June 23, 2017

Currently..

Hello lovely people. This month is going pretty good for me so far.  How about you? So i thought why not make a litte list of what i've been doing this month..

Cooking: Masala Sandwiches
Making: crochet tiny watermelon slices
Reading: My not so perfect life by Sophie Kinsella
Listening: to 'Old friends' by Jasmine Thompson


Obsessing: over Korean dramas (it's addictive)
Watching: the Heirs (K-drama ofcourse)
Bookmarking: This beautiful Magnolia mandala
Loving: this adorable amigurmi doll by Yun shu


Reminiscing: Our recent trip to Circular fort near Kanniyakumari.
Looking: For my  little girl's shoe
Discovering: our dog bite that shoe (which was thrown out from the window by my little one obviously)
Marveling: at how my little girl has grown up in a year


Wishing: i have more time for crafting.
Realizing: there's only a few days before my college starts.
Dreading: how am i going to do my masters degree after seven years gap
Craving: for my mom's pineapple kesari


Feeling: grateful for all the blessings Lord has bestowed upon our family.
Enjoying: the change of climate after a hot summer.
Have a fantastic day everyone! Cheers and hugs :)

June 5, 2017

DIY paperclip bookmark

Paperclips always come in handy to bookmark important pages in planners/ journals or any kind of books. There are many ways to decorate paperclips such as buttons, ribbons, washi tapes. Today let's make a cute paperclip bookmark using felt material. Keep reading below on how to make them.



Materials needed:

1. Felt material in pink,black and another color of your choice.
2. Paperclips.
3. Sewing thread and needle.
4. Fabric glue.
5. Scissors


Instructions:
1. Draw a cloud shape in a thick paper and use them as a template to draw and cut two pieces of cloud on pink felt.
2. Also cut 2 pieces of small circle in black for eyes and a little rectangle in color of your choice for bow.
3. Sew the back piece of cloud to the top of paperclip.Sew it nice and tight.
4. In the front piece of cloud, add eyes using fabric glue and embroider the mouth using black thread. Pinch the rectangular felt in middle and sew them on side of the cloud head. You can also add blush to cheeks by pasting dark pink felt cut in small circle.
5. Apply a generous coat of fabric glue on the clouds and join them together..



Now your paperclip bookmark is ready to adorn your books and notes. I made a bunch of these and send them to my penpals. Hope you like it. Have a fantastic new moth everyone.

May 22, 2017

Bullet journal: May

Hello friends. After two months hiatus, I have so much catching up to do both in crafting and journaling. While i'm yet to take my crocheting hooks and yarn, i did manage to journal a few pages in my bullet journal this month.

Here's a little peek into my May journal pages.


I love adding quotes and hope this journal will help me in improving my calligraphy skills.


I also love drawing in my journaling pages..



I'm really enjoying the process of journaling and like the fact that this single note serves as multipurpose use. Have a creative day!





May 9, 2017

Hello Kittty amigurumi pattern

Hello friends! I'm finally back after two months of cramming for my exam. I'm happy to be back and missed blogging and reading all your posts so much. I'll definitely catch up with you all soon.
I'm a big fan of kawaii characters in general and Hello kitty comes on top as one of my favorites. I really wanted to create a mini amigurumi version of hello kitty and happy with the way it turned out. Here's the pattern to amigurumi hello kitty if you guys like to make one too.





Materials needed:
Acrylic yarn in white, light and dark pink colors
Crochet hook according to the size of your yarn
Little piece of black felt (for eyes) and yellow felt (for mouth)

Black embroidery floss
Tapestry needle


Instructions:
This project is worked in continuous rounds unless stated otherwise
sc -single crochet
st- stitch
dec- one single crochet decrease
sl st - slip stitch

Head and body:
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: 2sc in each st (12)
R3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep **(18)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (24) 

R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (30)
R6-10: sc in each stitch (30)
R11: *sc in next 3 st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(24) 

R12: *sc in next 2 st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(18) 
R13: *sc in next st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(12) 
stuff the head firmly with fiberfill and switch to pink color 
R14: sc in each stitch (12)
R15:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep **(18)
R16: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (24) 

switch to dark pink color
R17-19: sc in each stitch (24)
R20: *sc in next 2 st, dec 1 in next st* rep ** (18) 
R21: *sc in next st, dec 1 in next st*, rep ** (12) 
stuff firmly
R22: sc dec in each st (6) Fasten off.

