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My Quickie PJ Pants

Today I went to the nearby market and found this cute flannel. It's bright red with teddy print on it. It's just too cute to pass. As it is I need one flannel PJ this winter:D.

While the kids are playing, I got down to work and new PJ..:D

I was using my own tutorial for this one..:)

I still need to make the top one though...and thinking tunic style will be the most confortable..:D

Just hoping I'll have a little bit time again next week...:D

Thanks for stopping by..& have a great crafty day ^^

Unfinished Project(s)

I started this cross stitch project few years back. It’s still lying in my “unfinished project box”..:D It was kind of ambitious project. I took it from one old embroidery book and it supposed to be 6 seater table cloth (wow..I know). The picture given in the book is so pretty that you want to start doing it immediately..LOL.

Maybe one fine day, I will continue doing it again, when I get more free time..:D


Meanwhile, today I statred doing embroidery on my scarf I bought few months back. Simple embroidery with bullion stitch flower and satin stitch. I’m using silk thread for this one. The kids are having winter break this embroidery project will be the perfect one  for unwinding, since I won’t be able to “touch” my sewing machine till they go back to school..:D.

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Ouch..the photos are a bit blurred…they were taken using my mobile cam..

Have a great crafty weekends…^_^

The Secret Stitch Club

I stumbled upon this Blog. The Secret Stitch Club. They made lovely aprons and what I love most is their patchwork x-mas stocking…it’s really cute…go and check out the blog (if you’re not already).


This remind me of my 2 dear friends in Mumbai, India. Everyday, over the YM, we chat/discuss about what project to make, what blogs are nice to visit, etc. It’s really fun. And when we start doing the projects, we keep our YM open so that we can ask each other if we have some problem.

What I want to say is,because the internet now we can share our joy of sewing and hand crafting with our friends even though they are miles away from our place.

You can visit my friends blog HERE and HERE

happy crafting ^_^

PS: I don’t know how to insert web page photo to blog , so pardon me if the photo is not good…:-S

Today’s craft

Yesterday I cut few pieces of fabric to make zipper pouch. But only 2 are done today, plus 4 fabric coasters. My working time usually  not start until my younger son goes to school at about 10.30 am. After a nice hot cup of tea & few biscuits, I usually start doing what I set out to do that day. At times, I can get very lazy and one more thing, I avoid opening my laptop when I have sewing work to do..^_*. Since I roughly have 1 hour free everyday, before my elder one come from school followed by the younger one. By the time they settle down (napping or playing with his crayons), it’s already 3 pm. If they are agreeable, I can continue my sewing otherwise it has to wait for a couple of days.

So, today being one of those hectic day, only these stuff I finished. The bright pink stripe zip pouch is made of south Indian hand woven cotton – my favorite . Both the pouches are interfaced and lightly padded, so it’s safe for gadgets too.




Today I visited my friend’s blog who has finished her embroidery projects. She did bullion stitch on one of her shirt, which is very cute and she’s done a very nice embroidery.  She’s also done smocking which is very pretty. This remind me of my unfinished smocking projects. I have done the smocking embroidery, but I haven’t got around to sew the dress..I know it’s very bad habit *_*

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Good nite for now…~_~

Fabric Covered Button


I bought Fabric Button Kit few months back, and just got the chance to try it today. It’s quite fun to make, the only flaw is it was so hard to push the button shell & fabric into the punch..:D. But I’m very happy with the result though my thumb is still paining from punching the buttons…LOL


Gift Bag

I love making gift bags to send along with my sales at my Supply Shop. I usually make it with whatever remnant fabrics I have ^_^.

This one is made of white cotton fabric, I add a little ribbon rose there….I hope my customers are happy with this little gift from me..^_^

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Patchwork Bag and more

Today I was cleaning my craft boxes where I keep my fabric etc. I don’t have craft room as yet, so everything is kept in boxes. I found one unfinished project. I did the mirror embroidery few months ago and I wanted to make a pouch out of it. The fabric is handwoven Indian cotton. I used one cheery yellow fabric left over from one yellow dress I made. And I’m happy with the result.


One more thing I started using is flannel. I have this flannel lying around, left over from the time when I used to make baby wrap for my younger son. It turns out quite a good substitute for batting. Since batting is not available here where I live, I usually used thin foam instead. But you know for certain projects foam is just out of the question. So I was experimenting with flannel, and it’s  very GREAT. I got the softness and sturdiness at the same time.
I used the flannel for the patchwork bag too. I use cotton khadi for the base, which is quite thick and sturdy. I add cute ribbon to give more accent…what do you think?


