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October 31, 2012

Showing Off - Reader Feature

Hey, Sugar bee Crafts readers! Happy Halloween!!! I'm Melissa and I blog over at This Girls Life. I love to make new blog friends and find great new blogs to read so feel free to stop by. :)

I had the pleasure of picking out some reader features back in July and so excited to be back doing it again today! The holidays are officially here starting today and you can definitely tell as the talent is out in full force. These picks were so much harder than last time. I loved them all but here are just a few of my fave ones. :)
I love this ghost costume. So much better than the typical sheet thrown over your head and go costume. Even better, it was 100% dad made. Now how is that for daddy points?
These frozen yogurt chocolate orange pumpkins look so yummy and devilishly cute.
I love when old furniture gets a new purpose. Diana Rambles turned this nightstand into a doll closet. Cute!
If the doll closet wasn't enough cuteness for you then check out this one. The House on Harrison built Ana White's Farmhouse doll bed. If you have a doll lover in your house this would be the sweetest gift.
The Perfect {Girly} Gift
Did you carve your pumpkins yet? If not then this is one of my fave uses for the pumpkins seeds. I use pretty much the same recipe (except with a little sugar on top afterwards). It makes for a yummy treat.
Speaking of pumpkins, check out what Allonsy Kimberly carved up at her place. Lions and Tigers and Bears... Oh.. It was just a lion. ;)  Super creative!!
Leafy Lion Pumpkin //
Throwing a Halloween party tonight? I loved what VixenMade pulled together. Polka dots & Chevron, yes please!

Sarah SaturDIY hit me just right with her Halloween owl. I have a owl obsession so it had to make my fave picks. ;) She took an old owl statue and turned into something "new" and fun.

As much as I love Halloween. Tomorrow is November 1st and everyone is going to be getting ready to get knee deep in Thanksgiving and all things Christmas(y). I had to throw in something to get that inspiration rolling. I love this tree skirt from Todd & Lindsey.

Thanks so much for checking out my picks and to Mandy for allowing me the opportunity once again. It has been lots of fun. I hope you all have a Happy & Safe Halloween! I linked up my tips on buying, applying and storing perfume this week if you would like to check it out.

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Showing Off - My Picks

I love being able to show off some projects that you linked up yesterday - here we go:

Here's a cute way to do a memo board, from Polka Dots and Paisley .  Each frame for a separate day of the week:

I think I might have my daughter give her friends some sprinkle pendants - love them.  Here's one made over at The Moody Fashionista:

A fun idea - to make magnets to hold show-off work.  See the details at Crafting and Creativity:

I love this quilt from Made with My Two Hands - it's made out of men's shirts!

Next year I'm making myself a "fab-BOO-lous" shirt like Terri made for her granddaughters - her applique is perfect!  See the details at A Creative Princess:

If you want to fancy up a sweatshirt, check out this tutorial from It's Always Autumn - she adds some perfect pops of color:

Fixing for Friday has a great method for making this platter - it would look great with snowflakes as well...

See fabulous party details over at vixenMade:

Cute knit hat at Pride in Photos - I want to try one of those looms:

AND - most viewed link.......what got all your clicks............

The heart handwarmers from Practically Functional - these are on my to-sew list for sure!
DIY Pocket Hand Warmers

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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WIWW - Halloween Edition

A themed What I Wore Wednesday post - - this is dedicated to all of you who might want to throw together a costume today.

For a church fall festival, last minute we thought we could be a family of Motorcycle Bikers - and it was easy to do!

--Just black shirts, black pants or jeans, and bandanas tied onto our heads.
--I found a leather jacket, youth size 10 for my son (first store I went to - awesome!) and a black jacket for myself.
--Borrowed some girls black boots from the neighbor girl.
--Drew facial hair and dark eyebrows on the boys.  The girls sported big earrings and heavy makeup.
--Trevor even thought to draw a tattoo.  He borrowed a real biker headwrap and chaps.
--I sported some tight faux leather pants that I found a few years ago at Walmart for $1 - at that price I knew they'd come in handy sometime.  They were borderline risque for a church party, but I wore a long shirt to cover some of the tightness.  And I guess I like to live on the edge.

If you want another idea for a quick last-minute costume, the Upside-Down Man is always a hit.  I've even won a cash prize with this one!

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October 29, 2012

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Hey everyone - -another fun week for a link party!  First, a couple of deal reminders:

Several Silhouette Sales promotions to choose from - wahoo - pick your own sale!  Just use the code "SUGARBEE" when you check out. This ends tomorrow - -you can get vinyl and the machine for $270 or just vinyl for $25 (that's half price!) - click the button below:

--If you're thinking family pictures or holiday parties, I love the custom fit from eShakti dresses, and with the code "MANDYBEYELER" you can get $25 off - wahoo (I show you several of what's on my to-get list HERE)

NOW, 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 new to link-ups and have questions let me know and I'll do my best to help

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Penny Tile - Coffee Table Top remix

I've been hard at work this week, transforming some furniture...

I was sent the Coffee Table from (check them out - they have EVERYTHING!) with the challenge to give it a DIY spin.  I was also sent a gift card from to cover supplies cost - and look, it had my blog name on it - fabulous!

Anyways, first I had to put the table together - and I'm happy to say it was easy to do.  I was able to do it myself, WITH the help of my 3 year old (which we all know adds a level of difficulty to the project).  Putting the pieces in piles to help identify everything:

 And attaching it all together - - I told him to get a picture of me putting the table together - this is what I got:

So I redirected him to get me AND the table.  Well, it was a good attempt:

 And then one of him hard at work:

So at this point it looks like this:

Now for the revamp.  My first thought was "STENCIL THE TOP" because that's what all of us would do.  But then I thought that was too predicated so I need to go a different direction.  I settled on the idea of tiling the top and headed to buy some mosaic tiles (like in my Large Tile Trivet) - - and that's when I spotted penny tile for super super cheap - I was so excited I grabbed it instead and headed home.

Well, on the way home I realized I had just gotten myself into this deeper than I thought.  With mosaic tile, I was planning on using the sticky Bondera sheet things and sticking the tile down, like I did on the trivets.  BUT, these penny tiles were glass, which means see through, which means I couldn't use the sticky sheets because they have mesh lines running through them and you'd see that - curses.  So I actually had to use mortar to attach the tiles - here's that:

And after that dried a day I grouted over the top.  It's not perfect....  I didn't get enough mortar in two spots so you can see the table through the clear tile...
And then after I grouted I realized there was one section that I had left the clear plastic coating on - so I had grouted OVER the wrapper - oops.  I could fix it, but for now there's just no grout in that part:

But other than that, it's looking pretty good!  Penny tile isn't uniform and has lots of divots in the surface, but still way cool.  And at clearance prices the whole top cost around $10.

I love how it's just a little unexpected - gives depth to the ordinary coffee table:

I even tried to "stage" it for you:

Have you ever attempted tiling?  Have you ever bought a boxed piece of furniture and then revamped it??  You should!

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