Young and Crafty Sisters

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Louisiana String Art

 

 

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You may remember my State String Art project from last year.  It is a favorite of mine and people who visit our home always love it!  Brent’s boss just moved into a new home and I knew exactly what we would give the couple for a housewarming gift! 

For a full tutorial on how to create the sting art click here.

Louisiana was significantly more difficult than Texas.  The bottom right half of the state is all marshes and jagged edges.  I did my very best to follow the state’s shape. 

Brent cut the particle board to 16 x 20 inches.  I painted it black, printed off my enlarged Louisiana map and got to nailing.  I took black finishing nails and placed them around the perimeter.  Brent had to special order the gold string off Amazon, I couldn’t find it anywhere!  (He didn’t mind because he is addicted to ordering things off Amazon with his free shipping Smile)

Brent and I knew gold would be the perfect color.  This couple loves the Saints and they love their home town of New Orleans.

 

Louisiana String Art 

I originally thought I would need the rectangle sized board for the state, but quickly realized Louisiana is a little shorter than I anticipated.  I used the extra space at the bottom to add the couple’s last name and their beloved Fleur-De-Lis.

I printed the name and shapes using PicMonkey.  I cut them out using scissors and my Exacto knife (I really need to invest in a Cricut!).  I traced around them using a gold paint pen and then colored in the rest.  I am so glad I chose to use a paint pen versus paint and a brush, the pen made the whole process a breeze!

You can customize this String Art for any state, color combination, monogram, etc.  Really make it your own for a WOW piece of art for under $10.

 

 

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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 Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, September 29, 2014

Brittany’s Fall Décor


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Happy Fall!  Welcome to our home for a mini tour of my first time decorating for a season!  As you can tell by the shorts and sleeveless top, it does not feel like fall in Texas, however the calendar says otherwise and I’m getting in the spirit (fake it ‘til you make it, right!?).

Fall 1

Before our big garage sale last month, Hannah and I went through her decorations and she let me keep quite a few things for my new home.  Such a great sis!!  Here is my fall inspired mantle.  Check out how Hannah made her own leave garland (here).

Fall 2

I inherited this pumpkin from Hannah’s fall decorations.  See how she made it (here), she had a huge fail before these were an adorable success.   Brent actually picked out this scarecrow on a paint-pen-run to Michael’s craft store.

Fall 3

I love the height that the wheat adds to this side of the mantle.  I actually bought this bundle of wheat to use in the fall wreath and had this much left over!  Plus it was on sale for only $3.50.  I found an old carafe, wrapped a piece of chevron burlap around the base and tied it off with some twine.  Quick and easy arrangement and I can take it all apart and use the carafe again!!  Brent and I bought one of these pumpkins at Michael’s and the other two were from Hannah.

Fall 4

I love this little scarecrow on our front porch, welcoming all our guests.  See how Hannah decorated with this guy at her old house (here).   My porch looks a little puny compared to her corn husks and tons of pumpkins…but hey, it’s my first year to decorate!!

Fall 5

I am loving the new rocking chair pillow (also from Hannah).  Check out my tutorial on this estate sale rocking chair re-do (here).

Fall 6

I am probably most excited about this DIY fall wreath!  I got the urge to make a wreath at about 11pm one night, so I woke up early to go to Hobby Lobby as soon as the doors opened at 9am!  I got all the supplies to make this gorgeous wreath for only $38.  They were selling similar wreaths for $160!!  No way man, I will always try to make it myself before shelling out that kind of dough.  It was simple to make, just pumpkins, leaves, burlap, and wheat.

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Well this is the end of our tour.  We have this little scarecrow sign in the flower bed leading to our front door to welcome everyone.  I have really enjoyed decorating this year…and have a feeling the fall inspiration is not done yet.  I am have a few empty canvases and may just starting painting as soon as I finish typing.

Hope you have found some inspiration to decorate your own home.  Half of the decorations were inherited from Hannah, so big thanks to my sis.  If you are decorating on a budget, look for sale items after the season or at estate/garage sales.  You never know how you can repurpose someone’s old décor.


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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 Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hannah’s Fun Friday

 

Fun Friday

 

So it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Fun Friday. I am loving my new town and living life! I haven’t done much crafting because I’ve been so busy just having fun. And I’m ok with that Smile 

 

If you follow me on Instagram (hannahyoungandcrafty) then you may have seen some of these. Go follow along to see what I’m up to each week!

 

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A couple of weekends ago Brittany and I took a trip home. This picture is out in my dads garden. He’s got a ton of muscadine vines (they are like grapes) that are beautiful and delicious!

 

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One of my new friends, Bonnie, and I went on a road trip to New Braunfels, TX. While there, we had to visit the old little town of Gruene (pronounced green). We ate a delicious restaurant called Gristmill and went to the oldest dance hall in Texas!

 

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Last but not least, it has been so much fun living in the same town as my sister again! We decided to go indoor rock climbing after work one day. It was a blast and a great workout!

 

Hope you all have a good week!

 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Flowers

 

I love flowers. I know, I know, they wither and die quickly. But they are so pretty for the week or so that they are sitting on my counter. I smile every time I see them. There is just nothing better than fresh flowers.

