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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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January 31, 2013

UCreate - Blogging Life

Part of the "How Has Blogging Changed Your Life Series" - - 

I’ve never really thought about the question “How has blogging changed my life?”. When Mandy invited me to this series it made me reflect on how different I am since this whole blogging adventure began.

In 2008 I decided to start a little blog just for me as a way to collect free tutorials…basically an online “to-do” list or my Pinterest back then! I was a “full-time” stay at home mother of 3 little ones and my husband was going to school fulltime. Since then we added another little girl to our family.

Blogging has changed my life tremendously in many ways, but the biggest change is that I HAD NO IDEA it would turn into a career.

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I really didn’t think I would face the decision again to stay at home full-time or work at home full-time…I decided to do both. I’ve put tons of effort into Ucreate for the past two years and it’s become a part of me. The kids are in school, so that’s nice, and I love how I can choose my own hours, but I’m not going to sugarcoat…it can be tough! The extra income has been great and we’ve been able to do more things such as: sports, vacations, home updates, etc., however, the income is not the biggest reward for me.

Meeting creative women all over the world, diving into this creative industry, and pursuing my passion is why I keep on blogging!
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Check out a few of the great posts featured on U-Create!

3D Hanging Doilies
3D Hanging Doilies by Lisa Storms

Snow Globes

Hooded Bear Towel
Hooded Teady Bear Towel by Crazy Little Projects. Perfect baby gift!

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100 Days Project

This week marked the 100th Day of School for our kiddos - - maybe you've already past that milestone, but if not, here's a fun idea for a celebratory project - heart garland!  It's today's post them :)
 As a kindergartner my daughter needed a project to commemorate the 100 Day milestone.  We went through lots of ideas but last minute thought of heart garland and it's perfect!  Pretty easy to do with a heart punch - just punch 10 hearts out of 10 different pieces of paper.  Then run them through the sewing machine in a strip.  She counted again at the end to be sure it was 100:

She plans on giving to her teacher to use for classroom decor after the projects are over - so fun!

Apparently I lean towards a heart theme because a couple of years ago this is what my oldest daughter made, the 100 Day Heart:

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Colorful Garlands

I might be addicted to making fun, colorful garlands - - - I can't get enough!  Well, actually I only made two, but still....let me tell you about them and their awesomeness

First up, the Paper Ball Garland (you might have seen a glimpse of this on Trevor's Blog Post)-

I saw this over at MADE - hers is really cute with the solid colors:

But I wanted to go a little crazier so I used some fun patterned paper mixed in with solid paper - there was a huge sale on packs of paper at Michael's, so of course I stocked up.

MADE has a detailed tutorial, so check out that if you need it.  I got a big circle punch for Christmas anticipating it's many crafty uses - and it was perfect for this project.

I made stacks of 5 circles (because some of my paper was cardstock so I was worried about thickness issues with anything else) and just ran those stacks through the sewing machine.  

Can you believe that this is the first time I have sewn on paper - me either!  I just ran it through like fabric, didn't change the settings or anything.  I see a lot more of this in my future....although since it was a thick stack I was breaking the thread on my regular machine, so I busted out the trusty standby that I use for thick projects - it powers through anything!

Then you just fold the paper around the thread to make it stick out various ways.

I love the mix of patterns and solids and the bright fun colors!

 So, next up I made a scrap fabric garland.  Also fun and cheerful:

I cut a length of twine and just tied strips of fabric to it - it was that easy.  So easy that I didn't take any how-to pictures for you.

 I included strips of burlap in the garland because I thought it added depth and texture.  I will be using both of these garlands to top off a bulletin board (more on that to come...)

 Have you made any garlands??  Leave me a link in the comments and I'll check them out.  Maybe I'll even do a garland round-up, because like I said, I think I'm hooked!

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January 30, 2013


It's National Hobby Month -- anyone have a hobby they want to kick-start?

I wanted to give you a heads up - - guess what I signed up for??  Cake Decorating Class!!  I'm taking it through Michael's In-Store Classes and I can't wait!  The heads up is because of this:

Yep, 50% off the class - - it ended up being around $22 - yes, for all 4 weeks total!  I signed up for Course 1: Decorating Basics - - wanted to start at the beginning.

I have my kit and a cute apron - what else do I need, right??  It'll be every Saturday morning in February - I'll keep you posted on how it goes....

Has anyone taken this class before?  Any tips or things I need to know?

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Showing Off - Reader Feature

Hi fellow Sugar Bee Crafters! My name is Katie Drane and I am the savvy crafter behind Fun Home Things. I love sharing household tips, craft projects and Southern recipes and I also love making new friends. So  when get a chance, swing by and say hi!  You can also catch me on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

I really appreciate Mandy for letting me share my top ten picks from this week's Take-A-Look Tuesday party. The projects this week were amazing and I just know you'll love these 10 as much as I do.

I love this Burlap and Wood Love sign from Burton Avenue. Isn't it cute?

These Twinkie Cupcakes by Lady Behind the Curtain look delicious. And just in time for Valentine's Day!

  Could these Sharpie Decorated Valentine's Day Mailboxes by Girls Loves Glam be any cuter?

This adorable chevron diaper wipe pouch from Creative Passage makes me want to learn how to sew.

One Little Momma's Watercolor Doilies make an awesome Valentine's Day project for kids. 

Untrendy Life's tutorial on How to Stamp With Bleach on Fabric is so clever! Why didn't I think of that?

This Valentine's Day Mantel from The Creative Imperative is not just pretty, but also unique. I love the white!

What kid would not love this Birthday Party Playdough? Awesome idea, Mess for Less.

Design, Dining and Diapers shared a fantastic tutorial on how to make a Burlap Topiary tree. I will definitely be making one.

 Back for Seconds has created a Skinny Cherry Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola that not only looks great, but won't blow your diet. Yum!

I really enjoyed looking through everyone's creations and I hope you've enjoyed reading my favorite picks from this week's party.  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with next week!

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Showing Off - my picks

Let's see those projects of yours...

I want to glitter some shoes!!  The Busy Broad glittered her wedding shoes - fun pop of color!

Untrendy Life shows a great way to stamp bleach onto fabric - - this has huge possibilities!

You can see this cute Robot with a Heart over at Little Ella Lu (I'm weak for heart robots, obviously)

This glitter heart garland from Inspired HoneyBee is perfect!

The KimSixFix shows you how to create mickey-head bokeh - so fun!

You can see this Little Bow Dress by Little Inspiration on her blog - perfect color!

You've probably seen this around, but it's such a genius idea that I had to feature it - - match the cords up to the chargers with fun tape - easy and smart!  See details at ShakenTogetherLife:

How fun are these felt monsters?!  You can get the free patterns over at It's Always Autumn:

There's something throw-back about this wreath - maybe I had one growing up? - - but it makes me one to make one asap - see details at This Girl's Life:

And.....the MOST VIEWED LINK...........

The Glitter Heels from The Busy Broad that I featured earlier - - I must not be the only one wanting to glitter some shoes!

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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