DIY: No Sew, Ruffled Summer Top Tutorial


Morning y’all. How’s it going at yours? looks like this parched little place will have its first glass of rain today.

Such a relief will it be if it does ‘coz its 43 degrees here and its killing us. To top, we are also having frequent power cuts. Argh, so not ideal. Where you at summer halter tops and tank dresses?

I dont know if I have told you all before but power cut makes me very creative. Lol, yeah, you heard me right, it does. The last time there was a 5 hour power cut, I transformed my entire wardrobe with paint and fabric. You can read all about it here. So you know where I am getting at right?

Last Sunday was a power-cut-a-thon. It just flew every after 40 minutes or so and stayed for about a couple of hours straight, everytime- obviously, with no TV, music playing (which plays all the time) and no internet, I tried reading a book. But hey Joe, this aint that country where you have “balmy” summer afternoons. Its straight away ticket to hell. Finding it hard to concentrate I thought of changing into something light. Guess what? All I see is formals.

Cut to

I’m digging the huge plastic bag that’s supposed to go poor children. And guess what I find?

A beaten-with-age tee and some scrap fabric. Ah! My dear old purple tee, how I love thee. How could I give you away. I decided to do “something” with my old wardrobe flame. Flew in scissors and fabric glue.

Oh and btw, in endeavors such as this I dont feel hot. I feel alright. Infact, I dont feel pain, hunger, cold or anything related to feelings when I am onto a DIY project. It and it solely controls my sensory and autonomous.

Here I am wearing the discarded plain tee which is now a chic top.

Let’s have a quick word on what you’ll need:

A tee

scissors

fabric glue

a piece of fabric, atleast 1/2 a meter long

Here’s the tutorial.

You can see the tee in all its faded glory here! Lol.

Basically, cut the sleeves and secure the ends with fabric glue first. Let it dry for about 5-7 minutes before proceeding onto the next level. I wanted a boat necked effect, you can cut according to the kind of sleeve you like…or simply ruffle your plain tee up.

Next, cut your scrap fabric into a long strip, the height of which you can decide depending on how long would you like your ruffle to be and secure the loose ends with fabric glue. My scrap fabric already had it hemmed on one side so I skipped this part.

Once the strip of fabric is dry, form the ruffles.

I formed the pattern on the neck first and secured every ruffle to its succeeding fold with fabric glue so that I can have a ruffled strip, ready to be attached when its dry. (You can see this step in the picture above)

Once the ruffle was dry, I placed it on the neck of the tee and secured the unstitched end: I overlapped the tee collar with the ruffle.

Let it dry for about an hour and you are ready to flaunt your brand new ruffled tee that’s perfect for summer

Good?

Roy XO

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Woot Woot: Colaba Point releases its 2nd album- Mildly Idyllic

Yay and Hurrah for Colaba Point (that’s us) release their 2nd Album and we are more than happy with the feedback.

So who are we? We are bunch of sporadic jammers. That’s all. 

Here is how we are described and I thought for once I’ll keep quiet

“Colaba Point is a project that features ex-Human Abstract members Rohan Kadam (vocals, guitars, bass, loops and keyboard) and Abhishek Denzil (drums) along with Ankur Chugh (guitars, bass, loops and melodica) and Rukmini Roy (vocals) who get together sporadically to create music. The band released their second album Mildly Idyllic on April 11 this year. Formed in around January 2011, the band would get together, jam and a compilation of these jams turned into their eponymous first album in April 2011 (stream here).” Source

Wink..wink…Ah…alright!

You know how it feels to beat one’s own drum right? Its an awkward pleasure. But I can’t help it, specially when Colaba point is being talked about in all respectable music scenes, here in India irrespective of the fact that we really did no “PROMOTION”. By far our second album solely has 95 downloads and 131 followers! Can you tell ladies, I’m happy?

Here are the list of links where we are featured! Woot-woot!

http://nh7.in/indiecision/2012/04/13/colaba-point-release-sophomore-album/

http://www.indianmusicrevolution.com/Latest-News/Download-Colaba-Point-Releases-New-Album%E2%80%93Mildly-Idyllic.html

http://www.indiagigalert.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=4641:colaba-point-give-away-new-album-mildly-idylic-for-free&Itemid=215

Cover art by me 

Btw, some blogger found us really interesting and “Highly Idyllic”. Best part is we don’t even know her! She did this kind act of reviewing us and this was kinda funny to see us being reviewed:

“My stint with jazz is probably the shortest ever. I never got past Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter songs. So my opinion on Colaba Point‘s Mildly Idyllic can be flawed.

