DIY Kimono

Yay. One for the DIY section of this blog. Been too long.

SO. The Kimono, is one of those fashion items I can totally totally get behind.

Look at all these pretty kimonos on Pinterest !

I’ve been wondering how to make one myself for a while and as a total newbie to sewing I didn’t know if I could pull it off even if I found out how to. I don’t even own a sewing machine and I was just introduced to hand sewing by my mother a few weeks ago. ( Thanks mum ! )

So anyway. I found this tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmJ8L4VCMjk . The girl DIYing here talks very fast but she’s obviously very talented. It’s almost too easy to make a kimono yourself. Ha ! I was delighted ! I imagined myself floating about in one of these on the beach or out on the roads 😀 Wouldn’t you love it? I know I would !

I used a shawl that came with a shalwar recently. I hated the shawl so I never wore it and I figured I could use it to practice on. Then, for a second kimono,  I used another shawl my father gave me years ago but I never wore that either, and it’s so pretty and delicate, if it came out right, I could wear it whenever I liked. ( It did btw, came out right I mean. I love it and can’t wait to wear it some place )

Hoping I’ll find a non-sheer pretty floral piece of scarf to make one more .

Practice !

Practice !

Pretty pink floral kimono

Pretty pink floral kimono

If you are like me and love kimonos, make one yourself. Or if you have scarves or shawls you don’t use, send them across to me, I’ll make one for you. 🙂 I won’t promise my sewing is any good, but I can make this.

 

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Week 16

There was something I wanted to write about, I’ve forgotten what. The ambiguity of it all perhaps. Or perhaps, how disappointment and heartache affects each of us. Perhaps, it was about letting go and not caring much either way. I don’t know. I don’t remember. I DIY a lot. And keep myself busy. A lot of my time is spent hoping for ..whatever it is I think  I deserve. Peace of mind, perhaps. It’s funny, I read somewhere how if you really loved yourself you wouldn’t want the material things you think you want and you only want them because you are trying to make yourself feel better about something.. or the other. I don’t know. But it’s somewhat true isn’t it? In this moment in time, and for a long while, all I’ve really badly wanted has been peace of mind. With age , with family, with all that ties me down, there has been very little of it. For some reason, I think of giving up the search for it but it’s become too important, so there has to be some lesson somewhere in all this, or maybe really, the universe doesn’t give a damn, in which case, I probably have zero hope but maybe ..just maybe there’s a straw somewhere I could cling on to. A ray of sunshine perhaps. A fortune cookie that reads “you will be OK.”

How random is that?

106/365 16/04/2014 The art of putting things away.

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16/04/2014
The art of putting things away.

107/365 17/04/2014 Since my mother in law gave me the pittu making set, I'am on a roll !

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17/04/2014
Since my mother in law gave me the pittu making set, I’am on a roll !

108/365 18/04/2014 Catan night. Made pizza for the players.

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18/04/2014
Catan night. Made pizza for the players.

109/365 19/04/2014 Pin wheel

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19/04/2014
Pin wheel

110/365 20/04/2014 At the beautiful beach of Mirissa

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20/04/2014
At the beautiful beach of Mirissa

111/365 21/04/2014 Making of the Sad Coasters. Await a whole new range of Sad Products brought to you by Morose & Co.

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21/04/2014
Making of the Sad Coasters. Await a whole new range of Sad Products brought to you by Morose & Co.

112/365 22/04/2014 Sitting in the garden , enjoying the cool beginning of rain.

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22/04/2014
Sitting in the garden , enjoying the cool beginning of rain.

 

Week 13, 14 & 15

Three weeks. That hasn’t happened before. Has it?

I’ve been out. Darling got sick. Then I caught it and it dragged on and on and on and here I am with barely the strength to type. We’ve been getting by , I make a little attempt at making meals and keeping a house and getting out of the house to  buy groceries but mostly I stay in bed and read Roald Dahl. What a genius. I can almost see the twinkle in his eyes as he wrote down his cleverness. I am always grinning to myself and going oh Mr Dahl you genius.

There’s a picture in here of my mother and a big dog walking with her. That’s really what I want to write about.

I used to take my mother for walks in the evenings for a bit of exercise. She’s very slow at it and is unsure of herself but we walk slowly and that particular day in March, we walked farther than we intended to. There was this by-road I wanted her to see. Darling had taken me through it once just to show me the neighborhood and it had lovely old houses and big gardens. I wanted my mother to see them. So there we were walking down this little road when this massive dog, freshly brushed, walked lazily over to us. It didn’t seem too interested in us really. But it was big. And I figured if it made any sudden moves, my mother was not going to be able to move away fast enough. So we had to go back. As we were turning around to leave, my mother clutching my hand very tight, the dog came right up to us, and looked at me. It had big wet eyes , a bit sad and it looked a bit old. Then it started sniffing my mother. We stood very still only moving inches towards the road so as not to startle the dog. And the dog backed away. So we started walking away. Just too slow. The dog let us go a few feet and started following us. It wasn’t interested in me however. It only wanted to make friends with my mother.

