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Friday, June 29, 2012

Guest Post: Kristen from My Covered Bridge

 
Hi!  I'm Kristen from My Covered Bridge!  I'm SO excited to be a guest blogger today at A Glimpse Inside!  Since I'm still pretty new to this blogging world, let me introduce myself.  I'm a happily married stay-at-home mom with four not so little kids.  My husband, Craig, and I are completely remodeling and decorating a home we bought six years ago.  I love diving into these projects - and now I love sharing them with everyone through my blog!

Today, I'd like to share my easy DIY drop cloth laundry tub skirt project -

 I needed an inexpensive solution to cover up my old outdated laundry tub.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Guest Post: Marie from Scissors and Spoons


 Hi everyone! I am so excited to be here today while Allison is on blogging maternity leave. My name is Marie and I chronicle my efforts to create beauty through cooking and crafting on my blog Scissors and Spoons. Scissors and SpoonsI enjoy making a mess cooking and crafting and sharing my creations with others. I’d love it if you would stop by my blog and take a look around!
 Marie from www.scissorsandspoons.com 

 Today, I am sharing with you how I made pretty paper butterflies using tape, glue, permanent markers, and pipe cleaners. The paper magnolia in the picture below is from my post on DIY Paper Magnolias. DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies 

These butterflies cast beautiful shadows when the sun shines through them. They remind me a bit of stained glass.
 DIY Paper & Tape Butterflies 

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Guest Post: Gail from My Repurposed Life


MOM BIZ CARD FRONT (paint)
Hello there! I’m happy to be here to do a guest post for Allison as she is taking some time off to spend with that precious little angel! Congrats Allison, I sure hope you’re enjoying this special time!  

I’m Gail from My Repurposed Life.  It’s a pleasure to meet A Glimpse Inside friends!  My Repurposed Life is your daily does of inspiration, tutorials and giveaways.  Learn  to DIY on a budget by transforming secondhand finds. 


  Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (25)Today, I’m going to show you how to make this Americana Flag from an old privacy fence I reclaimed. 
  100_9299My friend was going to take this fence down and asked if I wanted it.  Of course I did, I rarely turn down free stuff!
  Americana Flag (Repurposed Fence) (2)I chose some great pieces for this project.  I measured and marked the pieces at 36 inches.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Guest Post: Robin from Garage Sales R Us


 Hello A Glimpse inside readers!  My name is Robin and I am so excited to share a guest post with you all today!
 I blog over at Garage Sales R Us where I share with everyone my experiences and the amazing things I find each week while garage saleing. I also love to show everyone what I do with the things I find. I love to upcycle furniture.  I just finished with a dresser and two night stands I found at a garage sale for $15 dollars! Click Here for that project.

I also love to show off the fashion I find at garage sales and second hand stores through my Fashion on a Dimes and Kid's Corner.

The total cost of my outfit was $17.50! Click here to find out where I bought everything!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Guest Post: Ashley from Cherished Bliss


 Hello everyone! I’m so excited to be here today while Allison is out enjoying her new little bundle of joy! I’m Ashley, and I blog over at Cherished Bliss
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I can’t wait for my next baby!… meanwhile I’m still decorating my baby girl’s room (when I say baby I mean 2) Can I still call it a nursery? I hold her all day, she sleeps in her crib and we can’t leave the house without a blankie… I can call it a nursery right?! : )Well.... I’m in LOVE with this frame wall in her nursery. I don’t know what it is about a bunch of empty frames on a wall that are so appealing to me!
Cherished Bliss Shabby Chic - {Frame Wall}

Her room is kind of my favorite… it is after all what started me in my crafting adventures. I was determined to have her bedding the way I wanted it.. and that is how I taught myself to sew! If you want to check it out, you can click here. Of course we have moved twice since… in the second house it looked like this, then we moved to Wisconsin before I could finish it! I’m not really a fan of packing and unpacking! So here we are.. in Wisconsin and are probably looking at moving within the next year (buying instead of renting) So let’s see if I finish it off! I did my frame wall that I was wanting to do so I am one step closer!

Friday, June 22, 2012

Guest Post: Jen from Projects for Preschoolers


Jen Goode is both geek and creative, a professional artist combing the worlds of internet marketing with art to share her passion for creativity. She is a work-at-home mom of three, social media enthusiast and the “doodler in charge” of JGoode Designs, a Denver based art and design studio. Jen's work has been published in a number of magazines and is a featured contributor for sites around the web. 

