Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 11 of 2011

Hello everyone! We wanted to do one last post for 2011 to celebrate the good year that it was.
Here are our Top 11 of 2011 favorite posts.

Favorite Crafty Projects:
1. Girl and Boy Room re-dos. Ok, so there were many projects involved with these, and we can't pick just one that's our favorite. We love the tree mural and the frog and turtle paintings, the striped quilt and the canopy. The kids' rooms re-dos were a success!
 2. The Halloween Book Wreath. Classy and spooky. Nice. :)

3. The Spring Moss Wreath. Why is moss so enthralling? We love it!

4. The Lemon Baby Shoes. Could they get any cuter?

5. The Felt Flowers. These flowers turned out great and were fun to make. Emily made an adorable yarn wreath with them.

Favorite Foods:

 6. The Lemon Puff Pastry Dessert. Light and fluffy and unique and dazzling and fun. There aren't enough adjectives to describe this one.

7. The Strawberry Oat-Almond Bars. Can you believe these ones are actually healthy? 

 8. The Rustic Strawberry Cake. We can hardly wait until spring when the strawberries are on to make this again.

9.The Lemonade Bar. Such a fun party food for entertaining!

Favoite Fun with Kids:

10. Honeybee Birthday Party. Such a cute party theme for such a cute girl!

11. Food Dye Fun. We had lots of fun this year--making forts, painting, and just plain having fun, but this one was particularly new and unique.

It was a good year for us.
 We look forward to 2012 and forsee it to be another year filled with tasteful home projects, delicious food, and fun with the kids--a year where everyday is an opportunity to make a little art.

Lots of love from your crew at Everyday Art,

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Calendar Envelopes

Wait! Don't throw out your old 2011 calendar yet!

Last year I showed you how to make calendar envelopes, and I'm going to do it again this year, so I thought I'd show you how again. :) I love the way these envelopes look and everyone likes recieving them.

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. (You can see here that I've been stock-piling calendars for awhile--this one is from 2000!)

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!


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Christmas Cookie Exchange

What a fun and delicious party this was!

Early in December I threw a Christmas Cookie Exchange, and it was such a wonderful time. Everyone brought some of their favorite cookies and we munched cookies, drank warm wasail, listened to Christmas music and gabbed for hours. I've been brooding for weeks though because I accidently deleted all of the pictures except these two (along with lots of other pictures of holiday crafts and festivities with my kids. I even took my memory card to a specialty photo-recovery place, but alas...they are lost forever).

ANYWAY, it was a lot of fun and put us all in the holiday spirit.

At the end of the party we all used gift boxes to take home a few of everyone's cookies. I sense a holiday tradition in the making....

Hope you are feeling festive!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Caramel Sandwich Cookies

I saved this recipe months and months ago and finally made it this week.
Let's just say it didn't disapoint!

Pecan Shortbread with Soft Gooey Caramel...

and White Chocolate.
 Surprisingly easy.

Find the recipe here!

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Cranberry Orange Muffins

I made these muffins this weekend and oh were they good.
I just used the blueberry muffin recipe here
*instead of the lemon zest I used the zest of 1 orange and added coursly chopped fresh cranberries instead of the regular blueberries.*
Honestly, I think I like them even more!

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Felt Hair Clips

A cute little gift for a cute little girl...

 For the poinsettia clips, I just cut 2 'flower' shapes and layered them. (imperfect is perfect) Then I sewed them together and added beads. Glue to a hair clip and you're done!

For a bow, cut a rectangle. Round the narrow ends. Pinch together in the middle and wrap a thin strip of felt around. Sew in place. Glue on a clip.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Yarn and Felt Wreath

I love how this wreath turned out!
I didn't intentionally make it for Christmas, but the red and green works for this time of year :)

Just wrap a wreath (whatever is cheepest) with yarn. It takes less than a regualr scane.
Then hot glue on felt flowers and leaves.

for the leaves I just cut 2 leaf shapes (I didn't trace a pattern, just eyeball it). Then I layered them and hand-stitched down the center.

I made the felt flowers in this tutorial...

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Dried Orange Ornaments

Not only are these ornaments festive, they're inexpensive and SMELL DELICIOUS!

I've been making these on and off for a few years now. It takes a little time, but its easy and you won't regret it. So here's how to make your own.

1. slice some oranges. (I only had four, but really would have liked a few more.)

2. dab the extra juice off the orange slices with a paper towel. Don't 'squish' the juice out.

3. If you have a dehydrator, good for you. Use that. If not, line the orange slices on your oven rack. Bake at 275 degrees for 1 hour and them 225 degrees for 2 more hours. Every once in a while open the oven door and smell (this also lets the moisture out of your over, and they'll dry better). Turn the oranges a couple times to prevent lines and curling. I lined the lower oven rack with tin foil because I was afraid the oranges would make a mess in my oven, but they didn't. Maybe one or two drips. They didn't stick to the rack either.

4. your oranges might be a little but sticky, but don't worry, they dry the rest of the way on their own.

5. use a needle and thread to string an orange slice, cranberries, and cinnamon stick together. Leave a loop at the top so you can hang your ornament on the tree.

6. Enjoy!

These are so pretty when its dark and the lights shine through them like stained glass.

Other ideas for using dried oranges....

tie a few to the tops of the goodie bags/plates you give to the neighbors

tie on the top of presents with name tags

put in a bowl or vase or mix with potpourri

hang them in the window so the light shines through

add them to wreaths, garland or other decorations

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Old and New Chritmas Ideas

This year we've decided to mix in the old and the new.
So if you are one of the handful of followers that knew we were around last year, a couple of these Christmas posts are recycled. But honestly, lets face it, this time of year gets a little busy. This way you get to see twice as many posts- and good ideas, we have a little more time, and to most of you they're all new anyway! Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful Christmas Season!