5 Little Monsters: 2019

All About the Cricut Knife Blade

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When the Cricut Maker was first announced about a year and a half ago one of the really exciting parts of that announcement was the adaptive tool system that included the rotary blade and the knife blade. Since then the scoring wheels have also been added to that lineup, and who knows what may be added in the future.

Kindness Pass it on T-shirt Design

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This is the second to last kindness design. Just one more left for next week. This time it says "kindness, pass it on".

Making a Quilt with the Cricut Maker

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I used to really enjoy making quilts, and it is one of those things that I just haven't done for a long time. Not that I don't still enjoy it, it has just been a while since I made a quilt. Probably my least favorite part of making a quilt is cutting out the pieces. Either that or binding. I love piecing the quilt though, seeing all of the small squares, triangles, and rectangles coming together to create a beautiful design.

Kindness Matters

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Kindness Collection Design #6, Only a couple of designs left. The first couple of shirts I shared I made for myself or for my husband, these last several I made for my girls, but really any of them could work for any age or size.

Cincuenta Scarf

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I few months ago I had the opportunity to try out some yarn from Manos del Uruguay. In that post I shared a bit about my connection with Uruguay and why I was so excited to work with this company. When I was given the chance to try out some more of their yarn I jumped at the chance.

Spread a Little Kindness T-Shirt Design

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Kindness Collection Design #5, This one I made for my daughter. It says "Spread a Little Kindness Wherever You Go".

Mini Heart Tote Bags- Mixing Different Types of Iron On

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Last week I wrote a post all about the Cricut EasyPress 2 and all of the different kinds of iron on you can get, when, and how to use them. Today I am sharing a quick project made with several different types of iron on.

Burly Spun Bolster Pillow

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Although worsted weight yarn is kind of my go-to yarn, it is always kind of fun to work with thicker yarn. Projects work up much quicker than thinner yarns, and they are nice and thick and cozy. For today's project I was sent some bulky Burly Spun yarn from Brown Sheep Company.

Choose Kindness T-Shirt



This is the 4th design in my kindness collection of t-shirt designs, and the first one that says something other than "Be Kind". For this design I chose the phrase "choose kindness".

Ombre Heart Corner to Corner Blanket

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Corner to corner to corner crochet is a really neat way to make graph designs in crochet. It can seem a  little tricky at first but once you get the hang of it it is really quick and easy. I have seen some pretty amazing graphs that people have crocheted but this project is made with a pretty simple design and only 2 colors.

All About the Cricut EasyPress 2 and Working with Iron On

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If you have followed my blog for a while you probably know that I love creating with my Cricut. I have a Cricut Maker and I use it all the time. I also love to crochet but crocheting tends to take a quite a while to finish a project.  One of the things that I love about creating with my Cricut is that I can usually make a project start to finish in a very short time. For this reason one of my favorite materials to work with is iron on. I love how quickly I can make projects. For example, just a couple days ago my daughter brought me a plain sweatshirt, explained what she wanted on it, picked out the colors she wanted, and  a few minutes later had a new shirt ready to wear the next day. The longest part was probably creating the design because we were starting from scratch, and even that didn't take very long.

Dreamy Diamonds Throw

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Today I am excited to be participating in the Hygge Home Crochet Along. This crochet along started a couple of weeks ago and lasts through the middle of March. Each week a different crochet designer will share a new pattern, each having to do with the theme "Hygge Home", or projects designed to may your home comfy and cozy. You can find all of the crochet along details HERE, including how you can win fun prizes.

Be Kind Circle T-Shirt

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I have been sharing my "be kind" designs each week for a couple of weeks now and I missed last week. Just about everyone in my family got really sick and it was one of those times that I just had to step away from the blog to focus on my family. As a result I wasn't able to get last week's post up, but I am getting back on track this week.

Simple Scrunchies Sewing Tutorial

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Today I am excited to be sharing a year long sew along that I am participating in with 11 other bloggers. You can find all of the details on Underground Crafter. The basics are that every other week one of us will be sharing a small sewing project, a "little gift" idea. Something that takes 1-4 fat quarters, or less than 1 yard of fabric to make. They will all work as stocking stuffers, or for any other time you need a small gift. The idea is that by the end of the year you will have lots of little gift ideas perfect for Christmas stockings, or just building up a stash of gifts.

All You Need is Love Valentine's Shirt- with free SVG

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I have been wanting to design my own cut files for a while now. Most of the designs I create and make with my Cricut are made in Cricut Design Space using elements and fonts available there. I don't mind creating things in that way but it is limiting using premade design elements and sometimes I have a specific idea I want to create from scratch, 100% my own.

Kindness Shirt 2: Be Kind Script Circle

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Last week I shared a Be Kind Shirt design and mentioned that I would be sharing one each week for the next several weeks. Today I am sharing my second Be Kind shirt, and I think this one might be my favorite. 

ASL I Love You Frame

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Last year I made a collection of t-shirt designs using ASL. My favorite was the I love you sign and I thought it would be perfect to use in a valentine themed project. 

Frosty Forest Cowl

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I recently had the opportunity to try out some yarn from Kraemer Yarns, their Perfection Worsted yarn. Worsted weight is by far my favorite yarn to use. I love the drape and detail you can get with thinner yarns and enjoy working with them occasionally but I always feel like it takes forever to finish a project. I love the quickness of projects made with bulky yarns, but feel like I am somewhat limited on the detail and types of projects I can make. So although I enjoy working with all weights and types of yarns, worsted weight is definitely my go to yarn weight.

The Aspen Cowl

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Earlier this week I shared a new hat pattern, The Aspen Hat, and today I am sharing the matching cowl pattern. I am excited to be sharing this pattern as part of ELK Studio's Make it for Me event. Check it out to find lots of fun projects for you.


Kindness Shirt 1: Be Kind Type Shirt

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I few months ago I came up with a series of t-shirt designs based around the theme of kindness. I was feeling like I was seeing so much negativity and hatefulness, especially on social media, that it was on my mind a lot. I hated seeing how acceptable it was to say whatever mean things you want just because you happen to disagree with someone, whether it be political, religious, or even just your taste in movies. I want to try to teach my kids to be kind and respectful to others, regardless of whether or not they agree on all things.

Rose Gold Deathly Hallows Sweatshirt

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For Christmas my husband asked me to make him a couple of hoodies with iron on designs on them. I made one with a design from one of his favorite books and another with one of my own designs, which I will be sharing in a couple of weeks. After I made his sweatshirts I decided they looked really comfy and I needed to make one for myself.

The Aspen Hat

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January is not my favorite time of the year. It is so cold and Christmas is over, although there are several birthdays in my family so that is one bright spot. But one thing about a month that is freezing cold is it is a great month for crocheting. And for wearing the things that you crochet.

Dream Big Sign

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For Christmas we put together a little craft area for our oldest daughter. She loves making things and spending time in my craft room playing with all of my supplies. A month or two ago I shared part of the gift we put together for her. We put together a beginner craft kit with lots of supplies so that she could make pretty much anything she wanted without needing to get into my stuff.

Easy Flannel Pocket Hand Warmers


It has been pretty cold this past week. I mean, it was the last week of December so that isn't really surprising. We didn't really have a white Christmas but that night it started snowing and continued off and on for the rest of the week.

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