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Pony Bead Lizards

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Glitter Felt Hairbows

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November 28, 2013

Deals!! Silhouette, $5 Jewelry, Pick Your Plum, and More!

I'm HUGE into bargain shopping - and I like to share that with you - - today I have a couple of things to focus on  - the AMAZING deal for Silhouette and the super-awesome $5 jewelry I sell, and washi tape for $1 (yes!) on Pick Your Plum - read on down:
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Silhouette Black Friday Promotion - - this is the best deal I've ever seen from Silhouette!! To get the deal use the code "SUGARBEE" (affiliate code)

Three different deals!
--Buy a Cameo, get a Portrait FREE  - what what?!  go in on this with a friend - so awesome!
--Cameo Bundle - all the stuff, plus some awesome tools, only $229.99
--Silhouette Bundle -- this is over 50% off of the retail price of the bundle!
Jump on any of these deals - they're all amazing.  

If you already have a machine (or want extra goodies)
--Stock up!  it's 40% off products - I like to grab a new cutting mat, blades, and then fun extras like fabric kits or sketch pens.

On top of all that, it's FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25.  Um yeah.  On it!

To Shop:
Head here to order - www.silhouetteamerica.com/black, and use that code "SUGARBEE" at check out. So excited about this!
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I know you've heard it a million times, but it's awesome to support small business.  Everyone who works a small business is working towards goals - paying extra-curricular activities, saving for a new vehicle, planning a vacation, taking care of bills each month.  I love when I'm able to buy things from a small business and support them in their efforts.

My small business is Paparazzi Accessories.  I've been doing it for a little over two years, and it's amazing.  You can read my story over on my Paparazzi Blog, Sugar Bee Bling.
My consultant number is #1768


If you would like to shop my inventory:
--I am having an Online Paparazzi Party on Dec 3rd - you can join that HERE.  I will post things and then when you want something you just comment "sold" on the image - it's super super fun!  Go ahead and join the party so you can get updates or any info I may need to send out.
--I am creating a new Group Board on Facebook called Sugar Bee Bling Shopping (buy Paparazzi Accessories) and I'd love for you to join the group.  I will add pictures of my inventory and you can shop at your leisure and convenience instead of waiting for an online party.

The Gift of Income:
I've had a few people talk to me about buying a starter kit for someone as a gift.  I think that would be an AMAZING gift that would keep on giving.  Giving someone something that they can use to make themselves real money each month - so so smart.  Please let me know if you'd like to purchase a starter kit for someone and I can send you details (mandybeez@gmail.com) - I am offering an incentive (worth $50) to anyone who buys a kit during this last week in November.

Join My Team:
Are you looking for a way to bring extra income in to your family?  There is big earning potential with Paparazzi - you make 45% of what you sell.  I had an incredible online party and PROFITED more than $750, from that one party.  Profit.  Please let me know if you'd like more info about becoming a consultant (mandybeez@gmail.com) - I am offering an incentive (worth $50) to anyone who buys a kit during this last week in November.


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Pick Your Plum - this is hands-down my favorite deal site - I order from them all. the. time.
--7 am - - Grab Boxes - these are loaded with past deals and they sell out every time I've seen them offered. Worth getting, for sure!
--7pm - - Amazing Deals start - like Washi Tape at $1 a roll (that is for real!) and hidden deal items and tons of awesomeness.
--PLUS - FREE SHIPPING on orders over $25 (US only - lower 48 states)
So be sure to head over there: Pick Your Plum Deals

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Sugar Bee Shops - - if you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I've done a Sugar Bee Shops feature the past several years.  After much consideration, I decided not to do it this year.  Even so, I want to encourage you to shop at small businesses - your friend who sells bags, or the neighbor who sells makeup, or the family member who has craft booths - they would love your business.  When shopping online, try Etsy instead of Amazon.  Purchases made at small businesses can have a huge impact.
Happy Shopping!!


November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday tomorrow reflecting on all the things we're grateful for - my list is never-ending, but it includes my family, faith, and all of you awesome blog readers - thank you for reading!
I love the spirit of gratitude Thanksgiving brings.  I have much to be grateful for.  Have a great day reflecting on your blessings!
If you have a few minutes, this is great to watch - -


Enjoy spending time with family and friends and reflecting on gratitude.  Then when you're ready, I'll have a couple of fun shopping opportunities tomorrow that you can check in on.  See ya then!


