Wednesday, July 29, 2015
I got married back in April!! I wanted to get a simple gift for Brent’s mom, just to let her know how much I love and appreciate her. I saw this idea all over Pinterest, which I looked at often for wedding ideas. I did find plenty of Etsy sites where you could buy the necklace with the cute saying and everything all done…but that’s not this Young and Crafty Sister’s style.
I did buy the necklace on Etsy (here). It came in a small little box. I had this white box sitting in one of my bathroom drawers.
I took a piece of white scrapbook paper and printed out the words “THANK YOU for raising the man of my dreams” off PicMonkey.com. I cut it down to the size of the box, cutting a small slit on each side to hold the necklace in place.
Finish it off in a cute gift bag with a thoughtful Thank You card and you are good to go!! I gave this to her on the morning of the wedding while we all got pampered with hair and makeup.
This craft could make a great gift for so many occasions!!
Sunday, July 26, 2015
Despite buying bags and bags of black mulch a few months ago, our flowerbeds were seriously sad. The mulch and dirt just spilled out onto the concrete and looked completely disheveled. I bought materials and completed this project in about 4 hours and on a budget!!
I love the finished product, much more clean and precise. Such a big impact for a small price. I bought 150 of these 6 inch border stones from Home Depot at $0.60 each. I have TONS leftover and I’m going to continue lining the rest of the flower bed around the house!!
You may have noticed our 13 year old guard dog Katy in the window . If you love the white rocking chair on the front porch, click here for the estate sale rocking chair re-do. Remember to drink plenty of water when working outside, especially if you live somewhere sweltering like I do (Texas)…I was literally dripping sweat within minutes of being outside.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
1. Location is key. If you have girls coming from all over the U.S., this may be a bit harder. We ended up picking Austin, TX, a place that was pretty central to all of us. The farthest that anyone had to drive was 3 hours. You might not think 4+ hours is a bad drive until you are headed back on Sunday after a night out. The 3 hours back was not fun.
2. Consider a vacation rental. Brittany and I researched like crazy. We wanted to be in the hub of the city but not pay a fortune. No easy feat to accomplish while in Austin. If we would have rented a hotel we would have had to get two hotel rooms and wouldn’t have been close to our location. We ended up renting a condo that was on Sixth Street (where everyone goes out in Austin). There were many pluses to the condo. We were all in on place and could easily hang out in the living room and visit. We were able to cook breakfast on Saturday morning and laze around. And lastly, everything we wanted to do was steps away!
3. Create an itinerary. When you get any sort of large group together and then decided last minute what to do, it’s typically a disaster. I planned everything down to the time and activity. We by no means ended up following it to a tee but it was a rough guideline. Some of the restaurants I picked were booked up even though I called ahead of time so we had to change places.
4. Plan a day activity. Our activity was a pole dancing/aerial hoop class. It was nice to have a day activity and not try to figure out what to do all day. It lasted 2 hours which was the perfect amount of time. Not to mention we all had a blast (even the girls who were nervous)! If you wanted something a little more tame you could do a spa day or an outdoor activity such as zip lining. So many choices!
5. Collect money ahead of time. I made sure to collect the money for the condo and the class ahead of time. Nobody wants to arrive somewhere and be immediately hounded for money. It put my mind at ease that everything was paid for before the weekend even started. The only thing the girls had to worry about paying for was food and drinks.
6. Roll with the punches. I feel like this is a no brainer! When plans changed we just went with it. The most important thing that we remembered was that we wanted this weekend to be special for Brittany, the bride. I think everyone was really good about saying that they just wanted Brittany to have a good weekend. And I do believe she did!
Thanks so much for reading!
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
I looked around forever trying to decide what to do for invitations. If you special order them on Etsy they are super expensive! I decided that I could create them myself. I used picmonkey.com to create the invitations. It took SEVERAL hours but they turned out pretty darn good!
I emailed the invitations to Office Depot and they printed them out as a 5x7 for me. It was super simple and cost less than $10 for a total of 10.
