Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Small little things !!:)

Thank you for your support and wishes on my last post ! I did well on my stall activity and sold more than I expected :)

I did not have accessories to display things and I did not want to invest on those either . I used the items at home and Raj made a notice board for me out of a photo frame . A stall was equivalent to a table , medium sized , good for me as I did not have too many things .

I made small crochet items for sale as I had only two weeks . Considering that it was a fun fair kind of thing and that residents will purchase just for fun so I made low-cost small items than costly large ones .

These are the things I made . I made 10-12 of each item . Anshita created and printed the packaging details for me and Raj helped pack those in zip bags .  Here are few samples .

Heart keychain . These were all sold out :) Free pattern here 

Crochet coasters , I made few earlier here

Crochet applique - a free pattern which I edited into smaller version .

Doll's accessories , these received lots of smiles and sold well too :) Made from my own pattern

Diwali diya hanging designed by me

Luggage/purse tag . These were all sold out too . Free pattern here

I also made beginner's cross stitch kits - four of the same design, will share picture in the next post. None purchased but people showed interest in knowing what it is . The good thing is that I learned to make a kit , otherwise , so far I have only designed charts .

I also kept some homemade chocolate packs for kids because I had all girly things on my stall .

Homemade chocolates - I just wrapped in foil, into a zip bag and tied a ribbon

These were the different shapes of chocolates that I made .

Dinosaurs and Robots

Assorted shapes

Assorted shapes - dark chocolate

It was a very nice experience and residents , both known and new , who visited my stall appreciated my work :) I did find a few who were interested or were into crafting but none who did crochet .

Life is busy again but I do remember about my challenge and I will be making 'Temari Balls' , a Japanese craft , in November . I had purchased a book long back , you can see how beautiful and intricate this art is in the pictures I posted here .

It was an overdose of crochet , first cushions then so many stall things , so last weekend I did some cross stitch which I will share in the next post :)

Hope you are having a great week !
Preeti :)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Surprises for my blogger friends !! :)

Recently two of my blogger friends Kim and Jo celebrated their milestone birthdays . I had sent both of them a surprise gift package :)

It was difficult to choose what to make because both of their cross stitch choices are different than what I make .

I made a cross stitched card for Kim with the letter 'K' in French style lettering designed by Susan Bates . The chart is from the magazine Cross Stitch Crazy , July 2016 issue which I purchased on my family vacation to Australia in May this year . You can see my craft books and yarn haul in Australia here and here . You can see the beautiful gifts Kim sent me as part of her Bday RAK .

These are the extra crafty things I sent with the card . Fabric, buttons, crystal chain for her miniature dolls and a lovely fabric pouch depicting an enlarged version of  the miniature paintings of Indian princesses . She was very happy with my surprise :)

Jo received this cross stitched stick figure super woman character , 'Unstoppable' :D because she is always superbusy with multiple projects and SALs apart from her work . The chart is from the book 'Attitudes A to Z' by Kyla May

And the extras - Buttons, fabric and the zippered pouch . She also loved all the things :)

Showtime!! The cherry tomatoes are on and busy coloring . I can't let the entire bunch grow red otherwise the remaining tomatoes won't grow .

I am busy with few things as I have volunteered for a week long function in my apartment society . There is a weekend where we would have a DJ and Dandiya(traditional dance using sticks) and other entertainment and food stalls . I am also putting my craft stall just for fun and if I happen to sell anything, I am going to donate to charity as you know I am not into business but more into hobby and designing. Wish me good luck as this is the first time I am setting up a stall and have lot of apprehensions too . Raj has been supportive taking up more housework to allow me spare time but I am still uncomfortable standing on the other side of the table . Hope everything goes well :)

Have a great day!

Monday, 19 September 2016

The fifth wave !!.......

......I mean , the fifth Wow !! I completed the fifth cushion yesterday :)

I used 4 mm hook . The light green yarn is Sirdar Cotton DK and the red one is Wendy Supreme Luxury Cotton DK .
The stitch pattern is called as 'Twilight' and is from the book 'Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia' by Robyn Chachula .

