Wednesday, March 7, 2012

{Think Outside the Blog} Sugar Bee Crafts

Hello! This is Ashley's friend Rachel, from Family Ever After. We all love and adore Ashley. While she is taking some time off, I've organized a series involving some of her favorite bloggers. Over the next couple weeks, you can check in with some of the internet's most adored bloggers, and find out what makes them think outside the blog. We love you Ashley, and look forward to your return!

Today's guest is Mandi of Sugar Bee Crafts!!!
Sugar Bee Crafts: sewing, recipes, crafts, photo tips, and more!
Hi Everyone!!  What a great idea for a series - to "Think Outside The Blog" - is that possible!?!?

I am Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts.  I have 4 kiddos and love to craft and blog (obviously!) - - I feel like if I can do something, then you can too!!

So, it seems like an easy question, "what inspires you" but it's kind of tough!  I think I'll break it down:

--Usefulness/Problems/Practicality - - I wasn't sure how to label this, but it's when you are inspired by something you need.  Like how our laundry system just isn't working, so it inspires me to come up with something useful to fix the problem.  I think I need to get each kid their own basket area....  Or how I wanted certain features out of a purse so I made one just how I wanted to fill all my wants/needs.

--My kiddos - - When I see my kids, I'm always thinking of things to make for them that they'd like or enjoy.  It so fun to see them light up when presented with something I made for them.  For example, my girls love rainbows, so I whipped up a rainbow headband - inspired by them.

--You/Others/Pinterest - - I love blogs and pinterest and all the ideas that you and others come up with.  It's so inspiring to see what other people have accomplished and think "I can do that too!"  I enjoy seeing projects and thinking how I can tweak them for my taste or need.

So with my blog, I hope to inspire others - inspire you.  To let you know - if I can do something, you can too!  Really!!  With that in mind I have lots of tutorials to walk you step by step through projects - tell you the things that went right and wrong for me, etc.  I love sharing my creativity for the purpose of inspiring creativity in you.  So pop on over to my blog and get inspired!!

Here's some of my all-time popular posts - I love them all for different reasons.  Just click on the title to take you to the tutorial:

#6 - Plywood Rug - so much cuter than the boring plastic ones, but still let's your chair roll perfectly:

#5 - Glass Tile Pendants - so easy and cheap to make yourself - possibilities are endless:

#4 - Monogram Mirror - love the personalized touch:

#3 - Rag Rug Tutorial - details on how to make a rug out of old sheets - even with a video how-to:

#2 - Knotted Headband with Tshirt Yarn - so popular because it's so easy and comfy:

and drumroll............

#1 - Giant Picture for Cheap - anyone can do this and it makes such a statement:

Thanks for letting me post!!  Come check out lots more great projects over at!  See ya there!

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xoxo, Ashley