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DIY Flower Painted Clock

You guys, it is the last day of August!! SAY WHAT?! 
Is it really just me or has this year flown? How is it already September? How is it going to be fall? How is it that we only are a few months out from the crazy holiday season beginning and Christmas? 
 Totally crazy to me! 
Miss P starts pre-k tomorrow, AHHHH, so we’ve been in school prep mode in our house but that hasn’t stopped me from squeezing in another project for this month’s Craft with Me post. 
 I wanted a clock in our kitchen above the door. I bought one but it didn’t fit the small space so I decided to make one. 
 You can make many different versions of clocks and use many different items but here is how I created mine.

Supplies:
-Base for clock
-Clock mechanism
-Clock numbers
-Paint
-Paint Brushes
-Mod Podge
I began by painting the base of my clock with a coat of paint. Once it was dry, I gave it a slight sanding since paint draws up the grain of bare wood, then I gave it a second coat of paint.
 I quickly painted a flower in the center of the clock to match the vintage plates and the new valences in the kitchen and let it dry.

Here is a video I shot of myself painting the flower.

Once it was dry, I gave it a coat of Mod Podge. 
I then took a ruler and marked off- 12, 3, 6, and 9.
I also then marked the center of each of the spaces between them so I could evenly space the other two number between.
I did a dry fit of all the numbers then using some glue, I glued them in place.
Then it was time to install the clock mechanism. 
The hands of the clock that I bought were actually brass but I wanted them black instead. I just took some chalk paint and used it like a primer and then painted them with black acrylic paint on top.
I hung it up above the doorway and it fit there nicely! 
It brings a little pop to the area above the door and you can read the clock pretty well at a quick glance.
There you have it! 
Clocks are easy and you should make one if you haven’t yet! 
You can create a clock out of some many things. 
You can decorate them in many ways. Put scrapbook paper on it, paint it in a geometric pattern, use a stencil to paint it, whatever.
You could even paint on the numbers yourself or use vinyl numbers instead of buying the number kit. 
Have you ever made a clock?
If you have, I’d love to see it!

allison

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Hexagon Box Shelves

Boy, I’ve been slacking on this whole blog gig lately haven’t I? 
I’m an Olympics junkie and I may have watched it all day everyday and during that time, I also worked on some projects around the house or got my paint on painting some canvases to just let my creative juices out with the pressure to blog about it. I still may show you paintings because I am excited about them and if you follow me on Instagram, you have seen them already. 
But anyways…I did work on this during my absent and finally got it up on the wall the other day so I was able to take photos of it.
These were super simple and quick too! 

 Supplies:
-Hexagon boxes (I found these on clearance at Michael’s)
-Paint of some sort, I used chalk paint
-Paint brush
-Gorilla Glue or another all purpose glue
– Clamps
 I chose to paint the inside of the shelves yellow and then the outside white.
You could always do a solid color or how about the inside white and the outside a color- whatever! 
Once they are completely painted, let dry completely.
After the paint is totally dry it is time to glue them together. 
You definitely can just hang them all separately but I thought I would be fun to connect them so I pulled out my gorilla glue to do the job.
Some dabs of glue along on of the sides of the large box was all it needed to attach two together. 
Then line up the edges of the two boxes and press tightly.
I clamped them together and let them sit for a little bit before moving onto the third box.
I then turned the shelves and glued the smallest on the top. Clamped it down and let dry completely.
NOTE: My shelves already had hanging brackets on the back. If yours does as well, be sure that when you are gluing the boxes together that the brackets on all facing the correct way to hang it properly!
 And that was it! It was ready to hang.
I hung it with two nails, one in the large one and then another on the medium box to the side, though the items I placed on it aren’t very heavy so I probably could have gotten away with just one nail.
I painted this watercolor print way back in high school and thought I’d hang it with the shelves since it was bright and whimsy.
They are hanging out together over the desk in our guest room nicely.

allison

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MHCT&M: Home Decor- Picture Hanging Strips

Hello again everyone!
 It’s Friday so time for another Must Have Tip! 
 If you are new around here my friends, Michele (The Scrap Shoppe), Bev (Flamingo Toes), Kara (Mine for the Making), and me, Allison (A Glimpse Inside), share a new topic every month and share tips each Friday to go along with those tips.

This month we are talking about Home Decor tips and if you have missed the other tips you can find them here: Tip 1, Tip 2, Tip 3.

Today, I am sharing something with you that I am totally obsessed with!

