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this week’s awesome finds

 

Oh my goodness this giant pom pom rabbit!!! *squeal* the cottontail! The pink nose and whiskers! *squeal* Tutorial on ikatbag. (make a fluffle!!)

A shawlette, by the same designer who created the pattern I used to make those trivets! I like cowls better than scarves but have really come to admire the drape and shape of triangular shawlettes. Free pattern from Lilla Bjorn’s Crochet World.

A nice spring/summer make by Drops Design and looking forward to warmer weather…

A cozy, simple, perfectly squishy, cloud-like cowl. From Espace Tricot.

Bobble sheep! Especially love that bubble gum pink :D Free Ravelry download by Just Add Crochet.

And a bigger, more hug-able version of the bobble sheep :) Knitted pillow pattern by Purl Soho.

All made of yarn this week! :D Happy crafting!

this week’s awesome finds

Sweetest sugar cookie pin, just in time for valentine’s :) By Twinkie Chan at Michaels.

Love this squirrely sweater. Free pattern from Berroco.

Didn’t realize that Perler beads make such beautiful snowflakes! From Heodeza.

I will make use of my many rolls of washi tape that Mike got me one Christmas :D From Make and Takes.

A friend of mine wrote up a tutorial for this beautiful bag! :D Recycling old jeans and a great way to show off a nice piece of fabric. From Earth Indigo.

This faux amethyst geode is very intriguing. From Craftberry Bush.

And finally, these beautiful, magnificent knitted moths by Max’s World. The Luna Moth is my favourite. Please click on the image to scroll through all the different kinds — it will be a treat, I promise!

Wishing you a wonderful Sunday and a great start to the week!

this week’s awesome finds

Super cool pom pom solar system. Tutorial shows you how to make all the planets, including the ring around Saturn and the red spot in Jupiter :D From We Are Scout.

Simple and sweet place card holder with an origami star. From here.

Tutorial to make your own (live and growing!) Hobbit garden. From Envato Tuts+.

Seashell candles, made with a couple of tealights. From DIY Louisville.

Not something I have the skills to make, but so pretty, and the patterns are free, from Knit Picks.

Take framed wall-hanging photos one step further – make pop up photos! From Photojojo.

Have a great week, everyone! :D

this week’s awesome finds

What to make with just a few days before Christmas?

 

Make a snowy forest globe (or a village of globes!), with dollar store supplies! From Ruffles and Stuff.

Knit a couple of leafy washcloths! (also double as pot holders!) From Ravelry designer Megan Goodacre.

Knit a chunky slouchy cozy hipster hat! From Little Things Blogged.

Crochet a super cute festive mouse ornament! From Lucy Ravenscar.

Knit a super soft scarf with fluffy chunky yarn :) From Lion Brand Yarn.

Make some My Neighbour Totoro characters out of toilet paper rolls, to put on the tree! :D From Sandra Brundell. (Post is in Swedish, but the craft is pretty self-explanatory :D)

Knit a quick and easy cat hat! From Lion Brand Yarn blog.

Happy crafting! May the festivities fill your week with joy :)

this week’s awesome finds!

Featuring quick gifts to make! :D

This cute pretzel pillow! From Studio DIY.

Super fun pompom key rings, free how-to from Wool and the Gang! (email sign up required to download instructions)

Also from Wool and the Gang, an adorable penguin embroidery pattern to customize your Christmas sweater! One can probably use it as a chart to knit the sweater itself. Might even work for crochet!

These mittens from Purl Soho are just beautiful. They’re knitted flat too (for the most part), so they’re on my to-make list :)

Tiny amigurumi using corks! My favourite is the Christmas tree. The elves are also ridiculously cute. Visit Moji-Moji Design to see all of them! :D

I like the contrast of the lace pattern and the dense dc stitches. From Moogly.

Need a nice gift topper or table decorations? These chrysanthemum are gorgeous and pretty easy to make. From Oh Happy Day.

