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DIY: Bridal Shower Gift, with card


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This September, Mitchell’s older sister is getting married. Today, was her bridal shower, and sadly, I was not able to attend. That did not stop me from creating, what I hoped would be, a very special gift for her!

Overall, between deciding what to do, buying the supplies and actually creating the gift, it took me about a week. Most of that was trying to figure out just exactly what would be the perfect gift.

If you know me offline, you probably know that I love crafting. Anything that I can make on my own, I will. I think it’s something I inherited from my mom (and possibly my dad, what little I know/remember of him, he was always doing everything himself.)

I got it in my head, that I had to make them something they could wear, so I thought and though, different ideas. A few that popped into my head:

Shoes, to wear at the reception, something comfy that says “MR & MRS ____”
Hoodies, we live in the PNW after all. One that said “Husband” and one that said “Wife”
T-Shirts that say “HONEYMOON 2017” on the back and MR ____ on the front or MRS ____ on hers.
T-Shirts that say “WIFE” and “HUSBAND”
Sweats that say their wedding hashtag
and a bunch of others. I thought of making them their very own glasses to drink out of at IMG_7580the wedding, customizing something off their registry…

But I daringly went “rogue” and created something not on their list, and that was customized to their wedding day specifically.

I went out on a hunt for all the supplies, and something unique to wrap the gift in. While out and about, I came up with the idea to use my die-cut and make her a wedding dress card. I don’t know, maybe it was cheesy but I liked the way it turned out.

I tried to make sure everything matched the wedding colors, and headed home to start the project.

If you’d like to create this DIY gift, you’ll need the following:

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White Cardstock
Glitter cardstock
Decorative paper of your choice for bottom of dress
Color of cardstock of your choice for bow
I bought all of my paper from Michaels.

If you’re free-drawing your dress, you’ll want to do so in pencil. If you’re like me and have a die-cut for everything… then go ahead and use your die-cut for the dress. I cut the dress 3 times, and then cut off the top of the glittery paper, and glued it to the white cardstock, and then cut the bottom off of the fancy paper and glued just a little bit of it, to the bottom, white cardstock.

Then, I cut the bow out, and glued it over the seam where the two meet.

The card is that simple!

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Now the gift, I made them custom t-shirts. One that says Mr. and one that says Mrs. Then,on the back they both say the date of their wedding…In this case it’s 09.09.17.

What you’ll need:
I used my die cut letters and numbers for this project. I went and purchased Glittery iron on vinyl and non glittery iron on vinyl.

I simply cut out the letters with my die-cut, and placed them on the t-shirts where I thought they fit best, and laid a towel on top of them, and ironed away. It took probably about 45minutes per shirt to get them to stick properly. Overall I think they came out pretty adorable! I think the future bride and groom enjoyed them too!

As for wrapping, I just found a super cute storage box, some pink ombre’ tissue paper, rose-gold ribbon (one of their wedding colors) and ombre’ ribbon for the bow. I taped the card to the box, and voila!

 

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Mini-update


I haven’t posted in a while, I’m sorta in-between figuring out what exactly I want to do with this blog. I’ve been thinking about re-vamping it – and even considered moving it to another host site, but I still haven’t been able to figure out exactly what I want to do.

Maybe, I’ll work on finalizing that tonight. For now, you get a personal post.

Not much is going on here, just the same old same old. Getting ready for the school year, we aren’t allowed to go into our classrooms yet to set-up, but we’ve been working on getting everything else together. I’m incredibly excited to meet all the students this year! I’ve been lucky to build great relationships with the students and their parents so far.

In other news… My birthday came and went, and it was wonderful. I am so incredibly lucky to have such wonderful people in my life. Mitchell and I have been able to build a wonderful and strong little family with our group of friends. One of our incredibly wonderful friends made me Quidditch themed birthday cakes!

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Things we did for my birthday:
Spent the day relaxing at Alki
Had a fun game night with all 12 friends who were able to join us
Spent another day on Lake Washington
Went hunting for Pokemon with our friends Katy and Adam
Had another game night with our friends Katy and Adam, and Katy (who also made the Quidditch cake) also made me homemade kettle corn (YUM!)
My co-worker made me chocolate covered strawberries
I read Harry Potter and the Cursed Child with my oldest friend, Allyson

It’s safe to say, I was incredibly spoiled, yet again. I don’t know how I managed to get so lucky!

 

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“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.”


I sat down this evening with no intentions to write a blog, but here I am.

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged, I just haven’t had much to blog about. I mean sure, there are a few things going on but not enough forth a whole blog post — or I just plain forgot.

I would like to state one thing, and I’m going to make this clear as day. If you don’t like what I post here, then don’t read it. Plain and simple. Don’t like a photo I post? Cool. I don’t expect everyone to like everything I post. The wonderful thing about the internet, is you don’t HAVE to read anything on it.

Moving on, there has been so much anger, hate and frustration going around. 2016 has been a rough year for some, and I can tell you there was a short period of time in 2015 where I struggled.

Teaching preschool really has helped me see that many of us adults have it all mixed up. Mitchell and I have run into people in our lives that are so full of anger and hate that they’ve lost sight of what is important.

Religious or not, you should agree that we need to be kind to one another. Stop holding grudges and going out of our way to make people feel little, or worthless.

I brought up religion because there are a few things that have helped me over the past few months. One of them being personal experience, I have been on the receiving end of some awful things. Another thing that has helped are bible verses I learned as a kid.

Leviticus chapter 19, verses 17 and 18:

You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur in sin because of him. You shall not take vengeance nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people but you should love they neighbor as thy self.