LEGO Advent Calendar

We're big into LEGOS at our house.  Big.  Remember, Trevor used to buy and sell them on Ebay and used that to fund the purchase of  "the lego car"

Anyways, LEGO has an advent calendar.  And it's awesome.  And pricey.  So last year my son decided to make his own - love that!  I ran out of time to blog about it last year, so I'm giving it a shout-out this year - in case you have some kids that want to attempt putting this together at your house:
First you construct the little capsule areas.  Then tape a numbered lid to the top - inside each capsule are the pieces to build a mini-figure.  The idea is that you open up a capsule each day and build a mini-figure.  So far we're slowly building our family - since there are only 6 of us, I can't wait to see what comes on day 7.  And he's got a little work to do, seeing as it currently ends on day 12...

Apple Crumb Pie Cupcakes - Haley's Daily Blog

Who wants to try something new for dessert this holiday season?
Not so new you won't recognize it, but just a little remix.
I hope you join me and try my favorite Apple Crumb Pie Cupcakes.


Hi, I am Haley and I am beyond excited to be here at Sugar Bee Crafts! If you check out my new blog, Haley's Daily Blog you are likely to find lots of yummy recipes and maybe a simple craft now and then!

Okay, now let's get to baking. This cupcake basically has four parts. The cake, the frosting, the pie crust crisps and the streusel crumbs. It sounds time consuming, but you can make the frosting and the toppings during the time the cupcakes are in the oven.

Apple Spice Cake
1 stick butter- soft
3/4 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
(or, omit cinnamon and nutmeg & use 1 1/2 tsp. apple pie spice)
2 cups flour
2 1/2 cups finely chopped or grated granny smith apple (I used 4 apples and my food processer)
*In a mixer, or large bowl, mix butter, oil, both sugars, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Mix in soda, powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg until fully incorporated. Mix in flour until smooth. Last, add apples. Quickly stir until evenly combined. Fill cupcake wrappers about 2/3 full (an ice cream scoop is the perfect size to fill a cupcake). Bake at 350 for about 18 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Let cool completely before frosting.


Slightly Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
1 stick butter- soft
1/2 block cream cheese- soft
1/2 cup caramel sauce
1 tsp. vanilla
about 6 cups powdered sugar
a splash of milk
*In a mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese, caramel and vanilla until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar until fully incorporated. Add milk a tablespoon at a time until you have a smooth creamy texture that forms soft peaks. Scoop frosting into an icing bag or the corner of a gallon bag. Twist and close the end with a twist tie and snip about an inch of the tip.


Streusel Crumbs
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cold butter
* Mix flour, sugar and butter until it starts to resemble dry crumbs. It will look dry, while also holding its shape. Drop crumb mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, stirring mixture half way to prevent burning. Crumbs should be golden brown and slightly crunchy. Let cool and set aside.


Pie Crust Crisps
1 pie crust rolled thin (I used store bought)
cooking spray
cinnamon and sugar mixture
* Slice pie crust into thin strips about an inch long. Line up on parchment lined baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350 for about 10 minutes, until crispy golden brown. Let cool and set aside.


Assembly:
 To decorate, make an assembly line. On a large surface, set out cooled cupcakes (and an extra wrapper for each cupcake if you want to get fancy), frosting bag, toppings, and your serving platter or cupcake box.
Place each cupcake into the extra wrappers. Frost each cupcake by making a swirl, starting on the outside and working your way to the middle. Top each cupcake with some streusel crumbs and a pie crust crisp. Repeat with all of your cupcakes, until you are finished.


Now that is a plate of pie! Okay, so it's not actually pie...but I seriously can't think of anything much better than a cupcake that tastes like my favorite pie. I hope you will try this fun holiday recipe!

Thanks so much for having me and I hope you will come check me out...and maybe even try some of my other favorite recipes like my Rotisserie Chicken Tortilla Soup and Honey Almond Shrimp!
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25 Days of Christmas Books - Late Night Crafts and Creations

Looking for an easy and meaningful family tradition this Christmas?  Start the 25 Days of Christmas Books and enjoy time with your family during the busy holiday season.



Hey y'all! I'm Michelle and I'm so excited to be guest posting at Sugar Bee Crafts today!  I blog over at Late Night Crafts & Creations where I like to stay up too late crafting!  Hope you can stop by sometime! 


I started this tradition three years ago after my daughter was born.  I did it for two reasons: 1) As my husband and I were starting our family, I wanted us to start our own traditions as well.  2) In the midst of the craziness of the holidays, I wanted to ensure that we had something that would bring us together as a family each and every night.

