Young and Crafty Sisters

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Leather Handle Wooden Crates

 

Leather Handle Wooden Crates

 

Well it’s definitely been a while since I’ve done anything crafty. Life has taken over in every good way possible. I’m settling in nicely and I really enjoy my job now that I know halfway what I’m doing.

 

After finishing up my industrial entertainment center, I felt like under the bottom shelf needed a little something. Since I live in an apartment, I’ll take all the storage I can get. I found these crates at Jo-Anns and snatched them up pretty quick. They were the perfect size!

 

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I knew that I was going to paint them. I also knew that I wanted to do a little something more to “dress” them up. You can find the industrial entertainment center post HERE.

 

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I posted this picture on Instagram (follow me at hannahyoungandcrafty). I used plain ole white Kilz paint. It took 3 coats to cover them really well.

 

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I then got this old leather belt I had hanging in my closet. It had started to bend where the holes were so I never wore it anymore.

 

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I cut 3 pieces all the same length. To be honest I just eyeballed how long I wanted them.

 

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Next I screwed them in with a screwdriver. Again, I just eyeballed each one. In case you were wondering, I am not a perfectionist in the least!

 

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The crates really complete my entertainment center! They go perfectly down on the bottom. You can see the post for my industrial entertainment center HERE and the Windsor Chair HERE.

 

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What have you done to “dress” up wooden crates?? I would love to see pictures!

 

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Make Your Own Pizza Night

 

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Since Hannah moved to Conroe we try to have “family dinner” once a week.  We invite a few friends, open a bottle of wine, and most often end up piled in my king sized bed to watch Gilmore Girls or The Bachelor.  I try to keep the dinners fun and creative; makes it a little more difficult because one of our friends is vegetarian but I love a challenge.

I had the idea to do a “Make Your Own Pizza” night.  I whipped up some homemade dough and had tons of toppings.  Hannah heard grilling the pizza is good, so we gave that a try too!  Click here for the pizza dough recipe I used, I highly recommend it!!

 

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I love the way the dough looks on the rustic cutting board next to the bright vegetables for topping.  I opened a can of tomato sauce and seasoned with salt, pepper, oregano, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and red pepper flakes. 

 

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Everyone had a blast rolling out their own dough and picking custom toppings.  Hannah went first and took more than her fair share of toppings, typical older sibling!!

 

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Brent grilled the dough with no topping for about 2 minutes.  He then brought in the semi-cooked crust and we topped on the cooked side, that way the other side could crisp up on the grill after the toppings were added.  We didn’t have a spatula quite big enough so Brent improvised and used our huge crawfish paddle!!  He did an excellent job!

 

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I provided the following toppings:  mushrooms, fresh basil (from my herb garden), black olives, artichoke hearts, red & green bell peppers, colorful tomatoes, and chives/onions.  I had the deli slice fresh salami and pepperoni on the thinnest slice and the mozzarella on a 1.5 slice.  Much better than the pre-packed stuff.  This reminded me so much of mine and Hannah’s trip to Italy!  I was actually impressed by how affordable the meat was – about 35 slices of salami was less than $3 and even more pepperoni was about $6.  Brent and I enjoyed the leftovers on sandwiches for a few days.

 

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Get creative with dinner at your house.  Let the kids top their own pizzas and help roll out the dough.  This is an excellent interactive dinner great for families and friends alike.

 

 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Brittany’s Fun Friday

 

HAPPY FRIDAY!  I work this weekend, so not really my Friday.  That doesn’t mean I don’t have anything fun planned for the weekend. 

Hannah and I are going to a concert at Minute Maid Park in Houston where the Astros play.  I have seen both Josh Abbott (favorite!!) and Eli Young in concert when I was a student at Texas A&M.  Hannah has fallen in love with Josh Abbott and I am so excited to go to the concert together.  Follow us on Instagram to see photos on Saturday night (hannahyoungandcrafty & brittanyyoungandcrafty)

 

 

Something else I have been loving is our dog Katy.  She is the sweetest, most gentle animal…probably because she is 12 years old.  I may have to vacuum 1-2 times per week because of all the shedding, but it is completely worth it to have someone so excited for your arrival home everyday.  Brent and I are so lucky to have such a great pup!!  She was the Belle of the ball on Halloween, dressed as a pumpkin and greeting all 8 of our tick-or-treaters (now we have 5 pounds of leftover candy)

 

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Lastly, I am obsessed with all things fragrant.  I love a delicious smelling home.  My favorite are the 3 wick candles from Bath & Body Works.  I only purchase them when they have their 2 for $22 sale.  I always get suckered into so much more when I go into Bath and Body Works.  I left with 2 body washes (free with 2 coupons from a previous purchase), car air fresheners, 4 antibacterial holiday hand soaps, and the 2 candles I went in for.  Happens every time…just like Target (don’t act like you don’t know what I mean!)

 

3-Wick Candles > 2 for $22 > Shop now.

 

 

Hope you have an awesome Friday and weekend!  The weather is Texas is finally starting to cool off…if only the leaves would start to change too!

 

 

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Will You Be My Bridesmaid?

 

As many of you know, I am getting married in April.  I couldn’t wait to ask my closest girlfriends to stand next to me on mine & Brent’s big day!  I knew I wanted to do something crafty and special…so I started browsing Pinterest like most DIY crafters!

 

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I wanted to set the precedent that this experience will be fabulous and full of fun…and what better way than with a bottle of gold, glittered champagne! 

 

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I chose this particular bottle of champagne because the colors working with my black and gold theme.  You will also need painters tape, glitter of your choice, and an adhesive.  I chose to use a spray sealant as my adhesive for ease of use.

