Young and Crafty Sisters: January 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Molding & Stenciled Entry Redo




Welcome to my house! Of course there are two wiggling weenie dogs to greet you :)

(I apologize for the craptastic pictures. There is ZERO natural light unless I open the door!)


Since we moved into this house, only 2 1/2 years ago, I knew that I wanted to hang molding on the bottom half of the entry. It was one of those low priority items. Hence, living here for 2 1/2 years with it exactly the same. 




When Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me about trying out a stencil, I knew it was time for an entry overhaul. There was nothing wrong with our entry. It was ok. It’s small, which we can’t change. But there was definitely no big impact when you walked in. We had a nice chair rail that was here when we bought it.

(I painted the window frame and the wooden squares were put up pre-blog. I got the idea from Thrifty D├ęcor Chick.)




I must say that the stencil was fairly easy to use. The only complaint I have is that it was incredibly hard to bend. Therefore I didn’t stencil the wall’s above the doorways.

Lazy? Yes. Easier? No Doubt. Will anyone notice? Probably Not.




Overall it was pretty easy. Are there tons of mistakes? Heck yeah. But the stencil is pretty forgiving because of the pattern. I can find all of them. If a guest can find even one they can have a cookie. Don’t you be looking Mom!




I haven’t decided what I’m going to hang up yet. So it’s neekkeed right now!




I’ll be giving you a tutorial for how I hung the molding. This was seriously easier than the stencil part!


And here are some Before and After’s:








I just LOVE the impact a simple stencil has given our entry!


Have you ever stenciled anything?



Friday, January 27, 2012

Free for All & Cutting Edge Stencils WINNER

So I am loving Twitter (follow me HERE)! It’s so easy to update more often. I like Facebook but it’s harder for me to update because I am usually logged into my personal account and it’s a hassle to log in and out.

It’s been a busy week for me. School and work have me busy. I finished up the entry redo and will be showing you guys as soon as I snap some pics!

And the winner of the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway is!


Staci I love all of their stuff - but I'd probably have to consider either a damask or quatrefoil one!
Congrats Staci but I have no way to contact you! Please contact me at within 48 hours.

So here are the fab features from last week:


This headboard is amazing! I love the hard a soft mix.


This table is made out of pallets. And it’s gorgeous. I love how you can make so many things with them!


Love, love, love the color of this end table! So bold!

And the most viewed link is:


Learn how to organize and create an effective command center!

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, January 24, 2012

Fleece Blanket {DIY Gift}




I made this blanket for my nephew for Christmas. I’m sure there are one million tutorials on this.

Welcome to tutorial one million and one. Maybe there is one person left on this planet who hasn’t seen it yet.

Maybe just one? No?


Oh well. Here ya go anyway.




I purchased a panel of fleece from his favorite movie Cars. You can use any kind of fleece though. It doesn’t have to be a panel. Cut off the excess white. It really doesn’t matter if your line is super straight.




Cut 1 in. squares around all four edges. Put on a good TV show or movie because this next part takes forever. Your thumbs will be sore the next day. No doubt.




Tie each piece in knots. If you want to get super creative you can use two pieces of fleece on top of each other and tie them together. I just wanted a light blanket. And I didn’t want to spend a fortune. Cause let me tell ya… fleece cost’s a fortune.




And there you have it! A personalized gift, perfect for a birthday or Christmas. I made one for my husband in Texas Rangers fleece. He loves it. I love it too :)


Have you ever made one of these fleece blankets?



Sunday, January 22, 2012

Cutting Edge Stencils GIVEAWAY {$50 Stencil}

When Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me about hosting a giveaway and trying out one of their products I was SUPER stoked! I knew exactly where I wanted to try one out and what design I wanted.
Here is a little sneak peak of how my stencil is turning out in my entry:
Cutting Edge Stencils also offers easy to follow You Tube “how to” videos:

After working with their stencil, I must say that it is pretty easy to use. The only hard part is the corners. I couldn’t quite bend the stencil as easily as the instructions said. Other that that, the instructions are wonderful as well as the actual stencil!

Here are a few other designs I like:


Damask is always classy!


Love this fun stencil!


Zinnia’s would be perfect for a little girls room!

Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away any stencil of your choice up to $50!
Here is how to enter (leave one comment for each thing you do):
1. Visit Cutting Edge Stencils and tell me your favorite
2. Follow Cutting Edge Stencils on Facebook
3. Follow me on Twitter

The giveaway will end on Thursday, January 26th at 8 P.M.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Free for All

I wanted to give you guys a quick update on my advertising prices. You can purchase a 150x150 button for $8 a month. I also have a NEW option of a 150x300 button for $15 a month. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me at youngancrafty @!

Well school started back this week. It’s not a bad thing. I’m one of those weird people who actually likes school. I’m cool with being a nerd so laugh all you want :)! I’ve got a few projects I’m trying to finish up around here. If you’re curious about what I’m working on be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve given a few sneak peeks lately!

Here are the fab features from last week:


I love everything about this lamp! The lace, the ruffles, the burlap… everything!


Have boring old cabinets? Make them look super custom by adding crown molding to the top!


I love the Valentines mantel. I also love all of her other mantels from last year. Be sure to check it out!

And this weeks most viewed link:


I’ve never heard of these Handi Bob things but I MUST have some! They hold your bobbin in place with the coordinating color of thread.

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)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Metallic Three Panel Art

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One of my good friends from school, Lauren, asked me to help her paint some art. Of course I said I was down for that!


My other good friend, Carley, was there for moral support and to work on a different kind of painting. (Although she did paint a few brush strokes on the painting!)

Lauren found this picture for inspiration.


Here’s how me made ours:


You will need:
  • 3 Canvases
  • 3 shades of Metallic paint (plus some black)
  • Plaster of some kind
    Update: The plaster brand in the picture above is Galeria: heavy carve-able modeling paste

This art probably cost about $60 for everything. Considering that you couldn’t buy a painting of this size for that, we thought we did pretty good! Another, cheaper, option would be to use wood rather than canvas.


Spread out the plaster on the canvas.


Take a plaster/putty knife and sort of squish the plaster around in a circle pattern. Start from the center and work towards the outer edges.


It will look something like this. Lauren did all of the plaster work for the art but it didn’t seem to difficult. Remember that it doesn’t have to be perfect!

We sped up the plaster drying process with blow dryers. Not sure if this is good or bad but it didn’t seem to hurt anything. We were so ready to start painting!


Start with the lightest color in the very center of the circle.


As you work outwards you will want to start blending the colors. This was probably the hardest part. You just want to make sure the change of colors is gradual rather than a noticeable difference!


Make sure you paint in between the panes and all of the edges.


Doesn’t it look AMAZING!? I absolutely love the metallic paint.


It’s almost like a black hole but a way cooler metallic one.


She loves it! And more importantly we all three had a blast hanging out and painting it. 


Friday, January 13, 2012

Free for All

I get Monday off due to another holiday! Let me tell you, I’ve got a to do list a mile long. In case you haven’t noticed my brand new media buttons above my sponsors, click on them to follow me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook. Thank you to Not So Homemade for doing another fabulous job!

Here are the fab features from two weeks ago:


Great vanity redo!


This is a super cute toy chest. There are also tons of other awesome projects from 2011 rounded up!


This little table looks about 1 million times better than when it started!

And the most viewed link:


Super awesome post with great organization tips!

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)