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October 2014

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Handmade Hangout #20

It’s Thursday which means it is time to party!!!
Whoooo!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina’s Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Karen from Redoux Interiors

Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

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! 

A Glimpse Inside, Christina’s Adventures, From Gardners to Bergers, Redoux Interiors, Too Much Time on My Hands, Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

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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Stenciled Burlap Wine Bag #CreativeBuzz

The holiday season is fast approaching and with that comes numerous gatherings and parties. 
It is always nice to show up to a party with a gift for the host or hostess and I have a super easy, quick one for you today.
 Taking wine to a party is always nice so I thought it would be nice to customize a burlap wine bag to take in style.
Here’s how to create it. 
Supplies:
– Burlap Wine Bags (I bought mine at Wal-Mart)
-Acrylic Paint (I chose black)
-Stencil Brush
-Ribbon
-Glue Gun
-Cutting machine to create a stencil or letter stencils

Cut out your stencil but and place on your bag. Be sure to keep the centers of any letters! 
Using a stencil brush, pounce the paint onto the burlap.
When complete, pull off the stencil and let dry. Doesn’t take long!
I chose to place my stencil sideways on the left side so the start of my word is at the bottom of the bag running up. If you choose to place your word sideways on the right side, it should start at the top of the bag and run down.
I then wanted to add a little something more to the bag so I hot glued a ribbon near the top and make a little bow.
I picked a more Christmasy ribbon but you can customize this for any occasion, time of year, or holiday.
Be sure to glue all the way into the folds on the side so the bag can be folded flat to store.
Place your wine inside, tie with some coordinating ribbon, and it is party ready! 
Add a fun phrase on the back or just do this on the front. 
Easy to customize however you please! 
You could easily make a few of these to keep on hand for any of those last minute get togethers that you want to take a gift too. Nice to dress it up a bit instead of a plain store bought bag.
The #CreativeBuzz ladies have all made some other great host or hostess gift ideas perfect to make this holiday season merry and bright.

 1. Stenciled Burlap Wine Bag by A Glimpse Inside
2. Sewn Coasters by Handmade in the Heartland
3. Bottle Tag Printable by 733 Blog
4. Put Your Feet Up and Relax Gift by A Girl and A Gluegun
5. Dinner in a Jar by Play. Party. Pin
6. Stenciled Tea Towels by One Krieger Chic

allison

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Kitchen Island Makeover

You may recall that when I shared our kitchen reveal, I said that our island was slated for a makeover and I am thrilled to say that it is finally complete! 

Happy that it is finally complete since we  bought the paint for this project summer of 2013!
Here is a shot of what the island looked like in our kitchen before.
Black island, blonde top, just kinda blended in.

 
Here is a closer shot of the island before.
This is how we bought it but it had some weird spots on it like someone messed with it.
The top had a high gloss poly on it and it was so shiny!
Travis sanded the top down to bare wood on both sides.
While Travis sanded the top, I gave the entire base a sanding.
I then cleaned the whole thing up and stained the top a dark brown color.
And then it came time to paint the base and this took FOREVER!!
I pulled out my paint sprayer and thought it would so fast until my paint sprayer started to get and attitude and messed up my entire finish!!
I had to resand the whole thing and use a brush the paint on to fix it.
It is still not perfect but much better than what it was!
I put a coat of poly on the top and moved it back into the kitchen.
The yellow is so much brighter against our dark floors.
The top matches the floor and is so much better than the blonde top.
We bought some blue knobs with silver accents from World Market to finish it off. 
We decided to go with these blue knobs to tie into our teal kitchen table and chairs.
I love how it came out!
So happy that it is finally complete!

allison

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Felt Turkey Advent Calendar

November is just around the corner which is the start of the holiday season.
People normally do fun advent calendars for Halloween and Christmas but what about Thanksgiving?
 Thanksgiving is a day to have fun with family and friends and give thanks for everything so why not have fun counting down until the day?! 
I made a super easy felt turkey advent calendar just for that! 
 It is nice and interactive for kids to get excited about Thanksgiving arriving.
Again, it is so easy, and a fast project too. Here is how to make one for yourself.
Supplies:
 -Felt, felt, and more felt.
-Scissors
-Fabric Tack Glue or Hot Glue Gun
-Fabric Marker

