Young and Crafty Sisters: July 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Florence and Pisa, Italy


The next morning we took a train from Florence to Venice. This was our first time using our Eurorail pass and we sort of flubbed it up! We didn’t realize that you had to book the fast trains in advance. Well it was definitely full. So we took several connecting trains rather than wait for the next high speed train. Needless to say, as soon as we got to the train station in Florence we booked our high speed train to Naples!


I don’t really know what I was expecting from Florence but I loved this city and could have spent longer there.



This is the Duomo. The entire church is covered in marble and absolutely breathtaking.



After checking into our hotel we went for an early dinner because we had only eaten breakfast. It was about 3 or 4 before we ate and we devoured those pizzas!



The next morning we went on a bike tour. Here is another shot of the Duomo. The bike tour was a highlight of our trip in Florence!



The Ponte Vecchio River.



Galileo is buried here.



Michelangelo is buried here.



This is a shot of the Duomo dome. We walked up all the stairs to the top.



As soon as we got to the top of the dome, it was raining! It only rained for a few minutes and then we got to enjoy the view.


Later that evening we decided to take an hour train ride into Pisa. We are both so glad we did!



We had a picnic on the lawn of the church. Pisa is the bell tower for the church. Our picnic included bread, cheese, salami, and proseco.


Then the fun Pisa pictures began!








And the last one is our bloopers!


Next stop is Sorrento!


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Burlap and Button Monogrammed Letter


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So my mom is working on creating a gallery wall. We were out shopping at Hobby Lobby and found this huge G (first letter of their last name) on sale for $6. It was a total steal but it didn’t look anything like she wanted.


As we were browsing around the store we got the inspiration to remake this letter. There was a burlap covered monogram letter that was outlined with nail head trim. We searched everywhere for nail head trim and couldn’t find what we were looking for. Then mom had the great idea to use her grandmother’s buttons for the border.


A project was born.


Burlap and Button Monogrammed Letter


I really did love the design that was on the G but it just didn’t go with her d├ęcor. Check out that old drawer full of old buttons.


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Trace the outline of your letter onto the burlap then cut it out.


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I didn’t intend on painting the letter but the design on the G showed right though. I found a peach tan color to cover up the design.


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Next, coat your letter with mod podge.


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Once I got the burlap on the letter, I put a coat of mod podge around the edges.


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Then I got to look through my great-grandmother’s old buttons. I picked out ones of different sizes and shapes in white and cream colors. I just eye balled the spacing and then hot glued them on.


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I think it turned out great and it’s even more special that the old buttons are now visible and not in a drawer!


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Are there any unique ways that you have used old buttons?



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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Venice, Italy


We caught an early flight from Munich to Venice. It was only about an hour long and saved us a 4 hour train ride.


Ahh, Venice! One of the most popular cities in Italy. For that reason alone, I think we both were expecting a lot. We had both read that Venice “roads” are really difficult to navigate and that you should just get lost. So we did do that, we got lost. A lot. The only problem with getting lost is that you eventually want to “get found” again. That proved to be difficult!


Our map had tons of roads but half of them were missing names. These roads were more like alleys and if you found yourself in an alley like this in the states you would be scared our of your mind. It was just different here. Of course we were always aware of our purses but we were never worried.


Ok, enough chit-chat. Here are some pictures!



The famous St. Marks Square.



St. Marks Church and Campanile (the bell tower).



Just a glimpse of the inside of St. Marks Church.



So it is unacceptable to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts inside of St. Marks. We had to purchase these “scarves” to wrap up in. Needless to say, we felt pretty hoochie!



The view of Venice from the top of the Campanile. I never realized it was so big!



The Grand Canal.



The famous Rialto bridge!



One of the many waterways of Venice.



We got all dressed up for dinner one night! Funny story, the waiter knew we were trying to get his attention so he came over and said, “If you need me, all you need to do is smile and I will come” and then he proceeded to brush a piece of Brittany’s hair out of her face! Not acceptable in the US but totally OK in Italy!



This was our food an wine from our fancy dinner. So delicious!



We took a Vaporetti (water taxi) night tour of Venice. It was beautiful all lit up at night.


We spent one day in Venice. Trust me, that was plenty long enough for us. We got frustrated with the navigation part of this city. Don’t get me wrong, we loved it, but it definitely wasn’t either one of our favorite cities in Italy.


Next stop, Florence!


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Back to School is Coming

Well, it’s almost that time again. School will be starting soon. I know many of you are in college and will be headed to the bookstore to purchase textbooks. You will probably give an arm and a leg for just one single textbook. Another option this year instead of buying is to rent them. is the perfect place to rent your textbooks for the semester.


So what exactly are the perks of renting??

-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
-we donate to Operation Smile with each textbook rented
Did you see that last perk? They donate a portion of your rental fee to Operation Smile. I just love that they give back to such a wonderful organization. This organization helps fund surgeries for children who have cleft palates. It gives them a smile that they can be proud of for a lifetime.
Say you do have some textbooks that you already bought. There is a new website called RentBack is a new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own to other students... which is awesome because it makes them 2-4x more money compared to what they'd make through buyback options at the end of the semester.
Want more info on how renting books works? Be sure to watch this brief clip.

If you are headed back to school, I hope you have a great semester!!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Salzburg, Austria


While we were staying with my friend in Germany, we took a day trip to Salzburg, Austria. I have to say that Salzburg is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. It is a beautiful old town nestled among the mountains with a gigantic fortress on a peak. Picturesque is an understatement.



The train ride was about an hour and that in itself was beautiful! Here are all four of us headed to Salzburg.



A beautiful courtyard with the fortress in the background.



We walked along this outdoor craft market on our way to the quaint little town and the fortress.



This is where Mozart was born!



Salzburg from the fortress. Breathtaking!






We saw many a beautiful church. They were literally everywhere!



Austria is known for their desserts. We ordered 4 and shared! They are so different from American sweets because they aren’t really sweet.


Our next stop on the trip is Venice, Italy!! We were both looking forward to Italy the most and it did not disappoint.


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