Saturday 20 December 2014

Potpourri !!!!……and call for a suggestion

I changed the post title to Potpourri because earlier it turned out as a small paragraph :) That means there is a lot to show and …..ummm may be read too…..but you can skip the details, see the pics, but, do read the last part about the suggestion .

I am done with my Cross Stitched table cloth which I posted about it here , here  and here . These are few more motifs that I stitched this month .

And...…it’s finished!!!!

This is the full view….YAY!!!! :)

I tried hard not to watch cooking shows but seems like my cooking mojo has struck back and taken ever body with a surprise :) I cooked up some special items for my daughter. They are all Indian vegetarian items.
Ok, I do cook food both the times daily and spend more than 5 hrs in kitchen excluding cleaning time, which left me no time to look into special dishes, other than during festivals, as I would rush to grab my stitching time…blah…blah..blah….long story cut short….here is the proof of last week…..few pictures for which I got only five minutes to serve in plate and click since my daughter was throwing tantrums like a four-year-old hungry child .

Manchurian. This is Indian Chinese. Grated and Steamed vegetables (cabbage, carrots and French beans) dumplings with slight touch of refined flour & corn flour , deep fried and then sauté those with spices in soya and tomato sauces.

Made of gram flour and  leaves of Arum (which look like Lotus leaves) it is known as  Aloovadi (in my regional language, Marathi) or Patra in can be either eaten steamed or fried to make it crisp. I tried to cut the rolls into heart shape; they turned a bit wonky after frying.

Dahi vada : It's made of split black gram and split green gram and then served with curd and dry spices and  chutneys; it is sweet, sour and spicy...all in one .

Call for a suggestion:
I was thinking of a link party to start and for which I need to know your suggestions and interest to participate. If there can be a TUSAL- Totally Useless SAL, then I think I can also start a linky on this topic……

Messy- to- Classy

You might have arranged or reorganized or cleaned your crafting space once or more than once in a month. The idea is to see how you have turned the crafty mess into a beautiful neatly arranged space. Now this doesn’t mean entire craft room/cupboard etc. If you can do that every month that’s great but I don’t want to challenge the impossible as I know we are too busy to do that.

It can be anything ---a corner of your table, a drawer /shelf in your cupboard, a basket of messed up yarns, or just simply a thread box. It could be any tiny to huge space but related to crafting things only.

Anytime of the month when you do this activity, just take a before and after picture and post about it in the last week of that month .  I will come up with some more rules/details if I see any further interest . This is open to all crafters…..crocheters, stitchers, knitters, paper crafters and so on….

Just to acknowledge the little task of arranging we do which sometimes gets or doesn’t get noticed.

So let me know about Messy-to-Classy :)

Hope you are happily busy with your next week’s Christmas preparations and holidays.

Have a lovely weekend !


  1. Your table topper is perfect! How adorable!! The food looks YUMMY!!! I would not even know where to start making anything like that. I'm more of a open box or can and fix kind of person haha. I love the idea of your linky party. Not sure I would join in every month but I would when I could.

  2. I love your table cloth! It looks so pretty. It's been a very long time since I did any cross stitching. Now I'm tempted. Food looks yummy. Your link party idea sounds great though I am doubtful of my participation because mine is always messy :)

  3. Your table cloth looks great and the food looks delicious! :)

  4. The tableclothe is gorgeous Preeti.


  5. Your tablecloth is a great gift for a seamstress:-))
    Indian food I admire a lot of flavors, colors and fragrances and well!
    I would give you:-)

  6. What a beautiful table cloth!

  7. Love the table topper so sweet looking.
    I love indian food, I have had many types from different regions, due to my nephew marring a Girl from India and friends who are from India, very interesting and wonderful tasting food.
    I would like to join your linky party, my craft studio is a mess rightd now due to getting things done for the Christmas season.


  8. Your table topper is lovely Preeti beautiful work, the food looks yummy too. As for the link party it sounds good and I would participate when I could but I'm terrible at clearing up and once I've done it it's just as bad 5 minutes later haha:)

  9. Lovely cross stiches and yummy food !!!!!

  10. Hi the table topper..especially the blue dress and the pink sewing machine! Lovely work there. .you made my palates tickle by some amazing recipes there..
    Nice idea for the linky party..we did a major reorganization and arranging stuff drill this weekend. Not clicked the pics though. ..

  11. The cross stitch is beautiful.
    I like the idea of the linky

  12. Your tablecloth turned out so pretty, Preeti, and the foods you prepared are amazing!! I wish I enjoyed cooking (I only like to bake!)...

  13. What a wonderful table cloth, Preeti! ♥ Really great job :-). About the suggestion, I have to admit that I'm not really good at cleaning up and so :o). But I will follow what will be shown here about it in future, maybe I can get some good tips!! Thanks for your sweet comments & have a good time! Hugs, Nata

  14. Oh, you table cloth is adorable!!! Love the cheerful colors!
    Food looks amazing!
    Afraid it is too late for me, with the Messy to Classy. Have been workingon my craft room since we moved a year ago. Finally unpacked the last box yesterday. Good luck to everyone!

  15. Your stitching project is beautiful and your cooking dishes look delicious, especially the first one! So nice stopping by to see what you have been up to and the sweet things you have been creating :)

  16. Love your cheerful tablecloth! I still think the pink sewing machine is the best though I really like the new basket of yarn too!!

    I am interested in the Crafty Clean Up! I'm always searching for new ideas for organizing stash, both in the craft room and digitally so I think this would be a fun way to show how things work for everyone else. :)

  17. Hopping the blogs I came across your lovely space .....your statement made me smile I'm still wasting my creative time in earning money are lucky to unhook yourself and enjoy your creative time..keep up the excellent work that you are doing.....cheers

  18. Olá amiga...Feliz ano novo!
    Seguimos nossa caminhada na construção de um mundo mais justo, fraterno, humano, harmonioso e de doação.
    Todos somos promotores da Paz...que começa em nossos corações e se estende a tudo que nos rodeia!!!
    Obrigada por fazer parte da minha história de vida!
    UM ABENÇOADO 2015!!!!

  19. A lovely finish! Happy New Year

  20. Lovely stitching and yummy food. happy New Year.

  21. Such pretty stitching and totally yummy food! Hmmm now I want a snack. This is not a good thing. :)

    I like the idea of messy to classy-- I'd follow it avidly for ideas, but I think I'm to hopelessly messy to participate.

  22. What a great cloth! I love that basket of yarn with "pattern". Very cute! Ha - messy to classy; that's a good idea!

  23. Hi Preeti,
    I just discovered your blog and I love it already. I'm a cross stitcher myself and have picked up cross stitch after a gap of ten years. None of my friends is into stitching or embroidery, so I thought cross stitch is a dying art in India. I would like to chat with you on our own common interests of cooking and cross stitch.

  24. I love that beatiful work of art, and I will show this to my mom as soon as possible as she loves to sew VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOO much if you ask me.


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