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

December 30, 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)...

Operation Smile (and textbooks)

Today I am doing a quick post about Operation Smile.  It's an organization that I feel pretty strongly about, seeing as I was born with a bilateral cleft lip and cleft palate (you can read info from wikipedia HERE).  This is a sponsored post, but all opinions are my own.

Me in my baby cuteness (I still have this dress - it's on my homemade cabbage patch doll - I know there surely has got to be some of you out there that have homemade cabbage patch dolls wearing your own baby clothes)
My grandma holding me - I had arm braces so that I wouldn't touch my lip after various surgeries:

I don't have any pictures of me before surgery - they operated right away, maybe a day old?  I have had over a dozen operations as they tweak my lip and raise my nose.  Maybe one a year til I was 12, and then one more when I was 15ish.  That was one interesting - my plastic surgeon wanted my upper lip to be fuller, so he used part of my bottom lip - but for the graft to work, it had to be connected for a couple of weeks.  So it meant that my mouth was sewed shut except for the corners.  I lived on strawberry milkshakes (from Sonic - so much more real tasting than McDs!) and heated up V8 so that it mimicked vegetable soup - anything that would go through a straw.  Crazy, right?!?

So, a few recent pictures - you can see my scars, but if I were more of a makeup wearer, I think they'd be even less visible:

I can say that growing up, I knew I was like any other kid.  I am grateful for the reconstructive surgery I was able to receive as a infant/toddler/child that gave me that opportunity.  I can’t imagine not being able to meet that need for a child. Especially now as a parent, not being able to help your own child would be devastating.  I probably should have had my mom write this post.  Anyways.....

have you heard of Operation Smile??  straight from their website :

Operation Smile is an international children's medical charity that heals children's smiles, forever changing their lives.

 We're a mobilized force of medical professionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effective reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.

Every three minutes a child is born with a cleft — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. In some places these children are shunned and rejected. And in too many cases, their parents can't afford to give them the surgeries they need to live a normal life.

That's where we come in as an international charity providing much needed surgical services. Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicated medical volunteers — has provided more than 2 million patient evaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children and young adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world and with a presence in over 60 countries, we are able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.

now, I want to talk for a minute about CampusBookRentals - - what does that have to do with Operation Smile?  well, CampusBookRentals donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented.  And they have a new program, RentBack at  
--- RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is great because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options (selling their books back at the end of the semester) ---
As you or those you know prepare for upcoming semesters, plan to use CampusBookRentals and RentBack!

Best of Sugar Bee Crafts

If you haven't been reading my blog since 2009 (although I know there are some of you die-hards still out there - you're extra awesome!) you might have missed some of the super-cool posts from back then - so I thought I'd do a look back for your browsing pleasure:

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December 28, 2013

Best of All Time

Now that I showed you the top posts written in 2013, I bet you're wondering what the top posts of all time are here on Sugar Bee Crafts - - well, look no further - here is the awesomeness:

Just click on the title of each image below to take you to that post and enjoy the details and tutorial - -

1. Giant Picture Tutorial

knotted headband from tshirt yarn - a how-to tutorial

4.  Glass Tile Pendants

5. Side Gathered Shirt

7. Nightstands - from a desk

silly sludge

11. Craft Room Chair

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December 27, 2013

Sugar Bee Crafts - Best of 2013

There were TONS of awesome projects posted this year - I pulled some stats, and here are some of the top ones that you all seemed to really love...

Working our way up to number 1.... (so keep on reading down to see which was the most viewed post out of all the new posts in 2013) - - just click on the title of each image to take to that post and all the details of the tutorial.

15. Animal Silhouettes - free printable!

family photo title

Adult Lace Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

December 26, 2013

Sugar Bee Crafts - Best of Instagram

I used Statigram to pull a quick video summary of the top 5 Instagram posts from this year....

I've probably mentioned this a gazillion times, but Instagram is my all-time favorite social media.  I feel like I can really get a glimpse into real life of all those I follow.  It's like awesome blogs but in mini snippets - - very visual and appealing and I just love it.

I'd love if you follow me there (@SugarBeeCrafts), and even if you don't have an Instagram account, you can still check out my feed here: Sugar Bee Crafts on Instagram.  On my feed I post everyday things, sneak peeks into my real-time crafting, and highlights of what's on the blog that day.  You don't want to miss the fun!

if you do a "best of instagram" video post on your instagram feed, let me know your handle (that's tech lingo for your name on instagram) so I can check it out!!  I love seeing this sort of thing!

Silhouette Promotion - right now!

Did you get a Silhouette cutting machine for Christmas??  if so, wahoo (and grab a vinyl kit)!  If not, and you want to just grab one for yourself, I've got a deal starting today for you - - -

Here are the deals that are running:
1)      Silhouette CAMEO® and 1 vinyl starter kit for $269.99
2)      Silhouette Portrait™ and 1 vinyl starter kit for $129.99
3)      Vinyl starter kits for 25% off
4)      25% off vinyl/transfer paper

Just head to Silhouette at the Deal Landing Page and use code "sugarbee" - - enjoy!!

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