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Handmade Hangout Party #82

Happy New Year’s Eve (and if you are here after Thursday, Happy 2016)!! 
How can this actually be the VERY last day of 2015 already?! 
 Did this year fly for anyone else?! So crazy!! 
Regardless, I hope you are ready to end this year with a PARTY!!!! 
Show us what you’ve been working on! 

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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My Word of the Year

Over the last few years, I have noticed some of my blogging friends pick a word. It’s kind of like a resolution but not quite as precise as losing weight, or pay off debt, but something that you want to strive to do better or an action that you want to try to do more in the new year. 
I haven’t participated in the past but this year I felt like I needed to pick a word, not sure why but I did. 
With 2016 just around the corner, I mean really- how is it really here on Friday?, I thought I would share my word with you today just in case you also want to choose a word of the year for yourself.
For my word of the year, I chose the word:

I went the word “present” to pertain to both my personal life and my blog life.

I feel lately, in this crazy world we live in, I am not as present in my children’s lives as I should be. Yes, I am there everyday with them, talking with them, teaching them, etc. but I don’t feel like I am as present as I could be. I definitely need to be off my phone or computer more and take more time to play with them, read with them, do fun projects with them. I need to turn that tv off so they too are more present. 
I actually have been trying to start this already because I know it isn’t something that I am going to totally switch over night. I need to consciously realize I am spending way too much time on my phone on FB or some other social media site, instead of enjoying every minute of their little lives. They are growing way too fast and I need to enjoy them.
I also want to be much more present on A Glimpse Inside this year. 
2015 was a rough year for me and the blog. With prepping to sell our house, moving, and then working on our new house, the blog fell by the way side. I would buy things to create and never would get to them because I didn’t feel very inspired to try to create anything new to share when my house was in chaos. 
Now that things are dying down around the house with the house projects, and hopefully I can share all those with you super soon, I feel like I can dedicate much more time on the blog and on the blog’s social pages. 
I know it sounds like I will be canceling out how I want to be more present, be there for my family without being on technology a lot, but I plan on scheduling out time during naps and after bed to bring A Glimpse Inside back up to where it was a few years ago. Plus, there will be a few new folks around here to help me on the blog which I will be sharing about next week.
I really feel like this is the perfect word for me this year. I truly hope that I can be more present in the coming year. I think it will be great for me, my family, my blog, and you too!! 
So you have a word of the year!? If so, I’d love to hear what it is.

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #81

Merry Christmas everyone! 
I know you are probably spending time with family and friends the next few days but we are still here partying!

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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DIY Mudroom

I have another house update for you today, yay!! 
You know how I was complaining that if the sun would just come out long enough, I would take pictures of the mudroom we completed back in November to share with you? Well, the sun finally came out! 
So here is our new mudroom addition.
 Every since we toured the house when we were looking to buy one, we knew that we would build a mudroom area in this location. 
Here is the house the day we closed on it. As you can see it was like an olive green color on the walls. This was the original kitchen of the house before the previous owner added the huge kitchen addition. The original kitchen cabinets and counters are still on the left side of the room flanking the entrance into the “now” kitchen and then the right side of the room was one giant blank wall which was where the appliances used to sit in the old kitchen.

The closed door in the back leads to the stairwell that goes to the basements and to the door that heads out to our driveway and garage so this is the perfect location to drop your boots, coats, and hats coming in from the cold.

