Thursday, 28 September 2017

Same again...

well, I mean working on the same project . I did put lots of stitches on the height chart , here is my progress .

After : Completed flower and giraffe's face


Cherry tomatoes from my plant

Made Chilli paneer last week . It is a vegetarian Indian Chinese dish made from cottage cheese .

I want to work on sewing projects but I am feeling tired and I am always returning back to my comfort zone of stitching height chart . That is making me feel self suppressed :(

I am going good on my reading targets . I hope I will find the courage and energy to work on sewing projects . I want to make cushion covers , needle book and thread catcher but even the smaller projects look tiresome in this lazy mood .

I wasn't able to edit and save image using picmonkey which I use to add my blogname  to the images. Is there any alternative good free site to edit? Which one do you use?

Happy crafting!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Some stitching progress....

Thanks for your well wishes . I did some stitching on Height chart and then again had to stop due to a hurt on my right hand . It is ok now and I hope I can start stitching again by weekend .

Worked on Toucan and the flower at the top

Few more miscellaneous things to share .....

Ixora in bloom from my balcony garden

Crochet cotton threads from shuttlesandneedles

Chillies from my balcony garden. A single plant gives these many every 3 weeks.

Oven baked potato wedges which I made for the first time

When I am frustrated or overwhelmed with pending tasks , I like organizing things around . Gives me a little feeling of decluttering the mind even if it is an unrelated thing to do . Even watching some home organizing videos/blogs is fine although I am not an organizing maniac . Does that happen to you? What makes you feel better when you get overwhelmed with daily little things ?

Have a nice day!
Preeti :)

Friday, 25 August 2017

Hello again !

Hope you are doing great . I was not keeping well and thanks to my friends who checked on me .
I did not do any crafting for the past one month other than these rakhis that I made for Rakshabandhan - a festival for brothers and sisters . You can see my previous rakhis here and here .

 Got this crochet book for making socks . Also received few fabrics for cross stitch & Hardanger embroidery and stitcher's lotion from 123stitch when Raj went to the US in July .

28 ct Jobelian fabric

Chalk board cross stitch  and Hardanger fabrics

I hope to catch up on blogs this week . I am having a gynecological problem , not uncommon , and will go for a treatment next month . If it doesn't get cured in 3-6 months then I will have to go for a major surgery .

And yes , last week I got my first ever reading glasses :)

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Winter Fairy Soda Stitch :)

Thank you for your comments on my previous post ! Before I end up posting about the progress on my Kitty litter self SAL again I decided to fill-in with a finish I completed in May :)

Soda Cross Stitch winter fairy Elf Garden

Winter fairy from Elf Garden by Soda Stitch
Stitched on 16 count Zweigart Aida fabric

There are four fairies and my favorites are summer and spring fairies . But I did not want to do injustice to others so I have kept the favorite ones for the last .

Life was busy last month spending time with my mother and lots of seed sowing . I have been lagging behind in reading blogs these days . Few years back I used to read multiple times which later turned into a schedule of twice a day . Since last year , I have been reading once a day often missing out on weekends . But from last couple of months I sometimes end up reading alternate days or once in 2-3 days . It is not that I am that busy or reached any blog fatigue where many bloggers , recently , feel like abandoning the journey . I very much like to be on the blog land and I don't have any local friends with same hobby interests . I find reading blogs everyday easier as it doesn't create too much of backlog . How is your blog reading schedule ?

Have a nice time!
Preeti :)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

A quick update

Thanks for your comments on the last post ! Just wanted to share a quick update on my kitty litter project . Here is where I am at the end of June first week.

After : Added a grey kitty

I have decided that I am just going to stitch the main design including the floor but not the wall in the background. I don't have patience to stitch that and I feel it is not necessary to stitch everything. So probably with this monthly rotation method I may complete this project within a year. This is what the main design looks like.

