Young and Crafty Sisters: February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Coffee Table Redo {Guest Post by Namely Original}

I'm so happy to have Namely Original guest posting today! Something about a family team blog sounds like so much fun. Be sure to hop over and check them out. 

We are a mother-daughters team, working together to share our ideas on crafting and other stuff. You'll find a lot of things here that can be done on a budget, because we like yard sales, thrift stores, and roadside junk. Our blog, Namely Original is dedicated to finding all kinds of old things that are in need of new life.

This table was probably our first big furniture re do. We fixed this table up before we even contemplated starting a blog. It would have posted sooner, but since the table was done before we had the blog, I didn't take very good pictures. Well actually they were horrible. We didn't think about taking better pictures for a while because we gifted the table to some friends who needed some furniture for their new apartment. And after that I forgot about it. I finally got over there the other day, and they graciously allowed me to photograph their coffee table (which turned out pretty lovely, if I do say so myself:)

We found this table on the side of the road. It was ugly, I told my mom no, she said yes so we brought it home. I thought it was beyond fixing, but I know better now. We left it in our basement for the longest time until we decided it was time to paint it. This table is also the first things we painted a bright color. Usually, we go for simple easy-to-decorate-around colors, but I insisted because this is my favorite color.

Julia and I dragged this thing outside and got to work. I think we did one coat of primer and two coats of spray paint. When it was dry, we distressed it...a lot. I think it adds to the character of the table and it brings out the lines and details. We took sandpaper and went along all the edges and scuffed up the paint on the flat parts of the table.

 Here is a close up so you can see the details.

I put this picture in because it is pretty, and because it shows off the front.

 We distressed more in some parts than others so that two colors of wood could come through. We also made the paint chip in some areas.

 This knob came on the table, but we spray painted it a darker color to match the finished look better.

And that's it! This is a super simple way to make an old, heavy piece look a little lighter and whimsical. I really love the finished look and the color. The teal is a Krylon spray paint color. I believe it is called Sea Foam. Let me know what you think! 

Be sure to visit our blog Namely Original to see other great projects and tutorials!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

5 Easy Steps to Plan Your Wedding Reception Perfectly

5 Easy Steps to Plan Your Wedding Reception Perfectly

It can be quite daunting for anyone to plan their wedding reception. Fear not because everyone goes through the nervous stage where they feel that they won’t be able to do it perfectly. The main thing to do is be organized and calm at all times. The following 5 steps will take you through it easily –
  1. Set The Date Before You Start Hunting For Locations - All the good and preferable venues have pre bookings and some of them even go on for two or three years. So, before you go location hunting, decide on a date. Only then can you plan out the venue and make necessary changes to your plans on the availability of the same.
  2. Prepare A Budget – Your wedding reception is going to be one of the biggest expenses of your life and without budgeting, everything will fall apart. Most people have a certain budget in their heads but when they jot down estimates of everything, they find that the costs exceed their expectations. Thus, even if you think you have enough to splurge, never underestimate the power of budgeting and your ability to overspend.
  3. Decide On The Type Of Reception You Want – There are many things you need to decide under this point. It depends on your personality and preference, plus your budget on the kind of wedding reception you will have. Outdoor weddings bring a lot of uncertainty with them because of their dependence on the weather and other things. So, make sure you have a plan B.
Also, if your budget is tight and you want an outdoor wedding, ensure that you choose a season that comes with discounts, like winter season. These are the kinds of reception you could plan -
·         Beach Reception – Beach receptions bring beautiful pictures and happy outfits with them. Beware of the waves and the sand, though.
·         Picnic Reception – A bit unusual but for couples that love nature, this could be a perfect reception without being too formal.
·         Cocktail Reception – For the sophisticated and modern couple that likes to have a lot of fun, this can be perfect. But raising a toast or getting heard could be difficult because the reception won’t be as organized as you might like.
  1. Take A Count And Make Arrangements For Seating – Never ignore this bit because it has caused many disasters at weddings. Decide on where the bride and groom would sit and you might want to ensure that friends and family of the couple get to sit with each other.
  2. Decide On The Food Wedding cakes have to be preordered as well, so make sure you do that. Ensure that there is enough food for everyone. Also, there might be vegans and vegetarians in your guests, so it is important that there is a separate place on the menu for their food as well.
Most importantly, don’t get perturbed if something goes awry. Take the help of friends and family and always have backup plans and you will be fine. 

