5 Little Monsters: 2018

Welcome Fall Banner

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The welcome sign that I have had hanging on my door was starting to seem a little too spring or summery now that the weather is turning colder, the leaves are starting to fall, and it actually feels like fall is here.

Child Size Bead Stitch Hats

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Last winter I posted a hat pattern, the Bead Stitch Hat, along with a matching cowl. It has since become one of my most popular patterns. I have had a few questions about how to adapt the pattern to make it a child size, the original pattern was only written in adult size. So, over the last little while I have been working on a toddler and child size version of the hat and now it is ready to share.

Be-YOU-tiful T-Shirt

I recently had a friend ask me to make some iron on decals for t-shirts and I figured if I was going make them anyway, I might as well share them here in case anyone else would like them.

Cricut Maker vs. Explore Air 2: All About the Adaptive Tool System

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I love using my Cricut, I had the Explore Air 2 before getting a Maker about a year ago. One of the questions I have heard a lot both in person and online is people wondering if the Maker is worth it, or how to know which machine to choose. The truth is they are both great machines, which one is right for you really depends on how you plan to use your Cricut. Today I am going to share a bit about why I love the Maker and share a project that I made that uses all of the tools currently available for the Maker's adaptive tool system.

16 Halloween Crochet Projects: Costumes, Decor, and More

I have shared a lot of Halloween crochet projects over the time I have had my blog and I thought it would be nice to put them all in one place so they would be easy to find. I have a variety of different types of projects, everything from stuffed ghosts and witches to candy bowls and hats for costumes and more. So grab some yarn and a hook and pick a project!

Post Stitch Baby Pumpkin Hat

Yesterday I shared the Jack-o'-lantern onesie that I made and mentioned that combined with a little pumpkin hat it would make a cute Halloween costume. Today I am sharing the pattern for the hat that I showed in the pictures.

Jack O' Lantern Baby Bodysuit

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I shared a baby set a couple weeks ago that was made with a navy bodysuit, it came in a pack with a few other colors including an orange one. I knew right away that I wanted to use it to make a Halloween themed onesie. I thought about a cute Halloween saying or something but ended up deciding to just make a basic Jack-o'-lantern face.

October Quote Canvas

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October is probably my favorite month of the year. It happens to be my birthday month but that isn't the only reason I love it. First of all, I love the fall. It is my favorite season. I love the cooler weather, the changing colors of the leaves, and I love the fact that it is the beginning of the holiday season. I love the excitement of Halloween, followed by Thanksgiving and Christmas. Plus it is crochet season, time to make warm, cozy hats and scarves for everyone.

Pumpkin Patch T-Shirt and Corn Maze Ticket Giveaway

Today my family had the super fun opportunity to go visit a local corn maze, Glen Ray's Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch in Spanish Fork, Utah. I thought it would be fun to make a little pumpkin patch themed t-shirt for my son to wear and share it here. Also, for anyone local Glen Ray's is giving me two VIP tickets to give away to one of you so you can visit too. Head over to my Instagram to enter the giveaway.

Vivid Scarf

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I was lucky enough to get three coordinating skeins of yarn to try out from Zen Yarn Garden. The yarn colors and feel are gorgeous and I am excited to share today what I made with my yarn bundle.

Create Your Own Superhero Costumes

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Halloween is just around the corner so it is time to start thinking about costumes and DIY Halloween costumes are always fun. I like making costumes that are unique, not the same as every other kid that knocks on your door. My kids love superheroes, all superheroes, and they each have their favorites. Even though they have favorites I thought that it would be fun to come up with our own superhero and make a Create Your Own Superhero costume. We would come up with some superhero ideas, including costume colors and logos, then based on that we would create our own superhero costumes.

I Survived Thanos Shirt

A few weeks ago my husband and older kids attended FanX, our local comic convention. As he was preparing for the convention he asked me to make a couple of shirts for him to wear. One of the shirts that we made got a lot of comments so I decided to share it here.

Crocheted Elemental Scarf

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I was recently sent some yarn to try out from Delicious Yarns. They have have a new thing that they call "pairings", which they describe as unexpected curated combinations of 2 skeins of yarn, combinations you may not have thought to put together yourself. It is a fun idea to get get you to try out combinations that you may not otherwise try. I chose to try pairing #5, which included a dark green (Guava) and an aqua and white (Gummy Bear). They are available in super wash merino in fingering, sport, or worsted weight.

