New cushion covers

These cushion covers are so simple, quick & gratifying. After a particularly frustrating sewing session, I haven’t touched my sewing machine since September 2016. Finally, I figured that my sewing machine and I work well only with cotton fabric. These cushion covers are made with cotton fabric from Ikea.

The pattern is from Samelia’s Mum. I used this same pattern when I made my first cushion cover. A couple of years ago, I learnt some fabric printing techniques and made a few hand printed fabrics. One of them, I sewed into a cushion cover.

In case you are planning to make a cushion cover or two, I recommend you to use the pattern I linked to above. It is great for beginners as well as for more experienced sewists.

P.S. If you like these cushion covers, please pin them. Thanks!

 

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Wishlist for 2017

This year, for the first time I am planning ahead my projects! From fall 2016, I have picked out yarns, colors & patterns that mix well with other items in my wardrobe and fit into my personal style. I started a few projects too and then my hand began to hurt. So, I am taking it slow and working on my projects now & then.

By the end of 2017, I wish to knit –

  • Long, loose & light sweater : Skappelgenseren by Dorthe Skappel. Photo from Maria Skappel’s blog

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  • Top down sweater/cardigan : IMPROV by Karen Templer. Photo from Karen Templer’s blog

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By the end of 2017, I wish to crochet

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  • Throw blanket : Pattern undecided yet, let’s see how it goes.

Other things I wish to do by end of 2017 –

  • Sew a dress
  • Paint
  • Make a few ear-rings
  • Purge my closet

The most time taking ones will be the four big knit & crochet projects to be done in the next 11 months! Well, what do you think?

 

Playing with paints & paper

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Cruising through Pinterest, I saw a few paintings but what caught my eye was beautiful and colourful marbled designs on paper. Wow, they were so pretty! I had to make them so I searched and read about paper marbling.

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A few basics about paper marbling –

  • Use thick watercolour paper for best results.
  • Use acrylic paints or liquid watercolours or nail polish or food colours.
  • Use shaving cream as base. Other options include water or milk and a layer of alum for the paper.

I didn’t want to buy any supplies like alum, carrageenan, liquid starch that I may or may not use again. I was a little skeptical about dipping my paper in water/milk or use nail polish. I didn’t have any food colours. Using shaving cream was interesting and easily available. I have acrylic paints (fabric paints) and a ruler. All I had to buy was watercolour paper.

I got the watercolour paper from the Flying Tiger Copenhagen (previously, Tiger) store. Oh, how I love that store. It makes me very happy just walking through it. They always seem to have something I need 🙂

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These are the acrylic paints (fabric paints) I had at home. I got them from India a few years ago.

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So, how did I make it ? –

  • Place plastic wrap (cling wrap) all over the table. Alternatively, use a wide pan or baking dish. I didn’t want to use any kitchen utensils with the shaving foam and paints, so I choose to do it straight on the plastic wrap. Plus it is much easier to clean!
  • Spread a thick layer of shaving foam in the same size or slightly bigger than the paper.
  • Add a few drops of paint in one or more colours on the shaving foam.
  • Use a toothpick to gently spread and mix the paints around. Don’t overdo.
  • Take one watercolour sheet and gently press it on to the shaving foam+paint. Press for about 30 seconds, making sure all areas of the paper is touching the shaving foam+paint.
  • Remove paper and place foam side up.
  • With a ruler, in one single motion, swipe the foam from side to side or top to bottom. As the ruler moves, the colours combine to form unique patterns.
  • Use a tissue paper to blot out any shaving foam or wet paint remaining.
  • Let it dry completely. If the paper is not flat anymore, place weights on the marbled paper and leave it overnight.

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These marbled papers are versatile. Use it as a base for another painting or cut it into other shapes for decoration. If you use greeting card size papers for marbling, they will make beautiful handmade cards.

For more inspiration about this technique, check out this, this, this and this. I read them before I started my paper marbling.

It turned out pretty good, don’t you think?

P.S. If you like these marbled papers, please pin them!

Crochet: Chevron Lace Cardigan No. 3

Newest favourite cardigan is here! My first big & wearable crochet project was chevron lace cardigan. I posted it here in the blog a long time ago. After the first chevron lace cardigan in brown with Drops Alaska, I made another one using Novita Rose Mohair.

Now, I am very comfortable with the pattern and include my little tweaks. It is a top down pattern that I can try as I make. It is very helpful to try it on when increasing or shaping armholes and make the necessary changes!

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Pattern: Chevron Lace Cardigan by milobo

Yarn: Drops Merino Extra Fine in red (uni colour 11), ~ 7 balls

Hook: 6mm

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There are a few firsts in this cardigan no. 3 –

  • I used DK weight yarn (last 2 cardigans were made with aran weight yarn).
  • I extended the sleeves to cover my elbows.
  • It is red! My one and only red garment!

This is a very simple and elegant design. I would wholeheartedly suggest you to make one – go to the pattern link above to see pictures, read comments and yarn suggestions from over 2500 other people who made it!

P.S. If you like this cardigan, please pin it. Thanks!

Bullet journal

Years ago, a girl was distributing freebies at a tram stop. It was a small but thick book. When I opened it, it had the year’s calendar & pages for every day of the year. I had no idea what to do with it. Some of the pages in the book had interesting drawings & sceneries. So, I carefully stored it (can’t help it, I am trying to change this habit & use things today and not resorting to storing-forgetting-and ultimately never using it cycle).

Eventually, I noticed people opening their precious (big & small) calendar books to decide on a meeting time, party, road trip, shopping, laundry and what not. So, I tried once. I forgot about it. Then I tried again & made it a habit. I also learnt it is called a daily planner. Now, 9 years later, a yearly calendar book aka daily planner is a huge & important part of my life!

Over the years, I used different daily planners from basic to fancy. January 1st is an exciting day to start my new planner each year. But, it is also a frustrating day when I am in two minds – should I throw away last year’s planner or save it?

In 2015, I came across a ‘bullet journal’. Wow! It was exactly what I wanted. Bullet journal screams creative, open, flexible, authentic and personal. For newbies, a bullet journal is basically a combined daily planner and a diary. It can be much more too. I love that it is totally customisable and makes sense to store it to read in the future (after all, it is a personal diary too)!

There are tons of tips, ideas and photos of people’s bullet journals all over the internet. I have scoured Pinterest for bullet journal pins. See some of my favourites (click each picture to go to their source) –

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Roadmap bullet journal from ‘Hello I am Prince’
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Bullet Journal ideas from ‘Boho Berry’
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Daily Layout ideas from ‘Without Elephants’
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Bullet Journal ideas from ‘Pepper and Twine’
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Bullet Journal ideas from ‘Pepper and Twine’
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Bullet Journal ideas from ‘Pepper and Twine’

So, what do you think? Do you use year planners or bullet journals?