5 Little Monsters: 2022

Fall Wood Bead and Felt Ball Garland

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This week fall will officially be here, and I am so happy about it. I have been loving the fact that temperatures have been cooling off a little bit and it has been starting to look and feel more and more like fall. However, in my craft room it has been fall for a while. I have been making lots of fall craft projects lately, and todays project is a continuation of that, although it could easily be adapted to work for any season or holiday, just change up the colors.

Bloque Stitch Pumpkins

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As I am sure anyone who has been following me for any length of time already knows, I love fall, I love pumpkins, and I love playing with the textures of crochet stitches. Put all of those together and one of my favorite things to crochet in the fall is pumpkins. I have lots of patterns already on my website, some using very basic stitches, and others that use stitches that create really interesting textures. And I am always thinking of new stitches that I think would be fun to try on a pumpkin.

How to Make School Spirit Shirts- Best Cricut Fonts

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I never really imagined myself being a sports mom, mostly because I am pretty much the most unathletic person ever, but this year my two high school kids are both in sports this fall, one in football and one in volleyball, and they are both hoping to play basketball in the winter. So needless to say our evenings and weekends this month have revolved around practices and games. 

Alpine Stitch Pumpkin

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It is time again for another Team Creative Crafts Collaboration, and not surprisingly the theme this month is pumpkins. I have been in a fall/pumpkin crafting mood lately so this was a perfect theme for me. 

Fall Forest Wrap

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I love the colors of fall, especially the variation you see in the leaves as they start to change, from bright greens to golden yellow, oranges, reds, purples, and browns. It is my favorite time of the year. So with fall just around the corner and the hope of cooler days coming and the anticipation of changing leaves I have been wanting to make something cozy and fall-ish. 

Layered Wood Pumpkins

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I am not a huge pumpkin fan when it comes to foods and/or drinks, but when it comes to fall decor I do love them. And with the arrival of September comes pumpkin season in my mind. One reason I like pumpkins is that they work so well from September through November. From general fall decor, through to Halloween, and Thanksgiving. 

Resin Initial Keychains

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Last month as I shared some Harry Potter themed crafts I made some resin keychains. It was the first resin project I shared here on the blog, though we did try a few things as practice before that. When I made them I had a little bit of extra resin left so I used it to make a few extra keychains, specifically using some of my kids first initials. 

Hello Fall Sign

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I have a wooden sign that I bought several months ago without a specific project in mind. I had a few ideas but never ended up making any of them, so I ended up just having a blank wooden sign sitting around. I figured with a new season  just around the corner I would finally use that board. 

Double Crochet Stripes Hat

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 I love fall, it is my favorite season. I don't know why exactly, there are just so many things about it that I love. My birthday is in the fall, I love the cooler (but not too cold) weather, I love the leaves and the colors of everything. Plus fall leads into the holiday season with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other winter holidays, which I also love.

School Supply Perler Bead Designs

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School supplies have been on our minds lately as we have been preparing for the kids to go back to school this week. I actually love school supplies so this is always kind of a fun time for me. I don't know what it is about a brand new box of crayons, or an empty new notebook, but they make me happy. 

Trio of Crocheted Jar Covers

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Kids heading back to school in our house always means getting school supplies for home too. Making sure we have everything ready for homework needs, like pens and pencils, colored pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue, all organized and ready to use. There are tons of different ways you can store those kinds of things, but one thing that works great for pens and pencils and stuff like that, and is pretty inexpensive and easy to find, is pint size mason jars. And crocheted jar covers are an easy way to add some color and cuteness. 

Crochet Backpack Buddies- Bear and Koala

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I know I am kind of late on the back to school stuff this year since school has already started back up in a lot of places, but I am trying to squeeze a few last minute projects in before my kids head back to school next week. If I am being completely honest- I am so ready for my kids to be back in school, to get back into the routine of the school year. Laid back summer is nice, but I am ready to get that structure back, as well as some kid free time during the day to get stuff done. And the truth is, they are just as ready to go back. They miss seeing their friends everyday, and luckily all of our kids enjoy school for the most part. 

