Hanging Mason Jar Votive Lanterns

My daughter’s now-husband was a typical groom when it came to the wedding planning.  He was happy to be there, but didn’t have many things he was opinionated about.  Because of that, when he did express a desire to have something we tried to make it happen.  These little lanterns just happened to be one of those things.

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This is a project the bride and groom took on themselves and had finished in no time.  I wish I could show you a photo of the two of them working away at it, but I failed to take any.  If I could go back and do it over, that’s the one thing I would change.  More photos.

Anyway, to make these, remove the lids from the jars.  Lay the ring top down on a piece of wood and find a large nail.

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Make two marks directly across from each other and hammer the nail through at those points to create holes.

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Cut a length of wire that will allow the jar to hang at whatever height you choose, plus a couple of inches extra on each end.  Feed the wire up through the hole and twist it around itself.

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Repeat on the other side and twist back onto the jar.  Add a candle and it’s ready to go.

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We went with all battery-operated candles for the wedding for three reasons.  The first, and most important, is that we knew there would be a lot of little kids in attendance and we didn’t want any of them getting burned.  Second, we didn’t want to burn the forest surrounding our house down.   That one was pretty important too.  The last reason was convenience.  We were able to turn the candles on while decorating earlier in the day. 

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As it started to get dark, all of the candles started to gradually become more obvious because they were already lit.  It created a pretty glow as the evening progressed.

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If you don’t happen to have any of our above issues, these would also be lovely with a real candle.  Come to think of it, these would make a great wedding favor for your guests too.  Chalk one up for the groom!

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Quilt! Knit! Stitch!

It’s been a very long time since I attended a sewing show.  In fact, it’s probably been more than 10 years.  When I saw that Quilt! Knit! Stitch! was making it’s Portland debut, I decided maybe it was time to give it another go.

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I got my daughter on board with the Knit! part, but I was a little skeptical that the $10 per person entry fee, plus parking, was going to be worth it.  That seemed a little steep considering I knew it was going to be full of vendors also wanting a peek into my wallet.  I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised.  We ended up spending over three hours there!

There were two sides to the show:  display pieces and vendors.  We started on the display side, which was set up like a museum.  The first thing we came to was a Community Garden.  It was a fabric tree covered in flowers made by attendees.  They offered to let us make some to add, but we were anxious to see what was ahead.

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There were some truly amazing works of art.  They started with those made of yarn, like this crochet piece from local Jo Hamilton, representing the city of Portland.

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This quilt, called Gathering Hearty Roses, was made by a group of four quilters from Japan who have been creating together for 20 years.  Aiko Miyata, Norimi Tashiro, Nobuko Kotani and Reiko Terui each made one of the hearts, then put them together.

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I couldn’t get a photo that would do justice to Scarlett’s Crimson by Philippa Naylor from the U.K.  She drafted the pattern, then used piecing, quilting and applique to create this beauty.  She was inspired by 1950’s couture ball gowns.

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I love the color and style of Indian Summer Sunset by Shirley Gisi from Colorado.

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Jane Sassaman was inspired to make Illinois Album by the rural areas of her own state.

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Cindy Hickok, from Texas, had several 3D pieces made with machine embroidery, but my favorite was See the U.S.A.

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Alice’s Kitchen by Miki Murakami of Japan was a real eye-catcher.

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We moved on to the vendor side, which seemed to go on forever.  One the first booths we stepped into remained one of our favorites.  We even went back to it at the end to buy a book and chat with the author, Kay MacKenzie.

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You can visit Kay at her book website and applique blog.  She had so many cute things, but the Studio sign, which is in the above book, is the first thing I want to make.

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There were a few trends we spotted while we shopped.  Wool felt projects were everywhere.  Bertie’s Year, from Bonnie Sullivan, was a particularly fun set of patterns.

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Another prevalent theme was super-tiny quilts.  It really made me want to give one a try.  Imagine how happy we were when we walked by the Moda Bakeshop booth and they handed us each of us a sweet pack of 2 1/2” squares!

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You know how much I love to rip out a seam, but after holding this seam ripper from Lumenaris in my hand, I had to have one.  This thing is the perfect size and weight.  I’ve already used it, and I’m very happy to add it to my tool box.

