Saturday, August 28, 2010

Etsy Now Open!!

My Etsy, Made in the Ali,
is now UP and RUNNING! I'm so excited! 

 I have my fold-up tote bags for sale. Go check them out. They are only $5! What a deal :)

"Favorite" my store and check back because I will be putting up more things soon!

Reusable Grocery Bags.. That you will actually REMEMBER to bring with you!

This is what I've been working on lately. Its a reusable grocery bag that you can roll up and tie and toss in your purse or glovebox. Then when you get to the front of the line you have your bag right there in your purse. I'm going be selling my stuff at a craft boutique in September so I will be selling these there and on my (soon to be) Esty.

Here is the bag opened (about 16"x16")
This is the bag rolled up
I think they are so cute. I can't wait to show you all how the different fabrics turned out.
I went to a discount fabric store near my house and found some awesome deals. Here is all of the fabric I got.

Then I also got a few yards of some canvas-y/burlap type fabric for the back. One side will be pattern and the other will be a brown or tan canvas.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Button and Rosette Rings

My mom has had this jar of buttons on top of the washer ever since I can remember. Every time she would find a button in the washer she would toss it in there. Ive seen some button rings around Blogland for a while so I thought I would give them a try. I made like 50 of them! Here's some of the rings I came up with:

Love them!! Now do I wear them all? Or save them to sell on etsy or the craft boutique?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Vintage Lace Ring

Steppin thru Crazy made this Lace Ring a while ago on her blog. Shortly after I found the perfect lace for making this ring. However, it took me Months to find ring blanks (an empty ring with the glue pad on top). Finally I found some at the Dollar Tree of all places. But they already had tacky flowers attached. So I ripped them off and attached my own lace flowers.

This is how the lace doily started.

If you can't find ring blanks, you can also use ribbon and glue it into a circle to fit your finger.

This whole thing cost me $2 for 6 rings. I got 8 flowers for $1 and 6 rings for $1. I love them. I think they are adorable. I'm so glad that I finally found the rings for these. I will be wearing purple tomorrow :)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

Ok, so I'm not making anyone chicken dinner. BUT! I did choose a winner for my "Fifty followers" Giveaway. I used to pick a winner and it came up with #6!

The winner is Mandy! From Mandy's Yellow Corner. She will get to pick out a hair accessory or pin! Thanks everyone for participating and following me!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I was featured on Mandy's Yellow Corner!

YAY! I was featured! Remember that little chair that I found? (and almost didn't go back and get?!) Well Mandy Featured it on "Love me 2 times Tuesday!" I'm super excited. You should all go check her out! She has lots of super cute re-fashions and re-do's over there :)

Mandy's Yellow Corner

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cusioned Fabric Headboard

I've always wanted a cushioned (padded?) fabric headboard. While out "Thrifting" I found the perfect headboard and footboard for $20. Since I've been "staple-gun-happy" since I covered my chairs I figured this would be the perfect time for this project.  Read on to see a tutorial.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Blog Hoppin and Making new friends!

"Pensive Me" has so generously hosted a Blog-hop. Its where you can advertise yourself and make new friends as well as find some new blogs to follow. 
Let me tell you a Little about myself. My name is Ali and I love to craft and I love to design. I'm a design student which means I have style, But NOOoo money! So my blog is about all of the things that I "find in the "Ali" and make beautiful for my home. 

I craft Shirts, Decor, and hair accessories. I make trips to the thrift store and beautify my finds from there. I'm in LOVE with the Dollar Tree. And I also have a GIVEAWAY!

I Love comments and opinions and friends. I respond to All my comments so please follow me and leave some love! 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Yippeee for Fiftyyy **GIVEAWAY**!! (closed)

As promised I am doing a giveaway to celebrate my 50th follower! I'm actually at 51 now, Yay! 

Let me show you all the great things you can win!

Hair band and pin
Trinket tin
Hair clips
Headband or belt
Hair clip

How to enter (please leave a separate comment for each entry):
1. Leave a comment
2. Be a Follower and tell me that you are in a comment (a must)
3. Post about my giveaway on your blog (please leave a link)

I Will choose a winner next Thursday!
Good luck everyone and thanks for being a follower!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Herbal SunTea

I saw these sun tea recipes on Design*Sponge. Katie Jo posted the link on her new blog, If I Weren't So Lazy... (you should all go check her out and follow her).

I thought not only did they sound really yummy but looked cute too. I made: Basil-fennel, cranberry-orange, Ginger-lime and Thyme-orange. I used little tags and twine to label each one. I can't wait to see what they taste like!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dining Chair Re-vamp

Remember when I bought this dining set? Well I finally found some fabric I like. It coordinated well with my living room and since the living room and dining room are pretty much the same thing, it worked out well.

Isn't it beautiful?? I'm excited that they came out so great. Ive never recovered anything before but it was SO easy! ANNNDDD I'm in love with the staple gun! I borrowed if from my dad and I will for sure be investing in one of these. Read on and I'll show you how I did it.

Monday, August 2, 2010


I stopped by the goodwill today (the one that always has good things but is in the ghetto:P ) and found a few great things.

First I found a little corner shelf that I will put in the bathroom. I need to paint it first so I will show you that later.

Then I found 2 candle holders.... I think they were both candle holders anyway. Of course I forgot to take a "before" picture because I was so excited about getting started. But pretty much I just glued them together.

 I love all of the detail on the base and the top gives it some "classy" sparkle. It doesn't really go with the decor of my house. So I think I'm going to give it to my mom :) I think she will love it!

AAAAND! Sneak peak! That fabric that the candle is sitting on will be the fabric for my dining chairs! Stay tuned because that's what I will be doing today.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Dollar Store Craft GIVEAWAY!

Heather at Dollar Store Crafts is giving away a Silhouette Machine! I'm So excited! I hope I win! I want one so bad, but I'm being practical and not buying one. Winning it would be amazing! I'm Crossing my fingers.