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!!

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Home Sweet Home - Craft Room - My Haven !!!:))))

Finally, the last and the most interesting round of home tour -- My Craft room , my haven !!!:)

For those who haven't read about my previous posts in this series, you may have a look here, here and here.

I tried to reduce as many pics I can but still this post is loaded with pictures . Please don't have many expectations, it is just the guest room that I have turned into my craft room . We don't have guest staying for long time so whatever time they stay in this room , I guess they should not have a problem

Okay then , all aboard ? Welcome to my cozy little craftroom !!!:))

The moment you enter, you are greeted with this burst of colors :) There is nothing written on the door as such, I just added that 'My craft room' during image editing.

This is my desk on the left after entering the room which I have shown it earlier in one of the posts . The four pink boxes on the top are recycled which you can read about it here. The print on the table drawer and the colorful background is not a wall paper, it is the laminated ply left over from Anshita's room. 

This is the close view of the desk . The top blue colored is the notice board covered with heavy silk fabric .  Behind the cream wooden strip, I have a bright tubelight that helps me take pictures . 

For my smaller pieces, I usually take pics here . But I still get shadow problems .

This is not much of a view to be seen . This is the snapshot of the mess inside the table drawer in the above pic. The right image is a big cupboard where I keep my yarns and fabric . It is gray in color which I need to paint in white . A big project in itself . 

Back to the table, this white flap can be opened.......

like this to make a sewing table for me . It has a heavy support from the bottom to be manually opened which holds on lot of weight on the table . There is storage space underneath this flap where I keep my sewing machine as I don't need it daily. But I plan to make a nice cover for it and then keep on the desk .

This is the front of what you saw in the first pic. This is a big 4' x 4' glass covered notice board . I display my things here . I don't have too many things to display right now . It is a cork board covered with baby blue felt fabric . The striped blue thing in the corner is the bed which is having lots of stuff on it so there is nothing to see . This bed opens upto double size when we have guests .

Here are some of the ceramic knobs that are used on the drawers and a designer handle on the right pink cupboard .

This is a special ceramic knob that I took a close pic. The one with buttons on it . I don't know how they make it, it doesn't feel like painted . I have a pair of these .

In the bottom there are four small cupboards, for which I specially ordered these cute glass handles filled with beads . Perfect for a craft room , isn't it ?:)

In the drawers, go my extra yarns and threads .

This is the pink cupboard on the right . It has mine and Anshita's crafting supplies as well

Let me show you the notice board . Once you open the glass door , hold those two knobs (under the blue doily) and pull ......

Wow !!! I have a secret storage here as well :)) this is a hydraulic fitting which makes it easier to open . The notice board was a bit heavy but you get various types of hydraulic fittings based on weight . I got these cheap colorful plastic baskets from a supermarket which holds lot of crafty stuff .

But my most favourite is the first yarn shelf which also hold beads and buttons in each of the racks . The box with brown lids are glass coffee boxes which I saved for few months and collected many . The boxes with white plastic lids are those of broad beans which I use to eat a lot and saved them. They were sturdy boxes . I did not spend a penny on any of the boxes here .

Let me end up my post with a colorful smile for you :)

I hope you liked my creative design in the limited space . This room was done in the last with leftover laminates mostly from Anshita's room .

Thanks for seeing !! Looking forward to your views :)

Have a great day !!

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