Young and Crafty Sisters

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Venice, Italy

 

We caught an early flight from Munich to Venice. It was only about an hour long and saved us a 4 hour train ride.

 

Ahh, Venice! One of the most popular cities in Italy. For that reason alone, I think we both were expecting a lot. We had both read that Venice “roads” are really difficult to navigate and that you should just get lost. So we did do that, we got lost. A lot. The only problem with getting lost is that you eventually want to “get found” again. That proved to be difficult!

 

Our map had tons of roads but half of them were missing names. These roads were more like alleys and if you found yourself in an alley like this in the states you would be scared our of your mind. It was just different here. Of course we were always aware of our purses but we were never worried.

 

Ok, enough chit-chat. Here are some pictures!

 

 

The famous St. Marks Square.

 

 

St. Marks Church and Campanile (the bell tower).

 

 

Just a glimpse of the inside of St. Marks Church.

 

 

So it is unacceptable to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts inside of St. Marks. We had to purchase these “scarves” to wrap up in. Needless to say, we felt pretty hoochie!

 

 

The view of Venice from the top of the Campanile. I never realized it was so big!

 

 

The Grand Canal.

 

 

The famous Rialto bridge!

 

 

One of the many waterways of Venice.

 

 

We got all dressed up for dinner one night! Funny story, the waiter knew we were trying to get his attention so he came over and said, “If you need me, all you need to do is smile and I will come” and then he proceeded to brush a piece of Brittany’s hair out of her face! Not acceptable in the US but totally OK in Italy!

 

 

This was our food an wine from our fancy dinner. So delicious!

 

 

We took a Vaporetti (water taxi) night tour of Venice. It was beautiful all lit up at night.

 

We spent one day in Venice. Trust me, that was plenty long enough for us. We got frustrated with the navigation part of this city. Don’t get me wrong, we loved it, but it definitely wasn’t either one of our favorite cities in Italy.

 

Next stop, Florence!

 

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back to School is Coming


Well, it’s almost that time again. School will be starting soon. I know many of you are in college and will be headed to the bookstore to purchase textbooks. You will probably give an arm and a leg for just one single textbook. Another option this year instead of buying is to rent them. Campusbookrentals.com is the perfect place to rent your textbooks for the semester.

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So what exactly are the perks of renting??

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-we donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
 
Did you see that last perk? They donate a portion of your rental fee to Operation Smile. I just love that they give back to such a wonderful organization. This organization helps fund surgeries for children who have cleft palates. It gives them a smile that they can be proud of for a lifetime.
 
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Say you do have some textbooks that you already bought. There is a new website called Rentback.com. RentBack is a new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options at the end of the semester.
 
Want more info on how renting books works? Be sure to watch this brief clip.
 


If you are headed back to school, I hope you have a great semester!!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Salzburg, Austria

 

While we were staying with my friend in Germany, we took a day trip to Salzburg, Austria. I have to say that Salzburg is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It is a beautiful old town nestled among the mountains with a gigantic fortress on a peak. Picturesque is an understatement.

 

 

The train ride was about an hour and that in itself was beautiful! Here are all four of us headed to Salzburg.

 

 

A beautiful courtyard with the fortress in the background.

 

 

We walked along this outdoor craft market on our way to the quaint little town and the fortress.

 

 

This is where Mozart was born!

 

 

Salzburg from the fortress. Breathtaking!

 

 

 

 

 

We saw many a beautiful church. They were literally everywhere!

 

 

Austria is known for their desserts. We ordered 4 and shared! They are so different from American sweets because they aren’t really sweet.

 

Our next stop on the trip is Venice, Italy!! We were both looking forward to Italy the most and it did not disappoint.

 

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Brittany’s Fun Friday

 

 

Fun Friday

 

TGIF!!  I am even more thankful for this Friday because my best friend from San Antonio is coming to visit for the weekend.  You have seen her on the blog a few times when I made her the burlap canvas for her birthday (here) and my favorite cameo necklace (here) from her mom. 

 

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We have two estate sales picked out.  The last estate sale we went to together I picked up a table for $15 and turned it into a beautiful craft table (here).  The picture below is us trying to fit the huge table into my small car Smile.  Needless to say we removed two of the legs and made it happen.

