montreal, take one

We visited Montréal over Victoria Day weekend :D We only brought our phones and film cameras. The majority of pictures are taken on film, and they are being developed as I type! Can’t wait to see them :D But in the meanwhile, here are some highlights from our phones :D

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On the first day we went to Biodôme. There were many different creatures to marvel at, but I was most attracted to these sea urchins and anemones. They’re like pompoms :)

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In the afternoon we visited Café des Chats, or Cat Cafe, and sat for a while with this fluffy friend while drinking tea and people-watching. We found this cafe by accident; it was across the street from our hotel. Mike and I had some interesting imaginary conversations about how the cats were interviewed to work in the cafe.

“Do you like being petted?”

“Yes.”

“Do you like tea?”

“Um, I don’t mind it. Will there be tuna?”

“Um, yes. That would be part of the benefit package.”

“Okay. What is your policy on nap times?”

I’m sure the cafe has a very flexible nap time policy, as most of the cats (I counted 5, others were probably napping elsewhere) we saw were napping. But the ones who were awake seemed to enjoy being petted.

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And guess what we found?! A shop devoted to mycology!! :D We also stumbled upon it by accident while finding our way to MEC. Being like a kid in a candy store is an understatement. It has everything – dried mushrooms, mushroom earrings and necklaces, mushroom books, mushroom posters, mushroom condiments, mushroom foraging tools, mushroom growing kits, even mushroom tea! (which has to be simmered for 2 hours – we didn’t buy any, but I’m really curious about how it would taste – maybe more like broth than tea?) I didn’t want to leave, but it was getting awkward how long we were dawdling there in that little shop, so we had to leave :( But I did bring home awesome souvenirs! :D More on that in a minute…

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And then! We came across this wonderful cafe called Le K at Square Saint-Louis, which is a lovely park next to our hotel. The cafe operates out of what might have been a storage building for gardening tools and such for the park (?) (Mike said it looks like a mausoleum, but I don’t think that’s what it is). It features large mugs of tea, adorable patio tables and chairs underneath the trees, mason jars of blooming plants, a book cart, a tricycle, and really friendly owners (who offered to take pictures of us together after seeing Mike taking this picture of me :D). Highly recommend a visit if you’re in the neighbourhood :D

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And in the last night we were in the city we visited 1.26 by Janet Echelman at Les Jardins Gamelin. It was magnificent. And feels a bit surreal standing underneath it.

As planned we visited more well-known places like the Biosphere, the Museum of Archaeology and History, the Old Port, Chinatown, and St-Viateur Bagel, and (hopefully!) we have good pictures of these on film, but it seems like we had the most fun stumbling across awesome places outside of our plan. And one would probably say that we did a good job finding our hotel with all these fun places around! It’s this hotel if you’re wondering, very friendly, modest size, continental breakfast (which saves quite a bit of money for museum visits!), no complaints :)

And oh! Souvenirs! This one we bought at the most wonderful outdoor market outside Mont Royal station. We carefully packed it so I could carry it in my bag on our journey home (we took the train).

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And this from Mycoboutique! :D

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We’re now proud owners of the common fungi poster!! :D

More pictures to come soon! Have a good week, everyone!

 

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motivational rain cloud

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I made this tonight :)

A rain cloud that seems to be saying, “everything is going to be OK.”

It’s a brooch and it’s going to my friend’s shop :)

 

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!

 

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diana spring roll

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Finally got back the photos taken on the Diana :D These were taken on 200 ISO film, which was cross-processed.

For the cherry blossoms this year I mostly took pictures on the Diana, and a couple on my phone, because I find that in previous years I was taking so many pictures that I forget to enjoy the cherry trees themselves. The one above is my favourite of the cherry blossom photos on film.

This year the cherry trees bloomed during the week, so we had to visit them after work, and it was about 7pm when we got to High Park, the sun was setting, the petals were glowing, it was quite glorious.

Here is the park at dusk, with golden rays of light from the setting sun shining through the branches.

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These ones were taken with my phone.

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They just make me so happy :)

Earlier in the month we visited the Children’s Animal Farm in Sarnia, Ontario. This photo is my absolute favourite of the roll.

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The way the branches are positioned in the goose, the grey-blue tone, the composition – I’m just really happy with the way it turned out.

And here is my favourite smiling animal :D

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I think I might print this and put this up in my cubicle at the office :D

And here are some very picturesque views of the farm.

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Then one weekend we took a stroll down Queen Street West and ended up in Trinity Bellwoods Park. We got some white squirrel ice cream (white chocolate, craisins and pecans) from the White Squirrel Coffee shop and waited for the resident white squirrel. No luck so far, will try again next time.

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But I did find more cherry blossoms! :D

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A walk through the park…

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Took this while waiting for the streetcar.

