Monday, 24 August 2015

Crochet and a giveaway gift !!! :))

Thanks for your support and kind words on my ramblings in the last post !! The internet is working fine and life is back on track but still busy as we all do have same , daily.

I have few more crochet items to show .....

Crochet basket

I made this basket from a T-shirt yarn I bought from Pony Craft Stores, India. I did not follow any pattern . I just created a circle base and then went on with rounds of SCs and DCs until I was done with the yarn ball .

I used 8 mm crochet hook . For the lace/edging , I used Laura knitting cotton and 4 mm hook and added some beads .

I received  this Dimensions Dolphin kit from my lovely and generous friend, Rosey from Ishkabibble :) Thank you Rosey!! I love reading Rosey's posts , they are fun !! She likes to crochet , cross stitch and also tatting . Gardening is her gym and she has got world's biggest snow ice-cream factory :) She also sent me a card with picturesque Hawaii island where she found her most-wanted Souvenier , her husband :) I am looking forward to stitching on this chart soon but as you know moods and weather in a stitcher's life keep on changing very fast but I will try my best since this is a kit and I just need to start stitching .

I made these potholders from left-overs of Lily Sugar n Cream yarn.

Crochet potholder1
Pretty Primrose

Crochet potholder1
3D Pastel Diamonds

Both the patterns are from the book , '100 colorful granny squares to crochet,' by Leonie Morgan .

We had a busy weekend as Anshita had participated in an inter-school handball tournament in the city which was held from 21st to 23rd. Her school won the third place :)) There were four places and eight trophies , four each for girls and boys teams . The sports stadium was quite far from our place.

I have even more busy times next two weeks as Raj's eldest sister is visiting with her extended family in the 1st week of September . So lot of cleaning, shopping for grocery is on the task-list . Moreover, Raj will be travelling to US in 2nd week of September so I am not going to be in the right mood .

Hope you liked my pieces :)
Have a great day!

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Days of grumblings and ramblings......

Thanks for your comments on my first needle book :) I will definitely share the steps to make those by...umm...maybe 2020 :)

As the title suggests, I have a lot to share and I hope by the end of this post, I will feel much better. Don't worry, in between I will flash some crafty things to keep you entertained.

Last week I was making a long vacation plan for October and I was hooked on to internet so much that I was just a few steps away from becoming a travel agent. So, no crafting :( I also played 'frustration unlimited' in between to make things worse.

So much did I use the internet that it caused a breakdown of wi-fi router by Friday evening and I was cut off from the blog land.

I made these stars in February this year which were waiting for a dazzling photo shoot but I ended up taking simple pics when the internet was not working.

I saw the pattern on internet and it is made with a silky pearl thread that we get in cones and 1.5 mm hook size.

There was an urgent need of wooden work in the bedroom balcony which started on Saturday and since the guys were cutting the plys in the corridor we were supposed to keep the front doors open. Above all, the society's corridor painting work was going on for which the workers were scraping the walls. Wood and paint dust made the house look like it was hit by a dust storm even though it was raining outside. Those guys were moving in and out frequently, so we could not watch TV and since the entire house was exposed to dust, I did not do any stitching as well .

Sunday went into cleaning. The internet guys could not resolve the issue so they took away the router and fixed a temporary one.  Since those guys were coming on Monday again and knowing that I will crack a whip and make the technicians run for their life, Raj decided to work from home and take things under his control. Good that he understands me in all these years. Also the wood work and painting continued on Monday as well. So more dust storms.

No TV, no internet, no stitching, dust and so much work everywhere  made me irritated  and for few days I was inspired by this.

But the good part was that Anshita had a day off on Monday due to a local festival and I spent most of my time playing board games with her.

While searching for a yarn, I took out one of my old projects which I had given up long back owing to the wrong gauge. Raj liked it very much and then I just finished whatever size it was in. I had plans to make it bigger.

I don't remember the hook size I used but I wanted to use the eyelash yarn. It was supposed to be made into a rug for Anshita's room.

On gardening front, the overall picture is gloomy. There are many plants waiting for transplanting.  I am celebrating those tiny flowers on Impatiens as if I am growing Orchids :)

However, I harvested fresh spinach from my garden.

I hope to recover and revitalize this week and will show you few more small crochet things I made and some stitchy progress too :))

Thanks for being there for me !!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Margaret Sherry exchange and Gifted gorgeousness SAL :))

Thank you for your lovely comments on my Japanese dolls Cross stitch project in the last post :)

Last week my partner Valerie from France received a gift from me as part of Margaret Sherry 'Send a Smile' exchange hosted by Nia on the Margaret Sherry group blog. You can read more about the exchange here and see Valerie's post here . This also gave me an opportunity to post for Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness SAL where we stitch a gift for someone or stitch while using some stash received as gift . You can read about the SAL and July link-ups here .

I made my very first needle book for Valerie :))

Cross Stitch felt needle book 1

I added a small scissor charm on the cover and the purple crochet edging as that is her favorite color. This design is a part of Margaret Sherry design ' Play time ' from the magazine, Cross Stitcher, January 2011 issue #234 .

This is the back side of the needle book. A light beige colored sewing theme fabric that I had once got from JoAnn's online store .

Crochet door knob hanger

I also made a crochet door knob hanger for her and this is now one of my favorite crochet creations :) You can find the free pattern here .

Let me show you what's inside the needle book . It is made of baby blue felt fabric with four purple felt pages , all embroidered .

Cross Stitch felt needle book 2
Page 1

Page 2

Page 3

Page 4

These are other gifts that I had sent her along with the needle book and the crochet hanger .

