Thursday, December 31, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #82

Happy New Year's Eve (and if you are here after Thursday, Happy 2016)!! 
How can this actually be the VERY last day of 2015 already?! 
 Did this year fly for anyone else?! So crazy!! 
Regardless, I hope you are ready to end this year with a PARTY!!!! 
Show us what you've been working on! 


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

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

Monday, December 28, 2015

My Word of the Year

Over the last few years, I have noticed some of my blogging friends pick a word. It's kind of like a resolution but not quite as precise as losing weight, or pay off debt, but something that you want to strive to do better or an action that you want to try to do more in the new year. 

I haven't participated in the past but this year I felt like I needed to pick a word, not sure why but I did. 

With 2016 just around the corner, I mean really- how is it really here on Friday?, I thought I would share my word with you today just in case you also want to choose a word of the year for yourself.

For my word of the year, I chose the word:





I went the word "present" to pertain to both my personal life and my blog life.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! 
I hope you have a fantastic day with your family and friends. 
Enjoy the magic of the season! 




allison

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #81

Merry Christmas everyone! 
I know you are probably spending time with family and friends the next few days but we are still here partying!


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

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

Monday, December 21, 2015

DIY Mudroom

I have another house update for you today, yay!! 
You know how I was complaining that if the sun would just come out long enough, I would take pictures of the mudroom we completed back in November to share with you? Well, the sun finally came out! 

So here is our new mudroom addition.

 Every since we toured the house when we were looking to buy one, we knew that we would build a mudroom area in this location. 

Here is the house the day we closed on it. As you can see it was like an olive green color on the walls. This was the original kitchen of the house before the previous owner added the huge kitchen addition. The original kitchen cabinets and counters are still on the left side of the room flanking the entrance into the "now" kitchen and then the right side of the room was one giant blank wall which was where the appliances used to sit in the old kitchen.

Friday, December 18, 2015

{Feature Friday} #56

Happy Friday everyone! 
Are you ready for Christmas?! 
Gift wrapped, mailed if need be, dinner plans getting finalized?! 
If not, I hope you can start wrapping that all up soon! 


Today, I have some great ideas that I saw while browsing last week's Handmade Hangout Party.  




Thursday, December 17, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #80

It is time to party! (I got up on time this week!)
Yahoo! Show us what you've got this week!


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

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

My Holiday Home Tour

Hello everyone! Can you believe Christmas is getting so close?! 
I have been wanting to take photos of all my decorations, along with lots of other things around the house, to share with you all for weeks now but the sun has seriously not come out in very long time around here and if it does, it is gone by the time I am all set up and ready for pictures. UGH! So I finally just sucked it up and took pictures even though I knew they would turn out horribly. 

SO... here is how I decorated our new house for Christmas. I struggled figuring out what to use and where to put things in our new house but I think it all turned out pretty good.

I will start in the living room.

I tucked our tree in the corner of the living room before entering the dining room.
This is the first year in quite some time that it has been front and center in our living space instead of in our old formal living area so the girls are enjoying the tree and looking at the ornaments and presents. 
I pretty much decorated it the same as I did last year. Things have been too crazy for me to think of another way to decorate it and I admit, I love all my ornaments too much to just change it up and not make them center stage. 

Even though you can't see it, I did buy a new tree skirt. It is red and white chevron in the center outlined with the bright green. 

Moving to the opposite side of the living room, I hung our stockings on a shelf I had Travis build just for this purpose, seriously! lol I was decorating and thought I have no place for our stockings since we don't have a fireplace in this house and the shutters I used to use are now in the guest room, so I asked if he had any old wood and he had a large piece in the garage and whipped this up with some birch branches we had lying around as well.

Monday, December 14, 2015

DIY Holiday Plates

I have a fun and super simple project for you today. 
This isn't a new idea but I finally got around to trying it myself with a group of friends that came over for a little craft day/cookie exchange.

Did you know you can use sharpie paint pens to create your own plates with any design you would like?! It's true and it is so fun and easy! 