Friendship Bracelet Style Bookmark

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A new month means another Team Creative Crafts collaboration and this month the theme is back to school crafts. It is crazy to think that summer is already coming to an end and kids are heading back to school soon, or in some places already have. My kids head back in a couple of weeks and we have been spending a lot of time lately getting things ready, going to registrations, school shopping, and attempting to get back in a good routine for the school year. 

Dumbledore's Army T-Shirt

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Today is the last of the Harry Potter projects I will be sharing this month, of course it also happens to be the last day of the month. This time a Cricut project, a design that I used to make a t-shirt, but you could use it for anything you want. 

Easy Magic Wands

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 Time for another Harry Potter project today, although this one is not really super Harry Potter specific. It could work for any magic theme where wands are involved. 

Hogwarts House Resin Keychains

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Each year in July I try to share some Harry Potter Projects, and this year I am almost out of time but I want to squeeze a couple in before the end of the month. I had a whole week of Christmas in July crafts planned, followed by a whole week of Harry Potter crafts, but then Covid hit our family and knocked me out for a few days and messed up the plans I had for the end of the month. So I cut the Christmas in July a little short with only 3 projects, and will do the same with the Harry Potter projects. 

Embroidery Hoop Christmas Ornaments with Iron On Designs

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One last Christmas in July project to go along with my Christmas Finger Puppet Set, and Moss Stitch Stocking. Since those two projects were crocheted I wanted to do something different for this one, so I made a Cricut project. 

Moss Stitch Stocking

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Time for another Christmas in July project. Today's project is another crochet project, this time a crocheted stocking. 

Christmas Finger Puppet Set

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It is time for a little bit of Christmas in July! Every year I have so many ideas for things I want to make for Christmas, home decor, ornaments, gifts I want to make. And every year I get a fraction of it actually done. It seems like there is never enough time to get it all done, unless you get an early start, like in July. 

Watercolor Gift Tags

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For me crafting is a big stress reliever. It is almost therapeutic for me when I am feeling really stressed or overwhelmed with life, to pick up some yarn and a crochet hook, or a paintbrush, or go sit at my sewing machine and make something. Sometimes when I am feeling that way I just want to make something without really thinking too much about it, just sit down and create something. At those times one of my favorite things to do is get out some paints and just play around with them. 

Diagonal Bobbles Dishcloth

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It has been quite a while since I have posted a new dishcloth/washcloth pattern, but they are one of my favorite things to crochet in the summer. They are small and quick to make, and a fun way to try out new stitches. So I thought it was time for another. 

Food Themed Perler Bead Designs

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Summer time can be a little rough with kids, at least in my house. On days when we aren't doing anything all my kids want to do is sit with a screen in front of their face. We have rules about when they can have technology, things they have to do before they can have it (reading, chores, etc.), time limits, and all of that. But without fail, every single morning, I have at least one kid begging me to let them have technology early. You would think by halfway through summer break they would quit asking, but they have not given up yet. 

Crocheted House Elf

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A new month means it is time for another Team Creative Crafts collaboration. If you have been following me for any length of time you probably know that I am a Harry Potter fan, so I was pretty excited about the theme for this month which happens to be Harry Potter Crafts. This will be a little bit of a sneak peek for later this month when I have some more Harry Potter inspired projects planned. Scroll down to see the other fun projects shared this month and to enter to win a fun Harry Potter themed giveaway. 

Snowman Hand Puppet

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Today I am sharing a project as part of the Christmas in July Make Along with Underground Crafter. Every day through the month of July a new project will be shared to kick off your holiday crafting and get you an early start on gifts for this year. There will be crochet, knitting, and sewing projects with a different theme each week. 

