this week’s awesome finds

Cute glowing ghosts! Easy pattern from Red Heart, link via Ravelry.


How awesome is this rain cloud costume? :D From Make It & Love It.


And purple rain for awesome grown-ups. From Curbly.


And the most scared jewelry – petrified wood! Learn how to wire-wrap them on Doodlecraft.


These cute triangular bean bag chickens :D from Petals to Picots.


These hedgehog mitts are super adorable and oh they’re knitted flat!! From


Make a toasty waffle blanket! Maybe the stitch will work for a sweater too… From Lu North, Strong and Free.


Elegant sweater, reminds me of falling leaves, from Nurturing Fibres.

Have a lovely rest of the week, everyone!


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It’s been a very busy fall so far, haven’t had a lot of time to update here. But here are some fun local adventures from the start of the fall :)

We visited a new cat cafe in the city one weekend, aptly named Meow Cat Cafe. All the cats live with the owner of the cafe. photo-2016-09-24-12-29-09-pm

When we got there a very fluffy cat made sure that we were reading the rules.


They’ve got very cute cup sleeves :D


It was a warm, sunny afternoon. The cats were quite relaxed. Look at that paw~


*heart eyes x1000*


The shop owners are very friendly, looks like they have a few locals visiting regularly with the cats, which makes for a very homey environment. Though I started sneezing quite a lot while I was there and had to leave (reluctantly).

One might ask why I like visiting cat cafes if I were allergic. The answers being: 1) I’m allergic to some cats but not others. I’ve visited other cat cafes but haven’t had allergic reactions that was severe enough that made me need to leave, so having allergies doesn’t stop me from being with cats; 2) I love cats, but I don’t have the time or space or experience to make me feel comfortable about committing to caring for a cat.

But sometimes I do wonder about visiting cat cafes. I wonder whether I was intruding on the cats’ space, disturbing them when they just want to relax or sleep. And I don’t know how to play with cats, because I’ve never had pets (aside from my office beta fish, who died an unexplained death and made me vow to never have beta fish pets again, but I digress), but sometimes feel weird about sitting and just looking at the cats when other people are enthusiastically trying to get the cats to play.

My favourite cat cafe was one we visited in Montreal. The cats were just wandering about as people chatted. People would pet them if they happened to walk by under the table, or if they were sitting still somewhere. It was like sitting at a cafe that happened to have a few cats in it, rather than visitors chasing the cats to coax the cats to play. Much more relaxed.

Anyway, maybe one day we’ll meet a cat that wants to live with us.

We decided not to go to Nuit Blanche (annual overnight art event in Toronto) this year because the past couple of years have been disappointing. There were just so many people and many of the installations took hours of lineup to see. But we visited a couple of exhibits at Toronto City Hall, which stayed up for a week or so after the event. This one was called Death of the Sun by Director X.


The sculpture changed as it goes into different phases. Here it looks like a giant lantern (or pearl onion, I kept thinking).


And eventually it turned dark.


Which reminds me that nothing is forever. Not our impressive buildings, not our earthly achievements, not even our sun.

Across the square there was a video projected onto the water fountain, called Pneuma by Floria Sigismondi. My favourite part was when the owl emerged.


Because it reminds me of the magical Hedwig.

Hoping to have more time to spend here now that my busiest week is over. Wishing you an awesome start to the week!


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more sparkles sparkles sparkles


I have a weakness for sparkly things. A couple of years ago I shared a tutorial for making sparkly earrings with buttons. After being inspired by these earrings by Happiness is Creating, AND finally buying myself a bottle of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic (with a Michaels 50% off one regular item coupon), I found a new and improved way of making sparkly earrings :D

I used:

1 clean kitchen sponge

4mm earring posts with backings

sparkly nail polish (I got a Sally Hansen “Ice Queen” and a “Big Teal” from the dollar store)

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

a dash of patience

1. Stick the earring posts into the sponge so it stands upright

2. Apply a coat of sparkly nail polish to the posts (I put the teal one on first). Let dry for half hour (this is where the patience comes in… there’re lots of small steps with long stretch of waiting in between)


3. Repeat step 2 a couple more times.

4. When the nail polish is completely dried (I suggest drying overnight after final coat, because the nail polish does build up to a bit of a dome on its own, and while the top layer has harden, the layers underneath may remain soft and take a while to dry), apply dimensional magic, wait a couple of hours, apply second coat to create as full of a dome shape as possible without the glaze running over.

