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{Feature Friday} #137

Happy Friday everyone! 
Sorr this week’s Feature Friday post is getting up a little later than normal. 
We had a work event for Travis last night and got home pretty late and I was just a little too tired to sit down and write it up. 
SOOO…. here are some features that caught my eye this week! 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
I hope you all have a lovely and fabulous weekend! 🙂

allison

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Catch a Glimpse Party #171

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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Lucky Rainbow Sign Tutorial

I received the Chevron Stencil and I knew I wanted another St. Patrick’s Day craft so this is what I created with the help from my stencil. 
Want to know how I created it… here ya go! 
Supplies:
-Wooden Plaque
-Mod Podge
-Mod Podge Rocks! Peel and Stick Stencil
-Paint
-Paintbrush
-Glitter in colors of Rainbow
-cardstock
-cutting machine or letter stencils
-Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (I used the one with gold glitter)
I had to start by giving my plaque a light sanding since it already had a finish on it. 
I’ve had this plaque for a few years and bought it at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.
Once sanded, I wiped it clean of all the dust. 
If you have an unfinished plaque, then you don’t have to worry about this part. 

Give your plaque a few coats of white paint. Let dry. 
Time to use your stencil! 
I lined up the stencil with one end of my plaque and made sure it was as straight as possible.
Press the stencil down to make sure it sticks to the wood to prevent bleeding.
Now, here is where I changed things up a bit from the way you are actually suppose to use the stencil.
You are suppose to put down the Mod Podge then remove the stencil, well since I was using so many shades of glitter, I didn’t remove it until after I sprinkled the glitter so my colors didn’t mix. 
Anyways…I determined that I should do 4 rows of chevron for each color for the length of my plaque so I covered 4 rows of chevron with the Mod Podge.

Then, I covered the Mod Podge with the red glitter. Knock off the extra glitter as you go.
I moved on by covering the next 4 rows with Mod Podge and then using orange glitter and kept going with the colors of the rainbow.
I continued until the stencil was covered and then immediately pulled it off carefully. 
 I then let this section dry before finishing the rest of the colors on the plaque.
While this was drying, I washed off my stencil with warm water and a little soap. No worries… the stickiness on the back stays!!
I will say though, I had to also wash the back of the stencil because some of the glitter stuck to the stickiness and if I wanted it to stick well again, I had to remove the glitter. I knew this would happen but if you are only using one color of glitter, you can follow the directions of how to use the stencil. 😉 
Once the first section of the stencil was dry, I lined up the stencil with the last few row of chevron that was already complete in order to finish the stencil and last few colors.
Once it was completely dry, I used some canned air to remove any of the loose glitter that was left behind. 
Next, I used my Cricut to cut out the word Lucky in black cardstock.
 I centered the letters on the plaque and glued them down. 
I made sure to press each letter firmly when gluing since they were on the glitter and the plaque.
I used some Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, with gold glitter, to add a little something more to the letters.
I just placed it on each letter and let dry. It is still wet in this picture that is why it looks cloudy but it dries clear.
Here is a shot of the Dimensional Magic all dry on the letters with the gold flecks. 
This sign was rather easy to make and for me, it was free since I had all the supplies already. Wooo! 
I made a 4 leaf clover out of some cardstock and backed it with the cardboard from a cereal box to make it sturdier and affixed it to the side of the sign.
I love how it turned out and can’t wait to use it to add a little something to my St. Patty’s Day decor.
You can visit the Plaid site to learn all about how to use these great Stencils so you can either recreate this project or come up with an awesome project of your own. 

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What’s in Your Handbag Series- Sarah from Bombshell Bling

This week’s What’s in Your Handbag post is a day early due to a post I already had scheduled for tomorrow. 
Sarah from Bombshell Bling is here today to show off her handbag with all of you.

Hello! I am so excited to be here as the first blogger to guest post in Allison’s new “What’s In Your Handbag?!” series! 
My name is Sarah and I blog over at Bombshell Bling. I am a former elementary school teacher with a love for all things sparkly and colorful. I blog about everything from recipes and parties to jewelry and kid crafts. I would love for you to pop over and say hello! 
What's in my Handbag
Prepare yourself, because my hang bag is a lot bigger and a lot messier than Allison’s. 
 I am a scattered, messy person, what can I say? I have an almost five year old boy and an almost two year old girl, so my “handbag” is actually a diaper bag. A JJ Cole diaper bag that my mother-in-law bought for me, to be more specific. I really like it because it is huge, has lots of pockets, and it is much cuter than my previous diaper bags. MIL did well, dontcha think? 