Colorful Crocheted Bears in 4 Sizes

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The bins where I store my skeins of yarn have started to overflow lately and so I have kind of been on a mission to try to use up my yarn stash. A couple of weeks ago I shared a couple of Mermaid Water Bottle Holders that I made with some colorful self striping yarn. I still had a little bit of that yarn left, some in the colors I used for the water bottle holders plus a couple more, all left over from some hats that I made last year. 

Peace, Love , Summer T-Shirt

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Every year when the kids get out of school I think I have a great plan for how to transition to having them home all day, while keeping a good routine, and continuing to stay on track with my blog, and every year it doesn't really work out that way. This summer has started off crazy and sometimes when that happens my blog work is the first thing to get set aside. 

Mermaid Shells Water Bottle Holder

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Summertime always means lots of outings, to the park, zoo, amusement parks, hikes, lot of different places. It is also hot and means you need to have water for everyone. Especially when my kids were littler it seemed like I always ended up carrying everyones water bottles and it got heavy. 

Pets Finger Puppet Playset

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 How is it possible that it is already June? This year feels like it is absolutely flying by. Summer break is here, yesterday and today are my kids last days of school. It seems crazy that the year is almost half over. But with another year comes another Team Creative Crafts collaboration and this month the theme is pets/animals. 

Crocheted Dragon

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Today I am excited to be joining CAL Central for the Softie Crochet Along with a new crocheted softie pattern, a cute little crocheted dragon. 

Belle Book Bag

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Belle has always been my favorite Disney Princess, and one of the biggest reasons is the fact that she loves to read. And the beast's library, that alone pretty much cemented Beauty and the Beast as my favorite Disney movie the first time I saw it as a little kid. 

Earth Themed Perler Bead Designs

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In April I planned a set of Perler Bead Designs to share for Earth Day. I created the patterns and everything, but I didn't actually get them made in time to take pictures and write up a blog post before Earth Day so I ended up just pushing it aside and not posting it. 

Graduation Bear

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 It is graduation season, whether it is high school or college, or even just kindergarten or preschool, I think all of us know someone who is celebrating a graduation in the next few weeks (or already did). I thought it would be fun to make a little graduation teddy bear. 

Hello Summer Circle Sign

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I can't believe that summer is almost here. My kids only have a couple of weeks of school left before they are out for summer vacation. So with spring holidays over and summer just around the corner I have been trying to switch my crafting focus to summer crafts. 

Crocheted Dice or Trinket Bags 3 Ways

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A few years ago I shared a new crochet hat pattern of mine on Facebook. In the comments someone shared how they used that pattern with a thinner yarn and turned it into a little dice bag. It turned out really cool and I have kind of wanted to try making one ever since. 

Notebooks with Iron On Designs

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 Iron on is probably my favorite material to use with my Cricut. Most of the time I use it to make things like shirts, bags, and other fabric items. But, you can actually use iron on on a lot of different types of surfaces besides fabric, like wood, paper, cardstock, cork, and more. 

Tiny Turtles

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I rarely buy a new skein of yarn just because I like it. I usually only buy new yarn when I have a specific project in mind and I typically go to the store looking for exactly what I need. I'm not a very impulsive buyer, but every once in a while I see some yarn that I wasn't planning on buying but I immediately picture in my mind the perfect project and decide I have to get it. Then sometimes I bring that yarn home and start working on that perfect project only to find that I kind of hate it, the project not the yarn, like maybe that wasn't the perfect project for that yarn after all. 

Shibori Inspired Tie Dye Swaddle Blankets

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I cannot believe it is already May. This year seems to be flying by, but maybe that is just me. But a new month means another Team Creative Crafts collaboration. I really enjoy these challenges because it forces me to come up with something that I would probably not otherwise think to do. This month's theme is Tie Dye.