 

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Tape off around the neck of the bottle.  Carefully spray the bottom half with the adhesive.  You could also paint on a layer of glue or Mod Podge if you don’t have any spray adhesive handy.  Place down a piece of scrap paper before you start sprinkling on the glitter to catch the excess.  After each bottle is glittered, carefully tap off the excess glitter and funnel it back into the container to use again.

I learned this next step the hard way…or maybe Hannah learned the hard way.  I gave Hannah her bottle first since we live in the same town and eat dinner together at least 1-2 times per week.  The floorboard of her car will never be the same.  It looks like a gold glitter explosion.  So I recommend once the glitter dries, spray another layer of the sealant/adhesive to lock down all that glitter!!  You will thank me later, trust me!

 

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I found the photo on the right on pinterest (click here), which was $15 per invitation on Etsy.  I loved the look of it but this wedding is on a budget.  I made my own custom invitations on Microsoft Word and printed it on cream colored scrapbook paper. I used maroon, which will be our accent color for the wedding.   Once I printed each card, I cut a slit and a circular opening for the neck of the bottle.

 

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I love how they turned out and the reaction of each friend!!  Such a special time that I am excited to share with each one of them.  I think it would be fun to save the champagne to enjoy at the bachelorette party or the morning of the wedding while we get pampered!!

 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Reese’s Spread Banana Ice Cream


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As most of you know, I try to eat healthy the majority of the time. The only problem with that is that I have a major junk food tooth. Most people have a sweet or salty tooth but not me. I am lucky enough to have both. ::Sarcasm::

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I have a snack everyday around 3 to 4 pm. I think that having a snack mid afternoon helps me not over eat at dinner and it keeps my metabolism going. I like to keep my snacks around 200 calories. The new Reese’s Spreads is perfect to incorporate into my snack when I’m craving something sweet and not blow my food calories out of the roof for the day. I believe that everyone needs a little chocolate in their life. My sister, the dietician, always tells me, “Everything in moderation!” #anysnackperfect

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I headed to Walmart to pick up my Reese’s Spreads. It was very easy to find among the peanut butter. They also had some flags out advertising the new product. Be sure to try and catch the demo that they have advertising the product! 

Reese's spread banana ice cream

This snack option is really easy to throw together. It’s ready in less than 5 minutes and tastes great. All you need is vanilla, Reese’s Spreads, Almond Milk (or milk of your choice), and a sliced frozen banana.

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Throw the slice banana, a tablespoon of Reese’s Spreads, a splash of vanilla, and splash of almond milk into a blender. I used my little Ninja. Blend it until its smooth.

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Serve immediately. Get ready for a sweet snack full of chocolate and peanut butter. I was literally blown away by this tasty snack. It will become a part of my regular snack routine for sure!

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Spicy salt and vinegar kale chips

 

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As most of you know, I try to eat healthy the majority of the time. Don’t get me wrong, I cheat and eat bad foods too. These kale chips are just like cheating but you’re not! They give you the crunch and saltiness of a chip but they are packed with nutrients.

 

These are pretty easy to make. Here are the ingredients that you will need:

 

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Kale (1 bunch)

1tbsp Olive oil

2 tsp Garlic powder

1 tsp Salt

1 tbsp White wine vinegar

1-2  tbsp Red pepper flakes

 

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Take all of the leaves off of the kale.

 

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Toss all ingredients with the kale in a gallon ziploc bag. Shake it up to coat the kale.

 

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Lay your kale out on a baking sheet. Bake at 300 degrees flipping every 10 minutes until the kale is crispy.

 

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A healthy snack that will satisfy that chip craving!

 

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Industrial Entertainment Center

 

 

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I love, love, love the industrial look. Before I even moved to my new apartment, I knew that I wanted to build an industrial entertainment center. I got my inspiration from this entertainment center.

 

My dad helped me draw up plans and figure out what all I needed to complete this project. He mentioned that he hoped I lived close to a Home Depot or Lowes because I would be taking many trips in order to get it just right. I was all like, “nah, Dad, I’ve got plans!”

 

Lets just say that dads know best. It took me about six trips to get it right and luckily a Home Depot is about .25 miles from my apartment.

 

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Unfortunately this is one of the only pictures I snapped before hand. Mostly because I got extremely frustrated that I kept having to go back. One thing that surpised me was that the pieces (found in plumbing) are not as cheap as you would think. I’ll give you a total cost at the end!

 

The poles pictured were 16” tall. That ended up  being entirely too tall so I took them back and ago 12” pieces that were perfect. I spray painted them a nice oil rubbed bronze color.

 

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I posted this picture on Instagram (follow me at hannahyoungandcrafty) and asked what you thought I was making. I got a headboard, bookshelf, and a rack to hang clothes. Those were all great ideas!

 

So basically, you need to figure out how many shelves you want. I wanted three. That will tell you how many poles you need. If you do three, you will need 12, 12” poles. Next you will need the joints. You will need 4 T joints and 2 elbow joints. The last thing, and most expensive, are the floor flanges. You will need 8 total of those. Lastly you will need whatever size boards you want to use. I knew I wanted mine to hang over a bit so I just measured and then got Home Depot to cut them to size. Then stain whatever color you want!

 

Trust me, it took 6 or so trips to finally get it right! Even if I had taken step by step directions, they would still be all over the place. Let’s just look at pretty pictures instead.

 

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You can find the tutorial for the windsor chair HERE and the orange wooden pumpkin HERE.

 

As far as some of the accessories go, here is where I got them. The globe with the wooden shoe is from Homegoods. The metal sphere is from TJ Maxx. The industrial bike sculpture is from Homegoods. Everything else is thrifted or was given to me.

 

How do you feel about the industrial look?

 

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