My parents arrived here at the end of October for a week visit. They asked what they could help us with and we joked that we can do the mudroom. Well, that joked turned serious by that evening and my dad drew up detailed plans and him and I were at Home Depot the next 3 days in a row. 
While my dad was in the workroom in our basement, my mom was upstairs sanding the floors of the mudroom.
Here is Travis adding the floor conditioner to the floor before I came through and stained them.
I stained the floors the same as the rest of the house. 
They turned out rather blotchy, as you can see, because after being 110 yrs old, they aren’t exactly flat boards anymore AND we only used palm sanders to sand them. 
Travis and I talked- do I sand and try to add another coat of stain or could we live with them? I touched up a few spots and then decided that we were happy with them. They feel like they were in a factory or something at one time and we liked the look, plus I knew I had a rug to go over them. 
As you can see, we left the corners of the floor where the cabinets would be unstained. We first did this because we were ONLY going to sand the floor and then install the built in but we decided let just get it done so we did. You won’t see that it is unstained anyways.
As I previously said, my dad built the entire thing downstairs. 
All the cabinets, bench, doors, cubbies, were built in the basement workroom.
This was the bench all together. 
Then things got real. Floors were done so my mom, dad, Travis, and I all quickly primed everything in the basement before taking it up to install.
I also stained the bench before installing it. 
The installation began by installing the planks on the wall that sit between the two large cabinets.
We opted to do larger boards, the size of shiplap, instead of smaller planks. These were created using MDF that we had Home Depot cut into the width that we needed.
 The two side cabinets were installed next, followed by the cubbies on top.
This was no easy feat when dealing with a house that is 110 yrs old and not having a single straight, level surface in the entire house, but we got them in successfully! 
The bench was installed last and it came together perfectly.
This was all installed the night before my parents left and then it kinda sat this way for a week or two.
Travis and I then added small pieces of wood down the side of the center to cover any gaps that were left between the cabinets and the planks. We also placed a board through the center for the hooks. We didn’t want to place the hooks in just the MDF because they may pull out. 
 We also placed a small piece of wood on the face of the cabinets along the walls. Like I previously stated, this house is no way straight or level, so we had a gap that changed widths so we just covered it up cutting the wood to match the wall.
And then this sat like this again. I knew I was going to be the one that would be caulking, filling holes, and painting the entire thing that I wasn’t in the mood to tackle it. 
I finally got things kicked into gear before Thanksgiving and finished it! 
I polyed the bench and I painted the entire thing, twice, with ultra white paint.
I used the same stain on the bench as we’ve used on the floor.
Under the bench there is room to store some of our shoes and boots.
There are 4 cubbies along the top, one for each of us.
And since taking these pictures I added little chalkboard signs to each basket, each with the first initial of the owner’s name on it.
I found these wire baskets at Target to use in the cubbies to hold our winter hats, gloves, whatever.
These hooks are literally ALL OVER our house. Whoever bought them must have gotten a deal on them but we love them. They are bent metal into the hook shapes. We used 6 along the board for a place for our coats.
 I bought these door latches that you would see on Hoosiers or Ice Boxes from D. Lawless and I LOVE them!! 
If you look at the original cabinets from the old kitchen, you can tell that this was what used to be on them originally so it was no question this is what I had to buy. I even bought enough to put them back on the old cabinets too.
Onto the inside of the cabinets.
We have a large vacuum and had no place to store it since we took away the closet in the living room to open that wall up to the front door and stairs, so the left cabinets is just a big open cabinet for our vacuum and a few other mops and brooms.
The small top cabinet has a fixed shelf and I currently store the extra parts to our vacuum.
The right cabinet I wanted for storage like cleaners, paper towel, whatever else, so it has adjustable shelves in it. 
Then the small cabinet on top is just like the left side, with a fixed shelf.
It sure adds a lot of great storage!! 
And that’s it!! 
As you can see we painted the dark olive green walls to a bright, almost granny smith apple green and it made the room so much brighter! 
I found this awesome green, teal blue, and white rug on Target and snagged it for a great deal. 
I am still debating on how I am going to decorate the area up top. I just put that mail center on top to throw something up there but it won’t stay there. 
We love having this area complete! 
It gets a ton of use already! I literally had to take off a ton of coats, the girls and Travis had a ton down here, and move a ton of shoes just to take these pictures. Apparently I’m the only one in the house that uses one coat and hasn’t had to pull out anything to place in my basket yet. lol
It is definitely worth it and we are so thrilled my parents came and helped create this space for us in a whirlwind week! 
NOW, I need to get my act together and paint the original cabinets on the other side of the room for this space to REALLY be complete! It’ll will happen… eventually!

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{Feature Friday} #56

Happy Friday everyone! 
Are you ready for Christmas?! 
Gift wrapped, mailed if need be, dinner plans getting finalized?! 
If not, I hope you can start wrapping that all up soon! 
Today, I have some great ideas that I saw while browsing last week’s Handmade Hangout Party.  

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button!  
Have a great weekend! Hope you can get that energy for that final push before the holidays!

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #80

It is time to party! (I got up on time this week!)
Yahoo! 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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My Holiday Home Tour

Hello everyone!
Can you believe Christmas is getting so close?! 
I have been wanting to take photos of all my decorations, along with lots of other things around the house, to share with you all for weeks now but the sun has seriously not come out in very long time around here and if it does, it is gone by the time I am all set up and ready for pictures. UGH! So I finally just sucked it up and took pictures even though I knew they would turn out horribly. 
SO… here is how I decorated our new house for Christmas. I struggled figuring out what to use and where to put things in our new house but I think it all turned out pretty good.
I will start in the living room.
I tucked our tree in the corner of the living room before entering the dining room.
This is the first year in quite some time that it has been front and center in our living space instead of in our old formal living area so the girls are enjoying the tree and looking at the ornaments and presents. 
I pretty much decorated it the same as I did last year. Things have been too crazy for me to think of another way to decorate it and I admit, I love all my ornaments too much to just change it up and not make them center stage. 
Even though you can’t see it, I did buy a new tree skirt. It is red and white chevron in the center outlined with the bright green. 
Moving to the opposite side of the living room, I hung our stockings on a shelf I had Travis build just for this purpose, seriously! lol I was decorating and thought I have no place for our stockings since we don’t have a fireplace in this house and the shutters I used to use are now in the guest room, so I asked if he had any old wood and he had a large piece in the garage and whipped this up with some birch branches we had lying around as well.

