Friday 3 August 2012

Sneak, peek and click

I am sure you are curious to know what I was expecting, atleast I hope you are. Well, I was looking forward to getting some customers for my restaurant. Ha ha..... no, I don't have a real restaurant.

This is what I am talking about:

a  practical and handy bird feeder. 

A year back my brother hung up a couple of these feeders hoping to attract sparrows. And with very good results as you can see below:

This prompted me to try the same at my house. So I asked him to get me a similar feeder, filled it up with rice and hung it up.

And then I waited and waited and waited. I was ready to give up but Bro said these things take time. Birds are not very trusting by nature.

After almost five weeks, one afternoon when Hubby and I were having tea, I saw my guests arrive for the feast. I dare not go closer to the balcony so I snapped my pics right from where I was sitting which is why the pics are not very clear. And yes... a good blogger keeps the camera handy, even while having tea with hubby ....LOL.

I clicked a lot of pics hoping to get a good shot so please bear with me.

I think they are Red Vented Bulbuls, but I am no expert on birds.

Here you get a glimpse of the red feathers that give this bird its name.

Okay, now what's with the post title. Well, that is how I got these photos. I sneak towards the balcony on tiptoe (as much tiptoe as my XL frame allows....LOL), I peek from behind the curtains and click when they start pecking.

I had put up the feeders for sparrows, as their numbers are dwindling, but as long as some bird is enjoying it I am happy. One way of inviting nature into your home ...what say?

A post without crochet? Seems incomplete, so I will just put in a pic. This is for my new readers who may not have scrolled to the very end or should I say the very beginning of my blog.

Isn't that a sexy looking doily?! I enjoyed making it and I hope you like it too.
I will be posting about my rainbow mandala in the evening, so do come back soon.

Love xxx

Wednesday 1 August 2012

New Things

Hello there, How have you been? It is almost a week since I posted and I am hoping you missed me, I sure missed you all. Well, let me tell you what I have been up to.

But before that let me say a warm hello to Glor from Crochet Galore, Sharon at From my Front Porch, Begonvilliev at Crochet at Begonvilliev, Daksha from Daksha's Vegetatian Recipes World , Maggie from Flowers in the Window and Massasad1. Welcome aboard, everyone.

A new month, new ideas, new thoughts, new patterns, new projects and new yarn. This month will also bring a new year for my dear hubby.  Because his birthday is in August...yay!!

In this post I showed you the new yarn I had ordered from Mumbai. And since I was sure that you are fed up with my coaster run I decided to try the new yarn and a new pattern.

The yarn is Laura Knitting Cotton and it produces a thick fabric. I have used a 3.00 mm crochet hook. I decided to go for a small project at first to get a feel of the yarn and made these potholders.

Aren't they just spiffy? They came out quite thick so I did not make a backing for them, and I think they will work well as hotpads too. Maybe hanging them up as kitchen wall decor would be a good idea, I wonder if I will actually use and spoil them.

The patterns for these potholders are from Maggie Weldon's site Best Free Crochet which has 100's of free patterns for potholders, dishcloths, home decor, afghans and more.

I have already started my next project with this yarn. It is a Granny Mandala (or circle) in rainbow colours. Here is a sneak peek,

The balls show the colours yet to be added. I just can't wait to complete it and see how it turns out. Would you like to see the finished mandala? 

We had a good downpour yesterday (long awaited) as you can see from my balcony. 

Here is my poor feathered friend, all drenched and looking for shelter.

I have some exciting news, but I will reveal it tomorrow. want a hint? Okay the hint is that "I was expecting...". And No, it does not mean THAT..... come on, I am too old for babies.
So see you soon...haha.

Love xxx


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