5. Let dry overnight, and it’s done! :D

Here’s a super macro picture of them…


I’m not sure if Mod Podge is waterproof so I would avoid wearing them in the shower. But I’m quite happy with how they turned out :) I like that they’re a lot smaller than my other sparkly earrings tutorial.


Have a bright and beautiful weekend!


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this week’s awesome finds

gift-making season (aka Christmas elfing season) is here! :D :D :D

Really like this cardigan from Lion Brand Yarn. It’s loose-fitting so the measurements don’t need to be super exact, which makes it a nice gift to crochet :)


Sweet origami brooches from Lana Red Studio.


A bit steampunk and very festive, must give this a try. Earrings made from hex nuts from Cafe Craftea.


More hex nut goodness from Hello Glow. A trip to the hardware store is in order.


These are the sweetest. From Petit Bout de Chou.


Stumbled upon something similar on a Japanese Instagram account. Could not for the life of me find that account again, but found a resin tutorial that looks very similar. Aren’t these gorgeous? From Nunn Design.


A beautiful pine cone pattern using corner to corner crochet — something I have yet to try! Would make a lovely pillow. From Make & Do Crew.


Also from Make & Do Crew, this stylist hexagon shelf! Made using the humble popsicle sticks!


Made from prints found in magazines. One could also use newspaper, fabric, washi tape, origami paper, pressed and dried leaves… the possibility is endless! From Happiness is Creating.


Say “I love you” in ASL and shrink plastic :D From Greenbean’s Crafterole.


Happy crafting! :D



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friendship and hospitality


I was thinking of making some practical Christmas gifts for family. I thought of making wash cloths. Because everyone can use more wash cloths. And I made a couple using this excellent pattern from Hakucho. It’s a lot of fun to knit using variegated yarn!


And then I thought I could modify the stitch pattern a bit and make some hand-drying towels. I know that the specific gift recipients I’m thinking of are always inviting people over and hosting gatherings for family and friends. And the hexagon pattern lends itself easily to the making of a pineapple, and pineapple is a symbol of warm welcome, friendship and hospitality (read more here if you’re interested!). So the pineapple hand-drying towel pattern was created. And since it is a symbol of friendship, it must be shared ^_^

I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton in “Lemon Swirl” and “Sage Green”. I wish I could find a brighter yellow and a lighter green, but there weren’t any other kind of worsted cotton at the Michaels I visited. But I think overall it still looks like a pineapple.


This pattern uses both knitting and crochet. Crochet is only used in the top (green, hanging) part. It’s not complicated, just involves making chains, single crochet and slip stitch.

I used two 4.5 mm straight needles and a 3.5 mm crochet hook. Also used tapestry needle for sewing and a 1-inch button.

Knit — pineapple body:

First, download the free Circle Cloth pattern from Hakucho. (I know it’s a bit annoying to go back and forth between two patterns, but the knitting pattern isn’t mine so I don’t want to reproduce it here – so please bear with me >_<)

With green, CO 14.

Row 1: p all stitches.

Row 2: kfb all stitches (28 st).

Rows 3-8: Attach yellow, work pattern rows 3-8 in Circle Cloth pattern.

Row 9: Switch to green, work pattern row 9 in Circle Cloth pattern.

Row 10: k2, *k1fb, k1*, repeat from * to * across until last 3 st, k3 (40 st).

Rows 11-12: Work pattern rows 11-12 in Circle Cloth pattern.

Rows 13-18: Switch to yellow, work pattern rows 3-8 in Circle Cloth pattern.

Rows 19-22: Switch to green, work pattern rows 9-12 in Circle Cloth pattern.

Rows 23-28: With yellow, work pattern rows 13-18 in Circle Cloth pattern.

Rows 29-32: With green, work pattern rows 19-22 in Circle Cloth pattern.

Now there should be 3 sections of yellow completed.

