Friday, December 31, 2010

Top Ten Favorite Posts for 2010

We both just wanted to say how much fun we've had starting our blog this year! We've loved sharing our everyday art with each other and with you. Thanks for all your comments and we're very much looking forward to the new year!

Here's our Top Ten Favorite Posts for 2010.

Happy New Year everyone! We look forward to more Everyday Art in 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Calendar Envelopes Tutorial

Wait! Don't throw out your old 2010 calendar yet!

Pretty much every year I take all the photos out of my old calendar and turn them into beautiful envelopes.

So much better than plain white, huh?

I usually make the standard envelope size and shape, but I also sometimes make appropriate sizes for cards I have. Everyone always enjoys receiving them.

Want to make some?

Here's what you need: 

1. old calendar
2. scissors
3. tape
4. pen/pencil
5. template envelope (or you could just wing it) :)

Here's what you do:

1. Tear out any images you want to make into envelopes. Then, using your template (I just use another envelope) trace the shape of your envelope onto the wrong side of the calendar picture. Cut it out.

2. Tape up the envelope.

3. And your done! Easy cheesy. I either apply blank address stickers in the appropriate places or cut out rectangles from some plain white paper and tape them in the appropriate spots so you can address your fancy new envelopes.

Here's my stash for the upcoming year!

Now, a word of caution: some calendars are copyrighted in such a way that you cannot take out the pictures and use them for other purposes. Calendars usually specify on either the back or first page, so check there first. :)

I hope everyone has a Happy New Year! Stay tuned for some super organizing ideas from Everyday Art.


Monday, December 27, 2010

Orange Coffee Cake

Mmmmm. This coffee cake is so delicious! I love a good coffee cake no matter what, but I think this is a particularly fun twist, especially for this time of year.

This coffee cake is fragrant and moist and has a little more "umph" to it that some coffee cakes--the recipe calls for part whole wheat flour which gives it a bit of nuttiness and extra staying power. The subtle orange flavor in this recipe is achieved by essentially substituting the milk in usual recipes with orange juice.
It makes my mouth feel like it is eating cake but my mind and body feel like I ate something a bit healthier. Perfect.

Whip some up for your family this week! You won't regret it.

Here's the recipe.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Last minute neighbor gifts: Oreo Lollipops

Ah! Quick! We need something for the neighbors!

How about some super cute and yummy oreo lollipops?

I love how cute these are! So bright and cheery and festive. :)

Want to make some?

Here's what you need:

1 package of double stuff oreos (we used regular, but double stuff would have been much easier).
1 package of almond bark
some holiday sprinkles
some lollipop/sucker sticks or popsicle sticks
not shown: parchment paper

And here's what you do:

First, insert the sticks into the oreos.
If you use sucker sticks like we did, then you'll need to smash the ends of them so that they will fit into the oreos easily.

Next, melt the almond bark according to package directions and coat each oreo with the melted almond bark. Add sprinkles before they dry. Lay them on parchment paper to dry.

Voila! Super cute.

You're neighbors will thank you. And your kids. :)


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Frozen Outdoor Ice Ornaments

Hi everyone! This was our tutorial that was featured on Tatertots and Jello, so you may have seen it last week.
Today we'd like to share our Frozen Outdoor Ice Ornaments with you!

Why not bring a little holiday cheer and color to the trees in your yard? I love these frozen outdoor ornaments! The way the ice sparkles in the sunlight, and the bright colors of cranberries and citrus slices really add some pizazz to our yard. They were an extra fun project because we made them as a family.

To make some for your yard, first gather your supplies: you’ll need various containers to freeze the ornaments in (I just collected the cans from a week’s worth of cooking: cans from tomatoes, beans, even tuna fish), some yarn or string, scissors, various slices of citrus fruit, cranberries, evergreen sprigs, pine cones, sticks—whatever you have on hand. I even added some cilantro to some and liked the way it turned out. I think bay leaves would also look lovely.

Here's everything I used:

Then start filling your containers! This is a perfect project for kids—they can place everything in the containers haphazardly and the ornaments still turn out beautifully. Once the containers are full of the items you’ve prepared, then fill them with water.

For this ornament, I wanted to make it hollow so I placed a can full of rocks inside a larger can, then all around the edges I placed red sticks I clipped from a bush I have out front.

When your ornaments are ready to be frozen, place loops of yarn or string in them so that there will be a loop to hang them on the trees with. Place them on a tray and then either carry them outdoors if it is freezing or clear out a large area in your freezer. I left mine outdoors overnight and they froze solid.

Note: Oatmeal container DID NOT work--all the water leaked out before it froze!

Then in the morning, un-mold the ornaments (using some warm water if necessary) and voila! Beauty. I love the way the cranberries look with the orange and lime slices.

My kids and I then decorated the large pine tree we have out front.

Look how beautiful the ice looks in these!

This ornament was my favorite—I thought we’d probably put too much stuff in it, but I was wrong! I love all the color.

This hollow one turned out lovely as well. I placed it on my front step with a candle inside. Wouldn’t it look festive to have a row of these leading up your walkway, candles flickering inside?

Happy ice-ornament making everyone!

Fine Craft Guild