Monthly Archives: January 2013

Put on a Happy Face

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cricut happy face card

Cricut Happy Face Card

It’s time to put on a “Happy Face” and embrace this cold weather.  I can not believe I haven’t posted in almost two weeks.  The weather here is sooooo cold I may be in a brain freeze.  The truth is that I found myself spending hours on the computer each night and not getting anything else done in the evenings. You know how that happens…you mean to just catch up on Words with Friends, which leads to checking Facebook.  Of course then I have to check the site stats for my posts.  After that, I need to check my madisonzanecreations@gmail account to see if anyone has liked my posts.  Oh yea, how about my yahoo account to see if any good deals have shown up.  Then the black hole…Pinterest!  I get on that site and before you know it …BEDTIME!!!  Therefore, I have been trying to stay off the computer in the evenings.

I did have some cards I needed to send out, so I got out my new “Groovy” Cricut cartridge and decided to make two sheets of “faces”.  I made 14 in all and  then changed up the cards a bit.  I made thank you, thinking of you, congratulations and get well cards all using this cute little happy face.  I will try to get back on track next week.

I am going to Amish Country with some of my “quilties” for the weekend, so look for me to post some quilts next week.  Stay warm!

cricut happy face cards

Cricut Happy Face cards

 

PS…I do have a Happy Face on…my new camera arrived in the mail yesterday….Thank You, Kris!!!!!  love, your mama

Corn Dog Muffins

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Corn Dog Muffins

Corn Dog Muffins

I know I shouldn’t, but I love hot dogs.  I also love corn dogs.  I tried this baked version and didn’t feel quite as guilty.  They are so easy.

All you need is:

Jiffy corn muffin mix

1 egg

milk

hot dogs

Mix the corn muffin mix according to package directions.  Put one spoonful of muffin mix in the bottom of the cupcake paper.  Make sure the bottom of the cup is covered.  Now cut the hot dogs in half and place a half of hot dog in each paper.

corn dog muffins

corn dog muffins

Now place a spoonful of muffin mix over the top of the hot dog.  Bake according to the package directions.

corn dog muffins

corn dog muffinscorn dog muffins

I hope you enjoy this baked version of a fair favorite food.

 

 

 
corn dog muffins

 

 

The Doctor is Hiking

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the dr is in

The Doctor is in

On a recent trip to Co to visit my son I had one of those “proud mama” moments when I took this picture of his ipad cover.  I think this made it real.  My son really was a Doctor.  You can see by the picture that he is working in radiology.  I had this crazy idea to make him a quilt to reflect his career and also one of his hobbies.  I was thinking back to a Halloween quilt that I have been working on and I came up with the perfect quilt.

Happy Hauntings

Happy Hauntings

This is the pattern question.  I thought what better theme for a radiologists, than a skeleton.  The next question was, how to adapt it for Kris.  I kept the idea in the back of my mind and it seemed to me the skeleton should be sitting on something, so why not a rock and he could be out for a hike.  I dug in my fabric stash and found a grey for the rock and a blue with little specks in it that kinda looked like snow.  What better fabric for CO, since they do have a great deal of snow.

skelton quilt

skeleton quilt…first draft

Well I got this much done and it looked pretty cool, but it was missing something.  My friend and neighbor, Suzie Q (well her name is Sue) was out for a walk, so I asked her in for her opinion.  “Does he need a top hat?”  She replied, “No, he needs a stethoscope!”

That is when my hoarding came in handy!

skelton quilt...second draft

skeleton quilt…second draft

I trotted down to the basement and there in the bottom of the toy box was his stethoscope from his Doctor’s kit he had when he was @ 5.  It smelled a little musty, but what the heck.

He still looked like he needed something.  It came to me a “Doctor is  IN” sign.   So I made a sign that could be switched from “The Doctor is IN…to …The Doctor is HIKING”.

skelton quilt final product

skeleton quilt final product

I  added little tabs on the shoulder with snaps so that the stethoscope could be removed.  I also put buttons on the sign so it could be changed from “hiking” to “in.”

Kris and his quilt

Kris and his quilt

Here’s a picture of Kris and his grandma admiring his new quilt.  I don’t know if he will ever hang it up, but it was sure fun to make and put a smile on everyone’s face on Christmas morning.

 

The Happy Hauntings pattern was by The Vintage Spool @

www.thevintagespool.com

 

Cricut Birthday Card

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Cricut birthday card

Cricut birthday card

My Great-nephew, Michael, turned one in December.  This is his Birthday card.  The Jack-in-the-box was cut using my friend, Val’s, “Nate’s ABC’s” Cricut Cartridge.  I thought is was cute, but my daughter thought he was a little “creepy”.  I guess he looks a little like someone from the “Island of the Mis-fit Toys”.  Well, you know kids, they are just looking for money anyway when they open the cards and Michael wasn’t this least bit interested in anything but the cake.  I also used this cartridge to make some scrapbook pages in a blank book, which was his gift.

Michael's first birthday

Michael’s first birthday

Here’s the little guy when he started eating his cake.  By the time he had finished it he had it in his hair and the dog was licking the icing off his hands.Sorry for the “yellow” picture. It looks like the photos I took in the 70’s that are now getting that “yellow glow”.   My camera is still giving me fits. The good news is, my son got me a new camera for Christmas.  The bad news is, it was delayed in shipping and didn’t arrive before he left CO.  Now I will probably have to wait until I go for a visit to get it, because I just can not see him making it to the Post Office.

