Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Holiday Open House: Week 1

Welcome to week 1 of the Holiday Open House!This is the week to share your Dining Room and Kitchen Holiday Decor!

I will start off my tour in our dining room.

I put a table runner on the table and then used some old garland as greener.
Slipped in different silver candle sticks with white or silver candles and then added some white berries and glittered pine cones to the garland.

Here is my Christmas Village.
I had to get creative with it this year because I used to put it on our hutch but I am using that in my craft room so I had to come up with a new idea. Luckily, since we just moved we had lots of empty boxes! Covered them up with different white fabrics for layers and put the houses on that.

Shot of the table and village in the background.

Moving our way to the kitchen, we'll make a stop at the bar.
Above the bar hangs the burlap art I created (tutorial next week) and then on the bar a fun Silver Tinsel Tree with 2 little snowmen.

Closer shot of the tree and snowmen.

I hung some colorful snowflakes in front of our sliding back door.

I don't decorate much in the kitchen but I have this little tree on our island with some candy dishes under it.

And under the island, I have another cute tree with my fun, tall snowman.

Above our stove we have this glass block window so I added another colorful snowflake in this window and then have my Christmas Salt and Pepper Shakers in the window.

Here is a closer shot of my salt and pepper shakers.

That is the end of my tour so I can't wait to see how you have decorated!


1.) Link up to a specific post not your blog in general.

2.) Your post must be of your Holiday Decorations not of a tutorial.

3.) Stop and visit a couple links to get new ideas!

4.) HAVE FUN!!!

Grab a button if you'd like!
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ribbon Christmas Ornament

I shared this tutorial over at I {Heart} Naptime during my move and I want to share it here with all of you as well!

Ribbon Christmas Ornament

Here is how to make one for yourself!


-4 inch Styrofoam ball
-Low Temp glue gun (this way it won't melt the styrofoam)
-Good pair of scissors
-4 spools of ribbon (2 spools of the same for main ribbon and 2 different spools for accents.)

How to:

-Take the main ribbon that will cover the ball and measure out to see how much it will take to go around the ball once.

-Cut both of your main spools to length leaving a little to overlap.
- Glue one end down and pull tight around the ball. Glue other end down.
**Do not place glue along the whole ribbon. You may need to slightly adjust the ribbon in the end to fill gaps.**

-Glue 4 ribbons first in an "X" pattern.
-Then glue four more in the centers where they cross.

-Then fill in the rest of the gaps.

-When completely covered, you may need to slightly shift the ribbon to fill in any gaps.

-Next, take your first accent ribbon and pull it around the center of the ball.

-Cut to length.

-Glue down along the center of the ball.

-Cut more of the accent color to create a loop.
-Place a small dot of glue near the ends to make the loop but do not glue the ends together.

-Spread the ends of the loop and glue down to the top of the ball.
You can also use small pins if you'd like.

-Now take your third accent color and cut short strips.
-Burn the edges of the ribbon so it doesn't fray.
-Fold in half and add a little dot of glue to hold together.

-Glue to the center bottom of the ornament.

-Continue gluing to make a small cluster of fringe at the bottom of the ornament.

-To finish, cut a short piece of ribbon and wrap the fringe at the top.

Bottom fringe complete, let's work on the top now!

-Cut short pieces again, and glue the centers the same way as the bottom fringe.
-Glue around the top loop.

-Take a short piece and cover all the edges to give it a finished look.

And now it is all ready to hang on your tree!

You could add some fun buttons or beads to it if you like to add some more texture and if we didn't just move and all my craft supplies weren't still in boxes, I probably would have. So embellish to your heart's desire!

Linking up to some of these parties.

Oh, and don't forget the Holiday Open House starts tomorrow!! YEAH!
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Check out the HOH announcement post to find out the details.

And if you'd like, you can check out my posts from last year to get an idea of what to share.
Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4

Monday, November 28, 2011

BIG News on the Homefront

Hey everybody!!
I'm back!

I hope you enjoyed all those fabulous guest posts while we were moving but I sure have missed you all!