Repeat pattern rows 3-22 in Circle Cloth pattern 3 more times. Then repeat pattern rows 3-8 once more. There should be 10 sections of yellow altogether. Fasten off yellow.

Pineapple top row 1: With green, work pattern row 9 in Circle Cloth pattern.

Row 2: k1, k2tog to last st, k1.

Row 3: p1, p2tog to last st, p1. (11 st.)

Row 4: k all st.

Row 5: p all st.

BO all st, don’t fasten off. Insert crochet hook in last remaining loop.


Crochet — pineapple top:

The pineapple top is crocheted in loops. We’ll first make 2 loops attached to the pineapple top, then make 3 longer loops going from the pineapple top and attached together at the top creating a buttonhole tap, and end with 2 loops attached to the pineapple top, like so…


Loop 1: From where we left off in the knitting part, ch 25, sc in same st at beginning of ch. When crocheting into the knit part, be sure to insert hook through both loops in the BO stitches.


Loop 2: ch 25, sc in next BO st.

Loop 3: sc in next BO st, ch 42, sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in next 5 ch, ch 35, sc in next BO st at pineapple top.

Loop 4: sc in next BO st, ch 35, sc in each sc in the 6-sc row that was made in loop 3, ch 1, turn (turning ch does not count as a st), sc in first sc, ch 3, skip 3 sc, sc in next 2 sc, ch 35, sc in next BO st.

Loop 5: sc in next BO st, ch 35, sc in next 2 sc at top of loop 4, 3 sc in next ch 3 sp, sc in last sc, ch 1, turn, sc in next 6 sc, ch 35, sc in next BO st.

Loop 6: sc in next BO st, ch 25, sc in next BO st.

Loop 7: ch 25, sl st in same st at beginning of ch, fasten off. Weave in ends.

Sew button to the knit part of the pineapple top. And we’re done! :D


Hope you like the project and have fun if you do give it a try. Have a fabulous first week of October! :D


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hello from eganville

Eganville, Ontario is a community about an hour and a half drive west of Ottawa. It was also recently featured in an episode of CBC show, Still Standing (of which we’re huge fans! :D) We were going to Ottawa to visit family and to see the Bonnechere Caves nearby, and then we saw the Still Standing episode so we decided that we would stop in the town to explore.

But first, the Bonnechere Caves! The family that maintains the Caves offers daily guided tours in the summer months into October, and our tour guide was very friendly, knowledgeable, and quite animated :) He explained that the network of underground caves and tunnels were carved out by the Bonnechere river. The walls of the cave were imprinted by the movement of the water.



See the stalactites near the ceiling of the cave?


Just across the road from the Bonnechere Cave site there was a nice view of the Bonnechere River, we stopped for pictures :D


We then headed to Engine House Coffee for lunch, because we saw it on Still Standing :D It is a lovely place indeed, roasts its beans onsite, stocks an excellent selection of organic teas, and has a sunny patio with coffee plants.


Since it was still early in the day, and if we drove back to Ottawa to wander around town we’d have to pay for parking, we thought we’d continue exploring Eganville. We picked up a brochure at the Caves with information about the geo-heritage/fossil hunting trail at the Bonnechere Museum, so we decided to visit.


The friendly museum staff told us that the museum building used to be the community’s post office. It now houses a very well organized display of artifacts from Eganville and area.


Admission to the museum includes the geology and fossil trail. Since Eganville is known as “the Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada”, the museum staff let us know that fossils are relatively easy to find on the trail (and we’re allowed to take one with us per person). She gave us a map and some directions, and we set out on some unplanned wilderness exploring :D


There were signs along the trail directing us to the “fossil pit”.


And we found the fossil pit! I think this was a honeycomb coral.

We followed the trail to a cliff area where we could see caves from across the river.


There was also a trench that we could walk down into and look at the layers of sedimentary rocks.


All in all, we find Eganville to be a lovely place for a day trip when one is visiting in the Ottawa area. We quite enjoyed it as city dwellers; it was away from busy urban centres, with a lovely cafe for a leisurely lunch or tea, and it’s got some relaxed (read: gravel paths, boardwalk and sturdy staircases) wilderness exploring :)

Hope everyone’s having a good weekend!


