Young and Crafty Sisters: January 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Master Bath Update



Master Bath Update

The master bathroom is one of my very favorite rooms in the whole house.  Two sinks, two closets, two dirty clothes…and my very own vanity.  Although there is much to love, there were a few things that drove me nuts and I couldn’t wait to get my hands and some spray paint on!  I discussed replacing the knobs and pulls for the cabinets and drawers with Brent and we quickly learned how expensive it would be. 

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As you can see there is plenty of storage but there are also plenty of clashing colors. Brassy gold fixtures and mirrors, silver sink fixtures, and the worst….gold and silver knobs and drawer pulls.  The vanity looks a little empty and sad since all my makeup and decorations will be in San Antonio until I move…I’m sure there will be an update once I am all settled in next year.

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Here are all of the supplies I used to update the master bathroom. 

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I bought the smallest tarp ever at Home Depot, laid out all the mirrors and fixtures to be lightly sanded, rinsed and scrubbed with the steel wool, and taped off with the painters tape once dry.

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Here is a good look at those hideous gold and silver combination handles.  You can also see that even the gold fixtures are not even the same shade or brassiness.

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After taping off all the glass I primed each piece twice just to thoroughly cover all the gold and because of the amount of detailing/crevices.

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Next came the Metallic Silver spray paint!!  I absolutely love how shiny it came out.  Already such an improvement over the gold.

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I am ecstatic with the finished product.  It took a lot of tedious work but all of the fixtures now match and the whole project cost less than $20.  I bought two cans of the silver spray paint and actually only needed one, but who wants to stop halfway through a project to run out for more spray paint…better safe than sorry.

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The guest bathroom fortunately had all matching fixtures with the exception of the gold mirror.  Here is a before and after with the darker Metallic Spray paint.

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My only comment on the guest bathroom is that the “easy spray” paint that I bought was a nightmare.  It leaked all over may hands and was blotchy even after vigorous shaking per the instructions.  I will not be using that kind of spray paint again!!

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa


Chicken & Broccoli Quinoa

This meal is delicious. Quinoa is a great food to eat because it’s good for you AND tastes good. Win-win. I adapted this recipe from Jenessa's Dinners


Here is how I made it:
1 chicken breast
1 head of broccoli
3/4 Quinoa
Balsamic vinaigrette
Honey
Lemon Juice
Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions:

Put the quinoa in a sauce pan with 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring to boil and then reduce to a simmer and cover. In 10-15 minutes the water will be absorbed and the quinoa is ready.

Meanwhile sauté the chicken and broccoli . Dice the chicken breast up into cubes.  Saute with 3 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette, 1 tbsp honey,  1 tbsp lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste.

While the chicken is cooking, mix together 6 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette, 3 tbsp honey, 1 tbsp lemon juice.

When the chicken is done, mix together the quinoa, chicken and broccoli, and the dressing.

And presto, you have a delicious meal!

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This meal is super delicious AND super healthy. Just what you need to jump start eating healthy!


Thanks for reading!


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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Garage Workbench Redo



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Brent and I have been looking for some sort of organizational piece for his new garage that could be a home for all his tools.  We started looking at Home Depot and online and were blown away by how expensive a modular system is!  Luckily we are savvy estate sale shoppers and came across a Coleman workbench for only $65.

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As you can see, it looked a little worn but nothing a little elbow grease and spray paint couldn’t fix!  However, as soon as we unloaded the workbench Brent decided to spray this black, ugly sealant right on the exposed cork surface with no discussion involved.  It sprayed all over the light gray sides and of course looked hideous. 

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You can see it the above picture I have taped off all the pegboard portion with painters tape and cardboard to save time.  You can also see the smeared sealant all over the light gray pieces and the splotchy black bench (what a nightmare!).  I used a degreaser to lightly clean the whole piece before spray painting.  No sanding…no priming.

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Here is Brent with his “brand new to us” Coleman workbench.  I looks great in his garage with the new coat of dark gray spray paint and I had a blast organizing all his tools and gadgets.
Stay tuned to see what else I worked on that weekend to make over the master bathroom Smile.


 
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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Bookshelf Redo

Bookshelf Redo


Back in the summer, I helped one of my best friends and her family clean out her Mamaw’s house for a garage sale. This bookshelf was originally for sell. After walking by it a million times, I convinced my friend that this would make a great addition to the nursery with a little update.

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This was how it looked in it’s original condition. It was actually in good shape but she already has a wood crib and wood dresser in the nursery. That’s a lot of wood tones going on. So we decided to take her crib bedding and match the red to bring in more color.

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I’m not usually a sander but this bookshelf had a shiny finish. I sanded enough to knock that off and create a surface that the paint could adhere to. We taped off the back so that we could keep it black.

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Two coats of paint later, we had a beautifully new finished bookshelf. It already holds so many things that the baby will need. She actually changed out the baskets and now has four on the bottom but I didn’t get a picture of that.

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I did snap some pictures of the whole nursery that I’m going to share. They have such a fun theme for a boys room and I think it turned out really cute!

