Archive | December, 2011

AliLilly’s Top 11 Projects of 2011

29 Dec

Before we get to the top 11, I would like to THANK YOU for following, commenting, helping, inspiring, and supporting this blog of mine.  Because of YOU I think my blog here is pretty awesome.  I’m constantly inspired by you.  And the sweet comments you leave….I LOVE each one!  So THANK YOU THANK YOU!  I can’t wait to see where 2012 takes us. 
And here is the AliLilly top 11 of 2011!!  
Tiny Tissue Paper Pom Pom Tutorial


Fall Branch Paint Chip Mobile


Felt Flower Tutorial


Valentines Day Mantel


Crepe Paper Rose Tutorial


Toilet Paper Art


Paper Rosette Tutorial


I made the Pioneer Woman’s Pig Cake


Fabric Rosette Tutorial


Spring Flower Paint Chip Wreath


and the # most viewed project of 2011 is….my DIY Valentines Day Paper Rosette Wreath

It was so much fun going through all the projects.  Seeing what y’all liked and didn’t like, what I’ve learned along the way.  Thanks so much for all your support!! 
Have an awesome rest of 2011 and a WONDERFUL 2012……EVERYDAY of it! 

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Breakfast Fritatta from Turkey Leftovers

26 Dec

This morning I looked up breakfast from turkey leftovers.  I found a bunch of recipes on Mr. Breakfast.com.  Y’all have to check out his website!!  It is FULL of awesome breakfast ideas.  
So, for this I actually combined two of his recipes.  I used a little of the Turkey and Mashed Potato Fritatta and the Turkey and Spinach Fritatta.
This is how I made mine. 
First you will need:6 eggs1/4  cup cream (I used hvy cream)1/2 a medium sized yellow onion2 cloves garlicEVOOshredded cheese 1 can of spinach2 cups chopped up leftover turkey10 tbls of mashed potatoessalt and pepper
I heated about 2 tbls of EVOO in a sauce pan over medium heat.  I then chopped my onions (coarsely) and chopped my garlic and added them to the hot EVOO.  Then I whipped the eggs and mashed potatoes together.  Once the onions were soft and translucent and poured the egg mashed potato mixture evenly into the pan.  I lowered the heat to medium-low.  Do not stir.  Let the egg potato mixture cook.  Chop up your turkey (I chopped mine up while it was still cold).  Thoroughly drain the spinach and them chop it up. 
Once the eggs have set about half way (took about 3 to 4 minutes) sprinkle the turkey and spinach over the eggs.  Cover your sauce pan and let the eggs finish cooking.  This took about 5 minutes.  Uncover and sprinkle the shredded cheese all over the top.  Cover and let it melt takes about a minute.  Remove covered pan from heat and let it set for a few minutes.  Then cut into nice sized wedges and serve! 
That’s it!!  It’s seriously delicious!!  My hubby added sour cream to his which was delish too!
Awesome side note: I took that picture with my NEW Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9 my super awesome hubby got me for Christmas!  After a long thought out few months I decided against an DSLR, which I know is like a bloggers must have.  BUT, I really wanted a camera that could snap a great picture of Alice in under 2 seconds!! ‘Cuz really that’s about all the time you have to get a pic for a 3 year old right?  I am IN LOVE with my new camera!  It has so many features including the gourmet food setting which I used for the pic up there!! It came out pretty great huh?  It even takes 3D pictures BUT you need a 3D TV to view them.  I kinda think that may be a ploy on my hubby’s part to buy a 3D TV!!  lol
Hope y’all had an awesome Christmas too! 

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My Holiday Home!

21 Dec

I’m so excited to show y’all this!  I’ve been itching to do a post about it.  Just haven’t had much time.  BUT, I found a few hours and by the hair of my chiny chin chin I think I’ll make it to The Nester’s 2011 Christmas Tour of Homes!! SQUEAL!!!!

Ya see, this is our first HOUSE with Alice!  We lost our home in 06 to a house fire and have since lived in apartments.  Which is TOTALLY FINE!  It’s just this is our first home.  I didn’t do anything to extravagant.  But everything we’ve done seems extravagant to us.  Even more important is Alice is just in LOVE with our holiday home. 
This is the entry way.You can see the tutorial on how to make that Burlap and Pine Garland here. It’s SUPER SIMPLE! 

