Monday, November 3, 2014

November Essentials

Can we all agree this year is going by too fast? I cannot believe November is here! This year has been flying by, so to show some appreciation for the month we are in I decided to share a few of my November essentials for this year. 

November Essentials


1. There really isn't anything better than a giant cardigan or sweater to cuddle up in. Finding something like this one is on the top of my to-do list. 

2. I am loving this Anthropologie ear warmer, and the best part? It's crocheted! So another to-do is creating one of these for my shop

3. This Essie color "Carry On" is probably my favorite fall colored nail polish. It's the perfect shade between burgundy and a deep purple. 

4. I am such a sucker for gold bracelets or bangles. If you were to look through my jewelry stash there would be too many to count. Even so, I love this H&M gold cuff bracelet. 

5. Look at this scarf! I'm convinced that if I had this my life would be complete. Yet, another to-do for Alist Stitches. Can't wait to get started on some more items for the colder season!

6. Lastly, I think all ladies can appreciate the perfect brown bag. This H&M bag is a staple to any autumn outfit. 

What are your November Essentials this year?

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Fall Etsy Items!

Fall is officially here! My favorite time of the year. I haven't been able to wear boots and scarfs in a long time, since living in Florida. Well, I should say I haven't been able to enjoy wearing my fall gear in a long time. I would still suffer through the "winter" season in Florida pretending not to sweat. Not this year! I am so excited to start seeing the leaves change colors and feel them crunch beneath my boots, to drink apple cider, wear big sweaters, and make caramel apples! 

What is on your fall to-do list this year?

I've been working on some new fall items for Alist Stitches and I am so excited to not only wear some myself this season, but share with you guys! Below are just a few of what is in store. New items will be popping up all this month, so keep checking back! Props to my sweet husband for taking all these photos for me.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Date Nights on a Budget

Image by Kacey Lanier 

These past few months, we have been on a serious budget. Cam and I both strongly believe in continuing to date after your are married and try to have a consistent date night. Now that our income has drastically changed, we have had to get very creative in what to do on a night out.

Since moving to a new town, it has been a little easier for us to be creative because there are so many things we haven't explored yet. "Fun things to do in Sacramento" might be at the top of the list if you checked my google history.

So here are some date ideas, I hope these spark your creativity when it comes to dating your spouse or significant other! 

1. Pack an easy portable dinner and have dinner by the beach, lake, or river. We usually bring a pasta salad dish and a baguette or just grab some ice cream! Recipe here

2. Find a free concert in your area. This can be a super fun idea. Even if the band is a Tom Petty cover, it gets you out of the house, holding hands, and eating some good food from a food truck!

3. Get up early, bring some coffee from home, and head to your local Farmer's Market. Even if you don't buy anything, it can be fun to walk around. Sometimes they even have free samples!

4. Look through old pictures. This is one of my favorite things to do. You will have many laughs, I promise!

5. Drive-In Movies. Typically the price of a drive in movie is cheaper and a double feature! Pack some snacks, a blanket, and cuddle up while watching a good flick!

6. Coffee dates! Find a local coffee shop or even a Starbucks and have a cup with your significant other. Great for that pick me up and good conversation time!

7. Do something "touristy" Research what your city has to offer. Even if you have lived there for a long time it can be fun to revisit a museum, plaza, or park. Get out there!

8. Find a great happy hour. A lot of restaurants have a really great happy hour menu. Even if your just going for the 1/2 price appetizers, it tends to be a great deal, you can beat the crowds, and try a few different things!

9. Drive around the "fancy area" of town and pick out your favorite house. Roll the windows down, put on your song, and daydream together of living in a giant house.

10. Have a movie or T.V. show marathon. Make some popcorn and cuddle up watching your favorite movies or current T.V. show obsession on Netflix.

Have fun!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Goat Cheese Pasta Salad

This is one of my go to meals when I don't know what to make. A friend of mine made it one night and it was too delicious not to keep making! Hope you guys enjoy! 

1 box of pasta (whatever kind you like)
4 ounces of goat cheese 
1/3 cup of sun dried tomatoes 
1/2 cup of red onion 
1/2 cup of mushrooms
2 cups of baby spinach
1/3 cup of black olives
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/4 cup of chicken broth
Salt and Pepper to taste


-Cook pasta according to box. 

