5 Little Monsters: 2018

Tiny Owl Amigurumi


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I recenlty attended Snap Conference, a conference for creative bloggers. This year I had the opportunity to teach a class. They have lots of business classes that teach everything from social media to time management to the legal side of running a business, but in addition to those classes there are also a variety of hands on classes taught where you get to make something, maybe learn a new skill. In years past I have taken classes to learn things like paper piecing, and brush lettering (which I learned is not my talent, at least not without a lot of practice). This year I went to a gold leaf absract art class taught by my friend Natalie from Doodlecraft. It was great because I had never used gold leaf before and it is always fun to try something new. I taught a beginning crochet class, more specifically a beginning amigurumi class.

Be-YOU-tiful Hot Mess Canvas


This month I was challenged to make something using paint. I have been seeing hot mess canvases recently in a lot of facebook craft groups that I am in and I decided to give it a try. If you are not familiar with the hot mess canvas technique let me tell you what it is. In elementary school did you ever make an art project where you would color all over a paper with different colors of crayons and then cover that with black crayon or paint. Then when you scratched the top layer of black off the rainbow of colors would show through. This is kind of a grown up version of that.

Grad Gift Card Holders


This week I am joining a bunch of other creative bloggers to share End of the School Year projects we made with our Cricut machines. Anything from teacher gift ideas, to graduation, to summer vacation. I decided to make a super simple graduation gift idea.

Spring Tulips Pillow

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The tulip stitch is a unique stitch that when worked in certain colors looks like rows of tulips. It is a perfect  crochet stitch for springtime.

Initial Pillows with Cricut Patterned Iron On

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We recently moved our girls to a new bedroom so when I had the opportunity to make something with Cricut's new Patterned Iron On I knew I wanted to make something for their room. I decided to make each of them a pillowcase with their initial in a pretty frame.

Crocheted Llama

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Llamas are everywhere lately so I decided I wanted to try crocheting one. I had a hard time decided if I wanted to make it standing on all fours, or more like a doll/teddy bear style, or if I wanted to make it more flat, like a pillow. I decided on all fours but I think I might try one of the other styles, or maybe both, in the future. I think it would also look kind of neat to make a striped blanket to throw over it's back. I didn't get around to making that with this one but if I make another style of llama in the future I think I will add something like that for sure.

He is Risen Easter Egg Activity


I am really late getting this post up since Easter is only a few days away but I still wanted to share it. This is really simple Easter activity that focuses on Christ and his resurrection and is a great way to discuss the spiritual side of Easter with kids in a fun, interactive way. It isn't really anything new, I have seen lots of versions of this activity on the internet but this is the version my family has used for many years. And even though Easter is only a few days away it is super easy to put together so there is still time.

Unicorn and Rainbow Easter Egg Covers


A few years ago, when I had just started my blog, I shared a pattern for some Easter egg covers. I crocheted little egg shaped covers that could slip over a regular size plastic Easter egg and decorated them to look like a bunny, a chick, and a lamb. They were really quick an easy to make and looked so cute in an Easter basket, way cuter than a plain old plastic egg. Every year when Easter comes around I think about making a new version of those egg covers and this year I finally did it. I decided that since just about every little girl I know loves unicorns right now, it would be fun to make a unicorn themed set.

Cricut 101: Weld


This post represents the first in a new series of videos I  am planning that will teach how to use some of the functions and tools in Cricut Design Space. I have made a couple of other videos in the past that also fit in this category but it has been a while since I posted those. For the next little while at least, as long as there are things to cover, I want to have this be a regular thing, along with a similar how to crochet series.

Burlap Bunny Banner

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I feel like this month I ended up with several craft challenge posts all ending up being scheduled within just a few days of each other and today I have another one. Today's challenge is the Create with Cricut Challenge where each month several bloggers share projects they made using their Cricut and a specific material. This month the material is burlap.

