Young and Crafty Sisters: January 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

My Brother and the Appalachian Trail Thru-Hike


Ok guys, so I normally don’t post things about money but this is for my brother, Wesley. He is a pretty awesome guy and wants to do a 6 month hike on the Appalachian Trail. Crazy, I know! The only thing is that it costs money to do such a thing. I am begging you to read his story below and donate. The amount need not be big. If everyone donated just $1 we could all but pay for his trip! Of course, when he returns I will snag plenty of the pictures he takes along the way to share. I can’t imagine the beauty he will see.


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That’s Wesley, my younger brother.



That’s my handsome brother and beautiful sister.


Here is what my brother has to say:

“What is an Appalachian Trail, or AT, thru-hike, you might ask? A thru hike is when someone hikes the entirety of the trail starting from Springer Mountain in Georgia, all the way to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Although, I will be a South Bounder, which hikers call SOBO's, going from North to South. This hike will span most of the east coast, well over 2,100 miles, and will take about 6 months.

You might also find yourself wondering, "Who would want to spend 6 months hiking through the woods?" To answer that, we will have to travel back to 2009. I first heard about this trail in 2009 shortly after I moved to College Station, Texas. Ever since I heard of the trail, I've been very excited about camping and hiking and the idea of a thru-hike just sounded like such a humbling journey.

This being said, I have the drive, perseverance, and determination to undertake the trail, however, I'm lacking one thing: funds. I'm sure all of you know it's quite an undertaking to be away from a steady income of money for a couple of days, weeks, and even more difficult, 6 months. If you find that you are not able to support me financially, I can completely understand, all I wish is that you would give me your support and prayers as I undertake this trip. If you search your heart and find yourself in a philanthropic mood, I have set up a Paypal account to which you could donate.

All you would have to do is enter my e-mail address:

I plan on taking a camera with me, to document this journey. I will take as many pictures as possible for everyone to see, because I realize this is not something everyone wants to do, but something that many of you would like to see.
I have set an end date on this event of May 15, 2013 as this will be nearing the time of my departure. If all goes as planned and I am able to raise the required funds for this trip, I am planning to leaving around May 25 - June 1st.”


I think this trip sounds awesome and terrifying! What a cool story to be able to tell. If you are feeling generous, then please click on the Paypal link and donate. Every single little bit helps!



Thanks for reading :)

Beadboard Guest Bathroom Renovation

Beadboard Bathroom renovation

I stupidly ambitiously chose to renovate this bathroom the week before I was hosting Christmas. I do not advise doing such a thing. Your husband probably won’t appreciate being roped in to helping either. But seeing as how he loves you, he will help anyway.  Unfortunately there are no windows near this bathroom so the pictures are not the best.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Free for All

Yay! It’s the weekend! Let’s get this party started.

Here are the fab features from last week:

No Sew DIY Rolled Window Valance

These rolled valances look amazing! I think it’s the fabric mixed with the ribbon and buttons that looks so great.

hellolovelypinterest I {heart} Sewing

Find out how to make this cute little artwork!

And the most viewed link:


25 awesome ways to use junk! GREAT read!

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

4 Home Decor Essentials

4 Home Décor Essentials You Must Have
Your home is a place where you spend maximum time and thus, it is essential that it seems warm and welcome. Your home must be decorated as per your tastes and should relax you after a hard day at work. Also, when your guests arrive, your home becomes an extension of your personality. This is why a well decorated home speaks volumes about your taste and style.
Needless to say, home décor is not just a hobby or pastime activity anymore. Following are 5 basic home décor essentials you must know about –

  1. Cozy Seating – Your seating depends on your taste and preference. If you are a reader, you would like something plush and comfy whereas if you tend to bring your office to your house, your seating should be comfortable but practical. You want something that would last long and be appropriate to all your needs. Also, you need to know about your usual guest count to determine the size.

Choose with practicality and go for multipurpose upholstery. You don’t need to have a coffee table when you can go for a large ottoman in leather. This would not only provide for the extra space when you have guests over but it also serves the practical purposes.

  1. Comfortable Bedding For Guestroom – The bedding in the guest room should be plush and cozy, so that your guests feel at home. Make sure that you invest in good bedding that is firm and plentiful. Add many pillows and neck rolls as well. There should be a comforter that is warm enough for colder nights.

  1. Over Sized Coffee Mugs – A coffee mug can represent a lot of things other than simple coffee. You might remember countless hours spent at a friend’s house where you drank coffee and chatted about everything.

