Thursday, 16 December 2010

Reading Box Upcycled From Shoebox

Ananya is fond of reading, so we often go to library to borrow books. Her chest of drawers is already full of her books and craft things so I put some of the books in a shoe box. It's very sturdy. Even Aditya's jumping up and down on it hasn't destroyed it. For days the box sat on the dining table in the TV room, where we can easily access it. I didn't like the brown color and decided to cover it with the 12x12 papers that are sitting in my stash. The box was a little over 12'', so I had to use two designs. This is what I came up with.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Simple, Easy Knitting Baby Hat for Beginners

I wanted to make something for my niece Avishi who is just one week old. I had originally decided to make a baby cardigan, but the knitting patterns are so confusing that I dropped the idea. Then I thought of making an easy baby poncho, but had to forgo that too. Ultimately I set myself a target of making a baby hat. Then began the search for the most easy and simple knitting hat for beginners. After surfing through many many sites, I finally came to this Page. The pattern is really easy. Though the instructions could be a little more elaborate. It would help some one like me, who is complete illiterate when it comes to knitting. For example,the pattern says : # R1-R10: (K1, P1) across
, It should have been # R1-R10: (K1,YO, P1,YO) across. Other than that the pattern is really easy to understand.
Here are the instructions :
Cast on 60 sts R1-R10: (K1 YO, P1 YO) across
 R11: Knit R12: Purl Repeat rows
11 and 12 6 more times.
(24 rows completed)
 R25: (K4, K2 tog) across
R26: Purl
 R 27: (K3, K2 tog) across
 R 28: Purl
R29: (K2, K2 tog) across
 R30: Purl
 R31: (K1, K2 tog) across
R32: Purl
easy knitting baby hat for beginners
 R33: (K2 tog) across

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

A New Quilling Project: Quilled Monograms

I am thinking of making a quilled monogram picture. First I thought of Quilling Ananya's name. But then decided to Quill ' DREAM'. Because this is what I do in my free time :) I have made the outlines of the letters, as it would be easier to fill the outlines than starting on my own.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Photos to Treasure

I have been thinking of making a scrapbook of my daughter Ananya. She is a very creative child and I have captured her playing with clay, making cards, jewelery, reading, writing and so on. But I haven't still gotten around scrapbooking. I have some ideas how I am going to put the photos. But some of the photos haven't turned out the way I wanted.

Yesterday I got to know about Krome Photos. It's a site which not only allows to store photos online, but also helps you to make them better. Your can tag your photos for easy recall and storage. Users can even upload their photos from google Picasa album to Krome Photos with a click of the mouse.
Krome employs photo editors who work on making your photos look more professional and better. They remove any shortcomings in the photos like red eye, dullness, over exposure etc. Krome Photos offers a free trial for it's customers where you can get first 25 photos treated for free.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Friday, 24 September 2010

Dry Embossed Flowers Notebook: My First Project of Dry Embossing

I got my light box yesterday so obviously wanted to start there and then but only got to work on it in the night after Aditya went to sleep.I embossed a flower pattern which I traced from Making Card Magazine's July issue. I coloured it with pencil colours.Then I thought of making a notebook (sort of) for my sister. She was a talented poet and painter before marriage, but now she is only tied to her job and family. The other day I was telling her to start writing poems again as we have only one life to live. Why waste it when we are so fortunate to do things we want to do. There are millions of people who can't afford simple things let alone the luxury of living the way they want. Anyways, yesterday I remembered this conversation and decided that I should make a book for her poems. This is what I came up with.For the cover, I used simple cardboard which came as a backing with the handmade papers I bought last month.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Karuna's blog

I was searching for quilling designs on google and came across this beautiful quilled butterfly. I have never seen anything like that. I had to visit the blog of the creator of such a fantastic piece. She is Karuna. Karuna is a marketing manager in Bangalore and is a self learned quiller. Every quilling enthusiast must visit her blog to get inspired by her truly awe inspiring qilling designs.
Clarification: As pointed by Charlie, these designs are not by Karuna, but Yulia Brodakya . Karunaa too mentioned that in her blog.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

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Saturday, 31 July 2010

I Have Been Busy

I haven't posted here for a while now. I have been busy though. I have made lots of quilled flowers and quilled cards ( 3 to be precise). I made a pencil holder and decorated it with quilled flowers. I also cut some fabric scrap and pasted it on paper. I haven't yet decided how I am going to use them in my cards. What else did I do? Oh, yes I made six drawings/ sketches and got them photocopies. I would be using them to make toppers for my cards. I haven't done any post because I don't have my camera with me. I so want to take pictures of all the stuff that I have made. I have asked my husband to borrow one from his friend until we get our own.

