Young and Crafty Sisters: August 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Free for All

I hope you have all had a super great week! I know things have been slow around here lately. That’s because I’m getting projects ready for the So you think you’re Crafty competition. It really kicks off his week and I will be begging you guys to go vote so that I can hope to stay in the competition :)

Here are the fab features from last week:

By now you all know that I’m a pallet making junkie. I love this idea of making your own crates! You could really rough ‘em up to “age” them too.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Truncated Posts


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

My Top 5 Favorite Blogs

I thought I would do a little round up of my favorite blogs to read. Maybe you follow them already. If you don’t, I would highly recommend checking them out!

Of course, there are big blogs that I love to read (Thrifty Décor Chick anyone?) to but I’m trying to show you some you may not have heard of before.

A Diamond in the Stuff

I think that I love every single thing that Courtney does over at A Diamond in the Stuff! She has great shabby chic style and is excellent at furniture makeovers!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Free for All

Welcome to the weekend! School started back this week for me. So far so good. Life hasn’t gotten too out of control… yet. It’s really just a waiting game until the crazy hits!

Here are the fab features from last week:

I absolutely LOVE the pop of yellow on the rocker for the front porch!

What a super cool bulletin board. Bet you can’t guess what it’s made out of!!

And the most viewed link:

This dresser was turned into an entertainment center. Love the color and how the distressing shows white underneath!

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, August 19, 2012

Color Block Bag

 This bag was my entry into So you think you're Crafty! 

Color Block Bag 2

School is about to start back up and I desperately needed a new bag. I wanted one that was big enough to hold the binders and books for all three of my classes. And of course, I wanted it to be super cute to!

Color Block Bag 3

The construction was a beast. Probably because I just winged the whole thing. That’s just how I roll. I wanted pockets on the inside to hold pens and highlighters. There is also a pocket on the other side that can hold things like post it’s and index cards. The bottom is a square bottom so that it can hold everything. I then used some painters tape to paint the bottom a turquoise color.

Color Block Bag

It will be the perfect bag to carry to class!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Free for All

Thank you all so much for voting in the So you think you’re Crafty competition! Mine was the color block bag. I’m already working on the next project and I’m so excited! It’s still a few weeks away but I will be ready.

On another note, school starts Monday. I’m excited (yes I’m a nerd) but also dreading it. I’m dreading it because this is going to be the hardest year yet and I know the work load is going to be crazy!

Here are the fab features from last week:

Love this dresser redo! The color is spot on.

MMMM… yummmy taco dip!!

And the most viewed link:

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This room was brought into this decade and redone fabulously!

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)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to School with Dollar General

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Auditioning for So you think you’re Crafty!

Hi guys! So I took the plunge and I’m auditioning for So you think you’re Crafty. I wish I could tell you which project was mine but it’s all blind votes. Just head on over and try to pick mine :)
You can click the button below or go HERE for the direct page.
Any guesses on which one is mine?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hall Linen Closet Re-Organized

Organized Linen Closet

This is one of those projects that I’ve been meaning to tackle for, oh let’s say a year. In actuality it took me about 45 minutes. Why do I drag my feet on things like this!?


Oh, I know why. Let me introduce my self. Hi, I’m Hannah and I have a serious problem folding sheets. They somehow end up in a giant wad of sheet mess. I am officially a wad-er of sheets.

Enter exhibit A:


Sheets are just so big and there’s so much fabric. And don’t even get me started on folding a fitted sheet. That’s a whole other nightmare!

This linen closet was nothing less than a big hot mess.

Linen Closet Numbers

So here are the problem areas. 1. A waded up blanket and a Hawaiian beach thing that I have never used (It’s headed to Goodwill.) 2. Wow a whole shelf of waded sheets. 3. A mystery basket. 4. A ginormous stack of pillowcases. 5. Another ginormous stack of cleaning rags. 6. Beach towels and old towels that get stuffed wherever they can fit. 7. Tins that I’ve had since Christmas to use as storage for this very linen closet. 8. Our stock of TP. 9. More waded blankets. 10. A small dog crate (Headed to Goodwill.) 11. A giant mystery box. Seriously had no clue what this box held.

The first thing I did was pull out the tins.


They needed a major makeover. They were definitely Christmas-y.


They both got a nice coat of gray spray paint.


Next I pulled out this ridiculous stash of light bulbs. They were hidden on a shelf behind a, you guessed it, waded sheet. Unfortunately, every single light fixture in our house requires a different bulb. And no, I’m not exaggerating. These were destined for a newly spray painted tin.


The mystery basket held wires and cords and a few furniture pad things. All stuff that we may need one day even though we haven’t needed it in 3 years of living here. Who else keeps stuff like that?!