You will need to buy felt on a bolt in the fabric section as your background.
Cut to whatever size you want. I didn’t measure, just decided this was a good size and went for it.
Use the small sheets of felt for the feathers.
You will fold the felt, hamburger style, and cut the felt in the shape of a feather from one end of the felt to the other.
Since the felt is folded, you will get 2 feathers of each color you cut.
 I did numerous colors for the feathers because that is what I had on hand but you could only do a few if that is what you prefer. 
Once all your feathers are cut, number them all 1-27 or 28 using a fabric marker.
I chose to do 28, not sure if Thanksgiving is ever on the 28th but you will at least need 27 feathers because it does fluctuate between the 26th and 27th frequently.
 Now onto the turkey’s body.
I didn’t have a large piece of brown felt but you could easily buy some when you buy the background felt.
If you only have small brown pieces like me this is how I cut the felt- I placed two pieces on top of each other and cut a half circle. Then cut another half circle to finish the turkey’s body.
I then chose to glue his body down to the felt using Fabric Tack Glue.
Be sure not to glue right up the edge because you will slip the feathers behind the turkey’s body.
I then cut a belly out of a light brown color, and a head and neck out of beige felt.
Using my fabric marker, I drew on eyes and then used orange felt for the beak and red for it’s snood.
I glued both the beak and snood to the face.
Cut some feet out of orange felt and glued the feet, belly, and face onto the body.
Then it is ready to hang! 
At the beginning of the month, begin by placing a feather on to the turkey each day until his tail is full on Thanksgiving day.
Travis joked with me that you could also take off the feathers each day until Thanksgiving but that just seems a little crude. lol 
Start with the higher numbers in one row then add a second row of feathers behind the first row as you go.
Gotta love that felt sticks to felt!! 
Miss P loves playing with it, though half the time, our turkey has no feathers or they are out of order so I see our countdown until Thanksgiving getting a little wild! lol
 Hope you make one for yourself!!

allison

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{Fabulous Features} #18

You guys are super talented and I enjoy browsing all the ideas linked up each week to the Handmade Hangout Party. 
 Did you know that we have a Pinterest board set up just for the Handmade Hangout? All of the hostesses pin the ideas they feature and then other favorite projects. So be sure to check out the Handmade Hangout Pinterest board.

Thanks for linking up everyone!
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!!

My mom is flying in this weekend and I am prepping to head out of town for the next few weeks.
Travis will be gone for some training so the girls and I are headed to TN and my mom is coming to help with the drive back. I should be blogging while I am away but if I am quiet a day or two it is because I am busy with family and friends!

We will be celebrating Miss S turning 1 while we are away, which is totally crazy, so I have some fun posts coming up about her party.

allison

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Handmade Hangout #19

Let’s Party!! 
Show us what you got!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina’s Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Karen from Redoux Interiors

Beth from Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

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! 

A Glimpse Inside, Christina’s Adventures, From Gardners to Bergers, Redoux Interiors, Too Much Time on My Hands, Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

 handmadehangoutparty

 handmadehangoutparty

3. Have fun!! 

allison

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30 Owl Project Ideas

I have been knee deep in all things owl for the last few weeks prepping for Miss S’ first birthday. 
I have come across some fun owl ideas so I wanted to share some of them with you.

All I ask is that you please pin the collage image above or visit the site and pin DIRECTLY from the site featured of the idea you want to pin. Thanks! 


allison

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Lit’l Smokies and Spinach Tartlets #BringHillshireHome

** I have been compensated for this post by Hillshire Brands™ through the Mom it Forward Blogger Network but opinions are 100% my own.**
 Can you believe that the holiday season is fast approaching? Gatherings with family and friends will occur and company will come visit, and with that comes serving delicious things to eat.

Today, I have a super yummy appetizer recipe for you that is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Plus, it is easy! 

Mmmmmm… they are so good and no one would ever suspect they were made using Lit’l Smokies.
Plus, Lit’l Smokies are a great source of protein so you are making a healthy appetizer as well! 

Want to learn how to create these for yourself?
Of course you do!!

Ingredients:
-Hillshire Brand- Hillshire Farm Beef Lit’l Smokies
-Crescent Rolls
-Spinach
-Onion (I used white onion but I think red would be delicious too)
-18 oz (small jar) Jar of Grape Jelly
-12 oz Jar of Chili Sauce
-Italian Blend Shredded Cheese


To Start:
In a bowl, spoon half of the jar of grape jelly and half a jar of chili sauce, and stir.
Place in the microwave to heat up. I start with 1 min. then stir and judge how much more time it needs by the jelly. Another 30 secs to 1 min should be good to get it nice, warm, and combined.
Place the Lit’l Smokies in the sauce and let sit.
Place the same number of Lit’l Smokies in the bowl as to the number of tartlets you plan on making.
Then, put in a few more for good measure.

While your Lit’l Smokies are marinating in the sauce, pull our our crescent rolls, open, and tear them apart. You will then fold 2 of the corners in on itself to form a rectangle. Pressing with your fingers, spread the roll out larger so it fills a muffin tin.

 Now it is time to mince your onion and then chop up your spinach.
Then, pull the Lit’l Smokies out of the sauce and chop them up. I chopped each Lit’l Smokies into 4 pieces.
Time to fill your tartlets.
Begin with some spinach leaves. Don’t worry about putting to much… it will cook down while baking.
Next, place your onions and Lit’l Smokies.
Then, using a teaspoon, spoon a little bit of the sauce into the tart. Not too much… don’t want it to make the bottom soggy.
Lastly, top with the shredded cheese.
Bake in the oven at 375.
I baked mine for 10 mins but judge by your oven if it needs a little more time.

