Saturday, November 19, 2016

Thanksgiving Pies

Here at Everyday Art, we love pie. :) Here are some of our favorite pies we've made over the years. Some of them are regulars to our Thanksgiving feast.

Eggnog Pie

Sour Cream Lemon Pie

Pear Plum Pie

Pumpkin Cranberry Tart

Black Bottom Pie


Blueberry Cherry Pie

Lemon Meringue 

Apple Rosemary Pie


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Family Halloween Costume Idea: Super Heros!

This year we decided to save the world and be Super Heros!!!

This was such a fun Halloween costume theme.
Everyone got to pick their own super power. We had the ability to fly, the ability to create and control flames, incredible speed, "star" power for the baby, "super" power for me, and my personal favorite--unicorn power. She can totally create rainbows. ;) 

Here is a rundown of how the costumes were made. 
1. leggings and long sleeved tops. Sometimes they matched, sometimes they didn't. I just let everyone choose. 
2. For their super hero symbols, I made stencils from freezer paper, and it worked great.  
3. For the capes, I just bought some exercise/swimsuit fabric and then turned one end over and sewed a "tube" to put the tie through that would go around the neck. For the "tie"I simply cut off the last 1.5 inches of fabric from the end of their capes. 
4. The belts were a must, and I think really "made" the costumes. Again I used extra fabric from their capes and just tied them in the back. My husband's belt band is actually a matte-colored ribbon. :) Their "buckles" are actually a cold cereal box cut up and painted. For the symbols on the belts, I printed their symbols off onto cardstock and mod podged them onto the painted paperboard. 
5. Then for the finishing touches, we just wore our rain boots (a must around our little hobby farm) and ordered some cheap sweatbands from Amazon.  

I think they turned out fun and the girls were all able to help make them, so that made it easier for me and fun for everyone!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Staining fake wood

I recently bought some watercolor feather wall art for our house. I loved the actual paintings, but hesitated because the faux wood frames were way to gray for our house. 
I went ahead and bought them and then pulled out some wood stain to rub on the frame, hoping that it would work and not just make a mess.

I was pleased with the results--the stain warmed the frames up perfectly so they now match the house. yay!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Garden Bouquet

This past week was my dad's birthday.
He passed away 5 years ago. 
I still think about him all the time--when I'm cooking bacon on the griddle, when that funny (inappropriate) thing he used to say pops into my head, and of course with all the big things in life--all the events. I like that my kids, who either never met him or don't remember much of him, still know about him--knows he loved fishing, knows he loved bacon, eggs and hash browns, etc. 

My mom was going up to the cemetery to put some flowers on the grave, so I got a bouquet ready quick. I was surprised by what I could find in the garden to make a pretty bouquet. It also made me smile knowing that Dad would approve of the lack of fuss, the ingenuity, and the beauty of it.

I used zennias (some of my favorite!), russian sage, broccoli leaves, cilantro that had gone to seed, and mint springs. Not only did it look like a pretty wildflower bouquet, but it also smelled delicious. 

 Miss you Dad.