Young and Crafty Sisters: June 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014

DIY Wooden Photo Transfer


I made these wooden block photos for Brent around Christmas time.  Such an easy and fun project.  Definitely more character than just gifting regular photos in a frame. 

Wooden Photo 1

Wooden Photo

Materials:
  • Wooden blocks (I got mine from the bargain bin at Home Depot and had them cut in 4 rectangles)
  • Printed photos (print on the thinnest paper possible, not photo paper.  I had mine done at Staples)
  • Gloss Heavy Gel Medium (shown below, from any craft store)
  • Mod Podge
  • Sawtooth picture hangers (shown below, optional)
  • Wet cloth 

Wooden Photo 6


Sawtooth Picture Hanger




The most difficult part of this project was going to all of the different stores to gather the materials (Staples, Home Depot & Michael’s).  I watched these  YouTube video (here and here) to get a better understanding of how to complete the project…if you can’t tell, I love watching videos prior to doing projects Smile

  1. Generously apply gel medium with a paintbrush to the wooden block.  Don’t skimp on the edges.
  2. Place the photo facedown and smooth out any bubbles.
  3. Let the photos dry overnight.
  4. Take a wet washcloth and scrub the paper off the wood.  Let it dry.
  5. Apply Mod Podge to protect the picture.
  6. Optional – paint the edges of the wood.  I kept mine natural & rustic.
  7. Add picture hooks or display on a stand.
  8. Enjoy!!

Wooden Photo 2

I absolutely love how you can see the wood grain in the photos, looks really neat in the beach picture on the sand.

Wooden Photo 3


I love the exposed edges.  I think it would also look nice to paint or stain the edges, although I was a little nervous the stain may bleed into the picture.  Hope you enjoyed this easy project!!


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

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Vanity Redo

 

Vanity Redo

 

I went a few months ago for a few job interviews and my mom snagged this vanity off of Craigslist in the town where my interviews were. She got a great deal and we planned and planned on the best makeover for this little beauty. We are a little slow going when we do projects!

 

Vanity 1 - Copy

 

 

Vanity 2

 

This vanity was really pretty but definitely worn. On the tabletop there were several cup rings. Mom knew she wanted to do a two toned look so we decided to do the drawer fronts and top the same color and everything else another color.

 

Vanity 3 

 

A few months ago, I helped mom redo the guest bathroom at their house. We used a chalk paint recipe on the vanity and decided to put it in an old cottage cheese container just in case we painted something else later. We decided to see how it held up after several months and it was fine after a little mixing.

 

For the grey part, I found a $2 can of mis-tint paint at Home Depot that was the perfect color. We knew we would be mixing up another batch of chalk paint. For our chalk paint, we used 3 parts paint, 1 part plaster of paris, and water to mixWe are all about not having to sand!

 

Vanity 4

 

We did have a small mis-hap along the way. We taped off the sides to do the tabletop and when we peeled off the tape it pulled the paint up. In order to get it smooth without having to sand the entire tabletop, we just sanded close to the edge and re-painted. It turned out fine, thank goodness!

 

Vanity 7

 

It turned out better than we both could have imagined! If you use chalk paint, make sure to go over the entire piece with finishing wax. Mom decided to swap out the original wooden knobs with acrylic crystal knobs from Hobby Lobby. I think it makes the piece look even better!

 

Vanity 6

 

Vanity 5

 

This piece goes perfect in their room! Now if I could just convince her to paint that paneling…

 

 

Hannah Signature

 

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 Home Stories A to Z Funky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday- Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Monday, June 16, 2014

Book Page Wreath by Paper & Fox

You do not want to miss this book page wreath from Paper and Fox! Be sure to check out Carmody's blog for many more great projets!

Hi, I am Carmody of Paper & Fox, a DIY blog, full of crafty projects and clever ideas. I am a maker by nature and use Paper & Fox to share ideas and tutorials on ways to add art, design and crafts to your life without spending a lot of money. I love when something as simple as a piece of paper and a little creativity can turn an ordinary object into something really spectacular. I live with my husband and red-headed little boys in Charlotte, North Carolina. My family and kids play big part in the way I think and keep me creative. My Rope Bracelet, Whale Inspired Mugs, and Botanical Art are examples of how it can be really easy to create beautiful things.


