Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Dr Seuss Quilt!

This Christmas I put together a quilt for my sweet daughter featuring Dr. Seuss characters. She loves anything Seuss and it was time for me to make her another blanket. The last one I made her was Blues Clues when she was 2.
I thought I would run into some trouble finding some Seuss fabric because they don't make it anymore but thanks to etsy I had no trouble. This lovely lady had some fabric that fit the bill and was reasonably priced considering the fabric is discontinued. If you need some cute fabric drop on by and give her a look here.
It took me a few weeks to put together along with all the other Christmas goodies I was doing but the look on my baby's face on Christmas morning was worth it.
I decided to use black and white polka fabric with solid red and yellow. I also found this great blue star fabric that matched Horton that fit in with the quilt perfectly. I am super happy with how it turned out. Quilts are not my strong suit which is why I don't sell them but I think that in 30 years my girl won't care how it looks just that her mommy made it for her.



Sunday, December 26, 2010

Madi's Monkey Munch

First off, I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! It was certainly a nice holiday and I have one very happy girl.

Anyway, this Christmas Eve I made some yummy kid-tastic chex mix and I thought I would share my recipe. I'm sure everyone has heard of monkey munch. This recipe has been around for awhile and although I love it I can't make it with the peanut butter because of Mad and her allergies. So I kind of fiddled with it a little and everyone just loved it so I thought I would share it with all of you. So here we go!
Madi's Monkey Munch


Ingredients:
6 cups of rice Chex cereal
4 cups of pretzel sticks
2 cups of small marshmallows
1/2 bag of milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. When oven is preheated chop up the butter into four pieces and drop those pieces into a 9x13 pan. Put pan with just the butter in the oven until the butter is melted. When butter is melted add Chex cereal and pretzels in the pan. Mix the chex and pretzels in with the butter. Bake in the oven for 20 mins.
When there is about 5 mins left on your timer, put the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 seconds increments stirring the chocolate every 30 seconds.
When the chex mix in done in the oven, pull it out and give it a few minutes to cool. Then add your marshmallows, stirring them into the mix. Then, take your melted chocolate and drizzle it over your chex mix. Finish it off with a dusting of powdered sugar. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Break it apart, put it in a party bowl and watch your kids go crazy!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Handpainted Christmas Cards


This afternoon I decided to get my rear in gear and make some Christmas cards. Madi wanted to help so I decided to do some finger paint trees made by little cutie.

We used Crayola finger paints, plain white card stock, glitter, and Modge Podge. Missy used her finger tips to make a tree, following the outline I drew, a finger print star, and my finger did the tree stump. We had so much fun and it was a great craft activity to do together.



I am working on a few more things before the big day, but my progress is slow. I hope to have a few more crafts together before the weekend.

I hope everyone is having a nice week so far.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cyber Monday Sale!!!



Hello all! I am having a Cyber Monday Sale at my etsy shop! Actually it will run for a few weeks. Save 15% by using my coupon code FROSTY15.

I will be listing new items all week so be sure to keep checking back!
Visit my etsy shop here

My first gift set! A Cuff Bracelet with a matching Vintage Glass Pearl Necklace

Pretty In Pink Statement Necklace

Victorian Christmas Cuff Bracelet with Vintage West Germany Brooch!




Friday, November 26, 2010

Traditions


Deck the halls with boughs of holly, Fa la la la la, la la la laaa! It's that time of the year again! My tree went up last night, or as my friend Nikki calls it, my triangle bush. My sweet child has been begging for a Christmas tree all week. "Mom, will it be green? Will it have blue, red, and orange? Is it time yet?" So sweet. My husband on the other hand has a standing rule that the tree should not go up until Thanksgiving turkey has been digested.

Every year when we have our tree talk, with me begging to put it up the week of Thanksgiving and him telling me not until after, reminds me of our very first Christmas together. We were newly married, expecting our first baby and I had my own tree that was meticulously decorated with matching burgundy and silver ornaments. After our first Thanksgiving I went to put it up and my husband gave me a look like "huh?" He thought a tree should be decorated for a child with every color and colored lights. I couldn't disagree more. Then came the compromise. A tree for a kid but with clear lights. So off we went to get a new tree.

It was hard for me to change my ways but as I look at our tree, five years later, I am so glad he pushed his opinion. Instead of having a tree out of a magazine I have a tree that is full of so many memories. I see our first ornament we bought together, Darth Vadar, who sits at the top and is extremely heavy, the ornament that my little sissy gave us to celebrate our first Christmas together, Mad's first Christmas ornament that I love so much, and the Blue's Clues ornament that made my little girl's face light up when she saw it when she was two.





