Hand Stamped Christmas Tags

Hi friends,

Hand Stamped Christmas Tags are quick to make and add a special little touch to all your gifts. 🎄 I made some simple tags to share with you today. I hope they will inspire you to take a few minutes to make up some of your own tags.

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I used the Sweet Treat Christmas stamp set from Unity Stamp Company for the images on my tags. The tag die is from the Tag Stacklets 3 die set by Taylored Expressions.

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, colored them with Copic markers, and cut them out. (I love these detail scissors!) I die cut the tags from coordinating card stock and then attached the stamped images to the tags using my favorite adhesive.

I stamped “to and from” on the back of the tag. (Here’s a similar stamp.)

Pull out your favorite Christmas image stamps and make some of your own Hand Stamped Christmas Tags. You can use circles, scalloped circles, squares, or any tag shape for the base of your tags. Use your imagination and have fun!

Anita

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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Hi friends,

Do you like to give gifts from your kitchen for the holidays? Or are you in charge of bringing dessert to the Christmas party? Need something quick and easy to make? You’re in luck! I found this super easy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread recipe here on Pinterest and it’s so yummy. 😋

You know you have a couple of overripe bananas on your counter. 😉 Well, don’t throw them away just yet…They are perfect for baking this yummy bread!

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You’ll need 2 bananas to bake the Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in a loaf pan or you can bake a batch of muffins in a muffin pan, too. I doubled the recipe to make 2 loaves since I had 4 overripe bananas. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Chocolate chips sprinkled over the top add to the yumminess!

Golden brown fresh from the oven – it smells wonderful!!

The best thing is you can make it now and freeze it for gift giving or holiday parties later!! Just wrap the loaf with aluminum foil and slip it into a freezer bag. If you want to freeze muffins, I like to add them to a freezer bag and then put that bag into a second freezer bag.

For gift giving, tie a pretty ribbon around the loaf and add a cute tag. Or if you’re giving muffins, you could line a basket with a Christmas tea towel and add the muffins to the basket. A tasty gift that everyone will love!

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is so good with a hot cup of coffee or tea for breakfast, a tasty after school treat, or even dessert after dinner. To make it even better, pop it in the microwave for about 10 seconds – the chocolate gets all melty and gooey! 😋

Start your holiday baking early! 🎄

Anita

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Happy Thanksgiving

Hi friends,

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. 🦃 I am thankful for so many things and I wanted to take a moment to say how thankful I am for all of you who take the time to visit my little corner of the internet. It truly warms my heart when you view, like, and comment on my blog posts!

Thank You so much!!

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You can find info on this card here.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anita

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Mini Noel Ornaments

Hi friends,

Have you seen the Christmas ornaments made with the Tumbling Tower Game pieces from Dollar Tree? There are all kinds of ideas floating around Pinterest using these mini wood pieces! They measure just under 2-inches by about 1/2-inch and are about 1/4-inch thick. You could cut your own, but why do that when you can get 72 pieces for $1.00 at Dollar Tree?!?!

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If you can’t find the Tumbling Tower Game at your local Dollar Tree, they do have it on the website. You’ll have to buy 3 – but even with adding shipping it’s still a great deal! And you’ll have lots of wood pieces for crafting. 😊

The first thing I did was to paint the pieces with 2 coats of red acrylic paint. (Here’s a great set of paints if you’re looking to resupply your craft room.)

Then using a small stiff-bristled brush (similar to this), I dry brushed around the edges of the pieces with white acrylic paint.

Using my Cricut Explore Air 2, I cut “NOEL” vertically from white permanent vinyl using the Cricut Sans font. Then I applied the word to the front of my wood pieces using transfer tape.

I inserted a small screw eye into the top of my wood pieces. It helps to use a small awl to make a tiny hole and then screw in the screw eye. I cut a length of white twine to use as a hanger for my ornaments. I threaded one end of the twine through the screw eye and then both ends of the twine through a small wood bead – a larger eyed needle helps with this step! (I used the 8mm wood beads from this set.) I tied a knot close to the bead to hold it in place and then tied the ends of the twine together to make the hanger.

If you don’t have a Cricut machine, you could use stickers or write the word on the ornament with a paint pen. These would be fun with any Christmas themed word or you can personalize them with the names of your family and friends.

