Crochet Gift Bags

Hi friends,

UPDATE: I just found out that the link for this pattern doesnโ€™t work and may lead to a problem website. I have removed the link and apologize for any problems this has caused. The pattern was available when I wrote this post so Iโ€™m not sure what has gone wrong. Again, my apologies!!

I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn in White and Cobalt with a 4.5mm hook to stitch up my gift bags. (The Cobalt color has been discontinued – I got mine on clearance a few months ago – but there is a Teal Blue that is really pretty.) I made the small and medium sized bags – they are the perfect size for a jewelry gift. The small one is also a great size for a gift card or cash gift.

I think you could also use a chunkier yarn with a larger hook to make these cute gift bags – of course that would make the finished size larger than the measurements in the pattern. Color combos are limited only by your imagination! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Holiday Snack Mix

Hi friends,

I made this super easy, super fun, super tasty Holiday Snack Mix to share with friends on Easter. It has just the right mix of salty and sweet – and by changing the type of chocolate candy, it’s perfect for any holiday gathering!

You can use just about any type of cereal you want to make this snack mix. Here’s what I used…

4 cups toasted rice cereal

2 cups toasted oat cereal

2 cups pretzels

1 bag Hershey’s candy coated eggs

1 bag white chocolate chips

First mix the cereals, pretzels, and candy eggs together in a large bowl. Place the white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir and microwave on high for another 30 seconds. Stir until smooth, microwave for another few seconds if needed. Immediately pour over snack mix and toss gently until well coated.

Spread mix onto wax paper and let set.

When cool and set, break into pieces. Store at room temperature in an airtight container.

Change the candy to red, white, and blue M&M’s for 4th of July, or Fall colored M&M’s for Halloween or Thanksgiving, or red and green M&M’s for Christmas. You can also use colored candy melts in place of the white chocolate chips – or chocolate or butterscotch chips. I think Reese’s pieces would be yummy in this mix, too! Or maybe add some peanuts – really it’s just whatever tickles your taste buds! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Enjoy!

Anita

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Simply Happy Birthday

Hi friends,

When I first saw this stamp from Unity Stamp Company, I immediately thought of cotton. After all, I do live in Alabama ๐Ÿ˜‰

The name of the set is Difficult Roads and it includes 3 sentiments along with the main image. The “happy birthday” sentiment is from the Hugs, Kisses, & Birthday Wishes set also from Unity Stamp Company.

I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock. I colored the jar with a very light turquoise (Copic marker BG10 Cool Shadow) and added just a touch of very light gray (Copic marker C1 Cool Gray No.1) to the flowers – which is hard to see in the picture. I die cut the image using this Nestabilities Labels die set from Spellbinders.

I layered black card stock to a white card and then added a panel of light turquoise card stock. I attached the stamped image with foam tape. I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and die cut it with a scalloped oval die (here’s a great set!). It is attached to the corner of the stamped flower image.

By the way, if you are in the market for a die cutting and embossing machine, I love my Cuttlebug. It sits on my desk and I use it all the time!

So simple, yet so pretty! My sister enjoyed receiving it. ๐Ÿ™‚ This stamp set is so versatile – you can color it in so many ways for so many different occasions.

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Patriotic Rag Balls

Hi friends,

I love the look of decor balls in a clear vase or dough bowl, but they can be expensive! I have an easy way to add some fun Patriotic Rag Balls to your decor just in time for Memorial Day inspired by this pin I found on Pinterest. They are great for your 4th of July decor and all Summer long, too!

You’ll need several different patriotic fabrics, some styrofoam balls, and straight pins. I found my fabrics in a bundle at Hobby Lobby – each one measures about 18 x 21 inches.

First you’ll need to wash and dry your fabric. I ironed mine, too, but that’s totally up to you if you want to do that. The rag balls have a rustic feel so a few wrinkles won’t matter. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next you’ll need to tear strips of fabric. I snipped the fabric about 1/2-inch from the edge and then simply tore the fabric so it would have rough edges. Then, using a straight pin, pin the end to the styrofoam ball.

Wind the strips of fabric around the ball overlapping and covering up the straight pins as needed. Just keep adding strips of fabric by overlapping the ends and securing with straight pins as you go. When you get the entire ball covered, use a little Aleene’s Tacky Glue to secure the end of the final fabric strip.

And that’s it! Easy Peasy! Here they are in my dough bowl – I picked up my star garland at Hobby Lobby. I may have to make some of these for every season! They would also look so cute in a neutral fabric like muslin for a pretty farmhouse look.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Crochet Color Block Tote Bag

Hi friends,

There are probably a million different tote bag crochet patterns out there – well, maybe not a million, but there are A LOT! And I’m going to add one more. ๐Ÿ™‚

I thought it would be fun to try my hand at designing a simple Color Block Tote Bag and this is what I came up with. It’s super easy to make and goes quickly because the bag is stitched holding 2 strands of worsted weight yarn together. I’ve written the pattern below.

Crochet Color Block Tote Bag

Worsted weight yarn – size 4

2 (5 oz, 232 yards) skeins of each color

I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek yarn from Hobby Lobby in Teal Blue and White

Cotton yarn would work great for this bag!