Bunny Treat Pots

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Today I am participating in another round of Craft Lighting, this time with the theme of clay pots. This was an interesting challenge because clay pots are not something I have used a lot. I finally decided to go the Easter route with my project and these little treat filled bunnies were the result.

Macaron Cushion

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My oldest daughter has wanted to be a baker since she was really little. She used to want to be a cupcake baker until she discovered her love of France. Ever since then her dream has been to have a French bakery someday where she wants to make macarons, tarts, and other pastries and treats. I don't think she has ever actually tried a macaron but she gets excited every time she sees one so I thought it would be fun to make a giant crocheted version for her.

Spring Shells Scarf

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Today I am excited to be sharing a new scarf pattern as part of the 2018 Scarf of the Month Club hosted by Oombawka Design and The Stitchin' Mommy. Each month they each share a new scarf pattern on their sites and have a guest designer that also shares a scarf pattern and today that guest designer is me!

Welcome Spring

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Every month I join some of my blogger friends in a craft challenge. We have a theme based on a specific supply and we each make a project using that supply. Since March is National Craft Month we decided the theme for this month would be either using up supplies that you have on hand or using a craft kit. The timing was perfect for me because I have spent this past week moving around my office/craft room and cleaning and organizing all of my craft supplies. As a result I knew exactly what I had that could be used up.

Crocheted Easter Basket

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I have been wanting to crochet an Easter Basket for a while, last year I even made one but finished it right before Easter and didn't have time to get it posted. So this year I wanted to make sure I got it done early enough to get it on the blog. As soon as Easter candy was out in stores I picked up some candy along with some Easter grass and plastic eggs and got to work.

Cobble Stitch Dishcloth


Today I am again joining a group of craft blogger friends to make a project based on a specific supply or material. Last month was a little challenging for me because our material was Washi Tape which I haven't really used a lot. This month was a little different, the challenge material was yarn or fiber. I use yarn all the time so this time the challenge was more of having too many projects rather than no ideas. I ended up decided to crochet a dishcloth because it has been a while since I posted a dishcloth pattern. Plus, dishcloths are a fun way to try out new stitches. For this one I used the cobble stitch, a stitch I had never used before but that gives a really great scrubby texture to the dishcloth.

Lacy Puff Stitch Hat

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I have mentioned before that while working on my bead stitch hat I wanted to find some faux fur pom poms to use for it and I found some packs on Amazon that came with 12 in a pack in a variety of colors. I kind of preferred the pack that had all neutral colors, tan, gray, black, white, etc., but I didn't think I would be making that many hats and I knew my girls would love the colorful pack that included pink, purple, and blue pom poms. As soon as the girls saw them they all picked which color they wanted. I already shared the hat I made for my middle daughter using the hot pink pom pom, this time it is my oldest daughter's turn.

Charcoal Tweed Cowl

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I am finally getting around to sharing the last project I made for the Darice blog. One of the things I love about crochet is combining simple stitches to create different patterns. This scarf is made by using a couple of basic stitches, double crochet and chain stitches, to create a neat pattern. 

Busy Bags

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I am always looking for activities to keep my kids busy, especially when we go places where they need to be quiet. I thought it would be fun to put together some little busy bags with activities in them that would keep the kids entertained. 

Embroidered Felt Heart Hair Clips


I have participated in Craft Lightning Series in the past and each time they have had a theme and everyone participating is given the challenge to make a quick craft (15 minutes or less) that fits with that theme. This year instead of themes that go along with a holiday or season we have themes based on a material or supply. This time around the challenge was felt.

So Sweet Milk Bottle Valentines

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I found these little glass milk bottles on Oriental Trading and I thought they would be perfect for a little Valentine gift. They were really easy to put together and I think they would make a cute gift for teachers, neighbors, or friends. 

How to Crochet: The Bead Stitch Video Tutorial


After posting the Bead Stitch Hat and Cowl patterns I thought I would put together a video tutorial on the stitches I used. Here I am sharing my video tutorial for the bead stitch. The bead stitich is similar to a puff stitch but it is worked around a double crochet next to it instead of into the stitch below it.

