Crochet Spring Stripes Can Cozy – New Color

Hi friends,

Did you see my Crochet Spring Stripes Can Cozy pattern in this post using the colors white and aqua? I decided to make some more cozies, this time using I Love This Cotton yarn in White and Curry. I love how the Curry makes them so bright and sunny – perfect for Spring and Summer!

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These can cozies work up super quick and are great to absorb the condensation from your can or bottle. (Looking for some new hooks? These Boye hooks are nice!)

You can find my free pattern in this post. Or if you’d like to print it, here’s a link to the free PDF. 🙂

Time to get ready for sitting out on the porch or patio with your favorite cold drink!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Repurposed Picture Frame

Hi friends,

A few weeks ago I shared this post of the wood tray that I repurposed. It turned out great! I also had this picture frame in my garage that I picked up at the local thrift shop. This is not my decorating style, but I loved the detail in the frame and the center piece with the chair on it actually pops out.

A little chalk paint, a wooden word and I turned this into a great farmhouse piece for my home!

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So this is the before pic…the frame measures about 18 by 18 inches.

I found the word “home” at Michaels craft store. It measures about 7 inches across.

I used Americana Décor Acrylic Chalky Finish Paint in Everlasting White to paint the frame and the insert piece. I painted 3 coats, making sure to let the paint dry thoroughly between coats. (If you’re impatient like me, a hair dryer on warm helps to speed up the drying process. 😉 ) I painted the word “home” with 2 coats of FolkArt Home Décor Chalk Paint in Maui Sand. Then, using Maui Sand, I dry brushed the frame and insert piece to bring out some of the detail. I put the insert piece into the frame and glued the word to the insert piece using clear E6000 adhesive. I sealed the piece with a light coat of matte sealing spray.

And here is the finished project. I love the way it turned out!

Keep your eyes open – look around your house, in the attic or garage – or visit your local thrift shops. You may be surprised at what you find that you can spruce up for your home. I would love to see what you repurpose!

Happy Crafting!

Anita

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My Crochet Pattern is in the Crochet Roundup from Crochet Boss!

Hi friends,

Crochet Boss rounded up some quick free crochet patterns for Mother’s Day and included my Farmhouse Inspired Coasters!! How fun is that?!?! There are some great ideas for last minute Mother’s Day crochet gifts in her blog post.

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To check out her blog post and the other featured patterns, click the image below…

Thanks so much Crochet Boss for including my pattern! 🙂

Anita

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Cinnamon Swirled Banana Bread

Hi friends,

If you’re like me, you end up with a few very ripe bananas now and then. I found this recipe for Cinnamon Swirled Banana Bread here – it’s a little different twist on the traditional recipe by adding a swirl of cinnamon. It’s a super easy recipe to follow. I didn’t even pull out my mixer – I just used a whisk to mix up the batter and then poured it into my loaf pan.

By the way, did you know you can freeze very ripe bananas? Just peel them and put them in a freezer bag. I usually put 3 to a bag because that’s what a lot of recipes call for. You can also leave the peel on if you’d like. I just find it easier to peel first because they get quite mushy when you thaw them out.

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Here’s the batter all mixed up and ready for the oven.

And look how pretty it is fresh from the oven…it smells amazing!!

I may or may not have swirled it a little too much. 🤷🏼‍♀️ Still, it tastes so yummy!

You probably have everything you need to make this tasty treat in your kitchen right now!

Happy Baking!

Anita

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Thanks for the Masks – Thank You Card

Hi friends,

We are living in such crazy times. Whoever thought we would be wearing masks to go to the grocery store or pharmacy?!?!

Although I can do a lot of crafty things, sewing has never been one of my talents. My sweet friend Laura made masks for my husband and me. I wanted to send her a thank you note for thinking of us. I found this great image from Nola Chandler on her Instagram page and her Facebook page (look in her photos). It was the perfect image to use for the card. She has several other images that are so great for the things we are all going through right now.

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I printed the image on white card stock and colored it with colored pencils. I layered the image to patterned paper and attached it to a white card.

Praying this all ends soon…but until it does, stay safe and healthy everyone!

Anita

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Taco Stuffed Avocados

Hi friends,

This is a really simple main dish recipe that comes together in just minutes. I found the recipe here at House of Yumm. It’s a great way to get all the taco flavors without the carbs from the tortillas – if you’re watching those. Or it’s just a tasty meal even if you’re not!

