Thursday, December 29, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #134

It's the last party of 2016, SAAAYYYY WHAT?!?!? 
Let's ring in 2017 with a big creative idea bash! 

Are you ready to get your party on?!
Let's do it! 

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

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Happy New Year!!!!

I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas. I pray that as we begin a New Year you keep that babe in the manger fresh in your mind. I pray that you would hold on to the true meaning of Christmas, thus bringing hope and joy to life in your daily lives. We enjoyed a nice Christmas Eve at home and we always love our candlelight service in the evening. The kids of course love opening their presents on Christmas Eve. Since my husband is a Pastor we have a little bit of a busy morning on Christmas so that is why we open gifts on Christmas Eve. We enjoyed church on Christmas Day as well and are enjoying a little vacation time now!! Hopefully you all will be able to find some time to relax and you won't have to take back everything you got for your gifts!

So New Year's Eve is right around the corner!!! It's a fun time to hang out with friends, reflect on the year that is past and think ahead to new goals, resolutions and maybe even one little word to remember and reflect on through the year. Sometimes I choose one little word and often times I don't because life is so fluid I am not always able to narrow it down to one word for an entire year. Maybe you can relate. Maybe this year, I'll choose a few little words. I plan on making "one little word" necklaces and small canvases so if you're interested in something like that to help keep your word close at hand let me know!

In years past I have been to a few New Year's Eve parties but with small children it is hard to do that. Often times we are traveling at New Years so we aren't always near our close friends and have a small family party instead. Anyway you celebrate (sometimes even by going to bed) is good!! Here are a few of my favorite ideas from around the internet!!


 My good friends always throw a great party for their kids. They make up what they are going to do each hour and then put the activities in a balloon and write the time on the balloon that they will do the activity. Then they pop the balloon and do whatever is inside. It does require a little pre-planning but I would be a lot of fun. I'm usually so worn out by New Year's that we're lucky is we have champagne!! HA!! My poor kids...I guess they'll get to party when they get a little older!

But if you're ambitious enough to plan a party or if you want to throw a party for your kids without a lot of work then check out Elli Bean Designs blog post about the party she threw for her kids a couple of years ago!!

My kids love fireworks...and with a little work you can make your own!! Check out the tutorials from I Can Teach my Child.
Fireworks for the New Year

Uncommon Designs has a great printable for a time capsule that would be awesome to fill out and put in a jar with some other family goodies from throughout the year.

We have some sugar cones hanging around so I think we'll make these edible party hats from Cooking with my kid.

Squishy Cute Designs has some cute coloring pages and puzzles for you to print!!
new years coloring page, new years eve coloring pages, new years activities for kids, new years activities

Kiss Me Kits for New Years Eve! Fill a bag or basket with everything for the perfect kiss at Midnight!

So, there are just a few ideas for you! 
If you have some great and easy ideas for celebrating New Years I would love to hear them!!! 

Have a happy new year. See you in 2017!!! 
God's richest blessings as you start a new calendar!

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Friday, December 23, 2016

MHCT&M: Cleaning and Organization Printables

Allison from A Glimpse Inside here again and it is final Must Have Craft Tip and More post of 2016. 

  The beginning of a new year is a great time to start a new routine and get better organized in all aspects in your life. You can search and easily find any sort of printable to help you organize your life in one way or the other.
Today, I am going to focus on and share with you some awesome cleaning and organizational printables that will help you get 2017 off to the right start.

Cleaning your house is always a daunting task if you don't stay on top of it. 
I've gathered some printables that will help you stay on top of your house, keep you on track, and relieve a little bit of stress in your life. 

I love this little Reusable Cleaning List from Craftaholics Anonymous. It is small and portable and will keep you on track over and over again without having to print out more sheets. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #133

Are you ready to get your party on?!
Let's do it! 

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

Alli from Made with HAPPY

My 2016 Christmas Decorations

Christmas is right around the corner so I thought it was time I finally got around to sharing my Christmas decorations with you this year. 
They aren't anything over the top. I've probably decorated with the same decorations for quite a few years throwing new things in every so often and slightly changing a thing or two up but I am totally cool with it! 

So here is a quick tour of our main decorated spaces. 

I placed my two miniature trees in our kitchen decorated full ornaments we've made as a family.

I found this cute felt advent calendar at Target last year and bought it after the holidays when it was on crazy clearance. I hung it in our kitchen the and Miss P loves moving the candy cane every day. I also wrapped Christmas books as an advent to go along with this that one of the girls unwrap each night and we read it before bed time. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Waldorf Style Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus

Hello readers, this is Molly from Just a Little Creativity. I can't believe it's Christmas week!
I also can't believe I've been contributing here once a month for a whole year,  it's gone by so fast and it's been a lot of fun!