These mini ornaments are the perfect size to add to a treat bag, to use a package tie on, and of course to hang on your Christmas tree! 🎄

Anita

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Gift Ideas For Crafters, Makers, and Bakers

Hi friends,

Do you have crafters, makers, or bakers on your Christmas list? Are you having a hard time coming up with gift ideas? I’ve put together a few suggestions that might help you out! 🎄

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For the crocheters (and knitters)…

Any of the ideas below along with a gift card to their favorite yarn shop would make a great gift! 🎁

This is a great set of inexpensive crochet hooks.

I have these scissors and love them!

Stitch markers make a great stocking stuffer!

Large-Eye blunt needles are a must for weaving in all those ends!

A project tote bag is perfect for taking your project on the go.

For the card makers, scrapbookers, and paper crafters…

Having the basics on hand makes creating so much more fun!

A paper trimmer is a must!

Don’t forget trimmer blade replacements – perfect stocking stuffers!

Fiskars - Paper Trimmer Replacement Blade Carriage - 2 pack - Blade Style I

These Cutter Bee detail scissors are my favorite!

Cutter Bee - Scissors

You can never have enough white card stock. 🙂

This is my favorite adhesive for paper crafting.

You can find the refills for the tape runner here.

Black journaling pens so you can record all the memories in your scrapbook.

Foam tape for adding dimension to your cards makes a great stocking stuffer.

These Blender Brushes are amazing for adding color to your projects!

Blender Brushes

These ink cubes are a great way to try out different colors.

TE Premium Ink - Mini Ink Pads

If you’ve followed me for a while, you know this is my favorite black ink pad for stamping.

For the bakers and cooks…

I’m usually a simple baker/cook so these are some ideas for people like me 😉 or for those newlyweds or college students in their first apartment. It’s also fun to get new things just to brighten up your kitchen!

Silicone Baking Sheets are great for baking – especially for cookies!

This 3-piece Pyrex measuring cup set can be so helpful in your kitchen.

For something fun – a donut pan for baking fresh donuts!

Adjustable measuring spoons would be a fun stocking stuffer!

Silicone oven mitts are great for grabbing those hot baking pans – these have good ratings and come in 9 different colors to match any kitchen.

I love these KitchenAid Classic Mixing Bowls – and they come in 3 different colors.

Silicone utensils won’t scratch your pans!

Non-stick cookie sheets are good for more than just cookies.

Loaf pans are great for quick breads and meatloaf.

I hope these suggestions have been helpful in getting your gift-giving juices flowing. 🙂

Anita

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Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars

Hi friends,

Looking for a dessert to add to your Thanksgiving festivities? These yummy Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars may be just the thing! 😋

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I found the recipe here at Mom on Timeout. Butter, chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk with cocoa powder mixed in, and pecans – I mean, it has to be good right?!?! You’ll make them in a 9 x 13 inch baking pan so there will be plenty for everyone.

The bars have a buttery shortbread crust baked for a few minutes…

Then topped with chocolate chips and pecans…

And then the chocolate sweetened condensed milk is drizzled on top and you’ll pop them back in the oven…

This is how they look after baking…And they smell Ah-mazing!!!

But they taste even better!!

These tasty bars will be great for any gathering over the holidays or even for a special after school treat. Thanks Mom on Timeout for this delicious recipe!

Anita

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Crochet Christmas Gift Ideas

Hi friends,

Christmas is just around the corner…Yikes!!! If you are hoping to stitch up some gifts, I’ve gathered together a few of my patterns that will work up quickly – and they are all free! 😊

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Click the link below each photo to get the free pattern and all the info for each project…

Crochet Spa Cloths with some handmade soaps make the perfect pampering gift.

Crochet Spa Cloth

These fun Snowball Mini Gift Bags are great for gift cards or small gifts.

Crochet Snowball Mini Gift Bag

Add some homemade hot cocoa mix, favorite coffee, or teas to a set of Candy Cane Inspired Coasters.

Candy Cane Inspired Crochet Coasters

Add these Squishy Facial Rounds to a basket of spa goodies.

Crochet Squishy Facial Round

For the men on your list…the Color Block Scarf.

