Easy Spring Banners and Signs Using Large Scale Printing

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One thing that has totally been my jam lately is using large-scale printing for events. So I decided to make a lil video and show three different ways to use these large-scale signs, and I made you some Spring banners that you can download for free!

These banners are 36″ x 48″ and they read: HOPPY SPRING, PARTY ON, and EVERY FLOWER MUST GROW THROUGH DIRT (a quote by Laurie Jean Sennott)


In my lil video I teach ALL about large-scale printing, and why I love it so much!

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I used signs like these at the Glam Lumberjack Jam, at my Bing Be Brave Dinner, and at lots of other small gatherings! They’d be great for a birthday, a conference or reception, or just to fill an empty wall!

For other fun Spring videos/ideas you can check out these EASY Easter Bunny Cups or see this pretty Spring Watercolor Party, it has a bunch of cute downloads too!



How to be awesome Part 2: Put your goals before your pride


Hello! Ok, so doing part 2 in my How to Be Awesome series was even harder and more nerve-racking than doing part 1! Haha, because I got so worried it wouldn’t be as good, or it wouldn’t be what people wanted, but, well I just had to get to a place where what I wanted to say was more important to me than how people responded, which is a place I sometimes get to with almost too much ease! Haha and other times need a week or two!

If you’ll recall How to Be Awesome Part 1 was: Getting Started!

But How to Be Awesome Part 2 is: Put Your Goals Before Your Pride. This was alternately titled: Being Awesome Means Being Willing to Look Like an Idiot, but I think “pride” is the more universal thing that stops us from doing what we want and or think we should do!

In this episode I talk about the reasoning behind my IG dance videos and what they do for my brand.

I also issue Awesome Homework! So we can all become more awesome together! So be sure to do it and you can enter to win a Party in a Box from me! And you know how much I love to party!

Thank you guys so much for being awesome, and your support! Have a happy Thursday!


My perfect new plus sign quilt

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When Jen from LWPH Sews asked if I wanted to do a collaboration together, I was PRETTY freaking excited! I had been wanting a blanket very much like the ones she makes, since before I ever found her shop!

Collaboration is a generous word, haha because basically I just said, “GIMME GIMME GIMME!” And Jen did all the work! But I was obsessed with the stripes on the binding of this quilt, and wanted some that would look cute in Mr. Rad’s room. So Jen found a fabulous yellow and white stripe. I also have a hard time letting go of the black and white…hahaha and wanted a more mature backing so that this quilt can live in Mr. Rad the teenagers room and not just Mr. Rad the baby’s room.

The black and white sketch print (for the backing fabric) ended up looking even more awesome than expected!

I also really liked the idea of a black background with white plus signs, just to be different! Jen made all my dreams come true! Needless to say I squealed and squealed when I opened this sucker up!

LWPH Sews is offering my quilt in her shop RIGHT HERE!

And through Sunday March 9th you can save 10% on a quilt with the code DietCokeAndDancing !

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Wait, did you guys also want to talk about how cute Mr. Rad is? He’s 10 MONTHS OLD!!! I know. Try not to cry. But also don’t feel weird for noticing how cute his tiny butt is in that last picture, in those little blue pants?! GAH.

Beautiful quilts are an investment piece, but having a blanket you love for you tiny one is just the best thing ever. Plus, and this is going to sound lame, but you want a blanket that you love having in pictures! Because your little ones spend so much time on the floor, swaddled in them, and nestled in them.

Thank you SO MUCH Jen! I love my quilt!

And thank you Heather from The Coterie for always getting the best pictures!

Happy Tuesday!


Last Week On: The Alison Show

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Well. Hello.

It was just one of those weeks. I tend to be a very roller coasterish type of person, and last week was like me on cloud 9 the whole time, and this week, well this week was more of…what happens when you’re not on cloud 9?

Nothing terrible per say, but just emotionally blah.

Anyway, like most “emotionally blah” weeks I was just working through some crap, and I feel like I’m on the other side of it now, and have a clearer plan of what I’m supposed to do. Though, I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that in general, I have no idea what I’m doing.

I only share all this because, I don’t know, I felt like sharing?

In life I don’t really look for happiness. Though I think happiness is important and worthy of being sought after. But I just feel like if you seek after this idea of “HAPPY” all the time, when very unhappy things happen, it can kind of shake you to the core. So instead, in my life, I’ve decided to seek more after peace.

Peace that I am the type of person that I want to be. Peace that I’m working towards something great, and greater than myself. And peace that I’m just doing an OK job. It’s tough for us anxious types to be peaceful I think, and even harder for me to STAY peaceful for any long amount of time. HA. But it’s always a good goal, right?

So this weekend I wish you happiness AND peace, and love and all that good stuff.

And here’s what happened in my online life:

- I posted on my Babble blog: 5 Questions I Ask Myself Before I Post a Comment Online (I tried very hard not to make this didactic!)


- Monica Lee of Smart Creative Women interviewed me for her channel! I am IN LOVE with Monica and taking her Smart Creative Style course and it is so good I cannot shutup about it.

- I posted this cool recap of my dinner with Bing for Alt Summit!

- And a tutorial for a glitter eye with the BeYOUty Bureau (I cannot for the life of me spell bureau)

- I posted one of those silly dance videos I do from time to time on Instagram.


- How cool is this PiƱata Shop? I DIE.

- I REALLY want a Lip Purse, but I haven’t been able to find one that’s under $30 or one that’s from a site that doesn’t look like it’s a total scam.

- I agree with everything on this “Ideal Baby Registry” especially my mobile! Haha.

Ok! I get that I am a crazy person, talking about lip purses and peace in the same post, but I mean, what else do you expect?

Love you all!



Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.