Monthly Archives: June 2013

Cricut Graduation Card

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Cricut gradutaion card

Cricut graduation card

This past weekend was invited to a graduation party and this  is the card I made for the graduate.  He graduated from Zanesville High School and their school colors are blue and white.  I used the Cricut cartridge “Wrap It up”.  I have used this cartridge for quite a few cards.  I used a Stampin Up punch on the top of the page to make it look like it was torn from a notebook.  The “Z” was cut using the Zooballo Cartridge.

Cricut graduation card

Cricut graduation card

This is the inside of the card, which was also cut using the “Wrap It Up” Cricut cartridge.

Cricut Graduation Card

Cricut Graduation Card

This is the card in another color-way.  Happy cutting!!

June Button Up quilt

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June Button Up

June Button Up

 

Good Morning!  Summer is upon us here in Ohio as the temperatures have been in the 90’s the past few days.  Since this is the last week of June, I decided it was time to post my June Button Up wall-hanging.  This is a series of wall-hangings from “Joined at the Hip’.  I have 10 of the months completed. but  July is one of my missing months and I need to get busy if I am to have it completed and ready to hang. (not looking like that is going to happen)

This past week I also got to cross another UFO off my list.  It was the OSU pillow.

OSU pillowl

OSU pillow

 

This is what the UFO looked like going out the door.  I had the center completed and the fabric.  My friend Linda brought a copy of the pattern. I made one for an auction the we had a few years ago and my friend, Diane bought it for her daughter.   She is going to make this one for her and I was happy to be able to send it on ist’s way.  So #68 is now off the UFO list, but I am sorry to say I have added 4 to the never-ending list!  Happy Summer!!!!!!

 

Sea Salt Caramel Rice Krispie Treats

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sea salt caramel bars

sea salt caramel bars

What can I say…OMG!  The quote in the magazine was “the combination of caramel and sea salt gives this childhood treat grown-up flavor!”  So true!!  I am trying to clear out some clutter and ran across this on a page I had torn out of “Country Living” magazine.  I have no idea how long I have had it but I thought I would give it a try.  Some of Quilties were coming over to sew on Tues, so I whipped these up and they were a big hit.  Rice Krispie treats on “crack”. (no I don’t do drugs but they did prove to be addicting.)

Salted Golden Caramel Bars

Vegetable oil, for greasing dishes (I used PAM)

8 cups puffed rice cereal (Rice Krispies)

3/4 cup corn syrup

2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

1/4 cup of granulated sugar

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted (I used semi=sweet Toll House)

Rice Krispie treats

Rice Krispie treats

Oops!  I forgot to put the white sugar in the picture!

caramel bars

caramel bars

1.Liberally oil a large mixing bowl and 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Place cereal in bowl and set it and dish aside. (I didn’t oil the bowl)

2. In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine corn syrup, condensed milk, sugars, butter and sea salt.

boil ingredients

boil ingredients

place in saucepan

place in saucepan

Allow mixture to come to a boil, while stirring continuously, until a light golden brown, 5 to 6 minutes.  (at this point I was trying to calculate how many calories I was burning while stirring that caramel)

light golden brown

light golden brown

3. Remove mixture from heat, stir in vanilla and immediately pour over cereal.

pour over cereal

pour over cereal

Stir to completely mix and then evenly spread in prepared baking dish.

spread in pan

spread in pan

spread in pan

spread in pan

 

Smash the treats into the prepared pan.  I used waxed paper to compress the treats.

release from pan

release from pan

4.  Set aside and let cool, about 45 minutes.  Invert and release from pan. Drizzle with melted chocolate and refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes.  Cut into 15 bars.

Now this step is when I ran into a problem.  As you can see from the picture my chocolate was just lumps.

melted chocolate

melted chocolate

So I put the chocolate into a sandwich bag and snipped the end and squeezed the chocolate onto the treats.

salted caramel treats

salted caramel treats

 

 

protein 2 g. fat 5 g  carbohydrate 45 g fiber 0g cholesterol 13mg calories 231

 

Cricut Craft Room… Family Reunion and Type Candy

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Cricut Family Reunion

Cricut Family Reunion

Here is another great FREE cut in the Cricut Craft Room.  This is called Family Reunion T-shirt.  There is also a FREE font Type Candy which I used for the lettering.  This will be the first page in a scrapbook full of pictures of my mom.  Like most families now, at my mom’s calling hours we had picture boards set up with pictures telling her life story.  I brought those home and they have been under the bed awaiting a new home. This FREE cut may inspire me to get busy on that scrapbook.

