Halloween Garland

Hi friends,

Last month I found some great Halloween craft supplies at Dollar Tree. These cute wood shapes came in packs of 3 for – you guessed it – $1.00! Add a little paint, ribbon, and twine and you have a very cute Halloween garland. πŸŽƒ

First I painted both sides of the pumpkins and ghosts using craft paints. I had orange and brown chalk finish paint and white acrylic paint on hand so that’s what I used. (If you want to get an assortment of acrylic paint colors for your crafts, this is a great set.)

Once the shapes were dry, I sprayed them with a coat of matte sealing spray.

I used jute twine as the basis for my garland. I decided to add these 1-inch unfinished wood beads for a little something extra. To make the garland, I threaded the beads onto the garland one at a time and tied a knot close to both sides of the beads to keep them from sliding on the twine. I spaced the beads about 4-inches apart. I didn’t measure, I just eyeballed it.

Then using the thin twine that came with the wood shapes, I tied each shape tightly onto the garland between the beads and trimmed the excess. I finished the garland by knotting several different ribbons on either side of each bead.

The garland has 5 pumpkins, 5 ghosts, 11 beads, and 22 ribbon bows. It measures about 6-feet long, including about 9-inches of twine on both ends for hanging.

This was a really fun project to make! It’s perfect for my mantel, but would also be really cute draped across a bookshelf or doorway.

Happy Halloween! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»

Anita

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Crochet Candy Corn Cozy

Hi friends,

I love Fall! It’s always been my favorite season – especially after the hot Alabama Summers. I love the colors of Fall…and candy corn. πŸ™‚

I have a simple Crochet Candy Corn Cozy pattern to share with you today. It’s super easy to make. You can find the pattern here and I’ve included a link to a free PDF if you want to print it out for easy reference.

Crochet Candy Corn Cozy

G/4mm hook

I Love This Cotton yarn in Curry, Glowing, White

3 (16mm or 1/2 inch) buttons – 1 each yellow, orange, white

Stitches used (US terms):

Chain – ch

Single Crochet – sc

Half Double Crochet – hdc

Pattern:

Ch 40 with Curry.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Row 2: Sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Rows 3-5: hdc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Rows 6-7: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Change to Glowing at the end of Row 7.

Rows 8-9: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Rows 10-11: hdc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Rows 12-13: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Change to White at the end of Row 13.

Rows 14-15: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Row 16: hdc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Rows 17-18: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (39 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew on buttons in center of each color close to one edge and button through the stitches on the opposite edge. It will be a tight fit, but the buttons will fit through the stitches. Slip onto your bottle or can.

I hope you enjoy this easy, fun pattern!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Salted Caramel Butter Bars

Hi friends,

Do you remember when we were in elementary school and our birthday would come around? We would bring in our own birthday treat to share with our fellow classmates – at least that’s what we did where I grew up. πŸ™‚

I still like to have a birthday treat, but making a yummy cake or dessert for just my husband and I can be a little too much to have around the house. πŸ˜‰ This year my birthday fell on a Wednesday – the day I have Bible study…perfect timing to make a treat to share, just like I used to do in school.

I found the recipe for these tasty Salted Caramel Butter Bars here a while ago, I knew I would have to make them and my birthday was the perfect occasion!They are soooo good!! πŸ˜‹

Here’s the bottom crust – it smells amazing in my kitchen!

The caramels melted and ready to pour over the crust…

A sprinkling of kosher salt…

The rest of the dough over the caramel layer…

Fresh and hot from the oven. Why does it take so long to cool?!?!?

Buttery, caramel goodness!!

These Salted Caramel Butter Bars really are amazing! And simple to make…I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

Happy Baking!

Anita

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It’s a Boy

Hi friends,

I saw this punch art baby card a while back on Pinterest and knew I would have to make my own version of it at some point…And I finally did! πŸ™‚

It was super easy to make and I love the way it turned out! We called this toy a doughnut stacker and ours was made of wood – so fun when we were toddlers! We also had fun just putting the doughnuts on our little fingers and twirling them around – simpler times. πŸ™‚

I used the die set below to cut my doughnut shapes. I think it is a set from Spellbinders, but it seems to have been discontinued. 😦 You could also cut strips of paper and round the corners with a corner rounder punch. I used a 3-1/2 inch circle punch for the base of the toy and a 1 inch heart punch.

To make the card, I die cut a small doughnut shape from green card stock, a medium one from red card stock, and a large one from blue card stock. I also cut a large one from kraft card stock for the peg that the doughnuts are stacked on.

I punched a 3-1/2 inch circle from kraft card stock for the base of the toy. I then cut it in half and trimmed a little off the bottom to make it flat. I attached a heart punched from red card stock.

