Young and Crafty Sisters

Friday, February 6, 2015

Brittany’s Fun Friday


Happy Friday!  I am likely on my way to San Antonio to celebrate my best friend Shannon’s birthday for the weekend! 

I usually tell you guys all about products, shows, or random things I have been loving lately.  This Fun Friday is going to be a little different.  I wanted to share a few things that I have tried recently and hated!  Maybe my fails can help you out!




I LOVE dry shampoo.  I also love Batiste.  I accidentally picked up the wrong one, this one has “a hint of color”.  I have dark brown hair so I thought it would be perfect. WRONG!  The first day I used it I had just finished a full face of makeup.  I sprayed the dry shampoo and roughed my hair up with my fingertips per usual.  When I looked back in the mirror I had brown all over my face and my hands were a mess.  I hate this product.


Nail Polish


If you follow the blog regularly you know that I love makeup and have 2 beauty subscription boxes (Birchbox & Ipsy).  I received a glitter nail polish similar to the one shown above.  I thought I would give it a try….bad decision.  The glitter applies chunky and the more you try to distribute it evenly, the more it takes off.  Someone also told me I looked like a 7th grader when wearing it.  And taking it off…even harder.  I would recommend what my friend Bonnie calls a “Party Nail” if you want to do a little glitter.  That means painting your nails a solid color and having an accent nail with a different color or glitter.





I hate the Knot Shop.  Don’t get me wrong, I have used the Knot website to help plan and organize the upcoming wedding.  The Knot Shop is a different story.  I ordered my bridesmaid gifts really early, back in November.  I have still not received one of the packages with more than 15 emails, some of which were ignored, 2 with identical responses and only one helpful response.  The helpful response was about a month ago promising it would be shipped…3 weeks ago.  I won’t order anything else from the website for a few reasons.  I understand I ordered during Black Friday and Christmas seasons, however the email confirmation promised delivery in 5-6 days.  Also, the customer service has been absolutely unacceptable.  Good thing the wedding isn’t until April, I’m still holding out hope to receive the products I had personalized and paid for.  I encourage you to order VERY early if you decide to use this website for personalized wedding gifts.


I hope no one took this post as being negative.  I think we need to be honest to keep others from wasting time and money!


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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Repurposed Wine Bottles


Ever had a project that you start and for some reason it just sits there…for a year?  Well I saved these wine bottles and wrapped one with yarn while I lived in San Antonio.  I was frustrated after one and just set them aside.  I even packed the wine bottles and brought them to my new home in Conroe.  For some reason I was inspired to finish the project last night!  Maybe because Brent and Hannah are both gone and I’m bored or because it’s the first day of February and Valentine’s Day is approaching.  Whatever the reason, it feels good to finally complete this easy project.


Wine Bottles 2


I was inspired by this photo on Pinterest (here) about DIY up-cycling to decorate.  I definitely have empty wine bottle and I gathered a few other things to spell out the word L-O-V-E.

I used white buttons for the ‘L’.  For the ‘O’ I cut a strip of burlap, placed a dot of hot glue and continued to wrap the burlap and glue until I had a full circle.  I added an old earring to the center for a little bling (I always knew keeping loner earrings would come in handy!). The ‘V’ is made from a strand of pearls.  I somehow had 5+ stands of artificial pears, so I didn’t mind parting with one for the sake of a project.  The ‘E’ is just the tan yarn, super easy!


Wine Bottles 1


The first bottle I wrapped was a disaster.  I started from the bottom, I couldn’t get the yard to stick, no wonder I left it sitting for so long.  It was so much easier just tying a knot around the top of the bottle and start wrapping.  I occasionally added Mod Podge just to keep things secure, but I didn’t use it the whole way down.


Wine Bottles


I’m really pleased with the finished product.  It dresses up the mantle, especially after feeling so empty with no fall or Christmas decorations.   You really can be creative and spell out anything you want, just add more or less bottles.  Of course I added white hydrangeas, my favorite flower ever.   Hope this inspires you to finish a project on your to-do list!



