19 October 2014

Coffee and Cream

If you drink your coffee with store bought creamer (I do!), have you ever taken the time to read the label? Store-bought creamers are kinda gross, as a general rule. They contain artificial ingredients, not to mention ingredients like corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils. yuck. Its time to break up with chemical filled coffee creamers!

I have really been meaning to start making my own coffee creamer or switch to just using 1/2 and 1/2, but every time I search for recipes to make my own, they include sweetened condensed milk for part of the base...no thanks!

Well, I recently found a very basic recipe that I am pretty excited to try out.
  1. 1 cup half and half
  2. 1 1/2 cups milk (non fat, 1%, or 2%, personal preference)
  3. 2 tbsp. sugar (optional)
  4. 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  1. In a medium sauce, over low heat, add half and half, milk and sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and bubbles start to appear on the sides of the pan; about 10 minutes.
  2. Take pan off of heat and whisk in vanilla extract. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will last about a week or more.
  3. Adjust sweetness to taste.
My only hesitation is that I would like to find a recipe that doesn't involve cooking. Am I being silly? I really should just start buying Plain Jane 1/2 and 1/2 for our coffee and just add a splash of vanilla. I just feel like I could save some money if I made creamer instead of having to buy it!

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18 October 2014

Fall, DIY, and Pinterest.

There is something about the change from summer to fall that makes me feel like crafting. I have this crazy notion that I should start brainstorming Christmas gifts so they are extra thoughtful and I won't feel rushed in two months. Plus Nates 30th is in December and I really want to throw him a party. With projects on my mind (Should I quilt? Should I craft? Presents? What should I make?!), I naturally took to pinterest for inspiration. 5 hours later, I came out of the rabbit hole and here is what I came up with....what I plan to bring for Thanksgiving dinner this year! (not what you expected me to say?)

(but without the barley, that seems totally unnecessary)
Or, should I go with brussles and bacon?
You're right, I should probably do both.

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17 October 2014

Bloody Mary's

I have been on a real bloody mary kick recently, it seems to be the beverage of choice on football Sunday around our house. The only thing I really look for in a store bought mix is the right ingredient label (as per usual). I want the mix to be made from ingredients I can pronounce and buy in a grocery store- and so many mixes are full of preservatives and nastiness.

Anyway, all that to say we were invited to a bloody mary making competition this upcoming Sunday for the Seahawks game so I am trying my hand at making a bloody mary!

I started by finding a bacon habanero infused vodka recipe. That's right, I am bringing my A game to this friendly competition. I whipped up a batch last night, despite the recipe claiming that it needs to sit for 7 days... I have about 2.5 so that will have to do, haha.

Also, it better taste delicious because the infusing jar looks really gross right now. Bacon debris/grease floating about with peppers and pepper seeds. It's pretty murky in there, folks. I wont show you what it looks like, but just consider yourself warned if you try to make your own batch.

Here is the recipe and the online image (not an accurate representation of what's sitting on my counter...). Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka

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Update: The vodka turned out excellent! Straining twice with cheesecloth was a must. The only thing I would change about the recipe is how long it says to let the mixture nfuse. I had my jar sitting around for about 2 and a half days but by the time I tasted it Sunday morning, it was the spiciest vodka ever, like not of this world spicy.  Why in the world would you let it infuse for a whopping 7 days?! That's madness. I might try letting it sit just one day next time, and nix the bacon. The bacon did add a hint of a smoky flavor to the vodka, but it was lost in the bloody mary. I say just infuse with the peppers.

12 October 2014


I struggle with sticking with one voice when I blog. Generally, I feel like blogs are either personal (similar to a modern diary) or it has a more professional voice (recipes, fashion, topics). I want to do both but I don't feel like I have found the middle of my ideal blog venn diagram.

On that note, lets go full personal.

In the 10 years we have lived here, Nate and I still haven't found a home church in Seattle. We shop around a bit but haven't found one that we really want to stay with. I think it can be hard (for me) because I was raised as a pastors kid, and I struggle with comparing every church we visit here to my home church in Yakima (where my Dad pastors). I've never had a pastor who isn't my Dad nor have I ever had a different role within the church other than pastors kid. We are approaching a time of transition with my Dad's church, combined with a desire to find a home church in Seattle before we have kids, the eagerness to find a church to call home has been increasing around the Feltner household.

