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September 2016

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{Feature Friday} #101

It is the last day of the month. 
Another month gone and we are that much closer to the holidays and 2017.
 I’m not sure how that is even really possible but apparently time just keeps on ticking whether we want it to our not. 
Just in case you want to get some new ideas to round out the last few months of the year, I have some great ideas for you from last week’s Handmade Hangout Party.  

 Decorating with Pumpkins from Clean and Scentsible

 Irish Potato Fondue Recipe from The Jenny Evolution

Thanks for linking up everyone! 
Feel free to grab a Featured Button.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend! 
And happy cooking and crafting! 

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #121

Wooooo, it’s party time! Let’s get the 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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Grandparents Day: Long Distance Hug

So grandparents day was technically last week…but at our kids school we won’t be celebrating it until October. But in any case I think this fun little gift would be loved and appreciated by grandparents ANY time of the year….Mother’s day, Valentine’s day…you name it!!

I don’t remember where I saw this idea….maybe Family Fun, maybe not.
If you’ve seen this idea can you point me in the
right direction so I can give the proper credit?

I wanted to make something
fun and thoughtful for grandparents day.
I saw this idea and knew it would be awesome.
Since we don’t live very close to my in-laws I thought this was right up our alley, making something meaningful, creative and out of the ordinary.

Here’s what I did:

I had the kids lie down on butcher paper and stretch out their arms.
Then I traced around their arms…
and a little bit of their body two times.
I cut their arms out (of the paper).

I stamped their hands with child-safe ink
(basically that just means it will wash off easily)
onto white paper and cut their hand prints out.

Then I cut out a big heart for each set of arms.
I used double sided tape to attach the hands
to the arms and the heart to the body.
Wrote “I Love you this much” and called it good.

 Then I folded the arms in and put it in an envelope! What a fun surprise this will be!!!

Like I said, this fun and easy gift would be perfect any time of the year
but especially grandparents day!!
Or just a fun pick me up for family living far apart.

Connect with Jamie:
Pure Joy Creative  //  Facebook  //  Instagram  //  Pinterest

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Craft with Me: Easy Watercolor Pencil Art

September is coming to an end, say whattttt?!, so it is time for another “Craft with Me” series post.
I have a super easy project today that anyone, even kids, can do.
I heard about watercolor pencils and I had to buy them! I actually bought them FOREVER ago and totally forgot about them so I may have bought another box just for this project, oops!, but they are seriously so fun! 
You can do so much with them but who wouldn’t want to just doodle anything you want and paint it?
I created a little fall pumpkin painting along with some other fun things.

Supplies:
-Watercolor Pencils
-Bowl of water
-Watercolor or normal paper
-Paint brushes
I bought a box with a large array of colors, from bright to dark, to let me created lots of things.
Begin by drawing and coloring whatever you would like.
Add high lights and low lights, different tones, you can mix colors, just like normal colored pencils.
I used the pencils dry, as is straight from the box, but you can also dip the tips into water to get a deeper hue of the color.
Next, just dip a paint brush into some water and get to painting and blending. 
Add more water if you want a more watercolor effect and blend the colors.
It is so easy and fun!! 
Here are a few other things I did quickly while playing around.
Here is a flower I created.
And here here are some feathers as well. 
Leaves would be super fun to create as well. 
See! How easy and fun is that?! 
Have you ever used watercolor pencils? 
If not, what would you paint with them?

allison

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Fall Hydrangea Wreath

I wanted to share the new fall wreath I created for over our mantle. 
I had a craft day one weekend and wanted to get a whole bunch of stuff completed but I had to use supplies I already had on hand.
I decided to make a wreath so I searched through all my supplies and this is the wreath I came up with and I totally love how it came out! 
 This was a pretty easy wreath to make and here is how I did it.

Supplies:
-Wreath form
-Burlap ruffle ribbon (bought at Michael’s but last year)
-Floral Pins
-Hydrangea blooms (real or fake)
– Acorn picks
– Berry picks
 Use a floral pin and pin the burlap ribbon to the wreath form.
Wrap the ribbon around the wreath form slightly overlapping it as you go.
Wrap the whole wreath leaving some area open to push the hydrangeas into.
I did use all the ribbon when I wrapped the form.
Push the hydrangea blooms into the wreath form.
If you need too, use a pair of scissors to created a hole for the stem first.
Then add the acorns and berries to the outside of the hydrangeas.
And that’s it! 
 I loved being able to use real hydrangea blooms that were in my garden.
The acorns and berries added that extra fall touch to the wreath.
It was a quick creation and I love it! 
And I love how it looks above the mantle with the rest of my fall decor.

allison

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MHCT&M: Shopping Your Home for Seasonal Decor

Hello everyone! 
 Are you ready for the last week of Must Have Craft Tips & More: Fall and Halloween Decorating Tips? 
If you have missed the last few weeks, here is Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.
It’s Allison here, back with some tips on how to decorate your home for the holiday season by just shopping your home.
 You don’t always have to go out and buy a ton of items to decorate for seasonal or holiday decorating. Just shop your home, inside and out, instead! 

Walk around your home and you can turn many items into holiday decor. 


Photo via:  Country Living
Do you have some old sweaters? How about using them to cover pillows to cozy up the couch or a bench?

This year I decorated my fall mantle with all sorts of items from around my house.
The small chalkboard and wooden basket were in my craft room, along with the pumpkin and gourds that were stashed away in my closet. I had the arrow for a few months and then created the wreath out of an old wreath form and all the supplies were already in my craft stash.
And for all the hydrangea blooms, I just went out into my garden with some clippers and then boom, a pretty natural mantle that I didn’t spend any money on.

Photo via:  Country Living
Do you have pillow and throws that are in fall colors in another room or tucked away in your house some where?
Pull them out and place them in the space you want to decorate.
Fall branches in a large vase or jar are also perfect free ways to decorate.

Photo Via:  Country Living
Fall boots make are a special addition to an outdoor space or mudroom.
Branches are also a great way to add a rustic touch.

Photo via:  Country Living
I feel like this room says fall without screaming it.
The pillows and throws are the perfect fall colors.
If you have curtains in another room and they would work in the room you are decorating, why not switch those out for the time being to bring the whole look together.
Vases, antlers, and cotton bring the mantle together and change out art to something that has a more fall theme to it as well.

Photo via:  HGTV
Gather old books, vases, jars, and other vintage items you have around your house and make a vignette with them.
The added pumpkins and flowers tie it all together beautifully.

Photo Via:  Bob Villa
Outside is a fantastic way to get items to decorate.
Place some fall leaves inside beautiful frames and berries, branches, and leaves in a vase that you already own and you can an easy, striking mantle.

This was my fall mantle from a few years ago. I shopped my house and used this old window that we had for a few years as a focal point on the mantle.
I took candle sticks, candles, and vases from other areas of my house and used them in my display.

Some times you just need to go digging through your house and you never know what you will find.
Here are some items that can easily be used and switched around for decorating.
1.) Candles and candle sticks
2.) Pillows
3.) Throws
4.) Vases
5.) Plates, Platters
6.) Books
7.) Flowers
8.) Branches
9.) Leaves and Berries
10.) Clothing items (boots, sweaters, scarves)
11.) Artwork
12.) Wreaths

Thanks for joining us for another month of tips.

Be sure to join us next month when we begin a whole new set of tips.

Visit all the hostesses:
Bev- Flamingo Toes
Michele- The Scrap Shoppe
Kara- Mine for the Making
Allison- A Glimpse Inside

 

allison

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Handmade Hangout Party #120

It’s Thursday night so are you ready to party!? 
Hope so! 
Let’s get the 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} #100

Time for me to share more fabulous ideas that were created by you and linked up to last week’s Handmade Hangout Party
Here are some of the ideas that caught my eye.

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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Free Kitchen Printable & Delicious Smoothie Recipe Ideas

Hi, it’s Molly from Just a Little Creativity! I hope everyone is enjoying September. Maybe your weather is beginning to cool off, and hopefully you’re family has fallen into a nice back to school routine by now.
If you’re kids are like mine, by they time they get home from school they’re so hungry! While prepackaged snacks and chips are easy, they’re not always the best first choice, right? One of the easiest things I like to have ready for them when they get off the bus are smoothies. You already know how much my little guy likes strawberries from the strawberry watermelon popsicle recipe I shared earlier this summer, so of course including them in smoothies are a hit.

Here’s a delicious smoothie recipe your kids will enjoy as their own healthy after school snack-
In a blender add:

1 Cup frozen strawberries (fresh work as well, you’ll just need to add ice to the blender)
1 Cup plain yogurt
1 Cup Almond milk
1 Tbsp honey
Ground cinnamon to taste (I use about 1 Tsp)
Blend well and serve cold!
Obviously, you can use more or less of each ingredient to make a larger or smaller batch.
And here’s even more smoothie ingredient ideas:

Peanut butter
Bananas
Blueberries
Mixed Berries
Pears
Apples
Squeeze of lime
Almond butter
Chocolate milk
Almonds
Spinach
To help our families remember to choose more healthy foods, I’ve created aa free printable for our kitchens!
“Eat Well”
click the image to print

The chalkboard style combined with simple typography will look cute in almost any decor, from farmhouse and shabby chic, to clean lines and modern.
It will print watermark free on an 8.5X11 page. Or, you can simply click HERE to download the printable and resize however you’d like. 
I hope you enjoy this fun little printable and smoothie recipe.
I’d love for you to stop by Just a Little Creativity any time and say hello. I’ll see you back here next month! 

Connect with Molly:
 Just a Little Creativity  //  Facebook  //  Instagram  //  Pinterest  //  Twitter

allison
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Watercolor Wooden Arrow

Hi everyone! 
I hope that your September is going well. How is your weather? Still fall like here in WI. 
Have you decorated for fall yet? If not, it is just about time to do it! 
I have a super simple project for you today. 
I created this to add to my fall mantle and literally, it took like 5 minutes and is so easy! 
Here is how you can create one as well to match your decor or use it to decorate for fall as well. 
Supplies:
-Wooden arrow (got this one at Hobby Lobby)
-Watercolor Pencils
-Paint brush
-Water

 Begin by dipping the watercolor pencil directly into the water.
Then color the part of the arrow you want that color.
Continue dipping into the water whenever you need to. It will make the lead portion softer to keep coloring. 
Once it is complete colored, take a wet paint brush and brush the entire area to spread the paint evenly over the area you just colored.
 Dab the extra water and color off with a paper towel.
I just placed it on top and rubbed it with my hand and then removed it. 
For the tail of the feather I drew lines to give the feather details and then color washed the entire thing to match.
And that’s it!! 
So simple right?!
I painted mine in fall colors since it was being added to my fall mantle but you can color yours to match your everyday decor. 
Have fun with it! 
It made the perfect addition to my fall mantle!

allison