What I do when I’m not crafting

Sometimes I really don’t know how much you guys care to know about things that are not craft or food related here at The Alison Show. But because SO much of my crafting lately has been for a future project that I cannot share at this time (it’s killing me!) I figured I’d show you that sometimes I do things other than make crap and eat donuts. Not very often, but occasionally.


I try on a lot of outfits for videos (and I write, film and edit videos too.) Here I am trying on a few dresses for #ourtopsecretproject. I don’t think you can tell how you look in something until you dance in it.

I take Gigi to “feed da ducks.” We like to bring Heather and Cole along, and on this particular day Cole accidentally went “swimming” with the ducks. Thankfully Ginger was too busy eating the duck’s moldy bread to notice, otherwise I’d be convincing her it’s not ok to “swim” in the pond all the time.

I hydrate with a fluid other than Diet Dr. Pepper. I KNOW IT’S INSANE. But I’m training for the Santa Barbara Marathon. I haven’t run one since 2008, so I’m a bit rusty. But after a month of steady training, running is ALMOST starting to be fun again.

I chase this one out of my craft room and into the yard. In the left picture she’s holding a grip of contraband confetti. I also spend an inordinate amount of time explaining why we can’t have “pop-sisles” for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She asks me for each color, as if maybe I’m saying no to a “boo” (blue) popsicle because I only have “pink” left. And if I won’t give her a pink popscicle well surely, I must have an “oange” up my sleeve. And then after our conversation, and nods of understanding on her part she looks up at me 3 minutes later with big blinking eyes and says, “Geeen pop-sisle pease?”

I make a spectacle wherever I go. Well, not always me exactly, but Ginger. Here she is wrapping herself in some random bushes at a shopping center. When Eric and I tried to remove her she threw the biggest tantrum ever. And yes, she had a rash for 2 days.

I text message images of clothes we HAVE to HAVE for our family picture to Eric. Thankfully he never tries to stop my madness. I spent an insane amount of time coordinating our outfits for a family picture we took last week. I was trying to NOT make something, but I ended up making Gigi a pair of palazzo pants the night before. I CAN’T HELP IT, I LOVE TO CRAFT.

And finally, I watch Gigi fall even more in love with her daddy every day. And I fall more in love with him too, especially when he’s laying down the law to a sassy backseat passenger.

Notice how cleaning, cooking meals, and responding to emails, phone calls, and other modes of communication are not included. See, I think these things are VERY important, and I wish I did them, but there are only so many hours in the day and I have my priorities a bit out of wack. So I apologize if you fall into that last category.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful week! And although summer has been fun, I’m SO done with the heat. I cannot wait for fall, and for the end of all this “pop-sisle” weather.



  1. Lindsey leon

    Super cute post! I love seeing a snapshot of your real life! You’re incredibly talented, I’m just a wee bit jealous 🙂

  2. I LOVE this! You are so photogenic. I really like the blue + white splashy dress. It reminds me of Mad Men.

    1. Thank you!! I thought so too (about mad men!) which is why I splurged and got it!!

  3. Shalynna

    You have such a darling family!

    And you are so gorgeous. I saw a preview the other day with Scarlett Johansson in it and couldn’t figure out who she reminded me of. Then I realized it was you. This is supposed to be a huge compliment because I think she is stunning.

    And the popsicle story is adorable.

    1. Oh my gosh you’re so darling! Thank you! I’m obsessed with Scarlett and I wish I was like her! Ha. I hope you guys are well!!

  4. You guys are the cutest ever!!!
    She knows her colors so well! Ari calls them by their coordinating superhero.

  5. role model!!!

  6. popsicles are a great breakfast food! i’ll give her one….

  7. Veronica

    That dress is incredible. I’m glad you got it!

  8. Jenny Williams

    You are so darling! I love all your photos telling the story of your life. You have one sassy and crafty life! BIG SMILE! I loved your comments about trying on clothes, that you can’t really know if it works until you’ve danced in it. HAAH! Went school shopping with Ash, and every outfit she tried on, she would dance. Love it! She really would have danced a full song, per outfit. Cracks me up!

  9. I’m dying, hilarious! You know when I read your blog I hear your voice narrating and it’s even funnier. I love that Gigi and her persistence with the pop-sisle that girl knows what she wants and knows how to get it. A popsicle isn’t the worst thing you could have for breakfast.

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