Young and Crafty Sisters: April 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Enter Recipe to Win a Free Trip!

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


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There are so many types of cooking oil available now days that it is hard to know how to choose the right one. Pompeian Olive Oil is an excellent, healthier option than vegetable oil. There is also a lesser known oil called grapeseed oil that has been a chef secret for decades. If this oil will make my food taste as good as a chef’s, sign me up!

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Pompeian and Hungry Girl are challenging bloggers to change their oil. Instead of using butter or vegetable oil in a recipe, switch it up and try out Pompeian’s Grapeseed oil or OlivExtra Premium Mediterranean Blend. The Pompeian’s Time to Change Your Oil contest requires that you simply post the recipe with an accompanying image on your blog, then head to the Time to Change Your Oil Facebook application to share a link to your blog, enter your contact info and click submit! The winner will be selected by Hungry Girl, Lisa Lillien, and will receive and all-expense paid trip to BlogHer Food ’13 in Austin, TX June 7-8 and the winners recipe will be featured with Pompeian throughout the event. A chance for a free trip just for eating healthier? Sounds pretty good to me! The recipe must be entered into the Pompeian and Hungry Girl sweepstakes for a chance to win. 


If you are interested in trying out a new recipe, be sure to give the Smoky Fried Chickpeas recipe a try. 


Makes 4 servings

1 cup   Pompeian Grapeseed Oil
1/2 tsp.   dried thyme
3/4 tsp.   salt
2   large cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 Tbsp.   grated lemon zest
2 tsp.   smoked paprika
1. Dry chickpeas thoroughly with paper towels.

2. Using a candy thermometer, heat oil in a large, deep skillet over medium-high until it reaches 355 degrees. Add chickpeas, zest and thyme to pan in batches to avoid overcrowding. 

3. Fry chickpeas for about 5 minutes or until deep golden brown. Remove to a paper-towel-lined baking sheet and sprinkle with paprika and salt. Serve immediately. 

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Winter-Proofing Your Bathroom

Many homeowners today share the opinion that a towel warmer not only adds value but style, elegance and warmth to any room in the home.

When you think about it for two minutes, a towel warmer becomes the most obvious choice for your bathroom. They look beautiful, as beautiful as any traditional non-electronic towel rack. They also do away with the need for a heater in the bathroom in winter, so you can throw away that dangerous portable plug in heater that has exposed wires and is perilously close to the puddle leaking out from under the shower door. Even better, if well installed and good quality, they will add value to your bathroom in the longterm, just like any add-on or good renovation in your house. Browse the different types of heated towel racks at Hydrotherm.  They can be used in any room of the house, like the laundry or the kitchen if you need. If there are rooms you don't constantly use, you can get a rack with a timer that can automatically switch itself on or off. The great things is that can will reduce moisture and mildew in basements in winter.


Choose one within your budget and of a size that will suit your bathroom, once you have the design of your bathroom planned out. There is nothing more luxurious than stepping out of a hot bath in winter and grabbing a hot towel  off the rack and then stepping into warm pyjamas that have been sitting on the rack and warming up.

This is a sponsored post and not original content of Young and Crafty.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Shine on Fridays

I mentioned last week that I was considering combining my weekly link party with a few other bloggers. Well, I took the plunge! This is great for you guys because it means 4 times the exposure. We are also each going to choose our favorite links to highlight on our individual blogs. That means you have a greater chance of getting your project featured.


Kirsten @ One Tough Mother

We also have a co-host this week. Be sure to head to her blog, Craft a Spell, to enter a giveaway for a $10 Michael’s gift card. Here is a little about her:

Hi everyone, I’m Dianna from Craft A Spell. I love to craft for a spell, bake for a spell, cook for a spell, and sew for a spell. At Craft A Spell, you’ll find craft tutorials, recipes, and home decor and furniture refinishing projects. I hope you’ll stop by for a spell!

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Show off your fabulous creations with us and be inspired by what others have created!

  • Please link up crafts, recipes, home decor, etc.
  • I would love for you to follow me and all my lovely co-hosts
  • Grab a button and post it on your blog to help spread the word 
  • Have fun and visit other links. Remember we all love comments:)

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Home Transformation with Dollar Store Objects

Home Transformation with Dollar Store Objects
An excellent thing about dollar stores is that they allow you to decorate your home in a fashionable way on a very low budget. The biggest challenge here is not to overcrowd your space with trinkets, but to come up with creative and stylish d├ęcor solutions.
Arm yourself with patience

Better be prepared: finding interesting items in dollar stores might not be as quick as you think. You really have to look and imagine how the objects you find there might fit in with your furniture and how you might use them.

