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. πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoy this candy – it’s kind of addicting πŸ˜‰

Anita

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No Sew Christmas Pillow

Hi friends,

Sewing is not one of my talents – but I can use a glue gun! πŸ™‚ This is a super easy way to make a No Sew Christmas Pillow to add to your seasonal decor.

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You’ll need a tea towel, the cotton/linen type fabric not terry cloth. I found my towel at Target, it is 30-inches square. You’ll also need a glue gun with glue sticks made for fabric. I like this Surebonder Glue Gun it has a very fine tip along with an on/off switch. (I decided to keep this glue gun specifically for the fabric glue so I don’t mix glue types.) The glue sticks I used are also from Surebonder. They are specially made for glueing fabric, although they are white not clear so make sure you don’t get glue in the wrong place! πŸ˜‰ You’ll also need Polyfil to stuff your pillow.

I washed, dried, and ironed my towel. I folded it in half so my finished pillow measured 30 by 15 inches. Then I simply ran a line of glue along the edge securing a few inches at a time, leaving one end open to add the Polyfil. After I had the pillow stuffed the way I wanted, I glued the open end closed.

Here’s how 3 of the edges of the pillow look where they have been glued together. The bottom of the pillow is where my towel is folded in half.

This is my completed pillow – even though I found my towel in the Christmas section it could easily be used year round.

This easy pillow adds a little extra Christmas cheer to my decor. πŸŽ„

There are lots of different, fun Christmas towels available. Some of them measure about 15 by 30 inches so folded in half would make a pillow about 15 inch square instead of a rectangle like mine.

No sew pillows are so quick and easy to make. They are a great thrifty gift idea, too! 🎁

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Marshmallow Mug Crochet Santa Hat

Hi friends,

Have you seen these cute little Marshmallow Mugs? I’ve seen them used on tiered trays and cocoa bars. They don’t hold a lot, but they are so adorable!

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I found the free pattern for this fun crochet Santa hat here at JaimeLee Crochet. I found my Marshmallow Mugs here on Amazon.

I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in White and Red to stitch up my hats. The pattern calls for a G/4.25mm hook, but I needed to use an H/5mm hook to get the right size – just check your gauge to see what will work for you. I used the 1-inch Clover Pom Pom Maker to make the pom pom on the top of the hat.

I added some chocolates in a snack size ziptop bag, put them inside the mug, and slipped on the Santa hat. Then I put the mug in a 4 by 9 inch cellophane bag and tied it with red curling ribbon for a super cute gift. 🎁

These make great teacher, neighbor, or friend gifts. The Santa hats work up super quick and everyone loves a little chocolate! πŸŽ…πŸΌ 🎁

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Farmhouse Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees

Hi friends,

I love farmhouse/vintage decor! The Christmas season is a perfect time to craft a little something farmhouse-y. πŸ˜‰

These sweet little trees are so easy to make and will add the perfect touch to your table or shelf. All you need are some styrofoam cones (I got my little ones at Dollar Tree and the larger one at Hobby Lobby), some chunky yarn (I used Bernat Blanket Yarn in Vintage White), craft glue (I love this glue), and something for the tree topper. I used kraft card stock to make stars to top my trees.

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To make the trees, begin by putting a thin layer of glue on the top of the cone. Attach the end of the yarn in the center of the top and make a little coil until the top is covered. Add a little more glue on the sides and continue wrapping the yarn around the cone until you get near the bottom, no need to add glue to the entire cone. I added more glue before I wrapped the last couple of rows. Then just cut the yarn making sure to glue the end securely.

To make my stars, I used my star dies and cut 2 stars from kraft card stock for each tree. I glued them together with a toothpick sandwiched between them. Then I added a button to the center of each star. Once they were dry, I pushed the toothpick into the top of the tree. 

And here are my completed Farmhouse Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees! I love how they turned out!

My Tiny Bottle Brush Christmas Trees on Vintage Wood Spools look so cute with my Farmhouse Yarn Wrapped Christmas Trees! (You can find the details for the Bottle Brush Christmas Trees here.)

