Sunday, January 25, 2015

Yarn Hangings



When I was eight years old I had this awesome hand loom. It had alternating action and it's own shuttle. I made a few things on it but I could never get my stuff to look right. It was years later before I was Indian weavers at work and learned that you shouldn't pull the thread to tight across so the weavings will lay flat.

By then my little loom was gone and I never went back to it. I of course still knit and crochet. But when I kept seeing these awesome weaving projects popping up on my Instagram feed I knew I had to give it another go. 


There were so many things I never really thought about before. Mixing different textures. Changing yarn gauges mid project. Adding in a splash of glitter or fringe.


I love that these projects are a great use of leftover yarn scraps. This didn't stop me from getting a few new balls of yarn. Like these gold metallic laced white, rainbow colored, and some extra chunky pinks and whites.

I love how these triangles turned out. Plus, I love a good fringe. 


Playing around with abstract patterns is a lot of fun. I love the touch of warmth these add to a rooms decor.

I made quite a few. One for Nandini's room (as soon as I can commit to a hanging up a little hook somewhere).  I put a few in my Etsy shop. A fun and unique handmade treasure. Makes a lovely gift too. 

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy New Year | 2015 Holidays Mini

  This New Year's Eve party was so laid back and so fabulous.  It was just me in the living room with my favorite people.  Watching some Nick music show airing on east coast time. Nandini asking us to turn up Taylor Swift so she could do her moves.  Eating popcorn and drinking sparkling apple cider.  Popping a whole box of confetti poppers with Avinash, much to his great delight.

I wanted to scrap about it, of course.  But I found the idea of a full page New Year's Eve spread a little hokey.  Still in mini-album mode after all that December Dailying, I decided I needed lots of little papers bundled together in random sizes.

This one event is hardly enough material for a full mini album, I'm using a really fun Studio Calico handbook with a printed cloth cover.  I love this book and have been saving it for something really special.


 So the idea for a 2015 Holidays Book came together.  I often want to scrap holidays quickly and right away after they happen.  Not full spreads, just few inserts and pictures.  Some pretty papers too and memoribilia.

I started with a half page insert, using the January SC kit paper with the months on it.


On the back of the insert I used another black and white kit paper and the large DIY white letter stickers.

The Happy Note Letterpress page I had in my stash for a long time, thinking I would use it for December Daily, but I never found a place for it.  It adds a nice pop amidst all the black and white I had going so far. I paired it here with some silver glittery thickers.  Very festive. I love that color combo.

I am linking up this project with the Paper Issues New Year's Issue.

 On the back I just clipped on a bit of silvery stars transparency and a month label.  I love the moons in this months kit and used one here, simply.  The chipboard is from the Firsts Story kit.

 I left a space for journaling on the back.  I used a few stamps to frame it out a bit.  Another swatch of silver stars at the bottom.

 This little guy woke up early in the New Year so he could celebrate with us too.  We dressed him up a bit (well, mostly undressed) and took his picture.  He wonderfully went right back to sleep after this.  Though he did end up getting diagnosed with the flu the next morning.  That's been fun.

I actually started with the stars transparency here, just a strip to fit the chipboard and went back to add it in to the other pieces later.  Love the way it ties in all the disparate pages together.


How was your New Years?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Oh What Fun | December Daily 24-25

Well, only about two weeks late and just when everyone is completely over the whole holiday season thing. In fact, just today I saw our Christmas blowing down the street after it was ensnared by the garbage truck and then broke free of it's bonds.  Run free little tree, run free. 

And, here I am, finally posting my final installment of my December Daily. I so often feel like I get 90% of a mini album finished and then move on.  It took me a while after Christmas to pick up the album again.

 I added in a little spread about this being Lakshman's first Christmas.   He is such a joy and light.  I had to celebrate him a little bit extra here.

I used the Ali E story kit stamp set and this old SC page divider.  I stapled in a little tree and a silver "Santa Baby" sticker.  I stitched around it with red thread.  Hand stitched because I can't seem to machine stitch straight.  I wanted some clean lines here.

I pasted a picture of a tree I took early this month on the back.  I used some more old Crate Paper chipboard here just for fun.  

I used another fabulous card from the Pink Paislee holiday line for the date.  I stamped a pattern on the back and added another chipboard piece.  I adhered it the the page protector so it floats over the page.  I love having different sizes and configurations of paper in a mini book.

I had to put in this half page insert for extra pictures from the 24th. This Christmas Eve picture is just the cutest thing.  I swear I was trying to keep him away from sweets until he turned one but it hasn't worked out that well.  He just knows.  He was super happy to hold this cookie and take a whole bit before we took the plate away from him.  


