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June 2016

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Handmade Hangout Party #108

It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 
Are you ready!? Let’s go it! 

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

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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{Fabulus Features} #79

Howdy everyone! 
I hope your week has been going well!  
I am here this morning to share with you some awesome ideas that caught my eye from last week’s Handmade Hangout Party.

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
See you later today for this week’s party! 

allison

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June “Craft with Me”

The end of June is here which means I normally share the month’s “Craft with Me” post.
Instead of a new craft this month, I am sharing a little suggestion. 

If you don’t have time to craft like you’d like, go out and buy yourself a sketchbook and try to do something creative in it every day.

I bought a sketchbook at Wal-Mart but obviously there are many options at craft stores as well. 
 It had a plan black front and I just wrote the word “sketch” on it but you could decorate it any way you’d please. 
Then… go to town! 
Sit down and draw, paint, hand letter, any thing that you’d like.
Hone your skills or just play around!
 
 It is your sketchbook so anything goes!! 
I just recently got my sketchbook and have started using it. I
definitely haven’t worked in it everyday like I’d like but I can’t wait
to do more. Hopefully it will inspire me to do more things! 
 So if you don’t have time to craft and be creative, try to just sit down and fill out one page a day. It will help you relax and perhaps get those creative juices flowing better for the time when you can craft. 
Now go out, grab that sketchbook and have fun!!

allison

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Homemade Garlic Oil

We are garlic lovers in our house. 
I use it in practically every dish, whether cloves or powder, and we even use garlic oil as well.
I ran out of my store bought garlic oil and thought I’d try to make my own.
It is so simple and pretty quick too. 
 Here is how you can make some for yourself.

Ingredients:
-Garlic clove
-1 cup Olive Oil
To begin, peel and smash some garlic cloves. You could also chop them if you like but I just smashed mine and left it whole.
Place the cloves and olive oil in a sauce pan.

Turn on low-medium heat to get the oil to boil.
Bubbles will begin to form around the garlic.
Let the garlic boil for about 10 mins.
If the garlic begins to turn brown, turn down the heat to low and continue cooking.
Once complete, let cool and then bottle or place in a jar.
I found this olive oil bottle at Target.
NOTE: 
You will need to store your olive oil in your refrigerator. It is also recommended that you use your oil within a week.
 Do you like garlic as much as I do?

allison

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MHCT&M Organization: 10 Ways to Use Pocket Organizers

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips & More! 

We are continuing with more organizational tips this week.
I am here to show you 10 different ways you can use pocket organizers for other than their normal purpose. They can be great additions no matter how small your space is.
I found these organizers in the Dollar Spot at Target.
One is just a small over the door shoe organizer and the other is an accessory holder.
I’ll also show you a few ways to use a hanging closet shoe organizer.

Starting with a few ways to use these with items around the house.

Use the accessory organizer to store travel size toiletries for your guest.
Hang it in the bathroom or in the guest room closet for your guest to use just in case they forgot to bring one of the essentials.
You could also pack the organizer when you travel and help organize your toiletries at the hotel.
Have a small bathroom with little storage?
Don’t forget that you can use the back of your door!
Use a pocket shoe organizer and keep all your supplies in one place. Lotions, hair products, hair brushes… just slip them into each pocket and they are all in their place!
They sell much larger organizers than this one to suit all your needs.
Have tiny closets but need somewhere to store your sheets and towels?
Just use a hanging shoe organizer and roll up the towels and slip them into each spot.
This is also perfect to place in a guest room closet if you don’t have another space for towels and sheets.
 
We’ve had this over the door organizer for many years now.
It can be used to store books…
Or how about those extra toys sitting around?
Get them off the floor and up in the pockets to help tidy up.
And of course, you can place blankets and sheets in them as well, which is the main way we use it in my house.

And now onto ways to store your more crafty supplies.

How about using the accessory organizer for all your embroidery supplies?
Place all your thread in the pockets where you can see all the colors and then you can store new thread that needs to be put on a spool.
Place your ink, scissors, needles in a pocket as well for easy reach.
You can even slip some of your upcoming projects into the pockets to store until you get to creating them.
You can use the over the door shoe organizer to store all that fabric you have sitting around.
Just roll them up and slip them into the pockets.
And if you are like me and you like to browse the fabric remnant bins, you will have lots of random rolls of fabric sitting about that is perfect for this.
Are you a knitter?
How about placing your yarn  into each pocket? You can even store your knitting needles in a pocket as well.
OR you can use the hanging shoe organizer for your yarn as well.
Spots are large so you can fit a few in each hole.
You can even fold up whatever project you are working on and slip it into one of the spots until you have time to finish it.

