5 Little Monsters: 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

Double Cluster Crocheted Hat

-Yarn for this project provided by Darice. This post contains affiliate links-

In my last post I shared how I used my Criut Maker and Cuttlebug to make embossed leather tags to put on crocheted hats, blankets, scarves, bags, etc. I had the idea for that project but I needed something to put the tags on so that I could see if it worked. I made a quick hat to try it out and now I am going to share the pattern for that too.

Embossed Leather Tags

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I have cut a lot of things with my Cricut but up until recently I hadn't tried leather. When I went to the Cricut Mountain Make-a-thon this summer and they talked about the Maker cutting leather and I started thinking about projects I could make. While there I also went to a class where we used the Cuttlebug and the person teaching the class mentioned that it would emboss other materials beyond paper and card stock, one of which was leather. I had never really used a Cuttlebug before and since I don't do a ton of paper crafting I hadn't ever really considered getting one. Then I had the idea for this project and decided I needed to get one.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Sedge Stitch Stocking

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I love to try out new crochet stitches but I have also found that I have some favorites that I always come back to. One of those is the sedge stitch. I love the texture of it and although I think that the only thing I have shared on my blog, before today, that uses that stitch is a dishcloth pattern, I have used it for other projects too and I always love the look of it. I will have to share some of the other projects I have made with that stitch soon.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Joy Sign- A Quick Christmas Craft

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A couple months ago I participated in a Halloween themed round of Craft Lightning, where a bunch of bloggers get together to share quick craft projects that can be made in 15 minutes or less (drying time excluded). This week is the Holiday round and today I am sharing my project. Last time I made a quick little Halloween sign and I really like the way it looked sitting up on my mantel with my other Halloween decorations so I decided to use that as inspiration for this month's project. I used the same kind of small wooden canvas and cut out a Christmasy design with one short word, this time I chose the word Joy.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Thanksgiving Window Cling Decoration

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For Halloween I decided to make cut out some window cling to put on our front door. My kids really liked it, especially my youngest daughter who helped me put it up. I finally took it down a couple days after Halloween but I really wanted to put up something new for Thanksgiving. One of my boys requested a turkey so that is what we did. I added some words and a pumpkin too. It is really hard to get decent pictures of the glass door because of the reflections, I think it looks better in person than I can capture but hopefully it gets the idea across.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Thankful and Blessed Wall Hanging

-Supplies for this project provided by Cricut and Oriental Trading Company. 
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I was playing around with my Cricut the other day and made a little wall hanging for Thanksgiving and I thought I would share it here as a quick project idea. One night last week I got the kids in bed and was waiting for my husband to get home from work. I probably should have been working on writing up blog posts or cleaning my house but it was one of those days that I just wanted to make something. Not necessarily work on a project that I needed to do for some reason, but just sit down and play around with my craft stuff, just to be creative for no other reason than because I like to. This little banner was the result of that late night crafting session.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Crocheted Christmas Elves

-This project sponsored by Fairfield World-

It is time to start thinking about Christmas crafting and this year I made these cute little crocheted Christmas Elves for Fairfield World. They both have little striped shirts and suspenders, pointy hats and pointy ears. The girl has a dress and braided hair too.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Knit Look Crochet Scarf

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I love the look of knitted items but I don't really love to knit. I taught myself and I am such a slow knitter, so as much as I like the look of knit I would rather crochet. This stitch is a perfect because it uses crochet to get a look similar to knit. And the best part is that it is just half double crochet.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Gratitude Journal

With Thanksgiving at the end of the month, November is a time when we often try to focus on being grateful for everything that we have. Whether it be in the form of a gratitude post every day of the month on Facebook, or a family activity where everyone writes down or says what they are thankful for, or whatever else you do to express gratitude throughout the month.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Thanksgiving Favor Bags

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Sometimes with so many things to make at do for Christmas it seems like it can be kind of easy for Thanksgiving to get sort of forgotten about. I have lots of Christmas projects to share over the next couple of months so I wanted to make sure to take some time to share a few Thanksgiving projects over the next week or so.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Crocheted Unicorn Hat with Flowers

My middle daughter loves unicorns, she has for quite a while and I have done a few projects in the past that are unicorn themed for her. For Halloween she decided that she wanted to be a unicorn. I wanted to make her costume. I have seen hats and headbands and I decided that I wanted to go the hat route because I thought with a hat she would be able to use it throughout the rest of the winter as a winter hat, where a headband would would be good for Halloween but that is about it.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Crocheted Turkey Video

