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{Feature Friday} #93

It’s Friday! 
I hope you have some fun plans for your weekend.
Perhaps if you don’t have plans, one of these ideas may inspire you to get creative. 

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
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Have a fantastic weekend! 

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #112

It’s Thursday evening! 
Are you ready to show us what you’ve got this week?
Let’s do 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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Back to School Round Up and a FREE Printable!

My kids head back to school on August 9th. AUGUST 9th!!! How is it possible that we are a mere two weeks away from school starting. This year is flying by…which means the summer has flown by as well! I am sure some of you still have a few weeks of summer left so just stash this post where you can find it when you’re ready to start!

We are pretty ready…I think! Uniforms are hanging in the closet. School supplies have been purchased, organized and are in the kids backpacks. We have back to school night next week, we’ll get to see the teachers, classrooms etc and drop off all the supplies ahead of time. My third child is SO excited to be starting kindergarten and I am so excited for her too because her teacher is AWESOME!

I am feeling a little ahead of the game but I have some more things I feel the need to prepare. Along with the start of the school year also comes the start of my job for the year. I will be working in the afternoons program at the kids school. I am so excited to have this job again after taking a year off when Josiah was born. I am also a little sad to be leaving my two youngest while I go to work. Isn’t that a constant struggle…when you’re home all the time you want to work but when you’re working you want to be home! Well, it is for me at least.

In order to prepare myself a little more before we head out the door for school I am doing a few things. I am going to print out some great lunchbox notes, cut them out and put them in my cabinet so they are ready for the lunch boxes. Then I don’t even have to think about that anymore. My kids LOVE telling jokes so I will make sure to print the lunch box jokes from Paging Super mom.

And these from Kiki and Company are great too!

Kristi, at I Should be mopping the floor has some great ideas for what to send for lunch. She also included a printable of some super cute love notes to throw in the kids lunch boxes as well.
Several awesome ideas for making healthy school lunches without sandwiches. And free Lunch Love Notes printable included!

My older two kids have a new teacher this year, so I love this “teacher questionnaire” from the girls at eighteen25.

I absolutely love this teacher gift that Cindy has on her Skip to My Lou blog. Let your child’s teacher know that you are willing to give them a hand whenever they need it. Plus, doesn’t everyone that has children with them all day probably need some soap!?!

I’m sure the teachers wouldn’t mind a little salty/sweet treat to start off the year either. Check out this cute tag from Bonnie at Simply This and That.

I also love these reuseable mugs and tags that The Crafted Sparrow made to give to her kids teachers. I may just have to make a couple of these as well!!
Back-To-School-Teacher-Gift

I don’t think I’m ambitious enough to throw a back to school party but if you are Amanda’s parties has you covered. She has a great set of free printables on her blog!

I love the idea of a fun back to school dinner. There are some great ideas and links to some great printables over at Marci Coombs!

And don’t forget to have your kids stand out front of your house with their sign telling which grade they are going into! There are so many fun signs out there and you can totally make your own just by writing it on a chalkboard but I love these printables from Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road. She also included a printable interview for the kiddos to fill out on their first day of school. It’s always fun to see how much they learn and grow.
Free printable first day of school photo signs

I created this little printable for you as well. I thought it would go great as a stand alone gift, something you could frame or make a tag with it and attach it to a small gift! Just right click on the image and “save as”. I’d love to see how you use it! Tag me on instagram!! #purejoycreative

Next month we’ll talk freezer meals. I always like to prep a bunch of freezer meals each month just to make sure we’re not eating out more than we should be. I have also organized a freezer meal swap so I’ll be sure to tell you all about it in August! Happy Back to School!!!
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Connect with Jamie:
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Wood Geometric Art

It’s the end of July, which is crazy, so it is time for this month’s “Craft with Me” post.
 I created this to add to my gallery wall in my craft room and it is a super simple project! 
 You only need a few supplies and this can be done in a short time.

Supplies:
-Wood Canvas (I bought this version at Wal Mart)
-Acrylic Paint
-Painter’s Tape
-Graphic Design Tape
-Paint Brushes
-Mod Podge (optional)
Begin by using the painter’s tape to tape off the edges. 
I only taped off about a 1/4 in around the edge for a small border.
 Then using graphic design tape or another similar thin type, and tape off whatever pattern that you would like.
I just tape off randomly and added a piece where I wanted.
Time to paint! 
Paint in whatever color scheme you would like. I painted with a lot of white and then picked colors that matched items already in my gallery wall but you could do a monochromatic color scheme, only two or three colors?
Anything you’d like! 
I’ll admit, I was super nervous about my final design at this point and actually didn’t like it. If it happens to you, relax! The dark tape totally throws you off!
Once you finish painting, remove all the tape to reveal your final product.
And I LOVED it so much better after the tape was removed and the nerves settled down.
Once dry, I gave it a coat of gloss Mod Podge but this is optional.
 
 Then I added it to my gallery wall. 
I added it to the top and I have plans to make an embroidery hoop to add next to it on the left.
 
