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November 2015

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Handmade Hangout Party #77

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
I hope you have had a lovely day with your family and friends. 
Plan on doing any shopping this weekend? Good luck on snagging the good deal. 

Right now, it is time to party!

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

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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Rustic Thumbprint Keepsake Ornament

Apparently I am a little sentimental this year. I have another little project to help capture those little kiddos at this moment in time. 
It is real easy, nothing fancy, but will forever be special to hang on your tree. 
This project only take a few minutes so it can easily be completed. 
Here’s what I did:
Supplies:
-Acrylic Paint
-Small Round Tree disc or branch (You can easily buy these at a craft store these days but this is actually from a branch our neighbor cut down and we just sliced it really small.)
-Twine
-Sharpie

To start: you will use a small drill bit and drill a hole into the wooden disc.
Next, just paint your little ones thumb and press it onto the wood.
I wanted to put both girls on the same ornament so I just used a different color paint for each girl.
You can leave them like this as I did or if you want you can get creative. Once the paint is dry, draw a reindeer, a wreath, an ornament, whatever on the thumbprint to make it not just a basic thumbprint!
I then just took a Sharpie and wrote their names, the year, and Merry Christmas on the ornament. 
Nothing fancy but it works! 
Strung some baker’s twine through the hole and tie it up.
This is so simple but will be so special to place on the tree each year and seeing how little their little thumbs were this year.
These would make great family, grandparent’s gifts as well. In fact, I made 3 and send 2 off to the grandparents for their trees.

allison

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Reclaimed Wood Trees

I was out shopping one afternoon with my mom when she was in town and we stopped at a little shop in town that I’ve been wanting to go to for a while now. It is a fun little store with lots of reclaimed finds, furniture pieces, and unique decor and the store was decorated with Christmas decor. 
I spotted this MASSIVE Christmas tree made out of old pickets from a fence and it had lights strung on it and it was so fun! I snapped a picture to show Travis, you know, just in case he wanted to be creative.
We didn’t have any fence pickets but we did have some old wood so I was lucky enough that Travis was in the mood to get creative and made some trees for me on a much smaller scale with some reclaimed wood.

He only made one to start and I told him that it looked lonely and needed a little family. lol He had enough wood to make 2 more and I pretty much forced him to take photos while he created the so I could share them with all of you. 
Here’s how you can make some for yourself.
 Supplies:
-Reclaimed wood or new wood would work as well
-Miter Saw
-Table Saw
-Wood Glue
-Staple Gun
-Nail Gun

  Begin by trimming your board to the length that you would like the height of your tree.
 Then cut one end of the of the board into a point, like a normal picket fence.
Using a miter saw, cut your boards to different lengths for the branches. If I remember correctly, Travis cut them in 9, 11, and 13 inch pieces.
Once your boards are cut, cut the board in half using a table saw. This will create the 2 halves of the branch.

You will then need to trim just ONE of the halves down that amount of the width of your branch pieces. So if your branch pieces are 2 inches wide, trim one board 2 more inches.
Next, line the two halves up in a V with the longer half overlapping on top of the shorter half.
Using a staple gun, staple the two pieces together to hold them.
Apply some wood glue to the back area where the two meet to create the point.
Then place the branches onto the trunk of the tree. You will glue it at the very top of the board, covering your very first cut that created the picket.
Using a nail gun, nail the branched onto the tree trunk.
Continue making the branches and work your way down the tree until you have the look you want.
Once the glue has time to set up a few minutes, flip the tree over and nail into each branch from behind to make sure they are secure.
This part is optional depending on what type of wood you are using but we applied a clear coat or poly to them to help prevent the the white paint from chipping more.
And that’s it! 
Originally, Travis created for me to use the tree indoors but I decided they would be super cute in our front garden that is now empty because of winter so he made some stacks and added them to the back.
We scattered them in a cluster in the garden and they look great! If I can find some lights, I may string a few lights on them so they glow at night but that is still up for debate. 
I hope you like them and if you make your own little wood trees, please share them with me!

allison

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{Feaure Friday} #54

Another Friday is here which also means the end of the year is inching closer and closer. 
Where has this year gone?! I guess prepping for a move and making a big move for half the year can make a year fly.
But since it is Friday, it is time to show off some of the great ideas that were linked up to last week’s Handmade Hangout Party.

