A Trio of Wood Pumpkins

Hi friends,

Fall is my favorite! 🍂🍁🍂 And you can never have too many pumpkins to celebrate the season. 😉 This Trio of Wood Pumpkins is fun and easy to make and will add a bit of Fall color to your decor.

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I found my chunky wood pumpkins in the craft aisle at Target. They are about 1-inch thick. The large pumpkin is about 6-inches tall plus the stem and the small ones are about 3.25-inches tall plus the stem. You’ll need some pretty Fall scrapbook paper, paint that coordinates with the paper, Mod Podge, and natural jute twine. I found my scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby and my paint is Plaid FolkArt in the color Cascade also from Hobby Lobby.

Trace the pumpkins onto the back of the scrapbook paper and cut out. (I love these Cutter Bee Scissors.) Be sure the stem is facing the opposite way you want the finished pumpkin to be!

Using a foam brush, apply 2 coats of paint to the back and sides of the pumpkin letting it dry between coats. Once dry, turn the pumpkin over and apply a thin coat of Mod Podge using another foam brush to the front of the pumpkin and apply the scrapbook paper cutout – smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles. Once dry, apply another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper.

I tied 3 lengths of natural jute twine together into a bow and hot glued the bow to the front of my pumpkins.

I’m so happy with the way they turned out! The Fall colors are perfect and the patterned paper adds a little bit of whimsy. 😊

Anita

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A Merry Little Christmas – September Christmas Card

Hi friends,

It’s time for September’s Christmas card since the month is almost over! 😳

You can find the other Christmas cards I’ve made each month so far this year in these posts… January, February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.

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I used the stamp set Shakin’ Things Up from Unity Stamp Company to make my cards. If you like this little owl, you can find several other stamp sets featuring him over at Unity Stamp Company.

I stamped the owl with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock. I colored the image with Copic markers and then cut it out. I embossed a piece of blue card stock with a snowflake embossing folder (this is a similar one) and attached it to a white card. I attached a strip of brown snowflake patterned paper (also from Unity) to the card. I attached the owl image to the card with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment with blue ink on white card stock, punched it with a label punch, and attached it to the card with foam tape. The label punch I used is discontinued, but I like this set of Banner Dies that would work great for your sentiment!

I would love to hear if you are making a few Christmas cards each month! I think it’s going to make the holiday season a little bit easier for me this year. 🎄 🙂

Anita

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More Crochet Pouches

Hi friends,

You may remember the Crochet Canyon Views Pocket Clutch from this post. I mentioned that Twisted Knot Crochet added 3 new patterns in the Shell Shocked Pouch Shells set and that I would be making them. Well…here they are! 🙂

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I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn and an I/5.5mm hook to stitch up my pouch shells. The colors I used are Kale, Red, and Mustard. I found my zippered canvas bags at Hobby Lobby. They measure 4.75 by 6.75 inches and fit perfectly into the Shell Shocked Pouch Shells. And they are only 99 cents! 🙂

To attach the canvas bag to the crocheted shell, I simply used fabric hot glue. No sewing required! Slip the canvas bag into the crocheted shell and run a thin bead of glue around the canvas bag along the edge of the zipper. I did small sections at a time, attaching the crocheted shell as I went. I have this Surebonder hot glue gun that I only use with these fabric hot glue sticks. I keep it separate from my regular hot glue gun so I don’t mix the types of glue. The fabric glue worked great to attach the crocheted shells to the canvas bags.

These cute crochet pouches would make such great gifts just as they are or filled with something special. You can now purchase all 4 pattens (these 3 and the one in my previous post) in an ebook from Twisted Knot Crochet here.

I’m so glad I found these patterns, they work up quickly and are so fun to make!

Anita

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A Visit to Mackinac Island

Hi friends,

We took an end of Summer trip to visit Mackinac Island, MI and the surrounding area. My husband and I had visited as kids with our families, but have wanted to return for a while.

If you’re not familiar with it, Mackinac Island is a small island that sits in Lake Huron off the coasts of the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. The island is car-free with lots of horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, and the most amazing fudge!! It’s like taking a step back in time…

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There are lots of options to stay on the island from bed & breakfasts to the amazing Grand Hotel. We chose to stay on the mainland in Mackinaw City at a wonderful bed & breakfast called Deer Head Inn. It was a great place just a few blocks from Sheplers Ferry dock and the breakfasts were amazing!

