Tuesday, July 27, 2010

FOTD-My Birthday make up

I turned a year older on the 23rd of July. I know it's late but here is the FOTD. Had a great day with my darling husband. We went to the Swedish museum of national history. It was all fun and very informative. Later in the evening it was dinner with the in laws. Even though I had a good day, I miss my family and friends very much. I wish they were closer to me and not oceans away!

Anyway, here are the pictures of my makeup and the products used.

Products used:-

Mac - Studio fix powder in NC45
Mac - Studio moisture cover concealer in NW35

Mac - Fresco paint pot (pink eyeshadow base)
Mac - Threesome mineralized eyeshadow light pink (inner half of the eyelid)
Mac - Interview mineralized eyeshadow navy blue ( outer crease)
Mac - Mineralized skin finish in medium dark as my highlight and blending colour

Mac - Vintage grape blush ombre (darker shade as contour and the lighter purple pink on the cheeks)

Mac - Fastplay lipstick 
Lakme - Brown lip pencil
Mac - clear lip glass

Moving on to some snapshots from the Museum.

It's a huge building. We only went to three exhibits (I think).

Fish from millions of years ago!

Dolphin like creature that was in the ocean millions of years ago! I can't believe it!

Beautiful butterflies!

Different types of crystals from all over the world

Yes, there are lynx in Sweden and wolves too!

Hope you guys like it. Off to Croatia! Will be back in August. Few projects at hand to be done (eg, video tutorial on throw pillows, makeup tutorial,etc...)

Love Love

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Throw Pillows (DIY home deco)

My mind has been in the thinking and designing mode. I have been decorating my home and the theme I am going for is something with Moroccan/indian decor. I have been making throw pillows for my sofa. It's an easy project and it's always nice to sketch and visualize the end result. I do not want to spend too much money on the decor either so DIY projects are the only option now. Use what I have at home.

Here is my sketch and planning process.

Old sarees that I have been saving for many years in my stash.

Made 3 throw pillows (20''x 12'')

The back side of all 3 looks like this.

I am very happy with the results. It was worth the 5 hours spent on this project. Do let me know if you would like to see a tutorial on this.

Till next time, I am off to do more sewing before I go for a mini holiday to Croatia.

Love Love

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sewing with Nancy Zieman

OMG, I wish I had seen these videos much earlier in my sewing journey (I meant 10 years ago!).

 Nancy Zieman is a well known person in the sewing world. She has written quite a number of books such as Sewing with confidence, Serge with confidence, etc...'. I do not own any of her books yet. However, I am so thrilled to have found this site. Very informational and it makes you think ' hmm why didn't I think of that'. 

I am a visual learner and get very bored when I have to read garment construction tips which are word lengthy. Sometimes, I simply can't understand. I feel there are many who are like me. So if you are, I am sure you will enjoy Nancy's videos. 

Update : I am fixing my sewing/makeup/creative room now, can't wait to get the sewing machines started! Too many wonderful patterns just sitting in my drawer untouched. My head is over loaded with creative things (sewing and designing wise! LOL!). Here are some pictures of work in progress and an idea for sorting sewing notions and accessories (things to keep close by the machines).

As you can see, it is a complete mess!

My awesome sewing and serger machines out and ready to be used. I can't wait.

Got this great cabinet from ikea to sort my sewing stuff. Not very expensive, it will last and can take a beating if you move around (like me).

I just love it when things are organized.

Till next time, have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Mid summer festival in Sweden

Recently I was at my in laws country place to celebrate mid summer festival. This day involves eating pickled herrings and drinking snaps (alcohol) and hopping around a maypole like a frog. This day is celebrated between 19 june till 26 june which marks the longest day of the year. Since Sweden experiences long dark winters and short summers, this is how they appreciate the warmth and the light of the sun. 

You can read more about it here.

I am not a huge fan of the pickled herrings and alcohol so of course my in laws prepared some other nice food. It is always nice to know and learn about my husband's culture. Here are some pictures from the day.

Folks putting up the maypole! 

This looks a little naughty! Go figure!

Folks dancing and singing. Kids love it!

Chilling out with my hubby and in laws

I know it's been almost two weeks since this event .The reason for this late post is because I was really busy with the house move and stuff. Anyway I have more to share with you guys from a trip to southern part of Sweden (Malmo) and Copenhagen (Denmark). Stay tuned! 
Please bare with me with regards to my sewing and make up posts. I am still trying to set up my work area/ studio.

Till next time, have a wonderful week! 

PS: It's always nice to blog and share things with you guys! Thanks for following my blog.


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