Optional: surface crochet with slip stitch at R17 with dark pink color for a neat finish.

The tutorial on how to surface stitch is available here

Dress strap: (make 2)
With dark color pink chain 8 or the desired length leaving a long tail for sewing on both ends to the trousers at R17.

Legs: (Make 2)
with white color yarn, 
R1: 8sc in magic ring (8)
R2-3: sc in each stitch (8)
fasten off  and leave a tail for sewing


Hands: (Make 2)

with white color yarn
R1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
R2-3: sc in each stitch (6)

Switch to pink color
R4-5: sc in each stitch (6)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.


Ears: (Make 2)
R1: 6sc in mc 

R2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep (9)
R3: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* rep (12)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. 


Hairbow:
In a magic chain, ch 1,hdc,dc,trc,dc,hdc,ch 1, slipstitch and again sc,hdc,dc,trc.dc.hdc,sc and close the ring. Wind the yarn around the bow three or four times and attach it to the head

Assembling:
Attach the ears to the head and attach hands and legs to the body. 
With tapestry needle sew the dress strap to the bottoms at Row 17.
Attach the bow at the head.
Use small pieces of black felt for eyes and a small yellow piece for nose. You can also embroider the eyes.
Finally embroider whiskers using black embroidery floss.


Now your hello kitty is ready! Hope you guys like this pattern and enjoy making them as much as i did.





March 28, 2017

Bullet journaling march

Hello lovelies! March is almost over and i haven't posted for a while. I've been preparing for Teacher's eligibility test and so there wasn't much time for crafting. Here is a little peek inside my march month bullet journal page.


I love drawing illustrations and doodling with bits of quotes here and there in my page.


Instead of habit tracker, i've added a weekly task list and colored them once the task is finished.


Hope you like this little page. Will come up with a new amigurumi project in my next post. Have a productive week :)

February 26, 2017

Bullet journaling

               I really love the idea of keeping a journal. Be it a simple journal full of texts or artsy one with lots of pictures and drawings, a journal is a way to record our memories, keeping track of events, and serves as an outlet to our inner thoughts.
               Last year i tried fauxbonichi method of journaling. I also used it as a place to write down some lists, important things to remember but i had difficulty finding those important pages when i needed to have a look at it in a hurry. 
               Although last year journal wasn't a complete success, i'm happy that i tried at the least. This year i wanted to resume my journaling with a few changes and that's when i came across bullet journal. Basically it's a blank journal and you can customize it according to your likes. That's the beauty of it. Bullet journal is a system introduced by Ryder Carroll and you can see the details about it here


You can use any type of notebook but most prefer using Leuchttrum 1917 dot gridded notebook. Since i'm trying this out newly i opted for a much cheaper one with a good quality paper.
One of the important thing to write down in bullet journal is an index. Number all the pages before you start so that you can enter the content and the page where it is in the index. I find this so handy in case i want to search for any specific page. Most write down their intentions/word of the year in their journal. I chose 'Take chances' as my motto of this year as i really wanted to have the courage to say yes when provided with opportunity rather than saying no without even giving it a try and regret it later.


Another important page is calendar, It's easy to write down important events, appointments when you have a calendar in the front pages of your journal


Here are some of my weekly spreads



At the start of each month, i write down events, goals and tasks to do in that specific month. It's easy to have a glance at all of it in one place.


I do try to be creative sometimes and dab in a bit of quotes, pictures and doodles.




 So this is how my bullet journal looks so far. You can create some specific pages that you want to keep track of like books to read, movies to watch, places to go and the list is endless. More of those in my next bullet journal post. You can get lots of inspiration for bullet journaling from instagram and pinterest. There is only one important thing to remember, don't get intimidated by those beautiful journal pages and try to compete with it. Each of us have our own styles and your journal should bring out your uniqueness. Have a fantastic day friends!




February 7, 2017

Table decors..

Families that eats together, stays together
No matter how busy our day is, dining room is a place where family gets together not only to have meals, but also to bond with each other and share our stories. Decorating the dining table makes meal times more warm and welcoming. You don't have to spend lots of money on table decors, it's just the love and thought we put in counts.

