crafting, Thankful, Uncategorized

Some Q’s With A Few A’s

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

I wanted today’s post to be a little different. I have been really wanting to say something to all of you, who have been visiting the site everyday and liking all of the posts.

THANK YOU!!

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you all so much for supporting the site and really just being yourselves. It is truly amazing that we now have fifty followers. That may not seem like a lot to some, but to me, after working for over a year on this site, it truly means the world. I am incredibly blessed to have each and every one of you on this site!

So, moving on to the post for today. I have been thinking about what I wanted to post today and definitely the beginning of this post was at the top of my list. For the rest of the post, I wanted to answer some questions that I get asked often.

I was told by a couple of people that shouldn’t give credit to creators who inspired certain cards or other projects that I have posted about. I thought I would address this.

I know that once I change how a card or project is created, it makes a whole new project. I am giving credit to the creators because they inspired me. They also have far more content on their YouTube channels and websites than I do. I am hoping to show my gratitude to them, as well as show you some new people and new things. I would not have been able to create the things that I have created without inspiration and I wanted to share those sources of inspiration with you. I am so grateful that you love what I am doing, that I want to show you others that do what I do as well.

The other thing that I get asked about often is why do I use more than one company for crafting. Like, why when I make a card do I use My Favorite Things and Stampin’ Up?

This is because I love far more than just one company. Stampin’ Up offers a lot of stamps, that are really cute! My Favorite Things has truly become one of my absolute favorite places for paper crafting supplies. Their prices are better and their products have really made me happy. They are only about an hour away from where I live and their boutique is absolutely amazing!! I love that they are American based and that they have stamp and die cut sets that are for charity. A company that gives back is one that I am definitely happy to support!

When it comes to yarn, I tend to go with companies that offer the kind of yarn that I need for my hands. I have really sensitive hands and eczema, so having softer yarn that is easy to work with is a huge factor in my decision to purchase. Bernat Blanket yarn, Mandala, Sweet Rolls, and Caron Simply Soft are just a few brands that offer yarn that works for me and allows me to continue doing what I love.

For all other crafting supplies, I am merely interested in what works best. Photo transfer projects, I have tried other photo transfer solutions, but Mod Podge has been the best that I have used.

One question that I was recently asked, will I make slime for the site?

Umm, I am not sure. My beautiful niece, LeeAnna of LeeAnna’s World on YouTube, is doing a phenomenal job with that. Possibly a collab is in our future, I don’t know.

Why do I us a lot of Retired Stampin’ Up Products?

Because, it isn’t necessarily about the stamps that I use. I want to show you that you can use any stamp you want to create the card. I just want to inspire you to create cards!

Do you think that you will create a YouTube Channel?

I am currently thinking very seriously about that. If I do go with creating a YouTube Channel, I will still post all of the measurements on here, I will also link all of that in my video. I will also still post all of my other content on here as well.

Why do you have Christian Sunday?

I wanted to take a day each week to devote my attention on this site to God. I know that not everyone on here believes in God, so I have it on a set day to make sure that they know exactly when I will post my Christian based posts. The last thing I want to do is offend anyone, at the same token, I want to share my thoughts on being a Christian.

That’s all the questions I have for you all today. Perhaps once a month, I will jump on Instagram at instagram.com/alishia_blount and on Facebook at facebook.com/kraftaholicmommy and ask for your questions so I can do more of these posts if y’all would like.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share. I would greatly appreciate it! Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

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Cooking, recipe, Uncategorized

Broccoli Recipe Time!

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

Today, I wanted to share a recipe that my munchkin loves. He absolutely loves broccoli, if he could have that with every meal, he would. I got tired of cooking it only two ways and both of those ways was merely with salt and pepper for seasoning. Being the kind of person that loves to cook, I wanted t add a little something extra. So, I started adding things in and testing other things. Finally, I found a broccoli recipe that we all could enjoy.

Just a little reminder, I am a home cook. Unless I am cooking from a recipe, I don’t measure anything. I go by smell, sight, and taste.

Ingredients:

Broccoli Florets (save your other broccoli pieces for stocks)

Butter

Garlic

Shallots

Cayenne Pepper

Salt

Pepper

Let’s begin

Fill a large pot with water and bring that water to a boil.