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And back in my own neighbourhood, with my favourite blooming tree :)

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Have a happy weekend, everyone! :D

 

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this blog is a happy place

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This blog has always been a happy place for me. The main purpose of this blog is to share the joy of crafting. But a few days ago something happened on this blog, something that’s probably the most unhappy thing that’s ever happened on this blog, and I feel that I cannot go on writing my usual happy posts without addressing it with the visitors and regular readers.

A few days ago, it was brought to my attention that one of my past posts was problematic. I’ve addressed what happened in the post itself, including taking down much of the content of that post. It can be read there, so I won’t go over the detail again here. But I want to apologize to everyone for not being careful and thorough enough when I wrote the original post. My intention has always been focused on sharing what I know, and sharing it freely. But in this incident the desire to share had precluded thoughts about determining what is or is not mine to share. So I will, from now on, be a lot more careful about finding original sources and acknowledging the hard work that artists/designers/artisans have put into their creations.

I’ve had the urge to take down that entire post so that I won’t have to face my mistake again, so that I can keep this blog a happy place. But this blog can be a happy place and bear my mistakes, and we move forward from here.

So, to end this post, I share with you a very happy spot I visited today, underneath a crab apple tree. I wish I could record the magical fragrance of this tree for you. And here is a view from underneath the canopy.

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I’ve just visited the cherry trees at High Park with the Diana this week and dropped off the film for developing today, so there will be more blooming tree photos to come!

Thank you for reading today. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

 

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spring finally

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The trees are blooming! Came across this tree while exploring some new trails. Looks like a variety of apple.

While visiting family on the weekend, swung by Canatara Park and the Children’s Animal Farm. Took the rest of the pictures on Diana, so we’ll have to wait for the roll to finish and develop to look at pictures of the resident llama and goslings. But here’s a very picturesque view of the farm :)

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AND I finished the Cancun boxy lace top!

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It was a very fun make, a great pattern to practice different lace stitches. I added a few lace panels to make the top measures approx. 20″ in length. Also noticed that the drop stitch can get pulled out of shape easily if the stitches get caught on something… will just have to be careful when I wear it. Really happy with how it turns out! Love the drape of it, and the yarn is wonderful to knit with. I love the gradual variegation and the purple tone in the darker shade. Last time I mentioned that I bought the yarn for the Convergence top, so now I have a skein and a bit left, because knitting uses up way less yarn than crocheting. Hmm. What to make, what to make…

Happy spring! :D

 

 

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this week’s awesome finds

It’s outdoor-dining weather! Love these cheerful and clever perler bead drink covers to keep bugs out, also double as coasters! Spotted on Make.

These ginkgo earrings are so very beautiful. Hard to believe they’re made with shrink plastic! From Wellnesting.

Must try this next time I get a bouquet :D Frozen flower photo tutorial spotted on Photojojo.

Simple and fun clothespin puppets, with printable templates! Might give this a try one day with the nieces, nephews and friends :) From Delia Creates.

Very classy dip-dyed business cards. From Minted.

Recipes for these strawberry kiwi and other fruity ice pops on The Slow Roasted Italian :D

Have a wonderful week, everyone! :D

 

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lately

Lately, I’ve been working on this nice knitted lace top (it’s a free Ravelry download! :D).

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I got this yarn last year to make the Convergence top. I was using a bit of a heavier yarn than called for, so I increased the hook size to 4mm instead of 3.75mm, expecting that the entire top will turn out a bit larger, which would be fine for me, because I like loose fitting tops in the summer, and the measurements for size small really looks rather small even for me… but for some reasons it turned out narrower than the given measurements, and wayyy longer. So I took it apart. And I’m now working on this knitted top. I think the lace panels go well with the variegated yarn :) Will definitely show you when I’m done!

Lately I have also been enjoying some konbu cha in the evening :D

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Not to be confused with kombucha, which is the sweetened fermented tea. Konbu cha is kelp tea. My friend, who is Japanese, gifted it to me last week when we ran into each other at a workshop :D It tastes like seaweed salad in a cup, and to me it tastes more like broth than tea, but I love it! I love kelp. I will have to get more of it at Asian grocery stores.

Lately I have also been working on a couple of Etsy orders, one of which is the tiny yeti pin. Here he is, all ready for his journey to a good home :D

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Hope you are having a good week!

 

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find me on instagram! :D

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Did you know that genuine mudpie is on Instagram? :D

Lately I’m finding myself posting more work-in-progress and other photos (like this one here from my outing to the Toronto Botanical Garden) on Instagram. I’ve talked about how I’ve been posting a bit less on this blog because of lack of time. Instagram is really a much quicker way of sharing. Pictures that I would post here a couple years ago (like experiments with smoothies and short rows, or almost-weekly origami challenge with my niece and nephews), I now post on Instagram.

But I also want to say that Instagram posts will not replace this blog. I can’t see myself posting a pattern on Instagram, for example. I also know that not everyone has Instagram, so noticing my increased Instagram activity and decreased blog activity is also motivating me to work on posting here more regularly.