Crochet Men’s Color Block Scarf

The Crochet Ridged Cowl can be made in any color.

Crochet Ridged Cowl

Another Mini Gift Bag for gift cards or cash…with room for a few chocolates, too!

Crochet Mini Gift Bag

The Chunky Crochet Infinity Scarf will keep her toasty and warm.

Chunky Crochet Infinity Scarf

These Farmhouse Inspired Coasters would make a great hostess gift.

Farmhouse Inspired Crochet Cotton Coasters

The Lillian Infinity Scarf is named after my grandmother who taught me how to crochet.

Crochet Lillian Infinity Scarf

I hope these crochet patterns will help to make your gift giving just a little easier! 🎄

Anita

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Clean and Simple Thanksgiving Cards

Hi friends,

Thanksgiving is just 2 weeks away! 🦃 But you still have time to whip up some clean and simple cards to send to your loved ones.

I have 3 cards below that come together quickly. Just color the image, layer it to some matching card stock, attach it to a card, and add a sentiment. Super easy!

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All my images and sentiments for my cards came from Unity Stamp Company – I’ll give you all the details below. Don’t have these stamps? No worries – pull out your favorite Thanksgiving/Fall stamps from your collection and make your own clean and simple cards.

All of the cards were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers.

This card was made using the Pumpkin Patch background stamp. The sentiment is from the Pilgrim Gnomies set. I punched the sentiment with a scalloped circle punch, layered it to a circle punched from green card stock, and attached it to the card using foam tape.

This card was stamped with the Gobble Owl stamp set. I punched the sentiment with a label punch (similar to this), punched the label again from green card stock, cut it in half, and attached it to the back of the sentiment. The label is attached with foam tape.

The last card is made with the Pilgrim Gnomies stamp set. I layered the sentiment to dark brown card stock and attached it to the card using foam tape.

Clean and simple cards are the perfect way to share your creativity when time is short – or you’re just in the mood to make something easy. 😉

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

Anita

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Farmhouse Wood Christmas Tree

Hi friends,

Have you seen these unfinished wood pallet Christmas trees from Hobby Lobby? They’ve had them for at least a couple of years and I finally brought one home to play with. 😊

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The tree measures about 15-inches tall – a great size for your tabletop or mantle. I had some of these 1/2-inch split wood balls (I got them here) and thought they would match well with my Christmas tree to get a cute farmhouse look.

The first thing I did was glue the split wood balls around the edge of the tree. I used Alene’s Tacky Glue and left a little space at the top to add a 3-inch wood star (similar to these).

Then, using a chip brush, I painted the entire tree with white chalky finish paint. I painted 2 coats, letting it dry between coats. I didn’t worry about the paint not completely covering the area around the split wood balls – a little bare wood showing through just adds to the charm!

After the white paint was completely dry, I dry brushed gray paint over the entire tree to give it some dimension and the farmhouse look. I used a chip brush, with the bristles trimmed to about 1-inch long so the brush is stiff, to apply the gray paint. You can use either chalky finish or acrylic paint for this step.

I love the way it turned out! It will be such a fun addition to my Christmas decor…Is it too early to start decorating??? 🎄

Anita

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Easy Chili Recipe

Hi friends,

Do you like a tasty bowl of chili after a long day? Me, too! On a cool Fall day, it’s the best comfort food to warm you up and fill your tummy. 😋

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This is a super Easy Chili Recipe that I have been making for years. It comes together in just a few minutes and you can simmer it on your stove top or cook it for a few hours in your slow cooker.

Easy Chili Recipe

  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 (15.5 oz) cans chili beans
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 (10 oz) diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1-2 tablespoons chili powder/seasoning (or more if you like it really spicy!)

Brown the ground chuck along with the onions; drain well. Add all ingredients to a Dutch oven and mix well. Simmer for 30 minutes. You can also add everything to your slow cooker (after browning the meat and onions) and simmer on low for 4 to 5 hours.

We like to add some shredded cheddar cheese or sour cream (or both!) to our individual bowls. Fresh hot cornbread is always a yummy side – corn chips are great along with the chili, too.

This recipe freezes well, so go ahead and double (or triple 😊 ) it and freeze some for an even easier weeknight meal!

Anita

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