September 2, 2014

Currently I am...

Froth Galore
...eating Questbars!! I am not a person who is into hypes, specially hyped foods. But I was looking for something to satisfy my sweet tooth, and that did not taste chemically. I finally found them at our local Hyvee (grocery store). These are ridiculously expensive but freaking delicious. Right now I only buy them once or twice a week.

...drinking loads of homemade lattes and cappuccinos, as I practice frothing milk with our new espresso maker. So far I’ve demolished 3 gallons of milk in the process. They say it takes about 5 gallons of milk to master the perfect froth. I am half way there!

...reading 'Divergent', which is taking me ages to finish. Obviously this is not something I am enjoying very much. I’m still trying to stick to it to give it couple more chances to redeem itself before the ending; so that I can finally say ‘yeah, I gave it a try till the end, but it still sucked’. Yes, I have issues.

...listening to comedy channels on Spotify. Sometimes music bores me. I tend to listen to the same thing over and over. So it was kind of refreshing to stumble upon the ‘word’ section on Spotify.

...watching nothing is particular. I’m eagerly waiting for Fall TV to start. Although I’ve been eyeing the final season of 'The Killing' on Netflix. OMG, that show it soooo good‼ If you have Netflix, go watch it now.

...wearing my Sketchers Go Walk shoes everywhere. They look a bit dorky. But they are great for walking (duh). And I am finding myself making excuses to run around the block randomly.

...enjoying our new apartment, specially its proximity to so many fun places. I am thoroughly enjoying walks on the trail that is nearby. It’s quite pretty with a creek and everything.

August 27, 2014

Owl Kindle Cozy

The other day I sat down and asked myself, "Self, what are you doing with your blog lately? It seems abandoned and lonely. Pay attention to it, deary." I have had this weird feelings about my blog for a while. It feels I am not doing much to keep it going and make it more interesting. But writing a craft blog can be unnerving at times. I can only write posts whenever I create something or feel particularly creative. Which hasn't happened in a very long time. Then, we moved across town and I find myself in walking distance to the local Joann store. And my craftiness, once again, peeks through all the gloominess I have been harboring for the last couple of months. So, I sat myself down again, sketch some random thingies and come up with this simple kindle cozy.

Owl Kindle Cozy

Did I ever tell you guys how much I love my Kindle? No? Well, I do. Very much. It's a Kindle Paperwhite (the old version, not the new one). Paper books will always be my first love, but this comes to a very close second. It's lightweight and super portable. I have had it for a while. But it started to get a bit banged up. So I thought - why not make a cozy for it?

Owl Kindle Cozy

Owl Kindle Cozy

I decided on an owl, cause they are my absolute favorite! Some Pinterest browsing later, I came up with a sketch. I did give it a bit amigurumi-esque features. The body is made mostly of different colored felts. I used a pretty patterned fabric to line it and add a bit more interest. For the wings, I lightly stuffed them with poly-fill to give them a more of a cartoonish 3D look. The eyes were couple of 1/4 inch buttons. Finally to keep the flap (forehead & beak) closed, I used some sew-on velcro. Word of the wise, use the stick on velcro instead. It was a nightmare to sew on the velcro with a needle. All in all, I loved how the cozy turned out to be. It's a perfect fit for my Kindle and quite cute (don't mind me if I say so myself :P).

Owl Kindle Cozy

So what do you think of it? If you want to make a similar one, let me know. I will post a pattern with measurements and perhaps a how to post. Have a crafty day!

February 22, 2014

Photo Challenge: Part 2

Lovely Days: 10-18
Last week's #28lovelydays collection includes a lot of polka dots and the color pink. My current favorite color is purple-pink; so obviously that showed up in several of the pics. Did I ever mention how much I love birds? I spent many of nostalgic afternoons watching chickadees and sparrows from my window. Owls are my favorite too. I love this picture (middle) of us on our wedding day. It was taken by my brother with a simple point n shoot camera. Speaking of cameras, my fancy camera is a Canon Rebel T3i and the lens is Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II . I opted not to get the kit lens. I love both of them to bits! Last week, I was working on a new craft (customized iPhone case), but it was a bust. So no post on that.

For more amazing photos and inspiration, check Instagram and search for #28lovelydays.

February 11, 2014

Photo Challenge: Part 1

Lovely Days: 1-9
One of my goals for 2014 was to finish a photo challenge. I DID think about starting a project 365. But it seemed too daunting to me. So when the amazing Courtney over at Clicking It Up a Notch mentioned about a project for the month of February, themed around 'love', I was super giddy. The project, aptly called 28lovelydays, is about taking pictures every day of things you love. Personally, it felt like journey to self-discovery and about cherishing the littlest things in life. Like that picture of my 18 year old mom, which was tucked into this really old envelope, which itself was smooshed between piles of papers. Or my undying love of Starbucks, which like Sirens lures me back time and time again, no matter how hard I try. Or that particular Snow Patrol song which have been on repeat so many times that I lost count. And there are so many more! I am having so fun doing this photo challenge that I thought I’d share my progress with you guys.

If you want to join this challenge, you simply have to be on Instagram, take a photo of something you love every day and tag it with #28lovelydays. There are tons of brilliant photographers snapping away their little moments of love. It is such an inspiration! And it you are on Instagram, let’s be buddies. ^-^