(If only Instagram and WordPress will sync! *shakes fist*)

But if you are on Instagram please come by to say hello! :D

Happy Sunday!

 

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let’s make tiny donuts! :D

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Before digging our hands into yarn and making more donuts, we need to pick a winner for the giveaway!I used this simple random name-picker tool. And the winner is…

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DARLENE!!! Congratulations!!! :D *throws more glitter*

(Now we all gotta imagine ourselves all glittery from head to toe, ’tis how a virtual party works, except we’re not really covered in glitter and we don’t have to spend hours washing it out of our hair only to find more glitter on us weeks later — ’tis the beauty of virtual party :D and if you’re receiving this post by email you might want to click on to the actual blog so you can get more of the glitter experience ;) anyway, I digress)

Darlene please send me an email at genuinemudpie(at)gmail(dot)com, letting me know which 3 donuts you want and your mailing address :)

Thank you everyone for participating, and leaving all the wonderful comments about this blog (and donuts!)! It means the world to me that you’re enjoying reading about my crafty adventures! I look forward to sharing more craftiness with you! :D

And now, we make more tiny donuts! :D

This is actually more like a recipe than a pattern. My donut turns out to be just shy of an inch across. You can make it smaller or larger by using a lighter (fingering, embroider thread?) or heavier (worsted) yarn, and changing hook size accordingly (2mm for finer yarn and 3.5mm for worsted, for example). You can also make a larger donut by increasing the number of beginning ch by multiples of 2, and repeating row 3 a couple of times (more about that in the recipe below). I wouldn’t start with fewer stitches than what the “recipe” calls for though, it can be really tricky to manage such small number of stitches.

I initially developed this recipe to make donut earrings for my shop. It took a few attempts to get the size right and the icing looking the way I wanted. I think I’ve perfected the recipe now :) AND!! The entire donut is only made of 5 rows! You can make an army of them in an evening :D

I used:

Small amount of sport weight yarn in donut and icing colours (tan, brown, pink, yellow, white, etc.)

Embroidery thread in sprinkle colours

3mm hook, 2.5mm hook or smaller (for pulling in ends)

Needles for sewing and embroidering

Recipe:

Round 1: With donut colour (i.e. tan), ch 8, join with first ch to form ring.

NOTE: The side that is facing you (i.e. the front of the work) is the INSIDE of the donut. For the first 3 rounds you’re working with the inside of the donut facing you. So the back of the work is the outside of the donut.

Here I have finished the first 3 rounds of the donut, crocheting with the inside facing me.

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Here is what the outside of the donut looks like after the first 3 rounds.

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Round 2: ch 1 (does not count as a stitch), sc in first ch, 2 sc in next ch, [sc in next ch, 2 sc in next ch] around, sl st in first sc to join (12 sc).

Round 3: ch 1, sc in each sc around, sl st in first sc to join (12 sc).

NOTE: If you’remaking a larger donut and started with a few more beginning ch’s, you can repeat round 3 one or two more times.

Round 4: Attach icing colour, fasten off donut colour. TURN (now you’re working with the outside of the donut facing you), ch 1, sl st in each sc around in the front loop only, sl st in first sl st to join (12 sl st). (Be careful not to pull too tight while making the sl st in this round, otherwise the next row would be difficult.)

Here I’m working on found 4, inserting my hook in the front loop of a stitch.

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NOTE: If you’remaking a larger donut and started with more beginning ch’s, you can repeat round 3 one or two more times with icing colour before starting round 5.

Round 5: ch 1, TURN (now you’re working with the inside of the donut facing you again), working in the front loop only, sc in first st, 2 sc tog over next 2 st, [sc in next st, 2 sc tog over next 2 st] around, sl st in first sc to join (8 sc), leaving a long tail for sewing, fasten off.

Sew the final icing round to the first donut round using whip stitch, matching the stitches.

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I find it really difficult to sew the donut together with stuffing inside, and because the donut is so tiny I don’t feel it needs stuffing. I just pull all the yarn ends into the donut with a crochet hook after it’s sewn together.

Embroider sprinkles to your heart’s content :)

Pull all yarn ends and thread ends into the inside of the donut with a small crochet hook.

And here we have it, a tiny donut! :D

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If you’re making these donuts, let me know what flavours you’re making, I’d love to see them! :D

Hope you have a wonderfully sparkling weekend! :D *throws glitter*

 

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one more day!

Donuts

One more day to leave a comment before I draw a name for the tiny donut give-away tomorrow (Friday) night at 11pm EST!

The winner gets to choose 3 of the tiny donuts shown in this post, and I will attach a tiny safety pin to each one too so they can be worn as brooches :)

To enter you just need to leave a comment on this post or the previous post. If you subscribe to this blog (thank you!) and receive blog posts by email, please comment on the actual blog post (rather than sending a reply email) so I can include your name in the draw :D

Will be announcing the winner AND posting the donut pattern on Saturday! :D Stay tuned! Until then, have a happy Friday!

 

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