5 Little Monsters: 2017

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

-I was provided with a copy of the book to review. This post contains affiliate links-

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

-This project sponsored by Darice-

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

-This project was made for Fairfield World, post contains affiliate links-

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?

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

-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.

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