Valentine Treat Cups

Hi friends,

I have the cutest little Valentine Treat Cups to share with you today! They are only about 3 inches tall – just the perfect size for a sweet treat!

You’ll need some of these tiny 4 ounce disposable coffee cups (I found mine here), some scrapbook paper, stamps, punches, and other embellishments. 

First you’ll need to make a template to cut your paper to wrap around the cups. Take one of your cups and cut out the bottom circle using a craft knife. Then cut up the seam of the cup so it will lay flat. Finally, cut off the small lip on the top indicated by the arrow.

Using your template, cut a piece of patterned paper to wrap around the cup, adding about 1/4-inch to each end so it will overlap when attached to the cup.

Glue the patterned paper to the cup, overlapping the edge. Use the seam on the cup as a guide on where to glue the first edge and make sure the top edge of the paper is pushed up to the lip of the cup. I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue for this step. It dries quickly, but not too quickly, so you can adjust your paper if you need to.

Then embellish however you’d like! I used different punches and embellishments as well as stamps to decorate my cups. Use whatever you have in your craft room! (If you are looking for some heart stamps, this is a cute set. Here’s a great set of heart dies or a good heart punch to add to your tools.)

Just look how cute they are! ❤️

Fill them with treats for a sweet Valentine! ❤️

Happy ❤️ Day!

Anita

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Valentine Candles

Hi friends,

Do you like to decorate for Valentine’s Day? I like to add a little “love” around the house – it just makes me smile.

Here’s a super fast and easy way to add some Valentine decor to your mantel or table. All you need are some pillar candles, burlap ribbon, and felt hearts.

I picked up my candles at Walmart. The ribbon I used is actually jute chair webbing I found at Amazon. It is 3-1/2 inches wide – use any ribbon you like. I cut my hearts from red felt using these heart dies from Spellbinders. You can also just trace a heart onto the felt and cut it out.

Simply cut your ribbon to fit around your candle, allowing it to overlap about 1/4 inch. Hot glue the ribbon to the candle. I glued one short edge to the candle and then glued the other short end, slightly overlapping the first end.

Cut hearts from red felt and hot glue to the front of the candle.

And that’s it! A super fast and easy addition to your Valentine decor.

You can find out how to make these DIY Farmhouse Candlesticks here. And if you like the DIY Farmhouse Natural Wood Bead Garland, this post has all the details on how to make your own.

Happy ❤️ Day!

Anita

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Heart Friends

Hi friends,

Valentine’s Day will be here soon. ❤️ I love this Old Chicks set from Unity Stamp Company – it makes such a fun card to send to your “old friends”.

I stamped the bird with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and colored the image with Copic markers. Then I punched out the image with a circle punch and inked the edges with the Rich Cocoa ink. I stamped the sentiment with the same brown ink on white card stock, punched it out with a scalloped circle punch, and inked the edges with brown ink.

To make the card, attach a piece of pattered paper to a white card. Emboss a piece of red card stock with your favorite embossing folder. (The one I used is no longer available, but you can find a similar one here.) Attach the embossed piece at an angle to the card. Trim a small strip of another patterned paper into a banner shape and attach to the card. Attach both stamped images to the card with foam tape.

A sweet way to connect the hearts of “old friends”!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Hippo Bird-Day

Hi friends,

I’m ready for Spring! Yes, I know it’s only January and it will be a while before warmer temps come our way. 😕 So I have a sweet, Springy birthday card to brighten your day (and mine 😊)

The stamp set is called Happy Hippos and is from My Favorite Things. They also have a set of Happy Hippo Die-namics to go with the stamps. The grass border punch is from Fiskars.

I sponged the sky with light blue ink using a cloud template similar to this. Then I added a grass border punched from green card stock. I stamped the hippo, party hat, balloons, and little birds on white card stock with black ink. After coloring the images with Copic markers, I die cut them using the matching die set. The images are attached to the card with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment using the same ink I used for the sky.

I hope this sweet card adds a little Springtime to your day!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Parmesan and Garlic

Hi friends,

I have a great side dish recipe to share with you. It’s super easy to make – perfect for a weeknight dinner.

I love roasted vegetables! Roasting just brings out the best flavors and you can season them any way you like. I found this recipe for Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower with Parmesan and Garlic here at Wholesome Yum.

Ready for the oven…
Roasted and ready to eat!

It only takes about 25 minutes to get this on the dinner table. Precut broccoli and cauliflower florets can make your prep time even faster!

