Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix Recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle | Craft Lightning Valentine’s Day 2017 Edition

I’m excited to be part of another round of Craft Lightning, where bloggers are challenged to create 15-minute crafts around a theme. Our theme this time around is Valentine’s Day. As soon as I signed up, I knew I wanted to make something that involved food (one of my favorite parts of the holiday), so I decided on a jar mix. And, what better jar mix for Valentine’s Day than one that can be turned into breakfast in bed? I needed to take the craftiness up a notch – and that’s when I remembered that I still had some vinyl from Expressions Vinyl in my goodie closet. The vinyl heart on your jar mix is a the perfect touch to make this gift extra special.

This post contains affiliate links. Materials for this project were generously provided by Cricut, Expressions Vinyl, and Oriental Trading.

This project really can be done in 15 minutes (once you gather your supplies), but it’s broken down into 3 parts: preparing the vinyl, preparing the jar mix, and finishing the jar. I’ve also included a printable recipe card that you can attach if you’re giving the pancake mix to a friend (or if you think you may forget how to put the pancakes together for your special someone on Valentine’s Day morning). You can find more Craft Lightning projects by visiting the hosts at The Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Make Life Lovely.

If you make your own Pancake Breakfast for Two Mix or Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium crochet or knitting patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns, tutorials, or recipes again!

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle

Tutorial by Underground Crafter

Materials

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

ExpressionsVinyl Logo

Instructions

Prepare the Vinyl

  • Use Cricut Design Space to customize the image. I used Heart #M2F695 from Ashlyn’s Alphabet, which is free with Cricut Access, and sized it so that it would measure about 2″ (5 cm) tall.

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Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Wipe the surface of the milk bottle clean using the rubbing alcohol and cotton ball or paper towel. Allow the surface to dry.
  • Remove the backing from the transfer tape. Place the adhesive part of the tape over the vinyl.
  • Position the transfer tape with the vinyl over the milk bottle. Use the scraper to rub the vinyl into place, flattening out any air bubbles.
  • When the vinyl is correctly positioned, peel off the transfer tape.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Cricut Access

Prepare the Jar Mix

  • Prepare Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix (recipe below). Fill milk bottle with jar mix.
  • Wipe flour off container with paper towel.

Finishing

  • Tie ribbon in a bow at narrow neck of milk bottle.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix

Recipe by Underground Crafter

This recipe was adapted from the Basic Pancakes recipe in my all-time favorite cookbook, the Joy of Cooking.

Ingredients (to make about six 5″/13 cm pancakes)

For Jar Mix:

  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Flavorful mix ins (optional)
    • I used 1/4 cup dried cranberries (craisins) and 1/4 cup toasted, chopped pecans. You could use another dried fruit and nut combination, or 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips.
    • If you don’t use sweetened mix ins, add another 1/2 Tablespoon granulated sugar to the flour mixture.
  • 1 Oriental Trading clear glass milk bottle with lid (5-1/2” x 2”)
  • A small bottle of maple syrup is optional, but it does take the gift up a notch!
  • Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe card.

Download the Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe card.

For Pancakes:

  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-1/2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • Toppings of choice (such as butter, maple syrup, honey, vanilla yogurt, or fresh berries)

Jar Mix Instructions

  • Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in small bowl.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Pour flour mixture into milk bottle.
  • Tap gently to flatten. Pour in flavorful mix ins, pushing down gently if necessary.
  • Close lid to seal.

Pancake Breakfast for Two Jar Mix recipe with Vinyl Decorated Milk Bottle tutorial by Underground Crafter | Give your sweetie a special breakfast in bed. Makes a great gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any other occassion! #expressionsvinyl #cricutmade

  • Print recipe card.

Pancake Instructions

  • Preheat lightly greased griddle or frying pan on stove top.
  • Pour contents of jar mix into a large bowl.
  • Pour milk, butter, eggs, and vanilla over jar mix.
  • Whisk together until just combined.
  • Pour approximately 1/3 cup of batter onto hot griddle for each pancake.
  • Turn with spatula when the top of pancake is covered in bubbles and some bubbles have popped open.
  • Cook until other side of pancake is lightly browned.
  • Serve hot or keep warm in 200 degrees Fahrenheit oven until ready to serve.
  • Serve with your favorite toppings.
© 2017 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This recipe and tutorial are for personal use only. You may use the recipe and tutorial to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this recipe and tutorial. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this recipe and tutorial or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. (You are welcome to print out the recipe card to include with any jar mixes you make.) If you want to share the recipe and tutorial, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2017/01/09/pancake-jar-mix-with-vinyl-decorated-milk-bottle. Thanks for supporting indie bloggers!