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

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #76

Sorry this is up a little late today but It’s time to party!!
Show us what you’ve got this week!

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

 

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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Easy Mini Tree Bunting Banner

“This post is brought to you by Core’Dinations and Blueprint Social. The opinions are 100% my own.” 
 I have a fun tutorial for you today using a totally awesome new product, Glitter Prints from Core’Dinations, which is actuallly unique, smooth glitter paper designed for printing on with your inkjet printer. How cool is that?! 
You can now print on glitter! Easy and no mess, the glitter does not flake off! It is extremely easy to personalize and use since it works with any inkjet printer at home or in the office and prints with vibrant colors! 

Are you ready to see what I created? 
Here ya go… 

 If you’ve been around AGI for a while now, you know that I LOVE me some glitter in my Christmas decorations so I was super excited to check out this new product to add more glitter without the mess. 
Here’s how easy it is to use this new Glitter Print paper and to make this banner.
Supplies: 
-Paper Cutting
-Scissors
-Twine
-Of course, an inkjet printer
-and Tape (ignore the glue gun!)

 To begin, decide what you would like on your banner. It could be a saying, just different words you want to place around your tree, perhaps lyrics to a Christmas song, whatever! 
I chose to use “believe in magic” and just typed it out in a word document. If you are curious, I used the font “Livewell” which I think I got from a special site but I am sure they are ones similar out there.
The font size is 76 and I spaced the letters 3 spaces apart from each other. I also double spaced the rows of letters. 
Then just place the Glitter Print paper in your printer and hit print. 
It printed fabulously! 
After you print out the letters, it is time to cut the rows apart.
Using a paper cutter, trim down the rows. Leave about a 1/4 in or so above each row of letters and leave a good amount of space below each letter. I placed the cut rows on top of each other to make sure they were all the same height.
Next, cut the letters apart. To ensure that the bunting flags are relatively the same size fold each letter on top of the next one trying to center the letters on each other. Crease the paper and this is where you will cut.
Cut all the letters apart and if need be, trim any flags that may still be too large.
I wanted to add points at the bottom of the flag but this is totally optional. You can leave them as is, you can round them, up to you! 
I just free handed the cutting with scissors but you could try using a cutting machine for this process.
Just cut from one corner to the center of the paper and repeat on the other side.
Cut the points in all the flags and then lay out your words.
If you do more than one word, place a blank flag between the words for the space.
Now to create the banner as a whole. 
Just cut some twine and use some scotch tape to the tape the twine to the back of each letter. 
Be sure to REVERSE your word when you flip your letters to apply the twine or your word will be backwards. (Not that I’m talking from experience or anything. 😉 lol)
 I made 3 separate banners so I could hang them around the tree but you could always hang them in one long string.
Once it is complete it is time to trim the tree!
I angled the words down the tree.
All you have to do is tie the twine around a tree branch. Simple!! 
Just weave the banners around your tree and it is ready to go! 
And when the lights go on, the glitter shimmers so pretty!! 
While I was in the banner making mood, I whipped up this “Give Thanks” banner and hung it on the mirror in our dining room. I used the same font but changed the font size to 100 to make it a little bigger.
See how pretty the red ink looks on the paper?! So fun!! 
Core’dinations Glitter Prints are now available at Hobby Lobby and Michaels (under Michaels private label) and coming to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and A.C. Moore in early 2016! So be sure to pop on over to one of these stores and buy some for yourself and get crafty and make your own holiday items

This would be great as gift tags (which they sell), create a holiday printable and print it on this paper, you could even print pictures of the people you are giving gifts to and use those as your gift tags. Skies the limit! 

I love how this came out and I think I am going to make one large banner with lyrics to a Christmas song on it for our large tree.  



