those crafty squirrels

Following the post about my leaf drawing of squirrels and acorns earlier today, Mike found an interesting article about red squirrels decorating their nests! :D

Red squirrels decorate their pile of food supply (spruce cones, in this case) with paper…


… leaves and grass…


… and moss.


An overview of a large pile of cones decorated with paper and other found objects…


A bounty of butternut and cones! :D


And our friend, the red squirrel, stopping for lunch.






This was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest a while ago, drawing on leaf with a silver pen. I went and bought a silver pen soon after I saw that, and found a leaf to draw on. I’ve been carrying both in my backpack for the past few weeks but haven’t used them until yesterday.

Oak leaves are great for this because they have a kind of durable leathery texture, and preserve well without having to be pressed. 

It’s been really rainy these days, so I’m hoping for drier days to collect more leaves before they’re all fallen.

Thinking of a cozy squirrel nest with piles of leaves and acorns in it… Have a happy Thursday!



candy apple

Have been wanting to make an infinity scarf for a while. I just really like the idea of a “never-ending” scarf, and not having to fuss with the ends of a scarf, how to tuck them in so it’s all stylish, how to prevent them from getting caught in my coat zipper. 

So when I saw this pattern on Ravelry I had to make time for it, usually half an hour before I go to bed after a day of classes or writing or reading.

The colour of candy apple — for fall! :D

I made it a bit narrower so it’s less bulky. My short body frame doesn’t carry large bulky accessories very well. And I’m happy to use my new 9mm hook! I used a chunky acrylic and wool blend yarn.

I love the star burst texture…


I love the pattern so much that I’m making a tunic with it. A bit of an experiment and it’s going to take a while, but I’m excited to see how it turns out.

November is going to be maddeningly busy before it all ends in December, but making time to crochet really helps me feel a bit happier while I’m knee-deep in assignments.

Have a great week, everyone!



this week’s awesome finds


Knit a candy corn creature! Pattern on Craft. (If you’d rather crochet one I have a pattern right here :D)


Dress and small person in candy corn :D candy corn onesie how-to on The Swell Life.


Make roses with autumn leaves. How-to on Design Sponge.


Very cool if one knows of a glass shop that is able cut wine bottles in half. A set of these would make a great gift! I’m not a fan of wine, but I used to have a collection of empty bottles because I love the colours of them, especially when the sunlight is streaming through. Spotted on Family Chic.


I love the delicate, woven texture of this. Tutorial (including instruction for the cardboard weaving device that created this) on Greeneyed Monster.


A washer, some pretty paper, some diamond glaze (I saw that Mod Podge makes a “dimensional glaze” that works the same way, have to get myself a bottle!) and we have a pretty necklace! How-to on Little Birdie Secrets.


Prettiest pleated skirt I’ve seen. Might work with the fabric from my discarded duvet cover… hmm. Tutorial on Grand Revival Designs.


And a sweet ending with a tutorial for homemade rock candy from Gluesticks!


Have a sweet weekend, everyone! :D



weekend wonders

It was last weekend, but I didn’t have time to sort through the pictures until now… Mike and I spent an afternoon at the Distillery District for the art market! I think I’ve said it before but I would highly recommend going to the Distillery if you’re ever in Toronto, and especially if you enjoy historic sites! It’s just so different from the rest of the city, and so much to see!

There were a number of large sculptures/installations…


This is part of a much larger piece with clear acrylic rods. Reminds me of carnival rides.


There were also old rusty cars in various street corners…




And I love the red brick walls…



A cart full of herbs!


We had French breakfast tea at a cafe before we left. It was not as robust as the English or Irish breakfast tea. There was supposed to have a hint of malt and chocolate, but I didn’t quite get it… 



One of the things that I have been wanting to learn for years is glass bead-making. There are classes at one of the studios in the Distillery but they are quite expensive (totally worth the money — just out of my budget). But recently someone told me about this studio where they teach glass fusing. I believe one only makes one thing but a lot more affordable as a one-time experience to try my hands on working with glass. Something on my to-do list :D 

Have a great start to the week, friends!


yay, new hooks! :D

It’s been over a year and a half, but I’ve just spent the $25 Lion Brand gift certificate that Marshie won through the Critter Contest. And they’ve arrived yesterday — new hooks! 

