Farmhouse Valentine Rag Wreath

Hi friends,

I have a fun Farmhouse Valentine Rag Wreath to share with you today. It’s super easy to make and may even help to relieve a little stress while you’re making it! πŸ˜‰

You’ll need a wire heart wreath frame and 2 yards of white muslin – you may not need the full 2 yards. I found my wreath frame at my local Dollar Tree – it measures about 12-inches wide. (You can also find the heart wreath here – sadly it’s more than a dollar 😦 )

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Now comes the stress relieving part! Tear the muslin into strips 1 and 1/2-inches wide. The tearing part is so satisfying. πŸ™‚ Then cut pieces 6-inches long from the strips. Fold the 6-inch piece in half and slip under the wire frame. Pull both ends through the loop of the folded piece, wrapping it around the frame and pull tightly.

Continue around each section of the heart frame, pushing the pieces close together as you go. You can see the back and the front of the wreath below.

When you’re finished tying on the strips, turn the wreath to the front side, fluff up the strips, and trim any stray threads.

Even though I’ve called this a Valentine Wreath, you can easily use it in your every day decor.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❀️

Anita

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Faux Leather Earrings

Hi friends,

I have had so much fun making these earrings! They are super easy to make using the Designer Dangles dies from Taylored Expressions. The dies cut cleanly and even punch the tiny hole you need to attach the earring finding. They also have a great selection of faux leather and felt to make the earrings, as well as jump rings and earring wires to finish them off.

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Taylored Expressions has several videos on their YouTube channel showing how easy it is to make them. But really, all you have to do is die cut the earring shape, open the earring finding, thread the shape onto the finding, and close the finding. Super easy!!

This is a great jewelry making tool set to get started making these fun earrings. The needle-nosed pliers are perfect for opening the earring findings.

The possibilities for these fun, trendy earrings are endless! Combine the different colors and shapes to make a pair to match every outfit. πŸ™‚

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Yummy Peanut Butter Bars

Hi friends,

If you like peanut butter, you are going to love these Yummy Peanut Butter Bars! There are several recipes out there, but this is the one I have used for years – a co-worker shared this recipe with me a long time ago and it has been my go to for this tasty treat ever since. πŸ˜‹

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You may have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now.

Yummy Peanut Butter Bars

1/2 cup margarine

2 cups peanut butter

1 Tbsp vanilla

1 cup brown sugar

1 lb powdered sugar

2 cups chocolate chips

3 Tbsp margarine

Melt 1/2 cup margarine and peanut butter in a large saucepan. Stir in vanilla and brown sugar. Then stir in powdered sugar. Mixture will be thick.

Press mixture into a 9×13 pan and place in the refrigerator – the chocolate will spread easier if the peanut butter layer is cool.

Place chocolate chips and 3 Tbsp margarine in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on High for 30 seconds, remove and stir. Continue to microwave for 10 seconds at a time as needed to melt the chocolate.

Spread melted chocolate over peanut butter mixture. You can return the pan to the refrigerator to cool the chocolate or let it cool at room temperature.

Just before adding the powdered sugar.
Waiting for the chocolate layer.
Ready to enjoy!

This is a great after school treat for the kids – or anytime your sweet tooth is calling to you. πŸ˜‰

Enjoy!

Anita

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Farmhouse Valentine Canvas

Hi friends,

Do you decorate for Valentine’s Day? I like to put a few things scattered around to brighten things up during the (sometimes) long, cold days of Winter. I’m in Alabama so we don’t experience the Winter like so many of you in other areas do! But the days can be dreary and rainy so it’s nice to add a little love around the house. ❀️

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I made this Farmhouse Valentine Canvas using an 8 by 10 inch stretched canvas (like these). You’ll also need 20 split natural wood balls (I found mine here), buffalo plaid fabric, and ribbon for the bow. I found my galvanized metal “love” word at Dollar Tree. It came in a package of 3 different words – you may also be able to find a metal or chipboard word at your local craft store. Or you can simply leave the word off. πŸ™‚

I cut a piece of fabric to fit my canvas and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the canvas. After it was dry, I brushed a thin coat of Mod Podge over the top of the fabric using a foam brush.

After that was dry, I laid out my split wood balls in a heart shape on the canvas and then glued them using a white craft glue – I like Crafter’s Pick Ultimate Glue it dries quickly, but not too quickly if you need to adjust the placement of the balls. I attached the word “love” using foam tape to give it a little dimension.

I used several ribbons to make a small bow using this super easy method I found on Re-fabbed and attached it to the upper left corner.

When I was finished, it looked a bit stark to me. It needed a little softening, so I used some white chalky finish paint and lightly dry brushed the wood balls, the word “love”, and around the edges of the canvas.

A simple and fun project to add a little Valentine love to your home! ❀️

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Panda (welcome, little one) card

Hi friends,

This was such a fun card to make! I made it to welcome a sweet baby boy to our world using the Party Pandas set from Stampin’ Up. The set is no longer available – it was part of their Sale-a-bration in 2018 – but look in your collection, you probably have a very cute stamp that you could use in place of the panda.

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I stamped the panda with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock. I colored the balloon and added the shadow beneath the panda with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment with blue ink. The sentiment stamp I used has been in my collection forever! You probably have a great baby sentiment stamp in your collection. If you are looking for something new, I love this set from Lawn Fawn.

