Wedding & Anniversary Time Capsule DIY

IMG_3235Even before I was engaged, I was already pinning away on my wedding boards on Pinterest. Admit it! Every girl waiting for her man to pop the questions takes a little sneak peek at a wedding website or mag.

One thing I found were a few pins about doing some sort of time capsule! And me being me, I decided to make it myself and make it better.

I went digging in my inlaws barn (just FULL of awesome real vintage stuff, a lot of it we used at our wedding) and I found an antique vine jug with a nicely patinaed top.

I glass etched “Happy 10th Anniversary” along with our 10th anniversary date “June 22 2023”. We had our guests write a message on a thick opaque piece of paper (so we couldn’t peek at the message), roll it up and add it to the jug. It will be an emotional read if we get to read a special message from family members that may not be around in 10 years. Also, I can’t wait to see the jokes that were 10 years in the making! Our guests loved it!

To kick up the adorable factor up a notch, my husband and I wrote a message to each other and will continue to write a new message with each anniversary leading up to our 10th. It is going to be such a wonderful tradition to pass onto our future children and to have for ourselves to reflect on.

We put it on our bar in our dining room so we can see it everyday. 🙂

How To Glass Etch Tutorial here!

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diy time capsulediy time capsule~with love, ChelseyP

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A Perfect & Thoughtful Gift – DIY Glass Etched Personalized Wineglasses

diy glass etchMy first glass etch experience was for my husband’s family’s gift exchange last year. I got one of those awesome glass casserole dished with its own fitted and insulated carrier (got the set for about $25 at Canadian Tire, but I have seen some more decorative carriers only on Etsy). We all have the same last name and my mother in law only had sons! So I glass etched our last name down the side with some decorative scrolls (I wish I had a picture!) and gave that for our pot-luck gift exchange! It was a hit.

Since then I have done a few more glass etching projects with varied success. For my wedding, I glass etched “Bride” and “Groom” onto our wedding wine glasses. Also, I did a time capsule so our guests could write us a message for our 10th wedding anniversary – not to be opened until then! (See the Time Capsule DIY post here. )

One KEY to glass etching success is the brand of glass etch you use!!!! The best IMG_3253 check xresults were the Martha Stewart Glass Etch. It cost about $70 but I got it for $42 with a 40% off coupon. The bottle is bigger than the cheap brands and it will last for a long time with many projects. I have also used a cheaper brand, Armour Etch, which was about $17. What a mistake. It etched uneven and blotchy. I tried it over and over but with the same poor results. And it was much runnier too so it made a mess. If you make the effort to glass etch, use a good product.

Anyway, onto the DIY!

This is part of a gift basket I put together for friend’s of our recent housewarming/engagement party.

The gift includes –

  • a lined basket
  • set of 4 DIY stenciled natural stone coasters (DIY coming soon!)
  • DIY glass etched personalized wine glasses.
  • a bottle of a nice French wine (For the picture I just used a bottle of our wedding wine because I hadn’t gotten to the store for the wine yet. For the actual gift, spend a little and get a good quality commercial wine)

Miscellaneous – basket filler, sheer ribbon & a handmade card

First, get 2 nice wine glasses. Search places like Winners, Homesense, Marshalls etc for deals. Get a couple at the dollerstore if you want to do a test run first. Wash them and dry thoroughly. The glasses must be bone-dry for the etching to work properly.

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Next, you need stencils. I usually use my Cricut mini to cut out vinyl shapes. This time I just happened to find stickers that I liked and decided to use them instead.

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Cut out the letters out and stick them on the glass. Smooth down the edges and make sure the sticker doesn’t have any pockets or air bubbles where the etching cream could leak and ruin your project.

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If you are using stickers as stencils, make sure you have enough letters to use them only once each. You won’t be able to reuse the stickers more than once. I ran out of “e”s and had to make my own for “Glen”.

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Tape around the stickers and also tape a bib on it. The cream may drip and ain’t nobody got time fo dat.

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Add the glass etching cream with a disposable cheapie foam brush. I cut mine to a point to make it more precise. Bottle instructions tell you to dab it on thick.

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Wait 15 minutes for the cream to work. Go have something to eat, like maybe some delicious wild-caught salmon sandwich spread? Yum!

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After the timer goes off, you have to rinse all the cream off with water. Do that. Rinse well and dry completely. Since the glass is now etched, meaning scratched, it is dishwasher safe. You can’t wash off scratches.

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BOOM. Done. Neat eh?

