Young and Crafty Sisters: August 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Biggest, Baddest, Hardest Project EVER: Phase 1

Michaela @ Keep Calm and Carry On please contact me ASAP to claim your Vintage Pearl gift certificate!!  I'll give you till Friday or I'm doing a re-draw!!

When we bought our house a little over a year ago, we knew that one of the things we wanted to change was the floors. The plan was to do the living room, kitchen, entry way and hallway. There was nothing wrong with the carpet in the living room and hallway we just wanted wood (laminate).

That is tile by the back door, not linoleum.

See? Not terrible.  Just beige with black speckles.  The kitchen on the other hand, now that is a different story!  It was linoleum that had roses in every other square.  It definitely didn't go with out new kitchen countertops and backsplash!

It was bringing the whole fantaboulous kitchen redo down. The entry way had the same tile as the backdoor.

So this next process, I don't have any pictures of.  Mainly because I was exhausted afterwards.  Let's just say that it's about a cajillion times easier to lay tile down than to tear it out.  Whoever laid the tile in our house did an awesome job because let me tell you it would NOT come out in big pieces. We went with the process of using a sledgehammer and banging it against a tool (forgot he name of it) to loosen the tile.  It was not working so we just started banging the tile with the sledgehammer (all while trying not to crack the concrete!) Needless to say, I was sore the next day!

The carpet was another story! The people who laid down the newest carpet didn't take the time to rip up the old wooden carpet grabber things. (Do these have a name?) Can we say lazy? So instead of ripping out just ONE set of carpet wooden things, we had to rip out TWO. Not to mention the old one was rotten.  Fantastic.

We went to look at floors at Lumber Liquidators.  We didn't really have any intention of buying THAT day but the sales guy told us that Louisiana was having their tax free weekend for back to school.  We got two samples, ran home and tried them out and went back and bought them.  Oddly enough the two samples were almost identical when we got out of the store.  That place was a nightmare!  They only had ONE dude working on a weekend AND it was tax free weekend!  Really? We probably waited for an hour just to buy them and then for another 30 minutes in the super HOT warehouse for him to come load them up.  Ummm, Mr. Sales Guy, we just spent a lot of money and all you give us is a bottle of water while we wait! He could have given us some cleaner or something.  Geez. So here are the boxes all stacked in the house.  Those were some heavy boxes! 50 lbs a piece and yes I did help unload them

I know this is a long post, so if you're still reading, THANKS! I'll show you Phase 2 later!!

P.S. Don't forget to link up to Scraptastic Saturday (here)!  You can link up anything you made with scrapbook paper!! The link party ends Wed at midnight.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Winner of The Vintage Pearl!

The very lucky winner of the $25 gift card to the Vintage Pearl is...

# 18, Michaela @ Keep Calm and Carry On who said ,"I am soo excited to have found your blog! I am now a follower. Keep up all the creative work and inspiring projects! Thanks for offering this giveaway from Vintage Pearl!"

Congrats Michaela!!  Please contact me via email at so that I can get you in touch with the Vintage Pearl.

Thanks so very much to The Vintage Pearl for letting me host my very first giveaway!  I hope that there will be many more to come... (aaahheemm, hint hint people who have shops or own businesses!)


Saturday, August 28, 2010

The Desk Table

You may have been wondering why I decided to paint the chair yellow.  It all started with the "desk".  This isn't a typical desk, in fact it's not even a desk at all!  As you all know, I love to scrapbook and I wanted a huge space to have everything out at one time because I am a crazy messy scrapper.  I searched Craigslist, Goodwill and garage sales looking for the perfect "desk". I found one of those tables with the white legs and tan top for $25.  You know the kind, the farmhouse type tables.  Well the stinkin' person sold it RIGHT before I emailed them.  So annoying.

I continued looking and found one at a garage sale for $20 bucks!  I practically ran to buy that thing before someone else did.  This was the same kind of farmhouse table but it had green legs.  Not just any green, Christmas green. Yuck-o-la! This was pre-blogging so I don't have a picture of the before! But here is the beautiful after!