Hear me out before you quit reading. I’m not trying to force religion or my beliefs down your throat, but I do think this is incredibly powerful. Don’t hate someone. You know that saying “Forgive but don’t forget.” That is something I think more people need to follow. We all sin, we all make mistakes, we all have flaws. It’s what we learn from them that is important. Just remember that guy that rudely cut you off in traffic, is someone’s brother, son, father, friend. Just like you are.

Often now days people let their anger and hate consume them. Something happens, and it morphs into this nasty beast inside of them and next thing you know they’re spreading their anger, upset and frustrations around them.

I will from here on out not let other’s actions and behavior alter who I am. At least that is what I am working to achieve. I still have some great hurt and upset buried down inside me thanks to others, but my first step is to be able to walk away from all of that.

 

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Saturday and Sunday!


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Yesterday Mitchell had to work. He’s a photographer’s assistant, he works for [REDACTED] So I spent the day at home cleaning and hanging out with Kitten. After work we went out to dinner with Mitchell’s [REDACTED] We went to Tokyo in Factoria, so the photo above represents one of the greatest parts about eating at Tokyo… Coffee jello!

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Today we went over and spent time with Mitchell’s [REDACTED] again. We sat enjoyed some tea and caught up with his [REDACTED]. I made grilled cheese sandwiches for us, and we ended the night watching Gilmore Girls. It was a pretty nice and relaxing end to our weekend. 🙂

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“I wish that I could believe that theres a day you’ll come back to me…. Just want you to know. “


I really hope the title to this post struck as familiar to you dear reader, because uh hello, late 90’s = some fond memories for me. Okay okay, I admit, the lyrics probably did NOT hit familiar with a lot of you, and it’s actually from the 2000’s but come on, when you think the Backstreet Boys you probably think the 90’s version of them. 

I have really tried to do my best and not make this blog too personal, not for any reason other than I’ve really been working on NOT airing everything to the public, and just dealing with issues personally. 

However, every few posts here and there make it through, because I am only human and I do need an outlet here and there… plus it is my blog haha. 

Ideally I’d post daily like my friend is doing but something always comes up… so I’ve stopped trying and will just post here and there when I can… 

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If you’ve read my blog at all you’ll know my dad wasn’t ever really a part of my life. Today I found a couple of my family members on his side online, and I felt a little bad.

My mom’s side of my family I have 5 nieces and nephews (3 boys 2 girls…), that I am so incredibly close with, and I would do ANYTHING for. All 5 of them are such a huge part of my life, I don’t know how I went 11 years without them. 

I felt bad, because I have 5 nieces and nephews (2 boys 3 girls…) on my dad’s side that, well I don’t know at all. I felt bad because I always talk about how sad it makes me when aunts and uncles aren’t as close to their nieces and nephews as I am to mine… but reality is, I’m only close to half of them.

The youngest on my dad’s side, Jaden, I’ve only met once, if at all. The older kids though, I knew when I was younger, though I doubt if they’d remember me much, if at all. 

I had to remind myself today that they’re not in my life because of decisions my father made. He’s the one that handled everything so poorly. 

The last exchange of words I had with his side, everyone was telling me I was a terrible daughter, which even now I laugh at. They have NO idea what life was like for me when he was in it. 

I can actually say that my Neighbor knows more about me than my father, heck the neighbor at WORK knows more about me than he ever cared to know. 

Sometimes, and only once in a blue moon, maybe once a decade at most… I fill with anger and frustration. 

“Why didn’t he care to know me?”
“Why did he have to be such an ass?”
“What is so special about my brothers that he was there for them for everything but only there for me when he wanted to brag to his buddies about how he had a daughter?”

those questions never last long in my mind though because the reality of it is, I am, and was, far better off without his toxic personality. He use to make up stories and lies, about how he was always in my life. He’d tell me I was lying when I’d correct him. He’d tell me I was ungrateful and say mean things about my mom. The very last time I saw him he completely ignored my boyfriend, (EverSoLightly) and said some pretty nasty things to both me and my mother. I tried to keep in touch but he just told everyone I was lying and never tried.. So eventually I decided to cut my losses. 

Am I missing out on anything? Not now… there as a time when maybe it MIGHT have been beneficial to have him in my life but that time came and went back in 1987. 

The only thing I think I may have missed out on was knowing some of the family on that side, yet none of them have reached out to me. I got distracted typing this post up and ended up spending the last hour talking to my cousin… so Now I don’t even remember where my thought was going. So I’ll just quit before I ramble too much 😀

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Weddings are always beautiful


When she was in her late 20’s my mom started a job nannying for a family, at the time, they had 4 kids with another on the way. My mom nannied for them for 6 years, and in that time their family grew to 6 kids, and my mom had me! 

I grew up with them. Went to pre-school with their youngest (he’s just a few months older than I am.) We were inseparable, if he was sick and couldn’t go to school, I’d cry throw a fit in protest. If, for any reason, my mom actually took me to pre-school, I’d sit in the corner and cry. 

As we got older, their youngest daughter and I became really close. I’d spend full weeks in the summer at their house, and we’d have weeklong slumber parties. 

However, just before 6th grade, my mom got married and we moved away. I saw their youngest Daughter (Carrie) once after we moved and that was it.

Then this past summer, I got an invitation in the mail to her WEDDING! It was yesterday, and for the first time in over a decade their family, my mom and I were all re-united. It was wonderful. It felt like little time had really passed, and hopefully we’ll manage to keep in touch this time! 🙂 

I’ve attached some photos, some from when we were younger, and some from the wedding. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do 🙂

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Kurt, then me then my friend Jeff (that weird thing on my lip—stitches.) Then behind Jeff is a young Carrie!

 

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Carrie's wedding

Kurt and I at Carrie’s wedding!

 

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