Maker Monday: Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts

5 Months ago by

Every few weeks we are going to spotlight one of our Michaels Makers bloggers and today marks the inaugural Maker Monday post – an inside look into what really gets these bloggers crafting.

MandyMandy Beyeler

You may know her as Sugar Bee Crafts – loves to blog and enjoys all things crafty, sewing and DIY. She feels that if she can do something, you can too, and provides tutorials to help you along the way. She loves being a mom to four awesome kiddos and blogs from the Kansas City area. To get an inside look into her world, read below!

1.     When did you start crafting?

Crafting is such a part of who I am, I’m not sure there was ever a start!  It’s just always been something I’ve loved to do, even as a kiddo.  The process of creating is just so fun and fulfilling, I can’t imagine ever not crafting.

2.     Describe your ideal environment to create a craft project. 

Craft Room

I have a craft room which is great, but like anyone, I dream of bigger and better.  I would love a room with lots of windows and natural light, tons of storage space and tons of work space.  It would be clean and ready for creating (that’s how I know it’s a dream – my craft space is always in disarray!)

3.     What is your favorite type of craft?

This is tough – like asking to pick a favorite child!  I don’t know if I can narrow down a favorite craft, but I love things that are simple.  It is really gratifying to be able to create a project in one sitting, without getting frustrated with the process.  I love crafts, sewing, and DIY projects – just love them all!

4.     What craft tool can you not live without?

Glue GunSuper tough question – I try to put myself on a deserted island with only one tool, and I think the most versatile would be a hot glue gun.  It can be used in so many crafts and even can substitute for sewing if needed.

5.     What inspires your blog posts?

Simple projects – it’s what readers can replicate and enjoy, and so I love sharing those.  I love being inspired by bright fun colors and current trends and pulling those into crafts and DIY.

6.     What project have you always dreamed of doing, but haven’t tackled yet?

Ha!  I have a “to-do” Pinterest board full of projects I want to get to, “someday” – - I tend to put off the projects that are a little more involved and time consuming, but I really love when I tackle them and have a great sense of accomplishment.  Room redecorating is probably what I currently want to tackle the most.

7.     What project are you most proud of?

Giant Picture

I really, really love my giant picture – it’s super thrifty and anyone can make their own version.  I love the impact that it has and that it showcases my family.  It always gets compliments and I love that as well.

8.     What project was your biggest craft fail?

Craft FailWhen things start failing, I give up or change course pretty quickly!  Recently I was trying to make a pendant necklace out of sprinkles, but the sprinkles were dissolving in the solution – - for sure a fail!  But I was able to start over with different supplies and made it work – phew!

9.     Describe your craft style.

Bright ColorsMy craft style is bright and bold and simple.  I love bright colors and bold patterns and anything that is just FUN in style and function.

10.  What is your favorite craft trend right now?

Personalization is everywhere, and I love that – monogram projects, photo projects – anything that gives my project a personal touch.

11.  Who is your favorite person to craft with?

Sugar Bee Kiddos

I have different people I love to craft with for different reasons. Crafting with my kids makes me feel like a supermom – we get to have a fun activity to do together and I’m able to encourage their creativity and watch them explore their ideas.  I even craft with my husband (more like rope him into helping!) and that’s a fun way to spend an evening.  And then of course it’s super fun to get together as a group of friends and craft – that’s one of my favorite things to do!

 

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  • http://www.brusheswtihaview.com Brusheswithaview

    Your craft room is perfect ! Thank you for sharing Michael’s

  • http://naturegoods.etsy.com Athena Anderson

    I love that yarn-covered letter “A!” I’m going to add that to my “ideas” book to see if I can think of a way to incorporate something like that into my Etsy shop. Everything in my shop is nature-themed, so it has to fit. Ooh! Yarn-covered flowers for wall decorations! Hey, thanks for sharing!