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Mini Photo Frame Banner

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Pony Bead Lizards

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

Glitter Felt Hairbows

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Perfect Crisp Lines

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January 31, 2011

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Did you see - I'm giving away a spot on my sponsor sidebar - go to yesterday's post to make a comment and be entered to win.

Also, I'm hosting a jewelry party where you can get 15% - Check It Out!!

Time to Take-A-Look at what you've been up to -  Can't wait to see what comes this week - and who will be the most viewed link - maybe you?

- - just a run down- -
  • Link to a Specific Post, not your whole blog (to do this, click on the title of the post you want to link and it will open on it's own page, then copy that url)
    Please don't link up a post that you've already linked here before - since we've been getting so many linkups (great!!) let's keep it to a maximum of 2 links per person - thanks

    Grab my button below - you can post it on your post, on your sidebar, on a page of a list of link-ups, wherever.

    Try to visit a few other people on the list - it's fun to support and encourage fellow craftiness - and everyone LOVES comments
If you're new to link-ups and have questions let me know and I'll do my best to help

Jump for Joy Exciting!! - and giveaway for you :)

I've been jumping up and down all week - it's been filled with blog-winning excitement!

I enter giveaways - a lot.  I've won a couple of things over the years.

But last week - I'm a roll!!  Seriously, I won 6 - yes, SIX giveaways!!  My time has come!

Want to know that they are?? 
 --A spot on the sidebar of The Idea Room (see me, over on the top-ish left under "Check Out My Readers Sites")

--Earrings from Sara over at Sweet November - she has a shop if you want some of your own - only $4!  I'm wearing the "cream" pair -

--This awesome necklace I won from Kelly's Creative Designs over at Simply Handmade by Paige - it's still on it's way - -

--A ToyBoxTee over at Naptime Crafters - so fun - you pick the tee color, decal color, decal type, and name - I made one for my toddler - also on it's way - here's a sample though:
 --Whimsy Couture patterns hosted their giveaway on Craft-o-maniac - I got to pick three!  I chose the jacket, a top, and the romper pictured below - I already bought fabric to make it for my 4 year old - she's going to love it!

Check my 3pack for 20.00 WHIMSY COUTURE Sewing Pattern Tutorial PDF ebook Pillowcase Romper sizes preemie through 10 girls with Center Ruffle And snap buttons

--Valentine's Vinyl from Kaysi at Keeping it Simple - I swung by the thrift store and grabbed this plate for $0.50 and now I have my one-and-only Valentine's Decor displayed proudly on my not-so-fabulously-decorated-like-the-rest-of-the-craft-world mantel:

Now for the giveaway that YOU can win - a button swap (my button on your blog, your button on mine) - exciting, right??  For the whole month of February - to enter, just leave a comment on this post - that's it.  I'll draw a winner Wednesday or Thursday.....

January 29, 2011

Pocket Full Of Posies Giveaway Winner

I totally forgot to pick a winner for the Pocket Full of Posies Mealtime Helps Giveaway - sorry!!  So without further delay, using, the winner, comment #15:

Kate said...
i like pocket #7, it was a tough choice!
If you didn't win, and one of your New Year's Goals is to get mealtime under control, hop on over to Pocket Full of Posies and see the things they offer to help you in planning and prep - - -

Homemade Pretzels

I've been wanting to make some homemade pretzels for awhile - during one of the snowdays with the kids home from school, I thought, let's just make them - so we did!
I got the recipe, Mall Pretzels, from AllRecipes.  They were good - not "mall pretzel good", but still very good.  I like to read peoples' comments on the recipe to get hints and stuff from other readers.

This was great fun for the kids.  They love pouring things into the mixer and being "helpers"  - -
And they LOVED rolling the dough into snakes:
The looked kind of sad and pathetic, but cooked up nice and good:
They weren't that hard, so if you're looking to make something, go try this!!

January 28, 2011

SYTYC Blog Swap

Every Friday I'm going to feature a fellow SoYouThinkYou'reCrafty contestant from Season 5 - check out their blogs!