Peggy Jean

Peggy Jean

Peggy Jean

Peggy Jean

layers in Cricut Craft Room

layers in Cricut Craft Room

 

To make the cut for the scrapbook page, I made four layers on the mat.  In this case I had to cut each layer separately as 3 of the layers are over 10″.  The first layer is the pink solid circle.  To make the next layer, click on the PLUS sign to the right of the LAYER tab on the top of the mat image.  This layer is the green outer circle. Layer 3 was the orange tree and 4th layer was the  banner.

banner

banner

Each image can be stretched or slanted by using the arrows located around the image.  In this photo the pointer is on the top right arrow which allowed me to slant the banner. I then added a 5th layer and  typed the letters in the Text box and adjusted the letter to fit the slant of banner. The font is the FREE Type Candy.  You can check out earlier posts for instructions using the Text box.  Don’t forget to check the Cricut Craft Room daily for more FREE cuts.  This week they have added three new free cuts.

 

How to paper piece…The Quilted Village

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Quilted Village #7 fixer Upper

Quilted Village #7 fixer upper

I have embarked on finishing another UFO.  This time I am in a little challenge with my good friend Barb.  I started this quilt many, many years ago.  In 2010 at our local quilt show, Barb also purchased this quilt pattern.  As she was showing my the pattern I remembered I had started the quilt maybe 10 or more years ago.  We made big plans and vowed to work on our quilts.   At that time I had the center courtyard completed.  We looked around and purchased the silk ribbon for the embroidery and we worked on some of the blocks.  Once again this quilt got pushed back into the corner.  In May of 2013 we met and decided to really commit to finishing this quilt.  We are going to a get-a-way in Aug, so we made a pack to finish all the blocks and put them together at the get-a-way.

The pattern is part of “The City Stitcher Quilt Collection” by Janet Miller.  Janet included the instructions for applique or paper piecing.  I decided to opt for the paper piecing.  I have been doing quite a few posts on paper piecing, so I thought I would show you my process when I paper piece.

paper piecing

paper piecing

 

 

paper piecing

paper piecing

 

The first step I do is to take colored pencils and color the sections of my pattern.

paper piecing

paper piecing

Next, I use a washable glue stick to glue the #1 piece to the UN-printed side of the pattern.

paper piecing

paper piecing

Now hold your piece up to the light to make sure that is covers all the seam allowances.

paper piecing

paper piecing

 

Fold the paper back at the seam line and finger press a sharp crease in the paper.  This crease will let you know where to place the second fabric.

paper piecing

paper piecing

Lay the second fabric right sides together.

paper piecing

paper piecing 

You will now sew through the paper and both fabrics.  I make my stitch smaller for this step.  (2 on my Viking)

paper piecing

paper piecing

Fold the paper back and the top pieces of the fabric.  Trim ONLY the seams to 1/4 “!

paper piecing

paper piecing

Make sure to take the time at each step to press your seams.

paper piecing

paper piecing

Turn the piece over on the mat.

paper piecing

paper piecing

I have a rotary cutter that I marked just for paper piecing.  Trim your block on the seams allowance lines.

paper piecing

paper piecing

 

After you have completed all your blocks, lay them out in the order you will put them together.

paper piecing

paper piecing

I now press the seams open!  You are done. (except for the embroidery)  Ok Barb…7 blocks out of 12 now stitched…only one with embroidery completed.

 

 

 

Cricut Craft Room … Outdoor Man Cartridge Cuts

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Cricut Outdoor Man

Cricut Outdoor Man

Boy, Oh boy the timing was right for me in the Cricut Craft Room this week.  The FREE cut is the Outdoor Man cartridge.  I used it last night to make the cuts above for my recent trip to CO. I will admit I may go back and recut a couple of the phrases, since the patterned paper is hard to read.  This is a great cartridge for anyone who camps or hunts.  There are some great Phrases, the font above and many outdoor related cuts.

Cricut Outdoor Man

Cricut Outdoor Man

One of our hikes on the trip was to The Arch.  Here you can see the font and font shadow.

Cricut

Cricut

I divided my space on the mat in half and placed both colors I wanted to cut on the mat at the same time.  This way it only takes one push of the “cut” button to have both sections cut at the same time.  If you notice the bottom of the card stock, you can see where I also used it to cut out “take a hike”.

Cricut Outdoor Man

Outdoor Man Cricut

I used the same method when cutting out the lake.  I divided the mat in fourths this time and made all my cuts at once.

Cricut Outdoor Man

Cricut Outdoor Man

This cut is a prime example of the fact that if your Cricut won’t make a cut…It may be because of your card stock!!  All paper is not made equal.  On this cut I used a green cardstock and the printed snowflake lightweight paper.  The green did not cut out in some places.  That was probably due to the fact that it was “cheap” paper.  I used another green and it cut out fine.  If you are having trouble with your cuts, try another cardstock or adjust the blade.

