Archive | June, 2011

Guest Blogger Kassi with Truly Lovely

30 Jun

Hello all you FABULOUS AliLilly readers!!!

I am SO excited to be guest posting for the AMAZING Ami while she is making her BIG move back to TX!

I am also SO sad to be losing my AZ bloggie bestie…
BUT this blog world is so great that instead of losing her I’m simply trading and AZ bestie for a TX bestie!!!
Love ya Ami!!! πŸ™‚

You may have seen me floating around here before

So it’s a pleasure to be able to share with you all once again!

In case you missed my first guest post here, I’m Kassi.

I blog over at Truly Lovely…
A blog about all things I consider to be truly lovely. πŸ™‚
Truly Lovely

I’d like to share my recent discovery with you.

Maybe I’m the last one to know, but if not, you’ve gotta check out this cool website called Wordle.

It lets you enter either a paragraph of text, a website/blog/any other url and then makes a word cloud from the most used words within what you provided.

For example, I made a wordle using the Truly Lovely blog URL.

COOL, right?

The site chooses the most used words and creates your word cloud.
From there you can customize the colors, shape, and even remove words to make it your own.
Then you can print or share it as you please. πŸ™‚

A Wordle made from my wedding blog, My Road to Mrs.

You could frame a custom word cloud to be used as wall art, as a gift, or even to label random items!

I made a Wordle from my work website and framed it to display in my office!
Check back on Truly Lovely in awhile if you’d like to see that post!

I think I might frame my blog wordles as wall decoration for my craft room! πŸ™‚
The ideas are endless!!!

*Wordle does not know who I am or care I’m sure… 
This is just a fun idea I found and wanted to share with others. πŸ™‚

So… Wordle away friends!!!
I would love to hear about what you create!!!
Hope you’ll pop over by Truly Lovely for a visit sometime! πŸ™‚

And good luck to Ami and the family as the make the big move!!

Have a lovely day!

Thanks Kassi!!! YOU rock mama! πŸ™‚

AND YES!!!! As Kassi mentioned we are moving from AZ back to our HOME STATE of TEXAS!!! It’s a bit crazy with packing up and all right now! SO, if anyone is will to help out I need some guest bloggers ASAP!!! Would you help?? Please Please!?!

ALSO be sure to stop by Just Sew Sassy! I have a GIVEAWAY going on of there!! πŸ™‚ 

I am linking up here:

{M}  Making The World Cuter ~ The Creative Girl ~ Skip To My Lou  ~ Between Naps On The Porch  ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ Craft-O-Maniac ~ Dittle Dattle {T} Bella Before and After ~ Today’s Creative Blog ~ Home Stories A 2 Z  ~ A Stoll Thru Life ~ Tip Junkie ~ Sugar Bee  ~I’m Topsy Turvy  ~ Funky Polkadot Giraffe ~Not JUST a Housewife ~ Running With Glitter ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Homework {W} Night Owl Crafting ~ Someday Crafts ~Blue Cricket Design  ~Sew Much Ado ~ Lil’ Luna  ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman  {T} House Of Hepworths ~ The Shabby Chic Cottage  ~ Somewhat Simple  ~What Allie’s Making Now {F} Fingerprints On The Fridge  ~ Tidymom ~Simply Designing  ~The Shabby Nest  ~Chic On A Shoestring Decorating ~Simply Sweet Home  ~My Romantic Home ~ Just A Girl ~  Truly Lovely ~ A Little Knick KnackLovely Crafty Home ~ Whipperberry  ~ 30 Days ~ Remodelaholic {S} Be Different…Act Normal~Funky Junk Interiors ~Tater Tots And Jello ~Along For The Ride  ~ Lolly Jane ~ To Sew With Love  {Sn} I Heart Naptime ~Under The Table And Dreaming ~ Homemaker on a Dime ~ Nifty Thrifty Things Flamingo Toes




Like what you see? Follow me and keep up to date with all the happenings here at AliLilly!!!Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurnerAliLilly

How To: Macrame

28 Jun

If you saw my DIY 4th of July Door Hanger post then you saw that I mentioned posting a tutorial on how to macrame.  Well, HERE IT IS! πŸ™‚
It’s super simple to do.  And with summer JUST arriving (although it’s felt like summer in PHX since February!) it’s the perfect time to learn how to make cute summer hemp necklaces, bracelets and anklets.  I first learned how to make these while I was pregnant and on bed rest with Alie.  
First, knot the ends with or without a loop.  I’ve learned that the loop at the end really doesn’t matter as the ends are always tied.  You can start with 3 strings.  You’ll need about 5 yards split in half for a necklace, 3 for a bracelet or anklet. 
Now, cross one end over the other in front of the middle string. 

Pull it behind the other two strings 

Then pull it through the other side.  This is a basic half knot. 

It should look like this 

and pull

For a half knot twist hemp necklace/bracelet/anklet keep knotting this way.  Same string same side each time. 

It will begin to look like this. 

