Pantry Labels made with my Cricut

Hi friends,

It’s that time of year where we all start thinking about reorganizing our homes – or maybe we don’t. 😉 I love a neat and organized home, but I’m not always great at it. Especially in my craft room! 🤦‍♀️

Anyway…my best friend recently gifted me these great containers for food storage. They are perfect for all kinds of pantry staples and fit well together to save space on your shelves. And I love the flip handle for opening them!

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I already had some glass containers that I’ve had for years, but they were much heavier and didn’t stack well. I have them boxed up to take to the thrift store – I’m sure they will be useful for someone else.

I’m also trying to use my Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine more so labeling my new containers was the perfect quick project. I still have a lot to learn about using my Cricut but I’m slowly getting more comfortable with it. 😊

I used the font called Apple Chancery (which is a font on my computer) with the Cricut Design Space to design my labels. I made each label about 3 to 3.5 inches wide. Design Space automatically sized the height of each label.

Then I let my Cricut do its thing and cut my labels from black permanent vinyl. I used my weeding tool on each label and used transfer tape to apply the labels to my containers.

There are tons of videos online to help with learning how to use your Cricut. I’ll admit I’m still a little intimidated, but I’m going to keep trying and learning how to use mine.

It’s a simple thing, but my new labeled containers make me so happy!! 😃 Maybe this will inspire me to organize something else…

Anita

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For unto us a Child is born

Hi friends,

Just popping in to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! 🎄 I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ with your family and friends. ❤️

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

Wishing you love ❤️

Anita

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Chunky Crochet Farmhouse Pillow Cover

Hi friends,

Are you wanting to spruce up your bedroom or living room for the New Year? This Chunky Crochet Farmhouse Pillow Cover is so easy to stitch up and you can make it in any size!

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I used Bernat Blanket yarn in Whipped Cream and an N/10mm crochet hook to stitch up my pillow cover. Depending on the lighting, this color can have just a hint of blush to it – it’s so pretty!

This is a super easy pattern using the Granite Stitch which is just alternating single crochet and chain stitches. As you can see in the photo below, the cover is just one long rectangle – so easy! My pillow insert is 20 inches square, so larger than a throw pillow, but this pattern is so simple to change to fit your pillow insert.

To begin, chain an even number of chain stitches. To know how many to chain, put your chain over your pillow insert. It should fit from the middle of one side to the middle of the opposite side of the insert without stretching it. I forgot to take a photo of this step, but you can see what I mean by looking at the right photo below.

Chunky Crochet Farmhouse Pillow Cover Pattern

Bernat Blanket Yarn – I used Whipped Crream

N/10mm crochet hook

1-inch buttons – I used 6

For my 20 inch pillow insert, I chained 44 stitches. You can chain any number to fit your pillow insert – just make sure to chain an even number of stitches.

Row 1: Single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook. *chain 1, skip 1 chain, single crochet in the next chain* Repeat from * to * to the end of the chain. You should end with a single crochet in your last chain. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 2: Single crochet in the 1st single crochet, single crochet in the next chain 1 space. *chain 1, single crochet in next chain 1 space.* Repeat from * to * last single crochet, single crochet in the last single crochet. Chain 1 and turn.

Row 3: Single crochet in the 1st single crochet. *chain 1, single crochet in next chain 1 space* Repeat from * to * to the last 2 single crochet. Chain 1, skip 1 single crochet, and single crochet in the last single crochet. Chain 1 and turn.

Repeat Row 2 and 3 until your rectangle wraps around your pillow insert with an extra few inches to make the flap that you will fold over. For my pillow, my flap measures about 9 inches. If your pillow insert is smaller, you will probably want your flap to be smaller. My rectangle measures approximately 50 inches long by 20 inches wide.

Once you have the length you want, fold your piece around your pillow insert like in the photo above so you’ll know how far to stitch up the sides, leaving the flap at the top. Remove the insert and whip stitch both sides of the pillow cover using the same yarn. Turn the pillow cover so your seams are on the inside.

Fold your flap over and decide where to sew on several 1-inch buttons. I used 6 buttons for my cover, you made need less for a smaller pillow insert. I also wanted to have a few rows below my buttons when the cover was fastened. It’s really a personal preference on where to place them. The 1-inch buttons will easily fit through the stitches without creating any buttonholes. The photos below give you a better idea on how placed my buttons

Here’s a link to a free PDF in you’d like to print the pattern…

The Granite Stitch creates such a wonderful texture and this pillow cover is so soft and cushy made with Bernat Blanket yarn!

