5 Little Monsters: December 2021

Top 20 Posts of 2021

At the end of each year I do a round up post of the top posts of the year. I love going back and looking at what I made throughout the year, and it is fun to see which were the most popular. The last few years I have done the top 18 of 2018, or 19 of 2019, and 20 0f 2020, but I kind of felt like I wanted to cap it at 20, just because that is already a lot. So from here on out I plan on just doing the top 20 of each year. 

Crocheted Christmas Gnome

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Christmas is only a few days away and I am trying to get in a couple last minute projects. One that I have really wanted to get up before Christmas is this little Christmas Gnome. I feel like gnomes have been all over this year. I made a gnome pillow a couple of weeks ago, and this little guy has been on my to-do list for quite a while. 

Hot Chocolate Gift Basket

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Earlier this year when I got the Cricut Mug Press one of my first thoughts was how great it would be for Christmas time. It makes it so quick and easy to make fun personalized mugs that could be paired with something warm to drink, which for my family usually means hot chocolate. 

Folded Paper Christmas Ornaments

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It is time for another edition of Creative Crafts. This month the theme is Last Minute Holiday Crafts. I have to admit when I saw that was the theme for this month my first thought was that it isn't last minute yet, it will just be the beginning of December. Then I realized Christmas is just barely over 2 weeks away. With all of the school events, holiday parties, presents to get, and everything else there is to do between now and then it is definitely feeling like we are reaching the last minute part of the holidays. 

Gnome Pillow

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Today I am joining several other bloggers and Fairfield World for a Pillow Party! We are all sharing Winter or Holiday themed pillows using Fairfield World's lumbar pillow insert, and do an awesome giveaway. Keep scrolling for the giveaway details. 

Crocheted Santa Bear

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Back in the fall I made a pumpkin teddy bear and I thought it would be fun to continue to make seasonal or holiday bears. I had a a couple of different Halloween bears planned, but didn't end up getting them done before Halloween. Well I got one done, but it was an complete fail, the picture I had in my mind didn't quite transfer to the finished bear and it was one of my designs that will never make it to the blog. Then I think after that I got a little discouraged with the bears and didn't make the other designs that I had in mind.

Christmas Ornaments with Cricut Materials

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I use my Cricut all the time when I need to make a quick craft, and during the holiday season that is especially the case. I was thinking about all of the different materials that my Cricut Maker 3 can cut, and all of the different types of projects that I can make with it, and I thought it would be fun to do a Christmas project using a variety of different materials and project types to kind of showcase what you can do with a Cricut Maker.