Well, let’s dive into my messy diaper bag. I’m not even going to show you all of the crumbs and trash that were in there. Ick…. 
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I had so much in my bag that I had to take it out in stages. 
Here is picture #1. It is all of the items from my outer pockets. 
In this pic are two ever-present items: my phone and my keys. Also discovered was the Frozen CD and a Come Unto Christ CD that I got for my assignment working with the teenage girls at my church. 
There are also two “babies” in this picture. When my son was little we had him weaned from his 24/7 pacifier sucking to just in the crib soothing, and when I would take him out of his crib I would pop his paci out and say, “You are not a baby!” He would always grin, and eventually he must have associated his pacifier and the word baby, because that became the family title forever more for pacifiers. I love my littles. 🙂 
Also spotted in this picture is my checkbook (yes, I still use checks occasionally), a knob that I was looking at for my daughter’s dresser that I painted recently, and a card that someone gave to me. 
Let’s take a closer look at that card….

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Look at that labels on those canisters. Heehee. It is like she knows me or something…. 😉 

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Round two! Let’s take a look at what I found in the main section of my diaper bag.  I told you there was a lot of junk in that bag! 
 Let’s play eye spy in this pic…… I spy crackers, raisins, a granola bar, Ice Breakers Sours Mints, and cough drops. I also spy a toy dragon, several toy cars, diapers and wipes, and my fun chevron wallet. Also spied is two pairs of sunglasses and mittens: a big and a small version of each. Last but not least, I spy a list of things that make me happy, which I made during a lesson at church and shoved into the bag and promptly forgot. 
Wanna get to know me a bit better? Here’s a closer look at the list.

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Yep, that’s a pretty great summary of me in a nutshell. 

On to the final picture!

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Round #3 consists of the items from my inner pockets. 

As you can see, that includes my kids’ health records, the card that I got from the drive I went to recently to sign up to be a bone marrow donor, some hand sanitizer and sunscreen, and some tampons (classy, I know….but realistic). 
In those pockets, I also found a couple of business card holders full of cards, another toy car, a card with The Articles of Faith from my church on it, and a variety of pain killers. I am a constant headache sufferer. Blech. 
Finally, I also found about a million pens and lipstick / lip glosses and an eyeliner, along with a mirror to help me put them on when I’m on the run. 
To keep my daughter primped and pretty I found a plastic bead necklace, comb, and a bag of tiny elastics. I got sick of her pulling her pigtails out in the car and then having funky hair, so I started carrying around extra elastics for fixer-upper situations. 
Whew. That’s a lot of stuff in one bag! 
 I probably should have taken this opportunity to whittle down some of that stuff and clean my bag when I took these pictures, but instead I shoved it all back into the bag. Haha. I have problems. Big ones. 🙂 
Thanks to Allison for having me today, and I would love for all of you to follow along with me on my blogging adventures! 
You can find me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, G+, and FB! Have a fantastic day! 
Thanks so much for sharing your handbag Sarah!! 

allison

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Easy Felt Rainbow Garland

I have another easy garland for you today. 
I don’t have a lot of decorations for St. Patrick’s Day and I thought I would try to make a few things for it this year just for fun. 
I was out shopping one day and picked up some felt in the colors of the rainbow for a garland and this is what I created. 
Again, this is super easy and took me less than 30 mins to create it. 
I’ve seen something similar on Our Humble Abode but can’t find the tutorial now.
 Here is how I made it.
Supplies:
 -Felt in the colors of the rainbows
-Scissors
-Sewing Machine

I started by cutting 1 inch strips, the width of the felt. I only cut three of each color and this was plenty for me to create the length I needed.
You may only need 2 strips or you may need more. It all depends on the length of your garland or how many you are making. 
Next, I folded each strip equally in thirds.
In each fold, I cut with the scissors to create 3 smaller strips.
Here is a shot of the 3 smaller strips.
I continued cutting each color giving me 9 small strips of each color. 
Next, pull out your sewing machine so you can connect all the them. 
I left a decent amount of thread at the beginning of the garland to tie it on something if need be. 
I started with a red piece of felt and sewed a line directly in the center of it. I then continued to sew passed the felt strip to create a small gap between the next color. Then, I placed an orange piece of felt under the foot and sewed through it. 
I continued this process following the colors of the rainbow- ROYGBIV.
Once I completed the first set of colors and I repeated them. 
I continued sewing until I used all the felt pieces also leaving a good amount of thread at the end. 
I hung it on the mantle, leaving a tail on each end, instead of tying it onto my hooks.
Since they are just sewn straight threw the center, they kinda just lay however they like and I’m cool with that. I like that they just flap around in the breeze when the heat turns on. 
I’m happy with how it came out and since it was a fast and cheap project, it was even better.

This would be super cute in different shades of greens as well.
And you could easily adjust this for any holiday or time of year! Think pinks and reds for Valentine’s day, red and green for Christmas, Oranges and black for Halloween– so many different choices!! 

