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January 2015

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{Feature Friday} #28

Happy Friday everyone! 
I hope you had a fabulous week and I hope that you have a fun weekend ahead.
Travis has another 3 day weekend so hopefully we will finally finish framing out our bathroom mirrors and get the trim painted. We’ll see! 
Before you get your weekend started though, I have some great features from  last week’s Handmade Hangout Party

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

allison

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Handmade Hangout #33

You guys are awesome and so are your ideas! 
Last week over 400 ideas were linked up to the party! That is awesome! 
Thanks so much for partying with us! 

Are you ready to party this week?! 
Let’s do it!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina’s Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

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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14 Valentine Fonts and Dingbats

February is right around the corner and that means Valentine’s Day is as well… CRAZY!
So today I rounded up 14 fabulous fonts and dingbats that would be great to use on any of your Valentine’s Day projects! 
The link for each font is below this image to take you to its download page.

allison

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Cream Linen Ribbon Wreath

I have another wreath for you today. 
This will probably turn into my new spring/summer wreath to change things up a bit. It is clean, simple, and I love how it came out! 
I created this just like I do with my burlap bubble wreaths but I just used some regular ribbon instead. And I decided to incorporate the welcome sign I made in the center of it for a little something extra but you don’t need to do that.
Here is how I made it.
Supplies:
-Wreath form
-Ribbon (don’t mind the one in the picture. I was originally going to use it and then changed my mind.)
-Floral Pins
Welcome sign (optional)
-Fishing wire

 If adding a welcome sign to the center of your wreath, begin by cutting and tying fishing wire around the sign and around the wreath so it hangs in the center. 
Here you can see how I tied the fishing wire so the sign is hanging freely in the center. 
I also tied a ribbon at the top of my wreath form at this stage that I will be using to hang my wreath.
Then it is time to apply the ribbon. I began with the cream linen ribbon and used the floral pins to pin long, wide bubbles around the wreath until the ribbon ran out. I was able to go around the wreath 3 times by the way I was spacing my ribbon. And if you don’t like the way some of the bubbles look or the placement of it, just pull out the floral pin and reposition.
I then took this cream canvas ribbon (I found it at Michael’s) with white herringbone printed on it and used it in any of the gaps left on the wreath. Work your way around and through the other ribbon to intertwine them seamlessly.
I love these two ribbon together and that the printed canvas ribbon is very subtle but adds a nice little something extra.
I also love how the colors in the welcome sign pops out the center of the wreath with all the cream.
It is nice and simple and I can’t wait to put it on our front door to see how it pops off our teal door.
Wreaths don’t always have to be super colorful to make a big impact!! 
And when I do finally put it on the door, I will be sure to share a picture of it. 🙂

allison

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Felt Ruffle Valentine Wreath

Stop the presses! I am actually here today with a new project for you! YAY! 
AND I even finished something else over the weekend so perhaps my craft slump is fading.
Valentine’s Day isn’t that far away so I created a new wreath since the one I made a few years ago broke last year after a strong wind blew it off the door. 
This wreath is super easy, though it does take a little time for all the cutting. 
Here is how I made it.
Supplies:
– Outer Ring of an Embroidery Hoop, I used a 10 in. hoop
-Felt in your choice of colors
-Scissors or Rotary Cutter
-Straight Edge Ruler
-Self Healing Cutting Mat
-Hot Glue Gun
-Needle and thread (optional)

To begin, take the felt you plan on using as the main wreath color, and cut it into 4 in. long strips. 
I used my rotary cutter and straight edge ruler to do this quickly since there are so many pieces that needed to be cut. 
 Next, cut the 4 in stripes again at 4 inches to create 4×4 squares
Continue cutting until all of your squares are cut. I was able to get 6 squares per piece of felt.
I used 8 pieces of felt for 48 squares for my 10 in. hoop. If you use a larger hoop, you will need additional felt squares.
Now, take one square and fold it so two corners touch.
Then fold each of those corners down to where they are even with bottom.
Keeping the felt folded, cut a slit through ALL 4 layers of the felt. I used my rotary cutter to do this as well. I just pressed it down hard and slightly rocked it. I tried an exacto knife but it didn’t work that well but I think my blade was a little dull as well.
After you cut the slits, it is time to slip the felt onto the embroidery hoop passing the hoop through all 4 holes. 
You will want the points and center piece facing up but don’t worry if as you fill the hoop that some are the other way. You can just rotate them around when you are done. 
After your hoop is completely covered, rotate the felt pieces to they are flat on the small front face of the hoop. Spread the felt so the whole hoop is covered and make sure you can’t see any of the hoop between the felt.
Then, I cut out hearts out of three different colors of felt layering them.
I took a needle and thread and hand stitch the hearts together.
I did 3 large hearts and when they were complete, I hot glued them to the felt ruffles.
And it is complete!! 
I just tied a small ribbon onto the metal closure of the hoop to hang it. 
I love how it came out and that it is different than most wreaths I have made.
This wreaths would be so easy to change up as well! Place flowers on there instead of hearts. How about green with shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day? Red, white, and blue with stars for July 4th?! Possibilities are endless!! 🙂

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My Whole 30 Adventure- Week 3

This was suppose to go up on Thursday morning and well, life got in the way and I didn’t finish it in time so a special Friday night post it is. 
 I’m not gonna lie to you guys, I didn’t do too good this week. I may have cheated once or twice. BOO but I’ll get over it. I am forging on and continuing until the end, cheats or not. 
Anyways… here is what I ate this week.
Day 15:
What I ate: 
Breakfast: Sunny side eggs, banana, hash browns that Travis made
Lunch: Cucumbers with chicken tenders
Dinner: Steak, brussel sprouts, and broccoli and yellow squash
Snacks: a few cashews
Drank water all day
I have noticed a change in my body. Can’t really say I have ever noticed the energy change but I have been super busy so perhaps it is there. 

