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Hi friends,

I am loving this Succulent Greetings stamp set from Unity Stamp Company! The succulents in the vase stamp measures about 3 by 3.5 inches and the set also includes 4 sentiment stamps. (The sentiment I used on the card is not part of the set – it is from Impress Cards & Crafts.) The image is the perfect size to fill the front of a card, making it easy to make a quick card when you need one!

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This card is a little bigger than the normal A2 (5.5 by 4.25) size. The measurements for my card are 5 by 6 inches – so just a little bit larger.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic Markers. (The colors I used are RV11, RV34, W2, W4, W5, G12, G24, G40, G82, and G94.) I die cut the image using the 4 inch square from the Diagonal Stitched Squares Die Set from Pinkfresh Studio. I layered the image to green card stock.

I stamped the sentiment with pink ink on white card stock, punched it with a 1.5 inch circle punch, and layered it to a green card stock circle punched with a 2 inch punch. (If you would rather use dies to cut your circles, this is a great set.)

I attached a panel of pink patterned paper to a white card. I adhered the succulent vase to the card using my favorite Tombow Mono Dots Adhesive. Then I attached the sentiment to the card using foam tape. I finished the card by adding 3 Dew Drops.

By changing the sentiment, this card will be perfect for just about any occasion. It’s fun to color, too! πŸ™‚

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Crochet Snowman Tote Bag

Hi friends,

Oh my goodness! Have you seen this adorable Snowman Tote Bag by Repeat Crafter Me?!?! It is so cute and fun to make. It works up quickly using 2 strands of worsted weight yarn. And she has several other tote bag patterns including a Santa, Gingerbread, and 3(!!) Halloween patterns.

You can find the Snowman Tote Bag (as well as the Santa) pattern link here. The Gingerbread pattern link is here and the Halloween pattern link here.

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I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in White and Light Blue to stitch up my bag. I used a J/6mm hook (the pattern calls for an I/5.5mm). I had some Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Carrot that I used for his nose. The eyes are 1/2-inch buttons and the other 3 buttons are 1-inch. I stitched the buttons on using black yarn so they are very secure.

My finished bag measures about 10.5 inches wide by 14 inches tall including the handle – which is just a little smaller than the pattern measurements. It’s probably due to my using a different yarn and a difference in crochet tension. But it is still a great size!

These would make great Christmas gifts just as they are or filled with goodies for someone special! The Gingerbread tote is next on my list to make…which one will you make first?

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Repurposed Glass Candle Jar

Hi friends,

You know those great candles that come in the glass jars that are about 4-inches in diameter? They come from places like Bath and Body works and always smell so good! Once they have burned down, you are left with a great jar that can be repurposed. πŸ™‚

There will be a little wax left in the bottom of the jar that you’ll want to remove. The easiest way I’ve found is to put the jar in the freezer for a few hours. Then carefully use a knife to break up the frozen wax. It should just pop out. Wash the jar in warm soapy water and dry thoroughly.

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To repurpose my jar, I painted the lid with Americana DΓ©cor Acrylic Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting. I applied 3 thin coats using a chip brush, letting it dry completely between coats. I dry brushed a little FolkArt Home DΓ©cor Chalk Furniture & Craft Paint in Maui Sand to soften the white. Then I took it outside and sprayed it with some matte sealing spray.

I used E6000 clear adhesive to attach the blue knob to the center of the lid. I found the knob here and also used them for my DIY Jewelry Organizer in this post. (The blue isn’t available right now, but they do come in other colors.) Whatever knob you use, just make sure the bottom is flat so you’ll be able to glue it to the lid.

I wrapped the jar with some cream burlap ribbon and attached it using my hot glue gun. I wrapped some natural jute twine several times around the jar and tied a wood button to the front.

And now you have a great storage jar for your bath, bedroom, or craft room! I think I will use this one for the seashells I am always collecting when we go to the beach. πŸ–

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Roasted Broccoli and Carrots

Hi friends,

I have a super easy but very tasty side dish to share today!

