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Handmade Hangout Party #134

It’s the last party of 2016, SAAAYYYY WHAT?!?!? 
Let’s ring in 2017 with a big creative idea bash! 

Are you ready to get your party on?!
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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Happy New Year!!!!

I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas. I pray that as we begin a New Year you keep that babe in the manger fresh in your mind. I pray that you would hold on to the true meaning of Christmas, thus bringing hope and joy to life in your daily lives. We enjoyed a nice Christmas Eve at home and we always love our candlelight service in the evening. The kids of course love opening their presents on Christmas Eve. Since my husband is a Pastor we have a little bit of a busy morning on Christmas so that is why we open gifts on Christmas Eve. We enjoyed church on Christmas Day as well and are enjoying a little vacation time now!! Hopefully you all will be able to find some time to relax and you won’t have to take back everything you got for your gifts!
So New Year’s Eve is right around the corner!!! It’s a fun time to hang out with friends, reflect on the year that is past and think ahead to new goals, resolutions and maybe even one little word to remember and reflect on through the year. Sometimes I choose one little word and often times I don’t because life is so fluid I am not always able to narrow it down to one word for an entire year. Maybe you can relate. Maybe this year, I’ll choose a few little words. I plan on making “one little word” necklaces and small canvases so if you’re interested in something like that to help keep your word close at hand let me know!
In years past I have been to a few New Year’s Eve parties but with small children it is hard to do that. Often times we are traveling at New Years so we aren’t always near our close friends and have a small family party instead. Anyway you celebrate (sometimes even by going to bed) is good!! Here are a few of my favorite ideas from around the internet!!
balloons

 My good friends always throw a great party for their kids. They make up what they are going to do each hour and then put the activities in a balloon and write the time on the balloon that they will do the activity. Then they pop the balloon and do whatever is inside. It does require a little pre-planning but I would be a lot of fun. I’m usually so worn out by New Year’s that we’re lucky is we have champagne!! HA!! My poor kids…I guess they’ll get to party when they get a little older!
But if you’re ambitious enough to plan a party or if you want to throw a party for your kids without a lot of work then check out Elli Bean Designs blog post about the party she threw for her kids a couple of years ago!!

My kids love fireworks…and with a little work you can make your own!! Check out the tutorials from I Can Teach my Child.
Fireworks for the New Year

Uncommon Designs has a great printable for a time capsule that would be awesome to fill out and put in a jar with some other family goodies from throughout the year.
We have some sugar cones hanging around so I think we’ll make these edible party hats from Cooking with my kid.

Squishy Cute Designs has some cute coloring pages and puzzles for you to print!!
new years coloring page, new years eve coloring pages, new years activities for kids, new years activities

Kiss Me Kits for New Years Eve! Fill a bag or basket with everything for the perfect kiss at Midnight!

So, there are just a few ideas for you! 
If you have some great and easy ideas for celebrating New Years I would love to hear them!!! 
Have a happy new year. See you in 2017!!! 
God’s richest blessings as you start a new calendar!

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MHCT&M: Cleaning and Organization Printables

Allison from A Glimpse Inside here again and it is final Must Have Craft Tip and More post of 2016. 
  The beginning of a new year is a great time to start a new routine and get better organized in all aspects in your life. You can search and easily find any sort of printable to help you organize your life in one way or the other.
Today, I am going to focus on and share with you some awesome cleaning and organizational printables that will help you get 2017 off to the right start.

Cleaning your house is always a daunting task if you don’t stay on top of it. 
I’ve gathered some printables that will help you stay on top of your house, keep you on track, and relieve a little bit of stress in your life. 
I love this little Reusable Cleaning List from Craftaholics Anonymous. It is small and portable and will keep you on track over and over again without having to print out more sheets. 

 If you clean a little bit every day it can keep you on track but just in case you don’t have time to do that, use the weekly schedule to stay on top of your cleaning.

I love that this printable from Freebie Finding Mom and the fact that it gives you tasks to do everyday and also breaks it down by day of the week tasks. It is easy to read and and breaks it down by rooms so you aren’t overwhelmed by tackling multiple spaces at once.

 Get your kids involved by creating a easy to follow chore chart for them to to daily or weekly tasks.
This Chore Chart from Go Grow Go is perfect to get your kids in on the cleaning too.

