Message Chalk Boards – 1

Let me first wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year ahead πŸ™‚

I made a few chalk board fridge magnets a while back. Here is a not-so-great picture of those.

Chalk board fridge magnets

Can you see the Heart that I have written with chalk?! πŸ˜€

Here is a very simple way of making a chalk board paint at home:

You will need:

One part of water

Two parts of Plaster of Paris (PoP)

Three parts of Acrylic paint (any colour of your choice)

Method:

Mix all these three ingredients and voila! your chalk board paint is ready to use. Apply it on any surface you like. Let it dry. Apply two or three more layers depending upon the look of the surface and your DIY chalk board is ready…

You will see that I have used only black paint and the reason is not just that Black is one of my favourite colours but also because I made a lot of chalk board paint and I din’t want to waste it… πŸ˜† Β πŸ˜†

TIP: Keep fan off while working with this paint as due to PoP, this paint dries up fast. Dexterity will help πŸ˜‰

Here are some more chalk boards that I created. Have a look:

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This one is my favourite :)

This one is my favourite πŸ™‚

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Hope you like these… there are some more in making. Will share in a few days!

Till then “Happy Crafting” and stay safe πŸ™‚

Sakhi

My first video tutorial :D

Hi guys,

Finally I managed to shoot a video tutorial on how to makeΒ larger bags with “We R Memory Keepers” gift bag punch board. A lot of craft friends wanted to know how to go about it. I thought a tutorial would help a lot of other crafters too. So here I am…

Since this is my first attempt at making a tutorial on a video, please excuse me for all the out of focus captures πŸ™‚

Enjoy crafting, be safe and stay happy πŸ™‚

Ciao,

Sakhi

Rakhi card and some experiments…

I have done a couple of new rakhi cards, albeit a little simple ones. Do have a look…

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I used some nicely printed stock cards and embellishments which I purchased locally. I liked the layout simple and so did not add any sentiments to these cards. Hope you like it.

Now, let me tell you something about what I learnt today while successfully experimenting in crafting.

I do not have sophisticated die cuts or even very expensive other tools but when I see doileys and layouts with beautiful pattern papers I get a little sad that I can’t use those beauties.

But on browsing on internet I came across some super cool videos on how to make doileys and madellions using corner punches. I own two corner punches and I tried using them. I am quite happy with the results.

I used simple chart paper, cut it into 3.5 cm diameter circles and 2×2 cm squares, used my corner punches on these cut outs and voila… my Doileys and Madellions were ready. Have a look…

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I have kept the waste, which I might use later for some other project πŸ˜‰

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Now, about another experiment… I told you that I don’t own many patterned papers but I do have a few good patterned tissue papers. I learnt a technique of transfering these tissue design to a plain card stock and using for any of the projects.

What I did was, I took a rectangle piece of plain chart paper, placed a bigger peice of cling film (used in kitchen) over it and layered this with single ply of patterned tissue paper (most tissues available in India are double ply or triple ply, so remember to use just the designed single ply of the tissue paper). Then I put another piece of chart paper over this and ironed it over the top on medium temperature. (You might need to do it once or twice or more to get it right but once you get the hang of it, you will simply love it). Then I cut the excess plastic and tissue around the chart paper. I loved the way it turned out. See for yourself…

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Aren’t these lovely?

Well, now I am tired with all these experiments and crafting. I am feeling Zzzzzzz…

So Ciao… but do let me know if you have any queries about today’s post, I will be happy to help you.

Now good night πŸ™‚

~ Sakhi

P. S. If I have made any errors in today’s post, please excuse me since I am too tired with all the work and then studies and then crafting and now blogging but I HAD to share this with you… Couldn’t wait till tomorrow πŸ™‚

Orange Peel Scrub

Recently I had made Olive oil and herbs hand and foot scrub. You can check it here.Β  Cub simply loved it and so did I. We finished it and now were in need of a new batch. Then I felt, since it is summer, it would be great to have a citrus flavoured scrub. So I used orange peel, dried in the summer sun, ground it and made a super smelling scrub.

Ingredients:

Orange peel – dried and grounded (About 1 table spoons)

Sugar (about 3 Table Spoons)

Olive oil (As needed)

Super easy Method:

Mix the grounded orange peel and sugar together. Add olive oil to it to make a lump. (I needed three tea spoons of it). Again mix properly and voila! it is ready. πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚

I used it today and loved the experience. Yummy, heady orange smell … and my skin was super smooth too!

Hope you like it too. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Love,

Sakhi

P.S. I wanted to gift this to my friend but she said she is allergic to orange peel. (hence, I made another one for her without orange peel.) Please check before using this (or any other products) that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used.

 

 

Coptic Stitch – Handmade Journal

This is my first attempt at coptic stitch book binding. I think though I can definitely improve on my skills, I still liked the results. What say? πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚

Let’s see how I went about it…

Steps:

1. A4 size papers, folded into half

2. Make pin holes in the fold at equal intervals

3. Coptic stitch will bind these papers into a bound journal (the link to coptic stitch is provided for your reference, though I have learnt from somewhere else!)