I love roasted vegetables – they just taste so much better to me than any other way to prepare them. This is a really easy way to roast up some broccoli and carrots – or any other vegetables that you like, cauliflower, bell peppers, etc.

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I cut my broccoli into bite-size florets and used baby carrots. (Of course you can use full size carrots, just cut them into bite-size pieces.) Put your vegetables into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder and fresh ground pepper. Toss well, adding more oil and spices as desired.

Preheat the oven to 420 degrees. Line a baking pan with foil and spray with olive oil cooking spray. Spread the prepared vegetables onto the pan. Place in the preheated oven and roast for 15 to 20 minutes. That’s it! So easy! πŸ™‚

Here are my vegetables just before I put them in the oven.

And this is how they look after 15 minutes in the oven. Roasting brings out such wonderful flavor in the veggies! At this point, you could also sprinkle them with some grated Parmesan cheese – so yummy!

I have a Breville Convection/Toaster oven that I love using in the Summer. It’s perfect for baking or roasting and produces much less heat in the kitchen than turning on the big oven! This is a newer model of the one I have. It has a slow cook setting that mine doesn’t- how fun is that?!?! If you have ever thought about treating yourself to a small countertop convection oven, I highly recommend this one. I use mine all the time!

You can season your vegetables with any of your favorite spices or herbs before popping them in the oven. You can also use vegetable oil instead of olive oil. Which vegetables will you roast?

Happy Roasting!

Anita

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Farmhouse-Inspired Crochet Wreath Ornament

Hi friends,

It’s the last day of July and today is my last post for Christmas in July. πŸŽ„ But don’t worry, I’ll have more Christmas posts later this year! I hope you have enjoyed this month’s posts and that I’ve inspired you to get a jump on your Christmas crafting. πŸ™‚ πŸŽ…πŸΌ

Today’s project is a simple and quick to make Farmhouse-Inspired Crochet Ornament. It’s a great stash buster and although I made mine in white, you can make them in any color you’d like.

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You’ll need some 2 to 2.5 inch unfinished wood rings (these are similar to what I used). You’ll also need worsted weight yarn (I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in white), natural jute twine, and a large-eyed blunt end needle for weaving in the twine.

You’ll find the pattern below and also a link to a free PDF for easy printing.

Farmhouse-Inspired Crochet Wreath Ornament

Finished wreath ornament measures about 3.75 inches across

Worsted weight yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in White

H/5mm hook

2 to 2.25 inch unfinished wood ring

Natural jute twine

Large-eye blunt needle

Stitches used US terms:

Slip stitch – ss

Single crochet – sc

Half double crochet – hdc

Round 1: Attach yarn to ring with sc. sc around the ring, pushing stitches tightly together. Join with ss to 1st sc. (I made 42 sc, your number may vary depending on your ring size and your tension) 

Round 2: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. ss to 1st sc.

Round 3: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. ss to 1st hdc.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Using the large-eye blunt needle, weave a length twine around the wreath between the 2nd and 3rd rounds. Leave ends long enough to tie in a bow. 

Attach a length of twine to the top of the wreath for hanging.

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

These Wreath Ornaments are really fun to make! They would make a cute package tie-on and look great on your Christmas tree. You could even make several and string them on twine for an amazing garland for your mantel.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Dollar Tree Fall Craft Supplies Are In The Store!

Hi friends,

I’m just popping in with a quick post to let you know that Dollar Tree has all of their Halloween and Fall craft supplies in the store! If you are wanting to stock up for Fall crafting, you need to head over to your local store soon – they sell out of all the fun stuff quickly!

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Here’s what I picked up today. Each of the ornament and burlap leaf packages have 5 shapes each. Yes – that’s 5 of each for $1.00!! The “Boo” and “Gather” words are about 1/2-inch thick. The big leaf measures about 11 1/2-inches across. I think I may have to visit another Dollar Tree tomorrow because you know each one is always a little different. πŸ˜‰

Not a bad haul for $9.00! I’m not sure what I’ll do with all my goodies yet, but stayed tuned to the blog because Fall will be upon us before we know it! πŸπŸŽƒ

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Handmade Christmas Gift Tags

Hi friends,

Christmas in July continues with some handmade gift tags. πŸŽ„ They are super quick and easy to make – you can whip them up for all of your gift giving in just an afternoon! They can also double as ornaments for the tree.

