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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

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

March 31, 2012

Photo Glimpse - random fun

remember each week I try to share some non-crafty pictures....

I love that at Michael's the "treat" the kids get are those $1 wood things to color:

Rice in pans for a quiet play activity always seems like a good idea, at first......

my preschooler - yes, not even in Kindergarten yet - lost her first tooth!

It rained all of spring break so we were super boring - but we did spend one day at "Air Zone" - one of those places filled with the big blowup bounce houses and slides:




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Handle Heaven

out with the old...
 in with the new....
 Doesn't it seem like if you could only do ONE thing to update your kitchen, changing out the handle hardware would be it?!?!
 Too bad handles are so pricey, or we'd all have updated our kitchens years ago.  We have 37 handles.  37!!  Most handles run about $5 a handle - I'll let you do that outrageous math.  Luckily we found these ones we liked at a local store for about $2.50 each, so that was doable (although still crazy to drop about $100 just on handles)

As you can see, we're still waiting for our tile to come (you know, speaking of crazily dropping loads of money....)



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March 30, 2012

For LIFE - Moen!! (and a giveaway!)

I haven't talked about my kitchen in a while... we had to backtrack a little.  My lovely counters had some flaws, so a tech came out to inspect and agree that they were flawed - and of course it was a problem they couldn't fix in-home.  So a team came out and removed them, then I lived a few days without counters - more importantly, without a KITCHEN SINK! (try living without one of those!) - and they installed them back in yesterday.

So I've got to tell you all about my sink - I love it - it's granite, black, and extra deep on one side.  I dived right in to using it and dyed some stuff in it today - and you couldn't even tell - the dye just rinsed right out (phew!).  I love that it's so deep.

But what I love most about my sink is my faucet - I never knew I'd be so giddy about a faucet!!
 It's true love.  Do you know what that is??  THE most amazing faucet.  Moen sent the product to me to review, and I have nothing but praises to give it.  Their motto is "buy it for looks, buy it for life" and that's so true - I love the looks, but even more I love the solid feel and that I know this is going to last forever.  I love the one-handle level for on and off and hot and cold - that was a must in choosing.

It is the Ascent Classic and you can read all about it HERE.  My favorite feature is the Reflex system, which is offered on several of Moen faucets.  It means the end of the faucet pulls out, and then can pull itself back in - seriously!  My old faucet had a sprayer on the side - which is bad enough, but on top of that, you'd need to feed the hose back in.  This is quite the opposite. 

More about Reflex System:

Easiest to Release

Compared to any other pulldown design, Reflex makes Moen pulldown faucets at least 40%
easier to unlatch and extend*.

Exceptional Range of Motion

Combined with an ultra-flexible hose, the spray wand swivels to offer a wide range of
motion and effortless, natural response.

Self-retracting Action

Only pulldown faucets with the Reflex System will retract to the docked position from
any distance without additional assistance.


 There is a toggle switch on the end that goes from regular stream to more of a light sprayer/rinse mode:

I feel like I'm basking in luxury any time I'm using my faucet. 

So, I know you are wishing you had one.  And look - tada!:

No, that is not the old leftover box from my faucet - it's a box containing another Ascent Classic stainless one-handle faucet - for one of you - eek!!!  I will send it from my garage straight to you.  Moen is not a sponsor of the giveaway.

More about the faucet, in case you like to know the specs:
Clean precise and undeniably contemporary, Ascent™ has a bold, simple elegance that enlivens the room and invigorates the spirit.
  • classic stainless finish
  • pulldown spout
  • one–handle lever design for ease of use
  • Reflex™ system offers smooth operation, easy movement and secure docking
  • LifeShine® finish guaranteed not to tarnish, corrode or flake off
  • aerated stream; pause function; powerful rinse
  • single hole mount
  • ADA compliant
  • quick connect system for easy installation
To enter the giveaway: 
--check out Moen and come back here and leave a comment on this post about what you're loving over there - bathroom, kitchen, whatever - all of it is amazing!

for a second entry:
--be or become a follower of Sugar Bee Crafts and leave a comment saying you are a follower.

Good Luck - giveaway ends next Friday, April 6th, around noon.




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DIY Synthetic Hair Braids

MAKE YOUR OWN SYNTHETIC HAIR BRAIDS! - a guest post today from ArtWildFlowers, one of my sponsors.  And it's a great one!! Here ya go:


These bright-colored synthetic braids on weft clips are super-fun for kids & hot sellers at craft fairs! … At the bargain price of $3.00 & they fly off my shelf ! They can also be made in “traditional;” hair colors for adults.

