Saturday, 19 August 2017

Drab to FAB: Painted Leather Bag: Season 2

Hi! When I did my first painted leather purse (My last post: Drab to FAB: Painted Leather Bag), I did not know it would be so addictive.
I dug out yet another leather bag..

Ta da...

My old leather bag, as you see was in black and white.
One of my favorite color combination..
But, again the white lost its glamor with time...
The stitching, lining, lock, zipper, all are in excellent condition...
 And, so
Another Drab to FAB project.
As I did in the last bag: Wipe clean the surface of leather to be painted with alcohol.
Then, start by using a red and a black ink pen to draw floral pattern on the bag..
 Here is a close-up of the pattern.
Just free hand..
Just fill up...
 You may appreciate that I highlighted the outlines of stems and leaves with a permanent marker black pen
 Time to color:
Acrylic paint
Use more than one coat of color
Have loads of patience
Wait in between coats of paints.
 I never had any shocking bag.
Always have had safe collection of black, beige, white, tan, navy blue, red,...
So went adventurous this time
Colored the background a bright sky blue.
 My floral print has grown green leaves.
You can see that the marks of the pens are very much visible..
Which actually give details and depth to the painting...
 All flowers painted.
Some pen markings have got covered by layers of acrylic paint..
Don't worry you can redo the markings on top of the paint again...
Here's my bag ready to go out into the world again...

I like it.
Its bright..
Very cheerful!
Satisfying craft.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Drab to FAB: Painted Leather Bag

Had been wanting to do this craft since a long time.
Watched many Internet sources and videos.
Finally did it.

This was a favorite bag of mine in white leather. As with other white objects, this bag also lost its luster. But the lining, chain and lock is still in excellent conditions. Just couldn't throw it away.

Wiped  the surface with cotton dipped in alcohol to remove any protective layer over the leather and to prepare the leather for new pigment.
I used acrylic colors.
You need more than two coats of diluted acrylic with water (1:1 ratio). Crush and twist the bag well before each coat, so that the next coat fills in any crack or wrinkle.
Let the paint dry completely between each coat of color.
Once you are satisfied with the color, give final UNdiluted coat of acrylic paint.

Recently I was watching many videos on brush painting art of Rosmaling.
This is my first attempt at Rosemaling.

After many patient hours
My bag is ready!!

Here is my new bag :)

It looks great! I wore it to a party and my friends liked it.
You got to try painting leather...

Am joining link parties at

Saturday, 1 July 2017

HIS T-shirt Now MY SKIRT: Easy Refashion

Hi! Summers were ON some time back, and I was just doing some cleaning of the house. Basically trying to get rid of unwanted stuff.
When I noticed a T-shirt of my Hubby, which he had stopped wearing for quite some time. And thanks to inspirations from other blogers and pinterest, came up this project of easy refashion.

This was my Hubby's T-shirt.

Just cut off the collar with a bit of shoulders.
And next cut the sleeves in straight lines.
Sew up the sides such that the upper part is the same size as my waist.
Neatly fold and stitch the waist hem line.
Lucky ones with slim waistline can put in an elastic in the waist hem line.

The skirt is ready to wear..
Oh! Just excuse the cloth pins. I used them to hang the skirt on the hanger while taking the pic.

The skirt is so comfortable. I wear it so often at home.
Perfect summer wear.

Well, I missed on posting a refashion post in Me Made May 2017, as I left for the lovely Tawang trip (see Tawang with me by clicking here).
Here is one.
See you soon again...

Am also joining link parties at

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

TAWANG: A Beautiful Travelexperience

Hi Everybody!
Am coming back after a long holiday and some busy times...

Where did I go?

Gifted with natures beautiful sceneries..

I would like share with you my trip experience through few glimpses...

We flew to Tezpur in Assam and from there moved into Arunachal and ahead towards Tawang by road.
Gradually we left the plains behind and started ascending the winding roads of the mountains. There are many waterfalls on the way. Everywhere you look is a mountain clad in green. After four hours drive you reach the Tenga valley and another half an hour to Mountain top township of Bomdila. Many people halt here for the day and start again in the morning.

Here we visited the Chilipam Monastery on yet another mountain top.

The monastery campus is beautiful, giving you a view of surrounding mountains covered with forests and patches of scattered civilization with step cultivation. The monastery is built in Buddhist art form with intricately carved designs painted rich colors and gold paint.
 This is the flag pole in front of the monastery.

 This is main door of the monastery with intricately carved and richly painted wooden frame. The door itself is solid wood painted in red and covered with gold painted metal with fine beaten in designs. You just have to stand in front and absorb the delicate patterns of flowers and vines..

 As I said next day we started towards Tawang. Look at the beauty of nature. It just leaves you mesmerized.

 We halted near Jaswant Garh for visit to the war memorial dedicated to soldiers of The 1962 War. Here is bunker from that time. The memorial is dedicated to soldier RFN Jaswant Singh Rawat who along with two other held the fort and meted heavy casualty over the invading Chinese army for three days in a way that Chinese thought a huge army was guarding this front.

Already it had started to get chilly and we had put on our sweaters. We climbed up further along the steep mountain ranges. At places we were surrounded by clouds with very poor visibility. Then after about 21 kms we saw the gate to Sela Pass.
13,700 ft altitude. Freezing wind and a breath taking scenery.

We halted here for a while. just amazing feel. Calm..
Surrounded by the snow peaked mountains was this picturesque lake, The Sela lake.
The lake looks different every time you visit Sela Pass with changing looks with the day, clouds and seasons.

