the most sincere socks

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‘Tis the countdown to Christmas, I thought I’d share a most sincere idea for the most practical gift. Who doesn’t need an extra pair of socks? Great alternative to chocolate covered marshmallow Santas when you need to get an under $5 secret Santa gift. 

The pom pom on top is actually a fun festive hair tie! I’ll show you how I made that as well.

I got a pack of 5 reused yarn socks from MUJI, they’re soft and lovely (not to mention that it’s such a nice relaxing experiencing when browsing around at the MUJI store) and cost around $20 CAD, which rounds out to about $4 a pair. 

This is super simple and involves things that you probably have stashed away at home if you’re a crafter:

  • A new pair of socks in cupcake colour
  • An elastic band
  • Light card stock or scrapbooking paper (I bought a sheet of gold metallic paper from Michaels for 99 cents)
  • Cupcake wrapper template (there are tons of printable templates out there, I can’t seem to find the one I used >_<, but this one seems just as great)
  • Scissors
  • Scotch tape
  • Mug of tea (essential!)

Here we have our pair of socks, and the elastic band.

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With the socks stacked together, fold them in half lengthwise. The heels will stick out but that’s ok.

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Starting from the cuff end, roll up the socks.

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Secure the sock roll with elastic band.

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Have a sip of tea. Transfer cupcake wrapper pattern onto the back of card stock / scrapbooking paper, and cut out the pattern.

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Wrap the wrapper around the sock roll, and secure with a piece of tape.

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Repeat with all the pairs of socks you’ve got and set them aside.

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Now we make the pom pom hair tie :D 

I used: 

  • A fork
  • Small amount of red worsted weight yarn 
  • Small amount of sparkly silver yarn (for a festive touch)
  • Scissors
  • Hair elastics
  • Fabric glue (great to have, but not essential)

Using a fork to make small pom poms isn’t my original idea. There are a few tutorials out there, like this one from Eskimimi Makes.

Basically, you would wind the yarn around the prongs of the fork (as you can see I used two different yarns, and I cut off a length of the silver yarn for winding, rather than winding directly from the skein, to make things easier)…

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… after you’re done winding, cut yarn. Then cut a length of red yarn about 6 inches long, and tie the yarn around the middle by threading one yarn end through the base of the 2nd and 3rd prongs of the fork, and the other yarn end between the 2nd and 3rd prongs at the tip.

Trim the pom pom but leave the tying yarn long.

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Using the tying yarn, tie the pom pom to the hair elastic with double knot. Apply a dab of fabric glue (if you have it) to the knot to extra secure it.

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Here we have our cupcake toppings! I also bought these adorable strawberry bells from Etsy seller MimiLolo, I attached them to cell phone charm hangers (not sure if they’re called that, but you know what I mean), thought they’d make great zipper pull or festive backpack ornaments! :D

If you know that the gift recipient won’t like hair ties or zipper pulls, a simple Tootsie Pop might make the best alternative topping.

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I pulled the hair elastic / cell phone charm hanger through the middle of the sock rolls using a crochet hook.

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Ta-da! The most sincere socks of them all! Linus would be proud. (see It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown)

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I put some of them in recycled packaging from gift soaps.

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And I made a flat-bottom gift bag with wrapping paper following this tutorial. I then folded the top down, punched two holes at the top through all layers, threaded a fancy string through and tied a bow.

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Have a sweet week, everyone! 

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weekend quick make, with hex nuts!

Came across a book on making jewelry with hardware store material one day, was curious about what people make with hex nuts, and spent an evening looking at all the different hex nut tutorials. Especially love this brilliant earring idea from Cafe Craftea.

Finally went to Canadian Tire on my lunch break one day and picked up the smallest hex nuts I could find.

I simply glued the hex nut onto a 4mm earring post with some E6000 and let it cure over night. Very simple. Made a pair without glitter because I like the slightly steampunk look :D

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And for the glitter earrings, I glued the hex nuts onto the earring posts like the plain ones, then I filled the hex nuts with a bit of glitter nail polish with the help of a toothpick. Once the nail polish is dried, I applied a layer of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic to seal it, also with a toothpick.

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Quite happy with how they turned out :D

Have a good weekend everyone!

 

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holiday (tiny) shop update!

Feeling a bit inspired and motivated after visiting the One of a Kind show last weekend, I made some last minute update to my kind of dormant Etsy shop :D

I listed a very small quantity of items at friends-and-family prices in order to find them good homes, I only have one of each at this time.

There’s Santa’s Favourite milk and cookie ornament pack

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This very festive tiny wreath with mushroom and bell (the bell DOES ring!)…

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And a few pairs of tiny sushi earrings. There are 3 different sushi combo sets, you can see the other sets in the listing.

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To make sure the the orders will arrive before December 25, please place orders before Dec. 10 for Canada/US destinations and before Dec. 1 (that’s in 2 days!) for international destinations.

Have a look at the genuine mudpie shop if you’re looking for some handmade tiny plush to spread holiday cheers!

Wishing everyone an excellent rest of the week!

 

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lately

I haven’t written in a while, but I’ve been crafting day and night (literally, I knit in the subway in the morning and I chip away every night at this massive crochet project as soon as I get home), and have made so many things, that I can’t show you because they’re Christmas gifts! But I promise there will be an extensive Christmas crafting post after the holidays!

