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

Friday, March 9, 2012

FOs - nice and not-so-nice!

Ever came across a situation where your best of intentions have gone wrong?! When I started making framed embroidery samplers, I got the frames done by a professional framer( Is that even a word?!). A thought struck  me and I said.. Why not bind the samplers like you'd bind a quilt?! Then, the entire sampler will be made by me! Have you ever felt that something is not turning out as you expected but, you still keep going in the hope that it will be alright in the end, only to discover otherwise. Yes. That's what happened here. sigh Now, I've learnt that I should leave the framing work to the professionals. See the wonky Soft-kitty sampler.


I'm sure if Sheldon or his Mama sees this, they'll think that I'm sick and sing the same song back to me! ;-) I love how the embroidered text came out. Its only the binding that turned wonky and spoilt the whole thing. sigh I was planning to gift this to someone but, alas! I can't gift something that I don't like. That's not fair,right?! I don't have the heart to undo the binding and take out the sampler. I guess I'll have to make another one.


Moving away from sad samplers, here are the frames I made for Alvin's teachers. I got them done in on-the-table style frames so that they can leave it at their desk at work. Two frames for his two teachers.




I love how these came out. I hope his teachers like it as well.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on heirlooms on my previous post. Thank you to everyone who shared lovely stories of the heirlooms in your family. I got some fresh flowers yesterday.. and, my Grandma's ceramic jar was just perfect for them.




I plan to buy fresh flowers now and then and put them in this jar on my kitchen counter. They look so cheerful at the counter,don't they?! All of us are recovering from one or the other seasonal illnesses.. so, this weekend will be all about recharging our energies. What are your plans for this weekend? Anything interesting?

-Josie

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Heirlooms!

Since I don't have any interesting WIP to show you today, I thought I'll talk about some heirloom brass ware that I got from my family. If talk about old tarnished brass ware is not your cup of tea, you might be bored by the rest of the post. ;-) It all started when I was rummaging through a rundown shed at my paternal grandmother's place.. I came across this ceramic jar that was used for pickling lemons and mangoes... used by her. She is no more and I remember her as a soft-spoken lady who was very dexterous with her hands. She used to do a lot of embroidery for home.. pillow covers, table cloth and such. All my aunts and uncles say that I take after her. :-) Here is the jar I stumbled upon..



It is a bit chipped at the rim and shows a lot of wear and tear. There is even a small crack on it. But, I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. I was glad to find something that my Grandma used in her days. Seeing my joy over old scrap items that belonged in the family, my aunt gave me a brass vase that belonged to my Grandma. It came to me like this..


I was over joyed! My Hubster thought I have lost it. Who in their right minds will do a happy dance for a tarnished brass vase?! But, I saw the potential in the brass vase. One round of cleaning will bring this beauty back from sleep. Don't believe me?! See for yourself..


I have plans to use this as a vase. Then my dad donated some more brass ware that he had in his collection that he got from my maternal grand mother.. She is no more and I remember my maternal grandmother as a shrewd lady with a vile tongue, very unlike my paternal Grandma. She always insisted us on getting good grades as she didn't go to school beyond the primary level and I remember her making bobbin lace and selling them for her pin money. I regret not learning the craft of making bobbin lace from her. These are the items from my maternal Grandma..


Boring brass ware,eh?! I got these cleaned.. actually, I requested my Dad to get these cleaned at a shop that deals with brass wares. and, now, they are shinier than ever.  See.. See..


I plan to use these items just like my Grandmothers did. I don't believe in hoarding items without using them. My favorite is the small bowl on the right at the pic above. I remember my Grandma using it to store her hair pins and safety pins. I'm using it at the moment to store some embroidery floss. :-)


I'm glad I got these items from my family. I like the continuity that I find in these materialistic items and I hope someone feels enough to take care of these things after my time. Do you have any heirlooms that you inherited from your family? Are you using them or just storing them? Share your stories with me..

-Josie

 P.S: Its my brother's birthday today.. Happy Birthday,Nevin! :-) and, a dear cousin's first wedding anniversary too. Happy Anniversary,guys! May you have many more years of wedded bliss!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Does this happen to you?

Off late,I've seen this happen to me a lot.. Most of my great ideas happen to me at the most inopportune moment.. I'll be at work when I get struck with an idea or inspiration to create something and there is nothing I can do about it at that moment. Makes me want to scream and run..But, then I'll be labelled as 'that crazy lady at work'. sigh  How do you handle such moments? Jot down your thoughts on a notepad for future reference? But..but.. it won't feel as satisfying when you work on it later as it will, if you try it immediately. Ok! Enough of my rant,you say? I do have some lovely embroidery frames to show you today. so, let me show you that instead of ranting.. :-) Here is the doodle heart sampler framed and finished!


I love how it came out. The other heart sampler..done on tea-dyed fabric also is framed now. I love the aged look of the tea-dyed fabric. See for yourself..



Here is the 'Take a nap' sampler framed.. This is one of the first samplers that I got framed..



and, my most favorite of the lot.. the crayon-tinted 'Growing trees' sampler. I love this technique.. like a reader said.. a grown-up version of coloring. ;-)



All the designs are from Urban Threads.I have a few more samplers to show you but, I'll save it for another day! We don't want an image overload,do we?! ;-) As you can see, I'm enjoying these samplers a lot.. Small projects that give instant gratification.. what is your kind of project? Instant gratification or long-term satisfaction?! (That sounds cheesy!) Share your thoughts..

-Josie

This post is linked to Creative Friday and FO Fridays.
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