Sweet Valentine Cards

Hi friends,

I have a few Valentine cards to share with you today. ❤️ I colored my images a few days ago and finally put the cards together. These are all fun images from Unity Stamp Company – they have such great stamps!

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This first card is made with the Lollipop Love set and the sentiment is from the Sending Love Bug set.

I stamped the lollipop with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored the image with Copic markers. I die cut the image using the Petite Scallop Mini Slim Stacklets dies from Taylored Expressions. Then I layered the image to a scalloped rectangle die cut from silver glitter card stock.

I stamped the sentiment with red ink on white card stock, punched it out with a scalloped oval punch (similar to this punch), and layered it to an oval punched from turquoise card stock (this is a similar punch).

To make the card, I embossed a piece of turquoise card stock with a heart embossing folder and attached it to a white card. This heart embossing folder is no longer available, but I think this one would be so cute. I added the lollipop image to the card with foam tape and then attached the sentiment.

The next card is made using the Sending Love Bug set. Isn’t this little VW Bug the cutest?!?!

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored the image with Copic markers. I die cut the image using the Wonky Stitched Square STAX Die-namics from My Favorite Things and layered it to red card stock.

I embossed a piece of turquoise card stock with a heart embossing folder and attached it to a white card. My embossing folder came from Hobby Lobby a few years ago, but this one is similar. The stamped image is attached to the card with foam tape. The sentiment is stamped with red ink on white card stock, punched with a scalloped oval punch, (similar to this punch) and attached to the card.

The last card is super quick and easy to make! The image is from the Heart Flutter set.

I stamped the image with red ink on white card stock I die cut the image using the Scallops & Rectangles Nesting Dies, also from Unity Stamp Company, and layered it to red card stock die cut using the same set.

For the card, I embossed a piece of pink card stock with a heart embossing folder , attached a piece of ribbon, and attached it to a white card. This heart embossing folder is no longer available, but I think this one would work great. The stamped image is attached with foam tape. I added 3 red gems to finish the card.

I hope these cards inspire you to pull out your Valentine stamps and send a little love. ❤️❤️❤️

Anita

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XO Valentine Wood Letters

Hi friends,

I have a cute and easy Valentine craft to share with you today. ❤️ This would be a great project to do with the kids or your friends for a fun crafting afternoon.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

First paint your letters and heart with 2 to 3 coats of white acrylic paint, letting it dry between coats. Then turn your scrapbook paper over, trace the letters on the back, and cut them out. (I love these detail scissors!)

Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge onto your painted letters and attach the paper letters, smoothing out any air bubbles. I brushed a thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of my letters, too. Once they are dry, trim any paper around the edges of the letters if you need to. Glue the heart to the center of the X and add 3 gems to the heart.

I think they turned out so cute! Such a fun addition to your Valentine decor. ❤️

I found my X and O at Target, but most craft stores have chunky wood (or papier mâché) letters, often in different sizes. (I made some 8-inch papier mâché letters a few years ago in this post.) You can also paint your letters pink or red instead of white or add other cute embellishments to them.

I would love to see your XO Valentine Wood Letters!

Anita

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Crochet Snuggle Up Baby Blanket

Hi friends,

My friend is a counselor at our local pregnancy center and they had a lot of yarn donated to them for making baby things. The center gives out sweet little baby beanies to their clients and can also use blankets and other baby things. There were a couple skeins of gray and one skein of pink in the bag that I thought might make a cute blanket.

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I came up with the simple pattern that I’ve included below along with a link to a free PDF for easy printing. The front and back post crochet stitches make the blanket super squishy and snuggly. Since I just had 3 skeins of yarn the blanket only measures about 29 by 30 inches, but I think it will be a great size for a little one to snuggle up with! And at the bottom of the pattern I’ve included how to make the blanket larger if you’d like.

The yarn I used was Red Heart Super Saver in Grey Heather and Petal Pink. I used an I/5.5mm hook to stitch up my blanket.