Being military we move every few years and I HATE having to hang items up with nails which will then make me have to patch all those holes when it is time to move so I use 3M Picture Hanging Strips for everything, EVERYTHING!!


I normally buy the mixed pack of the Picture Hanging Strips but they also sell each size individually to fit your need.
Each size holds a different weight so be sure to use the proper size for whatever item you are hanging.

Let me take you a tour through my house and show you how I use Picture Hanging Strips. Perhaps you didn’t even know that you could use them in some of these ways.
 

 I love a good gallery wall, I have a version of sorts in multiple rooms in our house, and I use hanging strips on everything that I can!
Every frame I hang, unless is is extremely large and heavy OR has one of those velvety backs, I use a hanging strip or two on.
I use them on the plaques and even the empty frames as well.
And if something is crooked, just pop it off and reattach until it is straight.

 This is in our playroom and yet again, everything is hung with the hanging strips.
The large frame is hung on a wire because it is very heavy but I do like to place a strip or a regular command hook strip on the back of large items like mirrors, large frames or even the shutters I have on our wall, to keep the items steady on the wall and prevent it from getting crooked.

 I created this fabric covered play and yep, up on the wall with a few hanging strips.

 Have something made of wood or a small pallet item (gather sign)?
Pop some hanging strips on the back and get that on the wall quickly.

This entire wall in my craft room is also hung with hanging strips. And if I can’t use hanging strips for some items, you’ll see that I will use a Command Hook to hang items like the arrow or wreaths instead.

Can you tell that I hate holes in my walls yet?!
If not, here are more ways…

 They are great to use on the back of canvases (stenciled initial canvases). The canvases are normally light enough that you can just use one of them.

 I even use them on the back of empty frames. You may have to get a little creative if they are empty depending on the frame on where to put the strip but you can do it! I even cut the strip in half to make them smaller and place on the edges.

 Have a cool wood initial piece?
Pop some strips on the back and hang it!

 In my dining room I have these metal plates that I, yet again, hung with the hanging strips.
One of them even has a large lip so the strip wouldn’t reach the wall very well. My solution? Just double up the strips on each other and it is good to go!

And lastly, I actually used the hanging strips on the back on my vintage plates in my kitchen.
Even the center backet item is on the wall with strips! I used four strips on the back of the baskets and then just one strip on the back of the plates depending on their size though I did use a plate holder for my two large platters.

See I REALLY hate putting a hole in my wall!
The previous owner of our house had things EVERYWHERE on the wall so there were holes all over, seriously like hundreds of holes, even in the most random places. Did they patch them when they moved? Nope and it made for a ton of patching when we were painting.


Do you use Command Picture Hanging Strips by 3M? If so, how do you use them?

Be sure to stop by next week when we begin a whole new topic!

allison
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Handmade Hangout Party #116

OOPS!! Sorry for getting the party up late! 
I thought it was scheduled and NOPE!! 

SOOOOOOOO, let’s get this party started!! 

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!!

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Freezer Cooking – a tutorial of sorts

If your family is anything like mine…they like to eat. And well, it’s good to eat. We need energy in the form of food in order to function properly. When we eat the right food we function even better! So, it’s important with me working now that I find a way for my family to eat well while being easy and simple to prepare. 
Enter the slow cooker!! We use the slow cooker a LOT around here and I’m so grateful for the many recipes floating around in the web-o-sphere. I’m also grateful for the Fix-It and Forget-It 5 ingredient favorites: Comforting slow cooker recipes book that a lady from church gave me. This book has been used many many times and I plan to keep using it until we decide to stop using the slow cooker to make dinner (and with me working that won’t be anytime soon). To only need 5 ingredients saves me a ton of time and money. These recipes are easy to throw together in the morning when I’m hanging out with my two little helpers before I head to work. Then when we get home all we have to do is fix a simple side, of which I plan to stock the fridge with on the weekends…like rice and veggies or whatever. 
If you haven’t started using  your crock-pot as a way to save you time and money (you won’t have to eat out as much) then let me encourage you to do so. It’s really rather simple and doesn’t take too much prep work.
DISCLAIMER: This is simply MY experience. Everyone has their own way of shopping, preparing meals and ideas on what is okay to serve their families. These are the things that work for MY family. They may not work for you, they may give you ideas of something you could implement but they are not a rule for your family. 

I don’t know what got me started with making crock-pot meals. I didn’t really start using my crock-pot like I do now until about two years ago…but I don’t know what/who got me started. I do know that since I started working if I didn’t have this way to cook a good healthy, filling dinner that we’d be eating out, or breakfast for every dinner on a night that I had to work. Yes, my husband can cook but he’s busier than I am.

