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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!

 

 

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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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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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Perfect bunny hat for a spring tea party :3 From Mamma in a Stitch.

Such impressive-looking soap – makes impressive-looking gifts :) From Fall for DIY.

These from fishing lures, super fun! From The Tragic Whale.

So very pretty for springtime. From Red Heart Yarn.

Best mitts to show off gorgeous hand-dyed variegated yarns! From Knitting and so on.

I always find pineapples really cheerful, and these are just the most cheerful party favour bags ever. From The House the Lars Built.

Wish I had come across this tutorial before scouring for a bracelet to wear with my very plain black dress to a wedding this weekend… but it’s not too late, I’d still like to make one one day! I love the simplicity of the design, perfect for showcasing special stones. From The Clumsy Crafter.

Have an awesome week, everyone! :D

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Homemade reed diffuser, easier to make than I thought! Didn’t know that one could even use bamboo skewers for this. From Make & Takes.

I like tiny stud earrings, and these heart-shaped ones are just lovely. From Fall for DIY.

I often see coffee pots at thrift stores and wondered what they can be used for. Now I know – a terrarium! Though last time I tried growing air plants it didn’t work out so well, they just shriveled up and died. How I could kill an air plant that only requires air to live I don’t really know. But anyway, this coffee pot terrarium from A Charming Project is brilliant!

I must share this, because I <3 Chococat :D Pattern from Sabrina’s Crochet.

I do like cats very much, and this is SO cute! The pattern is in French but Google Translate does a pretty good job. From La Souris aux Petits Doigts.

This tunic might be my next project :D Looks fantastic with the variegated yarn. From Red Heart.

Add some subtle cuteness to any outfit with this donut ring, spotted on Dream a Little Bigger.

Love this stitch pattern, might make a cozy sweater too. Pattern from Slugs on the Refrigerator.

And finally, if you like The Grand Budapest Hotel as much as I do (and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend!), and if you like to bake, you might enjoy making these pastries from the film! Video recipe spotted on Make.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

 

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First, I want to share with you this AWESOME installation that my sister pointed out to me, by Chicago artist Melissa Jay Craig. Why books as mushrooms, you ask? She says, “When I was a child, the first time I had the intriguing feeling that the planet carried messages (texts, if you will) for those who were curious enough to look, was when I came upon a group of Amanita Muscaria, huddled together in a dark, secret space under tall pines.” Isn’t it beautiful? Read more about the installation at This is Colossal.

 

Now, want to make your own mushroom installation? Here’s a lovely how-to using wine corks and magnets on At Home in Love.

 

These cacti are so very cute. From Craftberry Bush.

 

I don’t know much about beading, and I wanted to make a statement necklace to wear to a wedding with an old black sweater dress, so I was looking for tutorials, and I really like this one on tuts+, featuring different stones.

 

Tutorial for making these beautiful needle felted birds, by Joe & Cheryl.

 

Origami is one of my favourite things, and this is just adorable – diagrams for making the sushi AND the wooden platform they’re on, plus a treasure trove of origami diagrams from dinosaurs to flying squirrels to soft serve ice cream cones on Origami Club! :D

 

A beautiful wall hanging of moon phases, from Almost Makes Perfect.

 

A super fun strawberry cake tissue box cover by the awesome Twinkie Chan, using loop stitch! (my favourite!) From The Tissue Box Bakery.

 

If I have a cat, I would make him this cat tent. From Practically Functional.

 

Beautifully knitted broccoli florets by Ravelry designer Sara Elizabeth Kellner (check out her other patterns too! I especially love the queen bee). I love how the textures are made of purl and knit stitches. Pattern for sale on Ravelry.

 

Wishing you a week of delightful crafty adventures!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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’tis the season for (quick) handmade gifts! :D

Ok, maybe this one isn’t so quick… but I love the simplicity of garter stitch. And the accompanying necklace is probably a quick-make! From yarn.com.

 

This is so very beautiful. And looks to be quite easy to make in large batches (probably also works with store bought gingerbread and cake, for people who don’t bake, like me. I know, it’s not the same as homemade gingerbread and cake, but some of us just aren’t great at baking). I especially love the ones with the gingerbread animals. From My Name is Yeh.

