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Burlap Christmas Wreath

Hi everyone!!
I hope you all are doing well and that you had a fabulous Thanksgiving.
I just wanted to pop in today to share a Christmas wreath with all of you. 
I actually made this a few weeks ago and meant to share it earlier and well… a baby came and things got crazy! 
So here ya go!
This wreath is very similar to my Spring Chevron Wreath but if you didn’t see that one, I’ll share how I made this one as well.

 How to:
Supplies:
-Wreath form
-Floral Pins
-Burlap strips
-Burlap Ribbon (I got mine at Hobby Lobby)
-Wooden tree or other design
-Decorative wreath picks- optional instead of wooden tree
Start by wrapping the wreath form in burlap to cover up the foam.
Next, take your first ribbon and create loops around the wreath form using the floral pins to hold it to the form.
If you don’t like the size and spacing of your loops, you can easily pull out the pins and redo it.
 Intertwine the second ribbon in with the first, again readjusting if need be.
And lastly, add your third ribbon, if you are using three.
If you are using more, just keep layering! 
To hang the wreath, I just cut a piece of ribbon and made a loop. 
I attached it with a floral pin and then put hot glue on top of it to make sure it wouldn’t slip out. 
I painted the wooden tree and decorated it a little.
Once it was dry, I glued it to the wreath where I wanted it. 
And that’s it! 
You could easily use the wreath picks instead for a little something extra.
I am very happy with how it turned out and am looking forward to hanging it up on our door this year instead of my normal pine looking wreath.
I hope you guys are enjoying all the guest posts! I will pop back in soon! 🙂

allison

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Silhouette Black Friday Sale + Reindeer Names Art Tutorial

Silhouette is having a HUGE Black Friday Sale
https://www.silhouetteamerica.com/black
 If you have been wanting a Silhouette machine, now it is the time to buy it or hint big time to your loved one that they better buy it now. 🙂 
Here are the details of the sale:
  •       
    A
    Silhouette CAMEO®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a dust
    cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a
    hook,
    a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $229.99. Retail price
    for all of this would total $406.93
    (over 40% savings!)
  •        
    A
    Silhouette Portrait®, Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition Software, a
    dust cover (the color is decided by Silhouette), a $25 download card, a
    hook,
    a scraper, a spatula, and a pick-me-up® tool for $129.99. Retail price
    for all of this would total $286.93
    (over 40% savings!)
  •        
    A
    Silhouette CAMEO®, a Silhouette Portrait®, and two $25 download cards
    for $299.99. That’s right: If you buy a Silhouette CAMEO® at full price,
    you
    get two $25 download cards and a Silhouette Portrait® ABSOLUTELY FREE!
    Retail price for all of this would be $406.93
    (over 40% savings!)
  •       
    40% off consumable products at silhouetteamerica.com.
    This excludes machines, subscriptions, download and gift cards. Cannot
    be combined with any other offers. Rain checks not available. 
  •        
    FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.
 In order to get the promotional deals, you must use the Promo Code: GLIMPSE at checkout.

You can definitely do some fun stuff with a Silhouette machine. 
I have a Silhouette Cameo and here is my latest project that I made with the help of my machine. 
Reindeer Name Art:
Here’s the how to:
 Supplies:
-Canvas
-Vinyl (12×12 sheet for this project)
-Paint
-Paint brushes
-Silhouette Machine
-Computer to use Silhouette Softward
To start, I opened my Silhouette software and designed what I wanted to cut out onto the piece of vinyl.