Why am I sharing this?

I want to be intentional in cultivating the desires I have for life. Plus we went to a really special church this morning - I am feeling very thankful about the possibilities there and hopeful we will soon find a Seattle church to call ours.

Now, to watch football. Happy Sunday!

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19 September 2014

Crockpot magic

Last Fall, I got bit real hard by the crockpot bug. (that's a real thing) Nate and I eat out way more than we should (we don't eat fast food, though),  but I do honestly try to grocery shop for meals so that we can eat at home. Especially with me working a lot longer hours this upcoming fall, I am going to definitely rely on the crockpot more and more.

Here is one of the easiest and yummiest recipes that I made like once a week last fall and winter.

Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
(originally a Weight Watchers Recipe)

1 onion, chopped
1 16-oz can black beans
1 16-oz can kidney beans
1 16-oz can tomato sauce
10 oz package frozen corn kernels (or 2 small cans of corn kernels)
2 14.5-oz cans diced tomatoes w/chilies or jalapeños
1 can olives (optional, but I love black olives)
1 packet taco seasoning
1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp chili powder
24 0z. (3) boneless skinless chicken breasts
chili peppers, chopped (optional)

Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker. Place chicken on top and cover. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6 hours. Half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return chicken to slow cooker and stir in. Also try it topped with avocado, cheese and/or sour cream. Or as Nate loves, over white rice.

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18 September 2014

Tell me about it, Sister

Hello? It's me, Kales.

No blog posts this summer is probably self explanatory, although that's not an excuse. Plus I got a new job at a Midwifery clinic which has been a really fun/exhausting adventure.

Thank goodness for instagram, making sure my life is documented. Because it sure does feel like time is zooming past at a faster and faster rate.

Alright, blogging To Be Continued...

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11 April 2014


I intended to leave this entire blog sort of open ended, with no specific direction so that it would (and had the freedom to) morph into what it is supposed to be. Because- my goal is just to write again and to create. What that means and looks like, I am not totally sure yet. The blog (my writing, the post content) will likely resemble a recently thrown small rubber ball - at least to begin with- but eventually, hopefully, the wild bounces will turn into a steady, predictable roll.

That's my disclaimer, moving on.

"Writers get better by paying attention to how the writing they like works and trying to duplicate those effects in their own work...The very best writers got so good not by copying words and ideas without giving proper credit, but by imitating other writers- their styles, their tones, their patterns of organization- and using those as starting points for developing their own voices." (50 Essays, Samuel Cohen)

I read a short essay tonight titled "Shooting Dad" by Sarah Vowell and thoroughly enjoyed it. (Here are the hyperlinks for the text (I recommend reading it) and the radio versions.) I really enjoy stumbling across an author whose writing voice I want for my very own- and Sarah Vowells essay was just that. Know who else I recently thought that about? Lionel Shriver in her essay titled "The Baby Stops Here" from the book Maybe Baby.

Dear Sarah Vowell and Lionel Shriver,
I want my writing to be as witty and smart and funny and as clever as yours.
So please come over and hang out with me.
And bring some books I should read by authors that you want to imitate.
I promise I won't subject you to my new blog where I bounce from melancholy thoughts about getting older to facial razors and pillow sham tutorials. But I may feed you Jackie's Enchiladas. (that's just being a good hostess.)
Thank you for writing short essays that I identified with and laughed at and thoroughly enjoyed reading.
Love, Kalea

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10 April 2014


I am lucky enough to have two fab hair stylists - one in Yakima (Daisy at A La Mode) and one here in Seattle (David at Salon Joseph). But even with this fun team, I'm really having a hard time deciding what to do this spring/summer hair wise - to go more blonde or stay the same? I am really drawn to the ombre, multidimensional brown/blondes recently (like a honey blonde a la Jennifer Aniston). This is what I mean: 

BUT if I color my hair, I won't be able to wear my extensions and I have a couple occasions over the next 6 months where I need to wear my weave. This is quite a dilemma. #firstworldproblems

Anyone want to weigh in? What should I do?

