Young and Crafty Sisters: 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

Free For All and Giveaway WINNER!

Happy New Years Eve!

What an incredible whirlwind of a year! It's hard to believe that another one bites the dust.
I started this blog on a whim so that I could share my ideas and hopefully inspire others. I've only had it up and running for 6 months and I am in awe everyday at how much it has grown! It wouldn't be possible without all of you so I give you all a very heartfelt thank you! I'm very excited about 2011 and hope to have many new ideas for you guys.

Enough with all that mushy stuff...

The winner of the Arcoiris giveaway is Ashley!
(Ashley please contact me within 48 hours so I can get you in touch with Arcoiris!)

On a side note, I will be headed to Colorado to ski TOMORROW! Whoohoo! I've got a post or two scheduled for you so don't worry :)
This week is Free for All

 Link up any project you have been working on!
(Please link to your direct post and no Etsy shops)
Please visit my sponsor:

Monday, December 27, 2010

Handmade Chess Board

Don't forget to enter the giveaway (HERE) for $15 to Arcoiris's Etsy shop!!

This may not be the most riveting post you have ever read in your life but this is one of my proudest projects to ever complete.

My brother wanted a nice chess set for Christmas. I know that I could have easily bought him one, but I wanted part of it to be handmade. I knew I wanted the pieces to be a little larger than normal and found them on Ebay for a good deal.

I then commenced the wonderful husband to help me out. (Note: This project could not be completed without his help! We decided that each square should be 2 in. x 2 in.

Here are the results!

Each square was cut out individually. In case you were wondering, that would be 64 squares. Individually cut. 64 total. That's a lot of tiny little squares. We then stained them two different colors, glued them to another board and then put trim around the entire thing. Wyatt then put about 43938 coats of poly on. Not even kidding.

And now about a gazillion more pictures because this is my most favorite project ever.

The icing on the cake was when my brother said that this was probably the best Christmas gift he's ever gotten. I'll take that compliment any day :)

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Introducing To Sew With Love and a Giveaway!

Today I would like to introduce you to my new sponsor Arcoiris! You may have noticed her new button hanging out in my sidebar.

Not only does Arcoiris have an Etsy shop but they have a blog called To Sew with Love.

To Sew with Love is run by 3 women, Lelanie, Laarnie, and Lhorie. They are scattered all of the world and are able to share their inspiration through this joint blog!

Here are few things you can find over at To Sew with Love:

Pretty felt flower brooch.

Adorable little girl's skirt.

Now on to the giveaway!
Arcoiris Etsy shop has offered a $15 store credit to on of my readers!

What can you get from Arcoiris?

Could this gift set be ANY cuter?!

Or these adorable owl plushies!

So how do you win the $15 store credit to Arcoiris?

Visit Arcoiris (HERE) and tell me what you would buy if you won.

Extra Entries:
1. Become a follower of To Sew With Love
2. Like To Sew With Love on Facebook
3. Become a follower of Young and Crafty

Leave a comment for each thing you do!

Giveaway will end Friday, Dec. 31st.

Not to mention if you don't win, Arcoiris is offering my readers a 20% discount until
Jan. 31st! Just go to their Etsy shop and enter the code YOUNGANDCRAFTY.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

New CSN Stores WINNER!

The previous winner did not claim there prize in time so now we have a new winner!

The new winner is #4, A Diamond in the Stuff, who linked up these cute countdown blocks!

Congrats Courtney! Please contact me within 48 hours at youngancrafty @ so that I can send you the gift certificate code!

P.S. Come back tomorrow for an awesome giveaway!!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you, your friends and families!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas and stops to take a break from all the hard work and preparation and simply enjoy being with family and friends.

If you are looking for the Free for All party, I'm post-poning it until next week!

P.S. I can't wait to show you guys a few Christmas gifts I've worked on!! :)

P.P.S. The winner of the CSN Stores gift certificate hasn't contacted me yet and has until midnigt before I choose a new winner!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


The winner of the CSN Stores Giveaway is number 10, Rook No. 17 who linked up these beautiful gift boxes!

Congrats Jenn! Please email me within 48 hours or I will choose a new winner!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Overstock Discount

I'm sure you have ALL heard of
If you haven't, you might want to get out from under that rock.

In case you have been living under a rock, let me show you a few things that they offer:

Beautiful Home Lighting

Stylish Armchairs


One of the very best perks of is that shipping is only 2.95, no matter how heavy or large your purchase is. You can't beat 2.95!

Overstock has generously offered a 10% discount to my readers!
The code can be used once per email address and it never expires.
(Discount excludes movies, electronics, and books)

In order to claim your 10% discount, us this code: 121745

All the ideas and opinions expressed are my own. No monetary compensation was received for doing this post, however, I was provided with a discount code.


Delicious Christmas Gift

I really wanted to do something special for my wonderful co-workers. I also didn't want to spend buckoo's of moolah either. Baking is relatively cheap, so I made my scrumptious cinnamon rolls. (If you would like a recap on how to make them, go here.)

I love how such a simple gift can be dressed up with gorgeous ribbon!

I made the name tags using my Cricut and some Christmas paper.

I sure do hope they love them!


