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November 2012


{Feature Friday} #91

Time is flying, which is a good thing for me since we are about a week, week and a half out from Travis’ return, but I can’t believe it is Friday and the end of November! 
Here are some ideas linked up to yesterday’s party.

Thanks for linking up everyone!! 
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If you weren’t featured here today, be sure to check out AGI’s FB page over the next few days. Your idea may be featured there!
I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! 



More Holiday Cheer- Kindle Fire Giveaway!

‘Twas the month before Christmas
And all throughout blog land
Were patterns and recipes,
Ornaments and cake stands.

Your favorite bloggers
Were busy as could be
Making projects and tutorials
For all to see.

Then we got an idea
For something to do
To make the holidays brighter
For one of you

All year round
You bring us such joy
Why not give one reader
A special Christmas “toy?”

We thought and we thought
Till our brains were quite tired
Then it came to us,
“A Kindle Fire!”

We all joined together,
Now today is the day
So get in your entries
For this special giveaway!

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Catch a Glimpse Party #107

I’m going to start with a few reminders first! 

Have you entered the Cricut Expression Bundle Holiday Giveaway?!
Last day to enter if you haven’t!!! 

 It would make an excellent gift for someone or just yourself.

Don’t forget about the iPad giveaway as well!

And lastly, if you have decorated for Christmas, I would love for you to link up to my Holiday Open House Party!

Now it’s time to party!

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What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

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!!



Holiday Open House Party; Week 1

Welcome to Week 1 of my Holiday Open House party! 
 Today is the time to share your house decor. 
You can share your living room, dining room, kitchen, etc. decorations. 
Here are my decorations! 
 I’ll start with my entry way. 
I placed my wooden snowflake on my mirror and then put the little metal box on my table.
I love to hang an item in front of a mirror for a little something extra.
And I use this box to collect all the Christmas cards we receive in the mail.
In our front window, I placed our Christmas tree.

Moving to the right of the tree is a curio cabinet. I only decorate the top of it and the top open shelf. 
The two pictures in the frames were actually Christmas cards I received at one time.
Next to the curio cabinet, I hung my Christmas Subway art.
To the left of the tree are my shutters all decked out plus my new console table. 
Since we don’t have a fireplace, I always hang our stockings on our shutters and I always love how it looks. 
Add some garland, a wreath, and now some figurines to the table and that area is done.
Here is how I decorated my dining room table.
I saw an idea like this in Pottery Barn a few years ago so this is how I have decorated my table the past few years.
The greenery is an old garland I don’t use anymore. Throw in some glittered pine cones and berries and you are good to go! 
I wrapped my banister in a thin garland and some berry garland.
In the family room area, I placed two small trees and decorated them with ornaments Travis and I made.
I placed some figurines on the entertainment center but left it pretty simple.
Up close of items:
A fun silver Reindeer.
Noel glittered metal sign.
And a little snowman with some trees.
On our bar, I just placed this silver Tinsel tree with a little snowman candle holder.
Under the island, I placed this little decorated tree.
And placed another one on top of the island! 
Here is my stove area. 
I placed the Embroidery Hoop Ornaments on the little ledge of the stove hood.
Then I put some items in the window area above my stove.
My cute little salt and pepper shaker.
Then I created the NOEL sign and the 25 sign at a Pinterest party I threw.
Now it is time for you to share your decorations!! 


1.) Link up to a specific post not your blog in general.

2.) Your post must be of your Holiday Decorations not of a tutorial. (tutorials will be shared in a separate week.)

3.) Stop and visit a couple links to get new ideas!

4.) HAVE FUN!!!

Share a button on your blog to spread the word about the party and to show you are participating!


Annual Holiday Open House Info

Hi everyone! 
I hope that you guys had a fabulous Thanksgiving day and weekend! 
Did any of you go and do some shopping of Black Friday? 
How about getting up all your holiday decorations? 
I didn’t do ANY shopping but I am ALL decorated and ready for Christmas! πŸ™‚ 
The past few years I’ve thrown a Holiday Open House party where you share your holiday decorations. 
And it is that time of year again to party! WOOOO! 
I am personally inviting all of your to my Holiday Open House party and I sure hope you will join the fun! 