We walk to the main road, and the dog is behind us what 10 feet? Then it quickly catches up with us, walks past another 10 feet and stops. Sniffs the ground , the bushes, the leaves, the flowers on the floor. Then it comes back. When the neighborhood dogs started barking at it , it quickly retreated behind my mother’s skirt only peering around her legs when it was safe to do so. It would bump her legs with it’s snout, look at my mother for a bit of affection, then circle us once more.

It would not leave her. It walked slowly with her, never falling back or walking past more than ten feet. And it paid no attention to me whatsoever. I walked away from them to take some pics and it made me smile, to see the two of them walking together as if they belonged.

It walked us up to our lane, and stood there watching us till we got home. There were nasty children down our lane making a huge racket about god knows what and it didn’t seem to want to walk past them anyhow.

I haven’t seen the dog since. But I hope I will.

85/365 26/03/2014 "Take my photo!"

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26/03/2014
“Take my photo!”

86/365 27/03/2014 Cinnamon Rolls beautifully risen before going in the oven. Magic !

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27/03/2014
Cinnamon Rolls beautifully risen before going in the oven. Magic !

87/365 28/03/2014 Not-our-dog walking with my mother. <3

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28/03/2014
Not-our-dog walking with my mother. ❤

88/365 29/03/2014 In the beautiful city of Kandy. Feeling quite the tourist.

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29/03/2014
In the beautiful city of Kandy. Feeling quite the tourist.

89/365 30/03/2014 At the Temple of the sacred tooth relic.

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30/03/2014
At the Temple of the sacred tooth relic.

90/365 31/03/2014 A selfie is the only photo I have today , I took this to see the evening light on my face. Ha.

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31/03/2014
A selfie is the only photo I have today , I took this to see the evening light on my face. Ha.

91/365 01/04/2014 Camping in the living room.

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01/04/2014
Camping in the living room.

92/365 02/04/2014 My mother teaching me to sew. What a severe teacher she turned out to be. Hmph.

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02/04/2014
My mother teaching me to sew. What a severe teacher she turned out to be. Hmph.

93/365 03/04/2014 Morning tea party

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03/04/2014
Morning tea party

94/365 04/04/2014 Going home with malli in a tuk tuk. Malli's having a good chat with the tuk tuk driver.

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04/04/2014
Going home with malli in a tuk tuk. Malli’s having a good chat with the tuk tuk driver.

95/365 05/04/2014 Sunset in Pepiliyana.

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05/04/2014
Sunset in Pepiliyana.

96/365 06/04/2014 Getting ready for the win. Bunker Buster has been poured.

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06/04/2014
Getting ready for the win. Bunker Buster has been poured.

97/365 07/04/2014 What a beautiful day to be alive and happy.

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07/04/2014
What a beautiful day to be alive and happy.

98/365 08/04/2014 Running for Sri Lanka Baton today. Loving it.

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08/04/2014
Running for Sri Lanka Baton today. Loving it.

99/365 09/04/2014 Husband has forgotten his back pack.

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09/04/2014
Husband has forgotten his back pack.

100/366 10/04/2014 I swear I am not into selfies. Terribly sick and in bed. I wanted to see if I have dark circles. And I do. Only photo for the day.

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10/04/2014
I swear I am not into selfies. Terribly sick and in bed. I wanted to see if I have dark circles. And I do. Only photo for the day.

101/365 11/04/2014 Still in bed. Feel like crap.

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11/04/2014
Still in bed. Feel like crap.

102/365 12/04/2014 Took out a shirt to refashion but couldn't muster the strength. Back to bed.

102/365
12/04/2014
Took out a shirt to refashion but couldn’t muster the strength. Back to bed.

103/365 13/04/2014 Adding more to the collection. Thanking my mother for the lessons in sewing.

103/365
13/04/2014
Adding more to the collection. Thanking my mother for the lessons in sewing.

104/365 14/04/2014 Sinhala and Tamil new year. We are on our way from visiting my parents. Rain. Music and husband. Favorite combination.

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14/04/2014
Sinhala and Tamil new year. We are on our way from visiting my parents. Rain. Music and husband. Favorite combination.

105/365 15/04/2014 Dinner with the Samarasinghes.

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15/04/2014
Dinner with the Samarasinghes.