I have some big news to share with you guys.

First, we made it out to Colorado and are officially HOMEOWNERS!! :)This is our new house.

We had to give it some immediate attention as soon as we closed by replacing the flooring in the WHOLE house so we have been quite busy!

In the coming weeks, I will share what we have done so far with the house with all of you.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Guest Post: The CSI Project


Hi, A Glimpse Inside readers, I am "the" CSI girl. You can find me blogging and operating, The CSI Project everyday.


My hope is that when you come over to the blog, you leave inspired! I also hope to encourage you to Create, Share and Inspire. Come on over for a new challenge, new tutorials and new winners every week!

I am so happy to be here at Allison's place. This is one of my favorite blogs that I visit everyday.

Best wishes on your move, Allison!

Today, I am sharing a quick and easy neighbor or friend Christmas gift. I love this because it is easy but also personalized so the receiver feels special and that's part of the fun of Christmas, making others feel special and loved.

All you need is:

~ glass ornaments( I bought mine at Hobby Lobby 30% back in September. I was way ahead)

I loved all of the shapes they had. So many choices.

~ Glass Etching cream(found at any craft store)

~ Stencils

~ tape

1) Pull out the stencils of the letter you want to use. You could spell a word but for mine, I kept it simple and just did the families last name initial.

2) Tape down your stencil

3) Now, use your etching cream as directed on the bottle. It is simple. Just fill in the stencil and wash with water. Be sure to test it first.

It may seem intimidating, but really it is easy and you can do so many projects once you get the hang of it!

That is a CSI Promise, friends!

4) Finally, take off your stencil and finish the etching process and you are done.

Now, I can give these to our neighbors and friends. After I did these, I had another idea to make a holiday centerpiece for my table. I etched the words, Ho Ho Ho and added greenery.

There are so many possibilities using etching cream. I hope you will try it out and make your own Christmas gifts.

~ Thanks for having me, Allison.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a very happy holiday season!

Stop by The CSI Project and join in all of the fun.

Consider this your personal invitation.


Thanks so much for sharing Dee!! :)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Catch a Glimpse Party #55

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!

I hope you all have a fabulous day with your family and friends eating lots of yummy food!

But it isn't just Thanksgiving, it is also party day!
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What fabulous ideas do you have to share this week?


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!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Guest Post: Lil' Luna


Hi there A Glimpse Inside readers!
So happy to be here for Allison today.
My name is Kristyn, and I blog over at Lil' Luna.
Come on over and say hi and also check out some fun and easy tutorials, crafts and recipes.

Today's project was totally inspired by an awesome tutorial I saw last year {Soda Bottles Craft for Dad}.

I had been waiting to see more of these for every holiday
and hadn't seen any yet, so I decided to make my own Christmas version.

We have some good friends going home to UT for Christmas,
and I wanted to make them a fun, cute, gift that would make the drive easier.

This is what I came up with:

And here is how I did it:

-IBC Cream Soda Bottles (Washed & Dried)
-Spray Paint
-Scrapbook Paper
-Hole Punch
-Mod Podge
-Hot Glue Gun
-Silver Rings
-Printables (available only HERE)


1. Spray paint box the desired color and let dry.

2. Add scrapbook paper to the front, back, sides, and top (I only added it to the front and back using mod podge).

3. Then PRINT out Christmas Soda Labels found HERE. Cut out pieces.

4. Fill bottles with sweets.

5. Cut (6) 8.5x3 inch scrapbook paper strips. Add to Soda labels. Cut out large circle labels. Add large circles to soda bottles.

6. Add smaller circles to the top of the bottles on the lid.

7. Add larger circles to the bottles, by hole punching at the top and tying on with ribbon or tulle to a ring.

8. Add large santa printable to the front of the box.

Super cute and easy gift for your family, friends, or neighbors.

Hope you Like!!

And remember, come on over and say hi!

Would love to get to know you better. :)

XO - Kristyn

Thanks so much for sharing Kristyn!!

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