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Finally ready for October!

love decorating for any holiday! Last year I was pretty busy with wedding planning (and realistically, no room to bring one more box out of storage) so I didn’t do a whole lot of decorating.

Well – wedding is over, time is all I have (haha) and I got in the decorating spirit!! (which translates to: I have a lot of work to do and this is an awesome way to procrastinate). 

So – here’s some pictures of how we are celebrating this October – fall and Halloween!

Fall wreath! Love it!
Fall wreath! Love it!
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Just a little fun 🙂

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Porch close up!

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front window

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kitchen table
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kitchen table 2

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This picture really isn’t the best – but there’s a surprise Stella!

Anyone else think it’s weird I was able to up-cycle a ton of my wedding decorations as Halloween decorations?? 

 

Finished off the night with some warm soup, beer bread, and a Woodchuck Pumpkin cider. Delicious!

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Started with a soup mix, then added more!

  • Bear Creek Cheddar Potato Soup
  • 3 potatoes, diced small
  • 1 can white kidney beans
  • 1 large white onion
  • 1 package bacon bits
  • shredded cheddar cheese

Sat in the crockpot for about 7 hours! So easy to manipulate and make yours!

Bread:

Started from this recipe, very easy!

  • 3 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder (make sure it’s fresh!)
  • 1 teaspoon salt – (as I wrote this up, I realized I forgot this – makes a lot of sense…)
  • Garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning (no, I didn’t measure any of these)

Bake in oven at 375 for 45 minutes, let cool for 10!

 

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Post Wedding: We have a lot of thanks to give…

Aren't these little things cute??
Aren’t these little things cute??

There is no way that we could have done this whole wedding thing without the help of our family and friends.

To thank them for all they have done for our day and in our lives, we gave out little tokens of our love and I made these cards! I thought they turned out so cute!

Our colors for the wedding were orange, lime green and teal so I tried to get each color on every card.  Additionally, our “Theme” for the wedding was “Eat, drink, and be married”, so the stamp on the envelope matched really well 🙂 I LOVE adding a little stamp on the backs of my cards just to add a little flare and personalization.

Did it take a long time to make 32 of these cards? Absolutely. Was it worth it to add a personal touch? Absolutely.

 

 

Pinterest ideas that never happened…

We got engaged on June 9, 2012.

I had a wedding board on Pinterest on precisely June 9, 2012.

Pinterest, in my opinion, is one of the best things to ever hit the internet.  I am a crafter at heart. A DIYer like no other.  However, when planning a wedding, Pinterest can be both an amazing thing and a detriment.

Here are the top 10 things that I have pinned on Pinterest, but won’t be happening at the wedding…

1. Advice jar… how cool? But, I just didn’t have the place to put it ((which is code for I didn’t have the time to do it))

advice jar

2. A display of Our Love Story. Such a cute way to tell the story to those who may not know.

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3. I love the look of these candle holders.  I bought all the stuff, but simply ran out of time. 

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4.  LOVE the look of this aisle runner.  We actually looked into it, but because we are getting married on a rooftop, it would be hard to be sure it stays down on the ground.  Also, it is incredible the number of petals that is actually needed… 10,000 or something?

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5. The bible holding our rings.  We are doing a traditional pillow for the ring bearer (Mike’s nephew) to carry. I got it for a good deal…

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6.  The pups will not be in attendance at the wedding….. HOWEVER, that does not mean that we couldn’t make this picture happen after the wedding.  It would just mean I would have to hold Stella still long enough to paint her nails….

dog

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7. I love, love, love the look of personalized hangers.  I read a ton of instructions online, went out and bought the materials, and failed. It is not as easy as it seems.  Pretty sure my bridesmaids are simply going to get a regular hanger because I passed the day of being able to return them. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right? 

hangers

8. I love this look. I am in love with this look.  Although, I think paper lanterns are kind of hit or miss and this doesn’t really mesh with the vibe of our venue.  Pretty awesome though, right? 

lanterns

9.  How sweet is this.  This bride had part of her dad’s shirt sewn into her wedding dress.  I wish I would have remembered that I had pinned this because I absolutely would have done it. There will be some other tributes for my dad, but this would have been very special.  Although, I don’t think a heart made out of acid washed jeans would have looked very good….

old shirt

10. Yup, I brought it all back to these dang yarn balls.  You can check out where I ranted and raved about how I was unable to get these to work but I loved the look of them. ::sigh::

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The moral of this post:

Pinterest can be equated to the old saying of: “My eyes were bigger than my stomach” in reference to too much food.

