Olympic Flag Garland


Olympic Flag Garland

Today on Art Bar Monday on Small for Big, find out more about this awesome craft. And I do mean awesome. This one kept my kids busy for days and days. It’s actually still out on our table. But more than that, it sparked so many interesting conversations about the world. It was a way for them to see beyond their own country (and get to use rubber cement at the same time). Seventeen days ’til Sochi 2014!

Happy Martin Luther King Day. Have a great week ♡.

xo, Bar

 

A Love Quote


A Love Quote

I found this quote on Pinterest. Like many images on Pinterest, the source never led me to the original. I really wanted to print it out, so I made my own version. And I made this printable so you can print it out, too!

valentine's printable | art bar

This quote is so perfect because it reminds me to look for the magic in those that I love. We all get so bogged down with the day-to-day grind that we end up yelling, blaming and criticizing those that we adore, which is all wrong. Let’s print this out and hang it in our bathrooms (the place where we will surely read it every day) to help us look for the magic, and turn to love. ♡

Have a happy week!

xo, Bar

 

Sugar Cookie Making {dairy free}


Sugar Cookie Making {dairy free}

We had our good friends over on New Year’s Eve, making cookies into the night. We then moved on to prosecco while the kids played, snuck out for a quick bite (it’s a good thing I have a 14 year old built-in babysitter), and watched the ball drop in our own beds at midnight. It was a lovely and quite perfect way to start fresh in 2014. Plus, I got to eat cookies all New Year’s day!

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sugar cookie making {dairy free} | art bar

Making cookies with my kids around the holidays has become my absolute favorite tradition. It’s messy and takes all day, but they are so happy. And I love watching them choose their colors and use their best fine motor skills to create their pirates, penguins, stars and hearts. And hammers.

sugar cookie making {dairy free} | art bar

sugar cookie making {dairy free} | art bar

sugar cookie making {dairy free} | art bar

This year, I made our recipe dairy-free, and used half sugar-half coconut crystals (sap from a coconut that is crystalized and looks and tastes like brown sugar without the processing). I really wanted a cookie that I could eat that didn’t make me feel as guilty. Plus, we are dairy-free in our house. So I replaced the butter with Earth’s Balance. Here’s the recipe I used, but you can use any recipe and replace the butter. The kids did not taste the difference at all, except that the “healthy” cookies were a little darker.

sugar cookie making {dairy free} | art bar

This picture is my favorite. She worked so long and hard on creating these amazing, colorful, sparkly cookies and was so proud to show them to me. LOVE!

Here’s hoping your new year is off to a nice, mellow pace. Let me know if you have any good dairy-free cookie recipes of your own to share!

xo, Bar

 

 

LOVE Garland


LOVE Garland

Today on Art Bar Monday over at Small for Big, learn how to make this artsy LOVE garland. It’s a variation on last year’s Valentine’s theme, with the painted newspaper, but you can make it any way you want. Like most of my projects, there is lots of room for variation. Make it your own…and share it with me!

Have a great first week of the New Year!

xo, Bar

 

This Year {resolutions printable}


This Year {resolutions printable}

I have made a printable for you! Fill it out easy or hard, whatever the mood strikes. (Or leave just the words…they are resolutions enough!) My resolutions are more about getting organized and doing the things I’ve been wanting to do for the last few years. I love a new year. All fresh and not behind on anything yet.

resolutions {printable} | art bar

Here’s hoping your dreams come true in 2014!! I’m crossing my fingers for you ♡

xo Bar

 

Siblings + Love This {four}


Siblings + Love This {four}

Spending time with my sister and brother this holiday, and watching my own kids (who have the same birth order as I did growing up) made me realize once again that sibling relationships are like no other. My kids, they fight a lot. All three have strong personalities…there is not one of them who is flexible or easy going. No wallflowers. We need earplugs in this house. But they love each other, too. They hold hands when we go for walks, they snuggle together in the mornings in one of their beds (usually the oldest’s), and they would fight for each other in an instant. I learn from them, and watching their relationships develop makes me appreciate my own siblings that much more. Our love is complicated, but our bond is simple.

Here is my latest edition of Love This:

1. Last summer, we bought the box set of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air for all of our road trips. The kids laughed until they peed. Recently I found this clip from a British talk show featuring Will Smith. If you are a fan of the show, watch this! I love that Will Smith.

2. David Foster Wallace’s commencement address to the Kenyon class of 2005 is an “earth-shatteringly amazing speech that’ll change the way you think about adulthood”. It was made into this stunning video.

3. I will finally be teaching my 7-yr old how to tie his shoes. This is happening today!

4. This time-lapse movie of a homeless Veteran’s transformation opened all of our eyes to the struggles they endure, and how much they need our help. Watch with your kids.

5. My cousin, yoga instructor extraordinaire, sent me this article on why girls need yoga (not judging or comparing is one of many lessons learned).

6. I bought this mini poster for my daughter for Christmas. Love!

7. Read this incredible and inspiring story of a Chinese woman who saved and raised 30 abandoned babies she found while collecting rubbish. Amazing.

8. I love this one Dad’s bedtime story to his young daughter. Sick of having his daughter praised for her looks, he brilliantly began teaching her to love her body in a completely different way.

Enjoy the rest and relaxation of vacation…I’ll see you in the new year!!

xo Bar

{ps: the photo is of me and my brother and sister, winter 1975.}

 

Paper Snowflakes // Table Runner


Paper Snowflakes // Table Runner

Making paper snowflakes can be one of the most frustrating or most satisfying exercises ever. For little hands with dull scissors, it can be tough. Depending on the child, I think age five-to-seven is a good time to start practicing and letting them handle a sharper scissor. At first, make the snowflakes simple with just a few cuts and notches. As they grow and become more dexterous and patient, they will automatically start making their snowflakes more complex. At our house, we finally all LOVE making them. My youngest is seven and he thankfully is not a perfectionist, so anything will do. There are some great patterns on Pinterest…here is a good board for ideas.

Today I am sharing how I made this snowflake table runner (easy!) and how we make our snowflakes on You Are My Fave.

xo, Bar

 

Yarn Star Ornaments


Yarn Star Ornaments

Today on Art Bar Monday on Small for Big….ornaments! I love this idea of wrapping pipe cleaners. It’s not only charming and pretty, but therapeutic. (And yes, more pom-poms.)

xo Bar

 

Pom-pom Napkin Rings


Pom-pom Napkin Rings

Let’s skip the part where I talk about my pom-pom obsession, and get right down to the making of these amazing little things. If you can make a pom-pom, you can make these! They are so easy, and very Anthropologie-esque.

Start with making a pom-pom. There are many ways to do this. I used pom-pom makers, but you could use your fingers, too (here is a good tutorial from Creature Comforts). Trim the pom-pom but leave the strings long. Next, take any old small hair tie and tie the pom-pom on with the strings. Tie two or three pom-poms on for the full effect, or use just one big one!

This project was recently featured in MoPa (stands for modern parent), a blog and online magazine for the holidays that is just lovely and full of great ideas. Check it out for more photos and the full instructions!

xo, Bar

 

Giant Christmas Tree Paintings


Giant Christmas Tree Paintings

While we have the paints out from our teacher gift tags, let’s make big paintings! From small format to big, there’s nothing the kids love better than changing things up.

Read more about how these were made, the supplies you will need, and photos of all three finished products on Melanie’s blog You Are My Fave! And while you’re there, browse around at all her other inspirational posts. Her blog is just lovely.

This weekend is our big move (three streets over…but it might as well be to Mars I feel so ambivalent and unprepared), so send good thoughts!

xo, Bar