However, the encouraging thing is that regardless of where your furniture came from – a luxury store or Ikea, yard sale or an online furniture website of shop 4 furniture – you’ll be able to find charming home accents to complement all furniture styles in all price ranges.

What to look for

While main home items like furniture, kitchen appliances and tech equipment can’t be purchased inexpensively, all little decorative items can, which is great, because you can make wonders with them.

Dollar stores are good for discovering charming:
• Photo frames
• Pillows and pillowcases
• Ribbons
• Candles
• Beads
• Lamps
• Fabrics
• Napkins and napkin holders
• Vases, glasses, plates

• Exotic sculptures
• Woven baskets
• Artificial flowers, etc.

Don’t think any of the items on the list are unnecessary. Every little piece can be used to elevate and freshen up your house.

A few ideas to get you started

Walls, shelves, sofas and tables are vast territory for decoration. Using colorful napkins or nicely patterned fabrics you can decorate an old canvas or a cheap foam panel, gluing or pinning the fabric/napkin to your working surface.

If you are not a big fan of artificial flowers in your home, like me, there’s still a great way to use them as decoration. This may open up dozen of ideas to use artificial flowers. You can use them to decorate some plain lamp, place a few fake buds in a woven basket on a dining room table or think of more ways to use artificial plants creatively.

Real flowers are reserved for visible places next to sofas, armchairs, windows, etc. Use unusually shaped vases or glasses you found at a dollar store to place a nice bouquet picked from your garden.

If your sofa is already old but you can’t replace it for the time being, organize a pillow-decorating workshop. There are a few very simple ways to redecorate your pillows using only new, pretty fabric and ribbons – in the end the pillow is supposed to look like delicious candy. Covering your sofa with colorful pillows will add life to it and make it look inviting. In the end you might even fight over who’ll sit on it.

Rule of thumb: simplicity

As I mentioned earlier, it is very important not to overcrowd your home with cheap-looking “stuff”. Photo frames should be placed in clusters of two or three, not ten. They can be placed on walls, shelves and nightstands, and next to them you can add some stylish home accent, like a jar of marbles or beads, or a nice looking woven basket with artificial flowers.

The same rule applies to everything you purchased. In the end you’ll get a well-balanced, fresh looking and inspiring home that will be a delight to come back to whenever you leave the house.

This is a guest post and is not original content of Young and Crafty. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

Sleep Better with ZzzQuil!

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

I received ZzzQuil from P& G recently to test out and see if I like it. I’m sure most of you have heard of the “Quil” products such as NyQuil and DayQuil. I love and have used those when I am sick for a long time. That being said, I was excited to try ZzzQuil out. Often times I find that I am restless at night, especially during school. I go to bed with a lot on my mind and run my to do list through my head over and over. ZzzQuil has an active ingredient called diphenhydramine HCI that helps reduce the time it takes for you to fall asleep when you are having difficulty falling asleep so that you can sleep like a baby and wake up feeling refreshed for a new day.

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I received the liquid form of ZzzQuil. It was grape flavored and I liked it. I'm kind of a weirdo though and like the taste of NyQuil and DayQuil too :) 

The first night that I took ZzzQuil, I don’t think I slept any differently. It took me the same amount of time to fall asleep and I woke up several times throughout the night. However, the other two times I have taken ZzzQuil, I have literally slept like a baby. I felt great the next morning. You might think that a sleep aid might make you tired, but it didn’t! So would I recommend it for occasional sleepiness? I would!

Be sure to like ZzzQuil on Facebook. If you happen to go out and buy some to try, be sure to tweet about your experience using the hashtag #ZzzQuilNight. 


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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Moms love Mombo

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


While I am not pregnant, and do not plan to be anytime soon, I am always on the lookout for cool products to use for when my husband and I do have a baby. This fits the bill! Moms love mombo is a nursing pillow with a unique shape and a two-sided design called Firm2Soft. Each side offers a different experience. The firm side gives essential support for mom and her nursing baby and the soft side is extra cozy which makes for an inviting place for lounging or tummy time. The mombo also has a vibration feature to give the baby the ultimate soothing experience while lounging. This pillow does it all and is basically 2 pillows in one! I’ve heard from other nursing moms that these pillows are so helpful for supporting the baby while nursing. I’ve also heard from moms who do not nurse but love to use the mombo for tummy time so that they can have a free hand to get some stuff around the house done!