Greg and I usually arrive home around 5 (some days I’m home earlier) and about three nights out of the week he needs to be back out the door by 6:00-6:15…which doesn’t leave much time for dinner, which means it needs to be pretty much ready to eat when we get home. So without the crock-pot we wouldn’t eat…okay we’d find something but you get the idea. We like to eat healthy, unprocessed whole foods as much as possible. We buy organic when it’s on sale but really just focus on buying lots of fresh fruits and veggies to go with a protein.

All that being said, I love to prepare freezer crock-pot meals making my mornings and meal planning SO much easier. It works for us and it could work for you. It takes some prep work and a little planning but when you’re finished you will feel so good about having a freezer full of healthy whole food meals waiting for you to cook whenever you’d like. So here’s a little “tutorial” if you will about how I prep my crock-pot freezer meals. I know there are other types of freezer meals that can be made -lasagnas, pot pies, etc – but like I said the meals for us need to be pretty much ready when we walk in the door so we don’t have time to put something in the oven an hour earlier.

FIRST. Scour the internet for some crock-pot meals. A google search for crock-pot freezer meals will lead to many different options. My favorite go to recipe site and the one I always recommend is New Leaf Wellness. She has a lot of great whole food crock pot freezer meals.

After you pick out your recipes then you need to compile your shopping list. The good thing about these recipes is that a lot of them use the same type of ingredients so you can buy in bulk! Don’t forget to put gallon ziplock freezer bags on the list!!
Then write out the name of the recipe along with the date on the ziplock bag. In the top left corner of the bag I like to write how long to cook the meal on high and on low (just in case) and on the top right corner of the bag I write any ingredients that I would need to add on the day of the cooking. I used to write all the ingredients on the bottom left side of the bag but I don’t do that as much anymore since lately my recipes all come from the same place. The reason it would be good to write the ingredients is in case  you gift the meal to someone you would know what was in the meal in case of allergies. Also you may want the ingredients listed for yourself in case you change some thing in your families diet (it can look so different when frozen).
Then I like to make a list of the recipes I am making and write down anything that needs to be chopped or prepped for that recipe. Then I know that I need to chop up 5 green bell peppers and 8 tomatoes so I can chop all of one kind of veggie at a time. The only hard part about doing this is when you come to 10 onions!! Just make sure the onions are refrigerated so they won’t sting your eyes as bad!
You can tape the recipes to the cabinet above where you are working or if you are working from a cook book just make sure the book is handy. I also like to make note of page numbers when I’m using an actual cook book.

 Then just chop chop chop or assemble the ingredients.
I will chop all the carrots and add them to the different bags as I go. I don’t worry too much about measuring everything and usually you don’t have to until you get to the spices. Just chop chop chop!
After everything is chopped I add any spices that are listed in the ingredients. It helps to make some of them ahead of time (such as Italian spices). After the spices I grab my meat from the fridge and add it to the bag. I do any meat that does not need to be chopped first…then I can pop it in the freezer right away. If any meat needs to be chopped I only bring out one kind at a time. There are TWO reasons for doing the meat last. 1) You’re not leaving meat out to get warm while you chop everything else 2) The meat will be at the top of the bag thus making it the first thing in the crock-pot when you dump it in!

Then you need to seal the bag and get all the air out…or at least as
much as possible! Use a straw in the corner of the bag to suck the air
out if you want to. Someday I’ll get one of those fancy sealing
machines! Lay the bag flat and put in on a freezer shelf. Once it is
frozen you can stack them vertically. The first time I made freezer
meals I just plopped the bag down and left it, lying it flat really does
save space.
We have a freezer (two actually) in the garage so I  like to write what freezer meals are in there on the outside of the door with a dry-erase marker. If you have your meals stored in your house that may not work as well but you could just as easily write it on a piece of paper and cross the meal off once you use it. This has been so helpful to me when planning meals. No need to prop the freezer door open for minutes while I figure out what’s inside. Just make sure to cross things off as they get used!!!
Here are a couple of other little hints and things to remember if you’re new to this type of “cooking”.

*Potatoes can turn brown in the freezer but they don’t always, regardless they still taste the same.

*Some recipes will call for you to brown the meat before you freeze it. I have made these types of meals and they turn out fine but I don’t usually make them anymore because it takes me a lot longer to assemble my meals if I’m cooking two or three pounds of ground beef during my assembly session. You could always pick those meals and just brown the meat on the day of cooking. I simply don’t have time to do that so I choose meals that are just assembly required and not any pre-cooking.

