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 !

Thursday 4 December 2014

Cross Stitch 2015 projects !!

I guess this might be a little too early but seeing many of you sharing new starts, I thought I would share my shortlisted projects planned for the year 2015.

Although I have few leftovers from 2014, but as for now lets see the new ones only.

1. Best Friend by Joan Elliott from The World of Cross Stitching, March 2013

2. Choosing a tree by Margaret Sherry from Calender 2012 – 2013

This is the chart sent by my blogger friend Jo from Serendipitous Stitching . Thank You Jo!!

3. Zoo Cuties by Durene Jones from Cross Stitch Card Shop July 2013 (3 items selected)

4. Stitchy Sayings Rhona Norrie from Cross Stitch Crazy July 2012 (2 items selected)

5. Home Sweet Home by Angela Poole from Cross Stitcher August 2010

6. Paws for thought by Andree Langhorn , from Cross Stitch Collection February 2012

7. Russian doll by Rhona Norrie from The World of Cross Stitching June 2013

8. Pastimes & Hobbies by Debra Page from The World of Cross Stitching March 2013
Three items selected ----Super snapper, super gamer, sewing is fun

9. Garden Helper by Lesley Teare from Cross Stitcher Rustic style

10. Monster alphabet by Lucie Heaton from Cross Stitch Crazy February 2014

11. Bookworm  by Margaret Sherry from Calender 2009

12. Kitty litter from Dimensions Gold Collection kit

I have shortlisted all the designs I would like to stitch from the magazines and entered details diligently into Google sheets. Hope I will maintain it too.

Anshita turned 12 on 1st December :) We had a small Birthday party at home with few of her friends. Her cake was a designer Candy Crush cake . She made these two lovely cards for her father's Birthday which was on 29th November.

What are your plans for 2015?

Have a nice day!
Preeti :)

Wednesday 26 November 2014

MMMM SAL final update !!!

Hiiii , Hope you are busy with your Thanksgiving preparations .

Just wanted to share my final status on MMMM SAL hosted by Justine from Justine's Cross Stitch . Two mini finishes again . So I am done with a total of 6 minis. You may see my previous finishes with this SAL here and here .

I loved this embroidery hoop I found on pinterest . No free chart, I just tried it from the printed picture.

I came up with this quote describing my basic sewing skills ;) and stitched it on my own without any alphabet chart. The letters are a bit wonky because the fabric is like that.

I wanted to place an arrow between the dress and the sewing machine, but that will take some time . Oh yes, I stitched a button too though I don't count it as a finish because I need to make few more smaller buttons next to this one .

This is what my table cloth is as of now. Need few more sewing/stitching/crochet motifs .

I will continue this table cloth along with other stitching projects next month and some crochet too. I have been selecting cross stitch projects for next year . I will share the list very soon .

Have a nice day!
Preeti :)


Monday 17 November 2014

MMMM SAL 3rd update.....:)

Hope you had a nice weekend !:)

My friend Justine from Justine's cross stitch is hosting MMMM SAL for the month of November and this is what I have got to show you ........Two Finishes again !!! That makes my count to a total of four this month. Click here to see my previous two finishes .

Below are the links for these two free charts . I changed my colors based on my fabric color . I have done few stitches with silver metallic thread (on the dress neck and ribbon) but it's not visible in the photo .

I am stitching needle-craft themed motifs on this table cloth . So what next? Yarn, bobbin, buttons, scissor, embroidery?
Got few plants from nursery, waiting to be potted .

Have a great week!!
Preeti :)

Monday 10 November 2014

Turtle Trot 2014 November update !

It is time for Turtle Trot  SAL hosted by Claudette from the blog BAP Attack . More info about this SAL is here and to know about my planned projects, click here . You may see the progress of others, here .

I worked only on one piece this month and completed it :)

Floral Border from Variegated floral border by Leisure arts

Cross stitch floral border

Thanks for seeing !!
Preeti :)

Sunday 9 November 2014

MMMM SAL 2nd update ....

My friend Justine from Justine's cross stitch is hosting MMMM SAL for the month of November and this is where I have reached ......Two Finishes !!!

These were the two I started few days back here with just teeny weeny stitches on it and believe me I made up my mind that no one was going to comment on it . But you all were so sweet to drop by and wrote few words for me .

I hope you can figure it out. No, its not a pink crocodile....:)  

From now on I will be stitching motifs on this green linen (10 count ). Its very soft but the threads are a bit loosely weaved .

You know what, I have a certain way of taking comments (I mean the quantity, not the content, I accept bricks and bats gracefully too) . If I get just 1 comment, its ok...I have been heard and work has been seen . If  the comments reach a count of 5 it makes me happy :) Anything above that is bonus . That you and God have given me more than I asked for :)
Just thought of sharing with you . If I am restless, then Raj thinks......'looks like she hasn't got 5 comments yet ;)' I then tell him, may be, its weekend or I have posted at wrong time . But that soon becomes a passe. You know how anxious we artistic people are .

So, my friends, ahem...... click on the lovely comment button, let the first five pour in and make me happy :) lol :)

Happy Weekend !!

Friday 7 November 2014

Look what I got ?? A new car :))

Thanks for your lovely comments on my cushions !!  You all are my creative inspiration :)

Look what I got from Raj .......... :)

A new car ,  Hyundai Grand i10 White color ....

I am happy :))

Have a nice day !
Preeti :)

Monday 3 November 2014

The Famous Five !!!!! :))

Well I call them famous five because I have been talking a lot about this project . So here it goes .....

From a colorful bundle of big crochet squares ......

it unfolded into.......




so on.......

They look same , but they are different cushions with same pattern and a little bit of color variation at the border .

The basic square pattern is from here .

I hope you enjoyed seeing these :)

Have a crafty week ahead !
Preeti :)

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