Saturday, December 12, 2009

Guest room prints


Digi, I have missed you!!!
I did these prints today for our Guest bedroom. The size is 16x12 and the frames they'll go in are 20x16. I print at Costco as the bigger prints are way cheaper than anywhere else. They'll be ready tomorrow. Can't wait!


© Michelle Coleman, Medith Fenwick and Nancy Rowe Jaitz

I also printed this years Christmas cards.



I had started a baby book for Mehul that just got printed. He is now reading so it should still be useful :)

Monday, December 07, 2009

Recap


Ok you readers :-) I guess I should fess up what has been keeping me busy -

My sisters family visited us in September. This visit had been postponed because of me going to India for a month for work in June. So before she visited, we completely re-did the guest bedroom. This kept us busy through out August. I am really quite happy with the way this room has been done. Exactly what I wanted. There will be pictures, I promise.
They visited in mid-september and stayed till mid-october. We took them to Disney!! They have a 7yr old DD and it was just perfect. We were there for 6 days and had a great time. Went to Sea World, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. The weather was good for the most part, the lines were short. It was a great time to visit. The only thing was I couldn't ride but still made the most of it. We also took them to visit Niagara Falls and New York city. Both long trips but they really enjoyed it.
After she went back we slowly got into a routine. The long trips completely tired me off. That combined with first trimester tiredness, I was just doing the bare minimum. The whole October-November is a blur. I developed a great deal of nausea and completely lost my appetite. Now I am in second tri and getting my energy back. So there is the news :-) From the moment of positive test, I've kept a pregnancy blog. You are welcome to read in your spare time.
There you have it. I will be back with pictures! Made a jewelry piece this weekend I'm very proud of. Can't get a good pic of it to show off the sparkle but I'll post what I have.

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Back!!


I will be shocked if anyone still comes to check this blog. I will try to blog regularly again. I have some news that I can't share here yet but it is the news that is keeping me busy :-)

Since the closet transformation, we've undertaken building my craft room (Finally!). Hopefully it will be in decent enough shape to take pictures of soon.

I just finished re-doing all the images for this blog. Way too tiring of a job. I'll be back.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Master closet - Transformed



DH started working on this when I was in India. We had discussed doing something with the closet and I had done sketches and started a design in IKEA design builder to come up with ideas last year. Nothing concrete because we wanted to explore all the options. He did the research while I was gone and started building it.
Prior to this, we just had a single rail running all the way through with a wire rack to keep clothes. I don't think I have a picture of that but it's pretty standard in builder houses in our area.

It is DONE!! My dream closet is done.

This is the best possible shot from the outside. The right wall is completely mine, the back wall is his but there is some of my stuff there, the left wall is 50/50.



Right wall
My work tops and bottoms on the right. The main dresser has my indian dresses, night suits, workout clothes, t-shirts, jeans, etc. The thin side unit has undies, socks.
More work tops on the left bottom, kurtas etc. on the top.


Left wall
His coats & t-shirts on top, my sarees on bottom


Center wall
His shirts on top, pants on bottom.


There are 2 corner units that can't be seen easily in these pictures. You can see one in the first picture. Many of the drawers are empty and there is about 2 feet of space between the closet and ceiling where I'm planning on putting some baskets with seasonal clothes. There are few thin jewelery drawers that I can use. I have a few jewelery boxes that hold some of my pieces,

Well that was our latest project. DH wanted it to be a complete surprise but he needed my input LOL! I love the way it turned out.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009



Thanks, all. For sure, DH and DS are missing me. DS is sick and it was heart breaking to hear his voice on the phone. I will be sooo glad to be back home. I am even looking forward to the flight - normally I hate it. LOL The only life-saver has been VOIP phone which we've used like anything too keep in touch. Without it I would have been depressed.

Raychill - I remember that! We must be stitching-sisters :)

This morning I sent my final laundry for the week and it suddenly hit me. This is the beginning of my trip back. Co-workers are taking me to dinner today so I will pack tomorrow night. Checkout of the hotel friday morning, catch the flight to Delhi in the evening after work. This weekend I'll be in Delhi and time just FLIES when I'm there. Sunday night is my flight back home!!!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Stitching



An entire month without any posts. I thank you to visit after such long absences from blogging. So much is going on in my life that I don't feel like spilling all of that here -- except for crafting, ofcourse. I love making craft related posts.

Quick update - I am in India currently on the tail end of my trip. It has been fine except missing DH and DS too much. This time I got the time to do all those things I want to do on when I come to India but never have time for - like taking long walks in the parks, going window shopping (and shopping), going to movies, just sitting at home (hotel) and hanging out with family, and so on. But it has been a long 4 weeks without them. It would have been so much better if they were able to come but seeing that we just visited 6 months ago, it didn't make sense. DH wasn't able to get vacation so soon and for me it is work during weekdays anyways.