Plus, I liked that the books would give us a countdown to Christmas (like an Advent calendar), without my kids receiving candy or small trinkets. So, we decided to start the 25 Days of Christmas Books.  



Starting this tradition is really easy to do:  just find 25 Christmas/holiday books, wrap them up and open/read one each day from December 1st to December 25th. Easy right? :)


Finding 25 books might require a little bit of work, assuming you don't just want to buy 25 brand new books at your local bookstore or on Amazon. I picked ours up over the past four years at garage sales, local thrift shops, and from various retail stores. I try to pick up at least one new one each year. Several of them were given to our kiddos as Christmas presents as well. You could also ask your friends and and family if they have some gently-loved books that their children have outgrown. 

Some of our favorites include:


 The Classics

The Childhood Favorites
(so fun to read one of my old books to my kiddos!)


The Reason for the Season
(and another of my childhood favorites)

 Interactive Books
(these Jingle and Bell books are my daughter's FAVORITE! I was so happy to see they put out two new books this year because we read the others at least once a week, year round!)

 Modern Favorites

Books For Every Age

And our two new books for 2013...

If you have more than 25 books, as we do, you could begin on Thanksgiving evening and read a book every night until Christmas.

So just wrap up the books and throw them in a cute basket underneath the tree.  






Most of the time, the hubby, kiddos and I will sit down after the kids have gotten ready for bed and will enjoy a book over a bedtime snack.  Both of our children love to read, as do we, so it's such an effortless yet meaningful part of our night-time routine! 


So there ya go!  Hopefully this will inspire you to start your own holiday tradition for 2013! 

And hope to see you over at Late Night Crafts & Creations sometime - I'd love to have you! :) Stop in and check out how I will display my Christmas cards this holiday season...



or my DIY Rag Quilt tutorial in case you need a great gift idea this Christmas! 


Thanks again to Mandy at Sugar Bee Crafts for the opportunity to guest post!  Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season!

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

DIY Menorah - The Crafeteria

No Hanukkah is perfect without a proper Menorah, and what's better than a Menorah you (or your kids!) made yourself? And you don't even have to celebrate Hanukkah to enjoy this great craft!

DIY Menorah Tutorial

Hi Sugar Bee Crafts readers! I'm Tal and I'm so excited to be here with you and take part in this awsome series! I blog over at The Crafeteria, where I post all kinds of crafty tutorials, DIY projects, activities for kids, recipes, blogging tips and more.



So do you want to know how to make this super easy Hanukkah menorah?
Here's what you'll need:
DIY Menorah Tutorial

- Piece of scrap wood for the base
- 10 pebbles or stones
- 9 candle holders
- Sharpies
- Paint or glitters if you want to decorate the wood
- Hot glue gun

I couldn't decide if I wanted a simple menorah or a colorful one, so I just made two... Let's begin with the simple one.

Use the hot glue gun to glue the pebbles or stones onto the piece of scrap wood.
DIY Menorah Tutorial


Remember that the Shamash (the middle one) is traditionally higher than the other 8 lights, so just glue 2 stones one on top of the other for it.

DIY Menorah Tutorial

Now glue the candle holders onto the stones and you're done!

DIY Menorah Tutorial

It was easy, right?

Now, let's say that you're just like me and you also want a colorful one... Easy! We can use Sharpies so paint the stones before we glue them to the wood, and you can also paint the wood if you want! I was in a shiny mood, so I used glitter...

Apply white glue -

DIY Menorah Tutorial

Then glitters...

DIY Menorah Tutorial

And if you don't want your whole house to become a glittery fairy-kingdom-like, you'd better apply mod podge on top.

DIY Menorah Tutorial

Now go ahead and paint your stones. Go wild!

DIY Menorah Tutorial

Now just glue the candle holders, and then glue the stones onto the wood, like we did with the simple Menorah.

DIY Menorah Tutorial

Make sure to get some extra wood scraps, stones and candle holders, because your kids would love to join the party (it's a great Hanukkah activity for kids!)...

DIY Menorah Tutorial

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial! On my blog you can find lots of other tutorials like my fabric covered binder tutorial and the diaper cake tutorial.

Fabric Covered Binder and Diaper Cake
Enjoy the rest of this great Guest Posting Extravaganza series, and thank you, Mandy, for having me today!

♥ Tal