Be sure to eat your veggies! 😊

Anita

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Chunky Crochet Infinity Scarf

Hi friends,

It’s January 2019!! Can you believe it!?!?! Is it cold where you live? Here in Alabama it can be cold in January – or it can be warm…you just never know. So I created this pattern for a Chunky Crochet Infinity Scarf for those chilly days that may come along.

I used 2 strands of worsted weight yarn held together to crochet this scarf. But I think it would work great with 1 strand of a bulky yarn as well. Here’s the pattern…

Chunky Crochet Infinity Scarf

N/9mm hook

7 to 7.5 ounces worsted weight yarn

Crochet with 2 strands held together – I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Grey Marble

Stitches used (US terms)

Chain – ch

Half double crochet – hdc

Back loop only – blo

Slip stitch

Note: ch 2 counts as a stitch

Ch 17 using 2 strands of yarn held together.

Row 1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn. (16 stitches)

Row 2: ch 2. Skip 1st stitch. Hdc in blo of next stitch and in each stitch across, ending with hdc in top of turning ch from previous row. Turn. (16 stitches)

Rows 3 – 10: Repeat row 2.

Row 11: ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch). Skip 1st stitch. Hdc in next stitch. * ch 1, skip 1 stitch, hdc in next stitch* Repeat from * to * across, ending with hdc in 2nd ch of ch 3 from previous row. Turn. (8 ch 1 spaces and 9 hdc)

Row 12: ch 3 (counts as 1 hdc and 1 ch). Skip 1st hdc and 1st ch 1 space. Hdc in next hdc. *ch 1, skip ch 1 space, hdc in next hdc* Repeat from * to * across, ending with hdc in 2nd ch of ch 3 from previous row. Turn. (8 ch 1 spaces and 9 hdc)

Rows 13 – 30: Repeat row 12. (8 ch 1 spaces and 9 hdc)

Row 31: ch 2. Skip 1st hdc. *Hdc in next ch, hdc in next hdc* Repeat from * to * across, ending with hdc in 2nd ch of ch 3 from previous row. Turn. (16 stitches)

Rows 32 – 40: Repeat row 2. (16 stitches)

Row 41: Repeat row 11. (8 ch 1 spaces and 9 hdc)

Rows 42 – 60: Repeat row 12. (8 ch 1 spaces and 9 hdc)

Row 61: Repeat row 31. (16 stitches)

Rows 62 – 70: Repeat row 2. (16 stitches)

Row 71: Repeat row 11. (8 ch 1 spaces and 9 hdc)

Rows 72 – 90: Repeat row 12. (8 ch 1 spaces and 9 hdc)

Row 91: Repeat row 31. (16 stitches)

Rows 92 – 100: Repeat row 2. (16 stitches)

Fold scarf in half and slip stitch ends together. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Finished size is approximately 6 inches by 60 inches. I used approximately 7 to 7.5 ounces of yarn for my scarf.

I made my scarf long enough to double it, but you can easily adjust the length of this scarf. If you want it to be a single cowl, you can stop around row 60. Need it to be longer? Just continue with the pattern until it’s the length you want.

(Please link back to my pattern if you make this scarf. I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t copy or rewrite my pattern onto another page. Thank you!)

I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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A Look Back at 2018

Hi friends,

It’s hard to believe that another year has flown by! They really do seem to go by faster and faster! 

This past year for us seemed to have been consumed with a major remodel in our home – kitchen, living area, and one of our bathrooms. Lots of planning, noise, and dust…but so worth it in the end! It was something we have wanted to do for a long time and finally found an amazing contractor to do the job for us. (If you’re local, I highly recommend Gothart Homes and Renovations.) Here are a few before and after pics.

Kitchen Before
Kitchen After
Kitchen After
Fireplace Wall Before
Fireplace Wall After
Guest Bath Before
Guest Bath After

In August, my nephew and his bride had their dream wedding at Disney World…

The Groom and his Bride

After their wedding, we flew down to Key West. Let me just say…Key West in August is hot!!! ☀️☀️☀️

Our plane from Orlando to Key West
Speaks for itself 🙂
Sunset at Key West
Ernest Hemingway’s Home
Beautiful tiles at Ernest Hemingway’s home
The lighthouse that guided Ernest Hemingway home

In early December, we made a quick visit to Biltmore Estate to tour the “house” (that’s what they called it – quite the estate!) while she was decked out in all her Christmas finery! Absolutely gorgeous!!

The “House”
Fireplace in the dining room
The Library – My favorite room!
Beautiful Nativity
Some of the lights in Antler Hill Village

Just a few highlights of our year…of course it was also filled with cleaning, errands, and laundry as well as crafting and creating. I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

Happy New Year!

Anita

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