You’ll need some chipboard tags, patterned paper, your favorite Christmas rubber stamps, and some ribbon. I found my tags last year in the after Christmas clearance at Hobby Lobby. They are already stocking the stores with Christmas merchandise so you may be able to find them in your store very soon!

You could also use kraft tags, they just won’t be quite as sturdy – it might help to adhere a couple of the kraft tags together before you start. These kraft tags are a little smaller than the size of the chipboard tags I used, but it’s a great deal for 100 kraft tags along with some twine if you want to use that instead of ribbon. Keep in mind that they are a card stock tag and not a chipboard tag so they are thinner!

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I traced the tag onto the back of my patterned paper and cut it out. I used my Tombow Dot adhesive to adhere the paper to the tag. Then I added a coordinating strip of patterned paper along the bottom of the tag.

I stamped some of my favorite simple Christmas images on white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. I cut them out and adhered them to the tags with foam tape. I stamped “to” and “from” on the back of the tags. I punched through the paper at the top, lining it up with the hole in the tag, and tied some matching ribbon to the tags.

If you are looking for a selection of Christmas ribbon I found this great set of 12 different styles of grosgrain ribbon on Amazon for only $6.99 (that’s the price now, of course that could change)!

Grab your favorite Christmas stamps, some fun patterned paper, and spend an afternoon making these cute tags! It would be a fun activity to do with the kids. πŸ™‚

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Chalk Painted Christmas Bud Vase

Hi friends,

Do you have any of these clear glass bud vases hiding around your home? I picked these up from an estate sale. You can find the ribbed one at Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, $1.00 each. πŸ˜‰ Thrift stores and garage sales are also great places to look for them.

I decided to add a little chalk paint and turn them into some vintage looking decor for another Christmas in July post. πŸŽ„

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Here’s what you’ll need. Clear glass bud vase – a vase with some type of texture will work best. Chalky finish paint in white. (I like Americana DΓ©cor Acrylic Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting White.) Chalky finish paint in gray. (I used FolkArt Home DΓ©cor Chalk Paint in Maui Sand.) Christmas pick and stems. I also used some natural jute twine and matte sealer spray that aren’t in the picture below.

First, wash your vase in warm soapy water and let dry completely. Then, apply 2 thin coats of the white chalky finish paint, letting it dry completely between coats. I like using these chip brushes to apply my paint.

They look so pretty just like this – a little like milk glass – you could skip the next step if you like them this way. But I wanted them to have a little more of a vintage look so I dry brushed some of the gray chalky finish paint over the texture of the vase. I took one of my 2-inch chip brushes and cut the bristles down to make the brush stiffer and used that to apply my paint. Then I took them outside and sprayed them with a light coat of the matte sealer spray.

I wrapped the twine several times around the vase, tying it off with just a simple double knot. I slipped the Christmas pick through the twine and added the berry stem to the vase. By the way, the red berry stems came from Hobby Lobby and they sell them all year, not just at Christmas time.

I really like the way they turned out! I was thinking that if I didn’t dry brush the gray on the vase and used glossy sealer spray instead of matte, they really would like like milk glass! I may have to get some more vases and try that…

These will look so nice on the mantel at Christmas! But you could also change out the pick and stems for Fall or to match your everyday decor. It’s a super inexpensive way to add a little vintage touch to your home.

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Crochet Winter Mug Cozy

Hi friends,

Everyone likes a mug of hot cocoa, tea, or coffee while munching on all the sweet treats at holiday time. Today’s Christmas in July πŸŽ„ post is a crochet Winter Mug Cozy that is like putting a sweater around your favorite mug filled with a yummy hot beverage! πŸ™‚

It’s a super easy pattern that you can make in less than 15 minutes using cotton yarn. It’s great for using up left over yarn from other projects and can be made in your choice of colors. You’ll find the pattern below along with a link to a free PDF if you’d like to easily print it.

