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Guest Post: Michele from The Scrap Shoppe

Hello, A Glimpse Inside friends! 
I’m Michele, and I create at The Scrap Shoppe
 
I’m so happy to be able to be here today to not only share a fun project with you, but to let Allison have some much needed time off to love on that precious new little girl of hers! Allison was sweet enough to guest post for me last year during my bloggy maternity leave, and I so pleased I can returned the favor! 
So, let’s get crafty shall we?

With Memorial Day just behind us and July 4th quickly approaching, my crafts lately seem to revolve around red, white, & blue. I love decorating my house for these patriotic holidays! 
Last year I made a fun ruffled patriotic wreath for the front door, and I thought it would be fun to make something similar in a smaller version for me to carry around with me! 
So I came up with the 
Mini Patriotic Wreath Pin!
I went with the same materials as my previous wreath: Cream burlap, red burlap (spray painted), and denim.

Cut 2.5″ wide strips of the fabrics, then cut the strips into squares then each square into a circle approximately 2 inches in diameter. 

You will need 6 cream, 5 red, and 4 blue circles.

Place a drop of glue (I use Beacon’s Fabri-Tac but you can use hot glue) in the center of one of the circles of fabric. Fold the circle in half then place another drop of glue on the center edge of the half circle. Fold the fabric in half again and hold it closed with a clothespin until the glue has a chance to dry. Repeat with all of the circles of fabric. 

To be sure that the backing of the mini wreath holds up to the weight of the burlap it needs to be made of something a little more substantial than felt which I would normally use for a small pin. So I grabbed some scrap cardboard and traced out a large circle 3″ in diameter and then a smaller circle inside the larger one 1.5″ in diameter.
Cut out both circles.
To make it more aesthetically pleasing, I wrapped the cardboard with thin strips of the denim. 

Remove the clothespins from the folded circles of fabric and start gluing them to the denim ring. Start with the red and white pieces overlapping them slightly. Add in the denim pieces and you should now have filled the entire space. If you have any gaps just cut more circles of fabrics of the color that you need.

We’re going for a flag look, and you can’t have a U.S. flag without some “stars!”
I glued on a few small white buttons to the denim.

Glue a pin to the top center of the back of the wreath. Cover the pin with a piece of scrap denim to help it blend in. 

I think the mini wreath turned out super fun! 
I love the mixture of the burlap with the denim.
It feels very rustic!
You could totally sport it as a brooch.
Or not… 

I think I’ll keep on my denim tote I carry to work! 
I think it makes for a decent mini version of my ruffled patriotic wreath
I do hope you will give this quick and simple mini wreath a try!
And I would love for you all to come visit me sometime at my place.
Thank you so much, Allison, for having me over!
Give that little baby an extra snuggle from me!



  Thanks so much for sharing Michele! 
allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #82

It’s time to party!
 Catch a Glimpse Button
What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:
1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.
2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)
3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)
4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!
5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

allison

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Guest Post: Amber from Crazy Little Projects

Hello A Glimpse Inside Readers! I’m Amber from Crazy Little Projects and I am very happy to here posting today while Allison is off on maternity leave. My blog is all about crazy little projects from sewing to baking to things to do with the kids and beyond.

This is a project that I wanted to do for a while but I was a little bit chicken to start because I wasn’t sure if it was going to work. I am happy to say that it worked, I love it and I can tell you how to do it. And it isn’t even very hard at all!

It’s a fabric covered bulletin board for my office area:



Here you can see it hard at work holding up important papers for me:

It’s all cork board underneath so you just use regular tacks to hang things on it and you can choose any fabric combo to go on it. I think it would be cute to do a smaller (probably 2 x 2) combo for my boys rooms in fun kid fabrics to display their artwork and things.

What You Need to make this Bulletin Board:
6-12″ x 12″ cork tiles (Get them at any craft store or online at Amazon)
6 fat quarters of fabric in coordinating prints
1 board, about 1/2 inch thick that measures about 34″ x 22″
2 sturdy picture holders
1 yard of felt
Mod podge or craft glue of some sort
Hot glue
Here’s How:
Grab your cork tiles.

