Guest Blogger Bella Before and After

My guest blogger today is my BESTEST bloggy friend, Bella with Bella Before and After.  I LOVE YA BELLA!!! 


Hey AliLilly fans, I’m Bella, and as always, I am so happy to be guest posting over here. I love my girl Ami, and I’m so excited to bring you guys a little tutorial on how to turn a baby shower invitation into a beautiful cake.
Just want to remind all of you that along with writing on my main blog : Bella Before and After, I have created a new blog to share some of our cakes with all of you. My mom and I bake cakes, and I just wanted a fun place to show off some of our creations, and hopefully inspire you as well.
Euro Style Cakes
I hope you stop by 
We are new, and we could sure use some great friends. While you are checking out all the yummies, don’t forget to share all your fantastic parties, decorations, food, and CAKES, with US at our new weekly link up party. 
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Pregnant Belly Cake Tutorial

At this point I didn’t glue anything down yet. It still needed to be easily transferred to the finished cake. Once you have it on the cake , and are happy with the placement of everything, you just need to dab a little water to make everything stick, like glue. Be careful not to add too much, or else the fondant will slide. 

Also you will notice everything is really powdery at this stage. You need to keep everything dusted well, so it doesn’t stick, but once you are finished assembling the cake, you can steam the fondant, or use a paintbrush to paint it with water (slightly) and this will take care of all that powder, along with making everything shine.

Do you want to see the finished cake?
It is so pretty, I really love the way it turned out.
Make sure to stop by and take a look.
Euro Style Cakes
Thanks so much Ami for having me over today. I hope you all enjoyed the tutorial, and can’t wait to see you over at my place. Make sure to say hello, and tell your friends will ya!!

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Make sure to stop by to see the finished cake!! AND show Bella some love! She is the BEST!!  And make sure you come party with us on Tuesday at Bella’s Amaze Me August Link Party!  Photobucket
Thanks for being my super awesome guest today Bella!!! :)
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 ~ 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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Guest Blogger To Sew With Love

My guest blogger today is Lelanie of To Sew With Love.  She is a wonderful friend of mine.  She’s incredibly sweet and supportive.  She made Alie the most ADORABLE summer dress with TONS of accessories.  I can’t wait to get some pictures of Alie wearing it to share with y’all. 

Hi there, lovely AliLilly readers!
I am Lelanie of the blog
We post a lot of our sewing projects on the blog, mostly for our kids. 





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Today, we will be sharing a quick card and note pad holder tutorial. All you need are:
Linen or cotton fabric pieces:
2 pcs. 6.25″ x 10″
4 pcs. 6.25″ x 3.25″
lace (optional)
elastic and button (or velcro)
label (optional)
interfacing (optional)
If you decide to use some interfacing, iron it on each fabric piece before proceeding to the sewing steps. The interfacing, however, is optional. The one I made did not have any interfacing on because I did not have any on hand at that time. Although, i would have wanted to use interfacing. It will yield a prettier card holder, believe me! It will make a lot of difference!
Get your card pocket pieces and bring them together, right sides together, aligning the edges well. Sew straight stitches.
Turn the piece inside out and topstitch.
Align the unsewn side of the card pocket to one of the short sides of one of the bigger fabric piece. Attach your card pocket to the fabric by sewing basting stitches on the sides and the bottom side of the card pocket piece. Take the center of the pocket piece and sew straight stitches on the center.
Get the remaining pocket pieces and with both fabric right sides together, sew straight stitches on both of the longer sides. Turn it inside out and topstitch on one of the longer side.
Pin it on where it should be sewn on, the topstitch side should be the on the top.
Sew the sides with basting stitches while the bottom with straight stitches with backtracks. Determine where your notepad should go and sew straight stitches to divide your pocket.
So, we have this as of now.
Place the remaining bigger piece on top of the piece where you have sewn your pockets. Both fabric pieces should be wrong sides together. Fold them the way your card holder would be folded when finished to determine where you’d have to sew on the lace. Once you’ve determined the spot, pin your lace in place.
Flip the card holder to determine where your button should go (or your velcro if you’ve decided to have velcro as closures)
Sew the lace on.
Sew the button on.
Sew the label on.
You will now have these two pieces. Do not forget to pin the elastic band on the top.
With the pieces right sides together, sew straight stitches on all sides leaving 3″ or so unsewn so you could turn the fabrics later.
Clip all sides/edges.
Turn the fabric inside out and topstitch.
Now, you have a card holder with two pockets for your contact cards, one pocket for a memo card, one pocket for a small pen or a usb.
One side…
And the other side.


