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Handmade Hangout Party #182

It’s PARTY DAY!
 The weekend is just a day away so let’s start it a little early by showing off your latest projects!

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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Good Eats: Disney World Edition

 I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving. I sure did. It was not a traditional Thanksgiving at all but it is one that will go down in the memory books for sure. My extended family and I went to Walt Disney World for 5 days of non-stop fun. My parents told us three years ago that they wanted to take us to Disney World in 2017 to celebrate their 45th Wedding Anniversary. We have been waiting a long time for this week to come and it did not disappoint. It would take me a while to tell you all the fun and exciting things we did, like walking, waiting in lines, riding rides, walking, going to shows, walking, eating good food and more walking. So today I’m just going to tell you about some of the good food we ate!!
We brought LOTS of snacks along with us to the parks each day, along with sandwiches or pb&j rollups. We also had our water bottles to use and refill. But we knew we wanted to get a small taste of the many good food options that Disney World has to offer. In the five days that we were in Orlando we got to spend all of them at the parks. It was exhausting but so worth it. We had park hopper passes and were able to visit all four park and we did Magic Kingdom twice, since it’s so big. There were 15 of us in our group and we were a little slow moving and it was REALLY crowded so we probably didn’t get to see everything that everyone really wanted to see or do but we had an incredible time none-the-less. And yes, the food was amazing as well.
We ended up doing two character meals, one other buffet and then our Thanksgiving dinner was at The Boathouse in Disney Springs. I never thought I’d be eating coconut shrimp on Thanksgiving but it was so delicious and I’m not really a big fan of turkey anyway. However, I did miss having pumpkin pie. So I’m just going to tell you what we ate at which park each day of the trip (besides the food we brought from home). And then YOU can tell me what I missed so that if I ever get another opportunity to go back to Disney World I will know where to eat first!!
We spent our first day in Epcot Center and it was such a fun day. We didn’t really get to sample too much food in the park because we were too busy waiting in lines and trying to navigate the park. But we did enjoy an amazing princess dinner at the Akershus Royal Banquet Hall. The kids loved getting to meet the princesses and having them sign their autograph books. The food was delicious and totally different from what I normally eat. We started with an appetizer buffet of various meats and cheeses. For dinner I had the pork shank with corn succotash and some polenta I believe. It was over a week ago I don’t remember what was all on the plate. We finished with some AMAZING desserts. A rice pudding, apple cake and chocolate moose. They also brought out an “Anniversary” plate since we were there celebrating my parents Anniversary. This meal was so delicious, the only problem was the kids were so distracted by the princesses they hardly even touched their food!

The second day we went to Magic Kingdom and while we were waiting for the festival of fantasy parade my husband went and got us some snacks. A mickey pretzel, some candied nuts and popcorn. The pretzel was so good, light, fluffy and just the right amount of chewy. I won’t speak too highly of the cheese cup that came with the pretzel, it was a little congealed and gloppy but it did the trick. Some mustard may have been better on the pretzel but it was still delicious.
The candied nuts were amazing and so good to finally taste after
smelling them all day long. 
The popcorn was what you would expect
popcorn to be…not too salty…just right!!

 A little picture of us after the parade…just for the fun of it!

 That night in Magic Kingdom we didn’t have dinner plans so we decided to have ice cream for dinner. We went to the ice cream parlor on Main Street and the ice cream was SO SO good. You can see my husband holding my bowl, two scoops in a waffle cone with chocolate drizzle. Amazing ice cream really. In fact when we asked our kids what their favorite food was at Disney two of them said this ice cream!! Plus, when you’re at Disney World you CAN eat ice cream for dinner!!

The third day we went to Animal Kingdom and we didn’t really try any of the food in the park. We spent most of the morning waiting in line to ride the Avatar Flight of Passage…which was TOTALLY worth the 2+ hour wait by the way!!!  It also rained that day so we just tried to stay inside at shows and we knew we’d be having a big dinner so we just ate our snacks from home that day. We went to Boma for an African dinner at the Animal Kingdom lodge and it was so so good. The buffet was filled with great cuts of meat, fresh veggies, soups and all the other sides you would hope for but everything was done in a traditional African style. Let me tell you if you go there and they have butternut squash soup please do yourself a favor and try it. It was SO amazing. The little desserts were super yummy too.

The little coffee tart at the bottom of the picture was my favorite. The little cup that the coffee “moose” is sitting in is made of dark chocolate. Oh and the jungle juice that they served was super tasty also!