N/9mm hook

Gauge is not important for this project. My bag measures about 17 inches wide by 15 inches high (without the handles) and 3 inches wide across the bottom.

Stitches used: US terms

Chain – ch

Single crochet – sc

Half double crochet – hdc

Slip stitch – ss

Back loop only – blo

Note: Bag is crocheted using 2 strands of yarn held together

Note: By alternating which stitch you begin the rounds with, it helps to keep your seam straighter.

Ch 36 with blue (holding 2 strands together)

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. Ch 1 and turn. (35 stitches)

Rows 2-5: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1 and turn. (35 stitches)

Row 6: sc in each stitch across. Ch 1. DO NOT TURN (35 stitches)

Begin working in rounds.

Round 1: Work 4 sc across end of rows. Work 2 sc in next stitch. sc in next 33 stitches. (This is the opposite side of the beginning ch.) 2 sc in last stitch. Work 4 sc across end of rows. 2 sc in next stitch. sc in next 33 stitches. 2 sc in last stitch. Join with ss to 1st sc. (82 stitches)

Round 2: ch 1. sc in blo only of same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (82 stitches)

Round 3: ch 1. Skip stitch that has the ss. sc in next stitch and in each stitch around, ending with final sc in skipped sc at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to 1st sc. (82 stitches)

Round 4: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st sc. (82 stitches)

Rounds 5-10: Repeat rounds 3 and 4 (3 times). Change to white (holding 2 strands together) at the end of round 10. (82 stitches)

Round 11: ch 2. Skip stitch that has the ss. hdc in next stitch and each stitch around, ending with the final hdc in skipped stitch at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to 1st hdc. (82 stitches)

Round 12: ch 2. hdc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to 1st hdc. (82 stitches)

Rounds 13-26: Repeat rounds 11 and 12 (8 times). Change to blue (holding 2 strands together) at the end of round 26. (82 stitches)

Rounds 27-32: Repeat rounds 3 and 4 (3 times). (82 stitches)

The next round will form the handles of the tote.

Round 33: ch 1. Skip stitch that has ss. sc in next 13 stitches. Ch 40. Skip next 14 stitches. sc in next 28 stitches. Ch 40. sc in next 12 stitches. End the round with a sc in the stitch that was skipped at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to first sc. (134 stitches)

Round 34: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and each sc and ch around. Join with ss to first sc. (134 stitches)

Round 35: ch 1. Skip stitch that has the ss. sc in next stitch and in each stitch around, ending with the final sc in skipped stitch at the beginning of the round. Join with ss to first sc. (134 stitches)

Round 36: ch 1. sc in same stitch as ss and in each stitch around. Join with ss to first sc. (134 stitches)

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Click on the link below if you’d like to print out a copy of the pattern.

This Color Block Tote Bag is a great size to take to the beach, farmers market, or to carry your current crochet project!

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Country Mouse Birthday

Hi friends,

I am in love with this cute little mouse from the Country Mouse Hello stamp set from Unity Stamp Company. There’s another adorable mouse in the set as well as a couple more images and 3 sentiments. Be sure to check it out!

The “happy birthday sentiment” is from the Hugs, Kisses & Birthday Wishes set, also from Unity Stamp Company. This set includes a cute owl along with lots of birthday sentiments.

The bubble embossing folder I used is no longer available, but this one is similar. I used this set of dies from Spellbinders to die cut my stamped image and the layer behind it. I used an oval punch and scalloped oval punch that I’ve had forever to punch out the sentiment. (This is a great set of oval dies if you are looking for some. And here is a set of scalloped oval dies that would be great if you need those.)

To make the card, stamp the mouse with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock and color with Copic markers. Die cut the image and layer to a larger die cut from terra-cotta card stock. Emboss a panel of white card stock with the embossing folder, layer burlap and dotted ribbon to the panel, and attach the panel to a turquoise card. Attach the mouse image to the card with foam tape. Stamp sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on white card stock. Punch or die cut with an oval punch and layer to a scalloped oval punched from turquoise card stock. Attach the sentiment to the corner of the mouse image.

Change the sentiment to “thinking of you”, “just for you”, or leave it off completely and this card can be used for just about any occasion!

Happy Stamping!

Anita

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Easy Black Bean Salad

Hi friends,

I have a super easy recipe for a quick weeknight dinner to share today. It comes together in just minutes so it’s perfect for even the busiest of days!

Here’s what you’ll need…

1 lb lean ground beef

1 (15.25 oz) can black beans

1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies

your favorite bagged salad mix

shredded cheddar cheese

sour cream

Simply brown the ground beef in a skillet and drain. Add the black beans and tomatoes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until heated through. Place desired amount of salad mix on serving plates. Top with the black bean mixture. Sprinkle with desired amount of cheese and add a dollop of sour cream.

It couldn’t be easier! You can also season the ground beef with taco seasoning for even more flavor. Or if you’re more adventurous than me, you could add some jalapeรฑos to spice it up!

It’s a simple recipe to double – and it freezes well. So make up a batch or 2 to have on hand for a quick dinner when you need it.

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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