Sunday, January 25, 2015

Easy Sew Kitchen Towels DIY

I have a lot of scrap fabric.
It's one of the things I brought with me when I moved abroad after my marriage. 
And I am so glad that I did!

The other day while working in the kitchen I realized I needed more kitchen towels - cause there is no such thing as too many kitchen towels! But I was not willing to spend $8 on it. This led me to my fabric stash and I was happy to find some really pretty pieces that will go well in my kitchen :) 

Sewing kitchen towel is super easy! And they not only jazz up your kitchen but also make wonderful housewarming presents. So lets get sewing shall we? 

Begin by selecting your fabric. Press it to remove wrinkles before cutting it to 20" x 24"

Measure and mark 1/2" all around.

Fold over the raw edges at 1/2" mark and using a hot iron press your fold. This just makes sewing easy.

Sew the folded edges in place.

Next cut a 1"x7" piece of fabric for the loop (you can omit this part if you don't wish to hang your kitchen towel)

Fold it in half wrong sides together and press. 

Do a zig zag stitch along the folded raw edge.

Decide where you want the loop on your towel and then sew it in place.

Lastly, fold over the edges one more time and sew. When you come to the loop, simply press it on the other side away from the fabric with your finger and sew over it. 

And you are done!

Give yourself a good pat on the back - you've just made your first kitchen towel! 


Monday, October 13, 2014

By the Sea - Painting

This one is from a visit to Cairns earlier this year. In this semi-abstract painting I have tried to capture the clear and warm water of the  magical sea with its infinite variation in light and color.

 Again I have worked with acrylics on a 18" by 24" canvas.

Don't you just want to dive in?!


Friday, September 5, 2014

Autumn Foliage - Painting

I shared a glimpse of this painting a while back. Here's the finished piece all ready to go up on the wall :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pizza Toast

Wondering what to have for breakfast?
Here's my all time favorite.
Pizza toast!...yummmmm

It's super simple, super tasty and did I say SUPER fast?!
And it's also a great way to use leftover bread and veggies at the end of the week :D
So grab some slices of bread and start decorating.

You will need:

AND salami.

Begin by spreading some sauce on your toast. (Pizza, pasta, tomato or whatever you have in the fridge will do)

Add your salami..

and sausages.

Now comes my favorite part: decorating with some vegetable goodness!

Next sprinkle salt and pepper..

grated cheese.

Optional: add a few drops of Tabasco sauce to spice it up a bit

Add a slice of cheese on top and finish it off with a good sprinkle of oregano.

And now you are ready to toast!

Toast it in the oven until the cheese has melted and bread is nice and crispy. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

In case you are wondering where I have disappeared...

I am working on another landscape painting and hope to finish it by the end of next week *fingers crossed*


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Autumn Colors of the Apricot Tree - Painting

I love color
and good food
And the  best way to spend an afternoon is with a

 + some paints


 AND an empty canvas!

My source of inspiration for the painting was a calendar photograph portraying the natural beauty of lower Swat. And as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to paint this wonderful autumn landscape in a symphony of greens, yellows and oranges.

I started off with a quick sketch -jotting the main features of the composition. Then outlined the main parts of the painting with a wash of Ultramarine Blue + Cadmium Yellow + Crimson.

Next, I painted glimpses of sky between the branches and leaves and painted the rocks in the foreground.

I continued with the under painting..

slowly building up the foliage and painting the trees and branches.  I decided to use strong acrylic colors to help convey a riot of autumnal color.

Next came highlights and shadows.

And finally more detail in the foreground - the fallen leaves.

Here's my finished piece (and some close ups)!