4. Prepare your journal cover (I used a card board, a foam sheet and fabric)

5. Attach these covers to the bound journal

6. I have used a satin ribbon to give extra jazz (it is purely optional)

7. Voila… it is ready πŸ˜€

 

I am happy the way it looks. Now it will be gifted to a dear friend πŸ™‚

Ciao, till we meet again πŸ™‚

Love,

Sakhi

Painted Glass Candles

I had made glass candles with clear gel wax and gifted it to Swaps on his birthday last year. Cub wanted me to make one for her too. So this time I made painted glass candles for her. She liked it, hope you guys like it too πŸ™‚

I took some shot glasses…

Shot Glasses to be painted

Painted these… (wanted to do different design but my gutta had dried out so chose to paint this way πŸ™‚Β  )

Painted Shot Glasses

Put wick and wax to make the candles…

Painted Glass Candles

This is how these candles look from above

View From Top

We haven’t lighted these candles yet… will post a pic once we do it πŸ™‚

Hope you liked the candles.

Ciao and take care πŸ™‚

Love,

Sakhi

Pamper yourselves ladies…

Today is 8th March and it is celebrated as International Woman’s Day around the world. Though I feel personally that everyday is a woman’s day, today is special for a lot of ladies. So I thought why not make something which we can use to pamper ourselves πŸ™‚ Yesterday when I was blog-hopping I came across SeaSamAmb’s olive oil hand scrub tutorial and I decided to give it a try too.

Ingredients I used:

Sugar (3 tb spoons full)

Olive Oil (enough to mix with sugar but not to saturate it)

Various Dried Herbs of your choice (I used Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Celery; a big pinch each)

Essential Oil of your choice (I used Lavender Oil, a few drops)

Other things needed:

A table spoon (to measure sugar)

A big bowl (to mix the ingredients)

A small bowl (to mix various herbs to make it ready for use)

A dropper (to measure essential oil)

Readied Ingredients to make the scrub πŸ™‚

Now the Procedure:

Procedure is fairly simple and quick. Take the sugar in a bowl, mix the dried herbs in it, put a few drops of your favourite essential oil (you can skip this if Β you do not want your scrub to be scented, the herbs have their own natural fragrance too) and pour olive oil into this mixture. Make sure that you pour the oil slowly so that your scrub is not runny. The oil should just be enough to turn this mixture in a lumpy texture.

Super cool, amazing scented hand and foot scrub is ready!

Now the packaging πŸ™‚

Gift packed

I not only packed it for me, but I gift packed some for one of my friends on woman’s dayΒ occasion. The flowers you see there are handmade from crepe paper and are tied to the threads of the jar.

Final pack to be gifted:

I finally made a paper bag from news paper and placed my gift in it for my friend.

I used this scrub just after I made it and it is amazing, made my hands softer and awesome smelling too πŸ™‚

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it πŸ™‚

“Happy Woman’s Day” to all the amazing ladies out there πŸ™‚

Love,

Sakhi

P.S. My friend loved the gift and her smile made my day too πŸ™‚

P.S.S. You can use this as a body scrub or facial scrub too but since olive oil is quite oily you might not feel like using it on face especially in hot, humid weather (it’s too hot here in India already!)

No stitch pillow case

A fortnight ago I came across the following video on you-tube. I HAD to try it but got a little busy. But Anu did it and I loved the results. You can check her pillow here.

So here I go…

First my old tee shirt

As the video says, I could have used the stuffing but I had a pillow at home which needed a new cover. So I chose to use it instead. Also my pillow is a square one instead of a round one. The first thing I did was to measure the size of the pillow and made the marking on the tee with the fabric chalk.

Next, the cutting… Remember to cut is at least a couple of inches away from your earlier marking.

Next I cut the strips, about 3/4th inch wide…

I went on and cut at all the sides. It looked like this…

Next was to tie knots between the strips of upper and lower layers or your tee so that finally it will become a pouch to hold the pillow.

Once two sides were done, I added my pillow and went on tying the knots again…

Check for your self how my “gifted” pillow looked like!

I am pretty pleased with the results. πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚

What say guys???

πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚

P.S. Cub thought I was a genius until I told her where I got this idea from!! πŸ˜†Β  πŸ˜†

Handmade paper – tutorial

Today I and cub had some time and also had my neice over, so we thought to make some handmade paper sheets from newspapers. Let’s see how we made it.

Materials used:

  1. Old news papers
  2. Half bucket full of water (to soak paper shreds)
  3. Paper masher or mixer grinder (to make paper pulp)
  4. Deckel
  5. Roller (to flatten the sheets)
  6. Old bed sheet or towel (to dry sheets on)
  7. Some extra newspapers (to keep the sheets in between to flatten them)

Method:

We started with shredding the newspapers into small pieces and then soaking them in water for three hours. Once the paper pieces were soft, we mashed them to pulp in the paper masher. You can use mixer grinder for the same purpose (I use paper masher as it doesn’t require electricity and hence, children can use them on their own without adult supervision).

After we pulped the paper, we made thin layer of this pulp on the deckle net and let the extra water drip out. We also decorated these sheets with flowers and leaves before pressing the sheets.

Once done, we put the sheets under the roller to squeez out excess water. Then these sheets were placed on old bath towel to dry them further. Once they were dry enough, we placed them between other newspaper sheets and put heavy books on top of it to flatten the sheets out.

What say guys, you like the end product?

These sheets can be used as greeting card or as keepsake or memorablia πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed this tutorial πŸ™‚

Love,

Sakhi