5 Little Monsters: 2022

Santa- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 24

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Today is the final day of the Mini Amigurumi Advent, Day 24. I can't believe it is the end, it has been so much fun for me to share these every day. I'm sure today's pattern is not a huge surprise, but I had to have Santa come on the 24th. 

Mrs. Claus- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 23

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Today is the 23rd day of the Mini Amigurumi Advent, only one more day left. Today's pattern is a little Mrs. Claus. 

Santa's Bag- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 22

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Today's Mini Amigurumi Advent is a really quick and easy one, it is Santa's big bag full of toys, except this one is tiny and filled with stuffing.

Gift Box- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 21

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It is Day 21 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent, and the project for today is a little wrapped gift box with a big red bow on top. 

Nutcracker- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 20

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We are all the way to Day 20 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent, only 4 more days to go after this. I feel like it has kind of flown by. Today's pattern is a Nutcracker. 

Vintage Style Ornament- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 19

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Today is Day 19 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent and today's pattern is a little Vintage Style Christmas Ornament. 

Gingerbread Man- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 18

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Today marks three quarters of the way through the Mini Amigurumi Advent with Day 18. Today's pattern is a sweet little gingerbread man. 

Star- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 17

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For Day 17 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent I chose one to make one of the most classic Christmas symbols of all, the Star. 

Mouse- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 16

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'Twas the 16th day of the Mini Amigurumi Advent and not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Today's Mini Amigurumi Advent is a little mouse wearing a scarf. 

Christmas Light- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 15

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We have made it to Day 15 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent and for today's project we have a cute Christmas Light Bulb with a little smiling face. 

Type 1 Diabetes Awareness & Shirt Design

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November is Diabetes Awareness Month, and more specifically November 14th is World Diabetes Day. Type One Diabetes is a huge part of our family's lives, and has been for the past 3 1/2 years, ever since my now 10 year old daughter was diagnosed just after her 7th birthday. 

Girl Elf- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 14

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A few days ago the Mini Amigurumi Advent was a little boy elf and today, Day 14 is a little girl elf. You may have already guessed that there would be a girl elf, I felt like specifying that the other elf was a boy, rather than just an elf, kind of gave away there was going to be a girl too. 

Bell- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 13

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Today we are starting the second half of the Mini Amigurumi Advent with Day 13. Today's pattern is a little amigurumi bell. 

Reindeer- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 12

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I can't believe we are already halfway through the Mini Amigurumi Advent. 12 days done, 12 more to go. I have had a lot of fun sharing these little characters every day, and I hope you are enjoying it too! The pattern for today is a little reindeer. 

Boy Elf- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 11

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 For Day 11 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent we are going to visit the North Pole, or more specifically Santa's Workshop. Today's pattern is for a little boy elf. 

Gnome- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 10

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It is Day 10 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent, coming up on halfway through, and today we have a little gnome, sitting with his tall pointy hat and long beard, dressed in red and green Christmas colors. 

Penguin- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 9

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Today is the ninth day of the Mini Amigurumi Advent, and today's pattern may not be the most Christmasy of all of them, but I think it is still pretty fun. I don't know why penguins so often end up as Christmas decorations when they live at the South Pole, rather than the North Pole, maybe just because they are animals that are associated with snow and winter? I don't know, but when I was trying to come up with 24 ideas for this series a penguin was one of the ones I came up with and I decided to go ahead with it regardless of whether or not is makes sense. 

Ballerina- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 8

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The nutcracker ballet is a holiday tradition for many people, and that is what inspired the pattern for Day 8 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent, a tiny Ballerina.

Christmas Ornament- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 7

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Another day, another Mini Amigurumi Advent pattern and today, day 7,  it is a simple round Christmas Ornament. 

Hot Chocolate- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 6

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Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 6 project is a cute little mug of Hot Chocolate, with marshmallows of course. Perfect for any cold, snowy winter day, or a ride on the Polar Express where they serve Hot, Hot, Hot, Hot Choc-o-late.

Give Thanks Pumpkin

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Today I am interrupting the Christmas crafting to pop in with a Thanksgiving project. It is always kind of weird as a crafter because I want to get a head start on upcoming holidays to make sure I have the projects done before the season/holiday they are for, but also thinking about the current season/holiday and coming up with ideas for that. 

Teddy Bear- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 5

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Today is Day 5 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent, and the project for today is a tiny stuffed Teddy Bear, a classic toy that Santa may have in his bag to bring to little girls and boys on Christmas Eve. 

Angel- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 4

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We have made it to day 4 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent and today's pattern is a sweet little Angel. She has a long white dress, wings, and a little halo around the bun on top of her head. 

Crocheted Stocking Gift Card Holder

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The beginning of a new month means time for a Team Creative Crafts Collaboration, and this month the theme is Handmade Gift Wrap. It is always kind of fun to have a specific theme that I am challenged to come up with a project for. 

Christmas Cookie- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 3-

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You can make some cookies for Santa with todays Mini Amigurumi Advent pattern. Day 3 is a Christmas Cookie with frosting and sprinkles, and an optional little smiley face. 

Snowman- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 2

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Day 2 of the Mini Amigurumi Advent is here, and today's pattern is a cute little snowman complete with a top hat and tiny carrot nose. 

Tiny Tree- Mini Amigurumi Advent Day 1

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November is here and that means it is time to start the Mini Amigurumi Advent! The pattern for day 1 is a simple little Christmas tree with a cute, smiley face, and a star on top. 

Mini Amigurumi Advent


 I am super excited to announce a project that I have been working on- The Mini Amigurumi Advent. 

Each day from November 1-24 I will post a new crochet pattern on my blog for a Christmas themed amigurumi. Each one will be small, averaging between about 3"-6", so that they can easily be finished in one day. 

Infusible Ink Stackable Mugs

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It has been a while since I have made any mugs using my Mug Press, but the weather has turned a lot colder this past week, we even had a tiny bit of snow, and I feel like hot chocolate season has arrived. My family aren't coffee drinkers, but when the cold weather arrives my kids are all about the hot chocolate. So, I figured maybe it was time to make some new mugs to go along with the season. 

Trinity Hat

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Today I am excited to be joining the the Holiday Stashdown Crochet Along. This is, I think, my 3rd year participating in this particular crochet along. Each Monday and Thursday from October 3- December 15 there will be a new crochet pattern shared as part of the crochet along, for a total of 22 patterns. Each pattern will be a one-skein or scrappy stash buster project, something that can be used as a holiday gift, decor, or wrap. In addition to all of the new holiday patterns, you can also win some really awesome prizes. Click on the link above or the picture below for all of the details on how you can participate, to find links to all of the patterns, and enter to win prizes.

Sunset Kisses Circle Scarf

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Last month I got a KnitCrate subscription box in the mail, part of their knit and crochet club subscription, and in it I received 2 skeins of bulky weight Alpaca/Tencel yarn in a gorgeous red color. With the subscription box you get one knit and one crochet pattern to make with the yarn you receive, but I thought it would be fun to come up with my own pattern to make with the yarn. 

Halloween Candy Bowls

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I have been trying to finish up a few last quick Halloween projects before I jump into other holiday projects. This one is a super quick project, but also really inexpensive. It was also a little bit of a project fail, but that turned out well in the end, just not exactly the way I originally imagined it. 

Halloween Candy Jars

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October is here and I have always felt like October is the beginning of the craziest time of the year, the beginning of the holiday season. We have halloween at the end of this month, and then go straight into Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years. It is always such a busy time of year with lots of holiday parties, family get-togethers, and school events. And if you are a crafter it is seems especially busy, there are so many projects to make. 

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.