✨ali makes things✨ @alimakesthings

http://alimakesthings.com/

making things that mean things.

  • alimakesthings

    February 21st at 8:56pm

    i don't typically post videos, but i've spent the last few days on safari in the masai mara with @encounter_mara... it was truly one of the most unbelievably incredible experiences of my life. we saw 11 cheetah, 3 male lions, 1 lioness... and our camp got shut down due to a lioness bringing her cubs ... next to our tent. we asked the guide if we were the closest to her and he said "mhmm." and then we asked where she was and he replied "just there." and pointed in the brush near us! we were there celebrating the marriage of @sarahnbuchanan and her love james. they married under a tree at golden hour, and we all danced with masai warriors to celebrate. there will be pictures to come, but for now, this. and my insta story. 😳😍😭 so CHEERS to all of that... with a g+t and a lion.

    casstorres

    17 hours ago

    alifeinterior

    21 hours ago
    Just kickin it with a lion, nbd

    inkybitsdesigns

    22 hours ago
    So incredible - what an amazing experience you had!

    tonimarie83

    1 day ago
    Ahh brings back memories! Loved going on safari! This makes me want to go back ✨💕

    tareenewman

    1 day ago
    Wow,what a experience you had. Good footage ❤

    loveoverfears

    1 day ago
    Wow - majestic 🌼

    cwspiel

    1 day ago
    Masai Mara is so incredible! Hard to explain it to folks but your insta-story made it real. There in 1987!

    yelizabeta

    1 day ago
    My dream. Such amazing footage

    gretalundy

    1 day ago
    I just watched this about 10 times. Enjoy! @alimakesthings
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  • alimakesthings

    February 20th at 9:52am

    these mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb... struggle and fight, live and learn, take the lesson with you and then let the rest go. you've conquered the dang thing, it's now time to move along. (oh and if you want to see some of my adventures in the mara, check out my story! it's unreal.)

    hannahegregus

    2 days ago
    😭😭😭😭😭😭

    hannahrsaunders

    2 days ago
    Love this deeply

    dorohov_vova

    2 days ago
    magical ☀

    b.oakman

    2 days ago
    One of my favs ♡ @najwazebian

    littlekorboose

    2 days ago
    Love this, as always, Ali!

    humanityunified

    3 days ago
    ❤❤❤❤

    jordannmoody

    3 days ago
    🙌🏽 (and also, the mara ❤️)
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  • alimakesthings

    February 18th at 4:44pm

    one of the highlights of my time in rwanda, for sure, is seeing the thriving women's vocational center in coko that @kulaproject built so the women they work with have income in the off season after coffee harvest. a year ago, these women asked for sewing machines, more opportunities to generate income for their households and public speaking lessons. today, the room is abuzz with women decked out in colorful dresses making things, so you know i love it. 💗

    rikkiklaus

    4 hours ago
    Wonderful.

    seebeautiful

    4 days ago
    ❤🤗❤🤗❤🤗❤

    sarahthetran

    4 days ago
    😍😍

    mobellarusso

    4 days ago
    Empowerment!

    betsyarnold

    4 days ago
    Yes 💗💗💗 my heart @greta358

    greta358

    4 days ago
    @betsyarnold isn't this where you were?! 💙

    instaebeth

    4 days ago
    I love this so much.
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  • alimakesthings

    February 17th at 5:41am

    "disappointing" people is a double-edged sword. on one hand, it's utterly devastating, isolating, gut-wrenchingly, unbearably awful. on the other hand, it's the most freedom i've ever experienced. i have learned through experience that "letting people down" doesn't necessarily mean you're doing the wrong thing. i grew up in a community that taught me that everyone else knew better about my life than i did, so my choices became a game of who wants to be a millionaire, polling the audience for every big decision. unfortunately, i learned the hard way, that YOU, ME, WE are the only ones who can know and make the right decisions for our own lives. no one else can know the depth of our heart, or the whisperings we hear from the great almighty. it is up to us to be faithful to the truth we know in our hearts and to act upon it. with nowhere to go but beyond, i found myself able to finally make choices outside of the expectations of others, with wisdom and discernment that is only found by spending ample time in deep reflection. it has been in this autonomy that i am finding health and freedom.

    rikkiklaus

    4 hours ago
    Go, Ali, go!

    monii716

    20 hours ago
    Well said...thank you 🙏

    mmsessionsart

    3 days ago
    💙

    be_happy.1

    5 days ago
    @brobo96 and @c_hutch_ Ali's feed is a great one to follow for so many reasons. I have several of her positive written words hanging in my studio. This one, I love and wanted to share with you both. Be sure and read her caption too.