When I was happy with the layout, I loaded the vinyl into my machine and cut.
I gave my canvas a clean coat of white paint and let it dry.
My canvas was a 14×14 size canvas, so I measured in 1 inch on all sides since my piece of vinyl was only 12×12. This way it would be centered on my canvas.
Then apply the vinyl to the canvas. 
I was only using the negative image since I was using the vinyl as a stencil, so be sure to keep the inside pieces of all the letters! 
Be sure to rub and smooth out the vinyl to make sure it sticks to the canvas well so minimize paint bleeding under it. 
I painted the reindeer at the top brown.
Be sure to start with the paint brush on the vinyl and brush into the design. This will help minimize bleeding.
I painted Rudolph’s name red for his red nose of course.
Then I painted the other reindeer names green.
I gave a couple coats to everything.
Since I had an inch open on all sides, I painted that area red to make a border.
I added some white polka dots for a little whimsy.
I also touched up the reindeer and the names a little when I took the vinyl off if there were areas that did bleed.
I outlined the border in black along with the white dots. 
I didn’t care if they weren’t perfect lines or outlines because I wanted it to look like I freehanded them.
I love how it came out! 
Can’t wait to hang it up for the holiday season!
See… a Silhouette is so easy to use!! 
So pop on over to Silhouette for the Black Friday Sale
Remember to use the promo code: GLIMPSE at checkout!!!

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #159

Happy Thanksgiving!!
I know you are probably busy with family and friends but wanted to run the party like normal. Enjoy your day!

Let’s PARTY!  

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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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DIY Book Advent Calendar from Cuddles and Chaos

 Jen from Cuddles and Chaos is here today. Welcome Jen!
Hey guys! I’m Jen from Cuddles and Chaos and I’m so excited to share our advent calendar tradition here. 
I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of the whole idea of advent calendars. I’m one of those people who decorates for Christmas immediately after Thanksgiving (I won’t lie, I had a really tough time holding back this year!) and I love everything about the holiday season. 
At the same time, I am not a big fan of the idea of tons of little plastic surprises or sugary treats during a time that’s bursting with both to begin with. Plus, it kind of seems like a waste of money to buy a bunch of little trinkets right before a major gift giving holiday. Especially since said trinkets will probably break or be declared boring before New Years Day. 

 Instead, we decided to go with something that will last a lot longer and that we can enjoy year after year: books!

It’s really easy. 

Here’s what you need:

DIY book advent calendar supplies

  • 24 books. In our house, any book that takes place in the winter is fair game (for a list of all of the books we use, check out my post here).
  • a roll of craft paper (or wrapping paper)
  • foam glitter paper (scrapbook paper or even newspaper would work too. I found these in Dollar Tree and since my ladies love glitter I had to go with it!)
  • scissors
  • yarn
  • number template (you can freehand these if you want, by I didn’t trust myself)
Not pictured: a big basket, an x-acto knife, a pencil, tape 
First, pour yourself a nice mug of hot chocolate and wrap those books. If there are any books you want to read on a particular day (for us it’s ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas), make sure you set it aside. 
Next up is tracing numbers onto the glitter foam sheets so that you can number each of the books. I love the idea of counting down to Christmas, but our nights are usually so hectic it makes it easier for us if the number on each book corresponds with the date. 
Once all of your numbers are done, it’s decoration time! This year I decided to keep it simple and just use yarn. Some books were wrapped in a bow, others had strips of yarn that made patterns and shapes (Christmas trees and stars are nice and easy!), and still others had little pom poms on them. 
In case you’ve never made your own pom pom before, they’re super easy.

DIY pom pom 

Take a fork and wrap a big, fat ball of yarn around it (about 100 times around does the trick). Next, tie it nice and tight in the middle. After that you just have to snip the loops and trim your little ball until you like the shape. It might take a little practice, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll love it. My seven year old could make pom poms all day long. 
Once everything is wrapped and decorated to your liking, throw all of your books into a big basket. My girls love it if the books are out of order so they can search through the pile every night for that particular day’s book.
 DIY Book advent calendar 
That’s it! Super simple, but it does the trick. 
My girls so look forward to it every year and I love that it ensures a little bit of quality time with each other every day during a time that can be so hectic. 
Thanks so much for sharing this Advent Calendar idea Jen! 

allison

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Glittered Rudolph from Sumo’s Sweet Stuff

Sumo’s Sweet Stuff has a super cute Christmas craft for all of you today! 

Hello!

