Monday, 2 March 2015

Messy-to-Classy Feb-March and some stitching progress........

Thank you for your lovely wishes on my wedding anniversary !! :) As usual, I am sorry , I could not reply to your comments :(

I am having a busy time, not sure, where the time is going . I missed the February Messy-to-Classy post . That's very bad of me as a host :(  My dear friend Daniela remembered and posted about her table makeover . That is very sweet of her. Thank you, Daniela !! :)

I have opened the Messy-to-Classy link for Feb-March and if you have anything to share, you may add there . My craft room is also the guest room and since my mother is staying in that room so I am not allowed to mess it up . Anyways , since I started this to put some discipline into maintaining my stash properly for which I never get time after I tend to daily organizing work at home .

So I just got my messed up fabric box to my bedroom and rearranged it .

Here is some stitching progress I have made on my Kitty Litter . I did not like the fabric and no where it is like a cotton as mentioned on the kit . I started it on my Birthday and I plan to finish it on my next when I turn 40 . But seeing the progress, looks like it will take atleast 3 years to complete .

Not sure, how that yellow shade is coming after uploading onto the post. It is not there in the original picture . I also worked on ladybird fairy's skirt .

Anshita's exams are going on well and will be done by 11th March . 

We all are just hooked on to Cricket World Cup and with India's smashing victory in all the three matches against South Africa, UAE and Pakistan....its going great !!:) The next one is scheduled on Friday with West Indies .

Hope you all are having fun :)

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

13 years together !! :))

Thank you for all your sweet and lovely wishes on my Birthday !! I was very happy :))

Today we completed 13 years of our togetherness :)

What's better than to share another cross stitch finish 'Home Sweet Home ' .......that's true :)

This design is from the magazine, Cross Stitcher, August 2010 issue . It is meant to stitch on 14 count white fabric but I stitched on 10-count peach colored fabric . It is a free kit with the magazine but with digital issues, I get only charts . I changed the colors as per my fabric .

Sorry for the blur pics, I have taken in a hurry.

We earlier planned to go to dinner for my B'day party on 14th but Anshita had activity demonstration in school in the morning where the kids show what they have learnt the entire academic year . She has guitar and handball as her activities . After she played guitar we went to see her handball where she does the goalkeeping . She got her finger badly hurt when a guy from her class hit the goal . Girls and boys play together . We had to rush to doctor for X-ray but thankfully it was not a fracture . Her ring finger and parts of palm on the left hand have become black and blue and it pains a lot . She is having her term end exams starting 28th Feb . Thankfully, her right hand is fine . But she cannot play guitar and handball for at least a month :(

Anshita and Raj conducted few games for four (include my mom) of us and we had a very good family time :) We went to dinner on Sunday night when Anshita felt a bit fine .

Today there is nothing special as we have a religious day, 'MahaShivratri' , which means we have to fast full day, but we can eat the items that are allowed on fasting days . So the anniversary party will be on the weekend :)

I will try my best to reply to your wishes personally but owing to Anshita's exams, I might be busy with her .

Have a nice day !
Preeti :)

Friday, 13 February 2015

Happy Birthday to me !!!! :))))

Today is my Birthday and I have turned 39 years old :))

Here is a beautiful and lovely card I got today morning from Anshita :)

It opens up to give a warm hug......very cute !!! She is a very caring and loving daughter :)  I love those small pink hands, she made it very neatly :)

I also completed this cute cross stitched Russian doll designed by the very talented designer Rhona Norrie from Tangled Threads . This design is from the magazine, The World of Cross Stitching, June 2013 issue .

I have also planned to start my biggest project, Kitty Litter (Dimensions kit),  today .

Have a nice weekend and a lovely Valentine's day :)

Preeti :)

Monday, 9 February 2015

The best part of my home and a Crochet WIP :))

My crafting is going on but at a slow pace . I have been waiting to share pics of my new flat since we moved few months back . We did not hire any interior designer to design something trendy which might not have described our taste , rather , I designed everything and got it approved from Raj and Anshita :)

I have worked really hard in searching ideas and creating designs , measuring every inch of space for effective utilization . Our home is a mix of colors, vintage , trendy and conventional ----all under one roof :)

The best and loveliest part is ...........let the pictures tell you :)

Hello, I am Simba....Bittu's friend , and I will show you .....

Bittu's den :)
Bittu is Anshita's nickname .

Anshita wanted a bay window sitting area, so her mom turned her window into one :)
On either sides, are her clothes cupboards . 

A small nook to keep her book/cup/bowl

A big five feet wide mirror

She keeps only daily needs on these two racks . The actual treasure goes into the cupboard .

Her toy shelf , its five feet high......oops,  her mom still hasn't cleared the top

This was a designing challenge for the carpenter to turn the plywood in a curve . Anshita's mom did not want her to bump into cupboard corners 

I love these dolls on the cupboard....

So many cute ones :) Aren't they ???

A peek into the better part of mess inside the toy cupboard . The empty space is where Bittu's school bag goes . She is in school right now .

The longest handle in the house......2 feet long

Matching drawer handles....her mom was lucky to find those

'Shaun the sheep' was Anshita's her mom got one sheep knob too :)

A picket fence for wall hooks. This is still awaiting few details from mom but it is already in use .

Bittu's Cork&white board is usually full .

This is her mom's favorite picture on the toy cupboard .......isn't it a cute mom-daughter pair ?:)
That's all from Simba........Over to mom!

Now, I just need to add some handmade items to the room. The above crochet squares (total 18) are going to make something nice for her room .

