Archive | January, 2012

Valentine’s Day Yarn Wreath

30 Jan

This wreath was SO EASY to put together!  I wound red year around my foam wreath.  Cut out hearts from baby pink and sandstone felt.  Each set of hearts is just a bit smaller then the one before.  I made a single felt rose from both colors of felt to match.  See, really easy!  And isn’t she so cute!?! 

I have a Yarn Wreath Tutorial and a Felt Rose Tutorial y’all can check out.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
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Love My Valentine’s Mantel

26 Jan

I’m really happy with my mantel this year.  NOT that I didn’t love my mantel last year!!  But this year…I have a Silhouette (thanks again, Emily!!)!  I made the Love My Valentine’s bunting banner with the Silhouette.
Now, I have wanted to make a paper flower wreath like the famous Stephanie Lynn Paper Rose Wreath for over year now.  I FINALLY did it!!  With help from my Silhouette!  I never got around to cutting a zillion spirals from paper.  The Silhouette did it for me 6 at a time!!

Isn’t she amazing!!  I am in love!!  She looks great on the shutters, too.  I was going to take down the heart bunting but I kinda like it there with the wreath.

I added my Valentine ribbon candles which I made with Kassi of Truly Lovely’s tutorial.  The flowers are from my husband.  He gave them too me last week after he came back from a business trip.  It was so sweet.  And even sweeter that Alice kept looking at me with my flowers and saying “You’re getting married?”  I told her “I am married, I married your daddy”.  And she would giggle!!  Oh, those cute lil love bears are from the GW in AZ.  The Bless This Family Birds my husband picked out at Michael’s one night while I stood and stared at the beading aisle for an hour.

Red ceramic hearts are also from the GW in AZ.  The pretty wire candle holder I found 75% off at Bed Bath and Beyond a few weeks back.  It’s really pretty with a lit candle inside.  I love that it says Laugh and Dance at the bottom.  Makes me think of Alice.

I almost left my mantel like this, thinking it didn’t need a wreath.

Here is another before…

OH! And a before with a smiling “take my picture for your blog mommy!”….
Ya know, she plays on her kiddie laptop and says “I’m working on my blog” It’s TOO CUTE!!!

So, here is my Valentine’s Day Mantel!

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 What do y’all think??  Do you love it as much as I do??

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I’m linking up at Beth’s Valentine’s Day link party!!  Are you??

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AliLilly Blog Critique

25 Jan

I joined the Blog Critique party at Truly Lovely last week.  I signed up to have two critiques done and to give two critiques.  For my critiques, one was from Megan of Some Good Times and the other from Elena of World Wide Mom.  We all followed the blog critique list created by Carolina at Crafterminds.
They both gave me great critiques.  Here is a summary of their critiques and my responses in red. 

  • Finding the blog:  You are doing great on Google. I Google-d the term “Ali Lilly” and your Blog was number Your Etsy shop was number 2, and your Facebook page for your Blog was number 3 !

Seriously?  That is super awesome!! 

  • Finding your blog on Google was easy and fast.

  • Blog Loading:  Your blog loaded quickly in Google Chrome, which I use, within a few seconds. I also tried in Safari and IE and both were slower to load your page, but I tend to have that issue with any website with these browsers.  
  • Blog loading was pretty fast
  • First Impression:  I love the background and the Title image, though my eye was drawn to the top banner Ad more than to your content at first. I love the many quick links at the top. I really appreciate when I go to a blog looking for something specific and find a link to it at the top!
  • First Impression: the first thing I notice is that you have the adv banner after your header and I would put it before at the very top of the page. So that after your header would follow the green menu, that I like because it gives right away some useful tools and info where to find what.

They were both instantly drawn to the banner ad.  Which is both good and bad.  But, I did move the ad to the very top.  I think it keeps the blog flowing a little better.  I LOVE having those tab links up there and equally love when other bloggers have them as well.  Makes it so much easier on us readers. 

  • Sidebar:  The Sidebar is organized well. It is easy for people to follow you in their preferred way and to find you on other medias (facebook, etsy).I love the photos of your family included ! They are great.  I find that it’s easy to feel like bloggers aren’t “real” and one of the ways to counteract this is to include photos like these of the people/things/events that are important to you.
  • I love that you put pictures of your daughter. I never thought doing that but I really think that showing a little bit of you and your family, is something that people may like. It is like getting you know better!

Social media buttons are so important.  You want to give your readers every opportunity to follow in which ever way they prefer.  I find so many blogs out there without these. 


I love having pictures of my family up. I will say that has I gain more and more followers it makes me a little nervous to have them.  Especially Alie. I’ve had to block a few followers that were more than R rated! (Thanks Kassi for the heads up!)  I’m not quite sure how to go about this.  I LOVE letting y’all into my world and my world is my sweet Alie and my hubby.  I see quite a few bloggers that do not post pics of their kids or they post without their faces.  Right now, I think the best thing to do is TRUST that God has my life in His hands and that includes this blog! 

