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Valentines Day Jewerly

12 Jan
I have been a busy little bee and I couldn’t WAIT to show y’all what I have been up to!  For Christmas I got a gift bag FULL of goodies from my sister Kari.  Inside were several sets of beads and silver charms.  She got all these beautiful shades of red and pink, PERFECT for Valentines Day.  Thanks Kari!! 

With Valentines Day closing in I have been busy busy busy making jewelry.  I really love it.  It’s calming for me.  Alie loves to watch too.  She gets so excited to see what I’m making.  When I show her the pieces once their done she always says “Oh wow momma, it’s so pretty”.  That right there is the BEST compliment ever! 
I made a few sets. 
I made some bracelets.

I made a few pairs of earrings too!

I also have make a few rosettes.  I even learned how to make a rosette from ribbon. I LOVE the ribbon rosette. I think it came out GREAT! 

I have a TON more ideas and things planned too!  What do you think so far?  Are you as excited for Valentines Day as I am? 


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Fall Pinwheels and A GIVEAWAY!!!

14 Nov
Do you remember the Halloween Pinwheel Garden I made for Alie’s room? Well, I made the Fall Pinwheels Garden for her!



I got this adorable fall paper from Target. 8 sheets for a $1. You can’t beat that!!


What do you think?? She LOVES it. Now, I can’t wait to do Christmas!! 
It’s MY week of the Nine Weeks of Amy Promotion!!! I am giving one winner their choice of ANY TWO PAIRS OF EARRINGS from my etsy shop!! Make sure you click the link and go enter!! 

Go on over and enter!! Thanks for stopping by! 













I am linking up to these awesome parties!

{M} Tools Are For Women Too ~ Making The World Cuter ~ The Creative Girl ~ Skip To My Lou ~ Sumo’s Sweet Stuff ~Keeping It Simple ~ Between Naps On The Porch ~ Mad In Crafts ~ Santas Gift Shoppe ~ Finding Fabulous ~Trendy Treehouse ~ Sew Can Do ~ Its So Very Cheri ~ C.R.A.F.T.  ~ Craft-O-Maniac {T} Bella Before and After ~ The Pumpkin Patch ~ Today’s Creative Blog ~ The Gypsy’s Corner ~ A Stoll Thru Life ~ All Thingz Related ~ Lucky Star Land ~ Sugar Bee ~ New Nostalgia ~I’m Topsy Turvy  ~ Shannon Makes Stuff Ladybug Blessings {W} Creations By Kara ~The Thrifty Home ~ Someday Crafts ~ Me And My Bucket ~My Backyard Eden ~Blue Cricket Design ~Beyond The Picket Fence ~Bargain Shopping Paradise ~It’s So Very Cheri ~Fireflies and Jellybeans ~Sew Much Ado ~Seven Thirty Three  ~Dradonfly Designs {T} Between U & Me ~House Of Hepworths ~ The Shabby Chic Cottage ~Paisley Passions ~ Somewhat Simple ~It’s Sew Stinkin Cute  ~Life As Lori ~Tools Are For Women Too ~It’s Fun To Craft  ~What Allie’s Making Now {F} Finding Fabulous ~ Fun To Craft ~Fingerprints On The Fridge ~Frugal & Fabulous Design ~KOJO Designs ~ Tidymom ~A Few Of My Favorite Things ~Simply Designing ~It’s A Hodgepodge Life ~The Shabby Nest  ~Chic On A Shoestring Decorating ~Simply Sweet Home  ~Frou Frou Decor  ~Punpkin Seed Productions  ~Crystal’s Craft Spot ~My Romantic Home ~ Just A Girl   {S} Be Different…Act Normal ~I Am Only 1 Woman ~Funky Junk Interiors ~Tater Tots And Jello ~Along For The Ride {Sn} I Heart Naptime ~Under The Table And Dreaming ~ House of Thrifty Decor
  

Ami in Bloggyland

17 Aug

I have discovered the TRUE meaning of “blogging” and I love it!!  Unfortunately, I have gotten side-tracked by it.  It is much fun to see what everyone is doing.  I love making new blog friends and being inspired by all the awesome crafts everyone has.  Some of the stuff I have seen, I would of NEVER thought of.  Like Courtney with Between U and Me
I had to tell Courtney she has inspired me and I am ALREADY planning Alie’s 3rd birthday party!!
Kara with Craftastical made this Quilled Monogram Letter, OUT OF SCRAP PAPER! 
Teresa with Nestled In Rosenberg , made this framed piece of art from a DOLLAR STORE GIFT BAG.  Teresa is my hubby’s sister and I kept telling him “from a DOLLAR STORE GIFT BAG!!!” over and over again! 


