Archive | February, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

23 Feb


An Early Spring for My Princess

18 Feb
I know for a lot of you out there Spring can’t come soon enough. For us out here in the desert, it seems like it’s been here for a week now.  After surviving our first summer in Arizona, panic as begun to set it.  With the cold weather disappearing, that means unbearable heat will be here soon.  Still, I can bring a ‘lil spring time to my Alie’s room for her.  I know the pretty flowers and colors of spring will make her smile. 
Alie got this Sleeping Beauty poster from her Auntie Julie’s Mom.  Instead of it being rolled up, it was flat with a piece of cardboard behind it.  If you remember my messy room post, then you may remember reading about my odd obsession with saving pieces of cardboard.  I mean really, isn’t there ALWAYS something you can do with it!  So, I have this nice big piece of cardboard and some turquoise paint.  My sister Kari bought me a few different vinyl wall art sets.  One of them was perfect for Alie’s room and PERFECT for what I decided to do with the cardboard.

Because I am a bit of a klutz, I lined my kitchen with plastic.
Then I painted the cardboard.
Then I added the vinyl stickers and made some faux grass from tissue paper.
To make the grass I cut up tissue paper into squares.
Then, I folded the squares like so.
And glued them onto the board.
This is what it looks like up on her wall.  It’s kinda cute isn’t it?  She LOVES it!!
Thanks for stopping by! 

Blog Swap with my GOOD friend Sunny of Life in Rehab

17 Feb
Hello there, fans of AliLilly!
What would you do if your house caught on fire and there was $100,000 worth of damage, 
not including your possessions?
If you’re us, you fire up the circular saw and start a blog so you can drag the internet along on your journey.
I’m Sunny Pritchard, head loon and proprietress of Life in Rehab, a blog about the misadventures of a family trying to dig their way out of the charred rubble of their beach house in gorgeous South Florida.
This is not your usual neutrals destination.
My children, known as the Minions, serve as slave labor while we demolish, reframe, sand down, install, repaint, reupholster, and upcycle everything from couches to wine boxes. You think I’m kidding? Come see some of the things we’ve done!
We brought our smoke and water damaged sectional back to life with a few bottles of dye.
The big mirror in the dining room became a blog star after her turquoise face lift.
We turned mismatched bargain patio furniture into seaside black elegance
…and helped the chinese delivery guy find my house!
Holiday projects on a budget? How about some Chandelier Shade Ghosts
We’ll show you how to use jar lids to solve a little insect problem.
And over here, your bad habits might actually come in handy!
Come on over for a shot of caffeine and a smile. Here at Chateau Inferno, we’re about six miles south of Normal, but we have some serious fun while we’re at it. Please do drop by and join us!
 And many thanks to my dear bloggy buddy Ami and her delicious little dollop of a daughter for allowing us to disrupt the creative genius around here for a day! Love you guys!

Blog Swap with Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife

12 Feb
Hi! I’m Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife and I am happy to be swapping with Ami today!
 I am a stay at home mom to 4 little boys and I love it! Don’t get me wrong, it can be hard. Sometime down right crazy! But in between loads of laundry, at nap time, and into the late hours of the night I am able to find some “me” time. It helps keep me sane!  Here are some of the things you can find on my blog.
I refinished this antique desk. You should see what it looked like before! I have a tutorial on how I did it HERE.
I needed more lighting in my front room but my hubby was unemployed at the time and I had zero budget for one. So I made this floor lamp out of scrap wood left over from other projects. Then I hand painted one of my own design on a lamp shade I had. I did have to buy a $10.00 lamp kit but I think it was worth the splurge! See the complete tutorial HERE.
With 4 busy boys I am always looking for fun activities to do with my kids. They love this felt face activity! I cut out a bunch of different noses, different eyes, mouths, etc and they can make their own faces however they want over and over. See how to make them HERE.
 If I can’t find the right fabric I just paint my own!
See how I fixed up our old bathroom for around $75.00!
I also recently stenciled my entire bedroom ceiling. It took 4 days because I had 49 million interruptions, but it was worth it. I love waking up to a pretty ceiling! You can see more picture and how I did it HERE. There is also a tutorial on how I made the Chandelier HERE.
 I host a linky party on Tuesdays called Show me what ya got! So come party with me on Tuesdays 🙂
I have an etsy shop called The Housewife Boutique too. I recently added a ton of necklaces, hair clips and headbands.
You can visit my shop by clicking HERE.
I also sometimes chat about “mom” things like BABY WEIGHT, bad days, traditions, cleaning, etc. So come and visit me sometime at Not JUST A Housewife 🙂

Blog Swap with Truly Lovely

10 Feb
Hello friends and followers of AliLilly!!!

I am so excited to be here, blog swapping with Miss Ami!

PLEASE, PLEASE don’t brush aside this post as, ‘It’s just a guest blogger… No Ami loveliness today‘… and then carry on through your blog roll!

