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June 29, 2013

Michael's Summer Adventure - and HUGE announcement

Have you checked out the Passport to Imagination program this summer at Michael's??  Well, let me give you a little glimpse... (we were provided the classes by Michael's) - - and I have a HUGE Annoucement about Michaels...

I signed my girls up for the North America week (the crafts rotate through various areas of the world) but then they were invited to their cousin's house.  So I filled in their spots with a couple of other cousins who were excited to get to crafting.


The main craft was God's Eyes and focused a little on Native Americans.



So the verdict was:
  • Fun to get out and do something 
  • Staff was super friendly and nice 
  • The craft wasn't too complicated and was probably something that could have been done at home - coming made them think that they need to be doing crafts more often!
Thanks girls for filling in!!  I've got my girls signed up for the Asia week, and the week where they make the Eiffel Tower looks cool too...
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Oh, you want to know that all the news is with Michael's?!?! - - They now carry FABRIC!!  I am over-the-moon excited about this!  Some more info:

 Michaels announces the addition of pre-cut craft fabric to the thousands of creative products available in its stores, providing customers with one-stop shopping for their DIY projects.
The pre-cut fabric, includes cotton, canvas, burlap, felt, faux fur, crushed velvet and tulle, and will be available in a variety of sizes from a half-yard to 2 yards. The pre-cut fabric will be carried in the majority of U.S. and Canada stores.
“With the addition of crafting fabric to our mix, our customers can find everything they need for their projects in one store,” said Michaels Executive Vice President of Category Management Philo Pappas. “And because the fabrics are pre-cut, customers can simply select the size they need and be on their way – no waiting for measuring and cutting.”
Michaels.com and Michaels Pinterest Boards feature project ideas that use fabric, including throw pillowslamp shadeschair seat covers, andbracelets. Laminated burlap, a Michaels limited exclusive, can be fed through most home printers to add personalized messages and images to fabric projects.

I get to try some of the new line out - can't wait to show you what I've been working on....


Red White Blue Series, Day 10


More great ideas at those links below - - be sure you're checking them out!!

Red White Burlap Totebag | A Jennuine Life

Stars and Stripes Outfit | Bless by Tone


3-in-1 Beach Towel Tote | Redfly Creations



June 28, 2013

Bubble Shorts, Patriotic Style!

You've seen the Bubble Shorts floating around blogland, right?!  Every time I saw a pair, they got cuter and cute - I knew I needed to give the pattern a try.  And sticking with our current series, I went Red White Blue.  This is what I've been doing while the series rolls on the blog - sewing sewing sewing.  And peeling wallpaper (you can read a little about that adventure from Trevor's view) - but sewing is much more fun to show off:
The girls were goofy, so just ignore that - I just took a few pictures and then a big ole storm rolled in, complete with dark sky, so the picture-taking was cut short and you just get what you get.

I was sent the pattern from E&E Patterns, Bubble Pocket Shorts, of the blog Elegance & Elephants.
It sewed up really cute  I made the 7/8 in Classic for both of my girls (one is 8 and one is 6).  My girls have had an issue with shorts being too short (they like them a little longer), so I added a couple of inches length to them.  I can't wait to make a pair for my baby niece without the extra length - they're so cute in little sizes!  The extra length gives them a little different look, but still cute:

I made the pockets of of red with some of the chevron zig-zag on top of it orientated the opposite way of the rest of the shorts, to make them stand out a little more.

You can't tell in the pictures, but the fabric has silver glitter all over it - it's awesome, and I found it at JoAnn's.  The shirts have silver dots all over with neckline and about halfway down, which I thought was a perfect match for the shorts - I found the tanks at good ole Walmart.  Along with the Star banner, which was only $1.  Score.

Will your kiddos be wearing Red White and Blue this summer??  The last time I made my kiddos something was back in 2010, and they were still pouring themselves into those skirts with shorts just yesterday, so it was for sure time for something new.


Red White and Blue SKIRT with SHORTS underneath, Tutorial, found HERE.

Keep up with the fun at Sugar Bee Crafts!

Um yeah, I can't believe it either.  3 Days til Google Reader goes away. You all know of my love for Google Reader - I've posted about it in the past probably a half-dozen times - it's the NEXT button that won me over.   But now we have to move on.  I don't want to loose you in the shuffle - - so a few things to do.....and to-do NOW - you won't be able to switch your feed after Monday, you'll have to start over, so switch it before then and save yourself some work (it's just a click or two to switch on BlogLovin or Feedly - they're made it SUPER easy).

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I've heard several people say they love BlogLovin' as a reader.  I signed up, but haven't given it much of a chance yet because I'm using my NEXT button til the last possible second.  But it's probably what I'll switch to - and you can find Sugar Bee Crafts on it here:

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FEEDLY
I know even less about Feedly, but other people have mentioned it as their favorite reader, so it's another one to check in on.


