Needing to feel liked and a mobile giveaway

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Hello!

Recently a brand approached me through Facebook asking to partner. They wanted a lot of work for the equivalent of a $20 shirt. I told them I don’t partner for free (mama’s gotta feed the baby!) and they gave me a “lesson” on how blogging works. Telling me when I had more people read my blog they could offer me money. They didn’t see any of my numbers or notice I have about 10X as many followers on Instagram…they just based everything on Facebook.

Now I’m not like a huge blog obviously, but I’ve been doing this for a while and I was a little offended at the “lesson.” Mostly because I’m oversensitive, but also because I work VERY HARD. Ha! Apparently they thought I must not know about these fancy blogging things because my following on Facebook is rather small.

If you’ll recall I just joined Facebook a year or two ago, and I didn’t totally get or understand it or love it. But I realize it’s important and useful for helping people see my work, so, I’m trying to be better about it.

Anyway, what I’m saying is, WILL YOU LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK?!?!

If your answer is yes, I am going to give you a chance to win a custom mobile, for you or for a friend (if you don’t need one!).

I recently added a customization option in my shop, you can read about it here.

All you have to do is report to me that you LIKE ME.

If you already like me leave a comment because your love and support should be rewarded!

I’ll choose a winner on Friday!

Thank you!

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xoxoxo

How to style overalls

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Image via Asos

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All picture sources here.

I sincerely love that I’ll be turning 30 this year. I’m going to be 30 flirty and thriving! Also it means that trends that cycled in and out like 5-6 years ago are cycling back in! One trend I’ve been noticing for fall is overalls.

I fully support this trend. Unfortunately there is NO WAY I’m participating in it. Overalls simply do not look good with GIGANTIC boobs, or any extra weight at all really.

Luckily last time this trend kind of cycled in I was thin enough to enjoy it! Oh you want to see pictures?! OK! They’re from when I backpacked China after graduating from college.

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Here I am with my bag all packed ready to head to the airport.

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And here I am blending in with the locals! Obviously I didn’t pack a hairdryer?

Haha, I bet I still have those somewhere! If you’re like, a size 4 come and grab them! You’ll just have to go digging in my shed for them…

Are you gonna rock the overalls? My sister was telling me that overalls were going to be her post-birth staple (she’s due in 3 weeks!). I tried to tell her that I really don’t think they’re going to go well with her nursing boobs, but I’ve been wrong before. Usually not about boobs though.

Either way, check out my tips and see if you agree.

10 WAYS TO STYLE OVERALLS TO AOVID LOOKING LIKE A TODDLER

Love you all!

xo,
Alison

Watercolor Tutorial Part 3: Mark Making

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Are you all ready to take your water color to the next level?! This is part 3 of Yao’s amazing Watercolor Tutorial series! If you need to catch up check out Watercolor Tutorial pt 1: Basics & Supplies and Watercolor Tutorial Part 2: Blending.

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Hello again!

Hope you guys are having a watercolor lovin’ week! Today, I’m going to talk to you guys a little bit about mark making using your brushes. I think of my brush strokes as an extension of my hand, expressing ideas and emotions in a visual vocabulary. Knowing how to use your brushes will help you communicate your ideas in a much more impactful and interesting way! So, really take some time to practice and familiarize yourself with the different kinds of brushes that are out there. Just as there are so many different personalities out there, brushes also come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and bristle lengths. As a general rule, look for brushes that have longer and more densely packed bristles. They can usually hold more pigment and can create longer strokes.

Mark making really clicked with me in my personal work when I was studying floral painting and calligraphy in China during college. In Chinese calligraphy, all of the emotional energy of the artist are captured in the brush strokes. It feels as if the painting is dancing right in front of you!

With today’s step by step, I wanted to show you guys how I approach a typical landscape painting and how I use my brushes to capture the liveliness of the trees in this landscape. (For a quick video of how I paint trees in other ways, check out this Instagram video!) Using my round-tip brush, I will show you how I create the effect of the trees actually moving and swaying in the wind. Just a brief note about round-tip brushes, these are my favorite to use because they can create a wide range of marks from broad strokes to fine details. I’ll be talking a bit more about other types of brushes that I also use in the Tips and Tricks portion of this post.

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With landscapes and other nature paintings, I like to start with the background first. This is the perfect place to pick up your large brush, be it round or flat tipped, and load it with lots of water and pigment for broad washes. Remember my tutorial about blending? I’m using that technique to create the mountains and sky.

