5 Little Monsters: 2021

Pumpkin Bear

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Today I am excited to be sharing a new crochet pattern as part of the 3rd annual Halloween Crochet Along with CAL Central.  The crochet along started in August and goes through the end of September with a new Halloween themed pattern coming out each Monday and Thursday. 

Boxed Beads Hat with Bulky Weight Yarn

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 Yarnspirations recently sent me some of their new O'Go yarn to try out and with fall just around the corner, and hopefully some cooler weather, I thought it would be perfect to make a new hat pattern. 

Bobble Stitch Pumpkins

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I love fall, and one of my favorite fall decorations to make is pumpkins. I have made a lot of pumpkin crafts over the years that include everything from crocheted pumpkins in several varieties, to painted or sewn pumpkins, and more. 

Fall Perler Bead Designs

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Fall may not officially be here until later in September, but once the kids are in school and September hits I am ready for fall. And for me that means making fall projects and putting up fall decorations. I love fall, it is, and always has been my favorite season. The colors, the cool weather, everything about it, I just love it. Then the fall leads into the holiday season, which I also love, so everything about this time of the year is my favorite. 

How to Make a Cricut Project- Step by Step for Beginners

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I have talked with a few people recently, both in person and online, who have mentioned how intimidating a Cricut is. They don't know how or where to start and it just seems overwhelming. So, I thought I would share a step by step tutorial on making a project on your Cricut. This is mostly going to be geared towards beginners, and hopefully will make getting started with a Cricut easier.

Perler Bead Alphabet

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This week has been a crazy one in our house, as we adjust to new schools, new schedules, and getting back into the routine of the school year. All 6 of my kids are in school this year, the older kids started at the beginning of the week, and my youngest had his first day of kindergarten today. 

Amigurumi School Supplies

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We have spent the last couple of weeks getting all of the last minute back to school stuff done because our kids start next week. In some ways it is crazy to think that summer is over, but I am also excited to get back into the routine of the school year. It has been a crazy couple of weeks taking each of the kids shopping for clothes and supplies, going to orientations and registrations days, checkups and kindergarten shots, all of the stuff it takes to get 6 kids ready. But I think we are finally there and it is crazy to think that next week all 6 kids will be in school and for the first time in almost 15 years I won't have any kids home with me during the day. 

Kindness Cookies with Therm O Web and Laura Kelly Designs

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A couple of weeks ago I received a really fun package in the mail, full of fun new products for me to use in today's post. Laura Kelly is known for her cute doodles and she is always sharing ideas to promote kindness. She recently partnered with Therm O Web to create a line of stamps created from her doodles, as well as some foils and cute patterned toner sheets to use with the foils. And today I have the opportunity of participating in the Back to School with Kindness Hop with Therm O Web, Laura Kelly, and several other designers to share these new products. 

Crocheted Bear Pencil Bag

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A week or two ago I shared a new pencil bag pattern, using my basic crocheted pencil bag to make a cat pencil bag. I mentioned in that post that I was working on another that I would be sharing soon. This is that bag. 

Camping Perler Bead Designs

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Another week of Summer Camp Crafts. This week I decided to do one of my kids favorite crafts, that I think they first tried at a summer camp, and once they did we started buying the supplies for them to do it at home and it became a favorite activity all year round. It is fun because it is something I remember doing as a kid too.

Personalized Labels for School Supplies

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I know some kids are already back in school, some like my kids head back in the next couple of weeks, and others still have another month before they go back. But if you are in one of the last two categories you are probably getting school supplies ready. Both for kids to take to school, and to have at home for homework. 

Bloque Stitch Blanket

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I have been wanting to make a blanket with Red Heart Super Saver Retro Stripes for a long time, but it has been impossible to find anywhere. When I saw that JOANN had some in stock a month or so ago I ordered some right away. I was so excited to turn it into a cute rainbow baby blanket. Plus I was hoping to have enough left over to make a hat for my rainbow and unicorn loving 9 year old, because the colors totally remind me of her. 

