Spring-Summer Craft: Potato Block Print Tutorial

Morning real ladies. The girl has been really busy in here.

Looks like the most boring work and added freelance weren’t enough that we got two new rodent roomies (who are now our best friends) to keep us on our toes. 7 in the morning and you’ll hear them squeal for food. Yes, it’s totally “oh, no” but its adorable. I love waking up to them every morning, and as I write this post, they are on my lap proofing it while im sipping on some Darjeeling Tea. Life’s not that bad you know. Specially when you can print your own tablecloth with everyday veggies like potatoes and make it look like ‘the buy’ from a boutique store. No?

From what’s happening in and around blogland I know you all are ready for Spring. Flowy dresses, Spring crafts, Spring-Summer specials, muslin drapes, soda by the porch and surfing? Tell you what, we’ve moved on a little further over here. The Indian subcontinent has welcomed summer recently and we are craving for some dreamy whites and cool colors.

Hence, in my endeavor to block print myself a new table cover  for summer I couldn’t think of any color better to break the monotony than turquoise. I dangled a bit between black and yellow but settled eventually for this pretty shade of blue.

An extremely easy craft, if you have time and patience unlike me, you can print drapes, bedspreads and almost everything with potatoes and fabric color and the result is professional and stunning. I tried a beach themed drape later for my kitchen and it came out well too. In the next post 🙂

Here’s how

You will need a large potato, actually the size will depend on the size of the print you are trying to achieve, and two knives.  Honestly even one knife will do. I’m very prone to accidents so i like to stick to particular knives meant for particular jobs.

One one half carve your design with the smaller knife. You can use a carver too if you are planning a design that’s more intricate.

On a plate pour the color of choice, brush the potato very lightly with the color and practice a couple of times on a white paper. When you get the print right with the right amount of color, move on to the fabric.

I printed them in diagonal lines, you can use straight lines, floral patterns, only the edges- totally upto you.

Let it dry for about 6-8 hours

Wash in cold water and iron on the reverse.

NOTE: Never iron fabric print on the same side the print has been made. It will take the print off.

Pretty much nothing. The kind of crafting I’m a master of 😛

Have fun.

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Say hello to my guest bloggers today: Fuzzy and Zoe!

Oh! Hello humans. How are your squeaky self doing this wonderful day? We are doing very good, thank you. And we are very glad to be finally communicating inter species this Spring. Usually its us and rats and ants.

Let’s break the ice then?

We know you think of us as squeaky little creatures that steal your cheese when you are asleep but we are not. We are not rats. We are Guinea Pigs. We come from a good family and live in homes with heaters.

We love your movies and Kate Middleton’s style! Ooo..we loved her wedding dress. We are both girls in here so maybe one day we’ll walk the altar too in something similar. *squeak squeak*

We also loved the movie, “ratatouille”. So close, so close. That’s how its down-soil.

We studied rat-a-logy and majored in inter-species mass communication.

We watch popeye and love Spinach.

We love humans. In here, we feel no threat. As a matter of fact, we are having a ball here with warm baths, fresh grass to munch on and lazy sleep. You know we are not supposed to have alcohol but I really wouldn’t mind a Pinacolada right now. We love it above the soil or as we like to say “unsoiled”.

We have come home with these very kind people and we are loving it here. By the way, the rate at which they play music here, we are guessing in no time we’ll be able to compose you a squeaky rambling.

Are you still with us? Yay! You all are so kind! Of course, in all this ra(n)t-a-thon we completely forgot that we didn’t introduce ourselves to you. We are Fuzzy and Zoe and we are two crazy cavies guest blogging from the little, sunny apartment for Trumatter today. Poor thing, went to office and all! Our heart bleeds for her. It must be so difficult going to work. Another couple of hours and they will be home- the guy and the girl. Did we tell you that the guy here is so cool? He plays guitar, feeds us, cooks at times and talks about global warming, world music and politics. Seems very intelligent. Our sixth sense tells us that the good man is reading all about us today while he is at work. He might just convince the girl to get some bell peppers. He is our favorite.

Look what we have got! A hideout. Trumatter gave it to us. Tell you what? We like this part of the city more than ‘that’ part of the city. It’s noisy and full of dust and weird people dressed in clothes that sometimes makes us think whether the sun has come down…its too flashy you know. Don’t like. This part @trumatter ‘s and @rohankadam ‘s is good. Loads of trees and all 🙂

Pardon our unfamiliarity with the blog land and the lingo for we come from a place which we call ‘burrows’. We really don’t know what to write so thought we will write something about ourselves. Trumatter asked us to guest blog with the subject “DIY burrow” but we don’t want to talk about our lives ‘downtown’.

