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{Feature Friday} #94

This week flew by and can’t believe 2013 is seriously right around the corner! 
 But since it is a Friday, time for some features! 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
If you haven’t linked up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse Party, there’s still time! 🙂
Have a great weekend and ending to 2012! 

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #111

Hey everyone! 
 Hope you had a great Christmas! 
 Sorry to just be getting the party started. Totally slipped my mind to schedule it last night.
But let’s 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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Diaper Box turned Toy Bin

I finally created something that I can share! About time, right?! 😉 
  I saw this tutorial on Positively Splendid and followed it to cover the outside of my diaper box but then changed it up and made a no sew liner for the inside of the box.
 So if you would like to make one of these for yourself, check out Amy’s tutorial for the how to on covering the outside of the box. It is also no sew. 
After you cover the outside of the box, it is time to make a liner. You can either sew one line Amy did or I opted to try to add one without sewing. (Truthfully, I was just to lazy to pull out my sewing machine. hehe) 

Here is how I made my liner:
 Cut out a piece of fabric the same exact way as you did for covering the outside of the box but add a few more inches to it for an overlap. I added two more inches than the outside of my box measurements. 
 Fold over the edges of the fabric and glue down. 
 Once all the edges are glued, I folded the fabric (print side up) in on itself so it was layered with each flap. 
I used a little spray adhesive in the bottom of the box for the bottom piece of fabric to stay in place while I was messing with the sides but I could still readjust it if necessary. 
  I then glued down the side fabric. 
I placed glue up the sides near the corners (there is actual glue in this picture but it was clear so hard to see.)
Pull up the flap of fabric and stretch to fit the side pressing down on the glue and moving it into the corners. 
Continue glueing each flap to the sides. 
   Here is a shot of one of my corners. Fabrics met up in the corners and I just tried to smooth them out.
Note: The actually liner fabric will not be totally smooth. It is a little more wrinkly looking like if you did actually sew the liner together. You could fold over more fabric in the corners if you want a smoother look. 
 Here is a shot of my fabric all placed.
 You will have this extra fabric left on each side.
  Pull tight overlapping the front of the box and glue down. 
 Then, take a ribbon of your choosing to cover up the seam where the overlapping fabric ends. 
Glue down the ribbon to the box.
 I had this little seam in my ribbon where my two ends met so I decided to make a little bow to add to cover it plus add a little more detail. 
 Cut a piece of ribbon to the size you would like your bow.
Burn or glue the edges to prevent fraying and then glued to two end of the ribbon together to create a loop.
  Fold over two ends for the outer loops leaving a bubble in the center that you will fold over equally to create the center loop of the bow. Glue together. (Hope that makes sense! Hard to take pics of it while trying to make it!)
Then glue the bow to the box to cover the seam.  
And now it is done!
 Fill with toys and you are good to go! (So once I took these pics, I noticed the bow was off centered. Wah, wah! lol :P)
I made two, one for our family room downstairs and one for our bonus room upstairs and they are perfect. 
 

allison

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Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to pop on here to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 
I hope that you all have a blessed day with your family and friends! 
We stayed in CO but are having some friends over for dinner that were deployed with Travis so it will be a good day. 
MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 

allison

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{Feature Friday} #93

Sorry this is getting up so late today! 
There were SOOO many holiday ideas linked up but here are just a few from this week’s Catch a Glimpse Party. 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!! 
I hope that you all have a VERY Merry Christmas!!
Enjoy your time with your friends and family! 
I will be back Wednesday!

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #110

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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Travis’ Homecoming

Hello everyone! 
Thanks for letting me take a little break the last week so I could spend time with Travis and Miss P. We have definitely enjoyed being a family again. 
I wanted to share some pictures of Travis’ homecoming. 
He got home JUST after midnight on the 9th. 
We got to the Special Events Center (SEC) on post at 930 pm for what was suppose to be a ceremony at 1130 but they landed a few minutes late so the ceremony was backed up to midnight. The SEC was completely packed but we still had a very special reunion! 
Here are pics of our night.
I took this picture with my phone so P moved and made it a little blurry but this is the sign I made for P to have at the homecoming. 
I had a friend of mine and fellow Army wife who is a photographer (Maddox and Co. Photography) come and take pictures of our reunion and I am so glad that she did. Here are some of the shots she took.
 Miss P got all dressed up to meet her daddy and she sure look CUTE! 🙂 
 Interested in her sign.
 The SEC was all decked out for Christmas so it made for cute pictures. 
Look at those cheeks!
 Here is a shot of the two of us before the ceremony. 
 Have to get a picture with the giant American flag in the background as well. 
This is my friend Kim. Her husband was on the same SFAT team as Travis and we hung out quite a bit during this deployment. Needless to say, we were VERY eager for our boys to come home! 
 I was worried I would be a hot mess that night and I did good! This was the ONLY time I got teary eyed that night and it was when they played “Proud to be an American” right before the ceremony started and our soldiers marched in. 
If you can’t tell, we are eagerly waiting for them to march in. We had a decent place to stand and then all the last minute people got there and we were completely blocked by tons of people and signs so we were having to stand on our tippy toes and around people to see them march in. 
 It took Travis a few minutes to find us but once he did it was great!! 
This was taken RIGHT as he walked up to P and I. 
First kiss! 
 And can I just say- reunion kisses are the BEST! 🙂
Here is a shot of the Miss P meeting daddy for the first time in real life. Love the look at her face! 
 Seeing daddy without his cover on. 
Such a happy smile! 
 Their faces are priceless! 
 We MAY have snuck a few more kisses in. 
Miss P LOVED daddy’s velcro on his uniform!
 This was our first official family.
Again, taken with my phone so it isn’t so great but that’s ok. 
 A family picture that the photographer took. 

