Young and Crafty Sisters: March 2012

Friday, March 30, 2012

Free for All and WINNER


The winner of the Miracle Gro Planting Mix is.... 
M.W. And I am now following you on twitter


Please contact me at youngancrafty @ gmail.com to claim your prize!


I hope everyone has had a great week! I’m on Spring Break next week and plan on getting some things done. We’ve started work on our garden and I’ll be sharing about that soon enough.

Here are the fab features from last week:

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WOW, WOW, WOW… amazing redo of this ottoman!!

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I can’t believe this sweater is CROCHETED! Beautiful!

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Great tips on how to decorate shelves. This shelf turned out great!

And the most viewed link:

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Pretty printable with a great meaning!

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Scotts Snap Spreader System

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

Now's the time to spruce up the yard that has been neglected all winter long. I don't know about you guys, but we have a lot of dead spots. These are leftover from a scorching summer last year and have yet to sprout the green grass of spring. We always use Scott's brand to spruce up our yard! I can't wait to try this new brand Scotts® Snap® Spreader System

 

I hope that my lawn turns out as beautiful as this one! (Disclaimer: this is not my lawn and may not have been achieved with Scotts products.)

What's so awesome about this product?! Well it is a no mess, no guess spreader system. The Snap Pac connects directly to the Snap Spreader with no cutting, no opening and no pouring from heavy bags which in turn means NO spilling or waste! The system auto-sets the proper flow rate. There is also a unique EdgeGuard feature that keeps the product ON the lawn. When you're done, the Snap Pac self-seals making it easy to store. 

 

If you like Scotts Snap Spreader System and also like Snap perks on Facebook you can stay up to date on Scotts awesome promotions and contests! 

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Free for All


Phew another weekend! I’m headed to Breaux Bridge, LA this weekend. I plan to eat my weight in crawfish! Have you ever tried it?

Here are the fab features for last week:

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I am loving this cheery spring mantle!

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The yarn wrapped Easter eggs are so cute. Great AND easy way to update your Easter decor!

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Such a simple update but that’s exactly why I like it so much! The words are a charming touch.

And the most viewed link:

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Make your very own gel air freshener! Neat 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)

Pfister: Rebuilding Together

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pfister for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
So this post might be a little out of the ordinary for my blog. This is what I call a "feel good" post.

We've all heard of Pfister and their amazing products for kitchens and bathrooms. They offer beautiful faucets to update your home. For nearly 100 years now they have been a leader in the plumbing field, offering a wider variety of innovative, first to market plumbing fixtures and many additional products that have helped define the industry.

So what is Pfister doing? They are giving back is what they are doing. Rebuilding Together is a national non-profit organization that provides critical home repairs, modifications, and improvements for America's low-income homeowners. They rebuild the homes and lives of the nation's most vulnerable homeowner at no cost to the family.

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Rebuilding Together started over 30 years ago and has completed work on more than 100,000 homes across the nation. With the help of 3.4 million volunteers, Rebuilding Together has delivered over $1.3 billion in market value since it's founding.

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What can YOU do to help? It's really quite simple. Visit the Pfister Facebook page and "like" them. For every like, Pfister will donate $1 in materials to Rebuilding Together's reconstruction projects (up to $20,000)!! Seriously, you don't even have to do anything but click a button to help some people out!

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If you would like to learn more, please visit the Friends of Pfister campaign site.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Arbor Swing

 

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So I shared with you guys a while back on Twitter and Facebook that Wyatt was building me a swing. By a while back, I mean December. We’re nothing if not efficient :)

 

We’ve had this arbor in our yard since we moved in. Of course I’ve always dreamed of a swing there. And of course I didn’t want just any old swing. Nooo, I wanted Wyatt to build me my own!

We found these plans over at Ana White. The main reason that I picked this swing is because it’s HUGE! Most of you may not know it, but we are both pretty tall. I’m knocking on 5’9s door and the hubs is knocking on 6’1s. This swing is 6 ft. long. I wanted a swing that I could lay down on, stretch out, and read a good book.

 

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It is literally perfect in every way. I see many naps here in my future :)

 

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I chose a bright red rather than paint it white or stain it. I seriously couldn’t be happier with this bright color! 

 

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The original tutorial called for ropes to hang it. We chose to use coated cable so that it would be stronger and hopefully not dry rot.

 

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I found the pillows at Marshall’s for $20. For BOTH, not one. Pillows are freakin’ expensive!

 

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I know where you can find me when the weather is nice :)

 

 

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Thanks for stopping in!

 

 

Linking Up To These Parties: Monday- Skip to my Lou Embellishing Life Craft-O-Maniac Its So Very Cheri Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl Creative Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts Topsy Turvy Cakes Night Owl Crafting A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Saturday MorningsThursday- Somewhat Simple Paisley Passions What Allie's Making Now Christina's Adventures House of Hepworths Friday- Sassy Sites Fingerprints on the Fridge Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Friday, March 16, 2012

Free for All


I’m on my way to Baton Rouge! The hubs is playing in a baseball tournament this weekend. I’m sure I’ll get some sun and read a book… and watch baseball :)

Here are the fab features from last week:

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Such an easy to do artwork for a kids room!

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

MMMM I love me some stuffed mushrooms!

And the most viewed link:

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I love this gallery wall and the fact that she used her son’s drawing as the focal point!