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After cutting my avocados in half and removing the pit, I carefully scooped out each half keeping it intact. I placed the halves on my plate and added the cooked taco meat. Then just add your favorite toppings – cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, lettuce, cilantro – all the yummy toppings you would add to a traditional taco.

Add a side of chips and salsa or Mexican rice and you have a tasty, quick, and easy meal!

This a super easy recipe to double if you need to. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

Happy Eating!

Anita

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Sunny Dreams Crochet Baby Blanket

Hi friends,

A while back, a sweet friend gifted me with a big box of yarn. It included several skeins of Bernat Softee Baby Yarn in Lemon. Every time I looked at it, it made me think of warm, sunny days. I knew it would make a snuggly, sunny blanket for a precious little one. You’ll find my new crochet pattern below.

These are great crochet hooks if you are looking for some new ones. 🙂 This is the Bernat Softee Baby yarn I used.

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Sunny Dreams Crochet Baby Blanket

Finished blanket measures approximately 27 by 30 inches.

Bernal Baby Soft yarn in Lemon (light weight #3) I used about 2 and 1/2 skeins

G/4mm hook

Stitches used US terms:

Foundation Double Crochet – fdc 

Chain – ch

Back Loop Only – blo

Double Crochet – dc

Slip Stitch – ss

Special stitch: v-stitch (dc, ch 1, dc) in same stitch 

Row 1: work 120 fdc.  Turn. (120 stitches)

Rows 2-15: ch 2 (counts as first stitch). Skip 1st stitch. dc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (120 stitches)

Row 16: ch 1. sc in both loops of each stitch across. Turn. (120 stitches)

Row 17: ch 2 (counts as first stitch). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Skip next stitch, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next stitch (v-stitch made), skip next 2 stitches* Repeat from * to * across to last 5 stitches. v-stitch in next stitch. Skip next stitch, dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (38 v-stitches and 3 dc at beginning and end of row)

Rows 18-26: ch 2 (counts as first stitch) Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Work v-stitch in next ch 1 space. Repeat v-stitch in each ch space across to last 4 dc. Skip next dc, dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (38 v-stitches and 3 dc at beginning and end of row)

Row 27: ch 1. sc in each stitch and ch space across. Turn. (120 stitches)

Row 28: ch 2 (counts as first stitch). Skip 1st stitch. dc in each stitch across. Turn. (120 stitches)

Rows 29-42: ch 2 (counts as first stitch). Skip 1st stitch. dc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (120 stitches)

Row 43: ch 1. sc in both loops of each stitch across. Turn. (120 stitches)

Row 44: ch 2 (counts as first stitch). Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Skip next stitch, *(dc, ch 1, dc) in next stitch (v-stitch made), skip next 2 stitches* Repeat from * to * across to last 5 stitches. v-stitch in next stitch. Skip next stitch, dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (38 v-stitches and 3 dc at beginning and end of row)

Rows 45-53: ch 2 (counts as first stitch) Skip 1st stitch, dc in next 2 stitches. Work v-stitch in next ch 1 space. Repeat v-stitch in each ch space across to last 4 dc. Skip next dc, dc in last 3 stitches. Turn. (38 v-stitches and 3 dc at beginning and end of row)

Row 54: ch 1. sc in each stitch and ch space across. Turn. (120 stitches)

Row 55: ch 2 (counts as first stitch). Skip 1st stitch. dc in each stitch across. Turn. (120 stitches)

Rows 56-69: ch 2 (counts as first stitch). Skip 1st stitch. dc in blo of each stitch across. Turn. (120 stitches)

Do Not Turn after Row 69.

Border:

Round 1: ch 1. sc evenly around all 4 sides of blanket, working 3 sc in each corner. Join with ss to first sc. 

Round 2: ch 2. dc in each stitch around, working 3 dc in each corner. Join with ss to first dc. 

Round 3: ch 3. dc in same stitch as ss. *Skip next 2 stitches. Work v-stitch in next stitch.* Repeat from *to* around, working (dc, ch 1, dc, ch 1, dc) in each corner. Join with ss to 2nd ch of beginning ch 3. 

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Here’s a PDF of the pattern for easy printing…

Of course, you can make this sweet blanket in any color. I think it would be beautiful in white, pink, green, or blue – or even in white with a pink, blue, yellow, or green border.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! I would love to see your finished blankets!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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