Hidesign – Art of Reuse 2015

My creative juices start flowing every time I hold a pair of scissors and a bottle of glue. In fact, the entire DIY section on this website consists of impulse projects that are various in nature. Everything from decorating clay pots, to recycling rusted bracelets all has a touch of creativity and simplicity to their design. Recently I came across Hidesign’s annual design contest ‘Art of Reuse’ where creative geniuses get a chance to create products and showcase their talent around the world. The concept of this project was to recycle the scrap pieces of leather from the Hidesign warehouse in order to re-use waste materials to create useful products. 1

In order to embark on this project, Hidesign provided me with a kit consisting of colored leather scraps, waxed thread, a needle, and a tool to create holes in the leather. I was more than excited to create several products when I got a hold of the DIY kit. I must admit though, working with leather was not easy! Putting aside the hours of brainstorming I had to do, the fact is that I had never worked with leather products before. Not to mention the pieces given were oddly shaped and not at all congruent on any side.

Luckily the two years of experience as a textile design student came in handy and I decided to start weaving pieces of leather to create a woven structure. The piece turned out to look impeccable so I decided that it should be the highlight of my article. I was not willing to compromise on the woven structure in order to create something wacky or distorted so I stuck to the basics and decided to create a clutch. The clutch would be practical as well as something I could rock!

2 Here came the tough part! Joining those pieces of leather with a needle and thread was difficult as it was not feasible on my part to poke holes through leather due to its thick and rugged exterior. Hence I employed the use of a hammer, my brother and an extremely thick needle to help me poke holes in this ishh.  After a while I got tired of that, and I went straight old school! I got a sharp scissor and started constructing (Due to the technical and proprietary nature of the work it will be very difficult to discuss the intricate detailing and workings of the clutch).* But I can tell you that after the detailing were complete, it was very easy to stitch the front and back piece together and give the flap a slight curve to finish the look. 3 4 5 6

So there you go – that is how I created my hand-woven and hand-made clutch using the Hidesign ‘Art of Reuse’ kit. I hope you guys enjoyed this blog post, and I would really appreciate it, if you could vote for me on their social media pages. It is a very cool project and an amazing initiative to reduce waste. The winner gets an all inclusive trip to Pondicherry to design their own Hidesign bag. The runner ups get cash prizes as well!

On a final note, Although It is too late to participate this year but make sure you do so in 2016 and get your creative juices flowing!

 -XOXO Kreena

A Studded Affair

Winter breaks are the perfect time to get my creative juices flowing. Bundled up in a blanket with hot cocoa, listening to acoustic music and songs covered by Boyce Avenue is the time when I want to make the best of what I have in store to upcycle the clothes hanging in my closet.

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In this post I will elaborate the process of jazzing up your plain white t-shirt, from the comforts of your own home at little to no cost. Michael Kors sells a studded neckline white top for 100 pounds, I dont know about you; but if I could get the same top for a lesser price, i’ll replicate it!

Here are a few things you need:

  • A white t-shirt/top
  • White sewing thread
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Pair of scissors
  • Gold, silver, or gunmetal studs (individual choice)
  • A little bit of stitching skills

2 Step 1: Take your pencil and make dots at equidistant length along the neckline of the t-shirt. You can make as many dots you want.3 Step 2 : Take a reasonable length of thread, pass it through the needle eye and make a knot where two ends of the thread meet.

Step 3 : Poke the needle from the reverse side of the fabric, slightly away from the dot (as seen below). Put the stud through the needle and pull the thread all the way till the knot is at the base of the fabric.  4 Step 4 : Now poke the needle downwards from the face side of the fabric to the reverse side and pull it down till the stud is firm in its place. Secure the stud by making another knot on the reverse side of the fabric.5

Quick tip:

  • You can make knots after every stud and cut the thread to start a fresh one next to it or you can continue the thread accross the neckline without cutting the thread. I prefer securing individual studs and starting fresh with the next one to avoid the fabric from getting pulled.
  • If your sewing skills are not so great (and that is completely fine!) you can even go ahead with sticking the studs with some fabric glue.

