5 Little Monsters: 2020

8 Baby Gifts to Sew

When someone I know has a new baby I love making a baby gift to give them. I often like to pair my handmade gift with something super practical, like diapers, but I love adding something handmade by me. 

Bee Kind T-Shirt Design (+4 More Bee Designs)

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One of my favorite shirts that I have ever made for myself was a Be Kind shirt. I really liked the design I created and wore it all the time in the fall and winter (it was a long sleeved t-shirt), and I liked the message too. Lately I have been seeing a lot of "Be Kind" type shirt designs, online, in social media ads, etc. One design that I have seen quite a bit is some version of Be Kind where the "BE" is replaced with a "BEE". 

Crocheted Market Bag

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A week or so ago I shared a pattern for a crocheted water bottle holder using a stitch that was alternating rounds of v-stitch and double crochet stitches worked in the chain spaces kind of like a granny stitch. I have had a market bag on my to-do list for quite a while and after I made the water bottle carrier I thought that stitch would work really well for a market bag too. So I decided to make one!

Wood Burned Coasters

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This project is one that has been on my to-do list for a long time. Well, maybe not this exact project but I have wanted to make a wood burned project for at least the past year. I just couldn't make up my mind exactly what I wanted to make and what I wanted it to look like. 

Top Dad Father's Day Shirt

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Father's Day is less than a week away now and I realized I have yet to do any Father's Day themed projects or gift ideas. I wanted to come up with something that could be made really fast, in case there is anyone else like me who waited until the last minute.

Crocheted Freezer Pop Holders- 2 Styles

freezer pops in crocheted holders

Every summer my kids love to eat Otter Pops (or other similar freezer pops), and every summer I think about making some little crocheted holders to keep their hands from getting super cold, and every summer I don't get around to it. I usually end up just wrapping paper towels around the popsicle so they have something to hold onto, or just let them have cold hands.

Recycled Denim Apron

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Recycled denim apron

Do you have a stack of outgrown or worn out jeans? I have a few garbage bags full of outgrown clothes sitting in my laundry room waiting to take to a thrift store, but they have been closed and not accepting donations for the last few months. Although if I am being honest it usually takes me a few months to get donations out of my house even when everything is open. 

Easy Cupcake Toppers with Adhesive Paper

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One of the fun things about the Cricut Joy is the new materials that came out along with it. One of the new materials is Adhesive backed paper. It is a heavy weight paper that has adhesive on the back so you don't need tape or glue. It comes in lots of pretty colors and prints, each pack has 5 different designs.

Alternating V-Stitch Water Bottle Carrier

Just over a week ago I shared a roundup of small crochet projects that are perfect for summer and warm weather, times when you don't want big, heavy projects draped over you, and when you aren't going to wear hats and scarves. One of the things I included in that roundup was a water bottle carrier. I made that one a few years ago and thought maybe it was time to make another version.

DIY Summer Window Clings

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I recently got a bunch of crafty projects and kits for my kids and one of the things that I got was a set of sun catchers. The kids loved seeing how the paint went on thick and opaque but dried thin and transparent. Making the sun catchers reminded me of some paints that I had that could be used to make window clings and I thought it would be fun to make a summer themed set.

Earth Corner to Corner Graphgan

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Ever since I was a little kid I have loved maps and globes. I remember getting a globe for Christmas one year when I was probably 6 or 7 years old and it was one of my favorite gifts ever and I had it for a really long time.

24 Quick Crochet Projects for Summer

I think that crochet often gets seen as a cold weather craft. In the fall and winter we make lots of hats, scarves, and blankets, and other cold weather accessories. But once the weather starts to warm there isn't the same need for hats and scarves, and the thought of working on a big, heavy blanket isn't very appealing. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of summery crochet projects though. I looked through my crochet patterns and picked out 24 quick and easy, small projects that would be perfect for making this summer. Some are summery in theme (like 4th of July) and others are just small projects that would be great for any time of year. 

Loop Yarn Video Tutorial

When I was writing up my tutorial on the Loop Yarn Doll Blankets a couple days ago I found that it was one of those tutorials that was easier to show than tell. So I decided to record a quick video tutorial showing how to get started, how to knit with the loop yarn, and how to bind off and finish your doll blanket.

Mermaid Water Cup

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I used to be a pretty good water drinker but lately I feel like I have not been drinking as much as I should, which is not a good thing because not drinking enough water tends to trigger migraines for me. I always feel like I am better about drinking water if I have a cup or bottle I can fill up and take around the house with me throughout the day.