Need a bigger gift topper? These are made from paper plates! Aren’t they amazing? Can also double as wall-hanging! From Muslin & Merlot.

I think this is a brilliantly simple way to show off nice stones and agates, I would just be a slight bit nervous about the stones falling off the bail, as they’re just held by glue… But I’ve actually done the same with a small piece of amber, and it’s never fallen off, so I guess as long as one is using the right glue, this makes a nice quick gift! From Fall for DIY.

Can’t go wrong with a simple, cozy hat in neutral colours that will go with everything :) From Mama in a Stitch.

Can’t wait to show you all the things I’ve been making — in a few weeks, after I’ve given the gifts away :) Happy holiday crafting! :D

this week’s awesome finds

Super cute lined paper pullover, I want one! From Knit Picks.

Often wonder how one would knit such thick wool… here’s a tutorial from Lebenslustiger.

Love this silly-looking rattler. From Lanukas (English translation of the pattern at the end of post).

Got a new grey sock? You can make your very own Pusheen plush! :D From My Pastel Cafe.

Awesome night owls (or owl night lights) from BruDiy.

Just discovered on Pinterest! A free Wool and the Gang pattern! :D :D :D I’m a big fan of the sweater patterns by WATG, but almost all of their patterns are sold in kits, which I can’t really afford… so a free sweater pattern is very exciting! Now I just have to get myself some 12mm and 25mm needles. Sign up and download at WATG.

Build your own Lovebot and join the love invasion! :D Download the free Lego building plan here. Haven’t heard the story behind Lovebot? Here’s a bit of history from his website:

“The Love Invasion began as a Toronto-based grassroots initiative, featuring the deployment of 100 hand-cast concrete Lovebot sculptures. Acting as a unique and meaningful social objects placed in the paths of pedestrians, each Lovebot sculpture was dedicated to a person or group that performed a powerful act of kindness in their community. The purpose: to illuminate the kindness and compassion in our city and, inspire more.”

You can read more about the Lovebot here :D and see where the Lovebots have been placed and their stories here.

I try to take a picture with one whenever I stumble upon one :D

Here’s me with a Lovebot at the Junction Summer Festival last year (and an avocado popsicle :D)

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This is in front of Mabel’s Fable, a magical children’s bookstore.

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This is in front of Thor Espresso Bar near the waterfront.

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Keep an eye out for the lovely robot if you’re in the neighbourhood! Hope everyone has a wonderful week!

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One of my favourite cartoons! :D Hamtaro crochet pattern in both Spanish and English from Mi Pequeno Mundo Rosa.

 

I love these Anything Animals by Melissa Wastney. The animals’ textured sweaters are so lovely.

 

Have always loved the wooden yarn bowls. Maybe this can be made in wood colours. From Seven Thirty Three.

 

Ingenious origami cardigan, on my to-make list! I don’t think there’s a pattern that I don’t like from the Purl Bee.

 

Excellent way to revive a tired old t-shirt, with cats! :D from Tata Cousette.

 

I love the way the light shines through the sea glass. Would make a lovely travel souvenir too, from a sea or lake-side destination. From Lovely Greens.

 

This is the best — a pineapple purse! I want to make one for myself and everyone I know :D From Craft Ideas.

 

Quilting is one craft that I’m not too interested in at the moment but I would love to make one of these super cute mushroom squares. From Sew Scatterbrained.

 

Have an awesome weekend, everyone! :D

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

leucocoprinus birnbaumii

That is the very uncommon name of a very common yellow houseplant mushroom :D

According to Wiki, it is also called “flowerpot parasol” or “plantpot dapperling”. Very pretty names. One started growing in our spider plant!

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When we first spotted it it was very tiny, maybe quarter of an inch tall.

Then a few days later we noticed the cap completely open. It was still tiny, about half an inch tall.

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This is a better picture from Mike.