Did you like us? You can squeak to us here and we promise we will squeak you back.

Good-bye! Grass time.

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Back on time y’all. How you doing? Thank you Zoe. Thank you Fuzzy. I am sharing you all at:

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Fluted Pink Cups: What a girl must have this summer and Strawberry milk Recipe to beat the heat

Please tell me it’s not snowing at yours; it’s almost summer here. Lazy days, chilled beer, fresh juices, crisp salads, sunscreen, warm breeze, flip flops, tank tops, shorts, sea, nautical stripes, lemonade and air conditioner. All this not happening at yours? It is? Great, ‘coz I have the most perfect recipe to beat the heat in the most pink-chic way.  Of course we serve drinks according to cups and glasses- this story is the other way round! These cups called for the drink. Talk about crockery love!

On a recent trip to the nearest shopping mall- “More” is our “Target”, I found these lovely cups on sale. 2 for 2.99$. And here in begins the fun. I’ll give you the scenario in 10 minute time-intervals.

Note: All conversations are to “SELF”

11:10: Wow, pink fluted cups. Nice. very old school. “Should i?”

11: 20: Still in the same place, fiddling and thinking “Do you really need it?”

11:30: Walking off with discontentment. Had a nutribar- still unsatisfied

11:40: Dilemma swaying me like a pendulum

11:50: “You have way too many cups than required. Its fine, its just a darn good looking fluted pink cup. You’ll find it later”

12:00: Standing in the queue- pink cups still rattling my brain

12:10: F**k it. I want it. A girls gotta have what a girl’s gotta have”.  (sorry for the abuse, but i want to be completely honest here)

I kept the billing girl on hold, ran back and got these cups. The nutribar was such a waste. Believe me, nothing makes me happier than happy crockery.

Off came these beauties with me home.

For the first 5 minutes I simply stared at them wondering how beautifully fluted they are etc etc. The next half an hour went in shooting. Another thing that makes me real happy: Photography. I can do it endlessly- 24-7. And the final hours of appreciation went in drinking iced strawberry milk in it on a hot sunday afternoon. Why Iced strawberry milk? You’ll laugh at this. Because it will go with the color tone of the cup, which means more photographs. I love how I am, when i get to do my things!

Here’s the recipe:

Milk: 1 cup (I used low fat, you can use full cream)

Sugar: 2 teaspoon

Ice cubes: 8

Strawberry: About 10

How

In a blender, blend the strawberries with sugar to a pulp.

Add ice and blend it again.

Now, top with milk and beat on low for about 15 seconds.

Pour in chic-pink-fluted-ceramic cups and watch a movie!

Voila.

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Fridge makeover with chalkboard paint

G’day ladies. How’s it going at yours?

Things have finally started to fall in place in my little apartment and I’m glad things are moving. I threw away almost 75% of what I had accumulated through out the years, keeping only what I need and I “really” need. The paint job is finally happening and by April 5th, I’m, hoping I’ll be ready to play the host to my parents who are coming to stay with me for a week. There is more than them staying with me but I’ll break the news once its happened!

Back to point.

When I first started staying with my roomies,  4 years back, we bought this refrigerator together. But when I moved out individually, I took the refrigerator with me. And since then, its been the same color- grey. This time when I moved, while transfer, it got some ugly scratches + I was starting to dislike how it looked. Everything was fine till I saw some superb chalkboard paint makeovers online- you know how it is ladies! Once you see what you want, you just won’t rest till its done. For me, “the need” gets the best of me. If i want something, I want it, and I want it now. Till the time I don’t get that, I keep looking, searching, planning for it- at times even keeping away my work. So, anywhich ways, I must have it or I’d end up keeping everything at bay. This is me, my nature. Or else, how would you justify the fact that I painted it after coming from work at 12 at night!

I sanded the front down, gave it one coat of primer and then 1 coat of chalkboard paint. One more coat is pending but I couldn’t keep the excitement to myself.

Rohan thought it was pretty lame, but I forgive him. I know it’s very cool. Also, for a person like me who often forgets to do stuff, I think it’s a great idea to finally stop forgetting. Here’s the old version

And here’s it with one coat of paint on it:

So, what do you all think? Would love a few comment or two.

