Young and Crafty Sisters: December 2014

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top 10 Posts of 2014

 

 

Top 10 of 2014

 

It’s been a pretty great year here at Young and Crafty Sisters. The end of this year marks one full year that Brittany joined me and we changed the blog name from Young and Crafty to Young and Crafty Sisters. There isn’t anyone who I would rather blog with than her!

 

It’s always interesting for me to see what posts everyone was the most interested in. It’s certainly a wide array!

 

Here’s our top 10 most viewed posts of 2014 starting with number 10.

 

10. Garage Workbench Redo

 

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9. Master Bath Update

 

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8. Chicken and Broccoli Quinoa

 

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7. Bookshelf Redo

 

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6. Teacher Appreciation Gift

 

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5. How to sew a nursing cover

 

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4. Guest Bathroom Redo

 

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3. State String Art

 

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2. Zesty Homemade Hummus

 

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And the most viewed post of 2014 is….

 

1. Burlap Canvas Picture Holder

 

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We can’t wait to bring you even more posts in 2015. Thank you so much for following along!

 

 

 

Linking Up To These Parties:
Monday- Skip to my Lou Craft-O-Maniac Making the World Cuter C.R.A.F.T. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Sunday, December 28, 2014

DIY Board & Batten Shutters: Part One


Brent and I have been brainstorming what to do to add some curb appeal to our home.  We weren’t in love with the front of the house with the wrought iron covering on the window.  We thought it made our home look like we live in an unsafe neighborhood, when in fact we live in the cutest little golf course community.

Shutters

So we took the wrought iron grates down and decided to build our own board and batten shutters.  Below is the before photo with the wrought iron gone.  

Shutters 1

I feel like I did ample research prior to starting this project.  Watched multiple videos and read tons of blogs, all saying this is an easy afternoon project.  Three days later and a lot of frustration, we finished the shutters.  Unfortunately they did not turn out like we expected for this feature window, however we did use them on the smaller side window, which you will see later.  If you have any ideas how to dress up this curved window, please leave a comment below.  We feel like the circle drain at the top right of the window is a barrier.

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We bought the wood at Home Depot and the paint at Sherwin Williams.  The smaller shutters have 3 planks across and the larger shutters are 4 boards wide.  I had all of the big cuts made at Home Depot.  The first 3 cuts are free and an additional $0.25 per cut thereafter.  I started priming as soon as we got home so it could start drying.

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Here is Brent making the cuts for the Batten part of the shutter.  We decided to have 2 battens per shutter.

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While the primer was drying I painted the cheap metal window frames a bright white.  I love the finished product.  It seems insignificant, however made a huge difference.  This process took quite a while.  First clean off years of dirt and grime.  Next, tape off around all of the metal so as not to get paint on the glass.  Lastly, paint on a ladder, carefully for over an hour.  Repeat for 3 windows.

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The primer finally dried on both sides, taking longer than expected for our rare chilly weather in Texas.  We chose to match the shutters to the existing front door color called Flower Pot, a beautiful terra cotta shade.

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DIY Board & Batten Shutters:
  1. Measure the windows and plan how long you want the shutters – purchase 1x4 boards and cut to size
  2. Place the three boards together face down, measure the width and cut the battens to size
  3. Slide the batten (cross piece seen above) face down under the boards
  4. I used a template to ensure each batten was evenly spaced from the bottom, you can see the white template above
  5. Screw the boards to the batten from the back so that no screws are visible from the front
  6. Shown above, use a template to pre-drill the holes for mounting.  We used one hole on the top and one on the bottom for the smaller shutters.  For the larger shutters we pre-drilled 2 holes on the top and 2 on the bottom due to the weight
  7. Use a concrete drill bit to pre-drill the holes for the concrete screws (TIP:  hold the shutters in place and drill through the pre-drilled hole in the shutter to mark the spot on the brick for ease of mounting.  Take down the shutter and proceed to drill the hole in the brick in the marked spot).
  8. Mount the shutters using the concrete screws.  Paint over the screws for a flush finish. 