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be magical


Was feeling nostalgic the other day, and was in need of a new keychain, so I decided to make a Sailor Moon transformation brooch. Luna (the cat) gave this to Usagi in the first anime series, so that she could transform into Sailor Moon. (pic from Pinterest)

She wears it on her bow. (pic from Sailor Moon News)

Sailor Moon was hugely, HUGELY popular when I was a kid in Hong Kong, so I had a plastic transformation brooch that came with a box of cookies. It had since been lost :'(

So anyway, I crocheted one for my keys, and because it took me a couple of tries, I ended up writing down what I did, in case I want to remake it for friends who are also Sailor Moon fans, or maybe there are blog readers who want to make one too :)

I used:
Small amount of worsted weight yarn in yellow
3 mm hook
Tapestry needle
Pink plastic pearlized shank button about 3/8″ to 1/2″ in diameter (mine’s 3/8″, I think it’s a bit small, but it’s what I have)
Small translucent round or crystal shaped beads in red, green, yellow and blue

(If you don’t have the button and beads, you could also try using yarn and embroidery for a completely textile look, which I think would be quite nice also, and might end up swapping the beads for embroidery if they start coming off after the keychain and keys get tossed around in my bag for a while…)


Pattern is worked in continuous rounds, all with right side facing, no need to fasten off at any point. I’ve divided the instruction in sections.

Centre circle: In magic ring (how perfect!), ch 3, dc 11, sl st in top of beginning ch 3.

Moon section: Working in back loop only, sl st in next dc, sl st and sc in next dc, 2 sc in next dc, 2 hdc in next dc, 2 sc in next dc, sc and sl st in next dc, sl st in next dc, working in both loop sl st in next dc.

Outside ring: ch 1, continue working in both loops, sc in same dc as last sl st worked, 2 sc in each of next 3 dc, now work in back loop only, 2 sc in next sl st, continue working in back loop only, [sc in next st, 2 sc in next sc] until you reach the first sc of this section, sl st into first sc of section.

Edging: turn, working in front loop only, sl st in next st and each st around, use invisible join to complete round, fasten off.

Perhaps this picture will give you a better idea of the different sections (this was before the last round of edging)… see the outline of the crescent moon?


We will now attach yarn to this stitch on the outline of the crescent moon, made by the front loops of the stitches, where the crochet hook is pointing.


Join by making a slip knot on the hook, insert hook under the stitch where you’re joining, pull up a loop through the stitch and pull through the loop on the hook.

Then, working in the front loops that make up the top outline of the moon, sc in next st, sc and hdc in next st, hdc and sc in next st, sc in next st, sl st in next st, fasten off, leaving a 6″ tail.

Using a tapestry needle, pull the yarn through the piece at the top left corner of the moon, like so…


Then pull the needle and yarn back to the front and sew the part just made to the front loops that make up the bottom outline of the moon, like so…


Fasten off and weave in ends, and we’re done the crocheting part! It’s really much easier than it looks, it will all make sense when you start making it, but if you need any clarifications please feel free to drop me a note!

Then we finish the transformation brooch by sewing on the button and beads…


And we make a back piece:

In magic ring, ch 3, 11 dc, sl st in top of beginning ch 3.

ch 3, dc in same dc, 2 dc in each dc around, sl st in top of beginning ch 3.

If you’re not making a keychain, you can just fasten off with a long tail, then sew the front and back pieces together, and maybe sew a pin back on and wear it as a brooch!


If you’re making a keychain, then don’t fasten off at the end of round 2 in the back piece, and continue like so…

[ch 1, sc in same st, sc in each of the next 4 st, turn] repeat 5 times, fasten off and leave a long tail for sewing. So that you end up with this…


Wrap the rectangular part around a key ring (preferably not with the keys on it, much easier that way, but I was too lazy to take mine off), and sew the edge to the top of the circle, like so…


Then put the front and back piece together and sew all the way around. Fasten off and weave in ends.


Carry around and be magical.

(I realized that I sewed the front piece on a bit off, that was bugging me a bit, but it’s too much work to undo it so I left it. Being magical does not mean being perfect.)