If you make your own Pancake Breakfast for Two Mix or Vinyl-Decorated Milk Bottle, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium crochet or knitting patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns, tutorials, or recipes again!

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday 2016 Edition

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI’m excited to be teaming up with Angie from the Country Chic Cottage, Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts, and Vanessa from Tried and True for the winter holiday edition of Craft Lightning! When I thought about the idea of coming up with a 15 minute project for the holidays, I knew there wasn’t much I could create with crochet (although this Easy Peasy Buttoned I-Cord Bracelet can be finished in that amount of time) — and, at my speed, there was certainly nothing that could be knit in 15 minutes.

This post contains affiliate links. This post is sponsored by Cricut but all opinions and thoughts are my own. Additional materials for this project were generously provided by Beacon Adhesives and Kreinik.

But, as you know, I recently got a Cricut Explore Air and our crochet and knit creations are always in need of gift tags, so an idea began to come together.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags

Supplies needed

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and True

Step 1: Select shapes for cutting

I used Cricut Design Space to create hexagons. Click on Insert Shapes on the left side menu, then choose Hexagon. I sized mine so that I could get 6 hexagons from one sheet of cardstock.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI grew up in a multi-faith family, and here in New York City, my friends and family celebrate many different holidays. I started a new document and clicked Insert Images to search for 3 different designs (all of which are free with Cricut Access): a Christmas tree (M36D76), a dreidel (M44259), and a gift box (M31428). Be sure these shapes will be sized small enough to fit into your hexagons. I could fit about 12 of theses holiday shapes onto one sheet of cardstock.

Step 2: Cut out hexagons and holiday shapes

I set the Cricut Explore Air to cut on cardstock. I used the gray for the hexagons and the blueish green for the holiday shapes (Christmas trees, dreidels, and gift boxes).

Step 3: Glue shapes to hexagons

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI used the Zip Dry to glue one shape to each hexagon. The glue dries pretty quickly, so make your design decisions (like, “Should the image be in the center or to one side?” or, “Should the hexagon be point up or flat side up?”) before you apply the glue to the back of the shape.

Step 4: Punch a hole in each hexagon

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueOnce the glue has dried, use the hole punch to create a hole in each tag. Again, you can only make design decisions once on each tag, so decide if you want the hole centered or off to one side.

Step 5: Attach the tag to your handmade project

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueThread the yarn or tapestry needle with the Kreinik Twist and then use the needle to draw the thread through the punched hole.

If you are using the tag for care instructions with a crocheted, knit, or sewn gift, you can also use the needle to attach directly to the gift.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and True

Alternately, you can wrap the gift first in an upcycled paper bag. Use the Kreinik Twist to tie a bow, leaving an extra long tail. Use that tail to thread the needle and then attach the tag. Tie off with a small knot.

Easy Hexagon Gift Tags by Underground Crafter | Craft Lightning Winter Holiday Edition 2016 with Country Chic Cottage, 30 Minute Crafts, and Tried and TrueI hope you’ve enjoyed this quick little project! I can’t wait to add these tags to my handmade gifts this holiday season.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Free pattern: Popcorn Box Cowl #PopcornBoxParty2016

Popcorn Box Cowl free crochet pattern in Red Heart Baby Hugs and Super Saver by Underground Crafter #PopcornBoxParty2016 | This boho cowl is a quick and easy project. Mix it up with different color combinations to wear in different seasons!Although I’m fairly introverted in real life, there’s something about virtual parties that I really enjoy! So, when Laura Kelly mentioned she was looking for participants for #PopcornBoxParty2016, the fourth year of the Popcorn Box Blog Hop, I decided to join in.

This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Red Heart.

The basic premise of the blog hop is this: Laura sent us a goody box filled with freebies from event sponsors, and we figured out something crafty, DIY, or recipe-ish to do with all or some of the supplies. So, what was in the box?

The first thing I start was to unwrap the World Market chocolate bar. (I needed some inspiration after all.) The personalized pencils from Oriental Trading were sharpened and then put aside near my planner. The Udderly Smooth hand cream (yay!) was used to keep my hands smooth while I was crocheting. (You can read my review of Udderly Smooth hand cream for crafters here.)

