Archive | December, 2010

Top 10 of 2010

31 Dec
WOW!!!  What a year.  I started this blog on January 6 this year.  I had NO IDEA what I was doing.  With that and a computer that died on us I really didn’t get things going until June.  So even though my anniversary is coming up it really does not feel like one.  To me it really feels like this all began in June.  So with that I have complied a list of the best of AliLilly 2010!!!  So exciting!!  I have a best of list!!  WEEE! *big happy smile*  I based this list off of comments and features.

My Christmas Decorating with Tissue Paper post.
Is My Daughter is a Princess post.  I made her this costume!!  It was my first! 🙂

My Bananas and Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe.

A quick story about Falling IN LOVE with Blogging!

My first homemade Gift Box Bows.

My FIRST Tissue Paper Christmas Trees and new Christmas Mantel.

A DIY Photo Box Tutorial.
Go from this
To this!

My Rocky Road Cupcake Recipe.

My Baby Blanket Art!

And the NUMBER 1 POST OF 2010 
Is the story called Sending Birthday Wishes To Heaven.  It is about my BELOVED Nephew Khaleeq who went to Heaven last year.  He is loved and missed and is OUR Angel watching over us from Heaven.

There were so many heartfelt and wonderful comments left on this post. 

Thanks y’all for such a great year.  I have met and made so many new wonderful friends.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2011!  Thanks for all your support and AMAZING inspiration.  This blog and my craftiness would be NOTHING with out YOU!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Don’t forget to ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!!!!


Cutting Edge Stencil GIVEAWAY

30 Dec

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Are y’all ready!?!

This is my FIRST company based giveaway and what an AMAZING company it’s from!!

Cutting Edge Stencils is a company that creates and sells REUSABLE wall stencils. They have so many different styles to choose from. I was offered a stencil to review. Click HERE to see that post.
I chose the Spring Songbirds stencil and this is what I did with it.

The stencil was so easy to work with. I love that they are reusable too. I can’t wait to use this again. Maybe on some curtains, or a table cloth.

Cutting Edge Stencils is offering one AliLilly follower a $40 credit to their online store.
 You could chose any of these

Or use the $40 credit toward something like this 

You could also use the $40 credit to get several stencils as they have many to chose from that are under $20.

So, how do you enter to win??

Mandatory Entries:
Visit Cutting Edge Stencils, browse around then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite stencil.

Leave me a comment that you are an AliLilly follower or just became an AliLilly follower through Google Friend Connect. I LOVE my followers, old and new!! 

Want a few more chances to win?

Additional Entries:  
“Like” Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook. Leave a comment on their page letting them know I sent you over. Leave a comment here telling me you did.

Subscribed to AliLilly via email or in a reader. Leave me a comment.

“Like” AliLilly on Facebook. Leave me a comment.

Check out my AliLilly Etsy Shop and leave me a comment telling me what you favorite piece is. 

Blog, Facebook or Tweet this giveaway and leave the link here. (2 entries for each) 

Please leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do.

Giveaway ENDS 1-2-2011 at 11:59 PM MST
Winner will be chosen via 
Winner will be announced here on Monday 1-3-2011

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Cutting Edge Stencil Product Review

28 Dec

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This is what I did with my Cutting Edge Stencil.

I’m sure you’ve seen all the wonderful stenciled walls all over “blogland” Here are just a few that I love!

Photo from Kaysi’s blog Keeping It Simple
Photo from Kate’s blog Centsational Girl
Photo from Megan’s blog Honey We’re Home

I’ve been aching to decorate our home. My free-hand artistic abilities are limited to stick figures. So, when I saw how many different stencils Cutting Edge Stencils offered I got SO EXCITED.

They have Branches and Birds.
Medallions and Borders.
All over Damask
Wall Pattern Kits
All over Trellis kits
Fossils that you can paint or
add plaster for texture

 And they have so much more…..

