Antiques and Anacortes

A few weeks ago my friends and I went up to Anacortes for a antique adventure (seriously check out that link because every time I think about ANTIQUES I think of this video, haha!)! I went with Holly, Lauren and Megan (also bloggers! Aqua Elephant, Diary of this Girl, and Elle Hey No you can check out their finds at the links!)

I was able to snag the third Pyrex bowl in a set I have been looking for…now all I need is the small blue one!

And Holly this past weekend saw this for me!

So I am well on my way with the snowflake print collection!

I also scored when I found the most amazing depression glass cake plates-all three tiered!!

So beautiful and I can’t wait to use them for desserts or apps or whatever I can!

I can’t wait to go shopping more with these girls!

Do you have any cool antique shops or cities you go??

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Twin Peaks

Have you watched the DVD’s of the show Twin Peaks? I feel like everyone has been talking about watching the brief 2 seasons of this early 1990’s weird tv show. Season 1 I liked but 2 just got to sci-fi for me! But since it was filmed in Washington I knew I’d want to geek out and go to some of the places. Holly and my Dad had just also finished watching Twin Peaks so we planned a day to head out to North Bend to go to the Twin Peaks Cafe (Twede’s cafe). Our first stop was in Snoqualmie to the Falls. Beautiful!

Then to get the famous Cherry Pie!

None of us got the ‘Damn Good Cup of Coffee’ though.

The pie was delish! The crust was almost biscuit like and I can never say no to soft serve ice cream! Yum!

Oh and check out Holly’s great photos of the day too!

Have you done anything geeky lately?!

{Travel}: Portlandia

By now I think everyone is familiar with the show Portlandia and it’s famous “put a bird on it.” If you are not please educate yourself here. It is so funny!

I headed to Portland, OR for a good friend Audrey’s Bachelorette Party! I had to drive a rental car because SOME ONE pulled a Hit and Run on my PARKED car! Needless to say, I am not happy for a $$$$$ mistake I didn’t even cause. Thanks for not leaving your info. Okay I’m done.

We had perfect weather and although I only was there a night I love Portland! It’s Seattle’s cousin Vinny. We stayed in downtown-which by the way was crazy! I felt like I was in Vegas or something…and I don’t remember the Portland night life being like that in the past. Could have been the 200 bachelorette parties there though!

We went to Saucebox for dinner. They had great cocktails like this giant pineapple drink! And I of course ordered the PuPu Platter…

It was delish! After many drinks and some one cutting their hand on a broken glass we headed out to a few bars for the night! The next morning Audrey made sure us out of towners made it to the legendary Voo Doo Doughuts!

They have some crazy doughnuts. Bacon Maple Bar was delish! But the rest of the random doughnuts were overwhelmingly sweet for me! Still super fun to stop and look at all the different kinds. And they have a line out the door 24/7!

I wish I had had more time to shop at some of my favorite shops-sales tax free! Another time though…

What are your favorite things about Portland?

Put a Bird on it,

{Crafts}: First Class Retirement Party Invitations

I am so excited to start sharing with you some of the great DIY stuff I created for my Dad’s airplane/travel themed retirement party! It all began with my first etsy order (unbelievable I know!) of some air mail Japanese tape. And so began all of the planning. I needed air mail envelopes, blue balloons with clouds, to design an invitation, a banner, etc. So to kick it all off here is the first project!

Project #1: Boarding Pass Invitations and Air Mail Envelopes

Tools

  • Boarding pass template-I found mine at aylee bits with a great tutorial too!
  • Program similar to Microsoft Publisher
  • Font similar to OC RA (I downloaded mine from dafonts.com)
  • Color printer and off white card stock or through printing service like Kinko’s
  • Paper cutter/scissors
  • Perforate cutter
  • Air Mail envelopes (I found mine on Amazon.com)
  • Japanese air mail masking tape (I found mine on etsy.com)
  • Travel acrylic stamps (I found mine at a local craft store)

Instructions/Tips

  • Download the aylee bits boarding pass template. I used the template on a blank Microsoft Publisher document and added clip art and text as I wanted in the first template.
  • For the font I downloaded the OCRA text that looks like an old boarding pass font.
  • Here is an example pdf of what words/images you might use
  • Here is the sloppy edited version of the pdf. Sorry about that! Go to the pdf link it is much better looking!
  • Once you have designed your first invitation on the template, copy and paste it in the remaining two spots.
  • Print as many as you need in color on card stock-I used Kinko’s to print mine.
  • Cut each template out and using the perforate tool and ruler on a mat score where you would like to create a tear off look on the boarding pass. I perforated the edge where the directions to the party were so it was like a seat stub on a boarding pass and where the edge with the seat belt and seat number were. Such a cool tool!
  • I ordered some air mail envelopes (a ton so I can use them for other stuff!)
  • To seal the envelopes I used that awesome Japanese air mail masking tape!

These are a great fun way to get people excited about the party! Super inexpensive too!

Fly Away,

{Travel}: Olympic Peninsula

A week or so ago (Sorry I am catching up!) I went out to Ocean Shores, WA with Brad and his mom for a mini vacation to enjoy the WA coast!

It wasn’t a tropical beach but that didn’t stop Brad from going into the frigid ocean!

