Friday, July 24, 2015

Shop update and more...

I'm back to restocking some of the sold out items on the website. I get lots of emails asking me when I'd have some more of these make-up rolls back on sale, so here I sewed up some last week. I hope you've noticed the new fabrics and buttons :) These rolls are just so handy to carry around while travelling. I've found them more convenient than stuffing them into huge zip pouches. I don't own too much make-up but these rolls carry all the essentials. I can wrap 6 brushes (I have no clue what they're all used for hahaha), 3 lipsticks, mascara, 3 kajal pencils, rouge, a box of compact powder and one cake of eye shadow. Makes life so easy noh?
I've missed telling you about the new labels I got made a couple of months ago. What say?

I spent months asking around, but no one saw any business opportunity in making a thousand labels for a small venture like mine. As always I turned to the internet and my fabulous googling skills lead me to easylablesonline. I was so sure this would lead me to some website somewhere across the world that doesn't ship to India. Okay wait this leads me to a label making website in our very own Nasik. Believe me I made no calls, 3 emails with a kind gentleman called Mr. Bhadalkar and I had my first ever professional labels delivered home in 3 days. 

I got to choose what I wanted from a catalogue that came in the post the next day and they turned out great and value for money. I paid 3500/- for a thousand labels and the catalogue. The last time I remember getting woven label tape before we went to boarding school :) Anyone remember those?

This is the hand stamped label I made for each project. It worked well, but the ink would wash away. 
A few custom pouches I worked on as gifts last week. 

These pouches make such wonderful gifts for anyone. They can be stuffed with almost anything and carried around. I love how these turned out. I've been hoarding the skyline fabric for a home DIY project for years now. I'm thinking of restocking these pouches next in the store. I better get on to the restocking part soon, there are at least a dozen new projects lying in my pattern book that need to be sewn fast. I'm forever running late on my project list :( 

Franny and Zooey paid us a short visit one afternoon with Mommy and we had quite a time in the park :) We had to keep them away from strangers talking on their cell phones. They barked their lungs out at anyone they saw holding up a phone to their kids I tell you!

Look what arrived in the mail this rainy afternoon...lots of brightness to make my day. 

Utility pouches would look great in these fabrics noh? Well running off to catch lunch which is left overs from my Khao Suey dinner last night :) See you guys soon with a feature I'm really excited about. Thank you all for the reading and I'm so glad my last post made you think of home too. 

Much Luv,


Thursday, July 2, 2015

That magical place called HOME!

Hey lovelies, yes am back to work after what seemed to be the most hurried and unplanned holiday to Bareilly. It turned out to be the most wonderful holiday in many many years. After the Sista's last minute work commitments turned our whole planned trip in July topsy turvy, there was no way we were going to wait till September for her next chunk of leave, so with the boss saying "Leave tomorrow" we quite literally packed a backpack full of clothes each and rushed out the door to catch the next available flight to Delhi and carry on by train to Bareilly. Oh! It costed us a fortune, but all we were focussed on was what my Mum said to us on the phone the day earlier, " beta September is too far away, why cannot you come now?" :))
After a rather adventurous and bumpy 12 hour journey, we reached home to this ---->

Freshly baked lemon cake with homemade samosas and unending cups of freshly brewed lopchu (courtesy my tea connoisseur aunt) ...aaah makes me drool all over again. The subsequent days were filled with more lemon cakes, awesomest corn coconut curry, baked tacos, homemade yummy dal, hot rotis flying off the stove, kebabs, baked veggies, mind blowing churros, stuffed green chilly pakodas, mango fajita topped with hoards of mangoes and litchis, melons and gallons of mango kulfi hahahaha don't be shocked, we actually ate so much more ;-) 
This is what some of it looked like, the rest of the times we were too busy stuffing our tummies and forgot to take pictures. Get ready to drool people ;-)

The rain gods were rather kind and did sort of play havoc one evening actually, with the neighbourhood getting flooded, but what arrived the next day in the veggie market were carts and carts of gorgeous mangoes :)) I almost cried at the thought of not getting to have my fill cause I was a few weeks early. I was hoping to carry some back home, but as usual I was just soo overweight on baggage :( 
The mornings were spent waking up to no traffic sounds and endless work lists, but to hot cups of chai, watching Ma doing the Surya Namaskar and long discussions on menu planning for the day. Afternoons were spent lazing around after elaborate lunches, dozing off with the kindle on my face hahaha and evenings were spent listening to my Granny's stories of when she was a child up in the hills of Almora. I did however venture out on a cycle rickshaw with Ma one scorching afternoon to get myself some fabric and notions. The fabric market this one time didn't seem too exciting but, I picked up some different textures this time. 

These woven fabrics are a first I saw this time around. They're nice upholstery weight cottons yet used for shirts in winters, so the shopkeeper said to me. I'm thinking they'd be great for bags and pouches.

The notion stores were overflowing with lace, pretty ribbon tapes and handmade buttons. Notice the mirror thingys? I picked them up for my bag charms. All this lovely colourful stuff will start making an appearance in the shop once I'm back to work in full vigour. This sunny afternoon ended at the local chaat wala, and we went nuts after all these years.

Oh how much we giggled on the roadside with my Mum watching in total dismay! Bareilly is a sleepy old town with nothing much to do around except go shopping and hog on the local street food. But it's home and it's the best place in the world cause it has family. Ten days seemed like a month when I got back, that's how relaxing and fun home was. I felt lost in my tiny kitchen the next morning, that's how much Ma spoilt me :)) And since we'll always be the hungry kids that Ma sent away to boarding school, there's no leaving home without our share of tuck! 

Wallah! That's half of what's left actually. We polished off the cake up in the air! The pickles were almost held up at the airline security with the girl at the check in counter telling us to get rid of them as per airline rules, but we weren't leaving them with anyone, they're as precious as gold to the Damji Clan. So we cooly (well not so cooly, we looked like guilty cats ) walked past security with 5 jars of pickles and tadaa...the guy at the scanner doesn't notice them..I danced my way to the counter and slowly picked them up and dashed to the seating lounge as fast as I could. Meera and I felt like we'd smuggled in contraband heeeheee

Meet the family :) The happiness was doubled cause Uncle and Aunt (Mama and Mami) were home too. I've lived with them in Nagpur for many years in school and college and they've been Mum and Dad to Meera and me when we first arrived in India from Nairobi as lost tiny kiddos. 
I'm back to sewing from tomorrow, itching to use up all the new fabric bundles. Ramzaan Mubarak to you all! Be kind to those on the fast, it's the toughest and most trying time. Thank you tons for reading...see you soon!

Much Luv,


P.S. am reading Scion of Ikshvaku and it's terribly engrossing!