Although Jen is now all grown up and professional, it all started when she was just a kid. She's passionate about sharing creative inspiration no matter the age. She hopes to inspire parents to get creative with their kids at Projects for Preschoolers

There are so many times we go places with our kids and they want us to entertain them, but we can’t. Whether you’re on a road trip, grocery shopping or sitting quietly at church, young kids can’t quite entertain themselves yet and hand held electronics aren’t always the best answer. I used to find myself constantly handing out some kind of food to keep the kids busy - cheerios, yogurt puffs, whatever. As they get older it’s so easy to give them your phone or an iPad to keep them occuped. These aren’t horrible options, but why not give them good ol’ fashioned crayons and paper? teach them to doodle! (Even if you think you can’t, you can doodle too). 
Why not inspire a little creativity and create a mini activity bag to take on these outtings... just the right size for little hands, and fun for them to put together too! 


You could grab a little notebook and put it in a little bag and call it done. Or, you could turn this mini activity bag into a fun craft project too. All of the items we used for this activity bag can be found at the Dollar Tree - bonus! Get creative, or rather, encourage your kids to get creative decorating both the bag and the notebook. Here’s how...

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Guest Post: Rachel from Thrifty Inspirations



Hey everybody! I am so excited to be here at A Glimpse Inside to help Allison out while she is on her maternity leave.  Congratulations and thank you!!


A little about me! My name is Rachel and my little slice of blogland is Thrifty Inspirations. I started my blog earlier this year with the intention of having it just for friends and family to keep up with my many projects. It has been so much fun I just can't stop! Now I've got big dreams! My blog is dedicated to frugal and budget friendly ways to improve your home, dotted with furniture restoration and other goodies I find. Please stop by, I'd love to have you!

I'm here today to share with you how a little innovation and some spray paint can go a long way.

I was reading an article the other day about sprucing your front door.
One of the things I learned from the article is you should chose colors that echo your exterior.

We have a nice rich red brick home, so I decided to work that up.


Here is the horrible 'before' shot. I almost didn't want to show you guys!

1.) Wreath that hasn't been changed in a year.
2.) Painted the door 2 years ago and I have never cleaned it. It's disgusting.
3.) Bought the mat at Costco because it was big and cheap. I've never been crazy about the colors.
4.) While adorable, this flag is totally faded. Sorry flag, you gotta go.
5.) My almost dead hydrangea. (I went out of town and forgot to ask someone to water it. Oops!)
6.) There is nothing to make the door look grand or impressive. No planters or decor. Bor-ing!

I like to spend time in the veggie garden and in the perennial garden, but my front door...
Ugh, I didn't know where to start or what to do.

Something sparked when I found a pair of ceramic pots in the garage whilst perusing for paint.

So the wheels started turning... into this.


Hideous, I know.
Stick with me.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Guest Post: Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity


  Hi, I’m Cyn from Creative Cynchronicity. I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember, learning my skills alongside my parents and grandparents. I’m a former teacher who was sidelined by a car accident and immersed myself into crafting and blogging as a way to keep busy. Now, it’s pretty much become a full-time job and I’m loving every minute of it. I just love flowers – real flowers, fabric flowers, felt flowers, paper flowers, you name it – and I’m often incorporating flowers into my craft projects.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Guest Post: Bev from Flamingo Toes


Hello A Glimpse Inside readers!! I am so excited to be here today helping to fill in so Allison can spend some time with her new little sweetheart!!
My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.

One of my favorite things to do is post Jewelry projects. I might just have a weakness for it. :) And one of my favorite places to go hunting for inspiration is Anthropologie.
They have a super cute new line of bracelets that are perfect for layering. They are nice and thin and you can mix or match them. So fun!! While I was browsing around a while, I came across a sweet little bracelet made with a brass bar - and I decided it would be fun to do some bracelet layering of my own!
But I switched it up a bit - instead of making the bracelets all different, I used the same style and changed out the cordings for an ombre look. Because if you can manage to pull off two trends at once, why not?? ;) Here are my new fun bracelets -

Here is my inspiration bracelet from Anthro. They used leather cording - but I found these great hemp and bamboo cordings at Michael's and I thought the colors would be more fun!

