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August 2014

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{Fabulous Features} #10

Last week’s Handmade Hangout Party was full of great ideas… no surprise really! 
I always have a difficult time narrowing down the ideas that I want to feature but here are the ones that I picked to show off this week. 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
This week’s Handmade Hangout Party is still going on so pop over to check out the great links and add an idea of you own! 
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!!
See ya next week!

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #11

Who is ready to party this week?! 
Can’t wait to see to see what you will be linking up this week!

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!! 

allison

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DIY Apple Chalkboard Teacher Gift #CreativeBuzz

I’m sure many of your children have started school by now but Miss P officially starts Preschool Tuesday.
Ahhh! I can’t believe it! I am super excited and nervous, for both of us, but I know she’ll do fabulous.

I thought it would be fun to make her teacher something and wanted it to be a little something different.
This month’s theme for #CreativeBuzz was apples so it helped give me a jumping off point.
This is what I came up with and I LOVE how it came out! 

She’ll be able to use it to display her name outside her classroom, put reminders on it for parents, or however else she sees fit.

Here is how I created it so you can make one too!

Supplies: 
-MDF
-Jigsaw
-Acrylic Paint
-Clear Chalkboard Coating
-Twine
-Chalk

Start by drawing an apple on the MDF.
I just free handed it until I was happy with the size and shape.

Using a jigsaw, cut out the apple.

Here is the apple all cut out.
Before I started painting it, I gave it a light sanding and took off the sharp edges of the apple.
Wipe clean.

MDF sometimes sucks paint in so before I started painting with the colored paint, I coated the whole apple, front and back, with white paint.

 Next, coat the apple, leaf, and stem with a coat of paint and let dry.
This way you have a nice base of each color before adding another layer and adding the values.

 Next, add another layer of paint and while the paint is still wet, add some highlights and low lights to give the it some dimension.
I worked on each color separately until I was happy with how they looked.

When your paint is nice and dry, it is time to make it a chalkboard.
Pull out some of this awesome Clear Chalkboard Coating- it makes ANYTHING a chalkboard- and give the apple one coat vertically and let it dry for 1 hour. When the first coat is dry, apply another coat horizontally.
Let cure 24 hours.

 I took some twine and stapled it onto the back of the apple so she will be able to hang it.

Once the chalkboard coat is cured, you need to “prime” the chalkboard.
And to do this, all you need to do is rub a piece of chalk all over the chalkboard.

Wipe it clean and it is ready to use!!

I wanted to add a little something extra to the apple so I had these small chalkboard tags laying around and wrote “welcome” on it.

I then tied it around the stem using green baker’s twine.

And it is done!

 Since I plan on giving this to Miss P’s teacher, I wrapped up two pieces of chalk in a clear bag and tied it with twine as well to give it to her teacher with the apple.

It turned out so cute and I love the result!

I sure hope that her teacher loves it too!!!

Don’t forget to check out those other amazing Apple Projects from #CreativeBuzz bloggers:
CreativeBuzz_Apples

allison

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What’s in Your Handbag- Steph from Crafting in the Rain

Ready to take a peek inside another blogger’s handbag? Steph from Crafting in the Rain is here today to show her’s off. 

Hi everyone! It’s fun to be here at A Glimpse Inside to introduce myself to you and show off my bag. 
I’m Steph and my blog is Crafting in the Rain. You might not be surprised to learn I live in the Pacific Northwest. It’s beautiful here, and we get a lot of rain to keep things growing. My husband and I have 3 kids and I’ve been blogging since 2011.
 



My bag is a Fossil bag that I actually won in a drawing a couple years ago! I love that it’s not too big. In fact, it was the perfect size for when my husband and I traveled all over Portugal last May.

I don’t know that any of its contents are particularly telling about me, but here’s what you’ll find. 
 

  • A pink wallet. Pink is my favorite color. 
  • Tissues
  • My phone. It’s a Moto X with Republic Wireless. They are awesome, and cheap. The case has a stand on the back making it perfect for watching Netflix while I’m working on the computer.
  • Chap stick. I just barely tried EOS and I love it! And for a teeny bit of color, Baby Lips in Peach Kiss.
  • Gum (or mints). Wintergreen or Spearmint. Peppermint is too strong. And never the blue TicTacs. They taste like toothpaste.
  • Hand santitizer. 
  • Pen and Notebook. Sure, I always have my phone on me if I need to add something to my calendar. But sometimes you just need to be able to doodle, you know? 
  • Hair elastics. 
  • Toy airplane. Courtesy of my 5 year old. It’s not always there, but it certainly wasn’t a surprise when I found it while pulling things out to take these photos.
  • Michael’s Gift Card. Also, not always there, but always exciting when I have one!
So there you have it. Little bits of my life, and maybe you found some of it interesting 🙂 
If you want to see where my purse hangs out when I’m not hitting the town (or grocery store, whatever) check this post about my striped purse wallFunnest tiny spot in my house.


