Summer Beaded Stretch Bracelets

Hi friends,

I found these beautifully colored glass beads here and they reminded me of pieces of sea glass with their soft muted colors. I thought they would make pretty Summer Beaded Stretch Bracelets paired with dark brown wood beads – so I made some! ๐Ÿ™‚

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To make your own Summer Beaded Stretch Bracelets, youโ€™ll need your favorite beads along with Stretch Magic bead and jewelry cord. I used the 1mm size cord to make my bracelets – use any size cord that will work with your beads. You can also use 2 strands of a thinner cord together so in case one of the strands happens to break your beads wonโ€™t scatter everywhere!

To make your bracelet, cut a piece of Stretch Magic cord about 10 inches long – or longer if that makes it easier for you to work with. Before stringing any beads, give the cord a good stretch. This will keep your bracelet from over stretching as you wear it. I tie a loose knot at one end to keep my beads from sliding off. Then string your beads in any design you like! I added several brown beads, 3 sea glass beads, and then the same number of brown beads after them. Tie your cord tightly in a knot and trim the excess cord. (Hereโ€™s a great tutorial for tying the Stretch Magic into a knot.) Drop a dot of strong clear glue (like E6000 clear adhesive) onto the knot to help secure it. And thatโ€™s it!

Need help on deciding the size of your bracelet? This blog post from Jewelry Making Journal is very helpful.

Stretch bracelets are so easy to make and your options are endless with all the bead choices available. There are beads for just about any season or occasion you can think of – what kind of beads will you use to make your Summer Beaded Stretch Bracelets?

Anita

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Sweet Hooo-liday Wishes – May Christmas Card

Hi friends,

It’s time for May’s Christmas card! I’ve managed to design and make at least 4 Christmas cards each month so far this year. Have you joined me in building your Christmas card stash? You can find the other cards I’ve made so far in these posts – January, February, March, and April.

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This month I decided to pull out one of my older Christmas stamps because it’s still just so cute! This sweet owl is from the Ho Ho Hoot set by Darcie’s. Sadly, this set is no longer available but you can find some other adorable Darcie’s Christmas stamps here.

I stamped the owl with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock, colored it with Copic markers, and punched it with a circle punch. Then I layered the image to a scalloped circle punched from red card stock. I have a collection of circle and scalloped circle punches that I bought years ago that I use a lot on my cards. If you have a die cutting machine, there are sets of nesting circle dies (like these) and scalloped circle dies (like these) that will take up much less space in your craft room!

I added a piece of patterned paper to a white card and then added the stamped image using foam tape. I stamped the sentiment in the bottom right corner with red ink.

I made this card a top fold card to make it just a little different. Simply cut your card stock to measure 4.25 by 11 inches and fold it in half lengthwise.

You can use any of your favorite images and sentiments to make your own cards using this layout. I encourage you to pull out your older Christmas stamps and show them some love. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anita

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Crochet Sand and Sea Summer Tote Bag

Hi friends,

I love the beach! The sound of the waves rolling in is so relaxing. Give me a comfy chair, a beach umbrella, a cold drink, and a good book and I can spend all day hanging out on the beach. ๐Ÿ™‚

Of course you’ll need a nice tote bag to carry all the things. My Crochet Sand and Sea Tote Bag is a great size to hold everything you need for a nice relaxing day at the beach – or the pool. It’s made using 2 strands of cotton yarn held together so it’s sturdy as well as pretty.

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I chose to make my tote bag in colors that remind me of the sand and sea – beachy colors. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I used I Love This Cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby in Taupe and Aqua and a J/6mm hook to stitch up my tote bag. If you decide to make the optional tassel key ring you’ll also need a 1-inch split key ring and a Swivel Eye Snap Hook.

The free pattern for the Sand and Sea Summer Tote Bag is below along with a link to a free PDF for easy printing.

Crochet Sand and Sea Summer Tote Bag

Worsted Weight Cotton yarn – I used I Love This Cotton yarn in Taupe (four 3.5 ounce skeins) and Aqua (two 3.5 ounce skeins)

Youโ€™ll need approximately 14 ounces of the main color and 7 ounces of the accent color. 