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We took these pictures at night. The next morning we found the mushroom already wilted :(

Have you had these mushrooms in your plants? According to this helpful site, it does not hurt the houseplants, and it’s not harmful they’re eaten. So maybe not so great when there are young children and pets.

Which reminds me, maybe some mushrooms are out already in the park. I should go out for walks sometimes and start looking :D

Hope you have a happy Sunday and a good week!

 

lately

I recently received a lovely email from a friendly staff person at Warby Parker inviting me to write a post about my summer moments and to pick some of their sunglasses to go with them, for their #seesummerbetter campaign. While I’m not receiving any material or monetary compensation for writing this post, except perhaps friendly shout-outs from the Warby blog, I’m still feeling rather flattered that there is interest in this blog, especially since Mike just got a pair of glasses from them and he quite liked them, and had been telling me good things about the company, including friendly and approachable customer service :) Another thing that attracted Mike to shop from them is their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, which doesn’t only create access to affordable glasses, but also opportunities for skill-building and employment.

So I was happy about writing this post. But there is one problem: I don’t usually wear sunglasses. It’s kind of a foreign topic to me and I don’t really know what to write about.

Not that I don’t like wearing sunglasses. I think they’re very important for eye health. I’m just rather utilitarian about it (among many other things). I used to own a pair of sunglasses that I bought from the drug store, they go over my regular glasses (as in wearing two pairs of glasses at the same time). But then I got new glasses that are a lot wider than my old pair and the sunglasses can’t fit over them. And I never bothered to get a pair of prescription sunglasses. So I haven’t been wearing sunglasses for a few years now. Probably not good for my eyes, especially in the summer. The invitation to write this post might actually be a good reminder that I need to get myself a pair of prescription sunglasses soon… and maybe I’ll think a bit more about style rather just utilitarian this time (sunglasses that go over regular glasses aren’t the most stylish ever :S).

So I sort of interpreted the invitation to write this post as: if you were to buy a pair of sunglasses from our shop, which ones would you consider?

It’s always fun to window shop :)

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Last week I got my hair cut and coloured :D I’m quite happy with the vibrant but not too bright colour showing from underneath. I have an affinity for grey glasses, so I think the new hair would look great with these :D And with a beautiful name like Luna Fade it’s hard to not like them.

 

Have I ever shared pictures of the curtains I finally sewed and put up? It’s only taken me 8 months! :S For the longest time we had disposable plastic table cloths taped to the window… but now we have these sea glass coloured curtains! :D And look at the glorious blazing summer sunset shining through.

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I like sea glass… or is it seafoam? Anyway, I like these, because they’re sea glass coloured… and they are indeed named Beach Glass! :D

 

And today we had the perfect summer evening – sandals, cotton-candy-colour pants, trip to the library at 8pm in daylight!

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Today’s awesome finds for summer reading/viewing – Muppets Most Wanted, Amigurumi at Home, and Life After Life :)

And what goes well with cotton-candy-coloured pants?

I love these… and they’re beautifully named Moonstone! (As you may notice I’m a sucker for nice product names.)

Thanks for window shopping with me! :D Hope everyone has a fun and sun-filled weekend!

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

Woohoo! Balloon ice creams, perfect photo booth prop for summer parties :D From my favourite party blog Oh Happy Day.

 

A friend pointed me to this cute knitted snail from Hobby Craft.

 

Lovely gold twig hair pins from Love Maegan.

 

Clever, simple and super cute pom pom cactus, from Pinch Me Beautiful.

 

Hop to Wool and the Gang for this adorable knitted bee pattern and learn more about saving the bees!

 

Something very stylish about these coasters. From Lebenslustiger.

 

A floor pouf! I’ve always liked the idea but didn’t feel like buying a ton of Polyfil. This one doubles as a secret storage – how smart! For pillows and extra blankets and such! From Chaleur Life.

 

Beautiful summery tote, by Aunt Peaches on I Love to Create.

Have a lovely weekend, friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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