We hopped on the ferry in the morning to head over to Mackinac island. (And, yes, Mackinaw City is spelled differently but they are pronounced the same. 😊 You can read a little about that here.) As we neared the island, we were treated with a spectacular view of the Grand Hotel.

The porch of the Grand Hotel is the world’s largest at 660 feet long. It is lined with rocking chairs for relaxing, sipping a drink, and enjoying the views. The bridge in the photo below is the Mackinac Bridge as seen from the porch. The bridge connects the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan and spans about 5 miles.

For a small fee, you can tour the first few floors of the hotel along with the porch and the grounds. It is very plush and inviting and the flowers are gorgeous.

For the movie buffs, the 1980 film Somewhere In Time, starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Christopher Plummer, was filmed at the Grand Hotel and other Mackinac Island locations. There is a room with memorabilia from the movie. I haven’t watched the movie in quite a while – I’ll have to watch it again soon!

We took a horse drawn carriage tour around the island. We started in the downtown area and rode past some of the beautiful sights on the island. Below is a view of downtown which is filled with shops, restaurants, and fudge shops (I think I saw at least 6!), Little Stone Church, Saint Ann’s Cemetery, Fort Mackinac, and Arch Rock. Most of the island is a Michigan State Park left in its natural state. It was so quiet and peaceful riding in the horse-drawn carriage listening to the clip-clop of the horses with no engine noises.

A few of the sights as we walked from the Grand Hotel back to downtown…

There are a few hardy souls who live on the island full-time and you can visit anytime, but the main season is May-October. There is also a Christmas tree lighting to kickoff the holiday season and you can enjoy some winter activities. However, not everything will be open on the island. I think it would be absolutely beautiful to visit in late September or early October when the fall colors are showing off!

We also took a day to drive across the Mackinac Bridge to the upper peninsula of Michigan and visit the Whitefish Point Great Lakes Maritime Museum. It felt like we were driving to the end of the earth! The farther we went, the more rural it got. Michigan is a beautiful state! The museum is on the very tip of Michigan on Lake Superior – you can even see Canada in the distance in the last photo below.

The museum remembers the shipwrecks that have occurred in the Great Lakes. One you may have heard of is the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The ship was lost on November 10, 1975 about 17 miles north-northwest of Whitefish Point and 29 men were lost. You may remember the song “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” by Gordon Lightfoot which commemorates the sinking of the ship.

The bell of the ship was recovered on July 4, 1995 and you can see it in the museum. A replica of the bell engraved with the names of the 29 crew who were lost was placed in the same place on the sunken ship in memory of the men.

It was a chilly and windy day on Lake Superior but I’m so glad we made the drive up there! It was so beautiful!

If you ever find yourself in Michigan, I highly recommend spending a day on Mackinac Island. It will take you back to simpler, slower, and quieter time – even with all the other tourists there with you. 😉 And be sure to take a drive through the countryside – it’s beautiful!

Anita

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BOO Blocks

Hi friends,

It’s time to start your Halloween crafting it you haven’t yet! 🎃

I have a fun and easy project for you today. These cute BOO blocks are the perfect size to add to your tiered tray or to tuck onto your mantel with your other Halloween things.

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You’ll need three 2-inch wood blocks (I found mine here) and 1.75 inch wood letters (I found mine at Hobby Lobby). You’ll also need acrylic paint in black, orange, and white. (This is a great set of acrylic paints if you need to resupply your craft room.)

I painted my blocks with 2 coats of black paint using a foam brush, letting it dry between coats. I painted the sides and front of my letters with 2 coats of orange paint. Once the paint was dry, I used the tip of the handle of a small paint brush to apply random dots of white paint on the letters. I used E6000 clear adhesive to attach my letters to the blocks at an angle.

The BOO blocks can be stacked on top of each other or side by side. They also match my BOO! sign I made in this post. 🙂

I’m ready to get out all my Halloween things! How about you? 🎃

Anita

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Daisy Greetings Handmade Card

Hi friends,

On a rainy afternoon recently I decided to do a little coloring. I pulled out this Daisy stamp from the Be Unstoppable stamp set from Unity Stamp Company and stamped it on several panels of white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored the images with Copic markers in shades of blue because I wanted something a little different. 😉

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Then I took each panel and embossed them with a small dot embossing folder to add a bit of texture.

I trimmed the stamped piece and layered it to a piece of matching blue card stock. Then I attached it to a white card. I stamped my sentiments with blue ink on a strip of white card stock and layered it to a strip of blue card stock. I attached the sentiments to the cards with foam tape.