It is a special time that you spend with your coffee mug, especially if you drink a lot of coffee. Thus, you should invest in some nice looking and generously sized coffee mugs. You can even send them to your guests when they leave, as a return present in memory of the great time you spent with them.

  1. Candles – Scented candles are a treat to the senses and instantly rejuvenate anyone. You need to keep an ample supply of scented candles with you in the gorgeous scents of musk, cinnamon, lime, floral or any notes you prefer. Also make sure that they are beautiful to look at so that you are treating both your nose and eyes. Candles don’t cost a lot but add so much warmth to a home and they work for all the seasons as well.

You don’t have to fret over the budget a lot when you’re decorating your house. There are many budget friendly alternatives to expensive shopping. Most of these products are affordable and are sold at inexpensive prices. The companies always have excess stock, which they have to sell though wholesale closeouts. And, this is why the prices are not that high if you know where to look for them. 

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Outdoor Covers

If you need any outdoor covers for something, and I mean literally anything, Abadak has got you covered. If you need a cover for your patio furniture, they’ve got it. If you need a cover for your car, they’ve got it. What about a boat cover? Yup, they have that to.


If you are anything like my husband and I, we are burning fires like crazy right now. The winter months can be so cold! It’s also been unusually rainy here in Louisiana which means all of our wood is getting wet. This handy, dandy wood rack cover would be perfect to protect our wood from the rain!

Heart Garland {Tutorial}

Heart Garland Tutorial

I must really be feeling the love this Valentine’s Day because I’ve never crafted so much for this holiday! I made the 2x4 “Love” blocks you see up there and the front door wreath. Who knows what other pink and red crafts I may crank out before the day of love!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

How to make a Valentine's Day scrap fabric heart wreath

Scrap Fabric Heart Wreath

I wanted a simple heart shaped wreath to hang on my front door for for Valentine’s Day. This turned out exactly how I expected and is easy to make. If you happen to have a lot of extra scrap fabric in red’s and pink’s, this is a great way to use them!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Free For All

Did you check out the post HERE where I was selling a few things? If you haven’t, be sure you do! It’s been a good week here. I hope you all have had a great week as well!

Here are the fab features from last week:

Cottage Dining Chair Before and After

I am loving this chair. The mix of the country look with the industrial metal is perfect!


This dresser is the perfect grey and the knobs glam it up.

And the most viewed link:

beforeafter2 My Completely Free Laundry Room Makeover

This laundry room makeover is great! I really love the bold stripes.

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

White Cloud: Together We Can Make Miracles

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


During the Holiday’s, I helped with a food drive for a local homeless shelter for families. Christmas is over. That doesn’t mean that acts of service for other’s has to be over too. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that people have needs all throughout the year and not just during the Holidays. Giving back feels great.

White Cloud makes tissues, bath tissue, paper towels and even moist wipes.

White Cloud is teaming up with Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) to create miracles in the lives of children receiving treatment in its 168 U.S. member hospitals. These kids have put their creativity and imagination to work by illustrating a template that could possibly become the brand new White Cloud Facial Tissue box design! How awesome to have the chance to win something big while being sick and getting treatment!

White Cloud has collected all of the children’s designs and narrowed the selection to the top 10 finalists. Vote for your favorite box design and help make more miracles happen. You can cast your vote after you Like White Cloud on Facebook. Three winning design will be sitting on Wal-mart store shelves and be seen by tons of people in May. White Cloud will also donate money to the hospital where the child is receiving treatment. Go vote and be entered to win a Wal-mart gift card OR the grand prize of a lifetime supply of your favorite White Cloud product! That’s a whole lot of toilet paper!


This is the design that I voted for. What a great message from a child that is sick.


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

2x4 “Love” Blocks {Tutorial}


2x4 Love Blocks Tutorial


I’ve had the 2x4 for these little “Love” blocks cut and painted for approximately 3 years now. Each year I would take them out and tell myself I would finish them and each year I never got around to it. Well, this year, I wasn’t putting up a half finished project!

Monday, January 14, 2013

3 Tips to Renovate Your Kitchen without Splurging Too Much

3 Tips to Renovate Your Kitchen without Splurging Too Much

Name that one room in your home which you would love to be in no matter what time of the day or night it is. Well, for most people the obvious choice would be the kitchen owing to the fact that food constitutes not only the necessary aspect of our being but also the tasty and delicious aspects of it. This is why it has been seen that people tend to remodel and revamp their kitchen more than any other room in the home.