Of course, I would also want a stylish mombo. There is an assortment of pillow styles and slipcovers. Select your style from Standard, Deluxe or Nude and then choose multiple slipcover fashions so you’ll always have a spare. That means you can wash these suckers when they get yucky! Is this not the cutest slipcover?!

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You can find all of the mombo products at Toys R Us (and Babies R Us). Be sure to like Comfort & Harmony on Facebook and Comfort & Harmony on Twitter. This is the maker of mombo. 

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Spike Earrings


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So I’ve been browsing the jewelry isle every now and then looking for ideas. I’m not gonna lie, I feel totally overwhelmed. There are so many different kinds of beads and tools and stuff use to make jewelry.




When I saw the spike chain I grabbed that sucker up. I had no clue what I was going to make with it but I just loved it.


These earrings were pretty easy to make. I just deconstructed the spikes and added them to an earring thing. Do these earring things have a name?


Spike Earrings


That’s really all there is to it. This is about as adventurous as I’ve gotten with this jewelry making business. Hey, you gotta start some where right?!


Linking Up To These Parties: Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl Creative Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts Topsy Turvy Cakes A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday- Somewhat Simple Christina's Adventures House of Hepworths Friday-  Fingerprints on the Fridge Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Friday, April 19, 2013

Free for All

Guys, I have three weeks left of this semester. I can’t tell you how pumped I am to be done! Yes, I still have two summer classes to take but those won’t be so bad.

On another note, I’ve been considering combining my party with a few other blogs. What do you guys think of this idea?

Here are the fab features from this week:


Use old sheet music as wallpaper. I love the look of this!!

Make a twin sized headboard out of a door. Great idea!

And the most viewed link:

Make a fabulous make-up roll. Easy way to pack your make-up when you travel!

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, April 15, 2013

Pillows Made With HGTV Home Fabric


I received this gorgeous fabric to review and create something fun. It's a party of the HGTV Home Line of fabric. I decided to try out some pillows.


The larger pillow in the back is an envelope pillow. I’ve never sewed an envelope pillow before. I used THIS tutorial which was super easy to follow. This pillow probably took 10 minutes to sew. I will most definitely be sewing more of these! The other pillow is just two rectangles sewn together and stuffed.


Besides this fabric being gorgeous, it is really high quality. It was easy to sew with and thick.

Right now you can head to Joann fabric store and check out the new line for yourself. If you do not live near a Joann’s, be sure to head to to look at the selection! I’ve got a 10% off coupon code below.


Friday, April 12, 2013

Free for All

By now I’ve taken the biggest test of my whole entire life. I can’t wait to relax a little this weekend. I’m not even sure I remember what that word means!

Here are the fab features from last week:

This spring wreath is to die for!

This DIY chevron vase is pretty.

And the most viewed link:

This kitchen remodel went from dated to modern and chic!

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)

The Parking Spot

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

We do not have a Parking Spot near our small town airport. However, there have been a few times where it has been significantly cheaper to buy our tickets at a bigger airport and park our car nearby. The Parking Spot is the perfect solution if you have need airport parking




You may be wondering, that's great, but how do I get to the airport after I park my car? Well, The Parking Spot has shuttle buses that pick you up and take you to and from the airport every 5-7 minutes. Is it safe to leave my car for a length of time? The Parking Spot has fences around it's location and it is well lit. If you are worried about your car being out in the open, worry no more! The Parking Spot offers covered parking. They also have open-air parking and valet services. You can book ahead of time with airport parking reservations. That luggage of yours is super heavy to. Good thing they have luggage assistance avaialble. You can also enjoy your ride to and from the airport by enjoying a complimentary chilled water and catching up on the complimentary USA Today newspaper. 


If you are a frequent flier, you may want to consider becoming a part of The Spot Club. Instead of pulling a ticket at entry and paying at exit, your credit card is linked to your Spot Club card for easy entrance and exit of the Parking Spot. You also earn points on your card where you can earn one free day for every seven days paid. That's a pretty good deal!


