Young and Crafty Sisters: June 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Free for All

Summer school is OVER and now I have complete freedom until late August! WOOHOO!

Here are the fab features from last week:

That AMAZING mirror is made out of paper mache. It is gorgeous!! I’ll take two, please.

Turn some old T-shirts into a cute summer dress!

And the most viewed link:

Shucking corn is a pain. Find out an easier trick to have less leftover silk!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012



This weeks outfit was super casual. I feel like this one is so different from what you’ve seen so far!


Floral shirt



Floral shirt1 1


Shirt- Old Navy

Shorts- Charlotte Russe

Shoes- Gap outlet




I absolutely love these shoes and my husband absolutely hates them! Ha, I don’t care, I wear them all the time anyway :)





Linking up to The Pleated Poppy!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Pallet American Flag {Tutorial}


Pallet American Flag


Sometimes I want to name my posts, “What not to do to achieve blank”! Because it sure seems like something always goes wrong.


Anyway… I’ve wanted to make an American Flag out of pallets for a long time. I got some pallets from the golf course that we play at. We know the manager really well. I spotted these on the course and asked what he was going to do with them. When he said burn them, I jumped at having them! He may or may not have given me a strange look.




So I took them apart. If you’ve never taken apart a pallet, then you are missing a great workout. I was so disgustingly sweaty and tired after taking these apart. And this time I didn’t cut the sides like I did in my pallet art. I wanted all of the nail holes. Take my word for it, this made it doubly hard.


I used our nail gun to secure the boards on the back.




I gave it one coat of white paint. I didn’t want it to be to perfect.




I then measured from top to bottom and divided that number by 13 for the stripes. Taped them all off and then put plastic bags on the stars and blue part.




Then I tried this trick that I learned from Sugar Bee Crafts. Take some mod podge and podge over all of the edges of tape. The mod podge is clear and seeps under instead of the paint seeping under. Worked like a charm!




Then I gave it a nice coat of red spray paint.




Then I hand cut out 50 stars and only used around 32 or something. I figured if someone actually counted them and caught that there weren’t 50, I would give them a prize. I mod podged the stars onto the pallet. I mimicked the real American flag by doing a row of 5 then 4 then 5 and so on.


ATTENTION: Here is the spot where you don’t do what I did! Do NOT use printer paper. It was incredibly thin and SUPER hard to mod podge onto the wood and peel off.




I gave it a nice coat of blue spray paint. I used the edges of my sheet to tape off the red and white stripes.




Whew those first 2 were cake compared to the rest! My newly polished nails were ruined after picking the little pieces of paper off.


I did have to touch up a few of the stars. I blame it on the copy paper.




And that’s it! I love the crisp lines and will most definitely be using the mod podge trick again.


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Please ignore my ancient, palm tree welcome mat. I think it’s time for an update. You can find my square rosette wreath HERE.




I intentionally did not line up the boards and I also intentionally started the stars off of the edges.








I love the statement it makes from my front porch!


ATTENTION: Here’s another hint. If you want to complete this project in record time, be sure to sit in the sun in the middle of the day when it’s 100 degrees outside. Pros: Drying time is SUPER fast. Cons: Sweat will be pouring out of your body and you may feel light headed when you stand up.


Go grab you some free pallets and make you some art. Pallets are everywhere and if you ask a company for one, chances are they will give it to you.


Thanks for dropping in :)




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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sunglasses Case {Sewing Tutorial}

In case you missed my guest post over at A Diamond in the Stuff, here it is!

Sunglasses Case Tutorial

I am super duper hard on sunglasses. They would literally be thrown into my blackhole of a purse, destined to be scratched in the process. When it was time to wear them again it was like looking through a screen door. I got a new pair of sunglasses for a whopping $5 at Wal-mart and I swore to my wonderful husband that I would not wear them until I made a sunglasses case.

There might be tons of tutorials for sunglasses cases out there but I sort of just made this one up in my head. Dangerous, I know.

So here we go, my first ever attempt at a sewing tutorial. Buckles up, it’s gonna be a crazy ride!



I’ve attempted to number things to make them easier. You will need iron on velcro and some batting. I chose 2 different colors of fabric but you could always use the same one.

Cut your fabric and batting to 6 3/4 in. by 7 1/2 in.

(FYI: the fabric pictured above was from round one. Meaning, I cut the fabric entirely to small to hold a pair of sunglasses and thus, had to start completely over. The measurements are from round two.)


Now take your iron on velcro and iron it on leaving enough room for the seam. I’m a fly by the seat of my pants gal, so I eyeballed the placement.