Loopy Yarn Doll Blankets

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Loop yarn, or finger knit yarn, where the yarn has preformed loops has been around for a while now and pretty much every yarn brand has their own version (or sometimes several different versions). It is really easy to use, easy enough that it is a great option for kids who want to try their hand at making something with yarn.

Mini Ami Animals

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Recently I was organizing my yarn and my 8 year old daughter was helping me. She found a tiny little ball of pink/multicolor yarn and she asked me to make her a little stuffed bunny for her doll. There wasn't really enough yarn so I paired it with some other pink yarn and make a super quick, super ugly, little bunny.

Craft Room Labels with Cricut Joy Smart Labels

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I have kind of been a little MIA lately, mostly because doing online school with 5 kids in 3 schools with multiple teachers, platforms and expectations has kind of been kicking my butt. My kids are done with school this week and we have turned in most of their stuff already, all we have left is teacher parades and online awards ceremonies so as far as I'm concerned, we made it! And I couldn't be happier about that.

ASL I Love You Mickey Shirt- Take Two

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When I was designing our t-shirts for Disneyland I created a bunch of different designs, then I had to pick which ones I was actually going to use. I asked opinions from others to help me choose but there were a few designs I had a hard time choosing between.

Summer Perler Bead Patterns

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In an attempt to keep the screen time to a minimum in our house these last few weeks with everyone home I thought it would be fun to set up a little kids activity station in our living room. Most of my kids really like doing little arts and crafts, but I don't really love them getting into my craft supplies. I thought maybe setting up an area with stuff that they could just use, no need to ask would help keep them busy and creative.

Mickey ASL I Love You T-Shirt Design

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A few weeks ago I shared an ASL Mickey t-shirt design that I made for my son and my husband for our Disneyland trip a couple months ago but I have a couple more ASL Disney shirts that I haven't shared yet. I figured it was time to fix that and share another.

Easy Cards with Cricut Joy

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With the kids home all day I have been trying to find lots of ways to keep them busy and entertained. My girls especially like doing arts and crafts type projects, either kids crafts or helping me with projects I am working on.

Easy Crocheted Sweeper Cover

Since today is Earth Day I thought it would be nice to share a pattern for something that was eco-friendly in some way. I immediately thought of reusable crochet items that replace disposable things that we use everyday, things like dishcloths, washcloths, and face scrubbies. Since I already have patterns for all of those things I decided to do a sweeper cover (for sweepers like a Swiffer).

Cricut Explore Air 2 Giveaway

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My Cricut is one of my favorite crafting tools. I use it all the time, for so many projects. And right now (April 19-25) Cricut is having a huge sale on their Explore Air 2 machines. They are on sale for just $179 (some colors are $189) which is a great deal!

Crocheted Robot Softie

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Today I am excited to be sharing a new crochet pattern as part of the 2020 Softie Crochet Along. This is the third year I have participated in this particular crochet along (my previous projects were a dinosaur and a flamingo), and I always look forward to it because softies are one of my favorite things to crochet.

Fabric Face Masks

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I know there have been tons of tutorials recently for making fabric face masks and I debated whether or not I would post about it, but since the CDC recommended that we all wear DIY face masks when we go places like the grocery store I made a few and thought I would share a few tips that help the mask making process go smoother for me.

Yarn Wrapped Easter Eggs

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Lately I have been enjoying really quick and easy craft projects. You would think being home more would mean more time for projects but that is not the case. Instead I find myself trying to find a few minutes here and there throughout the day to work on my own craft projects, or to make stuff with the kids. But with everything going on I find myself craving that creative time even more than normal.

ASL Mickey T-Shirt Design

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Last month our family took a trip to Disneyland. It had been a really long time since we had gone on a family vacation and it was so much fun to have that time together. Of course as we were preparing to leave I had to make some shirts for the family. I decided not to do matching shirts and instead I made everyone different shirts that I thought they would like.

EGG-cellent Easter Tags

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Last month I ordered a bunch of Easter stuff from Oriental Trading Company for some post I was working on with them. I ordered some things I could use to make Easter crafts (like my bunny wreath and paint poured eggs), and I ordered some stuff to put together Easter Basket ideas for kids. They had tons of fun themed eggs and toys. I ended up choosing some donuts and "sweet treats" themed stuff including, ice cream cone eggs, donut plushies, sweet squishies, and sprinkle bracelets.