Here is how to create some for yourself.
 Supplies:
 -Ceramic Plate
-Oil Based Paint Pens, these are Sharpies
-Pencil
-Oven

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Kichenaid Mixer GIVEAWAY!

Are you ready for something great?! 
How about a GIVEAWAY?! 
It has been far too long since I gave anything away and I teamed up with some other blogging friends to do just that! 

 We love the holiday season and we love our readers so much that we wanted to have a fun Holiday Kitchenaid Giveaway! 


This stainless steel 4.5 quart kitchen tool is what every kitchen needs and is perfect for all of your baking needs.
One lucky winner has the chance to put this beauty right on their counter top, all you need to do is enter the giveaway in the Rafflecopter below. 

The giveaway is open to all US residents who are 18 years or older. The giveaway will close on Saturday, December 19th and the winner will be announced on Sunday, December 20th. 

Thank you so much for reading our blogs! We appreciate you. 

 Giveaway sponsored by: 
Children's Culinary Institute 




GOOD LUCK!!
 
allison

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #79

AHHHHH! Sorry to get the party up late!! Story of my life as of late! 


It is time to party!
Yahoo! Show us what you've got this week!


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

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

Friday, December 4, 2015

{Feature Friday} #55

I've been MIA this week but I hope that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving. 
 I have some great news!! The construction on our house is FINALLY complete!! OH MY... THANK YOU!! 
This was suppose to be a 3 to 4 week project and here we are 2 1/2 mths and it is finally complete. There are still things to do on our end but so happy people won't be coming in and out of our house anymore and I can share the reveals with all of you! :) 

But enough about that, are you ready to see some great ideas that were linked up to the party last week? Sure you are! So here you go! 



Thursday, December 3, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #78

It is time to party!
Yahoo! Show us what you've got this week!


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

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #77

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
I hope you have had a lovely day with your family and friends. 
Plan on doing any shopping this weekend? Good luck on snagging the good deal. 

Right now, it is time to party!


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

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rustic Thumbprint Keepsake Ornament

Apparently I am a little sentimental this year. I have another little project to help capture those little kiddos at this moment in time. 

It is real easy, nothing fancy, but will forever be special to hang on your tree. 


This project only take a few minutes so it can easily be completed. 

Here's what I did:

Supplies:
-Acrylic Paint
-Small Round Tree disc or branch (You can easily buy these at a craft store these days but this is actually from a branch our neighbor cut down and we just sliced it really small.)
-Twine
-Sharpie

Monday, November 23, 2015

Reclaimed Wood Trees

I was out shopping one afternoon with my mom when she was in town and we stopped at a little shop in town that I've been wanting to go to for a while now. It is a fun little store with lots of reclaimed finds, furniture pieces, and unique decor and the store was decorated with Christmas decor. 
I spotted this MASSIVE Christmas tree made out of old pickets from a fence and it had lights strung on it and it was so fun! I snapped a picture to show Travis, you know, just in case he wanted to be creative.

We didn't have any fence pickets but we did have some old wood so I was lucky enough that Travis was in the mood to get creative and made some trees for me on a much smaller scale with some reclaimed wood.


He only made one to start and I told him that it looked lonely and needed a little family. lol He had enough wood to make 2 more and I pretty much forced him to take photos while he created the so I could share them with all of you. 

Here's how you can make some for yourself.

 Supplies:
-Reclaimed wood or new wood would work as well
-Miter Saw
-Table Saw
-Wood Glue
-Staple Gun
-Nail Gun

Friday, November 20, 2015

{Feaure Friday} #54

Another Friday is here which also means the end of the year is inching closer and closer. 
Where has this year gone?! I guess prepping for a move and making a big move for half the year can make a year fly.

But since it is Friday, it is time to show off some of the great ideas that were linked up to last week's Handmade Hangout Party.




Thursday, November 19, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #76

Sorry this is up a little late today but It's time to party!!
Show us what you've got this week!


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

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

Easy Mini Tree Bunting Banner

“This post is brought to you by Core'Dinations and Blueprint Social. The opinions are 100% my own.” 


