Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Painted Bud Vases

I told you when I announced that I am taking a little step back that I would be back from time to time with projects that I created and well, I am already back with one for you today. 

 I had this idea and bought everything for this project before I fully decided if I was taking a break or not so this was one that I mentioned that I had to share with you. 

 This project is super easy and I absolutely love how it turned out and how it looks on our faux mantle. 

Here is how to do it! 

-Clear Milk Vases (I found these on clearance at my local Joann Store)
-White Chalk Paint
-Faux Flowers of your choice and color
-Foam Brush
-File or sandpaper

Begin by making sure your glass is clean and dry. 
Then place your fingers inside the vase to hold so you don't dirty up the glass and this way you won't get your fingers dirty while painting. 

Paint the vase in vertical strokes and around the rim.

Paint all of your vases and let dry, like for real, LET THEM DRY! 
You need to let them sit for a long time before you attempt to recoat or you will take off the paint as you attempt to do another layer. 
I painted mine in the morning and let them sit all day and painted another coat before bed. 
Then repeated the next day for a total of 4 coats. Also, I painted 2 vertical coats and 2 horizontal coats.

Here are the vases after their 4 coats of paint.

Time to distress! Take a file or sandpaper and rub the vase in certain places to expose the glass below the paint.
Now this is totally optional! You don't have to do this part if you don't like the distressed look.

Work around the vase until you have the amount of distressing that you like. 

And that's it! 
Trim down your faux flowers and place in each vase. I love ranunculus so I bought stems of faux ranunculus in a few colors and put one stem per vase.

I coordinated the flowers with the colors in my living room pillows and placed them in a pattern on our mantle. 
I love how simple yet vibrant they look! 

I created these for my Valentine's Day mantle but I am pretty sure they are going to stay up through the spring with how much I like these on my mantle. 

Here's a quick glimpse of my Valentine's day mantle so far. Still need to make a few tweaks but I like how simple it is.

This is such an easy project and like I said, I just love how it turned out!

 I'll be back next week with another project so stay tuned!

Friday, January 26, 2018

MHCT&M: Ribbon Storage Ideas

Hello everyone! Allison from A Glimpse Inside back again. 
Can you believe it is the last Friday of January already?! I sure can't but since it is Friday, that means it is time for another Must Have Craft Tip! :) 
Today I am finishing up our month of craft room storage solutions by sharing ideas to help organize your ribbon. 
Raise your hand if you have way too much ribbon than you know what to do with (raising my hand!)?! Like seriously, why do I have so much ribbon and WHY do I still buy it?! haha I have it kinda organized, some on my wall, others stacked on a spice rack, some one a dowel rod, but I would love a better solution to have them all in one place. 
I've gathered some great ideas that should help you get organized no matter what the size or your ribbon collection. 
 Use molding to create shelves like Paper, Scissors, and Superheroes

 Hanging Ikea wire baskets from Entirely Smitten

 Make a ribbon holder using an old Pringles Can from Malo Ustvarjalno
Perfect for smaller ribbon collections.

DIY Ribbon Tabletop Shelf from She's Kinda Crafty

 Mount gutters on the wall to place ribbon inside from Life in the Car Line

Use and old ladder and add dowels for storage from The Daily Marker 
Love this idea! 

 Large wall unit with wall mounts and dowels from Southern Hospitality

 Small tote ribbon holder from Spunky Junky

 Curtain Rod and Curtain Ring Storage from The Creative Homemaker

 DIY Paper Towel Holder, Ribbon holder from The Cottage Mama

Have small spools of ribbon? Use old Tic Tac containers to store them! from Craft and Creativity
I hope one of those ways will help you organize your ribbon!
How do you organize your ribbon?
Stay tuned next month when we begin a whole new topic! 
Your hostesses,
The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Handmade Hangout Party #188

Let's get this party started! 
Share your ideas below and explore to get some new ones! 
You just never know what you may find!  