    denysenkosgirl

    5 days ago
    Ok this! 🙌🏻✨. Such great words here, trust in ourselves. Trusting in the dreams and desires and whisperings of our 💕

    sarahlizlu

    5 days ago
    @thedailysum you're so good at this

    iamrachelloewen

    5 days ago
    Amen, Ali. This. This is a breath of fresh air this morning. 🙏🏻💗

    seebeautiful

    5 days ago
    Love your location.📍
    Al, i love this and I love you. Praying for your health and freedom.
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  • alimakesthings

    February 16th at 10:17pm

    i'm so glad to be back in rwanda. it is, truly, one of the most incredible places i've ever been. anyone have any questions about rwanda? what would you like to see? i'll try to keep my story updated tomorrow! we will be celebrating the washing station and women's center opening with the whole district! i think they're going to make me dance. 😳😬 photo: @jontaylorsweet

    longmilescoffee

    5 days ago
    Welcome back to the neighborhood.
    💕

    joshuazimbrich

    6 days ago
    Africa was by far the the greatest place I have ever experienced, it's lovely to see that beauty extend in you.

    haleysheffield

    6 days ago
    Heart full to know how happy that place is making you. Just keep soaking it up cause I wanna hear all about it! (And see the art that comes out of it!)

    bold.ventures

    6 days ago
    So good!
    Love this!

    dmurrieta

    6 days ago
    @dmurrieta the name of the organization is @zoeishelping 😉

    dmurrieta

    6 days ago
    Hi there, I just got back from Rwanda last week. It was my 3rd year going to visit the children we sponsor through Zoe helps... a 3 year empowerment program. Rwanda is a remarkable place with remarkable people. All of the people are so happy for what little they have. I love seeing all your photos from there! And yes, been there done that. The dancing thing. Every time I go they make me dance too! 😉

    alimakesthings

    6 days ago
    @purvisnation hey nik! no way! i'm going to ask about it tomorrow. it's so fun seeing the whole process! gives me even more appreciation for it all. this is my second time out here.

    purvisnation

    6 days ago
    Ali this is so rad! We have been roasting a Rwandan coffee called the Kibirizi. So good! Have fun out there!
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  • alimakesthings

    February 16th at 7:14am

    with the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love.
    :::
    yes. this. now.

    researchwarrior

    6 days ago
    @instaragon Here's looking at you, kid.

    quintovida

    6 days ago
    🙌

    _tianaphotography_

    7 days ago
    You are a rockstar 👌

    jamiedub

    7 days ago
    miss youuuuu 😘

    abby_thefablife

    7 days ago
    Perfect quote!

    danieljamesmurillo

    7 days ago
    Exactly this right now lol
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  • alimakesthings

    February 14th at 11:59pm
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    hey! i'm ali. it's been a while since i've introduced myself on here so, here it goes! i'm ali. i like to make things. i grew up in a tiny sierra nevada foothill town in northern california. i now live in atlanta. (weird!) i like burritos and coffee and avocados and could live off of them alone. i've listened to the latest frank ocean album more than anything else in the last couple of months. i love @airbnb. i signed up for a painting workshop recently and i can't wait because it's like school and art together in the best way. and because this is the valentine's day edition.... my first kiss: 8th grade, on a field trip to san francisco. we were on one of those virtual simulator rides and this cute boy i liked snuck in the fastest peck in the history of the world. four minutes of pretending we were on a magic carpet ride later, we walked out of there like nothing had ever happened, but let's be honest, i was forever changed. 😍😂 fast forward to today, i'm not a huge feb 14 person. so i wished the lady who rang me up at target a happy valentine's day and then decided to fly back to rwanda because i missed it. i'm going back to celebrate the completion of @kulaproject's coffee washing station building project. east africa is incredible and i've spent a lot of the last year thinking about my time there. i'm happy to be going back. here's a really amazing photo @jontaylorsweet snapped of me in what is quite possibly the most stunning place i've ever been: rwanda. i'd say it's a pretty good valentine's day.
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    hope yours was equally ordinary and beautiful! tell me about YOU!!!!

    alimakesthings

    8 days ago
    @mikemcginnis 👆🏽

    alimakesthings

    8 days ago
    ha! i'll have moved on by then, but didn't i just miss your brother last time i was here?!

    mandilyn

    8 days ago
    Currently spending some time in Tanzania and loving it!

    mikemcginnis

    8 days ago
    You're not going next week by any chance are you?