 So you tend to clean weekly but need help on keeping up with the monthly, quarterly or items you clean annually. These Cleaning Checklists from Homeschoolin’ Mama will do just that for you. 
 Keep all the laundry in check with this Laundry Chart from I Should be Mopping the Floor.
It is also perfect if you have teenagers in your house and you want to start to teach them how to properly wash and dry their own clothes.

So you have all these printables to keep you on track with your cleaning schedule but now you have all these papers making a mess and you need to keep track of. How about creating a Cleaning Binder like this one from Clean and Sensible to keep all those papers in one place?

Want to give your house a good top to bottom cleaning but not sure where to start? Use this 31 Day Cleaning Schedule from Fresh and Organized  to work your way through your house and hit zones you may not think about when doing normal everyday cleaning.

Now that you’ve gotten on a good cleaning schedule, let’s talk about ways to declutter and organize the items left in your home.

Start by decluttering your entire house one room at a time. This printable checklist from While He was Napping for Ask Anna will help you work through your whole house and declutter and clean as you go.

Want to organize your home or life better but just don’t have a lot of time to tackle it all at once? Follow this 52 Week Schedule fro Home Storage Solutions to work at it one week at a time through the whole year.

What if you REALLY want to declutter and get serious about what actually stays in your home?
Be sure to print out this printable checklist from Making Lemonade using the Konmari Method.

And now that your house is decluttered, let’s use labels to stay organized.

If you have young kids, print out these Toy Bin Labels from Teaching Mama to teach your young ones how to properly clean up and stay organized.

Do you create your own cleaning products? Print these Cleaning Labels from The Handmade Home to keep everything properly labeled and uniformed looking.

Get that pantry organized with these beautiful editable Farmhouse Pantry Labels from World Label.

And lastly, keep all those storage bins labeled by using these Printable Labels from In My Own Style. Mark them with what’s inside and you don’t have to rummage through each bin to figure out what’s inside.

One more item that will help organize all aspects of your life and home.

This checklist from Home Storage Solutions has everything from Grocery Shopping Lists, Inventory Lists, Contact Information, and much, much more.

 

I hope that some of these printables come in handy for you in the New Year! 

 

 

Also, we hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

We’ll see you in 2017 with all new tips!

 

 

 

Your hostesses,

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Handmade Hangout Party #133

Are you ready to get your party on?!
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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My 2016 Christmas Decorations

Christmas is right around the corner so I thought it was time I finally got around to sharing my Christmas decorations with you this year. 
They aren’t anything over the top. I’ve probably decorated with the same decorations for quite a few years throwing new things in every so often and slightly changing a thing or two up but I am totally cool with it! 
So here is a quick tour of our main decorated spaces. 
I placed my two miniature trees in our kitchen decorated full ornaments we’ve made as a family.
I found this cute felt advent calendar at Target last year and bought it after the holidays when it was on crazy clearance. I hung it in our kitchen the and Miss P loves moving the candy cane every day. I also wrapped Christmas books as an advent to go along with this that one of the girls unwrap each night and we read it before bed time. 

Moving into the dining room I placed a blanket, some pillows, and Christmas books on our window bench. 
I also found this table cloth at Target at the end of season last year and decided to use it on the table this holiday. I then set the table with some basic white china and on some rustic wood chargers.
I placed some garland in the center of the table with some glittery pine cones, candles and my ceramic kissing angels. 
I decorated our buffet with my large JOY letters, a fun reindeer and a Santa. 
Above the window bench I hung up some colorful snowflakes from the ceiling and strung some garland on the windows. 
I changed up all the decor in the corner crates in our dining room with seasonal items.
In our living room I switched up my faux mantle a little this year. 
Of course our stockings are hung there and I draped it with some lighted garland again but this year I had metal Nativity to place on top. I bought the white trees yet again at Target end of season last year and placed those behind the Nativity in the garland. I then made the sign to place above the mantle. 
Some easy decorations on one of the end tables that are ok for the girls to mess with a little. 
Some other fun decor on another end table. I bought the fun tree this year at Target and even bought a second slightly smaller one, then got the little dome from Joann’s last year after Christmas. The girls love to play with the tree and turning the dome on to watch the colors change.
And finally here is our tree. I changed up the ribbon a little this year and Travis built the tree stand but other than that, it is close to the same as previous years. 
I have collected these ornaments for many years. Some are from my childhood, many are fun ones I’ve found, then there are the ones that are the girls and it all comes together.
There are a few other decorations throughout the house, like the girls have trees in their rooms that they got to decorate themselves and there are a few other things here and there but that is the large majority of our decorations. 
I hope that you all have a very Merry Christmas!

allison

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Waldorf Style Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus

Hello readers, this is Molly from Just a Little Creativity. I can’t believe it’s Christmas week!
I also can’t believe I’ve been contributing here once a month for a whole year,  it’s gone by so fast and it’s been a lot of fun!