As the years go by, with a new ornament every year, I can't wait for the day that I get to hand Mad's ornaments to her to decorate her tree and then maybe just maybe my husband will let me have a tree straight out a magazine again. Then again probably not, got to think of the grandchildren.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Working Like an Elf

I have been working on a ton of new items for my Etsy shop. I plan on listing a few new things everyday, leading up to Black Friday! I will post a coupon code on Thursday, Thanksgiving, that you can use on Friday. Also, for all of my international readers, just let me know if you like something and we can work shipping out.

Vintage Cuff Bracelets



Classic Statement Necklaces





I hope everyone has a great week.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Snicker Who? Snicker Doodle!


I made yummy Snickerdoodle cookies this afternoon. I love these cookies. I got my recipe from this wonderful website that used to be called Recipezaar but is now called Food.com.
Anyway, they are one of my favorite cookies to make this time of year. They are soft and full of cinnamon goodness. I thought I would share this amazing recipe. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
Change Measurements: US | Metric

Directions:Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 Mix butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar and eggs thoroughly in a large bowl.
3 Combine flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl.
4 Blend dry ingredients into butter mixture.
5 Chill dough, and chill an ungreased cookie sheet for about 10-15 minutes in the fridge.
6 Meanwhile, mix 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons cinnamon in a small bowl.
7 Scoop 1 inch globs of dough into the sugar/ cinnamon mixture.
8 Coat by gently rolling balls of dough in the sugar mixture.
9 Place on chilled ungreased cookie sheet, and bake 10 minutes.
10 Remove from pan immediately and take a look at your delicious cookies!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Wow...It's Been Forever



Halloween was great. Miss M had a blast trick-or-treating and she was the cutest Cat in the Hat ever. (Ignore me, I'm biased.) It was chilly though. We only did it for about an hour before hot coffee was calling my name.


I have finished a couple of new handbags for my etsy shop. I love them. I think they are so sweet looking. I am a huge fan of pink and green and boy does it show.




So that's about it. Like I said I have been busy but with Christmas around the corner I should have more craft projects coming your way like handmade (by my kiddo) Christmas cards, handmade stockings, and a few ornaments.

I hope everyone has a great rest of the week.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Look Mom! I did it!

Today is a happy day. I finally learned how to crochet a five petal flower. I have been trying to find a good tutorial to learn how to do this. I stumbled across this amazing blog that has a ton of information and tutorials. To my happiness they had a great tutorial video showing how to crochet a flower.

The blog is called Little Birdie Secrets and the tutorial was awesome, easy to follow and had clear pictures. You can find the video and referring page here.

After several attempts I finally got it figured out. They look pretty darn good but could use some improvements.


These little flowers are great embellishments for scarves, bags, head bands, beanies, and whatever else your heart desires.

So that is what I have been doing the last few days. I hope everyone has had a great week so far.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Coraline Inspired Button Earrings



Our project today is a pair of "Coraline" inspired button earrings. Love the movie, the colors, and the ideas that sprang forth from my dear niece C. She LOVES this movie and wants to be Coraline for Halloween. I decided to make these earrings based off of what she has told me she wants.

First off: Supplies

Scissors
Needle & Thread
Hot Glue Gun
Buttons ( I used black based off the movie but you could use any color you wanted)
Earring Post with a flat base ( I got mine at my local craft store and used gold)
Earring Backs


Step 1: Free sew your button. I use this term loosely because I'm not sure if it's correct. You want to sew the button like you would if you were sewing it on a piece of fabric but you're not. If you know what I mean...


Step 2: Your are going to want to dab a little hot glue of the flat base of your earring post. Just a dab. Then apply your sewn button to your post.


Your finished project should look something like this:

I think it looks very Coraline like. I hope C loves them. Remember that you can use whatever color buttons you want to create the look you want. I think I may try them again with pink.

I hope you enjoyed my super easy, two step tutorial. Have a great day!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Marie Antoinette Art

I am fascinated with everything Marie Antoinette. Her life, her style, and the work she inspires. If you search Marie Antoinette on Etsy you find the most beautiful and amazing things that she has inspired. It's quite amazing.