I attached a piece of star patterned paper to a white card. Then I attached the 3 doughnuts to the peg and attached the whole piece to the card with foam tape. I attached the base of the toy to the card with foam tape also.

The sentiment stamp is one I’ve had for a long time and I’m not sure which company it is from – use your favorite baby sentiment. I stamped it with blue ink on white card stock and punched it with the Pretty Label Punch from Stampin’ Up. It is attached to the card with foam tape.

Such a sweet card for a new baby boy! Change the colors and sentiment and it would be perfect for a baby girl!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet Gift Ideas

Hi friends,

Christmas is going to be here before we know it! Have you started crocheting your gifts yet? πŸ™‚

I have a few free crochet patterns to share with you that would make great gifts – these are all patterns I’ve created. If you click on the link under each photo, it will take you to my blog post for each project which includes the free pattern. I hope these patterns will inspire you!

Crochet Color Block Tote Bag

Chunky Crochet Infinity Scarf

Farmhouse Inspired Crochet Cotton Coasters

Crochet Waffle Stitch Eyeglass Pouch

Crochet Cotton Face Scrubbies

Crochet Ribbed Cord Keeper

The face scrubbies and cord keepers would make great stocking stuffers! All of these patterns work up quickly – so you’ll have plenty of time to make several gifts before the holiday season hits!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Happier with You

Hi friends,

Unity Stamp Company is one of my favorite places to get rubber stamps. The quality of their stamps is amazing! They are made from red rubber and always give crisp, clean images. And they have thousands of images to choose from!

They are also wonderfully generous! There is always a little something extra in every order I receive from them. The 2 stamps I used in this card were freebies that were included with one of my orders. Oh, and they offer fabulous sales!! If you love to stamp, you really need to check out Unity Stamp Company! πŸ™‚

To make the card, I stamped the sunflower with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock. I colored the image with Copic Markers. I stamped the sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I trimmed the stamped piece, layered it to brown card stock, and added 3 gold sequins.

I layered panels of 2 different patterned papers to green card stock. I punched a strip of green card stock with a scalloped edge punch. The one I used from Fiskars seems to be discontinued, but this one or this one would work nicely. Then I attached the strip to the card to cover where the patterned papers meet. The entire panel is attached to a yellow card. I attached the stamped image panel to the card using foam tape.

A fun card to bring a little sunshine to brighten someone’s day.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Farmhouse Thankful Wood Sign

Hi friends,

It’s September! That means it’s time to be thinking about Fall decor…pumpkins, leaves, all those rich, vibrant colors…I love Fall!

I have a fun Farmhouse Thankful Wood Sign for you today. It’s super easy to make and will look great in your home this Fall!

I picked up the raffia, burlap ribbon, and metal words at my local Dollar Tree. And, yes, the metal words package has 3 words (thankful, harvest, and welcome) for just one dollar!!! The wood sign and burnt orange chalk paint came from Michaels. I used this chalky finish paint from Americana Decor in Everlasting to paint my sign.

You’ll also need 3 mason jar lids, a little green felt, and a cinnamon stick. For adhesives, I used transparent E6000 craft adhesive, Art Institute Dries Clear Adhesive, and foam tape.

Brush a thin coat of the Everlasting chalky finish paint on the sign. As you can see in the photo below, I feathered it out toward the edges and kept it thin enough for some of the wood to show through.

You’ll also need to paint the mason jar lids with the burnt orange chalk paint. I painted 3 coats, letting it dry completely between coats. It took 3 coats so the words stamped on the lids didn’t show through.

Once completely dry, use the E6000 adhesive to glue the lids together. The bottom 2 are overlapped, and then the 3rd one is glued to the top. Make sure to let the glue dry for a couple of hours before going on to the next step.

Hand cut or die cut 2 leaves from the green felt. I used a die from the Simply Stamped Leaves set by Taylored Expressions. Using the E6000 adhesive, glue them to the back of the pumpkin along with the cinnamon stick. Let dry for a while. Cut several pieces of the foam tape and layer them on top of each other on either side of the cinnamon stick. You’ll want to build up the height so it is even with the cinnamon stick.

Cut a piece of the burlap ribbon to fit across the sign. Attach it to the sign with the Art Institute Adhesive. Using several strands of raffia, tie a bow around the sign. Attach “thankful” using the E6000 adhesive – you may need to hold it in place for a few moments to make sure it adheres. Using the same adhesive, apply a small amount on the cinnamon stick and the 2 pieces of foam tape and place it on the sign.

And here it is all finished!

This is such a fun project! It takes longer waiting for paint and glue to dry than it does to make the actual sign. πŸ™‚ I love the way it turned out!!

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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