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Halloween Pennant Garland from Paint Chip Samples

27 Sep
I have another SIMPLE paint chip project for y’all, this adorable Halloween Pennant Garland.  I used a ruler to measure and trace lines to cut the triangles.  Then found stencils online of pumpkins and bats.  YES, those are the same pumpkins and bats I used from my Spooky Halloween Branch and for the Sentimental Halloween Wreath

I glued the pumpkins and bats onto the triangles.  Then glued the triangles to a strip of black hemp cord.  See, I told y’all it was SIMPLE!! 



Super cute, right?  What do you think??
I’m linking this cutie up to Jen’s HALLOWEEN party at Craft-o-Maniac!!


 

Monster Mash Bash

 I’m linking this up to the Fall Craft Link Party at Centsational Girl!! 







My Fall Mantel linked up to The Lettered Cottage



My Fall Door Decor linked up to the Southern Hospitality Blog.


Thanks for stopping by! 

I’m 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 ~ Homemaker In Heals ~  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






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Spooky Halloween Paint Chip Branch Mobile

26 Sep

Remember the Fall Branch Paint Chip Mobile I made??  Ann from Make The Best of Things left me a sweet comment with suggestions for Halloween, Christmas and Valentines Day.  Well….here’s HALLOWEEN!!  


I LOVE IT!! I grabbed another branch from outside.  Which, in the drought we are in right now in TX, it’s really easy to find a branch just laying around!!  I spray painted it black.  Traced some pumpkin and bat stencils I found online.  Then traced them onto some paint chips and cut out the bats and pumpkins.  SIDE NOTE: something I learned from the fall branch, make sure when using your stencils that you flip them from each side.  Otherwise they wont fit together smoothly.  Then I hot glued a piece of black hemp cord ( you could use black string or ribbon too) on the inside and then stuck the other half of the paint chip on top.  Then I strung up my branch.  I hung it from the ceiling and it just looked funny.  So, I strung it up to the wall.  I’m sure it would look great in a black vase too.  Once it was up I started to sting up my pumpkins and bats.  I LOVE my little Halloween display. 

What do you think??  I’m really happy with it!!  Wouldn’t it look great with some webbing and maybe some black bats and grayish white skulls!!?  I need to go find some more branches! 🙂



 

Monster Mash Bash

 

 I’m linking this up to the Fall Craft Link Party at Centsational Girl!! 







My Fall Mantel linked up to The Lettered Cottage



My Fall Door Decor linked up to the Southern Hospitality Blog.


Thanks for stopping by! 

I’m 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 ~ Homemaker In Heals ~  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

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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! 🙂
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


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Stormy Days

23 Jan

It’s been a stormy few days here in Phoenix, which is not normal. I learned that rocks and sand do not really like water too much. So there is water everywhere. There is more rain on the horizon, but for Ami, there are new projects to start.


I’m really excited!! My wonderful hubby bought my supplies yesterday. I made my first Twilight piece. It’s a bracelet inspired by Bella and Edward’s meadow. I have posted the pictures below. I also finished the bracelets for my beautiful nieces that match the bracelet their mommy bought. Also, while the hubby watched Conan (TEAM CONAN) on his cell phone and munched on Crunch ‘n Munch, I worked on Teresa’s bracelet last night.


I have SO many ideas for things that are floating around in my head. It’s hard to focus on one, or even take them on a few at a time. The other day, I thought of making some baby onesies, tie-dyed fashion. Think anyone would buy them? I have a new Amy friend who posts some of her Etsy stuff on Facebook. I saw a mans tie-dyed shirt and that is what inspired the idea. I’m still looking forward to the tutu idea. I’d like to make a few and have some pictures with my sweet Alie as the model before I offer them on Etsy.


Alie has a shopping cart cushion that I LOVE. It was a gift from my sister’s mother in law. I was checking it out the other day, and that little light bulb (that has been VERY active over my head lately) went off! I could make and sell those too! I could make them with any design someone would want. People are always asking about ours and I know you can buy them, but the styles are very limited. That might be a good seller…Ya think?


Pink Hemp Bracelets (for Nori, Angie, and April)

 



 

Twilight inspired “Meadow” bracelet

 

International….so cool!