Anyway, I also am inspired by the notorious Queen of France and find myself using her as a muse. I came up with this Marie art piece after looking through some clip art I purchased of her. I have to say that I love it so much. The bright pink, her alleged famous saying, and of course a lovely, sweet cupcake. Yum!



My base if an oval piece of wood, decoupaged paper, lavender paint, rhinestones, and glitter. It hangs with a piece of sheer white ribbon.

I love it and I am thinking of selling it on Etsy. We shall see. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

My Favorite Things About Fall



Autumn has arrived. This is my favorite time of the year. With the leaves changing, the days getting cooler, and the best holidays sneaking up on us; what's not to love? So I thought I would dedicate this post to all the wonderful things about fall.

Halloween

It's no secret that my family LOVES Halloween. Madi is more into it now and being more vocal about her choice of costume. This year she is going to be Cat in the Hat and ZK and I will be Thing 1&2. I can't wait!

Color Sunday

I love going up to Grand Mesa and looking at the painted landscape. You can see ruby red, bright yellow, and pumpkin orange colored leaves decorating every tree. So beautiful.

Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte


Need I say more?

Season Premier Week


No more re-runs! All your favorite shows are back. Yep, I'm a Gleek. I started watching towards the end of the season, got hooked, caught up over the summer, and I am so happy for it to start again tonight!

There are many more things I love about Fall but if I were to list them all I would be here forever. For instance, I love scarves, snow (to play in, not to drive), Thanksgiving, Black Friday, the smell of cinnamon, hot chocolate, and so on and so on.

I hope everyone is having a good week so far and if you live in Colorado get your butt up to the Grand Mesa and check out all the colors. Plus, the Cedaredge Applefest is October 1 & 2. Ah, so much to do!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

New Items at Miss Madi's Emporium!

Hello friends! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that there are NEW items available at Miss Madi's Emporium. So come on by and take a look.
Miss Madi's Emporium






Saturday, July 3, 2010

Simple & Elegant


My newest project. It would compliment any simple tee or black dress. Totally vintage inspired made with black satin ribbon, pearls, accent button, and a pretty pink fabric rose. Simple yet elegant.




I just wanted to share this with everyone! Anyway, I hope everyone has a nice 4th of July weekend!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Collier De Fleurs

Collier De Fleurs, or flower necklaces. This is my new project and I love it so much! It is frayed fabric rosettes gathered together on felt to form a necklace with ribbon, pearls, beads, silk flowers, and of course handmade rosettes. I think it came out beautifully and I am so happy with my final product.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Vintage Magnet Medallions

My project for the day is vintage magnet medallions. You are probably asking yourself, "What exactly is a magnet medallion?" Well, it's a name I made up and after looking at several things to try to get some ideas these came to me.

I used those clear little circle, glass medallions that you can put at the bottom of a fish tank or in a potted plant, vintage inspired clip art, modge podge, and magnets.

I think they came out pretty cute and my mom really liked them.



Speaking of my mom, she is in the process of redoing her den. She is going for a sports/shabby chic design. I think it's coming out great. I'll post some pics when she finishes.

Madi had her first school program this last Thursday and I thought it was awesome! I was so proud of my little girl. She has come such a long way and I couldn't be happier.

Also, I want to give a shout out to my fellow mommies! I hope you all had a great Mother's Day. I sure did. Roses and ZK did ALL the laundry. It was glorious!

Well, I am going to get off here because it is almost time to get Madi from school but I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Appliques!

Today I have been going between doing crafts and reading. It's quite effective. Not really. I am having a hard time putting down this new book I got yesterday. It's Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I love it. It combines two of my great loves, Jane Austen and zombies. Anyway, good book but it is preventing me from fulfilling my chores for the day.

Well, lets get to it. I have been working on an owl applique to go on a tote bag pretty much all week. I made my own pattern for this. The basic design wasn't too difficult but the hand stitching around the wings, eyes, and such proved to be a pain. My hands were killing me by the time I was through. I think it came out pretty good and I like the array of fabrics.

The second applique I have been working on is a cupcake to put on an apron skirt. I love this so much because it is all my favorite colors. This one is also my own pattern.

Anyway, I better get off here and get some more things done like laundry. Man, I either need to finish this book or have someone hide it from me. I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Valentine's Day Items!

Here are some new items I have been working on for Valentine's Day. I have a lot of new ideas and with all the new fabrics coming out for the spring season the idea are just flowing.




I am working on a couple of new things today and hope to have them done by the end of the week. I hope everyone had a nice weekend.