 I really like how it turned out and it was so easy!! 
You can make all sorts of different patterns though! 
Even triangle, a star, random like this. Just look up some geometric patterns and go to town! 
If you make your own version of Geometric Art I’d love to see it! 

allison

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Fabric Covered “Play” Word Art

Happy Monday everyone!
I hope you had a lovely weekend! 
 Travis was home for the first weekend in about a month so needless to say we all enjoyed the much needed family time. 
I have been finding some time to get a little crafty lately, which is awesome because I definitely felt like I was in a slump, and this is a projected I completed one afternoon last week.
I love how it turned out and it was pretty easy to do as well, just takes a little bit of time, but I completed it in one nap time session. 
 Here’s what I did.
Supplies:
-Large wooden word of your choice (I got this fabulous Play from my blogging friend Amanda and her new shop, Impressions Shop.)
-Quilting Batting
-Fabric
-Spray Adhesive
-Scissors
-Hot Glue Gun (low temp gun is the way to go to save your finger tips!)

 Begin by rolling out your batting and then placing your word on top of it.
Cut out a large chunk of the batting around your word giving yourself a seam allowance.
After you have your batting cut out, set that aside and roll out some paper towel or a piece of cardboard, just something large enough to protect the area around you, and place your word on top.
Spray the spray adhesive all over the letters.
Remove it from the protective base and then place the batting on top.
Smooth your hand over all the letters to ensure that the batting has been glued down.
 Time to trim the batting!
Trim it close to the wood and don’t forget the centers of the letters! 

Leave a slight overhang on the batting so it wraps down over the sides of the letters to soften the edges. 
I cut it short enough that it didn’t go onto the back of the letter, just stayed on the side. 
You will repeat the same process with the fabric.
Cut one large piece, glue it to the batting, the trim around to cut down the extra fabric.
When trimming, make sure to leave enough fabric for the all the detailed areas.
DO NOT cut the fabric of the center of the letters yet!
 Time to glue down the fabric.
Just apply some hot glue to the back of your letter and wrap the fabric to the back, pulling tight.
Make sure you don’t pull too much of the fabric from the other side of the letter but if you glue it down, you should me ok.
When you get to a rounded part or small corner, just pleat the fabric as you glue it down.
Continuing gluing all the way around of the letter.
If you have too much fabric on one side or in a spot, just trim it as you go.
The back isn’t pretty much it is all glued down! 
Once the letters are complete and all glued, take a rotary cutter or scissors and cut out the center of your letters.
Glue the same way as the outside.
And that’s it! 
It is complete and ready to be hung! 
I left my back as is, all messy, since no one will see it anyways but if you can’t stand to leave it like that, you can cut and glue felt to the back of it to hide all the mess.
To hang on the wall I just used some picture hanging strips from Command and it worked like a charm.
I love it up on the wall in the girl’s playroom! 
It was the perfect addition to the gallery wall and the colors matched all the other pieces perfectly!
 
Makes me want to play, how about you?! 
Be sure to check out Impressions Shop to see their great words! 

allison

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MHCT&M: Sewing Tips- Sharpening Your Sewing Tools

It is the last week for sewing tips for July’s Must Have Craft Tips & More.
 If it is your first time here, my friends, Michele of The Scrap Shoppe, Bev of Flamingo Toes, Kara of Mine for the Making and I (Allison of A Glimpse Inside), pick a theme for each month and share a special tip to go with that theme every Friday.

And like I stated in the beginning, we are finishing up some great Sewing tips! In case you missed them, check out Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.

Today, I wanted to share with you a few super simple ways to sharpen those tools of yours!

Most scissors, rotary cutters, pins and needles get dull over time from use.
They can easily be sharpened with a few items you probably already have sitting around the house.

My number one go to is Foil. Yep! Aluminum foil that you have sitting in a drawer in your kitchen.
I know I always have this on hand so I go to it first.

All you have to do is take a large piece of foil and fold it numerous times.
Then get to cutting!
Test your scissors on a scrap piece of fabric as you go to see if you need to sharpen them a little more.

This is perfect for all types of scissors.

This is excellent for Pinking Shears because really, how else are you going to sharpen those crazy, toothy blades?

And is great for rotary cutters as well!

 And if foil doesn’t cut it for you, you can also use sand paper or steel wool to sharpen your cutting tools. So Sew Easy has examples of both of these methods on her blog.
I’ve never tried the sand paper but have done the steel wool. I’d highly recommend doing it over a trash can!

Now do you need to sharpen those pins and needles too?!
Here are two types of pin cushions you can create to help with that problem.

This cute steel wool pin cushion is perfect!
Just run your pins and needles through the cushion a few times to sharpen them.
Just don’t store them in the cushion! The steel wool will rust your pins.
Another option is to created an  Emery Pincushion using emery powder. This one you can use to store your needles and pins.

And here is one last tip. It isn’t for sharpening but just a cool tip to help get those pins in and out of fabric a little easier.

