Sunday, October 26, 2014

Christmas Gifts using labels and Banana Pumpkin Bread Recipe


Merry Christmas, y'all!

Yes. I realize it's not even November, yet! We bloggers are on our own schedule, though! :)

Check out some awesome homemade gifts, all using this month's awesome craftyhangouts.com sponsor: onlinelabels.com!!* Thank you Online Labels! There are even some printables and a recipe in it for you! Enjoy!






Banana Pumpkin Bread Recipe
By Evey's Creations:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Ingredients:

2 C flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 C sugar
1/4 C (4 Tbs) real butter, softened
2 large eggs
3/4C mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large bananas)
3/4C Pumpkin Puree
1/4 C sour cream
3 Tbs milk
2 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until blended.  Add eggs and beat to combine.  Add banana, sour cream, milk, and vanilla.  Beat until blended.
Add flour mixture and beat at a low speed until just combined. 
Pour batter into a 9×5″ loaf pan that has been greased and floured or Mini loaf pan, again, greased and floured. 

Bake in the oven for about 1 hour or until a knife or skewer inserted in center comes out clean. 
When done, remove pan from oven.  Let cool on a cooling rack for about 10 minutes and then carefully remove from pan.  Cool for another 15 minutes before slicing.

Enjoy!

xoxo,
Evey
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Rule of Three and Thirds: Design, Architecture, and Photography


A friend of mine is a phenomenal photographer, you can see her work over at Stefanie Photography .  We have worked together on a few projects.  If you follow my blog, you know I style photo shoots, and provide design consultation, among other things. The rule of three can be seen in the picture below.  Please note, the rule of THREE is not the same thing as the rule of THIRDS.  I will dissect both for you later on. Just stay with me.

Photo by Stefanie Photography, Styled by Evey's Creations


I recently explained to her the rule of three.We were working on a back to school photo shoot and she asked how I made it look so "easy" when styling or setting up a tablescape.  I told her it pretty much is easy when you follow the rule of Three.

The rule of three in design and architecture is quite simple.  When styling or designing something, (a tablescape, a building, a living room, etc) group items in either threes or odd numbers.  Take a look at the picture above, for example.  The cake is surrounded by a set of napkins and ribbon on either side, it is grouped into three.  To the left, there is another group of three items: the jar with marshmallows, the cups and plates.  To the right, yet another set of threes.  Also, the two paper fans are grouped into a three with the cake in front of them.  There are also, if you look at the picture, triangles present in almost every group of three.

Photo by Stefanie Photography, Styled by Evey's Creations

Photographers, the rule of three works in photoshoots that have a theme to them. To disambiguate, the rule of THIRDS "is not about the number [of items or groups], it is about placement of the focal point in the frame" as my other INCREDIBLY talented photog friend, Aneta of Yellow Lollipop Photography pointed out to me.  

photo by Charlotte of  Ciburbanity
 Do you see it!? If you draw a grid, the sweet, gorgeous baby is sitting right in the third of the placement of the photo! Divide the picture up mentally for me, will you? Divide it into thirds both horizontally and vertically. She's off center. Her face is a perfect third. :) She's also perfect. 

Now back to design! The rule of THREE, is just what I mentioned before! Grouping items into threes or odd numbers. Let's look at some examples of that, yes?


photo by Yellow Lollipop Photography, styled by Evey's Creations
 As you can see, almost every shelf, has clusters of three in it. They also just about all make triangles.

From my Christmas mantel

From my Valentine's Day Mantel

Almost every mantel I've done, contains the rule of threes. Notice the three jars? Notice the two bottles and the candle? That makes three.

Picture by Charlotte of Ciburbanity
Charlotte uses three books just as I did in the Back to School photoshoot. 
Picture by Charlotte of Ciburbanity
She also uses three soda bottles.

Source: Country Living
Here, you can see three gourds, three candles, the center jar and the two sets on either side also make a set of three.  All threes.  All triangles. All odd numbers.

As you can see, the rule of three is prevalent in home decor! You, too, can make your home look like it was professionally done by implementing this rule! It's very simple! Group something on a coffee table into threes, and you are good to go! You're welcomed! 

xoxo,

Evey
Owner/Creator, Evey's Creations

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wonder Woman Face Paint Video Tutorial


Hi y'all! Here with you for another craftyhangouts.com video tutorial! I did two this month just for fun, and because my kiddies both wanted to be models! :)

As mentioned in my other post, this month's sponsor is ilovetocreate.com* and they provided me with some awesome Tulip Body Art paints, and glitter kits like the one below.

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I honestly had such a blast with this month's videos, and I hope you will enjoy watching them and give these awesome paints a try! :)

Here's my Wonder Woman Face Paint Tutorial starring my Wunkie Princess!


I think she truly enjoyed being Wonder Woman and she refused to remove the paint until bath time (it lasted!).


And while I might be biased, I think she is the prettiest Wonder Woman I ever saw!

See you next month for another crafty hangout!

xoxo,

Evey
Owner/Creator, Evey's Creations

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*This post was sponsored by ilovetocreate.com.  While I did receive product and compensation for this post, all ideas and opinions are 100% mine.

Clown Face Paint Video Tutorial



Hi y'all! It's time for another video tutorial for craftyhangouts.com! This month's sponsor* was ilovetocreate.com.

They sent over some awesome Tulip Body Art Kits for me to play with, including this one below which glows under a black light.


My sweet boy asked me to try it out on him, so I did.  Check out my awesome Clown Face Paint Video Tutorial below, then head over to craftyhangouts.com for more awesome videos!



Isn't he the best?!



xoxo,

Evey
Owner/Creator, Evey's Creations

Tel: 201-281-6696 
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*This post was sponsored by ilovetocreate.com.  While I did receive product and compensation for this post, all ideas and opinions are 100% mine.