Monday, November 20, 2017

Fall Coloring Pages


Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I love to think about the blessings God has given me. I also love to write my blessings down. With thankfulness in mind, I came up with a few fun fall theme coloring sheets today!

Enjoy them!

free fall coloring pages for Thanksgiving

As always, if you click on each photo you can save a larger file size. 
free fall coloring pages for Thanksgiving

free fall coloring pages for Thanksgiving

free fall coloring pages for Thanksgiving

free fall coloring pages for Thanksgiving

free fall coloring pages for Thanksgiving

free fall coloring pages for Thanksgiving

My daughter did a recent doodle on a paper towel with some henna. She was working at a craft fair and wanted to give some samples of what she could do. I thought it was pretty so I turned it into a coloring page!
free fall coloring pages for Thanksgiving


A couple older fall coloring sheets I have made.
A Harvest of Blessings

Give Thanks to the Lord


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Inspirational Coloring Pages

free coloring pages with Bible verses on them


I've been having the most fun over the past week designing and editing some new coloring pages to share with you all. I was shopping and came across the cutest little stickers with inspirational phrases on them. I knew I had to make some coloring sheets based on those stickers I saw. They were too cute to pass up, and I knew they would be easy to make.

As always, if you click on the photo you should be able to save a larger file size.

free inspirational Bible verse coloring pages Joshua 24:15

free inspirational Bible verse coloring pages Matthew 5:16

free inspirational Bible verse coloring pages Matthew 17:20

free inspirational Bible verse coloring pages Psalm 90:4

free inspirational Bible verse coloring pages Hebrews 6:19

free inspirational Bible verse coloring pages

free inspirational Bible verse coloring pages

free inspirational Bible verse coloring pages Psalm 98:1

free inspirational Bible verse coloring pages

Be inspired while you color! Enjoy!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Crocheted Hand Towels

crocheted hand towels

At the beginning of this year my grandma passed away. One of the things I remember most about her was her love of crochet. Every time I would visit, she had a box full of hand towels that she had crocheted tops for. I loved when I was old enough to finally pick out a few for myself. When she would come to visit, grandma would always bring her box of hand towels. All of the family had two or three hand towels from grandma hanging in their kitchen. 

To help ease the sadness after she was gone, I got one of her special towels and sat down on my couch with a new ball of yarn that I inherited from her very own collection. I was given her crochet hooks, and her knitting needles. (The needles will be for when I'm feeling extra brave and ready to learn something new.) I took her hand towel piece by piece and taught myself how to crochet a hand towel the way my grandma did. I pray she is smiling down on me from heaven. 

I have since taken over her love, and I've been giving my crocheted hand towels as gifts to my friends and family members. I wanted my own box full of hand towels to give away when people came by to visit. It always makes me feel warm and cozy inside as I create another towel. I get to remember my grandma fondly, and smile at the gift she has passed on to me. 

I've only known how to crochet for about three years. I'm still a beginner. You've got to cut me a little slack if I get something wrong, or don't know the exact verbiage. 

This is what I've figured out from looking at my grandma's very special crocheted hand towels. My grandma always started by cutting her hand towels in half. You get two towels for the price of one! Grandma was pretty thrifty! You could fold your towel in half and crochet down the middle too. But my grandma cut hers. I don't think grandma sewed a hem across the top of hers either. However that is what I do. I'm not coordinated enough to crochet while needing to hold my folded piece down. Sewing across the hem seems much more practical to me.

I use a tiny crochet hook, size E4/3.5mm

I made a special ruler to help me out. I drew my ruler on a piece of flannel that I safety pin to the top of my towel. This helps me to get the stitches even across the towel. I have two sizes on my ruler depending on the size of the hand towel I buy. I have used this ruler over and over and over again. Same ruler with at least 30 different towels made from it, and still counting.

crocheted hand towels

Start at the right side of the towel, the wrong side facing up. Make a slip knot. Single crochet across the top of the towel 35 evenly spaced stitches. Turn the towel over. 

