Wedding Season!

Wedding Season is fast approaching – and I am excited for custom-made gifts and decor for the happy bride and grooms in your life!

I absolutely cherish a custom cutting board that one of our guests made us, and it’s one of the few times when straying from the registry is OK 🙂

Pictured above are some ring dish sets that I’ve made. They’re so cute and the perfect size!

I am also excited to do some signs! I cannot post one’s I’ve made for my friends yet (it may ruin the surprise!) But it will be stained wood with white lettering in this style:

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Painted Wooden Sign – $18

Last, but not least, photos of the kitchen items I can make (the baking dish is SO hard to take a photo of – I need to do some research)

Beyond this, I can make Cake Toppers, Personalized dress hangers, wedding ceremony/reception signage, etched wine glasses or champagne flutes, etc.

Additionally, I have a machine now that will let me make textiles! Need special bridal party shirts? I can do that! We’re going to Disney honeymoon shirts? I can do that!

Weddings are so much fun, and now that I’ve started my business my friends only get personalized or handmade gifts for special occasions. So much fun!

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Craft Fair and Small Business Saturday

On Saturday, I participated in my FIRST EVER craft fair! I had 4 sales on Etsy previously, so this was extremely exciting to reach a new audience and do direct sales. Here’s me at my booth at the start:

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I am so honored and blessed at the friends and family that came to show their support, and I walked away with a successful experience! I learned a lot, and am really encouraged to do this again. Perhaps some summer Farmer’s Markets are in the future!

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My first order was for the customized casserole dishes. I easily sold more custom-made items than pre-made. Though I should have predicted this, I wish I didn’t spend quite so much time building inventory! (Ok, ok, I know it made my booth more attractive and eye-catching).

So, with all my inventory and the joy I’m having making custom gifts for folks, I encourage you to visit my Facebook page Made With Abandon for local sales and customized requests, and my Etsy Page MadeWithAbandon for orders requiring shipment.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family,

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World Map Quote

Summer has started early! With the seasons changing and it getting really nice and warm consistently here in the PNW, I’ve been distracted by hanging out with friends, being outside, and just enjoying the weather! So I apologize for the gap from my last post!

In the same theme as my recent post for the framed inspirational quote, I have been really digging the trend of wordy wall art and home decor.  I find it hard to tell myself no – there needs to be a balance between text, textures, and photos! The idea for this craft came from a friend’s photo on Facebook – it was part of the decoration at their sister’s graduation/going away party. I knew this would be a great gift idea for my brother.  Now that I’ve gifted him this artwork, I can share my process!

Supplies:

  • Map of choice – I used this old-style world map: Rand McNally Classic World Wall Map
  • Paint Pen: Sharpie 63601 Uni-Paint PX-20 Oil-Based Medium Point Marker
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil (we all know Ticonderoga is the best)
  • Graph Paper

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I’m a sucker for the “Dollar Spot” at Target.

Though it’s true, it’s mostly junk, I’ve found a few hidden gems once I suppress my urge to impulse buy all the things (their selection just keeps getting better all the time).

I found some glittery letter stickers and knew I could do something easy and fun with them!

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Dip-dyed Tea Towels

Spring is coming! The weather here in the PNW played dirty tricks.  It was sunny and gorgeous for most of the week and yesterday…until today there’s lots of wind, rain and even some hail.  Let me tell you, the chickens do NOT like it.  Even though they know to go to sleep in their coop when it gets dark, they still don’t realize they can go in there to stay dry in the inclement weather.  But they do know they can go in when it’s too sunny for their taste… go figure.

To bring cheer to this otherwise gloomy day, I thought my next post would be about these brightly-colored tea towels that I made for my mom and mother-in-laws’ birthdays (their birthdays are the day after each other, so they often enjoy the same gift!) I know they don’t mind one bit 🙂

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My idea for this post came from A Beautiful Mess via Brit + Co’s post on DIY Table Linens.

The white tea towels are room essentials “Flour Sack Kitchen Towels” from Target. Four towels for $3.99 – they are awesome! When I picked them up, the cashier told me they sell out all the time. So order them online for in-store pickup if you don’t want to waste a trip!

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barbecued bacon-wrapped shrimp with chili-lime-rum glaze

You had me at bacon.

I first made this for my husband while we were dating, and he might try to convince you it’s the reason he married me (during my Bridal Shower Q&A game, this was his given answer for “favorite food”). Though it’s hard to go wrong with bacon, we’re both shrimp lovers as well. A happy version of surf and turf, the chewy bacon plus al dente shrimp texture makes such a good mouth feel combo. Though there’s multiple ways these could be cooked (baked, broiled, grilled)… I hope I can convince you that if you don’t own a barbecue, you SHOULD. Besides the charredness and grill marks that are only achievable through direct flame heat, there is little to no cleanup! Though opinions may differ, I’m also grateful not to have my house smelling like I liberally sprayed around a bacon scented air freshener for the next two days….

Anyways, when I was coming up with this recipe, I had my meat base of shrimp and bacon – but was looking for a glaze/sauce. In one of my cookbooks, I found a bourbon glaze with butter and brown sugar. Bourbon is not a liquor I stock in my cabinet, but I did have rum. I then made up the rest as I went along and this was the result. The only inspiration left over from that recipe is the Chili Powder. And so, “barbecued bacon-wrapped shrimp with chili-lime-rum glaze” was born.  I’m not good at naming things, apologies in advance for my future children.

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We usually have this as the main part of our meal, but it serves as a great appetizer as well! Adjust the ingredients to your taste preferences, though the chili powder acts somewhat as a thickening agent.

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