If this Whipped Cream color is not for you, Bernat Blanket yarn comes in lots of other colors that are sure to match your decor. Treat yourself to some new pillows – they can add so much to your decor!

Anita

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Easy Sweet Christmas Treats

Hi friends,

Are you in charge of bringing a sweet treat to your Christmas gathering? Or are you looking for an easy last minute gift for your neighbors? I have 2 great sweet treat options for you! Both are easy and festive – and if you use the right crispy rice cereal, one of them can be gluten free!

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The first one is Sweet & Salty Holiday Toffee. I’ve seen several recipes for making this treat made with saltines, but this is the one I used. Super easy to make and the sprinkles and M&Ms add some festive holiday colors. I actually used more than the 35 saltine crackers listed in the recipe – I just filled up my jelly roll pan and then continued on with the recipe.

This next one is No Bake Avalanche Cookies. I love a good no bake treat! So easy and fun to make. To make this treat gluten free, make sure your crispy rice cereal is gluten free. Not all brands are – I used the crispy rice cereal from Aldi. Be sure to check your labels if you need this treat to be gluten free. I added holiday sprinkles over the top of my cookies to make them more festive. Using parchment paper on your jelly roll pans before dropping your cookies makes cleanup so easy!

Pack up some of these Easy Sweet Christmas Treats in a fun Christmas cellophane bag or tin, add a cute tag (maybe a handmade one like this or this), and you have a sweet treat for anyone on your list! 🎄

Anita

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Heartfelt Thanks Handmade Card

Hi friends,

I have a sweet little thank you card to share with you today – it’s perfect for sending “thanks” for your Christmas gifts. This cute stamp from Unity Stamp Company is called Always Had My Heart. I think it could be used for so many things and Heartfelt Thanks is just one option. ❤️

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I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored it with Copic markers. Using the Wonky Stitched Rectangles Die-namics from My Favorite Things, I die cut around the image and also die cut a piece of light turquoise card stock.

I stamped “thanks” in red ink on the snowman piece and layered it to the light turquoise card stock. Then the entire piece is attached to a red card. My “thanks” stamp is one I’ve had forever and it’s no longer available. ☹️ Use your favorite thank you stamp or this one would be really cute, too. ❤️

This would make a wonderful Winter birthday card, Christmas card, or thinking of you card. Simply change your sentiment to match the occasion.

Anita

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Tags

Hi friends,

Do you have all your Christmas gifts wrapped and tagged? 🎁 Need a few tags to finish up? These tags are really quick to make and are so cute!

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The images I used are from the 2022 Advent Calendar from Unity Stamp Company – days 1 and 2. No need to worry if you don’t have these cute stamps – just pull out your favorite small Christmas stamps to make your tags.

On a side note, Unity Stamp Company has released an advent calendar filled with stamps for 3 years now. I missed the first year, but have 2021 and 2022. It’s such fun to open the little door to discover a new stamp each day! The stamps are the perfect size for all your cards and tags and you can combine them in all sorts of ways on your projects.

I stamped the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored them with Copic markers. I die cut the images using the Scallops & Circles Nesting Dies from Unity Stamp Company and layered them to red card stock cut with the same die set.

I used my Crop-a-Dile to punch holes in the tags. I love this tool because it will punch through several layers of card stock at once. I stacked 4 tags together and then punched the hole through all of them. I finished the tags by tying on some red and white bakers twine.

The tags only take a few minutes to make and will add just a little something extra to your gifts. 🎁

Anita

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Quick Crochet Mini Wreath Ornament

Hi friends,

I have a fun Crochet Mini Wreath Ornament for you today. These work up in just a few minutes! You can stitch up a set as a gift or use them as a package tie-on. And of course they would look great on your tree. 🎄

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You’ll need wood rings (mine are about 2 inches in diameter), blanket yarn (I used Bernat Blanket Yarn in Vintage White), a J/6mm crochet hook, and 3/4-inch diameter unfinished wood beads.

Make a slip knot and put it on your hook. For the 1st round, single crochet all the way around the wood ring, pushing your stitches close together. Join with a slip stitch to the first single crochet. For the 2nd round, slip stitch in the back loop only of each single crochet around. It helps to place a stitch marker in your first stitch of this round so you know when you get to the last stitch the first round. Join with a slip stitch to first slip stitch. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Cut a length of yarn about 16-18 inches long. Wrap it around the ornament and thread the ends through the bead. Push the bead close to the wreath and tie a knot close to the bead. Tie the ends together and trim any excess yarn.

I made my ornaments in a neutral color, but they would also be cute in any color. Simple, quick, and cute! Perfect for a last minute gift. 🎁

For a different twist using the same wood rings, you can find my Farmhouse-Inspired Crochet Wreath Ornament in this post.