The entire wooden work is done with a conventional water proof plywood and printed laminates (decolam) . For durability reasons we preferred this over the popular MDF work . I will show you few more pics of the home in next post .

I hope you enjoyed the pictures :)

Have a crafty week ahead !!
Preeti :)

Thursday, 5 February 2015

A little bit of stash :)

Thank you for your lovely comments about my crafting space !! Welcome to my new blogger friends !!

My sister-in-law visited with her family and I was playing kitchen queen for last few days . I could not imagine if there was any world beyond the kitchen and dishwasher ;) I am slowly catching up with my blog reading and visiting new blog friends .

Just wanted to show the items Raj got for me when he came back on Sunday. I usually order online at a family friend's place in the US and then Raj collects it from him . It is much easier for him than roaming around in Jo-Ann store and finding nothing that's on my list . I ordered my items from 123stitch this time and I was very happy with their prices and service .

14 count and 16 count colored aida fabric. The cream colored one is DMC stardust (glitter) aida fabric.

Dimensions 'Lakeside Village' Cross stitch kit.

DMC light effects and metallic threads and piecemaker's needles. I wanted to try these, I may order more if I like working with those.

Bias tape maker, Q-snap frame, heart hanger. I usually don't use frames for cross stitch but I wanted to try Q-snap.

Magnetic tape and magnetic strips, plastic canvas star and regular. I got these for Anshita.

I am also making something colorful with these local branded cone threads. My brother dropped my mother yesterday and I am looking forward to spend time with her :)

I am way behind in replying to comments. Those with no-reply has become difficult because I am unable to enter reply comments on my own blog post . Anyways, I will figure out that issue but if you have any solution, then please let me know .

Have a nice day!
Preeti :)

Monday, 26 January 2015

Messy-to-Classy, Recycled calendar, Thread storage ideas!! :)

Hope you had a nice weekend .  This is my first Messy-to-Classy update for year 2015 . And apart from my clean-up,  I also have some nice thread storage ideas to share with you all :)

So what did I do this month? I cleared my craft room desk which usually becomes a dumping place for any kind of paper work, crafting stuff, stationery and sometimes unwanted grocery bills .
This is what its state was since 15 days with some or the other junk finding its way onto my work space .

After few days, some more clutter

This is how it looks now!!

craft room ideas

craft room ideas

I like seeing it whenever I visit the room . Of course, it gets messed up again when I start crafting :)

This is a wooden perpetual calendar which we got as one of the New Year gifts from a well known watch company in India after we bought loads of wrist watches as gifts for relatives.

Anshita designed this cute picture for me with my blog header and titled as ‘My Craft Room’ :)  Isn’t it a lovely one?

Thread Storage ideas :
I am glad to share a post about ‘Thread storage ideas’  from Pam of  'Threading my way' .  She is an accomplished seamstress and loves gardening . She also hosts ongoing link parties under different categories where you can see variety of projects with tutorials from beginner to advanced levels . Just visit her; you are sure to get inspired .

There is a slight change that I am going to make to this link party to make it simple .  I will open a link every month on the sign-up page itself . I will remove the restriction of date and you may place link to as many posts you write for that respective month . Just click here or the ’Messy-to-Classy’ tab . You can sign-up and post any time .

I would be glad to know about you feedback on my craft space and the recycled piece even if you are not joining the party :)

Have a crafty week ahead!

Friday, 23 January 2015

Miscellaneous: Sulking, award, harvesting, boring


Its been quite a while I have not posted .  I hope you will put up with my ramblings .

Raj went to Seattle (U.S.) last week and I was sulking for few days at home . I terribly missed him and I was going through emotional disturbance . My mom daily called me twice a day and I cried all the time talking to her . Anshita took great care of me by giving emotional support and playing with me . She is a lovely and caring daughter . I was not like her and was always a difficult child for my mom .

I felt so bad that I did not feel like having coffee or any food at all . I felt more lonely after Anshita left for school . Then Raj asked me to forcefully make a cup of coffee and that we will have it on google hangouts . It was the first time I came on hangouts else I am a camera shy person and prefer chat and phone call instead . It was past dinner time for him .  Then started my regular morning coffee sessions on hangouts with him and I came back to normal routine .

Then, what happened......
My mom stopped calling me thinking that I am done with my tantrums and that calling once in 2-3 days is fine .
Anshita was relieved to see that her mom is not going mad crying the whole day .
But Raj continued with the coffee hangouts . It is sinful for him to now break the session .

So there goes the story . Slowly I picked up on my blog reading too .

Also, I got a blog award from Anna of Annasimplecrochet. Thank you , Anna!! but sorry dear I am very bad at doing Q&A homework . I am so grateful that you remembered me:) And thank you for being always with me since we met on the blogland .

I harvested around 40 cherry tomatoes from my small container plant . They tasted sweet! I did not look after the plants and have not fed them any compost for past one month , still they rewarded me with a bountiful harvest .

As for the boring part, I am making this doily with disconnected color scheme . The colors aren't as per my taste .

I have few friends joining the Messy-to-Classy link party and I need to put up first post on it next week . I was in no mood to post this month but seeing my lovely friends standing up for me , I decided it would be very unprofessional and bad on my part not to post about it . Hopefully, by 26th I will have my January link ready.

Have a nice weekend!!

P.S. : Needless to say, Raj broke his coffee session today morning and instead went out to dinner with his colleagues . I am back to my sulking for a day again and he is repenting on why did he trade 30 min. of coffee session with 2 hours of consoling.

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