Crochet Houndstooth Infinity Scarf

Hi friends,

I found the free pattern for this crochet Peppermint Houndstooth Scarf at Crochet For You and thought it would be so cute as an infinity scarf! The original scarf is made in red and white with pom poms on it and it’s so fun! I decided to make my scarf in black and white, but any 2 of your favorite colors would be beautiful!

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I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn from Hobby Lobby in white and black with a J/6mm hook to stitch up my scarf. I followed the pattern to start my scarf and continued until it measured about 65-inches long. Then I folded the scarf in half and slip stitched the ends together. I made it long enough so it can be doubled as you wear it. If you want just one layer, you can make your scarf about 30-35 inches and then slip stitch the ends together.

This is how it looks doubled up.

This is the full scarf.

Here’s a closeup of the scarf. I love how each side looks a little different!

This pattern works up quickly and scarves make great Christmas gifts!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Farmhouse Gather Wood Sign

Hi friends,

Farmhouse signs are everywhere! The sentiments run the gamut from single words to entire verses – just about anything you can think of. I’ve been wanting to make a sign of my own for a while. And when I found this MDF “Gather” word (it measures about 5 by 15.5 inches) at Dollar Tree I knew what I wanted to do.

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I found this wood pallet frame at Hobby Lobby. Regular price is $14.99 – I got it on sale for $9.00. Of course, if it isn’t on sale when you want to get it, you can always use a 40% off coupon. It measures 9 by 19.5 inches. It’s cute the way it is but I wanted it to “pop” a little more.

After cutting the jute hanger off, I painted the front and sides of “Gather” with black acrylic paint. I didn’t worry about painting the back since I was glueing it to the sign. I also painted the frame of my sign with black paint. Then I used a chip brush to paint a thin coat of white acrylic paint on the pallet part of the sign, letting the wood show through and not painting all the way to the edges. (If you need to add some acrylic paints to your craft supplies, this is a great set.)

Once all the paint was dry, I used E600 clear adhesive to attach “Gather” to the pallet frame. And here it is – I’m so happy with how it turned out!

This was a fun and inexpensive project to make! The word and frame cost about $10 and I already had the paint and adhesive. 🙂

If you aren’t able to find the same word I used, check your local craft store. There are lots of different word choices in unfinished wood, chipboard, or even galvanized metal.

This is a great Fall decor piece for your home and it can also be used all year long!

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Little Boos Halloween Card

Hi friends,

Do you make cards for Halloween? I always send out a few. 🎃 This year I thought it would be fun to make a slimline version.

If you haven’t tried this size yet, you should! 😊 The finished size of the card is 3.5 by 8.5 inches and gives you a slim, long space to work with.

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I made my card using 3 of the cute Halloween images from the Little Boos stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. I also used the Slim Braided Circles die from Pinkfresh Studios to die cut my patterned paper.

To make your card base, cut a piece of white card stock to 7 by 8.5 inches. Score it at 3.5 inches on the 7 inch side and fold in half so your card measures 3.5 by 8.5 inches. This is a great scoring board if you are looking for one. I use a similar one all the time in my card making.

I stamped my images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored them with Copic Markers. I punched the images with a 2 inch circle punch and sponged the edges with black ink. These little sponge daubers work great for sponging on the color.

I used the Slim Braided Circles die from Pinkfresh Studios to die cut a panel of patterned paper and attached it to the front of my card. Then I attached my stamped images to the card using foam tape to give them a little pop.

I didn’t have the right size envelopes for my cards, but I found this great tutorial from Cheryl Boglioli Designs on Facebook on how to easily make your own using card stock. (Another great use for a scoring board 🙂 )

Any small Halloween images you have will work for making your own card. And, of course by changing the images and color scheme, this layout can be used for any type of card you may need.

Happy Halloween! 🎃

Anita

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Hi friends,

Did you see yesterday’s post on how to Make Your Own Pumpkin Purée? I mentioned in that post that I would tell you how I roasted my pumpkin seeds. It is so easy to do!

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Pull the seeds away from the “stringy” pulp in the pumpkin and place in a bowl of cold water. This will help separate the seeds from the remainder of the pulp. Remove them from the water with a slotted spoon and spread on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to dry. Don’t worry if there is still some pumpkin pulp attached to the seeds. You can blot them with paper towels to help them dry more quickly. Drier seeds will crisp up better when you roast them – let them dry 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet (or sheets – I had a lot of seeds!) with foil for easy cleanup. Melt some butter and pour it into a large bowl. I used about 3 tablespoons, but you can just eyeball how much you need. You’ll want enough to be able to coat all your seeds. Add your seeds to the bowl and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt to taste and toss again. Spread your prepared seeds onto your baking sheet.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. Check them at about 10 minutes and give them a stir. Here ‘s how they will look after they are finished. Let them cool and store them in an airtight container on the counter for 4 to 5 days or in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds are great just to snack on, but you can also sprinkle them on salads, soups, or roasted vegetables.

