Chillin' wiht my Peeps

FREE file to make a super cute spring shirt

Mini Photo Frame Banner

A cute and simple way to display mini pictures - come find out how to make one for yourself!

Pony Bead Lizards

Learn step-by-step how to make pony bead lizards

Glitter Felt Hairbows

Add a little sparkle to any little girls wardrobe with these DIY hairbows!

Perfect Crisp Lines

Find out the trick to getting perfectly crisp lines on name signs

April 24, 2014

Ugly Vintage Pattern Challenge

I am SO excited to be part of the Ugly Vintage Pattern Challenge this year going on at Simple Simon and Co - I have been in awe of the transformations that everyone is making!  Today it's my turn, and I feel like I'm cheating a little, because my "ugly" pattern isn't THAT ugly - it has good bones!

Underneath it all, it was just a knit dress - and knit is all the rage right now.  I thought it would be perfect for a simple everyday summer dress.  I also loved that it had raglan sleeves - I am really loving those lately and it felt real modern to have them on the pattern.

(just ignore how my legs haven't seen the sun all winter!  my kids peeking over my blogging shoulder at this pic even said "why are your legs so white?!". Awesome.)
 I wasn't sure if I wanted to sew something for myself or a kiddo when I started the challenge - here were the final options...

Obviously I went with something for me.   Straight from 1972.  I think even just updating the fabric really made an impact.

Other changes:
--size - my complaint about vintage patterns is that they only come in one size, and on top of that I have no idea what size I am.  I ended up taking in this pattern on the side seams about an inch on each side.  If I were to make it again I'd probably take it in even a little more.
--length - I made it longer - it was already cut out in the pattern I had, and I think it was probably cut for the tunic view, so I added several inches to make it a dress.  I thought that was long enough but if I were to make it again I'd add another additional inch.
--pockets - I liked the general look of the big pockets, but I didn't love the fold-over detail, so I just made regular pockets with a slanted top edge.
--zipper - the pattern called for a zipper, but for me the reason to work with stretchy knit is so that you don't have to use a zipper, so I just left it out.  I knew I'd be altering the neckline and wouldn't need it to zip to get it over my head.
--neckline - this is where the big change came from the original pattern - I cut the neckline lower and more of a scoop neck to make it more up-to-date.  I tried it on, cut it, tried it on, cut it more, etc etc - I should have stopped one cut earlier - I feel like it's just a little low in the neck, but oh well.

I really like the details on the original pattern.  The fun big pockets.  The raglan sleeve.  (you can see the dart in the sleeve pic - I would probably take that out next time, but I don't have a huge need for them :) )  The seam that runs up the middle of the front and the middle of the back with topstitching on either side.  Pretty cool.

 It was a relatively easy sew.  I should have timed it to give you a better estimation, but I made the whole dress in an afternoon.  It'd be a great beginner project if you're looking to sew something for yourself.
(earrings and bangle bracelets are Paparazzi - yep, just $5 -- you know I love my Paparazzi Accessories!) 

 Have you ever sewn a vintage pattern before??  Would you want to?
 Be sure to check out Simple Simon and Co and what other bloggers are creating - it's pretty great to see the transformations from dated to awesome.

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April 23, 2014

Showing Off

My last to-do before heading out to a Creative Blogger Conference (yep, SNAP) - - pick some favorites from the link party..... (didn't want to leave you hanging - features from YOU is one of my favorite posts each week)

Diy Flower headbands from Slice of Southern Pie
DIY Flower Crown | Slice of Southern Pie | The Perfect Easter Dress Accessory or Spring Craft #floral #craft #headband

Painted Curtains from The Honey Can't List:
painted curtain

Dump Truck Cake from Creating our Cozy Home:

Ruffled Lampshade from Ginger Snap Crafts:
Ruffled Lamp Shade Tutorial at #tutorial #LEDSavings #CollectiveBias #cbias #shop

Simple Spring Arrangement from Southern Scraps:

Sea Urchin Art from Paper and Fox:
sea urchin art

Knit Tank from Scattered Thoughts of A Crafty Mom:
Girls Knit Tank Top, free pattern and tutorial.  Size 3 to 8.

Paper Roses from 3 Peppers Recipes:
Paper Roses Tutorial & Cutter file form

Love Pillow from Howling at the Moon:

Spring Wreath from Second Chance to Dream:

and..........most viewed link............

the painted curtains from The Honey Can't List featured above - so cute!
painted curtains

Thanks for linking everyone!!  If you were featured feel free to grab the button:  (oh, and if you were featured on FB, or if you're featured later this afternoon, you're included - grab away!!)

