Thursday, August 30, 2018

Handmade Hangout Party #219

Today is Handmade Hangout Party day! 
I sure hope you are ready for some fun.

Share all your wonderful ideas below and be sure to visit something that catches your eye and give that blogger some love. :) 

Happy 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

 
 
We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

This, That, and Everything in Between- July 2018

This is the last week of August and I am JUST now getting around to sharing our family adventures from July. Things have been crazy this month with getting our household goods, finally, and unpacking, girls starting school, Travis starting his schooling for Major and much more, that sitting down to look through pictures and write this post was way on the back burner. 

 Enough about all that. Let me finally share what we were up to in July before it really IS August. lol

 Since the girls were still in TN with our parents the beginning of the month, we were able to continue to have our date days/nights and do anything we wanted. haha We began the month by doing a little golfing at Top Golf. I am terrible but this place is still super fun to go to if you have one in your area.

 Having no kids with us didn't stop us from still enjoying the fourth of July. Shortly before the fireworks began, we left our hotel to get some dessert and then parked on the top level of the mall parking garage to watch the fireworks. So many people in the neighborhoods around there were doing crazy large fireworks so we watched those until it was time to watch the ones that the local baseball team was putting on after their game ended.


 No kids= TONS of exploring of Kansas City and the surrounding areas. We found this cute old street car, that was part of the original system back in the day and I had to take some shots of it. 
Then there is a knitting group that knit all these colorful covers for everything, and I do mean everything, at the last stop of the current tram system. So colorful and happy!




 We explored the area near Union Station a lot and walked the sky bridge to get to other areas.

 We visited the WWI Museum one afternoon. This museum is pretty cool and I recommend adding it to your must see list if you ever visit Kansas City. The views of the city from the museum were gorgeous as well.


 The evening after we visited the WWI Museum, we finally got a call that we got a house on post. To say we were excited was an understatement since it was already mid July and we'd been in a hotel for three weeks.
Here are some shot of new abode for the next year that we will be living in KS.



 The weekend that we got the house, we drove to Ill. to pick up the girls from my parents. They learned to swim while they were in TN over the summer so we had to take advantage of the hotel pool so they could show us their new skills. We were both really impressed!


 On our way home from picking up the girls, we stopped in St. Louis at the City Museum. This place is insane and another must visit place if you have kids and are visiting the St. Louis area. There are mazes, slides, a Ferris Wheel on the roof, and so much more to climb all over and through to explore!

 A few days after we got the girls back and they were settled, we ventured back down to Kansas City to go to Lego Land and the aquarium. 
The girls had fun building things and checking out all the giant Lego structures throughout.

 The aquarium is attached to Lego Land so once we were done there we hopped over to the aquarium for some more fun. I love to see how excited the girls get when they see different animals/fish/creatures.

 We then ventured out into Kansas City to take the girls on the Tram system for what we would call their first train ride. They were so excited to ride the tram. We had just missed one so we had to wait a few minutes until the next one arrived so we went in to explore Union Station and the big T-Rex outside.

 It took ages to get our stuff but that didn't stop me from trying to make the outside of our house feel more homey. We hung our American flag, I placed my flowers pots out, put my small garden flag out as well and then placed mulch in the garden to make this place feel a little more like ours. 
I've since added some pretty yellow flowers to go with roses in the garden, we've hung fun lights on the porch, and we have some comfy chairs to sit on and relax out there. It is still not our old screened in porch but I like it.

 These two kitties got pretty spoiled being in a small hotel room with just Travis and I for a few weeks so they still liked to cuddle with us every chance they got.


 When you don't have furniture, and have no idea when it even MAY be arriving, you get creative! We had this extra blow up mattress with us so we blew it up and propped it up to be like a couch. We had our tiny tv with us that we placed a tote and our step ladder served as a side table. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to be slightly more comfortable! lol



 One afternoon, Travis had to start in processing for school so I took the girls out and about on Fort Leavenworth to do some exploring the new place we'll be living. There are some really awesome old buildings, canons, and beautiful views of the Missouri River. There's even a chunk of the Berlin Wall!