This is the last post I'll be sharing with you for 2016, and I hope you enjoy it. These precious little Waldorf style Santa Clause and Mrs. Clause dolls are easy to create, and make unique stocking stuffers or even ornaments.

If you enjoyed the Rustic Snowmen I shared last month, then these peg dolls will be a fun compliment with those to your Christmas home decor. I've made several styles of these peg dolls over the years and have shared the tutorials over at Just a Little Creativity.
I'll use my Amazon affiliate links for you to find the supplies you'll need easily online, but be sure you can find everything at your local craft store as well.

Friday, December 16, 2016

MHCT&M: Ways to Display Holiday Cards

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 

 Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share 15 Ways to Display Holiday Cards. 
I absolutely love holiday cards and always have. For years I didn't know how to put them on display to show them off, but I love all the ways others have found to incorporate cards into their holiday decor.

 There are so many fun ways to display your holiday cards. 
Some ways require a DIY project and others are just creatively hung or strung. I really love them all, but first let's take a look at some of the card displays that require you to build something. 
Most of these projects are simple DIYs. 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Handmade Hangout Party #132

Are you ready to get your party on?! 
Time to get some last minute ideas before Christmas arrives. 
Let's do it! 

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

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cinnamon Pecan Bread Pudding

I love when the weather turns cooler and the menu starts featuring more hearty goodies and cozy treats. It seems like most of my pinned recipes lately have been dishes that are perfect for cold, cozy days when you just want warm socks, a toasty fire, and delicious food.

If you’re like me and collecting recipes to try, I think you’ll want to put this one in the mix. It’s a cinnamon pecan bread pudding that is easy to make and the perfect ending to any meal. I’ll let you in on a delicious little finding…it’s absolutely divine for BREAKFAST too! It is like a perfectly baked french toast and it pairs so well with bacon, eggs, fruit and coffee. Top it with a little drizzle of maple syrup (treat yourself to the real stuff) and you’ve got a tasty addition to breakfast and brunch. It would also be the perfect way to fill tummies after opening gifts Christmas morning! 
Here’s how to make it:

Cinnamon Pecan Bread Pudding

8 oz. French Bread softened
2 Eggs
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 c. Sugar
3/4 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch Nutmeg
1 tablespoon Butter, softened
2/3 cup Pecans
Powdered Sugar or Maple Syrup, for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place bread cubes in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake until edges are slightly golden and bread is dry, about 5-7 minutes.

Meanwhile, place eggs, egg yolks, sugar, milk, cinnamon, vanilla salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Combine well using a whisk.

Butter a 2 quart baking dish with the softened butter. Set aside.

Once the bread is slightly toasted, add to the large bowl with the custard mixture and toss to combine thoroughly. Pour into the greased baking dish and top with pecans.

Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the center springs back when tapped lightly. 

Let cool slightly. Serve dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with maple syrup and extra pecans, if desired. 

On a side note, this is my final blog post here at A Glimpse Inside. I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart that it has been a pleasure writing for this blog. Allison has been a dream to work with and I've truly enjoyed sharing recipes with everyone and trying some of the fun projects. It was a pleasure to connect with fellow readers and creators, and I hope every one of you finds something merry and bright to celebrate the holiday season well into 2017. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful world of blogging! -Kathrina

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Simple Christmas Tablescape

This year I decided to actually set our dinner table for Christmas and set up a simple tablescape. Apparently I like the word simple this holiday season but this really is easy, not very elaborate, and works well for out little family.
Anyways... I'll admit I have an arterial motive by doing this. Our dining table tends to be a catch all at times and I am hoping with it all dressed and ready for dinner that we will actually stop putting things and keeping them there for long periods of time.

But enough about our messy household, let's get to the table shall we?! lol

 See, totally simple. Nothing elaborate at all.

We'll take a closer look.
So it started with this red and white plaid table cloth I bought end of season last year. I pulled it out and put it on the table when I was putting out the rest of my holiday decorations.
Then I kept seeing these wood chargers with little Christmas tree in the dollar section at Target and kept resisting them, which is HUGE for me. They were $3 a piece and I just didn't want to spend $12 on four random chargers. So I didn't buy them twice then my store sold out so I thought it was for the best. I ran in one day for a quick trip, (hahaha- that's super funny to think about when I go into Target ALONE!) and did my normal browse of the dollar section and boom, there were a few back in stock so I just had to get them this go around. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

DIY Snow Globe

Miss P suddenly got the idea in her head that she wanted a snow globe and that she would like to make it.
So after a week of her begging to go buy supplies, we finally were able to run to the craft store during one of our outings.