Now it’s time to make a sandwich. No, not a PB&J. A fabric sandwich. Grab piece 3 (batting) and place it on bottom. Grab piece 1 and place it wrong side down on the batting with the velcro at the top. Pretty side facing up, ugly side against the batting. Now take piece 2 and place it right side down onto piece 1 with the velcro at the bottom. Now the pretty side of each piece should be together.

*Important- the velcro should be on opposite ends! One up and one down.


Now pin three sides leaving the velcro top of piece 1 open for turning. You can sew a few inches in on each side on the top, just make sure you have a big enough hole to turn it.


Now clip all of the corners and any excess batting or fabric.


Now it’s time to turn the fabric! Push the batting and right sides of the fabric through the hole.


You will then have a square. (Just imagine this unfolded.) Then take the bottom and make a fold with piece 2 showing. You can now see how the velcro will match up. Pin on the sides. Also be sure to pin along the top where the hole was left open.

Then sew around all sides except for the bottom.


You can see how clean the lines look now that it’s sewed around the edges. You may notice the extra velcro. I had to add some to the outsides because the edges wouldn’t stay down while closed. If you have to add iron on velcro after it’s sewn make sure to use SUPER heat while ironing it on.


Let’s just say, these will be some well protected $5 sunglasses.


The side view.

Sunglasses Case Tutorial

I sure hope that all of that made sense! This really is an easy beginner sewing project.

Thanks for reading :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Free for All

I’ve only got one more week of summer school and then I have almost two glorious months off. Oh, I can’t wait for my brain to have a break!

Here are the fab features from last week:


I love, love, LOVE this old window upcycle!

This is such a cool idea. Have a baseball themed party and have the invitations printed ON the baseballs! How cool is that?!

These color block spray painted shoes are so much fun!

And the most viewed link:

20 cool ideas for things to make out of cardboard!

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)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Here goes another WIWW! Just an FYI, you will probably see the same pairs of shorts over and over again during summer. I'm one of those people that refuses to wear pants unless I have to. Capri's may make an appearance very now and then but for the most part, shorts it is.
blue shirt 1

This first outfit is one of my favorites. The shirt make me feel so feminine and girly! It's lightweight and one of those sheer type shirts so I have an off white tank top on underneath.
blue shirt
This is my favorite hairstyle! Braided ponytail :)
Top: Forever 21
Shorts: Marshalls
Shoes: Target
Earrings: Charlotte Russe
yellow shirt 1
Sorry about the crappy Old Navy Iphone picture!
yellow shirt
This is what I like to call my “neon craze” outfit. It’s super bright and fun!
Top: JcPenny
Shorts: Marshall’s
Shoes: Target
Scarf: Charming Charlie’s
Earrings: Charlotte Russe
Hope you enjoyed these two looks!

Linking up to The Pleated Poppy

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Chalk Paint Night Stand {Tutorial}

Chalk Paint Side Table Redo

My mom got me this cutie little end table for $15 for my birthday. Funny story: we got it at a garage sale from her cousin that we didn’t even know was having a garage sale! We were driving around hitting up a few sales and just happened upon hers.


It’s so 1950’s or maybe 60’s. Not really sure but I looove it!


I fell in love with the legs and the curves and the drawer pull. It was actually painted a beautiful mint green color. The color just didn’t go with my guest bedroom. I knew that’s where it would end up being used.

And now the story changes my friends. This is a story of a redo gone bad and then good again. And when I say bad, I mean baaaaaadddddd.


I wanted to try the technique of using Vaseline over paint. Basically you paint the color you want to show through and then put Vaseline over it. That way when you start sanding your top coat the paint peels right off. 


This is what the dresser looked like after painting the color I wanted to show through and adding Vaseline.


I decided that I wanted to try my hand at chalk paint for the first time. I’ve seen many recipes out there. I went with unsanded grout with polmer because I had it already.


You take about 1 cup of paint and add 1 tbs of grout. Let me tell you, this stuff get’s thick. I’m pretty sure I added more paint to dilute it down a little.


This was after one coat of chalk paint. It covered really well except for the brown parts. The mint color was completely covered.


And here she is after 2 coats. Looking good… for now. It’s about to go downhill at lightning speed.


This is after distressing. It looks like this little end table has some sort of disease. Maybe chicken pox? Measles? I hated it. I think I just went for to much distressing. (That’s an understatement!) So back to square one I went.


After painting it approximately 15 more times, I ended up with this little beauty.


Now she’s got the perfect amount of distressing. And no disease either.


And here is her resting place. The guest bedroom that I may decide to finish one day.


Now my guests actually have a place to set stuff. I would love it find a vintage alarm clock.



So, the moral of the story is, less is more when it comes to distressing. Always.

Thanks for dropping by :)