Crochet Crafty Loop Earrings

Hi friends,

Have you seen these Crafty Loop Earrings from A Crafty Concept?!?! They are so trendy and fun – and really easy to crochet! Ashley from A Crafty Concept designed the earrings and has shared her free pattern here.

You’ll need fingering weight yarn, 4mm cotton cord, a C/2.75mm hook, and fish hook earring wires. The pattern is super fun and fast – you will be making a ton of these! πŸ™‚

I used Yarn Bee Pigment & Fiber yarn in Goodness Grapefruit and this cotton cord to make my earrings. You can find silver tone earring findings here or gold tone findings here.

Here’s a closer look at the earrings…

You can make the tassel as short or as long as you’d like. And of course there are tons of yarn colors to choose from! The cotton cord is also available in several different colors. These would make wonderful gifts – they work up so quickly – you can make several pairs while watching your favorite Netflix show…

Happy stitching!

Anita

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Farmhouse Wood Bead Wreath

Hi friends,

This is one of those projects that turned out even better than I had imagined! I love when that happens! πŸ™‚

It’s a simple Farmhouse Wood Bead Wreath that is made using a wood quilting/embroidery hoop as a base. Here’s what you’ll need…

I used both pieces of the hoop – just make sure that the outer part of the hoop is screwed tightly to the inner part. Then simply glue your split wood beads to the hoop. I started at the top and worked my way around. I used 46 beads on the 14-inch hoop.

While the glue was drying on the beads, I painted my wood word with 2 coats of white chalky finish paint, letting it dry completely between coats. Then I glued it to the wreath at an angle. I attached my greenery with glue to the top part of the outer hoop. (There’s probably a name for it, but I don’t know what it is πŸ˜› )

I made a bow using the super easy method over on re-fabbed. If you don’t follow Brooke on re-fabbed, you should! She is so cute and has the most amazing ideas! The bow is glued to the hoop over the stems of the greenery. Then I tied a piece of the monofilament thread around the top of the hoop to hang my wreath.

And here’s my finished wreath…

The split wood beads I used came in a package of 100 which is enough to make 2 (14-inch) wreaths. Hobby Lobby carries other wood words like welcome, hello, and thankful. You could leave the word natural and not paint it at all. I painted mine because the edges of the word were darker than I wanted. This wreath would also be cute with a galvanized metal word. And of course you can change the size of the wreath by changing the size of your embroidery hoop.

Feeling Blessed,

Anita

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Crochet Waffle Stitch Eyeglass Pouch

Hi friends,

I’ve got a fun crochet pattern for you today. I wear glasses all the time and I’ve invested in a pair of prescription sunglasses which I love! They are so worth the money to me…as you can probably tell from the pic below, I wear bifocals (yes, age has caught up with me πŸ˜‰ ). Having a pair of sunnies that enable me to see everything and read that book on the beach has been one of my best purchases!

I carry my sunglasses in my purse so having an eyeglass pouch is a must! I’ve included my free pattern for the Waffle Stitch Eyeglass Pouch below along with a link to the pdf for easy printing.

This is the right side of the pouch before sewing up the seam.

Here’s a close up of the waffle stitch.

This is the wrong side of the pouch before sewing.

And a closeup of the wrong side…which actually looks pretty good!

Sewing up the seam with a whip stitch.

After the button has been added.

And here’s the pattern…

Waffle Stitch Eyeglass Pouch

Worsted weight (4) yarn – I used Yarn Bee Soft & Sleek in Teal Blue

1 inch button

Hook size H/5mm

Stitches used (US terms):

Chain – ch

Double crochet – dc

Front post double crochet – fpdc

Ch 32

Row 1: Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each stitch across. 3 Skipped ch counts as 1 stitch. (30 stitches)

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc). *fpdc in next stitch, dc in next 2 stitches*. Repeat from * to * across to last 2 stitches. Fpdc in next stitch, dc in top of ch. Turn. (30 stitches)

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1st dc). *Dc in next stitch, fpdc in next 2 stitches*. Repeat from * to * across to last 2 stitches. Dc in next stitch, dc in top of ch. Turn. (30 stitches)

Rows 4-17: Repeat rows 2 and 3 (7 times). (30 stitches)

Row 18: Ch 1. Sc in 1st stitch and next 6 stitches. Ch 15. Skip next stitch. Sc in next stitch and in each stitch to the end of the row.

Fasten off leaving a very long tail to sew up eyeglass pouch.

Fold pouch in half lengthwise with right side on the inside. Sew with a whip stitch down the side and across the bottom using the long tail. Fasten off and weave in tail.

Attach button to pouch opposite the chain loop.

You can find the PDF link below…

I made my pouch a little oversized so there would be plenty of room for my sunglasses. You can easily adjust the size of the pouch by taking away or adding stitches to your beginning chain. Just be sure your chain is in multiples of 3 plus 2.

UPDATE: The beginning chain count in the PDF should be 32 not 29! I have changed it in the pattern in the post and will change the PDF as soon as I can get to my computer. πŸ€ͺ So sorry for the mistake!!

PDF is now updated! πŸ™‚

Happy stitching!