This would be a fun craft to make with the kids! The styrofoam cones come in so many different sizes – you could make a whole forest! 😊

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Hi friends,

There is something so comforting in a mug of hot cocoa! It warms you up on a cold winter night – even just wrapping your hands around the warm mug feels so good. πŸ˜‰

I used a simple recipe to mix up some Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix to gift to friends for Christmas this year. Simply fill some quart mason jars with the mix and tie on a tag with instructions for a sweet treat.

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

10 cups powdered milk

4-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups dry coffee creamer (I used French vanilla)

2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon salt

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Place in airtight containers of your choice. 

To prepare Hot Cocoa:

Place 1/4 cup mix in a mug. Add 1 cup hot water and mix well.

Top with whipped cream or marshmallows, if desired.

You can add some mini chocolate chips to the mix for extra chocolate flavor. Like peppermint hot cocoa? Crush some peppermint candies and mix them in.

I was able to fill 4 quart mason jars with this recipe. Of course, you could stretch it farther by using smaller containers. I printed a label with instructions on white card stock, trimmed and layered it to red card stock, punched a hole in the corner, and tied it around the jar with red baker’s twine.

If you are interested in a free PDF of the labels I printed I’ve attached a link below.

A jar of this mix alone would make a great gift. But you could also put it in a basket with a couple of cute mugs (these red polka dot mugs are cute!), a bag of mini marshmallows, and some peppermint sticks for a fun gift.

Happy Gifting!

Anita

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Crochet Candy Cane Can Cozy

Hi friends,

We all love our hot beverages in the winter, but we still drink lots of cold ones, too! My Crochet Candy Cane Can Cozy is just the thing to make those cold drinks a little festive and to help keep them nice and frosty. πŸ™‚

It works up quickly using cotton yarn and I added a cute little wooden tree button just for fun. 🌲 I had the tree buttons in my stash, but these buttons are cute and you could sew them on with either side showing. I love this Clover Soft Touch crochet hook, too!

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Here’s the pattern…

Crochet Candy Cane Can Cozy

I Love This Cotton – White and Red

H/5mm hook

Optional: Decorative button

Stitches used US terms:

Magic Ring

Single crochet – sc

Half double crochet – hdc

Slip stitch – ss

Back loop only – blo

Note: DO NOT cut yarn when changing colors. Carry the yarn on the inside of your work. This saves you from weaving in a lot of ends when you are finished.

Using Red, make Magic Ring, ch 1.

Round 1: Work 9 hdc in ring. Join with ss to first hdc. Pull ring closed. (9 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. 2 hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (18 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. 2 hdc in same stitch as ss. *hdc in next stitch, 2 hdc in next stitch * Repeat from * to * around to last stitch. hdc in last stitch. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Round 4: ch 1. Working in blo, sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Rounds 5-7: ch 1. Working in both loops, sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 8-9: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to Red.

Rounds 10-11: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 12-13: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to Red.

Rounds 14-15: ch 1. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first hdc. (27 stitches)

Change to White

Round 16: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Change to Red.

Round 17: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Change to White.

Round 18: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Change to Red.

Round 19: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (27 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew on decorative button if using. 

Here’s a free PDF for easy printing…

These would make a fun stocking stuffer or a cute teacher gift along with their favorite soda.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Happy Thanksgiving

Hi friends,

Happy Thanksgiving to all those in the United States! I hope your day is filled with love and gratitude even though this year has been much different than usual. ❀️

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This beautiful stamp is from the Harvesting Thanks set at Unity Stamp Company. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on white card stock, colored it with Copic Markers, and layered in to green card stock. I attached the stamped image to a white card.

I’m so thankful for all of you that stop by my little blog!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anita

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Christmas Filled With Love

Hi friends,

I love this little mouse! He’s one of several in the β€œA Little Mousy” stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. He worked perfectly to make a simple and quick Christmas card. πŸŽ„

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I stamped the little mouse with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and colored him with Copic markers.