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Tis' the Season

Don't forget to enter the CSN Stores giveaway and link up to Scraptastic Saturday (Here)!

I had some wood leftover from a project that me and the hubs are working on for a Christmas gift and saw the potential for a cute little sign! (I will most certainly show you the gift when Christmas is over!)

I literally didn't do anything to this except sand it down. It was cut off cleanly from the other piece of wood. I slapped some festive green paint on there, added some vinyl, ribbon and buttons and WAH-LA!

OHH I just LOVE it! I used my Cricut to cut the vinyl letters out. (The cartridge is Songbird)

Buttons always add the cutest touch and so does ribbon. Oh and bows too :)

I didn't have a Cricut cartridge that had a Christmas tree on it so I just found one online and traced it.

Easy artwork for free! I already had all of the supplies on hand. I guess that wouldn't really be free though would it?! I had to buy them sometime!

The perfect touch to my Christmas decor!

P.S. I really hate photoshopping photos! It's just so darn time consuming!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Scraptastic Saturday and CSN Stores Giveaway!

I'm very excited to be able to offer my WONDERFUL readers another CSN Stores gift certificate!
They really need no introduction, we all know of their endless products such as TV stands for flat screens, dishes, pillows, and the list goes on and on...

You have the opportunity to win a $35 gift certificate!

Here's how to win:

1. Tell me if you've finished all of your Christmas shopping. (1 entry)

2. Follow Young and Crafty and leave a comment saying you do. (1 entry)

2. Link up as many projects to Scraptastic Saturday (each counts as 1 entry, if it isn't made with scrapbook paper it will be deleted and will not count as an entry.)

Each entry is optional!

Here are a few features from last week's Free for All party!

This magnolia, made by Rook No. 17, is absolutely stunning! Perfect for a tree ornament/decoration!

These cookies and cream cheesecakes look scrumptious! It's a Crafty Life shares the recipe and it doesn't seem like it will be to hard!

I try really hard not to feature the same people over and over. When it come to A Diamond in the Stuff, I just can't help it! I think everything she touches is amazing and i just LOVE this simple Christmas artwork!

This week's link up is Scraptastic Saturday:

The only rule is that your project MUST be made with scrapbook paper!

The CSN Stores giveaway and linkup will end on Tuesday at midnight.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pine Cone Christmas Tree

Go HERE to enter the CSN Stores giveaway!

In the cover of darkness and the thick of night, I snuck into a yard with pine trees.
My one goal: pine cones. 
And boy did I hit the mother load! I was expecting some wimpy little pine cones but I got these big, beautiful, perfect, pine cones.

I had the idea to make a Christmas tree with a pine cone. If you would like a project that will take approximately 50349 glue sticks, 9 large pine cones, and 43 hours, then this is the project for you.

Take a Styrofoam Christmas tree (I got mine for $1 at the Dollar Store) and make sure you let your dog's chew on the end a little just for some extra character.

This is how I started:

I peeled off the branches? stalks? spikey things? I don't really know what they are called!

Then I started hot gluing them around the tree.

Now take those instructions and throw them out the window!
The way the pieces are curved didn't work. The pine cone spikey things didn't stay close to the form but kept getting farther away, leaving a gap. It just wasn't working!
Luckily I had another tree form and started over.

The best way I found to do it is take scissors and cut the spikey things off of the pine cone. Make sure they are relatively flat. I stopped taking pictures at this point because I was extremely frustrated!

I added the final result with a few yarn wrapped trees that I'm sure you've seen all over blog land.

I think it turned out pretty darn cute! I love the texture that it adds!

A perfect little trio!

Here is the whole space where I have these. This is the wedding picture wall. I love this wall.

Sorry it's so HARD to take pictures in our living room because we have ZERO natural light!

Christmas is a little over a week away and I am FAR from ready! EEK!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tutorial by The Crafty Clique!

Today I've got Lyssa from The Crafty Clique showing us a delicious recipe! Go check out her blog if you have a minute!

okay first off, i've always wanted to know,
carmel or caramel?
cause I just don't get it!
Anyways, these are way fun to make and they are just too good in your mouth!
don't they look so good?!
Okay so first off, what you are going to need is:
-normal pretzels.
-3 bags (or however many you want ) of Caramel Hershey Kisses
-bag of M&M's
-Then Turn on the Oven to 200 degrees.
If you have children, this is a very fun activity to do with them!  They love to help!
So start unwrapping all the Kisses.
this is a fun and somewhat long step in the process....
so I might have taken lots of pictures out of boredom...
 These were my little helpers.
 He was my "try to climb on top of the table and get into everything" helper.
 But i'll let it slide because he's so cute.
                                            Okay so you've got your bowl of unwrapped Kisses.
Start putting pretzels on a cookie sheet and line them up!
                                                Next step is to place 1 Kiss on 1 Pretzel.
                                                Place in oven for no more than 5 minutes.
Take them out and immediately place 1 M&M in the center of each pretzel and squish it down.
 Place it in the freezer for it to set for a couple of hours. 
Then place it in room temperature until hard.
The best would be to leave them untouched overnight.
 Then delight in the yummy goodness that you just created!
These are perfect for any occasion!
Merry Christmas!