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Featured in a Magazine!

Well guys, I’ve had my first every magazine feature! EEK, so exciting! DIY Lifestyle Magazine featured my Metallic Three Panel Art. This is a magazine that you can check out via an Ipad. I so wish I had one so I could check out this entire magazine. Here is my spread:
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Right now you can check out the magazine for FREE:

Have an iPad and looking for some DIY inspiration? Check out the February issue of the "DIY Lifestyle" Magazine, for free! Many DIY projects contributed by talented bloggers and my article was published in this month’s issue! For your free trial download the magazine here: then click on subscribe and then current subscribers, enter in "1monthdiy" to get the current issue for free; and do it soon because the coupon is only valid until February 28th. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Strawberry-Blueberry Muffins {Healthy Recipe}

Strawberry-Blueberry Muffins

Looking for a healthy breakfast? You’ve just found it! These muffins top out at 73 calories each. That means you can have three muffins for under 250 calories. Yes please!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

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If you have a smart phone (iPhone, iPad, and Android), you can download the app and search for a new place on the go. You can go on a virtual tour either online at or by using the user friendly app. is super easy to navigate. It was super easy to simply type in my zip code and all of the apartments in the area popped up. Each listing showed the price range of the apartments and the range of bedrooms and bathrooms available. That way you do not have to waste your time with apartments that are out of your budget or apartments that do not offer the amount of bedrooms or bathrooms that you would like. There are tons of pictures and floor plans to see if you like the look or design of the home. Another great feature is the little snippet of information it gives you about the apartment complex. Some examples are no application fee, close to school, work, shopping, and dining. Also, you do not have to search for the number to the apartment complex, it is readily available in bold red letters.


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Friday, February 22, 2013

Free For All

I’m back form a whirl wind trip in Seattle. When I finally get caught up I plan on sharing some pictures and fun things I did!

Here are the fab features from TWO weeks ago:

If you are a beginner at sewing this is just the project for you!

These book page/music note wreaths are nothing new but I sure do love them.

And the most viewed link:

A veeeerryyy interesting kitchen.

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So I am pretty much obsessed with fingernail polish. I would say that my collection has gotten a smidge out of hand. It’s so fun to change up your look with color on your nails!


Nailuv Gel Nail Polish has been featured on Stylist Magazine. Nailuv offers 32 gorgeous nail gel shades that go on smooth with lasting shine. Nailuv’s shades are long-wearing and lightweight, promising a perfect, seamless nail finish each time.

Gel Nail Polish Colors is the hot new thing. I’ve yet to try it out but would love to! The great thing about gel nail polish is that you can wear it for so much longer before chipping.  


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Diagonal Striped Stenciled T-Shirt {Tutorial}

Striped Stenciled T-shirt

This little shirt screams boy to me. I made this for my nephew who is 18 months or so old. It was very easy to make!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

Peanut Butter Banana Ice Cream

This recipe isn’t technically ice cream. It’s a great fake though. If you are trying to eat healthier and are craving something sweet or ice cream, this will hit the spot.

Saturday, February 9, 2013


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

The typical rose that is given for Valentine's Day is gorgeous. However, roses are far from my favorite flower. Here's a personal tidbit of information: My all time favorite flower is the star gazer lily. Tulips are a close runner up. I love how cut tulips come in so many fun and vibrant colors. It doesn't matter what season you are decorating for, tulips can be found in just the perfect color to help in your decorating. I tend to think about Easter when I think about tulips and then I start thinking about all of the fun projects that can be made with tulips. 



You've also still got a little time to create a fun Valentine's center piece with beautiful tulips. Here is just one simple idea to whip up:



You could also use red hots, or any other Valentine candy. Now, imagine creating a similar center piece for Easter that has the little peep bunnies instead of hearts. Or Cadburry eggs. Oh wait, I think I would eat them all first. 

So now that you have all of these ideas swimming around in your brain, you may be asking yourself, where do I even find tulips? Tulips can be found at grocery stores, garden centers, and flower shops. Grocery shopping is part of my weekly routine. It would be so simple to just add some pretty tulips to the cart to freshen up my house and bring in some color! Who says flowers have to come from a guy? Treat yourself! 