Here’s the pattern…

Crochet Snuggle Up Baby Blanket

Worsted weight yarn – 17 ounces (I used Red Heart Super Saver – 2 (5 ounce skeins) Grey Heather and 1 (7 ounce skein) Petal Pink)

I/5.5mm hook

Stitches used in US terms:

Foundation Double Crochet – fdc

Front Post Double Crochet – fpdc

Back Post Double Crochet – bpdc

Single Crochet – sc

Chain – ch

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Back Loop Only – blo

Note: ch 2 at beginning of row counts as the first stitch. 

Begin with Grey Heather

Row 1: work 94 fdc. Turn. (94 stitches)

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch) Skip 1st stitch, *fpdc in next stitch, bpdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * across to last stitch. dc in last stitch. Turn. (94 stitches)

Rows 3-10: Repeat Row 2 for each row. (94 stitches)

Change to Petal Pink

Rows 11-22: Repeat Row 2 for each row. (94 stitches)

Change to Heather Grey.

Rows 23-32: Repeat Row 2 for each row. (94 stitches)

Change to Petal Pink. 

Rows 33-44: Repeat Row 2 for each row. (94 stitches)

Change to Heather Grey.

Rows 45-54: Repeat Row 2 for each row. (94 stitches)

Begin working in rounds continuing with Heather Grey. 

Round 1: ch 1. sc evenly around blanket, working 3 sc in each corner. 

Rounds 2-3: ch 2. hdc in blo of each stitch around, working 3 hdc in each corner. 

Change to Petal Pink. 

Rounds 4-5: ch 2. hdc in blo of each stitch around, working 3 hdc in each corner. 

Change to Heather Grey. 

Round 6: ch 2. hdc in blo of each stitch around, working 3 hdc in each corner. 

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Finished blanket measures about 29 by 30 inches.

You can easily increase the size of this blanket by adding more foundation double crochet stitches in your first row – just keep your number of stitches an even number – and/or by adding more rows to your blanket. 

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

I’ve found that Red Heart Super Saver yarn can feel a bit rough. But if you wash your items on delicate with some fabric softener, dry on delicate for about 10 minutes with a fabric sheet, and then lay it flat to finish drying your project will become much softer.

This pattern would look so great in a solid color. A pretty variegated yarn would also work. What colors will you use to make your Crochet Snuggle Up Baby Blanket?

Anita

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Dollar Tree Valentine Candles

Hi friends,

I’m sure you’ve seen these white glass jar candles at Dollar Tree. They are the perfect blank canvas for decorating inexpensively for any holiday or season.

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I wanted to do a little something with them for Valentine’s Day. ❤️ I love the look of all things Rae Dunn and found this fun font at dafont.com that is very similar. It’s called The Skinny and you can download it for free.

I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and Cricut Design Space to make my words and hearts with pink and red permanent vinyl. I sized my letters to be about 1.5 inches tall and sized the hearts to match. You can find the hearts in the shapes category in Cricut Design Space.

One thing I’ve found helpful when making the vinyl stickers is to use the my Cricut burnishing tool on the sticker before weeding off the excess vinyl around my words. It seems to make it easier – and with The Skinny font it really helped to separate the letters from the rest of the vinyl.

After weeding the excess vinyl, I used transfer tape to add my stickers to the candles. Again, I burnished the stickers well before removing the transfer tape from the candles.

And here they are! The pink is actually a little darker than it looks in the photo. 😊 I really like the way they turned out! ❤️

I am by no means an expert with my Cricut machine! But there are tons of videos out there to help us learn all the things. I’m beginning to feel a little less intimidated by it. 😉

Anita

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Hi friends,

Brussels sprouts are one of those veggies that you either like or you don’t. There doesn’t seem to be any middle ground. However…I used to be in the “not like” camp until I tried them roasted. Total game changer!!

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Veggies just taste better roasted – and Brussels sprouts are no exception. The trick is to season them well and roast them long enough to get a little char on them.

You’ll want to get fresh Brussels sprouts from the produce section of the store. Trim off the ends, peel off any yucky outside layers, and cut them in half or in quarters depending on the size of your sprouts. Then toss your sprouts in olive oil and add your seasoning of choice. This time I used Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel Sesame Seasoning Blend. Sprinkle it over the sprouts and toss well.