Cut a piece of felt for each one that is exactly the dimensions of your tiles (12″ x 12″). Use your mod podge to glue the felt to the cork tile. I just used a foam brush, painted the mod podge all over the tile and then stuck the felt on. 

Now take your fat quarters and turn the tile with the felt side down onto the wrong side of your fabric. Pulling the fabric nice and tight and smooth, begin gluing around the edges (using the mod podge again) to cover the tile with your fabric:


It should look like this when you are done:

Do that for all of your cork tiles.

Now you need your board. I actually had some plywood in my garage so I cut my own. Normally I would have gone to Lowe’s and had them cut a piece for me, but their saw was broken and I am not a patient person. So, me and the hand saw cut a piece.

You want your board to be about 1/2 inch to 1 inch shorter on each side than your tiles will be when all lined up. So my board is about 34″ by 22.” You can see what I mean in this picture. See how my board is a little smaller than the tiles?

Because I knew that the edge of my board might show just a little if I walked past the bulletin board or something, I painted the edges white:

Then you need to lay out your tiles in the pattern you want them. Wherever possible, keep the folded over edges on the inside and top or bottom so that they don’t show around the edge of your board. See the folded edge here, keep those inside where you can:

Get all your fabric covered tile pieces in place and then get out your hot glue. I will warn you, this will use a lot of hot glue, so have several sticks handy. I needed to reload my glue gun in the middle of gluing down each tile, so it was handy to have more glue right at hand. Because you also need to work fast.

Lift off one tile, hot glue the area and quickly lay the tile back down, making sure to get it right in place:
Do this for all of your tiles.

Now, on the back you need to add some sturdy picture frame hangers. I got these wall mounts at Lowes and they are supposed to help it be flush with the wall. They worked like a charm. I drilled them in place and hung it on the wall:


I am loving having this on my wall. I have my weekly schedule right there along with to do lists and anything else I need handy while at my desk:

See other great projects at Crazy Little Projects
Thanks so much for sharing this cute project Amber! 

allison

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Guest Post: Rebecca from B. Life

 Hi A Glimpse Inside Readers…  I’m Rebecca!

I’m obsessed with a few things in life.  My camera.  My Jesus.  My
kids.  And a good book married with a bag of chocolate.  Milk – not
dark.
My blog, B. Life is a combination of those things – the things I love about
life.  The things that allow me to BE LIFE to others and enjoy life
myself.  Things like…
Capturing moments of bliss from behind a lens (and learning to shoot in manual).
here, here, and here
Reliving painful memories from my past to encourage people in my present.
Healing Rain, Superheroes, Miscarriage, Peace
And spreading hope and life to those in need through my business: Better Life Bags.  
For every bag that YOU design at Better Life Bags, I loan 10% of it to low income entrepreneurs in developing countries through Kiva.  
We’ve been able to loan over $2,000 over the past 3 years to the people you see here!

 

But enough about me. 
I also LOVE to craft on my blog, so I’d love to share my most recent project with you all!
A personalized bunting made from an old children’s book, burlap and twine!
Here’s how:
Supplies…
Children’s Book, Glue Gun, Twine, Burlap, Exacto Knife, Scissors, and Letters printed on cardstock.
 1. Using an exacto knife, cut out the pages from the children’s book that you’d like to use as your bunting background.
2.  Cut out the letters from cardstock and use them as stencils/patterns on paper of your choice.
3. Cut out squares of burlap slightly larger than your letters.  Fray the edges.
 4. Use hot glue to adhere each letter to the center of the frayed burlap square.
5. Adhere the burlap square onto the book page by placing hot glue on the back of the letter.  This will prevent glue from seeping through the burlap holes.
6. Place the burlap square onto the book page.
7. I created a template to cut a triangle from the bottom of each page to make the bunting look like a flag.  Just line up the template and cut off the extra!
8.  Punch two holes about 2″ in from each side.
9.  String twine from back to front through each of the flags.
10.  Tie a bow at each end.
11. Hang to enjoy!
I’d love to get to know you, too.  You can find me here:
Blog  |  Shop  |  Facebook  |  Pinterest  |  Twitter  |  Google+
(Follow me in one of the above ways and I’ll send you a free gift…
just email me – betterlifebags@gmail.com – telling me you follow along!)
Thanks for having me, Allison!
 