13 Jan

It’s been a few days since I’ve posted on here. I’m already on sale number four. It’s all so exciting. I’m trying to learn how to balance the Etsy site, my daughter, making jewelry, being a wife, taking care of the house, and watching all the old Lost episodes before the new season starts. And of course, still find time to upkeep my FarmVille Farm! 🙂

I’m excited to share that I made my very first international sale yesterday! My hubby was so proud of me,and that made it even more exciting.

I got an Etsy email this morning from and it had a TON of useful information from a seasoned and successful seller (dishyvintage). I’m taking all of her tips and advice to heart. I’ve already completed her step one. I also got a some great advice from peacebird too.

OH! I almost forgot. I’ve officially begun the jewelry making adventure. It’s a lot harder than making hemp jewelry. I took me nearly 2 hours to make my very first pair of earrings. I’ve made 4 pairs now, and I’m getting a lot faster. I’ve been to Hobby Lobby and Michael’s to get ideas and supplies. There is so much to see. Have you ever seen the jewelry making isles? I get so overwhelmed thinking “what to choose? what to choose? what to choose?”. I mean, everything looks great!! Today, I think while Alie naps and I watch Lost I’m going to try for a necklace. I’ll let you know how that goes. Below are the Etsy shop links and the blog links to wonderful people who helped me today.

Tutu’s to showcase soon!

Alililly


Forward Motion

8 Jan

Yesterday was SO exciting! It was AliLilly’s Opening Day!!

I could hardly sleep the night before just knowing that I would be adding all the items I’d been working on last week. I woke up early, took care of the sweet baby girl. Then, I started adding my items. I sold my very first necklace before I even added item 2! It was so exciting! Now, I have a new list of things to consider. I’m deciding whether I should send my handmade creations in an envelope? I want to buy some groovy looking tissue paper to wrap it in. Insert a thank you note, a business card, and the receipt. Then, place it in a cute box with a pretty tie around it. However, I have some budget restraints. Which is why I decided to do all this in the first place. In time Ami, all in time. I keep telling myself that.

My husband is excited now too! He bought me a new jewelry kit to work with. The kit is a bit intimidating, but, I am excited at the same time that I will be learning new techniques and sharpening my skills! It’s full of all these tiny pieces. I also needed a tool kit…..HA! a tool kit! I can’t wait to see how I do. There is just so much potential with this little adventure I’m on.

Next uptutu’s!!
AliLilly

1st

6 Jan
I kinda feel like Amy Adams character in Julie and Julia (GREAT MOVIE BTW) I’m sitting her thinking…..what am I gonna blog about. I’m broke and I wanna help my husband out but I don’t wanna compromise on raising out daughter the way my mom and his mom raised us. Don’t get me wrong there is NOTHING wrong with a working mom, in fact i admire you…how can you do that and be a mom!! Being a mom is a FULL TIME NO PTO NO SICK DAYS kinda job….but it is the BEST job I have EVER had! My husband makes plenty of money but our recent move from Texas to Arizona has really put us under so I want to help and make a better life for us. So……well let me first apologize I’m a bit, no I AM an ADHD woman and these blogs will probably go off subject on subject and all over the place. I’m hoping that in doing this is will also help grammar and writing skills! So…..

Let me first tell you the story of how these lil bracelets and necklaces came about. After 5 years of trying to get pregnant and suffering a miscarriage just 3 month prior I got pregnant and went on bed rest in Oct of 2007. My husband thought it would be nice for me to make these lil hemp necklaces and bracelets and so he bought me a bunch of kits and….it was FUN! I made them for everyone! Fast forward to now. My daughter is a healthy and strong 19 month old. One day I posted on Facebook about needing a REAL legitimate stay at home job that didn’t involve fees, membership fees, sign up fees or pyramids! I was told be a friend and my sister in law about etsy.

Now I’m about to embark on a lil journey that will hopefully bring in a lil money and seems fun and exciting at the same time. The potential for expansion is limitless and my brain hasn’t stopped coming up with new idea’s for this lil adventure. For now tho I’m just starting out with the hemp jewelry. For one it’s easy I can make two while my daughter naps! And for second I have a lot of left overs from the pregnancy era! I have about 15 piece already made and ready to sell on my etsy site! So….off we go…let see what happens with this and how far I can take it!

Any advise out there??? I’d LOVE to hear from you!

Take Care