 Daddy and P showing off her sign. 
Oh, how I love these smiles!!!! 
We have had a fabulous time the past week and Miss P took to Travis right away! 
She definitely knew that Travis was daddy and has had no issues with him what so ever.
Travis has jumped right into his role as daddy with feedings, diaper changes, getting her up in the morning and more! It’s GREAT! lol
I LOVE seeing them play together and laugh. It is the best sight in the world!
We’ve made a few fun memories already by visiting the Denver Aquarium and then we went to the zoo here in the Springs the other night to see all the Christmas lights.
I am looking forward to all the other fun memories we make along the way! 

allison

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Bead and Embroidery Gift Tag Tutorial from Flamingo Toes

Hello A Glimpse Inside Readers!!
My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.
I am so excited to be here today while Allison gets to spend some time with her awesome hubby! I am so thankful for his service and thrilled that he is home at last with their sweet girl!
I love making Christmas presents pretty – it makes them even more fun to give I think. 
Today I have some sweet little Bead and Embroidery Gift tags that would be so cute to decorate your packages with!
Aren’t they fun? They’re little felt tags all decorated up with embroidery, then sewn to a Kraft paper tag!

So you can still write To and From on the back.

(Though my daughter suggested writing with pencil – so you can reuse them next year haha!)

So to whip up your tags, you’ll need:
Gift Tags: Includes these three tags, plus the pattern for the holly and the snowflake
 Embroidery floss

Beads 

Twine or some other ribbon or trim for tying 
Hole punch 
Optional: Pinking Shears
Start by printing out your tags. You’ll want to print them on card stock – they’ll need something sturdy.

Cut out the tag shapes just inside the lines.

(Ignore that little circle at the top, those aren’t on the tag pattern)
Cut out a piece of felt the size of your tag. 
  For the oval tag, draw out your letter for the monogram with disappearing ink.
Embroider your monogram with a back stitch.

I have directions to several simple Embroidery stitches on my blog – you can find them here.

Decorate the tag by sewing small pearls all over it. 
Trim around the oval with pinking shears if desired to give the felt a fun edge.
Lay the felt over the tag so the printed side of the tag is to the back. Sew the felt and tag together with a running stitch all the way around.

Hide the knots in the thread between the felt and cardstock.

Use a hole punch at the top of the tag to make the hole for your twine. The hole punch should go through both the felt and cardstock.
Knot some twine through the hole to finish it off.

Now we have a cute little monogram gift tag!

For the holly tag, cut out the leaf pieces on the pattern from green felt.

Sew them to the felt piece with a running stitch. Finish off the holly with red beads and sew the pieces together as you did for the monogram tag.

The snowflake tag is made the same way. I added beads to the center and each end of the snowflake.

(I glued these on, I couldn’t find a needle small enough to sew them on)

So now you can create even more tags with the same three shapes – you can embroidery anything you want on them!

Christmas Trees, little birdies, snowmen – there are so many cute options!

They look so cute on Kraft paper wrapped packages – all tied up with twine. 🙂
I hope you like them!
I’d love for you to come visit me at Flamingo Toes! 
And if you like Gift tags, you might also like these Anthro Knockoffs – they’re super cute too!
Thanks for having me over Allison!

allison

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Santa’s Belt Decor Tutorial from The Scrap Shoppe

The sweet and talented Michele from The Scrap Shoppe is here today to share a cute and easy holiday decoration. 
Hello, A Glimpse Inside readers!
I’m Michele, and I create at The Scrap Shoppe.
I love to take unique twists on traditional crafts and make them my own.
And while I’m doing that, I figure I’ll show you step-by-step how to do it, too!
So all of my projects come with full tutorials so that we can all create together.
I’m really excited to be here while Allison enjoys watching her husband and daughter get know each other in person! Yay for him being home from overseas!
Today I have a super simple, super quick Christmas craft for you.
I’m calling it 
—Santa’s Belt!— 
Here’s the tutorial… 
1. Start with a decorative glass container and some sort of red filler. I’m using little red and black Styrofoam glitter balls! You could also use miniature red ornaments or red pom poms.
2. Put a glass/candle/toilet paper roll (you get the idea) inside your glass container to take up some of the volume. I’m using an upside down Mason jar.
3. Start to drop in your red filler material. 
4. About halfway up I added some of the black glitter balls to look like a belt, but this isn’t really necessary. I was just afraid I wouldn’t have enough of the red to fill the entire container.
Finally, take an old belt and wrap it around your glass container. Buckle the belt (pierce a hole if you need to) and trim off any excess.
And now we have some super cute and super simple Christmas decor!
Thanks so much for having me over, Allison!
I would love for you all to come visit me at my place sometime.



Thanks so much for sharing Michele!

allison