So if you are traveling soon, be sure to check out The Parking Spot and consider using them for parking. They are a national chain with 34 faicilites at over 22 airports. The likelihood that there is one near you is pretty good. Be sure to follow @TheParkingSpot on Twitter and like their Facebook page for updates! 

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Guest Post DIY's (Do It Yourself): Jute Twine Decorative Balls {Tutorial}

Today I've got Shruti from DIY's (Do It Yourself). Be sure to check out her blog for more fun stuff! 

With my recent love for jute and burlap, (earlier project was jute twine bowl) I wanted to make some new stuffs with my jute twine. I really like my new pedestal vase I made recently (tutorial coming soon)  but it kind of look bland with the white shells , as all the other decor stuffs are dark in color on my mantle. So, I wanted to make some vase fillers which can add a statement. Then I got it, how about plastic balls wrapped with jute twine. I was looking for the plastic balls when I saw a pack of golf tees in Walmart for 1 dollar. 15 balls for a dollar is score:-). I even used some old plastic balls from my son's toys and some old tennis balls. This is the finished product.

It's an easy and beautiful spring decor. So if you want to make one for yourself too, here are the steps to follow.


Golf tees
Glue gun & glue sticks
Jute twine (also from Walmart for a dollar)
Scissors (to cut twines)

Plastic balls & tennis balls.

Acrylic paint

Start by wrapping balls with twine with the help of glue.

Keep wrapping tightly so that no space is left in between and keep gluing.

This is how it will look after it's done. Cut the twine and glue the ends inside.

All the finished balls.

I even added a little bit of paint to tennis and plastic balls to give the fillers a different look. Just give few strokes of paint and let it dry.

I added a little sand at the base of my vase and then put all the balls. This is the finished result. I love how it added a freshness to my decor just like spring. It's super cheap and fun way to decorate.

The pedestal vases on both sides are DIY too, see the details in this post.

Whole mantle piece look.

Let me know your views and suggestions. Happy crafting.


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Guest Post Spool and Spoon: Lace Earrings Tutorial

Please welcome Jess from Spool and Spoon! She's a sweetheart and is going to share a tutorial for some pretty lace earrings. Be sure to hop on over to her blog and browse around. 

Hi everyone! It's so nice to meet you. I'm Jess and I'm the girl behind Spool and Spoon. I'm a bubbly twenty-something living with my husband and our two fur-babies in the 'burbs outside of Philadelphia. I'm so excited to be here today. Hannah is a true inspiration, I really mean it. Her ridiculously amazing talents inspired me to get out of my comfort zone and join the So You Think You're Crafty competition. If you enjoy spending time with your sewing machine or bonding with your mixer, we could probably be great friends. 

I love lace. Madonna obviously had an effect on me while I was growing up, haha. After all, I wouldn't consider anything but lace for my wedding gown last year. Still, I can't believe how trendy it is at the moment. You see it on just about everything and you're about to see it on something new -- earrings!

I am venturing into the wild world of jewelry making and I'm beginning to learn that it's only as difficult as you make it... and these earrings? Pfft. Not difficult at all.

What you'll need:
Lace trim in a pattern that you like
2 jump rings
2 fish hook earrings
Fabric Stiffener: 1 tablespoon Elmer's glue & 1 tablespoon water

1. Cut your desired length of lace (mine is about 2.5 inches long -- I just followed the pattern)
2. Mix your glue and water in a dixie cup until smooth and the consistency of milk
3. Dip lace into the mixture and move it around until it's completely saturated

4. While it's still wet, insert a sewing needle

5. Lay it flat to dry and remove the needle when the lace is completely stiffened

6. Thread an opened jump ring into the hole left by the needle

7. Attach the earring hook to the jump ring and close the jump ring completely

That's it! Now step back and admire your handiwork. Love them? I bet you do. 

They are so feminine and airy. They look incredibly delicate but due to the stiffener, they hold their shape perfectly and won't just twist up in your hair.

They can dress up even the most casual of outfits... I'm wearing a basic white tank and preppy shorts and they look fabulous with the ensemble.

On display with some of my other favorite earrings. Aren't those little blue birds from Target just darling? Or maybe you're admiring my pretty little bees from J.Crew? And of course my Anthro Callias Knock-offs are a show stopper as well!

Like my earring display? It's just burlap and lace wrapped around foam board and inserted in a frame!

Thanks so much to Hannah for giving me a chance to visit with all of you today! I hope to see you around my parts of the web soon.