So glad I brought stitching with me on this trip. It was a last minute decision to throw in something just in case I didn't feel like knitting. Turns out I haven't knit at all and have been stitching away :) Here is a before and after of my long time WIP - Tradewinds

Last update - Oct 22, 2003. Eeeek!!

4th July, 2009


I haven't filled in the mermaid face and body portion because I want to do it over-one and the printout of the chart that I have is terrible. So I moved on to the center medallion. I am so loving this project right now. It's funny how I don't stitch for long time (last time I stitched was during olympics) and then when I do get back to it I wonder WHY in the world I wasted all that precious stitching time? LOL! Just a quick overview of what I did hobby-wise in the last 7-8 months that I didn't stitch --
1 month vacation in India
15 novels (Stephanie Plum Series), one or two other novels
Knitted a pair of Socks, started 2 more socks. Made 2 scarves (maybe 3?)
Few sets of jewelery - at least 3 Necklaces, many earrings, bracelets and stitching fob (for Erin), 3 Key fobs
Few PJ bottoms for DS, a skirt for me, a skirt and a DRESS for a friend
I did stitch in Jan for a few weeks on Thistle Stop

Anyhow, I will be back in the US on July 13th. Just a week left, so much still to do - work wise as well as shopping. See you later :)

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Quick update



I will be going to India in a few days for work purposes. Life is quite hectic right now. I will be there for 5 weeks. Will be back in the middle of July. There is some vacation time in there but mostly it will be work work work.

I also wanted to show the London Photobook that I've ordered. I made it using ArtsCow interface i.e. it was quickly put together on the site. Here is a peek!

London Photobook ** Requires Microsoft Silverlight.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Wool, Sheep and Silk cocoons!



Last Saturday, Jenni and I went to MD Wool and sheep Festival. It was my first time there but she has gone several times before. DH volunteered to drive me to her house. We woke bright and early, had chai and were at her house around 7:45AM. I fell in love with her yard and who could not love Henry? He is the cutest. This was my first time seeing him though it seems like I've watched him grow - from his pictures. CUTE!

So we were at the festival before 9AM. The first thing I noticed were people walking back to the parking with plants. There were some plant sellers at the beginning so I bought some (pictures later) and deposited them in the car. Then we were on yarn hunt.

Jenni wanted to start at the main barn - that's where the most vendors were so there we went. On the way to the barn we saw the sheep! There was some sheep activity going on but we were on a mission. I was amazed by all the yarn and couldn't help but touch all the lusciousness. I wasn't sure before going about what I was going to buy and thought of just going with it. I think I did good but a list would have helped! There is so much there that it gets overwhelming. Next time I'm going with a list! I still love all the things I bought, I didn't overspend or underspend.


There's lace yarn (the blue balled up), yarn for hats (brown and the small blue skeins), Mohair (the 3 peach ones in the corner), and rest is sock yarn. I got the mohair and the blue yarn for hats for a steal.

She has a list of all her purchases on her blog too. We were done a lot sooner that expected (I think around 1PM) so we decided to ball up some of my yarn at her ball winding stations (that's what I'm calling it). Once there, I called DH to pick me up and managed to wind a few tangled up yarn in the mean time.


I have to show another yarn that I have been meaning to post but haven't yet. Jenni gifted me this yarn when we met for lunch a week or so ago. This is from ThePaintedTiger and I had loved this one the card that she had given me earlier. So sweet of her. Thank you, Jenni!


About the silk cocoons - they are dyed, and have fiber still on them. She mentioned that I can spin out of it but I think I'll just keep them on the counter. They are a great conversation starter for sure and look so pretty! Ok - I just read about yarn extraction from silk cocoon. Basically you boil and shampoo them to remove the gum. Maybe if I get tired of looking at them, I'll try it. Sounds neat.

Well, now I hope to have some WIP pictures in the coming months. So far, I have just done the gauge with one of the yarns.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Cherry Blossoms in DC a.k.a. Spring has Sprung



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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Castles in the air



Floss Toss on SMF Garden Princess
The picture is not showing all the colors accurately. The orange looks red, eggplant looks black.



Coming up with the colors took longer than last time for Garden Grows. This time the designers have already included some colors -- blues, greens, neutrals. It seemed like anything I was including in the blue family was clashing with the existing colors. I did include a blue, I think it works. I reserve the right to change my mind as I see them in action.

I decided to use a crystal for the center - 8mm top drilled clear heart.

