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Recycled and....

turned into...

The pretty flower material is a dress I got from a sale, the tie dye fabric is a scarf with that I found at the thrift store.


... buttons are from a church rummage sale ....


Lastly few items that I found while browsing through thrift stores   :)

Lemon bowl was 0.99cents, love everything about it and lemon/lime will look pretty in that.

tea cup and the saucer was so danity that I could not resist, was $5

This vintage looking jacket was $8. It has a tag belonging to a french boutique [Rene Durhey], which I checked on the internet. While, I do not know about the authenticity, I do like the detail work and the colours.

Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,


  1. Another beautiful project! Love the little purses, and the way you appliqued the flower fabric ... so creative :) The thrifted coat looks like something you may have embellished yourself ... such rich fabric too. You've been one busy soul lately! Enjoy the rest of your week Gaia :) Wendy

    1. Thank you Wendy. I like experimenting to see what I can come with bargain items I find around. I too like the coat a lot, I haven't had much luck finding interesting pieces but when I do, am too happy, I want to show them off :)

  2. cute little purses you have made here and see you had a great shopping spree.

  3. You had fun to catch those items - I can believe. I am a hunter of such things, too. The time will come in May when every French village has its own marché-aux-puces. I knew you would like the watchdog! thank you for visiting.


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Kantha Work

Lotus Pond

Another kantha embroidery piece I just completed. I used three layers of white voile, tacked in place and drew the pattern.

To create rippling effect of water,I used two different shades of blue and a purple and did them in a kind of an overlapped shells to match the lotus leaf. Also, added yellow at the top to represent sunshine.

The bottom of the pond is in a shade of aqua.

The finished piece is about 8x14 inches and it took about two months.
Do you like my imaginary pond?

xxx, Gaia 

A Saree Quilt

Saree- six yards of cloth draped around the body in various styles are worn by many woman from the south asian region. They come in various textures, patterns, and all and more colours one can imagine.
My grand mother who's in her 90's still wears saree everyday at home. My mother wears mostly when she goes to the city or on special occasions such as weddings etc. Many women in my family wear it in a style known as Kandyan [also known as osariya]. Cotton sarees are very common for daily wear. Saree is usually worn with a jacket and a slip.

If you go here you can read and see some pictures of various styles of draping.

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Kantha Work - first attempt

This is my contemporary take on this ancient form of folk art.It roots are from the Indian state of West Bengal and Bangladesh.  This wikipedia page provides some detailed information and also has links to read and see some very rare and unique work. 

I got interested after seeing some cushion covers that my brother brought home after visiting one of the kantha making villages in Bangladesh. He explained as to how the women were sewing. I wanted to learn more about this, so I searched the web for Indian embroidery methods and patterns. 
I used three layers of white voile; first tacked them in place and drew the pattern [which I had sketched previously] using freehand, as it is said to have done in the past. This results the work having more of an asymmetrical look. Well, I do not know how much my design have such a look.

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