Thanks for dropping in!

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Diaper Clutch


Diaper Clutch

As I said in a previous post, one of my best friends is pregnant. I love to make handmade gifts for a new baby. I recently posted about the nursing cover I made for this same friend.

These diaper clutches are a fun gift to make. I’m not a mom, but I figure that most moms don’t always want to carry in the whole entire diaper bag. These are easy to throw into a purse of just carry somewhere for a quick change.

I’ve made diaper clutches before. (HERE and HERE) I decided to use the same concept but change up the design a little. You can find the original tutorial HERE. I just switched this one up and made it more horizontal rather than vertical.

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This new design was by no means perfect but I think it turned out ok. I might make this with a different fabric for a clutch of my own!

Thanks for dropping in!

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Zesty Homemade Hummus


Hummus

As you guys know, I am a dietitian.  That doesn’t mean I always eat healthy…but I definitely try.  Hummus can be expensive for a small portion at the grocery store, so I love making my own zesty homemade hummus.
I have made the recipe “zesty”by adding extra lemon juice and more garlic than most recipes require.  If a recipe calls for 2 cloves of garlic, it is very likely that I will use 4 or 5!  I love my garlic!

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Here are the ingredients:
1 15oz can of Garbanzo beans(Chickpeas)
3 gloves garlic (whole head shown in picture)
Juice of 2 Lemons
2 Tablespoons Tahini
2 Tablespoons Olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Tahini is a sesame paste that can be found on the International aisle at most large grocery stores.  Although it is the most expensive ingredient on the list, you only need 2 Tablespoons per recipe and it stays fresh in the refrigerator for months.  Definitely worth the purchase versus buying overpriced, premade hummus from the grocery store.

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Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor.  I LOVE this mini Ninja my mom got me for Christmas one year.  Helpful hint….this small blender will not fit 2 cans of chickpeas for a double recipe.  I learned that the hard way Sad smile.

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Once all the ingredients are added, blend until smooth.  You can even add a few Tablespoons of warm water or juice from the beans if you want an even creamier hummus.

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Here is the finished product!!  I enjoy my zesty hummus with colorful bell pepper & carrots most often.  It is also delicious stuffed in a chicken breast, on tortillas or pita chips, and as a replacement for mayo on a sandwich.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How to sew a nursing cover

 

Nursing Cover

 

One of my very best friends is having a baby. I love giving handmade gifts for new babies and moms. My friend is planning to nurse so I knew I wanted to sew her a nursing cover. This is pretty simple sewing so give it a shot! Here is another nursing cover I made without boning.

 

You will need:

2 yards of fabric (I chose two different prints)

1 piece of boning (About 1/2 a yard)

Sew or iron on elastic

Thread

 

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Lay your washed and ironed fabric on the floor. Put the print sides together. Trim any excess around the edges to make them match. I always snip off the bottom edge for the straps. You will want to make it about 2 inches wide for easy turning.

 

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Pin the sides together.

 

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Fold over a piece of the top of one of the long edges of fabric and sew in the boning. You will only sew the boning into ONE piece of fabric. It will be like a little pocket for the boning. I did this AFTER the next step and it really complicates things. Sew in the boning first, trust me.

 

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Sew around all of the edges leaving an opening on one side. The opening is where the boning is already sewed in. Now you can turn it inside out.

 

You will then sew in the strap and iron on the elastic. I always sew around the whole outside so that it is cleanly finished.

 

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Now if she gets tired of one side she can flip it over to the other one.

 

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This was my first time using boning and it wasn’t horrible. There was definitely a learning curve. I think that she will really enjoy being able to look down and see her son nursing though.

 

What is your favorite kind of baby gift?

 

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sears Style Healthy Lifestyle #Getthelook


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Workout clothes can be pretty pricey. With Sears, you can get the look for less and still look great. I’ll be honest with you, my workouts have been nonexistent lately. There is something about getting new workout clothes that will pump you up and make you want to hit the gym. I’ll show you how to wear it and look great!

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This top is U.S. Polo and only cost $7.99 at Sears. The ruched detail is perfect to hide any tummy rolls. I love how this top is lightweight. I planned to wear this with the capri pants I bought also. However, the tight pants and tight top were just to much in my opinion.

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The back looks great and is flattering. I already had the shorts and shoes. I love this top and can’t wait to wear it to the gym!

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These U.S. Polo capri performance leggings were only $15.99 at Sears.com. The material is great. I ordered a medium and probably should have gotten a large. They are a little snug but maybe that’s the motivation I need to get this booty in shape!

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They have a cute flowered band and the top. There is also a drawstring that you can tie up if you need to. The top is from Old Navy.

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The final item I got at Sears was the Joe Boxer sports bra for $10.80. I can’t say enough good things about this bra. It is so comfy and really makes the girls look good. Not to mention the pink and gray is cute!

Check out my Sears catalog where you can pin things you want or things you have gotten!

I can’t wait to try some new healthy recipes this year too!

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These blender peanut banana muffins look delicious and are healthy.

Thanks for popping in and reading!

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