Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Hi friends,

Do you remember when we were in elementary school and our birthday would come around? We would bring in our own birthday treat to share with our fellow classmates – at least that’s what we did where I grew up. πŸ™‚

I still like to have a birthday treat, but making a yummy cake or dessert for just my husband and I can be a little too much to have around the house. πŸ˜‰ This year my birthday fell on a Wednesday – the day I have Bible study…perfect timing to make a treat to share, just like I used to do in school.

I found the recipe for these tasty Salted Caramel Butter Bars here a while ago, I knew I would have to make them and my birthday was the perfect occasion!They are soooo good!! πŸ˜‹

Here’s the bottom crust – it smells amazing in my kitchen!

The caramels melted and ready to pour over the crust…

A sprinkling of kosher salt…

The rest of the dough over the caramel layer…

Fresh and hot from the oven. Why does it take so long to cool?!?!?

Buttery, caramel goodness!!

These Salted Caramel Butter Bars really are amazing! And simple to make…I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Happy Baking!

Anita

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It’s a Boy

Hi friends,

I saw this punch art baby card a while back on Pinterest and knew I would have to make my own version of it at some point…And I finally did! πŸ™‚

It was super easy to make and I love the way it turned out! We called this toy a doughnut stacker and ours was made of wood – so fun when we were toddlers! We also had fun just putting the doughnuts on our little fingers and twirling them around – simpler times. πŸ™‚

I used the die set below to cut my doughnut shapes. I think it is a set from Spellbinders, but it seems to have been discontinued. 😦 You could also cut strips of paper and round the corners with a corner rounder punch. I used a 3-1/2 inch circle punch for the base of the toy and a 1 inch heart punch.

To make the card, I die cut a small doughnut shape from green card stock, a medium one from red card stock, and a large one from blue card stock. I also cut a large one from kraft card stock for the peg that the doughnuts are stacked on.

I punched a 3-1/2 inch circle from kraft card stock for the base of the toy. I then cut it in half and trimmed a little off the bottom to make it flat. I attached a heart punched from red card stock.

I attached a piece of star patterned paper to a white card. Then I attached the 3 doughnuts to the peg and attached the whole piece to the card with foam tape. I attached the base of the toy to the card with foam tape also.

The sentiment stamp is one I’ve had for a long time and I’m not sure which company it is from – use your favorite baby sentiment. I stamped it with blue ink on white card stock and punched it with the Pretty Label Punch from Stampin’ Up. It is attached to the card with foam tape.

Such a sweet card for a new baby boy! Change the colors and sentiment and it would be perfect for a baby girl!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet Gift Ideas

Hi friends,

Christmas is going to be here before we know it! Have you started crocheting your gifts yet? πŸ™‚

I have a few free crochet patterns to share with you that would make great gifts – these are all patterns I’ve created. If you click on the link under each photo, it will take you to my blog post for each project which includes the free pattern. I hope these patterns will inspire you!

Crochet Color Block Tote Bag

Chunky Crochet Infinity Scarf

Farmhouse Inspired Crochet Cotton Coasters

Crochet Waffle Stitch Eyeglass Pouch

Crochet Cotton Face Scrubbies

Crochet Ribbed Cord Keeper

The face scrubbies and cord keepers would make great stocking stuffers! All of these patterns work up quickly – so you’ll have plenty of time to make several gifts before the holiday season hits!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Happier with You

Hi friends,

Unity Stamp Company is one of my favorite places to get rubber stamps. The quality of their stamps is amazing! They are made from red rubber and always give crisp, clean images. And they have thousands of images to choose from!

They are also wonderfully generous! There is always a little something extra in every order I receive from them. The 2 stamps I used in this card were freebies that were included with one of my orders. Oh, and they offer fabulous sales!! If you love to stamp, you really need to check out Unity Stamp Company! πŸ™‚

To make the card, I stamped the sunflower with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock. I colored the image with Copic Markers. I stamped the sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I trimmed the stamped piece, layered it to brown card stock, and added 3 gold sequins.