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People really appreciate when you go that extra mile to put not only your money, but also you time into a thoughtful gift. 🙂

~with love, ChelseyP

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Sunday Funday!

Coming Up This Week

sunday funday Sept 22 2013


Here is something to tickle your eye worm 🙂 We just got back from a 4 day camping trip this week and last night we went to an engagement/housewarming party for some friends of ours where I put together and DIY’ed really beautiful and thoughtful gift, if I do say so myself. (And I do!) So I hope you will  look forward to those posts this week! Happy

Sunday Funday!

~with love, ChelseyP

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Meet Pugsley

IMG_1723This is Pugsley, my parent’s 6 year old bure bred black pug. My fur brother. He also goes by the aliases of Puugz, Fugley, Pugger and hey stupidface. That last one is what I call him because I think it is funny. Don’t get all worked up about it – he’s a dog. He doesn’t know what I’m saying! I say it with a tone that he thinks he did something good anyway and it makes me laugh. 🙂

IMG_2464Pugsley is the luckiest dog around (besides my dog Scotty) with regards to having a sad history but a fortunate series of events that led him here. He used to belong to friends of my ex boyfriend. We will call them U & A. U & A got him from A’s sister who originally bought the dog and then decided she didn’t like pugs. She gave Pugsley to U & A who, being low-lifed people, treated him very poorly. Pugsley suffers from major skin issues that are common for pure bred pugs. They did nothing about it and would scold him for being in distress. If you have ever seen a pug, it is very apparent and obvious that they have short or no snout and therefore have a short palette and a difficult time breathing. Being dirtbags, U & A had him on a choke chain that they kept on him at all times. So their logic was to train a dog who can’t breath to shut up and stop snorting was to restrict his breathing even more. And because of having a too tight choke chain on day and night, Pugsley had a raw skinned no hair ring around his neck from the irritation. It looked painful.

Since U & A didn’t much care for Pugsley anyway, they would often leave him at my ex’s and I’s house to babysit. I took him over to my parent’s house one day and they FELL IT LOVE WITH HIM AT FIRST SIGHT. They made an offer on him to U & A and they took it (because they didn’t care about him at all and would rather have money) but with one IMG_1722condition. Pugsley wasn’t fixed. They wanted to borrow him to try to breed him with their neighbours dog (to sell the puppies and get more money). My parent’s were really nervous about this because they were scared that U & A would change their mind and keep Pugsley to try to use him as a cash cow.

It all worked out thought. Pugsley didn’t breed so these people didn’t get more cash cows and my parent’s got ownership of him free and clear. They take excellent, excellent care of him. He get’s special organic fresh food, special oatmeal baths for his skin condition, allergy medication to help him and most of all – people who genuinely LOVE him with all their hearts. ♥

~with love, ChelseyP

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Cook It Yourself ~ Organic French Baguette

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Oh là là !!  Zee delicious fransh baguette es très easy to make!! It takes only 4 ingredients (5 if you count water). It tastes better than the baguettes you buy at the store because simple truly is better when it comes to your food. No artificial junk like colours or preservatives. Bookmark this recipe because you will never get your baguettes from a store again!

~ The Ingredients ~
4 cups organic flour
2.5 teaspoons ground sea salt
1.25 teaspoon organic unrefined sugar
1.24 teaspoons yeast
1.5 cup warm filtered water

In your mixer bowl, add the warm water (not hot) to the yeast and sugar. Mix lightly and let sit for 10 minutes. This is reanimating and activating the yeast. It’s alive!!!!!!!

* Note about the video * If you happen to hear the “tapdancing” in the background, that’s just my dog Scotty entering the kitchen! He’s pretty talented.

Using your mixer, mix the salt and the flour one cup at a time to the yeast mixture. Mix until dough looks like dough and pulls away from the sides. Knead for a minute or two more after this point.

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Remove the dough from the bowl & rub oil on all the sides and bottom. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm place for about an hour and a half. Dough will at least double in size like shown in the picture.

Dough Rising

Dough Rising

Dough will have doubled in size or more. Punch down and separate in half. Form each half into a baguette and place on a non-stick baking sheet. Cover with a tea towel and let rest for 20-30 minutes.

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Baguettes will puff up a bit as shown in the picture. Take this time to turn on your oven so it can be ready to go. Set oven to 400F.

Before & After Resting

Before & After Resting

Place in the middle rack of the heated oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, maybe a few more depending on ovens. 20 minutes is perfect for me. Let the baguettes cool almost completely before you cut into them. This requires will power!

