Featured Blogger - AliLilly

Hello Friends!
I am SO excited for today's Guest Blogger!
Her name is Ami and she is from AliLilly and she has skillz with Jewelry and fun other Crafty fun things!
If you haven't met Ami, hop on over and check her blog out and say Hi! for me!

Hi y'all!! I'm Ami with AliLilly. I blog about jewelry making, crafts, life, mommy-hood and recipes among other stuff I like to share from time to time. I love making new blog friends and being inspired by all your amazing creations. Allie is an awesome blog friend. I just adore her GORGEOUS lil one and all the amazing things Allie creates or posts about.

When Allie first asked me to do a guest post for her I was SO EXCITED. I may of even squealed while I read the email. But then I panicked, intimidated by all the AWESOMENESS that she posts, I thought what can I post that her readers would love. I JUST STARTED sewing (Dear Santa I've been very good this year! I need a sewing machine.....BAD!!!) I sewed my daughter who is also named Alie, a princess dress for Halloween.

I hand made the tutu and all the rosettes. Sewing the skirt to the shirt in a straight line was a bit challenging for me but I pulled it off.

I made these rosettes from Alie's old baby blankets. These are also the very first rosettes I ever made.

Excited over my new fabric rosette making skills, I made a bunch for our fall wreath. Tell me it ain't the cutest thing that my hubby found that y'all sign! See, we are born n raised Texans that have lived in Phoenix Az for just over a year now. It's a bit sentimental to us to have that y'all sign.

Speaking of sentimental. I made this scarf for Alie from last years Christmas PJ's. I LOVED them and just couldn't give them away.

I handcraft jewelry too.

I sell my handmade jewelry in my AliLilly Etsy Shop. I really wanted to share a tutorial with y'all and I thought of something that I DON'T THINK Allie has posted about before.

THESE!! They are crepe paper roses. How sweet are they?

I first learned how to make these from Shelly with House of Smith's.

Roll the top and secure it with a dab of glue.

Start loosely winding the paper around the middle and fold it over as you go.

It will start to look like this.

I did a swipe of glue every few winds.

Remember to roll loosely and fold over as you go.

VOILA! You have a sweet lil paper crepe rose.

You'll have to check my blog in a few weeks to see what I did with all of these.

While I was making these, Alie handed me this one and said "look mama a fower (flower)" She made this one for me. I have put it somewhere safe so that I can treasure it for years to come. :)

I hope you'll stop by someday soon to say hello. Thanks so much Allie for having me over today. Your great, your blog is great and I'm so proud to be your follower! I can't WAIT to see what YOU do next!! :)



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Making It With Allie - Features

Hello ALL!
This will be very short, as we are literally just getting back from the longest drive across the country!
But know that I find you all SO fun and Inspiring!

If you have been featured, grab a button from the sidebar.
See me in better form soon!
Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

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Featured Blogger - The Crafter's Anonymous Club

Have you all Met Chelsea from The Crafter's Anonymous Club?
No? Well head over there and check her out!
She's got skills!

Hi all!
I am Chelsea from The Crafter's Anonymous Club.
I am so excited to be a Featured Blogger over here at What Allie's Making Now!
This is my first time as a guest blogger and I am super nervous...oh well!
I love to create stuff...ALL kinds of stuff.
If I don't know how to do it, I learn how. Come over and check me out some time.

I LOOOOVE Kettle Corn. I only had it for the first time a year ago. Ahhh! I was missing that amazing-ness this whole time! Sad face :(

Another thing you may not know about me is that I am cheep...very cheep. I learned it from my mother. A SALE shopper to the end. So I will NOT pay good money for popcorn when I know it is so easy to make. Example: As a child we NEVER purchased treats or popcorn at the movies. We brought our own. My mom had a really ugly green pleather bag that we took with us full of pre-popped popcorn, pop cans and candy from the gas station. Saved lots of money and I never knew the difference. So spending $8.00 for a bag of kettle corn at the theater is CRAZY! I will not do it!

Guess what I did. I figured out how to make it myself. GENIUS!

And I want to share it with you.

First you need an ugly pot with a fitted lid - Not to big and not to small. (he, he..Goldilocks) You will not want to use this pot for much else after you make this a few times. The bottom gets pretty scorched. The lid must fit well to avoid oil splatter.

• Pop-Corn - I used the Walmart Brand

• Oil - vegetable or canola

• Salt

• Sugar

I have a gas stove so take that into consideration. An electric may take more time to heat.

In your pot dump:

1/4 cup oil

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup kernels

Mix up with long wood (not metal or plastic) spoon.

Put on lid. With hot pads hold your pot on each side.

Lift and shake side to side and up and down.
Put on burner, Count to 5.
one one thousand, two one thousand...etc.
Lift and shake....blah, blah, blah
Put on burner and count to 5.
Do this over and over till the popping slows and stops for 2 seconds.

Turn off heat and dump popcorn into large bowl IMMEDIATELY. The pot is still hot and will continue to burn your corn.

Sprinkle with salt, mix and salt some more.

NOTE: Be careful of un-popped kernels. They stick to the popped kernels and you don't know it till you bite down. I will not be held responsible for broken teeth! Let your kettle corn cool down and then break it apart gently. This should help dislodge those un-popped kernels.

This is my bowl, get your own!

Happy Day!
Chelsea Petersen

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Making It With Allie - Thanksgiving 2010

Well, we have had a CRAZY week!
We have been doing dome traveling and had some mishaps that have reminded me to be Thankful for the positives in my life.
I am SO grateful for my family who loves and supports me in all that I do.
I am grateful for my friends and their families who treat my family as their own.
I am grateful for my sewing machines that allow me to be creative and follow my passion.
I am grateful I have a home and food to keep us healthy.
I am grateful for many many things, of which, I will not list.
That list would be WAY too long.
But know that I am grateful.

So, we are visiting my friend Hollie in Logan, Utah for Thanksgiving this year.
Hollie recently moved into a new house.
Previously, I made a bedspread and pillow shams for her daughter Sami's room.

Well, Hollie and I decided to paint some geometric shapes onto the walls for decoration.
Because we don't have enough on our plates on these short visits...

Here is the wall we started on:
And we drilled holes into a ruler about every inch down the center.
We held a nail in one end and a marker in a hole and wound it around to get our circles.
Each size circle is a different notch in the ruler.
Then we free-hand painted the lime green with 1.5 inch angled brushes.
It turned out FABULOUS!

So, what have you all been working on?
I can't wait to see!
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I love seeing when somebody tells me that they came from one of your blogs!
It gives me a warm-fuzzy!

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