Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Year with Cousins - Dubai 1

What better way to ring in the New Year than with our cousins who are also besties. We went on a vacation to Dubai last December and were there to celebrate New Year's eve. We were there for about 9 days and what fun days they were. After about 16 years, I got to spend some solid time with my cousins and it was just like our good old childhood days

We all grew up together (5 of us altogether) and are very close. Fortunately so are our kids, as they are just a year apart. The girls, being typical girls, were giggling for the smallest of things and that was totally infectious.

There is so much to write about the trip that I am going to do this in 2 parts. Here's part 1 in no specific order

The Dubai frame is a new attraction that was inaugurated on 1st January. 2 beautiful towers are connected by bridge. The bridge has a glass panel on the floor and we can walk on that.. and what a creepy walk that was!!

From the bridge we get a lovely view of both sides of Dubai - the old and the new. In fact I liked the view from the Frame better than from Burj Khalifa!!

My next favorite spot was the Global Village. This is a shopper's heaven. Shopaholic that I am, this is the best place to be able to get artifacts from across the globe under one roof. 

The Korea pavilion - a display of Korean dolls


Thai Pavilion - the girls with the soap carving lady there

A visit to Dubai is not complete without a visit to the actual Desert - yes the Desert Safari of course! The vast expanse of sand dunes, the squad biking, the sunset.. everything about this safari was just wonderful
Before going on the sand dunes, we stopped for the squad bike drive. Initially we were a bit scared, but later the experience was a whole lot of fun. Even the girls were able to ride the bike with great ease
The girls on a ride

We then went on to the actual drive on the dunes.. wow this was one roller coaster of a drive. Even on a roller coaster we know what to expect when. In the dunes, we never know as there's a dip all of a sudden
There was a stop for a few minutes to watch the sunset, which was the best part. I love watching and capturing sunsets. Each sunset is different and unique in it's own way!

This was one of the best views, with the vast expanse of sand and sun going down into the sand dunes

The lovely golden sunset

 ..and me trying to hold the golden ball!!

We then went onto what was called the 'tent' where there were several activities. In the center was a stage where performances were held and seats were setup around the stage in traditional UAE style. Finally this was followed by dinner

Let me stop here today friends. Will come back with more details and more pictures very soon. Till then.. Take care.. Be happy.. Enjoy every day of life.. Au Revoir

Friday, December 29, 2017

A finish to finish the year..

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas dear friends. Wishing you and your near and dear ones a brilliant 2018 bringing in loads of cheer, happiness, peace, health and wealth


Yes, that's right.. I have finished 'The BookShelf'.. YAY!! 
I started this at the beginning of the year, but progress was very slow. I could not stitch for quite a few months and picked it up yet again around August. Ever since I was able to make slow yet steady progress and here we are!!

My next project is going to be a Lizzie Kate
This was a limited edition from 2015, which I seem to have bought.

Having worked only on one project all through the year, there's not much from the ORTS

Signing off on that note.. wishing you a brilliant year again. See you soon in an all new year with all new stories

Till then, it's me signing off.. Take Care.. Be Happy.. Keep Stitching.. Au Revoir

Friday, October 13, 2017

Festival Season

Come August and all our favorite festivals begin.. Navrathri is the first biggest festival

Navrathri, literally translated as 9 nights, is a festival of the Goddess. Though Navrathri is celebrated in different ways in different parts of India, the basic belief is that the Goddess killed Mahishasura. This also symbolises that we kill the demon within by invoking the Goddess

In TamilNadu, the first 3 days we worship Goddess Durga - who symbolises Shakti (power); next 3 days we invoke Goddess Lakshmi - who symbolises prosperity; the last 3 days we invoke Goddess Saraswathi - who symbolises intellect/wisdom.

