Quilling me softly…

Sorry for the late guys. I am posting my new creations after quite a few days. During my last visit to the crafts store, I stumbled across neon shades of paper. They looked so irresistible that I ended up buying an entire bundle (5 shades, 100 papers). Cut them strips of various widths with my 40% discounted paper cutter and voila! here are my creations.

There are some basic techniques to paper quilling that you can easily learn from YouTube videos which are easy to follow. Before you start, make sure you have the tools at your disposal. Below are the tools I use for my creations. Scissors, quilling needle, glue, crimping gears, cork board for diameter measurements, quilling combs, and the absolutely necessary paper strips.

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The quilling comb can easily be substituted with a wide-toothed hair comb. Initially, when I just got my hands in to quilling, I used to roughly cut strips of paper from old newspapers or magazines.  This, I believe, is the best way to start. I used to make basic shapes, but assembling different creations in patterns that looked appealing, was a task that took me sometime. The birthday card was my first assembled creation. Hope you all liked it.

After creating a few quilled earrings, I made a couple more. I call them ‘patterns on hoops’.

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For this one, I took a three-part approach. I made six of the orange half-leaf designs, one brown tight coil, and one long pink crimped strip. After putting the leaves together, I glued on the tight coil, crimped one pink strip, dabbed glue at the peripheral end of the petals, and stuck the pink strip all around such that it looked like a flower inside a hoop. I then hung the design making a loop via a jewelry wire. Pretty simple, eh?!

In my next creation, I used another quilling technique- the cascading loop using my quilling comb.

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This is not a tough design to create. All you need to do is make a hoop from a sturdy jewelry wire and alternate with a pearl bead and cascading loop inside it. If you notice closely, I hung each of the paper loop with a smaller loop (which I created from the same roll of jewelry wire). This way the loops don’t stand stiff. You can create many designs following this pattern. If you’re out of beads, use tight coils. You can also replace the cascading loop with other patterns.

These earrings serve as great giveaways since they have a personal touch. Think about it when planning for that baby shower, birthday; if not, just share your flair.

Thanks for stopping by. And remember, keep blogging!

QuickBerry Lassi

Hailing from India, Lassi is one of the drinks that cools you off in the hot weather. Lassis have also come of age. Many flavors, many colors. I am so used to having Lassi as a breakfast drink that I wanted to try out something innovative and quick. This ‘QuickBerry Lassi’ is a perfect drink to quench your thirst or satiate those in-between-meal-cravings.

IMG_3123Ingredients:

1/2 cup Plain Yoghurt

2 tsp Strawberry crush or preserves

1 tsp Sugar

Water (Per the desired consistency)

Blender

Put all the above ingredients in a blender and blend it till a homogeneous mix is obtained. Serve chilled.

Notes:

1. To watch those calories, you can always substitute Full Fat Yoghurt with Low Fat Yoghurt and regular sugar with sugar substitute.

2. If you don’t have Strawberry crush, use Strawberry jam or jelly. You can also experiment with other flavors like apricot, raspberry, black currant.

3. Although you can make this recipe with fresh strawberries, it is for times when you’re out of strawberries at home (and don’t want to run down to your local grocery store) or if they are not available in your area.