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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!

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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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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!)