For a square knotted hemp necklace/bracelet/anklet make sure you take the opposite string each time you knot.

These are some different ways to add beads.
You can add large beads to the middle.

Smaller beads to the other side stings with a half knot twist.

 Medium sized beads in the middle with a square knot.

Here are a few more pieces I’ve made.
Large beaded half knot twist necklace with square knots in between the beads. 

Braided hemp necklace with square knots in between the beads. 

Half knot twist hemp bracelet. 

If you have any questions please feel free to ask!  

We are moving from AZ back to our HOME STATE of TEXAS!!! It’s a bit crazy with packing up and all right now! SO, if anyone is will to help out I need some guest bloggers ASAP!!! Would you help?? Please Please!?!
Thanks for stopping by!




I am linking up here:

{M}  Making The World Cuter ~ The Creative Girl ~ Skip To My Lou  ~ Between Naps On The Porch  ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ Craft-O-Maniac ~ Dittle Dattle {T} Bella Before and After ~ Today’s Creative Blog ~ Home Stories A 2 Z  ~ A Stoll Thru Life ~ Tip Junkie ~ Sugar Bee  ~I’m Topsy Turvy  ~ Funky Polkadot Giraffe ~Not JUST a Housewife ~ Running With Glitter ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Homework {W} Night Owl Crafting ~ Someday Crafts ~Blue Cricket Design  ~Sew Much Ado ~ Lil’ Luna  ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman  {T} House Of Hepworths ~ The Shabby Chic Cottage  ~ Somewhat Simple  ~What Allie’s Making Now {F} Fingerprints On The Fridge  ~ Tidymom ~Simply Designing  ~The Shabby Nest  ~Chic On A Shoestring Decorating ~Simply Sweet Home  ~My Romantic Home ~ Just A Girl ~  Truly Lovely ~ A Little Knick KnackLovely Crafty Home ~ Whipperberry  ~ 30 Days ~ Remodelaholic {S} Be Different…Act Normal~Funky Junk Interiors ~Tater Tots And Jello ~Along For The Ride  ~ Lolly Jane ~ To Sew With Love  {Sn} I Heart Naptime ~Under The Table And Dreaming ~ Homemaker on a Dime ~ Nifty Thrifty Things Flamingo Toes


Like what you see? Follow me and keep up to date with all the happenings here at AliLilly!!!Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurnerAliLilly

Vitals.com Review

26 Jun
Have you heard of Vitals.com??  It’s a fantastic ALL-IN-ONE Doctor finder.  AND  Vitals.com is free to use!  You don’t have to PAY to read a review or report!!  You can search for doctors in your area.  You can read reviews that others have posted. At  Vitals.com  you get a profile summary of each doctor which includes their office(s) location, hospital affiliation, areas of specialty, their education, any languages they might speak, publications they have and much more.  You can provide patient feedback or read others.  You can rate your doctor and read a recent doctor check up!
Vitals.com is a comprehensive database of more than 720,000 doctors Nationwide.  They also have an International Doctor finder!  You can search for a doctor by specialties, sub-specialties, location or medical need. 
AND if you don’t know what is wrong with you, Vitals.com has a great tool where you enter in your symptoms and it will help you find out what is wrong AND find a doctor in your desired zip code radius.  There are even more tools to use!  You can personalize Vitals.com with your personal medical information, save doctor profiles,  save hospital and pharmacy information and save your health insurance information.  Making future searches even easier.   You can also chat with doctors online,  or use their helpful tool on preparing for your appointment. 
I highly recommend you check Vitals.com for yourself.



Disclosure Policy
Like what you see? Follow me and keep up to date with all the happenings here at AliLilly!!!Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurnerAliLilly

Super Easy Patriotic Banner

24 Jun

Have you seen the Awesome Patriotic Banner at Madigan Made?  It was the inspiration behind this banner.  
First, I inconspicuously collected some paint chip samples!

I traced and cut stars in 3 different sizes. 

Glued them together.

Then I hot glued them onto some twine. 

I played around with different ways to hang it. 

 Simple and cute right? 




We are moving from AZ back to our HOME STATE of TEXAS!!! It’s a bit crazy with packing up and all right now! SO, if anyone is will to help out I need some guest bloggers ASAP!!! Would you help?? Please Please!?!

Thanks for stopping by!


Have you heard of Cheap Oil Painting.com? They sell  oil painting on canvas, photos to paintings, museum quality hand painted art reproductions and much more. I highly recommend that you go check them out.

I am linking up to these awesome parties!