 These are super easy to create as well so that is all the better.
Miss S got to make one as well which they both love. 

-Miniature Figurines (bought these at Michael's)
-Small snow globe or Mason Jar (found snow globe at Michael's) 
-E6000 Glue or something similar 
-Glue Gun
-Sand paper 
-Thread Sealing Tape (optional)

Friday, December 9, 2016

MHCT&M: Christmas Gift List Printables

Hello! It's Bev here for our Must Have Craft Tips post - and we're working on organization this month! 

One of the areas I really need to work on in December is gift tracking. I have the hardest time remembering what I've given from one year to the next! If you're in the same boat - I have some great tips this week for organizing and keeping track of gifts! 


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #131

Are you ready to get your party on?!
Let's do it! 

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

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Monday, December 5, 2016

DIY "O Holy Night" Painted Sign

Happy Monday everyone! 
Did you have a good weekend?!
We had a great weekend in our neck of the woods. We had a great family day on Saturday then we received our first snow Sunday which they girls were super eager to get out and play in.

I am here today with a new project I created to place over our mantle this holiday season. 

 I bought this metal cut Nativity set last Christmas. It arrived after I already had all our decorations up so it just kinda got place in an odd spot for the season. This year I new I wanted it on the mantle so up it went in front of some lighted garland. 
I bought the white trees at Target the day after Christmas last year and thought they would make a great addition for some height to the mantle.

 Once I had that all arranged, I quickly realized something was desperately needed on the wall above the nativity so after thinking a bit, I thought why not create something that works with the whole scene. 

This was a quick project which is great.

-Piece of wood cut to the size you need. You could also use a canvas
-Painter's tape
-Cardstock or Vinyl
-Acrylic Paint
-Paint Brushes

Friday, December 2, 2016

MHCT&M: Christmas Planner Free Printables

Hi everyone! Michele from The Scrap Shoppe here with a new theme for our crafty series for December.
Must Have Craft Tips & More!

This month we are discussing all things ORGANIZATION!
And since we're still in the beginning of December, I thought we could discuss organizing Christmas.

 I love making lists and, even more so, marking things off of them when they are complete! Years ago I made a Christmas Planner and it was such a big help during the holidays. I even have a blank (free) December calendar printable that you can use for keeping December straight, marking holiday parties, when and where to gift shop, or even to keep up with the antics of your Elf on the Shelf (which is what I use it for). 

Stay organized this December with this round up of adorable and USEFUL Christmas Planner FREE Printables! 

I have rounded up some great printables to help you stay organized all December long! 
Many of these are offered as both 8.5x11 sheets as well as the smaller A5 paper size for small binders. Print the set that most suits you or mix and match to be sure you get everything you need. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #130

Are you ready to get your party on?!
Let's do it! 

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

Alli from Made with HAPPY

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

DIY Rustic Snowmen for Your Christmas Farmhouse Decor


Hi readers! It's Molly from Just a Little Creativity, and I'm so excited to share this cute Christmas project with you. As we all know, farmhouse style is all the rage.

And if you've browsed Pinterest, you'll see that this decorating style looks fantastic in Christmas decor.

These rustic snowmen are easy to make, and add the perfect touch of the distressed, vintage look to your farmhouse mantel this year.

I actually picked up my set of snowmen last year at Target, on clearance after the holidays. But you can find unfinished wood snowmen like these at most craft stores during the holidays.


To begin, I painted them white with chalk paint. I'm sure regular craft paint will work as well, you just may need to prime them first.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

DIY Rustic Christmas Tree Stand

Happy Tuesday everyone! 
Have you fully recovered from the going back to work after a long holiday break yesterday? 
In case you haven't, I have something for you today that you can look at and decide if you want to attempt this coming weekend. 
 Travis's parents were taking down their old wood barn to replace it with something better for their horses so while we were in TN over the summer we piled up a whole bunch of pieces and brought them back with us. I wasn't sure what they'd be used for but they were coming. I came up with two projects then it hit me, why not make a cool Christmas tree stand using it? This is what Travis came up with and created for me.

Here is how you can make one for yourself! 

-Wood (we used reclaimed but you can used new as well)
-Table Saw
-Nail Gun
-Wood Glue

Monday, November 28, 2016

Simple Christmas Wreath

Did you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving? I sure hope so! 

I've totally slacked on the Christmas posts so far this year so I thought I really better start since December is looming and so I decided that this month's Craft with Me post would be holiday related. 

If you haven't figured it out by now with my many years of blogging, I love wreaths! 
I could create a wreath all the time for any holiday, occasion, or just because. 
They are so easy. You can do so many different types of wreath and use so many different materials.