As you can see, I planned an itinerary for the entire weekend. When you have 8 girls, I feel like that is important. However, we only ended up following half of it and that’s ok! We had a fantastic weekend with zero drama.
Sunday, April 5, 2015
Brittany’s bachelorette party was in Austin, TX. All of the girls that came had to travel and I wanted to create these cute little “survival” boxes that I have seen before as a thank you for driving all this way.
If you Pinterest or Google “bachelorette survival kits” you will find tons of ideas. I just sort of combined some of the ideas and came up with my own at the same time. These can become quite expensive if you are making a lot.
I purchased the plain white boxes and ribbon from Michaels. The boxes were around $2 a piece. I think the ribbon was around $6 each but I used a coupon. I chose two different kinds to change up the look.
I put a dab of hot glue on the inside of the box lid.
Wrap the ribbon around and hot glue the other side.
I thought it looked really boring with only one piece of ribbon. I went back to Michaels and got some thinner ribbon in the opposite color and used the same concept as above but added a bow to the middle.
Next, fill your box up! I put some tissue paper on the bottom for color and filler.
Here is what my boxes included:
Pony tail holders
These were pretty easy to whip up and have a little souvenir box of the weekend to keep. They were a hit!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
As you may or may not know, our last post was way back in February. And you also may or may not know that this blog is a hobby for both Brittany and I. I (Hannah) work full time as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology and Brittany works full time as a Registered Dietitian. Our jobs keep us pretty busy during the week. What else have we been up to? Just living life! We post plenty of pictures of everyday life on Instagram (hannahyoungandcrafty and brittanyyoungandcrafty).
I can’t speak for Brittany, but I honestly have lost all creativity. I’m not really sure why that is but I’m hoping that I find it soon! I’ll be moving again in April. The cost savings will be amazing but I will be in an almost completely furnished place.
Brittany has been extremely busy planning a wedding that will be here in 3 weeks. She will have a few posts after the wedding for some DIY things that she’s done.
Here’s a little picture recap of what our lives have looked like lately:
My boyfriend (Chris) and I went to Breckenridge, CO for a ski trip.
Brittany and I went to Houston for a bridal shower that included the rodeo and Miranda Lambert.
I spent my spring break in New York, DC, and Pennsylvania with my main squeeze.
Brittany crafted up this really cute sign for the wedding.
We both spent the weekend back home for Brittany’s bridal shower. There we our with our beautiful mom!
Brittany and Brent officially have their marriage license!
And lastly we spent the weekend in Austin, TX for Brittany’s bachelorette party. So much fun! I’ll be posting a few things about what I did to plan it.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
As you may know I am getting married in April. That means lots of Thank You cards and gifts for people who worked so hard to make the big day special. I had a shower back home with 9 hostesses…that’s a lot of people to buy gifts for and stay on a budget. I decided to make DIY Tile Coasters. They are creative, easy, and most importantly budget friendly.
Things you will need:
- Mod Podge (the glue and the transparent sealant)
- Scrapbook paper (I bought 2 pieces of paper per set of coasters, which is 4 tiles)
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Tiles (I bought mine from Lowes; 48 tiles for $6 total!)
- Ruler and pencil
I had so much fun picking out the scrapbook paper from Michaels.
I measured and cut the paper to the exact size of the tile. My new paper cutter made this project such a breeze!! Place a generous amount of Mod Podge on the tile, place the paper down and smooth out, ensuring to smooth out any air bubbles. Paint on a layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper. Once the Mod Podge glue dries, I sprayed the tiles with this transparent sealer. I let it dry between each layer and sprayed on about 3-4 layers just to ensure a wet glass doesn’t stick or ruin the paper.
I love how they turned out. Each hostess got a set of 4 coasters. I stacked them and wrapped them with the white grosgrain ribbon (which I forgot to take a picture of, likely due to 1,000,000 other wedding details in my brain). I also gave each hostess a homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub made from coconut oil, sugar, peppermint oil, and a tiny bit of green food coloring in a jar with a cute chalk label.