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Mini Photo Frame Banner

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Pony Bead Lizards

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Glitter Felt Hairbows

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Perfect Crisp Lines

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November 30, 2011

Frosted Luminary Wine Bottles - That's What {Che} Said

Today I am thrilled to show you how to make these cute numbers! Frosted Luminary Wine Bottles!! IMG_0015 Hello Sugar Bee Crafts friends!! My name is Cheryl and I live over at That’s What {Che} Said… Blog Button 260 x 125 I like to get my feet wet in all sorts of things like DIY, crafts, photography, cooking and more! I hope you will stop by later today! Let's get to business, shall we? Here is how I made these and you also can make these festive guys! IMG_0004 These make great hostess gifts! It is a ton of work to host for the holidays, even just hosting out of town guests. How fun would it be to bring your hostess with the mostess a token of your gratitude? You can certainly do that with these cute bottles! Items Needed:
  • Glass wine bottle with cork
  • 1 set of mini Christmas lights 20 count, white cord
  • 1 can of Krylon Frost Spray Paint
  • Scrapbooking letters (or Silhouette/Cricut if you have one)
  • Ribbon
  • knife
1. Start by removing your labels from your bottle. The best method I have found is to remove all paper or plastic labels and then soak in hot, soapy water for a few hours. I leave it in the sink and forget about them. When the water is cold, use the back of a butter knife to scrape off the goo. You can also use Goo Gone. 2. Decide what style you prefer. I did a bottle in both methods so you make a better decision! You can add stickers before you frost the bottle (Monogram S version) to leave clear glass design, or you can add stickers after you spray (JOY version) 3. If choosing to do the Monogram style, simply place your sticker on your bottle how you like. You can also do this method with whole words as well! (Snow, Cheer, Joy, Noel, etc.) IMG_9969 4. Next spray your bottles in a well ventilated area. Spray about 10-12 inches from your bottles using even strokes back and forth. IMG_9971 5. Let dry for about 5 minutes and carefully remove any of the stickers you placed before spraying. I used an Exacto knife to help me get the corner free without scratching the frosting. Remove sticker. IMG_9973 IMG_9974 6. If you choose the sticker after method (JOY bottle), then once your bottle is dry, sticker away! 7. Next, using a sharp knife, cut a notch out of the cork from the bottle. This is where the cord from the lights will fit out of the bottle when you put the cork back into the bottle. IMG_9993 8. Insert the lights carefully one by one. (light bulb pointed down. If you send the light bulbs in pointed up then it makes it hard to take the lights out if you need to reposition them.) IMG_9994 Bring cord out top of bottle and insert cork. Finish with ribbon bow! IMG_9995 If you choose to Monogram your bottle with your hostess’ last name initial, they can remove the bow and keep it all year round! They look great on top of your kitchen cabinets! IMG_0006 IMG_0008IMG_0007 IMG_0004   IMG_0015 Here’s a few more of my most popular projects! I am always doing something different so you’re sure to find something you love!!! Apothecary Ghost Collage Cupcakes Printable Collage
Thanks so much to Mandy for having me over today to her fantastic blog. I hope to see some of you again! Feel free to stop by anytime, my door is always open and I also e a wonderful Holiday Season! Enjoy your families, friends and festivities!!! And That’s What Che Said…

Showing Off - Reader Feature

each week a reader makes some picks from Take-A-Look tuesday -- if you want a turn, just let me know, mandybeez at gmail

Hi, I am Lori from Our Forever House.  I am very excited to be here at Sugar Bee Crafts.  I had a lot of fun going through all of the amazing projects from Take-A-Look Tuesday and picking a few of my favorites.  I will tell you this, it was very difficult to narrow down my list.

I have a cone tree obsession and it was fun to see some of the trees.  One of my favorites was this shabby chic rosette tree using sheet music and book pages from Shabby Art Boutique.

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I also love, love, loved these Angels using fire wood and paper mache from Organized-Living-Solutions.  I love projects that are nearly free simply using stuff we probably already have around the house.

The Craft in Me shared a fun winter door decoration tutorial by simply adding glitter to dollar store snowflakes.  My have to do this for our after Christmas door decor.



I also found some great stocking stuffer ideas that I am going to whip up.  I love these simple fleece stocking caps from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.


I am definitely going to sew together a few of these fun coffee cup cozies from A Southern Ladies Ramblings.

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I also can't wait to make another cute skirt for my daughter like this one from Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night.  I love these simple no pattern skirts.


How cute is this fun little Santa Letter Writing Party?  I may have to do this with my kids this year.  Thank you Uncommon for such a great idea and I love the Santa Hat chair covers.

