posts, I’m going to share the templates to make the OMG you’re cancer free card pictured below, and the tumbler that says “Cancer Chose the Wrong Bitch.”

“F” cancer banner with the “Cancer Free” banner

You’ll need to have a cricut cutting machine. Anything in the cricut family that works with the online Cricut Design Space. I used my Cricut Explore Air 2. An Explore Air, or Maker would work too. You’ll also need your preferred color of permanent Vinyl. I used off white and Navy.

To Make the Cancer Chose the wrong Bitch Tumbler:

In my next post, I’ll share the rest of the photos from our celebration, and the template to make the card and envelope pictured below!

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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!