 

Don’t have any more stubborn pins by slipping them into a bar of soap for a little lubricant.

Here are a few pin cushion ideas you can make to create one of these sharpening pin cushions for yourself.

1. 15 Cute DIY Pincushions
2. Embroidered Mason Jar Pincushion
3. Chic Pincushion
4. Le Pouf Pincushion

See you next month with all new tips!

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #111

It’s Thursday evening! 
Are you ready to show us what you’ve got this week?
Let’s 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

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} #92

Hope you are having a good week. 
I have a long list of things that I have wanted to work on and well, barely have touched any of it so far. Hopefully that changes in the next few days. 
I have some great ideas for you today from last week’s Handmade Hangout Party

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

allison

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Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles Kids Love to Help Make

It’s been a hot summer, and popsicles are a fantastic refreshing treat! 
These strawberry watermelon popsicles are easy to make and a great recipe for the kids help create. 
Hello readers! It’s Molly from Just a Little Creativity, joining you again to share one of my son’s favorite popsicle recipes. My youngest is almost 8 and has always loved helping out in the kitchen. He has a few cookbooks for kids, but is actually great at reading and adjusting recipes to his liking. These Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles were inspired by a recipe called Rocket Pops in the kids cookbook The New Junior Cookbook from Better Homes.
He’s made these several times (they’re his favorite) and has tried a lot of new combinations of flavors. When I told him I wanted to share his best one yet with the readers here, we decided on the strawberry watermelon combo. The flavors are summer inspired and FRESH!
Here’s what you’ll need:

1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
2 Tbsp sugar substitute such as Truvia Baking Blend OR 1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup water
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries
1 cup chopped fresh watermelon
6 oz vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup passion fruit juice (almost any juice will work)
Popsicle molds (we used 3oz cups and craft popsicle sticks)
 Directions:
Mix gelatin and sugar together, add water, and heat slowly on the stove until melted. If you’re letting the kids make these, make sure the grown-ups supervise or do this part.
When the mixture is melted, remove from heat and let cool completely
When the sugar solution is completely cool, add it and all of the ingredients to a blender and pulse until well blended.
If you’d like your pieces of fruit to be chunkier, adjust the amount you blend the mixture.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until set.
*Tip* If you use cups for your popsicle molds like we did, set them in a muffin tin so they sit level and can all go into the freezer at the same time. Set a timer for about 30 minutes and then insert the popsicle sticks so that they stand up straight.
I’ve found that the 3 oz cups are a great portion size for kids.
The only thing left to do now is enjoy!
I love how proud kids are when they create their own treats, I think it makes it extra special.
If you like this popsicle recipe, you may also like my Ice Cream Inspired Yogurt Popsicles.
I’ll be back again next month with another fun idea, but in the mean time, I’d love for you to stop by Just a Little Creativity and say hello! 
Connect with Molly:
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allison

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Easy “Gather” Sign

Since we finally got around to painting and redoing our kitchen, I’m now trying to figure out how I want to decorate the space.
I had a few ideas of what I wanted such as farm house touches, perhaps a little vintage, it was now that fact of me finding what would work in our newly revamped space.
I knew I wanted a sign of sorts. 
Did I want something that said Kitchen, Bakery, Eat… I wasn’t against it but it had to be the right sign.
So while I was browsing around Hobby Lobby for some accessories I saw a sign that said “gather.” I thought that would be perfect for the kitchen but the sign was too big for the space so I thought, what if I made one! 
And here is what I created. 
This was seriously SOOOOO easy! 
I even made it in like 15 mins! 

 Supplies:
-Wood pallet with frame (I bought this at Hobby Lobby)
-Vinyl or cardstock
-Paint
-Stencil brush or paint brush
-Sand paper
 -Cutting machine
I started by finding a pretty font in my Silhouette software that looked like handwriting and typed up gather. 
I cut it out on regular cardstock paper but you could use vinyl as well.
Then using the NEGATIVE, I taped the now stencil to my wood.
Make sure you keep the center parts of you letters, like for the “e,” otherwise you won’t actually letters. 
 Time to begin stenciling.
Using a stencil brush and pounce the paint on the letters. 
If you are using paper, use your fingers to push down the paper to try to prevent paint bleed.
Continue painting the whole stencil.
Then peel away.
And once you peel it away, you are left with word! 
Easy peasy! 
I let the paint dry a few minutes and then I sanded over the word a little bit. 
It isn’t super sanded but enough to take down any high points of the paint and to not make the white super bright white anymore. 
In real life, you can see that the wood grain is coming through the paint more. 
Time to hang it up on the wall! 
I just used two command picture hanging strips to hang it above the board and batten we put up next to our kitchen table.
I’m really happy with how it came out and how well it works with the new color scheme.
Can’t go wrong with a super fast project that gets completed and hung all within a 15-20 minute time frame! 
Hopefully I will be able to share the full kitchen reveal next month after our new counters are installed. 🙂

allison