Normally the crochet hook can poke through the towel. I've run across a couple types of towels that I have to work way too hard to poke through. On those towels I use my travel crochet scissors to poke holes across the towel. You could also use an X-Acto knife.

On the edge of each towel I always fold in the corner piece, poking my crochet hook through both sides before I make the first single crochet stitch.

how to crochet a top for kitchen hand towel


After completing your first row, you should be left with something like this.

crocheted hand towels

Chain 1 (only do this for the very first stitch of the row), skip a stitch, single crochet 1, skip a stitch, single crochet 1, and continue alternating  until you reach the end. After each row you will turn the towel over. It should be 18 stitches counting your chain 1 as a stitch.

crocheted hand towels

Chain 1 (only do this for the very first stitch of the row) , skip a stitch, single crochet 1, skip a stitch, single crochet 1, and continue alternating until you reach the end of the towel. Turn the towel over. It should be 9 stitches this time counting your chain 1 as a stitch.

crocheted hand towels

You can see how the towel is starting to take shape and gather together. 

The next row you will chain 1 (only do this for the very first stitch of the row), and then single crochet into each stitch after. When you get to the end of the row, turn your towel over. 

crocheted hand towels


Repeat this 9 times. (Chain 1, and then single crochet into the rest of the stitches.)

crocheted hand towels

On this next row you will chain 1 like you normally do (again only do this for the very first stitch of the row), single crochet one stitch into the next 3 stitches, chain 1, skip a stitch, and then single crochet into the next 4 stitches. Turn your towel over. This is going to leave a hole for the button to slip through later.

Chain 1 (only do this for the very first stitch of the row) , single crochet into the next 8 stitches, turn your towel over. This is the same as the previous row. 

crocheted hand towels


Repeat this row one more time.

For the final row chain 1 (only do this for the very first stitch of the row), slip stitch into the next 8 stitches. 

Finish off the end, and weave the tail end into the towel. 

crocheted hand towels

All you need to do now is sew a button on. I typically try to sew my button on as close to the towel as possible. I want an extra big loop to fit on the handle of my stove or cabinets.

crocheted hand towels

Your towel is now ready to hang! Super simple craft to make! I usually have a hand towel done from start to finish in about 40 minutes.

crocheted hand towels


My grandma had her kitchen decorated with apples, so I believe she would have loved this hand towel. I'm going to a craft fair next week, and I've been crocheting lots and lots of kitchen hand towels to sell. I wanted to do something to remember my grandma by, and this was the perfect way to honor her. 

I've never made a pattern before, so I hope everything I've said makes sense. 

crochet kitchen hand towels free pattern

I also have a blog post to teach how to make these towels on a knitting loom.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Book Page Wreath

examples of book page wreath for Christmas

I love books! My basement is filled with bookshelves overflowing with books. Every day that I'm alive I read. Some days it's only a few words, others its thousands of words. Books are a passion of mine.

Recently, I was asked by my sister to enter a craft fair with her. There's a few of us girls in the family, so we thought it would be fun to share the cost of a table all together. We each are bringing unique crafts to the fair. I wanted to come up with something easy, but something that is also beautiful and inexpensive to make. A lot of my crafts take time and money. Two things I don't have an abundance of right now.

These book page wreaths were the perfect solution to my dilemma. They are not very time consuming, and they are very inexpensive to make. Each one cost me about $2 or $3 to make. While someone could easily duplicate this craft on their own, some don't have the time and they are willing to pay to take a completed wreath home with them. If I don't sell them all... I have lots of Christmas gifts already made for my friends, teachers, and family. It's a winning situation no matter what!

To start out, you need an old book. I'm a little picky about this part. I want a book that has meaning. I don't want some random story hanging on my wall, so probably other people feel the same way. I have a box of old books that are duplicates of ones I already own. I LOVE to give away books.  I simply chose a few books from my book box. I found a couple of inspirational books to devour. I started by cutting off the spine of the book. I used a straight edge and an X-Acto knife.