Then I started staring down the World Market popcorn box. It gave me a nostalgic feeling, and when I get nostalgic, I usually head straight for the 1970s. That’s when the color palette struck. I had some leftover bits of Red Heart yarn from two projects that were just shouting out 1970s once I put them together.

Popcorn Box Cowl free crochet pattern in Red Heart Baby Hugs and Super Saver by Underground Crafter #PopcornBoxParty2016 | This boho cowl is a quick and easy project. Mix it up with different color combinations to wear in different seasons!And, although fringe is a bit more 1960s, I thought it worked well. Now, for the failed part of the experiment. You know that I try to add a bit of yarn to everything in life, and, er, um, well…

Popcorn Box Cowl free crochet pattern in Red Heart Baby Hugs and Super Saver by Underground Crafter #PopcornBoxParty2016 | This boho cowl is a quick and easy project. Mix it up with different color combinations to wear in different seasons!…let’s just say that a popcorn box doesn’t really make a functional yarn bowl. It does work for purely decorative uses, however!

My testers had a lot of fun with this pattern, too. I particularly loved this child-sized Halloween-themed version by MixedKreations.

Popcorn Box Cowl free crochet pattern in Red Heart Baby Hugs and Super Saver by Underground Crafter #PopcornBoxParty2016 | This boho cowl is a quick and easy project. Mix it up with different color combinations to wear in different seasons! This version is by Mixed Kreations on Ravelry.Now, it wouldn’t be a party if you couldn’t join in the fun, so here’s how! I’ll be sharing my free crochet pattern for the Popcorn Box Cowl and underneath it you can find a link up to all of the other great projects, recipes, and inspiration from the other participating bloggers. Beneath that will be the (drum roll, please) Rafflecopter for some serious giveaway prizes. Enter through October 22, 2016 for your chance to win a $50 World Market Gift Card, a Sizzix Big Shot Machine (or Ellison Superstar) and Laura Kelly Dies (valued at $100), an Adorn It Planner Kit (Planner, Laura Kelly Papers and Stickers) (valued a $65), an Udderly Smooth Prize Pack with Hat and Mug (valued at $75), or aDIY with Laura Kelly Crafty Stash (Kunin Felt, Expressionery Stamp, Expo International Pom Pom Trims and Tombow Products) (valued at $100). Good luck!

If you make your own Popcorn Box Cowl, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter.

Add the Popcorn Box Cowl to your Ravelry favorites or queue.

Underground Crafter on RavelryIf you want an easy print format, you can buy an ad-free PDF version on Craftsy.

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Shop for Red Heart Super Saver at your favorite retailer!

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Popcorn Box Cowl free crochet pattern in Red Heart Baby Hugs and Super Saver by Underground Crafter #PopcornBoxParty2016 | This boho cowl is a quick and easy project. Mix it up with different color combinations to wear in different seasons!Popcorn Box Cowl

Crochet Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 504-medium 50This boho cowl is a quick and easy project. Mix it up with different color combinations to wear in different seasons!

Finished Size

  • Adult: 21.75” (55 cm) long x 5.5” (14 cm) wide, excluding fringe.

Materials

  • Red Heart Baby Hugs Medium (100% acyrlic, 4.5 oz/127 g/247 yd/225 m) – 1 skeins in 4255 Orange (MC), or approximately 75 yd (68.5 m) in any medium weight yarn.
  • Red Heart Super Saver (100% acrylic, 7 oz/198 g/364 yd/333 m) – 1 skein ea in 313 Aran (CA) and 365 Coffee (CB), or approximately 50 yd (46 m) in ea of 2 colors in any medium weight yarn.
  • US Size J-10/6 mm crochet hook, or size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • 4 (0.75” /2 cm) diameter) sew-through buttons.

Shop for Red Heart Baby Hugs at your favorite retailer!

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Gauge

  • 14 sts x 13 rows = 4” (10 cm) in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • CA – Color A
  • CB – Color B
  • ch – chain
  • ea – each
  • hdc – half double crochet
  • MC – Main Color
  • mod-tr – modified treble crochet – Yo twice, insert hook in skipped st 2 rows below, yo and draw up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
  • rep – repeat
  • sc – single crochet
  • sk – skip
  • sp – space
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • Beginning in Row 2, fasten off and add colors with long yarn tails (approximately 8”/20 cm) to use as fringe.
  • Yarn tails used as fringe will not be woven in. To secure, ch 1 tightly when fastening off yarn and sl st tightly when adding new color.

