Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays Folks!!

Another bustling and zippy year now slowly comes to an end. The calm of Christmas and the winter season slowly takes over. The cold freezing North was utterly kind to me and spared me from the freezing cold and dipping temperatures :) I had quite a blast at the family wedding and came home with some treasured and warm family memories and a camera card bursting with wedding pictures :)) 

The Mister and I are spending the next few days looking for an apartment to make home in town. We're hoping to be able to find something before the year ends. Christmas eve will be spent cooking dinner and popping my favourite wine with the Mister. 

From the bottom of my heart I'm wishing you all lots of laughs, tight mummy hugs, warm homemade food, gallons of your favourite coffee and tons and tons of happy family time and some sewing and knitting of course ;-) 

I know you kind hearted souls must've opened your hearts to people around you, but if you haven't or have some more to give here's an organisation I really feel for - Access Life. I have no favourite pet charity but you can follow the pretty lass - Pranita Balar of barknbond and help adopt homeless cuties and even play pet santa to a pet charity. My favourite person this year is my security guard. This extremely polite and elderly gentleman mans the gate every single day with the brightest smile ever. I hope things look up for him soon. 

Have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous holiday season! I'll see you around very soon.

Hugs and Luvs,


PS Isn't the Christmasy fabric in the picture adorable? The Mister dug this out for me on one of his travels. The colour played havoc when I washed it :(( but its still so cheery and happy :))

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Happy Birthday Meera - My Rock, My Jaan!!

My Dearest Meera,

                                      "For there is no friend like a Sister
                                           In calm or stormy weather
                                      To cheer one on the tedious way
                                           To fetch one if one goes astray
                                      To lift one if one totters down
                                           To strengthen whilst one stands"
                                                                                                 ------ Christina Rossetti

You are truly my life and the one person I love the most in this universe. We've always been together for all our "firsts", but the truth is that I've always secretly admired and aped you all along heeehee. We share a bond that goes way beyond the earthly sisterly love! Remember how when you and I had to live apart in Nairobi and India for a year, the doctors prescribed us each other rather than antibiotics and multi-vitamins :))

You've done so many great things, broken all shackles and fulfilled your dreams and still are. True to your name "Meera" you are love and optimism to me. You've won all your battles with love and perseverance. While you lay on the hospital bed with a pipe through your throat, you were worried I shouldn't be seeing you this way rather than the horrid pain you were in yourself, no one other than a mother would think so Meera!

I've lost count of how many people and animals you've lent a helping hand to - at work, at home and even on the streets. You're always there for anyone and everyone! Your professional life is so impeccable and makes you oh so enviable. You are the most hard working and meticulous living soul I've come across.

Happy Birthday to the most amazing Sister anyone could ask for! I am so honoured and blessed to even call such an inspiring, beautiful, loving, dedicated, mathematician, tech - geek, baker and incredible woman my Sister!!! You make my heart melt Miruli!! You push me and make me alive! God gave you to me  to help me get through this life. There's no two ways about it!

Tonight we aren't together in a long long time for your special day, but I hope your spirits are high and awakened up in the hills, under the stars. I hope you pop that bottle of your favourite wine and raise a toast to yourself, face life in the eye and say like always - "I'm ready, bring it on! show me what you've got!!" For that's how strong you are! Please never change no matter how stern the world seems on changing you. You're too beautiful a person to turn into a replica of some carzy crack-head ;-)

Holy crap on a cracker!! I'm crying buckets here!! 

Happy Birthday my protector, my confidante, my secret-keeper, my memory-maker and my banker ;-) I'm so thankful you were born in our Damji home!!



PS See you soon, I'll be waiting at your apartment this weekend when you drive home from the airport. I've missed you horribly :((

Saturday, November 29, 2014

I'm on a Trip :)

I'm off on a ten day trip to attend my brother-in-law's elaborate wedding celebrations in Delhi. As much as I'm looking forward to meeting the extended family, the falling temperatures are really worrying me. Hopefully the Sun Gods shall be gracious and shine all week :) I snapped this picture while still putting my things together. All these pouches and bags help me stay extremely organised while I'm on the go. I managed to sew a case for my mac last minute and it turned out just perfect. I'll soon make these for the shop once I'm back at the studio. 
I hope you're happy with the sale in the shop and piling on all the gifts you've been eyeing for a while. The sale is still on till I get back, but am going to have to halt shipping starting today. You can however still keep shopping. I'll resume shipping from Thursday, 11th of December. Lots of you have sent in emails and personal messages saying how much you loved your presents. If you're reading this post, you know who you are :) I always dream about how my creations live in your homes. 
I'll be missing in action for the next ten days, but once I'm back you'll soon see a longish post full of wedding pictures :) Y'all have a great weekend!

