intriguing trivets

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This is prob­a­bly one of the most com­pli­cat­ed pat­terns I’ve ever worked on. I think it turned out fab­u­lous­ly! :D

It’s made fol­low­ing the mint cof­fee man­dala pat­tern on Rav­el­ry. Through this pat­tern I learned to use a nee­dle join method to fin­ish off each round, instead of using a slip stitch, which cre­ates a mag­i­cal­ly seam­less joint! :D Can’t believe I’ve nev­er tried that before.

It’s also very med­i­ta­tive to make. Had to real­ly pay atten­tion to the pat­tern and stitch count, which leaves less room for the thoughts to wan­der. I hap­pened to have the same colours that the pat­tern used, oth­er­wise I think I would have got­ten real­ly confused. I just end­ed up with a lot of ends to weave in, which is also quite a med­i­ta­tive exercise.

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After some prac­tice I tried switch­ing up the colours to make two coast­ers to go with the trivet.

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Made them as a wed­ding gift actu­al­ly :D I think it would also make a real­ly nice wall-hanging.

Wish­ing every­one a won­der­ful weekend!


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!

to health!

I’m bat­tling a cold as I write this. I rarely get sick so this feels par­tic­u­lar­ly sad :’( but maybe this is the body’s way of telling me that it needs to come first sometimes.

Any­way. I was talk­ing with a friend about break­fast habits one day, and I told her that I often can’t stom­ach more than a frozen waf­fle or a piece of but­tered toast in the morn­ing, and end up feel­ing extreme­ly hun­gry by 10am. She shared about her new found excite­ment for overnight oats and gave me some ingre­di­ents to try. I don’t like the tex­ture of oat­meal very much but I thought it was an intrigu­ing idea (soak overnight? No cook­ing? No bak­ing? You can add all kinds of fruit and top­pings? Like a sun­dae?), so I did give it a try.

And it’s the best thing ever! :D

overnight oats

There are a lot of recipes for overnight oats (like this list!). I think it’s some­thing that you can just put what­ev­er you want in it and it would taste pret­ty good. I gen­er­al­ly use 1/3 cup oats (old fash­ion, not quick), 1/3 cup milk, some kind of fruit, and 1 table­spoon of this Qia cere­al mix (it was on sale at the super­mar­ket and has chia seeds, hemp seeds, buck­wheat, almonds and cran­ber­ries in it. I thought it was a more sen­si­ble pur­chase than buy­ing full bags of chia seeds and hemp seeds when I was just try­ing things out). Here are some com­bi­na­tions of ingre­di­ents I’ve tried:

Clock­wise from top left:
Apple, cin­na­mon and honey
*Delux!* Strawberry/peach/mango frozen fruit mix, straw­ber­ry yogurt and vanil­la soy milk
To cel­e­brate Year of the Mon­key — peanut but­ter, banana and honey
Hum­ble blue­ber­ry and honey

Noth­ing fan­cy, but super fill­ing! Now I start feel­ing hun­gry at noon instead of 10am! :D

I don’t have it every day, but have been mak­ing it for both Mike and me espe­cial­ly when we antic­i­pate a busy day ahead. I find it less mushy than oat­meal. Cold oat­meal some­how tastes a lot bet­ter to me than hot oat­meal. And I like hav­ing fruit in it. And it’s so sim­ple to put togeth­er the night before, saves a bunch of time in the morning!

See­ing that it is Chi­nese New Year tomor­row, here’s wish­ing every­one a year of good health and happiness!