 

Estate Sale

 

We also have some serious wine drinking to catch up on and late night chit-chats!!  We got some great recommendations on happy hour spots and restaurants in Houston!  We are also looking forward to brunch on Sunday morning and maybe even dinner on Saturday night with my other best friend Caitlin.

 

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So cheers to Friday and good friends.  I am going to enjoy this weekend and soak up the time we have together now that we live 4 hours apart.

AND…hopefully I will find a treasure at the estate sales and do something crafty for you guys!

 

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Burlap Door Hanger


Burlap Door Hanger

I made this door hanger several months ago and I’m just now getting around to writing the post! My parent’s door didn’t have anything on it and I thought this would be the perfect addition to get them through spring and summer.

This is one of those really easy projects. Al you need is burlap, paint, hot glue, wire, and shopping bags. I used a Cricut for the letters but you could always print them off of the computer and cut them out with an xacto knife.

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I just free handed the shape I wanted on the fold of the burlap. You will need TWO pieces because we will stuff it to give it dimension. Get as creative as you want with the design! I tried to and, well, let’s just say it did not turn out well.

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I decided to go with sunny yellow for my paint color. I free handed this also, leaving about an inch for a border.

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Next print out your letters and place them how you like. I didn’t do mine straight but tilted each letter a different way.

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I used a very stiff brush to paint on the black. It helped the paint cover well and not bleed.

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Next, take your back piece and hot glue it to your front piece. Leave about a 6 inch opening on the top to add your hanger and stuff it.

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Now stuff the middle with shopping bags.

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Now add your wire. Just hot glue it in and then hot glue the opening closed.

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And she’s all finished! It’s so nice to have something on the door that is a little less traditional than a wreath.

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I also am really liking that it has some dimension! This little door hanger has been the perfect addition for spring and summer.

Thanks for reading!

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Munich, Germany

 

We took a flight from Paris to Munich for several reasons. It was much quicker than a night train (1.5 hours vs. 8 hours) and it was cheaper. Another reason was that I have a friend who just moved there a few weeks prior and we were incredibly lucky to stay with her and her fiancé's family. They were able to pick us up from the airport around 7:30 or 8 pm.

 

 

This is my friend Anna and the cute German church she is getting married in!

 

 

The night we got there, they decided to take us to a Biergarten. I loved that we were able to do something that Germans traditionally do for dinner!

 

 

You basically bring your own picnic and then purchase beer and pretzels. Anna’s soon to be mother in law, Gisela, put together an amazing spread of cheese, bread, and meat.

 

 

Of course you can’t go to Germany and not get a huge beer!

 

 

The next day we visited Dachau concentration camp. This was a very sad part of the trip but it is definitely part of Germany’s culture so we both wanted to see it.

 

 

At one time, all of these pads were barracks. Barracks that housed prisoners. There were rows upon rows of them.

 

 

Next we went to Nymphenburg Castle/Palace.

 

 

Nymphenburg had beautiful gardens.

 

 

Next we headed to see Munich’s city center. This is considered the gateway to Munich.

 

 

You are supposed to rub the pigs nose for good luck!

 

 

The is the mayors house, although he doesn’t live here anymore. The architecture for this building was absolutely incredible. It was so gothic.

 

 

That night we got to have dinner at the oldest restaurant in Munich. It was over 800 years old and has always been a working restaurant!

 

 

When it’s nice out, everyone eats outside. There wasn’t anyone actually inside the restaurant. The food was so good too.

 

It was unusually hot while we were in Germany. Now, we are both from Texas and are used to hot and humid but there is one big difference. Germans don’t have air conditioners! Something else they don’t have… ice. Drinks are room temperature. I don’t know if it’s wanting it because you can’t have it or what, but I wanted an ice cold drink something awful!

 

We have never in our life stayed with a family that was as hospitable as this family. We never wanted for anything. It was so much fun learning how different things are done in Germany and how Gisela and Klous grew up as kids. They made our stay in Germany extra special.

 

Next stop, Salzburg, Austria.

 

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