Next was twisting turning descent to beatiful Nuranong valley covered with moss, small shrubs full with yellow flowers and pine trees. The drive along the gushing mountain rivulet was very refreshing.
After further more driving we saw glimpse of Tawang on a distant mountain top.

Then Tawang, here we are...
Here is the world's second largest monastery and India's largest monastery.
The monastery shines with golden roofs in the sun..

On the way to the monastery we saw this huge metal Buddha statue built by a national awarded artist.

Very close to the statue is a small enclosure with statues and writings on Buddha's life.

The Monastery campus has the main prayer hall, the old hall, many small prayer rooms, school, museum dormitories for student monks, library, auditorium, residence for monks and other offices . First we visited the museum with many artifacts from the region, Buddhist scriptures and pictures.
The Monastery is adorned with wall to wall murals. Outside is concrete structure but inside has the old time wooden pillars, beams and floor. Beautiful tapestries and inscriptions hang here and there. And right in front amongst all these is the Magestic and huge statue of Buddha.

Could not resist taking pic of these rooster in courtyard of the Monastery.
In the background you can see part of the huge prayer flag pole, which can be seen from far and wide..

Aarotrika and Adhrit are standing next to the long row of prayer wheel inside the Monastery campus.

This is a large prayer wheel just near the gate of the monastery campus.

In the evening we went to visit The Tawang War Memorial built in shape of a Chorten, where everyday a monk comes to light lamp and change holy water and pray for the souls of those departed while protecting land and boundaries of our country.
We also saw a light and sound show on the 1962 war.

Next morning after an early breakfast we started a steep drive up towards Y-junction. the mountain roads were steep and very twisting. There was a lake called PTSO (Pangkang Teng So) lake just along the left side of road, but, due to cloud we just could not see it. And on our way back we viewed this serene kidney shaped lake.
It had snowed a week back and soon snow was seen on the sides of the road. We took a small halt. The kids had a great time playing in the snow.

By the time you reach Y-junction, hardly any civilians are seen, the road is unmetalled and rocky. Here you feel respect for the army who live in difficult condition to guard  the boundaries of our country and keep us safe. Y-juction itself is at nearly 15000ft hieght.
Further up at about 16000ft is the Bum-la pass and the border of India and China.

We moved further along the difficult roads towards Shungetsar or Madhuri lake at 12,467ft. Why Madhuri? Well famous Indian movie actress had come to this place with her co-star Shahrukh Khan for shooting a song "Tanhayi-tanhayi..." from the movie "Koyela".
The lake itself was believed to be made due to an earthquake in 1950. The stumps of trees in between the lake are witness to this fact.
The lake was placid with crystal clear water, you could see the pebbles clearly at the bottom. Saw a couple of golden ducks which fly in from China here.
We had hot Momo and Chole-bhature while enjoying the cold weather, catered by Army canteen here. The place is beautifully maintained by them.
(Just a few days back in the plains we were sweating in heat of summers and here we are wearing sweater and jackets and scarves. What fun..)

We came back the same way. Oh! There is Teesri Udasi Gurudwara near Y-junction almost halfway up a straight steep mountain, probably in a cave.
We saw Ptso lake on the way back.

Next day we roamed around locally in Tawang and on the way back saw Jung falls, one of the highest falls in Arunachal.We came back visiting Jaswant Garh, Naranong valley, Sela Pass, Dirang valley and Bomdila.

Kids had been very good through out the long journey. We took a small refreshment stop near Dirang in a small resort on the sides of Dirang river. Here you see kids trying to feed the rabbits some grass.

We rested for a day in Tezpur, visited the banks of Brahmaputra. Well had already seen Tezpur in our last visit, when we went to Kaziranga (visit here TRAVELOGUE: KAZIRANGA AND GUWAHATI).
Vacation over. We came back home refreshed with nature's blessings in Tawang, Arunachal.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Me Made May 2017: Day 18

A BIig Hi!

Month of May is pretty hot up here! So was wondering whether to get a hair cut or not. Best part of having long hair in summers is You can tie it up. But fun short hair is what I wanted. So be it..

Day 18
 What am I wearing?
Dupatta/stole and A-line kurta made of gold and mauve weave Chanderi fabric.
And churidaar/lower made of cotton camric fabric.
I like the straight boat neck of this kurta..

All together looks good!

Next I would like to share some of my latest creations fresh from the sewing machine...

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Me Made May 2017: Day 17


Here is a little frock I made for a two year old when I first met her. Niranjana, she is smart and sweet little daughter of my friend.

Day 17
The frock is made of south cotton fabric in orange colour.
And has soft pink lace adding to its beauty.
I made a little lace flower in the corner too!

See you tomorrow with a suit and me in new hair cut!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Me Made May 2017: Day 16


Here is one suit made by me whose fabric I bought long time back.

Day 16
 Fabric used are:
Brocade in gold and moss green,
Brocade in bottle green and emerald green,
And gold brocade for the churidar/lowers.
I even bought a stole in  nearly gold beige with few woven strands in green.

 I made a circular yoke on A-line kurta..
And embellished it with subtle embroidery...

I did a smart job..
I got some golden beads, velvet cut-out flowers, stick-on crystals and fabric glue...
Sketched a pattern..
Stuck the flowers with fabric glue...
Sew the beads in place....

It is a lovely ensemble.
I like it..
Hope you like it too...