Chillin' wiht my Peeps

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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

September 30, 2013

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Link Party Time!!  But first, a super-fun new thing I'm trying - you know I sell $5 jewelry and have for a couple of years - I just love it.  Lots of you ask how you can look at my inventory and purchase it - well, I'm going to do an online Facebook Party tomorrow!!  Just go join the party HERE and I'll post images of all my inventory for sale when the party starts and as it goes.  It'll be awesome and you won't want to miss out.
 




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 (that's so the blog will load faster - link parties can bog it down)...

Sew Fab Pattern Bundle Sale

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Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn (and GIVEAWAY)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of McCormick & Company for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
Oh yum, I tried out this Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn recipe from McCormick.com the other day - it was great! Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn
I did modify a few things - because I LOVE my crockpot.  I use it tons and love to adapt things to make them a crock pot recipe.  So that's what I did for this Chicken Chili, and it was perfect as it simmered all day.... read more...

Stick Figure Family (in the making)

Hey Everyone - I'm over on The Train to Crazy today with the handmade costume series:
and normally I'm on top knowing what I want to do for guest posts, but I could not settle on this one - I have been debating different ideas for weeks!  I finally ended up wanting to show you a sneak peek into a family costume idea  - - the Stick Figure Family...


I saw a stick figure costume over at All For the Boys (go check it out!) and my wheels got to turning - that would make the perfect FAMILY costume set.

As I've mentioned before, I'm weak for a family-themed costume set.  But my kiddos aren't so keen on it.  BUT, the past few years we've compromised - they get to be what they want for Halloween (see this year's costume choices here) and then they'll play along and get into the family-themed bit with our Halloween Party at church.  So, in thinking of a good family-themed costume, it has to be something quick and easy, because it's not their "main" costume and I don't want to put too much effort into it...

Last year we whipped together a family biker gang costume:


The year before was more effort, and we went as a family costumes of Angry Birds:
Angry Birds Family Costumes www.sugarbeecrafts.com

So when I saw a stick figure costume, I knew it'd be perfect.  We're always doodling stick figure families, we used to be one of those with a stick figure family on the back of our van, etc.  And it's simple to do.  But for today's tutorial, I didn't do the whole family - just myself so you can see a girl stick figure version (the original version was a boy) and then you'll have to stay tuned for the Family Stick Figure Costume pictures (because I bet we don't put that together til the night of the party).

You'll need:
--white clothes (pants, shirt)
--black tape (mine was the skinny version of duct tape)
--paper plate and marker
--2 pair black socks (feet, hands) - gloves and/or black shoes would work too

Put on your white clothes.  Have someone tape out your lines (Trevor was happy to help with this project....)

Then draw out a face on your paper plate.  The trick with the girl version is trying to leave space to add hair. (Did I tell you that Trevor broke his arm?  Playing flag football - it required surgery to put a screw in to hold it back together - crazy!)

I just taped it on for pictures, but I plan on cutting eye holes and using a tie attached to the plate to tie it around the back of my head.

That's it!
Love simple Halloween costumes that you can make last minute?  Here are a couple more -

Ghost Costume and the ever-popular Upside-Down Man:



September 28, 2013

DIY Camp Shirts

So, I posted this for Expressions Vinyl, but I don't think I ever brought it back to you guys - so here ya go...

 Think of all those group things you're doing this summer - a family reunion, a vacation with the kids, a summer camp - all would be AWESOMER with matching t shirts!  A friend commented on these shirts "you guys really went all out for camp, professional printed shirts and all" - I had to tell her that I made the shirts :)

My mom and aunt put on "Grandma's Day Camp" each year, so I made the shirts for them.  I designed the logo around their theme this year.  I used a shape I had and then put the text on top of that shape, so as to use the negative space.

NUMBER 1 tip for using heat transfer vinyl - - YOU HAVE TO MIRROR YOUR IMAGE - when cutting, you lay the sheet down with the backside up (clear shiny side down).  Since you are cutting from the back, you need to cut backwards.  Mirror your image horizontally and you'll be good to go.  I forget to do this almost every time, of course :)   So be sure to have some extra vinyl on hand, just in case.


Last year I used Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl and that turned out great too - -



So - - have a gathering this summer??  Make custom t shirts!


September 27, 2013

Baby Gift - no name, no problem

I love to give personalized gifts - that's the fun of being a crafter, right?!  I use my embroidery machine to sew something, or if I want something even quicker I use my Silhouette Cameo (deal happening on that HERE) to cut out heat transfer vinyl.