How to Crochet: Half Double Crochet in the Third Loop Video Tutorial


I recently posted a couple of new patterns and I have had a few questions on the stitches used in those patterns, specifically the half double crochet in the third loop and the bead stitch. I decided to make a couple of videos to better show how to do each of those stitches.

Textured Stripes Baby Blanket

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I recently made a baby blanket as a new pattern to share on the Darice Blog. I wanted to make a striped blanket using a textured stitch. I played around with a few different stitches before deciding on the grit stitch. I didn't want to call it the grit stitch blanket though, I feel like that name doesn't quite sound soft and cozy and this blanket is nice and soft. I feel like the stitch gives it a nice squishiness. It is made by using a combination of single and double crochet.

Valentine Mailboxes and Note Writing Station

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Valentine's is a great time to focus on the people that we love, not only in a romantic type way but also the love we have for our family and friends. Lately in our house I feel like there has been more arguing and fighting than love and kindness. Someone is always seems looking at a sibling wrong or breathing their air. Sometimes the kids play well together and I know that they love each other but they get frustrated with each other over the dumbest things and the fighting was making me crazy. I decided that I wanted to try a little project to see if it would help them recognize the good things about each other instead of only focusing on the negative. 

Hearts All Around Crocheted Hat

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I recently ordered a pack of faux fur pom poms from Amazon that came with 12 pom poms in a variety of colors. When my girls saw them they immediately started picking out which ones they wanted me to use to make hats for each of them. My 5 year old loves pink, rainbows, and unicorns. I actually already made her a hat this year, her unicorn hat, but looking through my yarn I came across this rainbow confetti colored yarn and I knew it would be perfect for her and would work with the hot pink pom pom she picked out.  I decided to add a round of pink puffy hearts around the hat. With Valentine's Day coming up I thought hearts would be kind of fun.

Felt Octagon Nesting Bowls

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I am joining a group of craft blogger to share projects once a month that we make with our Cricut machines. Each month we will focus on a specific material- this month is felt. There are so many things you can make with felt and cutting it on the Cricut makes it so much easier to cut detailed pieces. I used my Cricut Maker to make several felt Christmas ornaments that I gave to family members, and I have made lots of flowers both for hair clips and headbands as well as embellishments on other projects. This time I decided to make some little bowls that could be used as candy dishes or to hold other small items.

Washi Tape Valentine Bookmarks


This year I am joining a few other craft bloggers with a monthly craft challenge. I have participated in the past but it has been a while. In the past we had a monthly theme but they were usually related to a holiday or season or something like that. This year we decided to switch it up a little bit and base our monthly themes on a craft supply or medium. This month the theme was Washi Tape.

Bead Stitch Crochet Hat

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I love the texture that can be created by combining different crochet stitches. My goal when designing this hat was to create a hat with a lot of texture and visual interest. It combines rounds of bead stitch with rounds of half double crochet and a post stitch ribbing. A faux fur pom pom on the top finishes the hat.

Bead Stitch Cowl

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This cowl pattern actually started out as a hat that I was working on and then I decided to make a scarf to match. I wanted to make something that had a lot of texture to it. I used a combination of a couple different stitches to give me the texture I was looking for. One of the stitches I used was one that I had not tried before, the bead stitch. The bead stitch is similar to a puff or bobble stitch but it is worked sideways around a double crochet in the same row instead of into the row before. I used rows of bead stitch in between rows of half double crochet.

Valentine Treat Boxes

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This week I am joining several other bloggers to share Valentine projects that we made with our Cricuts. I made some simple little popcorn style treat boxes using gold foil embossed paper. I filled them up with candy, but they could be filled with any small treats. They actually held quite a bit of candy, enough that I kind of wished I had made them a little smaller.

Knit Look Crochet Hat with Pom Pom

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A couple months ago I shared a pattern for a knit look scarf on the Darice blog that uses half double crochet stitches to create a faux knit look. I made this hat to match the scarf and added a pom pom to the top. 
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