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Bee-Lated Again! (And a Free-Bee!)

You may remember that I promised to tell you about the party favors from my daughter's "Bee-lated Birthday". Not only was I late with her birthday party, but I am late with the promised post as well!  With the bee theme that we had for the party, and my new found fascination with making my own bath soap and sugar scrubs, I decided to make little bee-themed soaps as a party favor.  



I have shared with you a couple of times how easy it is to make your own "designer" soaps. For these, I got a bee soap mold, some goat's milk soap base and my new favorite Honey Almond soap scent.  I purchased all of these from Micheal's (don't forget your coupon!), but I am intrigued by some molds that I found on Amazon.  Be sure to shop around and find what makes you happy. 


They are simple to make- melt one pound of the soap base in the microwave according to package directions (30 seconds, stir: 30 seconds, stir, etc. until completely melted).  Add your favorite scent, …
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Anything Goes- Festival Season Begins Soon!

It is finally Spring.  We had snow yesterday and seventy degree weather all through February, but the weather forecasters have assured us that this crazy chill won't last forever. Around here, the return of perpetually warm weather means that Festival Season is upon us.  Whatever interests you, from wine or beer, Cajun food, pirates to Tall Ships from around the world, there is a local festival to help you celebrate it and learn more about it.  

This week's Fantabulous Cricut Challenge is "Anything Goes" and keeping with this theme, my posts are crafts designed to prepare for the Wine Festival. 


Challenge #297-Anything GoesMake a project using anything in the Cricut Library!

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The Wearing O'the Green

Every self-respecting Irishman or Irish wannabe will be wearing green on St. Patrick's Day. Every first grader knows that if you don't you will get pinched,and pinched hard, if I recall correctly.  That means that you have to be prepared for the big day. 



For me, this means that I have to head to my craft room to make my own special "T".  I found this Shamrock on the Cricut Design Room and used their Iron On Transfer paper (in Glitter of course!) to cut out and iron on a glittery green clover.  I confess- I am having too much fun with this iron on transfer paper.  I don't receive any compensation from this company whatsoever, but it is really fun and easy to use. Besides making my own T-shirts, I look forward to making tote bags and pillow covers this summer.  Really, the possibilities are endless.  Remember this T-shirt I made for Valentine's Day? 



If you don't have that special outfit to wear for St. Patrick's Day- it's not too late!  You don'…

Celebrating a Bee-lated Birthday!

My oldest daughter turned 25(!) years old a couple of weeks ago and we were finally able to celebrate this past weekend.  I thought I would share a few pictures.  



When my children (and sometimes their friends) have a milestone birthday, I like to make a special cake that shows off individual characteristics that make them special.  


My daughter wants to be a beekeeper "when she grows up".  This tied in nicely with a belated birthday- hence the "Bee-lated Birthday" theme.


My daughter is a Disney fan and "Beauty and the Beast" is her favorite Disney movie.  Of course, the new version is coming out soon.  She also loves tea, so Mrs. Potts and Chip were perfect for the occasion. 


My daughter has played Pokemon since she was a very young girl.  "Pokemon Go" brought out a new "Festive Pikachu" the week before the party. 


She attends UNCG Grad School and of course, a red rose is appropriate for any woman for any occasion.  It also goes with "…

Super Simple Shamrock Wreath

This year it seems like many stores skipped St. Patrick's Day and moved right into Easter. Since it always makes me happy to see Cadbury Egg Season, this is usually not a problem, but my St. Patrick's Day decor needed some refreshing.  Of course, I had to hit the craft room to create my own.  

Fortunately the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge blog theme this week is 

Challenge #296-St. Patricks DayMake a project about St. Patricks Day, such as Shamrocks or Leprechauns

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I used my Cricut "Paper Doll Dress Up" cartridge to make two sizes of shamrocks out of three shades of green paper.  I a…

Quick and Easy King Cake

Today the weather cooled down enough to bring me inside for a little (very little!) baking for Fat Tuesday.  This is a quick and easy King Cake recipe to help us get a little of that Mardi Gras spirit at home! 


This cake is not as pretty as others, but it is really good.  The darker color is due to cinnamon and brown sugar on the outside- extra goodness!

Begin by gathering 2 cans of refrigerated cinnamon bun dough with icing.  (I used the 12 oz. packages, but I think next year I will use the larger ones), along with brown sugar, butter, cinnamon and of course- sprinkles! A Mardi Gras baby can be placed inside after baking if you wish. 


Brush the inside of a bundt pan with melted butter, then coat with a brown sugar and cinnamon.  After cutting each roll into four pieces (or cubes) place them evenly in the bundt pan. 


Bake and allow to cool for a couple of minutes (not long, you want the icing to melt).  Before frosting, punch a little hole in the cake and place the "baby" in the…

Pre-Spring

I have to apologize.  I know that there are so many events to celebrate these days- Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday, the Oscars, the Daytona 500, and even looking forward to St. Patrick's Day.  I had plans- crafts, desserts and drinks to share (and even work to do!), but I just couldn't stay inside long enough to make them.  When God gives you a string of 70 something degree sunny days in February, you celebrate that instead.  



The flowers are blooming. 




Including the "Forcynthia"!



The leaves on the Hydrangea bushes are starting to pop out. 



My world is awash with sunshine and bright colors this week. 



And top down Jeep weather has come a little early this year.  

So please forgive me if I don't post so much these days. I promise I will get back into the swing of things soon- I have so many fun things to share with you!  In the meantime, I hope that you are enjoying a beautiful pre-spring (whatever the weather may be at your house!). 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

~Cynthia