5 Unique Fall Wreaths to DIY

*** This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.***     It’s wreath making time, y’all!  (I don’t know why I just said y’all.  I’m not Southern.  I would never say that in real life.  Something just came over me and y’all felt right in that moment.  So there it is.  Y’all).  I’ve had my pretty spring wreath up all summer, but it definitely doesn’t work for fall.  I looked for some inspiration on Pinterest and came up with these 5 Unique Fall Wreaths to DIY.

Wood and Burlap Fall Wreath:

I love how rustic, yet elegant this Wood & Burlap wreath from Finding Home is.  With simple materials, this wreath would come together in a flash.  Well, other than cutting those wood slices.  If you don’t want to actually cut the wood slices, you can buy some here.

Fall Wreath - The Three Little Pumpkins Wreath - Original FREE SHIPPING:

This is a sweet little wreath that you could have bought on Etsy here, but it’s no longer available. You could totally DIY this though.  A wreath form, some fake moss, a few fake pumpkins, burlap and a glue gun.  BAM. Wreath done.  Check out the other wreaths in that twoinspireyou shop if you’re not into DIY’ing  They are all quite lovely!

Fall Wreath Tutorial the36thavenue.com:

I’m obsessed with this wreath from The 36th Avenue.  How adorable is that?  It’s so unique and it is just screaming at me to start making something, now!

Paper Bag Fall Wreath | POPSUGAR Smart Living:

This super chic wreath that I found on Pop Sugar is made from brown paper bags.  What??  Yes.  Brown paper bags and some faux flowers and this pretty lady could grace your door.  

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This beauty from Consumer Crafts is possibly my favorite.  It actually looks cozy, which is generally not something I would equate with a wreath, but it is definitely giving off that cozy fall vibe.  

So,there you have it.  5 Unique Fall Wreaths to DIY.  You have been properly inspired, now get to it!  Make something.  I’m going to and I will report back next week with a DIY of my own!

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Heirloom Recipe – Chicken Florentine

***This post contains affiliate links.  If you click one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.***        I did something fun yesterday. I went through the recipes that were given to me at my Bridal Shower.  Way back in 2001, before Pinterest, people actually still worked from written recipes, kids!  So quaint, right?  It was really nice to go through the cards and remind myself of that time and some people who I haven’t seen in so long and others who have passed away.  It was sweet to see their handwriting and know they took the time to do this for me.  I picked a few to make and I’m calling them my Heirloom Recipes.  The first one up is Chicken Florentine.

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What I loved about this recipe is that all of the ingredients are very common staple items.  What I thought was a little odd about the recipe was that there was no spinach in it and I always equate Florentine with spinach.  So, I decided to serve it with some sauteed spinach.

Heirloom Recipe:  Chicken Florentine

6-8 Chicken Breasts

1 C Ketchup

1/4 C Finely Chopped Onion

1/4 C Vinegar

3 T Sugar

1 T Salt

1/2 C Water

4 Cloves Garlic, minced

  1.  Preheat the oven to 375
  2. Brown the chicken on both sides.  (Tip:  Make your life easier and invest in an electric griddle.  I use mine all the time for lots of things, eggs, pancakes, bacon, quesadillas and lately I’ve been using it to make big batches of grilled chicken.  Here is a link to one on Amazon:  Presto Electric Griddle
  3. While chicken is browning, mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl
  4. Place the browned chicken in a baking dish and pour the sauce over the chicken.
  5. Bake for 1 hour.

Literally as I was writing this post, my husband walked by and said, “That chicken you made was delicious”.  He has never said that about anything I’ve made ever.  He’ll say that something was good, or tasty or sometimes very good.  Never delicious.  That’s how good this chicken is.

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It was also a winner with the children.  When I told the picky one it had ketchup in it, he was sold.  We had it tonight for dinner reheated in the microwave and it was still delicious!  So many wins in one recipe.  It would be a great and easy dish to make if you’re having company, too.

Ok, go on, go try it!

My Day In Verbs

So have you heard about this new thing where you journal your day with just verbs?  No?  That’s because I just made it up today.  But, it’s kind of genius, if I do say so myself.  (Disclaimer:  I’m about 63% sure I made this up today.  My tiny amount of research on google has not shown me anything close to this idea.  If it already exists, please let me know!  I’d love to read other people’s work).