I have one query, has anyone ever used ultrasonic devices for pigeons? If so , do share your reviews . I am having lot of problem with these birds . We got temporary nylon bird gaurd mesh installed in the bedroom balcony and I shifted all the veggie plants there but I don't want the front balcony covered . 

My cherry tomatoes are growing but only one has turned red so far, others aren't in a mood for the show time . Spinach has given me 4-5 times good harvest so far .
I have 6 pots of cherry tomato plants like these and all are at the same stage

Life is going on very busy , will share a picture of all five cushions together in next post and some cross stitch too , now that the recipient has acknowledged and loved my gift .

Have a great week !

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

One more down and an up-cycled project :)

Thank you for your comments on my last post . My cushion marathon continues and I completed one more adding stars to my crochet collection :)

Crochet Polish star cushion

This is known as Polish star pattern and I first saw it here on the blog of my blogger friend Lisa from 'My world of crochet'. I found it complicated then but after trying , I got a hang of it .Thank you Lisa for sharing this pattern and helping me clear my doubts . I have used edc(extended double crochet) stitch and ch-12 loops in my cushion .

I made it with yarns : Patons Cotton DK (purple), Tivoli Cruise cotton DK (cream) and 4 mm hook . I had completed crocheting last month and only the last row was left but I found a mistake in a row so I had to unweave those loops which I did last week . I sewed it on to a fabric base cushion, haven't taken any pic of the back , it is same as previous ones . I also referred to a post by another blogger here  which again points to Lisa's post but there are some detailed English instructions about how she did .

Anshita made this sketch in school in her drawing & painting activity . They are given a topic and based on that they have to creatively represent a message within the art . She got the topic as 'furnace' and here she represented it with a brain processing thoughts into words that can hurt someone . Her painting sir was very impressed with her creativity :)

I have this Godrej Almirah , a large  size iron cupboard commonly known by that name in an Indian household . It has lot of storage space and is still very sturdy even after 15 years . Also, since it was gifted on one of the festivals by my parents so I did not feel like selling it . But this was the only color mismatch in my craft room and it wasn't possible to paint its smooth surface .

So with Raj's help , I covered it with self adhesive printed wall/shelf paper . I love seeing the new look whenever I enter the room :) There weren't enough choices at the stationery store from where we got the paper and this was the nearest match to my colorful craft room . For those who haven't seen my craft room post earlier, they can see it here .

Also , I would like to thank some of my blogger friends who showed interest in taking part in the challenge I mentioned in the last post . I have emailed to those with queries . There are no such rules like CAL or SAL to link back to me . You are on your own , just mention about your project and stick to that one mostly . It would be great if you show a weekly progress mentioning your success/failures and sharing tips on the same . I will start in October and I have chosen Temari balls from Japan . I had purchased a book long back but never had time and patience to try . I will wind up my near completion projects in September .

Happy crafting !!
Preeti :)

Monday, 22 August 2016

Another Cushion !! :) And a plan for a challenge

Completed another cushion just a day before Ravellenics games closed on Ravelry .

Bobble-Shell stitch cushion
Crochet Bobble shell stitch cushion
Its done with 4 mm hook and Lincraft cotton yarn which I bought from Australia . Free pattern here . Usually it takes ages for me to weave in the threads and sew a fabric cushion to attach it onto but I pushed hard to complete it as part of my Ravellenics games . 

The back side

Also did the same for the cushion in my last post - weaved in and attached onto a fabric cushion .

Crochet arrow stitch cushion
The Front 

The back side

My capsicum and cherry tomato plants have started flowering. Hopefully, I will get small harvest next month if they survive . 

The pigeons destroyed one of my capsicum plants :(  

Cherry tomato dwarf

Cherry tomato and spinach

There are no flowers in my balcony garden as of now , got few plants from nursery this weekend , will share once I transplant them .

I have a plan for a challenge which I think I might do in October or November  to learn a new type of craft or needlework . I want to do Hardanger, Temari and few other embroidery types , macrame , quilling, clay craft etc. The idea is to create a project, small or medium, while learning . It can't be done without coming out of comfort zone of crochet and cross stitch . I will dedicate one month to the learning and , if at all needed ,  turning to crochet and cross stitch for few hours only on weekends . 
I would be happy if I get a company who would want to come out of comfort zone and take the challenge . You have to choose a project in which you need to learn a technique from the scratch . If you know crochet and need to learn complicated stitches then that doesn't qualify . But if you are still fumbling with basic crochet stitches , then it does . 

A rough plan for one month is : 
1st Week - Choose a project, search tutorials, gather materials, try your hands at  the basic technique
2nd Week - Gather materials, Start the project 
3rd Week -  In progress
4th Week -  Finish 

Finishing is not a compulsion and depends on the size of the project but giving most time , sticking with the new craft is important . If frustrated , you can find solace with your old stitching/crochet project for few hours on weekends as mentioned earlier .

Hope you are busy crafting lot of things .

Have a crafty week ahead!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Ravellenics Games update and a gift :)

Thanks for your comment on my last post ! :)

I have been crocheting more than stitching since I participated in the Ravellenics games on Ravelry and completed the front of one more cushion using arrow stitch . I shared the first cushion here .

I have used premier cotton yarns and 4 mm hook and here is the pattern for this . I need to weave-in the threads and hand sew all five of them onto fabric cushions which I will sew on the machine this weekend most probably .

As some of you know  my blogger friend Kim from Wisdom with Needle and Thread is celebrating her 60th Bday , I became one of the proud owners of her RAK gifts . Here is my lovely package :)

Hand painted Porcelain Trinket box , Mill Hill kit, Threads and vintage printed Windham fabric .

Kim painted the porcelain trinket box in 18th Century style painting and it is absolutely beautiful !!

Inside the box : cute lady bug

On the lid : Beautifully painted landscape

Thank you Kim , I will treasure these gifts - will use the fabric and threads though :)

I also made some special food items for Anshita last week . I always forget to take pics but this time I remembered . This is her favorite sweet and I have to control her not to eat too many in a day . These can stay fresh for almost a week .

Sweet : Karanji (in Marathi) / Gujhia (in Hindi)
Cover : flour, milk, pure ghee (clarified butter), Stuffing : maawa/khoya (made of milk) and then deep fried in pure ghee. Traditionally our sweets are all made in ghee since olden times and they don't taste better in any other cooking butter .

Spicy and tangy : Dahi Paapdi Chaat
Few broken down crispies are poured over with curd , tamarind chutney adding few spices and coriander/parsley

I am busy with lots of things and hopefully the blog posts will have more things to show .

Have a nice day!

Monday, 8 August 2016

Cross Stitch Rakhi / Bracelet !!

I made these cross stitch Rakhis a.k.a bracelets for a brother-sister festival named 'Rakshabandhan' .

Last year I made crochet Rakhis and shared details about this festival here . I am copy-pasting here again in case you are interested to know .

We have this brother-sister festival named Rakshabandhan where a sister ties a Rakhi on her brother's wrist and asks for lot of gifts in return....just kidding ;) The brothers are supposed to be taking care of their sister's safety in return for this bonding . It is related to a historical story where a Hindu Queen sends a bracelet to a Muslim ruler to save her from another Muslim ruler who was planning to invade her kingdom . Touched by the gesture , he sent his army to save her . There are other stories too. Since then it is celebrated as a brother-sister bonding festival . We sure do get gifts from brothers on this day .

I randomly started stitching crosses and then moved to a canvas stitch similar to one used in blackwork . I don't know the name and not in a mood to search for it .

I have lots of strips of aida fabric left after cutting bigger sizes for my cross stitch projects . I saved those thinking I would make bookmarks . Those came in handy for stitching small pieces here :)
The cross stitched piece is sewed on two layers of felt fabric - lavender and yellow - and a thin foam circle sandwiched between them . I have made seven such Rakhis .

Anshita was busy this time to make cards so just folded some printed sheets from card stocks and glued a scrap paper on it.

I also stitched on ladybird fairy . Completed the wings and few more little areas . Now the skin part is left .

I have started my crochet cushions while participating in Ravellenics on Ravelry . I will share once a substantial progress is done .

Have a crafty week ahead!
Preeti :)

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