I decorated it with my yarn trees, a ceramic Santa, a garland, and then hung my embroidery hoop ornaments above it. For this being a total spur of the moment project, it turned out great! 
On our entertainment center, I placed this little tree along with some ceramic snowmen.
Then on the other side of the entertainment center, I placed these glass trees and snowman. 
On the wall next to the door that leads out to our porch, I hung my 25 plaque and my Reindeer Name Art.
 On the end table below the art I just placed the box that holds our Christmas cards as they arrive, a Christmas Painted Horse figurine, and simple wooden trees on the shelf below.
Moving onto the dining room now I changed up the color scheme a bit. The living room turned out the be red, green, and white and the dining room turned into the bright, nontraditional colors like pink, blue, and green.
On the buffet, I place my large joy letters and my fun big Reindeer.
I just changed out the candles on my candlesticks to faux birch candles and called it good.
On the dining table I pretty much did my usual centerpiece of a table runner with some greenery and different candles. I then placed my kissing angels in the center to keep them out of reach of little hands. I also placed some small colorful ornaments in the greenery to tie in the color scheme. 
And as you can see in the background I hung my Glitter Ball wreath on the wall in the background. 
Over in the bay window I placed a fuzzy blanket, some pillows, and a stack of Christmas books to sit back and read a little. The girls love all the books out.
Above the bench in the bay window I hung my fun colorful snowflakes from the ceiling. Then I hung some garland around the window to frame it out a little. 
In our mudroom, (that if the sun cooperates, I will finally take pictures of this space to show you the transformation), I placed our two small trees full of our handmade ornaments and other fun ornaments.
 Then in the kitchen, next to our kitchen table I place our advent calendar and above it my Christmas Subway Art. 
 The kitchen is rather undecorated but this little tinsel tree does sit on the counter to add a little more fun to the space.
 I managed to get Travis outside as well to decorate the house. He put lights on the house then all down our fence as well. 
 It is hard to see but along with the lights on the fence, I hung live garland as well. 
 The rustic wood trees in our garden got some lights as well.
 And lastly, some garland with a new bow wraps our porch column and then I made another bow to match and placed it on my live wreath on the door. 
And that’s it! That is my holiday decor! 
Nothing super special but it makes our new home feel festive and the girls loved to help decorate and hang lights so that is all the really matters, right?! 

allison

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DIY Holiday Plates

I have a fun and super simple project for you today. 
This isn’t a new idea but I finally got around to trying it myself with a group of friends that came over for a little craft day/cookie exchange.
Did you know you can use sharpie paint pens to create your own plates with any design you would like?! It’s true and it is so fun and easy! 

Here is how to create some for yourself.
 Supplies:
 -Ceramic Plate
-Oil Based Paint Pens, these are Sharpies
-Pencil
-Oven

It is very hard to see but I used a pencil to sketch out my design first. 
Now just take your paint pens and create your plates. 

The paint goes on real smooth and dries quickly.
Once you are done, if you still see any of the pencil marks, just wipe them off and then it is time to bake! 

You will bake the plate for 30 mins at 350 degrees. I recommend leaving the plate in the oven for a few minutes while it begins to cool down.

Some of the colors change once baked so I recommend perhaps buying a spare plate and just testing each color on first and baking to see what the final results look like.

But I love that you can overlap and layer the colors and you can still see all of them once it is baked.

I created this little Santa plate at the party with my friends and I used orange as his face color because that was all I had and as you can see it went darker. But that’s ok! It just looks like Santa spent his off season in the Caribbean. LOL

But I love how it came out! He’s rather cute!

I enjoyed this new craft a lot. So easy and fun!
And if you don’t think you can free hand a design, just use some stencils or create some of your own with a cutting machine and some vinyl!

Also, these are hand wash only! DO NOT put in your dishwasher! 

Hope you make some holiday plates of your own!
This would even be a great craft for kids of all ages to do! They can make their own Santa plate, or any type of plate. Give it as a give or keep it! So fun! 

allison

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Kichenaid Mixer GIVEAWAY!

Are you ready for something great?! 
How about a GIVEAWAY?! 
It has been far too long since I gave anything away and I teamed up with some other blogging friends to do just that! 
 We love the holiday season and we love our readers so much that we wanted to have a fun Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway! 
This stainless steel 4.5 quart kitchen tool is what every kitchen needs and is perfect for all of your baking needs.
One lucky winner has the chance to put this beauty right on their counter top, all you need to do is enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. 
The giveaway is open to all US residents who are 18 years or older. The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 19th and the winner will be announced on Sunday, December 20th. 
Thank you so much for reading our blogs! We appreciate you. 
 Giveaway sponsored by: 
Children’s Culinary Institute 
GOOD LUCK!!
 

allison