Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Easy Flannel Blanket

I like to make these flannel blankets to use as receiving blankets for babies or just fun blankets for kids.
They're soft and cozy and couldn't be easier to make!
Here's how..
1. cut 2 pieces of flannel to be the same size.
(flannel is usually 45 inches wide, so if you buy 1 1/4 yards or each you'll have a square blanket)
2. layer the fabric, wrong sides together
3. fold the edge over about 1/4 inch and then again 1/2 inch (like a hem) and pin in place.
like in this picture...

4. stitch close to the inside edge of your hem all the way around. Make sure to sew the fold on each corner down as you go- again, just look at the picture :)
You're done!

Now make a couple more and you'll have a sweet baby gift or two on hand.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Paper Dolls

I made these paper dolls for my little nieces when they turned 2 years old.
I designed the dolls to look like them- just for extra fun.

Since the girls were only 2 years old, I decided to make them a little more durable by laminating the dolls and clothes and adding stick-on velcro.

I made a bunch of different fun outfits for each girl- because girls need lots of clothes...

and becuase once I got started I just couldn't stop.
Then I shipped them off the the birthday girls.

2 years later (a few days ago) Jaime reminded me about these dolls and said her second little girl, who's now almost 2, played with the dolls all through church (a great quiet activity).

And then we got to thinking... since the work is already done, why not share with you too?
So click on the link above each picture below and print your own!

a few tips..
*I used my little at-home laminator which uses the laminating envelopes and is a little bit thicker than having them laminated on the giant roll. I'm sure either will work but thicker = more durable.
*Print dolls and clothes on cardstock (again to make them stronger).
*I bought a roll of sticky-back velcro so I could cut the pieces the size I needed. Put the rough side of the velcro on the doll and the fuzzy side on the back of the clothes.
*I somehow lost one of the pages of clothes, sorry. Like I said, it's been a couple years. If I find it I'll post it later :)

Have Fun!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Knit Infant Hat

These are the perfect baby shower gift--so cute and soft and quick to make. I whipped them out while watching a movie one night with time to spare.

I love this baby-soft pink hat.

But, I have a real thing for anything cream, tan, or brownish. So this hat is my favorite. I love it! I think I'll adjust the size and make one for me. :)

Here's the pattern. Like I said, it is super soft and super simple. A keeper for sure.

Knit Infant Hat
Size 15 knitting needles
Super Chunky yarn

Cast on 28 stitches onto 3 needles. Work in the round.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit 1, Purl 1
Row 3: Purl 1, Knit 1
Row 4-14: Knit
Row 15: Knit 1, Knit 2 together
Row 16: Knit
Row 17: Knit 1, Knit 2 together
Row 18: Knit 2 together
Take yarn through the remaingin stitches and weave in the ends.

Here's where we're linking up.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Chocolate-Cinnamon Valentine's Cookies

Nothing says I love you like chocolate, unless it's chocolate shaped like a heart. :)

And, mmm boy, do I love these cookies. I'm not usually a chocolate-cookie kind of gal, but now I realize that I'm definitly a chocolate-cinnamon cookie kind of gal. These cookies are fantastic!

I once had a wonderful Mexican hot chocolate that had cinnamon in it, and it's a complete mystery to me why it's been so long since trying the chocolate-cinnamon combination again. It really is delicious--kind of warm, kind of complex tasting. I found myself wondering how these would taste with just the tinsiest dash of cayenne in them? Probably fabulous.

Then, just for kicks I tried sprinkling them with powdered sugar for a different look.

Super yummy cookies, and I highly recommend making them for someone you love.

Added bonus? My kids ate a ton of sweet potatos for lunch today with the promise of chocolate heart cookies afterwards. :)

Chocolate-Cinnamon Valentine's Cookies
adapted from Cafe Johnsonia

3/4 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt

4-6 oz. bittersweet chocolate plus 1 tsp. vegetable shortening
-OR- powdered sugar for dusting

1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each one.
2. Whisk together dry ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, being careful not to overmix. Chill the dough several hours, preferably overnight. (The dough is quite soft, so I actually rolled mine out between pices of plastic wrap to cut down on the sticking-to-everything-under-the-sun issue.)
3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
4. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface--1/8 to 1/4" depending on how thick you want them.
5. Cut into desired shapes and place on baking sheets. Bake for 5-6 minutes, more if the cookies are thicker. Let cool completely.
6. Melt bittersweet chocolate and shortening on 50% power in the microwave. Dip half of the each cookie into the chocolate and lay on parchment or waxed paper and let the chocolate harden.