Yes, this is my second boxy pouch. I simply love making it. It’s perfect to hold your jewelry, watch, brooches, coins even your basic make up i.e compact powder & lipstick….yay to that!

Thanks for stopping by…^_^

Pink Flowers Zip Pouches

Today I took out this pink flower fabric and a matching darkish pink (almost burgundy) south Indian cotton fabric. It makes a nice combination. The South Indian cotton fabric is quite sturdy to make pouches, coasters, etc. Plus it has a bright & deep colors.

ooh…and today finally I got a chance to try making boxy pouch. I follow tutorial from Project by Jane. She wrote a nice tutorial, easy to follow plus has lots of pics. I’m kind of visual reader, that’s why I love her tute so much…^_^ Thank you Jane for sharing it…:D

Now, it’s getting colder here..I’d better go off to sleep before my hot water bag turns cold..:))

Thanks for reading ^_^

Fabric Shopping

One of my favorite “time pass” is browsing the fabric bazaar (market). Most of the Indian market sells fabric as a set of 3, but some of them they sell “meter-wise” fabric. I have one regular shop here, the owner will inform me when the new stock will come and sometimes give  me a bit of discount on off-season days.

You see, India has lots of festivals. During those time, people will shop like till they drop. There will  be lots of variety of fabrics prints and design to choose from. You name it, you have it. Cotton, crepe, faux crepe, georgette, satin….it’s endless. I always go mad whenever I go to the shop…:).

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These are the photos I took from my regular shop…:)…

And here are few lovely fabrics….



Thanks for looking ^_^

Winter Morning

winter morning This time the cold come a bit early…and for the last few days we’ve been having foggy morning, which sometimes won’t clear up till mid day. It’s particularly colder at our place since our house is not far from the mighty river of Brahmaputra.

This photo I took at 8 a.m from our top terrace…the fog is still very thick, but luckily today the sun came out for a while, so all my laundry is dry..^_^.

Grab bags and more

I’m still into bag and pouch making. I have a whole lot of fabric piles which need be made into something. Some of them is the remnants from my little frocks I made few months back ^_^. My friends even call me “pouch lady” since I made and gave lots of pouches in the past ^_^ and she said i should start selling them in the shop. Hey…it’s great idea…:D .

One of these bags I made for the SWAP that I hosted for my Indonesian friends in my Other Blog.


Thanks for reading….and have a nice crafty day ^_^

Few Things for Friends

These are few things I have made very recently...still trying to get organized, which is something I always fail to do..:(. I do dresses till I get bored, then I switch to bags & coasters, and then embroidery...and sometimes making earrings, cell phone charms, etc...I guess I'm made that way...and whenever I clear up my workstation I just couldn't work...I sort of need my messy situation to be able to create something...hmmm...i don't know if any of you experienced the same thing..but believe me I tried to work neatly but it never idea will just desert me when my table is clean...
so, here are few...I don't know who will be the lucky one..but I intend to give this away since I'm going to Indonesia...^_*

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pink coasters

Thanks for looking ^_^

Lil Miss Sunshine

Still for dear Anisha...with the same style but this time I put puff sleeves and a little bit of lace on the collar and with a matching bloomers (diaper cover)

The collar & a bit of simple embroidery

The bloomers with ruffle laces

Thanks for looking & have a great crafty day ^_^

Little Dress for Little Missy

A dear friend of mine had a baby girl a few months back. She asked me to make one simple dress for her Darling Daughter...and I came up with this today...I will make matching bloomers tomorrow. I was just too anxious to post this one

The A monogram is hand embroidered by yours truly.

Now, she can show off in style ^_*

Thanks for looking & have a great week ahead..^_^

and the WINNER is...

I'd like to thank everybody for entering my 1st ever giveaway..:) I'm very excited my self and I guess I will have another one in the near future ^_^
So, the winner of is: ihchicky win a set of 4 Coasters & Matching Tray Cloth.

Please email me with your detail address ^_^
Keep coming back for more giveaway from Chez Vies
:: have a nice crafty days ::

4 o'clock Stitch : Fresh Toffees Bag

It's a tradition in my son's school, that on a birthday, the student can only distributes toffees. Usually the b'day boy/girl will go to each section of his class and to the teachers & the principal. It's very cute to watch them walking gingerly towards the teachers' room and all the teachers will greet them "HAPPY BIRTHDAY"

So, my son's been telling me that he has to take toffies today and some bowl to put the toffies in. I was thinking to send one of my plastic containers for him to put the toffies in, but then last night before sleeping I had this idea "why not making something like a bag" and I remember seeing one bucket bag in ayumill blog. So after sehri today, I just got down to work and voila...the toffees he can carry his tofees in style..