Pattern Instructions

Cowl

  • With MC, ch 20, or any even number of ch.
  • Row 1: Turn, sk 1 ch, sc in next st and in ea ch across. (19 sts)
  • Row 2:.Turn, ch 3 (counts as hdc + ch-1 sp, here and throughout), sk 1 st, hdc in next st, *ch 1, sk 1 st, hdc in next st; rep from * across. Fasten off MC.
  • Row 3: Turn, join CA with sl st to first st, ch 2 (counts as hdc, here and throughout), *mod-tr, hdc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 4: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and ea st across. Fasten off CA.
  • Row 5: Turn, join MC with sl st to first st, ch 1, sc in first st and ea st across.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 2.
  • Row 7: Turn, join CB with sl st to first st, ch 2, *mod-tr, hdc in next st; rep from * across.
  • Row 8: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and ea st across. Fasten off CB.
  • Row 9: Rep Row 5.
  • Rep Rows 2-9 until cowl measures approximately 21” (53 cm) or about 0.75” (2 cm) shorter than desired length.

 Form buttonholes

  • Row 10: Turn, ch 1, sc in first st and next st, (ch 3, sk 3 sts, sc in next st) 4 times, sc in next st, fasten of MC.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Choose favorite side as right/front side. Thread yarn needle with coordinating or contrasting color. Sew buttons to right side of Rows 1-3, positioning to line up opposite of buttonholes.
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends of foundation chain and button thread to finish.
© 2016 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/10/16/free-pattern-popcorn-box-cowl/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

If you make your own Popcorn Box Cowl, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, Google+ as +UndergroundCrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter.

Add the Popcorn Box Cowl to your Ravelry favorites or queue.

Underground Crafter on RavelryIf you want an easy print format, you can buy an ad-free PDF version on Craftsy.

Underground Crafter on CraftsyCheck out the other projects, recipes, and inspiration in the Popcorn Box Party 2016 Blog Hop!



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Are You Ready for the (Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop?

(Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop! 9 recipes and 9 craft tutorials!I’m so excited to announce something special that I’ve been working on behind the scenes for a while. I’ve teamed up with eight other crafty bloggers who love to bake to celebrate (Inter)National Cookie Month!

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If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I love to celebrate wacky theme months. When I learned that October is cookie month, I knew I had to find a big way to celebrate. First of all, who doesn’t love cookies? And, with all the holidays coming up, it’s not only crochet and knitting season, it’s baking season in my neck of the woods.

Every Saturday and Wednesday during October, one of the participating bloggers will be sharing a cookie recipe AND a crochet or knitting pattern or craft project tutorial. You can get your bake on while getting your craft on – what could be better?

Join in with us by making the recipes and projects and by using the hashtag #craftycookies2016. Don’t forget to tag the designer so she can see what you’re working on! I’m sharing the schedule below, and I’ll be updating this post with direct links to the recipes and projects as they are released. Enjoy!

(Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop

Schedule 2016

(Inter)National Cookie Month Crafty Blog Hop! 9 recipes and 9 craft tutorials!

Saturday, October 1

Wednesday, October 5

Saturday, October 8

Wednesday, October 12

Saturday, October 15

Wednesday, October 19

Saturday, October 22

Wednesday, October 26

Saturday, October 29

Join in with us by making the recipes and projects and by using the hashtag #craftycookies2016. Don’t forget to tag the designer so she can see what you’re working on!

 

 

2016 Holiday Blog Hop

2016 Holiday Blog Hop | free crochet patterns every Thursday from July 28 through November 17, 2016 | Hosted by The Stitchin’ Mommy, Oombawka Design, The Lavender Chair, Creative Crochet Workshop, Underground Crafter, Simply Collectible Crochet, Look At What I Made, & American CrochetYou know I love crochet-a-longs and blog hops, so I’m excited to share another one that I’m part of this year!
I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers for the 2016 Holiday Blog Hop. We’ll bring you a free crochet holiday pattern every Thursday from July 28 through November 17, 2016.

This Blog Hop is hosted by The Stitchin’ Mommy, Oombawka Design, The Lavender Chair, Creative Crochet Workshop, Simply Collectible Crochet, Look At What I Made, American Crochet, and Underground Crafter.

The patterns will include holiday decorations and gift ideas. Subscribe to each of our newsletters so that you don’t miss a single pattern! (You can subscribe to my weekly newsletter here.)

To get the most out of the 2016 Holiday Blog Hop…

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2016 Holiday Blog Hop Schedule

We hope you’ll join the fun! (By the way, if you love crocheting holiday gifts and decorations, you may also enjoy the 2016 Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-Long.)