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We have just a few easy rules:
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2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

I'm Taking a Step Back...

You may have noticed that I've been a bit quiet lately around here. I have been thinking about this for some time now and finally decided to sit down and write about it. 

Around the holidays with family visiting, followed by sickness hitting our house, I wasn't thinking about blogging very much. I wasn't thinking about crafting much either. I worked hard during the 4th quarter but feel like I didn't get much out of it, at all. Blog times have changed since I started A Glimpse Inside back in 2009, I get that, but to be honest, I miss the old times. So it has been hard for me to come back in the new year excited about blogging.

So with that said, I'm taking a little step back from my little old blog.

I've never been a blogger that stresses over numbers and making money, maybe I should have been, but I see my fellow bloggers that do stress over that stuff and see them freak out over every little fluctuation and I didn't want to do that. I started this blog for fun. I enjoyed it. I didn't want to make it a stressful job. I just wanted to keep it fun and a place for me to connect to others while I share my ideas. I've met some of the greatest people that I am thankful to call my peers and friends by starting this blog.

 I'm not getting rid of the blog, it will always be here. I will still pop in and share projects when I work on them. I will still share family updates. I have a few project ideas in the works so expect to see those soon. The Handmade Hangout Party will still be up every Thursday evening along with Must Have Craft Tips every Friday.

 I just don't want to feel the pressure that I HAVE to work on something to blog about if I don't feel the creative urge to craft. I feel like I am letting people down when I don't blog and I want to put out great content not ok content just to have content. I hope when I do post, that you guys will still be here to check out what I have to share or say. 
We will be moving this year as well, yep-again, so it will be crazy when that time comes around. 

Now I'm not saying I am taking a step back and never coming back to posting regularly but I can't make any promises either. I feel a little lost right now and I feel like I need to find that one thing that I absolutely love to create/do, and work on that for a while. So wish me luck in that department because I have been thinking about that for quite some time as well and I feel like I've had very little motivation or time to actually sit down and truly figure out what I want to do.

 So for now, this is see you soon. When, I'm not sure, like I've mentioned I do have some project ideas to work on, so I'll be back! And I'll always see you on Thursdays and Fridays! :)
Oh, and you can still find me on all my social channels! 

Much love! 

Friday, January 19, 2018

MHCT&M: Paint Storage Ideas

Hello friends and welcome to another Friday of tips and tricks that we love to share with you.
Kara from Mine for the Making here and this week I am sharing Paint Storage Ideas! 
I am really in the mood to purge and organize all the things, but it's much simpler and less overwhelming if I break it down into rooms or categories. 
So today, my focus is on organizing my paint collection, and maybe it's something you need to organize too!  
There are all kinds of ways to organize and store your paint. 
The key is finding what works for you and your space. 
Here are some really great ideas to inspire you to organize your paint collection too! 
 Color coordinate your paints in a crate that has different compartments.
 Store paints in buckets or baskets. Step it up a notch more and hang them on the wall. 
  Use a dresser to store your paints! You can add dividers or baskets if necessary. 
 Hang your paint from the wall by making these PVC and wire shelves!
 This fold down desk is pretty cool and even has paint storage built right in. 
  Photo boxes are great for storing smaller bottles of paint.  
  A hanging shoe storage bag for spray paint? Genius!
  Spice racks can hold paints as well! 
  This DIY rolling paint storage is really cool and convenient for small spaces.  
 DIY shelves or a hutch works great for paint storage too. 
Be sure to measure your paint bottles and cans so you make your shelves the right height! 
And there you have it, friends! Ten different ways to inspire you to organize and store you paint in a more convenient way for you. 
Do you have any other paint storage ideas? We'd love to hear from you!
Join us next week for more organizing tips! 
Have a great weekend, y'all!   
Your hostesses,
The Scrap Shoppe | Flamingo Toes | Mine for the Making | A Glimpse Inside
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