Now, I better wake him up and get him ready for his school....;)

Thanks for stopping by...& have a nice day

~ Chez Vies ~

Indian Chai

Chai or Indian Milk Tea becomes my favorite. I love Chai esp. when added with cardamom & ginger. Here's my simple recipe I got from a friend.

1 cup of fresh milk
1 cup of water
sugar to taste
tea leaves (approx. 2 tsf)
ginger (crushed)


1. Mix the milk and water in a pan and leave it till boiling
2. Add tea leaves, sugar, cardamom & ginger
3. Lower the flame and leave it for few minutes till you get the desired colour. The colour should not be too light. If needed add another tea spoon full of tea leaves.

Now, put your feet up and let's enjoy our chai...^_^

Thank You

It's only one week left for my Giveaway...I'm very excited my self..:) I know, I should advertise it abit. But right now I'm quite busy and it's nearing the festival season so there are lots of things to get done in advance.
Anyway, taking advice for you all, I'm trying out a new way of showing off my tunics. I'm taking it outdoor and with life model. I'm so nervous my self...but I always have to reshoot the photo over and over again, in the end I have lots of tunics waiting to be listed. I wish I could afford to hire a professional photographer :D

Anyway, I was hanging around in the Etsy community looking for clues..and found this great site about photography tips. Table Top Studio has almost everything from how to shoot jewelry to clothes.

So here are few of my trial and error. It's still a very very far from perfect, so....please please leave your comments..I'd really love to hear from you...

All these tunics some already there in the shop and I will add more soon.

Thank you very much for you who submitted your entries..wishing you all the best. Well, I really can get use to away my craft I mean. Since there are lots of festival to celebrate in India and in fact, the festivals season is just maybe - just maybe - I will have another giveaway soon...:D

Thanks for reading this....have a nice crafty day

~chez vies~

CHEZ VIES GIVEAWAY : Coasters & Tray Cloth (CLOSED)


Hi…thanks for dropping by..and know what?? I GIVEAWAY these mango coasters plus tray cloth!! You could be the WINNER of this pretty mango coasters.

I really love the color so much, it can brighten you dull day…imagine, you’re sitting in your balcony, reading your fave book, feet up, and bright mango coasters accompany you while sipping your tea (or coffee?)….

The coasters are made of pure cotton fabric with interfacing for sturdiness, while the tray cloth is made of cotton fabric (I’m not sure the name of the fabric, but its very sturdy & make a good placemats too). I decorated with grosgrain ribbon and yoyo flowers.

Here is the RULES:

** Visit my Etsy Shop at and heart one of the items listed there, and come back here and tell me why you heart it. I won’t mind any constructive ideas to improve my shop.;) **

You will get 1 (ONE) entry for that.

If you do one or all of these, you will get one extra entry each. (please comment separately for that)
1. Follow me on my blog (1 entry)
2. Tweet about this giveaway (1 entry), or
3. Post on Facebook about my giveaway (1 entry)
MAX entry: 4 for each of you.

And don’t forget….Please COMMENT SEPERATELY and type your email address for me to contact you.

I will use to decide the winner….

This giveaway will be closed on 14th September 2009 Midnight (INDIA STANDARD TIME). I will announce the winner in the following day.

If THE WINNER not responding to my email within 2 days, I will select another winner.

Thanks for submitting your entries….Good Luck

Happy Crafting

~Chez Vies~

The the Yo Yo continues

I love spending time chatting on YM and sharing pictures with my crafty friends. On my "sewing withdrawal" days, these little chit chat can really boost my spirit.

Yesterday was one of those days. A friend of mine, showed me her latest bag she made. With pretty yoyos to decorate the bag. So, after the kiddos got to nap, I got down to work and within one hour (including time spent for rummaging my fabric stash!!) here is the Stress Buster Library Bag

And my boys are into pancake days, recently...They can have it for breakfast or even on evening tea time...^_^...thay say I made the best pancake in the world..and I feel on top of the world .

Thanks for looking & happy crating

~ Chez Vies ~

Still Addicted ^_*

I went to my fave fabric shop and saw this pretty orange mangoe color. I just couldn't help my self . Since, I'm still very much into making Coasters, so I made another orange set.

Beside that, me n my 'stitch n bitch" friends have been discussing about yo-yo..You will marvel at how people creative people around the world can be with these humble YOYO. One of my fave is this one by SEKAR. She's the one who actually sort of inspired me.

And you have to check this lovely blog : POLKADOT PINEAPPLE, Arlette is very generous is sharing her tutorial. I especially love her YOYO QUILT.

Thanks for looking & Happy Crafting

~ ChezVies~

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