Young and Crafty Sisters: September 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Dr. Seuss Quote Pallet Art {Tutorial}

 

Dr. Seuss Pallet Art

 

I love Dr. Seuss and his quotes. For our office at work, we wanted a quote that inspired us every time we walked out the door to work with kids. This one is perfect for that! It reminds me that I am an advocate for kids of all ages.

 

Dr. Seuss sign 1

 

I used 1x4’s all cut to the same length. I then found a few leftover 1x2’s to nail to the back to hold it together.

 

Dr. Seuss sign 2

 

You don’t need a cutting machine to do this. However, this method is WAY more time consuming! I’ve used it before on this Halloween Direction Post. Simply print off your words in whatever font you want. Then take a pencil and trace over all of the words.

 

Dr. Seuss 3

 

I know it’s hard to see but you can see the outline of the A I traced in the picture above.

 

Dr. Seuss sign 5

 

It took two coats of acrylic paint. Like I said, time consuming!

 

Dr. Seuss sign 6

 

Of course it was to perfect for my taste. I grabbed the sander and roughed up all of the edges and then lightly sanded over the whole thing to get a worn look.

 

Dr. Seuss sign 8

 

I wanted the edges to be a darker stain rather than the lighter wood. So I grabbed my stain in Ebony and used a paint brush to apply it.

 

Dr. Seuss sign 7

 

I used D rings and picture hanging wire to hang it up.

 

Dr. Seuss pallet art 3

 

That’s it! It turned out perfect for our office.

 

Have you ever used this method to make a sign?

 

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 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 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

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Shine on Fridays

Well today is the last Shine on Fridays. I haven't decided yet if I am going to continue to have a link party or not. We shall see! 

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Hannah @ Young and Crafty
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Awesome Blender Recipes


I'm so excited to be participating with these other bloggers to share awesome blender recipes! There is so much you can do with your blender to create some healthy and delicious meal replacements. Be sure to link up your blender recipes and browse around for some new ones! 



Find each recipe by clicking on the individual links below. We'd love to try out some of your blender recipes too, so please share in the link party at the end of this post.

52 Mantels

The Happy Card Encouragement Factory

52 Mantels


A Kristen Runs Through It

Young and Crafty


Crafting in the Rain


52 Mantels


A Kristen Runs Through It


Crafting in the Rain

Crafting in the Rain

A Kristen Runs Through It


Crafting in the Rain

Crafting in the Rain


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Vintage Suitcase Shelves {Tutorial}

In case you missed this vintage suitcase shelves tutorial over on A Diamond in the Stuff, here it is! 


Suitcase shelf 7

I cannot begin to tell you how much I’m in love with these suitcase shelves. Every time I pass by them I smile a little. All three of these suitcases came from my husbands grandmother who recently passed away. They were perfectly worn, as well as smelly.

I originally planned to stack these and make an end table. However, the left and right suitcases were almost exactly the same size so it just didn’t look right. I started browsing Pinterest for ideas and found the suitcase shelf idea. However, I  could not find a good tutorial.

This project was totally spur of the moment. My husband and I were sitting in the garage chatting and bored and just went for it. He, of course, thought I was nuts.

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So here is a tutorial for how we made our suitcase shelves.

Suitcases

Open them up and check out the beautiful, yet stinky lining. You have two choices, Febreeze the heck-o-la out of it or rip it out. I chose option number two. I think taking the lining out would probably help the blade go through smoother but I can’t say for sure because we didn’t try to cut it with the lining in.

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Measure the size you want your suitcase and start cutting it in half on a circular saw. This part is only slightly terrifying. I thought more than once that I was ruining a perfectly beautiful vintage suitcase.

As you can see, the blade did not cut all the way through the bottom layer. You can either take a jigsaw and cut the rest of the way or do what we did. We tilted the suitcase vertical and lined up the circular saw to cut through the rest. Worked like a charm.

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Now flip it over and cut the other side. Make sure your cuts line up! So now you’ve got your shelf and now it needs a way to be hung on the wall.