Heidi @ Made by Heidi

Hi! I’m Heidi and I happen to LOVE crafting. Seriously, it’s my Achilles heel… I love photography, paper crafts, sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. I’m originally from Utah but have lived on the east coast for almost 8 years. My husband and I met and married in Utah, moved to Manhattan in 2003 and lived there until my husband decided to go back to school. We have 2 little girls and they happen to be the best things that have ever happened to me. I’m so excited that we will be graduating next year! Crafting on a student budget (no money!) has been difficult but it’s also forced me to think outside of the box in terms of what I can create. Don’t get me wrong, it will be great to have money again! :)   So excited for this season! Thanks!
Heidi blogs at Made by Heidi

Heidi’s Crafts:

Valentine's Bows

This is a quick repost - we made these last year at playgroup (you know how I love to craft with other moms with the kids run wild) and I put them on my blog then, but I'm sure almost all of you haven't seen them because around then I had about 10 followers.

The bad news is back then I wasn't so up on tutorials, so it's a one-picture post (and a bad picture, at that).  The rundown - grab ribbon ($1 spool from Michaels) and glue and foam heart stickers and make stuff up as you go.  The over-the-top part - use pipe cleaners - they gave some sparkle and added fun to the bow.  On some we even made a sticker sandwich on the end of pipe cleaners so there are hearts bopping on the ends of the bow.  Glue onto those alligator clips and let your girls enjoy.  You can make these - go try it!

Blogversary - let me introduce.....ME :)

Yep, today's my blogversary!  2 years today I started - and look how it's grown - wow!!  So, I meant to do a re-grand-opening of my now-empty Etsy shop to celebrate, but I thought this day was more mid-February and was surprised that I actually started at the end of January, 2009.  So anyways, no big celebration today (although I AM going to through a big jewelry party next week - jump in on that fun!)  - - BUT - - since I've gained followers here and there along the way I'm not sure all of you know who I am.

So today I'd like to introduce Myself - and some key players in my blogness.  Here we go:

Hi, I'm Mandy!  I grew up in the midwest near Kansas City, went to college in Joplin MO, graduated (in 3.5 years - I like to speed through things) with a BS in Sociology.  I worked for the State of Kansas for a couple of years while my husband finished school and then turned the working-to-support-the-family over to him.

I met Trevor my freshman year in college on a blind date (we were both 18 - so young!) and we dated for about a year - he went on a 2 year mission for our church and when he got back I was still around.  We were married 10 years ago in May.

After he graduated we moved to Wichita, KS where we lived for about 5 years.  We loved our town and friends, but had a goal to move back closer to family - so we did.

We've lived back in the Kansas City area for about 2 years now - we love being close to family and the new friends we've made here.  Our kids get to grow up around cousins and enjoying monthly sleepovers at their Grandparents'.

If you haven't noticed, I love crafty things.  I have a craft blog.  I enjoy it all!  My hope for this year is to meet one of you.  Like this:
 random person "what do you enjoy?"
me: "oh, crafty stuff.  I love looking at craft blogs, etc"
random person "oh, I like craft blogs too"
me "do you have favorite sites"
random person -"blah blah, (lists lots of big-name blogs)
me "have you heard of......Sugar Bee Craft Edition"
NOW - all of this previous conversation has happened to me before, more than once, but I've never heard this last part:
random person - "oh yeah, I like that one"
THAT'S what I'm waiting for!!!

Um, what else do you want to know? I have 4 kids - 8,6,4,2 and get to stay home and do all that fun stuff.  I am a member of the LDS Church.  I love to read.  I love to sew.  I love to take pictures and do a small photography thing on the side. I am frugal - and a big fan of Dave Ramsey.  I love my little spot in the blog world. Oh, and I bought myself a new camera bag that came today - cute, right?? (what's with little kids heads always popping up in the corners of my pictures??  comes with the territory I guess)

Some other players on this blog:

Trevor - I always feel weird referring to "my husband" so now you know, he's Trevor.  He's amazing.  He puts up with the crafting craziness and even gets in on the fun sometimes.  Did I mention he's building a bigger-than-life castle in our backyard???  Snow has slowed the progress.....