 We discovered this fun little farm about 10 mins from where we live that allows you to pick your own veggies. They also have other fun events every so often and we have definitely enjoyed going to get our farm fresh veggies! 

 What's living and exploring a new area without making a stop at the zoo?! We hit up the Kansas City Zoo one day where it wasn't 100 degrees out and we all had a lovely time! We explored everything and closed the zoo down!

 And lastly, the girls love discovering things in nature and have a fascination with bugs so when Travis almost stepped on this super baby snake on a walk one evening, they were so excited to look at it, touch it, and want to hold it. 



That is it for our month of July! 
We've made lots of new friends and have done a lot more exploring since this time. 
We are trying to make the most of our year in Kansas! 

Hopefully I will be back on time with my August recap! lol



Friday, August 24, 2018

MHCT&M: Creative Uses for Vinyl Scraps

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another Must Have Tip Post! :) 
 
 All month long with have been sharing way to help bust through those scrap piles of materials you may have sitting around to make some awesome, creative projects.
I don't throw away any materials that I think I can still get more use out of so needless to say I have my fair share of scraps sitting around my craft room, from paper to fabric, but today I am going to share with you ways to use all those Vinyl Scraps you may have sitting around.
 
 
 There are so many great ideas out there that I am sure you will be able to put a dent into your scrap pile! Check out these ideas for inspiration.
 
 Get out those tiny pieces and create a Lego inspired shirt (The Scrap Shoppe)

 Create a colorful jar to hold your favorite yummy sweets (Expressions Vinyl)

 Update a letter or a frame by adding vinyl sprinkles to it (Where the Smiles Have Been)

 How about dressing up some plain glassware by giving them a confetti look?! So cute! (The Scrap Shoppe)

 Cut out lots of dots and make a design using them in place of rhinestones. Create the image silhouette or use the dots to create the image itself. (Create & Babble)

 Cut out the Grinch's face and apply it to cups, bags, mugs, whatever to create a fun gift. (That's What Che Said)

 How adorable are these little vinyl pocket pets?! I want to add one to all my shirts with pockets! (Siser Blog)

 Dress up plain knobs with the use of scrap vinyl pieces (The Scrap Shoppe)

Use pieces to dress up plain tea towels.
I love this Christmas tea towel idea! (Silhouette School)

 Monograms! If you have a small square of vinyl, you can definitely create a monogram to place on ANYTHING! Hairbrushes, shirts, phone cases, wallets, bows, pockets, the possibilities are endless! Who doesn't love a monogram!? (The Craft Patch)

 Add some flair to your nails using small vinyl images! (Expressions Vinyl)

 Add some fun to the side of plain sunglasses (Twinkle Farts.me)

 Have a plain umbrella? Add some colorful raindrops for some fun! Love it!! (Expressions Vinyl)

 Dress up plain pots or mugs with vinyl faces. (PMQ for Two)

 Cut many colored pieces together in the same design to form one large pattern on a pencil pouch or makeup bag. (Craftables)

 Add some fun and flair to wine glasses. (Mine for the Making)
 
 Don't forget to have fun with those phone chargers too! (A Girl and a Glue Gun)


There are so many fabulous ways you can use vinyl scraps!
Which was your favorite idea? What have you created using vinyl scraps?


Thanks for joining us for another Must Have Tip post!
Come back Friday, September 7th for a whole new month of topics! :)


 
 
 
 
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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Handmade Hangout Party #218

Are you ready for another fun Handmade Hangout Party?! 
I sure hope so because when the party starts, that also means we are SUPER close to the weekend!! Whooo!! 

So share all your wonderful ideas below and be sure to visit something that catches your eye and give that blogger some love. :) 

Happy 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

 
 
We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!



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