Friday Favorites No. 323

After a crummy week of trying to deal with the pain of an injured shoulder, I have something to celebrate today. It's exactly one month until we leave to go visit our son in Italy! We last saw him nearly a year ago, so we're over-the-moon excited for this trip. I'll apologize in advance, but it might be all I can talk about until we go!

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Denim is back in a big way this year, and not just in a two-legged kind of way. I've seen LOTS of home decor items and accessories sporting the blue. The Unfashionista shares a way to bring it into a different part of your wardrobe, and rehab a pair of old shoes in the process.

Why is something that's outside its normal size so compelling? Tiny, huge, it's just different from what we're used to. As a book lover I'm especially drawn to these big free printables from The Painted Hive.

I know the photo looks a little holiday-ish, but I just bought a bottle of pear vodka made by a local distillery, and while I was looking for ways to use it I came across this tasty drink from Growing Up Gable. What I like about this recipe is that there aren't a ton of other ingredients, so that pear flavor gets to shine.

I've bought pre-marinaded chicken and popped it into the freezer for another day, so why have I never thought to make my own? These recipes from Sweet Peas and Saffron all sound delicious. She also gives some marinating advice, and serving ideas for each flavor.

The candle shown here is from Define Design 11 at Handmade at Amazon. This happens to be the Oregon version (from an Oregon seller), but they seem to have most, if not all, the other states as well. Each candle has a scent reminiscent of it's region, and is a perfect gift for someone who's missing home.

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

Candle Jar Cozy

There’s nothing like a good scented candle to bring a sense of the season to a house.  I’ve disappointed many a friend and family member when they’ve walked into the house and thought I was baking something delicious, only to find out it was a candle burning.  I can evoke a sense of summer fruit or Christmas cookies and all I need is a lighter.  I almost feel guilty.

Because I’m such a fan of candles, I love to give them as gifts.  Not that a candle alone isn’t great to give and receive, but it’s nice to add a little handmade touch.  For my grandma’s birthday recently, I sent her this:

You might recognize the fabric from the tote bag I made for her last year – she loved it.  Underneath that wrap is a Lavender Vanilla Yankee candle, which smelled even better than it sounded, but it’s the wrap I want to talk about today.  It’s quick to make and it can be moved on to the next jar when this candle is empty.  I liked it so much I made myself a Christmas version.  Don’t tell Santa.

To make this you’ll need:

outside fabric, cut to 13 1/2" by 4”

inside fabric, cut to 13 1/2” by 4”

batting, cut to 13 1/2” by 4”

Elastic cord, 3” long

button, 5/8 – 1”

You’ll also need five to nine squares of fabric, either 3” square for the five petal flower or 2” square for the nine petal and a button for the center.  Make the flower using the tutorial shown here.

Lay the outside piece face up.  Tie the ends of the elastic together using a piece of thread or zigzag on your sewing machine.  Place the elastic in the center of one end with the loop facing in.  Add a tag on the other end if you have one.

Lay the inside piece over that, right side down.  Finish with the batting on top and pin everything in place.  Stitch around the outside, 1/4” from the edge, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom for turning.  I always add some extra stitching over the elastic so it doesn’t pop out.

Clip the corners, turn right side out and press, turning in the opening.  Top stitch all the way around, close to the edge.

Loop it around like it will be on the candle with the ends touching and mark the spot where the elastic reaches without stretching.  Stitch the button on that spot.

Stitch your flower on where ever it looks best on your cozy.

Wrap it around the candle and hook the loop around the button.  I made sure this was tall enough to cover the label on most 22 ounce candles.

This would make a great gift for a teacher, a neighbor or my grandma.  I’ve got her covered, so go ahead and give yours to someone else.

I’m pretty sure I’m going to need one of these for every season, just like my candles.