Portland Feast Starts Tomorrow!

I am beyond excited for Feast! I loooove food. I eat a very limited amount of carbs these days, but I’ll work my way around that. If you want to keep up with my Feast adventures, you can follow along on my IG: @thepapermama.

If you want to go there are still a few events left that are not sold out. You can check out the Feast schedule here.

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Feast ticket in exchange for this blog post.

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The best food festival around: Feast!

It’s that time of year again. It’s time to enjoy all the amazing foodie goodness that Portland has to offer. This will be my second year attending and I cannot wait to check out the Smoked event. I get to explore the food made by 22 world-class chefs and an array of cocktails, fine wines and craft beers to cool it all down, too. I have already planned out my day to make sure I can fit all that food into my belly.

This Smoked event is sold out, but there’s still a way to get in if you buy “The Package”. The Package will get you into 5 amazing events: Friday and Saturday Grand Tasting, the Sandwich Invitational, the Night Market, Smoked!, and Brunch Village. If that’s out of your budget there are still a ton of other events available. Check out their schedule to see if there’s one that sparks your interest.

Hope to see you there!

– Chelsey

P.S. The image above is from Feast. I was provided with a free ticket to Smoked! in exchange for this blog post.


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Rainbow Vertical Garden DIY

What do you do when you have a small yard and chickens that eat all the plants they can find? You build yourself a vertical rainbow garden! I’m sure a couple of our more sneaky chickens will find a way into some of our newly planted veggies, but for now it will work just fine.

One of our main goals this summer was to clean up our small backyard and make it more livable. I’ve said this before, but our yard is just a big dirt pit. We tore down our detached garage a couple years ago and it’s so sad back there. It needs so much work and our vertical garden is a step in the right direction. It’s amazing how such a small update can really change the feel of a space. I love the bright pop of color against our fence.

Do you want to make this vertical rainbow garden for your yard? As long as you have a few basic tools it’s pretty easy to make.

Supplies needed:

  • 8 wooden crates (mine are from Michaels)
  • a variety of colorful outdoor spray paint (I used Rust-oleum)
  • clear acrylic spray sealer
  • 4 treated wood posts (1″ x 1″ x 8′)
  • 64 wood screws
  • landscape fabric
  • potting soil
  • plants


Step 1: In a well ventilated space (preferably outdoors and wearing a mask) follow the directions on the back of the spray can and paint your crates.

Step 2: When you are happy with the color of the painted boxes you can seal the boxes with the clear spray (this will help the boxes last a bit longer outside).

Step 3: Plan out a pattern for your vertical garden. Be sure to consider what kind of plants you want. You might need more crates with more vertical growing space for most plants.

Step 4: When you have your pattern figured out, measure out and cut the treated wood posts to the length you need (be sure you cut posts for the front and back of the vertical garden). Add about 3 inches to the length of each post so the boxes don’t sit right on the ground. Cutting tip: if you don’t have a saw to cut the wood, don’t worry. Most home improvement stores will cut the posts to length for you if you have your measurements ready.

Step 5: Connect the posts to the sides of the crates using wood screws.

Step 6: Measure inside the crates to find out the size you need line the inside of the crate with the landscape fabric. Cut out 8. Line the inside of the crates with the landscape fabric and fill with dirt. Use some scissors to trim the excess fabric.

Step 7: Plant all your veggies and you are done! Since the vertical garden is tall and skinny you might need to secure the piece to something, like a fence!

What do you think? Do you love my vertical garden? I do. SO much. Every time I look out my window into the backyard I get to see this colorful garden and it makes me smile.

With over 800 new styles of craft paint, Michaels has more paints for more surfaces! Check out some of their new finishes including ultra metallic & watercolor and get started on your next DIY! Looking for even more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ DIY projects!

– Chelsey

P.S. I was provided with a Michaels gift card to share this craft paint DIY with you.

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