We went to Hollywood Studios on our fourth day and enjoyed seeing lots of Star Wars characters, the really AWESOME Toy Story ride and some fun roller coasters. We enjoyed some Mickey ice cream and my husband and I walked a little slower than the rest of our group who went on the Rockin Roller Coaster so we could grab a snack and a drink.

 That evening we went back into Animal Kingdom so that we could go to the Tusker House buffet and character meal. Again, the food was so delicious. The cold green bean salad was one of my favorites and roasted root veggies were amazing too. Even the chicken curry was delicious. I wasn’t very hungry so I didn’t try too much at this buffet and just left a little room for dessert. The bread pudding was pretty good and the chocolate moose tart was outstanding!
 (sorry for the blurry pictures…the light wasn’t very good in there)
Here is our whole group with Mickey!!!

 Our last day was spent back at Magic Kingdom and we got to explore the side of the park that we missed the first time we were there. We made sure to get our Dole Whip (I got a float) which was delicious and we also got some various snacks at the Big Top Souvenirs…some suckers for the kids, a cake pop for me, a chocolate covered pineapple on a stick for my hubby and a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie for later!!

And like I said earlier we spent Thanksgiving evening at Disney Springs at The Boathouse and the food and service were both excellent!!
So, tell me, did I get all the favorites? What did I miss. I really want to go back tomorrow but I don’t think it will happen any time soon!! But I’m really hoping somehow we can go again before all the kids leave the house!! Thanks for joining me on this tour of good Disney food!!
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Berry Wreath Ornament

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend! 
We spent time with some good friends on Thanksgiving and then got the house all dressed for Christmas Friday and Saturday. Are you all decorated yet? 
I have another ornament for you today created using another mason jar lid. 
This is a pretty easy ornament which is always in my book! 
Here’s how to create it.
Supplies:
-Outer Ring of a mason jar lid
-Wired pine branches (I snipped mine off of an old garland I had)
-Ribbon
-Mini Berries (found in the miniature figurine section at Michael’s)
-Scissors
-Hot Glue Gun
-Spray Snow (optional)
-Mini Bells (optional)
 Begin by wrapping the pine branches around the outer ring. Again I snipped the pine from an old garland I had and used about 15 to completely wrap the ring.
No need to glue them down since the wire in the branch can be pressed and shaped to stay on the ring.
Wrap until the full ring is covered.
I then gave my wreath a bit of a haircut because it was just a little too wild looking for my liking.
I then used a can of spray snow to flock my wreath. Since it will be going on our normal green Christmas tree, I wanted to make sure you’d be able to see it. If you have a different tree, no need to do this step.
After spraying, let dry.
The snow was still a little wet, it was taking forever to dry, but it wasn’t that big of a deal so I just continued on by creating a bow with some ribbon.
I then snipped the mini berries from their wire and hot glued them to the wreath, some in groups of three and others single.
I slipped another ribbon under the red ribbon and tied a loop for hanging.
And that’s it! 
See, it is pretty easy! 🙂
Such a fun new addition and I love how the red pops off the flocking! 
Have you made any ornaments lately?

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MHCT&M: Unique Christmas Tree Alternatives