{M}  Making The World Cuter ~ The Creative Girl ~ Skip To My Lou  ~ Between Naps On The Porch  ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ Craft-O-Maniac ~ Dittle Dattle {T} Bella Before and After ~ Today’s Creative Blog ~ Home Stories A 2 Z  ~ A Stoll Thru Life ~ Tip Junkie ~ Sugar Bee  ~I’m Topsy Turvy  ~ Funky Polkadot Giraffe ~Not JUST a Housewife ~ Running With Glitter ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Homework {W} Night Owl Crafting ~ Someday Crafts ~Blue Cricket Design  ~Sew Much Ado ~ Lil’ Luna  ~ Handy Man, Crafty Woman  {T} House Of Hepworths ~ The Shabby Chic Cottage  ~ Somewhat Simple  ~What Allie’s Making Now {F} Fingerprints On The Fridge  ~ Tidymom ~Simply Designing  ~The Shabby Nest  ~Chic On A Shoestring Decorating ~Simply Sweet Home  ~My Romantic Home ~ Just A Girl ~  Truly Lovely ~ A Little Knick KnackLovely Crafty Home ~ Whipperberry  ~ 30 Days ~ Remodelaholic {S} Be Different…Act Normal~Funky Junk Interiors ~Tater Tots And Jello ~Along For The Ride  ~ Lolly Jane ~ To Sew With Love  {Sn} I Heart Naptime ~Under The Table And Dreaming ~ Homemaker on a Dime ~ Nifty Thrifty Things Flamingo Toes



Like what you see? Follow me and keep up to date with all the happenings here at AliLilly!!!Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurnerAliLilly

Huggable Teddy Bear Review

24 Jun
Huggable Teady Bears


I was so excited when Gretchen of Huggable Teddy Bears contacted me to do a review!  Who doesn’t LOVE Teddy Bears!! 

When I checked out their website I was so impressed!  There are dozens and dozens of teddy bears to chose from! They have teddy bears for every occasion! 

Gift Occasion Bears

and many more! 
They have Sports Bears

Sports Bears

and many more! 
They have Fantasy Costumes  

Fantasy Costumes

You can even dress your teddy bear up as a bride, groom, or baby!


Formal Dress

You can personalize your bear with their Create a T-Shirt feature! 

Create a T-Shirt

Not only do they have all this to chose from, but they have over two dozen gift baskets!Baskets like these…




For my review I chose the Florabelle 18 inch Teddy Bear! 


This is what she looks like on their site.


Sweet Florabelle couldn’t have come at a more perfect time.  My Alie Marie woke up one morning with a temp of 104!  We rushed her to Urgent Care and found that she had aspirated some food into her lung and it had developed into pneumonia.  A day after being treated with antibiotics she was feeling MUCH better.  To make her day even better, Florabelle was waiting for her in the mailbox.  Alie LOVED her instantly!  
Florabelle is the perfect size, very soft and cuddly.  She has two beautiful embroidered  silver hearts on her paw.  She has pretty deep brown eyes and the sweetest pink embroidered nose.   Her super soft pink fur is silky and shiny as well.  There is something so special about this teddy.  When you hug her it feels like she hugs you back.  I think it’s because this bears arms and legs are just a little longer than the normal teddy.  


Isn’t she so sweet!!?  Alie hasn’t put her down since.  In fact she sleeps with her every night   
Please go check out Huggable Teddy Bears!  They have a fun site FULL of gift ideas. 



Like what you see? Follow me and keep up to date with all the happenings here at AliLilly!!!Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurnerAliLilly

HAPPY BIRTHDAY To My Sister KARI

24 Jun

Photo Source


HAPPY BIRTHDAY KARI!!! 
I love my sister! She is so loving, caring, giving and fun!!  Alie absolutely ADORES her!

That is me holding a newborn Kari! πŸ™‚
My dad, baby Kari, ME and my mom.
ME, Kari and our Uncle 

ME, our grandpa and Kari

New Kids On The Block Concert! OH YES WE DID! This is just one of like 9 we went too!

Kari and her beau Charlie
Kari and our sweet Alie Marie! ❀







Like what you see? Follow me and keep up to date with all the happenings here at AliLilly!!!Enter your email address: Delivered by FeedBurnerAliLilly

What Inspires me….

20 Jun

I spent most of my teenage years in angst.  I even spent a few “adult” years in angst too.  Everything I wore was black, room decor was black,  walls black, car black, purse black.  I wore WAY TOO MUCH black eyeliner.  There wasn’t much color in my life.  Fast forward a few years and I met, my now husband, and slowly color began to make it’s presence in my life. Then in August of 1998 I gave my life to Christ.  I was baptized and coming out that water was like getting hit by a kaleidoscope of color.  I learned too, what it means to be a woman.

Image Source
Image Source

Image Source
Image Source

Image Source

Image Source

Image Source

For about 10 years God taught me how to be a woman, a wife, a sister, a daughter and a true friend.  He was building me up for the greatest job I would ever have.  In 2008 after a 5 year struggle to become pregnant, I had a beautiful little girl.  I was ready for her too.  She was brought into this world and into a whirlwind of PINK.  And to the day she still loves pink.  I’m so thankful that I can teach her how to be a woman, how to love the LORD, how to love color and most importantly how NOT to apply TOO MUCH black eyeliner. 

I’m linking this up to the Inspiration Link Party at SNAP!

AliLilly

Like what you see? Follow me here and keep up to date with all the happenings here at AliLilly!!!
Enter your email address:  Delivered by FeedBurner