J/6mm hook

For optional tassel:

1-inch split key ring

Swivel Eye Snap Hook

Stitches used US terms:

Chain โ€“ ch

Single crochet โ€“ sc

Slip stitch โ€“ ss

Back loop only โ€“ blo

Special Stitch – v-stitch (dc, ch 1, dc) in same stitch 

Note: Bag is crocheted using 2 strands of yarn held together. 

Ch 47 with Taupe (holding 2 strands together)

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (46 stitches)

Rows 2-5: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (46 stitches)

Row 6: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1. DO NOT TURN (46 stitches)

Begin working in rounds.

Round 1: Work 4 sc across end of rows. Work 2 sc in next stitch. sc in next 44 stitches. (This is the opposite side of the beginning ch.) 2 sc in last stitch. Work 4 sc across end of rows. 2 sc in next stitch. sc in next 44 stitches. 2 sc in last stitch. Join with ss to 1st sc. (104 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. sc in blo only of same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (104 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. Skip stitch that has the ss. sc in next stitch and in each stitch around, ending with final sc in skipped sc at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to 1st sc. (104 stitches)

Round 4: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (104 stitches)

Rounds 5-10: Repeat rounds 3 and 4 (3 times). (104 stitches)

Round 11: ch 3 (counts as first dc and ch 1) dc in same stitch as ss. *skip next 2 stitches, work v-stitch in next stitch* Repeat from * to * around to last stitch. Skip last stitch and join with ss to 2nd ch in beginning ch 3. (35 v-stitches)

Rounds 12-26: ss into ch 1 space. ch 3 (counts as first dc and ch 1) dc in same ch 1 space. (First v-stitch made) Work v-stitch in each ch 1 space of v-stitch in previous row. Join with ss to 2nd ch of beginning ch 3.  (35 v-stitches)

Change to Aqua. 

Round 27: ch 1. sc crochet in first ch 1 space. sc in each dc and ch 1 space around. Join with ss to first sc. (104 stitches)

Round 28: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (104 stitches)

Round 29: ch 1. Skip stitch that has the ss. sc in next stitch and in each stitch around, ending with final sc in skipped sc at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to 1st sc. (104 stitches)

Round 30: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (104 stitches)

Round 31: ch 1. Skip stitch that has the ss. sc in next stitch and in each stitch around, ending with final sc in skipped sc at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to 1st sc. (104 stitches)

Round 32: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (104 stitches)

The next round will form the handles of the tote.

Round 33: ch 1. Skip stitch that has ss. sc in next 10 stitches. Ch 60. Skip next 24 stitches. sc in next 28 stitches. Ch 60. Skip 24 stitches. sc in next 18 stitches. End the round with a sc in the stitch that was skipped at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to first sc. (176 stitches)

Round 34: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and each sc and ch around. Join with ss to first sc. (176 stitches)

Round 35: ch 1. Skip stitch that has the ss. sc in next stitch and in each stitch around, ending with the final sc in skipped stitch at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to first sc. (176 stitches)

Round 36: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (176 stitches)

Round 37: ch 1. Skip stitch that has the ss. sc in next stitch and in each stitch around, ending with the final sc in skipped stitch at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to first sc. (176 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

To make optional tassel key ring :

Cut a piece of cardboard about 6-inches long by 3-inches wide. Using 2 strands of each color yarn, wrap the yarn around the cardboard piece on the 6-inch length to desired thickness.  

Cut one end of the yarn and slip the key ring onto the strands of yarn. Remove the cardboard piece and using a strand of yarn, tie tightly around all of the strands close to the key ring. Trim the tassel to desired length. Attach swivel eye snap hook and attach to bag.

Finished tote bag measures approximately 17 inches wide by 16 inches tall plus the handle.

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

The Sand and Sea Summer Tote Bag can be used for so much more than a beach or pool tote! It’s perfect to take to the Farmer’s Market, Craft and Vendor Markets, Saturday morning shopping, or to carry your current crochet project. You can also use it to carry all the things your little ones need on a trip to the park or playground.

What color will you make your Crochet Sand and Sea Summer Tote Bag?

