5 Little Monsters: 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Cricut 101: Tools and Supplies (and a Cute Sign)

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Today I have a fun project to share that uses some cool products that I haven't ever used before, but first I want to talk tools and accessories. What do you really need for your Cricut projects? And what kinds of things are not needs but are nice to have?


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Cricut 101: Cards for All Occasions




With Mother's Day this weekend, Father's Day next month, birthday parties, baby shower, and weddings all throughout the year there are always times when you need a card. With your Cricut it is super easy to make cards for any of those occasions. You can always create something of your own, that is always fun to do and it is great if you want something really specific or personalized, but sometimes you just need something quick or maybe you just want something that is ready to go without needing to come up with a design.

Friday, May 5, 2017

SNAP 2017 - Conference Recap and Printable

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A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend Snap Conference for the 3rd year. The first two times that I attended Snap I won a ticket, once through a giveway and once through a craft blogger contest I participated in. I really enjoyed it the past couple of years but I debated whether or not I should go this year. First of all, I was going to have to actually buy a ticket this year so I had to decide whether or not we could fit that in the budget. Second, I was going to have an 8 month old baby that I would either have to bring with me which would have been hard since he is always on the go, or I would have to leave him with someone which would be hard because I wasn't sure I was ready to leave my baby. In the past my husband has taken time off work to stay with the kids but this year with a new job that wasn't really an option. After lots of back and forth we decided to buy a ticket and my parents took the kids for the weekend. I actually ended up staying at the hotel rather than driving back and forth each day. It was nice to be able to be there for the whole time instead of missing out on some of the evening events like I have in years past.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Cricut 101: Labels and Decals Made Easy

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I have had my Cricut for just over a year and I love how quick and easy it is to make projects on it. For anyone who may not know what a Cricut is, it is a cutting machine that can cut several different things, vinyl, cardstock, iron on, and so many more. Cricut is the brand, there are other brands with similar machines. The actual machine that I currently have is the Cricut Explore Air 2. I first had an Explore Air before getting the 2 and they both do pretty much the same things, the 2 just has a couple new features. You can either come up with your own designs or use premade designs in Cricut Design Space on your computer or mobile device. My favorite things to cut are vinyl and iron on decals, they are super quick and easy and you can cut out pretty much anything.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Simple Crocheted Card Holder


Just over a week ago I attended Snap, a conference for creative bloggers. In prepration for the conference I made some new business cards and I decided that I needed some little card holders to carry them in. Last year I made some that were sewn but I thought this time I would crochet them. I made some simple little buttoned pouches and they worked perfectly. I used them for my business cards and was able to carry quite a few in each one, but they would also work great as a little card wallet to throw in your purse to keep cards in or as a cute way to give a gift card.

Monday, April 10, 2017

8 Free Printable Quotes for the #PrinceOfPeace Easter Campaign



Over the past several days I have shared printable quotes to go along with each of the of the 8 principles that are part of the #PrinceOfPeace Easter campaign on Mormon.org. I thought that since there were so many of them I would do a quick roundup post so that you can find them all in one place.

Hope Quote Printable #PrinceOfPeace


The last principle of the 8 principles that are part of the #PrinceOfPeace campaign on Mormon.org is Hope. As I did with the others I am sharing a free printable quote to go along with it. I chose another quote by Dieter F. Uchtdorf, "Hope will open your eyes to the glories Heavenly Father has in store for you".

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Prayer Quote Free Printable #PrinceOfPeace


Number 7 in my series of 8 printable quotes based on the principles that are part of the #PrinceOfPeace Easter campaign on Mormon.org is prayer. I had a hard time choosing a quote for prayer because there were a lot of really good ones that I came across as I was looking but I ended up choosing this quote by Henry B. Eyring "Heavenly Father hears your prayers, loves you, and He knows your name."

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Scripture Free Printable Bookmarks #PrinceOfPeace



The next principle of the #PrinceOfPeace Easter campaing on Mormon.org is Scripture. For this one I decided to do something a little bit different than the others. With all of the others I chose to make printables available in 8" x 10" and 5" x 7". Since these quotes are about scriptures and scripture reading I decided to make bookmarks instead. I chose two quotes instead of just one. I liked both of them and had a hard time deciding between them so I figured I would just use both. There are four to a page, two of each quote.