Paint Poured Easter Eggs

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Being stuck at home the last couple of weeks has been rough, especially with all of us in the same place all the time and trying to figure out all of the schedules, schoolwork, and zoom calls with all of the different teachers. I found myself feeling extra grouchy and short with my kids and I realized I had been so busy making sure everyone else had everything they needed, got on their calls, had quiet space to do their work, and all everything else that I was not taking anytime for myself.

Polka Dot Puffs Hat

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I have had this hat pattern ready to post for a long time but life has been so crazy lately I haven't gotten it up. I debated whether or not to post it now since it is spring here and the weather is starting to warm up, not really hat weather anymore. But then I figured a lot of us are stuck inside right now, what better than a new crochet project. Make a bunch now and you will be all set for winter, whether for yourself, family, gifts, sales, or whatever.

Easter Bunny Greenery Wreath

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Now that March has arrived the weather is starting to feel a lot more like spring and I am definitely feeling ready for it, including working on spring and Easter crafts.

Easy DIY Travel Pillow

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I know I have been sharing lots of Disney posts lately, but I have a couple more to share. Although this one is less "Disney" and more just a travel project. We just got back from our family trip to Disneyland and we drove so we were in the car for a long time. Since we were spending so much time in the car I wanted everyone to bring stuff to be comfortable, and hopefully sleep a little, but we also won't have space for a lot of big stuff.

Top 5 Cricut Maker Projects

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One of my favorite things in my craft room is my Cricut Maker. There is so much that I can do with it, everything from cutting vinyl, iron on, and cardstock, to cutting delicate materials like fabric and tissue paper, or thick materials like chipboard and balsa wood. There are even tools to engrave, deboss, perforate, score, and more.

Best Day Ever! Disney T-Shirt

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I wanted to make a few t-shirts for our family Disneyland trip next month and this was one of the first designs I made. I thought it would be a fun shirt for my 3 year old who has never been to Disneyland before and really has no idea what to expect, but is so excited to go. 

Easy Drawstring Backpacks for Disneyland

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My family is getting ready to head to Disneyland in a couple of weeks and everyone is super excited. It has been a long time since we took a trip like this as a family. The last time we went to Disneyland was 9 year and 3 kids ago. We have been planning this trip for nearly a year and I can't believe how close it is.

Introducing Cricut Joy! and a Baby Bodysuit Decorating Station

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Last week Cricut announced the addition of a new compact, smart cutting machine, Cricut Joy. This new machine joins the Explore Air 2 and the Maker to complete the Cricut lineup. I actually had the opportunity to get a preview of Cricut Joy about a month before the announcement and have been able to spend the last couple of weeks playing with the new machine.

Printable Valentine Cards

This year as Valentine's Day quickly approaches I decided that I wanted to design some little printable Valentine cards. I especially wanted to make some that could have a little non-candy treat attached.

Crocheted Valentine Treat Bag

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I thought it would be kind of fun to make some little crocheted treat bags for Valentine's Day. I had an  idea in my head of what I wanted, a little drawstring bag with a heart crocheted on the front of it.

Third Loop Crocheted Washcloth

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I recently wanted to make a set of crocheted dishcloths as a gift and rather than using one of the patterns I have already made I decided to create a new pattern and I was really pleased with how they turned out.

Cricut Draw and Cut Floral Bookmarks

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One of my goals this year is to read more. I love reading and as a kid I read all the time. As an adult I have found it harder to make time to read because I feel like I always have a million other things I should be doing. Of course, I also find myself wasting time on my phone a lot so I am trying to spend less time mindlessly scrolling through social media and more time reading books instead.

Sal de Mar Crocheted Hat

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Last year I had the opportunity to review some Manos del Uruguay yarn from Fairmount Fibers that included their Cabrito yarn, which is very light, laceweight, kid mohair yarn. I paired it with their Alegria yarn to make a scarf that had stripes of color and texture.

Bloggers Best Crafts of 2019

Find the best crafts of 2019 all in one post!  There are so many great projects that you won't be able to pick just one.

Last week I shared my top posts from 2019 and it was a lot of fun to look back at the things I had made throughout the year. Today I am getting together with 14 creative bloggers to share our top posts from last year.

Infusible Ink Astronaut T-Shirt

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I have a daughter who is kind of obsessed with all things space related, especially NASA, so when I saw that there were a few different galaxy prints of Infusible Ink sheets I had to order some. I wasn't even sure what I would make but I knew she would love them.

Come Follow Me 2020- Book of Mormon Study Bookmarks

At church I teach a youth Sunday school Class for 11-18 year old young men and women. With next Sunday being the first Sunday of the new year we will be starting a new study program, this year studying the Book of Mormon.