See you soon, byees!!


Handmade Woollies from the Mountains :

As a kiddos, my Mum made sure we had a wardrobe overflowing with handmades. Right from slips to blazers were all sewn by her and my Grand mum added to our woollies collection annually. Till we were in Nairobi, hand knitted goodies came along from India through anyone visiting, but once we came to live with our grandparents, a month before the winter season began, Grandma, Aunts, neighbours all sat down with their colourful balls of yarn with endless cups of chai on cots in the front yard. All I heard were things like cables, needle sizes, buttons and pattern magazines. I remember Mum helping me knit my first muffler in grade six. Casting on the stitches and then ten rows of knit followed by ten rows of purl. Was such an achievement I wore proudly to school every winter thereafter :) Boarding school in the hills meant six sweaters, a blazer and an overcoat all in the same colour and once we shifted out to study and work in warmer places, no more woollies were needed. But Mum always made sure she picked up handmade knits from the annual Kumaoni Fair, where women from the hills set up a handmade market to sell their creations. 
I got these last winter from the fair. 

And this lovely cardigan the year before that. I added mismatched buttons for colour. Look how neatly finished those rows of twisted cables are!

This year, its wedding time in the family and I'm travelling to the wintery north of the country after over a decade. The thought of chilly winds and foggy days is really making me nervous. To add to my limited woollens collection I picked up a lovely hand knitted muffler and socks online from itokri. itokri is my trusted market store where I can pick up genuine handmade products and fabrics. Nitin Pamnani and his wife are doing such a wonderful job of bringing local handmade to people like us. 

Look at this gorgeous gorgeous hand knitted baby! Oh I cannot wait to wrap this around me. 

Its amazing how these socks fit me like a glove. And they're so soft and warm on the feet. 

The muffler even has the name of the lovely lady that knitted it. I can so picture Bimla Devi up in the mountains, sitting in the sun working away her needles. I love the idea of how handmade products have lived a life in the creator's home and then leave for a place far to start a new life :) If you'd like to get some of these woollies for yourself, go pay itokri a visit. These handmade products sell under the brandname of Kilmora. Get yourself some handknitted love this winter or stock up on your Christmas gifts and of course don't forget to tell me what you got eh :) Now I need to dive into packing my bags for the wedding or the poor Mister will have to deal with the cranky me ;-) See you soon. 

This post is solely based on my personal opinions about itokri and I have in no way been compensated monetarily or otherwise for my views. 

Thanks so much for reading!!



Friday, November 21, 2014

We Are So Good Together!

Dear Sweetheart,

Being together with you has taught me so much about being alive! You're younger, but much wiser. I love how you grab me in the middle of an argument and say "I love you" and make me fall in love with you all over again :) Its tough to be with the hot headed, fickle minded Me that I am. In the past ten years, I've learned so much, both about "Me" and "Us". 

Ten years..... naah! Doesn't seem like does seem like a looong time, but in a good way. Our wedding day was far from perfect and a distant memory now, but I knew I was marrying my love. Each day thereon you have filled my life with love I never imagined. I fell in love not only with your patience, gentleness and sincerity but your genuine heart and giving soul. Somehow you've made me feel like the luckiest girl alive. Now, as your wife, I promise to always be in love with you like I am today. I'm looking forward to us taking the day off from work today, simply to enjoy each other’s company and be reminded of how thankful we are to have found each other. 

Happy Anniversary My Love!

PS - You're awesome with the grocery stocking and cleaning up after dinner ;-))  


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

New Website Y'all!