I hope you liked our quick tutorial. Come and visit our blog for more tutorials.
And thank you, sweet Ami, for having us here!
Hugs,
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Hugs,
Lelanie
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Thanks so much Lelanie for the great tutorial and for posting for me today!  Your an awesome friend!! :)
Ain’t Lelanie great!!  Please stop by and show her some love!  AND remember to come party with us at her Lets Get Crafty Saturday Party!!!  
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 ~ 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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I am Guest Blogging at the HOH today!!

I’m a guest blogger at the House of Hepworths today!  


WHOOOOT!!  Make sure you stop by to check out my post and check out Allison’s SUPER AWESOMESPICE (thats her word!) blog!  She’s creative, supportive, helpful, fun, open, honest, real, funny, talented…..I could go on and on.  She’s been a very helpful and supportive friend of mine too!  FOLLOW HER if you aren’t already!  You’ll be so happy you did!!!
A few of Allison’s awesomespiceness talents! (wow say that 10 times fast!) 

Spa Bath Mat



Caprisun Bags & Totes
Accessories from Duct Tape
Throw Pillows from Cloth Napkins
You HAVE to see how she installed this towel bar in her kitchen.
THIS GUY is my favorite! It’s her Pumpkin from a dryer duct!!!

AND if you weren’t partying with her already she hosts a link party every Thursday! 


Thanks for stopping by!! 





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DIY Pinwheel Birthday Banner

First, can I say to all my awesome readers, WOW have I missed y’all!!  Moving from state to state isn’t as easy as I thought it would be.  I’ve been so overwhelmed I haven’t had time to blog.  I haven’t had time to craft, paint, make jewelry.  In fact I haven’t even unpacked my “crafties” box!! :(  Then today I thought “OH YEA!! I never did the DIY birthday banner post!” This is the birthday banner I made for Alice Marie’s 3rd birthday party! SO here ya go!  The DIY Birthday Banner Post! :)

For anyone following me you know that I am IN LOVE with the Spring Banner Myra with My Blessed Life made.  I’ve used her tutorial a few times already to make my own banners.

Since I made much of the party decorations for Alice’s 3rd birthday party from a pastel color pack of tissue paper.  I decided to MAKE the paper for this banner. I made the party garland

DIY Party Garland

The birthday cake pom pom banner

DIY Tiny Pom Pom Banner
The party pom poms!!

While I’m showing off…did ya see the cake!??  It ALSO matched the decorations!!!

Alie’s Birthday Cake

SO cute right?  I’m totally proud! :)  It’s not as cute as my Alie Marie, though!!
OK! Now to the tutorial!! 

To make the paper I just glued pieces of printer paper onto sheets of tissue paper and let them dry over night.

Once the pieces were dry I measured and cut them.  For this banner the squares were all 5″ x 5″.  I saved the left over paper too, so don’t throw it away.

Seeing all the squares stacked like this reminded me of bar napkins.  Now, I was a waitress longer than I care to admit, BUT I do have a cool trick I can teach y’all real quick that I learned in my serving days!
Take a small glass and place it on to of the stack of napkins.

Hold a few of the bottom napkins and press the glass down firmly and start to twist.

After a few twists you have a fancy-shamcy display of beverage napkins!!

OK back to the tutorial!
Take your squares and begin to fold them accordion style.

I lost the pictures of how to turn this into a pinwheel.  BUT, Myra with My Blessed Life, has a GREAT tutorial on how to do these you can see HERE! 
Once my pinwheels were made I traced (with a cup) and cut out circles from the remaining paper.

Then I traced and cut letters out from a piece of scrapbook paper and glued them onto the circles.

Then I glued the letter circles on to the pinwheels. 

I strung the wheels on twine according to Myra’s directions.  This is what the banners looked like at her party. 

Alie and her cousin Jayden having lunch together. 
So what do you think?  I LOVE it!  It’s really easy to make, inexpensive and will ALWAYS match your decor!!!
Thanks for stopping by!

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