DIRECTIONS:
#1) Pull a piece of bright-colored embroidery floss, yarn, or metallic thread through the 2 holes in a 28mm size weft clips.*HINT - use a big-eyed needle, a piece of dental-floss or fish-line to help you easily & quickly thread it through the holes.

 NOTE: Open the clip & see which side the teeth are on, you want the strands of your embroidery thread or metallic cord to come out of the opposite side of the side with teeth. (see photo # 1B)


#2) Next, separate out a bit of hair (From your bunch of synthetic hair). Take out just enough to make your tiny braid. You don’t need much hair because it’s okay of the braid is thin, this looks better than one that is too fat. If your synthetic hair is longer than 16 inches, cut off the ends & make it shorter.  It will be much, much easier to work with synthetic hair if you cut it shorter (far less tangles!)  - Unless you need an extra-long braid for very long hair, you will want your finished braid to be around 10 to 12 inches long or so. (This includes the ends, the bottom 2 or 3 inches that are not braided.)The basic “rule of thumb” is to cut your synthetic hair to about 4 or 5 inches longer than you want your finished braid to be.

HINT – Before you begin to braid, I recommend you rub a few drops of a dimethicone-based hair serum (like frizz-ease or citre-shine). OR, you can also use a single drop of baby oil on your palms or hair oil & rub this in. This is optional, but from past experience, I’ve found the oil makes the synthetic hair much easier to work with & a lot easier to braid. (far less tangles!) It also stops any annoying static electricity!

Fold your synthetic hair in half & place the center on the top, next  to the clip.

If you want to add extra embroidery floss, more yarn or metallic thread, now is the time to do that.

STABLIZE  & KNOT - It helps to clip your clip to something stable while you’re braiding. Also, when you are first learning, I recommend you tie a knot to hold the hair close to the clip. The knot is optional, but until you’re a pro, it’s best if you tie the knot (the very top of the braid will be hidden by hair anyway!)  - See knot:



#3) BRAIDING
Start braiding as you normally braid & don’t make the braid too long because it’s better if the braid is shorter than the hair of the person wearing it, you don’t want it to hang down longer than the hair.

CHOICES
You can choose to add the embroidery floss, yarn or metallic string IN with the synthetic hair (& braid it as part of the hair) or keep it as a separate section… (as one of the 3 sections of braid) –

EXAMPLES - the Blue braid (photo  #3A) has the embroidery floss mixed IN with the synthetic hair. But with the pink braid I added an extra  piece of metallic cord (see photo above) to make it thicker & I’ve  kept the silver metallic separate from the pink hair then used it by itself as one of the 3 parts of the braid.


FINISHING
#4) When the braid is about 8 inches or so, it’s time to stop braiding & tie a knot:

Take any 2 strands of your embroidery floss, yarn or metallic cord then criss-cross them in front of the braid, then wrap them around to the back & criss-cross them again, lastly, bring them again to the front & tie a simple square knot.


SEAL THE KNOT
If you use metallic cord, it’s best to seal the knot with a dab of clear nail polish or a tiny drop of glue to make sure the knot holds. 

CUT YOUR HAIR!
Lastly, cut the synthetic hair to about 3 inches below where you tied the knot. (see example #1). If you don’t want the hair to have a blunt-cut bottom, take a razor & “shave” the braid. This will give a more natural look to the ends (like real hair). Simply run a razor back & forth in the area where you want it cut. If hair clogs the razor, do NOT use your fingers to clean it out, instead use an old toothbrush or a rag!

Here are a few great EXAMPLES


ALL DONE!
Clip the weft clip under just a bit of hair to hide it. If you choose a color of clip that somewhat matches the person’s hair color, the weft clip will become practically invisible & you’ll only see the braid!


WHERE TO BUY WEFT CLIPS?

I sell these clips on Etsy in my shop, ArtWildFlowers.  Your choice of 3 sizes in single colors or mixed-color sets (which are great for those of you who re-sell!) My bulk prices are low at only $7.00 for 40 clips (any size)   

SPECIAL OFFER – So you can try this tutorial for yourself,  I am offering all you SugarBeeCrafts fans a special! – When you purchase a set of my clips, I will send you a of FREE GIFT of enough synthetic hair for you to make 3 - 5 neon braids!  You can choose from 4 great colors. To get the free synthetic hair, just mention that you’ve seen this tutorial on SugarBeeCrafts . (If you want to make these braids in bulk, larger quantities of synthetic hair are also available).  - free gift is limited to stock on hand and while supplies last -

WHAT CLIP SIZE?
Clips come in 4 sizes (tiny, small, med, large) Clips come in 4 sizes & I’ve found that the best sizes to use for these braids are the 24mm & the 28mm which are the two smallest sizes. The tiny clips (24mm) are also used for feather extensions.