Friday, 9 July 2010

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Craft Exchange: A Fun Concept

Today, while stumbling, I chanced upon this site which provides a platform for craft persons to send and receive handicrafts to/from each other. The idea is like trading cards. You are given an address, you have to post the handmade gift within a month. Some one out there will be making a gift specially for you. I liked the idea so much that I immediately applied to join. I am thinking of making a quilled greeting card, as they seem to be the flavor of the season for me. Here is the link to the handmade gift exchange.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Hallelujah! Comleted First Quilling Project

Technically speaking it's not my first quilling project. I made a quilled birthday card for my brother-in law last year. But that was so long ago that I forgot all I had learned about quilling. So this recent quilling project should be considered my first. This one is also a quilled birthday card. This time I have made it for my brother. It is a simple quilled greeting card . I hope he likes it. I should have done something to outline the borders. But I didn't get the time to decorate the card. The weekends are a big mess and chaos. Instead of getting any help from hubby dear, I get carried away in all the hoopla that he makes with kids.

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Made My First Quilling Design in a Year

I am obsessed with quilling now a days.Made two simple designs for beginners. One is a bird and other is a simple quilling design. I made these quilling designs after putting my kids to bed. It is totally impossible even to think about doing any quilling while my little one is awake. He is 9 months now and very active. My daughter likes to do anything and everything. She is much interested in 'make-it' activities. I bought her a groovy gift kit today. She wanted to make things right away.She has lots of ideas where creativity is concerned and she is only four and a half years.
A quilled bird and a quilled design

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

I Can't Wait to Start Quilling

After I wrote my post on quilling, I thought of doing something about my 'Quilling Itch'. I posted a message on freecycle, though I was doubtful, anybody will respond. I wrote that I needed anything related to quilling. And prompt came the reply. It was from Danielle Evans, who is an artist and a teacher. She gave me lots of quilling papers and some quilling base papers. She also taught me how to quill with hands ( without using quilling tool). Danielle dabbles in lot of art forms. She has done tin foil painting, quilling,beading, oil painting. I was so impressed with her that I decided to start quilling the moment I got home. But I haven't found time to begin yet, as we had guests from India last weekend. But I have started organising my craft supplies ( which I had brought for my daughter).

Monday, 21 June 2010

Make Frozen Fruit Juice Granitas to Beat the Summer Heat

Choose your favorite juices to make these granitas. You might prefer one variety, or several. I find that thick juices like pear, peach and apricot are especially good. Serve the ices straight after crushing- they melt fast.
You will need: 1.5 litres fruit juice your choice, such as mango, cranberry, or organic apple juice, or pear nectar
sugar, to taste

How to make frozen fruit juice granita: Add sugar so that the juice is just a little sweeter than you like to drink it ( freezing reduces sweetness). Fill ice cube trays with fruit juice. Freeze.
When ready to serve, turn out into 4 small bowls and crush with a fork- you are aiming for and icy texture, not smooth like an ice cream. Serve in small glasses with spoons. Alternatively, fill each glass with frozen juice cubes and top with icy buttermilk.

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Quilling: A Novel form of Cardmaking

I came across quilling when I was searching through the different craft supplies listed on ebay. The quilling patterns fascinated me and I decided to try my hands on paper quilling. For me quilling was a new art form of cardmaking, but if you research a little, you will find that quilling has been around since Renaissance. Quilling is the art of making rolls of thin paper strips and then making beautiful designs.

I made a quilled birthday card for my brother-in law last year when I was in Edinburgh. Unfortunately I didn't save snap of that quilled card. That was my only quilling creation. I bought many quilling papers, and quilling kits on ebay because we had to move back to India and there you can't get quilling supplies easily. Regrettably, I don't have any quilling tools with me now, every thing is stored in the craft box up in the attic.

Monday, 22 February 2010

More Craft Ideas

I bought some books for my daughter.Most of them are related to teaching science and mathematics in a fun way. Ananya is four and a half now, she understands some basic concepts about addition, subtraction, light-heavy etc. I will get some free time as my son grows and I want Ananya to learn without feeling the burden of learning. Some of the books include picture story books, with one line sentences and attractive pictures on every page. The books have been published by Eklavya, a Madhya Pradesh based NGO. Eklavya has been working in the field of science awareness and education for many years. I used to read their children's magazine "Chakmak" when I was a child.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Such a Long Time

Its been a year since I blogged here. I don't know what happens to me sometimes. I just go into a swith off mode. Anyways, I have been blessed with a son last year. Aditya is four months now. He is very active and keeps me on my toes all the time. But still I found time to write this post. I will be spending more time reading and writing now. I am going to beat the writers' block this time. I am thinking of making lots of stuff with my daughter, once I get back to my place.