YAY!! I have new website..tralallaaaa... I'm sure some of you've noticed the new look eh? I even have a new logo :) Well I've had it for a while, but now I have a whole website to match it. I'm so blessed to have a supportive man in my life who's as excited about making a new website as I am to start a new sewing project every week. So as the Mister says, I now have a "responsive" website. Oh yes! And it does mean that the designing is done is such a way that no matter what device you use, say a tablet, a mobile phone or a desktop, the website adapts accordingly. Now how fabulous is that! I'm so happy my website is homemade!! 
The website still needs a few things here and there, but for now I'm really happy with the way its turned out. Honestly I've argued and made the Mister almost bang his head against the wall all of last week explaining to him how I didn't want the usual website rules to apply to mine. I wanted to work purely on instinct and how I like things to work as an online shopper. So if you feel you're getting stuck somewhere while using the website, just throw in a line here and I'll get the Mister to do the changes :) 
Okaye so how about I tell you some of the features that I like the most about the website apart from the colours, which are my favourite, I miss using some fushia in here, but I think I'll figure a way to get it in here soon. Lets start with the navigation bar on the top. It's nice and neat and more so because I've clubbed various categories into broader ones. So now you don't have to scroll down till the end to see all the categories. They're all there on the top. They neatly drop down to show you the various sub - categories. 

Once you've clicked on a product that you like, you can see its detailed description with pictures of the product from various angles.

Once the product is added in the cart it's easy peasy thereafter. No registering, no log in, fill in the address details, make the payment using any options and your order is placed. 
Here's the coolest feature - tracking your order. 

Using the order details sent in the shipping mail - you can track the whereabouts of your shipment. 

Information on care for your handmade present and links you can use to know more about me and the work are on the top of the Home page
All in all, the website's turned out very easy to use and clutter free. What I need to improve on is my pictures :( I do put in a a lot of hard work but, I seem to goof up with the white background. It looks more grey than white! I'm watching tons of picture taking tutorials in my free time :) 
Let me know how you like the new look, I'd love to hear from you. Oh yes, I worked on my logo with some very helpful people at Hatchwise. I ran a design contest for a month and while working with freelance artists available on Hatchwise, we came up with a logo most suited to my work. 
I'm really excited about this milestone! Hope you guys have a great time shopping :) 


Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Happy Store Hidden in Powai:

I spotted Freedomtree online a couple of months ago while looking for fabrics to shop for. I picked up a few fabrics online and was very happy with what I got. Ever since I'd been hoping and planning to see their store in Bandra, but just never got about doing it and wallah! I notice on Facebook one evening that they've opened a store in Powai, which is a fifteen minute drive from home. This treasure of a shop is hidden in a residential building, adjacent to a school and so you won't find it that easy, but call the staff up at the store and they'll come till outside to get you. The first thing that strikes you is colour and that's what got me there in the first place. I'd drooled on their online store for weeks and had such a lovely time picking up colourful ceramics. Here's a peek at the store. Pardon the quality, I was only carrying my phone camera :)

There's tons to choose from. Cushions, furniture, poofs, table linen, quilts, dohars, crockery, rugs, bakeware and lamps and shades too.

I picked up some colourful ceramics and the mustard rug at the back. The staff manning the store, Sumit and Shekhar are utmost patient and helpful. The store closes early so make sure you get in by 7. They'll keep it open till you're looking around. I'm in love with the mustards and yellows and absolutely fell for the rug. The furniture is neat and compact and they'll happily customise it in the wood and colour of your choice. Fabrics weren't in stock, but they'll have it here soon. 
Here's the fabric I bought a couple of months ago from their online store.

I've used some for a Wristlet Wallet and a Convertible Clutch Bag. I adore the red and orange fabric. Its upholstery weight fabric and can be used for a variety of projects.

I love the simplicity of the store. The colours speak for themselves. I hope to keep going back for more. If you're looking for something different for your homes, you should definitely make a visit here. Don't forget to tell me how it went eh :) Thankyou for the patient read people. Have a great weekend!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

My Marking Pen Fiasco :(

Remember my earlier post about my trip to the Bernina Center? Well I was all praise for all the goodies I spent a fortune on and then boom! Look what happened to the pen after using it for a bucket bag :((
The pen first stopped working and then leaked dry. I first reached out to Mr. Gupta, Bernina Creative Center, asking him for help. He washed his hands off saying "This is an off the shelf product and cannot be repaired or fixed" He later refused to reply to my request for a replacement. The PRYM Customer Care Department, Malaysia, wrote back to me repeating what Mr. Gupta said. On asking for what happens to defective products, Mr. LeeTing from Malaysia was curt in saying they would replace the pen "For Once Only" if I'd personally go get it. There was no way I was spending half a day driving across town and back, spending triple the amount on fuel to get a replacement. They could've easily posted it across and charged me for postage. I am so so disappointed and upset with this attitude shown to me. I did see this coming from Mr. Gupta though. I am promptly striking this store and the products its sells off my sewing supplies store list! I never ever want to go back there! I hope you guys have a better shopping experience if you do at all decide to make a trip here! 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Birthday BabbaJaan!