I layered panels of 2 different patterned papers to green card stock. I punched a strip of green card stock with a scalloped edge punch. The one I used from Fiskars seems to be discontinued, but this one or this one would work nicely. Then I attached the strip to the card to cover where the patterned papers meet. The entire panel is attached to a yellow card. I attached the stamped image panel to the card using foam tape.

A fun card to bring a little sunshine to brighten someone’s day.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Farmhouse Thankful Wood Sign

Hi friends,

It’s September! That means it’s time to be thinking about Fall decor…pumpkins, leaves, all those rich, vibrant colors…I love Fall!

I have a fun Farmhouse Thankful Wood Sign for you today. It’s super easy to make and will look great in your home this Fall!

I picked up the raffia, burlap ribbon, and metal words at my local Dollar Tree. And, yes, the metal words package has 3 words (thankful, harvest, and welcome) for just one dollar!!! The wood sign and burnt orange chalk paint came from Michaels. I used this chalky finish paint from Americana Decor in Everlasting to paint my sign.

You’ll also need 3 mason jar lids, a little green felt, and a cinnamon stick. For adhesives, I used transparent E6000 craft adhesive, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, and foam tape.

Brush a thin coat of the Everlasting chalky finish paint on the sign. As you can see in the photo below, I feathered it out toward the edges and kept it thin enough for some of the wood to show through.

You’ll also need to paint the mason jar lids with the burnt orange chalk paint. I painted 3 coats, letting it dry completely between coats. It took 3 coats so the words stamped on the lids didn’t show through.

Once completely dry, use the E6000 adhesive to glue the lids together. The bottom 2 are overlapped, and then the 3rd one is glued to the top. Make sure to let the glue dry for a couple of hours before going on to the next step.

Hand cut or die cut 2 leaves from the green felt. I used a die from the Simply Stamped Leaves set by Taylored Expressions. Using the E6000 adhesive, glue them to the back of the pumpkin along with the cinnamon stick. Let dry for a while. Cut several pieces of the foam tape and layer them on top of each other on either side of the cinnamon stick. You’ll want to build up the height so it is even with the cinnamon stick.

Cut a piece of the burlap ribbon to fit across the sign. Attach it to the sign with the Art Institute Adhesive. Using several strands of raffia, tie a bow around the sign. Attach “thankful” using the E6000 adhesive – you may need to hold it in place for a few moments to make sure it adheres. Using the same adhesive, apply a small amount on the cinnamon stick and the 2 pieces of foam tape and place it on the sign.

And here it is all finished!

This is such a fun project! It takes longer waiting for paint and glue to dry than it does to make the actual sign. πŸ™‚ I love the way it turned out!!

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Happy Birthday Bunny Card

Hi friends,

I have a quick and easy card for you today using this sweet bunny from the Funny Bunny stamp set from Darcie’s Heart and Home Rubber Stamps.

The sentiment I used is from the Hugs, Kisses, & Birthday Wishes set from Unity Stamp Company. The embossing folder I used is discontinued from Stampin’ Up but this one or this one would be cute, too.

To make the card, stamp the bunny with black ink (this is my favorite) on white card stock and color with Copic markers. Stamp the sentiment with pink ink on white card stock. Die cut the bunny and the sentiment with a scalloped oval die (here’s a great set). Emboss a panel of yellow card stock and attach it to a pink card. Attach the bunny and sentiment to the card with foam tape.

You can see another card I made with this sweet bunny in this post.

And that’s it! Super sweet and super easy!

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Chalk Painted Floral Container

Hi friends,

I had this container that I saved from a fresh floral arrangement. It looks like it is polished metal, but it is actually plastic! I wanted something a little more farmhouse-y, so I broke out my trusty chalk paint. πŸ™‚

I painted 2 coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Escape, letting it dry thoroughly between coats. After the 2nd coat of paint was dry, I brushed on Folk Art Home Decor Antiquing Wax and immediately wiped off the excess with a paper towel.

I love the way it turned out!

I picked up my greenery at IKEA. It’s just a ball that fits perfectly in my container. πŸ™‚

Look around your house – you may have the perfect container that you can repurpose to add something new to your decor!

Thanks for stopping by!

Anita

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