Anshita's school reopened yesterday after the summer vacation and life is back on track and disciplined for all of us . My mother is here for a month and we are all enjoying her company :) The Monsoon rains have arrived and the temperatures have dropped down a lot and it is very pleasant now .

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Another finish and a lovely exchange ! :))

Thanks for your comments on my last post !!

I have a cross stitch finish to share today which was meant for an exchange long due with my friend Mini from Miniz Diary . She received yesterday and now I am free to post about it :)

Blue tit cross stitch collection 2013

Cross stitch 'Blue bird' by Lesley Teare from the magazine Cross Stitch Collection April 2013 issue .

I framed it but unfortunately the glass frame didn't survive the long journey :(

We agreed for two handmade items but I forgot to take the pictures of the second handmade which is a crochet heart hanging . These are my goodies that I had sent .

Buttons, burlap ribbons, mini easel, sketched card from Goa and a set of cookie cutters

I received Mini's gifts a week ago . She made her first lovely Biscornu  for me and now it is mine first too :) And her knitting coasters are soft and sweet as well! Thank you Mini !!

She pampered me with lots of goodies which don't fit into one screen shot .....:)

linen and cotton fabric, mill hill kit, postcard, earrings
Needle minder and a scissor fob - both made by her

Lovely stationery and a crochet needle organizer which she got custom made
And yes, a spice mix also but I couldn't take pics as I already opened it

I enjoyed the exchange a lot and was happy to do it because we (read I ) had been missing deadlines with some or the other reasons :) Thank you Mini for the wonderful gifts !! Looking forward to see more exchanges in future .

Have a great week ahead!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Falling for the stars crochet doily....

Here is another crochet doily I completed blocking . It is made with Anchor knitting cotton and 2.5 mm crochet hook and measures 18.5 inches across .

Falling for the stars crochet doily

The pattern is known as 'Falling for the stars' and is designed by Kathryn White for the Crochet World magazine, June 2011.

Hope you liked it . I am almost done with one more cross stitch and also I have a lovely exchange to share with you in my next post :)

Happy crafting!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Crochet doily and Cross stitch progress

Thanks for your comments on my last post . I completed blocking two doilies , here is a small black doily from the book series , ' A year of doilies ' book 5. Made with size 20 Anchor crochet thread, it measures 10 inches across .

My Kitty Litter project is on track and I worked on it in the first week of May . Although I couldn't make progress as I wished for but still it's good

After : Completed the leftmost kitty


My belated Bday gifts from Raj - I got the Soda cross stitch 'Elf Garden' (from Soda Stitch Indonesia) in March and a new iPhone 7 plus in April . I have started working on the cross stitch :)

I got some fabric stash few weeks back of different varieties to understand working with those , maybe , in distant future :D 

Crepe silk , Rayon and velvet fabrics

Cotton printed

Jute and Handloom cotton printed

Woolen printed fabrics

I got these online from

Happy crafting !!

Monday, 8 May 2017

A feather in my cap and a storm in my head !

Well , the latter part of the title has got nothing to do with my post ...ha ha...just that I could not think of any title and this sounded good so I added it :)

Here is the feather in my cap . My first cross stitch design , Summer cards , got published in the April-June 2017 issue of the ' Anchor Needle n Thread ' magazine , India :)

Life was busy last few weeks .  Anshita's summer vacation started from 21st April . We attended my cousin's wedding last month and met my family and relatives . Anshita wore a lehenga/half-sari . It is similar to a sari with top and long skirt but the wrap around is just two meters instead of  five meters . She was looking very cute !! :) 

Anshita with her cousin , Piyush (my brother's son)

I also made mehendi/henna for her . I am not good at it but I managed to make her happy :)

Also , visited a newly opened craft store and got some random stash . 

Burlap ribbons and hemp ropes

Some assorted things - mini easels , watering can chalkboard 

textured paper and felt sheets , mini chalkboard for my craft room

Few buttons and sewing supplies

Hobby books (purchased online)

I am enjoying Anshita's company at home with ACs and electricity bills running all time high :) We got self-ligating dental braces fitted for her and now, after two weeks, the discomfort has reduced and she can eat regular food instead of soft mashed ones .