When Cutting Edge Stencils asked me if I would be interested in doing a product review I squealed and did a happy dance while replying “YES YES YES THANK YOU!!” 
I chose the Spring Songbirds Wall Art Stencil Kit. 

We decided to use it on our kitchen wall. This is the before pic.
I painted the back wall a beautiful Turquoise blue. My sweet hubby even helped. We used Traditional Brown for the base color of the stencil and Malted Milk for highlighting.
Once the paint dried we secured the stencil on the wall and painted the base coat with the Dense Foam Roller Cutting Edge Stencils provided me.
Then we added highlights to the stencil with a stencil brush. By the way those are my hubby’s man hands!

Are you ready to see the After pic??? 

 TA DA!!!!!!!!

Isn’t it just AMAZING!! I am ABSOLUTELY in love with it. 
I can’t wait to add more here and there around the house. 

David turned one of the birds in to a Cardinal. How beautiful is this guy!!?

This is what it looks like with just the under the cabinet lights on.

Doesn’t it look wonderful.

The stencil was SO EASY to use. It was strong, sturdy and easy to secure to the wall. Once the paint drys on the stencil it peels right off. You can use them again and again! My sister and sister in law are already in line to borrow it! I’m just so excited over how easy, fast and simple this was to do. It’s made our kitchen look like a million bucks! 

Cutting Edge Stencils is GRACIOUSLY giving one AliLilly follower a $40 credit to their store!!  

Thanks so much to Cutting Edge Stencils for this great giveaway and thanks Y’ALL for stopping by. 

I was given the Spring Songbirds Stencil and Dense Foam Roller for review purposes. No other compensation was received. The opinions stated here are my own and have in no way been influenced by Cutting Edge Stencils.

I will be sharing this at these WONDERFUL Link Parties! 



Christmas Decorating with Tissue Paper

13 Dec
I got a TON of wonderful feedback on my Tissue Paper Christmas Trees!
Thanks y’all, it really made me feel special.  It was a super fugal project too.  I used printer paper for the cones and had a bunch of left over tissue paper stuff in the “wrapping paper” drawer. 
So, I decided to make a wreath.
I actually used cut up junk mail to make the circle and just glued the tissue paper on it.  I glued darker pieces of tissue paper to give it that “holly” feel.  Then I glued on some red wood beads for the berries. 
We got these ADORABLE stockings at Target for $2 each!! 
BUT they didn’t quite match the “theme” of my Christmas Mantel
So, I decided to make a tissue paper garland strip/mantel/thing-a-mah-bob.  To “hang” our stockings from.  I cut up some more mail and made a tissue paper garland strip and placed it under the wreath. 

What do you think of my frugally way to decorate a blank wall and give our stockings a new home for Christmas??

I had to share this CUTE moment I captured the day I made the tissue paper wreath and garland.  Alie is hanging out on couch with Elmo and Gizmo (she calls him Ess-go).  The three of them were watching Elf. How sweet is that!! 
Thanks for stopping by!!

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Our 1st Arizona Christmas Tree

10 Dec
If you know me, you know I am a born and raised Texan. My husband, my step daughter and our daughter were born there, too. We have lived in Arizona for just over a year and this is our FIRST Christmas, by ourselves in Arizona. Last year we shared an apartment with my brother, his new wife Julie ( I have to tell y’all about Julie someday. She is an AMAZINGLY crafty mommy who NEEDS to blog) and their BRAND NEW SON! Everyone say “HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY JAYDEN!!”

In the past we have always gotten a live tree. We learned last year that out in AZ it is HARD to keep your tree alive. There is NO HUMIDITY here! Yes, I have GREAT HAIR!!! We got ourselves a simple artificial lighted tree. We chose multi colored lights for Alie. She LOVES them. We only had a couple ornaments. We left most of our belongings back in Texas. Much of what I’m going to share with y’all is brand new!!

I made these lil rosette snowmen for our tree. The other one was going to be a snowman, but I didn’t quite size the rosettes right. So, I attached to a head band and Alie loves to wear it.

