Friday, June 13, 2014

A quilt for the little one!

Ages ago, I started an ambitious (as always) quilting project. A Queen-size quilt for my bed using fabric scraps. A scrappy quilt! I was tired of my old fabric stash and I wanted to get rid of it. So, I decided to make a scrappy quilt  using all the fabrics in my stash. This was in the year 2011. You might have read about it here. I made a bunch of squares and then the project went into hibernation.


So, when I found out that I was pregnant with Alan, I went on a cleaning spree around the house and got reunited with the quilt blocks from this project. I got an idea to downsize the quilt and make a baby quilt for the baby using these squares. I made a total of 36 squares and used white cotton fabric that I had in large quantities for sashing. The white makes the scrappy squares pop out. Here is the quilt top after I pieced it.


I was about 7 months pregnant when I worked on this quilt. I decided to make a pieced backing as I didn't have enough of one fabric for the backing and I really didn't want to haul my pregnant self to the fabric shops. Here is the pieced backing..


I debated between stitch-in-the-ditch quilting and free-motion quilting and ended up doing FMQ on the scrappy squares alone. There are some puckers in the quilting. But, I don't think Alan cares. :P Here is the front of the quilt after quilting.


Cheerful, isn't it?? I forgot the exact dimensions of this quilt and I'm too lazy to measure it now. But, its a good-sized quilt for a child to grow into. The quilt doesn't get used much. But, its always there on the bed for someone to snuggle into, when the weather takes a colder turn. Here is Alan tumbling on the quilt.. This pic was taken a month back.



I'm glad I saw this project to completion as I'm not as good at completing projects as I'm at starting them. I'm a pro a procrastinating. :P I came across this infographic on procrastinators.. I'm a side-tracker with a little bit of cleaner thrown in. What kind of procrastinator are you? What are you procrastinating now? I'm supposed to be working on a crochet bag... But, since I'm a pro at this procrastinating thing, I'll let it hibernate for a leetle while..

Its a Friday. So, I wish you peeps a lovely weekend. I'm going to have another hectic weekend. I'll come up for air on Monday, once the dust settles on the weekend. Happy weekend, guys!

-Josie

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Are you a hobby butterfly??

I'm a certified hobby butterfly! I can't stick to one single hobby.. I believe in picking up a hobby, pursuing it to obsessive levels and quitting it cold turkey, before moving on to another hobby. Anyone else out there like me?! This results in my house overflowing with hobby supplies related to too many crafts. Quilling is one such hobby that I picked up along the way and gave up way too easily. Recently, I've been seeing amazing quilled work on the craft forums and on pinterest. It revived my interest in quilling and I've been doing it for a few weeks now. I came across quilled typography projects that were so beautiful that I wanted to try it it. Let me tell you. Its not for the faint of heart. You need buckets of patience and nimble hands to do quilled typography projects. Since I had to try this, I traced the alphabet A and quilled it thus:


The toughest part in this is making the alphabet's outline. Once that is done, the fun quilling part begins. When I quilled this, I didn't have the necessary tools to get precise corners in the outline. So, this came out pretty rustic. I like it nevertheless. Motivated by this piece, I decided to make nameplates for my boys to hang on their room door. I bought a pair of tweezers to fold the corners perfectly and  I completed making the outlines for their names. See how much difference a pair of tweezers could make to the project.



Pretty neat, huh?! I made this on A4 printer paper. I plan to mount these outlines on an MDF board and finish the quilling on it. I did a practice run for this by quilling an ampersand last night and I'm thrilled with the way it came out.



Since I can only work on my hobbies after the boys have gone to bed, the nameplate project is going in snail pace. It took me a week to complete the outlines for their names. I hope to finish this project in time for this challenge happening on MV Pratyusha's blog here: Pratvam Progs Pratyusha does awesome quilling work. Check out her FB page here: Pratvam Progs

So, my question for you peeps this week is.. Are you a hobby butterfly? List all the crafts you've tried till date.. even if you attempted it only once. I'd like to hear about your hobbies. Maybe, I'll pick a new one after hearing from you. :D

-Josie

PS: This post is linked to Tami's Amis WIP Wednesday

Friday, May 9, 2014

Handmade Home!

There were so many things that happened during my absence here. Most notable one was that we moved into our own home. After being renters for the past 8 years, its a nice feeling to move into our own home. We've been making do with simple and cheap furniture all these while, thinking that we'll get good ones once we move into our own home. So, we had fun shopping for new furniture that fits the new house. Being a crafter, it was natural for me to want to cover my home with handmade pieces, both practical and decorative. I had to reign in my urge to crochet a thousand doilies to cover my house with. lol So, I decided to tackle one project at a time and take it slowly. The first one up was the dining chair cushion cover. This is our dining table and chair setup.