Line a baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with olive oil cooking spray. Spread the sprouts on the baking sheet in a single layer. Preheat your oven to 410 degrees and roast the sprouts for 25-30 minutes, stirring once or twice during cooking. You’ll want them to be soft and a little charred like in the picture below.

Other seasonings I’ve used are garlic powder, onion powder or just salt and pepper. They are also yummy with a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on them after roasting.

If you’re like I used to be and say no to Brussels sprouts, try roasting them. You may just change your mind!

Anita

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Personalized Tumblers

Hi friends,

I made these Personalized Tumblers for Christmas gifts and they were a big hit! I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and permanent black vinyl to make them. I still have a lot to learn on my Cricut so my projects are still pretty basic. But it’s so fun to create exactly what I want!

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I went to Cricut Design Space and used the Noteworthy font for the names. I sized the first letters of each name to be about 2-inches tall and then let my Cricut go to work.

Once the cutting was done, I weeded off the excess vinyl and used transfer tape to apply the names to my tumblers. Easy peasy!

I found my 32 ounce tumblers at Walmart. I especially love the way the names pop on the turquoise tumblers.

I’m hoping to get a lot more use out of my Cricut Explore Air 2 this year. Did anyone get a Cricut machine for Christmas? What are you making? I would love to see your projects! 😊

Anita

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Remembering 2021

Hi friends,

It’s hard to believe we are at the beginning of 2022!

2021 went by so quickly – it was a good and hard year all at once. Hard because we went through all the “firsts” after losing my brother in November 2020 – but good sharing memories of him throughout the year. I miss him every day! Life has continued on – as he would want – and although some days have been harder than others, we still had times of fun and adventure.

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In May we went to Destin, FL for a week. Listening to the waves crashing, feeling the gulf breeze, walking along the shore in the morning and the evening, and even an occasional storm are all the things that make this place the perfect getaway. This has pretty much turned into a yearly thing for us. In fact, we have already booked this year’s trip! 🙂

Over the Summer, we added a partially covered patio to our backyard. We have been wanting to do this for quite a while and finally did it! This first picture is how the house looked before. The middle picture shows the entire patio. The last picture is the covered area with our little Mexican Cantina table for 2. Our favorite Mexican restaurant has these tables on their patio and my husband found that he could get his own on Etsy – he was so excited to find it! We still want to add some curtains to block the sun and some furniture on the uncovered patio – maybe a fire pit and of course a grill. 🙂 We also had new sod put in around the patio and are hoping it will survive this Spring.

In October, we headed up to Indiana to celebrate my Mom’s birthday and spent a few hours in St. Joseph, MI along the shores of Lake Michigan at Silver Beach. My husband and I both grew up in Michigan City, IN which also has one of the best beaches along the beautiful Lake Michigan. We love walking along the shore or out on the pier to the lighthouses.

On the creative front, I created 19 new crochet patterns (some finished projects are pictured below – the patterns are all free on my blog 🙂), made lots of handmade cards, shared some other fun crafty creations, and tried a few new recipes. You can see all the fun things by perusing my blog posts from the last year. I hope you’ll find some great inspiration for creating in 2022!

I have lots of plans for creating new things to share with you in 2022 and hopefully some recipes and travel fun, too…I hope you will come along on my creative journey with me!

Anita

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Happy 2022

Hi friends,

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! May your year be filled with love, health, and joy!

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Looking forward to sharing a fun crafty year with you! ❤️

Anita

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Quick and Easy Handmade Birthday Cards

Hi friends,

It’s great to have a few handmade birthday cards on hand so when those special days sneak up you’re not scrambling to get a card made at the last minute. I’m hoping to do better at that in 2022 to make life a tiny bit less stressful. 🙂

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I’ve got 3 quick and easy cards to share with you. They really are super easy to make! Here’s a tip I learned early on in my card making journey… If you’re making a card, go ahead and make 2 of the same design. You already have all the supplies out and making 2 cards only takes a few minutes longer.