I stamped the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink next to the mouse. This sentiment is an older stamp from A Muse Studio and is discontinued. Use your favorite Christmas sentiment stamp to make your card. (This set has some great sentiments.)

I layered the stamped panel to green card stock and then attached it to a white card. I really like all the white space on the card – it puts the focus on the cute little mouse! And it’s so simple and quick to make!

This is my favorite adhesive tape runner for card making – and you can get refills here.

This is a great layout for making cards assembly-line style if you have a lot of Christmas cards to make. I cut my white panel of card stock to 3-3/4 by 5 inches and used my Misti Stamp Tool to stamp the tiny mouse in the corner.

If you don’t have a Misti Stamp Tool, you may want to add it to your Christmas list. 😊 It’s a great tool to have in your craft room! It’s especially helpful stamping larger stamps when they don’t stamp well the first time. You can ink them back up and re-stamp the image perfectly.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Crochet Candy Cane Hand Sanitizer Holder

Hi friends,

We are still keeping hand sanitizer close by and this Crochet Candy Cane Hand Sanitizer Holder adds a little fun to something we all need to do. πŸ™‚ It will also make a great stocking stuffer or a cute little friend or neighbor gift!

It holds a mini bottle of hand sanitizer and buttons around your purse or backpack strap. It’s made with cotton yarn so it is washable (I used I Love This Cotton) and it works up super quickly.

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Looking for new hooks? I like these Clover soft touch hooks.

Here’s the free pattern…

Crochet Candy Cane Hand Sanitizer Holder

I Love This Cotton yarn – White and Red

H/5mm hook

1/2-inch button

Stitches used in US terms:

Chain – ch

Slip Stitch – ss

Single Crochet- sc

Note: DO NOT cut yarn when changing colors. Carry the yarn on the inside of your work. This saves you from weaving in a lot of ends when you are finished.

Chain 12 with Red. Join with ss to first ch to form a ring.

Round 1: ch 1. sc same stitch as ss and in each ch around. Join with ss to first sc. (12 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss. *2 sc in next stitch, sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * 4 times. 2 sc in last stitch. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 3-4: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to Red.

Rounds 5-6: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 7-8: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to Red.

Rounds 9-10: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to White.

Rounds 11-12: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (18 stitches)

Change to Red.

Handle:

Ch 20. sc in 6th ch from hook. sc in next 14 ch. Join with ss to top of Round 12.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Sew button to opposite side of holder. Insert hand sanitizer and button handle around purse or backpack strap.

Here’s a free PDF if you’d like to easily print the pattern:

I hope you enjoy this little pattern! 🧢

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Mr. & Mrs. Card

Hi friends,

Last month my handsome godson and his beautiful bride were finally able to get married! They had originally planned a May wedding – but then Covid. 😦 They had the most wonderful wedding at a beautiful venue in the hills of Tennessee. It fit them perfectly and I couldn’t be happier for them! ❀️

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I love this photo of the happy couple taken by her sister!

Of course the happy occasion called for a special card. I made this simple but elegant card to wish them well in their marriage.

I embossed a panel of white card stock with a flourish embossing folder. (This is a discontinued one from Stampin’ Up, but here is a similar one.) I attached the panel to a kraft card. I punched a heart from kraft card stock and also from white card stock. I embossed the white heart with the same embossing folder. I attached the kraft heart to the card and then added the white heart with foam tape. I stamped “Mr. & Mrs.” with Memento Rich Cocoa ink on white card stock and punched it with a label punch. I attached it to the card with foam tape and finished the card by adding 2 tiny pearls to the label.

This is a similar heart punch to the one I have. My “Mr. & Mrs.” stamp is an older one that is no longer available, but “congratulations”, “best wishes”, or even “love” would work wonderfully. The label punch I used is also no longer available, but there are lots of different options out there like this one from Stampin Up.

Although I sometimes use supplies that are no longer available, I hope my creations inspire you to take another look at what you have in your own craft room to create the perfect card or project for those special people. πŸ™‚

Congratulations to the Happy Couple and Happy Stamping!

Anita

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