Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Latest happenings

I've been a little obsessed with nails lately. It's largely due to youtube. There's so many awesome ideas to try out it's hard to decide which ones first. Every night Aanya and I sit down and watch a few (or more) nail videos and talk about which ones we like the most. Polka dots and flowers win pretty much every time. Add glitter and you've got a true winner! We're both such girly girls. My friends used to tell me I very much needed a daughter and how much fun it could be. A little bit of pink was way overdue in this house. When we went for the 20wk u/s I was so beyond happy to find out we were having a girl. I would have been happy either way and had fully prepared myself for another boy but we were thrilled it was a girl. Mehul and Aanya get along well and have enough in common to keep each other busy. Life is good!

On to the nails :) 

First there were wraps. I had another one before this but don't have a picture of it. It's Jamberry. These wraps stayed on my nails for 4 weeks! They are super strong and when I removed them my nails were longer than I've ever had them. It's like they made my nails stronger.


Crazy long nails. I was loving the length but one broke and it was difficult to type with this length. I enjoyed it for a week and then trimmed to a manageable size. Here's a few Gradient tutorials on youtube.




Leopard nails. There's tons of tutorials on this as well.


Black and White dots. I got some dotting tools and brushes from ebay for cheap.


And my current one. I used some striping tape for creating the lines. It looks great and is my current fave. I like that it's sophisticated enough for work and is still fun.


These are the only nail pics I have on my phone. Now I'm trying to decide what to do next. Flowers probably :)

Since I have it uploaded, here is the latest quilt in progress. Block design is based on One Block Wonders book.The block design is the same hexagonal shape but the fabric cut makes it different. The brilliant and unique way of cutting the fabric makes these kaleidoscopic patterns automatically. Blocks have been half sewn at this stage to make placement easier. Once I have all of them completed and am happy with the placement I'll start sewing in columns. This will be a queen size quilt for our bed.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Happy Birthday Aanya

DD's birthday was this week. I made this dress for her. Pattern is Maggie's First Crush by Foo Foo threads.





She also had her ballet recital past weekend. Here she is in her costume!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Happy New Year, 2014!

And so ends another year and a great new year begins. We had a great time celebrating the winter holidays at Orlando. Kids had a blast at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Legoland and Universals's Islands of Adventure. I loved the Wizarding World of Harry Potter the most :) Big Fangirl here hehe

I had a great sewing year as well. My 52 things list kept me going all year. I really like this format and will do it again this year. In the end, I ended up completing 71 sewing projects instead of the planned 52! Less knitting and quilting got done than 2012 but that's ok. Aanya still fits into the things I made her that year. She's such a skinny minny.

This year the goal is to do some more quilts and to make something for DH. He's never had anything sewn by me and that has to change now! Another goal is to make more things for me whether knitted or sewn. I really like carrying my handmade stuff around and it inspires me to create more.

A quick review of some of my favorite things from this year

Minnie Mouse dress. Pattern used: FooFoo Threads Josaphine Dress


Peak-a-boo Skinny Jeans pattern used to make jeans for Aanya.


Pinwheels Quilt

Frilly Frilly pattern used to create a stick horse

Halloween Dress


Bimaa Pullover


My lunchbag


Maxi dress

A

Ruffly knitted shrug


And, a diaper! We're all done with diapers since this summer and this was The Last Diaper I ever made. Also one of the prettiest, I think.


I'll get busy creating the new list for 2014 and add a tab at the top of the page. Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 03, 2013

New shorts and a coat for Aanya

This has been a productive weekend. Made these 2 new pieces for Aanya's wardrobe for school.

 Gidget Shorts by Felicity Designs- Used white cotton twill and made the bias binding. Love these.


Simplicity 2526 - I've used this pattern twice before, still like making this coat. Added a lining. Fleece outer, Minky contrast fabric and cotton lining.


Monday, October 14, 2013

Small Fry Skinny Jeans, Bimaa sweater and Tinkerbelle tutu!

Been sewing up a storm here. Small Fry Skinny Jeans (Sewalong and pattern) - My first pair of jeans, ever! It came out so well I surprised myself :) I upcycled one of DH's jeans which were way too relaxed fit for him. Win!! Details: I added hot pink lining and discovered how it looked like piping if it rolled out a bit. I got the silver button from India on one of my previous trips.


Triple stitch on my machine with jeans thread. It gives definition to the stem. Buttons were in my stash for a while.
Hearts on the back. I made a mistake while sewing the hearts. I had the pieces laid out incorrectly as they were supposed to be pointing towards each other.
I reused the original waistband and hems. Top hem of pocket was also reused and is different from the pattern. It's a real half fly too! I love this jeans. The only thing I would change next time is pockets. Both front and back pockets are too long. The back pocket should end where the blue horizontal line is. The pattern and instructions, however, are top class! She will come up with other sizes in a paid pattern. Ok, moving on to Bimaa. I don't have pics of the sweater by itself. DD wore it to daycare today. Shawl collar, sweater knit, 4T size for my 3yr old. Since the material did not have 4 way stretch I had to size up and very glad to do so! It won't have fit otherwise.

Lastly, Tinkerbelle. Used this tutorial Used 1 roll of 6" tulle. The front has 3 layers of tulle and back has 2 layers. It's very full.
We still need a wand, a hairband or some other hair accessory. She will wear green leggings under, white full sleeve top and hopefully a shrug if I can get it done in time. It gets cold at night here.

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A lunch bag for me

So I was going to make a lunch bag for Aanya as she is starting preschool and found this tutorial, which made a perfect bag for me. Much in love with it.

Pink Penguin Lunch Bag








Everything is from stash! I didn't have the 809 Decor Bond interfacing but had lots of Pellon 70. It is a non fusible heavy weight interfacing and I stuck it to the fabric using quilting spray. Works like a charm!

Sunday, July 07, 2013

New dresses


I made a few dresses and a hat for Aanya! She wore it on the 4th. 

Summertime dress (3T) pattern by Birdifulstitches on etsy.


Took loads of pics of her



Good Deeds dress (3T) - It's not showing the true colors. The almost black trim is eggplant IRL, the hats of gnomes are eggplant as well. I used the gnome tag someone had sent me!!


Oliver + S Free Bucket hat (Medium) She likes to play with the hat but doesn't want to wear it. 

Inside - it's reversible but I think we'll just use the main side. 


Maxi dress from a tutorial - Modeling pic! I've already shown it in the previous post.


One last pic - 


I've made DS a pair of shorts and a Kindle cover for my dad but don't have pics of those yet. Hopefully they'll make it into the next round of pics!