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving with your family and friends yesterday! 
Allison here, back for another week of Christmas ideas for this week’s Must Have Tip posts. 
If you are like me, today is the day you stay in decorate for Christmas instead of getting out in the crowd to go shopping. But before you put that tree up, you may want to take a look at this post because you may get an idea that you will want to try instead of a traditional tree. 
I’ve found so many fantastic unique Christmas tree alternatives that even my head has been whirling with ideas! 
 Create a tree using a collection of small items on the wall. 
 Love succulents and don’t have a lot of space for a large tree? How about creating a succulent tree! 
How cool is this?
If you don’t have a lot of floor space why not create a tree using lights on the wall or a piece of plywood? You can even add some ornaments to the wire if you’d like! 
Have a chalkboard wall? Why not create a beautiful chalkboard tree to enjoy over the holiday season?
 Love this cute cardboard tree! You can get the whole family to embellish it with simple paper ornaments and drawings. 
Thinking about going very modern this Christmas? How about creating a simple plywood tree?
Ever look at dryer venting and wonder what else you can do with it? 
Check out this tree created with it! 
Have a love for architectural elements? Create this architectural salvage tree using all sorts of fun wood, knobs, pulls, and other interesting finds! 
A rolled paper tree sure does make a statement without the mess of dropping needles! 
Here’s another cardboard version that is just as fun as the previous one I shared. 
 Enjoy decorating with the farmhouse look? Stack galvanized tubs on top of each other and wrap with ribbon to create a tree. 
Washi tape is a great way to get creative and create a tree on the wall plus it is easy clean up! 
Just tape up decorations and lights onto the tree for more detail.
Have a collection of license plates? Use them to create a unique tree. 
I love this PVC tree filled will colorful ornaments! This is beautiful on this large scale but you could easily make it smaller if you don’t have the space.
Have a lot of wood sitting around? Create a gorgeous wood tree with it! 
With the use of hooks on the wall and some yarn you can create a string art tree for relatively cheap! 
It can even pull double duty as a Christmas Card display! 
Create a unique tree using an old ladder. Wrap it with light and garland, hang ornaments on it or sit things on the rungs and you have a wonderful tree! 
Create a grouping of trees with washi tape over a table or on a large scale for fun modern decor.
Using a large piece of wood, draw and cut out a large tree. Place a light behind it to back light it and boom, you have a statement tree for sure! 
Oh my goodness, aren’t those all fabulous! Which idea is your favorite?
And there are so many other things you can do as well! Make a tree out of books, tape special papers to the wall, create a tee pee shape out of wood and wrap with garland and decorate, so many fun things can be done to make a unique Christmas tree! 
Do you decorate for Christmas with a unique tree?
Stay tuned next week for even more Christmas ideas! 
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Handmade Hangout Party #181

Happy Thanksgiving! 
I hope you’ve had a great day with your family and friends enjoying a delicious meals together and being thankful for all you have! I also hope you still have a little partying left in you as it is time to party a little more by showing off your ideas!



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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Winter Wonderland Ornament

Do you ever make your own ornaments? 
I’ve made a few in my time, whenever inspiration hits, and I have one for you again today.
I had a pile of mason jar lids sitting in a box left over from a past project and I didn’t want to just throw them away so after some thinking, I thought ornaments would be a great use of them! 

 This is fairly easy to create if you have some lids sitting around not being used. 
Supplies:
-Glitter paper
-Mason Jar lid
-Scissors
 -Pencil
-Glue or adhesive of some sort (Mod Podge, Goop)
-Hot Glue Gun
-Twine or ribbon
-Small figurines and trees
-Batting 
Begin by tracing the center of the mason jar lid twice and cutting out the circles.
Glue the circles to both sides of the center of the lid. I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the lid.
Here’s a shot of the lid sandwiched between the paper, like the cream in an Oreo cookie. 😉
Then glue the center of the lid to the outer ring. I used Goop glue to glue this in but you could use any other adhesive and probably even hot glue. 
Time to add the winter wonderland part. 
Take a tiny bit of batting and glue that to what will be the bottom area of your ornament. 
Next, glue a small bottle brush tree and deer, or any item of your choosing, into the snow. I glued the bottom of the figurines to the batting and then placed a tiny bit of hot glue on the back of them to glue them to the paper as well so they would fall forward.
And lastly, wrap the outer ring with twine or ribbon gluing it down tightly.
I tied it once then glued it down at the top before making a knot in the twine creating a loop for hanging. 
And that’s it! 
I wish you could see better in the photos the glitter paper in the backdrop but it sparkles pretty like snow!
Simple as that and ready for the tree!
I have another mason jar lid ornament in the works too so stay tuned for that one! 🙂 

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Vintage Truck Christmas Sign

