Friendship Soup in a Mason Jar

Hi friends,

Are you in need of a little something to give friends, family, and neighbors for Christmas? Gifts in a jar are a great idea! They are inexpensive, look festive, and can be stored to use later after the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over.

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There are tons of recipes for mason jars out there – everything from cookies, brownies, and cocoa to soups and spice mixes. I found this recipe for Friendship Soup here and thought it was just right to warm up the holidays.

I layered the ingredients in wide mouth mason jars and attached the tag with directions for making the soup with a festive ribbon. I printed the instructions on white card stock, then layered them to red and green card stock and punched a hole in the corner.

Here’s a PDF file of the instructions I made if you’re interested…

(I also gave Homemade Cocoa Mix as gifts a couple of years ago – details are in this post.)

I love the idea of giving soup mixes for the holidays! It’s the perfect gift for when your friends, family, and neighbors need a little warm comfort food in the cold days of January. 😊

Anita

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Thankful

Hi friends,

It’s Thanksgiving Day in the United States today and I just wanted to take a minute to tell you how thankful I am for all of you! It means the world to me that you take a minute out of your day to take a look at my little blog. I love creating and sharing my creations with all of you and I hope that I inspire you to tap into your creative side, too!

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Details for this card can be found in this post.

Thank you for every view, comment, like, and share – I am truly so thankful for you! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!🦃❤️

Anita

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May Your Holidays Be Sweet – November Christmas Card

Hi friends,

I can’t believe that it’s November! Where has the year gone??? I’ve created a Christmas card each month and made several of each design so they would all be ready in time to send out at the beginning of December. I’m hoping to have one more design made in December to finish out the year. It’s been a great way to use more of my Christmas stamps and I’m not scrambling to get cards made at the last minute. 😉

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If you want to see the other cards I’ve created this year you can find them in these posts – January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October.

And here is November’s card!🎄I used the Sweetest Little Wishes stamp set from Unity Stamp Company – this little penguin is just the cutest!

I stamped the penguin with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. (I used these colors – C7, C6, C1, YR07, YR16, R20, B32, G09, R27) I die cut around the image using the Scallops and Circles Nesting Dies from Unity Stamp Company.

I used a swirl embossing folder (this one and this one are similar) on a piece of green card stock and attached it to a white card. I added a strip of red polka dot paper to the card. I attached the penguin to the card using foam tape. To finish the card, I stamped the sentiment with red ink on a strip of white card stock and attached it to the card.

This layout will work with any of your fun Christmas stamps. Pull out your favorites and create a few Christmas cards! 🎄

Anita

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Christmas Gumball Machine

Hi friends,

I had this Gumball Machine Canister in my craft room that I got from Target a while back. I thought it was so cute, but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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I decided to use it for a fun addition to my Christmas decor, so I made a quick trip to Target to purchase 3 boxes of these mini ornaments. They come in different color combinations to match any theme and are only $3.00 per box!

First, I crumpled up a piece of white tissue paper and tucked in into the bottom of the canister to add a little filler. Then I simply added the ornaments to the canister to mimic gumballs.

And now the fun part! 🙂 I pulled out some ribbons to match the colors of my ornaments and made a bow the Re-Fabbed way. After trimming it to the size I wanted, I attached the bow to the front of the gumball machine using a couple of Glue Dots. (You could also attach it with a little hot glue.)

And here it is! A simple, fun way to add a little holiday cheer!

I’ve seen similar Gumball Machine Canisters at Hobby Lobby. If you can’t find a gumball machine canister, I’ve also seen some cute empty snow globes in the craft stores that would work great for this project.

This was a really fun and quick project to create – I don’t know why I waited so long to make it! 😉

I also created another project using these mini ornaments. You can see it in this post.

Happy crafting!

Anita

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Mini Crochet Christmas Stockings

Hi friends,

These Mini Crochet Christmas Stockings are so adorable! They are the perfect size for gift cards, cash, or small gifts. They work up fairly quickly and are a great stash buster.

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I found the patterns for these cute stockings here at Jen Hayes Creations. The pattern includes 4 different cuff options and they are all so cute! I only made 2 of the options because I didn’t have any Pipsqueak yarn for the fuzzy cuffs.

The stockings are made with worsted weight (4) yarn. I had some Caron Simply Soft yarn in my stash that I used to stitch up my stockings with a G-7/4.5mm hook. My stockings came out a little larger than the measurements in the pattern, but it’s not really important. I think it was basically the difference between the G-6/4mm listed in the pattern and the G-7/4.5mm hook I used. For some reason G hooks can be 2 different sizes…🤷🏼‍♀️

Anyway…they turned out great and will be so fun to use for gifts that can be added as an ornament to the tree! 🎄

You can make these in any color combo – or even just one color. And like I said earlier, they are a great stash buster! So look through your yarn basket and see what colors you can stitch up. 😊

Anita

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Candy Cane Yarn-Wrapped Christmas Trees

Hi friends,

Red and white are traditional Christmas colors that I am always drawn to. They are just so happy and festive! 😊 I have a fun and easy project using red and white to add a little whimsical touch to your Christmas decor.

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You’ll need some styrofoam cones, red and white bulky yarn, 1/2 inch white pom poms, and your glue gun. I found all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby, but you should be able to find everything at most craft stores.

