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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Catch a Glimpse Party #179

I'm away at SNAP but still wanted to throw the party for you all to enjoy.
I can't promise I will have a Feature Friday post up but I will try to find some time to write one up.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

Let's PARTY!  

 Catch a Glimpse Button
What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?

Rules:

1.) Link up any crafts, recipes, home decor, tips, etc.

2.) PLEASE be sure to link to your specific post not your general blog. (I will delete any posts that do not follow this criteria.)

3.) Add my button or a link to my blog in your post or somewhere on your blog so others can come party too. (You can find my button code by clicking on the button icon in the top, left column.)

4.) PLEASE visit and comment on the post before you and after you, on top of any others that catch your eye. Everyone loves comment love!

5.) And most importantly... HAVE FUN!!

allison

What's in Your Handbag Series: Heather from Our Life in a Click

Welcome Heather from Our Life in a Click showing off what's in her handbag today.


Hi, I'm Heather from Our Life In a Click and I'm so thrilled to be participating in Allison's "What's In Your Handbag?" series!

 I do love a good handbag but I usually stick with one for awhile when I find one that I like.  This particular one is from Madewell and I got it for my birthday last year and it's been on my arm for the last 6 months or so.  I love how the leather is getting more distressed the more I use it.  I had been on the look out for the perfect saddle brown bag and this one was IT! 
It's huge, I know...but it holds my laptop and or camera if I need to take them somewhere.
 So how do I keep it from becoming a giant black hole?
This little purse organizer has been my saving grace (Christmas gift from MIL a few years ago).
Here's a rundown of what's inside (minus my Iphone, since I was home the phone wasn't in my purse).

1)I love this Fossil wallet!! It holds everything I need and I can even put my phone in there and just grab it if I don't feel like carrying the whole purse.
2)Lip color
3)My daughter got me this cute Coach key ring and I use it for all of my store cards
4)Tissues (sometimes more than one pack)
5)Mints and gum
6)First aid supplies-Advil and Band Aids are key
7)Hand sanitizers (I didn't realize I was carrying 3!)
8)My favorite aviator sunnies
9)Pens-I always prefer to use my own pens when I'm out & about (see #7)
10)Hand lotion
11)Car keys
12)Reusable shopping bag

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my big handbag! 
Thanks for reading and thank you Allison!



Thanks for sharing Heather! :) 
allison

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"Slow Down Enjoy Life" Printable Vinyl Plaque

I have wanted to try inkjet vinyl for sometime now and finally decided to jump in and create a project with it.
I bought some inkjet printable vinyl from Expressions Vinyl but haven't done anything with it until now since I wasn't positive what I wanted to use it for but I am thrilled with how this came out. 


I was seriously a little nervousto use this, why I have no idea!!
This was so simple and I love that you can print ANYTHING on the vinyl!

Here's the how to:
Supplies:
-Inkjet printable vinyl
-Paint
-Small wooden plaque

I started by cutting down my sheet of vinyl (it came as a 12x12) down to the size of a sheet of paper (8 1/2 x 11). I just used a sheet of computer printer paper as template and used my paper cutter to cut the vinyl.

After deciding what I wanted to print, I made sure to load the vinyl into my printer the proper way to it would print on the vinyl side. Printers are different so just pay attention how your paper loads through the printer when printing.
I printed this free printable from another blog (I've had it downloaded on my computer for some time now so I don't remember who had it as their printable... sorry!! I'll try to find it and share the link.)
The printable came as a 5x7 and I kept it that size so it would fit perfectly into the center of my plaque.

I then trimmed down my vinyl to fit inside the center of my plaque.
I also rounded the corners since the plaque is rounded in the inside portion.

I painted my plaque and let this dry.
I painted the border yellow to pop and then painted the inside white since the vinyl was white and I didn't know if you would be able to see the paint through the vinyl.

I dry fitted the vinyl in the center of the center of the plaque to make sure it fit perfectly.

I started by peeling the vinyl on one end and placed it down.
I slowly pulled it back pressing down as I went so it wouldn't mess up.

Here is a top view of placing the vinyl down.
Press out any air bubbles.

Here is it complete.
Again, make sure to smooth out any air bubbles so you don't see them.

I hung it up in the bottom portion of our fireplace and I love how it came out!

I have no idea why I was so nervous to use it when it is so easy and awesome!!
I have 2 more sheets of it and can't wait to use it again!



allison

Monday, April 21, 2014

Braided Ribbon Garland

I hope that you all had wonderful Easter with your family and friends.

I have another super easy and cheap project for you today. 
You caught a glimpse of it on my spring mantle and today I am sharing.


It seriously it so easy and if you know how to braid, then you are good to go because that is the only skill you need for this! :) 

Supplies:
-3 spools of ribbon in the colors of your choice.
I used 1/4 in ribbon but you may be able to try the next size up as well.
-Lighter (optional)
-Scissors

I started by burning the ends of my ribbon so it would prevent them from fraying.

Tie the ribbons together in a knot.

I placed something heavy on the ends of the ribbon and then just started braiding.
I did NOT cut my ribbon off the spool before braiding. It was a bit of a pain because I had to periodically untangle all the spools but since I didn't know how much ribbon I would need exactly. I figured I would need to at least double my length if I measured it but wasn't positive so I just kept them on the spools. 

Continue braiding until you have the length you desire.
Then just place another knot in the end and burn the edges.

I actually brought mine down to my mantle when I thought I had the correct length. It was still too short so I just continued working on it until I had the proper length.

I love how it turned out!

 I wish I had used slightly brighter colors but I am like it! 
I like that it isn't traditional garland as well. 



allison

Friday, April 18, 2014

{Feature Friday} #144

I know it is Saturday but I promised I would still share some features from this week's Catch a Glimpse party even though I didn't get them up on Friday. 

You guys are so awesome and the party is so close to reaching 300 links! If you are new to the party, I want to say Welcome and thanks for coming and joining the fun!! 

Here are some items that caught my eye this week. 



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