Once it reaches a boil, add your broccoli and a small pinch of salt.

Boil for about 5-8 minutes. Then drain.

In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt your butter.

Add your shallots, garlic, cayenne, and a pinch of pepper. Cook those ingredients for about a minute.

Toss in the broccoli and cook until the broccoli is as tender as you prefer.

The best part…ENJOY!!!

Like I said, my little man absolutely loves this recipe and I enjoy making it for him. When I do this recipe, I buy my broccoli stem and all. Once I cut off all of my florets, I chop the stem into smaller, yet large chunks and put them in a freezer bag. I freeze them until I need a Vegetable stock. Having vegetable scraps is a great way to make your own vegetable stock that tastes better than store bought and you are able to choose the ingredients. I do this especially when I am cooking for my dad, he does not do salt of any kind. I always make sure that I cook with absolutely no salt if he is eating my food. When I am able to cook with salt, I make sure to use Sea Salt. Not only does it taste better, it is better for you than iodized salt.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can enjoy this as well. I greatly appreciate when you do! Until next time,

Thank You!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!!

KraftaholicMommy

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Are Christians Truly Happy 24/7?

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

My favorite day of the week, SUNDAY!!! A day to rest and give some serious thanks to God above to allowing me to live another day. Like I do every Sunday on this site, I would like to talk about being a Christian.

Today’s post is something that I have been asked often, “Are Christians leading completely happy lives?”

The very short answer to this is, kind of. When we became Christians and accepted Christ into our hearts, all of our problems, worries, stresses, and pain did not magically disappear. The Bible tells us that we are to pick up our crosses and follow Christ, that kind of gives us the hint that not everything is going to be all roses and chocolates.

We still have bad days, days that we wish we could forget, painful days that leave us feeling devastated. The difference between before becoming a Christian and now, we know we aren’t alone in it all. We know that God is not going to put on us more than we can bear. We know that he will answer our prayers. The common misconception that all Christians are happy all the time is exactly that, a misconception.

The fact of the matter is, we still sin. I know what a shock, but we do. We make mistakes and we stumble and that is okay. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, just like we shouldn’t expect God to fix all of our problems with no support or effort from us. Do you fix all of your husband’s or child’s problems without expecting a thing from them? Why ask God to do that then?

As you all know, my father is a preacher. One of the things he has done many times is pray the prayer of Salvation with people. He always tells them, “You have accepted Jesus into your heart, this a joyous day. I just need to tell you, that while you have made the most amazing friend, you have also gained a pretty big enemy. Satan will come after you, he will try to win your soul back, be prepared and lean on God and on Jesus to get through and fight him off.” Or some form of that speech. It’s so true!! I know in my life, Satan has come for me and against me pretty hard at times. There are the times that I successfully fought him off, with God of course. Then, there are the times that he was able to trip me up. I fell hard and went into a bat of inner turmoil. The only way I was able to get out of that pit of darkness was through God. He helped me to see that it’s okay to fall, it’s not okay to stay down. I had to pick myself help, dust myself off, and get back to his work. I can’t allow Satan to steal my joy.

Yes, as a Christian, I lead a very happy life. I also have had pain and sadness. For me, all of the pain and sadness is washed away and the joy that God and his Son bring me far outweighs the other.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can enjoy this as well. I definitely appreciate it so much!

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

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crafting, Uncategorized

Creator Shoutouts!

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

How are you all doing today? It has been a writing kind of day for me. I worked up a couple of cards and worked on some crochet, over the past few days and I am now ready to write and share with you all about it.

However, today is that lovely day of the week that I feature one of my favorite creators. This particular creator requires absolutely no introduction, this post is merely for those that are new to the beautiful world of crafting, more specifically, crochet.

Mikey, with the Crochet Crowd is absolutely amazing! I love that he takes the time to make YouTube videos to help teach crocheters new patterns. When you watch his videos you are guaranteed to be not only educated in a new pattern, but also entertained.

I would strongly suggest that you follow Mikey on his Facebook page, he does go live often and he is so funny. You can follow him at https://www.facebook.com/TheCrochetCommunity/?ref=br_rs you will be so glad you did!