HERE’S A LINK TO MY CLIPS – (or see my advertisement on SugarBeeCrafts under the name “ArtWildflowers”) - -  http://www.etsy.com/shop/ArtWildflowers?section_id=10108772



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March 29, 2012

Downeast Basics - girl's line!! (with giveaway)

You know that I love Downeast Basics - I own tons of things from them.  Well, did you know that they have a Girl's Line??  It's so cute!  I am in love with this dress:


this top:

and their basic tees are so great:

Well, my daughter got the chance to try something out - so fun for her!!  She got the Sea Shore Suit and it is SUPER cute!
 She is 7 and pretty true to size, so I was torn on what to order, a 6 or an 8.  I went with the 6 and it's a perfect fit.  It's cute and girly, but still super fashionable and cutting edge.  It has a flower sewn on to the front and I love the detail on the scallop of the skirt:
 Also part of the fun is that I have the  Sausalito Suit from a few years ago, and it matches the stripes. 


Don't you just love it all?!?!

Well, you could win a piece from the Downeast Basics Girl's Line for your special little gal!!  You can pick one favorite thing from the girls line - wahoo!  The hard part will be to narrow it down to just one thing!

To enter the giveaway do any/all of the following:
--check out the Downeast Basics Girl's Line then come back here and leave a comment stating your favorite item
--use Pinterest to Pin your favorite thing from the Downeast Basics Girl's Line and leave a comment here saying you did so
--follow the Downeast Basics Blog and leave a comment here saying you did so - OR - like Downeast Basics on facebook and leave a comment here saying you did so


Good luck!  Giveaway ends Wednesday, April 4th, around noon...



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Peacock Shoe Clips

I never realized that "peacock" was all the rage until I focused on it because of the finals theme over at SoYouThinkYou'reCrafty - now I see it EVERYWHERE!!  I decided to mix with with another up-and-coming trend, shoe clips!!  So here ya go - a tutorial for DIY Peacock Shoe Clips (although I'm sure you could figure this out for yourself)

I had to whip this project out for SoYouThinkYou'reCrafty because I was neck and neck in a tight race and didn't know whether I'd make it to the finals.  But I'm glad I didn't - because Kim and Jessica have done awesome all season and for sure both deserve to be in the finals. And plus, 3rd place prize is rockin', so I'm excited for that!!  If you want to see the final Peacock Projects - check them out!
Seriously, this project is SO easy and just takes a few minutes (my type of project!).
Shoe Clips are all the rage right now!  They are such a perfect way to update an old pair of shoes.  Plus nothing is permanent, so you can change your shoe clips daily for lots of different looks.  I love the fun that a peacock feather adds to shoes!!


First up, find some old shoes.  I found these all scuffed up at the thrift store - they were only $1, as is, because of the scuffs.  The other shoe had a lot more scuffs and I should have taken a "before" picture but I was eager to see if the magic eraser worked - which it did!  So, cleaned up is on the left, not cleaned is on the right.
 At first I had planned on mod podging the feather onto the shoe.  But then I got to thinking that I kind of liked these shoes, and what if one day I wanted to wear them without a feather.  So I went the way of the shoe clip.

I found this feather bunch thing at Michael's for a couple of dollars:
 So I cut out the peacock feathers and hot glued a tiny clothespin to the back.  Then trimmed the "stem" part of the feather.  That was it!!
Voila, fancy shoe clips!


So do you have any shoe clips - feathers, flowers, etc??  I think I might need some more....



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March 28, 2012

Random Updates

Did you see me over at PR&P??   - - am I crazy, this competition is serious!!  I know that because they called me a "designer" which is funny to me because it sounds so real.  Hope I can keep up...



Did you see me over at the Expressions Vinyl Blog??  I get to be a contributor over there once a month - fun!  Today I talked about using the grid on your mat.


As promised, my hair today - - this what it looked like when I woke up (after being curled yesterday):
 Then I recurled just the top layer - it's much faster on the second day because the curl holds better and I'm only doing the top layer.  Finished:
 I still feel like my hair's a crazy mess, but I think that's the look....


During spring break we built rough boxes and started growing wheat grass.  It will be a week tomorrow, and it's already this tall - so fun to see its progress each day:

So, this is my 4th post for today (well, 5th, if you count the platinum one that posted at 3am)- - is that too many??  I can cut back if you think I'm on blogging overkill....thoughts??




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