Young and Crafty Sisters: October 2010

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Don't forget to enter the CSNStores giveaway (here)!!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Halloween! Last night, we hosted a pumpkin carving party! We had tons of fun carving those messy things.

Did you know that you can use POWER TOOLS to carve a pumpkin?! Neither did I...

My pumpkins usually turn out horribly bad. They usually consist of triangle eyes and a toothy grin. This year I went a little prestigious and carved a spider! I think it turned out pretty good!

Some of our friends attempted to carve their picture into the pumpkin. The man turned out really good but the woman didn't fair so well. I wonder who was doing the carving... :)

Apparently stores don't carry pumpkins the day before Halloween because these little baby pumpkins were all that could be found by some people!

Have you done any pumpkin carving? I'd love to see yours! Just leave the link in a comment.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Scraptastic Saturday and a Giveaway!!

Hello Everyone! I hope you have all had a fantastic week! I have an amazing giveaway from CSNStores, where they have a selection of end table, cookware, bedding and sooo much more. But first a few features from last week!

You've got to go check out this calendar by Craft Binge! All of the paper is held on by magnets. Magnets you ask? The wall is painted with magnetic paint! 

Are your necklaces and jewelry in a pile of tangled mess? If so, you must check out how Crafty Clique transformed a silverware sorter into this amazing jewelry organizer!

I adore this shabby chic frame. The door knob adds such a cool touch!
 Go check out A Diamond in the Stuff!

If you were featured, grab a featured button on the sidebar!

Now on to the amazing giveaway! I'm sure everybody and there mother, brother, and dog has heard of CSN Stores. They have just about anything you can think of. Did you know that they even have an end table selection? (An amazing selection I might add.)

CSN Stores has offered one of my readers a $35 gift certificate!

Here's how to win:

1. Be a follower of Young and Crafty and leave me a comment saying so. (1 entry)

2. Visit CSN Stores and tell me what you would buy with your gift certificate. (1 entry)

2. Link up as many SCRAPBOOK PAPER related projects that have NOT been linked here before.
(1 entry per link)
(If it does not involve scrapbook paper it will be deleted and will not count as an entry.)

The giveaway will end on 11/4 and I will leave the link party open until then.
The winner will be announced during the next Scraptastic Saturday party!

Let's see your scrappy projects this week!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beware Yard Stake

This is the last Halloween craft I'm going to post about. Promise. Well I am having a pumpkin carving party so I'll probably show you the pumpkins we carved but that doesn't count :)

I wanted a yard stake with a cool Halloween saying on it and I came up with this. Yes, there are more spiders involved. I told you I was a bit obsessed this year.

It turned out pretty cute I think.  I especially love the spider.

I did learn one thing. I am not a very good painter. My mom is a wonderful at painting things.  I'll have to show you some stuff she has done. The Beware part is far from perfect but it'll work!

Pretty cute yard decor!

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Scraptastic Saturday! I have an awesome giveaway for you guys!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Boo Blocks

I finally got around to making myself some Boo blocks. I'm stuck on spiders this year so these have nothing to do with ghosts! I had to add a little embellishment to mine to make them spookier.

They are hanging out in my kitchen window!

Isn't this little guy cute?!

I can't decide if I like them this way or the other way but hey it's an easy change if I want to mix it up!

I made my spider out of mdf that I cut with a jigsaw. I used floral wire for the legs and another type of wire to connect him to the blocks. There are millions of tutorials for how to make blocks out there.  All you need is mod podge and scrapbook paper! EASY and CUTE!

P.S. I've got one more Halloween project to show you this week! Stay tuned!


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Sunday, October 24, 2010

How to Redo a Chair

Don't forget to enter your scrapbook paper projects in Scraptastic Saturday! (Here) It ends Monday night.

After showing you guys how NOT to redo a chair, I am happy to say that I can now show you the correct way to do everything.  Well, everything may not be "correct" per se.  We will just call it the "Hannah" way to redo a chair :)

The first thing I did was drag my chair into the garage mumbling a few choice words along the way. ALL that work was for NOTHING! Little did I know, I was in for about a gazillion times more work.

I sanded the heck out of this chair.  You may remember that I have an aversion to sanding. I absolutely hate sanding. With a passion. I swear my hands were vibrating for about 30 minutes after sanding. That may have been because it took me over 2 hours to get it down to the bare wood. Yes, you read that right... 2 HOURS!

Then I started adding the paint. I decided not to go the spray paint route.  You may remember from this post that I swore I would never use a paint brush to paint a chair again.  Whelp, I ate those words. I gave the chair 2 coats of primer. It then got 2 coats of Eggshell by Glidden. It was very bright white but I knew I was going to take care of that with some glaze.

It took a lot of restraint to make myself sllloooow down.  I am very impatient and want to just get a project done but I wanted this chair to look good.  Drips do not look good. It was very difficult to make myself be patient and careful!

Before I applied the glaze I roughed up the edges.  I just took some sandpaper and sanded the edges.  I didn't get to crazy with it but made it just a little worn looking.

I was VERY nervous to try out this glaze after my disaster of a pumpkin the first time I used it. I really have no clue if this is the "correct" way to apply glaze but this is the "Hannah" way.

Apply a bit of glaze to your paper towel.

 Rub on generously.

Then wipe it off with a dry part of your paper towel. Keep adding until you get the darkness that you want. I just wanted mine to have a little tint so it wasn't bright white.

I love the way the glaze is darker on the sanded edges.

I then brought it inside to start the upholstery part. 

 I added the batting and stapled it all in.

I used the old piece of fabric as a template because that's what everybody says to do. I'm glad I did, it worked like a charm!

I then stapled my fabric all the way around.  I was super careful to keep the pattern straight.  I started in the front and then went to the back and then the sides. 

I used my handy dandy hot glue gun to attach the trim. Is this the correct way to do this? Probably not. If it comes undone though it'll be easy to just hot glue back on :)

I'm not really sure you're supposed to trim it like this but I wanted to go around like that for 2 reasons. 1. It will keep the fabric in place. 2. I didn't want to have to cut the trim for every side. Even if this isn't how you are supposed to do it, I like it.

This is what the back looks like. I don't love it but I didn't really have a choice.  The trim was fraying like crazy.  The hubs suggested burning the ends AFTER I had already hot glued everything down. Thanks babe!

And there you have it, the "Hannah" way to redo a chair!

How about a few before and afters for your viewing pleasure?

Lesson learned. Point taken.  Do things the right way the first time.

P.S. I will announce the TWO winners of the ad space giveaway tomorrow! You still have till midnight to enter.  Go (here).