  • I would put your amazing etsy shop more on the top of the site.  What you create is beautiful and should be more visible!

Thank you so much!!  I actually widened the widget on the side bar.  I also have a tab up top that takes you to a larger widget which includes prices. 

This is pretty dang cool!!  I didn’t even KNOW about Alexa.com!!

  • The font style is very nice and simple I wouldn’t change that only the bold effect. 

I’ve been posting in bold since the beginning of the blog.  Once it was brought to my attention, THEN I suddenly noticed how annoying it was!!  Sorry y’all!! I even share my AMAZING TACO RECIPE yesterday for taco Tuesday and changed the font.  I guess I’ll slowly change them all.  I like it better like this. 

  • I like how you gave space to your sponsors. They have a good spot and the size of the buttons is just right (in some blogs the sponsor buttons are so tiny you cannot understand what they are even selling!)

I agree, there are a lot of sponsor buttons on blogs that are really really small.  I’ve seen lots of interesting ideas behind sponsors.  Now, yes, most of my sponsors right now are friends and we both sponsor each other.  And yes I am terrible at doing sponsor features. I am working on that!  I do have a few sponsors that pay.  Some big blogs out there have SO MANY sponsors I think they get lost in all the buttons.  If your paying for sponsorship you want to be seen and you want a feature post, whether it be a single or multi-feature post as long as the blog your paying is putting YOU out there. I saw one really great sponsor idea.  One blog out there only has 10 sponsor spaces open and she only runs your space for one month.  That way there isn’t too many sponsors and there is the opportunity for anyone who wants a space to eventually have one.  I heard too, that she has a wait list and bloggers fighting for a spot!!  


Even though, she liked the size I changed my sponsor button sizes.  Perhaps a bit of guilt for not so many sponsor features??  Absolutely!  And…well…it’s a bit more symmetrical now. 

  • On your sidebar you have two times the Popular Posts Gadget.

I have two because one the popular post from the past 30 days and the other is popular posts from all time.  I edited the titles so that it was clear why I had two. 

  • About me:  From your about me I learned a lot about how you became interested in your shop and crafting/blogging which I enjoyed. I think it would be nice to learn how you met your Husband as well. Your daughter is adorable !
Well, it’s actually a funny story.  I was in the “talking about going out” part of the relationship with someone.  I went to hang out one night at this certain someones house.  In the kitchen stood this GORGEOUS man in a crazy looking super tight (like spandex tight) orange and blue Nautica shirt.  Lucky for him orange is my favorite color.  BUT, I didn’t pay attention to the shirt for long.  David had the most haunting hazel eyes I had ever seen.  Those eyes have held my heart in soul in them ever since.  We have been together since THAT DAY.  I prayed the whole time I was pregnant with Alice that she would have her daddy’s eyes. 


So, there is my critique. Thanks so much, Megan and Elena.  You both gave my wonderful critiques and really helped me make this a better blog.  Thank you, Kassi for hosting.  I really learned a lot!!  And thanks to Crafterminds for setting up a great critique check list.  🙂

I want to add too… I have learned a lot this past weekend.  Someone on Facebook had a page up FULL of awesome looking wreaths, wall hangers, kids clothes, and other stuff for sale.  Only problem.  It. Wasn’t. Her. Stuff!!  She had MY FALL YARN WREATH for sale for $35 ANY color you want!  Really?  I was LIVID!!  She had MANY MANY other images stolen from lots of bloggers, including Jen with Craft-o-Maniac and Amy with The Idea Room.  Her page has been shut down by Facebook.  But, I learned from all of this that any image that is yours whether it is watermarked or not is YOURS. PERIOD!  And no one can use it with out your consent.  I have added a NEW tab to the top of my page called Copyright.  I have added a few links that have some interesting info us bloggers should know. 

I hope this was helpful to you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

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Valentine’s Day Bunting Banner

19 Jan
I have a SILHOUETTE!!  YES!!  And I’m totally in love with it.  My Sister in Law Emily aka Decor Chick gave me her Silhouette SD!  So super nice, eh?  I have already began about 5 other projects with it.  Ya know, to add to the 50 or so I have going on right now!! 

I used my new Silhouette SD to cut the paper bunting, circles and letters for this banner. 

My banner says ❤ My Valentine’s.  I cut burlap and glued the paper bunting to it.  Then I made some folded paper pinwheels.  Glued a circle and letter to each pinwheel and then glued the pinwheel to the paper and burlap bunting.  I attached each flag to a piece of twine with hot glue.  Folded Paper Pinwheel Tutorial Here. 

I also cut out some hearts then lined them with burlap and used those in between the words.  I made a few smaller burlap lined hearts and a couple ribbon and burlap bows and adorned the rest of the banner with those. 