I do want to share with you this found object artwork I made in a caring for self workshop last weekend (if you can travel to the Toronto area and are interested in workshops that explore the therapeutic qualities of creativity and art-making, do check out Petrea’s website and workshop offerings, some free projects there too!). I’ve always loved found object art. This one is — pearls of wisdom rising out of moss, with a monument of past battles that shape this ground, bathing in moonlight. Kind of in the same line as my last post about moss.

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And this is an exercise about intention. We think about an intention that we bring to our work, and while thinking about or meditating on that intention, we choose different yarn and things to wrap around the twig. There’s a marble in the space where the twig branches out, to represent clarity.

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There are also other neat things I learned from the workshop, like drawing mandalas, which I’m trying to practice at work as a way to take breaks. Trying is the word :S But I’ll share the drawings when I have a few more. 

In other news, I attempted to carve a jelly fish out of an eraser. I’ve never tried this before and I think it turned out not so bad! It’s part of a holiday project, which will be revealed at holiday times! :D

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Happy weekend everyone!

 

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this week’s awesome finds

’tis the season for pom poms! :D

These plum pudding pom poms are so darn cute!! From Fleur Bernadine.

 

Not everyone likes to eat them but pom pom liquorice makes the cutest garland. From Love Knitting

 

The fuzziest, most adorable tiny birds are made of pom poms. From The Magic Onions.

 

And with this tutorial you can make your own pom pom Hedwig or other wizardy owls. From Craftster.

 

Well, and once I got searching on pom poms a ton of pom pom projects started showing up on my Pinterest feed… so here’s a pom pom cactus from Pinch Me Beautiful.

 

And OMG this most explosively joyous cupcake, also from Pinch Me Beautiful.

 

This positively mossy pom pom wreath <3 From Work in Progress Kit.

 

In other news… check out this GIANT cupcake storage pouf! Genius! From Repeat Crafter Me.

 

I recently discovered c2c (corner to corner) crochet and it’s so much fun! I’m working on a pretty giant project right now, otherwise I would totally dig into this one. Next year definitely. I should start in February :) Advent calendar pattern also from Repeat Crafter Me.

 

Happy crafting!

 

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keep calm and carry moss

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I bought these beautiful vintage shadow box pendants from Etsy shop youarenotthebossofme to put moss in :D It turned out beautifully, I’m so pleased. Looks like there are a few more of these pendants for sale, pop by the shop if you’re interested in making something similar! I bought the moss from the model-making section of my local art store. Or one could put in small stones or yarn or tiny shells or whatever one finds meaningful to carry around.

I’ve always felt more connected to water-related analogies — like the river, or the sea, going with the flow, fill the gaps, like what Bruce Lee said,

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.”

One can’t make a dent in water, it can’t be hurt. 

But I’ve been feeling drawn to moss lately. Grounded and tenacious. It can be pulled out of the ground and be damaged, but it comes back again, reaching and covering even further grounds. Its roots spread wider than eyes can see. It re-emerges always after winter frosts.

So maybe it’s about acknowledging the hurt rather than saying to myself that things don’t or shouldn’t hurt. And maybe it’s about standing my ground rather than filling whatever gaps or needs others put before me, trying to be everything to everyone. 

A bit of reflection as I enter another year in my life! :D Another year wiser, hopefully.

Thanks for visiting today! 

 

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momo

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Momo means peach in Japanese. Perhaps this tawashi looks more like a pumpkin than a peach, but momo is a cuter name :)

I’m going to show you how to make one with tulle, using the pattern from Pierrot (link via Ravelry, with slight modifications explained below). Tulle makes for a scrubbier tawashi than acrylic or cotton yarn, I think.

A roll of this decorative tulle from Michaels makes 2 tawashi’s! It’s 6 inches wide by 20 yards. Here’s how we transform the roll of tulle into balls of yarn :D

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  1. Roll of Tulle.
  2. Pop off the plastic caps on both ends of the roll, then remove the inner paper tube.
  3. Using fabric scissors, cut roll in half through all layers (it would be a bit tough to cut through but just keep nudging forward)
  4. Roll half of the roll into a ball. Repeat with the other half. 

Now we have 2 balls of tulle yarn!

For the tawashi, I also used 5mm and 3.5mm crochet hooks, tapestry needle, and a small amount of green yarn.

I followed the pdf pattern from Pierrot (it’s charted, but very easy to understand), but with the following stitch counts: 

  1. Using 5mm hook, ch 16.
  2. Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, sc in each ch across (15 sc).
  3. Starting at row 2, work in pattern for 18 rows, it’ll be close to the end of the ball of yarn. Fasten off, don’t cut off the yarn, and there should be a long tail enough to do all the sewing described below.

To finish:

  1. Sew the two short edges together with the long tail, don’t fasten off.
  2. Thread the tail through the stitches at one edge around, cinch.
  3. Then thread the yarn tail to the other edge, and thread the tail through the stitches around. Cinch, and tie off to secure.
  4. Using green yarn and 3.5mm hook, tie yarn to the middle of the tawashi through all layers, ch 15, sl st to where the yarn was attached in the middle of the tawashi, fasten off, weave in ends (I hid the ends inside the tawashi).

And there we have it, quick homemade gifts one can make a handful in a couple of evenings!

Happy autumn! 

 

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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 mom.me.

 

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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lately

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.

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They’ve got very cute cup sleeves :D

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

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*heart eyes x1000*

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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.

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

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And eventually it turned dark.

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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.

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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

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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)

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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…

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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.

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Have a bright and beautiful weekend!

 

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