The hooks themselves were under $10 but with shipping it just pretty much consumed all of the $25 certificate (isn’t that mind-boggling?). But I’m so excited about the hooks! I had no hooks in between size 6mm and 16mm before, so now I can work on projects that call for 6.5mm, 9mm or 10mm hooks!

Not sure what I’ll make yet… but just thinking about the possibilities is making me quite happy :D

I’m currently working on a small knitting project (small and simple enough that I can handle and complete as I have very little patience with knitting :S). I so want to show you because I’m so proud that I’m knitting, but I can’t because they’re Christmas presents… oh well, I will be able to share them in due time.

Hope your weekend is fabulous!



this week’s awesome finds!

Awesomest idea of the week — break a glow stick in half + pour glow goo into a jar + swirl = instant lantern! :D Spotted on Pinterest.


Another light fixture idea involving bottles. Festive! From Taste of Home.


More cool-looking lights! Tutorial for adding a beaded wire tree to a night light from …Squirrel


Awesome way to repurpose old leather purses and other leather scrap. How-to on Design by Night.


This is so cute! Another way to recycle leather things. Tutorial on Cation Designs.


For when you need a friend… Monster pet rocks from The Cocoa Bean Blog.


Love the simplicity of this. Hexnut and macrame bracelet — tutorial on Minieco.


This is apparently an Anthropologie knock-off. Anthropologie appears to be all the rage in the States but I don’t think I’ve seen one in Toronto yet… could be because I avoid malls. Knock-off or not, I just think this is really pretty! How-to on Kojodesigns.


Isn’t this brilliant? Both a candle holder and a planter — the plant is really planted and growing in the pot! How-to on Family Chic.


Coffee cake in a mug in under five minutes! Must try! Recipe on Prudent Baby.


Have a wonderful evening, everyone!







Autumn’s rainy weather makes for magnificent sunsets.





This week has been unusually difficult. Everything that could possibly go wrong has gone wrong. I’ve decided to name it “a week of woes”. 

The sun is setting as I write this, and I’m reminded of this poem by Mary Oliver.


Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the dessert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
Over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountain and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clear blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.


Hope you are well. Have a happy weekend!





this week’s awesome finds!


The awesomest of the the awesome things this week has got to be the jelly fish in a bottle! Made with those clear plastic bags from the produce isle (like plarny the betta fish! :D), and the jelly fish actually flows around in water! SO. VERY. COOL. There’s a video of the jelly fish in action, plus a detailed tutorial from Bhoomplay’s Blog.


For my fellow Nyan Cat fans! Spotted on Craft, which points to the original post about how it was made :D


More cat goodness — kittens in a box! Perfect for cat-lovers who are sadly allergic to cats… I know how that feels :’( How-to on Obsessively Stitching.


I have a couple of long scarfs but I never really know how to make it look nice but effortless. Stumbled upon this useful scarf-tying guide through Pinterest — visit 9gag to see the big picture! 


I have a feeling I’ve posted this before… but it’s definitely worth mentioning again since the weather is starting to get a bit chilly — Nutella hot chocolate! I imagine it’s much like hazelnut hot chocolate, and easy to make! From The Hungry Housewife.


I more wanted to share this because it’s punny — it’s insta-graham! :D From Bakerella.


Interesting (and definitely memorable!) business card idea from Colour Me Katie


Brilliant idea to make owl cookies with tulip and heart cutters! From The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle. I don’t bake cookies very often but I imagine this would also be a great idea for ornaments!


Have a sweet week everyone! 



today’s awesome news!

Did I tell you that I’m a big fan of haiku’s? And my multi-talented husband has recently won a haiku contest! :D



It’s a haiku contest about typefaces (or fonts). The typeface Mike wrote about was Ketchupa, and the host of the contest even made a super fun illustration to go with it! :D I love the small illustration for the grilled cheese and tomato soup! 

And I’m very proud of Mr. Mike! :D


Sending you warm wishes on a cool autumn day!