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Oh, what's that? You wanted to see old 2006-ish photos of the last time I went sort of blonde? That will help you, help me make a decision? Brace yourself.

09 April 2014

Make, Eat, Wear

A chalkboard for the kitchen so that I can write down my grocery list! This project is annoying because I already own this frame, I just need to repaint it, get a backing for it, and somehow make it into a chalkboard. Its annoying because I haven't done it yet.

We are having Nate's brother and his girlfriend over for Sunday Family Dinner- and we decided on Taco Night for this upcoming Sunday. Yes, I could take the easy route and cook up some ground turkey with taco seasoning....or I could make honey lime tequila shrimp tacos! Winner winner, chicken shrimp dinner. 

Mint Jeans. If you thought I was obsessed with gold dots, just wait till you see how much of my current wardrobe is mint. I loooovvveeee mint right now. 

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08 April 2014

So, it's April

I'm obsessed with Seattle when it's sunny - which means I am more than thrilled that its officially Spring and that summer is right around the corner. I have a pretty busy fun summer ahead with weddings and trips galore (Colorado, Texas, Vegas...). Kicking Spring off right is an upcoming trip to Yakima for a weekend of wine tasting in the sunshine. I can just hear my maxi dresses calling my name!

We have been busy little bees around the Harrison-Feltner household getting our upper deck ready for entertaining. We bought a new patio table and umbrella and some chairs, but are still hunting for the perfect (but not too expensive) chaise lounge chairs. Margaritas anyone?

Also, I am going to do a Lust List- is that a thing? Well, it is now!

1. I bought these insane Steve Madden slipons, so psyched to wear them (with cuffed boyfriend jeans and a
 v-neck tee - it will essentially be my summer uniform).
2. Nail polish- spring and summer are the time for mani/pedis! I did narrow down my list to 6 must  buy polish colors.
Essie L-R, Top-Bottom:
 Fashion Playground, Resort Fling, Romper Room
Style Hunter, Chinchilly, Maximillian Strasse-Her

3. Lululemon Headbands- because I need to start running again! I need mint, black, white, and grey+white stripe, obviously.

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26 March 2014

In my opinion

Birthday's can be kind of difficult as an adult. I fully blame the fact that I have too high of birthday expectations on my Mom because she made a big production of birthday's growing up and as it turns out, birthdays are any other day when you're an adult.

I also happened to marry a guy whose family does not approach birthdays with the same enthusiasm as my Mom, thus- he just doesn't get it. "But my birthday is in 3 days! Why aren't special things happening to me?! Why are you talking about anything besides my impending day of birth?! There are zero balloons and banners in the house- Did we get robbed?!" etc. Poor guy.

I remember 25 being a hard birthday - not because I felt old but because I was no where near where I wanted to be in life by 25. I definitely felt some sort of a quarter life crisis.  If you had asked me at 15 where I saw myself at 25 - yeah, it wouldn't have been renting a dingy 1 bedroom basement apartment (it literally had slugs in the bathroom when it rained), nannying full time while I fiddled around with the idea of going back to school because I still had no idea of what I was going to do with my life.

And I guess thats partly why I find birthdays hard as an adult - life crowds in and it forces me to reflect on where I am in life- and I don't know about you, but my 20's haven't been smooth sailing. There have been ups and downs, and more ups and more downs, and I haven't quite figured out cruise control yet because my life still goes up and down, the good happens and the bad happens (really with no warning either way), and my life moves forward really fast and then slams on the breaks. I just feel like my life would have looked and felt different by 28, that's all.