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You can go ahead and stitch studs on several different parts of your outfit, you can add them on:

  • Sleeves
  • Shoulders
  • Button line
  • Pocket opening

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Happy holidays : )

– XOXO Kreena

Minty Potato Tarts

This is what a two month summer vacation and my mom’s constant nagging on taking cooking lessons does to me. So like any 21st century girl, I get onto youtube and look for the easiest/healthiest things I can make to pass time and satisfy (some of) my mom’s wishes. One thing about me that most people don’t know, but would be interested in finding out is that I’m a soup and salad kind of person, rather than the chocolates, cakes or ice-cream kind. This is the first time I am posting a recipe on the blog and I really hope you guys enjoy it.

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Difficulty Level – I dislike cooking and have zero knowledge about it, and still I managed to make this. I guess that says it all.

Let’s get it started!

We will prepare a filling mixture and a minty sauce. I prefer to make the sauce first, since it can get chilled while I make the filling.

Ingredients for the minty sauce:

  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 3 tbsp mayonnaise or yogurt (dahi)
  • 6 tbsp mint leaves
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • 1 green chilly
  • ¾ to 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 6 tbsp coriander leaves
  • A few drops of lemon and ½ tsp salt (as per taste)

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Method of making the minty sauce:

Grind the coriander leaves, spinach and chilies first since they have a rough texture and it takes more time to make a smooth paste with it. After the mixture gets pasty, add all the ingredients in the grinder and pour the mixture into a container. Keep it in the fridge so it can get chilled.

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Ingredients for the mixture:

  • 1 potato boiled and chopped
  • 1 spring onion finely chopped
  • ½ cup red and green bell peppers chopped
  • 2 tsp pizza seasoning
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

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Method of making the mixture:

Heat olive oil in a pan and stir fry coloured bell peppers, potatoes, olives and spring onions. Pour the mixture into a container and let it cool down for a while at room temperature.

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You are almost done! 🙂

Set the canapés on a plate and add the mixture about 3/4 way full. Add the minty sauce on top of it and garnish it with coriander leaves.

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Feel free to share your comments and experiences on livemodish@hotmail.com or in the comment section below.

P.S. Make it in large quantities because I made a lot of them and I barely had a couple of them since my mom happily gave them away to all my neighbours and family member. Ugh!

– XOXO Kreena

Sparkle and Shine

Every girl has a piece of jewelry in her jewelry box that she doesn’t wear because it looks out-dated or old. But, what if you can change it up and make it look vibrant and beautiful again. The monsoon rains inspire me and I must confess, enable me to stay in the comfort of my own home and give me the time to make creative things right out of my closet. I came across a really old bracelet that I have never worn before and made it look beautiful again. Follow these steps to recreate your old jewelry pieces into something more appealing and wearable.

1THINGS YOU NEED:

  • 4 nails paints – two bright colors, a copper color, a clear shimmer
  • An old piece of jewelry

2STEPS TO FOLLOW:

In my case I used a gem bracelet so I colored the alternate gems of the bracelet a different color. If you are using a necklace or earring, paint it according to pattern and shades you desire.

Step 1:  I painted a baby pink tone on alternate gems. 3Step 2:   Then used a deep purple shade and painted the remaining gems on the bracelet.4Apply one coat and let it dry for a few minutes and then go back and apply two or three coats till you get your desired shade. Make sure the paint covers the base of the jewelry completely.5Step 3:   After the gems were painted, I used my copper nail paint to color the beads around the gem to give it a rust gold finish.6Step 4:   To add a glossy spark to the overall look I applied two coats of a shimmer nail paint.7

NOTE:

  1. Avoid using acrylic paints to color accessories as nail paints tend to be fuss free and it doesn’t make a mess since the brush is already available in the bottle.
  2. When you opt to paint your jewelry piece go for bright colors and not dull ones.
  3. Opt for a matte nail paint for the base and  a glossy coating for the finishing touches.

8Step 5:  Let the nail paint dry completely, it will hardly take some time (5-10 minutes) and then you can show it off with any outfit you choose to wear.9

I hope you guys enjoyed this post and feel free to send me pictures of your DIY jewelry pieces on liv3modish@gmail.com

XOXO Kreena

Cold Curls

Have you ever wanted curly/wavy hair but were too afraid of the hot irons and hair sprays that would damage your hair? Personally I  get sick of things too easily, and I wanted to come up with a new way to curl my straight hair, so I tried this:

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Follow these steps and get beautiful wavy hair without using any curling irons, curlers, or hair sprays.