Anita

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A Child Is Born – December Christmas Card

Hi friends,

I did it! If you’ve followed me for a while, you know my goal was to design and create a Christmas card each month this year. And I did it! I made several cards of each design and finished the year with this card for December.

You can find all my other Christmas cards here…January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.

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This card is a simple, no coloring card. We all know how busy the month of December can be so I wanted a quick and easy card for this month. 🙂

I used the stamp set from Unity Stamp Company called A Child is Born to make my card. I stamped the manger image on kraft card stock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used my Misti Stamp Tool instead of an acrylic block to hold my stamp. This allowed me to re-ink my stamp and stamp the image twice to get a good, crisp, dark image.

If you don’t have a Misti, you need to add it to your Christmas wishlist! It’s perfect for those larger stamps that sometimes don’t stamp completely the first time. Simply re-ink your stamp and stamp over the image a second time. I love mine!

I used the Wonky Stitched Rectangle Dies from MFT stamps to die cut my image. I stamped the sentiment with black ink on kraft card stock and punched it out with a scalloped circle punch (similar to this).

I embossed a piece of kraft card stock with the Weathered embossing folder from Taylored Expressions. That particular folder is no longer available, but you can use your favorite embossing folder instead. To add a little depth, I applied Memento Rich Cocoa ink to the edges with a Blender Brush from Taylored Expressions then attached it to a white card.

The stamped manger image is attached to the card with foam tape. To finish the card, I added the sentiment to the left corner of the manger.

This has turned out to be one on my favorite Christmas cards that I’ve made! This layout and technique would make such a great masculine card with a different image. It could also make a beautiful sympathy card using a simple flower stamp.

Making a few Christmas cards each month has worked out great for me this year! I’m going to do it again next year so I can use even more of my (many 😱) Christmas stamps. 🎄 Join me next year – you won’t regret it!

Anita

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Mini Christmas Gnomes and Snowmen

Hi friends,

Did you see these cute wood gnomes and snowmen at Target in the Dollar Spot? They came in a package of 2 for just $3.00 and range in size from about 3 inches to 4.25 inches. I couldn’t resist bringing some home with me!

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I pulled out my acrylic paints to dress them up a bit. (Here’s a great set of paints if you need to restock your craft room.) I painted 3 coats of white to get the coverage I wanted and 2 coats of the other colors.

I used the round end of a small paintbrush handle to add the dots of color on the gnomes and the eyes and buttons on the snowmen. On the shorter snowman, I glued tiny real buttons on his little belly. Then I tied thicker red and white twine onto the snowmen for their scarves. (You can also use thin ribbon.)

I think they turned out so cute! 🙂 They are the perfect size to add to your tiered tray or to tuck anywhere you want a little extra Christmas cheer. 🎄🎅🏼

Anita

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Crochet Christmas Gift Ideas

Hi friends,

I’ve gathered up several of my crochet patterns in one post to give you some Crochet Christmas Gift Ideas. These are all patterns I’ve created and they are all free!! Most of them work up quickly and are beginner friendly. I hope you’ll find some inspiration for your gift giving. 🙂

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Click on each picture below and it will take you to the post with the pattern for the item. Most (maybe all) will also have a link to a free PDF if you want to easily print the pattern.

Men’s Color Block Scarf can be adjusted to any length.

Quick and easy Crochet Cotton Face Scrubbies make great stocking stuffers.

This Chunky Crochet Infinity Scarf stitches up quickly.

Crochet Mini Gift Bags are the perfect size for gift cards or cash – with room for a little chocolate!

The Crochet Lillian Infinity Scarf can be made in any color combo – or just one color.

Dishcloths make a great practical gift – this Crochet Bobble Dishcloth has so much texture!

The Crochet Candy Cane Cup Cozy is a fun way to dress up their favorite canned or bottled drink.

The Crochet Christmas Cowl only uses one skein of worsted weight yarn! Make it in their favorite color.

The Farmhouse-Inspired Crochet Wreath Ornament makes a great package tie-on.

Need a stocking stuffer for the techie in your life? The Crochet Ribbed Cord Keeper works up in minutes!

I hope these crochet patterns are helpful in your Christmas gift giving! I have more patterns that I’ve designed on my blog (as well as projects I’ve stitched up using patterns by other designers – links to their patterns are included in each blog post). Just type “Crochet” in the search bar (on the right under my photo) for more ideas – it will bring up links to several crochet posts and then click “Older Posts” at the bottom of each page to see more crochet posts.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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