Thanks so much for sharing Rebecca!!

allison

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Guest Post: Aimee from Shugary Sweets

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I’m so happy to be sharing a fun recipe with all of you here at A Glimpse Inside. I know we are all sending Allison good wishes for this maternity leave!

My name is Aimee and I blog over at Shugary Sweets. I love to share my obsession passion for baking delicious dishes. The majority of my recipes are sweets (with a last name of Shugarman, I have a role to fill), however I do share the occasional savory dish. With four kids in the house slow cooker meals are a must have, and I’ve got some wonderful recipes on my blog!


Today though, in honor of Memorial Day, I thought it only fitting to share a tasty red, white and blue dessert! I used a silicone brownie bite pan to make these cute treats, but you can certainly make these in a 13×9 pan as well. As a lover of the corners and crispy edges, these guys are perfect though and I only make brownies in my silicone bites pan now (which you can find on Amazon or at Michael’s Craft stores)! 


Making the swirled frosting is easier than it looks too, you can change up the colors for any holiday. Or, if you want to add in blue, you can do that too! Just fill two disposable decorator bags (12inch) with your frosting (don’t snip the corners yet), drop them into a large (I used a 16inch) decorate bag with the coupler inside. 



Snip off the ends of the disposable bags, attach your tip and coupler, twist and pipe. 


 The blue stars I freehanded onto a sheet of parchment paper by melting some Wilton’s blue candy melts and filling a ziploc bag. Snip off the corner and make some stars! EASY.

Thanks again Allison for having me over today!
Be sure to stop on by my blog, Shugary Sweets to check out some of my other great recipes, and say hello while you’re over there!



Red, White, and Blue Brownie Bites Recipe:

Ingredients:
For the Brownies:
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder 
3 eggs
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
For the Frosting:
3/4 cup butter, softened
4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 Tbsp skim milk
food coloring (I use Americolor for the best results)
Wilton’s candy melts for the stars

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. If using silicone brownie bite pan, no need to grease. If using 13×9, line with parchment paper.

In mixing bowl, mix all brownie ingredients together until combined. Drop by tablespoons into brownie bite cavities (makes 48 bites). Or pour into baking dish. 

For brownie bites, bake 12-14 minutes (13×9 takes about 22-25 minutes). Allow brownies to cool completely in pan before removing.

For frosting, beat butter until fluffy. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and milk. Beat for 3-5 minutes until combined and fluffy. Add more milk if necessary. Divide frosting in half. Add food coloring to half the frosting to tint it red. Put frosting in decorator bags and put both bags into ONE larger decorator bag. Snip off ends of frosting bags, add tip and frost. 

Melt candy melts according to package. Put into a ziploc bag, snip off the corner. Pipe stars onto parchment paper. Allow to set. 

To assemble, frost brownies with swirled frosting and top with a blue star. Eat, enjoy and repeat often!


Thanks so much for sharing these yummy looking Brownies Aimee!!

allison

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Baby M Update: Week 39

This is the last Baby M update post because Baby M is HERE!!!! 
Yep- she arrived Thursday morning.
I will be sure to give her a formal introduction here once I finish going through all the pictures.

 
How far along? 39 weeks and 1 day
Total weight gain: 25 lbs. 
Maternity clothes? Yep, I’ve pretty much been wearing all maternity clothes but I do have some regular tank tops that I can still fit in.
Stretch marks?
Unfortunately, in the last week, I have gotten quite a few. She is definitely pushing out more now causing them to pop up by the day. I’m not very pleased! lol
Sleep: Been sleeping well.