A couple of years ago I made a crocheted turkey for Fairfield World. Recently I have gotten a few questions about how to crochet the legs/feet of the turkey. I thought I would make a quick video to help clarify the written instructions. The video only shows how to make the legs, not whole turkey, since that seems to be the part that people are having a difficult time with.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Halloween Window Cling

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A while ago I recieved a box of Cricut products in the mail and one of the things that was in the box was a roll of window cling. I had never used it before and didn't really know what I would use it for. I thought about making some snowflakes to stick on my glass "screen" door in the winter but since it isn't winter yet I just set it aside and forgot about it. A few days ago I got another box of Cricut stuff in the mail, stuff that I had ordered for some future projects, and I was putting it all away. As I did I came across the roll of white window cling and I thought maybe it would be fun to try it. I don't know if any of you have this problem but whenever I am cleaning or organizing my craft supplies I tend to be very easily distracted by the stuff I find. I finished putting away the vinyl I had ordered and then I pulled out my computer, came up with a design, cut it out, and had my daughter help me stick it on our door. I probably should have been working on other things but it was a fun, quick project, and my 4 year old was pretty excited to show everyone the new Halloween decoration she put up when they came home.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Crocheted Owl Keychain

-This project sponsored by Darice-

Last year around Christmas time I made some owl ornaments and I loved the way they turned out. I ended up making quite a few of them to give away and to sell. They were cute and colorful and fun. I thought it might be neat to alter that pattern slightly to make a smaller owl that could be made into a keychain.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Half Square Triangles with the Cricut Maker

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When I am coming up with a design for a quilt one of my go-to's is half-square triangles. I love that there are so many designs that can be made with half square triangles. By just changing the placement you can totally change the look of the quilt. Usually I cut squares, draw a line in the center,  sew 1/4" from each side, then cut down the middle along the line to get two half-square triangles. I decided to try using my Cricut Maker to cut out the triangle to see if I could make the process go a little quicker.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Candy Corn Bunting

A couple of years ago I was a contributor for Craftaholics Anonymous. Each month I would share a new project over there and then a few weeks later I would usually share the project here too. This project is one that I did there and then never shared over here. I think I just got busy and then Halloween passed and there was really no point in sharing it after Halloween so at that point I just figured I would save it and share it later. I like Halloween but I am definitely more of a cutesy Halloween person, not so much a fan of the gross, gory, scary stuff, and since there isn't really anything gory or gross about candy corn I decided to make a little bunting of candy corn. The triangle bunting shape was perfect for candy corn and although I am not a fan of eating them, I thought they would make a cute decoration. (the ghost pattern can be found here)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Trio of Trick or Treat Bags

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I have been making Trick or Treat bags for my kids and I had planned to share them over the course of a few days last week, but then life happened and I didn't get them up so I thought I would would just share them all together today. All three of these bags were made using canvas bags from Oriental Trading Company and designs that I cut out on my Cricut and ironed on. Two of them were made with basic black iron on and one was made with glitter iron on.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Crocheted Cauldron BOO Kit

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Have you ever BOO'd your neighbors or friends? Last year I put together a BOO kit in a crocheted Jack O Lantern basket and I really loved the way it turned out so this year I thought I would do something similar but with a different crocheted container. I decided it would be fun to make a cauldron shaped basket to fill with candy and other fun things. BOOing is a fun way to get ready for Halloween. It is always fun to surprise someone with candy, a neighbor, a friend, a co-worker, family member (I chose to BOO a family member), or anyone else you can think of that could use a surprise treat. Deliver it to them secretly and challenge them to do the same for someone else.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Halloween Treat Bags and Printable Tags

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Do you ever need to have snacks for a Halloween party? Maybe a classroom party for your preschool or elementary age kid, or just a party with friends. Today I am sharing a cute and easy way to dress up your snacks for a party. 

Friday, October 6, 2017

Crocheted Baby Doll Set

-Project Sponsored by Fairfield World-

I have been wanting to make a baby doll and doll set that included a moses basket style bed for a while, with 3 little girls in our house dolls are pretty popular around here. I recently got around to making the doll as well as a bed, blanket, and pillow set. I think it would make a really fun Christmas gift for a little girl, or a gift for an older sibling getting a new baby brother or sister.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Trick or Treat BOO! Bag

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A couple weeks ago I was challenged to make a Halloween project that took no more than 15 minutes. I made a simple little sign that said BOO! on it. I painted the wooden sign and cut the design from vinyl with my Cricut. As I was cutting out the sign I thought that I could easily adapt the design to make a trick or treat bag. It was a simple way to repurpose the design I created for one project to make another.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Painted Pumpkin with Crocheted Flowers