-While pasta is cooking, prepare vegetables. Chop red onion, garlic, mushrooms, olives, and sun dried tomatoes.

-Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan. Add onion, garlic, mushrooms, olives, and sun dried tomatoes. Add the spinach once the onions soften. Salt and pepper to taste. Cook for about 5 - 7 minutes. 

-Add chicken broth to mixture. 

-Add cooked pasta to vegetable mix. Then add goat cheese.

-The hot pasta will melt all of the goat cheese. DELISH!

-Add some fresh basil and a sprinkle of the goat cheese to garnish! 



Monday, September 29, 2014

DIY Tutorial: Pearl Headband

I have finally been able to organize some more of my craft supplies. I've been itching to make something and also wanting to use up some of the supplies I currently have. So here is a quick DIY tutorial for a beaded pearl headband.


-50-55 pearl beads depending on the size
-Thin headband
-Hot glue gun

Step 1:
Lay out your materials and let your glue gun heat up. I used some pearl beads from a couple of old bracelets that had broke. You could easily use any type of bead you want. 

Step 2:
Place a small dot of glue on the headband. 

This glue will dry fairly quickly, so immediately place your bead on the dot of glue. Make sure the holes on the bead (where the string would normally go through if you were making a piece of jewelry) are facing away from the headband. That way the holes will be hidden as you continue to glue beads on.

Press down on the bead for a few seconds make sure it is secure. 

Step 3:
Repeat all the way around the headband. I left about an inch of the band without pearls because it will be hidden by my hair. 

Step 4:
Remove all of the glue residue from the headband and make sure all of the beads look secure. If not, go ahead and add another small dot of glue around the bead. 


I'd love to hear how this works out for you! XX

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Gift Packaging

Since deciding to reopen my Etsy shop I have done a lot of research and brainstorming to lay out the details. After Cam and I found out we would be moving, my shop was put on a hiatus. Trying to work full time, run a small shop, and move across the country was a little too much ;) There really is a lot of work that goes into keeping a shop open and promoted.

I decided to share a little bit on how I package up my items before shipping them out. Since the holidays are coming up, this is great to keep in mind for gift wrapping! Just add some holiday themed materials and you're good to go. I'm a complete sucker for cute packaging. Anything that has a cute ribbon, bow, or tag attached to it is basically my kryptonite. I knew I wanted to revamp my packaging design and had somewhat of a vision in mind.

I found these super simple gift tags. This made it so much easier because they are already hole punched. It was also a plus that they were on sale at Joann's!

I knew I wanted my packaging to look chic, clean, and also be very affordable to keep up with. I wasn't finding anything else I was too crazy about so I opted out to look again later. I stopped into the the local dollar store to pick up some shipping envelopes and I was pleasantly surprised to find this super cute gold glitter tape and some brown craft paper (you can never have too much of this!) for only $1.00 each! Never underestimate the power of a dollar store y'all!

Most things are better with glitter! 

A few practice rounds of hand writing my logo and my tags were ready to go! I love the hand written look of the tags because it seems to go better with the "handmade" theme of what my shop is going for. 


What better way to deal with those pesky yarn scraps that are too short to crochet anything but too long to feel okay about throwing out! Just to add a touch of color and of course, a bow. Who wouldn't be excited about receiving something like this in the mail! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014


Hi all!

Since re-vamping and re-opening my Etsy shop, I decided to start an entirely new blog. I figured this would be the best and most fun way to get the word out as I list new items, start DIY projects, weekly inspiration, or updates! 

Since August, my husband and I have moved from our home in Florida to our new home in California. We are starting from scratch. Looking for a church, community, jobs, and places to explore. All of these changes have been a fabulous challenge. If you have known me for a minute, you know how small my comfort zone can be. So I am thankful to be challenged daily to do something different. It helps me grow! 

With all of these changes going on, I wasn't feeling very inspired or crafty. So I decided to make the most of the free time I have right now! To start doing the things I have always wanted to do when I had a jam packed schedule. *Cue Crafts* 

So this is it! Below are a few photos of what I have been working on. You can find all of these items and more at