Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Itch to stitch

I've been looking for sewing projects ever since I bought my sewing machine.



 I had been using this every single day and it was quite worn out. so felt the need for another one. I have been crocheting one but also found this amazing inspriration on Pinterest, which would also satisfy my itch to stitch  :-)

This pair of jeans was old and ready to be discarded, but I decided otherwise. I chose to upcycle it and make it usable.
It's no secret that my sewing skills are rudimentary. So I prefer experimenting with waste fabric.
And hence my upcycled jeans sling bag was born!!
(Hubster is safeguarding all his jeans, as he feels they might be in danger with ideas floating in my mind) Hehehe


I first cut out the piece of fabric from the jeans.  thought of reusing the zipper but it was a low waist jeans , hence the zipper was too short to be reused. so dropped the idea.


Pinned one side to make the base of the bag.


Sewed along the pinned edge.


Pinned and sewed perpendicular to the previous stitch to give it a rectangular shape.


This is what I meant.

The rectangular base is clearer in this picture
Since it's an upcycled project, I decided to use some scrap fabric from my stash for the lining and stitched it the same way as the outer part.



I ripped the jeans pocket and used it for the bag. The embroidered design looked good.


Oh forgot to attach the pocket before stitching the bag. Duh!!! My stitching skills are rudimentary, I told you. Never mind, use your brains, or even better, use Google. ;-) :-D 


Made two strap holders with the denim.


Fixed two key rings to it.


Sewed the two strap holders to the bag.





I bought a dog's leash from the dollar store and cut it to my desired length and attached two lobster clasps.


I had a spare slider at home which I used to make adjustable straps. (hoarding has its own benefits you see)


Tadaahhhh!!!! My upcycled bag is ready. :-) :-)
Isn't it amazing??
I'm very proud of it. :-)



It took me just a couple of hours to make this bag. 



Do you remember this white centre from my rose doily. I'd made a few mistakes in the initial rounds(not prominent though). I realised the mistake when I'd almost completed it. It would have been unwise to unravel the whole thing. so I had made a new one for the rose doily, 
Lying in my stash for quite sometime, this doily begged to be used. Well, wish granted!!! :-)



What are you crafting these days?? crochet , knitting , sewing or something else ??
I'm knitting and crocheting.

Till I post again!!
Happy "doing whatever you like"!!
Ranjitha
xoxo


Monday, 8 September 2014

Off to the US and back!!

Heyyyy there!!!!
I'm back after a vacation in the USofA. For the past three months my husband was in San Diego on work. While he was there, soaking up the California sun, I was sulking in this Canadian summer, wearing hoodies and carrying umbrella everywhere. At the end of three months, we planned to visit my sister. I managed to get one week off from work for a short vacation. Since I'd never been to my sister's place before, this was the perfect time.

This post will have a lot of pics and I'm quite a story teller. so you might wanna join me with that cuppa. :-)

I traveled from Toronto to Denver and my husband came from San Diego. We both landed on Saturday at the same time ;-) My sister and bil had come to pick us up and that day it was pretty much lazing around and eating yummy food cooked by my sis.

On Sunday, we visited the Rocky Mountain National park. The weather was pleasant when we left , but got chilly as we drove higher to the top of the mountain (stating the obvious??? :-P ) We returned in the evening and I made Misal Pav for dinner and it was a hit. :-)

The Rocky Mountains

Elk Sighting at Rocky Mountain National Park



Monday and Tuesday my sister and bil went to office and we went for walks, watch TV while munching on something and played tennis during the day. All of us went out for dinner in the evenings.

Lip smacking bhutta (roasted corn)

We did manage to squeeze in a visit to the Michaels store one evening. I was given only half an hour and this was all I could shop. Too bad!! :-(

Jewelry tool set, a pack of charms and buttons


On Wednesday we left for our road trip. We were headed to Vegas. My sister and bil drove while my husband and I were just sitting behind and arguing over which song to play next. Sometimes my bil and sis would also join in. :-D I did manage to play most of my favourites. A pack of Cheetos and a bag of clemetines would actually distract and their music didn't bore me :-P

Enroute to Moab, Utah
On the way, we visited the Arches National Park. I was amazed by the vast empty spaces in UTAH.

Natural Sandstone Arches


Balanced Rock at Arches National Park

The next day, we headed to Vegas.  We reached by night. We visited many hotel/casinos but didn't gamble at all. Well, there were so many other things to do that gambling always dropped down our priority list. So maybe next time.


View of the city from the Stratosphere Casino tower

Musical fountain in front of Paris Las Vegas casino and hotel


Yummy desserts at Jean Philippe Patisserie


CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - ZARKANA
All of us enjoyed the amazing performance.

 After spending two days in Vegas , we headed towards Bryce canyon back in Utah.
We reached on Saturday night and there was this "Astronomy & Night Sky Programs" at Bryce Canyon. We saw Saturn rings , Titan and Rhea(Saturn's moons), many constellations and shooting stars :-) It was an amazing experience.

The next day we visited the giant natural amphitheaters at Bryce Canyon.

Amazing Rock formations again!!



Its been three weeks, since we came back to Toronto , and I've been up to my eyeballs in office work. Its been crazy with all the office work, unpacking(remember hubster was away from home for three months) and the house chores. Back to reality so soon.

I miss being with my sister. :-(

Anyways I will be back soon with a crafty creation.
Till I post again!!
Ranjitha
xoxo