Tuesday, 20 December 2016


Vacations really catch you up! Had been wanting to post this since last week...
 My kids moved to a different school and so different school uniforms. Had to do something with the school sweaters. They are almost new and well fitting.

 Here is the sweater, to begin with I simply picked out the stitches holding the school logo, very neatly.

 This is my son's sweater with a potted Christmas tree. The decorations are sequins just stuck using fabric glue. The star on top and small ones on sleeves are embroidered.

 This is the first time, am embroidering on knitted garment. Believe me it's very easy, especially if you are using wool. Use very simple basic stitches.

 Here is my daughter's sweater. Logo out. Sketched a pine tree branch in pen, amd also snowflakes on the sleeves.

 Using pale green wool to sew in some pine leaves/needles. Did the branches and stem in Grey wool

 Here is this sweater complete with pines (which are silver and golden sequins glued in clusters) and snowflakes on sleeves.

This sweater is so appropriate for the season and time of festivity, that these have become Aarotrika and Adhrit's favorite sweaters. They wear them everyday to park..

Hope you enjoyed my little venture and will pull out your own stuffs and embelish them and upcycle them and restyle them..


Thursday, 1 December 2016


Hi! Hope everybody is excited about up coming festive season and holidays!
Today I have a simple yet flavorful dish for all of you..
Cook and enjoy to with your dear ones..

Humble ingredients:
One medium size fresh cabbage
One medium to big onion
One big tomato
Green chillies to your taste
Half an inch ginger
Turmeric power 1/2tsp
Indian garam masala powder 1/2tsp
(I prefer it homemade my style: roast and grind equal amounts of green cardamom, clove and cinnamon. You can store it in a small air tight bottle.)
Roasted cumin powder 1/2tsp
Salt to taste
If you like extra heat, you can add pepper or red chilli powder as per your taste
Sugar 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Oil 2tbs
A frying pan to cook

 Cut the cabbage radially, as seen in the above pic with a little of its inner stem so that the architecture is not lost. Each wedge should be about an inch thick in the middle.
Cut onion and tomato also into strips.
Jul lien or make thin strips of ginger or may be grate it
Cut the chilli into thin long strips.

 Heat the pan and let the oil heat up.
Add Cumin seeds and chill in the oil
As the cumin fries, add in the onions and fry till translucent
Now add the ginger and fry for couple of more minutes.
Lower the flame medium to low heat and carefully place the cabbage wedges neatly over the onions. Sprinkle salt, turmeric and cumin powder over it and let it cook.
After about 4 to 5 min using a spatula or flat spoon turn over the cabbages. Add tomatoes and cook till all the cabbage is cooked.
Add roasted cumin powder, garam masala and sugar.
Gently stir and remove from heat.

Serve hot with your choice of bread.
I learnt this recipe from a very dear and senior friend Sushmita. She is an excellent cook, does lovely needle work and a wonderful friend.
To friendship and festivities..