My other sweet and wonderful sister-in-law Emily with DecorChick! ,added rhinestones to these DOLLAR STORE hurricane glasses.  How cute are these?!!

Stacy with Just Sew Sassy ,re-fashioned this $3 dress from WalMart.  The moment I FINALLY get my own sewing machine, this will be my first sewing project!!

There is SO MUCH greatness out there, I think I am going to HAVE to do a weekly “look at what I found” blog and feature some of y’all.  No really!!   I want to dedicate a day specifically to the wonderful things I find out in “Bloggyland!” I am not sure what day exactly, but I have made a Featured by AliLilly button just for this purpose.

Now, as for my projects, these are a few of the new jewelry pieces I have, FINALLY completed.

The earrings below I could not quite decide on the bottom piece.  So I thought to do all three and let the buyer choose which base they liked best. 

I have a cute story to share with you, as well.  I was practicing making crepe paper flowers from a tutorial I found here at Alison’s blog Oopsey Daisy



I had made a few, but needed to start dinner.  I had to put them somewhere out of the reach of Princess Alie’s little grabby hands.  I placed them in an empty cloche I had.  They look so cute in there don’t they!?



As sweet as that looks, this is what I have decided to place in my VERY FIRST CLOCHE!!


As soon as I decide on a specific day to showcase y’alls wonderful projects and recipes, I will let everyone know.  I am also thinking of doing a giveaway from my AliLilly Etsy Shop, as soon as I reach 100 followers!!  What do y’all think??!

Kara, Courtney, Teresa, Emily, Stacy and Alison if you’d like you can grab my feature button!! Y’all are my very first features!!! 🙂

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Photo Boxing

29 Jul
I read this great tutorial one morning about a DIY photo box.  It was in one of the weekly Etsy “helpful” emails.  It involved a large white poster board and an unshaded lamp.  After a few weeks and I finally spent THIRTY NINE cents and got a white poster board.  How silly is that?  I was saving up for it I guess!  HA!


After my sweet Alie Marie went down for a nap I got out my white poster board.  I tacked it up to the wall letting half of it fold down to make a platform.  Then I used a desk lamp, as I don’t have another lamp to un-shade.  I think the unshaded lamp adds more light.  The light really bounces off the white of the board to light your subject well.  My cat Gizmo decided he wanted to be my photo subject.  You just place your items on the board, aim your lights and snap away.



This is the original tutorial I read. It is a forum post within the Etsy website. BomoBob’s Lightbox Tutorial



These are some new pieces I have made for my Etsy shop.  I took all of these using my new, seriously simple photo box idea.  I know it’s not really a box.





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Paranormal Encounters Of The Crafty Kind

15 Jul

I have never been much of a novel reader.  Well, not until two years ago.  Hurricane Ike slammed Houston and left us without power for fifteen days.  My beautiful and incredibly sweet niece, Maranda, recommended the Twilight Saga.  You know, the young-adult vampire romance series starring Edward Cullen and Bella Swan.  I think I have read the Twilight Saga in it’s entirety about five times since.  Fast forward to April of this year.  My friend Kayla recommended that I read The Black Dagger Brotherhood.  I am infatuated by the series.  
The Black Dagger Brotherhood is an erotic paranormal romance series by J. R. Ward.  This series is about six vampire warriors who defend their race against Lessers, de-souled humans who threaten their kind.  
My love for both book series has led me to create some “inspired by” jewelry pieces.  I have previously created a Twilight Meadow bracelet and would like to create a pair of matching earrings to go with it.    
In The Black Dagger Brotherhood, each of the brothers have a significant eye color.  So, I am starting an inspired by BDB line of jewelry that plays on their eye colors.  The first piece I created are a pair of earrings inspired by my personal favorite brother, Zsadist. 
 