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I recently shared another post on the Darice blog, Live Craft Love, this time a quick fall project. All you need is a wooded pumkin cutout, some paint, and some crocheted flowers in fall colors. The flowers add a fun decorative touch to a simple wooden shape.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crocheted Storage Basket

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Crocheted storage basket for diapers

Over the past 10 years I don't think there has ever been a time when we haven't had at least one kid in diapers. At times we had two in diapers at the same time. Over the years we have found a few things that have worked well for us. One of the things that I feel has been helpful is having a place to keep a few diapers in parts of the house that we spend a lot of time, like having a basket for diapers in the living room or downstairs in the family room. That way if we are all downstairs and need to change a diaper I don't have to go upstairs to the baby's bedroom to get a diaper. I used to have a small storage ottoman that I kept full of diapers and wipes in my living room but after going through 6 kids it finally broke and I haven't had anything to keep diapers in out there. I have missed having them so accessible so I decided to make something I could keep a few diapers and a pack of wipes in. I decided to crochet a little storage basket that I could keep on the bottom shelf of my end table, the perfect size for holding diapers and wipes.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Quilted Hexagon Potholder

When you buy a Cricut Maker there are 50 free projects available in design space. They include everything from sewing and fabric projects to paper, vinyl and leather projects. Today I am joining 49 other bloggers to show you what these 50 projects look like and how they worked for us. I was really excited about the ability to cut fabric on the Maker so I chose to make one of the sewing projects, the Quilted Hexagon Potholder.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Crocheted Pumpkin with Bulky Yarn

One of my very first patterns on my blog was a little crocheted pumpkin pattern. I made it in 2 different sizes but niether one was very big. The biggest reason for the small size was the fact that to give the pumpkin the bumps I stitched through the center with yarn on a yarn needle. Because of that I was limited to the height of the yarn needle. Since then I discovered long needles, the ones I used for this project were upholstery needles, and realized that by using them I would be able to make a much larger pumpkin. My small pumpkins have been pretty popular so I was excited to try a larger size.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Project Bag with the Cricut Easy Press

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A couple months ago I had the opportunity to try out the new Cricut Easy Press at the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon event they held in Salt Lake where the Easy Press and the Maker were announced. Last week I got one in the mail and was able to try it out again. I made a bag to take with me to the Cricut event, I felt like I had to bring something made with a Cricut to a Cricut event, and I have been meaning to share the project and Design Space file but I hadn't gotten around to it yet. I decided to make another bag with the same design using the Easy Press. As I was creating the design I wanted something that kind of represented me as a crafter, the word Create, along with shapes representing different crafts I enjoy- yarn, a paintbrush, a needle and thread, and scissors.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Leather Bracelet with Crocheted Edging

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Earlier this month I made some bracelets to share on the Darice blog, Live Craft Love. I saw these leather bracelets that they had that had pre-punched holes along the long sides. I thought they would be perfect for crocheting into so I ordered some to try out. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Crocheted Jar Covers

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crocheted jar covers

It is canning season so jars are everywhere right now. I don't can but I do enjoy crafting with jars. There are so many ways you can use jars besides canning; as storage and organization, as decor, centerpieces, and so many more. You can paint them, fill them, or make a crochet cover to put on them which is what I decided to do.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Princess Craft Party

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One of my girls recently had a birthday and my mom invited her to have a sleepover party with her girl cousins. My grandma happened to be visiting and we thought it would be a good way for all of the little girls to spend some time with their great grandma. I wanted to come up with something that the girls could do that would be fun for all of them and since my daughter loves making things I thought a little craft party would be fun. I decided to go with a princess theme and found some little projects that I thought would be good for a group of girls ranging in age from 3-13 to make. 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Stenciled Address Sign and Front Door Update

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There is not much time left before the weather starts to cool and summer is over. Fall is my favorite time of year so I am not sad about that, but I had an outdoor project that I had been wanting to do for a while and I wanted to make sure I got it done before it started getting to cold. We have lived in our house for over 7 years and when we first bought the house we said that one of the first things we wanted to do was paint the doors. They were a kind of sagey green color and they weren't very well painted because you could see a brighter teal color coming through in some areas. I didn't love the color and we figured painting them would be an easy fix and a lot less expensive than replacing the doors.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

BOO! Sign

This week I am joining with a whole bunch of other bloggers to share some quick and easy, 15 minute or less, Halloween projects that you can make with a Cricut. And you may want to stick around to the end of this post because along with lots of fun Halloween ideas there is a giveaway too, and it's a good one.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Yarn Pooling Made Easy Blog Tour

