this week’s awesome finds

I actually secretly really like fried spam. Trying not to eat it too much though as I age. But these Totoro spam musubi are just too cute. From i am a food blog.

Party hats, fit for the most magical garden parties. From Oh Happy Day.

I love boxy-shaped shirts. Pattern from the Purl Bee.

This looks super complicated but it’s actually made without drafting a pattern! From Elle Apparel.

Birthday shrimp is such an awesome idea. From Sian on Etsy.

Bread letter organizer! Might even double as a toast cooling rack :D From Twinkie Chan.

A very sculptural pendant. From Lion Brand Yarn.

I love fabric flower brooches. From Flax and Twine.

Pom poms make any space look cheerful. Rug from Homedit.

Mouse pouch, made of plastic container lids and felt. Apparently it’s a project that kids can make. Have to give this a try sometimes. From The Crafty Swedes (in Swedish, I think, but with self-explanatory photos).

Just look at the dinosaur happily stamping its footprints on the cookie dough! This made my day. Spotted on Imgur.

Have an awesome weekend!

 

heartland

Took a weekend tour of Ontario’s heartland last week. There are many fun things to see and do just a couple of hours of car-ride away.

Our first stop was the Personal Computer Museum in Brantford. I remember these when they first came out…

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We stayed at a bed and breakfast in Hickson. The owners converted the silo on their farm into an observatory. Gerald even gave us a personal tour of the observatory, explaining how it worked and everything.

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At the b & b also lives a very affectionate cat named Paris. I love this picture of me and Paris.

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We made a quick stop in Stratford, known for its festival of Shakespearean plays (and now Justin Bieber). There’s a lovely Shakespearean garden, but we were a bit too early in the season to see full blooms.

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The next day we went to London to visit the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. It’s built on the land where an Attawandaron Iroquois village once stood 500 years ago, and so there is a replica of a longhouse, made of tree branches and tree barks.

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There’s also an replica of a dig site. I’ve always dreamed of becoming an archaeologist…

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Then we went to Woodstock, the “dairy capital of Canada”, and visited the monument of Springbank Snow Countess, a record-setting milk producing cow.

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It’s not a road trip without roadside ice cream, especially in the dairy capital of Canada.

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Finally, we visited the Cheese and Agriculture Museum in Ingersoll, with an interesting replica of a cheese factory. Here I was in the curing room with a replica of finished cheese.

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There was also a one-room school house and a display of school supplies. I especially like this pencil box, with a built-in ruler. I would bring it to school any day.

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Wishing you a week of delightful adventures near or far!

 

 

free-formed and off-centred

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Inspired by this bike skirt, actually. Built on the circular centre of this granny square pattern (a really lovely pattern, by the way). Somehow managed to make only half of it, and then added more rows around it, while gradually morphing it into a rectangular shape to make the shirt. It was a pretty free-formed process, which is really my favourite way to crochet, so I’m quite proud of this skirt. The half circle is centred on the side and the rest of the skirt are just made of dc and hdc rows.

Had just enough wine-coloured yarn to make the skirt part, so I decided to use a charcoal grey for the waist band, which was knitted on with a 1x1 ribbing.

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We took these photos in Stratford, while taking a road trip through several southern Ontario towns. Will be posting more photos and stories from the trip soon :D

Have a happy week, everyone!

 

 

 

for mothers

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this is a bit late in the day, but it’s what I would love to be able to present to you in person — the first wild flower bouquets of spring. For you bring forth life and make it full with your great love. To all mothers, mother figures and mothers-to-be: wishing you much joy and blessings on Mother’s Day and every day.

happiness and blessings

tiny bear

Made this tiny bear for a dear friend who is entering a brand new exciting chapter in life. He has a tiny heart and a golden scarf and carries with him happiness and many blessings.

 

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Adapted the Tiny Bunny pattern by Irene Strange on Ravelry. Added tiny arms, and a tail made of a French knot, and bear ears of course. I think my friend really likes him :D

 

Wishing you a happy weekend!

 

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Knit cacti. Love the textures made with different stitch patterns. From Sewing Barefoot.

Fabric flowers make beautiful spring brooches! From Creature Comforts.

Very cool hidden storage, also from Sewing Barefoot.

Beautiful crepe paper carnations, from Ruffles & Stuff.

I like patterns that use both knit and crochet. From Lion Brand Yarn.

Animal pin party favours. Can I be the bunny or the owl? From Oh Happy Day.

Happy houses made of milk cartons. From Bloesem Kids.

Nicer than real ones in some ways, even. Coffee filter flowers, from Just Bella.

I might have posted this before but my friend Amy sent it to me recently and it made my day so I’m posting it again :D 8-foot giant squid pillow! The most awesome thing ever! Comes with the sewing pattern! From Build-a-DIY.

Pattern for a tiny rabbit, welding a needle and vowing to protect yarn stash (needle and yarn stash not included in the pattern). Simply the cutest! From Pops de Milk.

A different kind of bunny, with a starburst centre this time. From Green Dragonfly.

Shepherd knitting, with a hook! Never seen that before. Might make a nice cowl. Must try it someday. From Amore Fecit.

Mike would love this — sprinkles candle! And it’s supposed to smell like cake! From BethCakes.

And this one is for my sister :D Googly eyes make everything awesome. From Little Gatherer.

Have a happy week, everyone! :D

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