Young and Crafty Sisters: March 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Garden

One of the fondest memories I have as a child is spending time with my dad in the garden. Just so long as that time didn't involve pea picking! I like to pick everything else but when you have a garden that is over an acre full of peas, you can count me out!

Last year was my first time to have my very own garden. I grew radishes, watermelon and my very favorite thing ever, tomatoes! Seriously, I will eat 2 or 3 a day just like an apple.

Our backyard isn't very big and the hubs has granted me a designated area to have my garden. If he didn't, then I would probably have a garden half the size of the yard :)

He's actually going to let me plant in another spot where I hope to put purple onion, carrots and radishes.

I've got 7 tomato plants and 4 spots that will hopefully have jalapenos!

I can't wait for a big, red, juicy, homegrown tomato!!

Another thing we did this weekend was work on the front flowerbeds. I don't have a before picture but the after is beautiful!

Super hard work but it paid off! (Pretend you don't see the water hose that I was to lazy to move.)

We trimmed all of the bushes and the monkey grass and put down some pretty mulch.

Do you have a garden?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Ribbon Retreat Winner!

The previous winner never contacted me so I'm drawing a new one!

The new winner is " me " (no not me but I wish it was!!)

They said they would get lots of RIBBONS!

" me " please contact me at youngancrafty @ to claim your prize within 48 hours!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Chair Redo With a Tutorial

I am not one to turn down something free, so when my neighbor came over and said she was taking 3 chairs to Goodwill and asked if I wanted them, I said yes without a second of hesitation and tried not to do a little happy dance in the front yard!

This chair is old and like any old something or other, it needed a few repairs.

To repair the chair I took a few clamps and wood glue and left them on for several hours.

Since I didn't get the stained top I wanted on my sofa table, I decided to try a stained seat with this chair. I told the hubs what I wanted to do and I most definitely got a strange look. That's when I told him to leave the decorating up to me :)

I decided to stain first because of stain's tendency to seep. I didn't want the stain to seep into the paint if I had painted first.

After I stained the seat, I taped around all the edges.

And here's where the problem comes in. Because, yes, there is always some kind of problem when I get my hands on anything.

I get pretty comfy when I paint. It usually involves me sitting on the floor and rotating the chair so I don't have to move. Laziness at it's finest!

Well, you see, I'm just painting away. I dip my paintbrush in the paint can and reach to paint the top of the chair. Wouldn't you know it, my hand hits the side of the seat, the paintbrush flies in the air and...


Yes, that just happened.

That's when I decided I should have painted and then stained. I could have always touched up the paint had the stain seeped into it. However, I had to re-sand the seat and stain it again.

Every.single.project. is a learning process for me. Hopefully one day I will have learned everything!

That's ok, I learned my lesson and I am so pleased with the results!

I picked the paint to match my area rug. It is called Winter Lake by Behr. This time I got the primer and paint in one (only because they were out of the regular, cheap stuff) and I am so glad I did! It only took 2 coats of paint without ANY primer. This made me very happy because those little slats on the back were super hard to paint!!

No poly for this chair. I hope it gets beat up with normal wear and tear!

I just LOVE how different it is!

I've got it sitting by my sofa table as an entryway type of chair.

And a beautiful before and after!

Do you always have unfortunate things happen to you during your projects?

P.S. I absolutely HATE cleaning paint brushes so here is a tip for you. While I'm working on a project, I put the paintbrush in a ziploc bag and store it in the refriderator. It stays perfectly moist when you are ready to get started again. Now you only have to clean the paintbrush when you are finished!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Free For All and Giveaway WINNER!

I hope that everyone has had a fabulous week! I am so ready for the weekend as I'm sure you are too!

The winner of The Ribbon Retreat giveaway is...
#10 Allison from A Glimpse Inside!!

Please contact me at youngancrafty @ within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Here are this weeks features:

This couch redo by The Polka-Dot Umbrella went from brown and bland to bold and beautiful!

You know those expensive turquoise Ball jars? I love them but they are always so expensive.
 Craftberry Bush gives a wonderful tutorial on how to make your own knock offs!

These bread sticks by Crafty Mama look like they are to die for!

And the most viewed link this week is:

This fabulous Family sign by the amazing A Diamond in the Stuff!

Here are the rules:

 Link up any project that you've worked on.
Link directly to your post.
(Please no giveaways or Etsy shops. And do NOT link to your link party!)
If you find your link has disappeared, you must not have followed the rules!