For the first card, all you need is patterned paper and your favorite birthday sentiment stamp (this one is from the Hugs, Kisses, and Birthday Wishes stamp set from Unity Stamp Company). Cut a strip of patterned paper and attach it to a white card. Using a 1.5-inch circle punch, punch circles from 4 different patterned papers and attach them to the card. Stamp your sentiment with coordinating ink and punch it out with the circle punch. Attach it to the card with foam tape.

The next card is made with the cute cupcake from the More Than Cupcakes stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. I stamped the image on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored it with Copic markers, and cut it out. I embossed a piece of turquoise card stock with a birthday embossing folder (similar to this or this) and attached it to a white card. I attached a strip of patterned paper and then added the cupcake using foam tape.

The stamp set for the last card is called Festive Balloon from Hero Arts. I stamped the sentiment and the balloons on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored the balloons with Copic markers. Then I stamped the strings using the stamps in the set. I attached strips of 2 different patterned papers to the bottom of the panel. I attached a piece of green card stock to a white card and then attached the stamped panel to the card.

If you have 30 minutes or so, pull out your favorite birthday stamps and create a few quick and easy cards – you’ll be glad to have them on hand and ready to send to your favorite people!

Anita

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Crochet Bobble Lap Blanket

Hi friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! The New Year is just around the corner and I have a great crochet project for you. Now is the perfect time to work on a blanket! Not only is this a fun pattern to work on, it will also keep you warm on those chilly January nights while you stitch away. 😉

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I made this blanket at the request of my sweet friend for her daughter and grandson. Her daughter loves pandas so she decided on white with a black border as the color scheme. Since her little grandson is growing, she asked that I make it bigger than a baby blanket so he has plenty of room to snuggle in it – it’s also big enough for him to snuggle next to his mama under it.

I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in White and Black with an H/5mm hook to make the blanket.

You can find the pattern below along with a link to a free PDF for easy printing.

Crochet Bobble Lap Blanket 

Worsted Weight yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in White and Black (approximately 25 ounces of White and 5 ounces of Black)

H/5mm hook

Stitches used in US terms:

Foundation Half Double Crochet – fhdc

Chain – ch

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Bobble Stitch – bobble

Single Crochet – sc

Slip Stitch – ss

Special stitch: Bobble Stitch – Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, and pull up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops. Repeat 4 times – there will be 6 loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through all 6 loops. Sc in next stitch to complete the Bobble stitch.

Pattern repeat is multiple of 5 plus 3. 

Begin with White. 

Row 1: work 118 fhdc. Turn. (118 stitches)

Row 2: ch 1. hdc in first 3 stitches. *work bobble in next stitch, hdc in next 3 stitches* Repeat from * to * across. Turn. (23 bobbles, 72 hdc)

Rows 3-5: ch 1. hdc in each stitch across. Turn. (118 stitches) 

Repeat Rows 2-5 (32 times). (118 stitches)

Then work 1 bobble row (Row 2) and 1 hdc row (Row 3). The last row of the blanket (before adding the border) will be a row of hdc.

Your blanket should have a total of 34 bobble rows with 1 row of hdc at the beginning, 1 row of hdc at the end, and 3 rows of hdc between each bobble row.

Do not turn at the end of the last row. 

Change to Black.

Begin working in Rounds. 

Round 1: ch 1. sc evenly around blanket, working 3 sc in each corner. 

Rounds 2-5: ch 1. hdc in each stitch around, working 3 hdc in each corner. 

Note: If you’d like a larger border, add more rounds of hdc, working 3 hdc in each corner.

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Finished blanket measures approximately 39 by 51 inches. 

You can easily adjust the size of your blanket by adding or subtracting rows or changing the amount of fhdc in the beginning row. Just make sure that your first row of fhdc is in multiples of 5 plus 3.  

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

The texture in this pattern is so amazing! I love how it looks. You can make this fun Crochet Bobble Lap Blanket in any color combo. You can see a smaller version of a blanket I made with this pattern here – it’s a Bobble Color Block Baby Blanket and I love how it turned out, too.

This blanket is a great lap blanket size as well as the perfect size for toddlers. It will keep whoever uses it toasty warm on a cold winter night. What color will you make yours?

Anita

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