Excuse the grainy cellphone picture. But, you get the idea of the seat color of the chairs. Beige!! and, I have two rambunctious boys in the house. I had visions of ketchup and curries smudged on my brand new dining chairs. cue Josie clutching her pearls I had to do something about it. I didn't like the commercial seat cushion covers available. So, I decided to make my own. I traced the shape of the seat cushion, added seam allowances and cut up some linen fabric I had in my stash. I've been hoarding this black and white linen print for about 4 years now. I bought this when we were living in Hyderabad. I used plain black cotton fabric(also from my stash) for the backing. I also added tie-ups to secure the covers to the chairs. so, here are the chairs all spruced up.


I love the tribal print on the linen fabric and I'm glad it found its purpose finally. Its truly a stash-buster project as I didn't have to buy anything new for it. Here is a close-up of the print.


Of course, Alan had to photo-bomb when I was clicking pictures. He is like a cat.. He'll show up at the right moment to photo-bomb your project. lol.


I'm having fun doing up my house. I'm picking up small projects here and there to do for my house to make it a home. :-) I came across this quote somewhere and it stuck with me. "A house is made of bricks and beams. A home is made of love and dreams!" Very true, isn't it?? Maybe I'll make this quote in embroidery or quilling and get it framed. Its a Friday today. So, I hope all you lovely peeps have a great weekend. I'm looking forward to some peace and quiet over this weekend.

Ciao!

-Josie

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Cleaning the cobwebs!

Cobwebs! This place is full of it! Its been more than a year since I posted anything here. I'm not here to make any excuses or promises since a first-grader, a toddler and a full-time job means I have absolutely no time or energy to spend on my hobbies. I've been itching to get back to blogging as I love this virtual place I had created. I want to get back to blogging just to see if I enjoy it as much as I did before. So, here goes my attempt at reviving this blog. The last post was about the crib mobile I made for the little one who is not so little anymore. I did win the prize in the category I entered it and it felt nice to be recognized for the labour of love. So, a big thanks to all my lovely readers who voted for it. And, if you still have my blog on your blog reader, thank you so much for sticking with me. And, a big thank you to all those who reached out to me during my absence here.




So, I spent most of year 2013 in a post-baby fog. But, I did manage to make a few things for Alan, most notably a quilt for him. I also took a plunge and bought a Rigid Heddle loom in a moment of impulsive retail therapy. I blame it squarely on the postpartum hormones. Once the loom arrived and I warped it, I realized that I really LOVE weaving. Only, I don't have enough hours in a day to spend it with my loom. I'll be sharing the FOs and the projects I made during my break from the blog, in the coming days. If you know me on Facebook or Instagram, you might be seeing repeat entries.


Wondering what this feather is doing here on a craft blog?? I stumbled on this pretty polka-dotted feather last week at my parents' home and it made me smile. I felt light when I picked up this feather.. It reminded me of my childhood pastime of collecting various colorful feathers and hoarding them between pages of old books. It reminded me of the simple days of carefree childhood that I never appreciated then. Most of all, it reminded me to keep things simple and look for pleasure in the simple things in life, which is a challenge when you go though the motions of life everyday. Sorry! I'm getting philosophical here. But in a similar vein, let me share a simple project I tackled out of necessity.


Made out of old jean legs and hair elastic bands, these are life-savers in my home. Door-lock stoppers!! I have a toddler tornado at my home now. He loves to fiddle with locks in the door and my fear is that he'll get locked up in a room when the keys are inside and I'll have to find a carpenter to break the lock to get him out. So, these stoppers come in handy to stop the doors from getting bolted. I got the idea from a pin on Pinterest. Here is the stopper in use.


I don't take credit for this idea. Whoever came up with this is a genius. Don't you agree? So, whats the recent DIY project you tackled out of necessity? I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I've solved a simple problem at home with an easy DIY fix. So, share your latest accomplishments with me. I'd love to hear from you..

-Josie

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Felt crib mobile!

Hello dear readers!

Its been a long time since I popped in here.. The little one is 5 months old now and I hardly get time for myself these days. I've been wanting to share this simple project I did last year around August/September time-frame, when I was still pregnant with the little one. An easy to make DIY felt crib mobile.



All one needs to make this crib mobile are the following:

Felt sheet in various colors
An unused embroidery hoop
Hot glue gun
Cord or string
A metal ring

Optional:
Acrylic paint to paint the hoop

I cut the felt sheet into random shapes and stuck the pieces one on top of the another in order of their size. I cut 2 piece in each shape and used 4 shapes per side and made 2 sides in each combination to make a reversible felt sandwich. (Clear as mud?! Read the sentence slowly and it will make sense. :-) ) I made a total of 30 sandwiches.


Then I painted the embroidery hoop in white and tied 6 strings at equal distance around the hoop. I took the hot glue gun out and glued the sandwiches together on the string, keeping the string in the middle of the sandwich. Now, hang the hoop from a metal ring and use the metal ring to hang it on top of the crib. Watch your baby have fun kicking the mobile..


Alan loves his mobile and can entertain himself for a good span of time kicking and talking to his mobile. Gives this tired mommy a breather to get things done around the house. :-) A win-win!