There are all kinds of ways to season your pumpkin seeds besides just salt! Add a little pepper with the salt. Use garlic salt or onion salt. Toss them in seasoned salt. Want them a little spicy? Use some Cajun seasoning. Have a sweet tooth? Toss your seeds in brown sugar and cinnamon before roasting them. Be creative! 🙂

I hope you enjoy this Fall treat!

Anita

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Make Your Own Pumpkin Purée and My Favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Hi friends,

Have you ever made your own fresh pumpkin purée? It’s easier than you might think and, in my opinion, so much better than canned from the store!

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You’ll need to get the pie pumpkins, sometimes called sugar pumpkins. They are much smaller than the typical Jack-O-Lantern size. You can usually find them at the Farmers Market or you can do what I did and pick them up at your local grocery store. My store had them 3 for $5.00 so I bought 6. 🙂

First, cut the pumpkin in half close to them stem. Don’t try to cut through the stem, it’s too tough. Once it’s cut in half, you can slice off the stem.

Using your hands, pull out the seeds and as much of the “stringy” stuff as you can. If you want to make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, put the seeds in a bowl of water to help get most of the pulp off. Then spread the seeds out on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to dry. I have another post planned to show you how I roasted my pumpkin seeds. I’ll try to get it out tomorrow. 🙂

Then, using a spoon, scrape out as much of the leftover “stringy” stuff as you can. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and put your pumpkin halves cut side down on the baking sheet.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Bake your pumpkins 35-45 minutes until you can easily punch through the skin with a fork and the pumpkin flesh is soft.

Here’s what they look like when finished baking.

Let cool for a while until you can handle the pumpkin. You should then be able to easily scrape the pumpkin flesh from the skin. Put the flesh in a food processor and process on high until it is smooth. Don’t have a food processor? You can also process it in a blender.

I put 2 cups of pumpkin purée into each quart size freezer bag. Have you seen these bag holders for holding open freezer or storage bags for easy filling? They are a game changer! They are adjustable to handle different size bags and make the job so much easier! Here’s a tip for filling the bags…Fold over the top of the bag before placing in the bag holder – it will keep the zipper part from getting messy. 🙂

I flattened my bags, getting out as much air as I could, before putting them in the freezer. They will take up less space that way and will thaw out more quickly when you are ready to use your pumpkin purée.

I was able to get 14 cups of purée out of my 6 pumpkins. You can probably figure on about 2 cups of purée per pumpkin, which is what you will need for most pie recipes. You can use fresh pumpkin purée in any pie, bread, or muffin recipe – just substitute the same amount of fresh pumpkin purée in place of the canned pumpkin in any recipe you are making.

I’ve included our favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe below. This makes a lot of bread – 3 to 4 loaves depending on the size of your loaf pans. This bread freezers very well. Wrap it in foil and then slip it into a freezer bag. Make some early, put it in the freezer, and you’ll be ready for the holidays!

Pumpkin Bread

  • 5 cups flour
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 4 cups pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (we like pecans)
  • 1 cup raisins or chopped dates (we like raisins)
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray loaf pans generously with nonstick spray.

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. (I do this in my 5-quart Kitchen Aid mixer.) Pour into prepared pans.

Bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 15 to 20 minutes. Then remove from pans and finish cooling on cooling racks.

Happy Baking!

Anita

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“Thanks” Card

Hi friends,

I love the way this “thanks” card turned out! It’s very simple – I think it’s the Fall color combo that I like so much. But it would also be pretty in pastel colors.

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The flower is from the Feel the Joy set from Unity Stamp Company. I stamped it with mustard color ink on white card stock and layered it to turquoise card stock. I stamped “thanks” with turquoise ink on white card stock, punched it with a label punch, and layered it to a different label punched from orange card stock.

To make the card, I attached a panel of patterned paper to a white card. Both the flower and the sentiment are attached to the card with foam tape. I finished it off with 3 Dew Drops in the upper right corner.

This is my favorite adhesive (and refills) for card making and for adding small embellishments I like this glue.

The label punches I used have been discontinued. 😦 This one by Stampin’ Up is similar to the one I stamped “thanks” on. And this one, also by Stampin’ Up, would work to create a similar label to the one I layered the sentiment to.

This would be a fun card to make in other color combos and also with different sentiments for various occasions.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Handmade Fall Earrings

Hi friends,

It finally feels like Fall in Alabama! 🍁🍂 So that means new earrings! 😉

I love making these faux leather earrings. They come together so quickly and it’s so easy to make them to match every outfit in your closet. They are very lightweight – you won’t even remember that you are wearing them!

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I found all of my fun die shapes at Taylored Expressions. They have a line of earring dies called Designer Dangles that includes at least 17 different sets of dies for endless possibilities in designing your own earrings. They also carry several sets of faux leather sheets in lots of different patterns and solid colors.

Here are a few new pairs of earrings I made.

You can see each pair a little closer in the photos below.

You’ll need some earring wires to make your earrings. This is a great set of both silver and gold color fishhook earring wires – and it also includes silicone earring backs. This looks like a great little die cutting machine if you are interested in one. It cuts and embosses up to 6-inches wide and can also be used for paper crafting and card making.