Have a happy day! :D



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We were visiting my cousin in Ottawa, who had a baby a while ago. So, a week before we were about to leave on the trip, I was reminded of this adorable cupcake granny square by Sewrella and I thought, I could make my cousin and her baby a blanket with this square!

I have never made a granny square blanket before and have no idea how long it would take. But I thought if I use every spare moment to crochet I could definitely get it done in a week :D

And I thought I’d incorporate other squares that are less complicated. I found this heart square pattern and thought it goes pretty well with the cupcakes.


Most of the squares were made while taking the subway, which made my commute a lot more enjoyable :)

And it was done in time for our trip! :D


I joined the squares with the granny square join method also used by Sewrella for her awesome bake shop blanket (check out her other bake shop squares too! They’re very cute). I forgot to take a good measure of the blanket before wrapping it up, but here’s roughly how big it is.


I used some scrap worsted weight yarn I already have, and Lion Brand Pound of Love, with a 5mm hook. Acrylic yarn tends to be stiff so I washed and dried it with some fabric softener, which really helped make it feel more snuggle-able.

I hope my cousin and her sweet baby will enjoy it :)

Have a happy weekend, everyone!



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adventure at the inn

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Last time I mentioned that I had to pick up what I made at a workshop that’s pretty far from where I live. So I was looking for something else in the neighbourhood at the same time. The Montgomery’s Inn museum was just one subway station away from the workshop, so I thought I’d stop by. AND it happened to be a Wednesday, there’s farmer’s market going on every Wednesday until October, and the entrance to the museum is free during market hours! Lucky me :D

The museum docent was busy leading another group when I went in, so another friendly staff gave me a self-guided tour pamphlet and suggested that I walked around on my own. I’ve always had trouble with maps and directions… so I found myself pretty much just wandering around in a huge house with no one else in it, which gave me the chance to take as many pictures as I wanted, and to take as much time as I needed, waiting for the right lighting and so on.

The one taken above is of the dining parlour, viewed behind the door from the kitchen. I’m quite happy with it because it actually looks like an old photograph with a filter from the Camera+ app on my phone.

The Montgomery’s Inn was built about 1830 for Thomas and Margaret Montgomery, and it served many travelers, newly arrived immigrants and labourers until about 1855. The couple’s descendants sold most of the inn’s content after they passed away, so the museum is restored with collected furnishing to the period of 1840s-50s. I suppose some of the only things in the house that were original to the house would be the bricks around the fireplaces…

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… and this sign for the inn and apparently the grandfather clock :)

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Tea set, and sewing box by the window in the sitting room :D

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Rise and shine in the children’s room.

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One of the things that’s very different from other historic house museums I’ve visited is that the inn has guest rooms! It looks quite cozy.

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If you haven’t noticed already, I particularly like how light comes through the windows in historic houses. Because the houses usually don’t have artificial light in them, and sunlight looks particularly warm on old wooden floors, handmade curtains and linens, weathered furniture.

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There were these lovely handwritten labels on the bottles in the pantry.

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And on the staff room’s door :)

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Watering hole. Not so different from a bar today, minus the cage I guess.

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If you’re ever in the neighbourhood, it’s quite an interesting place to visit! Like I mentioned before, there’s a farmers market on Wednesday afternoons until October, and it’s got live music, BBQ and food truck, plus of course local produce, baked goods and sweets, and free entry to the museum. Then on Sunday the museum’s tea room serves afternoon tea, which I hope to catch one day. And there are lots of other arts and cultural events too.

Sometimes, I wonder why I don’t work in a museum. Hmm.

Hope everyone’s having a wonderful week! :D


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Saying goodbye to August, and hello to September with this fall colour seat cover :)

I’m actually a tad sad about summer being over soon, the days getting shorter, the leaves starting to fall. It felt like not too long ago that the trees were budding. I guess we’ve had a late spring. I’ve always been more of a fan of spring than of fall. And the only way of making the best of the situation is to start crafting for cooler weather and the holidays.

I’ve been wanting to try this “In Treble” square pattern for a while. I love that it looks like flower petals or leaves scattered all over. I added two long chains on the top left and right corners after taking this picture, so I could tie it to the back of the chair. Quite happy with how it turned out :)

Happy Friday! :D


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