May 22, 2017

Bullet journal: May

Hello friends. After two months hiatus, I have so much catching up to do both in crafting and journaling. While i'm yet to take my crocheting hooks and yarn, i did manage to journal a few pages in my bullet journal this month.

Here's a little peek into my May journal pages.

I love adding quotes and hope this journal will help me in improving my calligraphy skills.

I also love drawing in my journaling pages..

I'm really enjoying the process of journaling and like the fact that this single note serves as multipurpose use. Have a creative day!

May 9, 2017

Hello Kittty amigurumi pattern

Hello friends! I'm finally back after two months of cramming for my exam. I'm happy to be back and missed blogging and reading all your posts so much. I'll definitely catch up with you all soon.
I'm a big fan of kawaii characters in general and Hello kitty comes on top as one of my favorites. I really wanted to create a mini amigurumi version of hello kitty and happy with the way it turned out. Here's the pattern to amigurumi hello kitty if you guys like to make one too.

Materials needed:
Acrylic yarn in white, light and dark pink colors
Crochet hook according to the size of your yarn
Little piece of black felt (for eyes) and yellow felt (for mouth)

Black embroidery floss
Tapestry needle

This project is worked in continuous rounds unless stated otherwise
sc -single crochet
st- stitch
dec- one single crochet decrease
sl st - slip stitch

Head and body:
R1: 6 sc in magic ring (6)
R2: 2sc in each st (12)
R3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep **(18)
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (24) 

R5: *sc in next 3 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (30)
R6-10: sc in each stitch (30)
R11: *sc in next 3 st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(24) 

R12: *sc in next 2 st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(18) 
R13: *sc in next st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(12) 
stuff the head firmly with fiberfill and switch to pink color 
R14: sc in each stitch (12)
R15:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep **(18)
R16: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (24) 

switch to dark pink color
R17-19: sc in each stitch (24)
R20: *sc in next 2 st, dec 1 in next st* rep ** (18) 
R21: *sc in next st, dec 1 in next st*, rep ** (12) 
stuff firmly
R22: sc dec in each st (6) Fasten off.

Optional: surface crochet with slip stitch at R17 with dark pink color for a neat finish.

The tutorial on how to surface stitch is available here

Dress strap: (make 2)
With dark color pink chain 8 or the desired length leaving a long tail for sewing on both ends to the trousers at R17.

Legs: (Make 2)
with white color yarn, 
R1: 8sc in magic ring (8)
R2-3: sc in each stitch (8)
fasten off  and leave a tail for sewing

Hands: (Make 2)

with white color yarn
R1: 6sc in magic ring (6)
R2-3: sc in each stitch (6)

Switch to pink color
R4-5: sc in each stitch (6)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

Ears: (Make 2)
R1: 6sc in mc 

R2: *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep (9)
R3: *sc in next 2 st, 2 sc in next st* rep (12)
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing. 

In a magic chain, ch 1,hdc,dc,trc,dc,hdc,ch 1, slipstitch and again sc,hdc,dc,trc.dc.hdc,sc and close the ring. Wind the yarn around the bow three or four times and attach it to the head

Attach the ears to the head and attach hands and legs to the body. 
With tapestry needle sew the dress strap to the bottoms at Row 17.
Attach the bow at the head.
Use small pieces of black felt for eyes and a small yellow piece for nose. You can also embroider the eyes.
Finally embroider whiskers using black embroidery floss.

Now your hello kitty is ready! Hope you guys like this pattern and enjoy making them as much as i did.

March 28, 2017

Bullet journaling march

Hello lovelies! March is almost over and i haven't posted for a while. I've been preparing for Teacher's eligibility test and so there wasn't much time for crafting. Here is a little peek inside my march month bullet journal page.

I love drawing illustrations and doodling with bits of quotes here and there in my page.

Instead of habit tracker, i've added a weekly task list and colored them once the task is finished.

Hope you like this little page. Will come up with a new amigurumi project in my next post. Have a productive week :)

February 26, 2017

Bullet journaling

               I really love the idea of keeping a journal. Be it a simple journal full of texts or artsy one with lots of pictures and drawings, a journal is a way to record our memories, keeping track of events, and serves as an outlet to our inner thoughts.
               Last year i tried fauxbonichi method of journaling. I also used it as a place to write down some lists, important things to remember but i had difficulty finding those important pages when i needed to have a look at it in a hurry. 
               Although last year journal wasn't a complete success, i'm happy that i tried at the least. This year i wanted to resume my journaling with a few changes and that's when i came across bullet journal. Basically it's a blank journal and you can customize it according to your likes. That's the beauty of it. Bullet journal is a system introduced by Ryder Carroll and you can see the details about it here

You can use any type of notebook but most prefer using Leuchttrum 1917 dot gridded notebook. Since i'm trying this out newly i opted for a much cheaper one with a good quality paper.
One of the important thing to write down in bullet journal is an index. Number all the pages before you start so that you can enter the content and the page where it is in the index. I find this so handy in case i want to search for any specific page. Most write down their intentions/word of the year in their journal. I chose 'Take chances' as my motto of this year as i really wanted to have the courage to say yes when provided with opportunity rather than saying no without even giving it a try and regret it later.

Another important page is calendar, It's easy to write down important events, appointments when you have a calendar in the front pages of your journal

Here are some of my weekly spreads

At the start of each month, i write down events, goals and tasks to do in that specific month. It's easy to have a glance at all of it in one place.

I do try to be creative sometimes and dab in a bit of quotes, pictures and doodles.

 So this is how my bullet journal looks so far. You can create some specific pages that you want to keep track of like books to read, movies to watch, places to go and the list is endless. More of those in my next bullet journal post. You can get lots of inspiration for bullet journaling from instagram and pinterest. There is only one important thing to remember, don't get intimidated by those beautiful journal pages and try to compete with it. Each of us have our own styles and your journal should bring out your uniqueness. Have a fantastic day friends!

February 7, 2017

Table decors..

Families that eats together, stays together
No matter how busy our day is, dining room is a place where family gets together not only to have meals, but also to bond with each other and share our stories. Decorating the dining table makes meal times more warm and welcoming. You don't have to spend lots of money on table decors, it's just the love and thought we put in counts.

Even inexpensive artificial flowers arranged well can turn a dining table more inviting.

The important thing to remember is decorate with what you have at home. Just let your creative juices flow.

Have a flower garden at home? That's even more better. You can decorate with your own flowers and it brings such a joy every time you see them. I also crocheted some heart shaped coasters just to welcome valentine's day. More coasters in the making.. You can find the pattern here

 Seems like i'm making everything with hearts lately.

Looking for some inspiration to decorate your table this valentine's season?? Here are some links
Diy valentine's day table
14 Ways to decorate your table for valentine's day
Table decor ideas for valentine's day

Wanna buy some dining table for your home? Here are links to some dining tables that i like

Have a wonderful day my friends! Cheers:)