 I have a fun tutorial for you today using a totally awesome new product, Glitter Prints from Core'Dinations, which is actuallly unique, smooth glitter paper designed for printing on with your inkjet printer. How cool is that?! 
You can now print on glitter! Easy and no mess, the glitter does not flake off! It is extremely easy to personalize and use since it works with any inkjet printer at home or in the office and prints with vibrant colors! 

Are you ready to see what I created? 
Here ya go... 


 If you've been around AGI for a while now, you know that I LOVE me some glitter in my Christmas decorations so I was super excited to check out this new product to add more glitter without the mess. 

Here's how easy it is to use this new Glitter Print paper and to make this banner.

Supplies: 
-Paper Cutting
-Scissors
-Twine
-Of course, an inkjet printer
-and Tape (ignore the glue gun!)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Simple Handprint Turkey Kid's Art

Thanksgiving is already next week, (say whaaaat?!), and I thought I would make a fun little art project with the girls to go along with the holiday.

This is super simple, in fact, you or your kids may have done this project while in school but if not it is so easy to do at home and have a little momento of your kid's hand prints at a moment in time.


Again, this is so easy! 
Here is how to make some with your kids.

 Supplies:
-Card stock paper
-Acrylic Paint in an array of colors for your turkey
-Paint brushes
-And of course, your little one's hands

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Holiday Gift Ideas for the Crafter in Your Life

**This post contains affiliate links.** 

Can you believe the holidays are right around the corner?! 
Have any of you finished your shopping yet? If you have, good for you! I'm jealous! lol
I have a few gifts for the girls already but that is about all. Guess I better get on this whole shopping thing soon.

If you are like me that still has many gifts that still need to be bought, I rounded up a list of ideas perfect for any crafter in your life.


I'll start with some cool machines.

This machine adds foil to any of your projects as long as the ink is from a laser printer. You just run your design through the machine with foil over it and it heats the foil to the ink and you are set!

There is also a smaller 6 in. machine as well. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

{Feature Friday} #53

Another Friday is here which means another week is coming to a close and the holidays are knocking on the door and the end of the year is near. How is this possible?! I am so not ready!! lol 

 In the mean time here are some great features for you today. 
I realized I accidentally shared features from last week's Handmade Hangout Party yesterday morning when I meant to share the previous week's features since I skipped my post last week. SO.... you can check out features from last's week party here and this week's post is from the party 2 weeks ago. 




Thursday, November 12, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #75

It's time to party!!
Show us what you've got this week!


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

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 

{Fabulous Features} #52

Have you ever had so much stuff to do and you aren't even sure which one to do to complete first to move on to the next thing? Well, that is my life right now! 

My parents were visiting last week and we started a whole new project that we were hoping we could get done soon but it happened MUCH sooner than we thought so that is now added to the long list of items that need to be completed. It is mostly complete but I still have to finish painting everything out so it will be done soon, I hope! But sitting down to craft and/or just blog is also on that list and I feel like it is getting pushed farther down the list even though I have tons of stuff I want to make or can blog about. 

Since I skipped sharing some of my favorite ideas from last week's Handmade Hangout Party last Friday, thought I would share them this morning before this week's party begins this afternoon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Hazel & Ruby Holiday Advent Calendar

After a whirlwind of a week with my parents here trying to help us get some projects completed, I was finally able to sit down and have some fun crafting with one of the new holiday kits from Hazel and Ruby which can be picked up at JoAnn Craft Stores.

Many of my blogging friends were able to create their own kit for the holiday line and I was able to play with the kit that my friend Katie from Sweet Rose Studio created which was a Holiday Advent Calendar.


These kits are so fun and are meant to be completed in one afternoon or a crafternoon. ;) 

 The kits have the finished product on the back and then a list of items you would need to complete the craft, which won't be too much since everything you need to make the craft comes in the kit itself.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Handmade Hangout Party #74

It's time to party!!
Show us what you've got this week!


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

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY

 
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