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It’s wreath time! First, let me begin with saying that I do not normally destroy books. I love books, but I sacrificed a “not so good one” to complete this project. I also really like making things out of paper. I wanted a simple and pretty wreath.
Materials Used:
Cardboard cut unto a the shape of a wreath (I used a cardboard from a box of diapers)
Book pages (each bloom takes 3 pages)
Paper fasteners
Glue gun and glue gun sticks


After you have your cardboard circle prepared, fold the book pages with an accordion fold. Combine 3 book pages together, pinching the center of the accordion fold. The folded pages should resemble and butterfly.


Get out your metal fasteners.

 

Wrap one fastener around the the book pages and pinch the bottom together.


Now, put on a good movie and make some paper blooms until you have enough to complete your wreath. They paper blooms do not have to be perfect, just pretty. I used hot glue to attach the paper blooms to the cardboard circle. Arrange the blooms to make your wreath. Ta Da!

  

If you are interesting in me writing for you, please contact me at paperandfox@gmail.com Thanks, Carmody

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Getting Auto Insurance the EASY Way!


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That title almost sounds like an oxymoron. Getting auto insurance is typically not easy. The first time I had to get auto insurance, I was about 19 years old. Needless to say, I was just a little bit overwhelmed! I had no clue where to even begin with such a gigantic task. I spent time calling about a million insurance companies to get quotes. It was very time consuming! If only this website would have been available back when I was first looking.

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I headed to Autoinsurance.com to check out and compare different insurance options. Right now the website is available for the states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi. One thing I loved about this site is that it gives you the option to pull from your current insurance company. It automatically plugs in most of the information for you with your vehicle type and premium information. That was such a time saver!

I was really excited to see if I had a great deal already or if I could find a cheaper option for insurance. #Compare2Win

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These were the rates that I got. I like how it showed different prices for minimum coverage all the way to high coverage. It gives you a few options of different insurance companies also. Another plus is that it took me less than 10 minutes to complete everything to get my rates. If I were to switch to the minimum coverage option, I would save about $150 every six months.

There is no cost associated with searching and comparing quotes! Consumers can obtain a quote with no obligation to buy, giving them the control they want without the added pressure to purchase, consumers get a transparent and unbiased comparison to help them realize significant savings and have a greater piece of mind.

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Autoinsurance.com also has a link to auto insurance 101. It has tons of information that is helpful when looking for insurance! I also like that it will give you local information for your state since every state has different laws.

Happy auto insurance shopping!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Succulent Terrarium by Kent Heartstrings

 

I am so excited to have Cassie from Kent Heartstring here. Her succulent terrarium turned out beautifully and makes me want to give it a try! Be sure to head to her blog and check out some other things she's done.

Cassie Kent is the author behind the blog Kent Heartstrings and the hostess of Kreative.  She is married to Mike, who keeps her grounded and the family always focused on Christ...and it helps that he can always make her laugh. They have been married for 6 years and live in Southern California. Her world is her two children, Gigi who is 4 (going on 16) and Charlie a 6 month old chunker. She is a stay-at-home mama, but seems to never really be at "home".  Her heart comes alive when she is creating. It doesn't matter if it's a messy egg-carton creature or a beautiful DIY home-decor piece, she is always keeping busy and working on a project or 2..or 3.


 
I am slightly succulent obsessed.  This is one of the many projects I have going on right now that deal with succulents.  The reason why I love them so much is you don't need a green thumb (phew! the pressure is off!) they are very hard to kill and need very little work.  Which is good for me, because I seem to kill anything that grows! This is an easy-peasy project for you to make a low-maintenance garden for your home.
 