Start by hot glueing the yarn at the bottom of the cone. Then simply wrap the yarn around the cone, keeping the yarn close as you are wrapping. I added a little hot glue every now and then to keep the yarn in place. Wrap all the way to the top and secure the end on the top of the cone.

I added the small pom poms randomly to the trees using hot glue. To finish the trees, I added a larger 1.5 inch white pom pom to the top.

You can find my Farmhouse Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees here if you want something a bit less whimsical. I also made this cute tree for my kitchen using tiny cooking/baking charms in this post.

There are so many fun and creative ways to make these little yarn wrapped Christmas trees to go with any decorating theme. I would love to see what you make!

Anita

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Autumn Blessings

Hi friends,

I’m sharing a simple Thanksgiving card with you today. The pumpkin stamp is from the Thankful & Blessed Pumpkins set from Unity Stamp Company and it is so fun to color! There was a die to match the stamp but I’m not sure it is still available. 😦

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The sentiment is from the Change Can Be Beautiful stamp set and the die from the Postage Stamp Nesting Dies – both are from Unity Stamp Company. I’ve had my scalloped oval punch forever and it’s no longer available, but this is similar.

To make the card, I stamped the pumpkins and sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock. I colored the pumpkin image with Copic markers and cut it out with the matching die. You can also cut around the image with detail scissors. I punched out the sentiment with the scalloped oval punch.

I added a piece of orange card stock to a white card and layered a piece of green patterned paper die cut using the Postage Stamps Nesting Dies. I attached the pumpkin image to the card with foam tape and then attached the sentiment to the card.

Sometimes all you need is a great focal point image to make a beautiful card. 🙂

Wishing you all Autumn Blessings! 🍂🍁🍂

Anita

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It’s A Thankful Sort Of Day

Hi friends,

If you’ve followed me for a minute, you know I can’t resist the Winnie the Pooh stamps from Unity Stamp Company. 😉 Well this adorable Fall stamp set is no exception. It’s called Winnie the Pooh: Fallish Days and is perfect for this simple Thanksgiving card.

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I stamped the image and the sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock. I colored the image with Copic markers and then die cut it using the Scallops and Rectangles Nesting Dies from Unity Stamp Company. These dies aren’t available right now, but this is a similar die set.

Here’s the list of Copic markers I used: Pooh – Y08, Y15, Y11. Large Orange Pumpkin – YR27, YR68, YR15, YR21. Small Orange Pumpkin – YR15, YR21. Blue Pumpkin – BG11, BG10, BG000.

I used the same die set and cut 2 more pieces from coordinating card stock. I layered them to a white card and then attached my stamped image to the card with foam tape.

Super simple, but perfect for sending Thanksgiving wishes!

Anita

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Crochet Granny Square Cowl

Hi friends,

Granny Squares are everywhere right now! There are blankets, bags, sweaters, scarves…all kinds of pretty patterns and projects! I thought it might be fun to make a simple cowl using a basic granny square pattern and I love the way it turned out. 😊

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I used this basic granny square pattern from Hopeful Honey. This particular pattern turns at the beginning of each round – this keeps the square from getting a little wonky and crooked looking.

I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in Ivory, Viridescent, and Dark Gray with an H/5mm crochet hook to stitch up my granny squares. I started my square with 2 rows of Ivory, then I stitched 2 rows of Viridescent, and finished it with one row of Dark Gray. I made a total of 6 squares. My squares measured about 5.5 inches.

I connected my squares together with Dark Gray using single crochet to add a little texture to the cowl. Once all the squares were stitched together, I added a row of single crochet around both of the outside edges to give it a more finished look.

The Crochet Granny Square Cowl is super easy to make and works up quickly! If you want it to be longer, simply add more squares. And your color choices are endless! Crochet cowls make great gifts, too. 😊

Anita

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Tabletop Pumpkin Crate

Hi friends,

Did you pick up any of these little velvet pumpkins at Dollar Tree? I got them a couple of months ago when I shared this post with my Fall finds. I haven’t had a chance to do as much Fall crafting as I had hoped, but I pulled out these cute little pumpkins the other day and made a fun Tabletop Pumpkin Crate to add to my Fall decor.

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The pumpkins had clips glued to the back so I just pulled them off. (I forgot to take a picture.) I had my little square wood crate in my craft stash – I think I got it at Target – but you can find similar crates at craft stores.

I used white paint with a foam brush and painted a light coat on the inside and outside of the crate. I didn’t worry about completely covering the crate because I wanted it to have a more rustic look.

Then I used a stiff-bristled brush to dry brush brown paint onto the crate. A little tip for the stiff-bristled brush…I took a chip brush and trimmed the bristles to about 1-inch long. This makes them stiff enough to use for dry brushing.

I trimmed a piece of floral foam from Dollar Tree and hot glued it to the center of the crate to add some height. Then I hot glued Spanish moss, also from Dollar Tree, around and over the floral foam.

I hot glued the pumpkins into the crate and added a bit more Spanish moss.

The wood “Give Thanks” on the front of my crate came from Dollar Tree, too. It came in a package of 6 different Fall phrases. I painted it with one coat of orange paint and then dry brushed it with brown paint. It’s hot glued onto the crate.

This was a fun little project that probably only took 30 to 45 minutes to make. My crate measures about 6 inches square and about 2.75 inches tall. It’s the perfect size to tuck onto a table or mantel. And most of my supplies came from Dollar Tree so it’s very budget friendly! 😉

I hope this inspires you to look in your craft stash and create something fun!

Anita

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