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DIY Rustic Snowmen for Your Christmas Farmhouse Decor

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Hi readers! It’s Molly from Just a Little Creativity, and I’m so excited to share this cute Christmas project with you. As we all know, farmhouse style is all the rage.
And if you’ve browsed Pinterest, you’ll see that this decorating style looks fantastic in Christmas decor.
These rustic snowmen are easy to make, and add the perfect touch of the distressed, vintage look to your farmhouse mantel this year.
I actually picked up my set of snowmen last year at Target, on clearance after the holidays. But you can find unfinished wood snowmen like these at most craft stores during the holidays.
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To begin, I painted them white with chalk paint. I’m sure regular craft paint will work as well, you just may need to prime them first.

Then using a sanding block, I distressed the snowmen in a few places by sanding the white paint back off.
I do a lot of furniture makeovers, and I like to seal my pieces with wax. A brand that I discovered this year is called Daddy Van’s, and it’s wonderful. I highly recommend it for any projects that need wax. And for the rustic antique look, I used the antique brown wax.
Now, there are many types of similar products on the market, so use what you have or what you can easily attain.
And if you don’t want to use wax at all, you can follow these instructions on distressing with paint, it’s pretty easy. For the sake of this post though, I’m going to continue on with the wax tutorial.
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Using a brush, I covered the snowman in the antique brown wax. It looks crazy, I know.
You can see the difference in the side by side.

I didn’t let the wax sit long, maybe a minute, and then using a rag, I rubbed it off again.

What this brown wax does is knocks down the bright white look, gets into the cracks and crevices, and also enhances the areas that were distressed with the sandpaper.
When it’s rubbed back off, it leaves the snowman very rustic looking.
I didn’t wait before I sealed the snowmen with the clear wax.
As soon as I wiped off the brown, I added the clear on top. This will seal the snowmen and also continue to take off any of the brown that stayed too thick. It acts as an eraser in a way.
 

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The last thing I did was used some of my favorite farmhouse styled Christmas fabric, and cut little strips from it to use as scarves.
They would also be cute sewn or glued as little stocking caps (like these I made last year for Coke bottles).
 

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These would make great teacher or neighbor gifts, paired with some homemade cookies in a little basket. 
 

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And there you have it! 

Have a happy holiday season, I’ll see you next month! 
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Road Trip Tips

I hope you are having a great summer. Our summer is off to a fun start and it just keeps on going. We are taking a couple of longer car rides this summer. Each trip with the kids will be between 6 and 8 hours. With five kids in the car they could be even longer! So, I am making sure that I am prepared for the road trips. 
Here are a few things that I am hoping will set us up for success in the car. I don’t really want to hear “Are we there yet” or “I’m hungry” every 20 minutes so I am preparing myself in advance with a “bag of tricks”
I have printed out some classic car games that we can play. My kids love to keep an eye out for different license plates and these sheets help us actually keep track of which ones we’ve seen. Or you can use the map for the license plate game and help your kids work on their geography at the same time!! My kids don’t get a lot of geography at their school so I wanted to find a way to incorporate some more geography into our trip as well. I found these great states and capitols worksheets for them to do. You can check out my pinterest board for geography to see some other great ideas to help the kids learn while having fun!

 We always like to play, “I’m going on a trip and I’m taking…” The first person brings something that starts with an “A” and the second person starts their item with a “B” but they have to say I’m taking an apple and a burrito…and as the game goes on it gets harder because you have to list everything that was previously stated. But it’s a great memory game and a time killer! We find the alphabet on the road signs…but set the rules ahead of time (do license plates count or not?) so everyone is on the same page! 
I also printed off these little game worksheets for my bigger kids and I am positive they will love working on them!! We like to play the dot game and tic tac toe as well…if you have those boards already set up on paper it saves you a lot of time! You can find some printables for those games online too. I have a “vacation” pinterest page and there are a lot of other great travel games and ideas on there!
Yes, we do have two screens in our van so the kids can watch movies but my goal is that we don’t have to watch movies the whole time…maybe one movie per trip. So I will try to keep them busy with the games I stated above and some other innovative ways…like giving them each a piece of tin foil and having them create anything they want with it. My kids love their travel Guess Who and I know if we had this travel Hangman they would love playing that as well…plus it would be a way for them to keep their spelling skills up! You can bring a cookie sheet and magnets for younger kids to play with. There are so many great games that you can find something for everyone!

