Crochet Pony Tail Beanie

Hi friends,

I found this great, free Crochet Pony Tail Beanie pattern here at Stitch & Hustle. My sister requested a beanie for a pony tail – not a messy bun – and I love that this one has buttons on the brim so the fit can be adjusted as needed. Also, the opening is large enough so you can put your pony tail wherever you want it.

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I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Grey Marble and Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Burgundy with an H/5mm hook to make the beanies. Any worsted weight (4) yarn in your favorite color will work.

The pattern works up quickly and is easy to follow. You could even make it striped as well as a solid color. You could also use fun buttons to dress it up.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Fall Garland

Hi friends,

Sometimes Thanksgiving gets a little lost along the way to Christmas. I love the Fall season with all of its glorious colors and enjoy adding little Autumn touches to my home for the month of November. (I really start putting my Fall things out in October along with a few things for Halloween.) 😉

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I made this Halloween garland for my fireplace and now that it’s November I needed one that was a little less Halloween-y and a little more Fall-ish.

You’ll need some unfinished wood pumpkin and leaf ornaments – I used 5 of each. I picked mine up at Dollar Tree – but I did find these pumpkin and leaf ornaments on Amazon. You’ll also need 11 (1-inch) unfinished wood beads – I used beads similar to these, some natural twine, your favorite Fall colored scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge to glue the paper to the ornaments. You may also want some brown ink to distress the pumpkins and leaves a bit to add a little more dimension – I love this Memento Rich Cocoa dye ink.

Trace each shape on the back of the scrapbook paper and cut them out. Using a sponge brush with the Mod Podge, brush a thin layer onto the shape, place the cut scrapbook paper on the shape, and smooth out any bubbles. Let dry – it dries really quickly.

Next, dry brush a little of the Memento Rich Cocoa onto the the pumpkins and leaves using a stipple/stencil brush (this set has 4 different sizes). Apply a thin coat of the Mod Podge over the top and let dry. Using an awl or the tip of sharp scissors, punch through the paper in the hole of the ornament.

Once your shapes are ready, it’s time to make the garland! Cut a long length of twine, I cut mine about 8 feet. I started by tying a knot about 9 inches from one end of my twine. Then I threaded on a bead and tied a knot close to it to keep it from sliding on the twine. I tied another knot about 4 inches from the first bead, threaded on another bead, and tied a knot close to that one. Continue until all the beads are on the twine. Leaving about 9 inches, cut off any excess twine.

Then I tied the pumpkin and leaf shapes onto the twine between the beads using a thin brown twine I had in my craft stash and trimmed off the excess. Any thin, neutral color twine will work.

And here’s the finished garland!

I love how it looks on my mantel! 🍁

You can also tie ribbon onto the garland like I did in my Halloween Garland in this post for a little something extra.

A touch of Fall to warm up the season on the way to Thanksgiving! 🍁🍁🍁

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Happy Fall Treat Tags

Hi friends,

I’ve got a simple little Fall treat bag tag to share with you today. This would make such a fun favor for the kids table on Thanksgiving – or even for the adults. 🙂

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I used white card stock trimmed to 2-inches to 3-inches and punched the tag shape with this Scalloped Tag Topper Punch from Stampin’ Up. I stamped the pumpkin (similar to those in this set) with Memento Rich Cocoa ink (you can find the ink here or here) and colored the image with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment with orange ink. The sentiment I used is an older stamp that I’ve had for a long time – I love this set from Taylored Expressions that has several harvest sentiments to choose from.

I brushed some of the Memento Rich Cocoa ink onto the tag using these wonderful Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions, then tied a brown ribbon to the tag.

I found my treat bags and mini clothespins at Dollar Tree. There are yummy chocolates in the bag and then I clipped the tag on using the mini clothespins.