Boondoggle Keychains

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Another week of Summer Camp Craft Saturdays. We are on to week 5 out of 9, so we are over halfway through. This week we are making boondoggle keychains, which if you are like Napoleon Dynamite you may have made an infinity of them at scout camp.

12 Harry Potter Crafts

 


Typically in July I do a Harry Potter week around the 31st, sharing some Harry Potter themed crafts to celebrate his birthday. This year I had other projects planned and wasn't able to fit a Harry Potter week in the schedule, but I still thought it would be fun to put together a post with all of my Harry Potter themed projects from over the years in one place. 

Kind is Cool Tote Bag

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A couple of weeks ago I went to Micheals, not really intending to buy anything, just to look around and waste some time while my husband got a haircut next door. But it turned out they were having a big clearance sale and I ended up leaving with a big bag full of stuff. Mostly kid craft kits that I got for my kids to use, but I also grabbed a few other things. One of those things was this rope handled tote bag. 

Crocheted Cat Pencil Bag

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School supplies have started showing up in stores over the last couple of weeks and at first I thought that seemed so early, but then I realized my kids go back to school in less than a month. Crazy! And I know some people go back even sooner than they do. I am not sure where the summer went exactly, but I guess it is time to think about going back to school. 

Clay Disc Bead Bracelets

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This week's Summer Camp Craft Saturday project is a little late. I had a super busy week ending with my 5 year old's birthday, but I figured better late than never so here we are. This week we are making bracelets again, but this time with beads. Clay disc beads to be exact. 

Rainbow Doodle Stickers

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The other day I was doodling on my iPad, making little rainbow designs, not really with the intention of turning them into anything. But, as I was drawing I decided that they might make fun little stickers. 

Ice Dyed Scrunchies

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We are at week 3 of the 9 weeks of Summer Camp Craft Saturdays. So far we have done friendship bracelets, and painted rocks. One of the camp crafts I wanted to be sure to include in this series was tie dye. But since I have a few tie dye projects on my blog already, I kind of wanted to try something I hadn't done before. 

Mossy Path Crocheted Hat in 9 Sizes

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 It is time for Christmas in July! Today I am participating in a Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter. This month a bunch of bloggers are teaming up to bring you a full month of free patterns to help you kickstart your holiday making. Each week has a theme and this week is "Gifts for Anyone". And, if you join in the make along by making some of the projects we share you can enter to win some fun prizes at the end of the month. 

Foiled Sticker Tags with Cricut Joy

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I have been wanting to try out the Cricut Foil Transfer Tool ever since they first came out quite a while ago, and I finally got one. There are two different versions, the first one that came out worked in the Maker and Explore machines, but it was not compatible with the Joy. Then they came out with a Cricut Joy version that works only with the Joy and that is the one that I got. 

V-Stitch Market Bag

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A week or two ago I ran to Micheals to pick up something that I needed for a project and while I was there I saw that they had a display of the new Premier Chameleon color changing yarn. I had seen advertisements for it on social media and I thought it would be kind of fun to try out. 

Rock Painting

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It is time for another Summer Camp Craft Saturday! This is the second of 9 weeks of summer camp crafts, and we are painting rocks.

Crochet Hat Templates

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It is currently 100+ degrees here in Utah in July so it feels a little weird to be crocheting winter hats, but that is what I am doing right now. I have a new hat pattern coming next week as part of a Christmas in July Craft Along that I am participating in, and I am making it in several different sizes from baby to adult. 

Wizarding Spells Shirt

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When I got the invitation to join the latest edition of Creative Crafts I immediately signed up, without hesitation. It is time again for some Harry Potter crafts, which I always have a fun time making. Last year for the Creative Crafts: Harry Potter Edition I made a crocheted Hedwig, which I absolutely loved, and I was excited to make another Harry Potter project. 