                 

Last time we went on a longer road trip my three year old kept saying “I need a snack”. She didn’t ask when we’d be there as much but she always wanted to eat. We figured it was her way of saying she was bored. So we did try to keep her entertained but also realized that some of the time she probably was actually hungry. In the past I have kept a big snack bag up by my seat and in it would be all the different bags or boxes of snack foods. I would then hand back a small cup with some sort of snack in it. 
 
This time I got a little bit smarter. Since I knew we’d be eating lunch in the car everyone got a ziploc container with their lunch in it (don’t forget the napkins). 
 
Then I just portioned out some snacks for the other few hours we’d be in the car. Everyone got a baggie full of the pre-portioned snack and I put their initial on the bag so we wouldn’t have any fighting (and so I would know who didn’t clean up after themselves!!). This worked out so well! And I will be using this method in the future. Yes, it uses more baggies but it saved me so much time in the car and they spilled less when their snack was in a baggie instead of a small cup. 

There are so many other great tips out there that we’ve used for our road trips, like always packing a roll of paper towels and extra plastic bags. We let the kids pack a few of their favorite things but then also bring along a few surprises as well. People have made binders for all of their road trip games but it worked for me to just put it in the manila folder inside my small bag. I’ve also seen people wrap presents or small trinkets to give to the kids each hour or set miles down the road. We opted to just do the printables this time and it worked out great. Also, bring colored pencils instead of markers or crayons (they’re just cleaner in the car) but don’t forget the pencil sharpener. 


Enjoy your time and realize it might get loud or a little crazy but really, who likes being stuck in a seated position closely surrounded by other people for 6+ hours? Cut everyone a little slack and have fun making new memories! Where are you headed this year?!
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Three Free Inspirational “Class of 2016” Graduation Printables

It’s hard to believe, but the school year is coming to an end. The seniors are finishing their final year, and are preparing to move onto the next stage of their lives. These three free graduation printables would make a nice framed gift, display at a graduation party, or a card for a special graduate in your life.
Hello readers! It’s Molly from Just a Little Creativity, and if you’re like me, you’re in awe (and a little happy) that it’s the end of the school year already. My oldest graduated high school last year and just finished her first year of college 500 miles away from home, and my next in line will be a junior next year. Time is flying by, that’s for sure. Graduation is exciting and scary, and one of the most unique times in both the child and parents lives. It’s sad and happy all at once. There will be a lot of tears shed and smiles shared as you see your graduate walk across that stage, so grown and so proud, and you’ll wonder when they grew up. Weren’t they just a baby yesterday? 

 We want to give them just the right words to carry into their futures. There’s so much you all of a sudden feel like you have to impart. You’ll wonder whether there was more you could have done, and pray they’ll remember all you’ve taught them as they go into the next season of their lives.
 I’m sharing these three free printables that I created for you to use as you’d like. They’re ready to print on an 11×14 page, and are perfect for framing. Or, you can download and size them to whatever you’d like to suit your needs. 
 I’ve recently learned how to digitally watercolor my own photos, and it’s so, so fun! 
 This cherry blossom image for the “Always Stay Humble & Kind” printable was photographed in Nashville, Tennessee this past spring.

The “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them” by Walt Disney was photographed on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Franklin, Tennessee.

And finally, this quote from John F. Kennedy “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” was photographed on a nature trail in Pensacola, Florida.

So yeah, hug those big kids really tight before they walk across that stage. 
And parent’s of littles, cherish these young days, even the hard ones, because they’ll be gone before you know it.

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10 Summer Toenail Art Designs

Sarah

from Bombshell Bling is here today sharing some super cute nail art perfect for sporting with those flippy floppies this summer! 