 I stapled another set of silver stickers to a page tab.

I did my journaling right on the photos here for efficiency.  We decided to make my 'famous' Christmas Pan a day early and  I had to put in a picture of it here.  Did we celebrate the last night of Hanukkah a bit late?  We did in fact, but not due to lack of reminding Ryan on my part.  He claims the holiday confused him.

And, now for the big dance!    Christmas morning and presents and photos just seems to go hand in hand.  I stamped a sentiment on each of the photos.

I added an embellishment insert for fun in the middle here.  

An old die cut, made last year, a stocking chipboard, a scattering of plastic stars and a little red heart from the kit.



 We made fake snow for Nandini.  She had wanted to make a snowman on Christmas but was pretty delighted with the smattering of cornstarch and shaving cream she saw.  Ha, it was random and fun.

I love stamping on photos, especially along diagonal lines that present themselves.  Lakshman was a big fan of all things paper and bows.

 I journaled a lot on the photos here again in last ditch effort to tell some of the stories of that day.

Share joy.  Here is to more in 2015!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Oh What Fun | December Daily Says 22-23

We wrote our letters to Santa today.  The time was drawing really close and Avinash realized he needed to get his letter in the mail soon. I put in a picture of these cute lego ornaments they got for the tree.  Today was project day apparently.
   

I wrote out what they said on a little tag in case it is too tough to read their writing.  Don't tell them I took their letters out of the envelope.  I wrote down the lists and put it in though.  I just love keeping their writing at this age. 

I punched holes in the date card to frame the letters.  

I put a little red label with their ages and names on the back.

Lakshman wrote a letter.  It's mostly scribbles but I think it gets the message across. 

 The next spread holds our holiday card for the year.  I did these so last minute this year, but I'm glad I finally got them out.

I used an Ali Edwards template here for the journaling here.

 I added one the transparency overlays as well.  I like that it kind of matches the gold foil lettering on our card.


I journaled about the things we did that day and how I was feeling.  It was a really nice day over all.  I punctuated each little story with a different stamp.  I added a little strip of patterned paper and a chipboard piece. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Our Christmas Pan



This is one of my favorite old recipes from my blog and I thought it would be fun to revisit it.  It was dubbed "christmas pan" by Avinash years ago when he used to refer to all breads as pan.  The name stuck.

This is really a ring of biscuits, held together in a sticky sweet wreath after being baked together with maple syrup and brown sugar.  Making it on Christmas morning has become a really fun family tradition.  We love all things covered in cinnamon and sugar. They also require no planning ahead or rising (like cinnamon rolls), which is good if you are not a great food planner like me.   They are SUPER EASY and SUPER DELICIOUS!

Our Christmas Pan
4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 cup shortening, cut into pieces (or 1 cup butter)

2 cups buttermilk


3 tablespoon butter, melted


1/2 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup chopped pecans, opt.

1/4 cup chopped almonds, opt.

Here is how you make them:

Combine the dry ingredients.
  
Cut the butter/shortening into the flour until it resembles small peas and add the buttermilk, just barely mix.  Flour surface and lightly roll out dough.  


Cut into rounds (about 15, I had a few left over which Avi got to roll out and mix over and over while we waited for the bread to bake).

Combine melted butter and syrup.  Pour half into bottom of pan, sprinkle half the brown sugar and spices on top.  




Arrange biscuits in a circle and pour the remaining ingredients on top.

Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes in fluted bundt pan.  Invert onto serving dish after taking out of oven.

After inverting them you can see all the ooey gooey baked in goodness. 

The kids love eating them even more than baking with me.  She kept politely asking for bigger and bigger pieces.

Cinnamon roll for the baby please?

Somebody else loved them too.  First he flung all his pieces to the ground.  Then, as he realized what they tasted like each piece was carefully stuffed in his mouth.  HA!



Check out more of my holiday inspiration here:

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our christmas pan


**homemade version**

4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface

4 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter and 1/2 cup shortening, cut into pieces (or 1 cup butter)

2 cups buttermilk


3 tablespoon butter, melted


1/2 cup maple syrup

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 cup chopped pecans, opt.

1/4 cup chopped almonds, opt.

Combine the dry ingredients.  Cut the butter/shortening into the flour until it resembles small peas and add the buttermilk, just barely mix.  Flour surface and lightly roll out dough.  Cut into rounds (about 15, I had a few left over which Avi got to roll out and mix over and over while we waited for the bread to bake).
Combine melted butter and syrup.  Pour half into bottom of pan, sprinkle half the brown sugar and spices on top.  Arrange biscuits in a circle and pour the remaining ingredients on top.
Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes in fluted bundt pan.  Invert onto serving dish after taking out of oven.

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