Feb 14 Canvas

Hi friends,

This a quick, easy, and fun way to add a little Valentine love to to your home. ❤️ It would be great to add to your Valentine mantel along with these cute mason jars that I made last year. You can find all the info on the Vintage-Look Valentine Treat Jars in this post.

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To make your own Feb 14 Canvas, here’s what you’ll need…

First paint your numbers (and small letters if you are using them) with red paint using a foam brush. I painted 2 coats, letting it dry between coats – no need to paint the backs since you will be glueing them down.

Trim your patterned paper to 8 by 10 inches. Using a foam brush, spread a thin coat of mod podge over the entire surface of the canvas. Place your trimmed scrapbook paper onto the canvas, smoothing out any air bubbles and making sure that the edges are glued down well.

Stamp “feb” with red ink onto your solid color paper – I used kraft card stock. I die cut my card stock with a label die (this is a similar set) and inked the edges with red ink. These finger sponge daubers are great for inking the edges. I attached the piece to the canvas using foam tape.

Glue “14” onto the canvas using E6000 adhesive – I love this adhesive for attaching heavier items when I’m crafting. If you are using wood letters to spell out “feb”, attach them to your solid card stock (after you have die cut it and inked the edges) using the E6000 adhesive. Then attach the piece to the canvas using foam tape.

I love the way this turned out! It’s so easy to make and the “14” just pops off the canvas.

You can also make this in pale pinks and white – I think that would be so pretty! Embossed scrapbook paper would be great to add even more texture to your canvas. What will you do when you make your Feb 14 canvas?

Happy Crafting! ❤️❤️❤️

Anita

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Crochet Spa Cloth

Hi friends,

I think January is the longest month of the year! The weather can be cold and dreary, it gets dark early, and I’m always ready for Spring right after Christmas. 😉

January is a good month for a little pampering, though. These quick and easy Crochet Spa Cloths are a little treat you can make for yourself or a friend as we get through the winter.

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I stitched them up using I Love This Cotton yarn in White and Antique Cream with an H/5mm hook. The pattern is below and I’ve also included a link to a free PDF for easy printing.

Crochet Spa Cloth

I Love This Cotton in White and Antique Cream

H/5mm hook

Stitches used US terms:

Chain – ch

Foundation Double Crochet – fdc

Double Crochet – dc

Front Post Double Crochet – fpdc

Back Post Double Crochet – bpdc

Slip Stitch – ss

Note: ch 2 at beginning of row counts as 1st dc stitch.

Row 1: Work 24 fdc. Turn. (24 stitches)

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in each stitch across. Turn. (24 stitches)

Row 3: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in next 3 stitches. fpdc in next stitch. *dc in next 4 stitches, fpdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * 2 times. dc in last 4 stitches. Turn. (24 stitches)

Row 4: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in next 3 stitches. bpdc in next stitch. *dc in next 4 stitches, bpdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * 2 times. dc in last 4 stitches. Turn. (24 stitches)

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 five times. (24 stitches and 14 rows)

Last Row (Row 15): ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in each stitch across. Turn. (24 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends. 

Finished size of spa cloth is approximately 7 by 7 inches. 

Here’s the link to the free PDF…

These would make such a fun gift! Package them up in a cute berry basket with some handmade soap.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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L❤️VE Blocks

Hi friends,

Are you thinking of Valentine’s Day yet? Do you do any decorating? I have a fun little project to share if you want to add a little love to your home. ❤️

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You’ll need some 2-inch unfinished wood blocks (I found mine here), some white paint (I used this paint), 1.5 inch letter stencils (these are similar), and a 1.5 to 1.75 inch heart stamp or stencil. My heart stamp is no longer available, but this set has some images that would be cute. I have black paint in the picture but I ended up not using it – I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink instead.

Paint your blocks with 2 coats of white paint using a foam brush, letting them dry between coats. Using the Memento Tuxedo Black ink and a small sponge dauber, stencil “L”,”V”, and “E” onto 3 of the blocks. I taped the edges of the stencil to the block to help hold it steady while I dabbed the ink on.

I used red ink similar to this to stamp my heart on the last block. The red ink turned out more pink than red, but I like the softness of it. Of course you can stamp with pink or any other color ink. 🙂

Then using a stiff bristle brush, lightly dry brush the edges of the blocks with black ink. I like to take a chip brush and trim the bristles down so the brush is stiff, then use that to dry brush.

