Young and Crafty Sisters

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Paris, France

 

I’ve really been struggling with how in the world to even begin telling you about our trip to Europe. Saying it was amazing seems a little cliché. But it was simply amazing. I’m going to start sharing bits of our trip and most of the posts will include some of our favorite pictures. Since we basically hopped from city to city, I’m going to break each post down by city. At the end of all the posts I’m going to do a top (fill in the number) tips that we learned!

 

(In Houston before our flight)

 

So we started off by leaving from Houston on a Wednesday at 8 pm. The flight was a LONG 13 hours. We had a layover in Istanbul, Turkey that was about 3 hours before our flight headed to Paris. We landed in Paris around 10 pm on Thursday. I don’t think we went to sleep until about 1 or 2 pm because of jet lag but mostly tons of excitement!

 

 

We started off the morning at Notre Dame. It was beautiful inside and out.

 

 

We climbed up the cajillion stairs to see the gargoyles and got a pretty view of Paris.

 

 

We stopped into Musee d’Orsay and got to see a Van Gogh exhibit. He is probably one of the most famous painters of all time so that was pretty incredible.

 

 

The Arc de Triomphe was way bigger than I thought it was! It took us a while to figure out that you have to go under a tunnel to get to the center. We had a great time watching the cars driving around the roundabout. There are no traffic lanes and they just merge every which way!

 

 

The Eiffel Tower! You see that second ledge? We walked up the stairs to there. It may not look far, but let me tell you right now, it was far.

 

 

 

After dinner we stopped into a supermarket and got some wine, bread and cheese to snack on while we waited for it to get dark. Can you believe it doesn’t get dark till about 10:30?! We were so exhausted from walking all day that as soon as the lights came on we snapped a picture and left for the hotel!

 

 

The next day we headed to Versailles. This is a massive castle/palace.

 

 

The gardens of Versailles were incredible!

 

 

Just a glimpse of the inside of Versailles.

 

 

 

Next we headed to The Louve. It was pretty crazy seeing the super modern pyramid amongst the really old buildings.

 

 

Of course we had to go in and snap a picture with Mona!

 

 

The last stop of  Paris was the lock bridge. If you put on a lock and throw the key in the river you will love that person forever. I think we have no worries there! Funny story, a few days later a section of the lock bridge fell off into the water because of the weight. I guess our lock just did it in Smile

 

Paris was a whirlwind day and a half full of walking. We walked so much and I did not wear good shoes the first day. By the middle of the day I had a major blister going on. It ended up being bigger than a half dollar and cause me a lot of unnecessary pain for a few days! Brittany wore a maxi for the first day and about half way through it was disgusting on the bottom. She bought a new outfit and I bought some new shoes! Later she accidently sat our bags down in the supermarket and we left without them. When we went back they were long gone. Thankfully all we lost was her maxi outfit and my shoes.

 

Paris was beautiful. We had no problems at all with the language barrier or unfriendliness. Many people say that it isn’t clean but we didn’t experience that either. We both loved Paris!

 

Our next stop is Munich, Germany!

 

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

A Glimpse Inside

 

This post is coming to you from Hannah:

I have been debating for a long time whether or not I should share some deeply personal information with my readers. Some of you may have noticed that I have not done any projects at my house in quite a few months. The reason for that is because I am now divorced. I’m obviously not going to go into any details about what happened. This has been one of the most soul searching, roller coaster rides I have ever been on.

 

Where you end up..

 

However, I can honestly tell you that I am joyful and happy. I have already experienced things that I would have never experienced had I still been married. I wouldn’t have gotten to go on the amazing trip to Europe with my sister, my relationship with my parents wouldn’t have been strengthened, and my relationship with other friends and family has become even better.

 

What an excellent way to live!

 

I’ve learned that I have an amazing support group. I’ve learned that you can only control your own actions. I’ve learned that in time, things do get better. I’ve learned that I have a lot to look forward to. I’ve learned that life should be seized and to find joy in the little things.

 

The difficulties you face in life do not come to destroy you, but to show you what you’re made of and just how strong you are. – Unknown

 

So what does this mean for my future and this blog? I am moving to a new city, the same city my sister lives in! I am starting a new job this fall.  I am moving into a one bedroom apartment and will be purging a lot of the things I have. I really want to go in a whole new direction for my new place. That means new decorations! I am excited for what lies ahead and I will continue to share my crafting adventures with all of you! If you haven’t heard the song Follow Your Arrow by Kacey Musgraves, go You tube it! I will be following my arrow and becoming the best person I can be :)

 

Follow Your Arrow Typography by yellowharbor on Etsy, $4.00

 

 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Hannah’s Fun Friday

 

Fun Friday

 

It has been SUPER difficult getting back into any sort of routine since being back from Europe. We are eventually going to do a few posts from our trip but we honestly don’t even know where to start or how to summarize our experience! Maybe I’ll get started soon.

 

Happy 4th of July my American readers!!

 

So here’s what I’m enjoying lately:

 

 

I took another trip to New Braunfels, TX and got the chance to go to Schlittebahn. This was my first ever trip and it was so much fun! They have a lot of locations so if you’ve never been, find one close to you and go!

 

 

 

Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Black)

 

I absolutely love to read and I have a basic Kindle. The kind that you just read on. I honestly thought I would hate it when I got it because I liked to turn the pages of a real book. I was wrong, I loved it! It is so easy to purchase books for cheap and not have to carry around a bulky book. I’ve been super happy with my Kindle and it would be hard to read a book any other way!