I’m Sumo, and I blog over at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff.
sumo intro
I share lots of sewing and crafting over on my blog. I’ve got three little girls, so the sewing alone keeps me plenty busy! I am so excited for Allison and her new sweet baby. We are all about the sister love around here, and our three girls all came within three years (not planned – but we LOVE it!) so I just know that Allison is going to love having her two little ladies close together.
Christmas is my favorite, and I am just ready for the season, so I thought I would share a quick and simple decoration to get you in the holiday spirit!
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Here’s what you’ll need:
– iron on vinyl (mine is from Cricut)
– digital cutting machine (I used my Cricut Mini)
– fabric
– iron
– frame

Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Open up Cricut Craft Room, or whatever software you are working in. Search for a deer head or reindeer, or something in that vein.
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Go ahead and size it to as big as you like.
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Now this isn’t important in this case – since it doesn’t really matter which way the reindeer is facing. But if you were working with text, you’d want to make sure to reverse your image!
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Now put the iron on vinyl on your cutting mat – glitter side down – and cut. Peel away the negative space.
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Cut a piece of fabric to the size of your frame. Mine was 11”x14”.
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Put your design on the fabric, and iron it down really well. Peel up the clear backing slowly; if the design comes up with it, put it back down and iron it some more until it adheres to the fabric.
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Now Rudolph has a shiny nose, so in our house full of girls, we opted for a pink sparkly nose. You could cut this by hand, or with your machine; either works! Iron that baby on.
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Stick it in the frame and you’ve got yourself some holiday cheer, ready to welcome in Santa!
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration
Hang it on your wall, place it on your mantle; Rudolph can find a home anywhere, right?
Glittered Rudolph at SumosSweetStuff.com #christmas #holiday #decoration

Thanks for having me today!
 I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
Come visit me at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff anytime!

Super cute!! Thanks so much for sharing Sumo! 

allison

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Wood Block Snowmen from Vintage News Junkie

 Candace from Vintage News Junkie has some super adorable wood block snowmen for you all today.
Happy Monday friends, from Vintage News Junkie!
Candace from Vintage News Junkie
My name is Candace and I am honored to take the wheel for a day to let Allison spend some quality time with her two little baby-dolls! 
I mean, have you ever?! How precious are those tiny little hands… oh, Miss Sadie Rose
And I can’t get the image out of my head of Miss P running toward the camera with her three pink balloons and one blue! How cute was that?? 
A precious family indeed!!
DIY Wooden Snowman

And what better time to celebrate family, than the holidays!! 
I have been decorating my house for a few weeks now… it seems burlap and sparkle are my common theme! 
I whipped up this Ruffly Burlap Christmas Tree in about 5 minutes… and pumped out some Burlap Flower Ornaments too! I even managed to work in a video tutorial for that one! 
So today, I will share another DIY Christmas project… a little snow family made from a wood pallet… this one in honor of Allison’s new family of four!
DIY Wooden Snowman Tutorial
I started with some blocks of wood that I had pulled off of an old pallet I had on hand. 
The hubs helped me cut those blocks into smaller sqaures that I could use to build my snow-family! 
Much easier than starting with a real snowball and rolling it to one side of the yard. Then turning around and rolling it to the other side of the yard. You still don’t end up with a ball… am I right? It’s always wonky!! That’s why I found cubes to be appropriate! 
How to Dismantle a Wood Pallet in Four Easy Steps
We cut our cubes down to 4 inch, 3¼ inch, and 2¾ inch cubes. 
Then I stained them all a very dark brown.
How to Make a DIY Wood Snowman
Once the stain was dry, I painted them white, that way I could sand them down a bit and have the dark wood shine through. I wanted a rustic, shabby look for these ‘lil guys!
DIY Snowmen from Old Wood Pallet
After we sanded the blocks down, we drilled holes in either side of the middle block. Those were for the arms!! 
I snagged some sticks from a tree outside and cut them down to about four inches long. 
We used a drill bit that was the same width of the sticks and they slid right in! We added some wood glue to hold those bad boys in place.
How to Make a Wooden Snowman  Tutorial
How to Make a DIY Wood Pallet Snowman
Now to build our snowman! 
You know how it is when you build a snowman… getting that head to stay on top can be a task. It wants to just roll right off!! So to keep our snowman in one piece, we decided to use a dowel. We cut the dowel into 2 inch pieces. 
Then drilled a 1 inch hole in the top and bottom of each block, so they would fit together. Make sense?
Wood Pallet Snowman Tutorial
Then we popped the dowel in with a little wood glue and boom! We were in business!!
Build a Wooden Snowman using Dowels
And last but certainly not least, every snowman needs a scarf!! 
I had a little scrap burlap laying around, so I doubled it over and tied it around our ‘lil snowman’s neck!! Now he is sure to stay warm!!
Make a Burlap Scarf for your Wooden DIY Snowman
And that’s it!! 
I love the way my little snow-people turned out!! And you could make them in all sizes to suit your family!! 
I bet you could even glue some tiny squares on the mama-snow-person to show her carrying a baby!! 
That’s what Allison needs!! How cute would that be?!
How to Make a Snowman from Wood Pallets 
If you’re on the hunt for more DIY Christmas projects, I am making 12 DIY Christmas Trees over on my blog! 
And I managed to whip up a pretty snazzy Holiday Dining Room for Under $20. It even includes a Table Runner I made from old wood from a 1923 house! I’m a sucker for upcycling old junk!
Wood Pallet Snowman
And if you swoon over burlap like me, check out my Ruffly Burlap Wreath Tutorial or my Loopy Burlap Christmas Tree
It’s been so much fun hanging out with you today!! 
I invite you to stop by the Blog for a visit. 
Let’s chat over on Facebook or Twitter! And my favorite place to hangout… Pinterest!
Until next time,
Vintage News Junkie
Those are adorable Candace! Thanks for sharing! 