This is a great card to use for almost any occasion. Just by changing the sentiment it can be a thank you, wedding shower, birthday, thinking of you, or sympathy card. And of course you can color your flower any way you’d like or even use a different flower as your focal point. One of my favorite things about this card is the embossing – I love the texture it adds!

Happy card making!

Anita

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Velvet Pumpkin Spruce-Up

Hi friends,

Were you able to snag any of these velvet pumpkins from Dollar Tree? Their seasonal merchandise goes so quickly, it’s sometimes hard to get all the things! I loved these pumpkins except for the plastic stems…so my husband cut some sticks into pieces about 2.75 to 3 inches long to replace them.

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I pulled the plastic stems out of each pumpkin. They were attached with some hot glue so I had to twist them a bit to get them out. Don’t worry if the fabric comes out a little – you can just push it back in with the tip of your scissors.

I used my scissors to make the hole where the plastic stem was just a little bigger. I put a little hot glue on the end of the stick and pushed it into the pumpkin. Then I tied some natural jute twine into a bow around the stem. I used 3 strands of twine together to tie my bows. You can also use raffia or your favorite ribbon.

It’s amazing how just a little sprucing up can change the look of something! This only took a few minutes to do and I love how they turned out!

Anita

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Christmas Crochet Cups

Hi friends,

Have you seen these adorable Christmas Crochet Cups from Repeat Crafter Me? If you are working on your Christmas makes, you need to add these to your crochet schedule! They are super fun and quick to stitch up. You make them holding 2 strands of yarn together so they are very sturdy.

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I stitched up my Christmas Crochet Cups using I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby and a K/6.5mm hook. I used various buttons and safety eyes that I had in my stash to finish off each one.

They are so cute! A little cellophane bag filled with Christmas candy or other treats tucked inside will make a fun little gift. 🎁

There are also some really cute Halloween Crochet Cups at Repeat Crafter Me, too!

Anita

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Donut Birthday Card

Hi friends,

Unity Stamp Company released this adorable stamp set called Donut Birthday a few months ago. It includes 2 different sizes of donut stacks and 2 sentiments. Anyone who knows my husband knows that this is the perfect set for making him a birthday card! 🍩

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I stamped the donut stack with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. Then I trimmed the image and layered it to brown card stock. I attached a piece of patterned paper (also from Unity Stamp Company) to a turquoise card. I attached the donut stack to the card using foam tape.

The “happy birthday” sentiment is from the Extended Celebration stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. I stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock and punched around it with a label punch. I used the same punch on brown card stock, then cut it in half and attached it to the back of the white card stock leaving some of the brown showing on the edges. The sentiment is attached to the card with foam tape. The punch I used is discontinued, but this is a similar punch or set of dies.

Almost as sweet as the real thing! This would be a cute card to give with a dozen donuts for a special birthday treat! 🍩

Anita

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Farmhouse Pillar Candle Risers

Hi friends,

I love the Pinterest app! I find so many great ideas and inspiration, especially when I’m in a crafting slump. 🙃 You can find all of my Pinterest boards here. I’ve saved way more pins than I can ever make, but I’ve found it to be a great resource for diving into my next project.

I was inspired while scrolling on Pinterest recently to make these Farmhouse Pillar Candle Risers. They are super quick and easy to make!

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You’ll need round unfinished wood plaques in 2 different sizes. I found mine at my local Michaels (I think they were around $1.49 each). They measure about 4 and 5 inches across the bottom. You’ll also need white and gray paint. I used Home Decor Chalk paint because that’s what I had on hand. You can use acrylic paint, too.

You may want to sand the rough edges of the plaque before you paint them. I didn’t since the roughness didn’t bother me – it’s totally personal preference. I painted the wood plaques with 2 coats of white paint using a chip brush. Be sure to let the paint dry between coats. Once the second coat is dry, dry brush the entire plaque with the gray paint.

Then using E6000 clear adhesive, I glued the smaller plaque to the larger plaque. And that’s it! Super easy and they will add a little farmhouse touch to your decor.

Since my fireplace mantel is stained, I chose to paint my Farmhouse Pillar Candle Risers white so there would be some contrast. If your mantel or shelf is white, you may want to use a wood stain on your candle risers or you can paint them any color and then sand the edges to distress them a bit.

It’s fun to make something so simple that can add a little creative touch to your decor. 😊

Anita

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