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 :)

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