Young and Crafty Sisters: April 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Free for All

I hope that everyone has had a fabulous week! I am one week closer to being done with this semester, woohoo! Tomorrow I am spending the day in Canton with my mom. If any of you have been to Canton before, you probably know that I am super excited!

Here are the fab features from last week:

I've never worn anything like this in my hair, but I totally would! I love this hairdo and the fun flower clip by Christina's Advertures! (P.S. If you make an extra you can send it my way!)

Cut the Craft! made this lamp out of a cool jug, how cool is that?!

I'm an abstract art kinda girl, mostly because I can't paint inside the lines. I am loving this super simple abstract art by Dans le Townhouse!

And the most viewed link this week:

Capital B shows us this fun all boy baby shower!

Rules: Link to your post of projects made by you, no Etsy shops, no giveaways.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Featuring She Made It!

I've got an exciting brand new blogger to share with you guys! Please welcome Brittany from She Made It! She's got some seriously cute stuff so hop on over and check out her blog!

Hi All! My name is Britany from She Made It! I am so VERY new to the blogging world, and I am lovin’ it! How much fun it is to post a project you made and people actually look at it, read what you wrote and then tell you how wonderful you are! Ummmm….no brainer, of COURSE I am lovin’ it!


I am a HUGE crafter! I love to make just about anything, and I love learning new ways to create stuff! Which is the reason I started following craft blogs like “Young & Crafty” in the first place. On my site you will stumble upon paper crafts, home and holiday d├ęcor, and kids crafts. Right now I am undergoing my first ever furniture redo! So exciting! I also love a clean house, (notice I didn’t say that MY house was clean, that is always a work in progress! wink, wink) so every Tuesday I share a cleaning or organizing tip. We also seriously LOVE to eat around my house so you will find recipes and yummy foods!

Here are samples of stuff you can check out if you come and visit me!


No Bake Cheesecake, She Made it

Spring blocks, She Made it Crafts (5)

Spring Wreath, She Made it (2)

Hannah, THANKS so much for featuring me today! I love your blog, thanks for all the time you put into it!
To all you readers, come and visit anytime, I would LOVE to have you!

Want your blog featured? Have an awesome tutorial you want to share?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Jalapeno Bites

Here is a quick and easy appetizer for ya! I found this one in Trisha Yearwood's Home Cooking recipe book. There are actually quite a few recipes that I want to try!

Jalapeno Bites

1 8-oz package cream cheese (softened)
2 cups grated Parmesan cheese
4 tablespoons pickled jalapeno peppers
1 large egg, beaten
3 cups dry bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350.
Mix cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, jalapenos and egg to form a paste. (If you need a good mixer, there are Target coupons available for Kitchen Aid!) Shape into balls. Roll the balls in the bread crumbs. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Make sure you have something to drink handy, these have a kick to them!

P.S. In no way, shape, form, or fashion are these good for you, however they are good!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Free for All

Don't forget that I want to feature you here on Young and Crafty!
 Email me at youngancrafty @ for more information or to submit a tutorial!

I've had an easy week this week since we are on Spring Break but finals are right around the corner and I've got 2 papers due. Yikes! That's what I'll be doing this weekend.

We had a record link up this week with just over 80! So close to 100! And as usual we had some pretty amazing linkups. Here are a few of my favorites:

Girl in Air is literally amazing! She transformed this footlocker into a really cool statement piece!

Next 2 Nothing Crafts created this awesome geometric wall!

Pink Stitches created this beautiful damask tote bag! Love!

And the most viewed link this week:

A Diamond in the Stuff made this gorgeous bench out of an old crib!

Rules: Link to your post of projects made by you, no Etsy shops, no giveaways.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Just A Few Things

If you are interested in featuring a tutorial (that hasn't been posted on your blog) or doing a blog swap, please email me at youngancrafty @! I want to start featuring YOU! I've got finals coming up and things will be slow around here until after May 15th or so.

On another note...

If you are looking for some fun fabric, my sponsor Crafty Girls Workshop is having an awesome sale on all of there fabric! You can buy the fabric for $5 a yard while it lasts. Hurry because they have some super cute stuff so it may not last long!


Also, you may notice a new button on my sponsor sidebar!

White Satin Ribbon is gone because they changed names to...

Walla Bear designs! Be sure to check them out!
If you are looking for somewhere to advertise your business or blog, I have very affordable prices! Only $5 for one month. Email me at for more information!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Guest Bedroom DIY Wall Art

There is one room in the house that I haven't shown you (besides the bathrooms) and that is the guest bedroom. I like it but it just needs a little work.

About, oh let's say 6 months ago, I decided to use some leftover wood from my DIY headboard and make some wall art. I've used wood several times as my "canvas". (Here and Here and Here)

The first attempt was, ummm, not what I was looking for.

Honestly, I don't think it's the worst, most awful thing I've every seen. There was just something off about it. Everyone I asked said it was just "ok". 

And there it sat in the guest bedroom. For 6 months. Or so. Who's really counting anyway?