Each week will have a theme in which to share. 
Week 1, Nov. 28:
Main Living Spaces Decorations (Living Rm., Dining Rm., Kitchen., etc)
Week 2, Dec. 5:
Show off your Trees! (Main Tree, Kid’s Trees, etc.)
Week 3, Dec. 12:
Outdoor Decorations
Week 4, Dec. 19:
Holiday Crafts, Recipes, and other Holiday Tutorials
Party starts tomorrow so I hope to see you there!!!

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Miss P’s 5 Month Adventures

My baby girl just turned 6 mths old.
Where has the time gone?!
I can’t believe it! 
Month 5 sure was a fun one though! 
Here is a little recap of her adventures.
Just like every other month, we had to have our little photo shoot on her 5 month birthday. 
P finally had a taste of solid food. 
Rice cereal and Oatmeal are a staple in our house now and she LOVES both! 
She NEVER made a funny face at all when she tried either and she makes the cutest “Mmmmm” noise right before she takes every bite of food.

Halloween was the first holiday where she was big enough to some what enjoy it. 
She sure looked cute in her Halloween outfit the day of Halloween.
She dressed up as a Ballerina for Halloween. 
She sure was cute but she sure didn’t enjoy the night. 
I think it was too chilly for her and she cried FOREVER! lol
She still a super happy girl and loves to play. 
And plays until she just can’t play anymore! 
Sitting up all by herself is a super fun thing now! 
She chills on the floor and plays and she loves it.
I will admit, I do too so I can get some things done. πŸ™‚
Gramps and Gammi came back out to visit for Thanksgiving. 
She had to help out her Gramps with a game he was playing. 
Sitting and reading is a pretty cool thing. 
Lots of fun things happened this month.
-She sat in a shopping cart for the first time. 
-She was a super silly girl playing.
-She had a fun time waking up one morning and rolling and playing in her crib.
-She wished Happy Birthday to her daddy. 
-She enjoyed her new Halloween toy from her Aunt Rissa.
-Celebrated Thanksgiving.
-Enjoyed a bottle while watching some football. 
And to round out the month, she got to celebrate her first Thanksgiving and sure looked cute while doing it. πŸ™‚ I love her little “over the shoulder” model pose. 
Month 5 sure was fun and she has develop quite the personality.
I know month 6 will be just as fun and memorable! 
Especially since she gets to meet her daddy this month and have her first Christmas.
Definitely fun times ahead!



Who Wants an iPad?! :)

 Give me an I. Give me a P. Give me an A. Give me a D. 
What’s that spell?! 
What a great way to get you into the Holiday Spirit and help with your holiday shopping than with a giveaway, an iPad 4 Giveaway?!
One lucky winner will receive the iPad 4 with Retina display {Wi-Fi & 32gb}

This elite group of crafty bloggers listed below have teamed up to offer you the latest in the iPad series.  Wouldn’t you like to be reading my/our blogs from a new iPad?  Yeah, I thought you would!  πŸ™‚
Or perhaps go shopping or stay in touch with everyone you know through your favorite social media channels.  Well, this is your chance to enter to win a new iPad 4 with Retina Display!

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This would make a fabulous gift for someone even if you already have an iPad.

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*Please make sure you do what is asked, because we will be verifying the winner & their entries!
*In addition to the entries below, you also have the option to tweet about this giveaway everyday for additional entries!
*It is very important that you do every single step.  Don’t forget!

This giveaway will end on Friday November 30th at midnight EST. 

We hope you stick around for some more awesomeness along the way because this is only the beginning of what’s to come for the holiday season! 

Thanks for stopping by & good luck!

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Oh, the Eye Candy!

