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{ Day 1- Giveaway 1 } 600 Followers Crazy Awesome Giveaway Week!!

19 May
“Why 600, Ami?”  Well, I missed out on doing a 500 follower giveaway celebration.  I really wanted to do one and got sick.  Like sicky sick sick.  BUT I’m all better now and realized a last week that I was “wow” close to 600! 
 So, I contacted a bunch of my bloggy besties and have a WEEK of GIVEAWAYS lined up for all my awesome readers!!!  All my NEW awesome readers too!!  If you’re into super cheap, easy, fun, craftiness then I will NOT let you down! 
For each day of the giveaway week I have TWO AWESOME giveaways.  SWEETNESS right??  So, make sure you come back each day to enter!  

Day 1 of the CRAZY AWESOME GIVEAWAY week kicks off with yours truly!! 
I am giving away one lucky AliLilly follower a $20 credit to the AliLilly Etsy Shop!  You can select any READY TO SHIP item or items in my shop (Ready To Ship items are marked as such in the description)!  I am also having a 20% off sale on ANYTHING in my shop until the end of May.  Just use the code ALIEGIVEAWAY. 
Here is just a sample of my hand made jewelry from my AliLilly Etsy Shop!



I am also running a sale JUST FOR Y’ALL!!  Anyone entering this giveaway can use the code ALIEGIVEAWAY for 20% your total order!




Entries:
1. I would love for you to become a follower through Google Friend Connect if you aren’t one already.  Please leave me a comment telling me you are or became a follower! ๐Ÿ™‚
2. Subscribe to AliLilly via email and/or in a reader.  You can do these at the end of this post.  Leave me a comment telling me you did so. ๐Ÿ™‚


3. Heart my  AliLilly Etsy Shop and leave me a comment telling me you did so. ๐Ÿ™‚

4. “Like” AliLilly on Facebook.  Leave me a comment. 

Blog, Facebook and/or Tweet this giveaway and leave the link and comment here. (2 entries for each)  ๐Ÿ™‚


This giveaway and all giveaways this week will be open until 11:59pm MST on May 28th.  Winners will be selected on May 29th via Random.org and posted here Monday May 30th!  
GOOD LUCK!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
MAKE SURE YOU CHECK OUT AND ENTER ALL THE GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK!!!!

CLICK HERE FOR
GIVEAWAY 1!! $20 GC to the AliLilly Etsy Shop (MY SHOP!!)
GIVEAWAY 2!! Winners Choice of Hair Accessory at MFTM Etsy Shop
GIVEAWAY 3!! SCENTSY Giveaway
GIVEAWAY 4!! Winner Choice of Headband at the JSS Etsy Shop 
GIVEAWAY 5!! Win TWO TWILIGHT Inspired Tote Bags
GIVEAWAY 6!! Win a Beautiful Handmade Corsage
GIVEAWAY 7!! Win an Original Painting by Bella
GIVEAWAY 8!! $15 GC to Arcoiris Clothing Boutique
GIVEAWAY 9!! Win a Hand Knitted Neck Warmer
GIVEAWAY 10!! Win a Gorgeous Matching Bracelet and Earrings Set
GIVEAWAY 11!! Win Two Button Rings from Agape Love Boutique
GIVEAWAY 12!! Win a Gorgeous Handmade Reusable Shopping Tote
GIVEAWAY 13!! Win 8 Super Cute Girls Hair Accessories

GIVEAWAY 14!! Win a Handmade Card Holder from Taradara





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200 Facebook Fans Giveaway

10 Mar

I am celebrating reaching 200 fans on Facebook!! WHOOOOT! WHOOOOT!

Would you like any of these?
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Head on over to my AliLilly Facebook Page to enter to win any one item from my shop!!

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? 


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
  

My daughter is a Princess!!

26 Oct

Who isn’t struggling financial right now?!!  With Halloween around the corner, David and I were a little worried about what to do for our sweet little Alie.  She is ALL THINGS PRINCESS right now.  We found a few cute princess costumes for $20.  Which is still pretty steep for a poorly made costume.  Have you ever noticed how cheap the material is or how cheaply they are thrown together.  Last Halloween she was a little Halloween Ballerina.  I made her an orange and black tutu and paired it with a cute Halloween shirt and a pair of black tights.  My husband works at Grand Canyon University, so we attended the GCU Fall Festival last year.  Alie the Halloween Ballerina, was a TOTAL HIT. SO….I think, I can make her a tutu princess!  As I looked for inspiration online, the concept morphed a little into a long tutu princess dress.  I used a shirt she already had.  I made a long white and pink tulle tutu and attached it to the top.  I stitched stain ribbon on the shirt’s sleeves and collar.   I attached satin ribbon over the area, then I attached the skirt to the top.  Since I am ALL ABOUT the rosettes right now, I made a BUNCH!  I glued them onto the ribbon waist.  I also made a bouquet of different rosettes to go over  some embroidery that was on her shirt.  Then I attached some ribbons to the shirt and a large ribbon in the back as a tie.  She LOVES it.  I LOVE IT!  It was so much fun making it for her.  I feels so sweet knowing I made that for her.  OH and the total cost was $14!!  Did you know Dollar Tree sells tulle and ribbons!??  I got the pink tulle at Walmart, 65 yards for $6!