 This Baby’s 1st Christmas Tree is Alie’s. We’ve put it up for her each year.  It’s her first Christmas tradition!

I decorated the top of this hall chest and added a few stockings on the wall.  My friend Kassi with Truly Lovely has an easy and awesome tutorial on how to turn an ordinary candle into a Christmas candle!  You can see how I used that here

Here is our tree.  Alie helped me decorate it.  I think she did a GREAT job!!

You’ll have to check out this post here to read about Alie’s ornament family!! 


Our tree at night
Our mantel.
 I made this wreath. See the cardinal?  You’ll see a lot of cardinals in our home.  My grandmother loved them. She passed away a few months back and I’ve used the cardinals in honor of her.


This is what the mantel looks like now with all of our stockings.  My parents and sisters family are included. 

I decided to make stocking tags instead of writing names on the stockings themselves.  I really like how they came out. 

The mantel at night.

I love this purple tree.  My sister had gotten it for our mom last year.  Moms favorite color is purple.  I like that it looks kinda wintry.  I’ve placed a few cardinals on it and a couple of cardinal candles underneath.

Pun intended, I love this guy.  It’s one of the first pieces I bought after the house fire. 

I placed some pine-cones and a few snowball ornaments in this sconce. 

My faux mantel.  You can read about that great nativity scene and see a tutorial for the tissue paper trees here

I got these two hanging ornaments from the $ store. 

I got Alie this cute lil snowman countdown calender from Target.  I added the little maroon bow to tie it in!

This is the buffet in the hall. 

You can see how my Advent Book Mantel turned into that cute gift box here. 

I loved seeing all the ornament filled vases and decided to make one too.  I placed it beside some cute glitter 3d trees I found at Target. 

I have a Christmas basket full of pine-cones.

Also in the hall, I hung up Keek’s stocking.  

He is my beloved nephew who now spends Christmas in heaven with Jesus.  

You can read more about him here. AliLilly One day at the grocery store, I was taking out all the random things Alie had placed in the basket.  I took out a car and she instantly got upset.  Not the fussy or whiny upset but the brokenhearted upset.  When I asked her why she was so sad she told me this “that’s Keek’s car, mama.  I got it for Keek.”  Talk about a tearjerker!  Well, we got the car for Keek and it’s now in his stocking!

Speaking of my sweet Alie Marie, you have to see what her daddy did to her play house!  It’s just too cute!! He turned it into a Holiday Playhouse by adding some gold tinsel garland and the tissue paper wreath I made last year. 

Here is Alie and her cousin April playing in her holiday play house!

David decorated her lil play area and even put up an extra tree we had. 


This is what it looks like at night.  Unfortunately, we had a bad storm come thru that knocked over the tree.  I can’t get the top of the tree to light up now!!  BUT we got some MUCH NEEDED rain down here in Texas!! 

 David put up some C9’s over the table too.  I think it looks great!

This is the front of our home.  We scored that adorable Mickey and Minnie lawn inflatable at Kroger for $23!  All the Christmas decor is 40% off right now!! 

Alie loved it so much she sat down next to it and started to play with Mickey!

So, that’s our holiday home for 2011!  I’m so happy with it! 
Here are a few more Holiday pics!Our sweet Alie and Santa.

Alie and her cousins April and Angie in Galveston.

Alie’s first candy cane reindeer!

My holiday girl!

And it wouldn’t be winter without a new winter hat!  Alie picked this one out for me!! :p



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Quick and Easy Christmas Decor

21 Dec

Oh my gosh!  I found a few minutes to do a post!!  PHEW!!!My friend Kassi had a great tutorial on a simple Christmas re-do.  She added Christmas ribbon to a regular pillar candle.  You can see her tutorial here! 
I followed her tutorial and turned a plain old candle in a pretty Christmas candle! 

 After I added the ribbon I noticed it was a bit crinkled.
So, I added a lil red glitter snowflake.  I also added a matching ribbon to the stand to dress it up a bit. 
So cute, right??


