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January 2014

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{Feature Friday} #133

Happy Friday! 
I hope you guys are going well and that if you are getting bad weather, it wasn’t TOO bad in your area. 
Maybe I can help keep you warm by sharing some great ideas that were linked up this week’s Catch a Glimpse party
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Thanks for linking up!! 
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I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 
And since Sunday is The Big Game I will end by saying: GO BRONCOS! 🙂 

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #167

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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Valentine Felt Tree

I have another easy project for you today. 
I told you that I am full of them lately, in fact, one more is coming next week! 🙂 
But now that I am a momma to two and nap time is the only crafting time I get, they need to be fast, east projects. 
So here is another easy Valentine’s Day project for you. 
I’m sure you have seen these around but I’ll still tell you how I created it. 
Supplies:
-Felt
-Foam tree forms
-Glue Gun
-Candlestick (optional)

Start by cutting the felt into squares.
 Then cut circles out of all the squares. 
I decided to use my pinking shears to cut them to add some texture to the tree. 
 I placed a drop of glue in the center of each circle and squeezed it together.
Then, I started gluing the circles around the base of the foam tree.
Working may way up the form.
I continued gluing the circles all the way up until the base was completely covered, filling in any gaps when it was complete. 
I already had this candlestick so I plopped it on top for added height but you could easily just leave it as is.
I placed it on my mantle to the right of my window.
And I am happy with how it looked! 
Best part of this project, I had everything already on hand so it was FREE for me! 🙂 
But even if you have to buy the supplies, it is still a cheap project.

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“14” Plaque

I have another super easy and cheap project for you today. 
I needed a few other elements for my mantle and I saw a plain plaque similar to this at Hobby Lobby and decided I would just create my own.
 Again, this is so easy so here is how I created it.
Supplies:
 -Wooden Plaque
-Paint
-Burlap
-Paint brush
-Ribbon
-Spray Adhesive
-Buttons/Brads (optional)
-Glitter (optional)

Paint the plaque the color of your choice and let dry.
Once your paint is dry, or you can do this before you paint the plaque, cut a piece of burlap to fit in the center of the plaque. Make it slightly smaller than the inside of the plaque.
If your burlap is wrinkled like mine, iron it smooth.
I used my Cricut to create a stencil with “14” on a sheet of cardstock.
I took some purple paint and a stencil foam, pounce brush and filled in the stencil.
Let dry.
Once the paint is dry, take some ribbon and create a loop to use for hanging.
I just used hot glue to attach it to my plaque but you could also use a hand staple gun.
Once your stencil is dry, spray the back of the burlap with spray adhesive and apply it immediately to the plaque.
Smooth out.
I decided that I wanted a little something extra so I used some purple Stickles on the 14 but you could also use regular glitter. 
I then glued some buttons to the corners to the burlap to make it look like they were holding the burlap down.
I kept the old window on my mantle and hung the plaque on it. 
I had 4 extra hearts from my main garland so I created a heart garland on the top of the window and then created another pom-pom garland on the bottom. 
I love how it came out and it was so simple!

Here is shot of my whole mantle so you can see the whole design.

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Two Simple Valentine’s Day Garlands

Now that we have a mantle, I’m excited to decorate it for different holidays and seasons. 
I decided to go ahead and decorate it for Valentine’s Day since it comes so quickly in February so we could enjoy it a little longer. 
I wanted to make some garland to hang on the mantle so I picked up some supplies at Hobby Lobby and got to work.
There are SOOOOO easy and simple to make! I created both of them under 30 mins which is fabulous since I was trying to make them during nap time. Plus, they are cheap to make too! Wooo!
Here is how to make each of them.

Pom-Pom Garland
Supplies:
-Pom-Poms in your choice of colors
-Twine or String
-Sewing Needle (I used a tapestry needle so it had a larger eye.)
Put the twine through the needle.
I didn’t put a knot in the twine since it was so thick and since I would be pushing it through the center of the pom-poms, I didn’t want a knot stopping the twine. 

Push the needle through the pom-pom and slide it into position.
If you are using multiple colors, you can create a pattern as you add them to the twine. 
Space the pom-poms however you would like. I spaced mine about an inch apart and decided I could adjust them later if I wanted too. 
I made my garland about 80 inches long because I wanted to swag it but you can do any length you want. 
Once I hung it, I did cut it slightly to shorten it. I rather have extra than it be too short.
Heart Garland:
Supplies:
-Twine
-2 packages of Felt Heart ornaments (found in the Valentine Day section at Hobby Lobby)
You could always cut your own hearts out of felts as well.
The hearts came with ribbon already tied on them so I decided to use that to my advantage.
I cut off the little knot on the end and then placed the ribbon around the twine.
I tied a new knot and then cut off the long ends of the ribbon. 
The package of hearts came in a few colors so I placed them in the ombre pattern they were in the package.
I just spaced the hearts about an inch apart again planning on spacing them out accordingly once it is hung.
I used some super small Command Hooks to hang them on the mantle.
I swagged the pom-pom garland and then just hung the heart straight across. 
I also had to trim down the heart garland once I hung it.
I messed with the spacing once they were hung and was happy with how it looked.
And I LOVE THEM! 🙂 
Here is a sneak peak at my finished mantle.
I didn’t want it to look too over the top and I am very happy with how it came out!
Plus, I made quite a few things that were simple and cheap projects so stay tuned for a few other projects.

