Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018!!!

May God bless you all richly this year as He has blessed us.  As you celebrate Christmas this year, we wish you a very Merry Christmas. 
Merry Christmas from A Glimpse of Normal!!!!

Love,
The Holdeman's
A Glimpse of Normal

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Light Bulb Ornaments

This year I participated in a Not So Secret 12 days of Christmas swap.  It is a lot of fun.  The idea is you are matched up with a partner and then you get a chance to get to know them through email and social media.  Along the way, you create 6 handmade items for them and then buy 6 small items for them.  Then you get to open a package each day counting down until Christmas.  It is a fun little swap and my schedule was open for participating this year.  The friend I made mentioned that she loves snowmen and so I started looking through my Pinterest boards to see what kind of snowmen projects I had pinned.  When I found these Light Bulb Ornaments, I knew that would be fun and unique to create for her.
This cute snowman ornament is created using a light bulb.  It is perfect for making with kids.  Check it out on A Glimpse of Normal.
Light Bulb Ornaments
Supplies Needed:
Craft Paint - White, Orange, and Black
Small Paintbrushes
Glitter
Light Bulbs
Small Sticks
Ribbon, Twine, or Yarn
Hot Glue
Hot Glue Gun

1.  I started by painting the top of the light bulb black for making the snowman's hat.
This cute snowman ornament is created using a light bulb.  It is perfect for making with kids.  Check it out on A Glimpse of Normal.
2.  Once the hat was dry, I painted the rest of the light bulb white (I did this in sections so that I always had a place to hold on to without getting my hands all wet).
This cute snowman ornament is created using a light bulb.  It is perfect for making with kids.  Check it out on A Glimpse of Normal.
3.  While the white paint was still wet, I sprinkled glitter on to the white paint.  Then I let it sit and dry.
This cute snowman ornament is created using a light bulb.  It is perfect for making with kids.  Check it out on A Glimpse of Normal.
4.  After all the paint dried, I added an orange nose, black buttons, and a face.
This cute snowman ornament is created using a light bulb.  It is perfect for making with kids.  Check it out on A Glimpse of Normal.
5.  I used hot glue to glue on the arms and the ribbon for the scarf.
This cute snowman ornament is created using a light bulb.  It is perfect for making with kids.  Check it out on A Glimpse of Normal.
6.  I also used hot glue to attach yarn around the hat so that I also had a loop to hang the ornament on the tree.
This cute snowman ornament is created using a light bulb.  It is perfect for making with kids.  Check it out on A Glimpse of Normal.

This cute snowman ornament is created using a light bulb.  It is perfect for making with kids.  Check it out on A Glimpse of Normal.
This was super fun and an easy ornament to create.  I got my light bulbs from the dollar store and used craft paint I already had on hand, so it made this craft pretty cheap to make.  If you don't have trees in your yard (I got my snowman's arms from my front yard), you could use popsicle sticks or pipe cleaners.  Over Christmas break, I think Missy and I will be making up some more of these ornaments.  Aren't they adorable?

