Friday, October 9, 2015


Hello friends, Welcome to my blog!! Today am posting something that I wanted to share with you all for a long time - fabric painting on a T shirt.  This is the first time am into fabric painting. I bought a plain T shirt from Michaels last year and totally forgot about it. Three months back when I was cleaning my wardrobe found it and finally decided to paint it .

I love warli printed dresses so decided to do warli painting on this T shirt.

Initially I washed the cotton T shirt and ironed it .  Then measured the center of the shirt using an inch tape. I drew the circle using a compass and fabric markers. I fitted the area to be painted inside a frame and started to paint.
I have used Tulip soft Fabric paint and 00 brush. All the designs are hand-drawn. I didnt use any stencil. 

In a similar way I made the neck design too.

I thought of using this T shirt for my vacation but after finishing I loved it so much that I wanted to wear it on my birthday. I also made a matching pair of  quilled jhumka.

Fabric painting is a relaxing hobby and it gives happiness to wear hand painted dress. So if you are new to fabric painting I hope these tips will useful to you.

1. Use fabrics that are 100% cotton and tightly oven. In michaels you get T shirts specially designed for fabric painting.
2. Pre - wash your fabric to remove the starch.
3. Iron the fabric and spread it on a large table.
4. Have the design ready on a paper before proceeding to draw on a fabric.
5. Depending on the type of finish you want you can select the type of Fabric paint. There are puffy, matte and soft finish available. I have used soft fabric paint in this project.
6. Instead of stretching the fabric by clipping it on a cardboard I prefer attaching the area to be painted on a embroidery frame as they hold and stretch it tightly enabling us to work conveniently.
7.Mark the center of the fabric before drawing .
8.Use fabric pencils instead of normal pencils so that the marking can be easily erased .
9. Do not use water except for wetting the brush.
10.Reverse iron the fabric after allowing it to dry for 48 hours.

Happy Painting!!

Sunday, September 27, 2015


Hello Friends, Indian Craft room is back again and is looking for new designers. Am happy to participate in their auditions.

For details on the Audition, rush to ICRDESIGNER AUDITIONS  in the ICR CHALLENGES GROUP !!!

The last date to submit is sep 30th 2015. 
I have submitted my following creations to the audition:


Hello friends, hope you all are enjoying your weekend.. Today I have a CAS card to share with you all. This week in casology challenge,  the theme is "Circles" . There are endless possibilities to this theme but the first thing that struck my mind is the " Smiley". Smileys are used to express that little extra feeling during a conversation. They are a great source of fun as they can easily add a laugh and color to the otherwise bland chats.  So I made a smiley card using glitter foam sheets. 

The background strips and smileys are hand-cut and the sentiment is hand written. To bring more shine to the card added rhinestones.

Entering this card to the following challenges:

1 .Casology challenge blog - cue word " Circles"
2. Shopping our stash challenge blog - " Show us your smile"
3.4 crafty chicks challenge blog - " Sparkle and shine"
4. Lulupu challenge blog - " Sparkle and shine"
5.Beyond grey challenge - " Cas cards or layouts"

Friday, September 25, 2015


Hello Friends, Welcome back to my blog!! Well the autumn season has begun, so today's project is all about welcoming this beautiful season of gold. I love to walk on the dried crispy leaves as they give a crunchy effect like that of potato chips.. Lol..  There is a surprise inside this jar which is revealed at the end of this post!!

In California fall season is not much pronounced like the east coast so we can see lot of green trees with some dried trees in between them. So I took the color palette from what I see here - green , yellow, gold and red. I have seen many altered mason jar projects made by my fellow bloggers of which my favorite is Neha's altered mason jar. So I bookmarked that and thought of trying it soon. When the ghee bottle became empty I decided to alter it with the fall theme. 

I covered the jar with pattern paper from DCWV paper pack. Then adhered different laces from "Celebrate it" collections. I inked the laces with golden, yellow and red distress inks. Recently I bought a Martha Stewart daisy punch and was waiting to use it. All the flowers in this project are made using this punch and recollections card stock. The leaves are hand cut and distressed using inks.