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Friday, January 20, 2012

Stitched Valentine's Cards

Back by popular demand--hand-stitchd Valentine's cards!

Who wants to make some super cute and easy Valentine's? I made these last year and everyone really liked them.

I saw these a few years back *I think* in Parents magazine, but, alas, I could not find it on the web to provide a link. I had stored the idea in my memory for a time when my oldest child would be old enough to help. I may have jumped the gun a bit--at 3 1/2 years, she still couldn't quite do it, but we had fun together anyway. And they turned out super cute. I was going to line the insides with scrapbook paper, but she wanted to draw on the insides, so I let her. She had a great time drawing pictures of her relatives and writing her name. :)

So, ready to make some?

Step 1: Gather Supplies

The supplies are pretty basic: yarn, cardstock, a needle big enough to pull the yarn, and a heart. I just drew a heart in Word and then filled it with lines to help me keep my stitches strait.

Step 2: Punch holes

Step 3: "Sew" your yarn in



Hope you are all having fun getting ready for Valentine's Day.


Here's where we love to link up. :)

Here's one of our reader's St. Patrick's Day version. :)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Roll-up organizer

Here's an easy way to organize, well, any number of things.
I made this little roll-up organizer for Jaime a while ago.
I can't take all the credit though because it was totally my brother's idea and he asked me to do it.
(Jaime's married to my brother- remember.)

He bought her a whole set of wooden knitting needles and thought they needed a better home than the plastic bags and rubber bands they came in.

So I created this long roll-up organizer. It's basically a long piece of fabric with a pocket that is divided into several small slots.
I've been trying to think of what else this could be used for and the possibilities are pretty much endless.
knitting needles
crochet hooks
make-up and/or brushes
drawing pencils
kids travel coloring kit
(just to name a few)

Here's what it looks like full of Jaime's wooden knitting needles.

Want to make your own? It is so easy!
1. Decide your height, length, and pocket depth.
2. Cut your fabric (one for the outside, one for inside)
cut the height plus the depth of the pocket by the length
3. Layer your fabric pieces, wrong sides together.
Sew bias tape along one long edge.
Fold-up this edge to make you pocket.
4. With pocket folded in place, sew bias tape along 3 remaining raw edges.
 (2 short sides and one long side)
5. Make slots by sewing vertical lines, spaced however you like, along the pocket.
6. Use remaining bias tape to make a tie...
Sew long folded edges of bias tape together (so it can't come unfolded).
Sew bias tape to the center outside edge of one of your organizer's short sides.  
(you can see in the pic below, I sewed right on top of the existing seam)


Monday, January 16, 2012

Guest Post: Summit Street Joy

Hey ya'all! I'm Lauren from Summit Street Joy and I'm SO very excited to have the opportunity to introduce myself here at Everyday Art.  { Jaime & Emily are seriously talented, no?! }

Family comes first, right?! So, first off, I'll introduce you to the little folks who fill our home with joy.

my littlest guy & me
Here they are... my {most-of-the-time} happy crew:
all 3 littles :)
While I've been blogging for several years on my personal/faith blog, Summit St Joy started as a creative outlet for me after moving into our new home last summer.  My mind was sort of spinning with a million projects that I wanted to work on, & blogging about it all has helped me organize my thoughts {pinterest helps too!}.  I LOVE sharing my projects & ideas with others, & finding inspiration from all the very talented folks out there, as well. 
On Summit St, I mostly write about:

- thrifty finds turned into decorating treasure

- home decorating crafts

- handmade gifts ideas
{ like this homemade pancake mix gift }

and of course you can also follow our journey of transforming these very empty rooms & white walls...

... into joyful, colorful spaces, decorated with thrifty finds on a budget!

{Little Girl's Sweet & Whimsy Room Reveal}

Be sure to check out Summit St's Fave{5}on Friday post every week for a fun list of my 5 favorite somethings!

Oh, and very last thing!  Whenever I can find spare time {usually when I should be sleeping!}, I love love love creating pretty digital art. I love sharing new freebie printables with my readers, so be sure to stop back & see what's free! You can also stop by the Summit St etsy shop for other fun subway printables & other goodies.

Well, I think that about sums it up!

Thanks so much for having me, Jaime & Emily :) 

Come on by Summit St for a visit anytime! :)

With Joy,

Lauren @ Summit St Joy

Thanks Lauren! She really is a fun gal with lots of great ideas. Head on over and check her blog out (we love her beautiful organizing inspirations she had in early January--anyone else feeling the need to organize a bit after the holidays???)