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Have you ever tried planned pooling? If you don't know what planned pooling is it is a techinque that uses variegated yarn to create an argyle pattern. Variegated yarns can be pretty to look at but sometimes when you actually try to crochet with them it doesn't turn out so nice. Pooling is something that happens with variegated yarn as you crochet, the colors pool as you work. Planned pooling is a way to make the pooling work in a way that creates a design element rather than just random clumps of color. It was really popular all over the online crochet world last year. It seemed like every crochet facebook group had post after post of people trying to get their yarn to pool correctly or showing what they had made. It can be a tricky technique to master because you have to figure out the right number of stitches to make it work and have your tension just right. Marly Bird has several YouTube videos and blog posts to help you understand exactly how planned pooling works and to make it easier to figure out. Once you know how it works it is a lot less intimidating to try. Now she also has a new book, Yarn Pooling Made Easy, that features several projects made using the planned pooling technique and I am participating, along with several other crochet bloggers, in a blog tour to share this book and give you a chance to win a copy of your own (keep reading for giveaway info).

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Felt Flowers with the Cricut Maker

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A little over a month ago I had the awesome opportunity to attend the Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon, held here in Salt Lake, where they unveiled the new Cricut Maker. That week we attended classes where we were shown the new machine and the things that it could do as well as having the opportunity to try it out and make some projects of our own. I was really excited to see the new blades, the rotary blade and the knife blade (the knife blade will not be available for another month or so). The tiny little rotary blade cut through fabric so smoothly and perfectly. I immediately started thinking about all of the things I could cut more easily with that little blade. A couple of weeks ago a new Maker showed up on my doorstep and I couldn't wait to use it.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Cricut 101: Frequently Asked Questions and a Giveaway

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Over the first half of this year I posted my answers to some of the most frequently asked Cricut questions. While answering those questions I also shared lots of different projects I made with my Cricut. Before I got my Cricut I thought it sounded really cool and would be neat to have but I wasn't sure I would use it enough to justify the expense. I have had a Cricut now for over a year and I love it. It is great when I need a quick project, I use it for kids crafts, t-shirts, baby gifts, home decor, cards, and so much more. I have the Cricut Explore Air 2 in mint and if you keep reading to the end of this post I am giving one away along with a bundle of supplies (giveaway ends 9/1/17). I also recently got the new Cricut Maker and it is also amazing, I used it a couple nights ago to cut fabric for a whole quilt top and it was great. Even though the Maker is the newest machine there is still a ton you can do with the Explore family of machines and Cricut has said that with the release of the new machine they are not doing away with the Explore machines, they are still part of their current lineup of machines. There is so much you can do with either machine so be sure to enter the giveaway at the end of the post. But first, here are my answers to the most frequently asked questions about Cricut machines:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Crocheted Flower Wreath

-This project sponsored by Darice-

Crocheted flowers are really quick to make and can be used for so many different things. You can use them as embellishments on other crochet projects like hats and blankets, you can turn them into hair clips, magnets, pins, etc. There are also lots of different ways to make them, rolled, 5 petal, 6 petal, rounded petals, pointy petals, two layers of petals, the list goes on and on. I thought it would be kind of fun to make a wreath out of crocheted flowers and to use several different styles of flowers to make the wreath.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Scalloped Edge Crocheted Pencil Bag

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When I try to think of stuff I can crochet for back to school time one of the first things I think of is always pencil bags. If you have followed my blog for a while you probably know that I have made several different versions of my basic pencil bag, a monster, and owl, a ninja turtle, and even a TARDIS. This time I decided to go with something simple but a little more girly. I added a scalloped edge to the button flap, I also left it straight instead of angling it in like I did on the others, and added a simple little, loopy flower to the front.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Cricut 101: Which Machine is Best?

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If you are thinking of getting a cutting machine it can get really overwhelming really fast as you look at all of the different machines available and try to figure out which one to buy. Not only are there different brands, there are also different machines within each brand. Knowing which one to choose can be pretty overwhelming.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

How to Make Weighted Bases for Crochet Projects

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One of my favorite thing to crochet are amigurumi, or stuffed, crocheted dolls, toys, and figures. Some of these items are meant as decorations and I want them to be able to stand up on thier own. To help them stand up I like to add weighted bases to the bottom of the item. This gives them a nice heavy base so they don't tip over or wobble around. I use Poly-Pellets as the weight for my bases. In the video below I show a couple different ways that I make these bases to add to my crochet projects.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cricut 101: 30+ Cricut Projects (Including Easy Washi Stickers)