Have you seen these adorable ornaments at Dollar Tree?? How cute is this guy? You get 3 for $1, how great is that?

They had these too! 
We got this one for Alie.
David bought me this one. Sweet right?? 🙂
We brought Marli’s sterling silver and jeweled M.
This one came with us from Houston.
David, Alie and I all had fun one evening at a GCU festival, collecting pine cones. I added them all over the tree with a little floral wire. I just love how they look!
I can’t tell y’all how happy Gizmo is to have a tree skirt to sleep on again! 🙂

What do y’all think of our first AZ Christmas Tree? I love it. Alie loves it. Daddy loves it. OH! I discovered if you take that long ornament hook and just wind it around a branch then your ornaments don’t end up in things like the refrigerator, drawers or toy boxes!! 

Thanks to everyone who entered. It makes me sad to see how many of you entered and how hard you tried to win some of my jewelry. I wish I could give everyone a piece but what I CAN DO is give y’all a code that would give you 50% of your purchase at my AliLilly Etsy Shop. Email me at amiallison73 at yahoo dot com and I will give you the 50% off purchase code.  

NOW……our winner!

You HAVE to see how gorgeous that pic is. I hope you don’t mind, Kassi!!

Gorgeous right?!!


Thanks for stopping by!

I’m linking up to:

Punkin Seed Productions

‘Lil Late 200 Followers Celebration Giveaway

3 Dec
I know I’m late. I’m so sorry y’all. BUT I do have something great for you!!! How would you like to win some Christmas Jewelry just in time for all those Holiday parties?? As a special thank you to all my wonderful followers old and new, I’m a giving away WINNERS CHOICE of any piece in my Holiday Jewelry Collection in my etsy shop.

I am also having a 20% OFF EVERYTHING SALE for anyone entering this giveaway. Use the code aliegiveaway to receive your discount. 

NOW how do you win??

Mandatory Entry: You must be or become a follower through Google Friend Connect and leave me a comment telling me you are.

For additional entries…….
Subscribe to AliLilly via Email or in a reader and leave me a comment. 

Visit the AliLilly Etsy Shop Then come back here and leave me a comment 
telling me what your favorite piece is.

Follow me on Twitter Leave me a comment telling me you did so.

“Like” my AliLilly Facebook page Leave me a comment telling me you did so.

Blog Tweet or post on Facebook about this giveaway and leave me a comment with the link. Do any of these and get 3 extra entries. 

Giveaway will close December 9th at 11:59 pm MST. Winner will be announced December 10th.  



A New Christmas Mantel

1 Dec

OK, so it’s not your traditional mantel BUT the box did say Wall Mantel Shelf on it. Anyhow, my sweet hubby bought this for me. We have a bar that no matter how hard I try remains littered with sippy cups, keys, receipts, change, random Cheerios…..I could keep going but you get the picture.

I LOVE my new FAUX Mantel! David put it up while I bathed Alie and put her to bed, so I got to play with it afterward.

David found this AMAZING Nativity Set at Big Lots for just $14!! Isn’t it gorgeous. I just love it!
David also found that precious “Bless This Family” sign at Michael’s one evening while I stood staring blankly at a wall of jewelry beads for an embarrassing length of time! It was 60% off so we paid $4 for that!! 

I saw these ADORABLE Tissue Paper Christmas Trees on the Spunky Junky blog. Halsey posted a GREAT tutorial on how to make these. Check out her tutorial and her awesome blog and tell her I said “HELLO”
These are my sweet trees I made using Halsey’s tutorial. Aren’t they awesome?  I LOVE THEM! I wanna make some for everyone now. 

What do you think of my New Christmas faux Mantel? I love it! My hubby made a GREAT suggestion for the blank wall area just above it. I’ll keep it a surprise for now. It would be so much fun IF I can pull it off. Lets just say he thinks I have the same creative and artistic gifts as Donna with Funky Junk Interiors.

I’m linking this up to Layla’s Christmas Mantel Party. You have your mantels ready? Go link them up too.

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