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.