Dear Babba, 

Today is your 65th Birthday and I'd like the world to know how awesome you are! Ofcourse not to forget Roopa (Ma) for being able to handle so much awesomeness everyday ;-) From being the person I couldn't stand as a teenager and having roof breaking arguments and yelling bouts with, to becoming my drinking pal and partner in crime, we've come a loooong way noh? I am reminded of you everyday with every chore I take up and each task I complete. Your values of honesty and sincerity are the greatest gifts from you, besides your gorgeous eyes heeeheee. I've grown up seeing you pour your sweat, heart and soul into every screw you tightened. You've taken the road less travelled and you travel with style! Haaki Ya Mungu!!
We never get to be together for your Birthday Babba, but we'll all be together very soon. Raise that toast for yourself this evening because I'll be doing that too :))
Happy Birthday Babba! Thankyou for being YOU! I am sending you extra special wishes across miles.

UMMMMAAAAS and all my luv,


P.S. This is my favourite picture of you Babba :))

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Diwali Weekend and The Kids Celebrated their First Birthday

Diwali was spent at the Sister's over the extended weekend. We stayed away from the crackers and instead had a great time chomping on homemade cookies (Meera is a pro when it comes to baking chocolate cookies), kachauris and guzzling Raw Pressery juices. This one time we all get into the traditional attire of the Sari and I was so thrilled with getting it wrapped in one go! That's an achievement you see! It was particularly thrilling to put on this gorgeous cotton handloom sari from Maharashtra Emporium, Nagpur and some of my jewellery from my wedding trousseau. 

The traditional Teep - the neck piece, is made from very dainty hand embossed floral panels joined together by rings and sewn by hand onto a thick piece of velvet. This is worn as a choker at the base of the neck. 

The bracelet - the Pahunchi is made of tiny patterned, hollow, oval shaped pieces handsewn on to velvet. This jewellery is typical of the Kumaoni bride and are great works of art. What makes these even more special for me is that they're all handmade. Am so grateful to my Mum for passing them on to me.

We made the traditional Seli too. The Seli is made from coloured dough. I don't know the significance of this, but we've seen my Mum make this every Diwali since we were kids in Nairobi. 
Our happiness didn't stop at Diwali, we had our kids - Franny and Zooey celebrate their 1st Birthday. These babies have filled our lives with so much joy and happiness over the last one year. 

We brought home these cutiepies when they were only 4 weeks old and now we want to run to Meera's every weekend to spend time with them. Franny was neutered two weeks ago and the poor gurl isn't allowed to jump around too much. So we had a quiet party for the kiddos on Sunday afternoon. They were thrilled with their Mama baking them a doggie cake and pampering them all day. They hated the Birthday caps though hhahahaa

These kids have sure given us all some really wonderful lessons on life. No other pets are quite like dogs. They love you selflessly to bits, run to you the moment they hear your footsteps in the car park, become your hottie - botties on cold winter nights, live each day only to please you, stay alert all night and are always always there for you, with no conditions attached! Its a blessing to have Franny and Zooey in our lives! Happy Birthday luvs!!
Hope you all had a great festive weekend! I'm glad to be back at the sewing table. Thank you all for reading so patiently :))


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tons of Diwali Wishes

Happy Happy Diwali lovely people! Time to make new beginnings. A new year and a new season. I'm sure like me, you've toiled the last week getting all the closets cleaned, linen washed, curtains washed and ironed, the refrigerator wiped, fans dusted, windows scrubbed and appliances serviced. Phew! It sure is tiring but most satisfying. The lights are up and now's the time to soak in some family time. 