DMC Floss

Designer chosen-
807 - Peacock Blue
3765 - Peacock Blue V Dark
3799 - Peacock Blue Light
610 - Drab Brown Dark
3046 - Yellow Beige Medium
3045 - Yellow Beige Dark
310 - Black
3072 - Beaver Grey V Light
317 - Pewter Grey
White

My Choice
3345 - Dark Green
3347 - Medium Green
3348 - Pale Green
742 - Floral 1 - Yellow
743 - Floral 2 - Pale Yellow
223 - Floral 3 - Lt. Mauve
3842 - Floral 4 - Prussian Blue
150 - Floral 8 - Magenta
900 - *Floral ? - Orange
154 - *Floral ? - Eggplant
3771 - *Floral ? - Light Peach

* - Floral 5,6,7 are not used in part 1 so I don't know how to place them yet

Beads
03005
02011

Metallic - #4 Kreinik braid 025

How does your garden grow?


I haven't worked on it in a while. This is the last picture I have. I will probably alternate both.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Socks Finished, Socks Started




Socks for Girish

Stitch = Decorative Rib
Work with multiples of 4
Row1: K1b *P3 K1b
Row2: K1b *P1 K1 K1b

Quick Scarf


Stash Report - I love KnitPicks


Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Posting from Philly



I'm here on training for 2 days. I forgot my laptop charger and have to share my co-worker's during the training. Thank goodness for him! So this will be very quick because now I'm back at the hotel - no charger. I miss DH and Mehul so much!! Can't wait to go back home.

Sock#2 is coming along great. I should try to finish it in these 2 days because there's nothing else to do here when I'm back at the hotel. I have about 4" of the foot left to do.

I ordered a bunch of yarn from KnitPicks the other day. It should be there by the time I return. Yay!

I won't have time for sightseeing or visiting any needlework stores. We drive back tomorrow afternoon.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Sock #1 of first pair



Started March 2nd -


Finished March 8th -




It has been a very busy weekend. I had a major deployment starting Friday - March 6. Things went relatively well and we were out of the office at 11PM. Then on Saturday began the testing (UAT). That could have gone smoother but we survived. Done at 7PM. Today we had a family over for tea and chit chat. Between all the deployment worries I had forgotten about DST. We had to set the clock one hour ahead hence losing an hour. I'm so not ready for tomorrow.

Apart from the sock knitting, I made 2 types of pickles. I hope they turn out well, it is my first time trying one of them. That one is Lime, Ginger and Green chilly. Spicy and super yummy. The smell had me drooling LOL. This will take a month to get ready to eat. The other one is a mix vegetable pickle that my grandma used to make and I adore - it has carrots, cauliflower, turnips & radish, and it is made in vinegar along with other spices. This one should be ready in a few days. I got the recipe for both from Musical's Kitchen. Oddly, her link seems to be gone from my blogroll and the blogs are no longer in order. It might be time to find an alternative for blogrolling.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Knitting finish



I tried a Tam. Don't think M will wear it but I wanted to try it. It came out better than I had expected.

Seed Stitch Scarf


Today it snowed heavily. We got out and took pictures. I shoveled for a few minutes too.



Took a few new pictures of M as it had been a while.



Friday, February 20, 2009

Sewing and Jewelery



I have been sewing lately. The jewelery pics are from December and Jan pretty much.

PJ Bottoms

Truck Pillow

Closeup of satin stitching


Keyring

Earrings - I made the top 3.

And these

Loved these beads at the Gem show. Finally made a necklace I'm happy with!

Same style as above - made with sunstone beads from a necklace my sister gave me to redo.

Made all of these except the left-most.

Lastly, my ring. I love the way this moves and makes a sound.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Chucky The Hamster



DH's boss got her kids a hamster. The hamster gave babies the day after. The boss-lady brought the babies to work. DH got Chucky (formerly known as Gluestick) home :)

Working out in his exercise ball

Sitting in his food tray and eating

Drinking water from the bottle


Chucky is pretty down to earth guy. He eats, sleeps and poops. Quality pet time.

In crafy news, I finished this scarf some time back -


Thistle Stop WIP 1/24/2009


We are surveying schools for Mehul. He is not eligible for public school this year because his birthday is 4 days after the cutoff date so our choices are to do Kindergarten in Private school or KG in current Daycare, or let him do Pre-K again in daycare. We want to do private KG. His daycare has a Kindergarten program too and we might just stay with this daycare. The problem with this daycare is that it is not State Accredited for KG and he will have to give a test to get admission in 1st grade in public school next year. The schools we are looking into are Accredited but none have impressed us as much as our current daycare. Mehul is already reading KG level. I see the books for KG and know he can do half of it already (and he still has at least 6 months to go). What to do?? It is all so confusing. The cost varies from school to school and that is currently not a very big factor in the decision making but it might if there is a huge difference. Some parents have advised us against doing KG at all this year but we think Mehul is ready. He is already learning so much at school and is doing so well socially too, we don't see a reason to hold him back. Of course, if come next year he is not ready for 1st grade, we can repeat the year.

I'm going to go stitch or knit something. Next week's lunches are already prepared and in the freezer. There is a little laundry to fold but I'll pass on that opportunity ;) Happy Sunday!