10 Summer Toenail Art Designs

Hello! I am so excited to be here guest posting here at A Glimpse Inside! 
 My name is Sarah and I blog over at Bombshell Bling. I am a former elementary school teacher with a love for all things sparkly and colorful. I blog about everything from recipes and parties to jewelry and sewing. I would love for you to pop over and say hello! 
Despite the name of my blog, these days I am not very Bombshell-y OR very bling-y. Being home all day with tiny people can do that to a formely sassy-licious gal, you know what I mean? πŸ˜‰ I’m making an effort to be a *bit* more put together and glam this summer, and one easy way to do that is with my toenails. I spend all day every day in flip flops, so my toes are always on display. Plus, this is something fun that I can do with my daughter! 
Here are 10 cheery toenail art ideas that I found on the web. 
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*watermelon
*frozen
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*strawberry
*Multi-colored-thumb
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*disney_nail
*becomegorgeousdotcom
*jamberrymermaidtoes
I hope you are inspired to give yourself a summery pedicure! 
 I would love for you to follow along with me on my blogging adventures!
 You can find me on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, G+, and FB!

Those are all so cute Sarah! Thanks for sharing! 

allison

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Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches from Rae Gun Ramblings

Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings is here today with a delicious treat that would be perfect for the 4th of July or any other time this summer!! 
 
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One of my favorite things about Summer is the blanket permission to eat lots of Ice Cream! 
Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings where I blog about all things delicious, creative, and bookish. Today I’ve got an super fun idea to add to your Fourth of July celebrations (or really any Summer gathering)!

These ice cream cookie sandwiches are super easy and can be made ahead of time for a fun festive and delicious addition to any party. The fun part about these are that you can go all Martha Stewart and whip up your favorite cookie recipe and make your own homemade ice cream or you can do that fast and dirty style and pick up some cookies from the bakery (or cookie dough from the store) top it with your favorite flavor of Tillamook and you’re good to go. Both ways are sure to be gobbled up! 

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What You Need
  • Cookies
  • Fun Sprinkles
  • Ice Cream

Thaw a small amount of your ice cream (just so it’s spreadable) and set aside. 
Place a smallish scoop of ice cream between two cookies spread a thin layer of the softened ice cream and then top with sprinkles. If you try to sprinkle it onto the nice cold ice cream it tends to not stick but if you wait for it to soften you risk a drippy mess in your hands so I really like using the softened ice cream as a glue! 
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Fun and easy right? This would be fun with all kinds of different sprinkles. I saw some darling sea critters one the other day that would be great for a pool party! And of course you can’t go wrong with rainbow sprinkles. 
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And while your enjoying delicious Ice Cream sandwiches here are some of my favorite Summer-y posts! 
awesome diy pool tote. huge space removable wet bag and strap loops for hanging towels. full tutorial and free sewing pattern.
The Ultimate Pool Bag Tutorial. This bag is a work horse. Detachable wet bag, loops for hanging towels when you’re done, and full of lots of room. Not just that but it’s a pretty easy sewing project that can be finished in just a few hours. 
our new favorite way to make rice krispie treats. SO good love this recipe
Cookie Butter Treats. Do you love cookie butter? I do and these easy desserts are super yummy and fast to whip up. 
Great list of books to take to the pool Perfect for Summer reading.
One of my favorite things to do is share book recommendations and for me there isn’t much better than sitting by the pool (or in the pool) with a really great book. I’ve rounded up my Top 10 Books to Take to the Pool
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Marissa is a huge Harry Potter fan, lover of fried food, Instagram addict, and mama to 1 year old Teddy. She spends her days sewing baby clothes for her shop Rae Gun and blogs over at Rae Gun Ramblings where she loves to share her favorite recipes, creative tutorials, and book recommendations. Stop by her blog to see more and say hi!
Let’s connect! You can also find me hanging out here.
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Thanks so much for sharing Marissa! They look delicious and perfect for the 4th! 

allison

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Egg Carton Bugs form Ginger Snap Crafts

Ginger from Ginger Snap Crafts is here today with a super cute craft that your kiddos will love! 
Hi there! 
I’m Ginger from over at GingerSnapCrafts.com, & I’m so excited to be here today visiting A Glimpse Inside. πŸ™‚ I have 5 kiddos, so I am always looking for fun things for them to do! 
Today I’d love to share a fun activity that we have done several times over the years ~ making bugs! 
The first time we made these my oldest was turning 2 (he just turned 18!). He had a bug themed birthday party that year, & this was one of the activities we did. It was a hit! This also makes a great summer kid craft to make on those hot summer days. 
So keep reading to see how easy these ~ Egg Carton Bugs ~ are to make. πŸ™‚

You’ll need a few things to get started:

  • cardboard egg carton
  • craft paint
  • foam brushes
  • school glue
  • hole punch
  • googly eyes
  • pipe cleaners
  • construction paper
You’ll cut the egg carton in pieces. You can do all different combinations. One spot for spiders & ladybugs, 2 spots for ants & longer ones for caterpillars & worms.

