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June 29, 2014

Magnetic Fasteners / Button - Tutorial for attaching in crochet bags

I was looking for a simple idea of attaching Magnetic Buttons / Fasteners to a crocheted bag. Came across this nice tutorial here http://www.thepurseworkshop.com/magnetic-snap.html.

I captured each step when I followed the tutorial and now sharing with you. It is a very easy procedure. So many photos are to guide you through the process step by step.

Hope it helps. I made a slight change in the tutorial as I found it convenient. Stitched the flap after attaching the buttons otherwise insderting them and bending the prongs will be little diffcult through the gap of a finished & sewed flap.
Ok, so first thing we should note is, A set of magnetic fasteners / button comes with 4 pieces as shown in the photo below (two washers and two pieces of fasteners with prongs on their back).

Now let's see how to attach them to our crochet work.

After finishing our crochet work, we need to make a flap on each side to hold the buttons / fasteners (on the inside of the purse, between handles). For this, first we need to mark the centre of the bag, I used a stitch marker on both sides to mark the centre.  Then using a slitp stitch joined the yarn at the right place (as shown in the picture below). Plan your stitches (foundation row for flaps) as per the size of the magnetic button you are going to use.

Make row of hdc (half double crochet) till the desired length and continue the rows by turning your work at the end of each row.... do it till the flap reached the required height. (enough to hold the magnetic fasteners comfortably).

Now take one piece of the fastner/snap and insert it into the flap (positioning at the centre rightly). 

Now insert the washer from the backside, into the protuding prongs. It will now look like this after insertion (picture below)

back side, washer fitting

The pciture below, see how I bent the prongs to the other side to secure the magnetic button.

 Same way, we have to bend the other prong to the other side. So we have done with one piece of the magnetic button. (picture below)

Now close the flap to the side of the bag so that the washer goes to the back side of the flap. using a blunt eyed needle and matching yarn, sew the other end of the flap to the purse.:-

Repeat the same process of adding a flap to the other side of the purse (between handles - on the inside of the purse)

You will find a gap between the flap and purse. Leave it as it is, as it may come to use if you wish to change the magnetic buttons in future.:-

The final work will look like this :-

TADA! magnetic buttons are neatly fixed to our crochet bag!  Well done! you did it!

Happy Crocheting.

June 6, 2014

Rasam - simple version - without regular masala

No elaborate dining in a southindian home especially of Brahmin's go without Rasam. It is a 3 course meal practised even now in some homes.  If you enter such a home, the flavour of rasam will be lingering in the air and make the home more inviting!

Rasam prepared at every home has its own flavour & taste, hence differs from home to home.

Normally many use rasam powder (rasa podi) for making rasam. Some buy the ready ones from the Market and some prefers home-made ones, with their own ingredients.

Sharing with you a simple rasam that is passed on from generations back. The recipe that needs no rasam masala powder. This is always a favourite one in our family and children just love to have additional helpings of rice, just for this Rasam.

Ingredients :-

  1. Tomato - 1 No. (big)
  2. Tamarind water - 3 cups
  3. Dal water - 1/2 cup
  4. Water - 1 cup
  5. Asafoetida - a pinch
  6. Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. Red chilli powder - a pinch (or as per your taste)
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Jaggery shredded - 1.5 tsp
  10. Curry leaves - 8 nos.
  11. Coriander leaves - 2tsp
  12. Ghee, mustard seeds for tempering
Procedure :-

  • Boil or soak tamarind in hot water and extract water. 
  •  Cook dal with little more water than usual and extract the water only . Cooked dal can be used for regualr sambar or dal making.
  •  Dice the tomato
  • In a vessel add diced tomato, tamarind water, dal water, normal water, asafoetida, turmeric powder,  red chilli powder, bring to boil.
  • when the raw smell of tamarind & asafoetida goes, add the dal water and cook it in slow flame.
  • When foam forms on top (do not let boil after this stage as the rasam may lose its taste), remove from the stove.
  • Add Shredded jaggery, mix it. 
  • Give a tempering of mustard seeds in ghee
  • Add curry leaves and coriander leaves to it.
  • Close it with a lid and let it rest for a while. (Before serving you can lightly heat it up)
  • Simple yet yummy rasam is ready!
  • On hot cooked rice, add a tsp of melted ghee, mix, pour some rasam over it, mix well and have with veggies of your choice or paruppu thogayal (dal chuntey). If nothing is available, the southindian udid papad fried in oil will make a good accompaniment.  It will taste divine!

June 5, 2014

Positive Perspective

Sharing some notes I write with related stories & quotes......


Even falsehood has the nature of truth, if it confer a benefit that is free from fault

குறள் 292

பொய்ம்மையும் வாய்மை யிடத்த புரைதீர்ந்த
நன்மை பயக்கு மெனின்

Transliteration of the above :

Poimaiyum Vaaimai Yitaththa Puraidheerndha
Nanmai Payakkum Enin

விளக்கம் : குற்றமற்ற நன்மையை விளைவிக்கக் கூடுமானால் பொய்யான சொல்லும்கூட வாய்மை என்று கூறத்தக்க இடத்தைப் பெற்றுவிடும்

Couplet 292

Falsehood may take the place of truthful word,
If blessing, free from fault, it can afford Explanation

A story :- 

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.
One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room's only window.
The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.  The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance. As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by. Although the other man could not hear the band -he could see it in his mind's eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died peacefully in his sleep. She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window.The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.

It faced a blank wall.

The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.

She said, 'Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.'

Even falsehood has the nature of truth, if it confer a benefit that is free from fault

There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.

Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.

If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can't buy.

It is the way how we look at things matters the most! Spread the positive vibe in the air...... let it be contagious

'Today is a "gift", that is why it is called The "Present " '

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