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Etched Glass Hydrangea Vase

We are now at the point in our lives where we aren’t attending weddings every weekend of the summer.

It seems that you have two waves of wedding times.  For the first few years out of high school it seems like your summer weekends are only weddings.  Then there is a time when you don’t really attend any weddings, maybe one or two.  Then about your early 30’s you start getting all the invitations to the rest of your friends weddings.  After that, you may get one or two a year, and usually they are family members kids or for the wedding of someone younger than yourselves.

This year we only have two weddings.  One of which we are traveling across the country for and one that happened in the summer.

The one we attended this summer was a wedding of one of my husbands friends.  He is an artist, a very wonderful painter, and for his invitations he drew and painted a hydrangea bouquet.  I thought the perfect gift would be a large glass vase with the same picture etched on it.

Turns out, his style of painting and my starting on the project late, made for the inability to trace the image and create a stencil.

So I did the next best thing.  Found another picture of a hydrangea that I could trace, and made a stencil out of it.

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

 

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

 

I like the glass vases that have the word “flower” etched on it in some foreign language, usually in French.  The groom is Irish and so I decided to use the Gaelic word for flowers which is bláthanna.  Singular for flower would be bláth.

So I found a fancy font with swirls but it was a little thin, so I had to create an offset to make it a little easier to cut.

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

 

 

To keep with the floral, nature theme I made a card with a Cherry Blossom tree.  I found this card base at Bird’s Cards, it’s a free download.  I decided to make it a shaker card adding more cherry blossom flower and glitter.

MSS_Hydrangea Etched Glass Vase

 

Big glass vases that are already decorated can come at a larger price tag.  By decorating it myself, not only could I make it more personal without breaking the bank, and on short notice.

 

 

 

Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday Oct 13th

This past weekend Ian wasn’t feeling super well.  Nothing major, just not his normal self, and he didn’t really eat on Saturday.  He took a super long nap, after which I got him to eat some toast with jelly.

But he wanted to watch a movie in his room, so I got out the trays my sister let me use when he was recovering from his tonsillectomy.

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Even though Sid had already eaten dinner, he wanted to join his brother, so I gave him some bread too.

 

Menu Plan 10/13-10/19

Mon: Panko Breaded Chicken fingers with Mac & Cheese

Tues: Tacos, quesadillas & rice

Wed: Baked Spaghetti 

Thr: Italian Pot Roast & Parmesan Risotto

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed!

Sun: Hearty Oven Beef Stew (didn’t make it last week)

 

 

Happy Cooking

 

Dawn Marie

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Boo-tiful Halloween Treats

Fall is in the air, and for us, that means it’s Halloween time!

Ian loves Halloween.  I mean loves it.

Not just the candy, but the costumes and decorations too.  Since this month’s Silhouette Challenge theme was fall I just knew I had to make something for Halloween.

If you remember from last year I made a candy treat folder and popcorn box for the kids at Ian’s school (those are a couple free printables if you want).  Well that was pre-Silhouette.  Now I can make things a little more intricate.

First I created a little gift bag for the kids at Ian’s school.

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I created the bag with a little spider web window, and it is the perfect size for a couple treats and some stickers.

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On the back panel is the sentiment and a little pumpkin.  Of course I had to make some cute little wrappers for the candy.

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I really like how the window turned out, and I glued a plastic sheet inside so the web doesn’t break.

 

But I didn’t stop there…

 

I decided to make a little candy dish, perfect for Candy Corn.

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I used a hot dog boat file from Oh Happy Day as the base of the dish.  I extend the dish up the back so I could create a little spooky Halloween scene.

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I used foam dimensional tabs to pop out the letters, the lower ghost and the pumpkin.

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I love this little dish, I have visions for a few more.

 I used elements from one of Just So Scrappy‘s digital scrapbooking kit as well as from SVG Cuts.

Here is to Spook-tacular Halloween!

 

 

Dawn Marie

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Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

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Running Log ~ Oct. 9th

Speed Training

I hate the stroller.

Yep, that stroller I talked about before, the one that I was so excited to get.  Yeah, that one.  I hate it.

It is so heavy and hard to steer because it is misaligned.  It adds a minute or two to my pace and I can’t run as long with it.

Last Wednesday while Ian was in school I decided to take Sid for a run.  Not only was I slow by after two miles I had to stop.  I just didn’t want to push it anymore.  I was running in our neighborhood, so I went back to the house.  Parked him in the grass and did sprints up and down the street in front of our house.

I love that I have the freedom to still go for a run when I just have one kid, and I probably still will….but you bet your sweet ass I’m gonna bitch about it the whole time!

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So to recap my speed training last week; ran two miles with the stroller at a 11:52 min/mile pace.  I ran 3.14 miles at a 10:54 pace, and 3.20 miles at a 10:42 pace.  Those were on the treadmill and the distance includes my cool down time.

When I did the 3.14 miles I walked about 1/4 of a mile twice during the run.   But the last one, the 3.20 miles, I didn’t walk even a 1/4 of a mile once.  To me this shows that I am improving my lung function, which is making me stronger and faster.

And then there was last night.  Last night I ran the first mile at 10:42 then increased the speed for the second mile to 10:31.  For the 3rd mile I increased it again to a 10:21.  But at the almost 3/4 mark I increased it again and again at when I had 1/10th of a mile to go.  I was at just over 32 minutes when I hit 3 miles so I kept running till I got to 33 minutes, then started my cool down, for a full five minutes.  My total run was 3.30 miles, I had a technical issue during the first mile that set my time back by a minute, but other than that I didn’t walk at all.

 

I updated my iOS for my iPhone, recently and there is a new app that Apple installs with this update.  At first I was like “ugh! another Apple forced app that I don’t use but takes up space on my home screen!”

But then I opened it and found something I could use!  (no, this is not an endorsement, just my opinion)  It’s called Health, or referred to as Healthkit.

Some of you may already have known this, but I didn’t, the iPhone has a motion sensor (at least the 5 and higher does).  This means it has a pedometer capabilities.  Again, this may be old news to you, but not to me.  I have been wanting to record my steps as well as my miles running.  A GPS app, like Map My Run, won’t work inside my building where I work, especially in the stairwells.  Now I can!  This is exciting news to me, so I thought I’d share it.  I can also record the flights of stairs I take each day, and it connects to Map My Run so I don’t have to record my runs twice.  (It also works with Nike Fuel)

You can also record a bunch of other stuff, but the exciting thing for me is the pedometer function.  Plus it has been recording all month, I saw on Sunday I took over 9,000 steps!

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Just. Keep. Running.

C25K interval information can be found here

A good article about getting faster can be found here

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

 

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