But all that said, I can't say that I am not having fun. A lot of really great things happened this last year. As a 27 year old, I started working as a birth doula for the first time and fell madly, head over heels in love with the birth profession and wondered why it had taken me so long to start. I have found where I need to be - I don't know all the details yet, but I know I am headed in the right direction. A review from one of my favorite clients who said at the end "I would recommend her to any woman who wants a steadfast friend for the incredible journey into motherhood." put tears in my eyes and reaffirmed that my hearts desire for this profession was being felt by my clients. I left my nanny job of 5 years which was the most bittersweet, tragically sad yet freeing choice I made all year. I love those two kids so very much and miss sharing in their daily life, watching them grow up day by day, and playing a big part in that. But leaving that job in order to make being a doula a priority was such a smart decision. Nate and I traveled a bit and set up two homes together. My 27th year of life was us working on our second year of marriage- and its still a lot of work but a lot of fun. We went to some funerals together and more weddings together, we celebrated accomplishments (ours and others), and we sat with his mom in the waiting room during his dads 8 hour surgery. The month of August changed my life- Wesleigh Catherine being born was hands down, the very best part of being 27.

I know I have a lot to look forward to as a 28 year old. There are weddings on the horizon that I am thrilled about (siblings, family, and friends). We have good friends whom we love dearly. I miss my family every day, but am lucky that the 2.5 hours separating us, is an easy one. I am looking forward to where this year takes Nate and I (he will turn 30 this year, which I have been looking forward to since he turned 26. And hopefully this is the year he finally buys me a puppy) and I am looking forward to where life takes my sisters.

28 will be great, I'm sure. Not all of it- but hopefully most of it. And I may not be where 18 year old me thought I'd be 10 years later- but hey, I have a lot to be thankful for. A lot in my life has gone really, really well.

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24 March 2014

New Pillow Covers

Once I figured out just how simple it is to make new pillow covers for our living room couch pillows, I was hooked. I can only use my sewing machine on a very basic level - ie: straight lines - so this project is perfect for me. I love being able to recover our couch pillows in under an hour - and it can make a big difference!

And because its such a fast and cheap project, I don't mind being a little more trendy with the fabrics I use. Gold polka dots are my obsession right now - I bought roughly 3 yards of white fabric with gold dots to use as a backing for a quilt I am working on. I had some left overs and  figured they would make really cute pillow covers - plus I found this $36 pillow cover that I loved - and so I felt even better about being able to make my own instead of paying $72. (I bought Kaufman Spot On Metallic Dot Blanc fabric)

Since the pillowcases need to be simple so that they are easy to remove, I found instructions for an envelope style- which means that there is a flap in the back that you can slide the pillow in and out of.

What You'll Need:
Fabric - depends on how big your pillows are and how many you want to re-cover. 
Measuring tape
An iron 
Sewing machine 
A pillow to recover, obviously! JoAnn Fabrics sells pillow forms too, if you're looking for a new one.


1. Cutting your fabric: For the width, add 1” to the width of your pillow, and for the length, multiply the length of your pillow by 2 and then add another 10” (because this is the part that will overlap). My couch pillows are 18” x 18”, so I cut a piece of fabric to be 19” wide  and 46” long ([18 x 2] + 10 = 46).

2. Ironing & Sewing the short sides: On the short sides of the fabric, turn your edge over .5” and iron. Then, turn it over another .5” and iron. Then, sew the seam along the edge. Do the same thing to the other short side.

3. Pinning - Once your short sides are hemmed, lay your fabric down right side up. Take your pillow that you want to re-cover, place it in the middle of your fabric, and fold your fabric over your pillow. Make sure the fabric is lined up on either side and fits snug around the pillow. Then, pin the two flaps of fabric together on either side.

4. More sewing- Now slide the pillow out of the fabric. Once your pillow is removed, pin both sides of the fabric together along the sides. Once your sides are pinned, its time to sew some more! Just sew in a straight line along the edges you have pinned (I gave myself a .5” seam allowance). After you've sewn both sides, turn your pillowcase right side out through the open flap you have in the middle (you may need to use a pencil to poke out the corners).

And that’s it! All that’s left to do is to insert the pillow into the case through the open flap.

I told you it was really easy!

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23 March 2014


If you know me in real life you know that I hardly ever get dressed. Meaning, I am in yoga/gym related outfits 75% of the time, regardless of if I actually attended a yoga class (did I just roll out of bed or leave the gym? You'll never know!).