P.s: some parts are coming off and i see some proud lines. Any suggestions?

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Country Kitchen Sign

Well, hello then. Morning to you all. Feels like I have not been here for centuries.

It’s been a dead-busy week at work and home with me taking over the creative execution at work and decluttering, painting and putting things in order at home. It was organizing at its peak and I still need 3 rattan baskets, two lamps, 3 holders and putty. Jeez! Work doesn’t seem to get over. God give me a sign!

Well, not that he didn’t. Among all those dust cleaning, a little paint job seriously seemed to bring back my adrenaline. In the process of organizing my kitchen, I felt the need for a sign. But problem was, I wanted something shabby but bright, something not too big but sunny and loud.

 last year we made a shelf and we had wood pieces left. I picked up one and primed it. Next I topped it with a shade of acrylic color I created myself with 1 part of  scarlet red and one part of white.

Next, I sanded it with sand paper to give it a worn out look: Obviously you all are very well acquainted with the process of chipping and wearing a color down.

Once ready and dry, I wrote the word “Country kitchen” freehand. Of course you can use a stencil and choose your font.

It is now ready to be hung!

I’ll be back with some more of my kitchen.

See ya and if you are seeing me and liking me, you can follow me via linky tool on the side bar.

Toodles.

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Sunday

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Living room makeover + #Marchphotoaday challenge

So, I’m back with a makeover. A living room makeover in budget.

Color palette: lime green, white, grey with touches of yellow, orange and turquoise.

How you all doing in your cocoons crafty chicas? Wake up then, ‘coz its spring time. Let’s go out and pick some flowers and dip our feet in the pond. Let’s get red in some summer love. Shall we?

Say hello to sunshine yellow and aqua votives!

If anyone reading this follows me on Twitter, you’d know that I recently, after giving it much thought, parted with a dear friend who’s given me warmth, comfort, her shoulders and been like a sister. My dear blue and white couch, my friend, yes I am talking about you.

But you see it was time. We had to do this mercy killing and if you are reading this, dear couch- I am so, so sorry. I still love you. But I love the warm breeze too and Moroccan style low seating where I can laze around with a book and some beer. I love me some crisp green and flowy muslins. I love me some beach vignettes and dainty chandeliers. Most importantly I love me some me some summer feel with lots of space and air. I was left with no choice.

P.s. You were really bulky and you had started to disappoint me. I just guess I had too much of you. Good riddance.

Here you are:

Anyway, leaving the black dress behind, this is what we did.

We moved furnitures from the window for more space, light and air

We replaced to sofa to a low seating

We replaced the big glass with a smaller glass

We shifted the small cabinet and the lampshade atop in a corner, beside the window on the left

We included a palm tree and some magazines

We also added indirect light sources

Total money spent: 650 INR + 120 INR + 100 INR

Below 1000 INR or near 18$ or 10 GBP

Nothing right?

I’m quite happy with the results and I’d love to know what you think.

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PLUS

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This month I’m joining a sweet challenge: #Marchphotoaday created by the lovely Chantelle or #fatmumslim where I will be sharing 30 photos, one-each day according to the daily themes. Isn’t that like totally exciting? You can find her blog here, every month she creates a wonderful panel of themes and inspirations as prop for photographs- head over to her blog to see and know more.

I came to know of this from Sarah from abeachcottage.com , check out her brilliant photographs and her instagrams- you can also follow her on FB and Twitter.

I’m writing all good things about them because I really think they are brilliant. They are not my friend, they don’t even prolly know about me the way you guys do, we interact through comments only but believe me the inspirations you’d find in their blogs: It’s really worth being hooked onto it.

 Here’s a drift and the theme. Who will be joining me then?

The photographs will be shared in Twitter (@trumatter), that’s my handle and they will also be available under my board in Pinterest. You can follow me on Pinterst- the button is on my sidebar.

Okay, Im starving!

Ciao folks.

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AZ Creative Studio: A must check out & Giveaway

“Inspired by the imperial grandeur of English castles, the charm of French cottages, the elegance of the Parisian apartment, the splendour of Venice and the rustic warm colors of Tuscany…”
Nothing does justice to their flavor, charm and beauty than the word of its creator.

Head over to http://www.etsy.com/shop/AZCreativeStudio to have a look and shop. I can bet my last penny that you’ll be marveled.

To participate in the Giveaway, head over to Kristin’s blog. If you win, oh, if I win too (fingers crossed), it will be totally awesome.

Have a happy weekend

Roy