Simple Hand Stamped Tags With Crocheted Flowers

handmade and hand stamped tags with crochet crocus flowers

Say “You’re Special” with a Crocheted Flower Gift Tag

I love the library. It’s my favorite “go to” source for finding project ideas. It’s also a great way to save money on your craft projects. The book 100 Lace Flowers to Crochet by Caitlin Sainio is one that I’ve checked out again and again…and again. I’ve made a set of coasters with the crocheted crocus, decorated handmade cards with dogwood blossoms and daisies, and even tied the flowers to handwoven baskets.

A Great Way to Enjoy Spring Blooms

If you’re still in the part of the country experiencing snow and ice, brighten up your craft time by crocheting some of these sweet little flowers. They vary from little two round flowers to more complex patterns of six or more rounds. There are crochet bloom patterns for every season.


For these tags, I used kraft cardstock and my Silhouette Cameo. There are plenty of tags in the Silhouette Store, or you can make up your own. If you don’t have a Silhouette, cutting one by hand is simple. I just love using my Silhouette any chance I get.

You can use any stamps that you have. The Stamps of Life sentiments from the set “flowerpower2fill” were perfect for this project. I’m all about using what’s on hand. 

Speaking of what’s on hand, I have a huge pack of Iris Craft Thread and love using it for these crocheted flowers. These flowers can be made with crochet cotton as well, but the craft thread allows for a lacy look while giving you a wide array of colors to choose from. I’ve probably had my pack for at least two years, so it’s going to last awhile!

I love the lacy look and the crocheted flowers work up nicely with a 2.25 mm crochet hook.


These flowers were created with the crocus pattern. Since the crocus has a wide array of colors, you could pick and choose your thread color.

If you can’t find the book, and can’t obtain it through library loan, consider adding it to your personal crafting library.


There are so many ways you could use these little crocheted flowers.

  • decorate a book mark
  • make a tag
  • use on a sweater
  • hair clips for little girls
  • make a spring garland
  • use to decorate a package
  • glue to the end of a big paper clip

How about some other ideas? I’d love to hear from you!


Thanks for stopping by today. Enjoy some blossoms and we’ll see you again next time.

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Free Mason Jar Image File

Great for Sketch Pens or Print and Cut


Free mason jar svg photo


Welcome back to Say It With Simplicity!

Today is a great day for creating and I’m so excited to share this little Mason Jar SVG file with my readers today.

Of course I had to try it out on my own Cameo right away and you can see how they turned out.


February Bible Study

Printable Note Sheet


photo of woman sipping coffee while studying bible on bed


I hope you’ve been able to work on some of the creative projects you’ve had planned.  In spite of the snow and the cold, I’ve enjoyed this month.  Slowly, I’ve been able to knock some things off my ‘to-do’ list.  In addition I’ve been able to schedule some of the local craft classes I teach and doing some sewing. Over the last couple days, I also worked on a new Bible study sheet for my binder.

Bible study notes have been one of the more popular posts on my blog and I wanted share this new February sheet with you. I’m thankful for the support my readers have shown for these. To get the latest sheet, you can find the PDF file in a link at the end of this post.


Warm and Cozy Fleece Mittens for Kids

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I’ve been sewing for a LONG time! Telling you how long, would almost be like telling you my age. So let’s just keep it at a LONG time.

I love sewing on cottons. I even love a good knit. But one thing I have not sewn with very much is fleece.

My Experience with Fleece

I took a little road trip with fleece years ago and made my kids some simple mittens. I even made my hubby a pair of inserts for his snow shoveling mittens. It was all pretty straight forward, I measured hands, added a bit, rounded off the corners and BINGO, I had my pattern.

You can’t have enough mittens in a house full of 8 kids, and so having a few extras around was a plus. Kids get outside and love to play in the snow. Now you have a bunch of wet mittens and you have to wait for them to dry.  However, I never really graduated from ‘Mitten Making 101’.

Fast Forward

Remember how I told you I’ve been sewing a LONG time. I love to sew! I have several machines, from vintage to computerized. We even have a treadle and it’s one of my favorites. I sometimes wished we had a bigger house. Maybe it’s good that we don’t.

So much for getting sidetracked…

I’ve had a sewing bug lately and I wanted to sew for the grand kiddos.  I love Craftsy and I recently got a Craftsy Unlimited Subscription. I stumbled across a class Sewing With Fleece: Essential Techniques with Pattie Otto.  She grew up in Wisconsin, so she knows about winter and keeping warm.


A Handmade Valentine’s Day

with this quick and easy coffee filter craft


Happy Monday morning! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today I wanted to share this super easy coffee filter craft for Valentine’s Day.

This would be a fun craft to do with kids because they are quick, easy and inexpensive. We buy our coffee filters in a large bulk pack from the warehouse store, so if they don’t turn out perfect, no big deal. You can make another or just decide to be perfectly imperfect.