Graditude Quote Free Printable #PrinceOfPeace


Another principle that is part of the #PrinceOfPeace campaign on Mormon.org is gratitude. I love this quote by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf. "We can choose to be grateful no matter what." It is easy to be grateful when things are good but when times are hard it can be more difficult to see all of the blessings we have but they are always there.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Free Printable Repentance Quote #PrinceOfPeace



Repentance is the fourth principle in the #PrinceOfPeace Easter campaign on mormon.org. This one was a little bit harder to find a quote that I really liked and the quote I chose might seem a little strange but let me tell you why I chose it. As I was looking for quotes I really wanted to find quotes that would be inspirational and encouraging. Quotes that people may want to put up somewhere as little reminders to encourage them throughout the day. So when it came to repentance I really didn't want something that screamed REPENT! I mean, I know we all need to repent, obviously that is why this is one of the principles, I just felt like for me I would rather have slightly more gentle reminder.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Forgiveness Quote Printable #PrinceOfPeace



As I mentioned in my last post, I found quotes by LDS church leaders to go along with each of the 8 principles that are part of the #PrinceOfPeace campaign on Mormon.org. The first principle was Faith, then Compassion, and next is Forgiveness which is the principle for this post.

Free Printable Faith Quote #PrinceOfPeace


In my last post I talked about compassion, one of the 8 principles that are a part of the #PrinceOfPeace Easter campaign on Mormon.org. I made a printable of a quote about compassion and as I was working on it I thought, why not make a pretty printable quote to go along with each day. So, I found some quotes to go along with each of the 8 principles and over the next couple of days I will be sharing each of them. I'm not going to write a big long post like I did for the first one but instead I will just share the printable and maybe a little bit about why I chose the quote I did.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Examples of Compassion #PrinceOfPeace

-This post is sponsored by mormon.org and the #PrinceOfPeace Easter Campaign. All ideas and opinions are my own-

I don't often share a lot of religious stuff on my blog but around Christmas and Easter every year my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, does a campaign focusing on Jesus Christ. I love the campaigns that they do and I love to participate in any way I can. Last Year's Christmas campaign, #LightTheWorld, was awesome. I only wrote one post about one activity that my family did but it was really neat to spend the Christmas season teaching our kids to focus on what they can do for others rather than on themselves and the presents they want. It is something that we, as a family, plan to repeat every year. This year's Easter campaign is called #PrinceOfPeace. It is similar to the Christmas campaign in that it focuses on a different principle each day that we can focus on to become more Christlike in our lives. Each day of the week leading up to Easter has a principle with a scripture, a short video to go along with the theme as well as some ideas of things that you can do to live those principles. The principles are faith, compassion, forgiveness, repentance, gratitude, scripture, prayer, and hope. You can find out more on mormon.org.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Personalized Easter Buckets

-This post sponsored by Oriental Trading Company, all ideas and opinions are my own-



Easter is just around the corner so I have been trying to get some Easter projects finished up and posted. In one way I feel like it seems crazy to think that it is almost Easter, but on the other hand it seems kind of weird that it is still a few weeks away because it is a little later in the year this year. These Personalized Easter Pails are super quick and easy to put together so even with Easter coming soon you still have time to make them. All you need are some plastic buckets, vinyl, and a cutting machine to cut the vinyl.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cricut 101: How To Use the Cricut Write and Cut Feature

-This post is sponsored by Cricut, all ideas and opinions are my own-



There are so many different things that you can do with the Cricut. The first thing that comes to mind is cutting, whether it be vinyl, iron-on, cardstock, or something else. It is a cutting machine so that is obviously the main thing that it does, but did you know it can do a lot more than just cut? It can also write, and score. You can even do one of those things at the at the same time as you cut, without ever stopping the machine. There are also other features like print and cut. If you haven't tried some of these features you may wonder how they work. Today I want to show the write and cut feature and how you can use it to make some little tags. It is a really easy project that has a lot of practical uses and once you learn how to do it you can use it to make lots of different projects. The tags come in handy for gifts. I have also use them to label crocheted hats with the sizes. Also, I will have a video showing how to do this soon, I was working on one but had some issues so as soon as I get it ready I will add the link here.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Free Printables for Easter and Spring