Always Be Yourself T-Shirts

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About a month and a half ago I had the opportunity to teach a beginning iron on class at the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon. My class topic was on slicing vs. layering when using iron on, and we also talked a bit about knockout designs.

ASL T-Shirts with Cricut

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I am really excited to share another t-shirt collection collaborations with Cricut. Last month I shared my inspirational t-shirt collection and I really loved how those shirts turned out, but today's collections has special meaning for me. This set is American Sign Language themed, using ASL handshapes to spell out words.

Crocheted Toddler Bow Tie

Is there anything cuter than a little boy with a bow tie? I think that they are so adorable and they are pretty easy to make, out of both fabric and yarn.

Whale Baby Set with the Cricut Maker and EasyPress 2

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One of the things I love most about working with my Cricut is how quick and easy it is to make things. Iron on is my favorite material to work with because I feel like I can make cute projects in no time at all, but I also love that I can work with a variety of other materials too. This adorable little whale themed baby set including both a shirt and a softie is a perfect example of a quick project like that, all made with the Cricut.

Kiss the Cook Apron with Cricut Iron On Design

About a month ago I was lucky enough to spend a few days participating in the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon. I was there as one of the teachers, I taught a beginning iron on class where we talked about using different types of iron on and slicing vs. layering when using multiple colors and/or types of iron on. I am hoping to get a video and post up covering some of the things I taught in my class really soon.

Scallop Scarf

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I recently received some beautiful wool yarn from Brown Sheep Company, a family owned company in Nebraska, and I was really excited to make something with it. I received 3 skeins of their new Stratosphere yarn in teal, navy, and purple, although they have lots of gorgeous colors. I loved the 3 colors together and originally planned to use all of them together in one project but I couldn't come up with a multicolor pattern that loved so I ended up deciding to use them separately.

Lined Paper Painted Tote Bag

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My kids went back to school this week, and I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty excited about it. The last couple weeks of summer have been rough and I think it is time for us to get back into a good routine. This summer has been kind of crazy and as a result I have not had as much time to work on blog stuff. I'm hoping with kids going back to school I will have more time to work on my blog. In celebration of the kids heading back to school I thought I would share a school supply themed project.

Girl's Night Popcorn Party

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My kids just started school this week so this past weekend we decided to have a girl's movie night, although we ended up letting the boys join in too since they were a little jealous of our movie night treats. The girls still got to choose the movie even though we let the boys join us.

Inspirational T-Shirts with Cricut

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I am really excited to share this project. It is one that has been in the works for a while and it is finally time to share. A few months ago I created a collection of t-shirts for Cricut that are now available as projects in Cricut Design Space. 

$250 Oriental Trading Gift Card Giveaway

Today I am joining a few other bloggers for a fun giveaway. Oriental Trading is going to be giving away a $250 gift card to one lucky winner. The giveaway with go through September 5th so it is perfect timing for Halloween. They have all sorts of fun Halloween products including costumes, candy, decorations, toys, and more.

Welcome Sign with the Cricut Maker

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I have needed something new to hang on my door and for a while now I have been wanting to make a wooden welcome sign. After a summer of not having a lot of time to craft I finally sat down and made my welcome sign. It felt really great to get some crafting time in and even better to finish a project that I could use in my home.

Striped Crocheted Pen Pouch

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This time of year I always start thinking about school supplies, not just for the kids though. It is also the time I pick up things for the kids to use at home, like crayons and markers, and for myself, for my office, like notebooks and pens. Every thing is on sale this time of year and there are so many options available that it is the perfect time to stock up. 

Felted Wool Ball Jewelry

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Do you have any crafts you want to try but haven't yet? One of those things for me was wool felting. I think the little felted wool balls can be so cute for different projects but I have never tried making them. So, when I got the chance to review a sample box of wool roving from Kraemer Yarns I was really excited to try it out.

Black and White Outdoor Pillow Set

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I recently designed a couple of new pillows for Fairfield World and wanted to share them here. The patterns can be found on the Fairfield World website. The pillows are made for outdoor use so they are perfect for summer. They use Weather Soft Pillow Inserts, and Bernat Maker Outdoor Yarn that is available at Joann.

Make Today Amazing Watercolor Canvas

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This week I am joining several other bloggers to share projects we have made with Cricut Iron On projects. Cricut is also sponsoring a giveaway for a Cricut EasyPress, an EasyPress mat, and some Iron On so be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to find out how to enter.