I was listening to NPR today in the car and while I don’t even remember what it was exactly I was listening to, I started thinking about writing and poetry and journals and memories.  I love to write, but generally not anything flowery or fictional.  I’ve never been one for journaling because it overwhelms me.  So many words and thoughts and feelings.  Eww.  And my memory is so, so below average which makes keeping a journal difficult and at the same time, sort of crucial.  It would be so great to reread things and have those memories, if only I could remember the things to write down.  See the problem there?

So, I drove on and my mind continued wandering and I thought about how in college I loved Hemingway because of his economy of words and sparse use of adjectives.  My mind wandered through parts of speech and I thought about how so much of my day can be described with verbs.  I thought it would be an interesting experiment to see if I could use just verbs to convey what a particular day in my life is like.  It’s at once simple, but also challenging because choosing the right verb will convey the right meaning or feeling of a moment.  I started thinking about ee cummings, another of my favorites and how punctuation and spacing might contribute to a stream of verbs.

When I finally sat down today, I started on my verb journal/poem.  Here’s what I’ve come up with.

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So?  What do you think?  Kind of fun, right?  And a little lyrical, if I do say so myself.  What would your day look like in verbs?  Which one’s would you want more of and which would you want less of?  What words are not listed that I wish were?  Craft?  Hug?  Cook?  I think I will be thinking about how I’m spending my time, my actual doing of things in a different way.  Guys, if you’re reading, I’d love to see your day in verbs!  In fact, let’s hash tag it!  #mydayinverbs.

(If you’re wondering how I got my verbs on that cool paper, I used Picmonkey.  It’s one of their free backgrounds and then I just added the text to it.  I love Picmonkey.)

Fall Capsule Wardrobe from H&M

Fall, seriously, you need to make an appearance in the Northeast.  If I get in my car at 2:30PM tomorrow and it tells me it’s 91 degrees out, I’m going to lose it.  I’m going to melt into a puddle right there in the parking lot.  Yes, the nights have been pleasantly breezy and cool, but I’m SO tired of sweating every.single.day.  Get with it Fall, we need you.  Plus, I really want to start wearing boots again.  And sweaters.  Here’s a gratuitous photo of my feet in boots covered in pretty leaves:

Fall Leaves and Cozy Boots

In preparation for Fall, I have done some virtual shopping at H&M for a capsule wardrobe.  I’ve done this before, but I honestly have never actually taken the plunge to *buy* everything I picked because it seemed like too much money to spend in one sitting, especially when I have a closet full of perfectly good clothing.  But this time I took the plunge and bought everything. I really pared the items down to the bare minimum and I didn’t include shoes or black pants or jeans because I do have a couple of pairs of shoes and boots, a great pair of jeans and a good pair of black pants.  The black pants and jeans can be thrown into the mix, of course, but this 12 piece capsule wardrobe will also give you three weeks of Monday-Friday business casual outfits with no repeats.  Add in the black pants and jeans and you could probably go a full month or more with those fourteen pieces and never wear the same outfit to work twice.  And the best part of all? I spent $203 after a discount I found through Retail Me Not and a free shipping promotion that H&M is offering.

H&M Fall Capsule Wardrobe

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The Pieces:

Navy Blue & White Striped Boatneck Shirt – $14.99

Embroidered Top – $5.99

Short Sleeve Floral Blouse – $14.99

White & Black Patterned Jersey Top – $9.99

Blue Fitted Blouse – $19.99

Patterned Dress – $9.99

Fine Knit Cardigan – $14.99

Jersey Jacket – $34.99

Pencil Skirt – $19.99

Black Textured Skirt – $14.99

Red Slim Fit Pants – $19.99

Patterned Slacks – $17.99

Some of those prices are sale prices, but none of them include the discount I found at Retail Me Not.  The day I searched there was a 10% off code, which is what I used and also a 20% off code for new customers.  The codes can change from day to day, so make sure you check out what’s available before you buy.  And not just from H&M.  I look for a code before I buy pretty much anything from a retailer on-line.

Ok, on to the fun part, the various outfits you can put together!

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What I like about this pared down capsule wardrobe is that you can easily throw in your favorite staples you already own, like those favorite jeans or pair of black pants and make even more outfits.  I also love that there is a lot of color represented.  I see a lot of capsule wardrobes that are mostly monochrome and while I love the ease of that, I do also love color and pattern in my life.

