5 Little Monsters: October 2018

Toddler Size Crocheted Monkey Hat


My 2 year old has recently discovered Curious George and now he loves monkeys. I thought it would be fun to make him a little monkey hat to wear as the weather is getting cooler.

Trick or Treat Bags for Non-Verbal Kids


I have 2 kids that don't talk at all. There are a lot of reasons why kids who are old enough that people assume they can talk don't, in my case my children are Deaf. They have no other disabilities or delays, even their language and communication skills are at or above age level, they just don't talk. They communicate through American Sign Language or when needed they can communicate through writing, or at least my oldest son can, my younger daughter is still kind of young for that. Another Deaf daughter both speaks and signs.

ASL Christmas Crafts

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About a month ago I shared a collection of t-shirts that I made that had words fingerspelled in American Sign Language. I shared a little bit about how we use ASL in our home as 3 of our 6 kids are deaf. I was kind of surprised by the numbers people who commented on how excited they were by the designs because they too were deaf, or someone in their family was, or a close friend, or they were an interpreter, or someone in their family was, or they had some other personal connection to sign language. It was really fun to find that connection and community. But even if you don't have as personal of a connection to ASL it is still a neat language to learn and you never know when you may be able to use it.

Fabric Covered Cork Board with Felt Flower

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Do you ever have projects that you start and then set aside and it takes months before you actually get around to finishing the project? Then when you finally get around to finishing the end project is completely different than the idea you actually started with? This project is one of those for me, but now that I have actually finished it I really like the way it turned out.

Trick or Treat Iron On Bag


Every year I try to make trick or treat bags for my kids, sometimes I make them to coordinate in some way with their costumes, and other times they are more traditional Halloween designs. I have shared some of them here one the years.

Easy Ribbed Crocheted Pumpkin Video Tutorial


After sharing the written pattern for the Easy Ribbed Crocheted Pumpkin I decided to put together a quick video tutorial showing step by step how to make it. I thought that it was an easy enough pattern that it wouldn't be too hard to put together a step by step video tutorial showing exactly how I made it.

Easy Ribbed Crocheted Pumpkin


I have shared a few crocheted pumpkin patterns in the past, but I had another style of pumpkin that I wanted to try so now I have another pumpkin pattern to share.

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.
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