Christmas in July: 20+ Free Christmas Crochet Patterns

I know July seems like it is way too early to be thinking about Christmas but I feel like whether it is decor or gifts, if I don't get an early start it doesn't get done. Every year it seems like in November I start thinking of all of the projects I want to make and then between my long list of projects and all of the parties and busyness of the season I end up working on them up to the last minute and still end up only finishing half of the things on my list. Plus some things you want to have ready before Christmas, like advent calendars and decorations, so you can put them out at the beginning of the season. In this post I am going to share some of my favorite 5 Little Monsters Christmas Crochet Patterns.

Vintage Camper Pillow

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In my family growing up family vacations in the summer usually meant camping. I have spent most of my life in the western United States, mostly in Utah and Idaho, where there are mountains and beautiful areas to camp. One year we all saved up our money to buy a camper so we could take that camping with us. I have lots of good memories of taking that camper places with my family. Then when we got the LEGO set I shared in my last post it made me think of that and I decided I wanted to crochet a camper.

Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon Ticket Giveaway

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Cricut is holding their second Mountain Make-A-Thon July 30-Aug 1 in Salt Lake City, Utah and I am super excited to be attending again this year. Last year I had a great time and this year I will be teaching one of the classes. I can't wait, and I am really excited to be able to give away a ticket to one of you. The lucky winner will receive one free ticket to the event ($500 value) as well as a 50% off discount code for a friend. Travel costs are not included.

Celebrating National Outdoor Month with LEGO and a Free Cut File

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Did you know June is National Outdoor Month? I didn't until LEGO asked me if I would like to celebrate National Outdoor Month with them. It totally makes sense though, June is usually the beginning of summer break from school, the weather is still usually pretty decent, warm but not too hot. Basically, just a good time to get outside and spend some time outdoors.

Creativity is Messy Apron and Free SVG

A few weeks ago I participated in an apron design contest where we were given a blank canvas apron and we could decorate it in any way we wanted. I decided to make mine more of a craft apron rather than a cooking apron and I knew I wanted to add some words or a design of some kind with iron on. I ended up coming up with a design that said "Creativity is Messy" that I ironed on the front of the apron after splattering it with fabric paint.

Smiling Sun Amigurumi

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A few weeks ago I made a set of dishcloths with some Red Heart Scrubby Smoothie in yellow, orange, and pink. After I finished I still had probably about a half a skein of each color left. The colors reminded me of bright, sunny, summer days so I decided what better to make then a little smiling sun.

Waffle Sundaes with Hot Fudge and Peanut Butter Sauce

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One of my memory from my childhood that I have always remembered is a time when I was probably about 11 years old and one of my church leaders "kidnapped" me and the other girls in my church group, with prior permission from our parents of course, and brought us all to our house for a fun breakfast party. One of the things that I remember very clearly is what we ate. We had waffles for breakfast but instead of regular waffles with syrup we had waffle sundaes. I guess the reason the memory stands out to me is, how often as a kid did you get to eat ice cream for breakfast? It was pretty awesome.

Personalized Water Bottles

Summer Camp Season is in full swing at our house. Our kids have day camps through their school as well as through a community center and so far we have had a camp of some kind every week since school got out. This week our 4 oldest have all had camp. Next week it will be Cub Scout day camp for our 8 year old. They need to bring water bottles with them each time whether for lunch or just to have with them throughout the day, and with lots of kids at the camps everything needs to be labeled with their names.

Blush Baby Bonnet

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A few weeks ago I was sent some yarn to review from Appalachian Baby. It was kind of fun to try out something new and the colors were so soft and pretty, perfect for a baby. The first thought that popped into my head when I saw it was baby bonnet, so that is what I decided to make and now I am sharing the pattern with you.

Pop Blocks Baby Blanket

For a while now I have been wanting to try making a blanket with two colors of the striped cake yarns (Caron Cakes, Bernat Pop, Lion Brand Mandala, etc) alternating colors each row or round. I thought it would be kind of fun to see how the color changes happened between the two colors. I finally got around to actually trying it and this blanket is the result. 

Follow Your Dreams Reverse Canvas

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Every month I usually participate in a craft challenge with a group of creative blogger friends. Every month we have a different theme based on a material. Some months it is really easy to think of a project using the assigned material and some months are hard. This month was one of the hard ones. I think it ended up being hard for everyone and that combined with the craziness of the end of the school year led to cancelling the challenge this month. I had already made my project and as hard as it was to decide what to do I was actually pretty happy with how it turned out. Especially since it meant trying something new, something that I had been wanting to try for a while but hadn't gotten around to.