I was finally inspired and came up with this:

I looked at an image on my Cricut cartridge called Songbird and lightly drew my outline with a pencil. So basically I free handed the image and then painted it with my Winter Lake paint that I used here.

To hang the boards I used 3 screws. 2 on top and one on the bottom.

A few of them caused the wood to split a little. No worries.

I painted over all of the screws. I may be a lot of things but a perfectionist is not one of them! You can't even tell unless you are looking for the screws.

I think this version turned out much better. Maybe it's because I added leaves and branches.

I guess I've jumped on the bird bandwagon now!

My husband doesn't "get" this whole artwork thing but what does he know anyway?

My wall art hangs over this wood chest that Wyatt and his dad made. It used to hold firewood. This thing is gargantuan, as in ginormously huge! We now use it for our snow gear.

So while we're hanging out in the guest room, I suppose I'll show you around the rest of the room!

This is the view from the door. I absolutely love the bedding. The wall color was what the previous owners had and we both liked it enough to keep it. I've thought about putting horizontal stripes on the wall along the bed in a translucent color. I also would like to paint the bed but that's an undertaking! And I would love to put something above the bed. The little pup can stay :)

The window is screaming for some beautiful curtains. I haven't found the perfect fabric yet!

Here's the other side of the room. If I ever paint the bed I will paint the dresser the same color. There's a frame sitting on top and an unfinished project that's been sitting there for, oh, let's just say 9 months.

So there's the guest bedroom tour! I can't promise you when or if I'll every complete any of those wish list items but be rest assured that you'll see the result!

One last before and after of the wall art:

So what do you think? Be honest, I can take it!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Free For All and a NEW Winner!

The winner of the White Satin Ribbon giveaway never contacted me so I have selected a new winner!
I'm Tesa. from This Little Life is the new winner!

Please contact me at youngancrafty @ within 72 hours to claim your prize.

Well I hate to tell you guys but I'm kind of in a craft funk. I've got tons of ideas swirling in my head but no motivation to actually do them. For the first time in a long time, I don't really have anything in the works. I hope to get over this little funk pretty quick because I have tons of stuff I need to do!! I've got finals coming up and I hope to have a little more free time.

On another note: Would you like to be featured on Young and Crafty? If you have a tutorial (that hasn't been posted to your own blog), I would love to show it off! If you are interested please shoot me an email.

On to the fabulous features for last week!

Crafty Mama shows us a fun way to dye Easter eggs!

Cherished Treasures made this adorable Easter album out of Toilet Paper rolls! Genius I tell ya!

I looovee me some yellow. This chalkboard frame is to die for by A Diamond in the Stuff!

And the most viewed link this week:

A Diary of a Preppy Mom spray painted her shoes. Yes, you read that right. Spray Paint. I do believe I will be trying out this idea and I also love the shoe clips!

Rules: Link to your post of projects made by you, no Etsy shops, no giveaways.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Garden Update

I've got a little garden update for you guys! I guess you could say that I have 2 small gardens. The hubs let me have another area that will hold our firewood next year. There was azalea bushes there but we transplanted them to the front flower beds.

Here is the area where I planted. I have 2 rows filled with carrots, radishes, and purple onion. You can see that the radishes have already sprouted in this picture.

If you are thinking about growing a garden, radishes are the easiest thing you can possibly grow. The sprout in about a week and are super low maintenance! When they do sprout up, you have to thin them to one sprout every inch or so. If you are more patient than I am you can plant just one seed about an inch apart!

And here's how it looks today! The radishes are growing like crazy and the carrots and purple onion have sprouted. You can see a spot towards the back where I must have spilled some radish seeds. Oh well! More radishes will grow, just not in the designated area!

I showed you my circle garden a few weeks ago and here is how it is today. Two tomato plants have died but I'm not sweating it! I will probably just plant two more.

(Yes, I did in fact mispell jalapeno in the above picture. And yes, I am to lazy to fix it. Whoops!)

That's thing about gardening, you can't take it to seriously. If you do then it won't be any fun!

Here are the baby jalapeno sprouts! You need to thin these as well. I left about 3 sprigs in case one or 2 died.

Is your garden growing?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Introducing Crafty Girls Workshop

I have a really fun new sponsor to introduce you guys called Crafty Girls Workshop!

crafty girls button

  They offer fabric, patterns, notions, books and so much more!

Here are just a FEW of the things I liked.

I loved this purse pattern. Their patterns can be printed or emailed (PDF).

What a fun selection of fabrics! Just look at these two and they have a ton more!

This skirt is adorable and is one of the kits they offer. It comes with everything you need. (Minus the elastic)

Crafty Girls Workshop also have their own blog called none other than Crafty Girls Workshop!

They show you how to make cute stuff like this skirt:

Crafty Girls Workshop blog also offers fun giveaways, who doesn't love a giveaway!?

So if you are looking for some fun, different fabric, or a new pattern, go check out Crafty Girls Workshop!
They will not disappoint!

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