I can’t wait to get my package of goodies in the next few days!  I’ll see if I can get the courage to do a fashion show for you.  Unless of course I try everything on and it’s all a major fail.  Which might be kind of funny.  We’ll see.

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Goat Cheese and Kalamata Olive Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

Ok, Fall, I surrender.  I promise to leave the criminally lazy days of summer behind and get back on the busy train of back to school.  Summer is putting up a good fight here in the Northeast with 90 degree days in the past week, but I am ready for some crisp, sparkly fall days and chilly nights without the deafening whir of the air conditioner.

Beautiful Fall Tree with SkyI’m still obsessed with this picture I took a couple of Falls ago in the cemetery across the street.  This is exactly what I’m looking for out of you, Fall.  Get on it, please.  I don’t want to hear whining about not having enough rain this summer.  We have very high expectations of you, Fall.  Live up to them.

With Fall, comes football and with football comes food.  (Ok, fine, food comes with everything).  To celebrate the first weekend of football, I tried a new recipe.

Goat Cheese and Kalamata Olive Stuffed Mini Sweet Peppers

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Yum!  Have you seen these Mini Sweet Peppers in the grocery store?  I thought they were hot peppers and so I passed by them a few times before I realized they are just miniature versions of sweet bell peppers.  These little guys are the best!  I ate them all summer.  Sometimes raw with some dip (I didn’t even slice them, just dipped them in some dill veggie dip and bit them) and sometimes on the grill, just coated in a bit of olive oil.  I’ve seen a bunch of versions of stuffed mini sweet peppers on Pinterest, so I thought I would give that  a try.

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Ingredients

8-10 Mini Sweet Peppers

4 oz of Goat Cheese

4 oz of Ricotta Cheese

1/2 t salt

1/2 t pepper

1 t basil

8-10 Kalamata Olives, halved

  1.  Mix together cheeses and spices
  2. Slice mini sweet peppers down the middle
  3. Spoon cheese mixture into the peppers
  4. Top with half of a Kalamata olive

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I ate the stuffed peppers just like that, but you could pop these in a 425 oven until the cheese is gooey and melty if you wanted to.  I love salty Kalamata olives, but they are not a universally loved item, so if you would like to make these more pleasing to a variety of palettes, you can switch them out for black olives.  Or, bacon.  I haven’t met anyone yet who doesn’t like some form of bacon.  I’m looking forward to trying to stuff these little guys with more things, too.  Like, maybe a traditional stuffed pepper ground beef mixture, or taco stuffed mini peppers or maybe feta cheese and tomato or buffalo chicken??  The possibilities are endless.   And guess who loves these little guys?  Kids!  Maybe not these goat cheese stuffed ones, but if you make a pizza stuffed mini sweet pepper, you’ve got a really good chance of getting a child to eat a new vegetable.  Kids seem to like anything miniature.  And pizza.

 

 

Summer Recipe – Portuguese Style Clam Boil

You know how foods can evoke memories?  This summer recipe – Portuguese Style Clam Boil, does that for me.  Growing up, once or twice during the summer, my dad and I would split 5 lbs of steamers while lying on the family room rug watching tv.  It is one of those little things that only my dad and I shared.  Not only would no one else in the house eat the little clams; they didn’t even want to smell them!  My mom made us put the shells into plastic bags and freeze them until trash day.  So, yeah, steamers aren’t for everyone.  But if you like them, this is the way you should be cooking them!

Summertime Favorite Portuguese Style Clam Boil

When my dad and I made these, we simply boiled the steamers until the shells opened then dipped them in melted butter and they are absolutely delicious just like that.  However, when I met my husband and had steamers Portuguese style for the first time, I realized we were missing out on some serious flavor.  My mother-in-laws recipe includes chunks of red onion, chorizo, red potatoes and even hot dogs.  Not only do these ingredients add some flavor to the steamers themselves, they also make a delicious broth that you can dip the steamers in.  Actually, my husband drinks the broth right out of a bowl while he is eating the steamers.  I don’t know if I want to admit that out loud, but there it is.

