Thursday, July 18, 2019

3rd Post in 7 Months!!

Hope this post finds all my dear crafting, blogging friends in great health and happiness

It's almost end of the 7th month and this is only my 3rd post of the year!! Earlier I used to post using my office laptop, simply because I was too lazy to open up my personal one after reaching home. Now, there has been a change in the company's policy, and access has been restricted to all sites even when we are out of office network. This is one of the main reasons that I have not been able to post as regularly. Also, the blogger app is not updated for iPhone or iPad - has others noticed it?

Of late my taste has moved away from chocolate and I have been wanting to try new flavours. Here are some of the new recipes I tried recently

During our trip to Dubai last year, we had bought some dried lavender. I finally took it out from hibernation and used (only a tsp) in this lavender cake with lemon drizzle

Here's a link to the original recipe -

Lavender Cake with Lemon Drizzle

Last year when my brother and family came for a holiday from the USA, I had ordered some Hershey's cinnamon chips

Baked cinnamon muffins with cinnamon chips. I got this recipe from a baker's group in FB.

I replaced egg with flaxseed powder
Cinnamon Muffin with Cinnamon chips

Here's a picture of Summer Iris - I am loving how it's shaping up

I am still thinking about how I am going to finish this. Hope to finish this up in a month at least

That's the crafty update today from me friends. Till next time.. take care.. be happy.. keep stitching.. au revoir

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Snail's pace

..That's how my stitching has been progressing since the New Year. But then, this seems to have been a pattern the last few years. What with a whole lot of festivals, exams, and then vacations

So, this is where Summer Iris stands at the moment

It's coming out beautifully so far. I think I might have to change the shade for the borders as the color is exactly the same as the linen. Probably I could use a brownish shade.. 

So, that's from me today friends. Till next time.. Take care.. Keep stitching.. Be Happy.. Au Revoir!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

January Update

Feels like we just wished each other a happy new year and we are almost at the end of the 2nd month!!

January has been a very active month with..

The annual book fair
V and I picked up these books. We are trying out new authors and genres. I have been wanting to read more about Indian/World history. This book is my first attempt to start 
Pongal 2019 was a low key affair as it was only V and me this year. So, not much enthusiasm to cook up a feast

My dearest darling Kalima's annual Chennai visit - to get energized and soaked in pure love for 2 whole days. Fortunately this year I was able to take both days off 

Having been such an active month and a half, I could not find much time to stitch
I did start work on Summer Iris by Blackbird Designs. I am stitching this on 30ct linen with all the recommended threads
This is the first time I am working with 30ct linen and it's a little tricky.. I am having to wear my glasses while stitching, hehe. I can manage without the glasses for 28ct, but not for 30ct. 

So, that's the story at my end dear friends. More next time. Till then.. Be happy.. Keep stitching.. Au Revoir

Monday, December 31, 2018

2018.. the year that was

Time to say Goodbye to yet another year!! WOW.. time sure does fly

Here's a quick recap of the year in pictures

I got my nose pierced this year! This has been something I have been wanting to do for a very long time but never got to, as the total idea just freaked me out. So, happy to have ticked something off my bucket list

All the new recipes that we tried between V and me. I have stashed so many recipes in the form of newspaper cuttings, magazines, recipe books and saved in FB and emails. So, this year I wanted to try as much of them as possible, here's some of them ticked off. Hope to achieve more the coming year

I also have accumulated so many beads and beading accents in my stash. So, I decided that after every stitchy finish I will do some beading. Here's all that we have accomplished this year between V and me. Now my beads bag is significantly lighter!! 

Complete list of books I have read this year. Out of the whole lot my most favorites or the ones that impacted me the most have been - Immortals of Meluha, Northanger Abbey (re-reading after many years), Flawless and Goodbye Jimmy Choo

Cross Stitching
Wow, quite a stitchy year - feel good that I was able to accomplish . I wanted to use up as much from my stash this year and I feel very happy to say that I stuck to that resolve!! Lesson learnt - set smaller achievable goals

Last but not the least at all - I completed a DECADE of Blogging!!! Can you believe that it's actually been 10 whole years since I stepped into this world and how much I have grown. I have come a long way with all your encouragement, motivation and inspiration

As I sign off for the day, here's wishing all my dear blogger friends a very very happy, stitchy, peaceful year ahead

See you next year dear friends. Till then.. take care.. be happy.. keep stitching.. Au Revoir

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Finished & Framed..

Wishing all my dear blogger friends a belated Merry Christmas!! You must be busy with the post-festive clearing up and gearing up to welcome the New Year

While we all are getting ready to sign off 2018 and relish the last few days of the year, I have a finish.. yes absolutely, blue lotus is all done
That's both the lotuses side by side. All materials are from my stash. Stitched on perforated paper with anchor thread from my recent thread haul!! The design is from Pinterest - here is the link to the pattern. I loved the design at first sight - it evokes a sense of calm. Also, love how it also looks like a namaste

That's the blue one all framed up. In hind sight, I should have either used the same lighter shade of perforated paper as the pink or lighter shades of blue.  

The pink one framed up

Both these beauties have reached my cousins in Dubai and are adorning the walls in their drawing rooms now. Doesn't it feel really good when we make something for someone and they really like it. I think I might stitch this again for myself :)

Signing off today on that note, take care.. be happy.. keep stitching.. Au Revoir

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

TUSAL - December 2018

Wow, already time to post the last monthly ORTs update!!

All ORTs are from progress on blue lotus. The ones on the right are for the month and the ones in the glass jar are YTD

For the pink lotus I had made only the outermost petal a shade darker. But this time I am making the outer 2 petals darker and I think this works well too. Wow, I am getting more adventurous :)

That's it from me today friends. Till next time.. take care.. be happy.. keep stitching.. Au Revoir!!

Monday, November 26, 2018

A decade of Blogging!!

Can you believe it.. well, I certainly can't believe that it's been a decade since I wrote my first post here.

I wrote my first post (if you can consider that a post) in a hurry before my brother's wedding. I almost forgot about my bloggoversary.. only realized when we were discussing at home about my brother's 10th wedding anniversary!!

I am unable to remember what exactly triggered me into starting a blog of my own, but am definitely amazed that I have kept it running for this long!! If not for the blog and all the friends I have made here, I am not sure if I would have been able to continue with the crafts - Cross stitch, beading, baking, reading!! Reading all your blogs has kept me totally motivated and pushing myself to achieve much more, setting new deadlines/targets and goals and working towards that

To each and every one of you who have given me advice when required and also those who have guided me in an invisible way, a very big THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!!! You can even say this is my belated Thanksgiving wish to everybody
Here's to my 10th Bloggoversary and many many more years of learning, virtual tours, crafting and friendship

With a great feeling of gratitude and warmth, I sign off today my dear friends. Till next time.. Take care.. Be happy.. Keep stitching.. Au Revoir!!!