Young and Crafty Sisters

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Burlap and Button Monogrammed Letter


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So my mom is working on creating a gallery wall. We were out shopping at Hobby Lobby and found this huge G (first letter of their last name) on sale for $6. It was a total steal but it didn’t look anything like she wanted.


As we were browsing around the store we got the inspiration to remake this letter. There was a burlap covered monogram letter that was outlined with nail head trim. We searched everywhere for nail head trim and couldn’t find what we were looking for. Then mom had the great idea to use her grandmother’s buttons for the border.


A project was born.


Burlap and Button Monogrammed Letter


I really did love the design that was on the G but it just didn’t go with her d├ęcor. Check out that old drawer full of old buttons.


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Trace the outline of your letter onto the burlap then cut it out.


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I didn’t intend on painting the letter but the design on the G showed right though. I found a peach tan color to cover up the design.


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Next, coat your letter with mod podge.


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Once I got the burlap on the letter, I put a coat of mod podge around the edges.


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Then I got to look through my great-grandmother’s old buttons. I picked out ones of different sizes and shapes in white and cream colors. I just eye balled the spacing and then hot glued them on.


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I think it turned out great and it’s even more special that the old buttons are now visible and not in a drawer!


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Are there any unique ways that you have used old buttons?



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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. is the perfect place to rent your textbooks for the semester.


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.
Say you do have some textbooks that you already bought. There is a new website called 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. 




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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