Friday, December 14, 2018

Easy Winter Wreath

I love a pretty wreath on my front door.  Unfortunately, the Christmas wreath I have has seen better days and I haven't quite decided what to do with it yet.  I don't know if I should try to revive it one more time (it has been revived several times) or just wait until clearance sales and look for something new.  So in the meantime, I decided to create a wreath that I could use all winter long.  This way I don't have to change my wreath out after Christmas and I have more time to find exactly what I want.  I bought my supplies at local craft stores, but I have included Amazon links to similar items just in case you don't live near craft stores.
I love a pretty wreath on my front door.  That is why I decided to create this cute, easy wreath that is perfect for the front door all winter long.  Check it out over at A Glimpse of Normal.
Supplies Needed:
1 Roll of Turquoise Tulle
1 Roll of White Tulle
1 Roll of Sparkly White Tulle
10 " Wire Wreath Form
Mini Ornaments 
Mini Snowflake Ornaments
Hot Glue
Hot Glue Gun
Scissors
Ruler
I love a pretty wreath on my front door.  That is why I decided to create this cute, easy wreath that is perfect for the front door all winter long.  Check it out over at A Glimpse of Normal.
Directions:
1.  Cut each color of tulle into approximately 6-inch pieces.  So the pieces will be 6" wide and 6" long.
2.  In the second ring of the form from the center, I tied on my turquoise glitter tulle.  I did a single tie and pulled it tight.  I filled each section as full as I wanted it to make it extra fluffy.
3.  In the third ring of the wreath form, I tied on regular white tulle.
4.  In the outside ring of the form, I alternated my white glitter tulle with the turquoise glitter tulle.  
5.  After I got the pieces of tulle tied on, I went back and looked for spots that needed to be fuller and added more in those spots.  I also trimmed up any long spots on my wreath. 
I love a pretty wreath on my front door.  That is why I decided to create this cute, easy wreath that is perfect for the front door all winter long.  Check it out over at A Glimpse of Normal.

I love a pretty wreath on my front door.  That is why I decided to create this cute, easy wreath that is perfect for the front door all winter long.  Check it out over at A Glimpse of Normal.
6.  I heated up my hot glue gun and glued on the teal mini ornaments on the inside center ring of the wreath form.  I didn't have a specific pattern I used, I just glued them on in an order I thought looked good.  I alternated their position and how they pointed. 
I love a pretty wreath on my front door.  That is why I decided to create this cute, easy wreath that is perfect for the front door all winter long.  Check it out over at A Glimpse of Normal.
7.  I hot glued the white snowflakes around the teal ornaments at random.

I love a pretty wreath on my front door.  That is why I decided to create this cute, easy wreath that is perfect for the front door all winter long.  Check it out over at A Glimpse of Normal.
I really love how it turned out and I love that I can use it all winter long,  After Christmas when the decorations go on clearance I might pick up another pack of the teal ornaments and add more, but I have not quite decided on that for sure or not yet.  Let me know if you make a wreath like this.  I would love to see how it turns out.

*I did include Amazon affiliate links for the supplies just in case you don't have a craft store near you.  If you purchase anything from those links Amazon will pay me a commission on your purchase. 

Monday, December 10, 2018

A Review of Simple Joys by Candace Payne

Finding joy in the trying and messy times of life can be hard.  When you are in the middle of chaos, it seems the last thing we look for is the joy.  But life doesn't have to be like this, does it?  That is why I wanted to read Simple Joys: Discovering Wonder in the Everyday by Candace Payne when I got the chance to read it recently.  In this book, Candace shares personal stories that are important to her and how she personally found joy in them.  She also shares how she takes the joy she gets from these stories and applies it to her everyday life.  She tells how she finds joy not only in the good times but also in some of the hardest times of her life.

Finding joy in the everyday can be hard, but with simple tips from Candace Payne in her book Simple Joys, you can find joy in the mundane.  Check out A Glimpse of Normal for my review of this book.
I received a 150 page, hardcover book to review.  It is divided into eight chapters and also includes a preface, epilogue, acknowledgments, and about the author page.  Each chapter includes a Bible verse page, a reading selection, a question for digging deeper with journaling pages that you can write out your answers on.  There is also a section in the back of the book for notes if you want to use it.  Throughout the book, you will find extra Bible verses and key thoughts.  Candace gives simple tips throughout the book of ways that you can start looking for joy in your everyday life.  I thought the book was laid out well, it has beautiful images, and it was encouraging to read.

