art journal

Bullet journaling

February 26, 2017

               I really love the idea of keeping a journal. Be it a simple journal full of texts or artsy one with lots of pictures and drawings, a journal is a way to record our memories, keeping track of events, and serves as an outlet to our inner thoughts.
               Last year i tried fauxbonichi method of journaling. I also used it as a place to write down some lists, important things to remember but i had difficulty finding those important pages when i needed to have a look at it in a hurry. 
               Although last year journal wasn't a complete success, i'm happy that i tried at the least. This year i wanted to resume my journaling with a few changes and that's when i came across bullet journal. Basically it's a blank journal and you can customize it according to your likes. That's the beauty of it. Bullet journal is a system introduced by Ryder Carroll and you can see the details about it here

You can use any type of notebook but most prefer using Leuchttrum 1917 dot gridded notebook. Since i'm trying this out newly i opted for a much cheaper one with a good quality paper.
One of the important thing to write down in bullet journal is an index. Number all the pages before you start so that you can enter the content and the page where it is in the index. I find this so handy in case i want to search for any specific page. Most write down their intentions/word of the year in their journal. I chose 'Take chances' as my motto of this year as i really wanted to have the courage to say yes when provided with opportunity rather than saying no without even giving it a try and regret it later.

Another important page is calendar, It's easy to write down important events, appointments when you have a calendar in the front pages of your journal

Here are some of my weekly spreads

At the start of each month, i write down events, goals and tasks to do in that specific month. It's easy to have a glance at all of it in one place.

I do try to be creative sometimes and dab in a bit of quotes, pictures and doodles.

 So this is how my bullet journal looks so far. You can create some specific pages that you want to keep track of like books to read, movies to watch, places to go and the list is endless. More of those in my next bullet journal post. You can get lots of inspiration for bullet journaling from instagram and pinterest. There is only one important thing to remember, don't get intimidated by those beautiful journal pages and try to compete with it. Each of us have our own styles and your journal should bring out your uniqueness. Have a fantastic day friends!

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Table decors..

February 07, 2017

Families that eats together, stays together
No matter how busy our day is, dining room is a place where family gets together not only to have meals, but also to bond with each other and share our stories. Decorating the dining table makes meal times more warm and welcoming. You don't have to spend lots of money on table decors, it's just the love and thought we put in counts.

Even inexpensive artificial flowers arranged well can turn a dining table more inviting.

The important thing to remember is decorate with what you have at home. Just let your creative juices flow.

Have a flower garden at home? That's even more better. You can decorate with your own flowers and it brings such a joy every time you see them. I also crocheted some heart shaped coasters just to welcome valentine's day. More coasters in the making.. You can find the pattern here

 Seems like i'm making everything with hearts lately.

Looking for some inspiration to decorate your table this valentine's season?? Here are some links
Diy valentine's day table
14 Ways to decorate your table for valentine's day
Table decor ideas for valentine's day

Wanna buy some dining table for your home? Here are links to some dining tables that i like

Have a wonderful day my friends! Cheers:)

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valentine birds amigurumi pattern

February 02, 2017

Hello lovely people! February has began and the first thing that comes to mind about February is valentine's day. Giving a handmade present to your loved ones on this occasion is more apt and cherished than buying gifts from outside. So why not make these little birdies to express your love. Here's the pattern on how to make valentine's birds.

 Materials needed: 
Acrylic yarn in light and dark pink
Crochet hook according to the size of your yarn
Safety eyes or beads for eyes
Tapestry needle
A little yellow felt for beak
Poly fibrefill for stuffing

This project is worked in continuous rounds unless stated otherwise
sc -single crochetst- stitchdec- one single crochet decreasesl st - slip stitch
dc - double crochet
tr - treble crochet 

 Head and body:
R1: 7 sc in magic ring (7)  
R2: 2sc in each st (14)   
R3:  *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* rep **(21)  
R4: *sc in next 2 st, 2sc in next st*, rep ** (28) 
R5-R12: sc in each stitch (28)
R13: *sc in next 2 st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(21) 
R14: *sc in next st, dec 1 in next st*, rep **(14) 

stuff firmly with poly fiber fill
R15: sc dec in each stitch (7)
Fasten off 

 Wings/Hands and legs (make 4)
In magic ring, chain 2, 4dc, chain 2 and sl st into the magic ring and close it.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

In magic ring ch 4, 3 tr, 3 dc, ch 1, 1 tr, 3 dc, ch 3 and join with the sl st into the ring and close it tight.
Fasten off leaving a long tail for sewing.

 Bow (for female birdie)
In magic ring, ch 1, dc,ch 1 and sl st into the ring and again ch 1, dc, ch 1 and sl st into the ring and close it. wrap some yarn around the centre and leave a long tail for sewing

 Hat (for male bird)
7 sc in magic ring (7)
2 sc in each st (14)
working on backloops only,
sc in each stitch (14)
fasten off leaving a tail for sewing.

Attach the heart in the centre of the bird. Stitch wings/hands of the bird as if it's holding the heart
Attach legs at the bottom. and bow/hat at side of the head.
Place two black beads for eyes. Embroider a little lashes for female bird.
Cut a small over shape yellow felt and paste it for beak.

Hope you guys like the pattern. Wishing you all a fantastic february! Cheers:)