Snapshot – Patchwork bunny
Mar24

Snapshot – Patchwork bunny

Patchwork anything is fascinating. I marvel at the patience of crafters who join together hundreds of pieces of fabric to make large quilts, placemats, table runners and stuffed toys.  I thought these people must have boundless amounts of patience to cut out little squares, only to sew them back together again. And I admit the patterns they create are so appealing.  But then I discovered that quilters are clever crafters....

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Project – Restored bookshelves
Mar22

Project – Restored bookshelves

I love how these restored bookshelves turned out in my 3R’s project for March. I have to say it wasn’t easy, I made a lot of mistakes on this DIY upcycle project and learnt a lot as a result. The bookshelves were veneer on wood. Most of the veneer seemed to be in good condition but some of it was peeling away or broken.  My first step was to pull away the veneer that had lifted off.  This was fairly easy. The...

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Friday Curries
Mar18

Friday Curries

On Fridays, my family and I are vegetarian. That has been the tradition for as long as I can remember. Friday’s are temple going days and as a nod to our Hindu heritage, we don’t eat meat on temple going days or special festival days. There are days when we don’t cook meat in the house by preference rather than tradition. But pasta with pesto sauce or bean nachos, is very different to Friday vegetarian food. I love...

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Snapshots – Como, Italy
Mar14

Snapshots – Como, Italy

Sunset on Lake Como in Italy. It’s a beautiful spot and I was lucky enough to go there two years ago. I understand why the rich and famous flock there. The crystal clear lake ringed by hills studded with beautiful houses,  is one reason. The magnificently landscaped gardens by the lake is another. Como was also the quietest, most peaceful and cleanest of all the Italian cities and towns I visited on that trip. It left an...

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Make your own Moroccan fish scale stencil or stamp
Mar13

Make your own Moroccan fish scale stencil or stamp

I have been fascinated by these Moroccan fish scale tiles for the longest time. But since I have nothing that needs tiling, I haven’t been able to find a use for this design. Finally I had a lightbulb moment – I’d create my own stencil and use it as a design element in my DIY projects. I know these stencils are available commercially but I have no time to go searching for these things. I had made my own stencils...

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