Young and Crafty Sisters: July 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Two Month’s for the Price of One!


Through Sunday, I am running an advertising special. You can get TWO months for the price of ONE. One month is valued at $8, so this is a super deal. You can advertise anything from your blog to your Etsy shop. When you purchase a month of advertising, I also let my Facebook and Twitter followers know about your shop or blog.


The 150x150 button will be displayed in the right hand side bar. If you need help making a button, I can certainly help you!



Right now I average around 1000 pageviews a day. So just think of all the people who will see your ad!


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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Lake Ouachita Vacation



Well I’m back from our week long vacation at Lake Ouachita in Arkansas. This is seriously one of the most beautiful and clean lakes I’ve ever seen. It’s got a few “mountains” surrounding it. It’s always sad coming back for two reasons: 1. Summer is almost over and 2. School is starting soon.


If you follow me on Instagram (@hannahyoungancrafty) or on Twitter then you’ve seen some of these pictures. I did try to throw in some new ones to!


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Top left is me skiing. Middle left if my cute nephew, Caeden, with his crazy lake hair! Bottom left is Wyatt slalom skiing. Top right, me on the lake. Bottom right is Wyatt, my FIL and my nephew tubing.


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I spent a lot of time lounging in the hammock. I so want one for my house!




My sweet nephew Reilyr. (Pronounced Rye-ler)


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Caeden practicing crossing his eyes. He makes the most hilarious faces!


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Me and my handsome man :)


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One night on the lake a storm was rolling in. Kind of scary looking!!





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Wyatt getting some air on the wakeboard.


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My brother in law attempting a flip or something!




From left to right, my BIL, FIL and Wyatt all skiing together.




We played putt putt at Pirates Cove. This is Caedens pirate, “Argghh” face!





Wyatt and Caeden got shackled while playing putt putt!


We had a blast! It’s always great to be back home but I’m so not ready for the week to start.


Have you been on vacation this year? Where did you go?



Friday, July 27, 2012

Free for All


No features this week since I’m on vacation! Have you checked out all my pictures on Instagram? Follow me at hannahyoungancrafty.


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)

Thursday, July 26, 2012

How to mod podge a ceiling fan {Vacation Week Re-post}


This is by far still one of my favorite redo’s! The fan has held up great. I’ve done some editing, to see the original post go HERE.




I received a comment asking if the mod podged fan wobbled and squeaked after adding the paper.  All I can tell you is that so far so good.  Nothing crazy has happened.  It's still hanging up there looking all gorgeous and stuff! (Trust me, I will let you know if it goes haywire or kills us in our sleep!!)

And lastly... How about a tutorial?! I know you have all been on pins and needles waiting with anticipation. Yeah right...

Seriously guys, this is a super easy project that takes no time at all. It would have taken me even less time had the fan not been so ridonkulus to take apart and put back together. Not to mention that the hubs made me mod podge the side you wouldn't see first.  Just to be safe.  That way if I hated the outcome we wouldn't have to replace the fan.  I was halfway confident that it would work out just how I planned so I thought this step was unneeded. Because that's how I roll.  My projects always go as planned. Most of the time... well sometimes. Occasionally.

Step 1: Gather your tools.


Here is your shopping list:
Mod podge
Paint brush/sponge brush
Sand Paper
Scrapbook Paper
CD case
Why, you ask, might you need a CD case to mod podge something?? Well you don't really need a CD case, you just need something hard that can help smooth out wrinkles. (Not to worry, you will see a picture of how it's done)  Other possibilities are debit/credit cards... OK that's the only other one I can think of right now but you get the drift.
Step 2: Get your fan blade, scrapbook paper and craptastic towel
Step 3: Apply Mod Podge
Be generous with the mod podge.  These blades will be spinning fast so you don't want your paper flapping in the breeze!
Step 4: Apply Scrapbook Paper and Grab CD
If you are using a print make sure to line it up exactly how you want it. With this print I made sure that I matched it up just perfectly to make it look like a whole sheet.  If you look close, like really close, you can see the seams.  (Let's just hope the fan inspector doesn't drop by.) Kidding.  Really though, nobody is gonna get that close to your fan blade!
Once you have your paper placed where you want it (yes you can pull it up before it dries) grab your CD and smooth all over to get any wrinkles or bubble out. Keep doing this until it dries a little.  You may still have a few bubble and wrinkles when you're through. (Only freak out if that fan inspector drops by.)
Step 5: Wait a few minutes
Let the glue dry.
If you are as impatient as I am you will ignore this step of instructions because you are so dang excited about this project and you are ready to finish and hang it up!
Step 6: Cut Around the Fan Blade
It's that easy, just follow the edge of the fan with your scissors.  Don't worry about any jagged edges, we will clean them up in a minute.
Here's what it should look like.
Step 7: Topcoat of Mod Podge
You will now want to put a coat of mod podge on the outside of the scrapbook paper.  Don't worry it WILL dry clear! Depending upon the type of mod podge you buy depends on the finish you get.  I have glossy mod podge but they do sell matte.
(Hard to tell in the pic below but it has the topcoat here.)
Step 8: Sand Edges
Sorry, no pic for this step but it really is easy.  Take your sand block or sand paper and sand the rough edges AFTER it has dried. This will just give a smooth finish.  If you want you can wrap the scrapbook paper around the edge of the fan but I didn't do that.  I wasn't worried about anyone (such as the fan inspector) seeing the tan sides of the fan.  Really it's just your preference!
Step 9: Hang up and Enjoy
This is my favorite part.  Hang that bad boy up.  Lay down on the bed and just stare in amazement that a fan can really look THAT stinkin' good.