Best moment this week: Well… Her arrival of course! 🙂
Miss Anything? Still Travis! Being pain free. Being able to function like a normal person.
Movement: Yep! She’s still moving quite a bit but I have noticed in the past couple of days that she isn’t moving as much as she has been in past weeks. She must be getting quite smooshed now!
Food cravings: I didn’t really crave anything this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing food wise but I had a few days of just not feeling well.
Gender: GIRL!!
Labor Signs: At my 39 wk appointment I was dilated to 3cm and still at 50% effaced. She stripped my membranes at that appointment to help things along. And well… Wednesday afternoon things started and Baby M arrived Thursday morning.
Belly Button (in or out): I guess we’ll call it out. It is ever so slightly in but has been like this for weeks now so I don’t see it getting any more flat.
Wedding Rings (on or off): On
Symptoms: The usual back and round ligament pain, and shortness of breath.Unfortunately, my swollen gums are back as well.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I was happy this week. Yeah! 🙂
Looking forward to: Seeing what is in store with a new little one. And of course now, we are both looking forward to Travis coming home to officially meet his baby girl.

Like I mentioned above, I will give Baby M an official formal introduction on here soon. 
And perhaps share a little of her birth story as well.

allison

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Guest Post: Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home

Hi everyone! I’m Meredith from Wait Til Your Father Gets Home, a crafty and diy blog that I recently started since becoming a stay at home mom to my little guy, Jackson.
I’m a former teacher, addicted to Pinterest , and love to read crafty & diy blogs as often as possible! Allison has been sweet enough to invite me to guest post for her while she’s on maternity leave, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! 

For those of you that follow my blog, I’m sure you’re aware that my little guy’s 1st birthday is coming up! He was originally due on July 16th but decided to surprise us early on July 3rd, just shy of Independence Day! So this year we’re going with a baseball/red, white, and blue theme. Who am I kidding? This kid’s birthday will probably always have some sort of red, white, and blue decor…and fireworks, lots of fireworks! 
 A while back I was inspired by Pinterest and Nicole at Reaves, Party of Four to make this adorable 20 Questions Birthday Memory Book for my niece. 
Here’s her version…

 

And here’s mine…


Well, I definitely wanted to make one for my little guy too, and of course got busy gathering red, white, and blue scrapbook paper, stickers, and embellishments! I collected everything over a course of about 3 weeks, just slowly purchasing materials as I had coupons and found major sales. My total cost for my son’s birthday memory book (including paper, stickers, an 8 x 8 scrapbook, and a package of 10 refill pages) was about $24! Everything I bought was either on sale or clearance or I had a coupon. I even found the scrapbook on clearance at Michael’s for $5.99 (plus got to use a 15% off total purchase coupon that included clearance items). I was one happy mama!

Here are some of the supplies I worked with:
{red, white, and blue scrapbook paper…these are only a few of the designs I used}
{stickers and embellishments}
{the super cheap, fabric covered 8 x 8 scrapbook I scored, complete with my little guy’s sweet face…I added that when we got home}
To get started, I modified some of the original 20 questions that I had gotten from Nicole’s blog, changed the font from my niece’s book, and printed out 18 copies since the book will be from ages 1-18. I’m happy to share my questions with you if you want to get in touch with me via email at meredith@waittilyourfathergetshome.com or through Facebook!

You could also go to Nicole’s Etsy shop to purchase her Printable PDF of the 20 Questions she uses if you prefer.
Once I printed out all 18 copies, I sized them down to an 8 x 8 page using my paper trimmer. I then did the same with the scrapbook paper, making 8 x 8 pages for the left side of the layout. For each birthday, I included scrapbook paper as the entire background on the left side and the questions, ready to be filled in on the right side. That way, after each birthday, I simply have to add a favorite photo or two on the left side and have Jackson answer the questions on the right side. I also used my star punch to use as the background of each age sticker as well. 

Here are a couple as an example…
I used some super cute red, sparkly letter stickers for the inside front and back covers…
{inside front cover}
{inside back cover}
And on the second page of the album, explained the book and wished Jackson a Happy Birthday!
This project is not only super easy to make and fairly inexpensive (if you take the time to find good deals), but it’s something that you and your child will treasure for years to come! I love the idea of giving it as a gift for a baby shower or 1st birthday as well!

Thanks again to Allison for inviting me to guest post today and (enjoy that precious little one of yours). Please come check out {Wait Til Your Father Gets Home} for more crafty ideas, diy projects and yummy recipes! You can also connect with me on Facebook and Pinterest. I look forward to hearing from some of you soon!

 

Thanks for sharing that cute idea Meredith!