Suitcases 1

Take a piece of board and cut it to fit inside the suitcase on the BOTTOM piece of suitcase. Then use a nail gun and nail the board in place around the bottom and both sides. As you can see in the right picture, you can see the nail holes but they are soooo tiny that nobody will notice. This was super close and they are hard to see!

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Sorry this picture is such poor quality. I was trying to help hold it up while taking a picture of how to do it! We screwed the piece of wood straight into the studs. Notice that the top is not on? The tops are removable and now the suitcase doubles as storage too! Love that.

suitcase shelf 1

suitcase shelf 2

I’m still working on the styling part, but I love the direction they are headed.

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The one on the right is my favorite. Or the one in the middle. The green one is just ok.

The lantern on the left also came from Wyatt’s grandmothers and got a paint job. On the center suitcase, the teacup was my great grandmothers. The other stuff is just for looks :)

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Here’s how they look from the doorway. Find the no sew drop cloth curtain tutorial HERE. Want to see what used to be on the suitcase wall? Go HERE. Wow, this is about a zillion times better.

Oh and the gigantic box underneath them is staying. Wyatt and his dad made it and it holds all of our snow skiing gear. I may eventually make a cushion for it. The only problem is that thing is massive. I’m talking coffin size. Maybe even a double coffin. You get my drift. HUGE, I tell ya.

Suitcase shelf

I love that they are unique and can still be sentimental.


Be sure to hop on over to Young and Crafty to see MANY more projects! 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Raspberry Banana Smoothie



Raspberry Banana Smoothie

I caught raspberry’s on sale again so I got a few to throw into smoothies. This smoothie is a perfect make ahead smoothie for the next day. It is cream and delicious!

Banana Raspberry Smoothie 1

Ingredients:

1 handful spinach
1 container greek vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup almond milk (or whatever you prefer)
1 cup raspberries
1 sliced frozen banana

Raspberry Banana Smoothie 2

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Shine on Friday’s


Well guys, next week is the last Shine on Friday’s. Sad, I know. If you are still interested in participating in a party, let me know. I may be starting the Free for All party back up!

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Kirsten @ One Tough Mother
Hannah @ Young and Crafty
 
I didn’t have time to look up features this week. Sorry!
 
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
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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Magnetic Board {Tutorial}

 

Magnetic Boards

 

For my shared office at work, the other intern and I wanted a bulletin board by our desks. It had to be big to fill up the big blank space.

 

I’ve seen these magnetic boards before and liked the idea of having a magnetic board rather than using a corkboard. I also found out that you can use dry erase markers on them. I am frequently out and about in the district so this was a perfect way to let people know where I was.

 

Magnetic Boards 1

 

I found this roll of galvanized tin. This whole roll cost about $15. I have some left over and I made 2 giant magnetic boards with this roll.

 

Magnetic Boards 2

 

You will need tin snips to cut the tin. Just decide what dimensions you want and cut away. I wanted these pretty long. You will need 1x4’s for the border. I needed four for the dimensions I wanted.

 

Magnetic Boards 3

 

Then cut your wood to fit around all of the edges. I did not worry about angle cuts but just butted the wood against each other. Then paint the wood the color you want. I did this before screwing the tin to the wood. I wanted a more modern look so I chose black.

 

Magnetic Boards 5

 

Then screw the tin into each piece of wood. I really wish I would have had some L brackets but I didn’t and it worked just fine.

 

Magnetic Boards 6

 

For a hanger I used picture hanging wire and wrapped it around two screws.

 

Magnetic Board 7

 

It turned out perfect. I made some magnet clothespins so that I could put a few pictures up and pin important notes.

 

Magnetic Board 8

 

I just LOVE that it’s a dry erase board too!

 

Magnetic Boards 9

 

And they look GREAT in our office! We have had so many compliments on them.

 

I’ve got a little bit of tin left so I might have to whip up another one!

 

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 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 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