Step 1: Divide your hair in three vertical sections. Start with 1.5 inch of hair from each side of your middle partition and go all the way to the back of your neck. I didn’t braid my bangs and left them out because I didn’t want wavy hair sticking out on the top of my head..

P.S. If you want really tiny waves, then make a few more vertical partitions and if you want loose waves then just opt for two partitions.

Step 2: Secure those three partitions with a tight rubber band. Make sure that the rubber bands are tightly tied or else your pony tail with droop down after the next step.

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Step 3: Dampen your hair with water – you can either spray some water from a spraying bottle or just bend and twist your neck in the sink and manage to get your hair wet (Like I did.. LOL). This step is important because as your hair dries it will mold in to the shape that it is bent or twisted in.

Step 4: Now unsecure one partition and french braid it. Start with the middle partition ONLY after the side partitions are braided to avoid getting your hair out of place.

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Step 5: After you have braided your hair, let it stay for a good 10-12 hours. The longer you keep the braids the longer the waves will stay in place. You can do this early in the morning if you want these waves for a night out or you can do them at night and sleep with it (it’s not that uncomfortable) if you want it for the day.

Step 6: Untie the braids gently and very lightly after getting ready. You can make use of your straight bangs and keep it to the side or clip it up in the middle for extra volume. This should be the last thing you do before you step out of your house to avoid messing your hair up while getting ready.

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I know some of you ladies may not know how to french braid your own hair, so here is a video tutorial that will help you do that.

This was my very first vlog (video blog) and I hope you guys enjoyed it. : )

-XOXO Kreena

Stitch In Time

Recently I got my own sewing machine which enabled me to pursue my love for altering and making my own clothes. I purchased this detailed floral printed fabric and thought of the various things I could do with the material. After some serious deliberation with myself I got the urge of creating a high waist-ed skirt. This was followed by watching tons of “how to stitch a skirt” videos on YouTube, and voila I was finally getting down to biness.

This is how I stitched the high waist-ed skirt:

  1. I made tiny pleats on one side of the fabric and stitched it in a straight line.
  2. I made a one inch belt – half of canvas (for the stiffness) in the front and the other half of elastic in the back.
  3. I attached the belt and the pleated fabric together and then added a zip along with a hook on one side and stitched that side together.
  4. I finally hemmed the bottom of the skirt and ta-da my skirt was good to go. 

P.S. you don’t need a sewing machine to stitch this, hand stitch will work as well.

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Tank top – Forever 21, Necklace/Ring – Hill Road, Bag – Dubai, Shoes – Sirens.

As I always say, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to create a pretty outfit. A little bit of talent, creativity, and hard work will help you to get the job done easily.

P.S. Don’t let your neighbors and family friends find out you own a sewing machine, you might just spend all your time altering clothes for them, trust me!

-XOXO Kreena

Happy Diwali

Living in a cosmopolitan city like Mumbai has a few advantages. In essence Mumbaikars have convenient access to tailors, embroiders, or a master at every nook and corner of a street. So I decided to use some of these advantages this Diwali season by making myself an outfit. With the help of my very dear fashion designer friend, we went to a fabric shop and got:

  • 5 meters of pink georgette
  • 2 meters of yellow net
  • 5 meters of yellow satin lace
  • 9 meters of pink lace
  • 18 meters of yellow and purple lace (As seen bellow)

Once I got all the materials, I headed over to a tailor and gave him a rough sketch of what I wanted. He took my measurements and stitched the dress accordingly to my preference. Everything needed to be perfect- the sleeves, neckline, back and length. I opted for full sleeves, semi-low back, a simple neck line, three quarter length, anarkali styled top along with a net dupatta and fitted churidar.

Get creative and start making your own outfits, if you have the required services provided to you. The major plus point of designing your own garments as I continue to repeat the mantra- live modish without breaking the bank, it will cost you half of what you would pay at a designer store. There mite be bumps along the way and perhaps you mite not be ecstatic with the way the final product turned out, regardless you’ll learn from your mistakes and will tweak whatever minor errors you mite have incurred the first time around.

Email me pictures of the outfits you have created and I will love to feature you on my blog.
Have a safe and festive season and Happy Diwali to you and your family.

-XOXO Kreena.