Monday, October 24, 2016

Diwali Felt Board

This is what our Diwali felt board looks like at this time of the year.  The hearts with numbers on it are for 30 days of gratitude in November, so they will be up on our board whenever Diwali falls in that month.

The kids love to "light" the felt lamps with the felt flames for each day of Diwali.

For links to my Indian play food tutorials, click here.
For the tutorials for the felt gods and goddesses and more, click here.

My middle grade debut, AHIMSA, comes out in Fall 2018
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

DIY Diwali Presents

Indian peg dolls

With Diwali just a few days away, I thought I'd compile a list of some of the Indian-themed DIY toys I have made. Over the past two years I have made Diwali cards, Diwali-themed snacks, a Diwali bunting, Indian money, play mats, toys based on mythology and Indian play food. So here it is, the great big list of Indian toys, and stay tuned for more Indian-themed toys in the future, including a Diwali felt board, and a peacock peg doll, a lotus peg doll, and a henna peg doll:

1.) Diwali Bunting

2.) Diwali Lamp Snack

3.) Diwali Cards 1 and Diwali Cards 2

4.) Indian Card Table Fort

5.) Felt Rupees

6.) Indian Play Mat

7.) Felt Ganesh

8.) Felt Ram

9.) Felt Sita

10.) Felt Ravan

11.) Felt Hanuman

12.) Felt Lakshman

13.) Felt Lakshmi

14.) Felt Parvati

15.) Felt Shiva

16.) Felt Kartikeya

17.) Felt Dosa

18.) Felt Idli Sambar

19.) Felt Samosa

20.) Indian Playfood: Roti, Mattar Paneer, and a samosa

21.) Story Stones

22.) Reusable Gift Bags and Gift Wrap Made From Indian Clothes

23.) Felt Tea Bags

24.) Indian Astronaut on a Space-Themed Card Table Fort

25.) Doctor's Kit/Vet's Kit With Ayurvedic Medicine

And here are some crafts:

1.) Fall Leaf and Lentil Rangoli Designs

2.) Tegu Peacock

Stay tuned for more fun crafts and DIY toys!

Supriya Kelkar is a Bollywood screenwriter whose debut middle grade novel AHIMSA will be published by Tu Books in 2018.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Upcycle an Old Cotton Shirt into a Toy Chicken

I used felt scraps and what was left of the same cotton shirt I made into a pizza to make a couple of chickens.  Remember, I don't use clothes that are wrinkle-free, no-iron or treated with antibacterials/Microban/antimicrobials. To see the reasons why and where else these chemicals can be found, click above to read my earlier posts on the subject.

I turned the shirt inside out and drew my chicken's outline on it with a ballpoint pen. I then sewed about half an inch outside of the outline, leaving a little gap open to stuff the chicken.

I then turned it back the right side out, and cut out my felt shapes.

I sewed them on, stuffed the chicken with cotton scraps and drew two eyeballs on with a Sharpie Stained fabric pen and my chicken was done!

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Outer Space Card Table Fort Panel #3

Last year I showed you how I made the following panels for my card table fort:

Our solar system


For the third panel, I decided to make some aliens and planets.  I cut shapes out of the felt I had, and am not crazy about the color scheme but I guess the colors work together.  There were so many individual pieces that I had to hand sew on, this panel definitely led to some major felt fatigue.

I first laid out my pieces to find out the best orientation for everything.

I then sewed everything on over the course of a few days and used a Sharpie Stained fabric pen to add faces to my aliens and some craters to the moon.

Check back here for the last panel of my space tent!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

My Middle Grade Novel Debut!

I'm thrilled to announce that I won the New Visions Award for my Middle Grade novel, AHIMSA. It will be published by Tu Books in Fall of 2018!

You can see the announcement here:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Upcycle Old Cotton Shirts Into a Play-Food Pizza

After seeing how much fun my kids had with an entire pretend pizza in a play kitchen at a Hands On Museum, I decided to make one for home. I turned two old cotton t-shirts into the pizza. Remember, I don't use clothes that are wrinkle-free, no-iron or treated with antibacterials/Microban/antimicrobials. To see the reasons why and where else these chemicals can be found, click above to read my earlier posts on the subject.

I started with some old shirts. I cut two circles out of the yellow and beige shirt to be my dough and one out of the red shirt to be the sauce.

I turned the dough circles inside out and sewed the two circles together, leaving an opening. I then stuffed it with other parts of the shirt and sewed it shut.

I cut out some yellow stripes from what was left of the shirt to be cheese.

I used old toppings from the pizza slices I had made a few years earlier, and the play food pizza was done!

To see some of my older play food tutorials, see the links below:

  1. Masala Dosa
  2. Idli Sambar
  3. Tacos
  4. Bowtie Pasta and Chef's Hats
  5. Pizza
  6. Sandwich
  7. Produce Stand
  8. Tea
  9. Indian food
  10. Another samosa

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Clean Eating Dinosaur-themed Snacks

Here are a couple of healthy snacks I made for Dinosaur Week at our house.

Using a pear, persimmon, and celery, I made a stegosaurus, grass and a tree. Sometimes when I make this snack, if I am not serving any other protein in the meal, I will use pumpkin or sunflower seeds for the spikes.

For the brachiosaurus, I usually make clouds out of yogurt or cottage cheese. The body is made from a pear with a small bit of blackberry for her eye. And pomegranate and blackberries help make the trees.

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