I read this Christian non-fiction book by Candace Payne, who you may know better as "Chewbacca Mom," as part of my daily devotions in just over a week.  The stories that Candace tells are heartfelt and relatable.  I found them encouraging and inspiring.  Reading this book, I realized that joy doesn't always look like a happy, smiling face, but it sometimes looks like savoring the moments and cherishing those around you.  I also realized that you might not even see the joy at the moment you are in, but you will see it when you reflect on that moment and look for what went right.  If I want to find more joy, I have to look for it and be aware of it.  I would definitely recommend this book if you are looking to find the Simple Joy in your everyday life.  It is available to purchase here.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Our Barn Home: A New Wall

It has been a while since I have posted an update on our barn.  We have been busy lately and doing little things around the barn, but not so many big projects.  My hubby reminded me that even the little projects are part of the story of our barn and worth documenting. 
It's been a while since I have posted an update on our barn home.  Today I am sharing the pallet wall that my son built for me.  It makes our rustic barn look even more rustic.  A pallet wall is a quick, DIY project that almost anyone can do. A Glimpse of Normal
Today's update is a bigger project.  It is one that has been rolling around in CJ's head for a little bit now.  He knew that I had really considered putting in a pallet wall at our old house, but then we found the barn and decided to move so it didn't happen.  That idea stuck in his head and I didn't really think much more about it.  There is a lot of wood in our barn which I ABSOLUTELY love so I wasn't really sure if a pallet wall would fit in anywhere in the barn.  CJ picked our back living room wall and decided that it would be a great place for a pallet wall.  Initially, I was a little concerned because I thought it might be too trendy or not look natural in the barn.  I was flat out wrong and I will be the first to tell you this.  CJ took on this project and ran with it.  Although he doesn't want me to tell you it was him and he would like me to tell you that it was Mae, yes the rescue dog, Mae, check the evidence.
It's been a while since I have posted an update on our barn home.  Today I am sharing the pallet wall that my son built for me.  It makes our rustic barn look even more rustic.  A pallet wall is a quick, DIY project that almost anyone can do. A Glimpse of Normal

It's been a while since I have posted an update on our barn home.  Today I am sharing the pallet wall that my son built for me.  It makes our rustic barn look even more rustic.  A pallet wall is a quick, DIY project that almost anyone can do. A Glimpse of Normal

It's been a while since I have posted an update on our barn home.  Today I am sharing the pallet wall that my son built for me.  It makes our rustic barn look even more rustic.  A pallet wall is a quick, DIY project that almost anyone can do. A Glimpse of Normal

It's been a while since I have posted an update on our barn home.  Today I am sharing the pallet wall that my son built for me.  It makes our rustic barn look even more rustic.  A pallet wall is a quick, DIY project that almost anyone can do. A Glimpse of Normal
CJ tore apart pallets, matched up board sizes, and prepped them for going on the wall.  Then he got started.  The only assistance he got from me was picking which side of the board should face out on some of the boards.  The only assistance he got from Dad was the very top row because not much is square in this old barn anymore and the very bottom row since it had to meet up to the floor.  Other than that, this project was all CJ and I couldn't be more proud of him for putting his vision into action.  Boys need to do this kind of thing.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how the finished wall turned out.  I could tell with just a few boards up that the wall would look natural.  Once it was all done, it looks like the wall was always a pallet wall.  It looks like what I picture the inside of the barn looked like before it became a house.
It's been a while since I have posted an update on our barn home.  Today I am sharing the pallet wall that my son built for me.  It makes our rustic barn look even more rustic.  A pallet wall is a quick, DIY project that almost anyone can do. A Glimpse of Normal

It's been a while since I have posted an update on our barn home.  Today I am sharing the pallet wall that my son built for me.  It makes our rustic barn look even more rustic.  A pallet wall is a quick, DIY project that almost anyone can do. A Glimpse of Normal

It's been a while since I have posted an update on our barn home.  Today I am sharing the pallet wall that my son built for me.  It makes our rustic barn look even more rustic.  A pallet wall is a quick, DIY project that almost anyone can do. A Glimpse of Normal

It's been a while since I have posted an update on our barn home.  Today I am sharing the pallet wall that my son built for me.  It makes our rustic barn look even more rustic.  A pallet wall is a quick, DIY project that almost anyone can do. A Glimpse of Normal
What do you think?  Do you love it as much as I do?  I will be back soon with some more changes we have made in the barn.  Until then, stay tuned.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Crochet Work

