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

July 31, 2013

Showing Off - Reader Feature

Hey Ya'll! My blog is called Apples By Ashley, and as you may have guessed, my name is Ashley. I like to do a little bit of everything, but mostly I share a bit of sewing, diy, fashion, paper crafting, jewelry and about my escapades thrifting and refashioning my second-hand clothing. I am so glad I got the opportunity to co-host Take-a-Look Tuesday with Mandy and to feature some of YOU! I am inspired by all of your creativity; it is a delight to rub shoulders with such awesomeness :) Let's get started...

Showing Off - My Picks

In a crafty mode??  Check out these fun projects from the link party:
Let's take a look at those features...

WIWW - Sundress gone bad

I know I said I wasn't going to be doing much of What I Wore Wednesdays, but I thought this gem was too good not to share - showing how I haven't quite overcome my un-style just yet.  I have a couple of cute sundresses that are knit and strapless.  I don't do strapless, so I normally wear a shirt under them and then throw on a cardigan over the look.  Well, It was a super hot day, so I didn't have a cardigan on, and one thing led to another and I ended up leaving the house and going out into public with this look:
Not so great, right?!  I don't know what I was thinking!  Here's how I normally wear the same type of dress - and a side-by-side, so you can see how they're super cute with a cardigan and not so much without:
I wore the brown one with a coral cardigan the other day and it was a cute look, I just forgot to take a picture for you.  But without the cardigan - I think it's a look to avoid.  THOUGHTS??

July 29, 2013

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Link Party Time!!  This week our co-host is Apples by Ashley - be sure to pop over and check out her cute blog!  if you want to cohost one week, and pick favorites from the link party, just let me know via my email, mandybeez at gmail.

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...

Fun with Video...

Summer - - filling the days with randomness.  My kiddos enjoy watching the sometimes-funny, always-annoying videos on YouTube.  You know the ones!  Cows and cows and cows, etc.

Have you seen How Animals Eat Their Food??  Well, they wanted to make their own version - How Star Wars Characters Eat Their Food.  They did all the legwork, set up, script, etc, and just called me in as the film crew (me: have you practiced this at least once through before I come in to record it?? them: uh, hang on just a second....).   This is what summer is about!

Here you go, for your viewing pleasure, it's just a couple of minutes long.  Remember, it's a spoof off of the original, so if it doesn't make sense, maybe that's why (or maybe not...).  And feel free to pass it on to anyone in the 10 year old age range - they'll love it.  My kids think it'll "go viral!" , so I guess ya never know....

Master Bathroom Makeover - MirrorMate

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that we've been giving our Master Bathroom a Mini-Makeover.  It's the last room in our house to get redone because we had grand plans - reconfiguring and new stack of cabinets, etc.  But, it's time it gets done, so instead of a big renovation and remodel, we're just aiming for an update via a bathroom makeover.

I was sent a MirrorMate Frame to review but all opinions are my own.
Today I'm just talking about one aspect of the room and then I'll do a whole reveal in another post.  But today's aspect is the star of the show - our MirrorMate Frame - it really transformed the whole room!!  If you are looking for a simple way to drastically update a room, this is it.
So, in the middle of this remodel is when I realized I needed a wider camera lens - I could not get a good shot of the room, at all, because it was too small.  So my "after" pictures show a lot, but I don't have a lot of great "before" pictures - sorry about that.  But, "before" it was just a basic boring mirror.  Doing nothing for the space:

And after - wowza!  It adds so much character and depth - I didn't think it would affect the feel of the room that much, but it did.  Such an easy update for a dramatic change - I wish we would have done this years ago! (Mirrors are so hard to take pictures of!  And they show everything - including a project sneak peek...)
Let's check out the details...

July 27, 2013

Flag Shirts, through the years

I know we're not the only family out there that takes flag shirt pictures - I know this because every year it's a hunt to find a store that has all the sizes we need in all the matching colors, etc.  Everyone must love a flag shirt.  I think this year is one of our better pictures:

My mom gets us our flag shirt each year.  I have documentation that it goes back to 2002 because that's when we got a digital camera, but I know it's farther than that because my cousin Kate pulled out this pic from 1999 for a throw-back Thursday a couple of weeks ago - classic (I'm the less-tall one...)

