5 Little Monsters: 2021

Recycled Cardboard Tube Desk Organizer

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With Earth Day coming later this month I am joining a few of my blogging friends to bring you a bunch of recycled craft ideas, and the possibility to win an awesome prize. So join me for Creative Crafts- Recycled Crafts Edition, to get some fun ideas for recycled and upcycled projects you can make, and at the end of this post you enter to win a 10 lb box of Poly-Fil from Fairfield World and a $100 gift card to JOANN. 

Smiling Sun Ribbon Tag Baby Toy

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Today I am joining Underground Crafter and Hooked for Life to share a baby sewing pattern as part of their year long 2021 Baby Sew Along. Each month, on the second Thursday of the month, they share a new sewing or quilting pattern for baby, and if you participate in the sew along you can win prizes at the end of the year. And today it is my turn to join in the fun. 

Everything You Need to Know About Cricut Design Space

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If you have a Cricut cutting machine you will need to use Design Space, so what is it, what can you do with it, and how do you use it. Cricut Design Space is the program you will use to create the projects you will make with your Cricut. Here you will find an overview of what you can do in Design Space, as well as the answers to some frequently asked questions. 

How to Make Stickers with Cricut's New Offset Feature

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When Cricut recently announced that they were adding an offset feature to Design Space I know I wasn't the only one who immediately thought of making stickers. There are lots of projects that this feature will be an amazing addition to, but stickers was the first one I wanted to try. 

How to Use the Cricut Mug Press

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I recently got a Cricut Mug Press and have been testing it out so that I could share a tutorial here with everything you need to know to get started. I have been seeing the mugs people have been sharing on Instagram and was excited to try it out for myself, and I was not disappointed. They turned out so cool!

Easter Perler Bead Designs

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With another holiday quickly approaching I thought it was time for some new Perler Bead designs. This time for Easter. 

Long Legged Crochet Bear

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This little long legged bear goes along with the bunny that I shared a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned that I would have more animals coming and this is the second one in the series. There will be one more animal, then some accessories to go along with them.  

St. Patrick's Day Perler Bead Designs

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St. Patrick's Day is this week so we pulled out our bucket of Perler Beads this weekend to make some fun St. Patrick's Day crafts with the kids. Anytime I am looking for a kid craft that will keep my kids busy for a long time I turn to the melty beads. 

New Cricut Mug Press

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Have you seen the new Cricut Mug Press? I am so excited to be partnering with JOANN to share this fun new product with you. Using the Cricut Mug Press, sublimation mugs, and Infusible Ink you can make professional quality mugs at home. 

Easter Egg Painted Rocks

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My oldest daughter had a Zoom activity a couple of weeks ago with her church youth group where they were painting rocks. They used paint pens to make their rocks, rather than paints and a paintbrush that I normally use. 

Long Legged Crocheted Bunny

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I feel like I have been in a bit of a crochet funk lately. I think with the weather warming up and spring just around the corner I haven't wanted to make any more wintery projects like hats and scarves, even though those are things I typically enjoy making. Not that there aren't plenty of non-winter things you can crochet, it is just a matter of making that shift in my mind. 

All About Cricut Materials

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When you are new to using a Cricut, or maybe even not so new, it can be overwhelming to see all of the different materials available to cut and know which one is right for your project. Do you need permanent vinyl or removable? Regular transfer tape or strong grip, or do you even need transfer tape? Everyday iron on, SportFlex, Infusible Ink? What about materials that you can only use with a specific machine? This post is going to answer all of those questions and more.

Baptism Face Masks

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 My family and I are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and in our church, for those who are not familiar, children are baptized at 8 years old. One of my girls is turning 8 next month and is excitedly preparing for her baptism. 

Crocheted Clovers Video Tutorial

Several years ago when my blog was still pretty new I shared a pattern to make these super easy 3 or 4 leaf clovers. They only take a few minutes and a tiny amount of yarn to make and are fun embellishments for St. Patrick’s Day. Add them to hair clips, pins, home decor, and more. 

Faux Etched Jars with Frosted Vinyl

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I have had this project on my mind for a long time, pretty much from the first time I saw that Cricut had a frosted vinyl option. I thought it would be the perfect thing to use on glass items for an easy faux etched glass look. 

Aurora Hat

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Earlier this year I shared a new scarf pattern, the Aurora Scarf, made with Red Heart Unforgettable yarn. I really loved the way it turned out and wanted to try to design a matching, or at least coordinating, hat pattern. The only problem is that even though Unforgettable is a very pretty yarn, it is not my favorite for making hats. 

Valentine Reverse Canvas

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Valentines Day is just around the corner, but if you are still looking for a super quick Valentine project to make this one is great. Reverse canvases are easy and inexpensive to make and you can make them with any design you want. 

Easy Valentine Treats and Tags

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My 12 year old daughter was asked to teach a zoom class to some other girls her age teaching them how to make a treat of some kind. With Valentine's Day coming up she wanted to make a Valentine's treat. She ended up coming up with the idea of dipping Rice Krispie Treats in chocolate and decorating them with pink and red sprinkles. They turned out pretty cute and I thought they would be a fun little treat to give to friends so I thought I would make some easy little tags and share how we made them. 

Valentine Perler Bead Designs

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Today I am joining some other craft bloggers to share some last minute Valentine projects over the next couple of days, and a fun giveaway. When I was thinking of something I could make for a quick and easy Valentine project that you be made last minute I decided to turn to my kids favorite craft, Perler Beads. Fun for any age and they definitely fit the quick and easy requirement, although once we get them out my kids can spend hours playing and creating with them. 

Which Cricut Machine is Right for You?

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 I love using my Cricut to make lots of different kinds of projects, it is one of my favorite things in my craft room. There is so much you can do with a Cricut machine, and one of the most common questions I get asked by crafters looking at getting a Cricut is, how do I know which machine to get?

Corner to Corner Heart Square

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With Valentines Day just around the corner I have had heart projects on my mind. A couple of years ago I made a large corner to corner heart design, and by large I mean it was baby blanket size, so not huge but the heart filled the entire blanket. This year as I was thinking of heart themed projects to make I thought about how versatile a small c2c heart square could be and decided to make one. 

Embroidered Canvas Paintings

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I recently bought a big pack of canvases in order to make a Valentine project that I will share soon, but with all of those canvases sitting in my craft room I started getting the itch to paint something. 

Leather Tags for Crochet Projects

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A few years ago I made some leather tags that could be sewn onto crocheted items like hats. I cut them out with my Cricut Maker and then used my Cricut Cuttlebug to emboss the leather with different designs. They turned out kind of cool, the only problem was that I kind of wanted to be able to make more personalized designs than the Cuttlebug embossing folders allowed. 

Criss Cross Cowl

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A couple of months ago I made the Criss Cross Hat and ever since then I have been wanting to make a matching cowl or scarf.

Crochet Project Bag Iron On Designs

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I don't know about you, but I am never working on just one project. I always have multiple projects going at once. Sometimes it makes sense, like one of them is big or has a bunch of little pieces so I really only work on it at home, and another is a small project that I take with me to work on in the car in the school pickup line or other places I will be waiting. But plenty of other times the only reason is because in the middle of one project I get an idea that I just can't wait to try out so I start something new before I finish what I am working on, or I just get bored with a big project and have to break it up with something small.

Aurora Scarf

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 I feel like for most crafters the end of the year is often spent making projects meant for others, whether for gifts for friends and family, or to sell during the holidays. Either way it seems like we don't keep a lot of what we make, so I thought that would be kind of fun to share some projects over the next few days that are things you could make for yourself. Not that you can't make them for others, just that you could make them for yourself if you want.