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I was furious by the time I had all of the shutter screwed together.  The paint must not have been completely dry so they looked chipped and a mess!!  Also,  the gentleman at Home Depot did not have an attention to detail.  As you can see the boards are all different lengths.

Stay tuned for the finished product after Brent came home and saved the day by cutting the excess wood and helped me mount the shutters.


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Friday, December 26, 2014

Brittany’s Fun Friday


Hope you had a Merry Christmas.  As you are reading this I am likely back at work at Texas Children’s…hospitals don’t close down for the holidays (I keep having to explain that to my family).  I will be spending quite a bit of time on the road…drive 3 hours home on Wednesday night for Christmas…drive back to Houston for work on Friday…drive back home after work to spend another Christmas with my mom’s side of the family on Saturday.  I will gladly do all of the traveling to spend as much time with family as possible.
My dad and I have a tradition on the day before Christmas.  We make a HUGE pot of gumbo for our entire family for Christmas.  We have a really big family.  Here are some photos from 2012 and 2013 Christmas. 

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We use this large, seasoned cast iron pot to make the gumbo.  This pot will be mine one day  Smile

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We work on the roux for about an hour.  It has to be just the right color before we can move on. 




One of my very favorite traditions is our candy cane contest.  I am pretty sure the adults started this when we were little to keep 13 kids quiet.  We start the timer for 10 minutes and see who can make their candy cane the sharpest!  My cousin Justin is usually the judge (even if he is biased!). 
I absolutely love our big, loud family.  Playing cards, dominos, and bingo leading up to a big pot of gumbo…I wouldn’t trade it for anything!  Hope you all had a great Christmas and I wish you a very Happy New Year!


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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Spinach & Mushroom Frittata


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Hosting family for the holidays or maybe just home late from work with nothing planned for dinner?  This frittata is a no-fuss recipe with any ingredients you can find in your refrigerator.  I used spinach, mushrooms, onions and garlic.  I added breakfast turkey sausage for me and Hannah and made our vegetarian friend Bonnie a personal size frittata, meat free.  I used a couple of cast iron pans to go from stove top to oven with ease; you could also use a casserole or pie dish for the oven portion.

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Ingredients:
  • Eggs (8-12, depending on how fluffy you want your frittata)
  • Spinach – 1 bunch
  • Mushrooms
  • Garlic
  • Onions (these are from my dad’s garden!)
  • Milk
  • Salt/Pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes (optional for a little heat)
  • Spicy turkey sausage
  • Shredded cheese (not shown in photo – I used a part-skim mozzarella)

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Brown the spicy turkey sausage.  Drain off fat and set aside.

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Sauté the chopped onions, garlic, and mushrooms with a little olive oil until the onions are tender (~8 minutes). 

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Add milk, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to eggs.  Mix well with a whisk.

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Layer spinach and turkey sausage onto the sautéed onion & mushroom mixture.

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Pour egg mixture over the spinach, turkey, and onion/mushrooms.

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Sprinkle with your favorite cheese.  I chose a part-skim mozzarella.

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Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 25 minutes or until the center is firm.

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Slice and enjoy with your favorite hot sauce or salsa for a spicy touch.
You really can use anything you find in your refrigerator.  Get creative and make your own combination for breakfast or dinner.


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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. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Friday, December 19, 2014

Hannah’s Fun Friday

 

 

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So it’s definitely been a while since I’ve done a Fun Friday. I figure it’s about time I get it together and post some things I’ve been loving!

 

 

I’m  not near as much of a make-up guru as Brittany and I usually just stick to drug store brands. However, I have a few friends who wear Younique mascara. It’s $30 for the set of fiber lashes but I think it’s worth every penny. It makes my lashes super full and adds length.

 

 

I work for the school system and today is the last day of school for two solid, glorious, fantastic, weeks. I can’t wait to sleep in everyday, relax, and binge on Netflix.

 

Women's Plaid Flannel Boyfriend Shirts

 

I recently got this plaid shirt from Old Navy. Comfortable is an understatement. It goes great with leggings because it’s long and it’s warm, and you can eat a lot because it’s not tight. I would buy this shirt in every color if I could, that’s how much I love it.