If you want some more inspiration, you can see my Summer Faux Leather Earrings in this post and a little Faux Leather Handmade Jewelry here.

Earrings make great gifts and stocking stuffers! Christmas will be here before we know it, but you still have plenty of time to make lots of earrings!

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Candy Corn Crochet Patterns

Hi friends,

I love Candy Corn! Yes, I said it! 🙂 I know it’s a love or hate kind of thing – there doesn’t seem to be an in-between. And Candy Corn along with dry roasted peanuts tastes just like a Payday candy bar! 😋

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In case you missed any of my patterns, I’ve put links to all of my Candy Corn Crochet patterns into one post. And they are all free!

If you are in need of some new crochet hooks to make all these fun patterns, this is a great set.

First up are my Candy Corn Coasters. You can find the pattern here.

This is a fun Candy Corn Dishcloth. The pattern is here.

Here’s a Candy Corn Cozy – and it’s adjustable because you can button it around any can or bottle. The pattern is here.

And a more traditional Candy Corn Can Cozy. You can find the pattern here.

Since we are all carrying hand sanitizer these days, here’s a cute Candy Corn Hand Sanitizer Holder. This quick pattern is here.

This Mini Candy Corn Treat Bag is perfect to give Halloween treats to those special little ones since traditional trick or treating probably won’t be a thing this year. You can find the pattern here.

I hope you enjoy these patterns!

Happy Fall!

Anita

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Little Wood Acorns for Fall Decor

Hi friends,

I’m always looking for fun new Fall decorating ideas – just ask my husband how many pumpkins are scattered around our house right now! 😉

I found this package of 16 little wood acorns in the seasonal section at Hobby Lobby and thought they could make a fun addition to all of my pumpkins.

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I pulled out my acrylic paints in dark brown, orange, light blue, and cream (here’s a great set of paints to add to your craft room). I painted the bottom part of the acorns with 2 coats of either dark brown, orange, or light blue. Then I painted the tops with 2 coats of cream.

After the paint was dry, I brushed on some antique wax and immediately wiped the excess off with a paper towel. And here’s how they turned out…

I love them! They are perfect to add a little extra to my Fall decor. They would look so cute scattered on the Thanksgiving table, in a basket with pumpkins, or on a tired tray.

I don’t have a tiered tray, but I kind of made a small own of my own. 🙂 I picked up this galvanized cake stand at Hobby Lobby along with a galvanized charger to put under it. It gives me 2 levels for decor and since it’s not too big, it fits perfectly on my kitchen island. I’m still adding things to it for the season, but I love the acorns on it!

If you’d like the details on my Farmhouse Buffalo Plaid Pumpkin Plaque, you can find them in this post.

Happy Fall!

Anita

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Mini Crochet Candy Corn Treat Bag

Hi friends,

I turned my Crochet Mini Gift Bag into a Mini Candy Corn Treat Bag! It’s the same pattern, just a change in the colors. It’s the perfect size to fill with Halloween or Fall treats – especially this year for the little ones who may not get to go Trick or Treating. 🎃

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Here’s the pattern…

Mini Crochet Candy Corn Treat Bag

Finished Gift Bag measures approximately 4.25 by 4.25 inches plus the handle

Worsted weight yarn in yellow, orange, and white (I used I Love This Cotton in Curry, Glowing, and White)

H/5mm hook

Stitches used US terms:

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

Slip Stitch – ss

Back Loop Only – blo

Double Crochet – dc

Front Post Double Crochet – fpdc

Round 1: With yellow, ch 11. sc in 2nd ch from hook and in next 8 ch. Work 3 sc in last ch. Working in the other side of beginning ch, sc in next 9 stitches. Work 3 sc in last stitch. Join with ss to first sc. (24 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and next 9 stitches. Work 3 stitches in next stitch. sc in next 11 stitches. Work 3 sc in next stitch. sc in next stitch. Join with ss to 1st sc. (28 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. Working in blo, sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (28 stitches)

Rounds 4-5: ch 2. Working in both loops, dc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first dc. (28 stitches)

Change to orange.

Rounds 6-9: ch 2. dc in same stitch as ss. *fpdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch* Repeat from *to* around to last stitch, fpdc in last stitch. Join with ss to first dc. (28 stitches)

Round 10: ch 2. dc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first dc. (28 stitches)

Change to white.

Round 11: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (28 stitches)

The next round will make the handles to the treat bag.

Round 12: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in next 3 stitches. ch 20. Skip next 4 stitches. sc in next 10 stitches. ch 20. Skip next 4 stitches. sc in next 6 stitches. Join with ss to first sc. (2 sections of 10 sc each and 2 sections of 20 ch each)

Round 13: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in next 3 stitches. sc in each of the 20 ch. sc in next 10 stitches. sc in each of the 20 ch. sc in next 6 stitches. Join with ss to first sc. (60 sc stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Here’s a link to the free PDF for easy printing…

Need some new crochet hooks? This is a nice set – I have a couple of these hooks and really like them!

Happy Fall! 🎃🍁🍂

Anita

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