Chillin' wiht my Peeps

FREE file to make a super cute spring shirt

Mini Photo Frame Banner

A cute and simple way to display mini pictures - come find out how to make one for yourself!

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, 2013

Easter Message

I hope everyone is having a great Easter Sunday.  If you are interested and have a few minutes, here is a great video entitled "He Is Risen" - I might have shared it last Easter, but if you missed it then, here ya go:

Back to regularly scheduled craft posts tomorrow - - thanks!

March 30, 2013

Party Time - with Sally Hansen Nails!

I am weak for any excuse to have a fun Girls Night Out - - so a Sally Hansen Nail party - I'm in!
I gathered supplies and goodie boxes and treats and used some of my spring decor.  And some mini plastic eggs - so cute! - I found them - and everything I needed (including the candy and grass, etc - I love one-stop shopping) at Walgreens.  Let me tell you all about it...

Spring Cleaning! with Rubbermaid

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It's that time of year - spring cleaning!  Time to clear out and dejunk all the things that have been piling up.  There's something about this time of year that just makes me want to get more organized - I think this happens to a lot of people.    Have you ever heard of Rubbermaid® All AccessTM storage containers?  They look pretty cool - - with a clear, drop-down door, the things inside are easy to see and access.  The biggest problem of regular stoarge tubs is that i can never keep track of what's in what, and if I want to grab something ouf of the tub on the bottom it's a big hassle.  But with Rubbermaid® All AccessTM storage containers they're stackable and STILL offer access to the bottom top since they have that drop-down door.  Pretty cool!
For the sake of "keeping it real", I thought you'd enjoy a picture of the current state of my craft room:

Obviously it needs some help :)
Other ares that are on our to-organize list: boy both's rooms, my girl's closet, and the storage room in our basement.  That's where I chunk anything that I'm not sure where it goes, so it needs lots of work for sure.  I know that the Rubbermaid® All AccessTM storage containers would be perfect in all of those areas - - with the kids, they'd be awesome because they really need to be able to see what is in the containers (think of it, you could SEE the Legos that are in the tub at the bottom!).  I like the stacking aspect for the basement.
And those containers are super easy to find - you can buy Rubbermaid® All AccessTM storage containers at Walmart stores across the country - so go grab some!
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How Has Blogging Changed YOUR life

Remember earlier this year the series on "How Blogging has Changed Your Life" - - and then earlier this month there was a link party for YOU to particpate in....
how has blogging changed your life


Well, here's the roundup of those that participated - - click over on each image below and enjoy their posts!!  Have a great Saturday morning!

Ms. Fultz's Corner

Coco and Cocoa

Tied Ribbon

Cupcake Diaries

Joy and Gladness of Heart


March 29, 2013

Eyebrow Makeup?

So I'm not huge into makeup, but lately I discovered that people put makeup on their eyebrows....you might know that already, but for those like me, living in a makeup fog, I thought I'd let you know.

I bought this stuff called "BrowZings" and it's a wax and color -- so you put the wax on to stick down your crazy flyaway eyebrows, then you add a little color to fill them in.  It's not a "drawn-on" look and makes my eyebrows look awesome!  Why didn't I know about this before?

I took some pictures for you - one eyebrow has make up on it and one doesn't - - the one with makeup has the arrow (it's different in each picture because one picture is taken in the mirror and one isn't)
 Awesome, right?!  Just consider this your friendly Public Service Announcement for the day - try eyebrow makeup.  If this is old news for you, and you have a favorite, leave a comment and let everyone know!

Homemade Playdoh-Filled Plastic Eggs

Filling Easter Eggs can become a challenge - I wanted something simple but not candy.  And I was teaching preschool and wanted to make some homemade playdoh for the bunch.  And the ideas kind of morphed together yesterday morning...
I made playdoh -- there are tons of recipes already out there, so I'll let you find one.  I try a different one each time.  But instead of making several batches, each of a different color, I made one big batch.  Then I divided it into 4 parts (for 4 colors) and mixed each color into the dough using my food processor:
It was way easier than trying to knead in the color by hand.  It came out a little speckled in color, but I kind of liked that.   I made colors to match plastic Easter eggs that I had on hand (true cheapy confession - - I keep and reuse the plastic eggs!)
Stuff the dough into the color-coordinating egg:

So I thought perfect containers were the plastic eggs - just like those little playdoh containers, only cuter.  Well beware of what egg you're using, because a bunch of the ones I had were like this:
Yep, those are airholes in the bottom.  Which means that the containers AREN'T airtight.  So even though my containers are cute, they don't actually function well and I still need to keep then in a plastic bag:

It was a hit though - - everyone loves playdoh:

Yes, all the eggs in photo shoot are actually filled with playdoh - I each preschool kiddo a set of colors.  Here's a "behind the scenes" look at picture-taking; what is with cats and kids always having to be in on the fun?? :)

So - - if you are looking for last-minute items to add to Easter baskets, here ya go - whip up some playdoh and stuff some eggs:

Do you have a favorite homemade playdoh recipe?  If so, leave a link in the comments so we can all try it out!


March 28, 2013

Chillin' With My Peeps

Cuteness overload - - the post with lots of pictures of my niece and a small shout-out to the project at hand...cause even though the shirt is cute, she's cuter!
Chillin' with my Peeps
I needed to write the post quick ( sometimes I'm on top of it, sometimes it sneaks up on me) and I knew of the perfect quick and easy project - a peeps shirt!  So then I had to have my mom swing my niece by my house so I could do an impromptu photo shoot - because let's face it, cute babies make pictures even cuter.
DIY Bunny Peeps shirt

 My original idea was to have 5 peeps because with my kiddos and my niece, there are 5 cousins.  But 5 glitter peeps on a onesie took up too much room - - so I went with 3.  Still cute.  I put "chillin' with my peeps" at an angle for that extra pop of fun.

You can see my post over there: Glittered Peeps

Peeps are such a simple shape, that this is an awesome hand-cut project.  If you don't have a Silhouette or Cricut, you can still cut heat-transfer vinyl - you just use scissors.  So it's good to find simplistic images.  But I have to admit I love having my Cameo and how I can crank out a custom shirt in just a few minutes.

Did you notice she's also modeling one of my Paparazzi Headbands?  So cute!

About the iron-on vinyl:
You've probably noticed, but one of my FAVORITE things to use is heat transfer vinyl.  I stock up on plain tshirts when I see them at thrift stores or on sale, so I always have some on hand when a project calls.  It's just such an awesome way to add personalization.
On top of that, my FAVORITE type of heat transfer vinyl is GLITTER Heat Transfer Vinyl (because everything needs a little sparkle!) and Expressions Vinyl  (affiliate link) has tons of color selection in that category - you won't be disappointed.  If you haven't used it yet, what are you waiting for - try it!

I included several tips on the post over there, but the biggest one is....
MIRROR the text before cutting - - I know to do that, and I still forgot the first time I cut the "chillin with my peeps" - oops!  You do this because with Heat Transfer, you actually cut the back of the vinyl (put the shiny side of the sheet down against your mat) and then flip it over to iron it on to your item.

She's just learning to sit - - we got a few pictures before she toppled over.   How about that it happened to be her 6 month birthday - so the impromptu pictures can double as milestone pictures.  Bonus!
I used a Bunny Peep clipart and the trace function on my Silhouette - - if you would like to save that step, just let me know and I can email you the file (mandybeez at gmail).

Craft Blogger

March 27, 2013

Showing Off - Reader Feature

Hello Sugar Bee Readers! I'm Ashley and I blog over at My Craftily Ever After. I have a great mix of recipes, crafts, family life and all the other random stuff that happens along the way (like getting to be on wheel of fortune!). I am so excited to be here (thanks Mandy!) sharing my favorites from this weeks linky party!

First up is this amazing paper dahlia wreath by love, pomegranate house. It is super duper simple and really should be hanging on my front door...maybe if my kids ever nap I'll make one!
Paper Dahlia Wreath

Showing Off - my picks

Awesome party!!  on to some projects that caught my eye (first, are you seeing pop-up ads on my blog?  I don't see them on my end, but a couple of people have mentioned it - I can't figure out where they're coming from!  but I'm working on it, and taking them off - so stick with me!)
Let's check out the links....

WIWW - deals!!

I've mentioned it about a million times, but I am loving our Goodwill Outlet - you buy things at $0.79 a pound - it's crazy.  I've found a few great things.  I have also been finding some great deals at the 1/2 of 1/2 Store - - here's a few samples...

