Thankful For You Tag

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I know…where has this year gone?!?! I have a sweet little tag to share with you today. I made several of these to give to some of my friends along with one of these Little Crochet Pumpkins to let them know that I am so thankful for them!

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The flower stamp is from the Let Your Wishes Fly set from Unity Stamp Company. The sentiment is also from Unity Stamp Company, but it came in a grab bag and I’m not sure which set it is a part of. 

I used the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch from Stampin’ Up to create a tag using kraft card stock. I stamped the flower several times with Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink and then sponged the tag with the ink. I stamped the sentiment with Pumpkin Pie ink from Stampin’ Up on kraft card stock. I punched it out with a scalloped oval punch (this one is discontinued, but this is a great set of scalloped oval dies if you’re looking for some.) Then I sponged the piece with the Pumpkin Pie ink. I attached it to the tag with foam tape. 

To finish the tag, I tied the top with 2 different ribbons and attached 3 gems. (These enamel dots would be really cute, too!)

Here is a tag along with a couple of the Little Crochet Pumpkins I mentioned above. You can see my post about these cute pumpkins here (which includes a link to the free crochet pattern). 

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I’m so thankful for each one of you reading this post! 

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Crochet Microwaveable Bowl Cozy

Have you seen the cute fabric Microwaveable Bowl Cozies at the craft shows? Since sewing isn’t one of my talents, I searched Pinterest to see if I could find a pattern for a crochet one – well, of course, Pinterest did not disappoint! 

I found the perfect pattern here at Nicki’s Homemade Crafts. It’s a free pattern and works up quickly. Just be sure that you use only 100% cotton yarn so it will be microwave safe!!

I used I Love This Cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby in Deep Teal and a G/4mm hook to make this bowl cozy for my Mom’s birthday. 

Here’s a view from the top…

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Here’s what it looks like on the bottom…

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Just place your microwave safe bowl with your favorite soup, chili, or cereal into the bowl cozy. Then pop it in the microwave. No need to grab a pot holder to remove your bowl and no more burnt fingers!

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These would make great Christmas gifts! You can make them in any color to match the recipient’s kitchen.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Pumpkins for Sale

Fall cards are so fun to make! The colors are so rich and vibrant and just make me happy! 🙂  This card is so quick and easy to make

The stamps are from Pink Ink Stamp Company. If you’re unable to find these exact stamps, any Fall themed stamps would work wonderfully with this layout.

Stamp the pumpkin cart with black ink on white card stock, color with Copic markers, and punch with a circle punch or circle die. Layer to a larger circle of green card stock with foam tape. (Here’s a great set of circle dies if you are looking for some.)

Attach 3 Fall color grosgrain ribbons to a kraft card. Stamp sentiment above the bottom ribbon. Attach stamped piece to the card with foam tape.

You could change the sentiment to Happy Birthday or Happy Thanksgiving for the perfect Fall card!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Chocolate Cake Mix Bars

These Chocolate Cake Mix Bars take brownies to a whole new level! Chocolate and white chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk make these a rich, decadent treat. 🙂

You can find the full recipe here at Kleinworth & Co

Ready to put in the oven…

Fresh and hot from the oven…it smells so good!

Ready to eat along with a big glass of cold milk or a cup of hot coffee!

Hope you enjoy this yummy, chocolatey treat!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Hello, Friend

I have a quick and easy Fall card to share with you today. It’s the perfect card for an Autumn birthday or just to say Hello, Friend!

The tree stamp and sentiment are from the set called  A Good Day from Stampin’ Up. The Dot Embossing Folder is from Sizzix. The Fancy Fan Embossing Folder is discontinued from Stampin’ Up, but here is a Lattice one from Kaisercraft or this Mosaic one from Cricut that would work great.

To make the card, stamp the tree with black ink on white card stock and color with Copic markers. Punch with a scalloped circle punch and layer to a scalloped circle punched from green card stock with foam tape. Layer this piece to a larger scalloped circle punched from orange card stock. (This is a great set of scalloped circle dies.)