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #81

It’s time to party!
 Catch a Glimpse Button
What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:
1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.
2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)
3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)
4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!
5.) And most importantly… HAVE FUN!!

allison

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Tasty Tuesday: My Family’s Meatballs & Gravy Recipe

One of my all time favorite meals is my family’s meatball and gravy recipe. 
 
Every time I go home or for the holidays, I hope my mom makes it. 
Having my parents in town now, my mom made this meal one night for dinner last week and I decided to photograph it all so I could share the recipe with all of you.
Here’s how to make it:

-Prep Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 1 hr and 30 mins.

Ingredients:
For Meatballs:
-1 lb. ground pork
-1 lb. ground beef
-2 small garlic gloves
-1/2 of a medium onion
-3 eggs
-1/3 cups bread crumbs
-1/3 cup or 1 pkg of onion soup mix
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-Crisco
-Flour

For Gravy:
-1 can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
-1 can of Cream of Chicken Soup
-Browning and Seasoning Sauce

Make it: 

In a food processor, finely chop the onion and garlic gloves.

In a large bowl, place both meats, chopped onion and garlic, eggs, bread crumbs, pepper, and onion soup mix.

Mix together.
All mixed and ready to form meatballs.
 
-In a large skillet, melt 5 heaping tablespoons of Crisco.

 -In another bowl, place some flour to dredge the meatballs in.

-Loosely form meatballs, just larger than a golf ball. 
-Roll in the flour.
-Place the meatballs in the skillet to brown.

-Fill entire skillet.

 -While your meatballs are browning, place the cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup along with a can of water in a pot and whisk together. 

-Add the browning sauce until you get your desired color of gravy.

-Cook the gravy on low heat stirring frequently so it doesn’t burn.

– Brown the meatballs for 5 mins. then flip.
 -Continue to brown for another 5 mins.
-If needed, you can place meatballs on their sides as well to brown a little.
-In an large baking dish, place all your meatballs and then cover with the gravy.
-Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
-If all of your meatballs do not fully get covered with the gravy, stir the meatballs after 30 mins to ensure all the meatballs are in the gravy at some point in the baking process.

-All done!

-Serve with your choice of sides.

ENJOY!!

allison

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Baby M Update: Week 38

Pretty sure Baby M POPPED once again! 
If she doesn’t come soon, I think my stomach may fall off my body! lol 

How far along? 38 weeks
Total weight gain: 25 lbs. 
Maternity clothes? Yep, I’ve pretty much been wearing all maternity clothes but I do have some regular tank tops that I can still fit in.
Stretch marks?
Unfortunately, in the last week, I have gotten quite a few. She is definitely pushing out more now causing them to pop up by the day. I’m not very pleased! lol
Sleep: Been sleeping well. Thanks goodness!

Best moment this week: Getting to Skype with Travis for the first time!! 🙂 It was awesome seeing and hearing him at the same time. Also, we got our lawn completely resodded and it looks beautiful!
Miss Anything? Still Travis! Being pain free. Being able to function like a normal person.
Movement: Yep! She’s still moving quite a bit but I have noticed in the past couple of days that she isn’t moving as much as she has been in past weeks. She must be getting quite smooshed now!
Food cravings: I didn’t really crave anything this week.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing food wise but I had a few days of just not feeling well.
Gender: GIRL!!
Labor Signs: Found out at my appt. on Tuesday, that I am dilated to 2 cm and was already 50% effaced which surprised both me and my midwife. I have been having contractions but nothing terrible.
I go back tomorrow to find out if I’ve progressed anymore!
Belly Button (in or out): I guess we’ll call it out. It is ever so slightly in but has been like this for weeks now so I don’t see it getting any more flat.
Wedding Rings (on or off): On
Symptoms: The usual back and round ligament pain, and shortness of breath.Unfortunately, my swollen gums are back as well.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I was happy this week. Yeah! 🙂
Looking forward to: My next appointment to see what progress has been made this week. Of course, being so close to my due date now, I’m getting anxious for Baby M’s arrival! Can’t believe it can happen any day now! CRAZY!! I can’t wait to see her little face and see what she looks like!

allison