Alison’s Easter Project All-Stars

Hey friends. I do not know WHAT IS UP with me. I haven’t done much at all this year for Easter! I think it’s because I’ve been so excited about some other projects I’m working on, I’ve just kind of overlooked decorating thus far. Then again, we still have like, 20 days, right?! Haha. But I have some projects in the works! And to hold you over until I get my act together here are some of my favorite Easter projects from The Alison Show archives!

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Yao, the creator of my super-popular Watercolor Series, made these Ukrainian Eggs for us last year! They are too pretty for words.

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I still love this Bunnies and Carrot garland! Easy and cheap to make!

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And my Fruity French Easter Eggs were a huge hit last year! So much love for these little guys! They are actually super easy so I recommend giving them a try!

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These Tiny Bunny finger puppets were one of my first DIY’s I did, like ever, and I still love them!

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I happen to think this idea is like, SO CUTE, it’s never gotten much play online, but I don’t care. I stand by this as a freaking adorable idea! My Easter Bunny Cup. Kids can actually make this craft so it’s fun for a party! And speaking of parties, I love this collaboration I did for printables you can watercolor!

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Spring Party Printables here!

So! What do you guys think? Have you made any of these? Do you have any requests? Are you feeling hoppy?! You can see all my Spring inspired crafts here.

xo
Alison

Perfect & Easy Buttercream Frosting Recipe

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I’m surprised how often I get asked for my buttercream frosting recipe, because it is SO simple. I’ve been using it for years, and it’s just a combination of all the baking books I’ve ever read over the years, and my many hours spent frosting things. Haha.

But I realized, as I tried to tell others about it, that there are some VERY specific things I do to get the frosting perfect and tasty everytime. So this video is detailed and if you follow it, you’ll get my exact buttercream, which I think is PEFECT.

You can, obviously, add less or more sugar, less or more butter, and even some milk or heavy cream if you want less butter in there. But all in all, if you follow these tips YOU ARE GOLDEN! I hope you enjoy!

OVER DRESSED shirt c/o Salt & Pepper Tees

RECIPE (will frost approx. 24 cupcakes or 1 layered cake)

- 2 cups unsalted butter at room temperature
- 4 cups or 2lbs of powdered sugar
- 1tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- you can add a little milk or heavy cream to thin out the frosting as needed…add in 1tsp increments

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This recipe would about frost a cake like this!

Ok! Happy baking!!!

xo
ALison

Making me look good: Winston’s Nursery

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I LOVE seeing my leather triangle mobiles (shop here) in action! Especially in cute nurseries like this one! Thank you so much Michelle for sharing these gorgeous pictures of your lil bubbies nursery!

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I love using clothes as decor in a nursery. I did the same thing in Mr. Rad’s nursery! You can see it here!

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In other new, my little tiny baby angel is almost one you guys. ONE. I am going to die. And you won’t believe me but I’ve HARDLY even planned his party. I mean, I have some loose ideas, but nothing compared to what I had going on for Gigi’s first birthday.

Poor neglected second child…hahaha.

I hope you have such a fabulous weekend!

xo
Alison

My favorite unisex t-shirts for kids

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Unisex is such a NOT fun word, huh? Haha but when I type out “for boys or girls!” it just gets a little long! So unisex it is.

Now that it’s getting warmer out I’ve been needing some cute t-shirts for Gigi and Rad! Yesterday I got this adorable little “Girls just wanna have fun” shirt from Loved by Hannah and Eli in the mail, and when I put it on her it immediately negated the fact she was wearing $5 leggings from last year that are now too small and super faded, and the fact that she won’t let me do anything with her wild mane! She looked like one of those hip asian or Australian kids on Instagram that have the moms who are far more stylish than I’ll ever be able to comprehend!

Anyway, what I’m saying is, a good t-shirt can help out an otherwise sad and dreary wardrobe for both mama’s and babies. So for my Babble blog this week I rounded up:

10 Adorable Kid’s Unisex T-shirts for Spring!

But a lot of them come in infant sizes too! Also, they have mama sizes for those of you who need a lil Springy somethin’ somethin’ so go forth my friends! And shop!