    seebeautiful

    8 days ago
    Have the most wonderful time.🤗

    jonaagaard

    8 days ago
    hi 👋🏼👋🏼

    alifeinterior

    8 days ago
    frank ocean, though ♡

    myalcantara

    8 days ago
    I live in Atlanta too, I mean Marietta. Your page and texts are both incredible :)

    naomi.red

    8 days ago
    @alimakesthings much love your way. ❤️
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  • alimakesthings

    February 14th at 6:55am

    i don't have all the answers, but i know this: love will find a way. happy valentine's day.
    :::
    with the onslaught of everything valentine, it can be hard to remember what real love is. real love is more than romance. it's more than the avalanche of red and pink in the checkout line. it's more than chocolate or reservations or a hand to hold. it's not hasty hookups, abuse or obligation. it thrives in every race, religion and orientation. love is gracious and it's generous. it doesn't keep score, isn't a pushover and is powerful beyond measure. love is complicated. and it begins with ourselves. when we love ourselves well we can love others well. and that's the way we change our neighborhoods, and together change our world.

    castillo_delia

    5 days ago
    ♡♡♡

    bornoldanna

    8 days ago
    Thank you.

    thelarkcollective

    8 days ago
    This is beautiful!

    knoxtinapowers

    9 days ago
    This is the TRUTH!

    denysenkosgirl

    9 days ago
    Love this! Love isn't always staying married, THIS is what we should be talking about in the church and out💕
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  • alimakesthings

    February 14th at 3:58am

    it's my favorite when all the prints for mail come in. to hold things in your hands that previously only existed in your head is one of the coolest things ever. lemme be honest with you: coming up with new content for the fun mail i send out each month is one of my biggest challenges professionally. i'm endlessly asking myself how can i bring a fresh perspective, impact others or evolve in my skills. like i said in an earlier post, i typically avoid "love" as a topic. but this month's mail was inspired by the idea that "love is complicated." so whether you're smitten or single, we've got you covered. we also tried something new this month... check out my story for a mesmerizing video (no for real) of us messing around with sealing wax. it's ALL KINDS of pretty and fun. those are my grandparents in the photo. they shared over seventy years of their lives together. isn't that amazing? that is a legacy worth admiring.
    :::
    if you're interested in getting this month's mail, it's in the shop under "fun mail" ... honestly, i think it's the prettiest month yet.

    emilychidester

    8 days ago

    alimakesthings

    8 days ago
    @emilychidester thank you so much emily!!

    congruity

    8 days ago
    Ali!

    emilychidester

    8 days ago
    @alimakesthings your words on the other post about what love is are beyond beautiful and so is this pack!! cannot wait to have it hanging in my apartment 💕

    emilychidester

    8 days ago
    @thekchid 😘😘

    thekchid

    8 days ago
    @emilychidester GOOD. Every now and then a girl needs to spoil herself - glad to see you spoiled your soul too 😘

    emilychidester

    8 days ago
    @thekchid this is what i bought myself with your fun funds! 💕

    thepaperintrovert

    8 days ago
    Beautiful stuff, ALWAYS. And I love holding my finished pieces in my hands too- I could never be a web designer - I NEED to hold and feel designs on paper with my hands, ya know?

    marychau

    9 days ago
    I am so exciteddddd 😭❤️

    hannahegregus

    9 days ago
    THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE MOST LOVELY
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  • alimakesthings

    February 12th at 6:00pm
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    because of love, we are better and the whole world is better, too. 💗🌎✨
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    this piece is also included in this month's mail! sign up today so you don't miss out. we're fulfilling orders tomorrow and shipping first thing tuesday!
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    congratulations to the winners of yesterday's giveaway! i loved hearing all your falling in love stories and bad dates! 😍😂 @kristinkathleen and @nicole_renee313 , email me at hello@alimakesthings.com with your address so we can get your mail to you! 💕 honorable mention goes to @evazellmer who didn't exactly follow the directions but just wins, period. 😂💗

    joshrenouf

    9 days ago
    🙌

    mncunni

    10 days ago
    Loving all the love quotes this month @alimakesthings! It's nice to be reminded about what love can really mean ❤💓💗

    _inthedaylight

    10 days ago
    Love this so much 💕😍

    maechevrette

    10 days ago
    Oh my gosh. I painted this quote as a 4th anniversaries gift for Mike and then we put it in our wedding ceremony in September. Neeeeed!

    instaebeth

    10 days ago
    Love him.

    kristinkathleen

    10 days ago
    Oh yay!! Thank you so much, I can't wait! 💛💛💛
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