Let’s face it. These are financially testing times and splurging on remodeling in kitchen isn’t feasible no matter how much you dear for it. This is why here are 3 simple tips for remodeling your kitchen without needing to drill a hole through your pocket:

1.      Color Your Kitchen

Want to change the look and feel about your kitchen without needing to shell out the big bucks for the same? Well, a paint job on the kitchen walls is the perfect calling for you wherein you get to retouch the most important room of your household with newer hues.

Don’t forget to use latex semi-gloss paints for your kitchen’s coloring purposes. This way you will ensure that it is easy to wipe off any grime and dirty that tends to accumulate in your kitchen from all the cooking sessions. Also choose a light color for your kitchen which will make it look brighter than usual.

2.      Get Rid Of The Mess

It has been seen that most people who think that they have a dirty or ageing kitchen and thus are in a dire need of remodeling are actually suffering from a situation where the kitchen’s various utensils and other instruments are lying around in the kitchen in an untidy and messy manner. This must be the first thing that you take care of when you are planning to remodel your kitchen. The best part about this mess cleaning up procedure is the fact that it is completely free of cost.

In case you want to take up this procedure up by a notch you can always get hold of some extra storage space in your kitchen. This will allow you to stack up the utensils and other instruments of the kitchen and avoid having them littered around. Remember to buy a mix of racks and shelves along with cupboards for an efficient distribution.

3.      Get Better Lighting For Your Kitchen

By striking the right balance between then natural lights in your kitchen and the artificial ones will ensure that you have an amazing lighting setup for your kitchen. Use the halogen and incandescent bulbs for the kitchen’s lighting that are not only durable and have efficient energy consumption rates but are also well known for not being overtly costly.

These 3 tips when well executed and in a complimentary manner to each other can give your kitchen a whole new look without you needing to invest more than what you had planned for. Research thoroughly. If you come across terms that you are unable to understand, then you can click on glossary to know the meanings.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Baby Dress


Baby Dress


Sewing for babies is probably my favorite kind of sewing. I don’t know if it’s because it’s such cute clothing or the fact that I suck at sewing clothes for myself. Probably the latter :)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A Few Things For Sale


I’ve got a few things that are just sitting around my craft room that are up for sale. If you are interested in any of these, shoot me an email at Payments are accepted through Paypal. I will update the post as things are bought.


Lace Zig-Zag Onesie 6-9 months : $10




Pink Zebra Pouch (2 available): $8






Ruffle Butt Onesie 6-9 months: $10




Striped Pouch (smaller than zebra pouch): $6





Thanks for looking :)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Free for All

I have been a crafting monster lately. I’m not sure what’s come over me but I’ve got so many ideas right now! I’ve got post scheduled for a couple of weeks out. I guess that’s a good thing since school starts Monday!  I'm ready to get back with it :)

Here are the fab features from last week:

I love this cobalt blue necklace. So pretty!

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If I was a little girl, I would spend all my time in this adorable reading nook. Heck, even as a big girl I would spend all my time there :)

And the most viewed link:


Lot’s of great crafts in one post! Be sure to check it out!

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Design for Young and Crafty

If you are in a reader, be sure to click over and check out the new blog design.


I was ready for something much more simplistic. Erika from The Fairy Blogmother did an excellent job at deciphering exactly what I wanted. I love what she did! If you are looking for an affordable person to re-do your website, she is it. She worked super quickly and was very receptive to the changes that I wanted to make.

So what has changed?? Well, the social media icons are now at the top right of the screen embedded in the header. I now have a Buttons tab where you can find all of the buttons for my site (i.e. Young and Crafty, featured, and Free for All) Besides those things, everything is the same!

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, January 7, 2013

Black Dresser Redo

Black Dresser Redo

One of my good friends snagged this dresser from her uncle for the grand total of free. The only problem was that it was, well, ugly. Really ugly.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

$50 Williams-Sonoma & Mrs. Smith’s Deep Dish Pie WINNER


And the winner of the giveaway is…



Tammy December 26, 2012 12:04 PM

Peach pie for me! ;-)


If you are Tammy there is no contact info for you! Please contact me at within 48 hours to claim your prize.



3 Day Juice Cleanse: Final Thoughts

3 Day Juice Cleanse

Although I thought about quitting no less than 1000 times, I am really proud that I actually finished this cleanse. It was probably one of the hardest journey’s that I’ve ever been on. When it comes to food, sometimes I am not very disciplined. Let’s face it, I love to eat. The worse it is for you, the more I love it. On the flip side, I work very hard to control what I eat. I love food, but food doesn’t love me. I think if I look at junk food for to long I gain weight.