Then let your kiddos paint their “bugs” however they want.

Then you can use a hole punch to make spots for the antennas & legs. (This is probably an adult’s job!)

Then stick in your pipe cleaners. Curl them with a pencil if you’d like to!

Then add some googly eyes!
We made a “home” for our bugs with the top of the egg carton. We painted it green, & then added some construction paper grass. πŸ™‚

Meet our bugs! Aren’t they cute??

Here are some more fun kid activities that you can find over on my blog!

Thanks so much for having me over! πŸ™‚
Thanks so much for sharing those cute bugs Ginger!! 

allison

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Flower Printable from Jen from 100 Directions

Jen from 100 Directions is here today with a super cute printable for you and a great way to color and embellish it! 

Grab a little glitter and your favorite coloring page and you can have fun turning usual coloring time into art time.

We love to try different coloring supplies with coloring pages. The kids have a lot of fun painting, adding glitter and stickers and all kinds of extras. So today I have a pretty little flower coloring page for you to use with your next summer fun coloring activity.

 Pretty Flower Coloring Page by Jen Goode

 

Make art with Coloring Pages

You can use markers or crayons, chalk or paint. Whatever your favorite supplies are, grab them and the kids and enjoy an afternoon of art activity together. For this project we used watercolor paints, Mod Podge and some glitter. If you don’t have watercolor paints, try using washable Crayola markers than when “painting” over the color with water. If you use a thick paper, the wet color will look even more like paint!

Paint a coloring page with watercolor paints

 First paint the page however you like. Make sure to not over paint, or the ink from your printer might smear on the paper.

Next paint on a little Mod Podge where ever you’d like to add glitter.

Sprinkle glitter over Mod Podge at add sparkle to your art
 
 Add glitter to the Mod Podge and allow the Mod Podge to dry. Once dry, shake off the excess glitter (into a trash can)… Voila! You have a pretty sparkly art piece!

Tip about glitter: If you aren’t a fan of look glitter like this kind we used, try glitter glue. You can squeeze a bit out onto a paper plate and then use a paint brush to “paint” on the glitter where you want. This is a great technique if you would like the glitter glue to dry quickly too. 

 Pretty painted art with glitter accents

  

This is a fun art project for the whole family! Everyone can grab their favorite coloring pages or all paint the same design. Add the colors you want, experiment with paints and then finish with a little glitter. Even your youngest family members can join in. Turn a regular activity into family fun time.

 

Download the free flower printable coloring page by Jen Goode 

Jen Goode is an Illustrator and owner of JGoode Designs, a Colorado based Design Studio. She is passionate about sharing DIY creative ideas to help inspire others to explore their own creativity. She shares tutorials, tips and free printable art on her blog, 100 Directions. Jen has also created projects in partnership with brands such as Cricut, HP, DecoArt and Tombow.

Thanks so much for sharing this adorable printable Jen!

allison

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4th of July Tulle Garland Tutorial from Redo Mom

Mary from Redo Mom is here today to share something easy and Patriotic with you. 

 

4th of July Tulle Garland Tutorial

4th of July Tulle Garland

Hi, my name is Mary from RedoMom.com and I am excited to be guest posting today on A Glimpse Inside
 I have a fun project that I revamped for 4th of July coming up. I made this fun and EASY tulle garland. I made a similar one a few months back (picture below) as a decoration for my daughters 1st birthday party but I can only use it for certain occasions, so I decided to make a new patriotic version for the 4th of July! 

Tulle Garland 
It is a quick and easy project, and it totally adds some pizzazz to your decor. 
I used different patriotic colored and textured tulle and ribbon to make this cute garland. You simply cut the tulle into strips and tie them onto a piece of ribbon. 
For a full tutorial click HERE.