Spring is almost officially here but where I am the weather has already started feeling more like spring. At least most of the time. A few days ago we had a day with a high of 60 degrees, it was beautiful, then later that evening we had a big snow storm with crazy wind and lightning. But I guess that is what you get during springtime in Utah. A few days ago my daughter pointed out to me that our tulips are starting to pop up in the flower bed. Little signs that spring is on the way. Easter is a little later this year than it was last year, it isn't until April, but spring and Easter kind of go together in my mind. I decided to make a couple of printables to celebrate the coming of springtime.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Self Striping Yarn Cakes: A Comparison of Caron Cakes, Premier Sweet Rolls, Lion Brand Mandala, and Bernat Pop

self striping yarn cakes, what's the difference

Several months ago Caron Cakes came out and they were the new big thing in yarn crafts. Every crochet group I am in on facebook was going crazy over them. They were only available at Michaels and they couldn't seem to keep them in stock. I'll be honest, I thought it was a little crazy how excited everyone was about them and wasn't really interested in joining in on the hype. I wasn't crazy about a lot of the color combinations and I didn't really like the idea of such abrupt color changes. I didn't really have much of a desire to try them out and thought they would just be a fad that would last for a little while before disappearing. Boy was I wrong. Pretty soon Premier came out with Sweet Rolls and Caron came out with a new batch of colors. It looked like the cakes were here to stay and after a while I decided that if I wanted to be taken seriously as a crochet blogger I better make something using Caron Cakes, or one of the other similar yarns. I picked up a couple of Caron Cakes and started a project, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually liked the yarn quite a bit and didn't mind the abrupt changes nearly as much as I thought I would. Not long after that I was trying to come up with a project to do for Fairfield World and decided to pick up a couple of Sweet Rolls. At that point I thought since I was trying both I would do some sort of comparison post about what I liked and/or didn't like about each yarn. Just days later I started seeing stuff on Facebook about Lion Brand Mandala and Bernat Pop coming out at Walmart. As far as I have been able to find it seems like the Walmarts around me are currently only carrying the Lion Brand Mandala, I have not seen Bernat Pop but I picked up some Mandala to compare to the other. I have information about each of the different yarns and have tried all but Bernat Pop. I made a little chart to compare all of them and will share my opinions on each. I purchased all of the yarns I tried myself so this is not sponsored by any of the companies, all of the opinions I share here are my completely unbiased thoughts on each type of yarn.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Crochet Carrot


A couple of days ago I shared the pattern for my little spring chick and in one of the pictures there was a sneak peek of todays project. I was wanting to make some springy crochet projects ans with Easter and spring one of the things that I always think of is carrots. I thought a little crocheted carrot would be cute with a little stuffed bunny or even just tied in a bundle or put in a basket as spring/Easter decor.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Spring Chick Amigurumi

-This post is sponsored by Fairfield World, all ideas and opinions are my own-


I can't believe that March is just a few days away and that means that spring is right around the corner. We have had some nice spring-ish days lately and that has made me really excited for spring. Of course this morning we got several inches of snow so obviously the spring weather is not yet here to stay. When I think of spring I think of Easter and everything that is associated with that, bunnies and chicks, carrots and Easter baskets, etc. I decided to make a couple little crochet projects for spring. I made a little baby chick and a carrot. Today I will be sharing the baby chick pattern and the carrot will be available on the Fairfield World site in a couple of days.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sweet Stripes Crocheted Laptop Case


My last post was a pillow that I made using Premier Yarns Sweet Rolls. The pillow took one full Sweet Roll and a tiny bit of another. I ran out on my final round of the second side, so I did half of the last round, the joining round and the border out of my second roll. As a result I had almost a full Sweet Roll left. I was trying to think of something that I could make using a little less than one roll and this project is what I came up with. I ended up using pretty much the rest of the yarn, I ended with just a few yards to spare. Originally I was thinking of just making a bag but as I started I realized that what I was working on was almost the perfect size for my laptop and I thought a laptop case would be awesome, especially since I used to have a plastic cover on mine but it recently broke so a crocheted case could kind of be the replacement for that. I started over so that I could size it better for my laptop and in no time at all I had a new case for my computer. I sized it for my computer but obviously laptops come in a lot of different sizes and since this uses a simple stitch pattern it is really easy to adjust to whatever size you need.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rounds and Ridges Crochet Pillow