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{Feature Friday} #132

Happy Friday everyone! 
I hope you all are staying warm with the crazy weather that has been hitting the States.
There were lots of great ideas linked up to this week’s Catch a Glimpse Party so get all cozy and take a look at just a few that caught my eye and then pop over to the party to check out more ideas.

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
Have a lovely weekend and STAY WARM!!

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #166

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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Valentine’s Day Printables

Last year I created some Valentine’s Day Chalkboard Printables and shared them with all of you. This year I thought I’d make some regular printables for you all. 
I am just now starting to decorate for Valentine’s Day so I thought maybe some of you are as well and would like to include one of these in your decor. 
Just pick which one you would like below and you can download it or print it immediately. 
I  hope you enjoy!!

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How to Throw a Pinterest Craft Party

I have been meaning to share this post FOREVER now! 
November 2012 I decided to throw a Pinterest Craft Party and it was so much fun. I never got around to sharing my party with all of you since Travis came home shortly after and am just now getting around to doing it. 
It was a fun time with some fellow military wives and I know some of you would have a fabulous time having a party with some of your friends as well so I want to share how I threw this party.

For this party, we were going to be making Christmas crafts but you could throw this at any time of year and make Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Easter projects, or just whatever you like.
To start, I browsed Pinterest and found five Christmas projects that I thought would make good projects to make. I then emailed the images to all the ladies that would be attending and had them pick 3 of the projects that they wanted to create. The 3 top voted for projects would be the ones we would be making.
I was the one that would purchase all the supplies so once it was deteremined which projects would be created, I figured out how much it would cost for the supplies and had each lady pay me $25. 
 Now onto the party! 

 I decided to do a pot luck for the food so each person was suppose to find a recipe on Pinterest to make and bring with them.
 There were only going to be 4 of us at this party so I set up two long folding tables in front of each other in our living room so we could use the dining room table and other surfaces.
I placed all the supplies on my dining room table and the items for each project together. 
I also set my Silhouette machine up because I would have to use it for one of the projects. 
To help spread things out, I placed the paint, brushes, and glue guns on my console table. 
I also made little goodie bags for the ladies that attended.
Here are the three projects we created. These are my projects.
We made the Noel sign, a little Christmas plaque, and the Yarn trees.
We started by making the Noel sign since that would take the longest to dry.
Then made the plaques, and finished with the yarn trees.
Before the party, I checked out all the blogs that I found these projects on so I knew exactly how to make them. They were rather simple projects but still wanted to double check to make sure I had all the supplies and didn’t miss a step.
At the party, I explained to the ladies how to make the projects and then away we went. 
 If someone finished a project before the others, they were able to move on to the next project.
We had a great time being crafty and chatting about how excited we were for our guys to come home from their deployment. 
Here is a picture of the projects one of the ladies created.
Again, we had a great time together and this would be so fun to do for any holiday or season!
It is always fabulous to get together with friends, eat, talk, laugh, and end with some fun new craft projects to display!!
I hope some of you have a Pinterest Craft Party with your friends! 
If you do, I’ll love to hear about it! 🙂

allison

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Wood Initials Nursery Art

I wanted to put Miss S’ initials above her crib like I did for Miss P but I didn’t want them to look the same. 
I’ve seen these wood initials on Etsy, on a few of those Deal a Day sites, and a few other places but I wasn’t too keen on the fonts used. They were either WAYYYY to frilly that you could barely read the letters, or way to straight, modern, and boyish looking.
So, I decided to design my own! 
Here it is.
This is a farely easy project as well. 
Here is how it was created. 
Supplies:
-Large piece of wood. This was a sheet of plywood with a veneer on it. I would recommend using a thin sheet of MDF and you will see why in a few.
-Letters to use as a stencil. I cut these out using my Silhouette machine in the font that I liked best.
-Pencil
-Yard stick (optional)
-Jig Saw
-Paint

 Begin by cutting out your letters in the font you like.
I cut the S and R a little smaller than the M like a traditional monogram.
I placed them on the wood touching each other so it would be one large piece when cut instead of three separate letters.
   Using a pencil, carefully trace each letter.
 I wanted a border around my letters so using a yard stick, I created an inch sized border on the outside.
Make the border touch the letters so this too is one large piece.
I then put x’s everywhere that would be cut away with the jig saw so not to be confused.
 At this point, I handed this off to Travis to let him cut it out with his jig saw but you could definitely do it yourself if you are handy. 
 He wasn’t too keen on the size of the letters because they shook really bad when cutting them so you may want to use a slightly thicker font. 
 And here is why I would say to use a thin MDF board.
The veneer kept chipping off by the jig saw which created a little more work in the end.
  I used wood putty to fill in any of the chips in the veneer.
 Then used a sander to make it smooth.
 I cleaned off the wood and then got my paint on. 
I painted the letters a solid purple and chose to use a bright pink on the border which is already in the room on some frames.
  I didn’t want to leave the border plain so I used some gray and green paint, both of which are in her room already as well, to create some polka dots.
I used the end of a paint brush to create the small gray dots and then used a small foam circle, stencil brush to create the larger dots.
  Once the paint was dry, I gave it a coat of Mod Podge.
 I hung it above her crib using 3M Picture Hanging Strips.
 I absolutely love how it came out and how it looks on her plank wall. 
 I sure hope she likes it too! 
 

allison