Serve and enjoy! 
They are sure to be a big hit at your next party! 
We have a Safeway Store less than 10 mins from our house so that is my go to place for all my grocery shopping needs. If you have a Safeway near you, they have a Just for U program with their Safeway card that makes saving so easy! If you shop there and don’t use the program, you are missing out!
All you have to do is go to their site or use their Safeway App to browse all the coupons and click “Add” to add that coupon to your card. Give your card to the cashier at checkout to scan and boom… if you bought those items then the coupon is applied to your purchase. How easy is that?!

Hillshire Brands™ currently has numerous coupons on Just for U for all sorts of products, including the Lit’l Smokies, so before you shop, be sure to add it to your card to get the savings! You can add protein to every meal with all the coupons that are available.

include in your post: https://www.safeway.com/ShopStores/Offers-Landing-IMG.page

Here are 8 more great recipes using Hillshire Brands™ products: 

allison

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Witch Hat Fascinator

This post was previously shared at See Vanessa Craft on Oct. 2, 2014.

 I shared this project over at See Vanessa Craft for Vanessa’s 30 Crafty Days of Halloween and wanted to share it with all of you as well!
 It is super cute and easy!
I thought I would make a Fascinator, you know, those small hats or head pieces you see people wear to Royal Weddings and what not in England, and a witch hat turned out to be the perfect fit! 
 Here is how you can make one for yourself! 
Supplies:
-12×12 sheet of black card stock paper
-Embellishments- ribbon, stickers, flowers, pic for creating a wreath, whatever you choose
-Double sided tape or  hot glue gun
-Cutting Machine- I used my Silhouette.
-Alligator Clips
-Thin piece of card board (cereal boxes work great!)

Start cutting out the witch hat image. I used this 3D Witch Hat from the Silhouette Store.
Blow up the image to fit the size of the paper. The image has a band and buckle that is suppose to be with it but I erased them and then rearranged the pieces to fit on one page.

If you do not have a Silhouette, you could always use a party hat as a template and then trace the bottom to get the circle for the rim piece then trim the inner circle to make the rim width you would like.

Here are the pieces of my hat all cut out.

Using double sided tape, glue, or hot glue, place it down one side of the cone section of the hat. Then along all the small tabs on the bottom.

Wrap the cone over and press together.

Next, flatten all the flap pieces so the tape/glue sides are facing up and going away from the cone.

Slip the rim piece over the top of the cone and press down on all the flaps.
Notice, it doesn’t line up and cover all the flaps perfectly. It’s ok… we’ll take care of that next!

Take some ribbon and hot glue it around the base of the cone.
I added a little ruffle every so often with my ribbon by folding it back on itself.

And be sure to start your ribbon where the seam of the cone is in the back!

Now it is time to have fun with all the other embellishments.
Cut a small circle out of a thin piece of cardboard or a cereal box.

This is what you will build your embellishment feature on.
You could always attach your embellishments straight to the hat but I like that I could build it how I wanted it more on the cardboard piece.

And now have fun!

Begin by figuring out what you want on the bottom, and work your way up in layers. I started with some black sheer glitter ribbon as the base. added some gold glitter ribbon that I used around the rim, some orange glitter branches, and some black chevron ribbon.

I glued all this onto the circle first, then when I was happy with this (I kept putting it up to the hat to see where I wanted more or less), I glued my flowers on top of it.

When your embellishment piece is complete, just place hot glue on the back and glue it to your hat.

Next, pull out two alligator clips.

Hot glue the two clips on the underside of the rim. Be sure to open the clip when placing onto the glue!
You don’t want to accidentally glue it shut!
Also, glue the opening part of the clips facing the BACK of the hat. This way you will open and slip them on from front to back onto your hair.

And now it is complete so slip it on!

Now you have your own little Fascinator to sport this Halloween season!

Or slip it on your little one to sport!

 I just love Miss P’s wild mane coming out from under it in this picture!

I think this will be super cute to put on while handing out Halloween candy just to be a little more festive.

allison

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Silhouette Portrait Bundle and other Silhouette News

** This post does contain affiliate links. **

If you weren’t the lucky winner of the Silhouette Portrait Giveaway, congrats to Debra Johnson, then you can still snag yourself a Portrait for a great price. 

Now through Oct. 31, you can buy a Silhouette Portrait Bundle for only $149.99 when using the code GLIMPSE at checkout. 


The bundle includes:
-A Portrait machine,
-1 pack of Printable Gold Foil,
-1 pack of Printable Silver Foil,
-1 pack of Vellum
-1 grey dust cover
So pop over to Silhouette America and pick one up for yourself or as a gift today.
Use the code: GLIMPSE at checkout to receive this special price.

And guess what?!
Silhouette has announced a new, updated Silhouette Cameo!


The new Cameo has a sleek look.
Digital LCD Touch Screen
New Spring Rollers
A New cross cutter on the back to cut long material
New guidemarks
USB port
New storage container for blades
Has a Sleep Mode
12 in cutting width
Print and Cut Technology
New Pixscan Technology
Lightweight
Can cut without a mat
And can cut over 100 different materials!

Read and find out more about the Silhouette Cameo in this informational package.
You can even watch this video to learn more.

 
It will officially be on sale on Silhouette America on October 22nd!!

allison