Even inexpensive artificial flowers arranged well can turn a dining table more inviting.


The important thing to remember is decorate with what you have at home. Just let your creative juices flow.


Have a flower garden at home? That's even more better. You can decorate with your own flowers and it brings such a joy every time you see them. I also crocheted some heart shaped coasters just to welcome valentine's day. More coasters in the making.. You can find the pattern here



 Seems like i'm making everything with hearts lately.

Looking for some inspiration to decorate your table this valentine's season?? Here are some links
Diy valentine's day table
14 Ways to decorate your table for valentine's day
Table decor ideas for valentine's day

Wanna buy some dining table for your home? Here are links to some dining tables that i like

Have a wonderful day my friends! Cheers:)

February 2, 2017

valentine birds amigurumi pattern


Hello lovely people! February has began and the first thing that comes to mind about February is valentine's day. Giving a handmade present to your loved ones on this occasion is more apt and cherished than buying gifts from outside. So why not make these little birdies to express your love. Here's the pattern on how to make valentine's birds.


 Materials needed: 
Acrylic yarn in light and dark pink
Crochet hook according to the size of your yarn
Safety eyes or beads for eyes
Tapestry needle
A little yellow felt for beak
Poly fibrefill for stuffing

This project is worked in continuous rounds unless stated otherwise
sc -single crochetst- stitchdec- one single crochet decreasesl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet 

 Instructions:
 Head and body:
R1: 7 sc in magic ring (7)  
R2: 2sc in each st (14)   
R3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep **(21)  
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (28) 
R5-R12: sc in each stitch (28)
R13: *sc in next 2 st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(21) 
R14: *sc in next st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(14) 

stuff firmly with poly fiber fill
R15: sc dec in each stitch (7)
Fasten off 

 Wings/Hands and legs (make 4)
In magic ring, chain 2, 4dc, chain 2 and sl st into the magic ring and close it.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

 Heart:
In magic ring ch 4, 3 tr, 3 dc, ch 1, 1 tr, 3 dc, ch 3 and join with the sl st into the ring and close it tight.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

 Bow (for female birdie)
In magic ring, ch 1, dc,ch 1 and sl st into the ring and again ch 1, dc, ch 1 and sl st into the ring and close it. wrap some yarn around the centre and leave a long tail for sewing

 Hat (for male bird)
7 sc in magic ring (7)
2 sc in each st (14)
working on backloops only,
sc in each stitch (14)
fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.



Assembling:
Attach the heart in the centre of the bird. Stitch wings/hands of the bird as if it's holding the heart
Attach legs at the bottom. and bow/hat at side of the head.
Place two black beads for eyes. Embroider a little lashes for female bird.
Cut a small over shape yellow felt and paste it for beak.



Hope you guys like the pattern. Wishing you all a fantastic february! Cheers:)

January 28, 2017

Flower art

"I just want to make beautiful things even if nobody cares"
I can relate myself to this quote often. If creating something makes you happy, that's what really matters. You shouldn't be concerned about what others might think. Art isn't to impress others, rather it should make you feel contend and joyful.

We had some rose flowers to decorate our home during new year and i feel so bad when it's time to throw them away. So before that i made a quick little sketch of a girl and arranged the petals as a dress.


I pressed some rose petals in books and hope to make some crafts using those dried flowers in future.



I'm ending with a happy note as i found out that my baymax pattern was featured in Top crochet patterns Thanks for all the love. Have a fabulous week everyone:)

January 6, 2017

Little projects..


Hello friends! remember the camera coin purse that i made few years back. well, it was a hit among my family and they also requested for more,, So this time i made a classic Instagram coin purse and another one in red color. which one do you like??



I also sketched a little while this little bird was keeping me company.


The pattern for this little birdie will be available soon in my blog, So keep watching for this space if you like to make one,

January 2, 2017

Happy 2017!!


Hello friends! I would like to wish you all a very happy new year!!! Last year was very remarkable for me and i really had so much wonderful memories. Thanks for always supporting me by giving valuable comments and views. I really appreciate it. May this new year brings all the happiness and prosperity to you and your family.



Have a blessed and fantastic year! Cheers :)