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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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I need your help!


I am so sorry I’ve fallen behind in my posts. I really do have a long list of things to post and not enough time in my week to do it! I’ve been thinking about this for a while and I’ve decided to look for a few guest bloggers.

Do you have a love for DIY projects?
Do you love cooking food?
Do you have great ideas or advice for others?
Do you have another hobby you’d like to share with a new audience?

This could be a good opportunity for you! If you’re interested, shoot me a comment, a tweet, or even an email and we’ll discuss the details!

 

 

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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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I AM ALIVE!!


I know I promised a DIY post every Sunday, and I do have some ready to post… I just have to type it up, and the past two sunday’s we’ve found ourselves at EverSoLightly’s parent’s house, and I never remember to take my computer with me!

On that note, I have a new layout, what do you think? I think it’s pretty cute, and I love it! Any questions or comments on it? Feel free to let me know! I’ll catch up on old posts next week I hope… I have a pretty busy weekend… It’s that time of year again!

PUMPKIN CARVING! We’ll have Thomas over for good times this weekend, and on Sunday we’re carving pumpkins with EverSoLightly’s family… I hope to post about those experiences too!

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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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First DIY Post of the 2013 Autumn season!


As you may or may not have read in my last post, it is Autumn, which means my DIY season is here! My friend Lauren mentioned in one of her recent posts, that she was feeling crafty! Well, Lauren! This is for you!!! I think this will fit your style of your apartment really well, and it certainly will work for your mom and dad’s style!!

 

DIY Autumn Yarn Wreath:

For this project you will need:

Hot Glue Gun & glue sticks
Yarn, I chose 3 different colors, therefore needing 3 rolls. You could use one color and you’d only need one or two rolls.
Styrofoam wreath
Any/All decorations you may need/want to glue to your wreath for embellishments. 
Time & Patience
Ribbon/whatever you want to use to hang the wreath up. Read further to see what I did.
I got everything at JoAnn’s but Ben Franklin, or even Michaels would carry everything… Heck I bet Walmart does too!

 

The first step you’ll need to do is pick your yarn out. I chose to start with my goldish/brown color. The blog that gave me the idea for this project gave AWFUL instructions, so I’m not going to be linking it, I don’t want anyone to get confused. My advice for the yarn is to pre-cut the amount you want. Then roll it up into a ball, it’ll make wrapping it around the wreath easier. 

Once you’ve picked out your yarn & the amount (I suggest pre-cutting ALL yarn & amounts to be the same size, you’ll see I didn’t do that, but I kinda like the way mine turned out.) Glue (with your hot glue gun) the end of the yarn to the back of the wreath. 

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Continuously and tightly wrap your yarn around your wreath, it’s slightly boring for anyone not use to sewing, knitting, or really any craft in general. Pay close attention that your yarn doesn’t get tangled and keep it tight. 

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Once you run out of yarn for that section/or color, glue the end to the back side (the same side you glued the start.) Repeat this process until your wreath is completely covered.

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This (below) Is what the wreath should look like once you’ve covered it completely. (Sorry about the quality of the photos, I had a 3 year old helping me.)

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The next step I took was to figure out how I was going to hang it. I forgot to buy ribbon at the store! I decided to get a little creative and I braided the three colors of yarn together to make my own “ribbon” to hang it. 

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You’ll see another close-up of my braided yarn toward the end of this post. 

Next you’ll want to plan out your decorations, as you can see below I picked up several different types, in hopes of finding the right embellishments. It took a while, but I found the right “fit” for the project.

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Once you figure out the way you want to decorate the wreath, glue those babies down with your glue-gun!
Below are a few shots of the wreath once I was done. See the braided yarn? I thought it looked great, though it totally reminds me of Harry Potter/Gryffindor (which is totally the house I was sorted into on Pottermore if you remember?)

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What do you think? Did you make a wreath? Let me know, share your photos and ideas! I’m off now to make some Autumn Garland (and get the poor sick EverSoLightly some breakfast… We didn’t get home until 1:30 am yesterday after an awesome time at Oktoberfest Monroe!)

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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!