5 Little Monsters: October 2021

Boxed Beads Hat in 5 Sizes

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Not too long ago I shared a new crocheted hat pattern. It used the bead stitch in a different way than the other bead stitch hats I had shared previously, boxed in between double crochet stitches and rounds of single crochet. It was also made with a bulky weight yarn, Caron Colorama O'Go.

Halloween Bingo

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We have had a few Halloween parties and activities recently and have a few more coming up and it is always fun to have games to play at Halloween activities so I thought I would make a Halloween Bingo game that we could use. 

Halloween Perler Bead Designs

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 I shared some fall Perler Bead Designs a month or so ago, but at the same time that I designed those I also came up with some that were more specifically Halloween themed. I finally got the graphs that I designed turned into actual finished designs and am ready to share them. 

BOO! Tags

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 I recently needed to come up with an activity to do with a group of 8-11 year old girls and I wanted to do something that was Halloween related and fun. But I also thought it would be nice for them to make something they could give to someone else. I planned a couple of activities for them to do to fill the time that we had, but one of the activities was to make Boo Bags. Little bags of candy that they could secretly give to someone to "boo" them. 

Striped and Polka Dot Crocheted Pumpkins

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As I was crocheting pumpkins this year I thought it would be fun to mix it up a little and make some that were 2 colors rather than 1. Most of the time I choose more muted shades or fall colors to make my pumpkins, but this time I decided to go with more of a Halloween theme, bright orange, black, and white. 

Snowflake Mandala with Cricut Maker 3

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When I got my Cricut Maker 3 I knew I wanted my first project to be using some of the new Smart Materials, and the one I was the most excited to try was the Smart Paper Sticker Cardstock. I thought it would make paper crafting so much easier because there wouldn't be a need for glue or other adhesives.

Halloween Reverse Canvases

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 It is time for another round of Team Creative Crafts, this time the theme is Last Minute Halloween Crafts. I have been in Halloween crafting mode lately so the theme was perfect for me. I had every intention of starting Halloween and Fall crafts last month, but September ended up being a crazy busy month for me and my family and I didn't get nearly as much done as I had hoped, so now that October is here I am trying to catch up on all of the Halloween and Fall crafts.

21 Projects to Make with a Cricut

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When I first started looking into getting my first Cricut I spent a lot of time trying to decide if it was going to be worth it. Would I really use it? There were some projects that I thought I would make, but I wasn't sure if I would use it enough to justify the cost. I didn't quite grasp at that point all of the things you could do with a Cricut. At the time I was mostly interested in using it to cut vinyl and iron on, I thought the only reason to use it for paper crafts was if you were a scrapbooker, which is one craft I have never really gotten into, and besides those things I didn't know what else you would use it for. What I discovered was that there was so much you can do, so many different types of projects you can make. And it has become one of the most used things in my craft room. 

Mini Halloween Treat Buckets

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The other day I was drawing some designs on my iPad for a project I will be sharing later this week and I ended up with 3 different designs, and only 2 of them that I planned on using for that project. Then later I was pulling out the supplies that I needed for the other project, and I came across these little metal buckets and the idea of these little treat buckets was born. 

Mandala Elephant Tote Bag

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I have seen mandala style projects all over the place and Cricut has a lot of fun ones, different animals and other designs, available in Design Space. I don't love the weeding process, I mean, it isn't that I absolutely hate it but it definitely isn't my favorite part of making a vinyl or iron on projects. And those project take a lot of weeding.