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Waterbottle Vinyl - come vote!

a few weeks ago we got contacted by Expressions Vinyl to design a water bottle for them to give out to Snap Attendees at their booth.
and since we all our friends.
and we are competitive...
and all headed to SNAP Tomorrow!
We decided to have a little competition to see who's water bottle was the favorite!!! 

water bottle2

Here's the choices:

 Number 1 : Mandy from sugar bee crafts (vote for this one, right?!)
 Number 2 : Mckenzie from Girl loves glam
unnamed (27) 

Number 3: Ashley from Simply Designing
unnamed (24) 

Number 4: Kimbo from a girl and a glue gun
unnamed kim's

Enter here to tell us which water bottle is your favorite and to be entered in to win the winning water bottle (AND cause Expressions Vinyl loves you) a $50 gift certificate to their store! (that's a whole lotta vinyl!)
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

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April 21, 2014

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Yep, it's link party day!!

First, I wanted to give you a heads up - - is giving away $3,000 in Home Depot e-gift cards (150 $20.00 gift cards) and you can enter once a day (today, tomorrow, and the next day)
--amazing giveaway, right?!  You'll want to enter that for sure! - here ya go, and good luck!!

I love picking up supplies for Home Projects - - here are just a few of my favorite projects for my home:

And I know you have awesome Home Projects as well - you'll be able to put that gift card to use!  Good luck!!  Just enter by clicking that #SpringIntoSavings image above.

Also, you can get $10 off purchases of $100 or more with Promo Code: SPRINGHD

On to the link party!
Can't wait to see what everyone's been up to -  - and who will be the most viewed link - maybe you?
- - just a run down- -
  • Link to a Specific Post, not your whole blog - no more than a couple of posts please
  • Please don't link up anything you've already linked before (like something posted on a previous week)
  • Try to visit a few other people at the party  - everyone loves visits and encouraging comments!  
If you're reading this on the main page of my blog, find that "click to read more" button and it'll take you to the full post that contains the link party (that's so the blog will load faster - link parties can bog it down)...

Heat Transfer Vinyl

I would say that the thing I love to cut the most with my Silhouette is Heat Transfer Vinyl - it's what you use to make your own shirts, and it's super awesome!!
If I had to convince you of why you desperately need a Silhouette with just one project (which is hard, because it can do so many things!) I would use Heat Transfer Vinyl.  Because I use it all the time - see:

This month Silhouette is running a promotion that includes a bundle of heat transfer vinyl:
Here are the April Promo details running April 21-30:

Silhouette CAMEO
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics
$269.99 (MSRP: $364.96)

Silhouette Portrait
1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Dark Fabrics
1 Printable Heat Transfer Material for Light Fabrics
$139.99 (MSRP: $244.96)

All Heat Transfer materials will be 30% off as well!

TO GET THE DEALS - - go to this special Heat Transfer Deals Landing Page and use the code "SUGARBEE" at checkout.

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April 20, 2014

Because of Him

This video is just a couple minutes long, and I love the power and the message that radiate from it.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.  #BecauseofHim

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April 19, 2014

Project Life: Conference Printables

Let me start by saying I'm not a scrapbooker. Not paper or even digital. I am just not crafty like that! Give me some wood and tools but I'm clueless when it comes to paper. Kind of ironic with me doing the whole "printables" thing. I have had so much fun watching what people have come up with for Project Life. For me, this method of scrapbooking I could do! Not much cutting or designing because most of the work is already done for you. 

Spring is my most favorite time of the year. Not only because it's the perfect running weather, but because of General Conference! If you remember last fall I designed a 2014 calendar using my favorite conference quotes and I decided it might be fun to try designing some PL inserts. They aren't color-coordinated or anything, so if you want to use them as individual printables that works too.

Project Life Conference Printables

Project Life Conference Printables

Project Life Conference Printables

Project Life Conference Printables

I have loved posting here every month and thinking of new printables for Sugar Bee readers. While you're downloading these, I'm enjoying the warm weather with my family on a much needed mini vacay. I've been running ragged ever since my grandpa died

If you liked these printables, you'll probably like these ones:

Project Life Conference Printables

Project Life Conference Printables

Welcome Home Printable

Thanks Mandy! Now go outside and enjoy the spring!

April 18, 2014

Custom Photo Pendant

I have the perfect handmade gift for you to tackle!!  I have given this time and time again, and it's always a hit.  A Custom Photo Pendant!!

I've giving you the heads up now because you have a few weeks to go until Mother's Day - plenty of time.  I think they are the perfect gift for yourself, grandma, etc.

And beyond that, you can make some for dads and grandpas and they can hook them on keychains.  And you can use a mascot image instead of a photo and give it to teachers.  The possibilities are endless!

They are really easy to make - it just takes a few minutes. And it is very inexpensive, less than $2 a necklace.   I've written tutorials in the past:

Here's How to Make a Glass Tile Pendant (the how-to of it all)
and here's How to Resize an Image for a Custom Photo Pendant

And if you love Mother's Day Photo Gifts, here are a few other ideas...

Have a great weekend - - we're off to try out our new-to-us go kart (yep!  fun times, here we come!)

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