Well, Pinterest, you win.

“My eyes were bigger than the amount of time, energy and creativity that I had”

This is what 18 centerpieces looks like…

Because I have the ability to do so with my time, I have been able to put together all the centerpieces myself for the wedding. It has been a stressful process but I am sure it will pay off in the end! 

So, here they are!!! Just in boxes….No spoilers for the guests 🙂

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Here is what I have learned from trying to DIY this:

1. Many days I thought I should have just spent the money to hire someone to do this.  But then I realized how GREAT it felt to close up a box and know I put my thoughts and creativity into it. 

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2. Each table is unique.  I love that…. just like our guests. 

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3. There will be no flowers at the reception.  Why? Because they die. Oh yes, and are incredibly expensive. No flowers means I have had to be insanely creative with my decorations…. and that I should have a frequent shopper card at the Goodwill and the Dollar Store. 

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4. When putting this all together (for 18 tables) expect that it’s going to take up at least two rooms of your house.

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5. It’s best to leave the dogs in their cages…too much gets chewed up. 

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6. Organization, organization, organization, organization, organization, organization….need I go on????

Well, my own form of organization... very embarrassed by this picture as well. haha
Well, my own form of organization… very embarrassed by this picture as well. haha

7. It’s okay to have fun with it.  

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8. Alcohol is essential.

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Despite what people may tell me, I’m sticking to the plan that the little details do matter.  All about time and love. 

Yarn crafts….fail.

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Aren’t these the most adorable things?!

Such an easy way to bring in a pop of color, a unique texture, and bring in the yarn that I love so much!!!

If only it was an easy DIY project….

I saw these yarn balls very early on in my wedding planning escapades and fell.in.love. The only problem has been that I cannot make them. At all. I have tried 5 times, each time being unsuccessful.

Here’s a little montage of all of my yarn ball epic fails….

Please laugh out loud. This totally deserves it. 

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Typical starting picture… what I used, looks easy, right?

I first did them following this tutorial and only used glue.  Then I added in corn starch my second round to hopefully get some improvements, as recommended from this site.

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Don’t look too bad, right? This was round 1. 

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I mean, everyone loves lopsided balls, right?

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Yes, I did try to pick away the extra glue. It was unsuccessful.

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End of Round 1. I was a hot mess, minus the hot.

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Round 3 – best looking ones yet, but somehow my black yarn turned white. And since this time, (3 months ago) they have totally unraveled.

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Round 5 – more cornstarch, less glue to decrease the whiteness.

I wish I could express what these looked like. I was too angry to even take a picture. Deflated, sad, and frumpy. Yes, I’m talking about the balls, not my feelings about this craft.

I really, really, really, really wish I could have gotten this craft to work out.  I absolutely love the look of them.  However, I’ve just decided to use all the yarn I bought in a different way. At least it still looks good. 

:::::sigh….maybe I’ll try again another time:::::

Yarn crafts!

I don’t knit, crochet, or make God’s eyes.

But for some reason, I want to use yarn all over at the wedding.

I just love the look. 

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I bought these cardboard circles at Michael’s (on sale for $.99).  Sprayed them with Elmer’s Spray Adhesive and started wrapping!

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Once I finished covering the entire ball, I closed it off with a glue dot (Zots, pictured above).

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Here’s an example of some of the centerpieces I am working on…. added the yarn balls in a glass jar! So cute! 

Fun Baby Gifts (Part 2)

Okay, here’s what I’m really excited about….

For Christmas I got a sewing machine (and all the fixins). I have no idea how to sew anything beyond a button on a pair of pants. So, naturally one day a few weeks ago I was exploring around JoAnn’s looking for wedding stuff and scrapbook stuff and I ventured into the fabric section.  Big mistake.

I came outta there with 5 yards of adorable fabric and not a clue of what to do.

Helllllooooooo blogs and YouTube videos!!!!