I used this set of Dotted Scallop Rectangle dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs to die cut the stamped image and a larger rectangle from brown card stock. I layered the stamped image to the brown rectangle. (This is my favorite adhesive for card making and here are the refills.)

I embossed a panel of bright blue card stock with the Softly Falling embossing folder from Stampin’ Up – also no longer available 😦 But this Dot Embossing Folder would be great! Or use your favorite embossing folder in your collection. I tied some brown and white bakers twine around the panel and then attached it to a white card. The stamped image is attached to the card with foam tape.

This would also make a great birthday card for a little one – just change the sentiment to Happy Birthday.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Crochet Lillian Infinity Scarf

Hi friends,

How did you learn to crochet? Did you teach yourself or did someone sit down with you and show you what to do? My Grandmother taught me when I was about 10 years old. She always told me I held my crochet hook wrong – I’m a knife-hold girl, she was a pencil-hold girl – but she also said I could crochet much faster than her so it was ok. πŸ™‚

She made lots of afghans and one of her favorite patterns to use was the ripple afghan pattern. I designed the Lillian Infinity Scarf using this pattern in memory of my Grandmother Lillian. Because she taught me young, crochet has given me a lot of joy through the years and I have been able to pass the art onto several young girls. I think my hook has never been far away – I’ve either had a work in progress or was thinking about the next project I wanted to begin. Thanks, Grandma!

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These Clover hooks are some of my favorite crochet hooks – easy on the hands so I can crochet longer. πŸ™‚

Crochet Lillian Infinity Scarf

By Anita Young at creatingme.net 

Size J/6mm hook

Worsted weight yarn – approximately 8 to 10 ounces

I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Chili Red and White

Stitches in US terms:

Chain – ch

Single crochet – sc

Single crochet 2 together – sc2tog

Slip stitch – ss

Back Loop only – blo

Ch 33

Row 1: sc2tog 2nd and 3rd ch from hook. Sc in next 5 ch. 3 sc in next ch. Sc in next 7 ch. Skip 2 ch. Sc in next 7 ch. 3 sc in next ch. Sc in next 5 ch. Sc2tog last 2 ch. Turn. (32 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 1. sc2tog blo of first 2 stitches. Sc in blo of next 5 stitches. 3 sc in blo of next stitch. Sc in blo of next 7 stitches. Skip next 2 stitches. Sc in blo of next 7 stitches. 3 sc in blo of next stitch. Sc in blo of next 5 stitches. Sc2tog blo of last 2 stitches. Turn. (32 stitches)

Rows 3-40: Repeat Row 2.

Change to white at the end of Row 40.

Rows 41-80: Repeat Row 2.

Change to red at the end of Row 80.

Rows 81-120: Repeat Row 2.

Change to white at the end of Row 120.

Rows 121-160: Repeat Row 2.

Matching stitches from last row to beginning row, fold scarf in half and ss together.  

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Scarf measures about 6.5 inches wide by 60 inches long (before slip stitching ends together)

Here’s a pdf for easy printing!

You can make this scarf in any color combo or even just one color. I hope you enjoy this pattern. πŸ™‚

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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A Look Back at 2019

Hi friends,

It’s 2020!! How did that happen?!??! It’s always a good thing for me to look back at the year we just finished to remind myself of all the things – the good, the hard, the happy, the sad, the fun – all those things that make life an adventure…because I’m just like you and don’t always think of life that way πŸ™‚

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The first part of our year was filled with the ordinary things of life – laundry, shopping, errands, cleaning the house – all those things that need to be done whether we want to do them or not. πŸ˜‰ One of the highlights of May was the girls in our church youth group remembering me with sweet cards and a group hug on Mother’s Day. ❀️

We celebrated our 37th anniversary in May in Destin, FL – at the beach. It is one of our favorite places to go for relaxing and getting away from it all. The sound of the waves, the warm sand, morning walks along the beach, evening walks at sunset, the gulf breezes – it just can’t be beat!

In June, I helped my Mom pack up her house where she had lived for over 50 years and where we grew up – somehow the yard was bigger when we were kids. πŸ™‚ Lots of memories…

August brought us a visit from 2 of our favorite girls and their parents. We are so thankful that even though the miles separate us – our hearts are still very connected! ❀️❀️❀️

Near the end of August, we made another trip to the beach to celebrate my husband’s 60th 😳 birthday. This time we stayed in Seaside, FL. (I have a post about it here.) And even though we had a few storms roll in, there is still nothing like the beach.

Our sweet friends had a new baby girl. (She is wrapped in the blanket and sporting one of the beanies I made for her.)

In October, we celebrated my Mom’s 85th birthday in her new home. πŸ™‚

A fun holiday tradition is our Youth Group Progressive Dinner. We drive the students to 4 different homes for appetizers, soup & salad, the main course, and dessert. A portion of the story of Jesus’ birth is read at each home, carols are sung, and the food is always amazing. It’s a great time of being together and remembering the reason for the season is Jesus!

We ended the year spending Christmas with my family in Michigan City, IN. The city puts up an amazing Christmas light display in the park every year – here are a couple of pictures.

And even in Winter, Lake Michigan is still beautiful! This was a wonderfully calm, warmer day in December which doesn’t always happen this time of year.

2019 was filled with lots of wonderful, lots of good, and lots of love. Things weren’t always smooth and easy – just like they weren’t always smooth and easy for you. But life is an adventure which means there will be ups and downs. Today I’m focusing on the ups and looking forward to what 2020 has in store! πŸ™‚

Happy New Year!

Anita

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