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Does anyone want to hear a funny steamer story?  When my husband and I were dating, we decided to try making steamers ourselves at his apartment.  I had helped my dad make them since I could remember, so I was well aware of the process.  We bought a couple of pounds from a fish market.  When we got them home and started to clean them, it dawned on my husband that the steamers are alive until you boil them.  He COULD NOT bring himself to cook the little guys!  We drove them to the Seekonk River and set them free.  I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have lived too long in that fresh water, but it made future husband happy.  It was many years before we could actually go through with cooking the little clams.

There are some things you should look out for when buying steamers. First of all, here in the Northeast, you can buy them at pretty much any supermarket.  I’ve bought them at supermarkets and they are ok.  I prefer to get them from a fish market, which can be a bit of a process if you don’t have one local.  And I don’t.  However, I was at a Farmer’s Market this past weekend and there was a fish vendor!  I was slightly grossed out at the thought of buying fish from a farmers market because I was imagining fish on ice in the heat, but that was not the case.  The fish guy literally had a little table, empty, in front of a van and all of the fish were packed inside the van on ice and air conditioned.  That worked for me.  I made sure to take a look at the steamers.  The one’s I bought were already packaged in netting, so I could tell that they were all mostly on the smaller side.  When it comes to steamers, smaller is better.  The smaller the steamer, the sweeter.  Plus, even this die hard steamer lover doesn’t like to eat a gigantic steamer belly.  So, definitely look for the smaller steamers.  Finally, you want to check for broken shells.  Because the steamers I bought were already packaged in netting, I couldn’t tell if there were any broken ones jammed into the pack.  Sadly, there were.  Sad because you can’t cook the broken shell ones.  If the steamers shell is broken, it is probably dead and may have been dead for a while and that’s just gross. So throw away any broken shell steamers.

Ok, ready to cook these suckers?

Summer Recipe – Portuguese Style Clam Boil

2lbs Steamer clams, thoroughly rinsed

2-3 Red Potatoes, cut into large chunks

1 lb. Chorizo sausage cut into large chunks

1 Red Onion cut into large chunks

2-3 Hot Dogs cut into large chunks

1/2 stick of melted butter

Salt and Pepper to taste

  1.  Bring about a quart of water to a boil.  You will need enough water to cover all of the ingredients, except the steamers.
  2. While waiting for the water to boil, rinse the steamers thoroughly.  Several times. Once you think they are totally clean and free of any sand, rinse them a couple more times.
  3. Add the potatoes to the water and boil until almost tender
  4. Add the sausage, onion, hot dogs and salt and pepper.  Allow to cook about 5-10 minutes until sausage and hot dogs are heated through.
  5. If necessary, pour out some of the boiling water so that when you add the clams to the pot they are sort of sitting on top of the other ingredients and not completely covered in water.  You really want to steam the steamers, not boil them.
  6. Add the steamers to the pot and cover. Allow to steam about 5 minutes or until all of the steamer shells have opened.  Check carefully that all of the shells have opened.  It shouldn’t take more than 5-7 minutes.  If any of the shells fail to open, toss those clams out.
  7. Place a bowl under a collander and strain the mixture into the collander.  You will want to reserve this broth for dipping the clams
  8. Serve the steamers with melted butter and broth for dipping.  Peel off the weird neck thingy before eating the clams (see the picture below of the steamers in butter for a visual of the naked neck. The picture below that one shows the steamers before the neck thing has been removed).  The melted butter for dipping is my favorite!

Steamers in Butter

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Enjoy!

Easy Art – Tissue Paper Collage

***This post contains affiliate links. If you click one and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission.***        A few posts back I wrote about upcoming projects I wanted to tackle.  This was one of them:

I love that pixelated, colorful wall.  I thought it would be cool to use that as inspiration for some DIY artwork.  I don’t have the skills to paint something like that, but I thought I could probably do something similar with tissue paper cut into geometric pieces.  And, of course, a bit of Mod Podge. Scratch that, a whole lot of Mod Podge.

Here are my finished products:

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The first one is inspired by my dining room wall, which looks like this:

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I think it’s a pretty cool interpretation of the wall.  I’ve often said that that wall is one of my proudest DIY moments, so it was a lot fun to replicate it.  PS, the wall is wall papered, not painted.  I don’t have mad painting skills, remember?  Click the pic (affiliate link) below if you are interested in purchasing the wallpaper for yourself.  I did hang it myself, with a lot of help from my super handy and patient mom.

