Top 10 of 2010

WOW!!!  What a year.  I started this blog on January 6 this year.  I had NO IDEA what I was doing.  With that and a computer that died on us I really didn’t get things going until June.  So even though my anniversary is coming up it really does not feel like one.  To me it really feels like this all began in June.  So with that I have complied a list of the best of AliLilly 2010!!!  So exciting!!  I have a best of list!!  WEEE! *big happy smile*  I based this list off of comments and features.

My Christmas Decorating with Tissue Paper post.
Is My Daughter is a Princess post.  I made her this costume!!  It was my first! 🙂

My Bananas and Chocolate Chip Pancake Recipe.

A quick story about Falling IN LOVE with Blogging!

My first homemade Gift Box Bows.

My FIRST Tissue Paper Christmas Trees and new Christmas Mantel.

A DIY Photo Box Tutorial.
Go from this
To this!

My Rocky Road Cupcake Recipe.

My Baby Blanket Art!

And the NUMBER 1 POST OF 2010 
Is the story called Sending Birthday Wishes To Heaven.  It is about my BELOVED Nephew Khaleeq who went to Heaven last year.  He is loved and missed and is OUR Angel watching over us from Heaven.

There were so many heartfelt and wonderful comments left on this post. 

Thanks y’all for such a great year.  I have met and made so many new wonderful friends.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2011!  Thanks for all your support and AMAZING inspiration.  This blog and my craftiness would be NOTHING with out YOU!

Thanks so much for stopping by and have a HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Don’t forget to ENTER MY GIVEAWAY!!!!!

Cutting Edge Stencil GIVEAWAY

*Giveaway Closed*

Are y’all ready!?!

This is my FIRST company based giveaway and what an AMAZING company it’s from!!

Cutting Edge Stencils is a company that creates and sells REUSABLE wall stencils. They have so many different styles to choose from. I was offered a stencil to review. Click HERE to see that post.
I chose the Spring Songbirds stencil and this is what I did with it.

The stencil was so easy to work with. I love that they are reusable too. I can’t wait to use this again. Maybe on some curtains, or a table cloth.

Cutting Edge Stencils is offering one AliLilly follower a $40 credit to their online store.
 You could chose any of these

Or use the $40 credit toward something like this 

You could also use the $40 credit to get several stencils as they have many to chose from that are under $20.

So, how do you enter to win??

Mandatory Entries:
Visit Cutting Edge Stencils, browse around then come back here and leave a comment with your favorite stencil.

Leave me a comment that you are an AliLilly follower or just became an AliLilly follower through Google Friend Connect. I LOVE my followers, old and new!! 

Want a few more chances to win?

Additional Entries:  
“Like” Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook. Leave a comment on their page letting them know I sent you over. Leave a comment here telling me you did.

Subscribed to AliLilly via email or in a reader. Leave me a comment.

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

Check out my AliLilly Etsy Shop and leave me a comment telling me what you favorite piece is. 

Blog, Facebook or Tweet this giveaway and leave the link here. (2 entries for each) 

Please leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do.

Giveaway ENDS 1-2-2011 at 11:59 PM MST
Winner will be chosen via 
Winner will be announced here on Monday 1-3-2011

*Giveaway Closed*

Cutting Edge Stencil Product Review

I’m sure you’ve seen all the wonderful stenciled walls all over “blogland” Here are just a few that I love!

Photo from Kaysi’s blog Keeping It Simple
Photo from Kate’s blog Centsational Girl
Photo from Megan’s blog Honey We’re Home

I’ve been aching to decorate our home. My free-hand artistic abilities are limited to stick figures. So, when I saw how many different stencils Cutting Edge Stencils offered I got SO EXCITED.

They have Branches and Birds.
Medallions and Borders.
All over Damask
Wall Pattern Kits
All over Trellis kits
Fossils that you can paint or
add plaster for texture

 And they have so much more…..

When Cutting Edge Stencils asked me if I would be interested in doing a product review I squealed and did a happy dance while replying “YES YES YES THANK YOU!!” 
I chose the Spring Songbirds Wall Art Stencil Kit. 
We decided to use it on our kitchen wall. This is the before pic.
I painted the back wall a beautiful Turquoise blue. My sweet hubby even helped. We used Traditional Brown for the base color of the stencil and Malted Milk for highlighting.
Once the paint dried we secured the stencil on the wall and painted the base coat with the Dense Foam Roller Cutting Edge Stencils provided me.
Then we added highlights to the stencil with a stencil brush. By the way those are my hubby’s man hands!

Are you ready to see the After pic??? 

 TA DA!!!!!!!!

Isn’t it just AMAZING!! I am ABSOLUTELY in love with it. 

David turned one of the birds in to a Cardinal. How beautiful is this guy!!?

This is what it looks like with just the under the cabinet lights on.

Doesn’t it look wonderful.

The stencil was SO EASY to use. It was strong, sturdy and easy to secure to the wall. Once the paint drys on the stencil it peels right off. You can use them again and again! My sister and sister in law are already in line to borrow it! I’m just so excited over how easy, fast and simple this was to do. It’s made our kitchen look like a million bucks! 

Cutting Edge Stencils is GRACIOUSLY giving one AliLilly follower a $40 credit to their store!!  

Thanks so much to Cutting Edge Stencils for this great giveaway and thanks Y’ALL for stopping by. 

I was given the Spring Songbirds Stencil and Dense Foam Roller for review purposes. No other compensation was received. The opinions stated here are my own and have in no way been influenced by Cutting Edge Stencils.

I will be sharing this at these WONDERFUL Link Parties!