*Some people are freaked out by recipes that have raw meat touching raw veggies but let me assure you that since everything is going to be frozen right away and then cooked either on high for a while or on low ALL.DAY.LONG there’s really nothing to worry about. We’ve probably eaten 60 freezer meals and haven’t gotten sick from them even once. But if that still worries you just freeze the meat in its own bag and make sure to label both bags that they go together!!

*There are some ingredients that you can just add on the day of cooking like stock or broth. Sometimes there’s not much room left in the bags for the liquids even though the recipe calls for it!

*You don’t have to be a great cook in order to provide great healthy meals for your family. You are literally chopping a few things and dumping things into a bag. Then you dump it into a crock-pot and call dinner done!! Just don’t forget to turn the crock-pot on (and plug it in)…not that I would know from experience 😉

Having a freezer stocked with nutritious easy to cook meals is an incredible feeling (as long as the power doesn’t go out ;)).

I have organized a few freezer meal swaps in the past…I am not certain if I will continue to do that this school year or not. Just get four of your friends that want to stock their freezer with meals and start a swap. Everyone makes 5 of the same meal…which makes it easier on your budget since you can buy in bulk and it’s just easier to prep the same meal 5 times than 5 different meals. Then (ideally) you freeze all 5 meals. Find a time to have everyone meet at someones house (hopefully yours since you are organizing it) and swap the meals. Make sure to keep one of the 5 meals you made. Then you will have 5 different meals with only having to prep one kind!! It’s a win win!! You can do this with 4 people or even 6 but I wouldn’t get much bigger than six to keep it somewhat simple for everyone. Just make sure to make enough meals for everyone in the group and don’t forget yourself (sometimes I make two for my family right away)!!

I know there’s a lot of information here! Please PIN this so you can come back to it later and share it with your friends. I’d love to answer any questions that you have so please leave a comment with questions and I’ll make sure to come back and answer them to the best of my knowledge!!
Do you have a favorite slow cooker meal? I’d love to try it. You can also see more meals that I’ve found and pinned here. Enjoy your back to school time and prep some slow cooker meals so you don’t have to worry about dinner!!
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MHCT&M- Decor: Adding Dimension to Walls

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips hosted by Michele from The Scrap Shoppe, Bev from Flamingo Toes, Allison from A Glimpse Inside, and me, Kara from Mine for the Making!
 This month we are sharing tips for decorating! 
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 Today I am going to share five tips on adding dimension to walls in your home. 
Adding dimension to your walls gives you a focal point or accent that really makes a room POP! Giving a room a little something extra on the walls could really make all the difference in home decorating.
  adding dimension
  1.  Add vinyl to a wall.
Adding vinyl to a wall is a great option, especially if you are in a rental home or if you like to change your mind a lot with decorating (me! me!). It’s an simple way to add dimension to walls in any room of your home. The patterns can be as minimal or as intricate as you want. My favorite place to get vinyl for home decor is Walls Need Love. (affiliate link) 

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 2. Add paint to a wall. 
Painting a wall an accent color or a bold pattern, like stripes, is sure to add dimension to your walls and your room. You can paint the entire room, one wall, a nook, or even closet doors

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3. Wallpaper a wall… or all! 
 Wallpaper is making a comeback! That’s right, you read that correctly. All good things come back around eventually, and wallpaper is one of them. It’s another great option to adding dimension to a room. I am in love with this floral wallpaper nursery
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4. Stencil a wall. 
You can purchase already made stencils or you can make them yourself! There are a ton of options for patterns; you just have to figure out which one you want to use in which room!

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5. Add wood slats to a wall. 
This is probably my favorite of all because I just LOVE the way it looks. You can add wood slats to a large wall or a small wall, but either way you will not be disappointed. It’s a beautiful way to add a POP to any room. We added wood slats to a small wall in our master bathroom and it’s still one of my favorite home decor projects to date.

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I hope you found this week’s decor tips helpful and inspiring! 
Remember to leave us any suggestions of things you’d like tips on and we would be happy to add it to our list!
 I hope you all have a great weekend.
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 I love adding dimension to my walls.
I haven’t done wall paper, yet, but we have definitely added wood accents and stencils to our walls. Here are some projects that we’ve done.