Satin lace, floss,bling stickers, a small box

mirror work items - pen, box, key ring and a fabric embroidered pouch

Cotton silk weaved fabric, one with border and one without it . These are usually used for Indian tops.

Colored eye tapestry needle set and buttons .

All together :)

I was glad that it reached safely and within three working days from India to France !! And Valerie loved those things very much :) I have taken few snaps while making needle book so may be I can show how I made it although it wasn't so easy for me but I learnt a lot about needle book making .

I hope you liked my creations :)

Have a great day!

Monday, 13 July 2015

To all of you, my dear friends .......:)))

Side by Side or miles apart, friends are always close at heart
Isn't it a wonderful saying ? I just completed another cute cross stitch that was on my list of goals for 2015.
Joan Elliot Cross Stitch Best Friend

Titled as 'Best Friend,' it is designed  by Joan Elliott and is from the magazine - The World of Cross Stitching, March 2013 issue . I love these cute Japanese dolls :))

There were some golden stitches for which I used this golden sewing thread which I found easy to work with . I don't know the brand for this , I just got it from the nearest supermarket . It came with a set of six metallic threads .

I stitched the design on 14 count aida fabric and what I noticed is that when lot of black hairs are to be stitcched, then it is better to use three strands instead of two. The whiteness of fabric will be covered fully.

There were way too many french knots and if you know from my earlier posts that I have a Frenchknotophobia . The beads were looking heavy and cluttered . So I stitched tiny chain stitches and I am satisfied with that . See the above pic , I guess it looks fine .

This is going to be framed and hanged into Anshita's room as she liked it very much :) This is not the actual frame , just added one in picmonkey .

I also completed and made into a lovely finish another cross stitch but that one is for Margaret Sherry exchange that I signed up for. I cannot show you as it is a gift.

We are again at loss of rainfall for the past 15 days and the temperatures are going high again . Hopefully, end of the month or next month we will get returning monsoon rains again after they come back hitting the Himalayas in the north to the down south. Not much is left by the time it is done rinsing the entire country.

Anyways, the good news is that the City girl , Sania Mirza , became the first Indian woman Tennis player to win a Wimbledon Title in doubles pairing up with Martina Hingis :) Not often, Indian sports personalities, other than Cricketers , make to the world titles . So this is a big achievement . Indians are more good at academics . The 2014 world badminton champion , Saina Nehwal , is also from this City of Hyderabad where I am lucky to live :)

Hope you enjoyed your weekend.
I am starting to feel that I am going to get a week long cough and cold.

Have a great week!!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Messy-to-Classy and some itty bitty progress :)


It is time for my Messy-to-Classy update . I have removed the month-wise links because I am always late in opening links for each month. There is one single list here where you can update whenever you have done some craft related reorganization. This time, I was forced to rearrange a cupboard because of a new fitting done last weekend.

Here is the mess, everything had to be relocated.....

why? because I got this fitting on the door for chart papers etc.

 It was already in the plan and I had left enough space while designing but when I received those fittings, they were 2 to 4 mm more in the depth . I could not close the door with some of the boxes. I found that not only I need to change locations of the boxes but also the stuff inside some boxes might require swapping. I had earlier arranged in a way that heavy boxes should be in the middle shelf to take out easily. But then.......

somehow, I managed to do with little work and here it is, the bed all clear

and the stuff gone here

and here.
There isn't much space saving done here but atleast I can see how many chart papers are there in the stock . Anshita needs them for school every now and then and not being sure, I end up buying more stuff.

I also made some progress on kitty litter. I thought I would complete a cat but I lost interest and some other important task took over the priority.

Few Crochet motifs/mini doilies......

Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, 22 June 2015

A little bit of everything

Thank you for your kind comments on my craft room !!:) I am glad you all liked my lovely little colorful place :)

I have been busy with an important task and Anshita's School reopened after summer vacation from 11th June . Life has been busy and we are all put back into disciplined mode :) I managed to do a little bit of everything . This is my first crochet headband/hairband . I saw those colorful ones on my blogger friend Rita's post and I made it the very same day .

Anshita decided what flower and color she wanted and I really had a hard time making the flower and she was not ready to settle down with anything simple . It took 10 min. to make the band but 1 hr to make the flower :)
She doesn't like the ones with buttons and this one was stretchy so she said she would use it .

You can view the free pattern from Rita's post or you can go to direct link here . The flower 'Ruffled Rose' is from the book '100 flowers to knit & crochet' by Lesley Stanfield .

I did some cross stitching too but no pics . Also made some special dishes . I made few more but those were repeated ones as shared earlier .

Khaman Dhokla : Steamed gramflour cake tempered with mild spices .

Vegetable cutlets : Mashed vegetables with spices, deep fried. 

After the high temperatures(44 C) in last month, the rains have brought in relief and it has come down to 24 C now :) When it rains, our front balcony gets flooded and then Anshita makes paper boats to sail . This time her boats weren't ready. It rained little and the water receded so quickly by the time she made a boat and took a picture . The boat felt too embarrassed to be photographed on that tiny little patch of water :)

I have started using these gardening trackers , a free printable from here . There are many more on this site . This pic was taken last week .

Yesterday Raj helped me  transplant the seedlings into pots . I am not sure how many will survive . I have some more other than these but the winds are blowing too hard on them and they have become leggy, so I did not take their pics.
Impatiens, Marigold , Gomphrena Mix, Gomphrena White 

Marigold Safari yellow

There were some queries about the knobs and handles in my craftroom. I purchased my handles from a local hardware store including the custom made beaded ones but the ceramic knobs were purchased online from here . I am not sure whether they deliver worldwide .

I will soon be back with some more stuff to show and less ramblings :)

Have a great week!!

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