Monday, April 30, 2012

What I Wore: Wedding


This month marked our 4 year wedding anniversary! I shared with you the little DIY gift I made for my hubby but I thought that I would also take you back to our special day on April 12, 2008 when I married the man of my dreams! I was inspired to post some of our wedding pictures by Absolute Mommy who is celebrating her 7 year anniversary today (congrats!) and is welcoming fellow bloggers and friends to share their wedding in her first solo link party WIW: Wedding.

Hubs and I met through an online dating service (yes, they really do work!) and had our first blind date on August 25th, 2005. Fast forward two years to June 15th, 2007 when he took me to the docks on Lake Union, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. 10 months later on April 12th, 2008, we became husband and wife!

Thanks to a lot of help from my parents, we were able to have the wedding of my dreams. It took place at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, WA. We planned an indoor wedding because in Seattle you have to expect rain. But to our surprise, it was a gorgeous day that reached a high of 80+ degrees! That is unheard of for an April in Seattle. Everything about the day was perfect. Sure we may have stumbled over our well rehearsed and choreographed first dance, and yes, my brother-in-law gave the most embarrassing best man speech, but the flowers were amazing, the venue was gorgeous, the cake was a work of art, my dress was stunning and we were surrounded by all of our close friends and family from near and far.

Dress: Off the rack from La Belle Elaines Bridal in Seattle, WA. Found it on my first wedding dress shopping trip with my mom. When I tried it on I knew it was the one! I especially fell in love with all the beautiful beading on the front and back.
Shoes: Boutique store in Kirkland, WA that has since closed. It took me awhile to find these because I didn't want anything less than 4 inch heels. So funny how times have changed. I don't wear anything but flats now!
Hair and Make-up: Tiara's On Location





Bridesmaid dresses: Brides by Demetrios



Flowers and Decor: Rented Elegance, Bellevue WA.



I LOVED my cake! I was very specific about what I wanted and the baker/decorator at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel made all my cake dreams come true! I think I need to pin this!



I had a lot of fun putting together this post. I love looking back at our wedding pictures and remembering all the details of the day. I even took out our wedding video and watched the highlights! It makes me tear up every time. 

Oh and here is one more picture...from my bachelorette party at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas! Any way I can reverse time and get my body back?!




Sentence Strip Race Track


While picking up some yarn at Michaels yesterday, I saw these Sentence Strips on an end aisle for only $1.00. I assume these are used in classrooms for teaching kids how to write or as bulletin board decoration, but I had another idea for them. Race tracks!


So when we got home, I brought out the painters tape and started taping them down to our wood floor. The start (and finish) line began in the hallway by our front door, and the track looped around our kitchen table, through a chair tunnel and then back to where it started. 

The Start/Finish Line:



The Track:

10 cars and the boys want the same one:

Chair Tunnel:

It's amazing that a $1.00 worth of supplies and a little creative thinking made for hours of fun!

Friday, April 27, 2012

500 Fan GIVEAWAY!


Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me and my blog! I have now reached 500 Facebook fans and although this is just the beginning, I think it is something to celebrate! I am so thankful for all your comments, shares, pins, likes, tweets and features. And to show you my appreciation, I am giving all you fellow crafters, crocheters and crockpoters a chance to win 3 great prizes!

Prize #1: $10 Michaels Gift Card
Michaels is my go-to store for all my craft supplies. They offer a large selection of arts, crafts, framing, floral, wall d├ęcor, and seasonal merchandise. This prize is good for $10 to spend at your local Michaels or at Michaels.com!

Prize #2: Crochet Coin Purse


I am giving you the chance to win one of my handmade crocheted coin purses. Winner will get to choose from one of the four colors pictured above (orange, green, blue, or pink). Made from premium acrylic yarn, each coin purse measures 3” x 1 1/2” when snapped shut. Purse dimensions are 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” when folded flat. It will fit perfectly in your purse or diaper bag and will keep all your loose change in one place! 

Prize #3: 16-ounce Little Dipper Chrome Slow Cooker 
This Rival Crock-Pot brand slow cooker is ideal for dips and makes entertaining easy! It keeps dips and sauces at a perfect serving temperature for hours. This also would be great for making oatmeal, lil smokies, meatballs, beans, cheese dips, and fondue. Dimensions are 7 x 7 x 5 inches with an attractive stainless steel finish. I will ship this to one lucky winner!


There will be a total of 3 winners. Each winner will get ONE of the prizes listed. Winners will be chosen at random courtesy of Rafflecopter.com. Winners have 24 hours to claim their prize. 

Enter Here:



Thursday, April 26, 2012

Crochet Coin Purse



I love when a crochet pattern is easy and the end product turns out so completely perfect. Like these crochet coin purses! They pattern was simple and worked up quickly. And once you get the hang of it, attaching it to the frame was a cinch. I don't usually buy patterns, but I couldn't find a free one that I liked so I purchased this one from The Hook Hound. The directions were clear and I am so happy with the end result. Made from premium acrylic yarn, each coin purse measures 3” x 1 1/2” when snapped shut. Purse dimensions are 4 1/2” x 4 1/2” when folded flat. The "Everything Mary" brand frame was purchased from JoAnn's fabric store.