In other news, HOLY MOLY I loved and am still loving the discussion on writing Thank You notes! Thank you all so much for your input and thoughts! Such a good conversation. I feel like there are totally two camps! Basically nature vs. nurture! Ha. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t!

Until next time, lots of love friends. So much love!

xo
Alison

Spank You Very Much

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(These are some cards I made in the past! The “You Are a Gem” is a free download here!)

I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately. Gratitude, obviously, comes in lots of different forms. But I want to talk about one SPECIFIC form right this minute, and that is: the snail mail THANK YOU card.

I used to be SO GOOD at sending thank you notes. It’s something I was raised to believe is doctrine. YOU SEND A THANK YOU NOTE. My mom and my sister BOTH send thank you notes PROMPTLY after I do anything for them or send them the smallest gift! But as my family, business, and thanks that are due have grown, my sanity, time, and will power have not. And I’ve been seriously slacking in the “thank you” card department.

And this is how it started:

Three years ago I heard a woman speak at a conference. She was talking about happiness and how your time is limited. She was saying that you shouldn’t waste your time doing things you THINK you have to do. As an example she mentioned that she did not require her children to write thank you notes. When she said this I was sincerely APPALLED. Haha, as if she had just confessed she bought crack for her kids.

But the rest of her message was so uplifting and convincing, that I understood what she meant. She said that she encouraged her children to be grateful and say “thank you” for gifts, but her time and their time was limited. She explained that she didn’t feel like the practice of writing out a letter for them, or forcing them to write one, was ultimately making them a better person and/or worth the time. I think her stance was that a thank you letter was more about seeming grateful than actually being thankful.

It’s funny because I’m not sure I really agree with that stance, and yet, after I heard it I started kind of letting myself off the hook about missing some thank you letters here and there. I try to always SAY thank you, or send a text or email. But the signed, sealed, and delivered letters have gotten fewer and father between.

And sometimes, I intend on sending a thank you card, so I don’t do a text or email, and then I forget the card, and then I’m just an ungrateful jerk! Even though I had the best intentions.

And I have noticed, that when I receive a thank you letter, I’m always honered and pleased, but that I read it quickly, say, “that was nice” and then toss it. GASP. I hate admitting that. ha. But you know what I mean right? The real joy is in GIVING the gift. So does a “thank you” text or email do the job?

I think part of the reason you send a “thank you” is to let the other person know the gift was received right? And a text or email accomplish that.

So, with all this said, after Gigi’s birthday last year, I didn’t send out thank you notes for her gifts. And I haven’t written “thank yous” for quite few gifts I’ve been given. And you know what, I FEEL HORRIBLE ABOUT IT. HAHA.

So, for me, personally, I’ve decided is SCREW IT. I want to be the type of person who sends thank you notes again. It doesn’t take THAT much time, and if I can afford my diet soda addiction I can afford stamps right?

So I’d like to formally apologize for any gift you have given me and not been adequately thanked for, and also say, THANK YOU!

But I’m SUPER interested, sincerely, on hearing your thoughts about this? Do you send thank you notes? Do you care if you receive them? Are you pissed at me I didn’t send you one?!

For me it comes down to what writing a thank you note does TO ME. It forces me to take time out to be grateful, and acknowledge a good thing that has happened in my life. And I think I need more of that. But I’m not trying to say that you do. I just really want to know what you think!

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In other news I got this stamp from Pick Your Plum that I got to customize. I think it was intended for initials, but I made it say, “YOU ARE DA BOMB” cause that’s what I could spell with two alphabets and the limited space. I’ve been stamping it on EVERYTHING and loving it.

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And these are my pony cards I talked about in How to be Awesome Part 1! I FOUND THEM! Ha! But really, they should read, “The pony THAT daddy never got you.” Because people were always asking, “Who’s the pony-daddy?” Bah.

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Oh and that’s Gigi in my office. I love how wild her hair is. Also I’m afraid of trying to tame it so, I’ve learned to love it.

Ok! Thoughts on thank yous?! Let’s hear it!

xo
Alison

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