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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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Engagement Surprise!


A couple of weeks ago, someone we know got engaged. I mulled for a couple days about the “right” engagement gift, and decided a gift basket for her, and a little fun gift for him would be the best decision.

First step, the “perfect” engagement card. Someone else had gotten her this card, which Mitchell and I thought was pretty entertaining. I thought I’d take a comical standpoint for the card, and since they have been together for over 5 years (I’m not certain HOW long, but I know it’s at least been 5 years, but probably 6 at this point.)

So I came up with my own idea for a card, and went to work. I have access to a die cut machine for free (thanks to being a Teacher!) So I was able to create a couple cute designs for the card.

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Above, is the outside of the card, I think (I truly hope) she and her fiancé’ will get a kick out of the “FINALLY!” 🙂

Below, I’ll include a photo of the inside card (before I wrote in it, but I figured that part didn’t matter any way.)

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Then, I added a few small touches to the back of the envelope (Their initials) and the front. I’ve blurred out her name, just for privacy sake.

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Now, onto the actual gift!

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I truly lucked out on that basket, how cute is it? I hope that in the future she’ll either be able to use it in her wedding (pending her style) or at home for things in the bathroom or even treats for her 3 dogs.

I gathered some items I thought she’d enjoy. I’ve photographed this process as well (of course I did…) The first things I got together for her, were a “pampering” jar. It’s simple, just a mason jar with some goodies for her in it. Pinterest is great for labels for things like this. Simple, and fun.

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Inside her pampering jar, I included two overnight face masks from Sephora, an under eye mask, Julep Nail polish, some hand cream and chocolates.

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Inside the basket, I also included a mini-bottle of Lamarca Prosecco, and two cans of Sofia. I chose these two drinks because she introduced me to Sofia (which is so tasty, and I love that it comes in cute cans with straws) and Lamarca is one of our favorite proseccos.

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Next, are two paper folders to help her keep her wedding planning organized. I purchased these from one of her favorite stores, The Paper Source. They’re cute, fun and colorful, just like she is!

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Then, I felt that though those things are fun, I wanted to include something… useful for her planning process. I looked around at all the local stores, and did some research. I decided to get her two books to help her with the planning side of her wedding.

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The first one, is The Bride-to-Be Book: A Journal of Memories from the Proposal to “I Do” I bought this one because the reviews were great, and it looked super cute. I know not everyone is into documenting everything like I am, but from the looks of it, this book is great for people who want to document things, but never know how, or never have the time. I hope it’s a great tool she enjoys using.

Next book I found while googling gift ideas for men. (For her fiancé’) Kinda funny how people don’t really give the male half of an engagement a gift. It’s The Knot Book of Wedding Lists. I guess the Knot is a huge wedding resource (well I knew that sorta, several of my friends have used their free wedding websites.) The reviews on this on Amazon are all over the place, but since they’ve only been engaged a couple weeks, I’m hoping it’ll help her out!

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Then, on to two cute/fun gifts I tossed into the basket. The first one, is a SUPER cute mug that is made specifically to be held in your left hand, to show off your RING! I found SO MANY variations on this, but this one was my favorite. I know she’s incredibly excited to be engaged, and I hope she enjoys this mug! I also thought it was pretty cute/funny that she had posted this photo a few days before I bought the mug. 😀

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Finally, the most necessary of all gifts, a tiara that says “BRIDE TO BE” It’s pink, It’s tacky, it’s full of bling, and it’s Furry. What else could a girl want?

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That’s the end of her gift basket. The photo above is one she took after she got the basket. We actually dropped it off at her Fiancé’s work so he could take it home and it’d be there to surprise her. I’m really hoping she liked it, and that the items will be enjoyable/yet also helpful to her.

Like I had mentioned above, I thought it was funny/weird how we don’t buy the guys engagement gifts, It’s just as exciting for them, right? haha. So I picked up a cute/fun book for her fiancé and one other small thing. It’s called The Groom’s Instruction Manual. It’s suppose to be funny but also serious and helpful for him. I hope he likes it 😀

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DISCLOSURE: This post was not sponsored in any way. The views and opinions in this post are mine.

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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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Tasty Homemade Apple Turnovers


I’ve said it time and time again. I LOVE AUTUMN. Something about the cool air, the rain, the colors… the FLAVORS! Everything about autumn is beautiful… A couple weeks ago I bought all the supplies to make Apple Turnovers… I don’t know what got into me but I haaaad to make them.

It’s really simple. These turned out really really tasty. I was too worried and embarrassed to share these with EverSoLightly’s family, even though I had intended them for his dad’s birthday. I saved them and EverSoLightly and I ate them the next day & he raved about them!

Home Made Apple Turnovers

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Ingredients:

Apples, I used 4
Apple Peeler, corer, slicer
1/2 cup Apple Juice
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
Cinnamon to taste
Allspice to taste
(crushed) Cloves to taste
Decorative sugar
1 Egg (for egg wash at end)
Puff Pastries

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First, you’ll want to use your apple peeler corer slicer (assuming you washed your apples first.)
I had two bowls next to me, one for the bits of the apple that I wasn’t going to keep, and one for the pieces for the turnovers. I was raised to EAT that delicious skin that comes off with the apple peeler corer slicer. If you don’t want to you can use them as compost or put them in your yard waste bin.
Once all your apples have been peeled, cored, sliced… Dice them up to the size you want. This is YOUR recipe, so nothing is “wrong.”

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Once all your apples are cut up and your mess is cleaned up, toss those slices into a pot, pour in your apple juice, and spices to taste… cook cook cook, you want those apple slices to be soft and beautiful.
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I cut mine into 6 pieces (though only took a picture after I made the first two.) Grease your baking sheet now.

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Once yours are divided up the way you want, fill them with your delicious apple filling. Close them according to your preference. In a separate bowl, mix one egg with a bit of water, mix. Brush this mixture over the turnovers, and sprinkle with sugar. Bake in oven according to Puff Pastry box. Once done, move to a cooling rack & enjoy!

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Do you have any extra filling? Toss that into your blender, food processor, or whatever you use and turn it into YUMMY apple sauce!

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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!)