Ok, but back to what I was talking about before I got totally distracted by my crazy awesome wallpaper.

The Easy Art.  My second try at the tissue paper/geometric mod podged art is more directly inspired from the wall in that cool work space above.  Just a series of overlapping colors that are translucent.  As you layer the pieces of the tissue paper, you create new variations of the color.  It was really a lot of fun to make and definitely satisfies the struggling artist inside of you.

Materials

Fiskars Hexagon Squeeze Punch 

Hygloss 100 Tissue Assortment Bleeding Sheets

Stretched Canvas

Mod Podge

Small paint brush

Note:  I was in struggling artist mode while making these and didn’t take any pictures of the process.  But, I’m kind of glad, because there really is no method to the madness.

Step 1:

Cut out a variety of colors of tissue paper with the hexagon squeeze punch. I found it to be much easier to keep the little hexagons sorted by color, until one day I left the windows open in the dining room and my little hexagons blew all over the place.  I’m still finding hexagons in random places

Step 2: Choose an inspiration picture or graphic (as I did with the dining room wall inspired piece) or, don’t, and just follow your inner artist.

Step 3:  Apply about a couple of square inches of mod podge to the canvas at whatever part of the canvas you have decided to start with.  With both of my pieces I started at the top left hand corner. I have no idea why.  Start in the middle, if you want, you rebel!

Step 4:  Place your hexagon tissue pieces on the mod podged areas, overlapping each piece a little bit.

Step 5:  Repeat steps 4&5 until your inner artist is satisfied!

I loved this craft because it was fairly simple, but also time consuming.  It did take several hours spread out over the course of a few days to get these two completed.  But I like having a project to work on.  It was sort of like leaving a puzzle laid out on the dining room table.  Except if anyone tried to work on it, they were in for a world of hurt.   Just kidding.  (No I’m not).

I hope you give this a try and please, please, please, share your results!!

Easy Art - Tissue Paper Collage

I Tried It – Salad in a Cup

***This post contains an affiliate link.  If you click on it and purchase something, I may receive a small commission.***    I have discovered the best beach/ball game/travelling food.  It is healthy.  It is easy to make.  It is easy to eat on the go.  What is this amazing discovery?  A Salad in a Cup.

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It is so special that I had to present it to you in the classic pyramid style.  It is basically the 8th wonder of the world.  And I made it in my kitchen.  Actually, the first time I made it was in a tiny motel room during our trip to Old Orchard Beach, ME. This beautiful beach below is where I tested the beach-worthiness of this discovery.

Another beautiful sunset at #oldorchardbeach:

I’ve seen many salads in mason jars, and this is basically the same idea.  But, really, a mason jar is not something I want to bring to the beach.  Or to one of the 40 softball games I will have attended before this summer is over.  No exaggeration.  40 softball games.  But a plastic cup that you might use for a smoothie?  That has a lid?  And the perfect spot to stick a plastic fork in?  That I can get on board with.

These are the cups that I bought from Amazon:

A World Of Deals Plastic Clear Cup Set with Flat Lids, 100 Sets, 16 oz.

 

They were $17.49 for 100 cups and lids.

Making the salads is pretty simple.  The amounts listed below are eyeballed!

Salad in A Cup

Ingredients:Ingredients for Salad in a Cup

The ingredient list is whatever you love in your salad.  I like some lettuce, something crunchy, something sweet, some cheese and something with some protein.  When I made these on vacation, I made a Chicken Ceasar Salad version that was delicious.

1-2 T of your favorite salad dressing

3 Sweet Peas cut into bite size pieces

3-4 Mini Bell Peppers cut into bit size pieces

1 T black olives

2 T Chick Peas

1 T Goat Cheese, crumbled

2 T Dried Cranberries

2 T Slivered Almonds

1 c of your favorite salad Lettuce (or spinach or other leafy green!)

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  1.  Pour your salad dressing into the bottom of the cup.
  2. Add the denser vegetables, like Sweet Peas and Mini Bell Peppers, first.
  3. Add the cheese.
  4. Add the olives, chick peas, dried cranberries and slivered almonds.
  5. Add the lettuce last.  Do not over pack the salad.  You need a little room for the ingredients to move around in the next step.
  6. When you are ready to eat the salad, shake it until the dressing is evenly distributed.