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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Chalkboard Window Pane


Window Pane Chalkboard


I’ve mentioned a few times that I have a boyfriend (Chris is his name) and if you follow me on Instagram (hannahyoungandcrafty) then you’ve seen him in a few pictures. Little did I know when I started dating him just how crafty he was. I wish I could take credit for this project but I only helped a little. You know, by providing my expertise Winking smile


What you will need:

Chalkboard spray paint

Window pane

Sand paper

Paint (if you are repainting)

Painters tape


We went antiquing and found this window pane for $10. If you’ve been antiquing lately then you know that this is a super steal! Some window panes are $50+!!


Window pane 1


Originally, we were going to give it a fresh coat of white and then rough it up. But why mess with something that is already white and chippy? The plan was to turn the entire window into a chalkboard.


Window Pane 2


Chris used my hand sander and really roughed up the edges. I love how chippy and worn down it turned out.


Window Pane 3


Along the way, Chris had the bright idea to leave a “border” around the chalkboard. So we taped off around the edges. I say we here because I did help tape!


Window Pane 4


Since we used chalkboard spray paint, we cut up some old Trader Joes bags to cover the frame.


Window Pane Chalkboard 1


Spray several coats of the chalkboard spray paint. We pulled the paper and tape off while it was still a little wet.


Window Pane Chalkboard 2


Let it dry for several days.


Window Pane Chalkboard 3


Next, take some chalk and turn it sideways to “cure” it.


Window Pane Chalkboard 4


Then you can write away!


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Chris attached D ring hooks to each side for hanging.


Window Pane Chalkboard 5


And I think it turned out pretty fabulous. It’s the perfect addition to this one weird wall he has in his kitchen.


Window Pane Chalkboard 8


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Have you worked with chalkboard spray paint before?


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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tomboxes Review


Tomboxes Review


I’m sure by now you have heard of the many, many monthly subscription boxes that are out there. My sister has signed up for about three different ones. When I was contacted by to try out their monthly subscription box, I jumped at the chance. This is my first box to try out and I must say I was mostly pleased!


Here is what came in my box:

Tampax Pearl






Revlon eyeliner

NYC eye shadow palette

NYC sparkle eye dust

NYC lip gloss

Maybelline Lip stain




Well you just can’t go wrong with a box of tampons and Tampax Pearl is a great option. These, of course, always come in handy!


The chocolate was a take it or leave it thing for me. I could have done without. To be honest, the boyfriend ended up eating it! If you are a chocolate lover and it’s that time of the month, the chocolate might be your thing.


The earrings and necklace were not my style whatsoever. They honestly felt sort of cheap to me and I won’t be wearing them.


The make-up was the highlight of this box for me. I loved the lip stain and lip gloss. I’ve used the eyeliner multiple times and will probably purchase it in the future. I like the white side for my lower lash water line. The make-up definitely made this box worth it.


You can sign up for a monthly plan ($16 a month), 6 month plan ($14 a month), or buy a single box ($24). Really this is a great deal. If you add up the individual costs of the products, they equal much more than a monthly subscription. I would definitely try this box out again to see if the jewelry is any different.


Head on over to to sign up. If you sign up, I’d love to see your box and what you got!



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Sunday, January 11, 2015

DIY Framed Cork Board World Map


Cork board world map


This was one of those projects that was a labor of love. It was time consuming and took several trips to Home Depot and Lowes, however, the finished product is exactly what I wanted. So much so that I wanted to keep it for myself!


I made this giant world map for my boyfriend for Christmas. He is a pilot in the Navy and has traveled many places in the world. What better way to document the places he’s been then by putting pins on a cork board world map!


Supplies needed:

1. Roll of cork board

2. Giant printed world map

3. Wood

4. Trim

5. Liquid Nails

6. Paint

7. Paintable caulk

8. D Ring hooks and picture hanging wire.

8. Pins



World Map


I got inspirations from several places. I used THIS consolidated world map from The Sorry Girls. And Sassy Street told me I could blow up my map at Block Posters. You just upload your image and then choose the size. It even shows you what will print on each page and how many pages it will take. Pretty cool


world map 1


Next you get to put your puzzle together. I just taped the edges.


world map 2


I looked everywhere for cork board. Lowes and Home Depot only had shelf liner cork board. I ended up finding this roll at Michaels. You want it thick enough to be able to stick a pin in. With a 40% off coupon I got this roll for around $8. I would suggest rolling your cork board out so that it’s not so curly (I did not do this and wish I had).