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I am also excited to introduce you to me and my blog RedoMom.com
Here is just a little bit about me: 
I am a stay at home Mom with 5 kids. My days are full of monotonous tasks like dishes, laundry, and picking up never-ending toys and garbage that my kids drag around the house. Don’t get me wrong, I am happy to do it, but my crafting side has needed an outlet. I started my blog to give me the push I needed to get some of the things on my massive to do list done. I have accomplished so much since I started and guess what? The dishes and laundry all that stuff still needs to be done is still there waiting for me.
 I have several fun posts below that I would love to share with you, so check them out!

  • 15 minute pillow cover
  • Pull string backpack
  • Father's Day printables
  • Crib Redesign
  • Adventure backpack
  • Keychain Chapstick Holder
  • Terra Cotta Pot
  • Protein Powerballs
  • Distressed Mason Jar
  • Also, if you like my stuff and would like to follow my social media, I would love to have you follow me.

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    Super cute Mary! Thanks so much for sharing! 

    allison

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    Shannon from Behemian Junktion

    Shannon from Bohemian Junktion is visiting today and showing off some of her fabulous ideas! Meet her below! 
    Howdy! I’m Shannon from Bohemian Junktion, and I am so excited be here today!
     I blog about things with a soul. You know a find at a flea market, a recipe, a vacation, or a moment that all of a sudden reminds you of an event or a person. Well, those are things with a soul. Those are things with a story that needs to continue. Those are what touches my soul, and what I blog about. 
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     I work full time, and was having a hard time getting all the amazing ideas I had floating around in my head done. So I started a blog as an accountability thing, then I found out I like doing it, and I was getting LOTS of things done.  My passion is flea markets, salvage, thrifting, and then repurposing my finds into something amazing for our home. I want EVERY room to have a soul and a little a little bit of salvage. 
    So l’d like to share the things with a soul in my home here in Texas. 
     First is my daughter’s vintage inspired bedroom. She is a gypsy soul in a teenager, so she wanted her room to have that soul and story. The bed spring hanging from the ceiling, the headboard built from salvage, chalkboard doors, old house door, and lots of other stuff in here is full of vintage salvage charm. Click here to read more about all the little details in there. 
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    Then there is my son’s vintage coastal bedroom
    It was inspired off Jake Owens Endless Summer album cover, our vacation, and a large Pure gas sign. It has pictures from our beach vacations, souvenirs from beach vacations, an old toy, screen doors, and other amazing salvage items. Click here to check out all the details.

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    I have also turned smaller salvaged pieces into jewelry we can wear. They are those small items you find that need to continue their story. 
    I’m also enjoy my Texas Lifestyle out here in the country. To show my Texas pride, I redid this mailbox I picked up at a salvage store. You can see what I did here.

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    One more thing I’d like share is how an item takes you to your childhood, a place you went as a kid, and then takes you to a recipe. 
     Here is how that happened, just by seeing a Shakey’s hat at an antique store.

    ShakeysRojosPotatoes 

    I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing how things with a soul can impact your life and decorating style. 
     Next time you think about getting rid of something, stop and think. Can this be used in another way? Can this story continue? 
     Thanks for having me! 
    Come on over to Bohemian Junktion and browse around, and join the Bohemian Gypsies email list so you can keep in touch. I look forward to getting to know each of you. 
    Thanks so much for visiting and sharing your wonderfully, soulful ideas Shannon!! 

    allison

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    “Stay Cool” Summer Printable from Sisters, What!

    Havalah from Sisters, What! is here today with a super cute printable perfect for summer. 
    Hi, this is Havalah from Sisters, What! I love to sew, craft, paint, and I’m a big DIYer. 
    Plus I love burritos (like alot!) 
    I’m so happy to be here today to share a fun free summer printable. 
    I don’t know about you, but in our house we LOVE popsicles and ice cream, especially during the hot days of summer. As soon as breakfast is over, my 4 year old is already asking for a popsicle. So in honor of our favorite treat, I made this fun printable (the awesome clip art are from Designs By Miss Mandee).
    Get your free summer printable below

    Here are some of my favorite past projects 
    Thanks Allison for letting me stop by.

    Super cute! Thanks for sharing Havalah!

    allison