Gather some simple supplies and let’s get started.

You’ll need: 

  • Cone style coffee filters
  • Stamps
  • Ink pads
  • Valentine stickers


  • single hole punch
  • twine or string
  • washi tape
  • scrap vinyl

Now for the fun part!


Quick and Easy Birthday Banner

How to Make a Quick and Easy Birthday Banner

No cut file needed!

Birthday Banner




Hope you’re having a fun and fabulous Friday! This weekend we’re celebrating our grandson’s birthday, and I wanted to share this cute birthday banner, made in Silhouette Cameo.

Back in the day, when my own kids were…well kids…and when I finally had a computer, I used to print out a birthday banner. Remember those greeting card software programs? Seems like a crazy long time ago when we still had a tall tower computer and a big clunky monitor. It was fun messing around with those programs…right?

For birthdays I made my kids their favorite meal and cake so that they would feel special on their birthdays.

I love using my Silhouette Cameo and today I decided to pull out that idea of a birthday banner, but use my Cameo to create it.

I like easy,  and I didn’t want to shop around for a file to make it, so I started with a simple idea, and made up my own.

  • First of all, I drew a rectangle. Not too difficult… If you’re familiar with the cameo, you’re doing this already. rectangle
    You can make this into your own shape by clicking on it twice, and now you have point editing open.
point editing
  • You can see that there’s no point in the mid bottom of the rectangle, but if you just move your cursor on it, and click that center, you create one.

  • Now that you’ve created your point, you can drag that down into your banner shape.

  • If you want this kind of banner, lift up your point with the cursor instead of pulling it down.

  • Resize your banner to further customize the shape. This is just one example. I decided to go with the first shape as you’ll see here in a bit.


  • This may not be an absolutely necessary step, but I decided that I wanted to do an offset, so that I could layer my banner and give it some dimension.

  • Here are the two layers, and I just changed them to blue and white so that I could see what I was working with. The offset piece has been moved from behind and they are now separate pieces.

  • Hit CTRL and the d, and make multiple copies of the shapes. Here I was able to get several of these on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet, and cut out enough for my banner. I did the same thing with my white layer. If you really wanted to have some fun and make a more colorful banner, you could make your pieces in different colors. In the end I chose green for my background pieces.

This COLORBOK cardstock has been in my drawer for a long time, and I decided to use some of it to cut the pieces. This is another one of those places you could use up scraps or even patterned paper. I’m sure you’re not as boring as I am!

bright and primary cardstock


Ready to move onto the lettering?

Keep in mind, I’m not showing every single step here, but I wanted to give you a general idea how I made my banner. I’m sure there are other ways of doing things.

  • I typed out the “Happy” and “Birthday” with the text tool and changed them to the Dissentio font. This is a fun and simple font, and I didn’t have to worry about the “middles” of letters. I thought it would make it much easier to glue them all down when assembling the banner. You could use any font. Each letter as a different font would look really cute!


  • Next, I resized and measured against my banner to check my fit.  When I was happy with it, I ungrouped my letters and gave each one a color with the fill tool. I’m off the paper here, but I’m just sizing up my letters. I’ll be moving things around soon!

I just played around until I got what I wanted, and then moved my banners out-of-the-way so I could start cutting letters. Now that didn’t mean I was totally committed to those colors, but I could cut by color when I sent them to the Cameo. I have another grandchild with a birthday coming up, so I cut two of each set using a blade setting of “3”.



  • Once cut, I laid out my pieces, and I decided that despite the bright colors, it was missing something. I ran each white piece through the Cuttlebug with the Happy Birthday folder. Texture makes everything so much better!

embossed with Cuttlebug

  • Everything was glued together with Aleen’s Fast Grab tacky glue. It’s what I had and I knew it would stay glued. I punched holes in the top with a paper punch and they’re not perfectly straight, but oh well!

  • I decided that our little guy was a star, and added these little felt stars to some of the banner panels.

felt stars

The finished banner

I’m not certain I’m going to keep the purple ribbon, but for now you get an idea of the finished product. It turned out really cute, and I can’t wait to put it up at his birthday party.


This is a really simple project. If you have questions feel free to drop me a comment! I would love to hear from you!


Our Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipe

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Wrap your hands around a cup of hot chocolate

My dad always quoted an old saying, “When the days begin to lengthen, so the cold strengthens.” ….Thanks Dad!

I’m not sure where the saying originated, but it certainly seems true for our part of the country. If you’re at zero or below, like we are, let’s say “Bah! Humbug!” to the cold and warm our hands on some delicious hot chocolate.

I started making my own hot chocolate from scratch, because I always had the simple ingredients at home. No need to stock packets or canisters of the powdered stuff. Just go for the real thing. In a few minutes you’ll have a cup of steaming hot goodness.