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Overall, Quilt! Knit! Stitch! was a fun afternoon.  My daughter was hoping for more knitting and crochet patterns, but she enjoyed admiring the yarn.  I’m hoping the show returns next year!

Cedar Log Ring Bearer Box

I don’t remember how it started, whether my son volunteered or my daughter asked, but it came to be that my son, Tucker, was assigned the job of making something for the ring bearer to carry the rings in for the wedding ceremony.  It seemed appropriate since Tucker was the best man and would have to remove them from whatever he came up with in front of a crowd of people. 

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Tucker took all the metals classes his high school had to offer, and threw in wood shop near the end.  His dad is a wood worker, so he had a bit of experience in that area already.  Recently, he’s also taken up leather working, so he didn’t have any trouble coming up with an idea for the ring box.  He spent hours in the school shop, then at home after he graduated, lovingly turning a plain log into an heirloom his sister and new brother-in-law will treasure forever.

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Once he had finished the box, we talked about what should go inside.  He had carefully carved out a rectangular hole, which seemed perfect to fit a pillow into.  He was planning to sew the pillow himself, but time was running short, so I took care of it for him.  I’ll be explaining more about this in a future story, but I made the pillow out of a piece of my cut-up wedding dress and a leather cord.

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The ring bearer, my nephew Greyson, carried that box like a champ.  He’s a little hard to spot in this photo, but it’s the only one I have of him so far.  He was the best ring bearer ever!

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I was a little worried it would be hard for Tucker to unbuckle those leather straps when it was time to hand over the rings.  I should have known better than to think he’d do that to himself.

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I don’t know if I’ve ever seen my son work on something with such care for so long as he did this box.  He and his sister are very close, and I know he wanted to make her something special, not only for the wedding, but as a keepsake to remember what a great day it was.  He hit it out of the park.

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Undercover Tourist News and Giveaway

This post is sponsored by Undercover Tourist.

As you all know, I’ve been working with Undercover Tourist for a year now, sharing one of my favorite craft themes:  Disney!

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Until recently, Undercover Tourist was focused on Florida attractions, but recently they’ve branched out into southern California.  You can now purchase discounted tickets for Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld San Diego and San Diego Harbor Cruises.  This is great news for my family since we’re on the west coast and spend lots of time vacationing in California.

To celebrate their new offerings, Undercover Tourist has unveiled a newly redesigned website.  In addition to the discount tickets for Florida and California, you’ll find handy features like Crowd Calendars, Touring Plans and a Wait Time app.  They also have planning guides for Orlando, Las Angeles and San Diego covering all the different aspects of your vacation, like where to stay, what to eat and when to do it in the first place.

While visiting the new website, take a minute to check out all the Disney crafts by their other crafty contributor, Crafting in the Rain.  She has some cute crafts and recipes for my fellow Disney fans!

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If all this has you in the mood for a vacation, don’t miss your chance to enter Undercover Tourist’s Hopping into Southern California Giveaway.  Jump over to their website to find out how to win a 4-pack of tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood, SeaWorld Sand Diego AND a San Diego Harbor Cruise!

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My family is visiting Disneyland next month, so we’ll get southern California all warmed up for you!

Personalized Drinking Jar Wedding Favors

Welcome to my first Wedding Wednesday!  I made a list of all the different things I want to tell you about, and if I actually find photos and address one per week, we should be done somewhere around Easter.  I’ll try to condense a little.

I want to start with one of my favorite and most lengthy projects – the wedding favors.  My daughter wanted to feature mason jars, so we decided early on that we’d use them as drinking glasses.  From there it morphed into painting them with a little chalkboard paint so guests could write their names on them, to painting the names on with glass paint, to cutting the names from permanent vinyl and adding a lid with a grommet and straw and making them the take-home wedding favors.  With about 225 invited guests and extra jars for surprises, it was an ambitious undertaking but one I was happy to take on.

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Last winter, my husband decided I needed a Silhouette Cameo.  I didn’t think I really did.  I figured it would be fun to play with once in a while, but would mostly just take up space.  Let me tell you, much of what I made for that wedding couldn’t have happened without it.  This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Silhouette, I’m just here to tell you that I’m a huge fan now.  I found the software easy to use, the prices and selection for art very reasonable and the learning curve to get started with the machine wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected.  Commercial over, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

I set up a template page for the names and just returned to it each time I needed to start a new one.  There were many, many pages.  I bought grey permanent vinyl on Amazon, which by happy accident ended up looking a little like the glasses were etched.