allison

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Rustic Burlap Trees from Holy Craft

Rachel from Holy Craft is here today with a cute Christmas craft for you.
Burlap is probably one of my favorite fabrics.
{followed closely by felt in case you were wondering}

I love the rustic elegance of burlap and wanted to show you how I made these simple and cheap
{under $2 each!}
rustic burlap Christmas trees.

I started with about a half a yard of burlap.

I found these gold Christmas tree ornaments at The Dollar Tree.
{I love the Dollar Store and wrote a whole series on what to buy and what to avoid}
The ornaments are about 10 inches tall.

I cut half inch strips of burlap and then cut them into five inch strips

I took each strip, looped it and glued it with my hot glue gun.
I found it easier to make a lot of loops first and then start my project, but there is no right way, you can loop them and glue them as you go. I promise, the craft police won’t come and get you!

Starting at the base, take each loop and use your hot glue gun to glue each loop on to your tree base.

On your second row, line your first loop up in the middle of two of your bottom loops and continue around the tree until you have your whole tree covered.

You can still see a little of the gold tree base peeking out, which I think adds to the rustic elegance of these trees.  

 

You can use this technique on any tree form base that you can find.

I even updated an old grapevine Christmas tree that I have had for years!

 

 

Do you love burlap as much as I do?

  What have you made with it this holiday season?

 

If you love crafting, but don’t want to break the bank on projects, grab a cup of coffee 

{I am in Seattle after all} and head on over to see me at Holy Craft, where I like to help you live a creative life on less.

Thanks for having me Allison!

And congratulations on that new little one!

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Catch a Glimpse Party #158

Let’s PARTY!  
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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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Simple Lace Headband from Flamingo Toes