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Crochet Winter Mug Cozy

Worsted weight cotton yarn (I used I Love This Cotton in White and Lion Brand 24/7 cotton in Taupe)

H/5mm hook

1/2-inch button

Finished size is about 3-inches wide by 12-inches long.

Stitches used (US terms)

Foundation double crochet – fdc

Double crochet – dc

Chain – ch

Front post double crochet – fpdc

Back post double crochet – bpdc

Slip Stitch – ss

Row 1: work 11 fdc. Turn. (11 stitches)

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc) Skip 1st dc, dc in next stitch and in each stitch across. Turn. (11 stitches)

Row 3: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc) Skip 1st dc, dc in next stitch. *fpdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch * Repeat from *to* 2 times. fpdc in next stitch. dc in last 2 stitches. Turn. (11 stitches)

Row 4: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc) Skip 1st dc, dc in next stitch. *bpdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch * Repeat from *to* 2 times. bpdc in next stitch. dc in last 2 stitches. Turn. (11 stitches)

Rows: 5-20: Repeat rows 3 and 4 eight times.

Row 21: ch 1. Skip 1st stitch, ss in next 3 stitches. ch 2 (counts as dc) fpdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch. fpdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch. Leave the rest of the stitches unworked. Turn. (5 stitches)

Row 22: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). skip 1st stitch, bpdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch. bpdc in next stitch, dc in last stitch. Turn. (5 stitches)

Row 23: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc). skip 1st stitch, fpdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch. fpdc in next stitch, dc in last stitch. Turn. (5 stitches)

Row 24: Repeat Row 22. (5 stitches)

Row 25: Repeat Row 23. (5 stitches)

Row 26: ch 2 (counts as 1st dc) Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 4 stitches. (5 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew on button in middle dc of 2nd row.

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

(If you are in need of new crochet hooks, this set with the soft grip handles looks nice. I like the handles because sometimes my hand hurts when I crochet for a long time and they really help! These large eye blunt needles are also great for weaving in your ends)

The Winter Mug Cozy would make a great teacher or friend gift. Wrap it around a cute mug and fill the mug with tea bags, cocoa packets, or coffee beans. Add some cookies or tea biscuits and tie it all up in a cellophane bag with a pretty ribbon. A fun and tasty gift that everyone is sure to enjoy! 🎁

Don’t forget to pin the Winter Mug Cozy to your Pinterest crochet board using the button below!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Winter Hello Card

Hi friends,

Christmas in July continues with a fun snowman card! This can be used as a Christmas card or to send a Winter Hello. It would also make a great birthday card for a winter birthday. β˜ƒοΈ

The stamp set I used is Holiday Hello from Unity Stamp Company. The dies I used to die cut the image and layering pieces are from the Diagonal Stitched Squares die set from Pink Fresh Studios.

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I stamped the snowman using Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink on white card stock. I colored the image with Copic markers and added a little clear glitter glue to the snow. The image is die cut with the Diagonal Stitched Square dies and layered to a red card stock square cut from the same die set. (These are the numbers of Copic marker colors I used: B02, B04, C1, C2, G82, G84, R27, R46, Y19, YR68) I stamped the “hello” with red ink on white card stock, punched it with an oval punch (this is a similar one), and layered it to a scalloped oval punched (this is a similar punch) from blue card stock.

To assemble the card, I attached a panel of red polka dot paper to a red card. I die cut a piece of blue card stock using the Diagonal Stitched Square dies and attached it to the card. I attached the snowman image to the card using foam tape and added the greeting with foam tape, too.

Just in case you were wondering, I love this adhesive and the refills for card making. And foam tape is a must for adding dimension to your cards! These would also make great stocking stuffers for you or the paper crafter in your life. πŸ˜‰

I hope this card inspires you to get a head start on your Christmas card making. Don’t forget to pin it to your card making or paper crafting Pinterest board using the button below!

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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