 

I love this simple sign made out of scrap wood from Creatively Living Outside the Box.  She shares a great way to do letters when you don't have a Cricut or Silhouette.  Love it.



Finally, I love these flower peg people from Happy Whimsical Hearts.  These will be great for our car trip in a few weeks.



Thanks Mandy for giving me the opportunity to share a few of my favorite projects shared on Take-A-Look Tuesday

I invite you all to stop by Our Forever House today. 
I will be sharing a holiday Lego project my son and I whipped up a couple of weeks ago.  It is definitely going to be a Lego Christmas at our house this year.


Showing Off - my picks



Kachow, did you see the link party -- TONS of great stuff!!  It was so hard to pick - -

You should see the work that went into restoring this card catalog, over at from the ground up - I wish I had a card catalog.....


Ugly Duckling made Santa I have on my pinned to-do list, but she made it in Red (After trying out silver) - I LOVE the red version! (um, sorry, don't know why it's sideways - you'll just have to visit her blog for the picture flipped correctly)

Heidi over at Sew. Craft. Create. made a fun baby toy, with a great tutorial:


I can't get enough of oogling over quilling - I've never tried it, but know I will sometime soon.  Check out this snowflake from Always Springtime Flowers - love it:


See this dress - it was made from a wedding dress - really!  Check out the details at Threading My Way.


Sweet Bee Buzzings finished this blanket - just in time for the holidays this year.


I can't get over the pom pom on this skirt over at Mommy by Day Crafter by Night - - love love it!


Have broken crayons?  Crafting and Creativity made puzzle crayons out of hers - such a fun idea:


I really like this scrap garland from The Old Block House - - I love getting fabric involved in holiday decorating...


The Old Block House


I love the fun colorful buttons on this sign by Minimoz - - oh how I need more buttons...


Live by the Sun has a fun idea for a Christmas Photo Booth - props on a stick - -

One day I'll make a sprocket pillow.  Love this Christmas version over at Flatrock Cabin:


I just was going to make PJ pants for my kiddos for Christmas, but I am loving the whole set that Melly Sews made - so cute!


Freaking Craft showed of her sister's crochet talent with this turkey hat - I had to pick it!



And I love this Stencil Wall over at Decorating Cents - really anchors the space:



let's see who that infamous most viewed link is............


......the feather trees over at It's Overflowing - great job!


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!!)




WIWW - gray and brown

What I Wore Wednesday for me is all about just stepping a little out of my comfort zone - this did it for sure!  I have been seeing outfits with gray and brown.  I've always know that gray and brown DO NOT go together - you know, gray is black-based so it goes with black, not brown.  Well here's to breaking rules - I wore a couple of different gray and brown outfits - and I think they turned out alright...

First up, gray stripes with black leggings, with added in brown on the belt and the boots (just got them - LOVE them!! love the side detail that you can't see....and funny, last year Kate bought knee-high casual boots and I thought it was weird, then this year I HAD to have some - I'm always a year behind on fashion, if not later....) - gray sweater thing was seen HERE
 Secondly, to church I wore my gray dress from DownEast, seen HERE, sort of, with striped cardigan thing (seen HERE) with the boots and belt and big brown necklace:
So, thoughts??  Are you good to go with gray and brown or still iffy??  I think it has grown on me.  So I guess I can break that rule.  I still won't be wearing pink with red anytime soon, although I know some people do that - I just can't cross that line yet!

And random, finding those "seen HERE" links in my write up today were hilarious - I don't remember any of my past WIWW posts and it was fun to see some - - I might need to do a WIWW blast from the past one week and review things from earlier this year....

November 28, 2011

Take-A-Look Tuesday

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
  • 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









November 24, 2011

Sugar Bee SHOPS!!!

Let the shopping begin!

These shops are SUPER AWESOME and I know you'll want to keep them in mind as you're looking for gifts - - it's the year to support handmade and home business, be a part of the movement!

What are YOU thankful for??

If you have a few minutes, here's a great  Thanksgiving Video:

Enjoy reflecting in thankfulness today!



November 23, 2011

Apothecary Jars - The Turquoise Piano

Hi everyone!  And a big thanks to Sugar Bee Crafts for having me today.  I am Kelli from The Turquoise Piano.  I'm a full time wife and mommy with a part time obsession with home staging, real estate searching, DIY-ing, and blogging.  I started my blog for a place to post all the projects that were inundating my family blog.