If you like this coin purse and want one of your own, this is your lucky day because I will be giving one away in my 500 fan giveaway! Once I reach 500 Facebook fans I will give you all the details. So if you like what you see here, be sure to follow the Repeat Crafter Me Facebook Page!




Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Crock Pot Quinoa Salad


Quinoa (pronounced "Keen-wah") is a new food to our house. It has become very trendy over the past couple years and for good reason. It's a superfood. High in protein, iron and fiber and it's gluten free. It looks like a grain but it is actually a seed from a plant. It was time to try it out for ourselves. I actually bought a quinoa salad from Costco over the weekend, but I wasn't crazy about how crunchy it was. I thought that if I put the quinoa in the crock pot, it would turn out light and fluffy, and I was right! Here is my version of this quinoa salad.

Ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups of pre-washed quinoa. You can buy pre-washed quinoa in a box at Safeway and Trader Joes or check your local grocery store.
- 3 cups chicken broth (or vegetable)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- large handful of baby spinach leaves
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes (halved or quartered)
- 1/2 block of feta cheese, crumbled

Directions:
1. Pour quinoa in crock pot. Add olive oil and stir around.
2. Add chicken broth, salt, cinnamon, and almonds and stir around.
3. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or high for 2-4 hours. (I cooked mine on high for almost 3 hours).

When its done, fluff with fork.
4. Add crumbled feta and baby spinach leaves (you can leave the spinach whole or break them up as I did).
5. Cover and cook for 20 more minutes so leaves become wilted.


6. Transfer to a bowl, add your tomatoes and Serve!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Crock Pot Stuffed Peppers


My husband loves stuffed peppers but I've never tried making them myself. I always thought they would be difficult. Then I came across a recipe for crock pot stuffed peppers and it was as easy as can be! And the best part is that they look so pretty and like they took a lot of talent and time (but they didn't!).

Ingredients:
- 6 peppers (any color)
- 1lb ground beef
- 1 cup cooked white rice
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespons ketchup
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/3 cup water

Directions:
1. Cut tops off peppers and clean out centers. Be sure to save the top.
2. In a bowl mix the ground beef, cooked rice, diced tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, ketchup and black pepper together.
3. Fill each pepper with mixture and nestle into crock pot. put the tops back on the peppers.
4. Pour 1/3 cup water around the base of the peppers.
5. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.




I cooked mine for 7.5 hours (partly because I forgot to check them at 6 hours and partly because I am super paranoid about undercooked food). Next time I probably would have cook them for a little less time only because my peppers became extremely soft and a little too shriveled. Also, they were a little too spicy for me (then again, everything is spicy to me) but my husband doused his in tabasco sauce. Besides those minor things, I would absolutely make this again as it was easy and really good! They were gobbled up by both of us! 







Monday, April 23, 2012

Vegetable Garden Rock Signs


We had gorgeous weather here in Portland, OR this past weekend, making it the perfect time to get out in the garden and plant our vegetables! Big brother and Daddy worked hard weeding, sowing, digging, planting, and watering all of the plants and seeds. It is going to be so rewarding to watch them grow over time and then be able to harvest our own vegetables. We planted a few different types of tomatoes, sweet peas, yellow squash, zucchini, and carrots. We also have pumpkins that we haven't planted yet as well as sunflowers, zinnia, sweet basil and rosemary in pots in the house.



So while the boys were busy getting dirty, I was painting rocks... rocks to be used as garden signs! I used non-toxic acrylic to paint the rocks to look like each vegetable. 


I had a set of alphabet stamps that have been lingering in my junk drawer. I bought them from the Target dollar section at least a year ago and now I finally had a use for them! They were perfect to stamp on the vegetable names. 


I still need to make a couple more and then I may coat them with a clear finish, but they already look great in the garden!








 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Earth Day Felt Counting Book


In honor of Earth Day, I made my boys a little felt counting book. The pictures on each page relate to an element of our earth (plants, water, animals, land, sun). And in every picture there is something to count (more on that below). Each page is half sheet of felt and all the pictures I cut out freehand. The numbers I traced and cut. I glued the pieces down with a hot glue gun and bound the pages together with a piece of yarn.


number templates are from www.coloring-crafts.com.

Now to show you the pages:

One Earth.


Two Birds. Three Hills.

Four Raindrops.

Five Flower Petals.

Six Sun Rays.


Here are the boys reading their new book :o)

Big brother is counting the flower petals to make sure there are five.


We are spending a lot of time getting to know our earth this weekend. We planted our garden, made a trip to the zoo, set up a bird bath and took advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather we are having by going outside! Happy Earth Day!