I found this amazing blog, Lu Bird Baby, where she walks through how to make a strip quilt. It was PERFECT because I had no idea what to do. Thank you for sharing your advice!

First thing I did was read the directions on my sewing machine figured out all the fun stitches, played around in the orange string, and pricked myself way too many times with the needle.

Then, I started sewing.  I apologize that I didn’t take ANY pictures of the process…. let me tell you it was not pretty. I had too small of a space (thank you to all the wedding jumble everywhere), dogs trying to eat all the fabric, and again, had no clue what I was doing.

BUT – I AM SO HAPPY WITH HOW IT TURNED OUT!!!!! 

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The best part: My dad always wore these really ugly shorts when we were up at our cabin… the colors, among the finest were purple and red. When we were cleaning out the cabin before my mom sold it, we had a lot of chuckles over the shorts and everyone seemed to hesitate when we were about to throw them out. So of course I took them, knowing I’d find something to do with it. So, I added the back pocked from the purple shorts and a heart with the red shorts.  (I even stuffed the heart!)

2013-02-28 15.45.15That’s the main reason why you’ll see lil Mack in those pictures crouched down by the pocket. I love this. And I hope she loves it for a long time.

Very important things I learned while tackling this project that was too advance for me anyways:

  • It’s important to know how to sew before sewing
  • When making a quilt, it’s probably easier to do a plain fabric back than a patterned one like I did because they were different widths
  • Make sure you have a clear, large area to sew
  • It’s really difficult to attach the pieces together with the filling  in the middle…. there’s not enough space!
  • Binding is probably the hardest thing, ever. I tried to follow this YouTube tutorial and still it looked awful. I’m not going to even tell you what I had to do to the corners.
  • You really can bleed from getting your finger caught by the needle while still pushing down on the foot pedal.  I got some on the blanket – but since it went to my niece and I don’t have any diseases, I decided it was okay.
  • Sewing takes time and patience. Something I had neither of (most because I procrastinated – I finished the quilt the day Stacy went into labor)….
  • I FELT SO PROUD OF MY FINISHED PRODUCT!!!!
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Love this little thing.

Fun baby gifts (part 1)

If you haven’t read about my beautiful new niece, you are truly missing out 🙂

In preparation for her birth (and for a little payback) I have a few gifts that I have made over the last few months that I would like to boast about!

First of all, I made this beautiful contraption for the baby shower:

2013-01-11 12.27.432013-01-11 12.41.342013-01-11 12.44.39I know you are probably thinking, “what the heck is that”… BUT, there is a back story!!! After my brother and sister in law got married, someone (I don’t know who) went and destroyed their house. Well, not destroyed in a bad way but you know, all the usual things, like put all the sheets on the bed with rice and bird seed between each layer, and saran wrapped all the forks and put them all over the house, switched the living room and dining room furniture, took all the labels off all the cans….well, you get the point. 🙂 Some devious person (s) recreated what was done to my parents when they got married in 1979!

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Can you believe they honestly thought it was me??? 

Well, in return from them, last year for Christmas I got 50 cans all wrapped up and some of them had $5 gift cards on them.

(read more about this sibling rivalry here)

I started off having “mystery can dinner nights” but got skeeved out when I open a very expired can of artichokes. So, I just decided I’d hold on to them for the right time…. and then, they announced they were pregnant and my mind started turning! 🙂

All of those cans turned into this beautiful creation! I originally intended on it being a wall hanging, but let me tell you…. it is NOT EASY to get cans to adhere to one another. I tried hot glue, caulk, sticky glue, gorilla glue….nothing worked. So, I ended up attaching  it to cardboard and telling them to be very gentle with it.

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I have been buying little stuff since I decided on this idea to shove into each of the little cans and made a complete ‘S’ which they LOVED!!!!! It completely fell apart when they opened it up, so I told them they could throw them out or my bro could use it to put nuts and bolts or something in it 🙂

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Stacy’s butt really isn’t this big, Mike was bending over behind her… haha

All in all, it was a project which made me want to pull my hair out that was a lot of fun! I don’t know if I would necessarily do it again (hopefully I don’t have to) but it’s the thought that counts!

I don’t know if any of you would ever do a project like this, but I just thought I would share because it’s been a project I’ve been working on for a LONG time! 🙂