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I used cheap, clear vinyl over the top as a transfer medium, then cut all of the names apart.  All that was left once that was done was to wipe the jars down with rubbing alcohol and apply the names.

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While I was working on the glass, my husband was crafting the lids.  After doing a couple by hand, he did a little shopping and found this contraption.

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It was $65 on Ebay and came with some grommets.  When you’re looking at making nearly 20 dozen of these, that cost is so worth it.  To start, he drilled holes in the center of the lids with a 7/16” drill bit.  He ultimately used his drill press because he ended up with smoother holes and it took less time, but a regular drill can work too.

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He inserted the larger side of a #2 size (a tiny bit shy of 1/2”) grommet into the hole and slipped the smaller side onto the back.

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A quick punch with the grommet-squisher…

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And we had lids that straws fit into perfectly.

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Of course, since the wedding colors were yellow and grey, we searched the world for yellow straws.

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I couldn’t be happier with the way these turned out.  They worked well for holding the tea and lemonade we served, and the lid kept out the pesky bugs.

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We wanted to make sure guests understood that they could take these home, so I again used my Cameo to make a sign.  We just used 1/8” hickory plywood that my husband cut to size, added the lettering, and I found that cute mason jar (with the word Love on it already) in the Silhouette store.  I improvised the yellow vinyl straw.

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These were a huge hit with our guests and a great way to help them find their seats.  In fact, we only had one jar left behind at the end of the night!

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Late Summer Preview

It’s August, and last time I really felt like life wasn’t made of pure chaos it was April.  I was absent from this space for much of July, but now I’ve caught my breath and I’m ready to dive back in.  To start out, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into what you can expect coming up.

First of all, the wedding was fantastic, and I have so much to share with you!  For the foreseeable future, we’re going to have Wedding Wednesdays.  I have some tutorials for things my husband and I made, and even one from the bride and groom. I also want to show you some amazing stuff, like the ring bearer box my son spent months crafting.  Don’t worry, I’ll try to slip some non-wedding projects in between those Wednesdays.

Here’s a sneak peek from their fantastic photographer, Heather Fitch.

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I have a couple of sewing books I’ll be reviewing soon.  Super Stitches Sewing by Nicole Vasbinder and Basic Black by Sato Watanabe have been patiently sitting next to my computer.

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I also have some exciting news to share with West Coast vacationers from my friends at Undercover Tourist.  Especially timely, since I’ll be among you next month!  You can expect a new Disney craft to add to my collection soon.

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All of my customizable items have been returned to my Etsy shop, including the pencil coffee sleeve that can have your favorite teacher’s name hand-embroidered on it.

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So, there’s a bit of what you can look forward to in the coming months.  I hope you’ll join me!

Mickey and Minnie Mousekeeping Tip Envelopes

With only a couple of weeks to go, I’m working on wedding stuff like a madwoman.  However, after that’s over we have another big event coming – a trip to Disneyland!  We’re celebrating a marriage, a birthday, two high school graduations, two college graduations and just life awesomeness in general, so it’s kind of a big deal.  But behind all the fun and sparkle are the unsung heroes of Disney Mousekeeping.  That’s right, the fantastic people who keep us from living like not-cute, not-cartoony farm animals while we’re staying at the Happiest Place on Earth.  And boy, do they deserve a tip when we leave.

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You might remember Mickey from a couple of years ago.

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But I added an option for the fans of his girl, Minnie.

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To find out how to make these and download the free printables, visit my froggy friends at Undercover Tourist!  I can’t wait to use these.  I might have to split the tip in half, just so I don’t have to leave a mouse behind.

Office Organization Station

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Yep, that’s me.  I am the queen of lists, and more than once I’ve crossed off the last item before tossing it in the trash.  I know once it’s finished there’s no need to mark that last box, but it just isn’t complete until I’ve done it.  I like my organization with a little side of obsession for flavor.  With the wedding coming up, you know I’m in full organizational mode.  My daughter and I decided it would be nice to put it up on the wall where we could both see it easily.  I think she’s trying to slow my list-making roll.