Well, the go-to for personalization is to stick the baby's name on something - but what happens when the parents-to-be haven't settled on a name??  I STILL made a personalized shirt - just called her "baby girl" and stuck on their last name.  Still fun!
For the side sunburst part, I just pulled up a flower image in the software and then used the eraser tool to take out some of the petals.

And while we're on the topic of baby gifts, I was browsing Target for some, and even though it was a baby girl I was drawn to the baby boy onesie set, in gray and white.  I think it it's paired with pink pants and a pink hairbow, it's completely perfect for a baby girl!

What's your go-to baby gift??

{Food Contributor} Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers

Happy early fall everyone!  Shannah, from Just Us Four, back to share with you another recipe.  This month, I am focusing on an easy weeknight meal that is sure to be a crowd pleaser: Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers.
These peppers are filled with so much deliciousness but they are pretty healthy too thanks to all of the vegetables!

What You'll Need:
1 cup cooked, shredded chicken {a rotisserie chicken works great here!}
1/2 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
1 zucchini, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup salsa {salsa verde is a great option}
2/3 cup green enchilada sauce
1 cup shredded cheese, divided
4 bell peppers

Let's Make It:
1)  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2)  Remove the tops and inside membranes from the 4 bell peppers.  Place into glass dish upright.

3)  In a large bowl, combine the chicken through salsa.
  Stir well.  Stir in 1/2 cup of shredded cheese.

4)  Spoon chicken mixture into the bell peppers.
Top with remaining 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and 2/3 cup of enchilada sauce.

5)  Cover dish with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  Remove foil and bake for additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
I hope you will come by and visit me over on my blog!  We can also connect on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram!  I am always sharing new recipes and projects happening in the Just Us Four house!

September 26, 2013

Halloween Banner

I have to tell you about the cutest banner I just made - and the best part - it's a kit, so it was super easy!  I was sent the kit, but all opinions are my own.  I love cute crafts made easy!
This project mixes two awesome things - crafting and Target.  Yep, you can buy this kit from American Crafts at Target - perfect! (can't be found anywhere else, and retails for around $5) ...

September 25, 2013

Showing Off - My Picks

As always, another super-great link party  - - here's a few awesome things that stood out to me:


I didn't know there was such a thing as glow-in-the-dark googly eyes, but now I need some!  Here's what The Scrap Shoppe made with hers:

Are you thinking costumes yet?  I had one kiddo who LOVED elmo as a toddler - this would have been perfect!  Let Girl Loves Glam show you how to make this (no sew!)
No Sew DIY Elmo Costume on www.girllovesglam.com #halloween #tutorial #sesamestreet

Tiny Coinpurses - cuteness overload - tutorial from none other than Flamingo Toes, check it out!
Mini Embroidered Coin Purse

Love this reversible friendship cuff from Mabey She Made It - so many options with this one!
Reversible Friendship Cuff | Mabey She Made It



Next up Echos of Laughter shows a Halloween version of those pretzel and chocolate melted treats - -

See these cute birthday crowns over at Kuka and Bubu - love how they tie in the back!


I love this super cute spider shirt from Made to Be A Momma - I'm sure lots of you will add it to your to-do list!

Over at Sugar Beans is this perfect hoop art - I would love to tackle a project like this:


You can see how to make paper boxes over on Small Fine Print:
3D Paper Box

This shadowbox is just calling out fall - love it!  See details at I Love Doing All Things Crafty:

All This For Them made super-fun pillowcases - I should do this!


One Little Momma is organizing her purse with these fun embellished zipper pouches - great idea!


Easily customize these blank bags to organize your purse with items for you and for your kids.



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


The Big Girl Bedroom Reveal from Pinkie for Pink - cute!
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!!)



Silhouette Glass Etch Promotion - and GIVEAWAY!

Get excited - - another Silhouette Promotion rolling your way (and keep reading for a GIVEAWAY!)

Yep, you can get the Glass Etching Starter Kit for only $29.99!
And if you need a machine, you can bundle it with the Cameo for $269.99 or the Portrait for $129.99
To get those deals, just use the code "SUGARBEE" at checkout here: Glass Etch Deal...

September 23, 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 (that's so the blog will load faster - link parties can bog it down)...

DIY Fall Centerpieces

For today's craft post, you'll have to check me out over at Simply Create - I'm contributing over there with a super fun Centerpiece and Topiary idea using Halloween cupcake liners.