Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Hope you guys had a good weekend. And with all the festivities going on, must have been a busy one. We have been having super busy weekends for quiet sometime now. With the birthdays, house-warming parties and invitation to celebrate festivals with friends. And I am enjoying every bit of it.

What you see framed here is hand embroidery on a cotton net fabric by my mother-in-law some 45 years ago.

Nine years ago, we lost Sanjeev's mother to cancer. So when I found this piece of beautifully embroidered fabric I brought it back with me.

I washed it very carefully since there were couple of tears in it. And kept it very safely. When we moved in this house, I decided to frame it.

This IKEA frame was the right size.
At first I used double-sided tape to stick the fabric to a white board paper.
Then made a border around the fabric with a green ribbon.
Since I had just started the family room with the blue and white color, I hung the frame on the wall to the family room entrance.
It stayed like this for few months.
Then one day I wanted to tweak it a little. I bought this orange board paper.
Cut to the measurement of the frames backing sheet.
Then cut to the paper to make a mat out of it. It did look nice for few months before this happened.
I was planning to have it framed professionally. Then one day I found this frame which was big enough for the fabric.
I painted the mat a navy blue color with a regular craft paint.
The orange border work got covered but I liked it this way.

I never shared the pictures of the family room after the flooring.
Instead of keeping my mother-in-law's memory tucked away safely, I have it framed where we can all see it everyday.

How about you? How have you saved your memories? I would like to hear from you.

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Monday, October 12, 2015


The guest bedroom did not go through much change till last year. We added a bigger desk and chair for the computer.
At one point, I changed the position of the bed in front of the other window. Changed to grey sheets and moved a pair of grey cushions from the living room to here.
I wanted to bring in some color and I decided on yellow. Sanjan's bedroom has yellow and I had been planning to change his room to a different color (Kelly/emerald green).

I had never liked the headboard, in fact, never liked the bed. The only reason for picking this bed was the low headboard which would not block the windows. I fiddled with the idea of painting the bed in either white or yellow. In that case, I will have to dismantle the bed and Mr. was totally against the idea.
Then I came up with the idea of upholstering the headboard. I had the batting from Sanjan's headboard project.
One weekend, Mr. helped me move all the slats of the bed and shift it away from the window for me to work.
Measured, cut and wrapped the batting to the front of the headboard and staple the sides.

I had ordered the yellow velvet upholstery fabric online. And I ordered a little too short in width measurement.
But had more than enough in the length.
So, I cut from the length and stitched 5 inches of fabric to both the end to have the fabric to measurement.

You can see the fabric attachment to the sides in this picture.
I wrapped the fabric over the batting and stapled on the 3 sides of the front of the headboard.
For the sides/corners, I wrapped the fabric as you would wrap a gift box.

Before stapling this part, I cut the extra fabric.

The stapled front of the headboard.

The side of the headboard.
And the back of the headboard.

I did order nail heads to add to the sides of the headboard. I was not sure I will do a good job about it. I will add them when I am confident enough.

For now, this is how it looks.
The only expense I had was the velvet fabric on which I spend less than $15.
And I spent less than an hour for this little tweak.

This room is still a long way to go.
  • Hang the curtains near the ceiling
  • Add a night stand
  • Lamp and other accessories for the night stand
  • Update the desk
  • Chair for the desk
  • D├ęcor for the wall 
  • Add crown molding
  • Change the blinds to roller blinds
  • Cushions for the bed
I will update you as I get it done.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.