Ok, back to the yellow. I knew I wanted a white table but all white was just a little to plain for me! I added a border and then W came up with the idea to put a monogram on it. W, came up with this on his own, I may have created a monster. "A" is the first letter of our last name in case you were wondering.

I found the A and hand drew it on a piece of paper to make a stencil. 

The border is my favorite part!  You know how much I love me some yellow.

And here is this side of the office.  I know that stereo is like ancient and huge but W won't let me get rid of it. The shelves above the table may be one of my most favorite purchases.  We got them at Ikea.  That was my one and only trip and I love that place. Ikea, if you want to set up shop in northwest Louisiana I vow to visit you once a week (maybe more). We got the shelves for $20 a piece.

I just love the free floating shelves!  (They are not crooked on the wall, that would be my awesome picture taking skills.) I made the Create block myself along with the ribbon holder.  I need to figure out a better ribbon holder because a.) I have about 20 more rolls that won't fit b.) that one isn't good for different size rolls and c.) it's really not all that cute. The earring holders on the top right are just hanging out collecting dust.  I may do a giveaway for them, would you be interested in winning them?

And here's about 100 more pictures because I love this space :)

I think I need to go create something... that just may be where you'll find me the rest of the weekend!

On a side note, the giveaway ends TONIGHT at midnight! Go here to enter.

On another side note, don't forget to link up to Scraptastic Saturday!! If you used scrapbook paper on anything you can link up! Go here to link up.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Scraptastic Saturday

This week we had 13 entries!!  I loved seeing all of your projects and thank you SO much for taking the time to link up.  Pay attention to the rules later, I'm changing them up (in a good way) a bit to include even MORE projects.  How about some features?

I just thought this newborn baby layout was adorable.  The baby may help :) NO I'm only kidding, it really is beautiful!  Check out Vicki @ Stamped Smiles

Halloween is rght around the corner, so why not make this stinkin' cute card for someone!?
Check out Sarah @ Live Love and Scrap


I know most kids have started school already but this is such a fun idea to give your kid or teacher!
 Check out Tracy @ Craft Junkie Too

If you were featured grab a fun button!!

So here's the "NEW" rules:

1. You can follow me if you want but you don't have to. It would be nice since I'm hosting this and everything :)

2. You can link up ANY project that you made with scrapbook paper!  This can include digital layouts, mod podged projects, cards, etc.

3. Link to your blog post, NOT your main blog

4. I would really really like it if you would grab my button and post it somewhere on your blog!!

Now it's your turn!  Link 'em up!

P.S. Don't forget that the Vintage Pearl giveaway ends TOMORROW at midnight!!

P.P.S. I cannot thank everyone enough for all of your thoughtful comments about all of my posts and my blog in general! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and read my little ole' blog :)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Yellow Chair

I found this chair at Goodwill for a whole $10 bucks and jumped on the deal!  I wanted a chair for my craft room but I didn't want a typical office chair. I had been looking for a chair for about a year waiting for the perfect deal to come along.  Yes, I am a cheapo!

Not so cute right?

It had a flower detail that I wasn't in love with but it would work.

The fabric wasn't awful but it wasn't what I wanted for the room.  Bet you can't guess what I used?!

So it was time to make her over.  This was my first chair redo and small upholstering project.  I had some yellow paint from a previous project and used that to paint this chair.

Isn't it the cutest chair you ever did see? 

As you can see, I used my lovely yellow damask fabric yet again! I also added a cushion to the seat to make it more comfortable. 

I just love the yellow!!

The OK flower detail.

I did learn a few things on this project. First of all, I hope to never use a paint brush on a chair EVER again.  I am extremely impatient and don't pay attention to drips.  It is no fun going around all the curves and edges.  I have another chair redo to do and I will be using spray paint for sure!  The other thing I learned is that when you add cushion the the seat don't pull the fabric super tight but just taut.  It's not the perfect chair but I do love it :)

Here she is one more beautiful time!!

Don't forget about the $25 Vintage Pearl Giveaway going on!  It's super easy to enter and the contest ends on Saturday night at midnight!! You can go here to enter.


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vintage Pearl Giveaway!

*This giveaway is now closed*

I am so very excited to be hosting my very first giveaway!  I'm sure many of you have heard of The Vintage Pearl.  If you haven't, they have really beautiful hand stamped jewelry.