I bought the felt sheets from Itsy-Bitsy, from their online store. I must tell you that my online shopping habit has doubled ever since I got pregnant and became home-bound. Thank God for online retail therapy. I'm linking this project to Itsy Bitsy's First Annual ItsyBitsy Craft Awards 2012-2013 in their Kids craft project of the year category.  Please vote for my entry. Its Entry # 10 under Kids craft category named as 'Jocelyn'. Its my first time entering any of my handmade in a competition. so, I'm very excited. Wish me luck!

-Josie

Friday, December 7, 2012

One baby sweater!

Thank you all for the wishes! Alan will be 2 months old next Friday... I keep wondering how that happened. It feels like I delivered him last week.. Time sure does fly. As I told you earlier, I did some baby knitting while expecting Alan. I came across this cute sweater pattern on Ravelry(Where else?!?) and I knew that I have to make it for the lil one. In the meantime, a dear friend of mine had a baby girl and I jumped at the chance to knit for her. So, I made the sweater for Baby N in a lovely raspberry colored yarn.


It took me just one day to make this. The pattern is called One baby sweater and the pattern description says: "One skein, one size, one needle, one piece, one button, one day to make" The pattern lived up to its name. Seeing how cute this turned out, I had to make one for Alan too. Here is Alan wearing his One sweater.


I never realized how much fun it is to knit baby items. you get all the fun of knitting plus the instant gratification. Not to forget the cuteness factor. I also made a striped cardigan for him, which is a tad bigger for him. Hopefully, he'll fit into it sooner than later. 


Alvin is excited to be around Alan and keep referring to the lil one as 'his baby'. I have given up correcting him that Alan is 'his brother' and not 'his baby'. Here are the two brothers with similar expressions on their faces..


Hows the holiday season coming along for everyone? Hope its a fun  holiday season for y'all.

-Josie

Monday, November 12, 2012

Breaking the silence...

It has been a long break for me from the blog world.. How have you all been? What was planned as a short break turned out to be a long hibernation. It feels a bit alien while I write this post. I'll slowly get back to regular blogging. So, without much ado, let me introduce the reason why I was away from this blog. We have a new member in the family. Alan Immanuel arrived 4 weeks early on Oct 14th,2012.


My elder son Alvin is excited to have such a tiny new brother. Of course, Alvin is impatient for Alan to grow up and become mobile so that they can play together. Alan is slowly becoming a night owl, keeping me and my Hubster up in the nights with his antics. yawwwnnn!!  Here are my boys together..


If you are wondering what happened to my hobbies and crafts, I still dabble in them.. only not as active as I used to be. I knitted a few things for Alan and others when I was pregnant. I will share them with y'all in the coming weeks. Here is something I was making over the past week. Its a very colorful project and hopefully, I'll have the finished object ready soon to share with you guys.


My posts here will be sporadic for a while.. Hopefully, you'll linger long enough to catch my updates. So, tell me what you've been up to while I was away? Spill the gossip, won't you?

-Josie

Monday, March 26, 2012

A brief hiatus!

I'm taking a brief hiatus from my blog! I know it seems a bit sudden..but, I realized that I won't be doing justice to my blog if I took off without informing you lovely readers. I'll be back in a month or two. I hope to be back sooner than that..refreshed and rejuvenated! Till then, all of you take care and be safe!

-Josie

Friday, March 16, 2012

This 'n' that and some news!

God! We are into the second half of March already! Days are flying, aren't they?! I've been dabbling with a lot of things lately. This and that.. nothing in particular.. I went on a fabric flower making spree.. I made fridge magnets out of them.. using the tutorial here. Here are the magnets I made..




Then, I went on an earring making spree.. The dainty earrings pattern has been on my radar for quite a while and finally, it came about on a lazy afternoon and I ended up making 6 pairs of earrings. :D


Here is the entire gang of earrings! I used Anchor mercerized knitting cotton and wooden beads to make these. Cute, aren't they?!


The earrings got me interested in jewelry making. I looked at my recently enhanced bead stash and started winging some bracelets.. I worked with what I visualized in my mind and I must say that the end results were exactly how I pictured it to be.. I made two bracelets with metal beads and cotton cord. Here they are..



I'm thrilled with how they came out.. The wooden and metal beads are from Itsy-Bitsy. I visited their new showroom in HSR Layout,Bangalore and came back with a much lighter wallet, I must say. :-)

-Josie

This post is linked to FO Fridays and Creative Fridays.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FO in action!

I'm working on a few things at the moment..but, I don't have any pics of them yet.. So, I'm gonna share a sewing FO in action. Remember way back when I made this reversible dress for my cousin's baby girl. I met Baby Rashmi during our Christmas vacation and I gave the dress to her. Of course, we got Rashmi dressed up in her dress and took pictures of her in it..


The dress fits her nicely and she has room to grow in it. I did make her wear the booties I made..but, you know how babies are with their booties,don't you?! She kicked them off in minutes after I put it on her. Here is Rashmi giving her opinion of the dress..


Isn't she cute?! I'm glad the dress fits her as I eye-balled the measurements and made it. :D Its been a long time since I sat at my sewing machine.. I'm itching to sew a bag or a baby dress now.. Let's see what strikes my fancy..

-Josie
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