Breakfast Gallery Wall

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I am NOT a morning person. Unless I stay up all night, watching the sunrise is not something that happens for me often. In an effort to change that around, I thought I would make a fun breakfast inspired wall that would brighten my mood and make me look forward to early mornings! I can’t wait to add new artwork, photos, and other breakfast paraphernalia, but for now here’s what I have…

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Check back over the next few weeks to see tutorials on some of the artwork seen here!

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Do you have any breakfast inspired wall art in your home?


Daily Life

Today I woke up to dark skies, rain, and a feeling that it was fall already. I was half asleep and thinking.. I need to bake pumpkin bread and start decorating for Halloween! I think I can hold off until August before I actually do. I blame it on being a blogger and always living a month ahead so we can have seasonal posts ready to go ahead of time.. and also because I geek out when it comes to Halloween!

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It’s been a week and a half since we’ve been married now and I think the question most asked (aside from when we plan on having some bacon bits) is, “Do you feel any different?!” The answer is yes.. and no. We’re both being that really annoying couple that calls each other Mr. and Mrs. Erickson and now that the weight of the wedding has been lifted, we’re a lot happier and stress-free. We’ve also been enjoying going out on dates again (see above), but since we’ve been living together for the past 2 and a half years and dating for almost 3.. we already felt like we were married! We’re just ready to kick some butt together and see what the future has in store for us!

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This was me running around a cliff wall after getting hit with high tides, yelling a few profanities, and trying not to flash the photographers! Haha
Photo by Corey Bruce Photography

Speaking of which.. we get to see our wedding photos today! I’ll be putting together a special post to share some of them and tell you about all the craziness that happened that day. Even though the wedding is over, life isn’t showing any signs of slowing down! We’re getting prepared for the Hell City Tattoo Festival in Phoenix next month.. come by and say hello if you’re in the area! I’d love to meet you! And I’m taking on a few more projects that I hope lead to some exciting opportunities!

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Who else is ready for fall?! Leave me a message below and let me know what you would like to see on the blog in the next few months!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


Tattoosday: Artist Spotlight – Rachel Gilbert

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When a person loves what they do for a living, it’s blatantly obvious in their work. After seeing Rachel Gilbert’s work firsthand, you can see the passion and talent she possesses in every fine line of the tattoo. Detailed, delicate, and decorative are just a few words that come to mind when describing Rachel’s work.

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Originally from Milwaukee, WI, she now tattoos at No Hope No Fear Tattoo in Portland, OR and just hit her 13th year of tattooing this past spring. She specializes in decorative styles, bright color, and such realistic detail that the image appears to be three dimensional.

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In-progress cover up

Her upbeat and honest personality makes her a joy to work with and her attention to detail and high standards of quality make for a custom piece of artwork that you’ll cherish forever. Become a fan on Facebook, Instagram, or better yet.. book your appointment with her today at No Hope No Fear Tattoo!

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Chocolate Fudge Brownie and Banana Ice Cream

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Okay so before you click away because you don’t own an ice cream maker, know this.. I don’t either! All you need is frozen bananas, a food processor or blender, and a sweet tooth to make this delicious homemade ice cream. I made up a batch of flourless brownies that ended up not looking so hot after I cut them, so I decided to crumble them and add to the mix, keeping them gluten-free friendly and the only sugar in the entire mix was in the brownies. I love my Ben & Jerry’s, but after making this guilt-free batch of ice cream, I may never go back to store-bought!

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Lemon Basil Gin Fizz

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Last week I was convinced that all of our Midwestern friends and family in town caused Portland to have a heat wave! When the temperatures heat up I turn to my go-to summer cocktail, the Lemon Basil Gin Fizz! A refreshing and crisp cocktail that I almost always have the ingredients on hand for. Enjoy one to yourself or make up a whole batch for your next summer get-together!