Best friends Cricut scrapbook page

scrapbook page

I guess I only took a picture of one of the layouts I made for his scrapbook.  Yes, they do have a cat, two fish and a dog.  I punched the corners of the blue and gold rectangles so that his mom could just slip the pictures in and not have to use any tape or glue.  I used “Nate’s ABC’s” for this layout.  Happy crafting!!!

 

 

 

 

What to do with those Souvenir “Smashed Pennies”

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souvenir penny charm bracelet

souvenir penny charm bracelet

 

We all have them, a cup or folder full of “smashed pennies”.  Why wouldn’t we…what a bargain!  For two quarters and one penny, that’s just $.52 you can take home a souvenir of most attractions.  You know what I am talking about, the machine where you pick the image and put in your two quarters and the shiniest penny you can find.  You then fight over who gets to turn the crank and out pops a “smashed penny.”  If you were lucky, you thought ahead and had a pocket full of change and there was no fighting over which image you used or who got to turn the crank.  Everyone got a turn and you had tons of pennies when the vacation was over.

I recently saw this idea on Pinterest, to make a charm bracelet with the pennies we had collected over the years.  I went to the cup in the kitchen where I remembered seeing them and came up with 7 different locations.  I thought it would be “neat” (does anyone say that?  Well, Uncle Si* probably does!) to make my daughter a charm bracelet for Christmas.  So, off I went to Hobby Lobby with my new “app” downloaded on my phone. Now I don’t have to cut out those pesky coupons, I just show them my Hobby Lobby “app” with the coupons already loaded.

supplies for charm bracelet

supplies for charm bracelet

I bought a package of jump rings for $1.47 and a 30″ copper necklace (probably just copper color) for $3.47 and then used my 40% off coupon.  You can see this is was an inexpensive gift.  I put the necklace around my wrist and cut it off the size I thought looked good.  I’m sorry I didn’t measure, but everyone’s wrist is probably a different size anyway.  I didn’t add anything where I cut off the necklace, it just hooks into the links of the necklace.  I then found the middle of the bracelet and that is where I placed my first “charm”.

tools needed for charm bracelet

tools needed for charm bracelet

You will need a small hammer and a “pointy thing” to make the hole in the coin.  I use my scrapbook “awl”.  I really don’t know the proper term for that tool.  I put the coin on my cutting mat so I didn’t poke a hole in my desk.  Just pound a hole where you want it in the top of the coin and then work the “awl” in until the hole is big enough for the jump ring.
pliers to add jump ring

Now use a pair of needle nose pliers to bend the jump ring open and insert your coin.  I really didn’t get a good close up picture of this, but you get the idea.  Place your “charms” evenly on the bracelet.  This is a really easy project and it clears out some of your “hoard”.  Although my daughter got the charm bracelet, I have to admit that the pennies were probably my son’s, since the “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” had a dinosaur on it and that would have been his choice.  I think she thought is was pretty “neat”.

*Note: Yes, I am talking about Uncle Si on “Duck Dynasty”.  I just love that guy.  He is so real…you just can’t make that s*** up!

 

Get your kids to eat Broccoli with this Broccoli Salad

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Broccoli Salad

Broccoli Salad

Looking back on my posts, I see it has been awhile since I have posted FOOD!  After the New Year I know everyone is trying not to think of food and if you are like me, the more I try not to think about it the more I just want to eat!

I have seen several recipes for Broccoli Salad, but this one really hits the spot with me.  It has everything I love in it.  Well, ok, I am not that crazy about onions, so I never put in as much as is listed below.  This is a favorite recipe at my Quilt Guild’s potluck.  My friend Charlotte is responsible for my addiction to this salad.  I now make if for most of our family functions.

 

Broccoli Salad

1 bunch of broccoli, chopped

1 med onion, chopped fine (I don’t use that much)

1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 lb bacon, fried and crumbled

1/2 cup of raisins

2 hard boiled eggs, chopped  (seems to be a lot of chopping going on)

3/4 cup of mayonnaise

1 Tlb vinegar

1/4 cup of sugar

dressing for broccoli salad

Dressing for broccoli salad

When you put this in a bowl, it looks kinda gross.  The vinegar soon breaks down the mayonnaise and it is sooooo good!

ingredients for broccoli salad

ingredients for broccoli salad

The chopped broccoli is in the bottom of the bowl and then you just add the other ingredients.

dressing on broccoli salad

Dressing on broccoli salad

Now pour on the dressing and Chill.  It is the perfect combo of sweet and salty…and vegetables are involved.  What more could you ask for?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button Up Snowman

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Button Up Snowman quilt

Button Up Snowman quilt

The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful and since we’ve no place to go….Let it Snow…

I am sure everyone has heard that famous song.  In OH we have been living it the past couple of weeks.  We have gotten more snowfall than all of last year…ALREADY!  With the Holidays over it was time to put away the Christmas decorations and get out the snowmen.  I didn’t realize how many snowmen I have accumulated over the years.  This is my “Button Up” January quilt.  If you have been following my blog, you will remember a Halloween Button Up and a Thanksgiving Button Up.  I have linked those posts in case you are interested in the patterns.  I believe they are all still available for purchase.

quilting

quilting

Since I have retired I have been trying to get back into long-arm quilting.  I haven’t posted the quilts I have been doing, but I did want to show you the words that are quilted on this wallhanging.  The original pattern called for the work “January” down the side, but I thought I might leave it up in February, so I quilted the words…Let it Snow…along the border.  I hope you are enjoying the Winter weather.  It is a great time to curl up and work on a hand project.