You can stack them like the picture below…

Or spell the word LOVE like this…

There are lots of different stencil fonts to choose from – or if you’re more talented than me, you can paint everything freehand. 😉

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Reflections on 2020

Hi friends,

We all know 2020 was a difficult year. Covid 19 hit us fast and hard. There have been lockdowns, jobs lost, loss of contact with family and friends, terrible illness, and loss of loved ones.

Our family was one of the many to lose a loved one to this awful virus. My brother Keith passed away on November 22, 2020. He left us quickly and unexpectedly and my heart hurts that he’s no longer here. I miss his random texts. I miss his teasing me about my “southern” accent he thought I had acquired. I miss his checking to see if we were ok after bad weather hit our area – and this past year checking to see if we were still covid free. I miss his asking when we would be in Indiana – and his making sure we got back to Alabama safely.

One of my best memories of him is one I don’t think many know. We were in my Dad’s hospital room moments after Dad passed in 2015. I was in a chair with Keith standing next to me. As I was crying, he reached over and put his arm around me. I leaned my head against his hip and we just stayed that way for a while. I felt so close to him in those moments of shared pain. He was feisty, loved his wife fiercely, was a strong supporter of our Veterans, and did things his own way. No matter how old I get, he was always my big brother and I miss him!

When I look back at 2020, the loss of my brother is, of course, the first thing I think of. But when I look over the rest of the year, I remember that despite the pandemic…

We were able to get away to the beach and the mountains.

We were able to see our oldest godson marry the love of his life.

And we were blessed by family and friends in countless little ways all year long … an impromptu concert in our driveway, little gifts and flowers left at our front door, cards, texts, phone calls, zoom get togethers, prayers.

This bible verse has been in my heart much of 2020. John 16:33 from the Message translation…

33 I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

It’s been a rough year. But it hasn’t all been hard. There has been a lot of good, too. I’m moving into 2021 still hurting, but with hope! Because Jesus has conquered the world and He is walking this journey with me! ❤️

My prayer for 2021 is that you will find the grace and peace that Jesus offers and let him go along on your journey, too.

Much love,

Anita

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Crochet Ridged Cowl

Hi friends,

Happy New Year! Praying this year will be much better than 2020!

I decided to start off 2021 with a free crochet pattern. 🙂 This is a fun and easy pattern that works up in just a couple of hours in your choice of worsted weight yarn. I used I Love This Yarn in the beautiful Painted Canyon color way with an I/5.5mm hook to stitch up my cowl.

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You can find the free pattern below. I’ve also included a free PDF for easy printing.

Crochet Ridged Cowl

I Love This Yarn in Painted Canyon – one 5 ounce (252 yards) skein

I/5.5mm hook

Stitches used US terms

Chain – ch

Foundation Double Crochet – fdc

Double Crochet – dc

Front Post Double Crochet – fpdc

Back Post Double Crochet – bpdc

Slip Stitch – ss

Note: ch 2 at beginning of row counts as 1st dc stitch.

Row 1: Work 29 fdc. Turn. (29 stitches)

Row 2: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in each stitch across. Turn. (29 stitches)

Row 3: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in next 3 stitches. fpdc in next stitch. *dc in next 4 stitches, fpdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * 3 times. dc in last 4 stitches. Turn. (29 stitches)

Row 4: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in next 3 stitches. bpdc in next stitch. *dc in next 4 stitches, bpdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * 3 times. dc in last 4 stitches. Turn. (29 stitches)

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 to desired length. My cowl measured about 31 inches before adding the last row.

Last Row: ch 2 (counts as 1st stitch). Skip 1st dc, dc in each stitch across. Turn. (29 stitches)

Fold scarf in half and ss ends together. Fasten off and weave in ends.

If you would like to make this an infinity scarf that you can wrap around twice, you’ll need about 10 ounces of yarn. Crochet until the scarf measures about 60 inches before adding the last row, then join the ends together.

Here’s a link to the free PDF…

What color Crochet Ridged Cowl will you make?

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Thanks Gnome Much

Hi friends,

Do you love gnomes? They are so cute, are everywhere, and just so fun! Unity Stamp Company has several new gnome stamp sets including this adorable Gnome-One Like You set.

I thought it would be fun to color this cute gnome in Christmas colors and make him into a thank you card. He’s perfect for saying “thank you” for those special Christmas gifts.

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I stamped the gnome with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored the image with Copic markers. I die cut the image with a scalloped oval die and layered it to a larger scalloped oval die cut from red card stock. (This is a good set of scalloped oval dies.) I then added dots of clear glitter glue to his hat.