Day 16:
What I ate: 
Breakfast: Omelet with bacon and onion (Travis made this for me) and strawberries
Lunch:  I ran out to run an errand and pretty much grab a banana on my way out the door and that was my lunch.
Dinner: Hamburger sliders with red onion, butter lettuce, on a white sweet potato bun, grapes and butternut squash as a side 
Snack: no snacks but drank some fruit juice after dinner
Drank water all day until the fruit juice in the evening
We were interested to try the sweet potato bun. It was good. Travis made dinner this night and he did fry them in some olive oil before serving them. I have never been a huge butternut squash fan and that pretty much hasn’t change. Blah! 
Day 17:
What I ate:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with hamburger and spinach in them. Strawberries, banana, and kiwi
Lunch: Grab something fast and easy in between working on some projects so it was just two hard boiled eggs, chicken tenders with ranch dressing, and cantaloupe. 
Dinner: This is where I cheated. Travis and I had a date night out again and I may have enjoyed a cheeseburger (on the bun) with fries. And I may have had a glass of wine. Oops… but it was delicious. 
Snacks: no snack
Drank water all day until the glass of wine at dinner
I know I cheated this day. I know there were healthier choices I could have picked at the restaurant we went too or asked for the burger without the bun. I know I could have not had the wine but you know what, it was date night and it was awesome. All well! 
Day 18:
What I ate: 
Breakfast: Sunny side eggs with bacon and blueberries
Lunch: Skipped lunch again today (apparently that is a theme this week) since we were working on some more bathroom projects.
Dinner: Travis made dinner again- He created a stir fry with chicken, red pepper, onion, garlic, and cucumber on the side.
Snacks: almonds
Drank water all day
Day 19:
What I ate:
 Breakfast: Sunny side up eggs with strawberries, grapes and blueberries.
Lunch: I was working on organizing my craft space so just grabbed two hard boiled eggs to eat quickly.
Dinner: Pork chops with green beans and carrots.
Snack: Cashews and Almonds
Drank water all day
Day 20: 
What I ate:
Breakfast: Sunny side eggs and banana and strawberries
Lunch: Lettuce wraps with baked chicken breast pieces, carrots, hard boiled eggs, and red onion
Dinner: I slow cooked a whole chicken, then had mini red and golden potatoes that I pan fried in olive oil and oven roasted asperagus. 
Snack: no snacks
Drank water all day
Even though I cheated over the weekend, glad I am back on track.
Day 21:
What I ate:
Breakfast: Scrambled eggs and banana- actually ended up not eating the banana after all. 
Lunch: We found out some not so great news that morning so I MAY have cheated once again and ate Mac and Cheese for lunch because I needed some good old comfort food. It was a rough day of crying and I was stressing out over other issues so I chose to eat that and I am not sorry one bit!! 
Dinner: I made The Pioneer Woman’s Hamburger Soup in the crock pot. First time I made it and it was really good. Will probably add this to future menus. 
Snacks: no snacks
Drank water all day and Travis may have poured me some wine since we were both so upset with the news. 
I cheated again today and truthfully, I don’t care. It was a super rough day after finding out the news and I was stressing over other things. I cried numerous times so when it came to lunch I was making the girls the mac and cheese and decided what the hell, I am eating it too. I would have eaten ice cream or anything this day. All well. It is what it is… time to get back on track to finish this Whole 30 strong!
I have continued working out. I even started some new stair workouts I found online. They kick my butt but it is nice to try something new.

allison

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{Feature Friday} #27

Happy Friday everyone! 
I hope you have had a lovely week! 
I am so sorry that I have been so sporadic with posts since the new year began. I feel like I have been in a slight slump and we have been so busy around the house that I just haven’t had much time to sit down and relax much less craft and write up blog posts. I am hoping to get back into the swing of things soon! 
Anyways… I have some great features for you today from last week’s Handmade Hangout Party

 Valentine Dingbat Fonts from Designs by Miss Mandee
Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel Free to grab a Featured Button
I hope you have a lovely weekend! 

allison

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The Handmade Hangout Party #32

It is time to party but before we do one of our fabulous hostesses is no longer able to host The Handmade Hangout with us, Karen from Redoux Interiors. She started her dream job so she won’t be blogging too much anymore. But we wish her well in her new job!

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Christina from Christina’s Adventures

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

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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Hand Drawn & Watercolored Valentines (Free Printable) + Valentines Blog Hop

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away so if you have kiddos, it is time to start thinking about what you are going to do for their Valentine’s Day cards.

I have designed some fun Valentines that would be good for boys and girls of all ages. I hand drew each design and then water colored them for the color.

Plus, I have teamed up with some other great bloggers to give you 60 other great Valentine ideas! Be sure to check them all out at the end of this post. 

For my Valentines, all you have to do is print them out and then cut them apart and let your kiddos sign them.

I suggest printing them on card stock paper so they are thicker and
sturdier. 4 will print per page. I printed my on full page, shrink to
fit settings for my printer but just mess with your printer settings. There are 8 designs total.

I love how these came out so I hope you love them too! They would be super cute to even slipped into your kiddos lunch boxes leading up to Valentine’s Day to show them how much you care!

Download the whole set below!
(If the widget boxes aren’t working, you can also download them here and here.

 Be sure to check out all the other

great Valentine ideas!

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The Handmade Hangout Party #31

It’s time to party! Show us what you’ve 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