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Daily Life

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Photo by Corey Bruce Photography

Holy whirlwind! I’m not even quite sure where to begin with everything that’s happened in the last week! Family and friends from all over flew or drove into Portland, we showed them the waterfalls, had an amazing rehearsal dinner, spent Friday scrambling around for last minute wedding decorations, baking cupcakes, and putting favors together all on a few hours of sleep, and then….. WE GOT MARRIED! I’m officially wifed up! ;)

I’ll do a separate wedding post when we receive all of our photos back and I would also like to share more about the ‘behind the scenes’ of the wedding. Emotions, mishaps, and all the little things that made this day so special. I won’t torture you by holding out on photos though so here’s a few that our photographer, Corey Bruce, captured. You can see more by following him on Instagram or check out his Tumblr page for full resolution photos.

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And my personal favorite.. a candid I snapped on the drive back from the beach… maybe 20 minutes after the ceremony. Getting married is tiring work! haha

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I’ve had exactly a week off from blogging and now I begin the daunting task of sorting through comments, emails, blog posts, and playing catch up in every other aspect of life. Married life starts with a full plate that’s for sure, but we couldn’t be more excited for our future together!

I just wanted to thank you all for your kind words, advice, and general amazingness throughout this past week. A huge thank you to our friends and family that not only made the journey out here, but put up with us being stressed out and sleep deprived, and helped us make the ceremony and reception come together that made for a day that I’ll never forget.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week!

Love, Mrs. Erickson (!!! :) )


Tattooed Martha’s Bar Cart Makeover

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I’m so happy to finally be able to share this with you all! I picked up this tea cart from Goodwill almost a year ago and finally got it revamped last week. A little spray paint and a little patience resulted in this bright and funky new bar that was the much needed pop of color we needed in our space!

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Daily Life

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Unfortunately I don’t have a whole lot to say other than… OH MY WEDDING! I’m getting married in 3 days! I still have boatloads of work to do for the decorations and all the little details, but my parents arrived on Monday night and have already been a big help with running around town and finding all the crafty details I still need. If I can pull all of this off, I’ve got high hopes for everything I can accomplish AFTER this wedding!

Last night my best friend made it in safely and today the rest of our guests arrive. It’s still a little surreal to have so many of our close friends and family members to be in this city that has felt like just ours since we moved out here. I’m really looking forward to showing them all the places that made me fall in love with Oregon.

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On Saturday we hosted a pre-wedding week bash at our house with a luau theme. We served up Luau Pork Sliders, BBQ chicken skewers, Mango Habanero Coleslaw, Grilled Chili Lime Corn, and Sailor Berry Lemonade! Click through for any of the recipes, with the exception of the skewers.. those were made up last minute! I’ll be sharing more photos from the party and decorations in a few weeks!

I wish I had more for you guys, but I’ve only got today and Friday available to work on things and I fear that the only way I’ll be able to accomplish everything is not sleeping from now until Saturday!

As busy as I am, I still usually find time to update Instagram, so to keep up with the craziness this week, feel free to give me a follow and for wedding sneak peeks you can check out the #sashuaandjoshua hashtag!

Thank you all again for your kind words and advice through this hectic process!

Wish me luck!


Rum and Brown Sugar Glazed Wings

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Instead of fighting for the best view on a hill to watch the fireworks this past Fourth of July, we decided to stay right at home, watch our neighbors nearly blow their faces off, and enjoy some delicious grilled foods and spiked lemonade! One of the items on the menu.. chicken wings! I decided to bake these while my fiancé manned the grill with other items, but you could just as easily grill these too. Mixed herbs and spices are first rubbed on the chicken and then they’re baked to perfection.. crisp skin on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. I then mixed up brown sugar, spices, and Sailor Jerry Rum to create a sweet, spicy, and savory glaze that you’ll find yourself wanting to drown all kinds of food in! It’s a good thing I photograph my food before trying it or else the only photos to show here would have been bones!

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Sailor Berry Lemonade

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Happy Fourth of July America! Like most Americans I’ll spend the day barbecuing, drinking, and blowing things up.. ‘Merica! In addition to the Red, White, and Booze Slushies I created last week, I also wanted to whip up something classic and it doesn’t get more classic than homemade lemonade! Of course I had to put a Tattooed Martha spin on it though and added homemade raspberry syrup and a healthy dose of Sailor Jerry Rum! Kick back and enjoy a glass or two yourself while you watch the fireworks!

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