I have been meaning to update my Chain Stitch and Repeat page with some more stitch tutorials and some crochet projects but I have been busy working up crochet orders.  I was very blessed to get my first crochet order early this year.  Taking orders was only something I dreamed of because like all makers you wonder if your skills are good enough.  But I had a friend contact me for a project and it was something I could create for her and I had a lot of fun doing it.  Later on, she contacted me about a few more projects and then I had a few other people contact me as well.  So I have been busily working on projects behind the scenes.  Today I thought I would share them with you.
This was my first crochet order, a set of super cute teacups.  They were fun to work on.  See more at A Glimpse of Normal.
These teacups were my first order.  I got the pattern from Amigurumi Today.  It was easy to follow and fun to give each teacup a personality.
This crochet order was a lot of fun to work on.  This cute elephant lovey will make a great gift.  See more at A Glimpse of Normal.
This elephant lovey is so cute and soft.  I got the pattern from Tikva Patterns on Etsy.  I am currently working on a boy elephant lovey.  They are adorable.
This super fun, custom pillow was quick to work up.  See more at A Glimpse of Normal.
This unicorn pillow was super fun to make.  You can customize the colors which makes it super cute.  This pattern is from Yali's & Yabo's on Etsy.
This super fun, custom pillow was quick to work up.  See more at A Glimpse of Normal.
My second order for a unicorn pillow wanted a brighter green and darker purple.  It turned out just as cute as the first one.  This pattern is from Yali's & Yabo's on Etsy.

If you would like to contact me about creating something for you, feel free to message me, email me, or put a comment here.  I will get back to you about it and we can work out the details.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

December 2018 Menu Plan

I seriously can not believe it is December already.  I knew that November would fly by, but it feels like I closed my eyes for a second and December is here.  If I could slow down time for a minute, I think I would.  December is another fun, but busy month for us.  We have gatherings, a Christmas play, family baking day, and other things going on so I am glad we have a menu plan to help keep us on track.  It comes in very handy when we are on the go during the day and need to get dinner going.  I check my menu plan and pull out what we need.  Here is what is for dinner at our house this month:
December is a busy month.  Don't get caught without a menu plan for dinner!  If you are looking for a practical menu plan, check out my December 2018 Menu Plan.
  1. Sheet Pan Steak and Fries
  2. Beef & Sweet Potato Chowder
  3. Meatloaf
  4. Egg Roll Soup
  5. Copycat Sonic Meat & Cheese Breakfast Burritos
  6. 3 Ingredient Baked Ravioli
  7. Italian Sausage Stromboli
  8. The Best Burger
  9. Stir Fry with Veggies
  10. Corned Beef & Cabbage
  11. Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
  12. Pioneer Woman's Baked Ziti
  13. Quesaitos
  14. Texas Toast Garlic Bread Pizza
  15. Bacon Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes
  16. Chicken and Kale Linguine
  17. Hobo Foil Dinners
  18. Italian Meatball Soup
  19. Cheesy Garlic Sausage & Bacon Carbonara
  20. Fake Out Chipotle Burrito Bowls
  21. Pizza Bread
  22. Chipotle Lime Flank Steak Street Tacos
  23. Antipasto Squares
  24. French Dip Sliders
  25. BBQ Smoked Ribs
  26. Trisha Yearwood's Cowboy Lasagna
  27. Steak & Steakhouse Potato Gratin
  28. BBQ Chicken Pizza
  29. Black Bean Tostadas with Cilantro Sauce
  30. Copycat Wendy's Chili
  31. Philly Cheesesteak Cheesy Bread
As always you can find recipes for these meals on my December Menu Plan board on Pinterest.  There are lots of other meals on this board too so that you can swap out meals that your family won't eat.  Once I add a meal to this Pinterest board, I leave it on there for ideas and swap meals.  I hope my menu plans help you out.  What is for dinner this month at your house?

I updated my FREE printable menu planner so that you can print it and fill it in with your meals.  since I am giving you the whole month at once this month, you will need to print off extra copies so you have enough planning space for the whole month.  Let me know if you use it and like it.