The somewhat tedious part is rolling pages. And rolling pages. And rolling more pages of the book.

I have two different sizes that I roll. I make pages for the outer edge of the wreath, and I make another size for the inside of the wreath.

how to make book page wreath

The pages for the outer edge, I roll all the way from the bottom of the page.  I want as big of a cone as possible. These ones I put a small piece of tape to hold them shut. You could use a glue stick so the tape is not visible, or use a hot glue gun. Since I double layer the cones, I don't worry much about the tape showing.

The pages for the inside of the wreath, I roll starting about two-thirds of the way down the page. I continuing to tuck and roll a tight small cone until there is nothing left of the page to roll.

how to make book page wreath Christmas

These ones I staple about 1 inch from the bottom of the cone. I make sure the longest part of the cone is lying flat on its backside.

how to make book page wreath Christmas

The fun part is when all your pages are rolled, and fastened. Assembling the wreath is where the creativity kicks in! I think this is a hard project to mess up! Book pages always look beautiful to me!

I cut a square of foam poster board to adhere my cones to. You could cut this in a wreath shape, but I prefer to keep mine a square. I also draw an outer circle on my poster board to use as a guide. I then trace a smaller middle circle.

how to make book page wreath Christmas

Before I glue any cones on, I add a binder clip to the top of the board. This wreath is very light weight, and this is what I use to hang it up. It works perfectly! You can leave the top of the clip facing up, or you could have it face down to make it easier to glue the cones on. Just be sure the one closest to the wall is in the upright position.

how to make book page wreath Christmas

You're ready to glue the cones on now! I use the circles I drew earlier as a guide. I start with the longer cones I've made for the outside edge of the wreath. I glue four cones on to start with. This helps to know exactly how straight I need to glue each cone on. I don't like when the angle gets off. I want it to look circular. Although I have made a couple without measuring and they turn out okay too!

how to make book page wreath Christmas

The pages that get glued on over the top of the binder clip, I glue not only to the board, I also put a little glue in between them each so they hide the black binder clip.  I don't want that to be visible at all.

how to make book page wreath Christmas

Now I fill in the rest of the circle with cones, making sure to put the tallest side of each cone on the backside. I want to be able to see the cone shape well. 

how to make book page wreath Christmas

You could call your wreath complete, and add a decoration to the middle. Simple is beautiful too!

how to make book page wreath

I want to go on and add another layer of cones to the wreath.  I think it gives a little bit more dimension which I really like.

This layer I make with my smaller cones that I stapled. I first draw another small circle as a guide. I glue the stapled cones around the middle again. The staple helps the cone to angle out a little, so that it doesn't lay completely flat.

how to make book page wreath

how to make book page wreath

Once all your cones are glued on, you can add a centerpiece for the finishing touch. With Christmas just around the corner, I thought some Christmas ornaments would be perfect for the center of these wreaths. And if they don't sell at the craft fair, I have already made Christmas gifts ready to go!


I found all my ornament centerpieces at Dollar Tree. This makes it the perfect extra special touch that sets each wreath apart from the others. No two wreaths can be identical. Each has hand folded papers. I also bought some potpourri from the dollar store to add underneath a few of my ornaments. This gives the wreath a nice fresh Christmas scent too!

how to make book page wreath

how to make book page wreath

I love how each one came out. All of them are different, but very pretty!

how to make a book page wreath for Christmas


how to make a book page wreath for Christmas

This one I made a little differently. Instead of using a square poster board, I used a rectangle shape. I also wasn't as careful about the size of cones, and the placement of them. I wanted a messier look to it. I think it came out very nicely. I especially love the little cardinal that sits up on top.

how to make a book page wreath for Christmas

how to make a book page wreath for Christmas

how to make a book page wreath for Christmas

how to make a book page wreath for Christmas

how to make a book page wreath for Christmas

how to make a book page wreath for Christmas

how to make a book page wreath for Christmas

I made a mini one too!
how to make a book page wreath for Christmas

It's so hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner!

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