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Maybe you just got a new Cricut, or maybe you are thinking of getting one but trying to decide if it is worth it, or maybe you have one but use it for the same types of projects all the time and are wondering what else you can do with it. Whatever the case may be I thought I would talk about some of the many, many things you can use your cricut to make.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Angel: Crochet Nativity Add-On

A couple of years ago I made my crocheted nativity and it has been one of my all time favorite crochet projects. I started out with Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus, a star, 2 shepherds, a donkey, and a sheep. Then about a year later I added 3 wisemen. Now I have a couple more pieces that I want to add to the set and one of them I am sharing the pattern for today, an angel.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Solid Granny Square Dishcloth with Crab Stitch Edging

I was recently asked to make a video showing how to do the crab stitch or reverse single crochet and rather than just making a sample piece that would never get used for anything I decided that I would make a dishcloth and finish it with the crab stitch edging. Once I made it I figured I might as well post the pattern here. It is a very simple pattern, I started with a solid granny sqaure and edged it with the crab stitch. If you aren't sure how to do the crab stitch, also known as reverse single crochet you can watch my video explaining how to do it.

How to Crochet the Crab Stitch or Reverse Single Crochet

After I made my last video on how to make a magic ring, I asked readers/viewers if there were any specific tutorials they would like to see, any stitches, tips, etc. that would be helpful. One of the request that I had was for a tutorial on the crab stitch, aka reverse single crochet. I decided that that would be my next video so here it is:

Friday, July 7, 2017

Cricut 101: Do I Need Cartridges + an ASL Jewlery Holder

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It used to be that in order to use a Cricut you had to buy cartridges with different fonts and designs on them. Often when people are thinking about getting a Cricut they worry about needing to buy lots of cartridges in addition to the machine. Or maybe they had an older version of a Cricut and a bunch of cartridges and they are worried about all of that money going to waste. So what's the deal with the Cricut Explore and Cartridges?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Faux Etched Glass Mirrors

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Not too long ago I got an idea for something I wanted to make for my oldest daughter, even though it is my youngest daughter in the pictures. I thought it would be cool to make a mirror that we could put up in her room that would be a little reminder that someone loves her. I wanted it to say something positive that she would see when she looked in the mirror.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Crocheted Star Dishcloth

I can't believe it is already July and that the 4th is tomorrow. I thought I would share one last quick patriotic project before tomorrow, although this could easily be used other times too. I wanted something really quick so I thought a star shaped dishcloth would be the perfect project. It would also make a great trivet for setting down a hot pan at your Independence Day barbecue. I think in addition to the 4th of July or other patriotic holidays, it would also be cute for a baby washcloth or a beachy themed bathroom or kitchen. One of my favorite things about dishcloths or washcloths is that they are so quick to make.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Cricut 101: Make Your Own Designs + A Patriotic Cut File

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One of the things that I love to do with my Cricut is use images, shapes, and text available in Design Space to create my own designs. You can combine them in all sorts of ways to make anything you want. Sometimes you may only want part of an image or maybe you want to add something to it. I feel like when it comes to creating your own designs some of your best friends in Design Space are the slice, weld, attach, group, and ungroup tools. Once you know how to use those tools you can create pretty much anything you want.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Cricut 101: Can I upload my own images? + CTR Bag

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Often times when I make things on my Cricut I like to use my own images. Whether that be something that I create somewhere or an image that I bought or found online, there are many times that I have a specific design that I want to use that is not found in Design Space. You can use just about any image you want and it really isn't hard to do at all.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cricut 101: What Can You Cut + DIY Chalkboards and Whiteboards

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Have you ever wondered what kinds of materials you can cut with a Cricut? There are so many differnt things that you can cut. I have a few favorites that I cut all the time, some I use from time to time, and some that I have yet to try. In this post we are going to talk about those different materials and I am going to share a really quick and fun project that I made with some new materials that I tried out. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How To Crochet: The Magic Ring

video tutorial showing how to crochet the magic ring

I have been wanting to make some short crochet videos for a while, showing a stitch or technique, and I decided to finally do it. One of the crochet techniques I get asked about most frequently is the magic ring (also called the magic circle or magic loop), so I thought I would start with that. In this quick video I show why you may want to use the magic ring in place of working into a ring of chains, and how I make the magic ring.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Owl Pocket Pillow

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This Owl Pillow has a pocket on the back with a simple button closure. It is perfect for holding some pajamas to take on a sleepover or to grandma and grandpa's house, or maybe a favorite book that can be read at bedtime or brought outside to relax and read on a warm summer day.

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?

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