Find out for yourself why I love The Crochet Crowd so much. Below are all of the links for The Crochet Crowd.

https://www.facebook.com/TheCrochetCommunity/?ref=br_rs

thecrochetcrowd.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/mikeyssmail

I absolutely love The Crochet Crowd and I know you will too! I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. I know I would greatly appreciate it!

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

crafting, Uncategorized

Congrats Birdie!

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

With foreboding rain, wind, and cold air; I have decided the outdoors are not my friends today. You know who never fails me? My paper crafting. It is always there, cheering me on to make another card and relieve some of that insane stress of life. It also helps me to focus on some pretty awesome things at the same time. Speaking of pretty awesome things, today’s card is a celebration card. Some friends in the neighborhood are expecting their own little bundle of joy and I wanted to send them a card and make them a little gift. I will be sharing the gift at a later date, right now I want to dive into that card.

Supplies

Paper

Base

My Favorite Things Blu Raspberry 4 1/2” by 11” scored at 5 1/2”

Front and Inside Pieces

My Favorite Things Sno Cone (2) 4 1/8” by 5 3/8”

White (2) 4 by 5 1/4”

Size A2 Envelope

Ink

My Favorite Things Premium Dye Ink- Nightshift Blue

My Favorite Things Premium Dye Ink- Cement Gray

Other Supplies

Stamp Set

Wish- It’s a Good Day Stamp Set

Paper Tools

Fiskars Bone Folder

Fiskars Paper Trimmer

Stamping Tools

Tim Holtz Stamping Tool

Adhesives

Elmer’s Tape Runner

Park Lane 1/4” Foam Squares

Added Bling

Wink of Stella Clear Glitter (999)

Step One:

As always, this step is just to cut all of your cardstock. Make sure to go ahead score and fold your card base.

Step Two:

Using one of your white pieces it is time to focus on the inside of the card. In the Nightshift blue and using your stamping tool, stamp the branch image off to the far left and kind of bottom side as displayed below. Using the Cement Gray, stamp your little birdie in the bottom right side of the piece. I followed this up by coloring the bird and the branch with my Wink of Stella. I can’t help it, I love shiny things.

Step Three:

Using my tape runner, I adhered my finished white piece to my Sno Cone piece. I added that new piece to the inside of my card and was officially finished with the inside of my card.

Step Four:

When I stamped the branch for my inside piece, I knew that I would be wiping this stamp down and using the Cement Gray on the outside piece. So, before I cleaned that stamp I made a point to use my Nightshift Blue to stamp that same branch on the envelope to form a cute place to put the name of the recipient. I also went over the branches with my Wink of Stella.

Step Five:

For my front white piece, I stamped my little birdie in three places: at the top left, middle right, and bottom left, all in Nightshift Blue. I took my little branch and making a point to only have my leaf section of the branch on the paper, stamped this image three times as well in opposite sides of the birdies. I followed this by stamping my sentiments also in Cement Gray; one in the middle left side and one in the bottom right side of my piece. I colored all branches and birdies in Wink of Stella to add some shine.

Step Six:

After my Wink of Stella had a moment to dry, I used tape runner to adhere my white piece to my Sno Cone piece. Using several foam squares on the back of that new piece, I was able to add that piece to the front of my card.

That’s my card. Pretty simple and definitely quick. I really love how this one turned out and I cannot wait to get this little number and accompanying gift to the lovely couple.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Also, feel free to follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/kraftaholicmommy and on Instagram at instagram.com/alishia_blount I would greatly appreciate it. Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

crafting, Uncategorized

Corner To Corner With Love

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

I thought I would give an update on the crochet fun I have been having recently. Thanks to some cold weather, I have been a bit of a crocheting fiend over the last few days. I finally finished a little Corner to Corner blanket for my niece.

If you remember earlier this month, I shared with you all that I would be working on a blanket each month for each of my family members for gifts for Christmas. I know, insanely early to be bringing up the “C” word…haha. However, all my crocheters know that the sooner you get started the better the chances are that you actually are able to finish and even save yourself the insanity of last minute crocheting.

Now, this blanket is for my youngest niece, she will be two in September. I picked Premier Yarns Sweet Rolls, in the color Gelato. I thought the colors weren’t too loud and they offered a soft “girly” vibe. The yarn is really soft which is a perk for a sweet little angel who loves her “softies.” To crochet this number, I used a 5.5mm hook.