The sentiment is a print out. I used pearl chain, pearls and golden bead chain to decorate the jar. The mini book charm is handmade using stacked papers from old magazine and packaging card board.  

For the top panel I have used burlap cloth , lace and handmade flowers. The bird is hand cut from the glitter foam sheet. 

So what is inside the bottle??  Here is the surprise!!!

I wanted to create a window so that my haunted house is visible. So glued the laces only 3/4th of the jar.  For the background I have used black glitter foam sheet. On the lid of the jar I pasted a LED candle using double sided tape. 

With the onset of fall the temperature starts to decrease here so its not possible to keep the door open always as in summer. So we need an air freshner.  Hence I filled the jar with  home made air freshner  and added three pumpkins above it.  On the lid of the jar I pasted a LED candle using double sided tape. See how it gives a spooky effect in the dark.  I am going to keep this decorated jar in my crafting table so that I can enjoy the pleasant smell while I craft. 

Here are some of the ideas to make your own air freshner:
I added  homemade potpourri  inside the jar. As its fall time I picked many dry leaves and flowers from the nearby garden and added lavender essential oil to it. 

Hope you all like my project. Do leave your comments/ suggestions!! Have a nice weekend!!

Entering this project into the following challenges:

1, City crafter challenge blog - "Fall has arrived"  - I was inspired by the falling leaves and the colors of the picture. I have used red, yellow , green and brown in my project.
2. Kraftzone challenge blog - " Altered art with sentiment" - I have altered a ghee bottle/jar.
3. Dream valley challenge - " Autumn colors"
4. Lessology challenge - " Its reading time" - I have made a mini book charm by recycling magazine papers. I have also recycled ghee bottle/jar.
5. Crafting musketeers - " Challenge 29 - Autumnal colors
6.Our creative corner - " Shades of autumn"
7. Altered eclectics 

Friday, September 18, 2015


Hello Friends, Hope you all are doing great!! Am back after a short vacation to Alaska. Today am posting the decoration and the idol made for Ganesh Chathurthi . Ganesh Chathurthi is one of my favorite festivals as its super fun to do puja for the handmade idol .  Last year when my parents were here, we all made Ganesha idol for the first time referring to this youtube video. You can view that post here. This year too I made a small Ganesha.

I used air dry terracotta clay for making the idol . Once it is dried I painted the idol using acrylics and gave a coat of varnish.

When I was searching for the decoration ideas I came across this lotus asana for Lord Ganesha in a website. So decided to create a similar one using glitter foam sheets. I have used glitter foam sheets as they are easy to cut and paste.

I decided to alter an candle jar for the asana. You can see the step by step pictures for making the lotus asana below.

For the backdrop:
I drew the design on the cardboard and painted the design using acrylics. I hand cut the design and decorated it using silver and white glitter foam sheets. I stuck the backdrop to the candle jar using hot glue gun.

Hope you all like it... Do leave your comments/suggestions... See you soon with another post... Have a crafty weekend...

Reference links:

To make the clay Ganesha idol : Clay Ganesha making tutorial
To view my last year's Ganesha idol and decoration  : Handmade clay ganesha idols

Submitting this project to:

Lulupu challenge blog - " Sparkle and shine "

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Hello friends, today's post is very special to me as its my first guest designing post for Lulupu Challenge. I made a tutorial on making a bicycle carrying flowers by recycling tissue paper rolls.Click here to read a short interview about me. 

For making this project materials needed are:

1. Empty tissue rolls (2)
2. Floral wire thin and thick
3.tissue paper
4. Hot glue gun
5. Paints
6. Crepe paper for making flowers
7. Materials for decoration like lace , pearls etc


Step 1: Cut two circular pieces from tissue paper rolls and wrap it with tissue paper.

Step 2: Twist two floral wires and cut them into small pieces such that it fits inside the circular piece. Wrap it with the tissue paper and glue it to the tyre.

In a similar way make three tyres.