That being said, what would I do differently? If I do this again, I will probably involve some eating along with juicing. Rather than doing 5-6 juices a day, I would instead do 3-4 and incorporate small meals that include vegetables or fruits. If I happen to be working out while doing another cleanse, I would also incorporate some protein. Fruits and vegetable have no protein. Protein is important if you are working out because your muscles need it!

The craziest thing that I learned was that I wasn’t starving. Never once was I starving. Yeah I might be hungry before drinking a juice but I never was starving.

In the future, I will probably incorporate a juice every now and then for a meal or a snack. I know that I don’t get all the nutrients my body needs on a daily basis and this is a great way to ensure that I am getting those much needed nutrients.

If you are thinking about doing a cleanse, go for it! You will be proud of yourself when you finish. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at and I will try to answer them as best I can.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Juice Cleanse: Day 3


And that’s a wrap for this juice cleanse. If you want to catch up you can read the intro, Day 1, and Day 2.


3 Day Juice Cleanse


I don’t know if it was because it was the final day, if I had just gotten used to drinking for every meal, or I knew I was going to eat supper, but Day 3 wasn’t so bad. I didn’t think of quitting one time because I knew it was the last day :)


Here’s how today went:


Juice 1- 7:30

1 cucumber

2 apples

1 bunch Kale

3 large handfuls spinach

1 lemon




Although this one is very green, it was so refreshing. It was really easy to drink. The lemon adds the perfect touch. I would totally drink this one again. I did not have a headache when I woke up this morning and I was not really hungry.


Juice 2- 11:00

3 peeled oranges

3 pears

handful kale

handful parsley




This was not the original recipe. The original called for 2 carrots and 1 sweet potato. Instead I added kale and parsley. After the chalky taste of the sweet potato one yesterday, I wasn’t going there again. And we’ve already discussed my dislike of carrot juice. This juice was very good and I would definitely make it again. I was hungry but not starving. No headache


Juice 3- 1:00

Not a juice but a smoothie

1 apple

1 cup berries

1 banana

handful spinach

blend until smooth




I love smoothies so I knew this one wouldn’t be a problem. I chose to “eat” it rather than drink it. It was really delicious and I’ll use this recipe to replace meals in the future. Since the banana wasn’t frozen but the berries were, it was somewhat like ice cream but not near as thick. I was hungry and did not have a headache.


Juice 4- Did not drink

1 whole cantaloupe (rind and all)




I love, love, love cantaloupe. The juice, however, was just OK. I didn’t end up drinking it because I wasn’t hungry and I knew I would be eating a meal. Still no headache!


Dinner at 6:30

I had tortilla soup for dinner and it was delish! Felt good to actually EAT.


Overall I lost a total of 3 pounds. Tomorrow I am going to write a post of what I would do differently and my overall feeling of the whole thing.


Anyone tried it yet? Anyone??



Friday, January 4, 2013

Free for All

I hope you all have had a great New Years! Whew, what a week. The past few days have been really hard being on this juice cleanse. I will certainly be glad when it is over!

The link party was pretty sparse this week, but here is a round up of my favorites linked up from 2012:

Turn an old dresser into a chic TV stand.

Wow this bathroom came a LONG way. A must see!

And the most viewed link:

Make your own mercury glass. These look like the real deal!

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No nonsense Leggings and Tights

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Tights and leggings are the perfect way to spruce up an outfit. All the dresses that you have for the summer can be carried over to the winter by adding leggings or tights to keep you warm. Leggings and tights can also change the entire look of an outfit. They can add a fun punch of color or design.

I received a pair of burgundy/maroon tights from No nonsense. That is the hot color of winter and I absolutely loved them. They have a little design on them to add another little touch. Here is how I plan on wearing my tights.



I got this dress at Target and I love how feminine it is with the lace. I got the shoes at TJ Maxx. The burgundy tights will just take the whole look to another level!


For my leggings, I chose another dress. I have had it for a long time and I still love it and I still get compliments on it.



I got the dress at Charlotte Russe, probably a good 4 years ago. I just can’t let it go. I got the boots at Belk on Black Friday for a steal of $20!

You can find No nonsense tights and leggings at food and drug stores as well as mass retail stores. Keep your eye out for them! The prices of their leggings and tights are very affordable.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Juice Cleanse: Day 2


You can catch up by reading the 3 Day Juice Cleanse intro and Juice Cleanse: Day 1.


3 Day Juice Cleanse


Yesterday I thought about quitting approximately 99 times. Today, that number easily tripled. It is so difficult not eating. I can’t say that enough. It’s almost like not taking a shower. It’s just something that you are supposed to do. I lost 2 pounds which helped a little. 