Hope you are doing well and enjoying your time :) 
Happy crafting !!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Busy, yet not busy...

I always feel I am busy . Whether I am working on something or not is altogether a different thing but the thought itself that lots of tasks are still pending makes me feel that my life is hectic . I get an urge each morning to jump from the bed and complete all the tasks at whirlwind speed but unfortunately, the jump only happens in my mind:D

Anyways , I made some progress on my Dimensions kitty litter project and I have decided that first week of each month I will stitch this project only . Only by doing so will I get this done . So here is my April progress .

After : progress on two kitties on the left


The design

I completed one more small doily which has joined the queue of pending-for-blocking and I guess they will get a chance someday to appear on my blog .

I have been thinking about making a journal, not exactly the kind of bullet journal but a fancy one with doodles and few things, which doesn't require daily/weekly updates . I can't think about making check boxes , lists and indexes like other meticulously made journals I see on Pinterest . I make my lists on scraps of paper mostly saved from Anshita's wasted printouts for school projects and then I throw those away once the tasks are done . My family has a perpetual to-do list written on white board with tasks that should take a day or week to complete but surprisingly they remain there for an year or How do you maintain your day-to-day list and big tasks list ? I will share my journal idea in next post . Just wanted to practice my drawing skills, not that I am good at it but I hope I can do better .

Have a great day!
Preeti :)

Monday, 3 April 2017

A small finish :)

Just a quick post to share this cute little bear finish ....

Design - 'Paws for thought' from the magazine Cross stitch collection Feb 2012 issue.

Probably my shortest post is busy and is zapped by rising temperatures now hitting 40 C. Spending most of the time in AC still there are tasks to be done in sweltering summer and we need to increase tolerance level to brace up for 46-47 C in May.

Have a crafty week ahead!

Friday, 17 March 2017

Status update....

Thanks for your comments on my last post ! I have nothing new to share but that doesn't mean life was boring at my end .

On the International women's day, while the Air India created history by flying an all-women crew (including the ground support staff) flight across the globe from New Delhi to San Francisco and back , I got a big cut on my right thumb and enjoyed a humble day off from the house hold chores :D

My needlework came to a standstill but I continued most house work imagining myself as a leftie . Also, my eyes were paining a lot so I couldn't enjoy reading , surfing or watching TV either :(

Anyways the good injured time is over and I have been certified healthy by my own conscience and therefore I got to work on so many pending tasks which nobody at home felt were necessary.

Here are my WIPs, so less compared to those of my blogger friends . I want to work on these projects and maybe start a few small ones too . Which one is your favorite?

A floral border from the book "Embroideries and patterns from 19th Century Vienna"

This is how it will look when done . It requires some DMC to Anchor conversion work as the book refers to only DMC codes .

Kitty litter by Dimensions

Height chart by Durene Jones

Cross stitch blooms by Barbara Baatz Hillman, Leisure arts.

We went to a new restaurant recently where I ate a 'paan icecream' . A paan is usually a betel leaf filled with different things. I don't usually eat but this one was a sweet one filled with just 'Gulkand'. 'Gulkand' is a kind of marmalade made out of rose petals, it is considered good for health in hot weather . It came with all fanfare of dry ice which was fun to look at as well :) I also liked the metal and stone decor at the entrance door .

I sowed some summer flower seeds this Monday and most of those have germinated . I hope they will survive . For the first time , I have done some proper seed saving . These will be sown in the month of Sept. I have seen so many nice free printables for seed sachets but I am still a novice in seed extraction so I will wait before wasting printer ink .

We could not play Holi (festival of colors in India) as Anshita is having her final exams . I am looking forward to more stitching time :) I have been doing some stash shopping for past few months but couldn't get to take any pics , hope to share soon .

Thank you for reaching until here :)
Have a great weekend!

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