You could also add a few crayons to the bag and print out some fun Fall themed pictures for the kids (or adults!) to color while waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be served.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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EEK. Happy Halloween

Hi friends,

Just stopping by with a Halloween greeting! 🕷🕸🎃 I hope you get to enjoy your favorite treat today!

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This card was made with the Cuddlebug Spider stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. I stamped the spider and sentiment on white card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The spider is colored with Copic markers and both stamped pieces are layered to black card stock.

I tied a purple gingham ribbon to a panel of patterned paper and attached the panel to a green card. The spider image is attached to the card with foam tape and the sentiment is attached to the spider image.

A quick and easy card to wish you all Happy Halloween! 🎃

Anita

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No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars

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Hi friends,

Are you looking for an easy after school treat for your kiddos? I found the recipe for these No-Bake Chocolate Oat Bars on Pinterest. They only take a few minutes to make, but you do need to make them early in the day so they’ll have time to chill and set.

It only takes a few ingredients to make these yummy bars – and the cinnamon adds an extra layer of flavor. (Looks like I need to freshen up my brown sugar label 😉 ) You can find the full recipe here at Tip Hero.

Here they are after a few hours in the refrigerator.

A tasty treat with a cold glass of milk after a hard day of school!

And they have oatmeal, dark chocolate, and peanut butter – what a great combo!!

Happy Eating!

Anita

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Seaside, FL Getaway

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Hi friends,

We took a few days at the end of August to get away and celebrate my husband’s birthday. One of our favorite places to go is the Gulf Coast in Florida. The beaches are amazing, the water is warm, and the food is wonderful. It is the perfect place to relax and get away from everything for a few days!

This time we decided to stay in Seaside, FL. It’s a quaint little town with a relaxed feel along scenic 30A. It’s a planned community with beautiful beach homes, a town center with shops, restaurants, Airstream food trucks, an outdoor amphitheater, and the cutest little Post Office. And in case you didn’t know, the movie The Truman Show starring Jim Carrey was filmed there back in 1998.

We stayed in a beautiful 2 bedroom condo above the shops in the town center. Our balcony overlooked the Airstream food trucks and we were directly across 30A from one of the entrances to the beach. The name of our condo was Trésor de la Mer and we rented it through Sunburst Beach Vacations. The condo was fully equipped with everything we needed and was perfect for the 2 of us. The second bedroom included a set of bunk beds so it would be great for a smaller family.

Our condo was directly across 30A from an entrance to the beautiful beach. The sunsets on the Gulf are always amazing!

Beautiful skies or storms rolling in…everything is better at the beach!!

I didn’t get pictures of our food – what was I thinking?? – but we ate well in Seaside! One of our favorite restaurants is Great Southern Cafe. The Airstream Food Trucks have several yummy choices including Five Daughters Bakery and The Meltdown on 30A that has wonderful and different grilled cheese sandwiches. There is also a really great little market called Modica Market that has breakfast, sandwiches, and dessert (oh, the cakes!) as well as any other necessity you might need during your visit.

We are fortunate that it is only about a 5-6 hour drive to get to the Gulf. We try to go to the beach at least once a year – it is definitely our happy place!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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To My Spooktacular Friend

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Hi friends,

Here’s another fun Halloween card using stamps from Unity Stamp Company. This set is called Mummy. It’s one from their adorable Cuddlebug line – you just have to check them out!

I stamped the Mummy with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored him with Copic markers. I trimmed the image, brushed on some of the black ink using these Blender Brushes from Taylored Expressions, and layered it to black card stock. I stamped the sentiment with black ink on white card stock, punched it with an oval punch, and brushed on some black ink with the Blender Brushes.

To make the card, I embossed a panel of white card stock with a spider web embossing folder (here’s a similar one), and brushed on black ink with the Blender Brushes. I attached the panel to a green card. The stamped Mummy image is attached to the card with foam tape and the sentiment is attached to the upper left corner of the image.

Happy Halloween, my spooktacular friends!

Anita

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