Anita

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Mini Farmhouse Wood Bead Wreath Ornaments

Hi friends,

I have a little Christmas in July for you today! These Mini Farmhouse Wood Bead Wreath Ornaments are so fun and easy to make. I found the tutorial here at eHow – it has step by step instructions with pictures of each step.

You’ll need some unfinished wood beads – I found this great set with different sizes at Amazon. You’ll also need some memory wire for bracelet making and some natural cotton twine. I added natural stone beads to a couple of my ornaments and tied them with a ribbon bow – both are optional but I like the little something extra they add. πŸ™‚

These Mini Farmhouse Wood Bead Wreath Ornaments come together quickly – you can make several in no time at all!

The ornaments below are made with 8mm wood beads and 8mm natural stone beads.

This one is made with both 12mm and 16mm wood beads.

And the one on the left below is made with 12mm wood beads. I made 2 of this size and tied them with different ribbons – the other one is in the bottom picture.

These ornaments look just as cute without the ribbon bow if you choose to leave it off.

These Mini Farmhouse Wood Bead Wreath Ornaments will look great on your tree or as a cute package tie-on. You could also add it to a cutely wrapped gift from your kitchen. They would be perfect for an ornament exchange party. Lots of fun uses for these cute ornaments!

Happy Christmas in July !

Anita

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Apron of Love card

Hi friends,

We recently attended a wedding shower for a sweet couple. We purchased a gift card for them from Williams Sonoma and I wanted to make a card to go along with the cooking theme.

I used the discontinued Apron of Love stamp and die set from Stampin’ Up. It’s too bad this is no longer available – it is such a great set to use when giving gifts from your kitchen or inviting friends to a summer BBQ. I did a quick search on Ebay and there are a few sets available there if you are interested.

The embossing folder I used is also discontinued 😦 but this Swiss Hearts folder from Taylored Expressions would be cute. I also used a tiny dot folder like this one to emboss the scalloped circle and the apron pocket.

To make the card, I embossed a panel of black card stock with the hearts embossing folder and attached it to a white card. I die cut the apron, ties, and apron pocket from red card stock. I embossed the pocket with the tiny dots folder. I die cut a scalloped circle from white card stock and embossed it with the tiny dots folder. (This is a great set of scalloped circle dies if you are looking for some.) I also die cut the utensils from silver mirror card stock.

The scalloped circle is attached to the card over the heart embossed panel. I assembled the apron, attaching the utensils to the back of the pocket and used foam tape to attach the pocket to the apron. The apron is attached to the scalloped circle with foam tape. The “love” sentiment is stamped with red ink on white card stock, punched with an oval punch similar to this, and attached to the card. I’m not sure where that stamp is from – it was a random stamp in my collection. A little heart stamp would also be really cute!

I love creating cards to match the theme of a gift! I hope this sweet couple finds lots of love in their kitchen. πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by,

Anita

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Tiny Crocheted Beanies

Hi friends,

I have a friend who is crazy in love with all of her animals. And I have to admit that she has some of the best and sweetest animals I’ve ever known. πŸ™‚

Her sweet wire-haired dachshund named Daria just had 2 of the most adorable puppies! My friend saw a picture of some sweet puppies in tiny crocheted beanies and knew that she had to have some for her new puppies.

I found this free pattern for premie baby beanies and adjusted it just a little for the new puppies. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn and a G/4mm hook to stitch up the beanies. The only adjustment I made to the pattern was to stop after 10 rounds.

By using a larger hook, you can adjust the finished size of the beanies. The larger the hook, the larger the beanie. The pattern shows the difference in size using 4 different size hooks.

Here is the sweet tiny little girl!

Unfortunately, even though these beanies are super tiny, they are still too big for the new little puppies! 😳 My friend took out several rows on the beanies so they would sit on their tiny little heads for a photo shoot. 😊 They will have to grow into the other beanies later – but they are so adorable!!! ❀️

Here’s a closer picture of the beanies. I forgot to measure them but I think they are about 3 – 4 inches across and 3 – 4 inches from top to bottom.

This pattern was designed to make beanies for precious babies born a little too early. They work up super fast and would be a great donation for your local NICU – just check with them first before donating.

Happy Stitching!

Anita

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Snowy Hello

Hi friends,

Is it hot where you are? I’m in Alabama. In July. So, yes, it is hot here! β˜€οΈ

I have a fun wintery card to cool you down – or at least to make you smile. ❄️

This sweet little girl is an older, retired stamp from the Gift Givers set by Stampin’ Up – but any wintery image you have in your collection will work. I stamped her with brown ink (Memento Rich Cocoa is my favorite) on white card stock and colored her with Copic markers.

I die cut the image with a scalloped circle die and layered it to a larger scalloped circle die cut from pink card stock. (This is a great set of scalloped circle dies.)

To make the card, I embossed a panel of white card stock with a snowflake embossing folder (the folder I used is discontinued, but here’s a similar one) and attached it to a white card. I embossed a strip of pink card stock with a smaller snowflake folder (this one would be great) and trimmed it into a banner shape. I attached the banner to a piece of patterned paper and then attached the piece to the card with foam tape. The stamped image is also attached to the card with foam tape.

I hope this made you shiver just a little! πŸ™‚

Anita

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