Colaba Point’s debut album contains nine songs varying in topics from traffic jams to day-dreaming about vacations. A fresh breath of air in midst of lyrics with lots of blood and gore. It’s not the usual sugar-coated songs on love either; this is just new. I could place two faces on the two “imaginary” friends – one who goes mute when sober and the other who feels he was wiser in the past – on two of my best friends.

The music is pleasant, calm, summery, holiday-ish. ‘Always been’, the most idyllic song of the album was the first song I listened to. I didn’t get many female vocals, in my metal and rock rampaging. I’m out of my field here, yet it was a surprise to hear Rukmini Roy’s relaxing voice come through the speakers. (I should have read the cover I know.) The two instrumentals are my favourite. Hanging On was recorded live? Wow. One rarely hears live versions without artificial audience-cheering voices put into them. Fancy Dinner reminds me of Fight Club, I don’t know why.”

Haha- this blogger only head bangs. Jeez. Anywho! Such a week it’s been…! Since its our band, I dont want to talk much here or even judge, praise, preach or promote, but there are two things i have learnt from this whole event:

1. Be honest to your talents- some people will like, some wont but be honest to what you do

2. Quality still rules the roost and if somethings good out there, people will relate, they will read.

🙂

Here’s a link to our album, in case you wish to download

http://colabapoint.bandcamp.com/album/mildly-idyllic

Or you can also listen to us here

Loves and toodles everyone! Hope you all like it!

Trumatter’s tried and tasted: Herbed chicken roasted in butter and lemon

Sunday to you, darling. Sunday to you.

Come on in for a glass of lemonade or best stay on for lunch. We’d love to have you here. The man in the house and I made some Herbed chicken in butter and lemon and it’s come out real well. But before you could get yourself settled on this deliciously cooked, impeccable looking bird (does that sound too cruel?) you’ll have to swear that with each bite you’d forgive stupidities, think that the world is still a better place to live in and ignore the ignorant.  I have figured this one simple thing out: When angry, when disappointed, when you feel like killing someone, cook up a good meal. There is something about good food that neutralizes anger/disappointment triggering hormones. Food is not the way, it is salvation. Possibly that is why they say, a well fed world, is a happy world. Good food is the one and the only way to keep those obnoxious nags (experience talking) out of your life, for words generally bypass you when you are munching something real deli. Home, office, friends circle- this will work anywhere. Munch on you crazy foodie and make them feel like a million bucks when the fact is you’re not listening to anything. This and drugs are the only two possible and valid ways to keep seriously stupid people out of your life for they somehow tend to appear with their foolish logic from time to time. I’m a coward, so food’s my drug save sometime when I can get really brave 😛 Swore? Good. Now dig.

In my house, its served with mashed potatoes and Yorkshire pudding (Janice, thank you for the recipe, it works everytime)

We love to eat, both Ro and me. And lately this has been our weekend staple. Nothing but assembling a couple of things and throwing it in the oven, this gives us time to watch the movies while cooking and as we like it, over a glass of wine or two. Serves us so right!

Very similar to the roast in recipe, this herbed chicken recipe is a scorer as a summer dinner recipe too. Light, juicy and full of flavor, it has that characteristic lemony tanginess to it which is so refreshing to the buds. I don’t remember where I first saw this herbed lemon chicken recipe,  I have added a few things and subtracted a few according to our taste buds over yeras, but tell you what, the end product has always been appreciated. I have never failed with this recipe- even the most gumpiest of guests have appreciated its taste (also the effort! hah! I hope they dont read this, ever) Anywho, it was time I shared this with you all.

Here you go.

INGREDIENTS

Chicken breasts: 2

Veggies (Whatever you want or is available): 2 cups

Lemon juice: of 2 lemons (small). You can of course use the juice from 1 large

Garlic: 5 small cloves, minced + 1 cut in length for rubbing the chicken

Butter: 1″ square for rubbing

Mixed dried herbs: 1 tbsp

Fresh oregano + Thyme + Rosemary: 1 tbsp

Olive oil: 1 tbsp + 1tbsp

Salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS

Rub the chicken breasts with butter and garlic. Sprinkle half of the dried herbs, a pinch of salt and drizzle 1 teaspoon of olive oil. set aside for about 30 minutes. Preferably in the freezer.

