Thursday, December 27, 2012

Catch a Glimpse Party #111

Hey everyone! 
 Hope you had a great Christmas! 
 Sorry to just be getting the party started. Totally slipped my mind to schedule it last night.

But let's PARTY! 
 Catch a Glimpse Button
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.)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Diaper Box turned Toy Bin

I finally created something that I can share! About time, right?! ;) 

  I saw this tutorial on Positively Splendid and followed it to cover the outside of my diaper box but then changed it up and made a no sew liner for the inside of the box.

 So if you would like to make one of these for yourself, check out Amy's tutorial for the how to on covering the outside of the box. It is also no sew. 

After you cover the outside of the box, it is time to make a liner. You can either sew one line Amy did or I opted to try to add one without sewing. (Truthfully, I was just to lazy to pull out my sewing machine. hehe) 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Just wanted to pop on here to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 

I hope that you all have a blessed day with your family and friends! 

We stayed in CO but are having some friends over for dinner that were deployed with Travis so it will be a good day. 



Friday, December 21, 2012

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Catch a Glimpse Party #110

It's time to party!
 Catch a Glimpse Button
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.)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Open House Party- Week 4

Welcome to the final week of my Holiday Open House party! 

 This week is all about those holiday crafts, recipes, and other holiday items you've created! Show them off!
You can also show off your other decorations at this party if you've missed the other parties.


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Travis' Homecoming

Hello everyone! 
Thanks for letting me take a little break the last week so I could spend time with Travis and Miss P. We have definitely enjoyed being a family again. 

I wanted to share some pictures of Travis' homecoming. 
He got home JUST after midnight on the 9th. 
We got to the Special Events Center (SEC) on post at 930 pm for what was suppose to be a ceremony at 1130 but they landed a few minutes late so the ceremony was backed up to midnight. The SEC was completely packed but we still had a very special reunion! 

Here are pics of our night.

I took this picture with my phone so P moved and made it a little blurry but this is the sign I made for P to have at the homecoming. 

I had a friend of mine and fellow Army wife who is a photographer (Maddox and Co. Photography) come and take pictures of our reunion and I am so glad that she did. Here are some of the shots she took.

 Miss P got all dressed up to meet her daddy and she sure look CUTE! :) 

 Interested in her sign.

 The SEC was all decked out for Christmas so it made for cute pictures. 

Look at those cheeks!

 Here is a shot of the two of us before the ceremony. 

 Have to get a picture with the giant American flag in the background as well. 

This is my friend Kim. Her husband was on the same SFAT team as Travis and we hung out quite a bit during this deployment. Needless to say, we were VERY eager for our boys to come home! 

 I was worried I would be a hot mess that night and I did good! This was the ONLY time I got teary eyed that night and it was when they played "Proud to be an American" right before the ceremony started and our soldiers marched in. 

If you can't tell, we are eagerly waiting for them to march in. We had a decent place to stand and then all the last minute people got there and we were completely blocked by tons of people and signs so we were having to stand on our tippy toes and around people to see them march in. 

 It took Travis a few minutes to find us but once he did it was great!! 
This was taken RIGHT as he walked up to P and I. 

First kiss! 
 And can I just say- reunion kisses are the BEST! :)

Here is a shot of the Miss P meeting daddy for the first time in real life. Love the look at her face! 

 Seeing daddy without his cover on. 
Such a happy smile! 

 Their faces are priceless! 

 We MAY have snuck a few more kisses in. 

Miss P LOVED daddy's velcro on his uniform!

 This was our first official family.
Again, taken with my phone so it isn't so great but that's ok. 

 A family picture that the photographer took. 

 Daddy and P showing off her sign. 

Oh, how I love these smiles!!!! 

We have had a fabulous time the past week and Miss P took to Travis right away! 
She definitely knew that Travis was daddy and has had no issues with him what so ever.
Travis has jumped right into his role as daddy with feedings, diaper changes, getting her up in the morning and more! It's GREAT! lol
I LOVE seeing them play together and laugh. It is the best sight in the world!

We've made a few fun memories already by visiting the Denver Aquarium and then we went to the zoo here in the Springs the other night to see all the Christmas lights.

I am looking forward to all the other fun memories we make along the way! 


Monday, December 17, 2012

Bead and Embroidery Gift Tag Tutorial from Flamingo Toes

Hello A Glimpse Inside Readers!!
My name is Bev and I blog over at Flamingo Toes.
I am so excited to be here today while Allison gets to spend some time with her awesome hubby! I am so thankful for his service and thrilled that he is home at last with their sweet girl!

I love making Christmas presents pretty - it makes them even more fun to give I think. 
Today I have some sweet little Bead and Embroidery Gift tags that would be so cute to decorate your packages with!
Aren't they fun? They're little felt tags all decorated up with embroidery, then sewn to a Kraft paper tag! So you can still write To and From on the back. (Though my daughter suggested writing with pencil - so you can reuse them next year haha!)

So to whip up your tags, you'll need:
Gift Tags: Includes these three tags, plus the pattern for the holly and the snowflake
 Embroidery floss Beads 
Twine or some other ribbon or trim for tying 
Hole punch 
Optional: Pinking Shears

Start by printing out your tags. You'll want to print them on card stock - they'll need something sturdy. Cut out the tag shapes just inside the lines.
(Ignore that little circle at the top, those aren't on the tag pattern)

Cut out a piece of felt the size of your tag. 
  For the oval tag, draw out your letter for the monogram with disappearing ink.

Embroider your monogram with a back stitch. I have directions to several simple Embroidery stitches on my blog - you can find them here.

Decorate the tag by sewing small pearls all over it. 
Trim around the oval with pinking shears if desired to give the felt a fun edge.

Lay the felt over the tag so the printed side of the tag is to the back. Sew the felt and tag together with a running stitch all the way around. Hide the knots in the thread between the felt and cardstock.

Use a hole punch at the top of the tag to make the hole for your twine. The hole punch should go through both the felt and cardstock.

Knot some twine through the hole to finish it off. Now we have a cute little monogram gift tag!

For the holly tag, cut out the leaf pieces on the pattern from green felt. Sew them to the felt piece with a running stitch. Finish off the holly with red beads and sew the pieces together as you did for the monogram tag.

The snowflake tag is made the same way. I added beads to the center and each end of the snowflake. (I glued these on, I couldn't find a needle small enough to sew them on)

So now you can create even more tags with the same three shapes - you can embroidery anything you want on them! Christmas Trees, little birdies, snowmen - there are so many cute options!

They look so cute on Kraft paper wrapped packages - all tied up with twine. :)
I hope you like them!

I'd love for you to come visit me at Flamingo Toes! 
And if you like Gift tags, you might also like these Anthro Knockoffs - they're super cute too!

Thanks for having me over Allison!
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