So here is what I am thinking- if I add a style part to this blog 1. I'll have to ask my sisters to write guest posts for me because they both are more stylish than I am but 2. Adding fashion posts here might be motivation to actually get dressed and look nice once in awhile. Plus it adds a personal touch to the blog if I am posting pictures of myself, right? Don't get confused, I do not consider myself to be quite the fashionable lady, but isn't that more relate-able? Actual fashion blogs can be so unrealistic/unattainable.

Hey, its a new blog and I am game to try new things.

This past weekend we zipped off for a night away to celebrate our friend Jon's 30th birthday - it was a great excuse for me to, you know, not have a ponytail and to wear a necklace.

Forever 21 faux leather jacket, 
Express sweater, 
Forever 21 grey booties, 
necklace from JCrew 
Michael Kors Hamilton bag

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22 March 2014

Golden Birthday

I am celebrating my golden birthday later this month and will be away on a ski vacation in Canada but Nate managed to surprise me a week early with this stunning bag - welcome to my life Michael Kors! 

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21 March 2014

Jackie's Enchiladas

I can't take any credit for this recipe, as I totally stole it from my sister Jackie. That said, I have tweeked it a bit and really, its a staple in my weekly dinner recipes so you need to make it too.

These enchiladas are my favorite for a couple reasons. 1. they are super fast 2.  they are super cheap (not very many ingredients) 3. they are super easy to make and 4. they are super yum (especially cold. I can't be the only one who loves cold enchiladas?!).


Well wait, okay so originally the recipe Jackie gave me was for vegetarian enchiladas which I love- buuuttt my husband really doesn't enjoy dinners that don't involve some sort of meat, so I have been putting chicken in them.  I told you I tweeked the original recipe!


10 corn or flour tortillas (I prefer the flour but you could use whatever you like)
2 (15 oz) cans black beans, rinsed and drained.
1 Tablespoon chopped chipotle pepper (in adobo sauce, that one). *The 1tbsp is also sort of personal preference, you can always add more or less depending on how spicy you like your dinner.
2 cups shredded cheese (8oz) - I get the Mexican style 4 cheese blend.
2 (10oz) cans enchilada sauce (Jackie makes her own, I do not)

And that's it! But here is where you can get a little creative with the ingredients depending on what you have in the house. I have been known to add a can of corn or sliced olives to my enchiladas. Nate prefers I add rice and shredded chicken, so I typically do that too. Its whateverrrrrr sounds good to you! For those of you who need exact numbers, I'd estimate that I added 1 cup of cooked rice and 1 chicken breast (shredded) to my last pan of enchiladas.


1. Stack tortillas in foil really tightly and bake in a 350 oven while you prepare the filling.
2. For the filling, combine beans, chipotle, 1 cup of the cheese, 1/2 cup of the sauce, and whatever other ingredients you are adding (chicken, rice, corn, olives, etc).
3. Take a 9x13 pan and pour enough sauce in the pan just to coat the bottom. Spoon a heaping 1/4 cup of the filling into one edge of a warm tortilla, then roll it up really tight. Then arrange tortillas seam side down in the pan.
4. Bake covered, in a 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes or until heated through.
5. Top with remaining 1 cup of cheese.

As for toppings, I usually just do guacamole/salsa/sour cream. You know the drill.

Also, this easily makes dinner for Nate and I plus lunch leftovers. If you were feeding 4, you'd still have

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ps- I annoyingly made enchiladas last night and forgot to take pictures of the process. Grrrr. And as much as I love them, I don't want to make them again tomorrow just so that I can take pictures for this post. So I'll update this with pictures the next time I make these for dinner. Promise!

20 March 2014

You're like, a really good husband

Text from Nate: "What do you want for dinner? I'll pick something up on my way home"
Me: "Margaritas."

30 minutes later....

You know you're not feeling your Christmas best when you tear up because your husband actually brought tequila and limes home. I love him. 

And margaritas. 

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19 March 2014

Top 5 (current) Favorite Things

This would be so much more exciting if, like Oprah, I could give all these things to my friends.

In the food department: Outshine real fruit Coconut Popsicle
I freaking love these coconut popsicles and I plan on eating them all day every day this summer. 
Not kidding. 