March 26, 2013

Sketch Pens!! and Silhouette Promo

It's time again for a Silhouette Promotion (wahoo!) and this time it includes SKETCH PENS!!
(it's still Take-A-Look Tuesday - just scroll down a post for that)
If you don't have a machine yet, you can get the bundle with the Cameo for $269.99 or with the Portrait for $139.99.  Maybe Happy Mother's Day to yourself??

AND if you DO have a machine, you can get the Sketch Pen Starter Kit, with 10 free downloads, for only $12.99!  The downloads alone are worth $10, and then you add in 24 sketch pens - that's a deal!

The deal is on a special page within the Silhouette Store, and you'll need to use the promo code "SUGARBEE" to get the special pricing - here is that page:  Sketch Pen Deals

A couple of things I made...
Silhouette Cameo Sketch Pens Printable
 
Let me tell you about the projects...

March 25, 2013

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
  • 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 reading this on the main page of my blog, find that "click to read more" button and it'll take you to the full post that contains the link party...

KounterKeeper! and a giveaway!

Have you ever heard of the Kounterkeeper??  It's awesome!  And they are my newest sponsor - - 

They are exactly what the tagline says "A SAFE PLACE FOR HOT STUFF" and I know you will think of a million uses -- like under your glue gun (right!) or your curling wand or even under your cookie sheet.


I was able to try some out - - I LOVE the fun colors and pattern.  Let me show you where I'm using them...

March 24, 2013

Preparing for my Trip - with The Parking Spot

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You have probably seen by now, but the awesome Craft Blog Conference, SNAP, is coming up in a few short weeks - wahoo!  If you will be there, come find me!  If you won't be able to make it this year, don't worry, I will be blogging all about it so you can catch a glimpse of it through my eyes.

Anyways, I'm busily making preparations for my trip behind the scenes.  I booked airfare and got the hotel.  Am sharing a rental car with friends.  And guess what I just did - - booked my airport parking at The Parking Spot - see, here's my screen shot:

Every detail I take care of gets me more excited to go!  And I'm really excited about this opportunity to try out The Parking Spot - the last time I traveled, I didn't use them and regretted it because as I waited for my shuttle to pick me up, that yellow and spotted van drove by me several times and I wished I were getting on it.

It was super easy to make my airport parking reservations online - just a few clicks and I'm set to go.  I love that they have The Parking Spot at my airport - you can check to see if it's at yours HERE.  It's a national chain and they have 34 facilities at over 22 airports, and it's at my airport, so hopefully it's at yours too.

Did you know that The Parking Spot is more than just parking - it's all about hospitality -- along with complimentart luggage service, they have a complimentary newspaper on checkin and chilled water on exit - really!  They are always open - and are well-lit and fully fenced (that's awesome for me).  You can choose from open-air or covered parking.

And on top of all that, they have a Spot Club, which is a frequent user card.  It allows you to manage your account online and earn 1 free day for every 7 days purchased - I love deals like that!

Here I am, last year at SNAP:

Maybe I'll see some of you there this year.  Whether you're headed to SNAP or headed to a fun Spring Break, or Getaway Vacation, be sure to check out The Parking Spot and consider using them for parking during your next vacation.  Also, follow @TheParkingSpot on Twitter and like The Parking Spot on Facebook so you don't miss anything.

Now that my airport parking is taken care of, worry-free, I can move my mind on to other things - - like what in the world I'm going to wear!

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March 23, 2013

Photo Glimpse - Silver Dollar City

I haven't done a "photo glimpse" post in a while, so with Spring Break I thought it'd be a perfect time to show you a glimpse into the non-crafty side of life.

We had a super fun weekend - - took the kids out of school a day early for Spring Break and headed down to Silver Dollar City in Branson!  It was a great time. We love it there - - 

Of course there were lots of amazing treats - the Red Velvet Funnel Cake was yummy (I was sold on the cream cheese frosting) as was the good old regular version.  Yes, I had both.

The weather was PERFECT and we were even able to do a few water rides:

We love Silver Dollar City and that there is something for all ages to enjoy.  Reed and Abby LOVE the big roller coasters.  They all love the mega ball pit.  Round rides aren't for me, but the kids love those as well.

More treats, of course!  You can't go to SDC without getting a frozen lemonade or two:


This is inside the Grandfather's Mansion - - it's a crooked fun house type , with slanted floors and crazy mirrors, and rooms where you walk through on the "ceiling":

 Random pictures of the day:


 All worn out for the trip home - it means it was a great weekend!