Alina Sewing and Design

Puffy Paint Vase

I’ve been seeing puffy paint vases like this…

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And this…
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…on Pinterest lately. When I remembered I had a clear dollar-store vase in the cabinet (left over from this project) and knew I had puffy paint and white spraypaint, I decided to give it a go! You can follow the tutorials on either of the above sites (both are great, so I won’t recreate them). This is how it turned out:

 

Pretty great for a free project, eh?

Wedding Inspiration Board

As promised…the wedding inspiration board! 
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It’s pretty simple to get a feel for what we’re envisioning. Yellow + gray. In a barn…but elegant. Cupcakes. Vintage candy shop table. Mason jars galore. Lanterns made of twine and doilies.
Sigh…I’m so excited! 
If you follow me on Pinterest, you can easily find the sources for each of these pictures (on the Mr. and Mrs. board). 
A few things I will be DIY-ing:
  • Flower girl dresses (see that tiny picture of a little yellow dress in the middle of the board?)
  • All flower arrangements
  • Cupcake tower
  • Favors (it’s a surprise!)
  • All lanterns (paper, twine and doily)
  • Any and every decoration we want. Some possibilities include bunting, garland, pinwheels, initials and any other prop we want to use in photos, etc. 
  • Ring pillow
  • Cupcakes
  • Some candy for the candy table
  • Runners for tables
  • Ceremony programs & wedding invites (a sneak peek is coming tomorrow!)
  • And more…oh my!

The countdown is on! (Literally. 135 days and a to-do list longer than my arm!) 
What are some items you have DIY-ed to save some moolah?
P.S. Be sure to check back in tomorrow to see the sneak preview of our DIY-ed invitations!

A Month in Review…

Bad, Alina, bad! To sum up the last month and explain my disappearance…

  • Cowboy moved to a different city to begin his clinical rotations for the third year of med school. (Cue sad music.) Before you get too sad, I should probably tell you now that I will eventually be joining him. We’re getting married in December, so those logistics are being worked out. But still…he’s THREE hours away…that’s three hours too many! I’ll move on before you want to throw something at me.
  • Mono. Yep, I have it. It stinks. When I, a person who is constantly going and moving and doing, felt like doing nothing more than sleeping at all hours of the day, I knew something was up. Nice timing, mono.
  • Wedding planning. We actually knocked out all of the big stuff before Cowboy moved (date, time, venue, colors, wedding party, photographer, wedding dress, guest list, etc.), which was extremely helpful and stress-relieving. However, since I’m now driving to visit him on the weekends (or he is coming back to KC), we are more focused on the precious hours we have together and less on planning. Even still, lots of details are coming together and this is going to be an almost all-DIY wedding, so get excited for LOTS of DIY posts to come between now and the end of the year!
  • Pinterest. I’m seeking a pinners anonymous group. Just kidding. Sort of.
I, Alina, promise to be better about posting from here on out. Consider this the month that “life” took over. 😉
Look forward to posts on:
  • Our DIY-ed wedding invitations
  • Engagement photos (they’re done. they’re gorgeous. I’ve died over them 3,867 times already.) and the project I did for them
  • Some tasty foods & recipes I’ve been trying lately!
Get exciiiited!

Apple Pie Caramel Apples

I really love my friends. I also really love Pinterest (as I mentioned Thursday, here are my boards!). So, when I saw a recipe for Apple Pie Caramel Apples, I decided to let my friends be the guinea pigs. Pretty simple–especially following the directions on The Girl Who Ate Everything. But here’s how the steps break down…
Start by laying down some wax paper and spraying it with non-stick spray. The following steps require you to move quickly, so have this ready for the hot caramel!

Scrub and dry your apples. Insert a popsicle stick (um ya…’bout that…all I had on hand was plastic knives. Don’t judge me.) and set aside. (Make sure you scrub all of the wax off of the apple so that the caramel sticks!)

Did you know Kraft sells caramel “bits” now? No more unwrapping individual pieces of caramel to melt!

Melt it on the stove…keep stirring so it won’t burn!

Dip each apple in caramel and leave them in the fridge for at least an hour to cool.

Melt your white chocolate (I ended up using one bag of caramel, but two bags of chocolate).

Let them set up for a bit, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.

And enjoy!
Thank you, Pinterest!

Stuffed Chicken & Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

I’m recently addicted to Pinterest (see my boards here). No more saving links to my favorites and forgetting all about them! Plus, for a visually-driven and organized person such as myself, seeing everything pictured uniformly and in a row is like nirvana.
I have a board devoted primarily to recipes. When I was trying to think of something yummy for dinner a few weeks back, I looked no further than my board for help!
I tried two recipes–the chicken filled with a cream cheese, bacon and parsley mix and the Hasselback Potatoes.
I did make alterations to the chicken recipe. First, I substituted Neufectel for regular cream cheese (half of the fat and much lower in calories…but they taste exactly the same!). Second, I used turkey bacon instead of pork. Finally, I left the onions out (not Cowboy’s favorite) and did not wrap these in puff pastry dough. I saved a lot of calories and ended up making this a pretty healthy dish. SO yummy! (See the original recipe here.)

Second, I love sweet potatoes, so when I saw this recipe, I immediately wanted to try it! Essentially, you just slice the potato into thin pieces–but not all the way to the bottom so that everything stays connected! I sliced some fresh garlic and pushed it between the potato wedges, drizzled with olive oil and topped with a sprinkle of salt. It did take a long time to bake (about as long as if you were making a regular baked potato), so make sure to start that early!
This was Cowboy’s send-off and “good luck” meal before he left town to take the USMLE Step One. We’ll find out soon what his test scores were and whether or not this meal made him any smarter! 😉

Stuffed Chicken & Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

I’m recently addicted to Pinterest (see my boards here). No more saving links to my favorites and forgetting all about them! Plus, for a visually-driven and organized person such as myself, seeing everything pictured uniformly and in a row is like nirvana.
I have a board devoted primarily to recipes. When I was trying to think of something yummy for dinner a few weeks back, I looked no further than my board for help!
I tried two recipes–the chicken filled with a cream cheese, bacon and parsley mix and the Hasselback Potatoes.
I did make alterations to the chicken recipe. First, I substituted Neufectel for regular cream cheese (half of the fat and much lower in calories…but they taste exactly the same!). Second, I used turkey bacon instead of pork. Finally, I left the onions out (not Cowboy’s favorite) and did not wrap these in puff pastry dough. I saved a lot of calories and ended up making this a pretty healthy dish. SO yummy! (See the original recipe here.)

Second, I love sweet potatoes, so when I saw this recipe, I immediately wanted to try it! Essentially, you just slice the potato into thin pieces–but not all the way to the bottom so that everything stays connected! I sliced some fresh garlic and pushed it between the potato wedges, drizzled with olive oil and topped with a sprinkle of salt. It did take a long time to bake (about as long as if you were making a regular baked potato), so make sure to start that early!
This was Cowboy’s send-off and “good luck” meal before he left town to take the USMLE Step One. We’ll find out soon what his test scores were and whether or not this meal made him any smarter! 😉

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