5 Little Monsters: 2024

Little Ladybug- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day 11

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Today is Day 11 of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along. Crazy that tomorrow is already the last day. Today's mini animal is a Little Ladybug. 

Bitty Bluebird- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day 10

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We are almost to the end of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along, we are already to Day 10, only two more days to go after today. Day 10 is another little bird, the last bird of the set, this time a little Bitty Bluebird. 

Friendly Frog- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day 9

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It is Day 9 of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along. Three quarters of the way done, only 3 more days to go. The animal that joins the Pond Pals today is a little Friendly Frog.

Beautiful Butterfly- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day 8

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It is Day 8 of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along, and for today's animal we have a Beautiful Butterfly. 

Mini Mallard- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day

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Today we start the second week of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along. It is Day 7 of the 12 days of the crochet along. Today is also the second bird of the series, a Mini Mallard. 

Bumbling Bee- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day 6

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Today is Day 6 of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along. That means we are already halfway through and today finishes up week 1 of the 2 week long crochet along. Today is another little bug, this time a Bumbling Bee. 

Teensy Turtle- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day 5

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We are all the way to day 5 of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along. I can't believe we are already almost done with the first week. Tomorrow is the halfway point. Today's animal is a little Teensy Turtle.

Wiggly Worm- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day 4

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We are to Day 4 of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along, more than halfway through the first week. So far we have 2 bugs and 1 bird, and today we add a Wiggly Worm. 

Happy Hummingbird- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day3

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Today is Day 3 of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along. That means we are already a quarter of the way through, and today is not a bug! The first bird in the series is a little Happy Hummingbird.

Adorable Ant- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day 2

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It is Day 2 of the Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along. Yesterday was a dragonfly and today an adorable little ant joins the pond pals. 

Dainty Dragonfly- Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along Day 1

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Today is a day I have been looking forward to for quite a while, it is the first day of the first Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along of 2024! In case you missed it, the theme for this crochet along is Pond Pals. There will be a variety of little creatures, mostly bugs, birds, and a few other small animals, that you might find around a pond in the spring. 

Squishy Bunny

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Last year at Easter time I made a Squishy Chick inspired by the little Squishmallows that my daughter was obsessed with, and this year I decided to make a matching Squishy Bunny. 

Easter Shaped Wood Signs

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February and March have been super busy months for me personally, lots of family stuff going on including a lot of medical stuff, and because my focus has needed to be taking care of those things I feel like I have not gotten as many Easter projects up as I planned. It doesn't help that Easter is on the earlier end of where it can fall this year. So here we are a week and a half before Easter and I have a few more projects done that I want to squeeze in before Easter. 

Pond Pals Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along

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It is time for the first Mini Amigurumi Crochet Along of the year, the Spring 2024 Mini Amiguurmi Crochet Along. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook then you may remember that a few months ago I put out a post with 4 options for you to vote on to choose the theme of this spring crochet along. I tallied up all of the vote from all of the posts and although it was really close there was definitely a winner.  The theme for this year's spring crochet along is...

Happy Spring Sign

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I know technically spring doesn't start for a few more days, but as far as I am concerned once March hits it is spring. At that point I am done with with the cold, snowy weather and ready for things to start turning green again. It never works out quite that way, but that doesn't stop me from hoping. 

Quilt As You Go Strip Table Runner

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Over the past few months I have been making some table runners in different colors, for different seasons and holidays. It started when I made a reversible fall/halloween table runner and then decided that I would like to have some more to decorate my table throughout the year. 

Paper Shamrock Garland

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A couple days ago I shared the rainbow felt ball garland that I made for St. Patricks Day decor, but I like to hang a couple of garlands together to give a kind of layered effect. Plus I wanted something that was green to go along with the rainbow to make it more St. Patrick's Day-ish. 

Felt Ball and Wood Bead Garland

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I have not always been a huge holiday decorator. We always decorate a lot for for Christmas, and some for fall/Halloween, but I haven't always done much for other holidays like Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day. Then at the beginning of this year I was working on some Valentine projects and I decided I wanted to get and/or make some stuff to decorate my mantle because I wanted to be able to stage some pictures of the projects I was working on.

Amigurumi Monkey

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Today is going to be the final day of the Book Inspired Craft Week. I had originally planned to do 6 books, Monday-Saturday, even though last year I only did 5. I had a hard time narrowing it down to only 5 books, for that matter I had a hard time narrowing it down to only 6. I am already starting a list for next year. When I planned this year I didn't realize until it got closer that I had planned it for the same week one of my kids was having surgery. I tried to have as much as possible finished and scheduled ahead of time so I didn't have to worry about it while we were in the hospital and even at home when I was trying to focus on taking care of him.  I didn't quite get everything done ahead that I had hoped, so with as busy as this week has been at home I just decided to cut one of the projects and stick with 5 like last year. 

Riswyk Hat

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It is Day 4 of the Book Inspired Craft Week, and today I am choosing a book from my very favorite genres when I was a kid. And this book was one of my favorites, it is called Snow Treasure. 

Babysitter Kit

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It is Day 3 of my Book Inspired Craft Week. When I am trying to decided on books to include I try to think of books that have some significance to me or someone in my family. Books I loved as a kid, books I read to my kids when they were little, books that my kids have loved as they have gotten older, etc. The book I chose for today kind of fits in a couple of those areas. 