OTHER STUFF - - - 
While we're on the topic of blog housekeeping, I wanted to touch again on the whole "Truncated Posts" thing - - I know most people don't like them.   BUT, they come with the huge benefit of a faster-loading blog, which most people like.  So the past month or two I have been trying to work both sides to make everyone happy.  (Random, this was a hot topic that Trevor posted about exactly a year ago - time flies) - - Trunk-8

Here's what I do:  I post normally - not truncated.  That means that if you're using a reader, etc, you get the whole post, not cut off.  It means if you visit my blog directly, the first post is listed in full, no need to hit the "Click to Read More" button.  BUT - - a day or two after the post has gone live, I truncate it - that way the most recent post or two on my blog are full, but the rest of the 5-6 posts listed on the main front page are truncated - that way the blog will load faster.  
Thoughts on that method??  It's pretty labor-intensive on my end, seeing as I have to remember to manually edit every post a day after it goes live, but it's the best solution I could think of.  If you have other suggestions, I'm open to hear them!  I just want the best reading experience for everyone.

Blog LoveRandom thoughts on any blog housekeeping topics??  Let me know!  The "search" feature wasn't working last week, but it must have been a glitch because it's up and running now.  I know I need to work on my "Tutorials" pages.  I still try to stick with the policy that if I do a Sponsored Post, that I have another post for that day, so that sponsored content doesn't take the place of normal content.  I'd considered tweaking my logo, but am still up in the air on that one.

Also, blog reading is cyclical and dips in the summer - but I'm still trying to crank out great blog content.  So I love it when you can share posts, give them that G +1 click, Pin favorite projects to Pinterest, etc.  The blog is supported by readers, so big thanks to you for stopping by!  Love your BLOG LOVE :)


{Food Contributor} Reuben Pizza

Hi guys!  Shannah, from Just Us Four, here again to share a new recipe with you!

We eat pizza a lot in our house.  It is a favorite of the littles {of course} and my husband doesn't mind much either.  We'll do make your own pizza nights to add to the fun.  On a recent "make your own" night, I came up with the idea to turn one of my husband's favorite sandwiches into a pizza.
This pizza is pretty simple to make but BIG on flavor.

What You'll Need:
- Pizza Crust
- Thousand Island Dressing
- 2-3 slices of corned beef
- 1 cup of Swiss or Gruyere cheese, shredded
- Sauerkraut {optional}

Let's Make It:
1)  Prepare your crust.  If you are using fresh dough, roll it out to your desired size.
2)  Spread the thousand island dressing on top of the crust.
 3)  Add a thin layer of shredded cheese.
4)  Add pieces of corned beef {and sauerkraut if using}.
5)  Bake in 425 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

I hope you will come visit me at Just Us Four to see more recipes.  I also share lots of crafts along with hosting two link parties each week:  a social networking party each Thursday and a project link party on Fridays.



June 27, 2013

Red White Blue Series, Day 8


Some more awesome Red White Blue projects today!!  links below lead to the individual blogs and the full tutorials - - 


Ice Cube Pops | Simplistically Sassy

Patriotic Fabric Wreath | This Silly Girl's Life

Homemade Laundry Detergent | Mashed Potatoes and Crafts




June 26, 2013

Red White Blue Series, Day 7


The Red White Blue Series keeps on rolling - - check out the tutorials to these awesome projects over on their individual blogs - you'll be glad you did!  links below...


Swag Wreath | Knock-it-Off Crafts

Mini Fruit Pizzas | Not So Homemade


Patriotic Beaded Coasters | A Tossed Salad Life



Showing Off - My Picks!

Great link party, as always!
So normally I don't make my picks around a theme (mainly because when other parties do, and I didn't make something on their selected theme, I'm always bummed), but it IS Red White Blue week here, and I'm making an exception and featuring Red White Blue projects that stood out to me...


Fun and simple Patriotic Wands from Girl Loves Glam - - I want some of these!

Independence Day Parade Picks

Burton Avenue made a fun charger - this would look great in any decor:


Love the look of Free Motion Quilting, and this is dishtowel is no exception.  Find details at Do Small Things with Love:


If you have red white blue washi tape, you can make this cute flag like Girl in the Garage:
Washi tape flag and patriotic display for Independence Day

Or you could make this wreath from Just Us Four:


Love this wreath display from High Wire Living:


Pretzel Sparkler - um, yum!  See details at A Pinch of Glitter:

Pretzel Sparklers 3

Super cute Patriotic Romper from Two Many:


Need some printables?  Thirty Handmade Days has you covered:

4th of July Printable done 3 ways from www.thirtyhandmadedays.com

And of course you'll need a bunting - see this on at Cathy's Crafy Corner:

Cute pinwheels from Paper Seedlings - - 

And more yummines, Chocolate Cool Whip Sandwhiches, from R&R Workshop:


And...........most viewed link.............
how to sew a shoe organizer, from Adventures of a DIY Mom:

June 24, 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...

Red White Blue Series, Day 6


Yep, we're onto the second week of the super awesome Red White Blue Series - I know you're getting some great projects to add to your to-do list!  And here's a few more - as always, visit the individual blogs (links below) to get details and the full tutorial.


Color Blocked America Dress | The Crafty Cupboard

Red White Blue Pallet Sign | Eyes on the Source


Picnic Quilt | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom