Young and Crafty Sisters: 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Free for All

Since this is the last FFA party of the year, I’m going to do things a little bit differently.

For this party, link up your FAVORITE creation of 2012!

Here are the fab features from last week:

I love this simple zippered pouch. Especially the colors!

D.I.Y. Twine Ball Tree Topper by The Thinking Closet

Make this cool twine tree topper. This would also make a great bowl filler!

And the most viewed link:

Christmas decor at our house

This house is beautifully decked out for Christmas!

Remember, link up a favorite from 2012 this week!

Top 10 Posts of 2012

It’s been a great year here at Young and Crafty. I appreciate each and every one of you coming back to see what I’ve come up with. This blog wouldn’t be what it is without your support! I’m excited to see what the year 2013 brings. I’m sure there will be many more projects and crafts to share :)


Here is a recap of the top 10 most visited posts from 2012.

And now the countdown to number 1! 

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish Pies and $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card GIVEAWAY

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith's for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies are sure to be a crowd pleaser. There are four different options to choose from. There is Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce, Cherry Pie with Butter Fudge Sauce, Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Icing, or Pumpkin Pie with Cream Cheese Icing. So what exactly is different about the deep dish pie than other Mrs. Smith's options? These deep dish pies use the same crust and the same filling but just offer MORE deliciousness in one pie. 




The best thing about these delicious pies is that you can add to them to make them even more delicious! I love, love, love caramel so I would choose the Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce and then probably add a dollop of whipped cream and some more caramel. You can never, ever have to much caramel. Ever. 


MRS. SMITH'S® Signature Deep Dish Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce



Now onto the giveaway! The winner of this giveaway will win one Deep Dish pie coupon AND a $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift card. That's an awesome prize package! 


Here is how to enter (please leave one comment for each):

1. Which pie would you buy with the Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies coupon?

2. Follow Mrs. Smith's pies on Facebook

3. Follow Mrs. Smith's pies on Pinterest

4. What would you buy with your giftcard to Williams-Sonoma? 


That's 4 entries total. The giveaway will close Jan. 3rd at midnight. 

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Free for All

My husband and I are in the midst of redoing the guest bathroom. (Follow along on Instagram: hannahyoungancrafty and Twitter to see updates!) We are having a family Christmas on Sunday. I started this redo this week on purpose. I figured that having a deadline would motivate me to finish. At this point I am asking myself, “What in the heck were you thinking?!” We will see if I feel differently next week :)

Here are the fab features from this week:

Punched Tin Ornament Tutorial by The Thinking Closet

This punched tin can ornament is amazing! The light glowing through is such a pretty effect.

Craft with the kids this Christmas! Check out some fun and easy ideas.

And the most viewed link:

Make this fun and cute lollipops. You will never guess what they are made out of!

Rules: Link directly to your post of projects made by you, no Etsy shops, no giveaways (Please do not link up a project that you've already linked here before)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Character Ornaments


Character Ornaments 2


I had every intention of making an awesome tutorial for these cute character ornaments. Well, let’s just say they were super hard to make! I made these for the kids that I work with. Each character is one that the kid loves!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Free for All

I found out that I passed all of my classes this semester! Such a relief. Now I can enjoy the rest of my break.
Here are the fab features from last week:
I love this wreath by Simply Sophisticated and the beautiful orange mixed in. So unexpected but still Christmas!
I don't think I have that much patience to pull of chalkboard art. Burton Avenue did a fabulous job though!
And the most viewed link:
These adorable shadow boxes by Spool and Spoon. LOVE!
Rules: Link directly to your post of projects made by you, no Etsy shops, no giveaways (Please do not link up a project that you've already linked here before)


Craft Party


I hosted a Pinterest/Craft party at my house. It was a blast! There were about 12 women here making fun Christmas crafts or crafting something fun.


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It was a crafting madhouse!!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Mantel & Tree 2012


The winner of the Custom Family Rules art from Signs by Andrea is Christa! Congrats, you should be receiving an email from me to claim your prize!


Mantel & Tree 2012

(Find the pallet art HERE, pallet trough HERE, and wreath tutorial HERE)


This years tree and mantel is totally different than something I would pick out for myself. A friend of mine that moved gave me all of her Christmas decorations. Awesome, right!? I typically go for more of the woodsy, earthy theme but her colors were champagne, gold, and bronze with a a smidge of maroon. Way more glitz than I’m used to!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Cards with Minted


Christmas is quickly approaching and it’s not to late to send out your holiday cards! This awesome website, Minted, offers a great selection of designs for your holiday cards this year. I love getting cards from people with their family pictures.



I love the simplicity of this one. It doesn’t scream Christmas and could be displayed all year!



How cool is this?! You can select the city you live in. What a great card for someone who has family all over the U.S.



For a card that is more Christmas looking, this is a great option.



Love this Peace on Earth card and the multi-colors.

I could literally go on and on. There are toooonnnnsss of options. If you can’t find what you are looking for, well, I just don’t see how you couldn’t!


Be sure to consider visiting Minted for you Holiday card selection this year!




Sunday, December 9, 2012

Another Pallet Trough

Pallet Trough

Ok, I am obsessed with these super simple pallet trough’s. Some of you may have seen the sneak peek on Instagram (hannahyoungancrafty), Twitter and Facebook. This one is basically the same design as the one I made with dividers (HERE). I knew I wanted something for my mantel to put filler in. This was perfect AND free.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Custom Family Rules Art from Signs by Andrea {GIVEAWAY}


Signs by Andrea gave me the opportunity to create a custom family rules sign. I decided to make one for my sister-in-law since I don’t have any kids yet. I didn’t really think that my husband and I needed rules :)

It was super easy to make. There are different options for rules or you can make up your very own.

I purchased the print from Shutterfly in the 11x14 size. I then grabbed a 16x20 frame from Hobby Lobby and an 11x14 matte. I love the big frame! 

And now you get the chance to win your own customizable family rules art! I’m trying out this rafflecopter thing so we will see how it goes.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, December 7, 2012

Free for All

School is officially out for a month! This has been the most stressful semester of my life. Now I just have to wait to see how I did!

Starting with today, I will be pinning all of the features from the party. Go HERE to follow me on Pinterest if you aren’t already :)

Here are the fab features from last week:

Use ribbon to make a no sew tree skirt. The colors of this one are so fun!

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This printable is so simple and that’s what I like about it. The colors are perfect too.

I love this woodsy themed front porch!

And the most viewed link:

I love pallet art. This one is simple and has a great quote!

Rules: Link directly to your post of projects made by you, no Etsy shops, no giveaways (Please do not link up a project that you've already linked here before)

Neosporin Essentials

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS™ for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


My sister and my nephew both have eczema. To be honest, I didn’t know much about it other than that it was a skin condition. Here are a few things that I’ve recently learned about eczema. Eczema is a chronic inflammatory skin condition characterized by dry, itchy skin and visible skin rash. Atopic dermatitis is the most common form. When healthy, the external layer of your skin act as a protective barrier but for people with eczema, the skin has a deficiency in the external layer that allows the moisture to escape and causes chronic dryness. When skin is dry an unprotected, irritants can reach the sensitive layers below and cause uncomfortable itch flare-ups. People with eczema are more susceptible to irritants or allergens, which trigger inflammation-producing cells that result in itching and redness. WOW, having eczema really stinks!

While I don’t have eczema, I have seen my sister struggle with having it. It is estimated that 35 million Americans suffer from eczema. 70% of eczema cases start in children under 5 years of age.


Now there is a product to help treat eczema! NEOSPORIN® ESSENTIALS™ is the #1 doctor recommended brand for an over-the-counter ointment to help with eczema. There is a daily moisturizing cream, daily body wash, and anti-itch cream. Each product has a unique Relipid™ formula, which contains a lipid, humectant, emollient and botanical blend to help retain moisture that is essential for healthy looking skin.


The worst time for eczema is fall and winter. During the fall, try to keep stress low. Make sure to focus on a regular skin care routine. During the winter, try to keep skin warm and protected when outside. A thick, protective moisturizer helps with windburn. A humidifier in your bedroom and help to add moisture to the dry air and of course continue with a regular skin routine. 

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Past


I wanted to do a little round up of all the Christmas things I’ve made. Maybe you will be inspired! Click on the image to go to the post.





Duck® the Halls!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.


Who doesn’t love Duck Tape®? It can be used for so many things! Not to mention that Duck® Brand has done an awesome job at extending the options. I know that once upon a time the only option available was grey. Not anymore! Now you can choose from zebra, fun colors, stripes, and so much more. Did you know that Duck® brand has been around for 20 years? Me neither! They have been constantly innovating and offering solutions for America’s households.




They now have a new line of Holiday Duck Tape®. Is that not the cutest ever? It looks just like ribbon. I absolutely love the polka dots! I think that this would make the perfect wrapping for Christmas presents. It’s so festive. If you are super good with making things out of Duck Tape® you could even make bows or flowers to put on presents.


Don’t forget about your family and friends who love Duck Tape®. Wouldn’t this make such a great gift? This would also be a great gift idea for parties that have the gift exchanges. I’m sure you are going to at least one. Why not get something that is inexpensive and that everyone would love to have!?


You can also become a fan of Duck Tape® on Facebook. They offer great updates of the newest products that are available. There are even contests for creating a Duck Tape® design and different events that you won’t want to miss out on! Go to to follow along! 

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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Christmas Wreath {Tutorial}

Christmas Wreath

I knew I wanted something Christmas-y to go on my big mirror in my living room. A wreath was the perfect touch! I had a friend who moved and gave me all of her Christmas decorations. Yes, I said ALL of them. So now I can change up my “themes” from year to year. Her decorations were champagne, gold and bronze. TOTALLY different than my red, blue and silver! I’ll have to show you guys a side by side of my old mantel and new on this year.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Free for All

Hope you have all had a great week! I’ve got some Christmas projects to share with you guys this week so stay tuned!

Here are the fab features from last week:

Absolutely LOVE this candy cane wreath. You’ll never guess what the “wreath form” is!

Turn an Ikea chest into cool looking library storage!

And the most viewed link:

Got a sewer in your life? Make this super simple and cute pin cushion for a gift!

Rules: Link directly to your post of projects made by you, no Etsy shops, no giveaways (Please do not link up a project that you've already linked here before)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Truvia® Baking Blend

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Truvia® Natural Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The Holidays are qucikly approaching. That means that the pounds are about to quickly start piling on for most of us. Sometimes I dread the Holidays for this very reason! I have zero self-control. But the pounds don't have to pile on! Truvia® Baking Blend is a mixture of  Truvia®  natural sweetner and sugar. Truvia® offers a sugar-like texture and is perfect for baking. A 1.5 pound bag of Truvia® Baking Blends has the equivalent sweetness to 3 pounds of sugar. It offers 75% fewer calories than using sugar alone! I'll shave calories where I can! Escpecially during the Holidays. 



Visit the Truvia® website for more tips and information on Truvia® Baking Blend. The website also offers recipes! These chocolate chip cookies only require 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp of Truvia® Baking Blend. There is 60% less sugar than what is in regular chocolate chip cookies. Rev up your chocolate chip cookie while also offering a lower calorie version! I bet that no one will even be able to taste the difference. 


Have you ever used a sweetner in your recipes rather than sugar? Be sure to check out the website for many different recipes. There are quite a few for the Holidays. No worrying about the conversions from sugar to sweetner because the conversions are right there in the recipe. 


On your next shopping trip, look for Truvia®  sitting on the shelf. It is avaialbe at retail stores. Grab Truvia® rather than sugar to include in all of your upcoming Holiday treats. Save as many calories as you possibly can!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Free for All

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving and ate way to much food! My sister and I hit up the stores for some shopping last night. (See our picture on Instagram) I didn’t get to bed until 6:30! I’ve been decorating for Christmas today and relaxing. Perfect day after Thanksgiving :)

Here are the fab features from last week:

Make a cute little gingerbread man out of felt. Great Christmas ornament!

Scrap Wood Tree - May Your Days Be Merry and Bright

I love these scrap wood trees! Too cute.

And the most viewed link:

Make these beautiful homemade cards. Love the pretty paper!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Glasses USA


I’ve worn glasses and contact for basically my entire life. I got glasses in the second grade. Now that I’m an adult, I realize how expensive glasses are!!


image001 offers VERY affordable glasses. Not to mention they have tons of cute styles. They also have a super fun feature where you can virtually try on different styles of glasses.



I love that I was able to see what the eyeglasses would look like on my face before committing to a pair.




I might not would every buy these but it was fun to see what they look like! Sometimes it hard to know what glasses online would look like on.




However, I would buy these cheap glasses in a heartbeat. They are only $68! offers high quality frames and lenses, they offer a 110% lowest price guarantee and a 100% satisfaction guarantee along with a generous refer-a-friend program. Additionally, you can stay up-to-date on all GlassesUSA happenings through their Facebook page and our Twitter feed (@GlassesUSA).


Right now you can take 15% off of your order storewide AND get free shipping on orders over $50.

Use the code FS15 to get your discount.


So next time you need or want a new pair of glasses, consider for your purchase!




Monday, November 19, 2012

Guest Post: Orange Peel Candle Tutorial

I'm so happy to have Eliza from Eliza K Prints here sharing her orange candle tutorial. If computers could smell, I'm sure it would be heaven! 

Create an Orange Peel Candle

An Eliza K Tutorial


Biodegradable and Easy!

 Orange candles add a great ambiance to a holiday table and they make a fun holiday project for the whole family to do together!

What you will need:

1 orange

1/3 cup olive or canola oil

matches or lighter 

thin bladed knife

Step One

Separate the rind from the orange using a thin bladed knife. The easiest way to do this is to cut the orange in half first. Next, separate the orange from the rind carefully. Make sure not to cut the stem in the middle!

Pour your choice of oil into the orange (we generally use olive) wetting the wick also. The hardest part is getting the stem to catch fire. Don't give up!

 Estimate burn time is about one hour. They are short-lived but so pretty! 

Check out more cheap and easy tutorials at Eliza K Prints, follow along on Facebook for recent updates and keep an eye on our Pinterest boards to see what inspires us!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Free for All

Sorry the party is going up late tonight. I was having a few computer issues. I’ve got a guest poster coming up this week. If you would like to guest post, please feel free to email me at for details!

Here are the fab features from last week:

This is the cutest little Thanksgiving sign!

Oh my goodness this is to cute! Add a cotton ball each day and Santa’s beard will fill up.

And the most viewed link:

Make your own homemade syrup. What a great gift idea!

Rules: Link directly to your post of projects made by you, no Etsy shops, no giveaways (Please do not link up a project that you've already linked here before)