I wanted to make a new Christmas wreath so I thought why not just make it this month's Craft with Me post. I didn't want something over the top so I went pretty basic and I was done in a flash.

 Here is how to create one for yourself. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Simple Vinyl Silhouette Ornament

I am pretty excited about today's post. I have teamed up with some fellow bloggers to bring you an Ornament Blog Hop. Just in time for you to get crafty!

I have been wanting to do something with the girl's silhouettes for some time and I thought this was the perfect opportunity.

These were really pretty easy and don't take a lot of time to complete either.
Here's how you can make some for you tree.

-Clear Ornaments that are round but they have flat sides and are more slender (I got these at Michael's)
-Acrylic Paint (optional)
-Glitter (optional)
-Pom Poms (optional)
-Vinyl (I used Black glitter vinyl from Expressions Vinyl)
-Cutting Machine

Friday, November 25, 2016

MHCT&M: Christmas Traditions

Welcome to another edition of Must Have Craft Tips and More!
Allison here once again to bring you another great Christmas tip.

My fellow hostesses have shared lots of fabulous Christmas tips this month so just in case you have missed them you can check them out here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.

Today, I wanted to share with you some fun Christmas traditions you can do with your family to create loads of memories for everyone!

I rounded up 3 different ideas that are sure to make your Christmas more special for you and your family.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #129

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
Are your bellies full of delicious food and are ready to just relax for the rest of the night? 

Well you are in luck, you can sit back and browse the great ideas that have been linked up and even share your own. 

Are you ready?!
Let's do it! 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Eve

Happy Thanksgiving!! 
Can you believe it is the end of November already? I am so grateful for each day that I get to spend with my family. We don't always act like we love each other but we do. We also love to eat and play games.

Here are some of our favorite recipes that we have used in the past. 
This year we will be having sweet potatoes with candied pecans and brussel sprouts! I have a love for roasted brussel sprouts!! 
What's your favorite Thanksgiving dish!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Printable Christmas Gift Tags

Can you believe that Christmas is a month away already? I sure can't!! 
Where has this year gone? Seriously!? 
I feel like I say that every year but this year really has gone by so quickly! 

I only have a few Christmas gifts purchased and I should go ahead and wrap them to get ahead of schedule. Do you have any of your gifts yet? 
Well if you do, I designed some fun gift tags that you can print out. They would be great for presents or you can put them on jars or baskets for teacher gifts. 

Friday, November 18, 2016

MHCT&M: Three Popular Christmas Decorating Trends

Hello friends! 
Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 

Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share three popular Christmas decorating trends you are going to love! 
 Now don't get me wrong... I don't ever skip over Thanksgiving. Who could skip over the best meal of the year?! But I definitely don't mind having my turkey dinner by the tree. And even if you don't like to decorate as early as I do, you can pin and save these ideas until you are ready to decorate. 

 The first Christmas trend and one of my personal favorites is Buffalo Plaid. 
In fact, be ready for a few buffalo plaid inspired Christmas projects on Mine for the Making soon! But in the meantime... check out these beautiful ways to decorate with the popular plaid of buffalo.  


  How fun is this Buffalo Plaid Hot Cocoa Bar?! It's so festive and pretty. I love the combo of plaid and gold.

 I love these Buffalo Plaid pillows made from blankets! So cozy and cute.

 There are a ton of Buffalo Plaid printables floating around cyberspace. 
This Baby It's Warm Inside print is one of my favorites! 

My other very favorite Christmas decor trend is the gorgeous farmhouse Christmas style. I love the hints of rustic and weathered and vintage.   


I am so in love with this rustic Coca-Cola crate look! Stack them up and set a Christmas tree inside and you've got an adorable farmhouse look. 

  How gorgeous are these farmhouse Christmas stairs. I love the giant wooden letters and the old vintage books. 

   This chippy, old, mint door on the wall behind the tiny Christmas tree gives me all the heart eyes. If this doesn't scream farmhouse Christmas, I don't know what does. 

And last but definitely not least, let's have ourselves a BRIGHT Christmas, shall we?! 
This is far from traditional Christmas decor, but lovely just the same.  

  Hanging bright ornaments - Bright Christmas wreath - Bright mini Christmas trees - Bright Christmas tree - Bright Christmas ornament wreath (source unknown)  

  This bright Christmas tablescape is so fun and colorful!

    How fun are these brightly, painted Christmas lights?! What a great idea for a garland. 

  I absolutely adore this white tree with bright ornaments and aqua tire tree base. Such a fun spin on Christmas decor.  

There you have it friends! Three of the most popular Christmas decorating trends. 
Which is your favorite? How do you decorate for Christmas? 

Check back next week for more tips!  
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