This is one of my favorites! Very simple and elegant.

I just LOVE these pearl earrings!

They not only have beautiful jewelry for women but also have these cool leather cuffs for men.

So here's the deal.  The Vintage Pearl is offering one of my readers a $25 gift certificate to their shop!

Here are the rules:

1. Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment saying you did (or already are a follower)

That's it! Super simple! Good Luck!

This giveaway will end Saturday at midnight!!


P.S. I have a SUPER exciting project to show you guys in the next few days!  It's the biggest project that we have ever done :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

PB Inspired Bookshelf

For my craft room, I knew I wanted some type of bookshelf.  Let me just say, there are very few books on this "bookshelf" but rather things that are special to me.  I also knew that I didn't want a traditional bookshelf. I do believe this was my very first Pottery Barn magazine and I knew immediately that I just had to have this bookshelf!

Isn't it gorgeous?  I just love the ladder leaning look and it was a little more nontraditional. I did NOT love the $299 price tag! Seriously? It's a bookshelf for crying out loud! So I showed the picture to the hubs and asked if he thought him and his dad could build it.  He said I don't know why not but he was secretly saying, "couldn't she have picked a plain jane bookshelf?" Let's just say I think this took a LOT little bit of measuring. But the end result turned out pretty dang close to PB and it only cost about $75!  They did make it a bit taller and wider but besides that it is an awesome knock off.  Props to the hubs and FIL! You are both awesome!

I even got the baskets to go on the bottom!!  (Sorry you have to see my junk in them!)


Doesn't it look FAB!?

I know you are super jealous right now!

So here is the shelf breakdown and probably more than you ever want to know about my "momentos"!

The blurred out handmade sign was a Christmas gift from my Mamaw and Papaw.  It has our last name and then W's and mine name.  It is beautiful cedar.  Of course the Michael Young bobblehead is just for W.  He is the BIGGEST Rangers fan you will ever meet! 

The 2nd shelf is my diploma and tassel that I worked VERY hard for. The books are just for decorative touches and have no special meaning. Both of the colorful glasses were gifts from my parents.  They got them on a cruise they just went on.  They are beautifully hand painted!  The picture is of W skydiving. And I just LOVE those little glass bottles.  One is filled with my great-grandmothers buttons and the other with ribbon that I hope to someday use! (If I ever get a sewing machine that is.)

This shelf is filled with W and I's wedding unity sand, and picture of me skydiving and my beautiful bouquet that my mom made. (I definitely get my "craftiness" from her!) And the ugly stuff by my bouquet is W's work stuff. Hey it's gotta go somewhere... Lastly the baskets which I love, hold a lot of crap :)

I'm just so glad my husband loves to do this kind of stuff!  I have so many projects in my head for him :)

Here is a side by side to compare...

Don't forget to link up your scrappy projects to Scraptastic Saturday... it ends Wed. night!!


Friday, August 20, 2010

Scaptastic Saturday

Thanks you to everyone who linked up last week for the very first Scraptastic Saturday!  We had 9 links and I'd really like to see more this week!! I love looking at your projects. Here are a few of my favorites!

I think everyone knows about my button fascination lately.  This card is stinkin' cute by Jocelyn over @ Inside BruCrew Life

I love this idea of creating a mini album.  This can be used as such a personalized gift that lasts forever and is very thoughtful! Check out Laura @ Nana Laura's

If you've been featured, grab a button!

This is my page for the week.  It's from my bridal shower.

For some reason I can't seem to get an awesome picture of my pages.  Wonder what's up with that?

I also have a fascination with ribbon!!

Here are the "kind of" rules:

1. You can follow me if you want but you don't have to. It would be nice since I'm hosting this and everything :)

2. Your post can be about anything related to scrapbooking. It can be shadow boxes, cards, scrapbook pages, etc. Your post does not have to be new and you can link up to as many different projects as you want!

3. Link to your blog post, NOT your main blog

4. I would really really like it if you would grab my button and post it somewhere on your blog!! This helps this party to grow bigger and bigger and lets you see all of the creativity out there in blog land.

Now it's your turn... Show me what you got!!