There you have it!
10 ways to use pocket organizer other than their main use.


Do you have pocket organizers?
Do you use them the way they were intended or do you use them in one of these ways?

Stay tuned for more tips next week!

Do you have a topic that you would like to get more tips on?
Let us know so we can add it to our calendar.

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #107

It’s time to show off those great ideas you’ve been working on! 
Are you ready!? Let’s go it! 

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

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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{Fabulous Features} #78

The week is halfway over and the weekend is getting very near, yay, so before this week’s Handmade Hangout Party begins, I want to share some great ideas that caught my eye from last week’s party


Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button
Hope you come back this evening to join this week’s Handmade Hangout party! 
Have a lovely weekend! 🙂 

allison

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Road Trip Tips

I hope you are having a great summer. Our summer is off to a fun start and it just keeps on going. We are taking a couple of longer car rides this summer. Each trip with the kids will be between 6 and 8 hours. With five kids in the car they could be even longer! So, I am making sure that I am prepared for the road trips. 
Here are a few things that I am hoping will set us up for success in the car. I don’t really want to hear “Are we there yet” or “I’m hungry” every 20 minutes so I am preparing myself in advance with a “bag of tricks”
I have printed out some classic car games that we can play. My kids love to keep an eye out for different license plates and these sheets help us actually keep track of which ones we’ve seen. Or you can use the map for the license plate game and help your kids work on their geography at the same time!! My kids don’t get a lot of geography at their school so I wanted to find a way to incorporate some more geography into our trip as well. I found these great states and capitols worksheets for them to do. You can check out my pinterest board for geography to see some other great ideas to help the kids learn while having fun!

 We always like to play, “I’m going on a trip and I’m taking…” The first person brings something that starts with an “A” and the second person starts their item with a “B” but they have to say I’m taking an apple and a burrito…and as the game goes on it gets harder because you have to list everything that was previously stated. But it’s a great memory game and a time killer! We find the alphabet on the road signs…but set the rules ahead of time (do license plates count or not?) so everyone is on the same page! 
I also printed off these little game worksheets for my bigger kids and I am positive they will love working on them!! We like to play the dot game and tic tac toe as well…if you have those boards already set up on paper it saves you a lot of time! You can find some printables for those games online too. I have a “vacation” pinterest page and there are a lot of other great travel games and ideas on there!
Yes, we do have two screens in our van so the kids can watch movies but my goal is that we don’t have to watch movies the whole time…maybe one movie per trip. So I will try to keep them busy with the games I stated above and some other innovative ways…like giving them each a piece of tin foil and having them create anything they want with it. My kids love their travel Guess Who and I know if we had this travel Hangman they would love playing that as well…plus it would be a way for them to keep their spelling skills up! You can bring a cookie sheet and magnets for younger kids to play with. There are so many great games that you can find something for everyone!

                 

Last time we went on a longer road trip my three year old kept saying “I need a snack”. She didn’t ask when we’d be there as much but she always wanted to eat. We figured it was her way of saying she was bored. So we did try to keep her entertained but also realized that some of the time she probably was actually hungry. In the past I have kept a big snack bag up by my seat and in it would be all the different bags or boxes of snack foods. I would then hand back a small cup with some sort of snack in it. 
 
This time I got a little bit smarter. Since I knew we’d be eating lunch in the car everyone got a ziploc container with their lunch in it (don’t forget the napkins). 
 
Then I just portioned out some snacks for the other few hours we’d be in the car. Everyone got a baggie full of the pre-portioned snack and I put their initial on the bag so we wouldn’t have any fighting (and so I would know who didn’t clean up after themselves!!). This worked out so well! And I will be using this method in the future. Yes, it uses more baggies but it saved me so much time in the car and they spilled less when their snack was in a baggie instead of a small cup. 

There are so many other great tips out there that we’ve used for our road trips, like always packing a roll of paper towels and extra plastic bags. We let the kids pack a few of their favorite things but then also bring along a few surprises as well. People have made binders for all of their road trip games but it worked for me to just put it in the manila folder inside my small bag. I’ve also seen people wrap presents or small trinkets to give to the kids each hour or set miles down the road. We opted to just do the printables this time and it worked out great. Also, bring colored pencils instead of markers or crayons (they’re just cleaner in the car) but don’t forget the pencil sharpener. 