Friendship Bracelets- 5 Ways

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I grew up in a very crafty house, my mom taught me to make lots of different kinds of crafts, to sew, and crochet, but I still feel like I also have great memories of making crafts at my church girl's camp in the summer, or other activities where we would make simple crafts. There is a certain nostalgia that comes with those summer camp type crafts. I think it is because they are something that most of us probably experienced in some way as a kid and it brings back those memories of childhood, and some of those earliest creative, crafty experiences.

Crocheted Triceratops

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A few years ago I made a crocheted dinosaur softie as part of a softie crochet-a-long and it has been one of my favorite projects ever since. I loved dinosaurs as a little kid, maybe obsessed was a better word. I had books and stuffed animals, so many little plastic dinosaurs, bright yellow curtains hanging in my room that had red, blue, green, and white dinosaurs all over them. I had the most boring dinosaur encyclopedia ever, not like the ones you can get now that have lots of cool pictures and diagrams and lots of color, nope, this was just a big, thick book full of information about dinosaurs with a couple of black and white drawings throughout, and I read that thing over and over. I was fascinated by dinosaurs.

Stars and Stripes Planter Box

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A couple of years ago I did a post for a company and they sent me a bunch of products that I could use for that project, and one of them was a long, unfinished wood planter box. I didn't end up using the planter box in my project so ever since then it has just been sitting on my shelf waiting to be used. 

Aurora Crossbody Purse

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 I have one last pattern to share as a part of the Aurora series, at least for now. I actually planned on stopping with the market bag I shared last week, but as I was working on it I remembered a little crossbody purse that I had made for one of my girls a couple of years ago, and thought it would also work really well with this stitch pattern. 

Wood and Vinyl Summer Decor

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Adding a little paint and vinyl to a piece of wood is an easy way to make a quick decoration for any season or holiday. I wanted to make some summer decorations that weren't specifically 4th of July, since that is the main summer holiday that we decorate for, I wanted something more just summery. So I pulled out my Cricut, some vinyl, and paints. 

Aurora Market Bag

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Last month I shared a water bottle holder pattern using the same stitch pattern I had used for my Aurora Scarf and Aurora Hat, and it is such a great stitch pattern for summer crochet projects that I needed to make another project. It is a little bit open with the mesh rows, but also has some nice texture with the crossed double crochet stitches.  

Grilling Aprons for Dad

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 Father's Day is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about gifts for dads. My husband, like a lot of men, has been doing a lot of grilling as the weather has warmed up so I thought it would be fun to make something for Father's Day that had a grilling theme. 

Crocheted Donuts

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 My daughter asked if we could get donuts as a special treat to celebrate the first day of summer break now that all of the kids are done with school for the year, and I thought it would be fun so we ran to the store early this morning and picked up a dozen donuts. I had no idea it also happened to be National Donut Day, but it was a really fun coincidence. 

Patriotic Perler Bead Designs

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With the school year ending, or already ended for some people, it is time to start thinking of activities to fill the summer. We try to limit how much screen time our kids can have in the summer and I know it won't be long in our house before we start hearing kids say that they are bored and that there is nothing to do. Mostly just as an attempt to get us to give in and let them have more screen time. 

Crocheted Bee Amigurumi

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 Both of the schools that my kids go to happen to have bees as their mascots. Technically one school is the Yellowjackets and the other is the Bees, but they both use bees in their school spirit stuff and both have black and yellow as their school colors. With the school year coming to a close there have been lots of school activities and lots of bee stuff, so bees have been on my mind.

Vinyl Pantry Labels

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This week Cricut announced a new feature in Design Space, Kerning! If you are unfamiliar with what kerning is it is the process of adjusting the spacing in between letters as you type so that it looks nice. If you have tried using fonts in Design Space in the past, especially script fonts, you know that the letters were always spaced weird and needed a lot of adjusting to make them look right, which could sometimes be a little frustrating and time consuming. 

