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Makin’ Memories Gets Me Every Time

Last summer Mr. Gets Me Every Time and I went on a little trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Some call it a weekend trip, but we decided to make it our honeymoon. And since we’d never been there, it was our own little exotic island vacation.

Now, this trip has spawned a little craft project for several reasons:
1. I love to save mementos from trips.
2. I love photos from trips.
3. We do not live a huge apartment with unlimited storage in which to put all these things.

And since #crafturday was already in full effect, I thought, hey, why not? I found a project I loved on Pinterest and had a great way to display our trip. Now on to the supplies:

Here’s the start of the supplies. A 10×10 frame that we already owned and the paper backing that came with it, plus some rubber cement.

Add to that all the maps, brochures and other tiny scraps of paper we picked up on the journey. But wait, what’s that Matha’s Vineyard sign thing? Oh, well let me show you.

I used Adobe InDesign to create the outlines of “Martha’s Vineyard Massachusetts” and made sure it was just a little smaller than 10 inches wide.

Then, I added different photos to the letters to highlight the most picturesque moments of the trip. Some photos took up two letters, some took up one. It made no difference to me. You’ll see we ate hotdogs and ice cream, rode bikes, went sailing, played games on the ferry and enjoyed the natural beauty of the island.

Once I printed my masterpiece, I cut up those maps to highlight the restaurants we ate at and the places we stayed. Then I used those along with our handwritten itinerary to cover the bottom on the 10×10 square piece of paper that lined the frame.

After I figured out where I wanted everything, I glued it all down then gave the whole thing a flip. I trimmed where those red lines are so the whole thing would fit perfectly in the frame.

And, ta-da. A work of art, if I do say so myself. Oh, notice in the bottom left-hand corner where it says “2011”? I realized, after putting this in the frame of course, that no where did it say when we went on our trip. So, I pulled out some stick-on vinyl letters for a finishing touch.

And there it is, the finished project. It hangs next to some photos we picked up while on the Vineyard and amidst a sea of other images.

That completes this week’s #crafturday wrap-up. Now, on to planning next week’s #crafturday.

Roasted Tomatoes Get Me Every Time

If you’re on Pinterest, you probably know it is quite the destination for all things cooking. And if you’re following me on Pinterest, you probably know I cannot resist pinning recipes. Pinning and pinning and pinning recipes.

Without further ado, I introduce the newest feature on Gets Me Every Time, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Pinterest Edition.” Here, I’ll highlight recipes I’ve made and loved (or hated) and if I did anything differently than called for.

The first featured recipe is one I pinned from Real Simple that racked up some repins & likes. We’re talking over 2500 repins and almost 300 likes. And for good reason—not only is this recipe real simple, it’s also real delicious. For real.

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The recipe is Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp & Feta. And, like the above mentions and the name kinda gives away, it’s packed with tomatoes, shrimp and feta. Who would’ve thought? I follow the directions almost exactly. The only difference is I use frozen shrimp. They defrost under warm water while the tomatoes are roasting and then they’re ready to go in. Bonus? this also cuts the cooking time by 10-15 minutes.

This quick and easy weeknight meal goes great with pasta or quinoa—which will cook while this bakes. Or, pair it with some lightly sauteed spinach for a lighter meal.

Cue the recipe:

Serves 4| Hands-On Time: 15m | Total Time: 25m

Ingredients

  • 5 plum tomatoes, cut in large chunks
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 pound large frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup Feta, crumbled

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 450° F. Place the tomatoes in a large baking dish and spoon the olive oil and garlic over them. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss
  2. Roast on top rack of oven for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Remove baking dish from oven and stir in the shrimp, parsley, and lemon juice. Sprinkle with the Feta.
  4. Return the dish to oven until the shrimp are cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve warm with the bread.

Adapted from Real Simple.

Pinspiration Gets Me Every Time

Corks

So, for the past year or so, I’ve been saving corks. I didn’t start to do so with any endplan in mind, I just started putting them in a jar. Then that jar got filled. So I started filling another container.

And, now, thanks to the grand Internet, I can find a use for said corks, if so desired. Enter, Pinterest, the treasure trove of useless information and craft inspiration. (Plus a lot more, but let’s not get into semantics, ok?) On to the “pinspiration!”

candle holder | stamp | bathmat | giraffe

Yeah. The bottom row might just be just a little bit unrealistic. I’m digging the first two ideas though. As corky dorky as it sounds, I may have enough stamps to make a full set of alphabet stamps. I’ve been eyeing this set from Paper Source, but the thought of making my own is so delightful as well.

Alright, that’s enough. Put a cork in it already.

Stained Glass Gets Me Every Time

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Back in the fall, I was cruising around Pinterest and spotted these blue mason jars with a DIY to go along with it. So, I headed over to this blog to get the step-by-step.

It’s amazingly simple. All you need is some glue, water, food coloring, paint brushes and some patience. My jars, and my photos, don’t look quite as amazing as the authors, but they don’t look terribly bad either.

Check it out. Before and after on the left. and two finished jars on the right. The only thing I did differently than the author of the tutorial was to use a finishing spray. I knew that the jars would be used to hold cooking utensils (we’re more than short on drawer space here) so I sprayed a protective coat on the outside of the jars. That way, when I washed them, the color wouldn’t run.

More Pinterest goodness to come. Just you wait.

Also–thanks for everyone’s patience as I figure out this whole blogging thing. I was away on business this past week and I neglected to update. We’re back in action now though. Does anyone else have a three-day weekend? If so,enjoy!