Do you remember Kassi’s SUPER CUTE AND EASY Candle Revamp?? If you don’t you should check it out!  I used it here, to make these cute Valentine’s Day candles. 

I originally had these on the banner, but it made it WAY TOO LONG.  So I cut them out and added the smaller hearts.  These guys were just too cute to toss so I made a small bunting banner for my shutters.  I have a Valentine’s Day Wreath in the making….

What do y’all think?  I love it!  I can’t wait to show y’all everything I’ve already started with the Silhouette SD! 
Thanks again Emily!!  Thanks everyone else for stopping by! 

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Valentine’s Day Rewind

6 Jan
I have ideas, plans, to do’s for this Valentine’s day.  I may or may not have already begun working on them.  But for now I thought I would share my Valentine’s day projects from last year.  It was my first time getting crafty for V day since….well….Campfire Girls? LOL!  


I can show y’all again right?  OR for all my new awesome followers I can say “hey check that out!!”  
First up, I was really happy with my Valentine’s Day Mantel last year. 


I made this Valentine’s Day Rosette Frame.  I LOVE that picture of Alie. 

I added a paper heart tag I made to these lil glass jars. 

Made this cute simple Be Mine banner from scrap book paper, glitter, glue and twine. 


I made this cute Heart Wreath JUST for my sweet Alice.  If you check out the post I tell a lil story about it. 


I made these Paper Rosette Hearts.  



I showed y’all how to make Fabric Rosettes for Valentine’s Day.


I made some Valentine’s Day Jewelry. 


AND…I made this sweet Valentine’s Day Paper Rosette Wreath with tutorial!  It is still my most viewed post to date!!  Like nearly 15,000 views!  WOW huh?



WOW!  I hope I’m this busy this year!!  I do have a few things planned already.  Just gotta get em going.  
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Time Management 101??

3 Jan

HELP!!!???!!!
I am TERRIBLE when I comes to time management.  I spend WAY to much time on Facebook, in the blogsphere, on pinterest!!  Then, the next thing I know it’s closing in on dinner time, the house is a wreck and my Alie is STILL in her PJ’s!  I want to find more time to be with her.  Find more time to be with my husband at the end of the day. 

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I get frustrated, angry and sometimes sad.  I see all these amazing posts, projects, and craftiness and I think I can’t even find the time just to look at them, let alone create and post!  It’s so overwhelming.  Where do “THEY” find the time!  Ya know who “they” are!  Those amazing bloggers we all look up too.  How to they do it??  Any one know?  Any tips?  Advice??

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   I will add this, I saw a post a while back from the lovely Shelley with House of Smiths, about running out of pre-scheduled posts.  I got me thinking and so I have actually complied a list of TO DO’s in my calender of Christmas and New Years ideas.  They are actually things I did this year but didn’t have the time to post.  So, this way I will have a few things already ready!!  I’m kinda excited about this new idea. Maybe I can do THAT more often.  Plan ahead instead of the usual mad dash to get a post done before said link party ends!  We’ll see how it works out, huh?
I want to take the time to be a better mom.  

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Teach Alice, have fun with her, love and nurture her.  I want to be a better wife, a better daughter, sister, aunt and friend. 
 And then, I also want to be a better blogger.  I get so frustrated sometimes that I just want to quit.  Truth be told, I LOVE blogging.  I love losing myself in the blogsphere.  I love being inspired and being the inspire-er.  I love reading and seeing other mom’s achievements, hopes, accomplishments, struggles.  It helps me get through my day.  And I hope to do the same for y’all. 
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AND on a small side note: to add to things I don’t have time to do already, I have decided I want to do a photo challenge!  They seem like fun.  Anyone wanna do one with me?  Would it be fun to MAYBE do a link party at the end and everyone link up their pics?  All complied into one post right? 
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My Favorite Pics of Alice Marie 2011

1 Jan

These are some of my favorite pictures of my precious Alice Marie in 2011
January 2011


February 2011


March 2011


April 2011


May 2011


June 2011Alice Marie’s birthday month! 

Alie’s Birthday Cake

Alice and her cousin Jayden.

July 2011

In the moving truck and on the road heading back home to TX from AZ.

September 2011


(Now, momma got herself a new camera so the it’s about to get picture heavy!)October 2011

Alie got her ears pierced!! 

My crafty girl made some Halloween picture frames!


Alie and her cousins Angie and April.


November 2011

Alie and her cousin Jayden….oh and lots of meat!

 December 2011


 and….I HAVE to share with y’all our Christmas morning. 
Santa ate his cookies, drank his milk. The reindeer ate their carrots. AND
Santa left Alie and very sweet thank you note.
Santa got Alie the doll she wanted!
Alice and her new Rapunzel doll from Santa.






Thanks for all our your amazing support! 






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