 

I’m also usually hanging out some on Pinterest and Instagram, so come follow along! Thanks for having me Allison! 

Thanks for sharing Steph!

allison

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Bathroom Makeover Reveal

Over the last few months, we have been slowly updating the girl’s/guest bathroom. And I am thrilled it is finally complete! 
It was always a plan to redo the bathroom we just weren’t sure when. In March when Travis left for a training, I decided it was time to make it less adult/guest and more fun for the girls after I found the adorable shower curtain at Khol’s.

We just so happened to have left over paint, from years ago, that was the exact color blue in the shower curtain, so I got to painting and changed out the bathroom accessories.
This is the only before picture I have from before I painted. 
When we first moved in, we painted the bathroom green to go with the shower curtain we already had. Not too fun for two little girls.
I love how bright and cheery the bathroom got after I painted it and changed the shower curtain.
The bathroom then sat like this for a few months.
We were shopping at Lowes one afternoon and we normally browse the vanities just for the heck of it, and this time we found one we liked and it was for a good price so we just decided to jump on it. 
Brought it home and the rest of the bathroom makeover was underway! 
I thought I had a shot of the vanity with the doors closed but apparently I don’t. The vanity was similar to our kitchen cabinets… orange oak, box store basic cabinets and laminate counters. 
We then had linoleum floors in here like the rest of the house was.
Travis took out the old vanity, removed the toilet and baseboards, then ripped out the linoleum floor so we could put down new tile floors.
We had JUST enough tile left over from all our down stair tile projects to put down on the floors. 
So Travis got to work laying the tile down before we could put the new vanity in. 
Then the bathroom was handed back over to me so I could handle some of the small tedious jobs.
Our new vanity top isn’t as deep as the old one and then it also doesn’t have a side wall back splash so I had to get the old caulk off the wall and paint the area. I also needed to paint the wall that was behind the tank of the toilet since I didn’t remove it when I painted the blue. 
Once I was done with all this, and Travis had the time again, he installed the new vanity and sink and baseboards.
Then, I yet again, had some finishing touches to complete like caulking and touching up the baseboards.
It was so nice having it installed! 
We went with a white cabinet. There are no windows in this bathroom so I wanted something to help keep the bathroom bright.
We also wanted something with drawers for better organization.
It wasn’t planned but we replaced the mirror as well.
We had a basic wall mount, frameless mirror that we were just going to build a frame around.
When we installed the new vanity, it ended up being higher than we thought and came up over the bottom of the mirror. When we tried to remove it from the wall to move it up, it ended up breaking so we were then on the hunt for a new mirror. It turned out to be harder hunt than I thought because I didn’t want to pay a ton of money for a mirror and I just couldn’t find something that fit so we didn’t have a mirror in the bathroom for about a month. 
I finally ran across this mirror on Lowes.com and it was a decent price so I got it. 
I ended up having to paint and touch up the wall behind the mirror before it could be replaced because the size of the new and old mirror were different.
 Here is a shot of our completed floors and the bathroom rugs. 
I bought the rug in front of the sink along with the shower curtain since it was from the same line. I originally wasn’t going to have a rug in front of the toilet but decided to put one there since it is nice to step out of the shower onto a rug. But by the time I went back to get another one of the other rugs, that line was already discontinued and I couldn’t find it. So I just went with a solid pink rug for now.
And here is the toilet and shower area.
You may recall the hot air balloon fabric art from a post in early spring. 
The towel above the toilet is also from the same line as the shower curtain as well as the hand towel.
I am SOO happy that it is finally complete! 
I love that it is much brighter and more fun for the girls too! 
AND we completed this whole bathroom for about $325… cost of vanity, mirror, and then new accessories. That’s not too bad! 
Next up… our master bathroom!
 

