oh glorious summer

The glorious final weeks of summer holiday! Worked on a pile of projects :D 

Was visiting Kathleen’s blog the other day and found tons of cool stuff to make! Including this star-shaped blanket (following a pattern called Beth’s Little Star — I just had to make it!)… 

I called it the rainbow road blanket, because the colours reminded me of the rainbow road level in Mario Kart. It’s for for my young niece (who is very cute and amiable and reminds me a lot of Ponyo as she’s starting to talk and walk) and her soon-to-be-born sibling :D

Also inspired by Kathleen’s blog is this bookworm bookmark! Her yarnbombing with bookworms is ingenious and TOTALLY AWESOME! I would love to do that one day. So far I’ve made one for a book-loving friend :D

I used an orange yarn because I kind of wanted it to look like Slimey from the Muppets. 

This granny shrug has been on my to-crochet list for a long time. I made it with a light fuzzy yarn the colour of Prince Edward Island’s red soil. Not a style I usually wear, and can’t see the granny square (actually, it’s two hexagons stitched together) pattern very well, but it’s really soft! Very comfortable for lounging in at home, I think.

Then I sewed a dress. With fabric I got from my mom’s collection. It’s a very soft kind of fabric with lovely polka dots and I’ve been wanting to make something summery with it for a long time. Was having a very motivating conversation with my friends about sewing dresses, so I thought instead of making the square top that I make a lot of, I’d try to sew a dress!

It’s actually still a square top with faux button panels (which means that the buttons are just sewed on, there are no button holes), for which I got the idea from C&C’s tutorial. The top was cut to a mid-waist length, then I sewed on a skirt made with two trapezoid pieces of fabric. I found enough yellow buttons in my collection that looked like lemon drops :D

And last but not least, shop update for the fall season!

The fall harvest treat magnet set! Here’s a closeup of the pumpkin pie, which I’m rather happy with…

I actually made his cousin first, which has an upper crust, because I didn’t know that pumpkin pies aren’t like apple or strawberry pies, they don’t have upper crusts! (probably because I don’t bake very much, and didn’t grow up in a country where pumpkin pies were popular) Mike reminded me of that and I remade the pie slice.

I also started Christmas-elfing (i.e. making Christmas presents) and made 3 scarves, but of course I can’t show you those yet… ;)

Off to the Bruce Peninsula this long weekend! Will bring back lots of pictures!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

 

 

 

 

fun foam stamping

It was one of those experiments that went very smoothly and turned out amazingly well, which doesn’t happen too often for me but when it does, it’s super exciting!

Printing fabric with stamp made from craft foam (or, as advertised on the package, “fun foam”)!

It’s REALLY easy. Everything about this project is encapsulated in this photo.

 

I used:

Craft foam (it looks like this) that I bought from the dollar store (12 sheets for $1)

A piece of foam core that I found at work (it had an event poster mounted on it and they were throwing it out. But I’ve also seen foam core at the dollar store)

Acrylic paint and paint brush (from the dollar store, of course)

Glue stick (I found this amazing Elmer glue at the dollar store! A bit of a theme going on here…)

A piece of fabric that was the remnant of a curtain that I was sewing for a friend. It feels like linen. Fabric with smooth texture works best.

What I did:

1. Cut design out of craft foam. Exacto knife works extremely well with this stuff.

2. With Exacto knife, Cut out a piece of foam core the same shape as the craft foam design but about 1/4″ larger all around.

3. With glue stick, apply a liberal amount of glue on the foam core. Press craft foam design firmly onto where the glue is applied. Stamp is made! :D

Here’s a closeup of my leaf stamp, after it’s made a few prints…

4. Set stamp aside for a minute or two for the glue to dry. In the meanwhile, mix a fun colour with acrylic paint, set out some scrap paper (paint will seep through fabric onto your work surface), and lay fabric on it.

5. Apply a thin layer of paint onto foam stamp with paint brush (not too much paint, but the stamp has to be wet). Test print on scrap paper.

6. Stamp away! The great thing about applying paint with a brush is that you can have streaks of different colours in one print! :D

7. If the finer details of the stamp starts to get gunked up with paint, use the corner of the brush bristles to clean it out before making the next print.

8. Set fabric aside for a couple of hours to dry. Place a towel on it, then iron at low heat to fix the colour.

 

And now we have a lovely piece of printed fabric to do whatever our hearts desire :D I sewed mine into a simple drawstring bag. (there are lots of nice drawstring bag tutorials out there, like these ones, so I won’t repeat what I did here)

 

Placemats, shirts, skirts, eyeglasses case… the possibilities are endless! 

Have a great start to the week, everyone!

 

 

mystery project revealed!

Wonton noodle soup!! :D

 

But wait, here’s the trick…

 

Look, ma! No hand!