That would make me so sad!!

I am thrilled to get the chance to share a little about myself and my blog with you lovely AliLilly readers, so PLEASE stick around!!!

Ami is definitely my Bloggie bestie!!!

E-mails, facebook, twitter, etc… is NOT safe from us!!!

I’m so excited to hopefully get to meet Miss Ami someday soon in person since we share the same home state of AZ!!!

So… Now that I’m done gushing over Ami and her fabulousness…

My name is Kassi! I, along with my sister, Kayli, produce Truly Lovely!!

Yep, that’s me!!! 😉

It’s a blog about the things that we find to be well… Truly Lovely! 😉

We’ve only been blogging for a few short months, but like most things we Laney Sisters do, we jumped in head first!!

AND we love it! We love the community, sharing ideas, and learning new things from other bloggers, like Miss Ami!!

The things that we find to be Lovely include crafts, such as these personalized tile coasters that I made as a cheap, easy, but still lovely gift!


Or this upcycled purse that Kayli fancied up with some fun flowers!

We also enjoy sharing our favorite recipes… Which have included these tasty Mint Oreo Brownie treats!!

Besides our crafting and cooking endeavors, we share little tid bits of our lives, which at the moment revolve around Kayli graduating high school and picking a college. As well as my wedding planning for this summer!

We also love showing off YOUR projects, so we host a fun linky party every Friday, with our favorites featured every following Monday!

We would love to see you link up tomorrow at Fancy This Fridays!!!

*wink wink*

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Like I said, we’re new to the blogging world and we would love for you to stop by and share a little encouragement!

We newbies can use all the help we can get!

Thanks to Miss Ami for blog swapping with us today!

We think AliLilly is TRULY LOVELY!!

You can get your daily fix of Ami over at our blog, Truly Lovely right now!!!

We hope you’ll stop by and say hi!

And all you lovely Truly Lovely ladies stopping by, we know Miss Ami would love having you as a new follower! We love you, so she will too!!

Happy Thursday friends!!!

The Sweetest Cupcakes Ever

4 Feb
I hope you are not looking for some special secret passed down from Grandma to Grandma recipe.  You wont find that here.  What you will find is the Sweetest Cupcakes Ever.  Why you ask?  Because me sweet little princess of a daughter helped me make and decorate them. 

This is what I used.  Found them at Target. 
Alice placed the liners in our little pans. 

 Then we blended up the ingredients.  And for anyone who noticed YES that is the cereal bowl from the movie Friday!!  Hahaha!
Now, Mommy ran the blender.  I did let her hold it for a few seconds to get a feel of it and for this picture!  Sorry Ladies, Santa left my KitchenAid stand up mixer back at the North Pole.  He promised to bring it next Christmas.  I must say though, this little mixer is great and does everything I need!!
While Miss Alie napped the and after the cupcakes cooled.  I decorated them.
I really hope you noticed that I METICULOUSLY placed each heart and sprinkle.  I figured it was so EASY to make these I might as well spend a little extra time on making them pretty.  I wasn’t quite done by the time Alie woke up from her nap and so she took over the decorating from there and gave her Mommy a break.  PHEW! I needed one too! 
She did a GREAT job.  Her cupcakes are just so precious.  I should tell y’all, they are her first!
How precious are her cupcakes? I’m so proud of my sweet little helper.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blog Swap with Racheal of Lovely Crafty Home

1 Feb
Hi everyone!! *waves*
I’m so excited to be swapping today with Ami on AliLilly! Ami is a jack  of all trades, from cooking to jewelry- so many creative things to read  about! My name is Rachael, and I write a home and entertaining blog called Lovely Crafty Home. I’m an ex engineer turned blogger and all around domestic goddess (yup, I said it).
My first born, Millie, and me.
I started writing LCH after we took our house off the market last year as a way to chronicle the changes I wanted to make. Once we decided to stay, I realized I could do a few things here and there to make our home more enjoyable for us and to perhaps help it sell better down the line. Since then, it’s been a great ride-learning new things and sharing them with you has been an amazing experience!
My husband Mike and I
At Lovely Crafty Home, you can find both large and small projects-from making monogram art
I dabble in a little bit of everything, learning as I go. Last year I learned to knit and opened up a baby shop called Babyfrog Designs. I make custom clothes and accessories!
I also really enjoy sewing, a new skill for me in the past few months or so. If it’s square-ish, I will sew it! Like this jewelry clutch
…or sometimes I get a little crazy and end up with Christmas stockings.
Some of my absolute favorite projects have been the most time consuming, like this book page wreath
But the best part of blogging is meeting new creative people who inspire me everyday! I hope you will stop by and visit me sometime at Lovely Crafty Home. I host a weekend linky party for you to share your awesome projects as well!
Thank you so much Ami for swapping with me!