Now, just to figure out some other fun stuff to add to the mantle.

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{Feature Friday} #136

Welcome Friday! 
Always so happy when you arrive! 
I hope you all had a lovely week and have some fun plans for the weekend. 
Before that fun begins, here are some features that caught my eye from this week’s Catch a Glimpse party

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!! 
Have a fabulous weekend and I hope the weather cooperates where you live!

allison

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Catch a Glimspe Party #170

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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New Series: What’s in Your Handbag

Happy Wednesday everyone! 
I am excited to announce a fun new series that will be every Wednesday here on A Glimpse Inside now through the end of May. 
What you keep inside your purse can say a lot about yourself. 
It could be really organized with little trash or extra items or it could be stuffed full of EVERYTHING from old receipts to kid’s toys. 
What kind of handbag do you have? 
I asked some of my bloggy friends to share a glimpse inside their handbags with all of you! 
What better way to get to know someone than getting a personal look into their purses.
 So be sure to come back every Wednesday to see inside a new blogger’s purse every week! 
Today, I am giving you a glimpse into my purse. 
I will start by saying I bought my purse at Target this fall. 

Now, would you like to see what I keep inside?! 
Here ya go! 
Since my purse isn’t very large, I try to keep it neat and tidy but that isn’t saying it isn’t full of receipts, coupons, or trash at times. 
This is what I keep in the main compartment of my purse.
1.) Small tote full of some essentials such as Advil and Tylenol. I also keep my “lady items” in here as well. And for some reason, a few fabric swatches. lol 
2.)In this small tote I keep pens, pencils, measuring tape, a mirror, and small brush.
3.) My sunglass case from The Pleated Poppy with my sunglasses from Target.
4.) Green wallet I picked up at TJ Maxx a few years ago. 
5.) Kleenex
6.) Nasal Spray- I had to have it at all times while pregnant and I just kept it in there. 
Also, I have my leftover Zofran from being pregnant as well. Never know when you aren’t going to feel well when you are out and about. 
7.) Breath mints- wintergreen flavor
8.) Small notepad with pens
9.) Coupon file folder.
And of course my car keys. They usually live in the small pocket on the front of my purse with the flap. And when I am out and about, my phone hangs out in that pocket as well. 
I have a few more things in the small zipper pocket on the front of my purse. 
1.) Lip gloss and chapstick. I have to have chapstick with me at all times!! 
2.) Pack of gum
3.) Random cards- some business cards, rebate cards, Wal-greens card
4.) Small nail file
5.) Small pocket knife set
6.) Random coupon… not sure why that was in there
7.) A handful of mints from Olive Garden. lol Travis and I went to Olive Garden for his birthday the week Miss S was born and our waiter gave us a giant handful of mints and apparently I stuck them in this pocket and forgot about them! 🙂
So that is a glimpse inside my handbag! 
Again come back every Wednesday to get a peak into some other fabulous blogger’s handbags.

allison

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Instagram Blog Hop

Howdy everyone! 
Hope you had a lovely weekend. 
Today, I am teaming up with Katelyn from Learning, Creating, Living to help co-host her Instagram blog hop party. 
So link up your instagram accounts and find some new friends to follow as well! 
Rules:

1. Follow your host:
Katelyn- Instagram: @learningcreatingliving
Blog – Bloglovin – Facebook – Pinterest

2. Follow your co-hosts:

Laura – Instagram: @thelovelywren
Blog – Pinterest – Facebook – Bloglovin – Twitter

Shelly – Instagram: @dolendiaries
Blog – Pinterest – Facebook – Bloglovin

Allison – Instagram: @allison_michelena

Blog – Bloglovin – Facebook – Pinterest – Twitter

3. Link up your Instagram web profile

Fill out the URL, Name & Email to link up your Instagram profile as shown below:
If this happens to pop up: “Error: The requested URL returned error: 500”, that’s totally fine! It simply means that it’s unable to find a picture to use not that you have a link that is bad. Click on “Direct Image URL” if you have one or “Upload from Computer” and pick an image of yours to upload. If you still have trouble, you might be better off with using Followgram or Webstagram to upload your profile/picture.
4. Check out other Instagram profiles & make new friends!
After all, that’s what this party is all about!

5. Share the Instagram Blog Hop & spread the party around so we can keep making new insta-friends!

If you’re interested in guest co-hosting one week, email learningcreatingliving@yahoo.com

Link up

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allison

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{Feature Friday} #135

Happy Valentine’s Day!! 

Time for another Feature Friday post. 

Are you ready to see what caught my eye this week? 
Well, here ya go! 

Thanks for linking up everyone!! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!
I hope you all have a lovely Valentine’s Day with the ones you love and a great weekend as well!

allison