Hearts of Love

Valentine’s Day will be here soon! ❤️

This stamp is called Bounded Hearts from Unity Stamp Company. I think it’s just perfect for sending love to that special Valentine.

I stamped the hearts with red ink on white card stock, trimmed it close, and rounded the corners. I layered it to turquoise card stock with rounded corners. I attached a piece heart patterned paper to a light turquoise card. Then I die cut the heart doily from MFT Stamps from red card stock and attached it to the card with foam tape. This particular die is discontinued, but any doily die will work – or use a paper doily from the cake decorating section of your local craft store. I attached the stamped hearts to the card with foam tape. To finish it off, I added 3 red sequins to the swirls of the hearts.

Just a simple card, but filled with love! ❤️

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Love Wood Sign

I love all the fun farmhouse signs that are everywhere right now. I’ve looked at so many and seriously could go broke if I bought all of them that I like. 😳 So I thought I’d try my hand at making a simple L❤️VE sign for Valentine’s Day with this cool stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. If you like to stamp, you need to check this company out! They have amazing stamps and have incredible sales all the time…I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. 🙂

The stamps in this set are about 4-inches tall – perfect for making a fun sign for your house. I used a scrap piece of wood to make my sign. It measures 15-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches and is 3/4 of an inch thick. 

I painted the board with Home Decor Chalk Finish Paint in Maui Sand. After it was dry, I painted a thin coat of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Lace, feathering it out to the edges so more of the gray paint is showing. Again, make sure the paint is dry. Then I used Real Red Classic Ink from Stampin’ Up to stamp L❤️VE on the board. The ink didn’t come out as red as I thought it would, but I really like the soft pinkish color.

You could also use stencils instead of stamps to add the letters and heart to your sign. I’m really happy with the way this turned out! I may even leave it out all year long.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

 

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Easy Crochet Chain Stitch Scarf

Have you tried making one of these super easy Crochet Chain Stitch Scarves? They are fun and very quick to make because, except for the band where the button is attached, it is just one long chain.

I used Bernat Blanket Yarn in Vintage White and an N/10mm hook. I started making a chain (leaving about a 3-inch tail at the beginning) and just kept going. And then I chained some more. 😊 My chain ended up being about 44 feet (yes, feet!) long when I loosely measured it. The ends of the chain are slip stitched together so you have a long circle (leaving about a 3-inch tail when you cut the yarn). Then just fold the chain in half. I gave it a single twist as I brought the ends together. Then I did that 3 or 4 more times so it ends up looking like the picture below. I wrapped and tied the tails from the beginning and end of the chain around the scarf to secure all the loops.

To make the band the button is on, chain 14. Then single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each stitch across. For the second row, chain 1, turn. Single crochet in the back loop only of each single crochet across. Repeat row 2 until you have 5 rows. Fasten off leaving a tail for sewing the band around the scarf. Sew the button to the center of the band. Wrap the band around the scarf and sew ends together. I wrapped the band around the scarf to cover where the loops were tied together.

I found this great 2-inch coconut button at Walmart. I love the texture it has and I really wanted a big button!

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Bernat Blanket Yarn is so soft and cuddly. This scarf adds just enough warmth on a day when you don’t need something bigger and can also double as a necklace.

Stay warm and thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Rustic Wood Heart

I found this heart in the Dollar Spot at Target for $3. I wasn’t crazy about the way it was painted, but I loved the texture on it and thought that with a little paint it could be really cute.

I painted the heart with 2 coats of Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Lace, letting it dry between coats. After the paint was dry, I used a stiff bristled brush to heavily dry brush Home Decor Chalk Paint in Maui Sand over the heart to give it a rustic look. 

I’m really happy with the way it turned out! It will be great for Valentine’s Day and all year long.

Keep your eyes open as you’re out and about – you never know what you may find that you can alter to fit your decor. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Mini Crochet Valentine Hearts

Are you crafting for Valentine’s Day yet? These cute little crochet hearts work up in just a few minutes! You can find the free pattern here. It includes patterns for 3 sizes of hearts and a puffy heart. I’m making the small heart.

My finished heart measures about 1-3/4 inches wide by about 1-1/2 inches long. I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn in red with an H/5mm hook to crochet my hearts – the pattern calls for an E/3.5mm hook, but I wanted my hearts to be just a little larger. Any worsted weight yarn will work just fine.

As you can see, I’ve made a few of these cute mini hearts. ❤️😊

I found these fun candy cups at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas clearance section – perfect for Valentine’s Day. Look in the cake decorating aisle and I’m sure you can find other patterns and colors.

Just look how cute these little hearts are tied around a treat bag with a baker’s twine bow! Who wouldn’t love receiving this adorable Valentine? ❤️

You could also make a bunch of these hearts and string them on twine to make a garland. Or put a hair clip on the back for a sweet little girl. Make them in white or pink along with the red – the three colors together would look so cute as a garland!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet Granny Stripe Baby Blanket

Every new little baby needs their own special blanket – at least that’s what I think!

I love the versatility of this Granny Stripe Pattern you can find here. You can make it in any colors you want with as many – or as few – color changes as you’d like.

I used Caron Simply Soft Yarn in Soft Blue, White, and Soft Gray Heather with an H/5mm hook to crochet my blanket. I had 2 skeins of each color and had a bit of the 2nd skein of each left.

Using this pattern, I started with a chain of 114. Each stripe of color in my blanket has 5 rows. I crocheted 5 rows of white, 5 rows of gray, and 5 rows of blue and then continued that pattern. I did 5 stripes of white, 4 stripes of gray, and 4 stripes of blue for a total of 65 rows. I started and ended the blanket with white.

For the border, I single crocheted evenly around the blanket with gray for the 1st round. The 2nd round is done by crocheting 3 double crochet stitches (shell) in the same stitch, skip 1 stitch, work one single crochet in next stitch, skip 1 stitch and work a shell in the next stitch. Just continue that pattern around the edge of the blanket. I hope that makes sense – it’s not part of the pattern, just a border I have used forever on my blankets. 🙂

The finished size of the blanket is about 34 by 30 inches once the border is added.

This blanket can be stitched in any size – just make sure your beginning chain is in multiples of 3. What a pretty way to keep those sweet babies snuggly and warm!

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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White Bean and Ham Soup

This is comfort food at its best – and it’s so simple to make! You just put everything in your slow cooker, turn it on low, and go on with your day.

There are lots of different ways to make this yummy and filling soup – here’s what I did.

White Bean and Ham Soup

  • Ham bone left from our Thanksgiving Honey-Baked ham – I kept in the freezer (or about 1 lb ham cut into chunks)
  • 1 lb dried Great Northern beans, rinsed and sorted
  • Carrots peeled and chopped into chunks – whatever amount you want – I chopped about 5 carrots
  • 1/2 to 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • Salt, pepper, parsley flakes, and dried oregano to taste

Put everything in your slow cooker and cook for 8 hours on low.

I didn’t even soak the Great Northern beans overnight. I rinsed and sorted them just before I put everything in the slow cooker! I also used a slow cooker liner to make cleanup easier. This is such a forgiving recipe when it comes to the amount of each ingredient – just fill your slow cooker about 3/4 of the way full and your soup will be wonderful!

Add some fresh, hot cornbread and you have a hearty meal that will warm you up on these cold winter days. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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