I just had to share this lovely handmade jewellery I got myself for Diwali this year. These gorgeous babies are handcrafted by the lovely Puja Kamath from Lai. You can find her here. Go give her a shout from me and send her some love. 
The shop has some new bucket bags in stock. I really enjoyed picking out fabrics and sewing these. I'm going to have to halt shipping till the weekend and will ship out your goodies on Monday. I'm not taking a chance with them getting stuck in the post :)
I'm sending you the warmest wishes for Diwali and wishing you all great memories surrounded with your family, love and homemade food :)) 



PS: Please stay away from those horrid firecrackers, see ya!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

My Visit to the Bernina Creative Center

I accidentally came across a post by Bernina India on my Facebook timeline a couple of weeks ago and was planning a visit ever since. Its across town in Andheri West, which is the other side of town for me. But, who misses a chance to visit a new craft store eh! So last weekend, armed with my list of sewing accessories I've been meaning to buy, I reach this small store. Its housed in a commercial complex, so its hard to spot, but ask around and you'll get there.

The store isn't much of a craft supplies store as it is an agency for Bernina and Bernette sewing machines and accessories. They have a fairly large creative center where they conduct classes and workshops. I was hoping to meet the teacher, but she wasn't in that day. The entrance of the store is lined with a wall of quilting accessories like rotary cutters, blades, markers, pins, rulers, mats etc. They do have a wide range of Prym quilting accessories, Prym is the parent company to Drtiz, a name all us crafters are familiar with. Quilting supplies can be very expensive and are an indeed an investment. I needed to stock up on my rotary blades of various sizes and marking pens of which I found just what I was looking for. The blades costed me 400 rupees to 600 rupees a piece. That's pricey yes, considering, they rust in 6 months owing to the high moisture content in Bombay. There is a wide range of batting, interfacing and transfer papers available here but again the base price starts from 700 rupees a meter. That's really expensive since you can easily use a yard of batting or interfacing to make a medium sized bag. Over the years, I've learnt to use local materials and interfacing available in the local markets. A - they're easily available and B - very cost effective. People aren't open to spending a fortune on handmade products just yet. If you're a serious quilt maker, then investing in good batting is wise. I at the moment substitute batting with flannel that is easily available at any fabric store in the city. Flat quilting pins and markers are what I picked up too. I've had terrible experiences with markers available at Craftgully, Craftadda and Itsybitsy. I've had to redo projects that took hours just because the markers would leave huge blots on the fabric. They all say they're water soluble, but they are anything but that. I found an excellent mark and erase pen by Prym that costed me 320 rupees, but works wonderfully on fabric. Rulers and mats are available here too. 

Stay away from these fabric markers available locally!

I bought my Olfa and Omnigrid rulers and mats from Joann 6 years ago and they have lasted me well, so I didn't quite look carefully at that section. I recently picked up a large sized cutting mat from the online Pony craft store and I must say its behaving well :) 
The gentleman Mr. Gupta, the owner of the franchise, was very helpful and took pains to show me all the various kinds of Vliseline battings, stabilisers and Decovil interfacing available.It was nice to actually feel all these materials since the crafting community across the world uses these products all the time. I walked out with the cheapest of the line batting which costed me 700 rupees a meter. 

 Bernette - the economical range of sewing machines

Bernina Presser feet and machine accessories

The assortment of sewing machines both Bernina and Bernette are fascinating to look at and beautifully designed. They range from 80,000 rupees to 3 lakh rupees. These range from the mechanical to the digital range. I am too in love with my sweet Usha - Janome to think of a replacement. If you already have a Bernina, then this is the one stop shop for you. This store is definitely worth a visit if you love sewing and crafting. Expensive it is for sure, but looking around is free :)  Quilting in India can be a very expensive hobby since all the good quality accessories are imported from the UK and America. I was wise enough to buy my cutters online 6 years ago in one of the Black Friday sales and I did get quite a bargain, shipping included. Now I just order them from Amazon or Joanns and get them delivered to a local address, saves the shipping and friends and family strut it along for me when they're visiting Bombay. I was pleasantly surprised with how well informed the gentleman running the store was. The other craft store in town - The Hab has a bunch of sweet girls and staff, but they're clueless about most of the stuff available at the store. They haven't been able to refresh their stocks for 2 years now, so I was told by one of the girls working there, no wonder I'd find the same 5 things on the shelves every time I'd drop in. If you're in Andheri sometime go have a look at the store, you might be surprised, though remember to ask for a receipt for your purchase, I wasn't given one and realised when I opened the bag at home :) 

My loot that costed me 5000 Rupees

If you do make a visit here, write in to let me know how it went. If you're planning to attend their classes and workshops or have attended any, I'd love to know how it went. If you have any favourite online stores or craft stores you've been to, do share the love :) This post is purely based on my personal experience at the Bernina Creative Center Bombay and I have in no way been compensated monetarily or otherwise for my views of the store. Thankyou so much for reading.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Shop Update!