 

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

 

 

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Christmas at Hannah’s

 

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I was so excited to decorate for Christmas this year! Last year all of my decorations were in storage so it was like Christmas (hardy har) seeing what all I had.

 

I’ve always loved a real tree since being a grown up. We visited several Christmas tree lots only to find ridiculous prices. I’m talking $90 for a 6-7 foot tree. No thanks. At that point we decided to head to Home Depot and check out the fake trees. I forgot that they carried real trees until we were pulling into the parking lot. I got that beauty for only $35 and she fits perfectly.

 

(To see the entertainment center go HERE, the chair HERE, and the crates HERE)

 

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The 2x4 Christmas trees are HERE, the EAT letters are HERE, and the pine cone tree is HERE.

 

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Wreath post is HERE, mirror is HERE, and how to remove spray paint from a mirror is HERE.

 

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I’m enjoying this Christmas season so much. It is, of course, flying by quickly. I’ve about wrapped up my Christmas gifts and can’t wait to give them!

 

Merry Christmas!

 

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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. Tuesday- Sugar Bee Crafts A Diamond in the Stuff Today's Creative Blog Funky Polkadot Giraffe Thursday-Somewhat Simple Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Welcome to the Beaver home for Christmas!

 

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Merry Christmas.  Come along for a tour of the Christmas decorations at the Beaver home. 

 

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This is not only my first tree in our new home, but my first live tree ever!  Growing up we had the same artificial tree, in fact my parents still use that very tree (I would say they got their money’s worth).   Hannah and I went with our significant others to search for the perfect trees for our places.  Our first few stops were tree farms where we had some sticker shock.  The tree above would have been north of $100.  After several stops we stopped by Home Depot, and good thing we did.  Brent and I snagged this tree for $45 and its huge!!

The tree skirt was crocheted by my sweet grandma and the ornaments were a combination of mine and Hannah’s.  I made this huge silver bow on top with some ribbon from Hannah.  I envisioned a maroon and gold tree, however quickly realized that Christmas to Brent means red and absolutely no gold.  So this is what we ended up with and I love it.  We also made a deal to alternate years to pick the colors.

 

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Have too many ornaments for the tree or maybe a few with broken tops??  Don’t throw them out!  Use them as filler in vases and baskets to add more color and cheer.

 

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I had the most challenging time with these matching wreaths from who else but Hannah.  I first attempted to hang them with Command hooks.  The wreath on the left was a team player and stayed in place.  The one on the right fell no less than 8 times.  By the time I made a trip to Home Depot for theses Bell Wreath Hooks I was ready to frisbee that wreath across the yard!!  Good thing I didn’t because I love the look and the symmetry.

 

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You may recognize this glass carafe from my Fall Décor tour (see here).  I took out the wheat and switched it out for these twig vase fillers with berry accents.  I didn’t even change the chevron burlap!  I think it gives nice height to the mantle.  I inherited this little snowman from a grandmother (either Brent’s or mine!).

 

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I fell in love with this sign from Hobby Lobby last year after Christmas for 60-70% off!  Just like my wreath in last weeks post, I couldn’t wait to pull that baby out and finally use it.  Shopping after the season is a great way to save money and to work on your patience because you have to wait so long to use everything!

 

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I have these two cute trees and painted sled on the hearth of the fireplace.  The trees are from Hannah and the sled is from Brent’s great grandmother. 

 

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I love a little welcome sign in the flower bed by the sidewalk to the front door.  I had a similar one seen in my fall décor tour (here).  I loved the colors and the glitter.  It was only $6 at Home Depot.

 

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I hope you have a great holiday season and find some inspiration to decorate your home! 

 

 

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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 Treehouse Fireflies & Jellybeans Thursday-Somewhat Simple House of Hepworths Friday-Tatertots and Jello Chic on a Shoestring Decorating  Sunday-Under the Table and Dreaming I Heart Nap Time