Ocean Shores has a new souvenir shop called Sharky’s with a giant Great White at the entrance. We were super excited for all of the cool shark stuff, to then be underwhelmed with what the store actually had. But that’s because we are used to the HUGE souvenir city in Gulf Shores, AL with TONS of stuff. I did find Brad a cool book about the making of Jaws though!After a relaxing beach weekend we drove up to Lake Quinault on the way home and saw the World’s Largest Spruce Tree!

We then stopped at the historic Lake Quinault Lodge.

And the beautiful and peaceful Lake Quinault.

We also stopped on the way home in Dupont, WA at a pizza place called Farrelli’s Wood Fire Pizza. And the Americana pizza was DELISH! Highly recommend stopping here.

Now I need a vacation from all of my vacations. Do you ever feel like that?

Here’s to relaxin’,

A First Class Ticket to Retirement

My dad officially retired this year! Congrats! My brother and Jan had a great idea to throw him a retirement party and the party planner in me was unleashed! It didn’t take me long to come up with a perfect theme. My dad was in the Air Force and worked for the airlines for a bit and has always enjoyed anything to do with flight and planes. So we created a First Class retirement party for the Captain!

We had a great backyard BBQ with friends and family and had enough BBQ chicken to feed the block! All the airplane/travel themed party ideas will be shared in various craft project posts and you can look forward to DIY boarding pass invitation in air mail envelopes, fringe streamers, luggage tag silverware and MORE! I also created an inspiration idea board here at pinterest!

I didn’t make the cloud balloons but the fit the party perfect and I found them online and had Safeway fill them up with helium for me when I made a pit stop to pick up airplane snacks.

MMM…pretzels and peanuts! Adam and Jan the master chef’s they are made amazing roasted corn on the cob and TWO types of BBQ chicken!

We also had old fashioned bottled cokes, a garden salad from our veggie garden, beers, a jello and potato salad my aunt made and two delicious pies our family friend Ann made.

The show stealer of the party was Baby Connor who’s new best friend is Brad.

Brad helped him water the plants…

How to cheers drinks…

And how to chug your drink!

All I taught him was to do a senior portrait pose…

SO CUTE!!! My friends make cute kids.

I also found this perfect blue mailbox from Joann’s to go with the air mail idea and made a perfect place for people to leave cards for my dad! I can’t wait to share all the projects with you!

Fly Away,

{The List}: Fear of Drowning

I am afraid of 5 things. 1. Death 2. Drowning 3. Bees 4. Needles 5. Snakes. All can result in death, hence why it is #1. I love water, but fast moving rivers really scare me and so does the idea of white water rafting. Why would THAT be a good idea?! Surely, I would die.

So I never thought to put it on my list until my friend AY suggested it for her Lumberjack Bachelorette Party and it became #121. After I was assured I wouldn’t A. Die or B. Die I signed my life away to the Wenatchee River.

As we arrived to a packed parking lot of buses, people and rafts I began to panic. I don’t want to die TODAY! As I put on my wet suit, which happened to already be wet in all the wrong spots like blaring warning flags of DO NOT GO, I looked around at our potential rafting guides. We had our choices of Tom Sawyer a juvenile, Harrison Ford an obviously seasoned veteran, Bon Jovi a bandana wearing tough girl, the Hulk, an outdoors mom with her young daughter and the ultimate river leader.  All very good options-except Tom Sawyer. This kid didn’t know his left from his right. I am so thankful we got the outdoors mom with her daughter (additional safety since her daughter was with us) and the other half got the Bon Jovi girl who looked like she wrestles gators on the weekends. All in all, safe guides, all the less likely to kill us.

Our group of girls decided that in order for me to feel safe (other than a guide, wet suit and life jacket) that I would need to make peace with the river. Prior to getting in the raft I touched the water looked the river right in the eye and yelled ‘I LOVE YOU RIVER’ as I fell back into the raft as everyone laughed at me. Oops!

photo by Kristen who had an awesome waterproof digital camera

My self and one of the other gals sat towards the back in hopes we wouldn’t die in those spots. After hitting our first rapid and our guide telling us ‘when I yell paddle, even if you can’t see because you’ve been splashed in the face, you MUST paddle. We almost flipped back there.’ Done. Every rapid following we all shouted ‘PADDLE. WE COULD DIE.’ At one point following a rapid the Bride’s sister said ‘I thought I was for sure in the river. I WAS IN THE RIVER.’ She wasn’t but that’s how crazy the rapids were! Did I mention the river is extremely high too right now?

We half way through had to take the raft out and walk part way and put it back in the river, otherwise you DIE going over a dam.At this point the bride who had been braving it up front was chilled to the bone and asked if anyone wanted to switch spots. No one jumped at the chance (duh, they don’t want to DIE) and I figured, okay if I am going to make this be on my list I need to do this. Really do this. So next thing I know I am sitting up front kissing my paddle good bye and back on the river.

Next thing I know, my foot has cramped up from being shoved into the raft-my safety device to not falling out-and I am actually laughing my way through the rapids wanting more. Yes, me the girl who thought she would die was having a good time!

photo by Kristen of us with our guides after we had survived

After drying off and saying farewell to our life saving guides I was exhausted. No one ever says if you survive white water rafting that you are so SORE. Now two people on our trip did fall out on a rapid. But because it wasn’t me I can safely say I will white water raft again. I liked it and I didn’t DIE!

Have you been white water rafting? What are you afraid of or what fear have you concurred?

Float on friends,