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
Thanksgiving is only a few days away but I have another Christmas project for you today. It is easy and perfect to create if you have a long weekend this weekend. 
Before I get into today’s project, I just wanted to share just in case you missed it yesterday that I am looking for new members to join AGI’s Creative Team for 2018. If you are interested you can find out more information and apply here
 Ok, back to today’s project! 
 I love the vintage trucks with the trees in the back of them that have been popping up around Christmas the past few years and when I saw this metal truck I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it! 
Here’s how you can make your own! 
PS. This post contains affiliate links. All that means is that if you purchase something from that link, I earn a little commission but you do not get charged anything extra. 
Supplies:
-Metal truck (it is actually a wreath pick I found at Michaels! I just removed to metal stick that was attached to it!)
-Mini wreath or a piece of garland
-Ribbon
-Wood or pallet
 Begin by removing the metal stick from the truck itself. 
Now, when Travis took it off, it chipped off some paint and left some tiny holes. 
I thought about painting over it to blend it in but then I thought a wreath would be even better! 
I literally cut a piece off my garland I use ever year and trimmed the needles shorter. Wrapped it into a circle and twisted the ends together. Tie with a ribbon and now you have a wreath! 
You can also buy a mini wreath in the tiny village pieces they have out around this time as well. 
Got glue the wreath to the front of the truck and that it. 
Holes? What holes?! 😉 
Using a high temp glue gun, this is key because when the glue hits the cold metal it will want to dry quickly, and glue the truck to the wood. 
Using Stickles, add snow around the tires of the truck and let dry.
I also added snow falling around the truck also using the Stickles
 And that’s it! 
Such a cute and fast project! 
Perfect addition on a shelf with bottle brush trees or any other small trees you may have!

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Join the 2018 AGI Creative Team

I can’t believe it but it is that that time of year once again where I am looking for some fabulous, creative people to join the Creative Team of A Glimpse Inside for the upcoming year.
 



WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR:

  • Recipes, Tips & Tricks, Kid Friendly Ideas, Printables/Graphic Design, Gift Ideas, Party Ideas, DIY Projects, General Crafts, Photography Tips, Sewing

  • Someone with creative ideas, who is organized and punctual. 

  • Beautiful, clear photos and quality writing skills. 

  • Experience with Blogger and photo editing software is a plus, but not required. 
WHAT IS EXPECTED: 
  • One original post each month. (You can repost to your own blog after a 2 week waiting period). 

  • Post ideas and content to be delivered on time. 

  • Quality photos and content. 

  • Share your post on your own social media. 

  • Be an active member of our team. 

  • A one year commitment. 

THE PERKS: 

I do want to state upfront that at this time, this will NOT be a paid contributor situation. Hopefully, in the future, I will be able to offer you money for your hard work as a contributor. I promise to still make it worth your time! 

  • Access to a Group Pinterest board where you can pin all your projects.

  • Exposure on all my social media channels. 

  • Your photo and bio at the end of each post and on my contributors page, with links to your blog and social media. 

  • Not only will you gain traffic and Google love to your blog, but you’ll have to opportunity to showcase your talent to the fabulous readers at A Glimpse Inside and gain some new friends along the way. 

  • You’ll get to participate in our private Facebook group, a place to ask questions and share ideas. 


Think this is something you’d be interested in? 
I’d love for you to apply! 
And please share with anyone you believe would be a great fit! 🙂 


Take your time filling out the form below, and be sure to share your BEST work. 
I can’t wait to meet you! 

Deadline to apply is December 10th.

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MHCT&M: Creative Christmas Villages

 Hello there makers! 

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?! It’s my favorite meal of the year, so I cannot wait! 

 

 

 I’ve already started decorating for Christmas and I decided to add a mini Christmas Village to my decor this year. I have always loved Christmas Villages. They are just so magical. And there are lots of ways to make and display them, so I thought it would be fun to share all of the fun and creative Christmas Village displays with you today! 

 

 

 

 Christmas Villages can be bought in pieces from holiday stores, Dollar Tree, online… pretty much anywhere that sells holiday decor! You can also DIY your Christmas Village and be as creative as you want. 

Let’s check out some of my very favorites!

 

  

  Cake Plate Snowy Scene 

 

 

 

 Snow Globe Terrariums

 

 

 

 Christmas Village Wreath

 

 

 

 Christmas Village Lantern

 

 

 

 Dollar Store Christmas Village 

 

 

 

 Advent Christmas Village

 

 

 

  Recycled Box Christmas Village

 

 

 

  Printable Christmas Village

 

 

 

  Christmas Village Christmas Tree 

 

  

  Farmhouse Christmas Village

 

 

 

  3D Paper Christmas Village (with SVG file for cut machines like a Silhouette Cameo)

 

 

 

 Fabric Christmas Village

 

 

 

  Wooden Christmas Village 

 

 

Aren’t these Christmas Villages unique and creative?! I just love them all! 

Which is your favorite?

 

 Join us next week for more Christmas tips, tricks, and ideas!

  I hope y’all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Your hostesses,

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

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Handmade Hangout Party #180

Are you ready to get this party started? 
Show off all your wonderful ideas below or just browse to find some new ones!


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!!