This recipe brings back memories of when the kids would help Daddy hunt for the Christmas tree. He would take anyone who was old enough to walk, so imagine a guy walking through the Christmas tree farm with 7 or 8 kiddos trailing behind. Yet they always got it done and brought back the perfect tree. Of course they needed a snack when they got home and Mom knew just the thing. Hot chocolate!

On those snowman building days, it takes longer to clean up all the wet clothes, than it does to make hot chocolate on top the stove. So simple and economical to boot.

My kids are pretty grown up now, but I still use this simple recipe for making hot cocoa from scratch. I love it and I know you will too.

So don’t let cold weather get you down, Stay cozy and warm. We’ll see you next time.





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Favorite Hot Chocolate
This is a very simple and basic hot chocolate recipe. Make your own variations with special flavorings or creamers, or try one of ours from below.
hot chocolate
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
hot chocolate
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa and salt.
  2. Add hot water. Bring Mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk; stir and heat through. Do not boil.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Recipe Notes


Top with Marshmallows

For a spicy treat add:

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
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Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Pancakes on plate

Make these delicious pancakes quickly and easily for memorable family breakfasts


Move over cereal, because pancakes are on the menu today.

When our children were little, pancakes were on the menu nearly every Saturday morning. While Papa and Mama were enjoying a little weekend alone time, the kids would be shaking their sleepy heads and starting to feel those morning hungry rumbles.

In their little minds, the oldest were thinking about how to get Mom out of bed, and into the kitchen. We’d hear little bumps and whispers that told us this was all going on. One by one, they would peak their fuzzy little noggins into our room, and then sit on the end of the bed.

Along would come another sleepy looking one. Sometimes and older child would get a younger one out of the crib. Pretty soon there would be a party on the end of the bed. Then I would hear the familiar phrase, “Are you going to make pancakes?”


Well of course I was going to make pancakes. It rarely failed, and there are great memories of kids having tickle fights with Papa, while Mom listened to their giggles and make a fresh, hot breakfast. Idyllic sounding, but I’m not fibbing you one bit.

Now days we have a nearly empty nest. No more kids jumping on the bed. A couple of the guys work PM shifts and aren’t awake too early. I don’t always make pancakes for breakfast, but this recipe transports me back of few years when I was feeding our large family on a budget. And pancakes need not be for breakfast only. My husband and I will have a “breakfast for supper” night every once in awhile. So easy!

Top with real maple syrup for a delicious treat. We also love Wisconsin Hickory Syrup, which has a light, sweet taste.

Add fresh berries in season, walnuts, chocolate chips or make up your own variation.


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Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
Pancakes are the ultimate breakfast on cold winter days. This recipe transports me back to Saturday mornings when our kids were little. It's one of our family favorites and it's sure to become yours.
Buttermilk Pancakes
Buttermilk Pancakes
  1. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. Beat eggs.
  3. Melt butter.
  4. Combine eggs, buttermilk and melted butter.
  5. Make a little well in the middle of your dry ingredients, add the wet ingredient and combine.
  6. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium high heat. A cast iron skillet works well. You'll know the skillet is hot enough if a couple drops of water sprinkled on the pan skip around and then evaporate. For crowds an electric no-stick griddle, set at 375 degrees, works well.
  7. Pour approximately 1/4 cup batter on the skillet for each pancake. Brown both sides and serve while hot.
Recipe Notes

For Best Results

One secret for lightest and fluffiest pancakes is to not overwork your batter. Stir to combine wet and dry ingredients. You don't need to get out the lumps in order to have a good pancake.

Fry the first side of your pancake until bubbles form and pop. If you need to sneak a peak, you can do so from the edge without lifting up the whole pancake. For the best results, you only want to flip pancakes one time.

Once your griddle is hot and oiled, you will not need to add oil for each pancake. If your griddle gets dry and pancakes stick, add a few drops of oil, but you'll rarely need to.

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Save Time and Money in the Kitchen

My Top 5 Small Appliance Picks

When it comes to choosing any small appliance, as busy wives and mothers we need to think about those that best fit our needs.



These can be expensive, and when we take the plunge into purchasing them, we need to ask “How will they help me save time and money in the kitchen?”

We also need to ask, “How can I save when making purchases on these small appliances?” I know from personal experience, that buying them during the holiday season can save you money on most of these.

As a busy wife and mother, I’ve cooked lots of meals. Today I’ve outlined my top 5 picks for my “must have” in the kitchen.  I’ve personally used each one of these and I hope you’ll use the following reviews as a guide when choosing what will work best for your own kitchen.  (more…)

DIY Christmas Wine Bag

Sew a Holiday Wine Bag for Gift Giving

Wine Gift Bag

Christmas is right around the corner and I’m working on holiday gifts. Today I’ve combined my love of sewing with this awesome wine bag.

We all know that the best crafting projects start with great tutorials. I used a tutorial from Craftsy for making this “fat quarter friendly” project. (more…)

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