Step 4 : Take a thick wire and join the two small tyres. Using the same wire make the handle and the front of the cycle ( as shown in the pic above)

Step 5: Glue the front portion of the bicycle to the front wheel. Join the front and back of the cycle using a thick wire.

Basket and flowers:

I made the basket by weaving 4 strips of paper.

For making flower I used crepe paper.

The flowers are hand cut as my punches doesn't support crepe papers.

Painting and other tips:

1.Since the bicycle is made of tissue paper use dry brush technique for paining it. I used fevicryl acrylic colors.
2.The bicycle cannot withstand weight so do not try to add more embellishments to it. If you want a more sturdy bicycle you can use empty tape rolls. But I felt tissue paper roll is easy to cut and hence I tried making with it.

3.For stability you can tie floral wire at the joints as shown in the above picture.

So a mini bicycle is ready to decorate your craft table!! Hope you all like my craft!!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Hello Friends, Welcome to my blog!! Today am sharing with you all my DT post for CSCC august challenge #3. I created a simple card using watercolors. 

For this week's challenge we have the theme " watercolor flowers" inspired by the picture below.  Click here for more details.  I got inspired by the yellow and brown flowers( right column second one). 

Initially I took a white cardstock and cut it into the shape of a banner. Then I drew the flowers using 2H pencil and colored them using watercolors. Then I stamped the sentiment using black DI. Finally matted the whole thing upon a brown cardstock and added a border using metallic gold quilling strip .

Hope you all liked my card... Do join us CSCC and have fun...

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


Hello folks, Welcome to my blog!! Today I have an interesting and a sweet project to share with you all. When I saw the theme of CSCC August challenge # 2 being handmade flowers I wanted to try something new and different. As I googled upon I came across this edible flower bouquet. These bouquets are trending now and a blooming business in gift industry as you can not only relish the chocolates but also keep the bouquet as a remembrance.  So if you are looking out for a home business option then this post is for you as I have a short tutorial for making a simple bouquet at the end of this post. I dedicate this post to our very talented crafter/blogger who taught us innumerable crafts with her precise tutorials and also to make friends in this blogger land. Thank you Dr. Sonia for inspiring us. This post is my humble dedication to you. 

I made all the flowers using crepe papers which I had previously got from India. Actually there are 
different varieties of crepe papers ranging from thin streamer rolls to extra heavy paper.  I have used a medium quality paper for this project. Here I have tried with two type of chocolates - ferrero rocher for the sunflower and candy pop stick for the rose buds. You can use almost all type of chocolates but I prefer using candies as they are easy to wrap around the floral wire. 

For the vase I have used a paper cup filled with sand. I attached a handle using floral wire and covered the entire vase using green crepe paper. The white flowers and the leaves are hand cut using card stock. 


Cut a long strip of crepe paper. Fold it into half. Then make another fold.  Cut it in the shape of a petal.

Take a petal and carefully stretch it by pulling both ends. This is little tricky as if you pull too hard
 the paper may tear. Then using a scissor bend the petal and twist its edges.

 Make similar petals as explained in the above process. Using green color crepe paper make leaves in a similar manner. Take a brown cardstock and cut it into a circular shape. The size of this cardstock must be such that it should accomodate the chocolate at the center.
Take a floral wire and make a loop in one of its end and glue it to the card stock using the hot glue gun.

Now glue the petals onto the card stock as shown in pic 11.  Finally glue the leaves. At the center paste the ferrero rocher chocolate. 

For the bud I have used a candy pop stick. 

I find this to be a great business idea as the making cost is cheap but you can sell it for a good profit. Cost of crepe paper ( high quality) : $ 4.00 ( 8.2 ft) you can make 50 to 60 flowers depending on the size of the chocolate.
If you can get candies from a wholesale dealer then the making cost is very cheap. You can sell it for a minimum of $ 25 depending on the number of flowers and chocolates. 
Here are some of the useful links:
wholesale candy store:

Hope this post will inspire you to try out something new. Don't forget to link back to our challenge hosted by the talented crafter Dr.Sonia...