Kate - Kate is my cousin but I always feel weird referring to "my cousin" so now you know, she's Kate. She is who I bounce all my crafty ideas off of, etc.  We grew up together, hanging out every day in the summer, and all that fun.  I just have one brother, so she's more like a sister than some distant cousin type.  Now that we moved back, we live less than 10 minutes from her and our kids are great friends.  They call us "the moms" just like we called our own moms "the moms" when we were growing up - and so the cycle continues.  She has a family blog and here's Kate during a recent snow:
Side note - we like the same things and often end up somewhere wearing matching clothes - not on purpose!  The funny part is that I am very short and she is very tall - quite the sight!  Case in point, I wrote this post yesterday, then today I show up at playgroup, and there's Kate - dressed like me - of course I snapped a picture.  We're both in jeans, strippy socks, black shirts - she stepped it up with a scarf and I stepped it up with a necklace -

We took a couples' trip - cruise to the Caribbean - last January: Trevor and I on the left, Michael and Kate on the right- -

Anyways, was that all you needed to know and more about me??  Any other questions you've been dying to ask??  Bring'em on- - -

January 27, 2011


The other day as I was flipping through my Google Next thing, my daughter happen to walk by at the same time that this post from Pleated Poppy about Patches popped up - I said "we should do that to your jeans" and she agreed.  And it was a snow day and we had nothing going on, so we just did it right then. 

It was so quick to just sit down and do it - I should actually accomplish things like this more often!  I also should take before pictures - I didn't, but I dug up this from Christmas Eve - sportin' the hole look in a different pair (she's in the middle of the gang):
I let her pick the fabric, cut the shape, color of thread (I didn't have embroidery floss so I just doubled up some thread) and voila - done!  Now, on to all the other holes that need repaired....
Patching the holes was really easy - go try it!

Craft Room Frames

 When I saw the project for January on UCreate, I knew it'd be perfect for my craft room.  I grabbed a bunch of $1 frames from Michael's and got to painting (yes, that's a discarded sandwich among the mess - just ignore):
 When I first saw all the "keep calm" stuff, I wasn't that fond of it.  But it started to grow on me, and then I read the history of "keep calm and carry on" here and thought I'd go with it.

The tutorial offers a free download, and I made several of my own to go with it.  For "craft on" I used the logo bee from my craft blog, and I especially like the "blog on" with the bullhorn.  If anyone's interested, I can post the ones I made as free downloads.
Keep Calm and Blog On
I don't like wasting color ink on the printer, so I just sent these to Walmart as 4x6s and had them printed for the $0.09 or whatever the minimal cost.

I tried to make a variety of flowers.  I even put a big fluffy flower in the middle of a frame to add some dimension:
 And then I hung them as a group on my craft room wall.  You've learned by now, I struggle with hanging frames and placement - I feel the oval is kind of off by itself.  But I wasn't sure what else to do. 
 There's still time to get in on the Create-With-Me over at UCreate - the tutorial is from The Secret Stitch Club and they were great to help me when I was trying to make some posters on my own.

Even though I had already made an embellished frame (HERE), I still thought was fun to craft and show it off as an online group - maybe you'll do it too!

January 26, 2011

Showing Off

 Inspired by Honeybee has some cute hearts to make for decor - I bet you could whip them up while watching TV - -

The Autocrat showed off a cute coupon organized - I need to make myself one!


I had to show off the pouches from Sweat Pea and JoJo because I made something this week with that exact fabric (hopefully I'll write up a post about it soon....)

And another little organizer, cash envelopes  - so cute!  Hopefully the cuteness helps to keep us on budget...from To Enjoy Simply:

Someone just mentioned a laptop case today, and then I saw this linkup from Sew Can Do -

 Emerging as (Super)woman knitted this sweater as her first real project - WOW!

Sassy Sites shows how to make a ribbon organizer, which I desperately need:

I am putting this Tortillini Soup from the 30 girl on my to-make list:

And while I'm adding to that list, I had better give rainbow cupcakes a try as well - shown at A Law Student's Journey (oh, and I too LOVE icing made with almond extract - the only way to make it!)

The Chronicles of All Things Mommy shows off this cute neckalce, perfect for a Valentine's Date:

I can't believe the feather dress from Wildflowers & Whimsy didn't make it on Project Toddler Runway - that was a big shock.  Anyways, see more picture of it over on her blog!

 Me and My Bucket made a lighted monogram - love it!  I think my son needs one for his room ....

And last, this cute little kitchen from Dancing Toad Photography - my favorite part is the textured wallpaper background (oh, and this link was just one away from being the most-viewed):

So, drum roll, most viewed link......
 It was a tie, between the Sassy Sites Ribbon holder I mentioned above 
the Pretty Posies from Dressing Heidi Sage - go see the tutorial - I've never even heard of fabric stiffiner - -

Thanks for linking everyone!!  If you were featured feel free to grab the button: