Thursday, 19 February 2009

Cheap and Durable Zigsaw puzzles for Kids


My daughter is three years. It is right time to introduce her to jigsaw puzzles. Jigsaw puzzles are very useful in teaching different concepts in a fun way. The possibilities of using zigsaw puzzles in education are boundless. Your child can improve his motor skills by working on zigsaw puzzles. You can teach him various concepts like opposites, animals, nature, maths, language etc. through zigsaw puzzles. When introducing jigsaw puzzle for the first time, you should keep in mind that the puzzle is large and easy to understand, so that the child finds it fun to solve the puzzle.
I made this jigsaw puzzle from a hard cover story book that Ananya had torn apart. The pages are intact, so I cut a page in to four square pieced and the jigsaw puzzle is ready. Let the child see the original picture, jumble up and then ask him to join the pieces.

Sunday, 15 February 2009

A Knitted Purse for Beginners

I have made this small flap purse for my mom. Actually this purse was supposed to be a scarf for my husband, but I jumbled up the pattern here and there and then didn't find the inclination to continue. So I improvised the scarf and gave it the shape of a purse by folding it. I have tried to decorate this small purse with beaded outline.I got the idea of the scarf from about.com.
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Monday, 9 February 2009

How to Make Mosaic plant Pots


Mosaic is a craft achievable by complete beginners. Essentially, it is painting by-numbers but with pieces of glass or ceramic, known as tesserae, instead of paint. The skill lies in combining colors together in a pleasing way, and in producing a representative pictorial image. To start with, draw simple stylized shapes freehand or mark out geometric patterns on a plywood base, then fill in the designs with colored tesserae.

Mosaic Plant Pots:
You will need:
Terracotta flower pots
PVA white glue and brush
mixing container
acrylic paint
paintbrush
chalk or wax crayon
plain and patterned ceramic tiles
tile nipper
rubber gloves
flexible knife
tile adhesive
powdered waterproof tile grout
cement dye
nailbrush
lint-free, soft cloth

Fragments of plain and patterned broken tile have been incorporated into the design of these mosaic plant pots. Collect your materials by looking in junk shops for old china in contrasting and complementary patterns.

Steps to make mosaic plant pots:
1. If the pots are not frost-resistant and they are intended for outdoor use, treat inside out by sealing with a coat of diluted PVA glue. Allow to dry. Paint the inside of all the pots with acrylic paint in your chosen color. Leave to dry. Using chalk or wax crayon, roughly sketch out the design for the pieces.
2. Snip small pieces of ceramic tile to fit within your chosen design. Using a flexible knife, spread the adhesive on to small areas of the design at a time. Press the tile pieces in place, working on the outlines first, and then filling in the background.
3. Mix powdered grout with water and a little cement dye. Spread the grout over the pot, filling all the cracks between the tile pieces. Allow the surface to dry thoroughly.
4. Brush off any excess with a nail brush. Allow to dry thoroughly for at least 48 hours and then polish with a dry, soft cloth.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Make a Personalized Book for Your Child

I got the idea of a personalized book for my daughter from bound books. I improvised the idea and made the book, with the help of my three old daughter. She got me all the supplies and I made the book. As I didn't have a hole punch, I used only eight papers to make the notebook, so that the tapestry needle can pass through them easily.
The material you will need:
Two hard cards of the same size,
scissors,
Tapestry needle,
Yarn,
White papers
I didn't have hard card either. I decided to use the card which Ananya had painted at her school. It was stiff, and more over it had Ananya's name slip pasted on one side. Just perfect. I cut the stiff card in two equal halves and then folded four A4 size paper the size of that card. Then I sewed all the pages along with the cards above and below.

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Easy Recipe: Bread Rolls

Things You Need:
1. 4 Breads
2. Water
3. Potatoes: 2
4. Chili powder
5. Salt
7. Cooking oil
8. Spices

Filling: boil the potatoes and mash them when they are done. Add salt,chilli powder and spices( I add coriander powder and Garam Masala). The filling is ready.

-Now cut the edges of the breads. Don't throw them. Instead of throwing, you dip the bread edges in some water and make a dough. You can use this dough to smooth the bread roll.
-Take the cut piece of a bread, dip it in a bowl of water just for enough time to let it wet. Squeeze the water from the bread by pressing it between your palms. Now put a small ball of potato filling in the middle of the bread and wrap the rest of the bread around the filling. Close any hole with the help of bread dough that you made of the leftover bread edges.
-Heat the oil in a pan and put the bread rolls in it. When you first put the rolls in the pan, the heat should be at the maximum. You can dim the heat after rolling them over to other side.This ensures that the bread rolls don't open up while frying.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Knitting for Beginners

I have started my first knitting project. Its a simple cream and pink colored muffler. I started it yesterday and I think I am going to finish knitting by Thursday. Its been years since I knitted. I learned knitting and purling when I was a kid, and that's all I know. That's why I have started with basic stockinette stitch. I am searching some simple patterns for scarves and purses too.
The knitting has left me with back ache. I wonder how my aunt manages. She is an avid knitter. She has been knitting sweaters for as long as I remember. She is very good in devising different patterns and designs.
I will post a picture of my knitting project tomorrow.