I swear my heart just did another jiggity jig!!
Disclaimer: I do not claim to be a mod podge expert by any means but this works for me!
Hope this was helpful!! If you have any questions whatsoever please leave a comment or shoot me an email at  !!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Kitchen Renovation {Vacation Week Re-post}

This was one of the first major renovations that we conquered when we moved into our house. It is by far one of my favorites! I’ve done a little editing, to see the original post go HERE.
Way back when I first started this blog (a whole two months ago), I showed you our new kitchen countertops and backsplash.  I also told you how I would show you pictures when we finished the windowsill. Well a whole 382409 months later, here it is! Better late than never right? That's what I always say!
Let me just remind you how hideously awful this kitchen was before. Well, not really the whole kitchen, but the countertops.  The cabinets were in perfect condition.

Hellooooo Formica! I don't know who thought it would be a cool idea to have a Formica backsplash?!
Not cool...
And so here is after the countertops and backsplash had been installed. That's was going to be the final touch.  But then we got to looking and inspecting our handy work.  Not a good idea. Of course something wasn't right.
Of course.
The sides didn't stinkin' match! We had really thick grout on the left and thin grout on the right. It just looked... off. So we decided to build a window frame.  I'm actually really glad that they didn't match because now the window looks finished and has a higher quality. In my opinion anyway.
Didn't Wyatt do a fab job?! I love how it turned out!
I really love my little kitchen :)
Looking at this room and knowing that we did most of the work (minus the countertops) ourselves (along with Wyatt’s parents) is an amazing feeling.
Here is a side by side before and after for ya!

My excuse for not cooking much is that this kitchen is just to pretty to mess up :)

Monday, July 23, 2012

DIY Wall Art {Vacation Week Re-post}


This was my VERY first craft post on Young and Crafty! I’ve edited it a little so if you want to see the original post go HERE. This art piece is one of my favorite pieces in my house and it couldn’t be any easier to recreate.

I got this idea off of HGTV a long time ago. (Like back when I still lived in an apartment!)  I wanted something big to fill one wall of our dining room (not that it had to be too big since our dining room is small). The space is to small for a buffet so artwork would be perfect! Enough with all the suspense, here are a few pictures!




This project was SUPER easy to make.  Mostly because I have an awesome Grandpa who gave me the wood for FREE!  Can't beat that! He helped me cut the wood to the length and width that I wanted.  I then used spray paint to paint the wood white.  You could use just regular old paint but I was on a spray paint kick.  I then placed all the boards side by side and got my black acrylic paint.  I stood above the wood and made circular motions with the bottle of paint.  Squeeze harder for fatter swirls and squeeze lighter for smaller swirls. When you hang it up and leave the space between the wood, it will appear as though the swirls go together. Then attempt to hang it up yourself but can't because you suck at measuring have the hubs measure and help you hang it up!

Such an easy project for little cost and a HUGE impact. (Especially if you get the wood for FREE!!)

This project cost maybe $10.00 for spray paint and acrylic paint.  I figure if you need to buy wood it would cost $30.00 total and Lowes will cut the wood for you!!


Saturday, July 21, 2012

AstroBrights Fun Colored Paper

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

One thing you may not know about me is that I am super organized. Especially when it comes to school and work. I'm one of those annoying people who likes things a certain way. Sometimes having different colored paper helps in the organizing department!  


These papers would also impress everyone if you needed to advertise for a PTA meeting. Or just think of the fun chore chart you coudl make with all of the amazing colors. You could even use this paper for scrapbooking. The possibilites are endless! 


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Friday, July 20, 2012

Free for All


Tomorrow we are headed to the lake! I can’t wait. If you want to keep up with me, I’m sure I’ll be taking plenty of Instagram picture. Follow me at hannahyoungancrafty. I also post all of my pictures on Twitter so you can follow along there to!


Next week’s party will go up as planned  but there won’t be features. I’ll do a double dose the following week. I’ve also got some re-run posts for you next week. They are some of my favorite things we’ve done and I posted about them WAY back when the blog was brand new!


Here are the fab features from last week:



What a great idea! Paint your wedges for a fun new look.



I’m pretty much obsessed with making my own popsicles lately. These look delicious!


And the most viewed link:



Make your own metal letters. Great tutorial and cool finish!


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)

Beautiful Floral Canvas WINNER


The winner of this beautiful floral canvas by Kitchen Table Art is…




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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WIWW & Painting With a Twist


For one of my good friend’s birthday we went to do Painting With a Twist. If you have this in your town, I suggest doing it! It was a lot of fun and you don’t have to be a master painter.


Group Painting


Here is the group with our paintings!


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Shirt- Target but I got it as a hand me down from a friend (Love freebies!)

Pants- Forever 21 skinny jeans rolled up

Shoes- Payless


Gray shirt close up


Necklace and Earrings were both Christmas presents from mom!



Linking up to The Pleated Poppy