Recently, well for several months now I guess, it seems like everyone in the crochet community has been obsessed with the new striped cake yarns, and now every brand is coming out with there own version. It started with Caron Cakes, then Premier Sweet Rolls, now there is Lion Brand Mandala and Bernat Pop and there may be even more but those are the ones that I know of. When they first came out I was pretty skeptical. I am not typically a huge fan of sudden color changes and to be honest, I didn't really love many of the original color combinations. I kind of thought it was way over hyped and I didn't feel like it was something I had much of a desire to try. But then I started feeling like they were such a big deal that I wasn't sure I could be taken seriously as a crochet blogger if I didn't have at least one Caron Cake or Sweet Roll project on my blog. I picked up a couple of Caron Cakes at Michaels and I was actually pleasantly surprised. The color changes didn't look bad and it was kind of fun to see the stripes appear. I am making a blanket with that yarn for my daughter, she picked out the color, and it has kind of been my project to work on between other projects so it isn't done yet. Here is a little sneak peek...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cricut 101: Uploading Your Own Images

-This post sponsored by Cricut, all ideas and opinions are my own-


In the year that I have had my Cricut I have made so many different kinds of projects. Somtimes I can find exactly what I am looking for in the images available through Cricut or I can adapt one of those images to make it into what I need. But sometimes I am looking for something I can't find, or maybe I just have a specific image I want to cut out. For example, I cut out a logo sticker using my 5 Little Monsters Logo. Of course that isn't going to be available through Cricut because it was something that I designed myself, but I was able to upload that image and cut it out that way. I did the same for a logo for my husband's website. I also uploaded my own images for some of the geeky shirts that I made for my baby. I have used that feature quite a bit so today I thought I would demonstrate how to do that.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ASL I Love You Crocheted Valentine

-Compensation for this post provided by Fairfield World, all ideas and opinions are my own-


Just over 8 years ago my second baby, first little girl, was born. We were so excited to add a baby girl to our family and had no idea how much her birth would change our world. With my first baby I don't think I even realized that they that they did newborn hearing screenings because he had passed his, I don't think I realized it until the nurse walked in with my newborn baby girl and told me that she hadn't passed. We didn't really know what that meant, they didn't really know what that meant. They told us that lots of babies fail right after birth because of fluid in their ears so we should just come back in a week, retest her, and chances are she would pass. The only problem is she didn't pass a week later, or the next week, or any of the times over the 2 months that we took her in to have her hearing tested. By the time we finally got some answers and a diagnosis we were more relieved to finally know what was going on than anything else. She was diagnosed with a moderate hearing loss in both ears. Further testing revealed that she had a progressive hearing loss and would most likely eventually lose all of her hearing.

Monday, January 30, 2017

I Love Books Bag with Bookroo

-This post sponsored by Bookroo, all ideas and opinions are my own. Post may include affiliate links-


Some of my best childhood memories involve books. I loved reading books myself and there are so many books that grew up loving, picture books and chapter books both. My mom used to read books to us too. I remember so many times that we would beg her to keep reading, just one more chapter, then one more, and one more. Some of my favorites were those books that she read aloud. I think part of it is the stories but I think part of it was just that we all loved when she read to us. I have always felt that one of the biggest reasons that I grew up loving books and reading was because my mom read to me and shared her love of books  with me and mt siblings. When my husband and I found out that we were expecting our first baby over 10 years ago one of the first things we did was start a little collection of some of our favorite books. It was so important to me to share my love of reading with my kids.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Through the Cracks Cowl


I made this cowl quite a while ago and have been meaning to get it posted on here but with all of the holiday projects I was trying to get up it just had to wait. I got the idea for it just looking through my stash of yarn that was leftover from other projects and saw a small ball of Red Heart Unforgettable that  was left over from my Spring Colors Scarf. I really like the colors of that yarn but there was just a small amount left and I wasn't sure what I could with it. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Colorwork Hearts Pillow


I finally got my newest pattern up on the Fairfield World site. I wanted to make something to get ready for Valentine's Day next month and I had the idea to do another graph pillow but this time I used single crochet instead of corner to corner. Because it is all single crochet it is a beginner friendly project. No complicated stiches to learn, just a basic single crochet. You change colors as you work to make the hearts.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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

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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.

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