World map 4


Next pin your map onto the cork. I used an Xacto knife to cut around the countries/continents. I was precise but not super precise. I think if you have the overall shape of the country/continent then people will get the jest of what it’s supposed to be. For the smaller countries that were unrecognizable (I.e. Singapore, New Guinea) I kept the white paper pinned to them so I would remember what it was. Sometimes the smaller pieces of countries would break off. I was freaking out but it was pretty easy to just glue them back in place.


FYI: Be prepared to have carpel tunnel for a few days.


It took me about 4 episodes of House of Cards to cut out the entire world.


Cork board World map 1


Next I laid out my map on the floor to get a measurement of how big of a board to get cut. I grossly overestimated. I measured 6 ft long and 3 1/2 ft. tall. Needless to say the board was huge and it was a sight to see me cramming it into my SUV. I didn’t get a super thick board because I didn’t want the map to get to heavy.


When I got the board in my living room, I laid out the cork world on the board again to check my measurements. Once I realized that my board was way to big, I measured off the new area and painted it blue. Once that dried, I used a jigsaw to cut off the excess. I may or may not have used the jigsaw in my apartment living room.


cork board world map 2


I used liquid nails to secure my cork map to the board. You can see how curled up Africa is. That was after I had something heavy sitting on it over night! I sat something heavy on every piece of cork to ensure that it was glued down really well. For the smaller countries (not pictured), I simply hot glued them.


Cork board world map 4


Next it’s time to cut the trim. I used a miter box and saw for this part. It’s not hard but having an electric miter saw would have been about a thousand times faster.


Cork board world map 5


I used liquid nails to secure the trim to the board.


cork board world map 6


I found every heavy thing I could in the house to lay on the trim to help hold it to the board.


cork board world map 7


You will end up having gaps between your trim. It’s ok, that’s what paintable caulk is for. It’s a miracle worker! Just fill in the corners and the gap disappears.


cork board world map 8


I used D-ring hooks and picture hanging wire so that it would be easy to hang it on the wall.


cork board world map 9


Just measure down from the top and in from the sides so that they are in the same place. Connect your wire from both hooks.


cork board world map 12


I decided to make flag pins with the name of the country he’s been too. I tried to remember a few places that he’s told me he’s been/lived. The US is much more full now!


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I just printed off the name on cardstock. The name is on both sides of the flag and I just folded it over, hot glued it,  and cut a little triangle on the end.


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This was not the easiest project I’ve ever done. Not even close….


cork board world map 11


But the finished product is by far one of my most favorite things I’ve ever created.


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Cork board world map 13


Happy traveling!


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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Side Table Redo


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This little old, beat up side table captured my attention right away at an estate sale that Britt and I went to. Funny, it was actually called a “hoard” sale. There were probably over 500 creepy dolls. It was interesting to say the least.


Side table redo 6


I knew this table could be made new again. And at $10 I was sold.


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This is what sold me. I absolutely loved that it had drop down leafs on both sides.


side table redo 8


Honestly, I was so excited about the table that I didn’t really check out the feet. Once I got it in the car, I noticed that they were completely rotten. It ended up being an easy fix. I used my jigsaw and just cut them off. You would never even be the wiser that there used to be feet on there!


side table redo 9


I gave her a light sanding and then brought her inside to paint.


side table redo 2


After three coats of white paint and a light sanding of all the edges, she was all finished!


side table redo 3


Can you see the crack on the leaf support? Unfortunately before I ever started painting it slammed against the side and broke smooth off. To repair it I used some wood glue and tightened a belt around it to hold it in place. It seems to be holding up just fine but I’m a little nervous about putting anything on it in fear that it will collapse!


Side Table redo 1


It makes the perfect little “entry” table.


Side table Redo


It’s the perfect table to set my purse. I also like that it adds a place for someone to put their drink on that side of the couch. I also use this table to  eat on while sitting on the couch or if I have company. She’s not perfect, but I think it’s the perfect addition to my apartment!



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Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time