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Craft Warehouse has been carrying these square frames for a good ten years or so, and I’ve wanted to make one of these with them for about that long.  There are so many ways you could go with this, but I wanted a dry erase board, a calendar and something I could stick magnets to.  I also had the U.S. map scrapbook paper that I bought a long time ago and never found a use for, so four frames was perfect for me.  They also had the twig hanger, which I loved, so I brought that home too.

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I wanted to make sure they all hung together straight, so that’s where my husband and his trusty brad nailer came in.  I removed the glass and backing from each frame, then he lined them all up and secured them with three nails between each side.

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After that it was just a matter of putting in the guts.  The metal square went on top of the glass, as well as the dry erase.  In hindsight, I probably could have put a piece of paper behind the glass and just used it, but what’s done is done.  I did put a piece of scrapbook paper behind the glass with the calendar on top of it.  The map is behind the glass as well.  The backs went back on like they ordinarily would when framing a picture.

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My husband placed the nails for hanging.  That’s been our deal ever since I nailed the pocket door shut in our bedroom.

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After the frames were up, the next step was to hang the hook for the jars to hold the pens and eraser.

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While he worked on that, I took the jar rings outside and used a hammer and nail to poke two holes across from each other.

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I figured out how long I wanted them to hang and cut an appropriate length of wire, making sure there was enough to wrap back onto itself.  I stuck it through the holes on each side and twisted.

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I put the lids back on the jars, filled them with the eraser and dry-erase markers and hung them in place.

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I don’t know why I waited so long.  This didn’t take much time at all, and the whole project cost me about $45.  Not a bad price for my peace of mind.

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Reynolds High School

I hope you’ll all forgive this side-step from my usual craft and sewing posts today.  My heart is heavy and I’d like to talk about it a little.  Thank you for understanding.

I’ve shared with you the fact that my husband is in law enforcement.  He’s the lieutenant for an agency a couple of cities over from where we live.  It’s a lovely little community which sits on the Sandy River where it meets the Columbia.  It’s also the location of the school shooting yesterday at Reynolds High School.

This incident falls into the category of training that the police receive but hope they’ll never have to use.  They knew what to do, and they did it with calm precision.  Two lives were lost, but many were saved because of these men and women, coupled with the fact that students and staff behaved with bravery.  A teacher, struck by a bullet, made his way to the office to initiate lock down procedures. 

I spent the day yesterday watching the news, which was punctuated by the audio from the radio contact between the officers and dispatch.  One of those voices belonged to my husband.  I listened to him barking orders, and I hadn’t even been able to talk to him at all yet.  Tears fell, because I know this is one of those events that will stick with everyone involved forever.  Our police family is hurting.

I’m not here to talk about guns or mental health.  I don’t know why this person did what he did and I hope his name and face see as little air time as possible.  I’m thankful he can’t hurt anyone else.  I just want to ask for your prayers and good thoughts for a community dealing with something no one should ever have to.

Father’s Day Tool Box Treats

My husband is difficult to shop for.  He’s a fix-it guy, so most of his wish list is tool related, but if he needs one he just buys it.  The other things he wants are generally out of my price range when it comes to Father’s Day.  I came up with a fun idea last year, but it was too close to the wire to share here so I had to save it.  Imagine how delighted I was when I remembered it before Father’s Day instead of after!

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To make this tool box full of treats, you’ll need a 4-pack of Starbucks Frappuccinos, these printables and Dad’s favorite candy.  If you want to put candy into the bottles, you’ll need to empty a couple of them.  My son and I took the hit on that one.

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Cut out all the pieces.  Glue the bottom on, folding and wrapping the tabs up the sides.

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Glue the tool box drawers onto the front.

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Add the blank red piece to the back.  You could use that area to write a personal note.

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Glue the ends with the words on over the tabs.

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Fold the handle and glue over the top.

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Wrap the bottle covers around the center and glue where it overlaps.

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Glue the screw tops to the bottle caps.

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In order to have the bottles sit a bit higher in the carrier, I added a layer of candy in the bottom.

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Carefully slide in the bottles so the labels don’t get torn.

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And you’ve got the perfect set of tools for Dad!

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