These super cute convertible clutch bags went up for sale in the shop last week. I was inspired to do clutches and day bags in one and wallah! Here's the Convertible Clutch Bag. Take off the straps and you can carry this baby to an evening party. I love how I got to use some treasured bag hardware. I especially love the brass twisty-lock. These make such wonderful handmade presents. 

This week, I was making a pencil case for my sewing room and ended up making a pile full of them. They're just so fun to make and come together really fast. The boxy ones are my favourite at the moment. Notice the coloured leather tassels? I found this really great store online called Beadsnfashion. They are very reasonably priced and stock a great variety of bag charms, beads, leather cords, and much more. Their customer service and delivery is prompt and excellent. These cases/pouches make for cute make-up bags too. You'd could go here and choose one for yourself. 
Happy Shopping people!

My Time has Jet Machines Attached!

I'm amazed at how fast the past month vanished. The Parents were in town for a month and it felt like my sister and I'd become guardians a fun way though, of course they get to have the final word always :)  We had so many places to visit, endless hours of shopping to be done with Ma, tons of new restaurants to go sample, movies and plays to be watched, recipes to learn, get our favourite cakes and biscuits baked by Ma and to top it up we had our pups, Franny and Zooey vying for attention too :) Phew! Indeed a packed month, but we managed to squeeze in everything. Here's a snapshot of all the family fun. Oh and Ma and I even got meet our favourite television hottie ;-)

Our gorgeous Aunts, Ma's first cousins came visiting. The gurls met after a decade and it fun watching them talk marriage, kids, food, diets, dogs, other Aunts and Uncles heee heee..okay so a little gossip is harmless noh :) Look how lovely they look together. I got to sample my new macro lense and I love the way the pictures turned out. 

 I can barely type looking at these yummilicious pictures. Since we were kids in boarding school, the idea of tuck has just been such an integral part of our lives. We moved out of home very early on and homemade tuck has always been a constant. Pickles, ladoos, potato wafers, chocolate cake, butter shortbread and a host of Gujarati savouries are always something you'll get in the Damji household, whether its Bareilly or Bombay, Meera's pad or my kitchen. Notice the personalised packaging, well these are from my Ma's savoury business back in the 90s. She now does more of baking and catering for small gatherings. Its very tough to please this fussy Mama of mine cause her tastebuds are like none other. I'm pleased after years of sampling food at various restaurants for years, this time she did like a few things on the menu at Indigo! Now that's an achievement believe me! The poached pear salad turned out to be quite a favourite.

Now this treasure, the "Pickle wall of Fame" as I call it needs a mention on its own. Pickle making is something my Mama picked up from her Granny and Dad. There's no one at home fond of eating these except for Meera and me and of course the endless stream of guests who come home and take back bottles full for their children and grandchildren :) Pickle making is quite a painstaking and tedious process and requires hours of patience and not to forget precision with which the contents are mixed together. These are all the summer pickles so that means they're mostly mango pickles. My all time favourite is the tiny bottle on the top right of the picture. This one's made of nice juicy red chillies and garlic. Drooooool...:)))

My parents took to these babies really quick. The last they met them was when they were a few months old. But these babies are so full of love I tell you, they converted a total non dog lover like the Mister to someone who now yearns for them over the weekends. These kids are off to doggy camp with their Mommy in Alibaug this weekend. 

That's all their stuff packed for the weekend. Happy coloured baggage noh :) Cannot wait to hear all about it when they get back this evening. 
I'm spending time sewing and stocking up the shop for the festive season round the corner. I spent a whole month away from the sewing machine and boy I missed it bad. I'm going crazy this weekend making a list of cleaning and sorting to be done around the house before Diwali at the end of this month. I'll share some here if you'd like :) Did you catch the live feed of our very own Mangalyaan - our very own Mars orbiter mission last week? I was up at dawn like an excited kiddo on Christmas morning hahahaha What a proud moment. All those spectacled scientists are a different breed I tell you! 
Hope you're all having a great weekend. Thank you for stopping by!

Much Love!