Anita

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Enjoy Your Day Tulip Card

Hi friends,

Sometimes one simple image can make the best card. The 2 Tulips stamp from Unity Stamp Company works perfectly as a focal point on a simple card.

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I stamped the image with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. Using the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics from My Favorite Things, I die cut the image and and also die cut a larger piece of pink card stock.

I attached a piece of patterned paper to a white card and then attached the pink card stock. I attached the tulips to the card using foam tape. I stamped the sentiment with the brown ink on a strip of white card stock, layered it to a strip of pink card stock, and attached it to the card. I added 3 pink gems to finish the card.

My sentiment stamp is one I’ve had in my stash for a long time. Use your favorite sentiment – thinking of you, happy birthday, or anything else you may have.

I changed things up and made this a top fold card. Cut your card stock base to measure 4.25 by 11 inches and fold it in half the long way. I like the way the top fold works with this layout.

Look through your stamps and see what simple images you may have that will make a beautiful focal point for a card. I would love to see what you make!

Anita

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Farmhouse Rag Balls

Hi friends,

I have a dough bowl that I picked up at a vintage market several years ago and it has a home on my dining room table. I change out what I fill it with for the different seasons and holidays. I finally got around to making these Farmhouse Rag Balls for a lighter Summery feel. The idea to make these has been in my head for a few years – not sure why it took me so long! ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

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They are so easy to make! You’ll need some styrofoam balls in different sizes and cotton fabric – I used bleached and unbleached muslin to make my rag balls. Of course you can use any color or patterned fabric to make your rag balls.

I washed and dried my fabric first. I’m not sure this is absolutely necessary, but it gets any sizing out of the fabric making it softer and easier to work with. Then you’ll want to tear strips of fabric. Just snip the edge of the fabric and tear the strip. I made my strips approximately 3/4-inch wide, but don’t stress about keeping them exactly the same size – mine certainly aren’t! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then attach one end of the strip of fabric using a straight pin and begin wrapping it around the styrofoam ball. Keep wrapping the strips around the ball. securing with pins as needed, until the entire ball is covered. I tried to start a new strip over the end of the previous strip so I would only need one pin to secure both ends. I also tried to cover the pins as I was wrapping.

And here they are in my dough bowl along with a few other decorative balls I had to add a little texture. I really love the light and Summery Farmhouse feel of these rag balls. Why did it take me so long to make them??? ๐Ÿ™ƒ

I said way back in this Patriotic Rag Balls post that I was going to make these and I’m so glad I finally did!

Anita

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5 Minute Boho Wood Bead Earrings

Hi friends,

I have some fun Boho Wood Bead earrings to share with you that anyone can make – Yes, anyone! ๐Ÿ˜Š You donโ€™t need any tools or any jewelry making skills. They are incredibly easy and only take a few minutes to make.

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All you need to make these earrings are thin hoop earrings and natural wood beads. I found my earrings at Hobby Lobby in the jewelry department (these are similar). They came in a package of 8 – four pairs. These are 35mm hoops, but you can use any size that you like. I used wood beads from this set that includes several different sizes.

To make the earrings, simply slip the wood beads onto the hoop using whatever size and combination of beads you would like. Thatโ€™s it! Super easy and so cute!

You can use any beads that you choose – the only thing you need to be sure of is that the center hole of the bead is large enough to fit over the post of the earring.

Here I am running errands wearing a pair of these fun earrings. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that they will go with just about anything!

Boho Wood Earrings make great inexpensive gifts. Make sure to get hypoallergenic hoop earrings for those sensitive ears!

Anita

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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Hi friends,

Are you celebrating with some Mexican food today? My husband and I are heading to our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner later. But who are we kidding – we have Mexican food almost once a week!!! ๐ŸŒฎ ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŒฎ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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This is a fun card I actually made for my godson’s birthday a few months ago, but he’s perfect for today!

This cute little guy is a free with purchase stamp that I got from Simon Says Stamp several years ago. Unfortunately, he’s no longer available but My Favorite Things has this Sweet Seรฑorita stamp if you want to be ready for card making next year. ๐Ÿ™‚

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. I stamped “Tacos!” with green ink. I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics from My Favorite Things to die cut the image along with a larger piece of red card stock for layering.

