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this week’s awesome finds

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

 

this week’s awesome finds

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

this week’s awesome finds

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

’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

 

 

 

 

this week’s awesome finds

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

 

this week’s awesome finds

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!

this week’s awesome finds

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!

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!

 

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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