Sunday, September 30, 2012

Join our Pumpkin Palooza!




We're soooo excited to kick off our pumpkin celebration this month!
BUT
First things first....
go pick a pumpkin!
Here's a site for finding a pumpkin patch near you.





 
Also...
It isn't too late to join in the fun and submit your
favorite pumpkin recipe, craft, or whatever!
Just send us an email HERE
Not only do we want to see your ideas, but think of it as free advertising for your blog. Bonus.
 









Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Knit Christmas Stocking Pattern

 
I finally did it.
I finally decided what type of Christmas stocking I wanted to knit for our family.
 
This is a big decision!
For me, it meant deciding on what kind of Christmas decor I'd be settling on for years to come.
It meant deciding what I wanted Christmas to feel like in our home.
BIG DEAL.
 
At least for me, because I stress about stuff like that.
 
 
As you can see, I decided (after lots of contemplation and web browsing and Pinterest perusing and shopping around and ... which literally took years) that what I like best for our home is kind of rustic-y, earth-y, outdoors-y, nature-y feel for my Christmas. And voila, out came these stockings.

 
I saw similar stockings to these in a Pottery Barn magazine years ago but they were all white and cranberry red. Loved them. However, I decided to go super-traditional and add a nice forest green. I must say, I am very happy with how they turned out, which is nice since it was such a decision for me to make! :) 

 
Now the pattern for these is quite easy and strait-forward, especially if you've ever knitted socks before. I wanted our stockings to look like big, oversized socks, so the pattern is basically a big sock pattern. Plus I used bulky yarn to add to the rustic/homemade feel.
 
I hope you enjoy!
 
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See the following pictures for a picture-tutorial of how to line your stockings:

 
 
Hope you enjoy the pattern and are able to make some lovely Christmas stockings this year!
 



Lots of love,


 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Whole Wheat Autumn Apple Pizza

So, I am an apple thief.
 
 
It's true. I can't help myself. If I go past a tree with apples on it, I have a compulsion to steal some. I always usually limit it to just one or two. When my kids are with me I try to find a good one off the ground or hanging over a fence or something--something to try to make it seem like I'm not ACTUALLY stealing apples.
 
Today for example, we were on a little jog and we passed seriously probably 6 different apple trees.
We sampled.
By the time we got home the kids and I had tried all 6 different varieties and voted on our favorites (the one I thought looked the LEAST appetizing--just plain old green--was SOOOO good). Since they were with me, I followed my rationalization-of-stealing rules: only off the ground or if the apples were hanging over the fence. :)
 
Someday when I have apple trees (in the plural) maybe I'll put a sign out that says "go ahead take one" for folks like me.
 
Anyway, there are just way too many things to do with a good apple, and this Whole Wheat Autumn Apple Pizza is now quite high on the list. It has apples and smoked cheese and sage and bacon and is just completely wonderful! I got the recipe from one of my favorite food blogs, How Sweet It Is. You should try it out--you'll love it.
 
My only suggestion to make it even yummier is to add a bit of basalmic vinegar. Yum-o! You could cook it down with a little brown sugar to make it thick and syrupy (tried that, loved it), or you could just put a bottle of basalmic vinegar on the table and sprinkle it on, slice-by-slice (tried that, loved it too).
 
Either way, it is a wonderfully festive food for this time of year.
 
Enjoy your autumn!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Baby Knits: Chunky and Cabled Knit Hats

I have a good friend who is expecting a little bundle of joy soon, so what to do but knit up some hats to keep his little head warm this fall and winter. :)
 
 
I did two different hats for some added variety.
 
The first was a super easy and fast hat I love to make--you use big fat needles and chunky yarn and I think the whole thing takes me about 2 hours.

 
I've posted about this hat before when I knit some for a little baby girl. You can see that post and access the pattern here.
 
 
Now this cabled hat was something new and adventurous for me--I'd never knitted cables before. And now that I have, I can't believe I waited so long! They are crazy easy and fun to do.

 
This hat takes 100 times longer than the other, but the results are worth it! I used a free pattern on ravelry and it was a well-written, easy-to follow pattern. I highly recommend it!
 
Happy knitting!



Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lemon Meringue Baby Shoes Pattern Available!

Remember these?
I know, its been forever, but I finally finished the pattern!
 
 
Its simple, their sweet, and you can find it in our Everyday Art Shop on Etsy!


The pattern includes easy to follow step-by-step instructions and photos. Even better, it's a PDF file, so you can print it, cut it, and make it as many times as you like!

check it our HERE
 




Monday, September 10, 2012

Pumpkin Palooza!!!


Fall is quickly coming
 and what better way to celebrate fall than to have an
all out crazy Pumpkin Party!
 
Here's the catch...
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
 
Yes, we have a lot of great pumpkin recipes, crafts, and decor ideas,
but what we really want are YOURS!
 
So please, Please, PLEASE
send us your posts of
RECIPES
CRAFTS
DECOR
or
ANYTHING ELSE
PUMPKIN!
 
The party starts OCTOBER 1ST
so the sooner you send a post the better!
 
If you'd like to participate send us a post or email.
You can contact us HERE!
 
Thanks a million! We can hardly wait!
 









Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stitched Felt Applique

 
Fall is sneaking up on us, so I thought I'd get ahead of the game and do a little crafting.
With a few scraps laying around the house, here's what I came up with.
 

Just find yourself a leaf pattern (use google, draw one, trace a real one.. whatever it takes).
 Print or draw your pattern on the paper side of iron-on adhesive,
 iron to a piece of felt just larger than you pattern, then
cut out your pattern/felt leaving about an 1/8 inch border all the way around,
peel off the paper, then iron-on your leaves to your project.
*Your finished applique will be MIRROR IMAGE of what you drew on the adhesive paper*
Just something to keep in mind especially if you're doing letters :)
 
Then use thread, twine, or embroidery floss and stitch the outline and details.
Here's the floss I used. It comes in all sorts of colors so the possibilities are endless.
 

 
I love how the applique looks with the little stitches. Gotta love texture.
Hope you also have fun getting ready for the season.







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Thursday, September 6, 2012

DIY Handmade Rag Rug Tutorial


I've FINALLY completed my rag rug!
 Phew, what a long, loooong time this project took me. Many hours sitting watching shows/listening to audio books while working on this puppy. But, I have to say, even knowing how many hours (days, weeks, months) I've put into this, I'm so pleased with how it turned out. I love it. :)



I mentioned a while back that for my girls' new shared room, they wanted it blue and pink (well, one wanted it blue and the other one wanted in pink and luckily they happily compromised). I had family help me complete some adorable blue-and-pink quilts for their bunk beds, painted the walls blue, hung pink curtains, and now I've completed the rag rug. Maybe someday I'll get somethink up on their walls?





The rug really was simple to make, just time-consuming. Basically, I used strips of quilting fabric (1000s of them. I have no way of actually knowing how much I used, but I would estimate around 15 yards!) cut about 1 inch x 5 inches. I stuffed these strips into an old non-skid rug mat (purchased at Big Lots, but also available at big box stores like Walmart or Kmart) that was about 2.5 feet by 3.5 feet and voila! I didn't even bother tying the strips. I still think this was the right choice, but about once every 3 days or so my 2-year-old pulls out a strip or two. No biggy though, just shove them back in. Over time, the fabric does fray, but it's pretty minimal.

You can see the rug mat in this image and about how often I skipped holes. Obviously, I certainly could have made it more full by skipping less holes, but there really wasn't a need to make it any more full (and in all honesty, I was ready to move onto something else!).


Here's an image-tutorial of how to make one yourself: 



Hope you enjoy this fun project! Linda over at Craftaholics Anonymous selected it for a feature--head on over and check out her great blog. :)



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DIY Wooden Swing Set


Most fun weekend project ever!

At least for the kids that is. :)


Or maybe we should say "best birthday present ever" because this was what we got our now 5-year-old for her birthday. She opened a big box with swings, a steering wheel, a telescope, climbing rocks, etc. It was certainly fun for us to give.



And really, it was pretty easy to make, thanks to a lot of planning from my husband. We had 5 adults working off-and-on for about 8 hours. I spent most of the time taking care of the kids and cooking food for everyone else, so I didn't actually help much. But between Dad, Grandpa and Grandma, and Uncle Colin, it took those 4 adults about 8 hours to make this swing set. Not too shabby.

Here are some pictures of the process.

1st up, the frame.



Here is a picture of the base, which we will eventually turn into a sandbox.



Up goes the railing.



And the kids can hardly wait, so they are playing on it before it is officially finished. :)
(and there's Uncle Colin hard at work! No, he really did help a lot and had a much-deserved shady break).



This photo shows some of the accessories we added: a telescope, steering wheel, handles for safety, climbing rocks because they are cool and a little bench for sitting on underneath (which surprisingly is a pretty hot item with our two girls--it tends to be the rowing bay for when we are trying to get away from scurvy pirates).

 
Our kids truly love it. I knew they would enjoy it, but I didn't realize how much they would play with it, so it's been fun for us all.


Sunday, September 2, 2012

Coconut Cheese Brulee

This is my favorite "fancy snack." It's pretty hard to beat crackers and fresh fruit and cheese, unless of course you mix in some brown sugar, coconut and chopped walnuts. :) MMMMmmm!
 

 
I recently made this dish when we invited some friends-to-be over for a get-to-know you game night. Even if they didn't love hanging out with us, they'd surely come back for the good food, right? :) We'll see I suppose.
 
 
 
 
You'll want to give this recipe a try for your next girls night, game night, date night, house warming party, whatever! Go ahead, think up an excuse to make it--you'll be glad you did. :)
 
Coconut Cheese Brulee
1 lb. Swiss Cheese (Monterey Jack is also good, or a mixture)
½ c. brown sugar
1.2 c. shredded coconut
½ c. chopped walnuts or pecans
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1 Tbsp. milk or cream
  1. Cut cheese into one-inch chunks. Arrange in an oven proof serving dish. Bake at 350 for about 5 minutes to soften the cheese slightly (do not melt the cheese!).
  2. Meanwhile, combine the brown sugar, coconut, nuts, butter, and milk or cream and mix well. Spread over the cheese. Broil for about 2 minutes or until the topping is bubbly and slightly browned.
  3. Serve with assorted fruits such as apples, pears, and grapes and crackers.
Click here to print the recipe.