In a shallow basin, mix all the veggies, remaining olive oil from 1 tbsp, sprinkle salt and pepper, remaining dried herbs and minced garlic.

In a shallow baking dish pour 1 tbsp of olive oil and spread a layer of the vegetables. Sprinkle fresh herbs. Place your marinated chicken on top and top it off with another layer of vegetables. Between each layer sprinkle fresh herbs.

Pour about 1/2 a cup of water and in a preheated oven (220) roast your chicken at 200 for the first 10 minutes and then at 180 for about 40 to 45 minutes.

Take it out of the oven and let it settle for about 5 minutes before serving.

Serve with garlic bread, buttered loaf or Yorkshire pudding and mashed potatoes and of course with a face like it was real work. A quick and easy summer recipe that tastes and looks like a lot of effort has gone into it, the real fact in this case dear ladies remains hidden with the faux-chefs only, ah, of course until I decided to share. Wish everything in life was this simple!

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Summer shrug from a Plain Tee

Hello Ladies and gentlemen (if any). Okay seriously, I always want to start the post with something else but my usual “hello” but somehow I end up saying “Hello ladies”. So funny!

Anyway, the girl in here, that would be me, is back with her real self, with stripes and greys and not gold and greens and reds, finally! And what a come back for I’ve got a real treat in here for you! This time, this day at this place we will talk fashion, for the first time.

Summer’s here and it’s almost important to wear as less clothes as possible as wearing cotton. Lol, seriously! Imagine the stickiness and the heat- a full sleeve will be suicidal. But a tank’s not something you can go to work in, can you? Solution: A light, loose, cotton shrug, preferably at the same hem line of your tank or spaghetti top that goes perfectly with your weekday formal trousers as well as your Friday denims or frilled skirts.

Most shrugs available at the market ends below your bust line- something I don’t prefer as somehow it makes me look very busty. My idea of a shrug is a cross between a shrug and a cardigan with the material being cotton/spandex/Hosiery. A plain boring grey tee from Izod seemed perfect for the experiment.

This is what it all started from! You’ll start by snipping the front into a half- start from the tip of the V and go straight down. I drew a line with chalk for an even line. Once you have snipped it, with the help of a fabric glue secure the unstitched ends.

collage via photovisi.com (check it out) It’s amazing. We are now 2 steps behind our oh-so-flouncy shrug!

Once you are done attaching the loose ends, with the help of your scissor make two holes on either side of where the neck of the fabric meets.

Now, run a bunch of lace or ribbons or ribbons and lace and beads and tie it into a knot. I used a plain bow, you can make what you like. Best part is, even if you make a knot that cannot be opened, its fine. You can always wear it like a tee without having to open the front!!!

Here we go! Ready and all to be worn.

What do you all think? huh?

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We are getting married!

Halloa, halloa!  How have you been keeping ladies? You see now, why I had been so busy? I was prepping for an engagement function. Feels so good to be tellin you all…my boyfriend and I are getting married although the date still needs to be fixed. Need more dope? Yeah, yeah, I know and I will give you so.

Rohan and I had been seeing each other for the past 5 years and this birthday he took me out for dinner and popped that 1, Big, oh-so-blushy question that every girl in her life waits for! Well, I said yes. But we wanted to wait for our parents to meet each other before we announced this!!!

 

Awwww! Isn’t he the cutest?

I am a Bengali and he is a Maharashtrian and our races have its own traditional wedding dresses. For fun, we dressed in the other’s traditional dress and we loved every moment of it.

Ask how it feels to marry your boyfriend of 5 long years? I say EXCELLENT. My best friend, my confidante and my partner in crime who dotes on me, cooks for me, sings for me and even deals with me and my illogical tantrums is now going to be my husband. Can anything be sweeter?

But its not all dreamflower and lilac that you’re thinking. A lot has happened lately; stuff that are unpleasant and stuff that are pleasant, stuff worth remembering and stuff worth turning a deaf ear to. But in the end, what I figured out is, all that happened and the parts that were bad couldn’t kill me. It only made me stronger. I am wiser than yesterday and never before in my life have I been so sure about my decisions and actions. Its been an experience, a learning.

