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!

xo
Alison

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!)

LOTS OF VIDEO!

- 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.

AND HERE ARE SOME OTHER THINGS I’M DYING OVER:

- How cool is this Piñata 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!

xo
Alison

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DIY Glitter Eye

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I have had this vision of a glam glitter eye for AGES! But I suck at makeup! Haha, so I was SO excited to have the talented ladies at the BeYOUty Bureau (the same ladies who helped do that awesome tiger eye for the Be Brave dinner) create this look for me!

It’s pretty easy to do…or at least they make it look that way! And I think it would be the PERFECT glam look for Spring in any pastel shade of glitter! Are you gonna try it?

And if you’re in the mood to watch more of my crap, be sure to check out the actual ALISON SHOW haha on my YouTube channel!

xo
Alison

Spring Sugar Cookies: Edible Flowers

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Last week I wanted to bake and decorate some VERY cheerful cookies. And in my opinion there’s nothing more beautiful than some Rifle Paper Co. looking flowers. So with that color palate and the shapes as my guide I had fun making some pretty intense cookies! Haha. It was also fun using my Valentine’s day flowers, which were on their last leg, to style the pictures.

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I just can’t get enough flowers lately!

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I always decorate my cookies late at night, so the behind-the-scene shots aren’t too glam! But here you can see how many colors it takes to even do something as simple as flowers.

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My royal icing recipe/instructional video is here, but I have learned SO much since then so I have so many other tips and tricks and my recipe is a bit different. But it’s still a really good basic recipe to get you started!

I have a fun sugar cookie project underworks right now (which is why I’m not giving step-by-step or too many instructions here) and I’m excited to share more details with you later! Until then I’ll be making lots of cookies in prep for that!

In other news I wrote a piece for Babble that I have A LOT of thoughts about, and these are just some of them! But I’d love if you let me know what you think of:

Posting Online Comments: How to Put the Best Version of Yourself Out There!

which was alternately titled:

5 Questions I Ask Myself Before I Post a Comment Online

Ha! I’m not sure which one I like better, but I like discussions like this where we become conscious of all our social media interaction, and how to keep it more coherent with how we conduct ourselves in our everyday lives! So in this post we have both food, and food for thought? Or maybe just food. BAH!

Gigi was PRETTY excited when I told her one of these fancy cookies was for her, and I was pretty excited that she wanted to share it with me Lady and the Tramp style.

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I love that girl!

Happy reading, happy baking and happy commenting! I love you all!

xo
Alison

Be Brave Dinner for Bing at Alt Summit 2014

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About a month ago I was lucky enough to get to design a dinner sponsored by Bing, which was part of the Alt Summit blogging conference. (You might remember I did a dinner for Microsoft for Alt Summit last year!)

Modern Atelier helped make this awesome time-lapse video of the set-up! I think you’ll love it! Or at least I do. HA! I really wanted a video of the set-up and event because I think it does SUCH a better job at helping capture the space and giving you some dinner party ideas and inspiration for a soiree of your own!

Anyway, this dinner was TOO MUCH FUN! I hinged the theme around this really fantastic video that Bing put out about brave women of 2013. Kind of like a year-in review, you MUST watch it. I cry EVERY time (shocker).

These little sponsored dinners take place the night before the conference (a lot of brands host them and they usually have about 20-40 guests) as a way for people to meet on a smaller scale before heading into the giant conference. I LOVED the idea of a really positive night filled with a message we all need to hear before we head into a large room full of really beautiful, successful well-dressed women: BE BRAVE.

I decided the best way to do this was to have the guests greeted by a 6-foot cutout tiger, that Roxy Marj illustrated and I made, and a sign simply stating the theme.

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We used tiny cut-out tigers, that were glittered around the edges in the gorgeous floral vines that Lizy Bowden made.

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It’s hard to come up with swag that people ACTUALLY want and that is easy to take home in a suit case, so I was PRETTY pleased with myself for thinking of commissioning Roxy Marj to make us some custom glasses cases with the theme on them, and Natalie, my favorite human, and my contact at Bing! thought of filling them with fabulous sunglasses from Moorea-Seals beautiful shop!

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Also, these dinners are ALL about the Instagram, so the place settings also had some cut-out tiger masks, and little “ROAR” tattoos. I don’t like to do throw-away things for parties, but sometimes it’s worth it for a good photo-op!

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Don’t you love how sassy the tigers are? I love them leaning against the black taper candles. Also, how SEXY ARE BLACK CANDLES?! I know.

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People ended up using my jacket as a prop! Hahaha. This is Michael Wurm Jr. of Inspired by Charm, I’ve wanted to meet him FOR FOREVER so I was giddy he was at the dinner.

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This was the entrance table. Lizy did the lovely arrangement and I made a custom temp tattoo to put the #bingbebrave hashtag on the mirror.

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This is Natalie. The Bing babe of the century. Funny side note, Natalie took the tiger back with her to Microsoft! How, I do not know. She says that he’s in her office and people come in all the time to talk to her and DO NOT notice that he’s there. HAHAHA.

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Obviously I needed some really FANCY makeup, you know, as the event planner of the dinner. So the girls as the BeYOUty Bureau dolled me up. This is Ashleigh doing my tiger eyes, and Kayti literally took the earrings off her ears and gave them to me to wear.

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People got really into the theme and it was SO fun and not stuffy. I was SO so happy with the way everything turned out!

It was such a TREAT to work with Bing on this dinner! They are such an amazing company to work with and I sincerely respect them so much for being so behind this theme.

 

 

 

 

Keep it crafty, Keep it sassy.