 Today I want to share how to make your very own apothecary jars for under $10.  These are awesome for any season because you can pick one color for the base and lid, then fill the jars with candies to suit the season. Step #1: a trip to the thrift store where I bought three mason jars and three different sized vases for a total of $3.75. Step #2: wash those suckers.  I used the dishwasher, but you could hand wash them if you want to deal with it.
Step #3: spray paint the vases.
Step #4: glue the mason jar lids to the rims, and then gluing the knobs (that I got on clearance at Ikea) to the jars.  I used super glue for this step.  
Step #5: spray paint the lids the same color as the vases.
 Step #6: Gorilla Glue the mason jars to the top of the vases.  This glue works like a charm!
Finally, for step #7 I filled the jars with candy and screwed the lids on.
Hope to see you over at The Turquoise Piano where you can check out some other great tutorials like my Anthropologie inspired lamp tutorial and, obviously, the actual turquoise piano.

How to Brine a Turkey - Measured by the Heart

Hello everyone. I’m thrilled to be here at Sugar Bee Crafts. My name is Connie and I blog @ Measured by the Heart.
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In honor of Thanksgiving I am going to show you how to make the best Turkey you have ever had!! First off though I have to say this post is a little long with a lot of reading. But it is packed full with useful information and worth the read. Second, I have to apologize for my pictures. My camera broke {the pics come out good for the top half but black on the bottom. Happens with both lenses. Not sure why. Anyone know about this?? } so I had to take these pictures with my cell phone. But the info is still useful. turkey done_thumb[1]
I made this the other night for my family and my brother and his wife. As they were sitting down to seconds I overheard him say, “this is the best dinner I have ever had.” I promise the extra steps are so worth it here.
You need to start this the day before you want to cook your turkey. First of all, get out your cooler {that’s right cooler}
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You need a cooler that is big enough to fit your turkey. Clean it well. You are going to put food in this so make sure it is good and clean. To make your brining liquid, you are going to mix water with equal parts kosher salt and sugar. turkey step 2_thumb[1]
The recipe is :
10 quarts of water
5 cups of salt
5 cups sugar
This made enough solution for my 23 lb. turkey.
You can either use a quart jar and fill it up 10 times and dump it in the cooler. Or I used my little handy dandy mug that I got from the hospital when I had my baby.
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I LOVE these mugs. Here you can see it has measurements up the side. 32 oz. is one quart. So fill this one up 10 times and dump it in the cooler. Then ad your sugar and salt. Mix it up to dissolve the sugar and salt. Take your THAWED turkey and remove all the gizzards and pieces from the cavities. turkey step 4_thumb[1] Then just put it down into the cooler. Here comes the important part. You are going to let the turkey soak in this brining liquid for between 9 and 24 hrs. But you want to make sure and avoid the Temperature Danger Zone. This is a temperature range that you don’t want to have food sitting in. It is between 41 and 140 degrees. So basically stored food needs to be colder than 41 degrees {refrigerator or freezer} or hotter than 140 degrees {cooking}. So while you are letting your turkey soak it needs to be less than 41 degrees. It may be cold enough outside to put it in your garage overnight. But it depends on where you live and the temperatures there. If it’s not and you don’t have enough room in your fridge {I know I don’t}. You can put some ice in with the turkey. You want to make sure your ice is contained so that it doesn’t melt and dilute the brining solution. You can use bagged ice. Just leave it in the bag and make sure it doesn’t leak. I used these ice packs we have. turkey step 5_thumb[1] I threw a bunch of them in. Whatever you use, just make sure you are careful to avoid that temperature danger zone. If you have any questions feel free to Contact Me or look it up or ask someone. This is a very important step and one you don’t want to guess on. I don’t want anyone getting sick. Ok so after you have brined your turkey you can cook it like normal. I have a little tip I learned from Alton Brown on the Food Network. Since we love moist dark meat and we love moist white meat, but we need to cook the dark meat to a higher temp. than the white, and we don’t want to dry out the white meat or under cook the dark meat, we have a problem. {did you follow that LONG run on sentence?} Enter the turkey triangle. turkey step 6_thumb[1] Take your foil and fold the top corners down into a triangle. Then you need to form fit it to the turkey breast. You want to do this before you put it in the oven [so it’s not hot when you go to fit it} turkey step 7_thumb[1] Just set it aside for later. According to Alton, the way to cook the turkey is on the bottom rack of the oven. Set to 500 degrees for a half hour{ I say between 400 and 500 depending on how hot your oven gets}. Then put on the foil triangle and turn it down to 350 for the duration of cooking. And here is your finished product: turkey done_thumb[3] If you have never brined a bird before, you MUST try this!! It will be the best turkey you have ever had. And you will get so many compliments and yummy noises. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks again Mandy for having me today. If you’d like to stop by for book club, we are reading The Hunger Games 200px-Hunger_games_thumb
Measured by the Heart

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