Materials:
1. Glass vessel of any shape or size
2. rocks/gravel
3. Activated Charcoal (found at your local pet store- this helps prevent mold and bacteria from building up)
4. Moss (optional)
5. Potting Soil
6. Succulents
7. Decorative touches- a fun top layer (I used a sparkly broken glass looking stuff intended for a vase filler to add a fun glittery effect on mine) you can also add more rocks, wood, seashells, miniature figurines...whatever you fancy, and all entirely optional

Putting it all together:

 
In your glass vessel of choice do the following steps:
 
1. Add gravel/rocks about 1 inch thick or more depending on your preference
2. Add a thin layer of activated charcoal
3. Add moss (optional) I wanted it more for looks, but it also helps keep the moisture in
4. Add soil 1-2 inch thick
5. Add succulents (I used trimmings from my yard, so I didn't even have to purchase new ones...free .99 baby!)
6. Add all the decorative touches you want...or not
 
Terrarium Maintenance:
Just an occasion spritzing of water once a week and put in a place in your home that gets good indirect sunlight
 
Enjoy your little (practically no maintenance) garden! 
 
 
 
Fingers crossed I wont kill this one! ;)

 
 


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Father’s Day Care Package

 

Hannah and I will be in Europe during Father’s Day (June 15th) but we still want dad to know we are thinking about him.  I sent a similar care package to my mom for Mother’s Day and to Hannah for her birthday in May.  Everyone loves to get packages, especially filled with their favorite goodies and decorated!

 

Father's Day Care Package

 

I decided to decorate the flaps of the box with scrapbook paper.  I just cut them to size and taped the pieces of paper down using clear tape.  The labels and mustaches were designed and printed on Picmonkey.com.  Hannah and I use picmonkey for all of our picture editing and labeling. 

I wrapped each gift item in tissue paper, way more fun to open tons of little items and it looks nice too.

Here are the things I included in my dad’s care package, you can customize it however you like.

 

Father's Day Collage

 

I also included a cute card for my mom so she wouldn’t feel left out Smile

 

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Here are the images I printed from Picmonkey.com.  Check out their free website to create your very own custom labels.

 

Happy Father's Day

Love you dad

 

This is such a simple idea but has a huge impact because its thoughtful shows you care.

 

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:

Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative BlogFunky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy TreehouseFireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Fingerprints on the Fridge Tatertots and JelloChic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Friday, June 6, 2014

Brittany’s Fun Friday

 

 

Fun Friday

 

I am obsessed with Groupon.  I order something from Groupon probably once a week.  The shipping time is not always great but it’s like a surprise when it arrives because I often forget I ordered something.  If you aren’t familiar with Groupon, it is a website that connects sellers with buyers for goods, getaways, and local businesses such as salons, restaurants, gyms, etc.  Check it out but may your bank accounts beware!

 

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If you follow me on Instagram at brittanyyoungandcrafty you will know I have become makeup obsessed.  I recently purchased two beauty items off groupon, the first one I LOVE.  I have been hearing about beauty blenders for foundation and concealer application.  You get the blender wet, squeeze out any excess water and apply your makeup for a flawless coverage.  This pack of two cost $9, considerably cheaper than the pair of blenders I saw at Ulta for $28.95.  I have been using one for a few weeks and haven’t even touched my Sigma F80 brush seen in one of my recent Fun Friday posts.

 

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The second item I purchased off Groupon just arrived on Tuesday and I haven’t had a chance to try it yet….but I can’t wait and so glad it came before I left for Europe.  I bought the Beauté Basics 24-Piece Makeup-Brush Set for $29.99, usually $149.95 list price. 

 

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Hope you enjoy your Friday!!  Hannah and I should be enjoying Paris while you are reading this.  Follow us on Instagram at brittanyyoungandcrafy and hannahyoungandcrafty to follow our journey in Europe.

 

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Linking Up To These Parties:

Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. The Girl CreativeTuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Home Stories A to Z Today's Creative BlogFunky Polkadot Giraffe Wednesday-  Trendy TreehouseFireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Fingerprints on the Fridge Tatertots and JelloChic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday- Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time