Looking back on the evolution of our family, via flag shirt photos:

So fess up - - have you ever owned a flag shirt in the past - leave a comment if so, I want to know how many of you are out there!!  And I go back to at least 1999 - can anyone beat that?

Sugar Bee Crafts Sponsors

I LOVE my sponsors - they help support this awesome blog.  If you want to be a sponsor for August, I have an opening, so contact me at mandybeez at gmail.  You can read details about it on my Advertising Page

I hope you have been able to take a minute and look over what my sponsors have to offer - - here's a quick recap:

Sewing Patterns form Seamingly Smitten - what I love is that there are women's patterns - those are harder to come by.  The mini maxi dress I made for my 8 year old was a Seamingly Smitten Pattern - and I want to try the Ruffled Pants (for my girls) and Miss Mod Top (for myself)

Melissa Bourbon is an author that has 4 books in the Magical Dressmaking Series - yes, if you love to sew AND you love to read, this is for you!

Scentations is Home Fragrance and I am in love with their Mason Jar Candles (I like the Fresh Seaside) - so perfect and lovely!  I was able to review them in the past and have several of their items in my home.

I sponsor myself - yep!  I am a consultant with Paparazzi Accessories which is a super fun way that I earn extra money on the side.  It's $5 Accessories and they really sell themselves!  You can check out my Paparazzi Accessories Site, Sugar Bee Bling for tons more info - I'd love to have you on my team!

CandyTiles is where I buy all the supplies I use to make my Glass Tile Pendants - you can even get 10% off if you use the code: "sugarbeez10" in the coupon code area 

I also have affiliate programs where I support things that I use myself - - here are those, all are affiliate links:
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    It's $200 and I wasn't sure I was willing to spend that, until I talked to Trevor and he said I need to treat my blog like a business, and that businesses provide professional development for their employees, etc.  Also, I figured since she makes $12,000 a month from Adsense alone, I'm sure she has some tips I'm not implementing - and if I can use her tips to make an extra $20 a month, then the class will pay for itself in less than a year.  I haven't gotten very far into it (I'm only on day 4!!) but it's got great potential.
    --I think that for those of you who are serious about wanting to earn money from your blog, this is a great resource.  You can also become an affiliate through the site (I did), an added bonus.

  • You can sign up for Social Spark if you're interested in writing sponsored posts. It's a great place to start.  You'll get small offers at first but as you do a few you'll start to get bigger offers.  I don't take all the offers - I want to stick to things are relevant to my blog.
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  • Pick Your Plum - daily deals.  I buy ALL THE TIME.  You know me, I love a good deal!
There are more affiliate programs I'm a part of, but I'll let you know as I use them.  Have a happy weekend!!

July 26, 2013

Simple Doll Dress

Did you catch my post last month on UCreate??  If not, I've got it here for you.  This is the perfect project for a beginner sewer or even for girls learning to sew.  Awesome project for summer.
On to the Tutorial!

{Food Contributor} Steak and Roasted Veggie Salad

Hi Sugar Bee Crafts readers!  Shannah, from Just Us Four, here again to share a delicious and ridiculously dish.

Summer is in full swing which means hot temperatures and long days.  On summer evenings, I tend to go with lighter meals that don't require a lot of prep or ingredients.
This recipe is perfect for whatever delicious veggies you can grab at the farmer's market.  I always like to grab the best looking squash and peppers!

What You'll Need:
1 Zucchini, sliced

1 Yellow Squash, sliced
1 Red Pepper, sliced

Button mushrooms
1/4 cup olive oil
2 oz goat cheese
London broil or similar cut of meat

Let's Make It:
1)  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking pan with foil.

2)  In a medium bowl, combine squash, peppers, mushrooms and olive oil.  Stir to coat the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper.  Add to pan and roast in the oven for 10 minutes.

3)  Sprinkle steak with salt and pepper.  Cook on the grill or stovetop to desired degree of doneness. Let stand for 10 minutes and slice.

4)  On a plate, place vegetable mixture.  
Top with sliced steak and crumbled goat cheese.