For TONS of tulip ideas visit and follow the tulip Pinterest page. If you are a tulip novice, there are ideas on their page to help you learn how to plant and grow your own. You will also find ideas for styling tulips for every season and different rooms. 


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Friday, February 8, 2013

Free For All

I’m leaving for Seattle on Monday. EEK! The purpose is to go to a conference for school. It’s the National Association of School Psychology (NASP) conference. Of course, I plan on having some fun to. Anyone ever been or live there? I’d love some tips on things to do!

Here are the fab features from last week:

This craft room update went from a hot mess to beautifully organized!
 I am calling this quilt The Birds and The Trees

Go check out some pretty quilts. Love the fabric.

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Whip up your own taco seasoning!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Diaper & Wipe Case Take Two

Diaper & Wipe Case

I’ve used this tutorial before for another baby gift. Find the tutorial HERE. Find the one I made HERE. I changed it up from the original by adding a button. Let’s just say that my button hole sewing needs work. Not to mention, I should really stop eye-balling measurements and actually measure. What and idea! Let’s just say, the button hole is slightly off center.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Harman Stoves and GIVEAWAY

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

Have you been considering reducing your carbon footprint lately? Harman Pellet Stoves are a great addition to your home to save on the electric bill during the winter months. I don't know about you, but we keep our house on 65 or so. That's cold! We walk around with sweatshirts and pants on and are usually wrapped up in blankets while watching TV. It's not cheap to run the heat! Using a pellet stove costs 47% less than electric. That is a pretty good looking popular heating alternative.



These stoves come in a variety of sizes and styles. They are easily installed and wood, pellet, or coal can be used inside of them. Now, these things are the cheapest. You've got to think about long term savings. The good news is that you can get a 10% tax credit if you purchase one this year! 


Pellet Stoves are Awesome


You can follow Harman on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to receive updates about their cool new stuff. 


If you are interested in learning more, Harman is giving away a notebook with a pen to one lucky winner. Just leave a comment telling me why you like Harman. The winner will be selected February 28th. 

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Avocados from Mexico

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

I love, love, love avocados! It wasn't to long ago that I wouldn't touch the things. I finally started to like them and eat them regularly when I tried sushi for the first time. Now I add avocado to salads or whip up some guacamole. Avocados from Mexico are the perfect way to add flavor to any meal to make it that much more delicious. 




You can head to the Share the Avocado Love Facebook app and download different wallpapers and send gifts to friends. I downloaded this wallpaper and used it as a background on my desktop. It didn't do anything but make me hungry though! 


I also got the opportunity to order something from the Avocados from Mexico Cafe Press store! Since I have all of one coffee cup in my cabinets, I thought this would be the perfect time to add one more. This is the one I ordered. 


ILove Avocados Mug - Funky


I can't wait to drink some coffee or tea from it! Maybe I'll drink it while eating some avocado :)


There is an #iloveavocados Twitter party happening on February the 7th between 3:00 and 4:00 pm EST. Just follow @guacgrl or hashtag #iloveavocados to be a part of the fun! 



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Hawaiian Flower Onesie {Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial}

Hawaiian Flower Freezer Paper Stencil

This is my first time to ever try out freezer paper stenciling. I’m in love. How come know one told me how fun and easy this is?! I’ve already been brainstorming what else I can stencil! I used I Am Momma Hear Me Roar’s video tutorial to make sure I knew what I was doing. It’s a great video and super easy to follow. I’m going to do a picture tutorial as well.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Free for All

I am exhausted! Several morning of waking up at 5 and several nights of getting home at 6:45 or later is going to wear me down. I’ve got to do this until May… yikes!

You guys rocked the link party this week! Here are the fab features:

I just “LOVE” this sign!

This construction party is pretty amazing. The details are just perfect! The tires holding up the table… genius!

These DIY barn wood shelves are to die for. The ironstone collection is perfect displayed on top of them.

And the most viewed link:

This mirror wall is gorgeous. I love the miss matched frames and the shabby chicness of them. Now, where can I find some mirrors…..???

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