UA-59651954-28 Crafty Allie: September 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Wreath

Another great crafting night with my sister! We decided to make Fall Wreaths,YAY!

I pretty much had all the materials except the wreath. I did also buy one patterned Fat Quarter. So this project literally only cost me $5. I used my coupon at Michael's and got my wreath for $3.69 and then I purchased a $1.39 fat quarter and that is it, my friends. This is why I say hang on to your scrap fabric. Hoard those scraps by golly, you just never know when it will come in handy.

This is the wreath I purchased from Michael's

Please forgive my photo's. I forgot to bring my camera to my sister's house.

I originally wanted to wrap the wreath in burlap. But then I thought well any brown fabric would work. So I already had this fabric. I cut it into long pieces and began wrapping it and hot gluing it to the wreath.

Then I made flowers. The patterned one is the fabric I bought. I loved the colors. I had a tiny bit of burlap left over from another project, and I had some brown satiny type fabric for the big layered flower. Yes sorry, it looks blue because of the flash on my camera phone, but its really brown.

It took a while to make the flowers, and at the last minute I made one more flower and stuck it on there.
But I love the colors of the wreath. Not sure about the way I positioned it all on there. But I am quite proud that it costs me so hardly anything to make

 The sun was so bright yesterday, and therefore the brown material looks lighter than it is. But the other colors of the flowers are pretty close to their real colors. I love it anyhow, flaws in all.

Thanks for tuning in! Until next time...

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Flea Market, Craft Fair, Auction, or Family Reunion?

I know I broke the proper title grammar rules just now. I even misspelled grammar (Thank God for spell check). But what good is blog writing, if you can't brake the rules, and just have fun blogging right? Am I right? 

Anyway, this weekend I went to my family reunion. We have one every year. In order to provide lunch and the reunion hall all weekend, we have an auction. Everyone is supposed to bring an item. It can be something for the kids, or a collectible. It can be an interesting item, or handmade. I mean as long as you don't bring your dirty knickers your're pretty much allowed to add it to the auction.

Everyone bids, and hopefully bids high, so that there will be enough to raise money for the next year. Although there weren't a lot of attendees this year, we still had some interesting enough items for the auction, and made a little over $2000. My mom crocheted a blanket. I on the other hand, have been too busy making stuff for the blog, Etsy and eBay, that I didn't get the chance to add anything handmade. So, I took a looksie around my house and put some stuff in there for the kiddos to bid on.

Hey my stuff went for $60, not too bad for a last minute grab fest. 

These are a few of my favorite relatives from the reunion!

My new favorite addition loving on my Uncle's Doggie on the top left. 
My mom's cousin Nancy, my 3rd cousin on the top right.
My favorite cousins Leland and Marsha, 1st cousins on my dads side, and 3rd on my mom's side (long story)
And my daughter bottom right, whom was bored at the auction because their weren't that many kids toys (except the ones we brought).

Here are a few pictures from the auction.

I just love the one of my cousin modeling the purse. We all had to grab a picture of that for blackmail later on. 

Look at those plates! Those are Norman Rockwell plates worth $160 for the set of 4. Someone paid $100.

Old pictures of our passed relatives go for a lotta, lotta money!

And don't you just love my cousins expression while holding that cabbage patch doll. He again, wasn't too happy about me snapping pictures of  holding girly items.

Later on I hosted our annual Karaoke Jam. However there were barely any family members left and the ones that were still there weren't excited about singing. So, I packed it up early and my mom , daughter, sister in law and I sang back at the cabin. I think my Mom may kill me for posting this picture. Hey at least I didn't post in to Facebook right?

Hopefully, no one from Facebook sees this and tries to post it there, lol.

We had a great time. This year, it was my sister-in-law's first year to go with us. Hopefully we didn't scare her off too bad, lol.

Thanks for tuning in! Until next time...

Friday, September 20, 2013

Chicken Salad Sandwiches

What you will need:
3 Cooked Chicken Breasts
Crossaint Rolls
 1/2 cup  Chopped Celery
2 tablespoons or Garlic salt
1 tablespoon Dill Weed
1 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup of Mayo (or light Mayo)
1 cup of  Shredded Chedder or Mexian blend cheese

Chop your chicken Breast into very small pieces. I prefer using my Pampered Chef chopper. The chopping was done in 1`minute, and the clean up is so much easier and quicker. As you can see by the picture it chops it very finely. Then using the same tool finely chop your celery.

Add the mayo, ranch, garlic salt, dill chicken, celery and cheese. I think it taste so much better to use the Mexican blend cheese. But then I again I use that on everything.

As you can see I didn't have my celery :(
This was an impromptu meal from left over chicken.
But it still taste GREAT!

Add it to croissant rolls and you'll be in Chicken Salad Heaven!

Hope yours turns out even better! Thanks for tuning in! Until next time...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jeweled Flower Embellishments

Lately, I have been making a lot of fabric flowers for baby headbands. Even though I am saving a ton of money making my own flowers, I still seem be spending to much on the center embellishments.
So I did what any other handy dandy crafter would do, and I purchased the rhinstone jewels and pearls online (instead of a craft store). I thought... I am going to make these! It will be so easy and I'll save a lot of money.
Eehhh WRONG! It was not easy. In fact it took several hours, days, weeks to come up with this final design, that I think finally looks similar enough to the ones they sale. Whew!