The mystery box held some lovely western sheets that date back to approximately 1985. Also included are some floral sheets. This box is definitely headed to Goodwill.

I then took out every.single.sheet.and.pillowcase. Then I looked up how to fold a fitted sheet and found THIS tutorial. It pretty much saved my sheet folding life.

And NOW, here is my super organized linen closet:


So much cleaner! Can you see how nicely my sheets are folded?!


The top holds blankets that we use in the winter. The next shelf hold the basket of wires and cords and more blankets. Next is my new tins that are holding light bulbs and candles. Next is my beautifully folded sheets and pillowcases. And the last shelf holds towels and cleaning rags.


I whipped up these little tags and attached them with clothespins. That way they are easily changeable if I move the tins around or something. I wanted gray ones but my printer wouldn’t print them for some reason.


For the floor, I moved in the bigger dog crate that was taking up space in my craft room. There is also weights and my yoga mat on either side.

Why is it that after organizing you feel like you accomplished so much? I always do!

Do you let your closets get that bad? Once mine is organized it will stay that way. My problem was that it was never organized when we moved in!


Friday, August 10, 2012

Free for All

I must say I’ve been in a bit of a creative funk lately. I have no excuse seeing as how I have ample time to create. Maybe this will be the week that I snap out of it!

So, since I haven’t been showing you guys anything new, here are some fab features from last week:

Wow this living room is gorgeous! Definitely go check out the very paneled room before this makeover.

This French style reupholstered chair is amazing. I wish I could reupholster that well!

And the most viewed link:

The bright red mirrors finish off this dining room perfectly. What a bold and beautiful statement! AND they are made out of spoons!

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, August 5, 2012

My First Triathlon


If you’ve been following me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (hannahyoungancrafty) then you already know that I completed my first triathlon today!!


The race was .5 mile swim, 18.1 mile bike and 3.1 mile run.


I’ve been training since May. Wow was I nervous today! There were 1100+ participants. My two goals going into the race were to have fun and complete the race in 2 hours. I accomplished both! I had fun and my time was 2 hours 10 seconds. I seriously can’t WAIT to do another one!


Here is an overload of pictures for you:








I’m somewhere in all of those pink swim caps in the water. Whew I was so nervous at this point!




And we’re off!






Time to run!




I was BEAT!






What an accomplishment! These things can be addicting. Yes you might be thinking I’m crazy saying that. There is just something about pushing your body physically to the limit.


If you want the motivation to workout, I triathlon is a great place to start!!



Famous Footwear

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

Well it's that time of year again. Back to school. That means it's time to do a little shopping! Whether your kids have to wear uniforms or they can wear whatever they like to school, Famous Footwear is the one stop spot for all of your kids shoes. They have tons of locations but also have an excellent and user friendly website. While you are browsing around for them some new shoes, you might as well reward yourself for all of that hard shopping! 


They have all types of shoes. Tennis shoes, dress shoes, wedges, sandals, boots and any other type of shoe that you could possibly think of! 


Right now they are offering an awesome back to school promotion. And let's face it, who doesn't want to save a few bucks? You can get 15% off + Buy One, Get One Half Off! That's an awesome deal!




This BOGO + 15% off Famous Footwear Coupon is good in-stores between 8/2-8/18. 

Rewards programs are all the rage right now and Famous Footwear has a great one to be a part of. You can earn 1 point for every $1 you spend in-store on online. All of those points that you earn can accumulate to earn certificates up to $100 a year. That's at least a couple of pair of shoes! Just for signing up you get a discount. Also, by signing up you are included in inside perks and discounts. Sometimes these are the best deals of all! 



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Healthy Berry Popsicle

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

I'm always on the lookout for a healthy treat or a way to make a treat healthier. I have been on a huge popsicle kick lately. I picked up some popsicle molds from Michael's. They had one style: rockets. Not my first choice but I wanted to make me some popsicle's! 


NECTRESSE™Sweetener sent me a few samples to try. This is the only 100% natural sweetener made from real fruit. The type of fruit is called monk fruit. I've never heard of it but apparently you can buy monk fruit extract at the grocery store. You can use this sweetener for more than iced tea. It can be substituted for sugar in baking and cooking. Why not save a few unnecessary calories if you can!


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The recipe for these popsicle's is super easy. It called for sugar but instead I used this sweetener to save on those little bit of calories. NECTRESSE™Sweetener taste's really good! I actually didn't notice the taste that some artificial sweeteners' leave behind. 


So here is the recipe to make these Berry delicious popsicles.



1 cup of yogurt (I use vanilla for more flavor)

1 cup of berries (I used blackberries, raspberries and blackberries)

1 packet of NECTRESSE™Sweetener

1 tbsp vanilla extract. 


They are creamy and super satisfying in this crazy HEAT! 



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