Dreamy Give-Away

Hi Guys… There is a good news. We are having a “dreamy” give away for all our lovely fans. Our super duper awesome “DREAM CATCHER”!
Dream Catcher 4One of these can be yours!! πŸ˜€

How to participate: “Like” our facebook page, share this status update on your facebook timeline and comment on the facebook “Give away” post. You can tag your friends but that is totally optional.

I will close this give-away on 10th Oct 2014 and announce the winner on 11th Oct. (Winner will be randomly chosen). You can participate if you already like the page… just share the status update and comment.

Click the link here to go to our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/craftyvillage?ref=hl

All the best guys… Let the fun begin… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

“Happy Children’s Day” to Cub

Today, i.e. 14th November, is celebrated as “Children’s Day” in India. When I woke cub up today morning, she was a little upset with me as I forgot to wish her. So I made something for her out of up-cycled paper. hope she likes it.

Happy Children's Day, Cub

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

Beaded neckline

Got a light blue shadow work material as a gift from hubby recently (he bought it from Lucknow) and I got it stitched ASAP. When I saw the final product I felt that the neckline looked a little drab. So got hold of some beads and tried to make some difference to the neckline. See for yourself…

Before

After

I liked the result. And you?

Tie n dye t-shirt: Tutorial

Cub wanted to tie n dye a tee shirt for herself but I was a bit skeptical for her to use traditional methods which use boiling of dyes. Hence, we both tried tie n dye with acrylic paints.

Materials used:

  1. White (or any light shaded) tee shirt
  2. Acrylic paints, brush and palette
  3. Rubber bands
  4. Water (to dip the t-shirt initially and also for the paints and brush)
  5. Water tumbler
  6. Old plastic sheet to cover the working space

Method:

First dip the tee shirt into the water and wring it dry. This will help in gripping the paints when applied. Once done, lay it flat on the plastic sheet that you have used to cover the working space. Now, pinch the t-shirt with from the center and swirl it as shown in the picture no. 2.Β  Complete the swirl and it will look like a flat pan cake (picture no. 3). Now, apply rubber bands to hold this swirl in place (Picture no. 4). Also, these rubber bands would not allow the colour to be taken on the fabricΒ  (i.e. it will resist the colour). once done, apply acrylic colours (a little runny so that it will be soaked up by the fabric). Use whichever shades you like, we have used the primary colours. Once done, let the pan-cake to dry for a few hours. Remove the rubber band and see how the pattern has come out.

And this is how it turned out. πŸ™‚ More brighter colours would have been better, I guess. But cub was happy with even this. πŸ™‚

That’s all for now. Ciao till the next post. Take care and be safe πŸ™‚

Love,

Sakhi

Birthday gift…

Yesterday was my best friend’s birthday and I was at loss as what to gift him. So me and Cub tried our hands on handmade, gel wax candles. Following is the photo-diary of our efforts. Hope Swaps like it…

1. The materials used… empty small glasses, assorted shells, some rangoli colours, some glitter, wicks and gel wax

2. Get the glasses ready with embelishments… (tip: don’t forget to put wick at this stage)

3. Melting wax over double broiler…

4. Pour the melted wax in the ready glasses… and voila, it’s ready!

(tip: you can change the colour of the wax by adding some shavings of wax crayons of your colour choice)

So, guys that was what presented to moi best friend.

Once again, Happy birthday Swaps πŸ™‚

surprise for me…

Friendship day was last week and I was not expecting anything NOW… but cub surprised me with this… She made it herself. Check the tutorial here.

And not only she tied it for me, she made sure I take pictures and post it here too. So here I am…

Hope she is happy now πŸ™‚

Ciao till next post on Gell Wax Candles…