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DIY Alphabet Blocks

This post was over at Mabey She Made It on August 6, 2014.
Happy Friday everyone! 
I am THRILLED it is Friday. I feel like this week was dragging and thought yesterday was Friday all day… not sure why!

ANYWAYS… I have a fun project for you today to create your own Alphabet blocks for your kiddos!
I shared it over at Mabey She Made It a few weeks ago and want to share it will all of you!
 Here is how you can make a batch for yourself.
Supplies:
-Scrapbook Paper
-Mod Podge
-Paint
-Wooden Blocks- I used 7 blocks
-Paint brushes
-Paper Cutter
-Cutting Machine- I used a Cricut (optional)
-Stickles or Dimension Magic (also optional)

Start, by tracing your blocks on your scrapbook paper. 
I used 12 small sheets of paper in 6 different colors that had different patterns. They were even front and back pattern papers so I have multiples patterns to use. 
You clearly you don’t have to use this many. I just wanted to make my blocks more colorful.
I traced the block 4 times per sheet since I had so many sheets of paper.
Now, set this aside. You will come back to this in a few minutes.
Paint the wooden blocks, 2 coats each.
You can pick any color for your blocks or even leave them plain if you want.
You could also just paint patterns onto your blocks instead of using paper.
Now back to your paper.
While your paint dries, use a paper cutter to cut apart the squares.
Trim your paper slightly smaller than the side of the block.
As I cut the squares apart, I kept the patterns separate from each other. 
I then turned 2 of each batch over so I could see all the colors and patterns.
I then went through and picked a square of each color into groupings of 6 for each block.
Using Mod Podge, glue a square to each side of the block.
I did not coat the paper right away with the Mod Podge.
Each side has a different pattern and color.
Continue until all your blocks are covered.
Now it is time to cut out your letters. I used my Cricut machine to cut the letters out of dark gray card stock. I cut lower case in some letters and capital in others just to add more interest.
You could always draw the letters on by hand or use a stencil. You could even use vinyl. 
Again, use the Mod Podge to apply your letters to the blocks.
I used Outdoor Mod Podge to apply the letters and give it the final coat. 
I figured at some point Miss S is going to put these in her mouth and since it is meant for the outdoors, I know it will hold up when it gets wet. (And sure enough, as soon as I gave these to Miss S, they went straight into her mouth and they are doing great!)
I placed 4 letters on 5 blocks, then 3 letters on 2 blocks since I was using 7 blocks and there are 26 letters in the alphabet and I wanted to leave 2 sides of the block open.
I also placed the letters on the blocks in alphabetical order but you could just scramble them up as well. 
You could easily cover the whole block with letters instead of leaving some blank OR add some pictures to the blank sides like an apple on the block with an “a” etc.
Let your blocks dry completely.
 I wanted to add a little something extra to the blocks so I pulled out some silver Stickles and a bottle of Dimension Magic to apply to the letters.
You could easily leave this step off and be complete with your blocks.
I applied the Stickles to some letters, only 2 per block.
And I applied the Dimension Magic to letters on other blocks, again only 2 per block.
Let both dry and they are done! 
I love how they turned out! 
And I hope both of my girls love them as well!

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #10

It’s week 10 of the Handmade Hangout Party!!! 
Yahoo!!!! 
If you have been here since Party 1, Thanks! If you are new, WELCOME!
We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!! 

allison

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{Feature Friday} #9

Hi everyone! 
I hope you are having a great week! If not, well, it is halfway over! lol
Did you check out the awesome ideas shared at last week’s Handmade Hangout Party?! 
If not, go check them out! 
BUT before you go, check out the ideas that caught my eye from last week’s party. 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
Hope to see everyone at the party tomorrow evening!

allison

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Numbers Matching Game Printables

Howdy everyone! 
I hope you had a lovely weekend. 
I have another printable today that can be used to help teach your little ones their numbers. 
I have been wanting to create these for Miss P for a while now and finally sat down and did it. 
They come on 4 sheets, 3 numbers per sheet. 
Just print them off and cut them all apart. 
Have your child match up the number, the number’s name, and then the amount of dots that match. 
This way they can learn to recognize all three. 
Print or download your printables below.


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Handmade Hangout Party #9

You guys are awesome!
There were over 350 links at last week’s party!
I love that the party just keeps growing and can’t wait to see what you have to share this week. 
We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or
wherever you share your linky parties.

 handmadehangoutparty

 handmadehangoutparty

3. Have fun!! 

allison