I was pretty horrible about taking pictures today and here’s how Day 2 went:


Juice 1- 8:30

2 cups strawberries

1 apple

4 Kale leaves

handful spinach


This recipe originally called for 2 carrots. I just couldn’t do it so I substituted the carrots for kale and spinach. This one was good. It was easy to drink. I woke up with a headache. I was hungry but not starving.


Juice 2- 10:30

2 peeled oranges

1 tomato


This recipe originally called for 2 stalks of celery. I simply omitted them. The taste of celery is so strong and I don’t like it even before it’s juiced. This one was OK. It was pretty easy to drink. I was not hungry.


Juice 3- 1:45

4-5 Kale leaves

1/2 Pineapple (no rind)


Love this one. Super easy to drink because I love pineapple. I was not hungry. I drank this one later than I planned because I was so tired and took a nap.


Juice 4- 4:00

3 pears

1 whole yam

1 apple



Disgusting! This one tasted like chalk. It was very, very hard to drink but somehow I choked it down. I was a little hungry and had a slight headache.


Juice 5- 6:30

Not really a juice but a smoothie.

3 frozen bananas

1 cup spinach

1/2 cup almond milk

1 tbsp vanilla


SO good. I will be making this again for a snack but with less bananas. This basically tasted like ice cream. It ended up being so thick that I had to eat it with a spoon, which in turn made me feel that I was actually eating. At this point I had decided that I wasn’t going to do Day 3. We went to my brother-in-law and sister-in-laws house for dinner and games.  They had hamburgers and looked so yum. I was semi-hungry and still had a dull headache.


Juice 6- Didn’t drink

1 whole beet

2 apples

1 orange


Again, the beets aren’t for me. I have one on the menu for tomorrow and will be doing something different. I sort of cheated and ate an apple. At least it was a fruit. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


Overall, Day 2 was harder than Day 1. I had decided that I wasn’t going to Day 3 because I just wanted to eat! I changed my mind because I didn’t want to let myself down. I knew I would look back and be disappointed. However, I have decided that I will have a meal for dinner tomorrow night. A real meal that involves chewing and swallowing. It will probably be a hot meal too.


So, are you still thinking of doing a juice cleanse??



Juice Cleanse: Day 1

Before starting this whole thing I told myself, “It’s only 3 days, it won’t be that bad!” After day 1, I wanted to quit approximately 99 times. This has been much harder than I thought. It’s just so strange to go all day without eating, without chewing. Unnatural even. It probably didn’t help that I had to go to dinner last night at Red Lobster for my mother-in-law’s birthday. Pure.torture.

I’m going to break down my day for you guys and the juice that I drank, how I felt, if I liked it and what time I drank it.

Juice 1- 8:30
2 apples
2 grapefruit
1 packet stevia


I’m not a huge grapefruit fan so this one was just OK. The apples helped tone down the grapefruit and the stevia made it a little sweeter. This one was drinkable and I would probably drink it again. At this point I wasn’t very hungry.

Juice 2- 11:00
Handful of Kale
3 peeled oranges
1 lemon


I was semi-hungry but not starving. This one really wasn’t bad. Kale has a such a strong green color that makes for an interesting color juice. The lemon really overpowers the entire drink. I like lemon so this one was do-able.

Juice 3- 1:30
4 Carrots
2 Apples
1” Ginger root


Not a fan at all of this one. I like carrots but holy moly they are not good as a juice! This one was very hard for me to drink. I was hungry by this point so I choked it down. I started to have a slight headache and was feeling sluggish. I will NOT be making this one again.

Juice 4- 4:00
1/2 Pineapple (cut off rind)
2 oranges


This one was delicious! This one is my favorite one so far. I was not hungry. Still have a dull headache.

Juice 5- 7:00
3 Tomato’s
1 carrot
handful of spinach
handful parsley

“No picture”

This one was alright but I love tomato’s. I learned at this point after adding one carrot that I don’t like carrot juice and will not be adding it to anymore of my juices. I was a little hungry and still had a dull headache. This was the hardest time because I was out to eat with the family. I stayed strong and did not eat one morsel of food.

Juice 6- Did not drink
1 beet
2 apples
1 carrot

I made this one before we left for dinner. I was full and didn’t really like this one. I skipped it. I probably shouldn’t have but the thought of drinking it was repulsing.

I fell asleep watching TV around 9:30. Woke up at 10 and went and got in the bed. I was so tired!

That’s a wrap for Day 1!