Hats with the Cricut Hat Press

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I had the opportunity to try out the new Cricut Hat Press and I had a lot of fun with it. I enjoyed choosing designs for the hats and then actually making them. I have tried making hats in the past and it was super tricky. Trying to deal with the curved shape of the hat was a big challenge. 

Ukraine Shirts and Bracelets

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My 9 year old daughter is one who feels things very deeply and is very sensitive to things going on around her. But even knowing that I don't think I really anticipated how much she would be affected by the war in Ukraine. Ever since she found out about what was happening she has been very concerned about the people there. She prays for them regularly and talks to us about it a lot. I know that she wishes there was more she could do to help.

Trellis Stripe Market Bag

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 Market bags are one of my favorite spring/summer crochet projects. It seems like you can always use bags, whether you are using them as actual market bags or reusable grocery bags, or to carry your latest crochet project, to give something to someone, or anything else you want to put in them, you can always find a use for a bag. 

Nature Perler Bead Designs

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It has been a long time since I have made some new Perler Bead designs. I was putting together some email newsletters recently, last month for St. Patrick's Day and this month for Easter, and I was looking through projects I had previously made for those holidays so that I could share them. I had Perler Bead designs for both holidays and it made me think maybe it was time to make some more. 

Knotted Ears Bunny Bag

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Easter is only a few days away, but I thought I would share one last Easter project. These little bunny treat bags turned out so cute.

Crocheted Frog

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 My oldest daughter loves frogs and one day, after seeing another stuffed animal that I had crocheted, asked me if I would make her a frog. She wanted it similar in size and style to the other stuffed animal but she specifically requested soft, fluffy, green yarn. I didn't have any yarn that fit those requirements so I kind of put it on a mental list of something to look for and make eventually. 

Party Favor Thank You Tags

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Another month is here which means another collaboration with Team Creative Crafts. This month the theme is Birthday Party Crafts! As usual this means that there will be a fun giveaway (and if you like yarn as much as I do be sure to scroll down to check it out), and several crafts with a birthday party theme. 

Easter Egg Embroidery Sampler

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 I really enjoy embroidery and used to do it a lot more often. When I was in college I worked in a local consignment/quilt shop and I made and sold embroidery patterns. I'm not sure why I haven't done a lot of embroidery lately, but every once in a while I get the desire to pick it up again. 

More Crocheted Surprise Eggs

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A few years ago at Christmas time I did a 12 Days of Crocheted Stocking Stuffers Series where each day for 12 days I shared a small crochet project that would fit in a stocking. There was a variety of different projects included in the series, but one of the projects was a set of little Crocheted Surprise Eggs

Carrot Shaped Dipped Rice Krispie Treats

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I'm not sure why I have carrots on my mind for Easter projects this year, but for some reason I do since this is the second carrot themed project in a row that I am sharing. Earlier this week it was a crocheted carrot bag, and now dipped carrot shaped Rice Krispie treats for a fun Easter treat. 

Crocheted Carrot Drawstring Treat Bag

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A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw a picture someone shared of a crocheted drawstring bag that was a peachy color with green at the top. For some reason, even though the bag was just a normal rectangle shape, and it was peach not orange, and had absolutely nothing to do with carrots, it immediately sparked an idea in my mind to make a carrot shaped/colored drawstring bag for Easter. 

Rope Wrapped Rainbows

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Spring is officially here and I am so ready for it. I don't mind the cold and snow of winter around Christmas time, but once we are getting to the end of January I am ready for the winter to be over and the warmer weather and longer days that come with Spring. By the end of March, when spring actually arrives, I am more than ready for it. 

Cricut Cutaway Cards

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One of my favorite things about the Cricut Joy is how easy it is to make cards for any occasion. When Cricut Joy first came out insert cards came out at the same time. I thought they were a really neat way to make cards, mostly because I'm not a huge paper crafter.  I enjoy simple paper projects, but I am not the place to come for amazing, complex cards that use lots of different techniques. If is is beyond gluing a couple of pieces of paper together it is probably not for me.