Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Vacation part 2 : Mountains and greenery ! :)

Thank you for seeing pictures on my last post :) I was waiting if I could show you some crafty progress as well but no luck :(

I have another set of vacation pics to share......hope you don't get bored .

Entering the backwaters of Kerala surrounded by greenery .....

These are traditional houseboats - a house on a boat - which can be booked for entire day cruise through lake and backwaters. We did not have a spare day so we went into the Shikara boat (another traditional boat) for 3 hours.

Shikara boat - with 4/6 seater, to be booked for a family/group. They have old style of long  wooden boat with curved ends as you saw one end in the first image.

On the way, there were innumerable coconut trees laden with coconuts .

and banana trees too .

There were - homes, guest houses and hotels on either sides of backwaters

Ducks joining our boat ride :)

At one place , there were many lotuses . When pulled out, some of them had stems running even six feet long. Ok , I have always seen lotus from a distance but never took in hand . Have you ?

Over to mountains : This is a hill station named Munnar in the same state as backwaters. It is located at a height of  5200 ft. above sea level .

View from the sit-out of our hotel room

Farming in the valley

The weather changed every few hours....Sometimes very cloudy

Then.....so clear

Lush tea gardens

 Walk through the tea gardens

Hope you enjoyed these as well.

Thanks for scrolling till the end !! :)

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Vacation - Part 1 :)

Thank you for welcoming me back !! :)

I have been doing some crafting but I cannot show you as it is a part of secret Santa hosted by a Ravelry group in India . I have tried to minimize the vacation pics and most probably will share in four parts .

We went to a 14 day vacation to Kerala- a state on west coast of south India- a place of backwaters, mountains, lakes , beaches and most important greenery . It is the greenest state in the country . We went to six cities/town - Kochi-> Munnar-> Thekkady->Allepey-> Varkala -> Trivandrum. We had a direct flight from our city to Kochi and then from there we hired a cab for 13 days and back from Trivandrum we had a direct flight to here .

These are some pics of Kochi city . First Portuguese in 14th century and later Dutch established there colony here in 15th century . There was an old palace of king of Kochi where photography was prohibited.

We stayed in kerala styled traditional cottage, a stone and wooden structure. The lanterns on the pathway lit at night.

View from outside the room, it was raining early morning .

The backyard of the hotel was a deck from where we could see merchant ships passing by. At night they would set the deck with candle light dinner .

An old Basilica

On the way to various places, we saw a pineapple farm and tall areca nut trees. the coconut trees in the background of the pineapple farm  were to be seen across the entire state. 

We saw traditional and folk dance - Mohiniyattam and Kathakali

Models of war ships on display in a Naval museum. The city has a big Naval base.

Next ....on mountains and greenery:)

Thanks for seeing!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Back on track !! :)

Hello !!!
Hope you all are doing great . I am glad to be back on the blogland after a break . I had a great and relaxing family vacation last month :) However, the joy later disappeared under the post vacation mountains of laundry and later Diwali festival cleaning .

Sharing some beautiful pics.....

Aster : highlight of my garden


Anshita made this artistic Rangoli on Diwali . It is made with a slightly coarse powder using pinch by pinch , a job which requires patience . She can now make without much of my help . It took her 2 hrs. to complete . Rangoli's are made just outside the main door as a gesture to welcome Goddess of wealth  'Lakshmi' to enter our homes during Diwali festival .

Hydrangea - growing first time

My favourite : Gerbera

I haven't shortlisted vacation photos yet . Don't worry , I will share only minimum pics :) Sometimes, I feel old digital-less life was better when it comes to taking and choosing photos although it is a great thing for creative people like us . But on vacation , we end up taking lot of pics and then it takes ages to sort them and file them . Few decades back , even if the printed photos turned out bad, we would still choose the best ones from the bad ones and feel satisfied . What do you think ? Do you often shortlist , print and file the digital photos ? I have lost many whenever my laptop crashed .

I will visit you very soon 
Have a great weekend !! 


Thursday, 8 October 2015

Crochet Top? Jacket ? Bolero? :)

I don't know what to call it. It was experimental and I wanted to make a bolero but thought this might turn into a simple top . Still I tried for making a jacket kind which started taking Bolero shape . So here it is whatever you want to call it ........

Crochet Jacket top Bolero

I made this for Anshita and I hope she would wear it even though I made so many mistakes. Overall, it looks fine :)

Crochet Jacket top Bolero

It is made with Turkish Nako Saten yarn and 4 mm hook . The square motif -23 (continuous motif) is from the book 'Connect the shapes' by Edie Eckman .  I also added these two cute buttons of her choice . She got very good result in term 1 and she was in merit list with all As in her class :) Hopefully, she performs well in the final exam too .
We are going for a vacation on Saturday and will be back by month end . Not sure , if I would have access to internet . I am still not done with packing .

Have a great crafty time!!

Monday, 28 September 2015

For the super gamers !!:)

Thanks for your encouraging comments on my last post!! :)

Anshita's exams are over today and this is what she does the rest of the day ----play games on my laptop and then iPad . Once done , she pounces on my phone and when Raj comes home , she takes his phone too . Just to depict her voracious hunger for playing games after few weeks of internet restriction during exams , I stitched this design -- both cute and apt . I completed today and she loved it . She said she is going to stick it on her room's door .

This design is from the Magazine, The world of cross stitching , March 2013 issue . There are many small charts related to hobbies designed by Debra Page .

I stitched it on jute canvas . Earlier I planned to stitch on plastic canvas but then there were quarter stitches so I chose hard jute canvas because I was going to make it as tag . Later I found that the stitched design was a bit big because of the count of the canvas and so I just used a small foam sheet and glued on it . Added ribbon and brads .  It was very hard to glue anything on foam sheets . I used fabric glue . How do you work with foam sheets ?

I added the Harry Potter symbol on the laptop and wrote 'HP' on the cap which were something else in the original design . She is a Harry Potter fan these days . She is done with Percy Jackson, Heroes of Olympus, Divergent and The Hunger Games series and now she found interest in Harry Potter books .

Hope you liked this little piece :)
Have a crafty week!

Friday, 18 September 2015

I am crafting too :)

This year I have not been blogging much and when I see my old posts, I haven't been showing much either . I guess I am becoming lazy to show my progress pictures and I wait until I am done with my WIP . Anyways , just wanted to let you know that I am not just shopping but crafting too :)

Here is something I made a little while ago .

These bracelet kind of things are called Rakhis. 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 .

Most of these I send to my brothers and Anshita's too through post so they need to be light weight . I made crocheted ones this time . Anshita made the doodle drawings on the back side of printed card stocks . I folded them half and tied these Rakhis inside making holes for the ends .

Can you see the holes ? I made those with a hand shaped puncher . Anyways , my brothers don't have observant eyes to notice , I just enjoyed the process of making :) 

I also made this drawer hanging for the small temple corner at home . For some reasons, the top drawer would not stay close even after repairing and would slide open . This hanging acts as a stopper between the two drawers . The back side , which is inside the drawer , is a plain thick crochet band .

On the stitching front , I have been stitching only on one piece for past few busy weeks and I am glad that I made substantial progress . I completed the Tiger and some green on the left . That must be few thousand stitches . Last I had shown you was the Koala on the top. I have not done the back stitching yet so the Tiger is having pink cheeks but is on the wait for his grand mustaches :) This is a design - 'Height chart ' - by Durene Jones from the magazine, Cross Stitch Gold, February 2013 issue .

Some Zinnia flowers in my garden, they are doing great !! :)

This one is still growing layers

We had a religious festival 'Ganesh Chaturthi' starting on Thursday and for many people it continues for 10 days . But we observe it for 5 days and everyday we need to cook something sweet to offer to God . Anshita's 1st term exams also started from today . Busy times again but I am glad that I am able to find some time for crafting in between :) 

Have a great weekend!!
Preeti :)

Monday, 14 September 2015

Shopping and Margaret Sherry exchange !! :)

Hello all,
Hope you are having a crafty time . I was away from the blogland for a while attending six guests at home and cooking and cleaning and the day after they left, Raj went to U.S. for a week . So I was busy working at home alone and was very tired to read and write any posts . Hopefully, I will catch up soon with your posts as many as I can :)

Few weeks ago, I had ordered some items for me and Anshita from JoAnn's and 123stitch at a family friend's address in U.S.  I got those today when Raj came back . I have taken pics for only my items .

Specialty yarns. Does anyone know how to use glitterspun yarn (on the card bobbin) ?

Novelty fabrics and felt sheets

DMC Impressions printed fabric for cross stitch. 
Just need to find the right designs to stitch . Suggestions are welcome :)

Craft glove because I feel pain while crocheting . 
I will share the feedback once I start using it.

Mill Hill beads and Kreinik threads for Cross Stitch Joan Elliot fairies that I am stitching.

I also ordered few crafty items from itsybitsy store in India

Glass straw pipes and silk covered beads 

Chenille yarn and quilling items

Buttons !!:) - Shoes, birds, barn animals, dinos, owls...... I love buttons !!

I also received my Margaret Sherry 'Send a smile' exchange  parcel from Olimpia in Mexico and I was delighted to see the items she sent for me :)

She made this lovely coaster for me with my name on it and I loved the letter she wrote to me :) You can see my detailed post on the group blog here .

I guess I have collected lot of stash and I have already reduced the frequency of purchases . I am waiting for the holiday season when the prices of digital cross stitch magazines(back issues) are reduced to the lowest . I had earlier purchased new issues or at 50% discount rates but I found that I don't start stitching immediately. Then why not make maximum saving buying at the lowest rates :)

Have a crafty week ahead !!

Preeti :)

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