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Friday, January 6, 2017

Inspiration from the Christmas Cactus

Hello everyone,
Wishing you a blessed New Year.
This is not an art post. It is about my Cactus that kept me company as I worked through some of the art work the past days.
Watching my Christmas cactus bloom and unfold was such a joy.
Sharing this  joy with you through these pictures. You can read more about the Christmas Cactus on google. 
Here are the pictures ..
This was how the bud looked when it first started growing...

soon I noticed tinges of beautiful color akin strokes from a paint brush.

You can see the petals forming at this stage. The bud has also taken its characteristic horizontal position. In the background you can see more tiny buds.

The bud is long and elongated with a sharp tip, and the growth is maintained in the same horizontal position and parallel to the floor underneath. It is amazing to see the thin green cactus. This cactus I read can be handed down the generations (I mean the same plant) and read about a plant that has lived for about 140 years being handed down the generations. I got this last year for Christmas and has now been with me for a year. It blooms only once a year, and the last time they bloomed was the last year December.

The unfolding process is quite rapid compared to the time it takes to build up to this mature stage. The following picture was taken the morning of the day one of unfolding.

Morning of day 2 of unfolding:

Night day 2 unfolding. (it takes just two days for it to unfold and the unfolding is very dramatic and almost moves right in front of the eyes)

Day 3 morning picture. It had unfolded overnight on day 2 to its fullest beauty. This is a top down picture. Notice the stamen and the layers of petals and the flower faces down. This is the only flower that I have experienced that faces downwards.

This is a close up of the side view of the fully bloomed flower. It seems like a sky diver to me in a pretty pink dress..almost like a ballerina.

The following picture is a down up picture where I placed the camera beneath the flower and so you can see the ceiling as background.
This final picture is taken with my handcrafted clay sparrow. In the background you can see the Hallmark nativity set that was released last year. A ceramic angel made in Mexico hangs over the crib.

This picture is a close up of the Sparrow's breast, with the words that I wrote that His eye is on the sparrow, and with the relevant scripture.

Until next time,
Keep smiling!!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Hairpin lace shawl...

Alongside the t shirt quilt whenever I had some time away from the sewing nook I was working on this one from red heart's unforgettable collection.. And completed it in the for the show and tell quilters meet yesterday where I took this along .. Here are the pictures...

Two t shirt quilts I hand quilted with ties and made for my classmate. Toolkit me several months to make the top.. 30 blocks each of 16" squares. Both reached her sons when she gift them fit the Harvard MD graduation .. And her engineer son also received it. So blessed to have been part of their life stories. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Clock facelift

Here's an old clock that needed a little facelift. 
I created fabric yarn from a t shirt and se left over yarn and decorated the click with fabric yo yos and bling!! Hope you like this!!

A peacock hairpin lace shawl

Have been longing to crochet with the stained glass unforgettable yarn from Red heart on my hairpin loom. The yarn is silky and pretty to work with. Here are my process pictures. 

One motif at a time the rhythm is soothing ...

After I assembled all the pieces together I carried it with me to weave in the loose ends and add the tassels during my wait time in the car waiting for my friend. 
 Daylight helps in weaving in the ends .. 

Here's the finished shawl. It is triangular in shape. Certainly light weight and breezy design. The link to the pattern is in the "bridal shawl" post. 

The peacock is the national bird of  and I really love the peacock color. 

So light and breezy indeed just as the feathers ..

Hope you liked this piece. 

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Bridal shawl .. Hairpin lace with broomstick edging

The Bridal shawl in Hairpin lace with the beautiful bride. Here is the pattern of this shawl with broomstick lace edging .. Replace that with tassels. 

I have used Bernat Baby yarn in Antique White. The results vary with the kind of yarn you would use. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube  on how to work the hairpin lace. Please follow that with the pattern. It is a process of crocheting shells with the help of a hairpin loom and then attaching them together as you go... 
Try it with a left over yarn first with just six  shells as sample to form a small v shape .. And once you get the feel of it go for the project. It has a beautiful rhythm in the weave and I enjoyed making it. 
While joining the shells please use a table or lapdesk to lay the pieces as you join. This has helped me a lot, visually and increases the speed of joining too.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Parrot yarn from Red Heart & Pattern

Loved making this, with my hairpin loom and crochet hook. The pattern is available in my post named bridal shawl. 

The yarn is simply beautiful with the sheen resembling a real parrot. The color has been so aptly chosen that takes me back to memories of the birds seen in the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.
So thankful for this yarn.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Broomstick lace scarf: Stained Glass from Red Heart

Here is the finished broomstick lace scarf that I made using Red Heart unforgettable yarn color : stained glass. This is my favorite stitch and loved every moment of making this.
If you would like one made for you please do send a message to 

Bridal shawl- Pattern link

Here is a picture of my recent bridal shawl I made last week. 

I used Bernat antique white yarn, my hairpin loom and my crochet hook. 

Hope you like this one. Send me a message if you would like one made to
To procure the pattern please click here: (the pattern is with broomstick lace edging)


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Unforgettable from Red Heart yarn..

Here are two lovely shades of variegated yarn from red heart's unforgettable series .. They are called candied and stained glass and so aptly named. 
So soft and lovely I am just waiting to crochet something as delicate as the colors... Don't they look pretty?