Saturday, February 1, 2014

An Owl's Story

A short story telling today.

Once upon a time a little girlie had three little owls



These darling baby owlies had no Mamma. One day the Little girl's Mom, made her a big fabric owl.

(Pattern and inspiration from: Sew Little Fabric Blog)


And the Little girl called it the "Mamma owl".................so the three little owlies got a Mamma and a nest.


Happy little girlie.....happy little owlies and a Very
Happy Mamma!!!

This is the second of my sewing ventures (First one Fabric Birdie). Am currently hand sewing....its time taking but am enjoying. I hope to learn machine sewing some time soon. 

About the pattern: Its a very easy to follow kind of pattern. Simple design, hand stitching took me about an hour. I used some scrap fabrics at home, matched and stitched them up. I used some big sized buttons for the eyes.
The design if used in its actual dimensions makes a small owl, may be the size of an adult palm. So if one plans to use the design please enlarge and use accordingly. Its a fun project to make and i think the finished owlie looks cute!! Will be repeating this project in more interesting fabrics and definitely make a bigger one next time. 



Thanks for stopping by....as always.
Cheers
Chinnu


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

New crafts and Season's Greetings!!

Its a quick post....so just photos!!


This Fabric Bird Pattern is inspired from the web world. pattern is from Spool free bird pattern.
I used up old Fabric as am an amateur sewer,i hand sew this. I choose a kind of difficult fabric and it didn't hold the stitches well, so may not be a perfect shape, but for a beginner like me..... i loved the way it looks when finished.....and am sure to do more birdies in some interesting fabrics. Its a very easy pattern and looks lovely when done.


My Last minute decision to put-up some Christmas colors in my 2yr old Daughter's room. She helped me too and we put it up in 2hrs last nite....shez enjoying peeping into her room to see those stars glittering and am enjoying looking at the smile on her face!!

 

We did the tree with some wire, green tissue paper and ready scrapbook punches and supplies on hand. Also can be spotted are my ear-rings hung up as tree ornaments!!


 

This is a 10yr old stuffed snow man i learnt from a cousin of mine...its always been my favorite and he gets to come out once a year....and so you can see him smiling!!

Thanks for all those who stop by to view my posts.
Wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous new Year Ahead!!

Cheers, 
Chinnu

Monday, December 16, 2013

Minnie-Mouse Themed Birthday Party for my Little girl!!

Last week My little Angle turned TWO......time surely flies!! I still remember my pregnancy days and counting down days ......and its already been two years since all that!!
My little one is just growing fond of cartoon characters, animals and such....she has just begun to have "Favorites"......and her first favorite has been "Minnie Mouse". So we picked the theme after her and planned this Minnie themed birthday party for her...colors for the party were 'Pink and Black'.

Most ideas were inspired by the fellow bloggers, their posts, ideas and also from Pinterest......Thanks to all those who shared your ideas on the internet world!

Am sharing my creations and the party decorations we made for our little girl. Hope you all like them.
Birthday Invitation
Welcome sign

Decorations



Center-Piece




Party Hair bands
Welcome table

Birthday Cake-Mango Butterscotch..............very very yummy!!

Guest- Sign Page

Return Gifts



My Angel enjoyed her party..................she was too thrilled with the vibrancy of the decorations, very happy with her friends....comfortable in her pretty pink dress and thoroughly enjoyed her party!!

As always thanks for stopping by my Blog.

Cheers
Chinnu

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My Recent Crafts

Sharing some recent crafts of mine.

A birthday card for my Little friend
Welcome Rangoli- for Dasara



Fabric paint on Canvas- Name board for my niece's Nursery

Welcome Banner for my Niece- Inspired by Pintrest
'First Day of school'- Scrapbook page from a sample kindergarten memoirs book that I created


'My family'- sample page







'Field trip' - sample page
'My Staff'- sample page













As always Thanks for stopping by to view this post.

Cheers
Chinnu

Friday, September 6, 2013

Eco-friendly Ganesha Idol- DIY

Its that part of the year again, where its a festivity at my country. This week we celebrate a huge religious festival in my country which celebrates the powers and virtues of Lord Ganesha. He is God for knowledge, arts science and wisdom. He is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked to seek obstacle free celebrations of the rituals and festivities.
In particular its a festival very close to my heart and always enjoy making new and colorful decorations every year. The festivities include setting up a stage (Mantapam / Peetam) to place and worship the Lord, decorating the Stage, placing a choicest Idol (Clay idol) and worshiping and of-course the festivities wouldn't be done without delicious sweets and savories. Now doesn't it explain why its close to my heart ;) ..................Its not just about the sweets......its gives a great chance to create some bright and colorful crafts every year!!