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allison

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Simple Handprint Turkey Kid’s Art

Thanksgiving is already next week, (say whaaaat?!), and I thought I would make a fun little art project with the girls to go along with the holiday.
This is super simple, in fact, you or your kids may have done this project while in school but if not it is so easy to do at home and have a little momento of your kid’s hand prints at a moment in time.
Again, this is so easy! 
Here is how to make some with your kids.
 Supplies:
-Card stock paper
-Acrylic Paint in an array of colors for your turkey
-Paint brushes
-And of course, your little one’s hands

 Paint your little one’s hand, palm and thumb brown and then different colors on each finger for the feathers. 
Make the paint on the thicker side so it doesn’t start to dry before they place their hand on the paper but not crazy thick that their hand slips around on the paper when they touch the paper.

Carefully place the hand on the paper and press it down firmly.

 I created one turkey using Miss P’s hand and then another one using Miss S’s hand. 
 I then took some green paint and painted some grass under the turkeys but this is optional.
 After the paint was dry, I painted some feet and then gave each turkey an eye, beak, and wattle. If your kids are old enough they could do this themselves but mine aren’t quite old enough yet. 
 I then wrote out “Happy Thanksgiving” above the turkeys for the final touch.
 And now it is complete and can be placed in a frame, made into a card, displayed on an art wall, whatever!!
 See, that was simple right?! 
Hope you make some with your kiddos!

allison

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Holiday Gift Ideas for the Crafter in Your Life

**This post contains affiliate links.** 
Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner?! 
Have any of you finished your shopping yet? If you have, good for you! I’m jealous! lol
I have a few gifts for the girls already but that is about all. Guess I better get on this whole shopping thing soon.
If you are like me that still has many gifts that still need to be bought, I rounded up a list of ideas perfect for any crafter in your life.

I’ll start with some cool machines.
This machine adds foil to any of your projects as long as the ink is from a laser printer. You just run your design through the machine with foil over it and it heats the foil to the ink and you are set!
There is also a smaller 6 in. machine as well. 

The newest machine from Cricut is a new and improved version of the machines you’ve loved in the past.
Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine, you can buy just the machine OR you can buy a Starter kit that comes with a few more accessories.
Check out their site around Thanksgiving, they normally have a big Black Friday Sale.
This new machine from Silhouette makes custom stamps! How cool is that?! Any thing you want to make into a stamp, you can do it with this little machine right here. 
I would also be sure to check out the Silhouette America Shop around Thanksgiving. They normally have an awesome Black Friday Sale as well. 😉

Now that I’ve covered a few cool machines, how about some supplies and organizational tools that would be great gifts as well.
<a href="https://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=471254&u=738994&m=46676&urllink=&afftrack=">Expressions Vinyl</a>
If you or someone you need to buy a gift for works with vinyl or wants to try out some vinyl projects, my go to place to buy vinyl is Expressions Vinyl. They have all sorts of types and patterns and ship fast too.
For any washi tape lovers in your life, this Washi Tape Dispenser from We R Memory Keepers is perfect to help keep them organized. I received one a few years ago for a gift.
Every crafter needs a hot glue gun in their arsenal of tools and a cordless one is so much better than being tied to a plug and a cord. This pink Hot Glue Gun by Imaginisce would make a great stocking stuffer. 
If you can’t afford the Minc Machine that I shared first, We R Memory Keepers just came out with a super cool Heat Wave Foil Pen that can help you add foil to your projects without a large machine.
And I couldn’t round up a list of craft supplies without including SNAP Storage from We R Memory Keepers that my husband and I created.
There is a whole line to help with your organizational needs and all you need is a little wall space. 
Hope this helps knocks a few items off your present list!! 
Happy Shopping!! 

allison

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{Feature Friday} #53

Another Friday is here which means another week is coming to a close and the holidays are knocking on the door and the end of the year is near. How is this possible?! I am so not ready!! lol 
 In the mean time here are some great features for you today. 
I realized I accidentally shared features from last week’s Handmade Hangout Party yesterday morning when I meant to share the previous week’s features since I skipped my post last week. SO…. you can check out features from last’s week party here and this week’s post is from the party 2 weeks ago. 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
I hope you have a lovely weekend. 
Travis has a 3 day weekend so we are hoping to get a few things marked off our to do list and I am so excited to say that our construction project is FINALLY coming to an end so I will finally be able to share those with all of you! YAY!  
See ya next week!

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #75

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

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

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.

 photo handmade hangout- small logo AGI 3_zpscbsuugus.jpg

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3. Have fun!! 

allison