Ready for a quick how-to? These are pretty simple!
You'll need: Cording for each bracelet 1 brass square "tube" - I got mine at Ace Hardware, but any hardware store should have something similar 2 crimp ends for each bracelet 1 lobster clasp, 1 small jump ring, 1 large jump ring - for each bracelet Wire stripper/cutters or other cutter or saw Spray Paint 1 large yarn needle Flat nosed and round-nosed pliers

Monday, June 18, 2012

Guest Post: Amy from Positively Splendid


Hello, everyone! My name is Amy, and my blogging home is Positively Splendid. It is my goal for my blog to be a haven of DIY and crafting inspiration where creative minds of all skill levels can come and feel right at home. I would love for you to stop in for a visit!
I am so happy to be here while Allison enjoys some snuggle time with her sweet baby girl! 





With the advent of summer, I invariably crave one ingredient in particular: basil. The bright, slightly spicy flavor of this summery herb lends such delicious depth to so many dishes, but my personal favorite way to showcase it is to make pesto. Today I'm sharing my tried-and-true pesto recipe, which couples basil with fruity, fragrant sun-dried tomatoes. So simple, yet so delicious! In this recipe, I toss the pesto with farfalle, but you could substitute any other textured pasta (rotini, penne, and the like) that suits your particular tastes. Coupled with grilled chicken or fish, this is truly the perfect light summertime supper!






Friday, June 15, 2012

Guest Post: Angie from The Country Chic Cottage


Hello all!  I am Angie with The Country Chic Cottage.  I blog all about home decor, crafts, vintage finds, and farmhouse style.  Are you looking for a unique way to display your house number by your front door?  I have a great solution for you.  Old milk cans. 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Guest Post: Jody from The Hobby Room




Hi there Glimpse Insiders!  My name is Jody and I am the blogger behind the hobby room, which, if you have visited before, you know is a craft, food, and DIY blog.  If you haven't visited before, come on over, you'll have a great time.  I am a stay-at-home mom and have learned that I can take best care of my family if I carve some "me-time" out of the day, so I indulge in hobbies.  Lots of hobbies.  And wonderfully, amazingly, my boys and husband are very supportive of this.

I am thrilled to be guest posting for Allison today, especially because she's got such a good reason to be taking time off.  Have you seen such a precious baby girl?  

I wanted to do a recipe for you all today, something delicious and easy that is perfect for breakfast, and works pretty well for dinner, too.


I'm not even going to ask if you ever have those nights when everyone was starving five minutes ago and you don't know what to cook for dinner.  I don't know anyone that doesn't apply to.  As much as I love to cook, I really don't plan ahead well, so this is something I face A LOT.  If you're tired of cold cereal or chicken nuggets being the answer to that question, read on, I'm here to help.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Guest Post: Erin from DIY on the Cheap


Hello A Glimpse Inside readers! I am Erin from DIY On the Cheap, and I am honored to be guest posting for Allison today. I'd like to share a fun lamp makeover project with you! 

I love transforming old things and making them new again, and one of the easiest things to transform is a lamp. You would be amazed at what a simple coat of spray paint can do for a piece. You instantly have a new custom light for your home at a fraction of what a brand new one would cost. A great way to find a lamp to makeover is to search thrift stores and garage sales for them, paying attention only to the shape and size. Look past the "ugly" factor and see it for what it could be. Here's one that I picked up for $8.00 at a thrift store:

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Guest Post: Pamela from PBJ Stories



Pamela of PBJstories
I’m Pamela, of PBJstories.com where you’ll find lots of DIY’s and tutorials for projects I do around my house.  I am so excited to be here with you all on A Glimpse Inside and would LOVE it if you’d check out what I do over at PBJstories.com and follow me on Facebook too!
I am in the middle of redoing my son’s room little by little and recently made this new graffiti wall art to go above his bed.  I’m really looking to bring in a lot more fun colors into his room and love the abstract feel this brings in too!

It’s super easy to do and I’m excited to share the tutorial you with all!

Mod podge, graffiti wall art, boys bedroom

What you’ll need:
Poster of choice
Wood ( I used 5 - 5” wide poplar boards that were 4’ long cut down to 24” pieces)
Mod Podge
Soft brush
Nails/Screws
Ruler
X-acto Knife
Hangers of Choice

Once my wood was cut down to size I lined them all up.
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