Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 10 of 2014

It's been a fun year over here at Everyday Art!
We've been doing all sorts of stuff--knitting, embroidering, baking cakes and throwing parties, celebrating the holidays and having fun with our kids. 

Here are our "Reader's Choice Awards" aka, most popular posts based off of page clicks. 

1. My FREE Knit Reversible Boot Cuff pattern. I can't believe how many page clicks we got on this! I'm glad it could be such an easy pattern for so many. :)

 2. This cute and sweet Valentine's Heart Handprint cards. Look at those little ones! Can't believe my baby has grown so much!

3. And the perfect Valentine's teacher gift: the Heart Apple.

 4. The super cheerful rainbow party we had for my 4-year-old.

 Complete with a FREE rainbow party printable package.

6. This fun science experiment I did with the kids around Easter time. You can actually dissolve the eggshell off.

7. This one hasn't even been posted a month, but it quickly went viral and has been a big success. Our family's reusable wood gingerbread houses. The link includes a pattern for making your own.

8. This fun Star Table Runner that unbuttons into placemats.

 9. These super fun and colorful Easter eggs. The secret is rubber cement. :)

10. My embroidery projects for decorating the toy room wall. Particularly this embroidery sampler was popular, but I think they are all so cute. :)

Here's the completed wall.

Honorable Mentions:
elf hat
painting bathroom cupboards
cowgirl party
where's waldo family costume
summer hats
Valentine's shelf and paperboard banner

Monday, December 22, 2014

Reversible Pallet Sign--Christmas and Halloween in one!

Personally, I think I hit the jackpot with this idea. :) 
I had seen lots of pallet signs out there (who hasn't?), and I knew I wanted one for my front porch, but I just couldn't decide: Christmas or Halloween? Well, then I decided to do both, then I REALLY decided to do both on the same side--Christmas on one side and Halloween on the other. :)

So, here's my 'Joy' Christmas version.

And here is the 'Boo' Halloween version:


During the month of October I decorated my front porch with all those fun pumpkins (thanks to my mom's pumpkin patch) and the Boo pallet sign.

Then, for Thanksgiving I removed the sign and just kept the pumpkins out. 

Then, for Christmas, I turned the sign around to display the 'Joy' and replaced the pumpkins with some tree branches and red lights. 

AND I only have one honkin' pallet sign I have to deal with storing. :) 

It was a snap to make too. 
1) My hubby cut the end off of a pallet with a "sawsall" (basically a jigsaw). 
2) My father-in-law cut out the letters with a scroll saw. 
3) My kids painted the letters for me--the Christmas one red and the Halloween one black.
(Are you noticing I have yet to do any work for this sign?)
4) Then I finally did something and hammered the letters on with tiny little nails and painted over them with the appropriate color.

Hmmmm, maybe I'll make a 'Lucky' and 'Easter' reversible sign too???

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Handmade Craftstick Snowmen Christmas Ornaments

Here is a quickie post to show off our cute craft stick snowmen ornaments. 
These were super simple and fun for the kids to make. 

The kids painted a bunch of craft sticks white. While they were drying, the picked out buttons and "scarves" (strips of fabric the grown ups cut out) and pre-cut out black felt hats and carrot noses.

Then the kids glued on the buttons and such, painted little faces or glued on googly eyes, and we were done!

I think it was one of our most successful handmade ornaments for the kids to do. We made so many! I think we have about 15 of those ornaments hanging on our tree right now, which is especially fun for my 2-year-old because she LOVES snowmen. :)

Check out some of our other handmade ornaments here.