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Switching to my smaller round-tip brush, I’m going to add in more of the foreground starting with some quick vertical strokes to create blades of grass. 

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Rad is 3 months old/I have no idea what I’m doing

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Oh Mr. Rad! His smile is like a happy pill. If you smile at him he will smile at you within seconds. And when Radcliff smiles he smiles with his whole soul, his whole tiny body smiles. And it makes you feel SO GOOD. I can just tell he’s going to be such a sincere, sweet man. The type of person you find yourself opening up to and telling everything…and you’re not sure why.

I dare you not to fall in love.

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Then I found this picture and had a total mom moment and just about died.

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But I’d like to also talk about me. Hahaha. So in a huge subject change…

Does it seem like I know what I’m doing? I mean like, other than taking care of these insane (well only one of them is insane…) children?

I want to assure all of you that I don’t. I seriously have no clue. And it has been causing me quite a bit of anxiety.

When it comes to being a mom, having a blog, being a wife, being a HUMAN. I have no idea what I’m doing.

I do all these things, I make mobiles, I write for other sites, I started a YouTube channel, I write for my own stuff, I make crafts for a Martha Stewart challenge (it does not pay), I return emails and collaborate. I just do ALL these things. And if you do those things it seems silly not to use social media outlets to promote them. But then you have to keep up with those! Don’t you? Oh yes, and I take care of two children.

So, it should really seem like I know what I’m doing, or at least what I’m working towards. But I don’t. Like I said, it has kind of been causing me a lot of anxiety lately. Ha. Nothing new.

Do you know what you’re doing?

What do you think I should do?

What do you do?

I wish I knew the end result but I just don’t. So I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, unless someone has any helpful suggestions?

And speaking of “doing what I’m doing” here’s what else I’ve been doing, (sigh):

I wrote about 10 pairs of awesome sunglasses and how they can make you look thinner! (I’m kind of reprehensible, but I have the best intentions…)

I wrote a response to Time Magazine’s “The Childfree Life” cover story.

I made like 5 crafts this week, 3 shirts, and continued planning a baby shower.

I had 300+ conversations with Ginger about Foofa, Tigger, and her other “friends” (rubber lizards, plastic horses, tiny lions, pieces of chalk, little books) and negotiations about them, their whereabouts and how many of them she can bring everywhere we go.

I cooed at baby Rad and felt a HIGH with each smile he gave me.

I watched the whole first season of Scandal.

I nursed Rad on the couch and checked my Instagram over and over.

I played the same level of Candy Crush probably 30-40 times.

I worked out, I ran, I ate a lot of fat free popcorn.

I said my prayers and read my scriptures (I do those things).

I gave some church service.

I did all this thikning if I just keep doing the things that should make me happy, I’ll be able to figure out what it is I’m doing.

And yet, I have NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING.

What did you do?

xo,
Alison

Here are Mr. Rad’s 2 month photos

Here are Mr. Rad’s newborn photos

Sweatshirt t-shirt for kids tutorial

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Me: (in a sickly sweet tone) “Gigi, will you please let Mommy take some pictures of you in your new shirt?!”
Gigi: “No I have to feed Foofa this cake.”
Me: “Gigi, mommy really needs some pretty pictures of your new shirt. Put Foofa and the cake (a little wooden block) down, and help mommy, please.”
Gigi: “But Foofa needs her cake.”
Me: (in a stern tone) “Gigi, mommy needs these pictures for work. I work so I can get money to buy you fun stuff. If you help mommy work I will buy you a treat for being such a hard worker! Will you please help mommy?!”
Gigi: (totally indifferent) “I want a sucker and red juice.”

AND THIS IS WHAT I GOT for that astronomical price. It must be EXACTLY what they pay the Urban Outfitter’s models, because they have this same sullen look, don’t you think?

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But regardless of my little sassy-pants, I’m SO excited for this! Ginger has an endless supply of adorable leggings, but I feel like I’m constantly trying to find shirts to go with them. Because so many of her leggings are so cute, I don’t always want to pair them with a busy t-shirt. I’ve wanted a sweatshirt t-shirt for her for a while, and I haven’t found one, so I finally just made one and now I’m going to make 5 more!

If you can cut moderately straight lines and sew somewhat straight lines, YOU CAN MAKE THIS SHIRT!

There is NO hemming, NO measuring and NO pattern.

ARE YOU PUMPED?!

Let’s do it.

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Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.