I added a strip of green patterned paper to a white card and attached the stamped image to the card with foam tape. I stamped “thanks” with red ink (this is a nice red) in the bottom right corner of the card. (My “thanks” stamp has been in my collection forever and is no longer available, but this set has some great sentiments!)

I think this little guy is just so adorable…my head is already spinning with ideas for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, and thinking of you cards. Stayed tuned – I’m sure I will be sharing more fun cards with you!

Thanks Gnome Much for stopping by!

Anita

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas friends,

I hope that your Christmas is filled with love and joy.

Life has been so difficult this year and my prayer is that we will all find our hope in the precious gift of the birth and resurrection of Jesus. ❤️

This cute little guy makes me smile…I hope he will bring a smile to your face, too!⛄️

You can find all the details for this card here in this post.

Sending you love…

Anita

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Snickerdoodle Cookies

Hi friends,

Need one more sweet treat for Christmas? I’ll bet you have everything you need in your kitchen to whip up a batch of these yummy Snickerdoodle Cookies. 😋

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Important tip: Be sure to use margarine NOT butter! This will keep your cookies soft and chewy.

Here they are ready for the oven! I like to use silicone mats on my baking sheets. The cookies won’t stick and you can use them over and over. You can also use parchment paper.

Hot and fresh from the from the oven…they smell amazing!!

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1 cup margarine at room temperature
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 and 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400°.

Cream together margarine, sugar, and eggs thoroughly. Sift together flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and salt. Add to the first mixture and blend thoroughly. Form dough into balls the size of walnuts.

If dough is too sticky, just put it in the refrigerator for a few minutes or sprinkle your hands with water before rolling into balls.

In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons sugar and 3 teaspoons cinnamon. Roll each ball in this mixture and place on an ungreased cookie sheet, allowing at least 2 inches between each ball. Bake 8 to 10 minutes.

This recipe makes about 5 dozen cookies so there are plenty for everyone. So good with a cold glass of milk or a hot cup of tea or coffee! And if there are any left, they freeze well.

This is a fun recipe to make with the kids. They will love rolling the dough into little balls and then into the cinnamon/sugar mixture. 😊

Happy Baking!

Anita

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Red Crochet V-Stitch Scarf

Hi friends,

Do you need a last minute Christmas gift? This simple Red Crochet V-Stitch Scarf works up quickly – you still have time. 🙂 It’s an easy repeat pattern, so you can make it any length you want.

I used Red Heart Soft Yarn in Really Red with an H/5mm hook to stitch up my scarf. I used a little more than one skein (each skein has 5 ounces/256 yards). The finished scarf measures about 6.5 inches wide by 60 inches long.

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Here’s the pattern…

Chain 35 loosely.

Row 1 – Double crochet in 4th chain from hook. (3 skipped chains count as a double crochet). *Skip 2 chains. Double crochet, chain one, double crochet (V-stitch) in next chain.* Repeat from * to* across until last 4 chains. Skip 2 chains. Double crochet in final 2 chains. Turn. (9 V-stitches and 2 double crochet at each end)

Row 2 – Chain 3 (counts as double crochet). Skip first double crochet. Double crochet in next double crochet. Work V-stitch in chain-one space. Repeat V-stitch across to last 2 double crochet. Double crochet in last 2 double crochet. Turn.

Repeat Row 2 to desired length. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Of course you can make this simple scarf in any color and any worsted weight yarn will work – I would suggest using a soft yarn so it will drape nicely.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Yummy Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters

Hi friends,

Looking for a super easy sweet treat for the holidays? These Yummy Peanut Clusters are made in your slow cooker! All you do is dump everything in your slow cooker for a couple of hours and scoop them onto wax paper to cool.

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Yummy Slow Cooker Peanut Clusters

  • 16 oz jar salted peanuts
  • 16 oz jar honey roasted peanuts
  • 16 oz package chocolate bark
  • 16 oz package white chocolate bark
  • 11 oz bag butterscotch chips

Put all ingredients in your slow cooker, breaking up the chocolate and white chocolate bark into squares. Cover and cook on low 2-1/2 to 3 hours. When melted, stir well. Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper and let cool.

Note: Don’t put the honey roasted peanuts in first – they may burn if they are directly on the surface of the slow cooker.

Another note: as this is melting, the chocolate bark squares may keep their shape even though they have become very soft. So check to see if they are melted and don’t just go by looks.

This makes a lot of candy! Perfect for putting in cellophane treat bags and tying with red and white bakers twine for gifting. And it also freezes well if you want to save some for later. 🙂

I hope you enjoy this candy – it’s kind of addicting 😉

Anita

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