Emboss 2 different strips of green card stock with the Fancy Fan folder. Emboss a brick and golden-yellow strip of card stock with the Dot folder. Attach all 4 strips along with a strip of orange card stock to a kraft card. Stamp the sentiment on the orange strip with black ink. Attach stamped tree piece with foam tape.

Just a simple card with all the colors of Fall! 🍁🍂🍁

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Chunky Crocheted Pumpkins

When I think of Fall, I think of pumpkins! I was playing with Bernat Blanket yarn and came up with this simple single crochet pattern for these Chunky Crocheted Pumpkins. They work up super quickly because of the weight of this super bulky yarn and an N/9mm hook.

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Chunky Crocheted Pumpkins

Materials:

Bernat Blanket Yarn (I used Pumpkin Spice and Vintage White)

N/9mm hook

Gauge is not important

Stitches used:

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

Slip Stitch – ss

Ch 21, leaving a long tail.

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (20 stitches)

Row 2: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (20 stitches)

Rows 3 – 25: Repeat row 2. Do not turn. (20 stitches)

Fold piece in half and ss together. Finish off leaving a very long (48-50 inches or so) tail.

Turn piece so seam is on the inside.

Using a yarn needle and your beginning tail, run a gathering stitch around the bottom of the pumpkin. Pull tight to close the opening, tie a knot, and weave in the end. (Because the yarn is so thick, you may have to sew a couple of stitches across the opening to close it completely.) I forgot to take a picture of this step, but once you have run your gathering stitch just pull on the yarn and it will close your opening.

Stuff pumpkin with poly-fil and gather the top in the same manner, using the very long tail. Do not cut yarn.

Using your needle, draw the yarn through the center top of the pumpkin to center bottom of the pumpkin. You’ll have to squish your pumpkin to get the needle through. Wrap the yarn around to the top of the pumpkin and pull it through again, pulling it tightly to form a “ridge”. Do this 5 or 6 times to give the pumpkin “ridges”. Tie it off tightly at the bottom after the last wrap around and weave in your end. The picture below shows how the ridges will look.

I have to share a picture of this “needle” I inherited from my grandmother. It was among all of her crochet hooks and it has been the best thing for creating the “ridges” on my pumpkins! As you can see, it is over 6-inches long and easily fit through my pumpkin from top to bottom. Such a great tool to have in my arsenal. 🙂

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Glue a small stick to the center for the stem. And here are my finished pumpkins. They measure about 5-inches across and 4-inches high.

(Please link back to my pattern if you make any of these cute pumpkins. I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t copy or rewrite my pattern onto another page. Thank you!)

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You can easily change the size of these pumpkins by changing the weight of your yarn and using the appropriate hook. You can stitch up an entire pumpkin patch! 

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

 

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Happy Fall

It’s finally Fall – my favorite season! 🍁🍂 Fall in Alabama, once the Summer finally lets go, is filled with days of almost perfect temps and crisp, cool nights. Time to break out the scarves and boots. 😊

So…Happy Fall everyone! Here’s a fun little card to welcome the best of the seasons…

The flower and sentiment stamp are from the Flower of the Fall set from Unity Stamp Company.

I have looked everywhere in my craft room for the leaf stamp so I could tell you which company it is from. But it has hidden itself very well and I can’t remember who makes this particular leaf – just use your favorite leaf stamp in your collection. (Or there’s a cute one in this set from Avery Elle or this set from Concord and 9th.)

To make the card, stamp the flower with brown ink on white card stock, punch with a circle punch, and sponge with dark yellow ink. Attach to a scalloped circle punched from brown card stock.

Attach 5 strips of Fall colored paper to a white card. Stamp the sentiment on the 2nd strip from the bottom. Stamp one leaf overlapping the bottom 2 strips and one at the top of the card. Attach the flower piece to the card with foam tape.

I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful colors, smells, and tastes of this amazing Fall season! 🍂🍁

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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