1. Board and Batten Wall Treatment
2. Wall Stencil in Bathroom
3. Wall Stencil Accent Wall
4. Plank Wall
 

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #115

Let’s get this party started!! 

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} #96

It is Thursday yet again which means it is party day! 
But before the party gets started tonight, I want to share some awesome ideas that were shared at last week’s Handmade Hangout Party.

 Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Feature Button
Hope to see you tonight for the party!

allison

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Ten Inspiring Fall Vignettes for Your Home

Hi readers, it’s Molly from Just a Little Creativity. How’s everyone enjoying August? Back to school always makes me think cooler weather should be happening as well, but for us here in Florida, it’s still soaring in the 100’s. While I was just here last month sharing my popsicles recipe, the reality is that Fall is right around the corner. 
If you’re planning to decorate your home for Fall and Thanksgiving, now is the time to start planning. When you plan ahead and give yourself time to shop or create, you can get the best deals.
I created this collection of 10 beautifully inspiring Fall vignettes for you using the Roundup Friendly Blogs search engine, which I also participate in (if you’re a blogger and are interested in joining, you can sign up and read the Terms of Use agreement here https://bit.ly/RFBAgreement).
These vignettes that I chose to inspire you are full of variety- fireplaces, shelves, even a piano have been decorated for Fall.  

*Please be awesome & use proper Pinterest etiquette by clicking through to the original post to Pin*

Vintage Inspired Fall Piano Decor from Cherished Bliss
Sideboard Decor from Worthing Court
Decadent and Textured from Unskinny Bop


Fall Display in Burnished Colors from Cottage at the Crossroads

A Casually Elegant Vingette from Our Southern Home
Colorful Fall Decor from A Cultivated Nest

Kirkland’s Home Inspired Fall Mantel from Country Chic Cottage

 Hydrangea Harvest from Mad in Crafts
I’m always amazed at how wonderfully creative bloggers are.
Pinterest is nice to browse, but stopping by the bloggers who are the
real creators, you get the full inside scoop on how something is put
together. The helpful tips and advice bloggers dish out is invaluable. 
I’d love for you to stop by Just a Little Creativity and say hello.
Otherwise, I’ll see you here again next month!

Connect with Molly:
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MHCT&M- Home Decor: 3 Easy Decorating Tips

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips – hosted by Michele from The Scrap Shoppe, Kara from Mine for the Making, Allison from A Glimpse Inside and me (Bev from Flamingo Toes)!

 This month we’re focusing on Home Decor and today I’m sharing my favorite 3 Easy Decorating Tips for Any Decor! 
These are my go-to’s for decorating. I check every display I put together or item I buy against these three tips – honest! 

3 Easy Decorating Tips for Any Decor!

3 Easy Decorating Tips for Any Decor!


1. Start with what you love.

 Amazing Pyrex collection

 Epic Pyrex Display – from A Beautiful Mess 
 It’s easy to get all sucked into pretty Pinterest photos and the coolest “new” things, but if they aren’t really your style or you don’t absolutely love them, it will kind of be like infatuation. Which is fun for a while, but then you get tired of it and you have to start over. 
Try to choose decorating items that you really love and that fit with your overall style. That doesn’t mean that you can’t pick things that are fun or whimsical, that is what gives your decor personality. Just choose items that make you happy!

 2. Hang your wall art at eye level. 

Eric Prokesh's Wall Arrangement
 Eric Prokesh’s Wall Arrangement – Hang artwork at eye level.
Try and keep your artwork at eye level on your walls, it will make everything look more put together. If you put your artwork up too high (an easy mistake to make) then everyone will be craning their necks to see that awesome vintage stitchery or cute photo of your kiddos.
 If you’re doing a gallery wall, keep the horizontal center of the gallery at eye level. It’s totally ok to have things higher or lower, but the overall display should be centered where you look. 
 3. Decorate with odd numbers 
Pretty Plate Wall in Dining Room 
 15 Plates and 3 Items on the Buffet = Odd Displays!
Now this is not a hard and fast rule – I am all in favor of fun symmetrical displays. Two paintings side by side, or pretty vases on each end of the mantel make for a great, put-together look. But the general idea is that odd numbers, especially items in threes, are more visual appealing. They actually add more visual interest and force the eye to move around the group! Cool how the brain works huh? 
 So if you’re putting together a vignette, a gallery wall, or even flowers in a vase – go for an odd number! 
 So easy right? 
I promise if you do these three things, they will be a great foundation for decorating in your home.
What are your go-to decorating tips?? 
We’d love to know!
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allison