Let's parrrtayyy people!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Red Ruffled Shirt

I made another ruffled shirt using the same pattern as this ruffled shirt. The ruffles are different but the body part is the exact same. This one came together much easier than the last one. Next time I make a shirt I think I will attempt a knit/stretchier T-shirt type fabric!

I used a cotton fabric that doesn't stretch at all. That's why I want to use knit next time! AND you have to iron this fabric everytime you wash it... no thanks!

I love ruffles :)

And this is how I wore it to work!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

1000 Followers Ribbon Retreat Giveaway!

I am so excited to be typing this post for this giveaway! Why, you ask? You see, The Ribbon Retreat has graciously decided to let me host a $25 giveaway because I have just reached 1000 followers!!!! I am seriously in complete awe that I have made it to this monumental "landmark". When I started this blog my goal was to have 1000 followers by my one year anniversary which is in July! Never in a million bazillion years did I think I would make it, much less several months ahead of schedule.

I have YOU to thank. I craft because I absolutely love it. Before I debut a project I get so giddy and excited to show you guys! Your wonderfully heartfelt comments encourage me to keep creating.

On to the giveaway!

The Ribbon Retreat has so much to offer! Obviously they offer ribbon, but they also have fabric, flowers and so much more!

Here is a sampling of some cute things I found!

This ribbon makes me ready for spring and summer!

Gorgeous fabric!

They even have patterns!

So here's how you can win the $25 gift certificate!

Please leave a separate comment for each. (All entries are optional)

1. Visit The Ribbon Retreat and tell how you would spend your $25.
2. Be a follower of Young and Crafty
3. Like The Ribbon Retreat on Facebook where you will receive updates on sales and new products
4. Subscribe to The Ribbon Retreat blog

This giveaway will close on Thursday 3/24 at midnight. I will announce the winner at the FFA party!

Simple Tray Redo

This was probably one of the quickest and most simple projects I've ever done!

I got this very patriotic food serving tray at the Dollar Tree for a whopping $1.00.

I then spray painted it white to cover up the dark blue and red.

I then used some blue spray paint and gave it two good coats. I grabbed my Cricut and vinyl and cut out numbers with the Cuttin' Up cartridge.

That's it! Seriously, easiest.project.ever.

It will now hold the hubs things, like keys. I may never see the numbers again :)

And there it is sitting on the sofa table, already full of stuff!

Sometimes it's nice to have a simple, quick project!

Lifestyle Crafts WINNER!

First of all, I would like to thank each one of you for entering this giveaway. I would also like to give you a sincere thank you for all of the sweet comments that you leave me. They mean the world to me and often bring a smile to my face!

Out of 103 entries, the winner of this amazing combo pack from Lifestyle Crafts is....

Congrats!! Please contact me at youngancrafty @ withing 48 hours to claim your prize!!

Be sure and check out Lifestyle Crafts for a fun product! They also give you some pretty cool ideas of how you can use your machine.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Free For All

I hope you have all had a wonderful week! I'm ready for a fun filled weekend of going to six flags and golf!

This weeks features!

These onesies are adorable and a perfect baby shower gift! Check out how Joy Is At Home made them.

What kid wouldn't want this fun car sandbox! Painted Fresh did a great job!

For my non-sewing friends, you must check out this T-shirt scarf tutorial by Iron Violet Designs!

And the most viewed link this week is by Crafting, Cooking, and Cats! Go see this cute little vignette!

Here are the rules:
Rules: Link up any project that you've worked on.
Link directly to your post.
(Please no giveaways or Etsy shops. And do NOT link to your link party!)
If you find your link has disappeared, you must not have followed the rules!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Diaper and Wipe Case

I went to a baby shower on Saturday and wanted to give a "homemade" gift. When I saw Funky Polka Dot Giraffes post about baby gifts, I just knew I had to make a diaper and wipe case!

I think it turned out pretty darn cute! I must add though, that this was a struggle to make!

My original plan was to use velcro. Lucky me, I even had some on hand! I learned very quickly that you can't sew through sticky velcro. What a disaster!

Soooo, I went to plan B. The only problem was that I'd never sewn a buttonhole either. Those suckers are tough! Mine is far from perfect but for my first one I think it turned out good enough.

Perfect for quick trips to the restroom!

Would you like one of these adorable diaper and wipe case's? I've got one up in my Etsy shop!
This one is made with velcro and I added a pocket to the back.