Thanks so much for reading along! I hope you will stop by and visit me on my blog or connect with me on Facebook!

July 25, 2013

Legoland Discovery Center Kansas City

You all know how we are LEGO fanatics - can't get enough!  (really - more on that and how we drove hours to go to the state fair just to see a LEGO exhibit on this LEGO car post).  We planned a California vacation several years ago where we were able to go to Legoland.  Anyways, LEGO rocks.  And recently there was a Legoland Discovery Center built in Kansas City  - and we were invited to attend a blogger event there - um, yeah!!  Dream come true for my kiddos.
 We started with a "factory tour" where they talk about how LEGOS are molded.  You could also weigh and measure yourself in relation to LEGO Bricks:

Mini Succulent Hanging Garden with Casual Elegance

This post is a sponsored post from David Tutera Casual Elegance and Blueprint Social, but all opinions are  my own.

I have been wanting to do something with succulents ever since I took a class on them, and now that I have, I love it - so cute!!
I had the opportunity to try out some of the awesome things out of thDavid Tutera Casual Elegance line - wowza! The Casual Elegance collection is designed and located under bridal, but can be used so so much more. The possibilities are endless! Here's a view of some of the great products - paper straws, burlap flowers, tags and lace and so much more:

So much crafting potential, wedding or otherwise. For weddings you have tons of simple accents add an easy, vintage spirit and you will have wedding day accessories that coordinate with any color scheme. You can add personalized details with the look of handmade. The line is available exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and like I said, has such great crafting potential. Such as my Mini Succulent Hanging Garden:
Here's how I made it - - you'll need the burplap strip, lace strip, and mini buckets, all from the David Tutera Casual Elegance Line. You'll also need a scrap board, nails, some succulents and dirt.

First step, wrap the burlap around the board.  I used hot glue to secure it in a few spots but it didn't need much glue:

Then, I wrapped one piece of lace around the other way and secured it in the back with hot glue.  The lace is a little off-center to make it more visually appealing.

I predrilled spots for my nails because I always hammer them in crooked if I don't.  I even measured so that the nails are evenly spaced:

If you want to hang the board, you'll need some picture hangers to attach to the back.  I didn't have any so I ended up setting mine on my porch table.  That worked great too.

Next up you'll need to prep your pots.  It was a better deal to buy a pot with several succulents in it and replant them than it was to buy them individually.
To pot them, I put a few small rocks in the bottom of each bucket, then put the plant in and filled in around the roots with dirt.

That's it!  find the perfect spot and enjoy your hanging succulents:

Have you ever worked with succulents??  I think I'm hooked!!  And I loved combining them with the David Tutera Casual Elegance line - the neutrals of burlap and lace really brought out the rich green in the succulents - they balanced each other perfectly.  And here's a picture of my 6 year old with the mini buckets so you can get a reference on their size:
Check out some of the other great projects other bloggers have made with the product line:

July 24, 2013

Showing Off - My Picks

Look what I found at the link party!!

Watercolor paintings from Grow Creative - makes me want to try it out:

Love this top from All This For Them - sewing myself a shirt is on my to-do:

LOVE this monogramed windmill art - it's perfect!  See the details of this project over at One Krieger Chick:
Monogrammed Windmill vane {}

You can see how to make Minion Cupcakes over at Somewhere in the Middle:

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Another thing on my to-make list - jammies!  These boy ones are from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom:

And while we're talking sewing, how about this amazing fold over clutch from Flamingo Toes - love it!
Simple DIY Fold Over Clutch

You know that a crib bench was on my project list for a while, but Trevor went on a clear-out and the spare crib I had in the garage didn't make the cut - oh well!  You can read tips on making one from Little Bit of Paint:

Crocheted little mary janes over at Kookiez:


If you need to add straps to little flip flops, you can see how to do that on Eat. Sleep. Make.:

Fun chair redo over at Easier than I Thought:

Super cute wrapping with paper garland over at Homework:
Recycle Gift Wrap via homework (7)

and...........most viewed link.................

the Everyday Tee from All This for Them that I pointed out earlier - look like you love it as much as I do:

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!!)