This is the last post I’ll be sharing with you for 2016, and I hope you enjoy it. These precious little Waldorf style Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause dolls are easy to create, and make unique stocking stuffers or even ornaments.

If you enjoyed the Rustic Snowmen I shared last month, then these peg dolls will be a fun compliment with those to your Christmas home decor.

I’ve made several styles of these peg dolls over the years and have shared the tutorials over at Just a Little Creativity.
I’ll use my Amazon affiliate links for you to find the supplies you’ll need easily online, but be sure you can find everything at your local craft store as well.

Supplies:


Peg doll girl (3.5″ tall)
Peg doll boy (3.5″ tall)
White felt
Red felt
Tiny white pom poms
Hot glue & gun
Scissors
Red craft paint
White craft paint

Directions:


First, paint your boy doll body red, and your girl doll body white.

Next, cut the two Santa caps and Mrs. Clause’s cape from the red felt.
A simple triangle is what you’ll need to cut for the hats and a circle with the top sliced off for her cape.

Then, cut the white felt to trim the hats and to trim the cape. Hot glue these in place.

When the paint on the dolls is dry, you’re going to simply hot glue the accessories on.

For the hats, wrap them around the doll heads, keeping them low over the face.
Hot glue one side on the back, continue wrapping the other side around tightly, and glue in place.

Then to make the point, fold down one side of the hat from top to the doll head and place a line of hot glue, and glue the other side down over it.

Last, hot glue the white pom pom, and if you don’t want the hat to be pointing straight up, bend it over an glue it down.

For her cape, fold down the top half of the circle where you cut it off, this creates a nice little cuff. Then wrap the cape around her body, and hot glue in place.

Cut a white piece of felt for his belt, wrap it around his waist, and glue in place.

You can make these into ornaments by adding a ribbon to the backs of the dolls.

These don’t have to only be Mr. & Mrs. Clause, you could use a variety of felt colors and turn them in to little Christmas elves as well.

Enjoy!

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

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MHCT&M: Ways to Display Holiday Cards

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 
 Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share 15 Ways to Display Holiday Cards. 
I absolutely love holiday cards and always have. For years I didn’t know how to put them on display to show them off, but I love all the ways others have found to incorporate cards into their holiday decor.
 

 

 There are so many fun ways to display your holiday cards. 
Some ways require a DIY project and others are just creatively hung or strung. I really love them all, but first let’s take a look at some of the card displays that require you to build something. 
Most of these projects are simple DIYs. 

 This Wooden Christmas Tree Card Holder has clothespins to clip the cards on and a hook so you can slip the holder onto a door. 
I also like the free standing Tree Card Holder.
This Christmas Card Holder is made using wood with a couple of slits to slip cards into. Simple yet so pretty.
This card display requires wood and ribbon! How cute!
 I have always wanted to make one of these framed chicken wire displays! I love how the cards look on it!
This frame turned card holder is a fun craft…. just grab your trim and ribbon!
This board card display looks simple to make and like you can display quite a few cards!
If you know me, then you know I love a good sign. This wood sign card display is one of my very favorites and one I know I could make.
 This mousetrap Christmas card display is so creative and fun!!
Who knew there were so many things you could build or make in order to display your holiday cards in such a pretty way! Now let’s take a look at some of the creative ways to hang your cards.
 
 Hang your holiday cards from vintage windows, with washi tape in the shape of a tree, or string them on an old ladder
 
 I love the look of the cards hanging from the garland on the doorway, the staircase, and the chalkboard wall! Such pretty displays for Christmas. 
There you have it, friends… 15 ways to display your holiday cards. 
 What creative ways do you display your holiday cards?
Check back next Friday for more tips!  