“I was dead until you found me, though I breathed. I was sightless, 
though I could see. And when you came…..I was awakened.”
~Zsadist, Lover Awakened, p. 424
  

Zsadist was a blood slave for nearly half his life until he was rescued by his twin brother Phury.  Angry and feared by everyone, including the brotherhood his eyes have always been black.  Then he meets and falls in love with a beautiful aristocratic female vampire named Bella.  Once he gives into his heart and his feelings for Bella his eyes turn yellow, the color he was born with and the same color as his twin brother Phury.  
I used bright yellow and black to design my very first piece for the Inspired by The BDB line. 

For the Inspired by Twilight Saga line, I have crafted a pair of earrings with black and deep red.  I was inspired by the beautiful covers of each of the books. 


I received a lot of great feedback for my previous tutorial on a pair of earrings I made.  I decided I wanted to do a more in depth tutorial for y’all.  So, here we go…

This is how it all begins.  A pile of beads, some chain, pins, findings and jewelry tools.  Yes, the earring findings really did end up in the shape of a heart.  No, I didn’t place them that way…isn’t that quite sweet.

















Place your beads on the pin, then twist the remaining metal over a pair of rosary pliers like this.














  
Cut the metal with end-cutters at the bottom of the loop, flush with the top of the first bead.










These are all my beads put together along with the end pieces, chain and findings.









I like to line all my pieces.  It helps me to see what works and what does not, along with how I would like the design to look.  It also helps with how much chain you need for each strand.










If have learned that if you cut the individual link in the middle your pieces does not come apart as often.  When you cut from the ends, I think the two links rubbing together eventually causes them to open back up. 

It helps too, if you don’t have to cut the chain at all.  Sometimes you can get away with opening up the loop on your beads and adding the chain that way.  The closure of the headpin loops is a lot tighter than a closure of a chain link. 
  
I’ve placed the earring finding as well as a jump ring to show you, that in my opinion it is easier to add all your chains to the jump ring, then add the jump ring to the finding.  The finding loop is small and it is a little tricky to add multiple chains when you have them.












With jump rings, links and even the pin, loops if you pull the ends up away from each other as opposed to pulling them apart.  When you close them back they tend to be more flush with each other.









These are all my strands placed on the jump ring.  Now, see how it’s bowing out a bit at the top.  Too many beads together. 

















So I take off two strands to add some links to them bringing the beads down a little further. 

I reattach them in their appropriate spot and…..see, now it dangles much better!
These are the finished earrings!!  Have fun with colors and lengths!!  
These are my Zsadist inspired earrings!  
At first I made the one on the left.  It just didn’t look right to me.  Too much clutter, I think.  So, I took it all apart and played around with it for a while and came up with the one on the right.  What do you think?
So….these are my romantic vampire earrings.  Who doesn’t love a vampire!?!

From Faux Pas to Victory

14 Jul
I was working hard a couple days ago on a pair of earrings.  I ran out of yellow.  I hightailed it to the store with my Alie Marie.  Searching and searching for yellow beads I came across a kids pack of brightly colored plastic beads.  Thinking, this may work out for me, I bought them.  Once I was home and I compared them with what I had used, they did not match at all.  Even my husband gave them a funny look.  Needless to say I was upset.  I wondered if I could take them back.  Suddenly a light bulb went off over my head.  Watching Alie Marie playing I was suddenly inspired to make a line of jewelry for children.  I have named the line Lil Lilly.  These are the first pieces of the line, created from my faux pas.

Lil Lilly Necklace. 
















Bracelets.  I will take custom orders.  Each piece can be made with your desired size and color(s).
















These earrings were so much fun to make.  Alie Marie watched me the whole time, her eyes wide and bright.
















Hemp necklaces. One is created by using square knot and the other by using a half knot. 






Go have a look and let me know what you think.

Accessorizing in construction

10 Jul
Today I dusted off my jewelry making tools.  My intentions were to fix a pair of earrings that had come apart. My mind started to race.  I began to get excited just feeling the tools in my hands again.  I dug out some beads and set to work while Alie Marie played.  This is a walk through of today’s exciting creation.

It all begins with bent nose pliers, flush cutters, a headpin and rosary pliers


You twist the head pin making a loop on the bottom to catch the beads. Then a loop on top. You use either of these loops to hook onto the chain.
 
These are the finished beads.
 
Cut out what you need from the chain
 
These are the beads attached to the chain along with the earring findings I am going to use.
 
I attached the chained beads to the findings and……VIOLA! A brand new pair of earrings.