This project took four rolls, this includes my border. With that being said, I worked a normal Corner to Corner pattern. In this yarn, which changes colors on its own and no two rolls have the exact same run of colors. This enables every roll to come out in a different and adds a unique twist to the blanket. I have written the best pattern I could come up with as to how to work a Corner to Corner on this site, just look up, “That Corner to Corner Thang,” and you can see how I work this pattern.

For the border, I didn’t want it to be too insanely detailed. When I crochet for munchkins, I keep in mind that the younger they are, the less “wowed” they are by details. They love color and they love something soft. Obviously the older the gift receiver, the more apt they are to appreciate very detailed work. For instance, the Virus blanket that I have been working on is going to an adult. Of course, that blanket will be featured on it’s own post once completed. So, I simply crocheted single crochets all the way around blanket to form a foundation row, with a second row of single crochet to finish off my blanket.

*Edit* When I finished typing this, I got to watching crocheting videos on YouTube and came across a tutorial on the Reverse single Crochet…I couldn’t call this blanket finished until I added a row of this interesting stitch. Haha!

When I set this blanket goal, I knew that in order to make this goal achievable, I had to pick a certain kind of pattern. Each blanket will be different, or at least I am hoping to make every blanket different. Not just by color, but by pattern as well. So, I am looking during breaks of crocheting and krafting, at patterns and picking out what pattern and colors, I would like for each family member. While I am researching, I am keeping in mind that the pattern needs to be very simple and easy to work up quickly. This will help in the long run to be able to make all twelve blankets.

This is starting off well and I am happy that I am making good headway on my goal. I am confident that I will not be that psychotic yarn lady, that finds herself screaming out her stitch count, and mumbling to herself how far behind she is, come December. While this would make for a hilarious video to be leaked on YouTube, it doesn’t exactly paint a happy future for me. Haha.

As always, I will be keeping you up to date with all of my krafting adventures and progresses of projects. In the meantime, feel free to follow me on Facebook at facebook.com/kraftaholicmommy and Instagram at instagram.com/alishia_blount I post on these platforms between uploads on here.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed today’s post. If you did, please hit that like, comment, and share so others can join in the fun as well. I greatly appreciate it. Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!

KraftaholicMommy

Cooking, recipe, Thankful

Super Sweet Taters

Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!

What a beautiful week this is turning into! I am loving that Sunday’s blast of frozen fun has lifted a little bit today and I can actually sit on my back patio and enjoy that Florida sunshine. Seeing God’s creations, always inspires me to create as well.

Today is going to be a super simple and super easy recipe. This is a little recipe that I wanted to try, I was wanting to use cinnamon and I had some amazing sweet potatoes on hand, so I thought I would try and make something other than sweet potato casserole.

Before I give the ingredients list, my Mama is a Southern Lady and my dad’s side of the family are mostly Italians, so when you see the ingredients list, there will be no measurements. When a recipe is made in our family, the measurements are pretty much whatever feels or tastes good to you. For example, this recipe calls for Terragon, I love the stuff, you may not like too much of it, add as much or as little as you want.

Sweet Potatoes (chopped in half inch pieces)

Olive Oil

Cooking Spray

Terragon

Ground Cinnamon

Salt

Pepper

Preheat over to 375 degrees F

Chop Sweet Potatoes

In large bowl, mix together olive oil, Terragon, ground cinnamon, and the salt and pepper.

Add sweet potato pieces and mix well

Spray baking pan with cooking spray so nothing sticks

Bake 40-55 minutes or until crispy outside, soft in center.

I wanted sweet potatoes, but I didn’t want all of the fat that butter has. I also didn’t want a ton of sugar or syrup. I started sniffing different spices and then sniffing the sweet potatoes and landed on these spices. I hope you give these a try. If you do, please go to my facebook page, facebook.com/kraftaholicmommy and share your pictures and reviews with me. I would love to see them.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! If you did, feel free to give this a like, comment, and share so others can join the fun as well. Also feel free to give me a follow on my Instagram at instagram.com/alishia_blount I would greatly appreciate it! Until next time,

Thank you!

God Bless!

Happy Krafting!!

KraftaholicMommy