Noble coffee


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Noble café
430 Avenue Laurier E, Montréal, QC H2J 1E5


I gotta admit. Sometimes I get a bit jealous of the neighbourhoods around the St-Laurent and St-Denis streets, cause they’re always the ones to have the really nice new cafes. And considering how it was this summer, it feels like there’s a new cafe popping up every month in that area. Noble café is one of them that opened just a few months ago. Despite it being a bit small, offering seats only outside, I can understand why it quickly gained popularity. This isn’t the kind of cafe where you isolate yourself with electronics in the hopes of getting some work or studying done. To me, it feels more like a cafe for hangouts with friends or relaxing with a book. Or even better, enjoying an ice cream during a hot summer day. Which they also offer along with their caffeinated drinks. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t get the chance to enjoy it before the summer season ended. But there’s always next year.

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DIY inspired by… | Tillandsia planter


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Friends who are moving and housewarmings are an ideal reason for me to try out a few DIYs. Cause it’s nice to give a gift that’s handmade. And also it can be cheaper than typical home furnishings and kitchen appliances, as well as being more personalized than just a bottle of wine.
This year, I knew a lot of people who were moving and many of them like plants. So, since it was nearing the end of summer, I figured they’d like adding some green to their house now that the green outside was fading with the coming fall. However, the friends I knew who really like plants have a bit of trouble taking care of them sometimes. (Limp and dried up succulents is a very sad sight) So I gifted them with easy to take care of apartment plants. The first being Tillandsias! But since air plants don’t need soil or potting, it looks a bit odd to just have them on a table. So here’s how I made an easy hanging planter for Tillandsias.

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1 | Materials


  • Cotton braided rope (Mine was 5mm thickness)
  • 1 Wooden ring (~5cm in diameter)
  • 1 Wooden bead (~8mm diameter hole)*
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers*
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    * These are optional and the planter can be made without them.
     

    2 | Beaded loop knot


    First, take your rope and fold it in half. Take the roped loop and feed it through the bead, then take the loose ends of the rope and pass them through loop. Don’t pull it tight yet. Take the roped loop and feed it through the bead one more time. Use the tweezers if you have trouble getting it out. Pull it tight and adjust the loop and you’ll have a roped loop with a stopper bead to hang your planter from.
    I added the wooden bead mainly cause I already had them for another project. But if you don’t have wooden beads, you can simply fold your rope in half and make a knot to create the loop. Works just as well.
     
    | Steps for the beaded loop knot |

     
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    3 | Clove hitch knot


    Take your wooden ring and the loose ends of your rope. Decide how long you want your planter to be, and then tie both loose rope ends to the wooden ring with clove hitch knots. Make sure to start off your knot from the inside of the ring out. That way knot will lay more nicely on the outside of the ring where we can see it. Once you finish your first knot, pay extra attention to knotting the second rope end at the same distance as the first so that your ring isn’t lopsided.
     
    | Steps for the clove hitch knot | Another explanation of the clove hitch knot |

     

    4 | Adjust your knots


    Once both your clove hitch knots are tied, adjust them on the wooden ring so that they’re across from each other, this is to make sure you’re planter won’t be unbalanced.
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    5 | Make sure it’s straight


    To make sure your planter isn’t lopsided, pull the top and bottom ends and check to see if the wooden ring is straight. If it isn’t, just loosen the knots a bit and adjust.
     

    6 | One last knot


    Tie the loose ends of the rope into a simple knot at whatever length you’d like, then trim off some of the rope with your scissors if you think it’s too long.
     
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    7 | Add some fringe


    Use your tweezers to fray the ends of the rope to create some fringe. You can also do this with your hands and pick at the rope’s strands to unravel it, but it’s much faster with tweezers, a needle, or even a pen that doesn’t work. As long as it has a sharp pointy end that can go through the strands.
     

    8 | Fluff it up


    And now you’re done! Just fluff up your fringe to make it more full and place your air plant in it’s new home.
     

    This is a really simple DIY, and honestly all you need is the rope, the ring, and knowing how to to a clove hitch knot. Once you have that figured out, you can modify it to make it however you want. You could paint the wooden pieces with color, use ribbon instead of rope, omit the fringe and add a charm instead. Try it out and make it your own!

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    Hof Kelsten


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    Boulangerie Hof Kelsten
    4524 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R4


    After walking by this bakery cafe on St-Laurent multiple times, Lena and I finally decided to try it out. On a sunday morning during busy brunch. It was a bit crowded and we didn’t get to enjoy our drinks from the seats we wanted (my photography is all about angles… and not getting in people’s faces). But that’s alright, cause I’ll definitely stop by again for a quick coffee or tea. And to get a shot of their famous green neon sign which I missed.

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