 

It’s a collaboration — my friend Jenn came up with the idea, and I made it with yarn :D It’s for a community yarn bombing project organized by Wise Daughters Craft Market. The exhibition will then move to Harbourfront in October! :D

Here are better pictures of the noodle bowl…

 

The chopsticks are actual chopsticks wrapped in yarn. I glued about 1/4 of a skein of yellow acrylic yarn to the bowl with hot glue. Also put a few rocks at the bottom so it doesn’t get blown away. The organizer said that the exhibit will be in a covered but outdoor area, hence the drain holes I mentioned earlier, in case of heavy rain (it was Mike’s idea :D).

Here I am with the display at Wise Daughters!

 

The rest of the scene looked fabulous! (I especially love the window, and the dog on the rug is also made with yarn!)

 

The Junction Design Crawl was happening at the same time in the neighbourhood, so we visited other fun exhibitions and activities. At the Telephone Booth Gallery we visited the Carl Wagan Bookmobile (an awesome invention!) and earned badges making s’mores… (I couldn’t get the lighter to work… got some help from the ranger, who happened to be one of my former printmaking teachers from art college! :D)

 

Make also learned to make a book (inside the wagon!) and earned a bookbinding badge!

We both made friendship pins and earned friendship badges (you can see me wearing them in the very first photo with the noodle bowl).

Down the road we found an installation made of (lots and lots of) paper cups by Mason Design.

 

A fun-filled night!

Thank you for all the great guesses for the mystery project, everyone! They make awesome project ideas! In fact I think I might take the planter idea and make it into a prop for my shop-in-a-cubby for the upcoming holiday season…

Wishing you an awesome weekend! :D

 

 

 

 

 

last clues! :D

These clues may be more fun to look at :D

There’s a bok choy to be added…

 

… and wrapping a few yarn wontons to add to the mix!

 

By the way, have you seen these fascinating crochet vegetables by Japanese artist Jung Jung? My mind is blown!

 

Lampshade, planter and Christmas tree are awesome guesses! :D (Actually, Mike was saying that it was starting to look like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree)

Mystery project to be revealed tomorrow!

 

 

mystery project week!

I was just going to post some process pictures and the finished project, but when I was taking process photos I thought they looked very abstract, and possibly no one would be able to guess what I’m making just looking at the photos (ooooh, but maybe you can!), so I thought it would be fun to make it a mystery project week! Where I post one or two pictures a day for a few days (not exactly a week), and on the weekend the finished project will be revealed!

The only thing I can say is that it has to do with crochet.

Okay. First two clues.

Wire, braided.

 

Puddle of hot glue to settle it. Plus holes for draining and sewing.

 

It’s a riddle! :D 

More photos coming tomorrow! :D

 

Have a happy Tuesday!

 

 

 

drum roll please…

A huge thank-you to everyone who have entered the giveaway! I was really quite nervous when I hit the “draw” button… The first ever genuine mudpie giveaway winners are:

 

Congratulations!!! :D :D :D

 

Day at the Farm goes to Alma.

 

Origami goes to Kate.

 

Curious Naturalist goes to Natalie.

 

And Abstractionist goes to shestitch!

 

Awesomeness! I will contact you by email shortly for your mailing addresses. I do ship internationally :D

 

AND to thank everyone for your support…

Shrimpanzee wall papers! :D

RAWR!”

 Different screen sizes:

1280 x 1024
1920 x 1200
iphone

 

Shrimpanzee is one of my favourite squares, and from the comments I see that he’s a readers’ favourite too! So I asked Mike to help me make wallpapers to share (yay Mike!).

For the rest of the squares, I’ve given some away as gifts, and I think I’m framing the rest of them, together in a large frame :D

I will certainly have more giveaways in the future!

 

Have a bright new fabulous week, everyone! 

 

 

 

creatures great and small

We’d love to vacation somewhere out of town, but haven’t been able to because of work and school schedules. But there are lots to do in the city during the summer months! We’ve been visiting local parks and gardens, like Riverdale Farm (a getaway from the city within the city) and Allan Gardens (a magical greenhouse!). 

Here we meet a cow at the farm, enjoying lunch.

 

And a horse rolling in the dirt…

 

And a butterfly, staying quite still for quite a while for a photo.

 

At the gardens, some koi fish and turtles!

 

On a slightly different note, it’s just 24hrs from the giveaway draw! :D And I realized that I forgot to clarify one thing: the randomize draw mechanism will draw four names, the first name being drawn will receive Day at the Farm, the second name will receive Origami, the third name will receive Curious Naturalist, and the fourth name will receive Abstractionist. Basically, the order that the names are drawn will coincide with the order that the painting sets are listed. Sorry that I forgot to make that clear earlier! I’ve updated the giveaway post as well.

There will be a small surprise for everyone in the works… which I hope you will like… I’m excited! :D

Have a great Sunday, everyone! 

 

 

 

 

shop update :D

Harvest time magnet set! :D

So named because a friend saw them and said they reminded her of the game.

 

Also added the shrimp duo (but they’re to be sold individually) — shrimp tempura and shrimp sushi, because the maki and dumpling have gone to good homes.

 

I found a jar lid that fits all of the vegetables perfectly :D

 

Have a happy Thursday! (and 3 more sleeps till the giveaway draw! :D)