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Miracle-Gro Expand & Gro Planting Mix {Giveaway}

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts® for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am super stoked to be able to try out the all new Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro™ Planting Mix! Many of you may not know this, but I have a garden every year. This new product will help me grow the best vegetables in town! 
Expand N Gro Results

Here are a few benefits:
  • Up to 3X the flowers and vegetables
  • Improves soil for up to 3 years
  • Expands up to 3X when water is added
  • Feeds for up to 6 months
  • All natural fibers hold up to 50% more water than basic potting soil

Here in Louisiana we need all the water we can get! This product helps the soil retain more water. That's exactly what I need! This planting mix is a great way to prep your garden or flower bed's for the upcoming planting season.
You can find this at any lawn and garden store such as Lowes, Home Depot or even Walmart.
Miracle Gro has offered to giveaway a free sample to one of you guys!


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In order to enter this giveaway please leave on comment for each of the following:
1. How would you use this Miracle-Gro Concentrated Planting Mix?
2. Follow me on Twitter 

This giveaway will close Sun. March 24th at midnight!
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Dig, Drop, Done! couldn't possibly make planting any easier! As soon as you go to their website there are three different ladies that you can choose to identify with. After visiting Dig, Drop, Done! I decided that I identified the most with Juliana. She's just starting out planting. I may be pretty good at having a garden but keeping up with a flower bed and flowers is not my thing. I wouldn't say I have a black thumb but it's pretty grey. 

 

Meet Juliana the Fashionista

 

There are so many options of bulbs to choose from! I love the fact that when you visit www.digdropdone.com to learn more, they have an amazing chart that tells you when the bulb blooms, how far to space them from each other, and tons of other amazing information! 

Bulbs are simple and can add so much beauty to any flower bed!

 

Another excellent site to check out is Curbside Chaos. Right now they are having an awesome contest where they are giving away $5000 for a yard makeover. It's super simple to enter. All you have to do is submit a photo of your yard. The lucky winner will receive a makeover AND a visit from Taniya Nayak! 

For every time you share on Twitter, "Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done! will donate $1.00 to Rebuilding Together- the nation's leading nonprofit, working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities. 

At Curbside Chaos there is a really cool Garden Guru tool. It helps you figure out the perfect bulb for you and the region you live in. You pick the country you live in, your location in the country, the type of bulb you want to grow and a planting guide. And it gives you several options of bulbs to plant!

Here is an example of my choice in the Garden Guru tool:

 

Allium

Steps for better growth

  • Start with firm, plump allium bulbs, free from cuts, bruises or mold. Plant in Fall (Sept 23-Dec 22), when soil has cooled off.
  • Using a spade, dig a hole 3x the width of your bulb and place the bulb pointed end up.
  • Cover and lightly pack soil, then water thoroughly- and you’re done!

Tips: In areas with mild winters, plant later and chill your bulbs up to 8 weeks prior to planting. Plant in a sunny or partially shaded area. Space your bulbs 4-12 inches apart depending on the plant size.

 

How would you use bulbs in your yard?

 

 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wooden Toy Box

 

Well I didn’t make it to the next round for American Crafter. It was a disappointment but I still had fun competing. The theme this week was Kids and I went ahead and made something for the theme this past weekend. You know, just in case…


I knew I wanted to make a toy box. We have 2 nephews and one that spends the night pretty regularly. That means we have started collecting toys.

Those things multiply. Yes they do.

 

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I absolutely love how this turned out. Maybe it’s because I made it completely by myself.

Meaning: no help from the hubs.

 

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The plans to make this toy box came from my head. There may be plans out there for a similar box but I didn’t use them. It probably took me about 2 hours to put it all together. And the best part? It was less than $30.

 

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Granted there were a few bumps along the way. Not in the building part. I was a genius and decided to paint the word TOYS on before painting the box. Not my brightest moment.

I am aware that the letters aren’t perfect. I free handed them so that’s as good as it gets.

 

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The huge mistake of me painting on the letters before painting it resulted in me spending about an hour taping over the letters. No, it was not fun. Yes, it took forever. Yes, the O and the S sucked… baaaad.

 

While I was in the process of fixing my mistake, I let my little nephew help paint the lid. The black you see on the edges is stain. I stained the edges so that when I distressed it would show through. In the end, this part didn’t matter because of the technique I used.

 

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I painted the whole thing white and then took the sander and distressed in random places and on the edges.

 

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I then took some Ebony stain that we had on hand and went over the entire box. Just wipe on wipe off. I made sure to get the distressed spots really well. Then I took the sander and lightly sanded everything again. I made sure to get the letters really well too.

 

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Of course I had to add some sisal rope for my handles. I just love the texture it adds.

 

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I added hinges for the lid. No it’s not child proof. Hopefully no fingers will be squished.

 

And now, a whole bunch of pictures to show off this beauty.

 

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It reminds me of a beat up Army trunk or something like that. I just love it!

 

If you would like a tutorial for how to build this, please let me know and I can attempt to put one together.

Thanks for stopping in :)

 

 

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P.S. We put the wood floors in ourselves. See Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3.

 

Linking Up To These Parties: Monday- Skip to my Lou Embellishing Life Craft-O-Maniac Its So Very Cheri Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl Creative Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts Topsy Turvy Cakes Night Owl Crafting A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Saturday MorningsThursday- Somewhat Simple Paisley Passions What Allie's Making Now Christina's Adventures House of Hepworths Friday- Sassy Sites Fingerprints on the Fridge Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Friday, March 9, 2012

Free for All


Don’t forget to go vote for my project at Naptime Crafters!!

Well this weekend I will busy working on the next round of American Crafter. I may not know if I made it through yet but the weekend is my only time to work on it! I guess if I don’t make it I’ll still have a cool project to show you :)

I’ve switching up the features a little and featuring the top 3 viewed links.
Here are the fab features from last week:

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Mod podge finger nail polish… super cool!

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My linen closet is a complete embarrassment compared to this gorgeous redo!

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Such a pretty little bathroom redo!

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)