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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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Two blog posts in one day…WHAT?


Yes, two posts in one day. I don’t know whats gotten into me!

This thursday, I will be continuing my tradition of standing in line waiting for the midnight showing of the next (and final) Harry Potter film. It’s going to be a very fun and emotional day for me. I have attended every midnight showing for every film starting with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I remember getting out of school early, and standing in line in Issaquah with my mom waiting for the movie to start. Eating hot-dogs, pizza and chatting with other people waiting in line.

The third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban I remember waiting in line (with my mother of course 🙂 haha) at Bella Botaga theater in Redmond, Washington.

The fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, came out once I was finally old enough to drive. My mom let me get out of school early, and drive myself and several of my friends to the same theater in Redmond. We painted our own shirts and pants and went and stood in line. Chatting and enjoying the company of other Harry Potter nerds, including a few of our peers from school.

The next film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I patiently waited in line from 12 noon, until midnight, at a new (at the time) movie theater in Bellevue, Lincoln Square Cinemas. I went with my best friend Allyson, her little sister Molly and Constance (our old roommate) and low and behold, we also ran into our high school health teacher, her son, and his friend. We had a lot of fun, and spent the day playing games and reading the books!

The next film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, I got to Lincoln Square Cinema’s at 10am, and waited in line (sort of) alone all day. Lauren came and visited me, Mitchell came and visited me, but I was alone until 6pmish when Constance joined me. That year we met some AWESOME people, that I still keep in touch with and we will be attending the final film with.

The next film released was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1. I got to the theater at noon, We went to Lincoln square to keep tradition up, Our friends Scotty and Katy came, as well as our friend Jules and our roommate Constance. I held the tears back until I couldn’t anymore. Dobby made my heart melt.

This Thursday we will be attending Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 at an undisclosed (don’t want any creepers!) theater, we aren’t keeping the tradition up because the security at Lincoln Square is awful and last time made us stand for the 10+ hours before we were allowed into the theater, and I don’t know about you but standing on the marble floors in L-square for over 10 hours is NOT good for your feet back or knees! not to mention they weren’t even nice about it. They also had an iMax theater and this poor guy that was first in line, ended up having to go downstairs to a new line, and lost his place being first, even though he was there hours before I was and deserved to be first. I’m very excited, and very depressed all at the same time. What will I have to look forward to? Surely I could get excited for the Hunger Games movie coming out, the first book was my favorite, but Its nowhere near as amazing as Harry Potter is to me. I am going to have to take a box of tissues with me on Thursday because I just know I’m going to cry, not just because of what happens (I wont spoil it for those of you weirdos who don’t know.) Also because it’s the end to 13 years of wonderful books, websites, friends, movies, calendars, and 13 years of love that I’ve put towards something 🙂 I am aware I am very much a Harry Potter nerd, and I’m proud of it. I think waking up Friday morning, is going to be hard 😦 knowing that another chapter of my life is gone. heh.

EDIT: I forgot to include this!