As far a drinks go: Seattle Cider Co. Semi Sweet hard cider
I love hard cider, but I hate how much sugar is in most of them. This semi sweet cider is perfection!
 Its almost like a white wine (and doesn't have the same sugar content of a pan of brownies). 

Projects I'm digging: Gold Leaf Tumblers
I'm obsessed with gold accents! This would be incredible for a Thanksgiving table. 

Clothing: My go-to pair of jeans right now is the Gap "Real Straight"
I have these jeans in two washes because I love the fit so much. Its perfect with flats or cuffed with converse.
They're not as form fitting as my Gap "Always Skinny" (which I also love!) but not as loose as like a boyfriend  fit pair of jeans. 

Totally Random: Honest Company Vitamins
I have taken Prenatal vitamins as my daily multivitamin ever since high school - I tend to be slightly anemic so the iron is great, plus the biotin is great for longer, healthier hair and nails. Unfortunately, I've never found a brand that I love. Usually I discover that I am not absorbing all the nutrients and am really insistent that the vitamin is made from real foods, not in a lab. Anyways, I just found out the Honest Company makes vitamins so I ordered a prenatal and an omega-3... I'm totally hooked. I love them! My body seems to absorb them really well, they don't give me an upset stomach, and they are made from real foods. 
So if you're in search of a good vitamin ladies, definitely try the Honest Company. 

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18 March 2014

The Moores Pop Up

Ever since I was little, my Dad has sent me flowers on Valentines Day (yes, he even sent me flowers when I lived in Europe) and so I've always looked forward to the holiday. Really, who doesn't love getting flowers?

This year I got to do something super fun and new. I follow Sinclair and Moore (Steve and Jamie) on instagram so I knew they were having a pop up flower shop at Hot Cakes in Ballard. Obvi, I had to go. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint! The bouquets were stunning. I got to surprise my friend Sara with a gorgeous bouquet that I could have never found had there not been a pop up shop. We both agreed that if we get married again (to the same people...) we are asking Steve to make our wedding bouquets. They're insanely beautiful.

Anyways, here's the link to their blog with all the gorgeous pictures they had taken and I'll post the couple I took. I really hope they do another pop up shop next year, it could easily become a Valentines Day tradition.

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17 March 2014

Cork Wreath

I used tons of saved up wine corks as decorations on the bar at our wedding. I had asked friends and family to save their wine corks for me for a few months leading up to the wedding and by the time the big day rolled around, I had a couple large ziplock bags full. Awesome!

Fast forward almost two years and here I am, still storing two bags of wine corks, with no real idea of how to use them in our house.

Enter: Karissa of View of the Needle. Kari is a good friend of ours who went to law school with Nate. She is so very crafty and creative, quite the modern day Martha (if Martha Stewart was also an attorney). Anyways, she hosted a Friendsgiving at her house this past November and low and behold, I spot this incredible (and huge) wine cork wreath/mirror as decoration in her dining room. Of course, she made it herself. (See below image)

The only obvious thing to do was totally copy her project and make one for our house! She was nice enough to send me some written instructions (mind you, she made this project up - I told you, she's very creative) and some how-to pictures. I bought the supplies from Jo-Ann's that day and got to work!

What you'll need:
  1.  A straw wreath (you choose the size). Like I mentioned, I got mine from Jo-Ann fabrics and used a 50% coupon. Kari's is much bigger than mine, I think I got the 12" wreath.
  2. Toothpicks - I bought two cheap boxes from the grocery store. 
  3. A small screwdriver that can poke a hole in the corks (like an eyeglass screwdriver - really small- the width of a toothpick is what you're aiming for)
  4. Wine corks. A lot of them. (not the synthetic ones, though)
How To:
  1. Take a cork, poke a hole with the screwdriver in one end going about halfway into the cork. 
  2. Insert a toothpick into the hole, the toothpick should be half in the cork, half sticking out
  3. Stick the toothpicked end of the cork into the straw wreath. 
  4. Repeat. (x 500) 

My finished cork wreath is still awaiting the perfect spot in our house - so stay tuned for how cute it looks on our wall somewhere! I'll definitely take and post some pictures once it's hung.

Thanks again Karissa!

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