I attached a piece of green card stock to a white card, added the red die cut panel with foam tape, and then added the stamped image to the red panel with foam tape.

What’s your favorite Mexican food? I can never pass up the chicken enchiladas at our favorite restaurant…along with some chips and salsa and a little guacamole! Happy Cinco de Mayo! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Anita

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Congrats Graduation Card

Hi friends,

Itโ€™s graduation time! ๐ŸŽ“ We always have a few graduates in our life every year and I love making cards to help them celebrate.

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This festive Balloon Party Background stamp from Unity Stamp Company is so fun! Itโ€™s perfect for celebrating all those special graduates.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. Then using the Scallops & Rectangles Nesting Dies from Unity Stamp Company, I die cut the image and layered it to matching card stock. The stamped image is then attached to a white card.

I die cut the word โ€œcongratsโ€ from black card stock and attached it to the card. This particular die is discontinued, but this is a nice layering congrats die set. And this die is another great option. I love these Quickie Glue Pens for adhering die cut words and other small card stock pieces.

I love that this is a different take on the traditional “graduation cap” card. And the Balloon Party Background stamp has so many uses – birthday, retirement, new home, even for a new baby. I think I will be using this Stamp a lot! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Anita

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So Simple Crochet Dishcloth

Hi friends,

Crochet dishcloths are so nice! They hold up well and there are so many different patterns available – seriously, So Many! But I thought I would add one more pattern to the mix, because…Why Not? ๐Ÿ˜‰ The So Simple Crochet Dishcloth is just that – so simple! It’s a great pattern for beginners or when you want to whip up a quick project.

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I used I Love This Cotton yarn from Hobby Lobby with a G/4mm hook to stitch up my dishcloths. I used White and Lime Dot for my dishcloths. Lime Dot is discontinued, but there are a lot of pretty colors of I Love This Cotton yarn available. And of course you can use any of your favorite cotton yarns to make your own So Simple Dishcloths.

You can find the free pattern below along with a link to a free PDF if you’d like to easily print it.

So Simple Crochet Dishcloth 

Your favorite cotton yarn – I used I Love This Cotton from Hobby Lobby

G/4mm hook

Stitches used in US terms:

Chain – ch

Foundation Half Double Crochet – fhdc

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Single Crochet – sc

Back Loop Only – blo

Row 1: work 25 fhdc. Turn. (25 stitches)

Row 2: ch 1. hdc in each stitch across. Turn. (25 stitches)

Row 3: ch 1. hdc in first stitch. (ch 1, skip next stitch, hdc in next stitch) across. Turn. (13 hdc and 12 ch spaces)

Row 4: ch 1. hdc in first hdc. (ch 1, hdc in next hdc) across. Turn. (13 hdc and 12 ch spaces)

Row 5: ch 1. hdc in each hdc and ch space across. Turn. (25 stitches)

Row 6: ch 1. hdc in each hdc across. Turn. (25 stitches)

Rows 7-18: Repeat rows 3-6 three times. 

Do not turn after row 18. 

Begin working in rounds. 

Round 1: ch 1. sc crochet evenly around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. 

Round 2: ch 1. sc in blo of each stitch around, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. 

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Finished dishcloth measures about 7 by 8 inches. 

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

Dishcloths make a great gift for all kinds of occasions – housewarming, Mother’s Day, birthday, or just a little thinking of you gift. What color will you make yours?

Anita

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Sweet Holiday Wishes April Christmas Card

Hi friends,

I’m building my Christmas card stash by creating a new card design each month and making a few cards. Have you joined in with me? You can find previous months at these links – January, February, and March. It’s not too late to start building your own stash! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I used the Merry Little Cupcakes stamp set from Unity Stamp Company to make my card. I stamped the cupcake image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copic markers. I die cut the image with the Wonky Stitch Square STAX Die-namics from My Favorite Things. I stamped the sentiment with red ink and layered it to red card stock.

To make the card, I attached a strip of patterned paper to a white card. I attached the cupcake image to the card and then added the sentiment using foam tape.

This would be a great Christmas card to give along with some sweet treats for the holidays. I’ll be back next month with another new Christmas card design.

Anita

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