Tons and tons of eye candy! 
Have you picked up your issue of PEOPLE Magazine’s Annual Sexiest Man Alive issue?
 You sure need to run out and buy a copy if you haven’t!
Why, hello Mr. Tatum! 
Like I stated in the beginning and in the title, it is chopped full of eye candy! 
I wasn’t too positive who they would pick as Sexiest Man Alive and when I first heard it was Channing I thought, “Really?,” but after looking at the magazine I think he was a good choice. 

I went and picked up a copy over the weekend at my local Kroger brand store. 
It took me a minute to find it since it was hiding from me. 
Finally, I noticed Mr. Channing eyeing me from behind a special Twilight issue of PEOPLE Magazine
I picked it up and while P was taking a nap, I sat down to enjoy the new issue and read all about the men included this year plus all my other favorite articles. 
I LOVE the Star Tracks pictures. Seeing all the stars out and going about their business trying to do normal things. Well as normal as one can do things with a ton of photographers following them.
I was pretty excited when I got to all the eye candy. 
Hi Bradley! Congrats on getting married Justin! How are you Marky Mark? Patrick, I think I need some medical attention. πŸ˜‰

 Near the back of the magazine is the Second Look Article. 
I always enjoy a good puzzle so this is one of my favorite things to do. I like to see how fast I can find all 10 changes. Normally, I can accomplish it quickly without looking at the answers but some times there is that one change I just can’t find so I have to check them out. 
So, if you haven’t picked up your issue of PEOPLE Magazine’s Annual Sexiest Man Alive issue run out and get it before it is too late. 
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Christmas Tree Hurricane Vase

Time to start pulling out all of your holiday decorations. Crazy! 
This year has flown by but I am definitely ready for some holiday cheer! 
I decided to get into the holiday spirit by creating a Christmas Tree Hurricane Vase with the help of Mod Podge
I love Mod Podge! It can be used to create so many different things on so many types of materials.
This was my first attempt at using Mod Podge on glass but this was a fairly simple project. It just needed ample time for things to dry since I was working on glass. 
Here is how I created it:
-Glass Hurricane Vase
-Scrapbook Paper
-Cutting Machine of some sorts
-Super Gloss Mod Podge
-Matte Mod Podge
– Mod Podge Roller Applicator
-Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, Silver Glitter
-Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, Gold Glitter
-Folk Art Silver Glitter Paint (optional)
-Epsom Salt or Kosher Salt

 To start, cut out the design you want to apply to your hurricane vase. 
I chose to cut out some Christmas trees using my Cricut Machine in a few different sizes.
After making sure your vase was nice and clean, apply some Super Gloss Mod Podge to the outside of the vase. I used the roller applicator to apply the Mod Podge.
I applied the Mod Podge in small sections at a time and then applied one of the trees.
I rubbed the tree with my finger to ensure that it all stuck down without any bubbles.
TIP: When applying the Mod Podge, try not to overlap the already applied and drying Mod Podge to much or too many times. It will rub off the Mod Podge that is starting to dry.
Continue adding your cut outs all the way around your hurricane. Give trees a coat of Mod Podge to seal.
Even with the Mod Podge being Super Gloss, it will still make your vase a little foggy looking. I like that it isn’t super clear though because it diffuses the candlelight. 
Once my trees were relatively dry, I used the Matte Mod Podge and applied it at the bottom of the vase and up over the trunk of the trees. I sprinkled some Kosher Salt onto the glue so it looked like snow. 
Shake off excess salt and set aside to dry.
I used the Dimensional Magic on the trees to make it look like snow. Do not apply to much otherwise it will drip or place it on it’s side while it dries.
I also added a gold star to a few of the trees for a little more flair. Again, don’t apply it too thick.
I also applied the Silver Dimensional Magic onto the glass here and there to look like snow falling.
Just add a candle once everything is dry. 
Note: Mod Podge on glass can take months to FULLY cure. So once it is complete, place it where you want it and don’t mess with it.
It looks great when the candle is lite.
Can’t wait to put it out along with all my other holiday decorations. 
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