 

Also in a jar – delicious soup! Just add water! Who doesn’t like warm soup in the winter? From She Uncovered.

 

I think this is pretty hilarious, in a very festive kind of way. From Sugar & Cloth.

 

For the macaron lovers in your life. (good thing the macaron lover in my life doesn’t read my blog :P) I imagine using Model Magic would make it feel very much like a real macaron. From Adventures in Fashion.

 

These handmade hand warmers stay warm about 20 minutes, perfect for waiting for the bus on wintry mornings. And unlike the dollar store variety they’re reusable and therefore friendlier to the environment. From My Craftily Ever After.

 

Glittery gumdrops, so cheerful, and extra fancy when they’re homemade. From Bakerella.

 

I think these magnetic tin snow globes are genius. From A Girl & a Boy.

Happy holiday crafting!! :D

 

 

 

 

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Aren’t these the most huggable cats? Pattern on Mishto.

Who knew platypuses would make such awesome potholders? Pattern at Patalappumania.

And these giant leaves! I’m thinking coasters, garland, wreath, elbow patch? Pattern on Messyla.

Flying squirrels are the coolest! Also a great way to upcycle an fleece blanket or sweater! Pattern on Wild Olive.

Another flying squirrel, this time a very helpful needle-minder. I don’t embroider very much, but I imagine it would be a lot of fun making the squirrel fly across the fabric by moving the magnet on the back :D Also from Wild Olive.

Speaking of embroidery, love these embroidered plastic canvas earrings. From Emuse.

I don’t have a food dehydrator, but if I do I would definitely give this a try – it is fascinating! I would never think of turning watermelon into jerky. Very curious about how it would taste… Spotted on Instructables.

Fun and funky Perler bead buttons! From Maker Mama.

Looks super awesome and very easy to make! Burger balloons from Studio DIY.

Have fantastic Wednesday, everyone! :D

 

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Weaving is so much fun. Woven necklace from Say Yes.

These are stylish. Perler bead bangles, from DIY Candy.

On the to-make list. Crochet tunic from Lion Brand Yarn.

Also from Lion Brand Yarn, perfect crochet piece for fall.

Grow your own crystal necklace – how neat is this? Now I just have to figure out where to buy alum salt… From The Cwafty Blog.

This requires a proper pom pom maker, but it will be worth it. Mushroom pom pom from Small Good Things.

Love the Nyan Cat scarf patterns but thought it would be a bit much to actually wear them… but a bookmark! Everyone can use a bookmark. From Cute & Kaboodle.

The Purl Bee always has boxy blouse patterns that I love.

Love that this is made of stars. Crochet Cowl from Moogly.

Made from a pillowcase! From Lil’ Bit & Nan.

Happy Wednesday!

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Beautiful sun print tote by Alisa Burke.

Super fun stackable burger pillow by Please Note.

Amazingly simple banana frozen ice cream by Now That’s Pretty.

Tiny kitty – so CUTE!!! – by While She Naps.

Perfect summer skirt! I love the print (apparently from Ikea!). On Make.

Love the simplicity and boldness of this necklace, especially love that it’s crochet. By Chabe GS Crochet Design.

I will have to make this when we have the space for it. T-shirt rug by Crochet in Paternoster.

I like this top, and it’s actually mostly knitted flat! By Lion Brand Yarn.

This! Made by a rice cooker! Must try soon. Epic rice cooker pancake by Rocket News 24.

A seashell headband (a crown, actually!) fit for a sea king, or queen, or mermaid. By How Did You Make That?

More oceanic fun with this build-a-squid website (thanks Amy!), spotted on Cute Overload.

More sea creatures to crochet, with this get whale soon tissue box cover, extra awesome with its punniness. By Moogly.

And while we’re at it, why knot making some nautical knot bracelets to add to the fun? (okay, I’ll stop. But you can find the how-to on the Etsy blog.)

Definitely making the mushroom one. And maybe the hedgehog one too… And is that an owl? :D These are so much fun. Crochet buttons by Ravelry designer Kathrin Bardeleben.

Have a crafty weekend!

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