 

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The store Forever 21 just opened up near where I’m living. I absolutely love going here for cheap, trendy clothes. Sometimes trends don’t stay around long and I don’t want t spend much money on them. Maybe one day I’ll outgrow this store but for now, I’m loving it!

 

Hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for dropping in.

 

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

DIY Wooden Photo Transfer


I made these wooden block photos for Brent around Christmas time.  Such an easy and fun project.  Definitely more character than just gifting regular photos in a frame. 

Wooden Photo 1

Wooden Photo

Materials:
  • Wooden blocks (I got mine from the bargain bin at Home Depot and had them cut in 4 rectangles)
  • Printed photos (print on the thinnest paper possible, not photo paper.  I had mine done at Staples)
  • Gloss Heavy Gel Medium (shown below, from any craft store)
  • Mod Podge
  • Sawtooth picture hangers (shown below, optional)
  • Wet cloth 

Wooden Photo 6


Sawtooth Picture Hanger




The most difficult part of this project was going to all of the different stores to gather the materials (Staples, Home Depot & Michael’s).  I watched these  YouTube video (here and here) to get a better understanding of how to complete the project…if you can’t tell, I love watching videos prior to doing projects Smile

  1. Generously apply gel medium with a paintbrush to the wooden block.  Don’t skimp on the edges.
  2. Place the photo facedown and smooth out any bubbles.
  3. Let the photos dry overnight.
  4. Take a wet washcloth and scrub the paper off the wood.  Let it dry.
  5. Apply Mod Podge to protect the picture.
  6. Optional – paint the edges of the wood.  I kept mine natural & rustic.
  7. Add picture hooks or display on a stand.
  8. Enjoy!!

Wooden Photo 2

I absolutely love how you can see the wood grain in the photos, looks really neat in the beach picture on the sand.

Wooden Photo 3


I love the exposed edges.  I think it would also look nice to paint or stain the edges, although I was a little nervous the stain may bleed into the picture.  Hope you enjoyed this easy project!!


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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. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative BlogFunky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy TreehouseFireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Fingerprints on the Fridge Tatertots and JelloChic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Vanity Redo

 

Vanity Redo

 

I went a few months ago for a few job interviews and my mom snagged this vanity off of Craigslist in the town where my interviews were. She got a great deal and we planned and planned on the best makeover for this little beauty. We are a little slow going when we do projects!

 

Vanity 1 - Copy

 

 

Vanity 2

 

This vanity was really pretty but definitely worn. On the tabletop there were several cup rings. Mom knew she wanted to do a two toned look so we decided to do the drawer fronts and top the same color and everything else another color.

 

Vanity 3 

 

A few months ago, I helped mom redo the guest bathroom at their house. We used a chalk paint recipe on the vanity and decided to put it in an old cottage cheese container just in case we painted something else later. We decided to see how it held up after several months and it was fine after a little mixing.

 

For the grey part, I found a $2 can of mis-tint paint at Home Depot that was the perfect color. We knew we would be mixing up another batch of chalk paint. For our chalk paint, we used 3 parts paint, 1 part plaster of paris, and water to mixWe are all about not having to sand!

 

Vanity 4

 

We did have a small mis-hap along the way. We taped off the sides to do the tabletop and when we peeled off the tape it pulled the paint up. In order to get it smooth without having to sand the entire tabletop, we just sanded close to the edge and re-painted. It turned out fine, thank goodness!

 

Vanity 7

 

It turned out better than we both could have imagined! If you use chalk paint, make sure to go over the entire piece with finishing wax. Mom decided to swap out the original wooden knobs with acrylic crystal knobs from Hobby Lobby. I think it makes the piece look even better!

 

Vanity 6

 

Vanity 5

 

This piece goes perfect in their room! Now if I could just convince her to paint that paneling…

 

 

Hannah Signature

 

Linking Up To These Parties: Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl Creative Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts Home Stories A to Z Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday- Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, June 16, 2014

Book Page Wreath by Paper & Fox

You do not want to miss this book page wreath from Paper and Fox! Be sure to check out Carmody's blog for many more great projets!

Hi, I am Carmody of Paper & Fox, a DIY blog, full of crafty projects and clever ideas. I am a maker by nature and use Paper & Fox to share ideas and tutorials on ways to add art, design and crafts to your life without spending a lot of money. I love when something as simple as a piece of paper and a little creativity can turn an ordinary object into something really spectacular. I live with my husband and red-headed little boys in Charlotte, North Carolina. My family and kids play big part in the way I think and keep me creative. My Rope Bracelet, Whale Inspired Mugs, and Botanical Art are examples of how it can be really easy to create beautiful things.


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It’s wreath time! First, let me begin with saying that I do not normally destroy books. I love books, but I sacrificed a “not so good one” to complete this project. I also really like making things out of paper. I wanted a simple and pretty wreath.
Materials Used:
Cardboard cut unto a the shape of a wreath (I used a cardboard from a box of diapers)
Book pages (each bloom takes 3 pages)
Paper fasteners
Glue gun and glue gun sticks


After you have your cardboard circle prepared, fold the book pages with an accordion fold. Combine 3 book pages together, pinching the center of the accordion fold. The folded pages should resemble and butterfly.


Get out your metal fasteners.

 

Wrap one fastener around the the book pages and pinch the bottom together.


Now, put on a good movie and make some paper blooms until you have enough to complete your wreath. They paper blooms do not have to be perfect, just pretty. I used hot glue to attach the paper blooms to the cardboard circle. Arrange the blooms to make your wreath. Ta Da!

  

If you are interesting in me writing for you, please contact me at paperandfox@gmail.com Thanks, Carmody

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