Your hostesses,

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The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside

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The Handmade Hangout Party #132

Are you ready to get your party on?! 
Time to get some last minute ideas before Christmas arrives. 
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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Cinnamon Pecan Bread Pudding

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I love when the weather turns cooler and the menu starts featuring more hearty goodies and cozy treats. It seems like most of my pinned recipes lately have been dishes that are perfect for cold, cozy days when you just want warm socks, a toasty fire, and delicious food.
If you’re like me and collecting recipes to try, I think you’ll want to put this one in the mix. It’s a cinnamon pecan bread pudding that is easy to make and the perfect ending to any meal. I’ll let you in on a delicious little finding…it’s absolutely divine for BREAKFAST too! It is like a perfectly baked french toast and it pairs so well with bacon, eggs, fruit and coffee. Top it with a little drizzle of maple syrup (treat yourself to the real stuff) and you’ve got a tasty addition to breakfast and brunch. It would also be the perfect way to fill tummies after opening gifts Christmas morning! 
Here’s how to make it:


Cinnamon Pecan Bread Pudding
8 oz. French Bread softened
2 Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 c. Sugar
3/4 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch Nutmeg
1 tablespoon Butter, softened
2/3 cup Pecans
Powdered Sugar or Maple Syrup, for serving
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place bread cubes in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake until edges are slightly golden and bread is dry, about 5-7 minutes.


Meanwhile, place eggs, egg yolks, sugar, milk, cinnamon, vanilla salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Combine well using a whisk.
Butter a 2 quart baking dish with the softened butter. Set aside.
Once the bread is slightly toasted, add to the large bowl with the custard mixture and toss to combine thoroughly. Pour into the greased baking dish and top with pecans.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the center springs back when tapped lightly. 
Let cool slightly. Serve dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with maple syrup and extra pecans, if desired. 


On a side note, this is my final blog post here at A Glimpse Inside. I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that it has been a pleasure writing for this blog. Allison has been a dream to work with and I’ve truly enjoyed sharing recipes with everyone and trying some of the fun projects. It was a pleasure to connect with fellow readers and creators, and I hope every one of you finds something merry and bright to celebrate the holiday season well into 2017. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful world of blogging! -Kathrina


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Simple Christmas Tablescape

This year I decided to actually set our dinner table for Christmas and set up a simple tablescape. Apparently I like the word simple this holiday season but this really is easy, not very elaborate, and works well for out little family.
Anyways… I’ll admit I have an arterial motive by doing this. Our dining table tends to be a catch all at times and I am hoping with it all dressed and ready for dinner that we will actually stop putting things and keeping them there for long periods of time.
But enough about our messy household, let’s get to the table shall we?! lol
 See, totally simple. Nothing elaborate at all.
We’ll take a closer look.
So it started with this red and white plaid table cloth I bought end of season last year. I pulled it out and put it on the table when I was putting out the rest of my holiday decorations.
Then I kept seeing these wood chargers with little Christmas tree in the dollar section at Target and kept resisting them, which is HUGE for me. They were $3 a piece and I just didn’t want to spend $12 on four random chargers. So I didn’t buy them twice then my store sold out so I thought it was for the best. I ran in one day for a quick trip, (hahaha- that’s super funny to think about when I go into Target ALONE!) and did my normal browse of the dollar section and boom, there were a few back in stock so I just had to get them this go around. 

 I just stacked my plain white dinner plates on top that have a little bit of detail around the edges. 
I originally going to use my grandmother’s china that is white with some silver inlay but opted to keep it straight white. 

Instead of white napkins I thought I would add a little color by using some navy cloth napkins wrapped with a metal twig like napkin ring.

I added some silverware and than a wine glass along with a small glass for water or another beverage.

I kept my normal centerpiece on the table. 
A few candle sticks with candles tucked into a pine garland which is dressed up with some glittery pine cones. I then placed my Great-aunts ceramic kissing angels in the center. 
The table isn’t exactly the most ideal location for these but when you have two young kiddos that are curious about ALL things, the center of the dining works best at this stage and they do look cute all tucked into the garland.
 And that’s it! 
It will only be our little family so picture this minus two wine glasses and it works so well for our family. 

I’m excited to eat Christmas dinner at the table this year by the light of our Christmas tree with my little family.

We may have to eat here more than once this holiday season.

allison