There is a method to my ingredient order madness.  You definitely do not want to add the lettuce in directly after the dressing because it will get wilty and gross.  The denser veggies like the bell peppers and sweet peas can handle the dressing.  I think alternating the heavier veggies with things like the cheese crumbles is also important because it helps when you are shaking and trying to distribute the dressing.  There is no actual science to back that up, but I’m going with it anyway.  It does take a bit of shaking to get the dressing distributed.  Speaking of distributing salad dressing, did you know that the greatest contribution the Kardashians have made to human kind is the genius idea of shaking your plastic take out salad container after adding your dressing to distribute it?  True story.

So, there you have it people.  The Salad in a Cup!  Pack a bunch in your cooler for your next beach trip!  Ooh, and let me know your favorite flavor combos!!

The Kids View:

 The Salad Cup is like a salad but in a cup lol it tastes great with a crunchy leaf on the top. My mom cooked okay but kinda of overcooked the leaf  but a fresh taste. I thought i was going to hate it but it was good and healthy this might be the only healthy option for me jk.            ~ WILL THE THRILL RIDE.

 

Thanks, kid.

I Tried It – Gluten Free Crispy Coconut Chicken Nuggets

The summer is such a weird food time.  Weird, but good.  I find myself not really wanting to eat meals so much as wanting to gnaw on pieces of steak or other protein and raw vegetables.  It’s a simpler time, I guess.  Like, caveman simple.  I was researching gluten free summer foods and came across a recipe for Crispy Coconut Chicken Nuggets.  So, I tried it.  Naturally.

Gluten Free Crispy Coconut Chicken Nuggets

These little nuggets came out delicious!  They were easy to make, although I do find frying things to be tedious work.  I’m sort of a multi-tasker and when you are frying, you really ought to only do one thing at a time.  Cause, ya know, fires.  I found this amazing recipe from Num’s The Word, which is my new favorite blog name.

I like this nugget size food because it is so easy to transport. I could pop these in a plastic cup and bring them to the ball field and munch on them.  Or, I could add a few to a salad.  Watch for an upcoming post on summer food, where I explain why you should be making salads in large, lidded coffee cups and taking them to the beach.  Best thing ever.  That’s an exaggeration.  Salads in coffee cups can’t compete with espresso fudge.  But, as far as healthy beach going fare, salads in coffee cups are pretty darn awesome.

Speaking of summer, this one is shaping up to be one of the best yet for my family!  We have already had a couple of weekend trips, including one to Old Orchard Beach, ME.  The beach there is truly spectacular.

Another beautiful sunset at #oldorchardbeach:

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And we still have our annual trip to Lake Winnipesaukee to look forward to.  We’ll be spending one long, full week there and I’m excited to relax and stare at the lake for several days.  In between visits to Fun Spot.  If you want to read more about Lake Winni, you can check out this post.

 

DIY Bleach Pen T Shirts for 4th of July

I’m coming to you from beautiful Old Orchard Beach in Maine!  This post is entirely done on my phone,  so bear with me!

I really wanted to make t-shirts for the kids and I had seen some cute ones on Pinterest made with bleach pens.

 

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That’s Mr. USA on the left and Miss Independent on the right!

These were super easy to make.   Here’s a mostly pictorial tutorial.

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You’ll need a T shirt,  some chalk,  a bleach pen or two and some type of flat cardboard to insert into the shirt so that you’re bleach doesn’t bleed through to the opposite side of the shirt.

Step 1.  Insert a piece of cardboard into the shirt.   Lay the shirt on a flat surface.

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Step 2: Use the chalk to make a rough draft of your design.   Do not skip this step and go straight to the bleach.  Trust me. I erased my chalk renderings a couple of times before I was happy with the way things looked.

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Step 4:  Trace over your chalk outline with the bleach pen.   This part is way easier than I thought it would be.

Step 5:  Allow the bleach to dry for about an hour.

Step 6:  Rinse the bleach from the shirt in cold water.   After rinsing you may decide to go over your design with the bleach again.   I did this on the red t shirt.   The blue one didn’t need it.

Step 7:  Wash your shirt as you normally would,  but you may want to wash it alone or with whites only.

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And that’s it!   Easy as pie!