 The sweet and very talented Bev from Flamingo Toes is here today with a simple project for you all. 
Hello A Glimpse Inside Readers!!
I am so excited to be here while Allison takes some time with her new sweet little girl! I think new-baby-guest posting is the most fun ever.
My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.
I love sharing all sorts of projects, but I especially love sharing jewelry and accessory projects – like this Simple DIY Lace Headband I have for you today!
This simple, pretty headband is super easy to make! It makes for a fun accessory, and a great gift too! I love the classic look it has.
You can make this in the double lace or single lace version – both are just as easy!
The headbands have a piece of fabric covered elastic at the base to give them a comfortable fit.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
(This is for the double lace headband, just use half the lace if you want to make the single version)
• 2 pieces of lace – 19″ long each – my lace is about 3/8″ wide. If you use wider lace you’ll need to make your fabric piece wider as well. 
• 1 piece of fabric – 10″ x 2″ 
• 3/8″ elastic – about 9″ 
• safety pin
Start by cutting out your fabric and lace.
Begin by pressing your fabric piece like bias tape. You will press each of the long sides in to meet in the center, then press the center piece in half long ways.
Open out one end of the fabric strip and fold the end in about half and inch. 
Tuck the two ends of your lace and your piece of elastic on one side of the fabric casing.
Fold the casing back closed and sew over the top edge, down about a half an inch and then across the casing again. This will make sure the lace and elastic are sewn in good and tight.
Pin a safety pin to the other end of your elastic. 
This will make your elastic easier to pull through the casing.
Tuck the elastic in the casing and sew down casing right inside the folded edge. Leave the bottom open about 1 inch.
Pull the elastic through the casing to gather the fabric. Try the headband on and bring the lace and fabric ends together. Pull the elastic up until the headband fits the way you’d like.
Sew across the casing about 1″ from the end to hold the elastic in place where you’d like it. Trim the rest of the elastic off.
Fold the short end of the casing in like you did the other end, then tuck the loose end of the lace pieces into the casing. Make sure the lace isn’t twisted. Sew the remainder of the side and top of the casing closed, sewing the lace inside.
That finishes off your super cute new headband!
These are so fast and easy – you can make up a bunch for stocking stuffers!
Or just make them up for you – for something fun to wear while you do all your holiday crafting and shopping!
I hope you like them!
Thanks so much for having me over Allison!! 🙂
Adorable Bev!! Thanks so much for sharing! 

allison

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Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas from Craftbaby

The sweet gals from Craftbaby are here today! 

Hello from Craftbaby
We’re so excited to help welcome little Sadie into the world by giving Allison a break from blogging… and by giving you busy gals some quick and easy Thanksgiving centerpiece projects! 
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and although you may have your recipes all ready to go, you may not have your decor! 
Here are some last minute centerpiece ideas using three flameless pillar candles.

craftbaby-flameless-candles

As winter rolls in, I love the warmth of candles to welcome the season. Rich, woodsy flavors always feel so festive when the weather turns cool. Simple as they are, candles create a lovely, soft light that can transform any mood.

There’s only one problem: I have a toddler, and toddler + fire = not a great idea. 


A few years ago, I received some battery-operated pillar candles – the kind that you can set to go on & off every night at the same time. The flickery goodness of candles every night when it gets dark… and no actual fire or hot, dripping wax? It’s a win-win.

But they are simple, white pillar candles; not particularly decorative in their own right. If I add a few elements from my home, I can elevate them into fresh, new decor: perfect for a holiday centerpiece or seasonal mantel… and no need to worry about my materials being flammable – the sky’s the limit.

Custom Cutouts: A Family Project

craftbaby-family-project

Holiday Cheer

craftbaby-holiday-cheer

Rustic Leaf Pattern

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Simple Holiday Spruce-up

craftbaby-winter-white 
Tutorials for all of these projects are on P+G Everyday. So much fun – and so easy to do a quick centerpiece project!

More Centerpiece Ideas & Inspiration

Here are some more fabulous and inspirational centerpiece ideas for us to drool over: 
Whipperberry’s Glittery Thankful Tree (Deconstructed)
Parties for Pennies Boxed Fall / Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Celebrating Everyday Life’s Gorgeous Centerpiece made with Grocery Store Supplies (you won’t believe it)
The Creative Mom’s Fall Box Centerpiece
Do Not Disturb this Groove’s Natural Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Go Cheap or Go Home’s Inexpensive Candle Centerpiece
Style Me Pretty’s Apple Orchard Inspired Centerpiece
Daily Mom’s Cheap / Chic Thanksgiving Centerpiece 
For these & more ideas, visit the Craftbaby pinterest board, like us on Facebook or Instagram, and, of course, visit Craftbaby (especially the DIY and Obsessed sections for lots of ideas). 
And if you need a last minute chip & dip recipe for those thanksgiving guests, check out Candie’s 7 layer gluten free dip. Yum! 
What are you guys doing to make your table pretty this Thanksgiving? 
xo,

Liz & Candie from Craftbaby 

  
Thanks so much ladies! Great and easy ideas! 

allison