Adding Iron On to a Painted Canvas

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I have made a lot of different types of canvases using my Cricut, including hot mess canvases and reverse canvases. For this projects I wanted to keep it a little more simple. Just putting vinyl on a canvas that I had painted. No deconstructing of the canvas or multiple layers.

Aurora Water Bottle Holder

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 Earlier this year I made a scarf and then later a hat using the same stitch pattern made up of rows of double crochet stitches, double crochet mesh and crossed double crochet stitches. I called the scarf the Aurora Scarf because the yarn I used changed from pink to blue, just like Aurora's dress in Sleeping Beauty. I loved the stitch pattern so much that I made the Aurora Hat pattern shortly after that. 

Infusible Ink USA Coasters

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Today I am once again joining Team Creative Crafts to share some fun craft projects along with several other craft bloggers. The theme of this Creative Crafts round is Patriotic Crafts.

Weed, Weld, Blank? What Do All of These Cricut Terms Mean?

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Sometimes when you are starting a new hobby or joining a new community you hear terms that you aren't quite sure what they mean. I see it happen a lot in crafting Facebook groups where people will talk about something using a term or slang specific to that craft and other people have no idea what they are talking about and it can be confusing. 

Star Wars Infusible Ink Projects

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To celebrate Star Wars Day I thought it would be fun to make some Star Wars projects with my Cricut. I wanted to use Infusible Ink transfer sheets because I love to combine the galaxy prints with  Star Wars designs. 

Infusible Ink Mugs with Children's Artwork

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When I got my Cricut Mug Press one of the first things that I thought of doing was using it to let my kids make mugs to give to people with their drawings on them. With Infusible Ink Pens and markers it is so easy for them to draw pictures that can then be transferred onto a mug for a fun personalized design. 

Crocheted Clothes and Accessories for the Long-Legged Bunny, Bear, and Cat

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When I came up with the idea to make the trio of long-legged animals, the Bunny, Bear, and Cat, I wanted them to be toys kids could really play with. In addition to them just being a stuffed animal I wanted them to have clothes and accessories so that my kids could dress them up and play with them. 

Long-Legged Crocheted Cat

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Finally, the last of my trio of long-legged crocheted animals. This little cat has been on my calendar to post about for a long time, it has been a month since I posted the last one. Other stuff kept coming up and the cat kept getting pushed back, but not anymore, today is finally the day. 

Clay Ring Dishes

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I wanted to share these little clay ring dishes, or trinket this week, because I thought with Mother's Day coming up they would cute gift to make for moms and grandmas. And they are simple enough that kids can help. I know when my kids saw that I bought clay they immediately started planning what colors they wanted to use and what they were going to make. 

Mini Painted Vases and Planters

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A while ago I saw someone share, on Instagram I think, some things that they found at Target in the  Bullseye Playground section. One of the things that they had shared was a little 3 pack of bud vases and when I saw them I thought they would be perfect for a little craft project. Something fun to paint for spring, or for Mother's Day, or anything really.

Dishcloth Week- Pebbles Dishcloth

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Day 5 of Dishcloth Week, the last day, the last pattern for the week. It has been fun coming up with different stitches to use for these dishcloth or washcloth patterns. 

Dishcloth Week- Silt Stitch Dishcloth

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It is day 4 of Dishcloth Week, which means that tomorrow is the last day. Today's dishcloth pattern uses the Silt Stitch. This was a new stitch to me, which was great because I love trying out and learning new stitches. 

Dishcloth Week- Cobble Stripe Dishcloth

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 It is day 3 of Dishcloth Week here on 5 Little Monsters, and today's pattern is the Cobble Stripe Dishcloth. The textured lines in this pattern create a striped effect, and it only uses 2 basic stitches. 

Dishcloth Week- Off the Rails Dishcloth

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Day 2 of Dishcloth Week brings the Off the Rails Dishcloth. This is a stitch I came up with for a pillow I made a few weeks ago, and as I was making it (knowing I had this week planned) I thought it would be a great texture to use for a dishcloth.