I can not say this enough…download the Cricut Craft Room and check it daily.  Some FREE cuts are there for just a few days and some are there for a week or more.  My advise is to make the cuts as soon as you can.  In this case, I tried to think of what titles I might use when I scrapbook my photos of my recent trip.  Happy cutting!

 

 

Farmer’s Wife Quilt Week 5 – blocks #7 and #8

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Birds in the Air #7

Birds in the Air #7

It’s time for another post of my Farmer’s Wife blocks..  I paper pieced both of these blocks.

Birds in the Air

Birds in the Air

I pieced the sub units first…

Birds in the Air

Birds in the Air

Then put the 4 units together!

Bouquet #8

Bouquet #8

This block was also paper pieced.

I would also like to give a shout out to Miller’s Dry Goods  for helping me pick out my fabric and for the encouragement they always give when you are at their store. 10 down- 101 to go!

Tortellini Marinara

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Tortellini Marinara

Tortellini Marinara

I found a fast and simple recipe that my husband would actually try.  It is from “Taste of Home, Quick Cooking” magazine dated Dec 2004.  I decided it was time to try some of the recipes or get rid of the magazines.  This is my first ( of I hope many) I will try this Summer.

Tortellini Marinara

prep time 25 mins

1 package (9 oz) refrigerated cheese tortellini (I just used the frozen)

1 pound bulk Italian sausage

1 package (15 oz) refrigerated marinara sauce (I used the jar)

1 can (14.5 oz) diced Italian tomatoes, undrained

1/2 pound of sliced fresh mushrooms

1 cup (4 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

Cook tortellini according to package directions.

fresh mushrooms

fresh mushrooms

 

I chopped my mushrooms and thought it looked like a lot, so I only used the amount on the right.

brown sausage

brown sausage

While the tortellini is cooking, brown your sausage in a large skillet over medium heat until no longer pink: drain.

tortellini marinara

tortellini marinara

Stir in marinara sauce, tomatoes and mushrooms.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat: cover and simmer for 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

Drain Tortellini: stir into skillet.  Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Remove from heat: cover and let stand for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Yield : 8 servings!

finished dinner

finished dinner

I had to transfer the everything to a big pot to mix it together.  It was too much for my biggest skillet.  Hope you enjoy!  My husband even went back for seconds.

 

 

 

 

Old Glory, flag pillow…UFO #58

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Old Glory

Old Glory

Yea! I have finished another UFO project.  This is a pattern from Need’l Love Company.  I bought the kit that included the wool and the pattern at an estate sale several years ago.  I only paid $2.50 for this kit and it had the original price marked at $10.00.  My friend, Laura will be so proud of me when she reads this post.  (She said it’s only a bargain if you finish it!)  I purchased the fabric for the pillow top on a trip to Amish Co. about 2 or 3 years ago.

Old Glory

Old Glory

UFO

UFO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what my project looked like when I retrieved it from it’s hiding place.  Unlike the Color Wheel, it was not in need of any “un-sewing”.   I just needed to press everything and cut the material for the pillow.  I then used the blanket stitch to attach the wool to what would be the front of the pillow. I didn’t use a pillow form and I think it looks like I used a little too much stuffing.  Silly me…I had some left in a bag and just kept stuffing until I got it all in the pillow.  It made it kinda’ hard to sew the border.  Oh well, another project marked off my list.  Does that only make 3 done and two added?  I guess I have really only gotten my list down by one!

I am leaving on Friday for a four-day trip to Mrs. Miller’s Cabin in Charm, Oh.  I am only taking hand sewing projects and hope I can resist buying any new projects.  Enjoy your weekend!

 

Summer Fun… painting with bottles

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painting with bottles

painting with bottles

It is a beautiful Summer day here in Ohio.  I spent part of the day painting my Mother-in-law’s porch and daydreaming.  It is so easy to let your mind wander while you are working outside on a worthwhile project.  I didn’t take my iPod, so I was just alone with my thoughts.  I remembered the photos I snapped earlier this Spring at Pre-school of a painting project.  This was done with the bottom of a water bottle and the bottom of a two liter pop bottle (or soda depending on what part of the country you are from).

painting with bottles

painting with bottles

This wasn’t my idea, the super creative teacher came up with the project.  I was in charge of the center.  I filled 4 paper plates with WASHABLE paint (very important to make it washable)  I used blue, red, yellow and orange, but any colors will do.  The stems were just drawn with green crayons.  The greatest thing about this fun project is the clean-up.  You can throw everything in the trash and don’t even have to wash out any paint brushes.  This would be a great way to fill some of those “Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer . The days of soda….”

painting with bottles

painting with bottles

I made an example for the students and this little guy made his like mine.  The top picture was made by Logan (I forgot to crop out his name).  He told me he was going to make his flowers beautiful.  He was right…More is Better!!  This just goes to show you the students are much more creative than Ms. Kim!!