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Have some butter or your favorite dip or spread ready! I ate my fresh baguette with this super easy and awesome wild caught salmon spread I whipped up while waiting for the dough to rise.

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Enjoy!!! Mmmm!!!

~with love, ChelseyP

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Cook It Yourself ~ Awesomely Easy Wild-Caught Salmon Spread

homemade baguette Awesomely delicious and awesomely easy salmon spread using wild-caught salmon (sockeye salmon).

Why wild caught? Because Alantic salmon is just a fancy word for farmed salmon. Have you ever seen a salmon farm? They are packed into their tanks so tight and the end up eating each other’s poop and decaying bodies of other salmon along with a staple diet of GMO pellets. Yuck. What kind of quality flesh can develop in those conditions? Well sea lice for one.

Anyway, I digress! Back to the recipe!!

The Ingredients ~
Wild caught sockeye salmon fillet
Grainy mustard or dijon (I used grainy)
Minced red onion

Cook the fillet on a skillet. Over medium heat, lay down some coconut oil (or whatever oil you use to prevent sticking) and place fillet top down (skin side up) for about 2 minutes. Flip fillet over so it is now skin down, cover with pot lid and turn heat down. This creates a mini oven. Let this cook for 4-5 minutes depending on the thickness of your fillet. Put on a plate and remove skin and shred fillet with fork. Salmon is fully cooked when it flakes easily.

Then just mix in everything to taste! Yummerssss! Super easy, delicious and healthy!

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I had this for lunch on one of my wonderful homemade organic baguettes.

~with love, ChelseyP

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Cook It Yourself ~ Organic Rustic Bagels your own bagels is such a rewarding endeavour! They are rustic and delicious and beautiful. Keep in mind though – these aren’t your Tim Horton’s bagels. These bagels are free of preventives, artificial colours, artificial flavours and free from weird unnecessary ingredients. You know exactly what ingredients are in them, and also the quality of the ingredients because you made them yourself!

This recipe makes 8 bagels. You can also double the recipe and freeze them.

OK  – go ahead and cancel all your plans for today. For real though……. Bagel making is relativity easy but there is a lot of waiting time. Make bagels when you know you will be home all day and work the other stuff you have to do that day in between rising time.

Ingredients Needed –
4 cups total organic flour
1.5 teaspoon yeast
2.5 teaspoon ground sea salt
2-4 teaspoons organic raw honey
1.25 cups warm filtered water
handful of cornmeal (optional)

homemade bagelsMix 2 cups flour, 1.5 teaspoon yeast & 1.25 cups warm water. Cover with a tea towel & let rise 30 minutes in a warm area.

With your mixer, stir in 1.5 teaspoon salt and 2 more cups of flour. Using the dough hook, knead until it forms a smooth elastic ball that holds together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. About 10 minutes of kneading time.  If you do not have a mixer, you have to roll up your sleeves and use some tough elbow grease!

Take dough out of the bowl, form into ball by tucking under on itself. Return dough to bowl, cover with tea towel and let rise over an hour. About 1 hour, 20 minutes I find works best.

homemade bagelsTake dough out and separate into 8 equal balls. Take each ball and pull dough under on  itself to make a ball, then tear hole in the middle. Lightly form into a bagel shape.  Place dough on floured parchment paper to avoid sticking. Cover with a tea towel and let rest 30 minutes.

Now you can set your oven to 400F. While the oven is heating up. Bring water in a large sauce pan to a boil with 1 teaspoon salt & 2-4 teaspoons honey in the water. Boil the bagels 3 at a time so as not to crowd the pan. Boil 2 minutes on each side. from water and add your topping (if you like). Toppings I have tried are dried parsley, dill, paper flakes and sesame seeds. Yum!!

Place on cooking sheet on top of cornmeal (if using cornmeal). Do not crowd the baking sheet. Use 2 sheets if you need.  Put into the oven for about 25-30 minutes.

Remove and enjoy!!! Store in a Ziploc bag when cool.


~with love, ChelseyP

Sprinkle non-stick baking sheets with cornmeal (for the bottom of the bagels). This step is optional but I think it makes it more authentic.

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Thinking About A Tweek…..

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Fun with Photo Editing

I went biking today around my town and got some cool pictures. Here is one I took of someone’s woodpile in an alley. I used to try some neat photo edits (for free by the way!) Here they are 🙂

My Original Photo


Original Photo

My Photo Edits – can’t decide which I like best??

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Photographs From Our Local Fair – Including Demolition Derby!

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