You see I can choose to discuss or hold on to it or forget about all of that and remember the best snippets from the day. I’ll choose to do the latter for the cause is the only thing that should have my attention. Nothing or no one else really matters.

The man is my life is the sweetest and I love him quiet. Best part is he loves me back and possibly loves me a wee more than I love him. 🙂 Do we fight? Yes we do. We fight for stupid reasons and we pull a grump on each other and then laugh on it. How long does our fight last? 10 minutes.  Are we the perfect couple? No we are not. We have our own demons. Are we alike? No, we are 40% contradictory. But truth is our imperfections are perfect for each other, our contradictions harmonize perfectly- a reason enough for us to be with each other for the rest of our lives.

Irrespective.

Toodles ladies!!

Before and After: Table Makeover with Thumbtacks




Ladies, gentlemen(if any), good day to you! Never thought a midweek post would happen. So yay! I have finally managed to give this poor table its worth and I swear I can hear it breathe.

When Rohan’s mom came over for Lunch last weekend, she passed on some of her old furniture from their store. Ah, you should have seen the glow on my face. Nothing makes me as happy as receiving old furniture and crockery. Believe me. And while Rohan planned out where he wants what, I was already giving it poaches of color and envisioning it. My happiness knew no bound!

My original idea was to paint it with old white and add pale gold on the rims. But somehow the idea did not appeal. Like it was too done. Then for a couple of days, I oscillated between black, white and pale green. Surprisingly black is what appealed to me the most. Honestly, I’m a bit scared to use black. Firstly it’s a bold color, secondly you can go terribly wrong with black unless its that little black dress you are talking about in which case you’ll never go wrong. Thirdly, I have a green wall in the milieu. Will it even go? I braved a coat.

And voila! I could already see it brightening up the center patch. How nice of it to have become a happy blip in my usual super white broadcast. I carried on with another coat of glossy black spray. “Okay, looks nice”, I thought, “But there’s something missing”. What’s missing? Enter pinterest.

I remember seeing a couple of tables refurbished with nail heads. Yes, that devil of a Nail head is missing. That’s the missing brick in my puzzle. I wanted nail heads.

Dreading the 4’0 clock heat, I went out to look for nail heads but like everything Nail heads were not available anywhere in the vicinity. While on my way back, I stopped at a stationery to pick up some markers. And guess what was gleaming on the center rack? “Thumbtacks”. Whoa! Why didn’t I think of this. They look like nail heads. Supra! Got home a pack of 100.

I didn’t want it too flashy but wanted an antique look. So I sanded the rims and sides a bit and nailed the thumbtacks onto the corners! Ta-da. Quick and easy. And that reminds me to show you how it came to me. Lo and Behold, the breathless prisoner.

Do saving furniture count? If it does, I’ll go to Heaven when I die.

Toodles!

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Chingri macher malai curry: Prawns cooked in spiced coconut milk

Whoever read my post about  Poela Boishakh will remember me mentioning about this recipe. I went ga-ga and wrote “recipes in the next post”, but ironically didn’t post it. Why? Simply, because I forgot. Hands down. I forget. I do. But anyway, better late than never.

This is a traditional Bengali, aromatic, succulent, etc, etc dish which is very common to any Bengali occasion; dont forget to count “Bangla Strike”- Bengal is infested with ‘isms’ which calls for a lot of offs and I so want to do a post on Bengal and Bengalis, public holidays and weekends. We just need an excuse to make this. Really.

Take a look at the ingredients

 Procedure

Rub prawns with salt and turmeric and set aside for an hour. Meanwhile, paste the onion, 2-3 garlic cloves and about an inch length of ginger together. Keep a cup of Coconut milk ready.
In a wok put 2 tbsp of oil (use any oil that do not have a scent of its own) and fry the prawns until a light golden brown. Strain and keep aside.

In the same oil, crackle bray leaf, cloves, cinnamon & cardamom for a minute. When the “garam masala” is fragrant, add the ginger-garlic-onion paste and stir. Cook this for about 4-5 minutes and add turmeric, cayenne pepper powder, salt and sugar. Let it cook till the masala leaves oil. When you see it leaving oil from sides add coconut milk.  Let it boil for about 2-3 minutes before you put the prawns in it.

Put two green chillies and cook for another 6-8 minutes.

Set & Sorted!