Embellished Baby Hats: Monster and Dinosaur

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Last week I posted a teddy bear hat that I made by embellishing loom knit hats with crocheted ears and mentioned that it was the first in what was going to be a series of embellishments to add to baby hats. This is the second post in that series, how to turn a basic loom knit or crocheted hat into a monster or dinosaur hat.

Easy Mod Podge Framed Art

Today I am participating in another round of Craft Lightning, this time with the theme of "Wood". We were challenged to make a wood project that takes 15 minutes or less, excluding drying time. I thought this one would be a piece of cake but I had a hard time figuring out a project. I had another project in mind and it was a total fail. I had to scratch that idea and come up with a plan B.

Peter Rabbit Pom Pom Bunnies

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Friday night family movie night is something my kids look forward to every week. I'm not sure if it is the movie that they are watching or the fact that they get to stay up late that they look forward to the most but whichever it is, they love it. As a result it is always fun when a new family friendly movie comes out, like Peter Rabbit, which came out earlier this month. 

Canvas Art Kid's Craft

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Today I am partnering with The Genius of Play, an organization that focuses on the importance of play in a child's life, and I have a fun kid's craft to share to help get kids out from in front of the tv and doing something creative.

Colorblock Trinity Stitch Dishcloths

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It has been a long time since I have posted a new dishcloth or washcloth pattern and I have been wanting to for a while. I was really excited when I saw that Red Heart had a new cotton yarn and decided that was the perfect opportunity to come up with a new pattern.

Mermaid Life Shirt

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A few weeks ago I was had just finished my crocheted mermaid doll and needed to take some pictures of the doll. I wanted some pictures and video of someone playing with the doll so I asked one of my girls to help me out. I wanted something cute for her to wear in the pictures so I decided to make a quick mermaid shirt for her. It took just a few minutes to throw together and she had a cute shirt to wear. She loved it and has worn it several times since then.

Crocheted Mermaid Doll

My newest pattern for Fairfield World is now available on their site and I love the way this one turned out. This crocheted mermaid doll has been a huge hit with my girls. She is about 18" tall which I thought was a great size to play with.

Embellished Loom Knit Hats: Baby Bears

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A year or two ago I shared some pictures of some adorable little fruit hats that my little sister had made using a hat loom and adding a few crocheted elements, like leaves and stems, to make them extra cute. I have had quite a few people ask me about how to make those hats so I decided it was time to make a series of posts on how to embellish loom knit hats with crochet. Although, to be honest, you can use the same ideas and patterns I share here to embellish any plain hat. I have a pattern for a basic crocheted hat in a variety of size from preemie-adult, and you could add these embellishments to those hats as well.

Unicorn Cupcake Toppers

I usually try to make fun cakes for my kids birthdays but I am definitely not a great cake decorator. For my daughter's birthday a couple months ago she told me she wanted a unicorn cake. She also wanted a unicorn cake last year so I decided to try a version of the unicorn cake with the closed eyes that is all over Pinterest, it is usually a tall round layer cake with the eyes on the side of the cake, and a horn, ears, and frosting mane on the top. Sounds easy enough but it didn't quite turn out like the pictures on Pinterest. I think I only used one cake mix, thinking it says it makes 2 layer and that should be enough to give me some height. Not so. It may say it makes 2 layers but only if you want layers that are only super thin, I probably needed more than 2 layers anyway, and a smaller diameter probably would have been better too. My cake ended up big and flat, with barely enough room for the eyes on the side and a mess of frosting for the mane (that's what happens when you have lots of little helping hands). She loved it, it was just not how I was picturing it turning out. When she said she wanted a unicorn cake again, "just like the one you made last year", you can imagine how excited I was.

Makers Gonna Make T-Shirt

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Last month I had the opportunity to attend a blogger conference, I talked about it a little in my tiny crocheted owl post, but I had a couple more things I wanted to share about it. One of the things I did this year is make a couple of shirts to wear. Now, by make I don't mean I sewed them, I mean I bought a couple of cheap t-shirts from Walmart and decorated them with my Cricut. I thought I would share them here, along with the files I used to create them.

Dinosaur Softie

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One thing that I don't think many people know about me is that as a kid I loved dinosaurs. I have a picture of, I think, my 6th birthday with a dinosaur birthday cake, I had dinosaur curtains in my bedroom, lots of dinosaur books, and my favorite stuffed animals were dinosaurs. In fact, one of the first stuffed animals that I crocheted was a dinosaur. I figured that as many patterns as I have designed  it was about time I made made a dinosaur.

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