So what you will need:

 Feux Pearls
glue and glue gun
and a piece of plastic wrapper

I purchased size 6mm feux pearls, they came in assorted colors but now I wish I had gotten the flat back pearls. It would have been much easier to work with plus you won't have the holes in the pearls where they are meant for beading. Also I wish I had gotten a bigger size like maybe 10-12mm. I found some exactly how I'd like to buy them next time here, and its for a very cheap price.
 I purchased the 4mm sew on rhinestone beads. However, again I should have gotten more like 6mm. Live and learn. I found the 6mm ones I want to buy next time here, and again for a very cheap price with free shipping, yay!

Ok, cheesy picture, but what I did was get a plastic wrapper to a card package (I believe) any thick plastic wrapper will do.

Place a very small amount of hot glue onto the plastic sheet.

Then place the pearl onto the glue.

Then add another small amount of glue to the side of the pearl and onto the plastic (as close to the pearl as possible) and place your first rhinestone.

 Keep gluing the rhinestones all the away around the pearl.

Let it dry for about 30 seconds and then very carefully and slowly begin to peel it up off of the plastic.

There you have it, your own handmade embellishment. Its already to adhere to your flower.

To adhere it, just apply a small amount of hot glue to the back of it and place it on your flower.

This has made flower making so much easier now. This process takes about 2 minutes max. I can make several at a time and have them already to just pop in my flower. Now I just need to get the bigger pearls and rhinestones so my flower doesn't swallow them.

Hope this tutorial helped. If if did, pretty please pin it. 

Thanks for tuning in! Until next time...


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Chalkboard Vase

First off let me say one thing... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I absolutely love, love, love her! She is truly the best Mom EVER!
That's my mom holding my daughter, not me lol.

She's an even greater Granny!

Anyway, I made a chalkboard vase especially for her!

This is just a glass vase I purchased at the Dollar Tree (wow I do a lot of advertising for them).

Then paint it with your favorite chalkboard paint by Folk Art, but note it would have been so much easier using the chalkboard spray paint by Rustoleum. Amazon sells it super cheap. This took about 3 coats :(

Allow it to dry for 24+ hours, then cover it in chalk. This sets the paint, so you an write on it and erase it. Other wise you'll be able to see where you wrote on it (after erasing).

Then add your writing, as you can see I am horrible with chalk. I really do need to get some of those chalkboard pens. Sure wish they would send me some for free, lol.

Thanks for tuning in! Until next time...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Liebster Award

Well Holy #&*%!
Someone out there does love me! 
I was nominated for the Liebster award by Craft Dictator!
I get featured 3 times in a week for my posts and now this, woo hoo!

The Liebster award  is a blogger to blogger award, when you receive it you have to nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 Followers, "liebster" by the way is dearest in German.
The award it to encourage new or small bloggers.
Along with the honor of the award you have to answer eleven questions and then ask eleven questions of your awardees.

Here were my questions to answer:

1.What is your favorite blog post you've written?

That would be my Vintage chair that I dyed with RIT 
Because I was so darn proud of myself with that project!

2. Why did you start blogging?

There is no other activity in the world that I love to do more than crafting, 
Shh don't tell my husband.
 I want to share my crafting for the whole world to see!

3. Where is your favorite place in the world?

The beach, preferably Jamica!

4. What are you favorite blogs to read?

Oh my, there are so many!

Craft Dictator, Beyond the Picket Fence,Southern Revivals, and Thrifters Anonymous 

5. What is your favorite food?

Mexican, but that's because I was
Latina in my previous life, lol.

6. If you had to live in a decade other than the current one which would it be?

80's for sure, loved that decade!

7. Who is your hero?

Jesus, and my Grandpa

8. What is your favorite movie?


9. What is something you've always wanted to do but are afraid of?


10. What are your hopes for your blog?

That I will have lots of readers!

11. What's your favorite thing to craft or make?

I love to Crochet

My nominees if they will accept are:

Now their questions:

1) What is you proudest moment in life so far?

2) What do you most like to blog about?

3) What was your last dream about?

4) Have you ever met a celebrity, if so which one and where did you meet them?

5) Is your belly button an innie or outie?

6) What's your favorite band?

7)Have you ever done something really unbelievable only to have no one around to see it? SPILL!

8) Approximately, how many DVD's do you own, and which one is your favorite?

9) Have you ever gossiped about someone, and they found out? If so SPILL!

10) Who was your least favorite teacher in school, and why?

11) If you could ask your future self on question what would it be?

Thanks again Craft Dictator!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Watermelon Margaritas

I had a great time with my sister Saturday night! Even better because we made Watermelon Margaritas!
I do have two people to thank:

1) My friend Terri for giving me 2 huge watermelons.
2) My friend Bob for giving me the idea for using the watermelon to make margaritas. He had never made them but I just added it to my favorite margarita recipe.

My original recipe is called "Knock Ya Naked Margaritas". And in case you are wondering why its called that, well let's just say your clothes seem to disappear if you drink too much of these. Not to worry, all you have to do is add a little less tequila and add a little more ice if you want them weaker.

What you will need:

1 8oz can of Frozen Limeade
tequila (your choice)
watermelon chunks

Yes that is really all need.

Cut fresh watermelon chunks and then freeze them until frozen. This will ensure that your margarita is frozen not liquidy from the watermelon juice.

When your're ready to make your margaritas (as if you weren't ready as you were cutting it) then...

Empty your Limeade can into a pitcher, then fill up the whole can up with tequila. Yes the whole 8 ounces baby!

Then add about 1/2 ice to your blender, then the tequila and limeade mixture and then the watermelon chunks and Blend!  The limeade/tequila mixture should make about 2 batches ( 8 or so margaritas)

And there ya have it! So simple and ohh so tasty!

Thanks so much for tuning in! Until next time...

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