Enjoy your time and realize it might get loud or a little crazy but really, who likes being stuck in a seated position closely surrounded by other people for 6+ hours? Cut everyone a little slack and have fun making new memories! Where are you headed this year?!
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“Outnumbered (Girl Dad)” Vinyl T-shirt

I frequently see those “outnumbered” t-shirts but they are always for moms of boys, well what about dads of girls? 
I thought it would be fun to to get this for Travis for Father’s Day and I just decided I would try to make my own version instead of buying it. And that’s exactly what I did. 
 I love heat transfer vinyl, it is so easy to use and you can make so much with it.
Here is how I made his shirt.
I started out in my Silhouette software, you can use a Cricut as well, and typed out what I wanted on the shirt and then played with fonts.
Once I was happy with the font styles and layout, I flipped the words backwards. This is key when using words and HTV otherwise your words will be backwards when you go to apply them to your shirt.

Cut out the vinyl and you are ready to apply.
When you apply your vinyl, you just need your shirt, vinyl, iron, and ironing board.
I used vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and it has a plastic liner on the vinyl so when you cut it, the plastic stays and acts like transfer paper when you are ready to apply. 
Remove all the excess vinyl and keep your words.
Center your design on your shirt or place you design where ever you would like it.
Then iron down your design.
Hold the iron on the design making sure the whole design get ironed.
You can double check to make sure it is all iron down by carefully lifting the plastic and if something is not down, just go back over it.
Let the plastic cool for a few seconds then peel off leaving your final product.
 That’s it! I know I posted this after Father’s Day (I didn’t want Travis to see it) but this would make a great gift for birthdays or any time as well! 
Most of the shirts I saw online had a hashtag on it somewhere and well, Travis isn’t the hashtag type of guy, so I left it off but you can easily add it onto yours.
We gave the shirt to Travis as his Father’s day gift and he loved it.
He definitely is outnumbered in our house but I think he loves it! 🙂

allison

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MHCT&M Organization: Labeling

Thank you for joining us for our first ever Must Have Craft Tips & More series. 
Kara from Mine for the Making is up this week with her organizational tip.
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Hello and happy Friday, friends! 
Each week of this month, my blog friends Michele, Bev, Allison, and myself will be focusing on organization tips. And this week I am zoning in on my favorite way to organize… labeling. 
  
 I am what I like to call, a labeloholic. Yes, it’s a thing. And let me just warn you, that after this post you might become one too. 
I label things in my daughter’s school/play room. I label things in my craft room. I label things in our closets and pantries and kitchen. I label our foods at parties and barbecues. 
Why do I label all the things, you ask? Well, when I label, it makes things easier to find and easier to put away. 
And let’s face it, I’m all about making life just a little bit easier. 
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There are so many different ways to label. I’ve used iron-on vinyl for canvas crates and it’s worked really well. 
Now when I say “Clean up your stuffies!” they have an easy to find home that my daughter can locate on her own. You can get the how-to HERE

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  You can label using stickers or adhesive labels and they are super inexpensive. 
I’ve found them at Michael’s and the Target dollar spot and they work on everything! 
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 I love using chalkboard tags to label (and I found these cute ones at Michael’s). 

It makes it easy to erase and label it differently if you need to later on. You can check out all the labeling that went on in my craft room HERE.
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I’ve also labeled using vinyl and transfer paper. 
It was really easy to design, cut, and apply on glass jars using my Silhouette. I did this in my pantry and in the laundry room. Now I don’t have to hear “Mom, where’s the snacks?!” because I have a bin in the pantry labeled “Snacks” that I refill each week. Talk about a mom win! 
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 The last tip this labeloholic is going to give you is to label that food at your parties. 
Yes, you can organize your party platters and foods too! This helps with food allergies and preferences and you won’t have to answer the “what is this?!” question 1,000 times when guests are trying your delicious homemade tapenade. 
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So, do y’all label to better organize yourself? 
What kinds of ways do you label? 
 I hope you’ve found this week’s Must Have Craft Tips & More helpful! 
Next week we will continue bringing you more tips on organization. 
Feel free to leave a comment letting us know any other areas you might need some helpful tips! 
We’d love to add it to our calendar.
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We will see you next week! 
Have a great weekend…. go get that labeling on! 

allison