5 Little Monsters

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Cricut 101- Is It Worth It? and a Unicorn T-Shirt

-This post is sponsored by Cricut, all opinions and ideas are my own. This post contains affiliate links-

I have had my Cricut for nearly a year now and I have really loved having it. It has been a fun addition to my craft room and I use it all the time. For a while now I have been wanting to start a regular blog series about using the Cricut. I want to share lots of little tricks I have learned, fun things you can do with your Cricut, and answer questions you may have about Cricut machines. Before I got my Cricut I would see all of the projects people made with their cutting machines and think it would be really fun to have one. There seemed to be so much stuff that you could do with them. But then I would think about the cost and I wasn't sure it was really worth it. I mean, it looked like it would be cool but would I really use it enough to make it worth it. Then an opportunity came up for me to get one, and in full disclosure it was in exchange for a blog post so I didn't have to pay for it, and I was able to try it out and see how much I would use it and whether or not it was worth the expense. I think that is one of the first questions that a lot of people have when it comes to items like this. It is kind of like getting a sewing machine if you don't sew a lot, or kitchen appliances that you may only use once in a while. Is it worth the expense? I think the answer to that question will vary from person to person but I can share the ways that I use mine and maybe that will help someone decide whether or not it would be worth it for them.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 LDS Youth Theme Printables

Each year the LDS (Mormon) Church has a theme for their youth program and this year the theme is "Ask" based on a scripture in the New Testament, James 1:5-6, which says,

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed” 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Valentine Candy Bags

Today I am participating in a series called "Craft Lightning" with a Valentine's theme. We were challenged to come up with Valentine projects that you can make in 15 minutes or less. When I am trying to think of a quick projects I usually don't immediately think of a crochet project since those usually take me more than 15 minutes (although the little crocheted hearts I made at Christmas time only take a few minutes to make and they would be perfect for Valentine's Day). Instead I decided I would make a super simple sewing project, little muslin treat bags with iron on hearts perfect for filling up with treats for Valentine's Day.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Three Wise Men: Crochet Nativity Add-On

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Over a year ago, in Novmber of 2015, I posted the pattern for my crocheted Nativity set. From that time I had planned to make a set of Wise Men to go along with it. Originally I hoped to make them that year and publish the pattern before Christmas but with the craziness of that time of year it didn't happen. Then I thought maybe I would try to get it done in July for a Christmas in July type post which would give people plenty of time to work on it for Christmas, but I had a baby in July so a lot of things that I had planned didn't happen. Then I thought I would get it done before Christmas for sure. But once again I didn't get them done. I thought about waiting to finish them and post the pattern until closer to Christmas but then I realized that I obviously have a problem with getting them done by the time I plan to so I thought it would be best if I just got them done now and posted the pattern. It may seem like kind of a wierd time to publish a Christmas pattern but I figured it was either get it up now or it might never get done. Besides, today actually happens to be 3 Kings Day so in a way it works. Also, now anyone who wants to make a nativity set for Chirstmas has almost a whole year to get them done.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Lucy's Crochet Unicorn

My little Lucy loves unicorns. I'm not really sure when it started or where it came from but lately she has been obsessed. The only thing she told us that she wanted for Christmas was a unicorn. She ended up with some unicorn toys, unicorn pajamas, and a unicorn book. A few days before Christmas I was looking at my yarn wanting to make something, not that I didn't have projects I needed to work on, I just wanted to make something just to make it. I saw some pink yarn that I had left from a couple of other projects (I used it for Mary's shawl in my nativity and for a little clutch that I made that combined sewing and crochet) and the thought popped into my head that Lucy would love a pink unicorn.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Top 16 of 2016

At the end of the year last year I did a top 15 of 2015 post and I thought it would be good to do it again this year. It is always kind of fun to look back at the things I have made throughout the year as well as to see which ones have been the most popular. Sometimes they are the ones I expect and sometimes they aren't. I thought since in 2015 I did the top 15, in 2016 I should do the top 16. I am only including posts that were published this year, some of the most popular posts on my blog are older posts but since this is kind of a year in review type post I am only including posts that were new this year.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Mini Nativity- Stable

-Product and compensation for this post provided by Fairfield World, all opinions and ideas are my own. Post may contain affiliate links-

A couple of weeks ago I shared my mini nativity pattern that included a Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus in a manger. As I was working on it I had the idea to make a little stable to go along with them. I wanted to make something pretty simple and that would stand up on its own.
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