This is Alie’s Halloween Tutu I made her last year.


Alie’s Mommy made Princess Costume!












So cute right?  Now, I can’t wait to make her something next year!  My hubby knows all I want for Christmas is a sewing machine.  I can’t wait to make pretty stuff for our princess!  I would love to hear what you think?  Thanks for stopping by!

Don’t forget ALL HALLOWEEN JEWELRY IS 30% OFF in my etsy shop! 
OH!…..have you noticed how close I am to 200 followers??? I have a super special giveaway planned to celebrate!! If your a follower, THANK YOU THANK YOU, if your not I would love for you to join my crew!

Would you like a chance to win this bracelet??

 I made this exclusively for my friends at Just Sew Sassy. They are celebrating 6 months of SUPER AWESOME blogging by having a 6 fabulous prizes giveaway. Make sure to stop on over and congratulate them and enter for your chance to win!!












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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
  


Delicious Chicken Fried Steak with Homemade Gravy

26 Aug



This is my take on Alton Brownโ€™s Chicken Fried Steak recipe. I made this for David on Fatherโ€™s Day. He told me it was the BEST chicken fried steak he had ever had. I have made many different variations of chicken fried steak.  I agree with David, this is the best one I have ever made.

 You will need :

  •     about 2 pound beef steak cubed
  •     2 teaspoons salt
  •     1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  •     1 teaspoon paprika
  •     1 teaspoon garlic powder
  •     1 cup all-purpose flour
  •     3 whole eggs, beaten
  •     about 1/4 cup vegetable oil or enough to cover the bottom of your skillet
  •     2 cups chicken broth
  •     1/2 cup whole milk
  •     1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves



Now, preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Get yourself 2 pie dishes or large platters and a large bowl for the egg batter to dip steaks into.  Make sure it is big enough that steaks will fit into the bowl.  Get out a small mixing bowl and mix flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.  Lightly season the cube steaks on both sides with salt and pepper.  Growing up, we always called this tractor meat, because it looks like it was run over by a tractor.  Now, place a few spoons full of the flour into a pie pan.  Beat your eggs in the other pie pan.  Dredge the meat on both sides in the flour.  Then dip your steaks into the eggs and then back into the flour again.  Add spoonfuls of the flour mixture as you need it.  Do this with all the pieces of meat.  Place the meat onto a plate and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking.

 Place enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of your skillet.  When the oil begins to shimmer, add the meat, being careful not to overcrowd the pan.  Cook each piece on both sides until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side.  Take out your steaks and place on a wire rack.  I place them directly onto the rack in my oven with a cookie sheet on the bottom rack to catch the drippings.

Do this next step only if you need to.  I have found that sometimes I need to add some oil and sometimes I have too much oil.  You want what looks to be about 4 tablespoons of oil left in the pan after frying.  If you need to add the remaining vegetable oil to the pan.  Begin to whisk in 3 tablespoons of your left over flour.  Then add the chicken broth and deglaze the pan.  Deglaze means to mix in all those great little crispy bits of flour and meat juices left behind from frying.  Whisk until the gravy comes to a boil and begins to thicken.  Add the milk and thyme and whisk until the gravy coats the back of a spoon, approximately 5 to 10 minutes.  Serve gravy over steaks.  Gravy is also fantastic on top of mashed potatoes.  I have a GREAT homemade mashed potato recipe.  I may have to share that one with y’all someday soon.  Now, I scrape up and save every last drop of this gravy.  It is great on biscuits or toast.  Great with sausage or bacon mixed in.  I hope you enjoy this recipe. 

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I have mentioned before that I want to do a giveaway to celebrate reaching 100 followers. I have decided to giveaway my FAMOUS Pink Tuxedo Bracelet!! I am also having a 20% off anything in the shop sale for my followers. The AliLilly Etsy Shop Use the code aliefollower when you purchase. All refunds are given through PayPal.







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 โ€œBloggyland!โ€ 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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