I love it!!  So easy and quick!!  Thanks Kassi for the tip! Truly Lovely
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A Colorful Christmas Tree

13 Dec

Having Alice in our lives now has David and I think of our own childhoods.  We want to bring all of our happiest memories back and for her.  Remember back then?  How colorful Christmas was?  Colorful trees, colorful ornaments, decorations and lights.  My grandpa put up those big colorful C9 lights every year.  My hubby and I both decided next Christmas we wanted to put up the same C9 lights.  This year we have the ever so popular icicle lights on our house.  I love them!!  But seeing our home next year covered in lights that take me back to my childhood would be so nice. 

We decided last year to get a multi colored lighted tree and this year I love it even more.  It makes me feel nostalgic.  Alice absolutely loves it too.  She was such a wonderful helper.  She had a group of ornaments on the bottom of the tree that were all on one branch.  When I started to spread them out she got very upset.  Brokenhearted upset!  She told me that those ornaments were a family and had to stay together.  Oh, how I love my sweet little girl! *happy sigh*  This is her with her family of ornaments.

Christmas tree close up.

Our tree!  You can see her lil family of ornaments is still there. 



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What I Wore Yesterday!

8 Dec

I TOTALLY intended on doing this silly post yesterday.  On the NATIONAL bloggers What I Wore Wednesday day.  BUT, I was distracted by a dumb cold! *sniffle sniffle cough*  I hate being sick.  But really, who doesn’t, so I’ll spare you my whining.  I will tell y’all that my awesome husband cut in to his beloved Call Of Duty game time to go on a “late night lets find the pharmacy that is still open” wild goose chase to find me some meds that ACTUALLY WORK!  Ya know, the kind they keep BEHIND the counter!!  Anywho, I’m all drugged up and ready for this silly post. disclaimer: I can not be help responsible for the idiocy of this post while on cold and sinus medicine. 
OK.  I am hoping to someday have the GUTS to post myself outfits for WIWW.  I desperately need the fashion advice!!  I actually have been “experimenting” with the concept on Facebook.  I’ve posted a few pics of me to see what kind of feedback I would get and well…to just be a lil more comfortable doing it! 
I have some super great blog friends that do it on a regular basis!  My gorgeous friend Kassi from Truly Lovely, the inspiration behind this silliness today, is a regular WIWW participant! 


The lovely Bella with Bella Before and After always has the best pictures for WIWW.


Beautiful Mandy with Sugar Bee Crafts, is a PRO at WIWW!

And my super adorable friend Sunny with Life in Rehab does a hilarious version of WIWW she likes to call, What the &;%$#@ Are You Wearing Wednesday!  It usually involves her adorable minions or her cats and dogs! 


So, how did my silly 1st submission to WIWW happen.  Well, like I mentioned up there, I’m sick.  You know when your sick you end up in “comfy” clothes.  Add to that that is is FAH-REEZING in H-town right now.  It was in the low 30’s yesterday morning when I snapped the pic!  I was chillin’ on the bed watch the morning news when I looked down and really noticed what I had one.  I thought of my friend Kassi, and thought to myself  “she would crack up if I posted this outfit for WIWW!…..oh wait…..it IS Wednesday” .  
But then breakfast, a 3 yr old princess, a 17 yr old cat who acts like you haven’t fed it in 10 yrs and a cold….and I forgot.  So, I’m a day late…but I still have my $.  Did you get that?  Does anyone still use that phrase?  Ha!  Anywho, this is what I wore yesterday….what my hubby came home too! LOL


Awesome yes?  Keep in mind too, that I’m wearing a black and white striped t-shirt!! LOL! In all seriousness, those slipper socks are the most amazing things ever!! 
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Our Pretty Christmas Mantel

7 Dec

My Christmas Mantel this year was so easy to put together.  I added some lighted garland,  a few new tissue paper trees,  a few candles,  hanging ornaments, nut crackers, some pine cones and a re-decorated wreath. 
I found an old wreath in my mom’s garage. Took everything off of it.  I then added some cute Santa ribbon she had to it and a few new Christmas pics.  

I added a cardinal at the top in honor of my Grandma.  She passed away a few months back and she absolutely loved cardinals.    

Now, the plug from my lighted garland was hanging out looking like a big brown eye sore! 

I found a few of these doo-dads (they are called doo-dads when the hubby isn’t around to properly name them for me)!!

And VIOLA, no more ugly brown cord sticking out!!

Here are a few more pictures of our mantel.




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