Last two years (DIY Ganesha Idol 2010,DIY Ganesha Idol 2011) I had been away from home, on a foreign land with limited resources for our kind of festivities. But I was all determined to celebrate this festival though away from home. And this is how I did it!!
I made an idol all by myself.......no clay, no mud.........just out of wheat dough!!

1. Making the dough: I used normal wheat flour used to make Chapathis- mixed it with water and a spoon of turmeric just to give it a pinch of sanctity and later shaped it on my own. The amount of dough needed would depend on the size of the idol. My idol was about 15cms tall and I used about 1/2kg of dough.
Important: Be sure to make a hard dough.....use just enough water. If the dough gets thinner it did be hard to give it a shape and would also take very long to dry.

2. Shaping the idol: I made one big dough ball to be the body and the folded shape of legs and made another slightly small ball to be the face. The face portion was shaped to make the trunk and the crown. Later added the ears, hands, eyes and other smaller parts. I also made a little mouse to go with the idol. After all Lord Ganesha's idol is never complete without his Lil mouse friend!

3.I dried it under the Sun(not direct exposure to sun, you'll have cracks in the idol)slightly in shade but make sure there is enough heat there to dry the idol. It would need a day to dry.

4. I painted  using regular water colors. The dough will take up the colors very well. Here again DO NOT use a lot of water, just enough to pick the color onto the brush. Also using water colors would be more eco friendly. .You could choose not to color too, then you might want to mildly highlight the eyes and other significant parts.The paints to should dry in an hour.

5. I did add a slight glitter touch to the crown and jewelry and I was done!!

Also tried my hands at a few more crafts and put them all together in a day. So here I go sharing the pictures of the festivities (small scale version!!) at my place (in Germany!!)

Idol I made in 2010
Idol I made in 2011


Mantapam/Stage to seat the Lord


After the Pooja!
 
My 9month old enjoying the festivities in 2012
 

 
 

Its been a great joy putting all this together. Hope my readers are inspired to try their hands on making this eco-friendly Ganesha Idol........trust me the kids did love doing this and decorating the idol on their own plus...........the immersion is hassle free too.. Lets see what I come up with this year....now that am back home with family, friends and of course....all my craft resources too!!
 
Am happy to share this post as a kid-friendly craft idea at:
 
As always, thanks for viewing. Please do visit the page above for more such kid friendly craft ideas.......Shruthi has a great data base of ideas!!
 
Wishing you all a joyous festival.
Cheers,

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Artsy Craftsy is hosting irresistible giveaway!!


View all Giveaways  Happy Blog Birthday Artsy Craftsy!!

Artsy Craftsy is a very inspiring Blog hosted by Shruthi. The blog turns 4 and Shruthi is doing a mighty job of introducing enthusiastic entrepreneurs and inspiring us everyday. So far its been a great treat each day with such lovely art forms being showcased and introduced....first of all I did wish Shruthi "Congratulations" and also a "Big Thanks" for this endeavor!! Honestly the posts have been coming up very well each day...so much so that it keeps me hooked online in anticipation of what's new that's gonna pop-up today on the blog. All art forms are so vibrant, so creative and so very inspiring.

And not to miss are the tempting giveaways each day........everyday its a candy!! Give me a chance and I did love to win them all.....:D      c'mon, let's be honest who wouldn't want to win when the giveaways are so very attractive. There's pottery, quilts, cards, scrapbooks, crochet cuties, baby accessories, charms, purses, keepsakes, toys, jewellery.............you name it and its there!!



























And the best part of the giveaway is that one doesn't have to do much other than liking their Facebook page and choosing one favorite among the hosted products...fair enough isn't it?? Thanks Shruthi for keeping it so very straight and simple!!
Giveaway is open till end 31st July 2013............so there's lots of time...check it out!!

More crafts to be inspired from last week. These jewellery with a twist are simply mind blowing. awesome creativity!! Some of the products showcased are such 'Eco-friendly' initiatives...that am all regards for the people behind these ventures. Truly noble for the society....keep up the good work!!




 
 
Now if you are intrigued....Please visit the following pages and read it and see it all of yourself.........am sure you'll feel tempted by the giveaways too......have fun!!

1. Meet the host at http://www.artsycraftsymom.com/
2. The giveaway list is at 4th Blog Birthday

Go see it all for yourself and have fun!!
Its truly a SUPER DUPER ARTY PARTY!!!

Cheers and Luck
Chinnu