Felt Lupines

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For Day 2 of my Book Inspired Craft Week I chose a picture book that I remember my mom reading to us when I was little. Because of that this book always makes me think of her. The book I chose for today's craft is Miss Rumphius. 

Crocheted Animal Finger Puppets

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Last year around the beginning of March I decided to do a week of Book Inspired Crafts. I chose that time to coincide with Read Across America Week and Dr. Suess's Birthday when a lot of schools around the country are doing read-a-thons and other reading based activities. I have always loved reading and this was a fun way to combine 2 of my hobbies into one fun project. I enjoyed it so much I decided to make it an annual thing, which means it is time for the second annual Book Inspired Craft Week!

Embroidered Tea Towel

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If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen me share the new embroidery kits that Missouri Star Quilt Company released this month. They sent me 2 different kits, one a learn to embroider kit, and the other more of a project kit. They are both really beautiful kits but for this project I am using the Beginner kit. 

Boxed Beads Dishcloth

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It has been a while since I have posted a dishcloth pattern and the past couple of crochet patterns that I have posted have had me thinking about dishcloth patterns, because they have used stitches that I had previously used in a dishcloth. The Mossy Blocks Scarf used the same stitch pattern as the Mossy Blocks Dishcloth from last year, and the Criss Cross Confetti Hat used the same stitch pattern as my Crossed Doubles Dishcloth

Small Squares Patchwork Table Runner

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I have been meaning to make a share this project for quite a while but life has been busy and I just haven't been able to get as much posted as I would like. As a result this may look like kind of a weird project to be sharing on Valentine's Day, because it looks like a Valentine's project so it is a little late to be sharing. However, although I made mine with Valentine fabric it isn't really a holiday specific project and you could make it in any color scheme, for any holiday, to match your kitchen or whatever room you are using it in, or just using a charm pack that you like the colors of. 

Mossy Blocks Scarf

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Last year I shared a dishcloth pattern that I called the Mossy Blocks Dishcloth because the stitch pattern kind of made me think of a cross between the moss stitch and a granny stitch or block stitch. Instead of one single crochet, one chain, with the single crochets worked in the chain spaces like with the actual moss stitch (or linen stitch, woven stitch, granite stitch, or whatever name you like to use), this stitch is made by working 2 single crochet stitches, one chain, with the single crochets worked in the chain spaces.

Notebook Themed Printable Valentines

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I have one last printable Valentine set to share before Valentine's Day, joining the car themed set and the dinosaur themed set. This time the item that inspired the cards was a little set of Valentine notebooks.

Dinosaur Printable Valentine Cards

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Valentine's Day is just around the corner so it is time to start thinking about Valentine's for kids to pass out in their classes. Each year I try to share a few printable cards that can either be used just like they are, or paired with an inexpensive, small, non-food gift. This is the second card set for this year, check out my car themed cards in my previous post. 

Car Themed Printable Valentine Cards

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Every year as it gets close to Valentine's Day I like to share some printable valentine cards with ideas for small, inexpensive, non-food/candy gifts that kids can pass out to their friends and classmates. This year I have a few different cards to share and this is the first that I am sharing this year. 

Criss Cross Confetti Hat

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We have had some cold snowy days the last few weeks in Utah, and to me that means it is the perfect time to sit down and crochet some hats. A few months ago I had picked up the new Red Heart Super Saver Speckles in 5 different colors with the plan to make hats with it. It took me a while to decided on a stitch pattern that I wanted to use because I knew with the speckled yarn the hats would be pretty busy so I needed to keep it simple. It is similar to working with variegated yarn, not every stitch works well with busy yarn. But I also wanted some texture so I played around with a few different stitches before finally deciding on one. 

Fabric Strip Valentine Garland

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I was looking for some simple Valentine's Day decor that I could use to decorate my mantle and also use as a photo prop for the Movie Quote Valentine Signs I shared yesterday. I found a felt ball garland at the store that I purchased, but when I hung it up I thought it would be fun to have a couple of garlands hanging together. 

Movie Quote Valentine Signs

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 This is one of those projects that I have wanted to do for a long time, I think I first planned it around Valentine's Day a couple of years ago, then just ran out of time and never got it done. So then the next year it was on my idea list, but once again I got busy with other stuff and ran out of time to get it done. This year when I was planning out stuff that I wanted to make I was determined to get this one done so I made sure it was one of the first Valentine projects I made. And honestly, it was so quick to make I have no idea why it took me this long. 

Vinyl Character Water Bottle Decals

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My family is planning a trip to Disneyland this month so we are busily trying to start getting things ready for the trip. This trip has been kind of crazy for me because the last time we went to Disneyland, about 4 years ago, we planned the trip way in advance and I made lots of Disney themed projects in preparation for the trip. We had several different t-shirts, the kids had drawstring backpacks and travel pillows that I made, and probably some other stuff that I am forgetting. This one was planned with a lot less time to prepare and it is coming just a couple weeks after Christmas which means up until just over a week ago that was my focus and now that I have time to think about the trip I don't really have time to make a bunch of stuff.