Many people setup a Golu, which is setting up dolls of Gods and Goddesses. This was our simple 5 step Golu this year
The Golu signifies human evolution. Fruits, vegetables are kept in the lowest level; then lower forms of insect and animals; then saints and other great human beings like Buddha; then the various incarnations of the divine

The above explain the spiritual significance very briefly. The other aspects of Navrathri include inviting women and girls over and honour them with small gifts and sweets. Slokas are chanted and devotional songs sung in the evenings in front of the Golu.
As the whole festival is about celebrating the Goddess, Navrathri is considered as the true celebration of women in India

Gearing up for Diwali next :)

That's the story tonight dear friends. Till next time.. Take Care.. Be happy.. Craft about.. Au Revoir


Monday, September 25, 2017

Gifts

One thing that has amazed me in our crafty world is how selfless we become.. we share and give so much love without ever expecting anything in return

One such person who has always inspired, motivated and encouraged me from the day I started blogging is the multi-talented Meari. She is excellent in anything she does.. be it painting, carpentry, any DIY and of course cross stitch!! You can see all her works here in her blog

My brother had come from US for a short vacation and look what she sent for V and me through my brother


Three lovely sticker books and a cross stitch kit for V. Looks like I missed to take a picture of the kit


And a whole lot of goodies for me!!
I have been wanting to buy a Lizzie Kate for a long time and Meari just sent me one. Thanks a ton Meari for all these goodies..

There's a lot happening at my end here.. but that's it for today's post.. more next time. Till then.. Be Happy.. Keep Stitching.. Au Revoir

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Some Reading

I have been trying out various genres of books of late. I recently realized that I love to travel. And reading travel books is one way to get to know places

I started with a book of our own Chennai.. to know our own history before moving to other places.


This was my first 'Travel' book. It appeared like a slow read to me, but learnt quite a lot about our own city

I never scored great marks in history, but my interest in knowing our past has been growing quite strong of late

This book gave me a very good insight into the Mughal period and I finally can now recap which emperor is whose son.. can I appear for my history exams now.. hehe
There is such detailed description of the jewels and clothes worn by the women.. it has now triggered my interest to visit the Taj Mahal even more

For some reason or the other I never got to read a P.G.Wodehouse till now. While browsing through the various sections in the library I came to this section and picked a book in random, going by the cover of course

I loved the book and still wonder why I never read a Wodehouse till now. Anyway, am happy atleast now I read one

I am reading an Indian mythology series currently and am loving it so far
This book is the first of the 'Krishna series' and takes us to the period prior to Krishna's birth. The main character in negative role in this book is called the 'dark lord' which sounds like it has been inspired by Harry Potter. But the overall book is good so far.

So.. that's it from me today friends. Till next time.. take care..be happy.. Happy crafting.. Au Revoir

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A birthday, More beading and some baking

A very special person celebrated her birthday last month.. yours truly - wink wink! I have not been baking for a while of late. Ever since V started baking, I took a step back and allow her to bake. This time I had to get that mojo back again and decided to bake my favourite - brownie of course.

It's a choco-mint brownie with candied peel. I had been wanting to try this combination in a brownie ever since I tasted Orange Lindt. I used some home made mango ice cream as topping

V and I have been beading a lot

 This is a bracelet that she made for herself. The chunky parts are from Michaels

I have been trying some bold patterns too. These are ceramic beads and really heavy

One of V's creations 

That is all friends from me today. Till next time.. take care.. Be happy.. Craft About.. Au Revoir!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Crafting About

About 2 years ago I bought V a long stitch kit for her summer vacations. But she did not show much interest and I did not want to force her into something that she's not really interested in.
But on seeing sea shells completed and all framed up, she is very motivated to try her hand at a stitchy project again. So we went shopping for long stitch kits again (my mother threw away the old one thinking V would never get back to it). To our utter disappointment, there was not stock in any of the craft stores and we learnt that they had stopped supplying to the stores. Finally amazon to the rescue and we found a beautiful kit there called 'Returning'

Here's a picture of her progress.


She has been going steady at it every day. School starts in a week.. wonder how she is going to manage

Here's a picture of my progress on 'The Bookshelf'


This is coming up very quickly.. but I am not able to stitch as often as I'd like to

Pictures of some beading we did last weekend


That's about it from me today friends. Till next time.. Take care.. Be happy.. Craft Away.. Au Revoir!!