 

Bouqs box

 

 

The Bouqs Co. has beautiful flowers. What’s really cool about them is that they are grown on an active volcano. The flowers are clipped only when an order is placed. This definitely helps guarantee freshness and that your flowers will last a good long time.

 

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They come bundled up really well. So well, that it took me a good 5 minutes to get the plastic cut!  They provide plant food to put in your vase to help your flowers last longer.

 

Bouqs flowers

 

Yellow is my absolute favorite color! And lilies are my favorite flower. This couldn’t have been more of a perfect combo! They are stunning. I love the vibrant color and they definitely made me smile when I looked at them. Who says you can’t get flowers to treat yourself?!

 

If you want to send flowers to someone, consider heading to The Bouqs Co. and check out what they have to offer! You will not be disappointed.

 

The Bouqs - Premium Farm Direct Flowers

 

 

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I was compensated with flowers for this post.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall Deco Mesh Wreath

 

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I wish I could take credit for this super cute wreath but I can’t. My mom made it and she did a fabulous job.

 

Every two years we have a family reunion in Minnesota. In order to make money for food and things, everyone brings a craft. Tickets are .50 cents each and you put tickets in brown bags in hopes that your name is drawn. It really is so much fun and everybody brings such cool stuff! Long story short, mom made it for her craft for the reunion.

 

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I think this wreath is perfect to transition from fall and all the way through Thanksgiving.

 

Fall Deco Mesh Wreath

 

If you want to learn how to make a deco mesh wreath, go see my tutorial HERE. And you can see the Christmas deco mesh wreath that I made HERE.

 

These are seriously so easy to make. Give it a shot!

 

 

 

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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sparkling Dishes with Finish

 

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

 

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After moving and unpacking all of my dishes I noticed right away that they were dirty. They had been packed away in storage for over six months. Even though they were well wrapped, just something about them being packed away for that long made them dirty. I washed every single dish that I had. Unfortunately I used a cheap brand of detergent and still didn’t feel like they were 100% clean. I guess the saying, you get what you pay for, rings true!

 

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There were so many Finish products that it was hard to choose! The dishwasher detergent tablets come in several different size packs which I really liked. The products were easy to find on the dishwashing detergent isle at Walmart. Walmart is also have a rollback on prices until October. Combine that with the $1 off coupon below to save even more money. You can’t beat that!

 

So I decided that I should re-wash everything. It was such a hassle but it needed to be done. I was super impressed with how well Finish products cleaned my dishes. None of that filmy stuff that sometimes is left on from using a cheap detergent. Not only were my dishes clean, but I now have a clean dishwasher! It’s sparkling!

 

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That wine glass is so clean you can see right through it. I don’t think I will ever go back to any other type of dishwashing detergent. I also got the Booster that stays in your dishwasher for about a month. It really helps those dishes sparkle.

 

 

 

 

 

#SparklySavings

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hannah’s New Apartment

 

So I am officially settled into my new apartment. All of the boxes are unpacked and I have thins mostly the way I want them. Of course, there are plans for things I want to change!  It has proven to be the perfect size for me though. I downsized a LOT. I went from a 3 bedroom house to a 1 bedroom apartment. I thought that I would give you guys a quick little tour. It will be quick because it’s not very big.

 

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Here is my cute little kitchen. Above the countertops was kind of by accident! We were unloading boxes and just started putting décor items up there to get them out of the way. Then my mom started to arrange them and it sort of stuck. I kinda love it.

 

You can find the post for the EAT letters HERE, the lantern redo HERE, the black and white string art HERE, and the window frame coat rack HERE.

 

Apartment

 

I found these two stools at none other than Target. I loved the industrial vibe. My apartment does not have a dining room so this is where I eat!

 

apartment 3

 

There is no pantry and I needed every bit of cabinet space for dishes and things. I had to get a little creative for creating a pantry. The washer and dryer are right off the kitchen and there was so much empty dead space. I got some simple wire rack shelves to hold ziploc bags, paper plates, and other random things. I also got a door rack that has been the best thing ever. It holds so much stuff and is pretty much my pantry!

 

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This is a shot looking into my living room from the kitchen. I got a new couch and chair for a great price. They were exactly what I wanted. Linen, cream, and so comfy.

 

You can find the tutorial for the mirror redo HERE, the white side table HERE, the dresser HERE, and the windsor chair HERE. 

 

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I picked up the filing cabinet from and estate sale for a steal of $12. I’ll be honest, the dresser was temporary and I’ve already got a new entertainment center to show you guys!

 

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This whole set up was in the guest bedroom at my old house. Let me tell you, I am so over that comforter! I’ve had my eye out for something else. I really like quilts and I am leaning towards white so that I can change accent colors if I want.

 

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I temporarily had this table on this wall. It is no longer there and the dresser from the living room was moved in it’s place. The table, sadly, was sold in the garage sale.

 

To see the white table redo go HERE.

 

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I have a really nice sized closet. Trust me, I have used every square inch. I know it looks messy here but it really is well organized!

 

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Inside my closet to the left is where I keep my  jewelry. I just nailed some of those picture hangers into the wall.

 

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And here’s my little bathroom. I kept the shower curtain from my old guest bathroom.

 

You can see the bathroom remodel HERE.

 

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

And that’s it! Well, I guess I do have a patio but I haven’t done anything to it. Maybe I will in the future!