Lord Krishna’s feet – DIY for Janmasthami

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Are you looking for last minute Krishnasthami/Janmashtami projects?

Here is a tutorial that is super easy and quick to DIY lord Krishna’s feet for this year celebrations.

Traditionally, to draw the feet – rice batter is used (either rice soaked and grinded or adding water to rice flour). It is usually hand drawn. However, if you are living outside India most of homes have carpet and it might be difficult to have it in traditional way.

Also, to make it colorful and get festive feel these foam Lord’s feet or kundan feet rangoli are best alternative.

Well, this is a last minute project for me too…;-) Yesterday in my visit to Dollar Tree – I found these cute feet shaped foam cutouts. It comes in multiple colors and ofocurse blue is perfect color for this occasion.I couldn’t resist to make it and share it with you all😀

The other supplies you need are school glue, fancy rhinestones/beads/kundans.

Step 1 : Add some basic school glue all along the outline of the foam feet cutout

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Step 2: Here I added a bead ball chain and for toes a matching or contrasting glitter foam and cut into small dots and glue it. Another way is to add some fancy lace and beads. Let the glue dry.
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Step 3: Add any additional embellishments to make Lord’s feet cute and festive.

You can also use these feet as floor rangoli like here


All I added was a flute with multiple color glitter foam sheets.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and lastly, here is a picture of my handmade Krishna in Tulasi vanam from last year (2015).

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HAPPY JANMASTAMI !!

Ganesha Door Hanging/Wreath

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Ganesh Pooja/Chaturthi is fast approaching and I am sure all of us are getting ready to celebrate the festival with full gusto.

It is one of the biggest Hindu festivals of India and personally my favorite one and I don’t miss a chance in making it special every year :-) So, when it comes to decorations all of us want to have something new every year and if you are in India it is easy to go shop for festive decorations.

Staying abroad, it may not be easy…so, why not make one by yourself.

Here is an easy and quick project that you can make with very few supplies.

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This is just not a wreath or door hanging but can be used as wall decor or even prayer/puja room decorations.

Lets see what you need :

Cardboard piece (round shape)

Glitter foam sheets  from Hobby Lobby/dollar store

Scissors (foam/fine tip preferably)

cardstock or scrapbook paper

Ganesha silhouette printed on A4

Glue, carbon/transfer paper, glue gun, fancy ribbon

Step 1: Pick an image of Ganesha silhouette and flip it (mirror image). Flipping the image is necessary because when you stencil the ganesha image on to the foam sheet you will be doing on the wrong side(non-glitter) of the sheet.

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Step 2: Use a carbon/transfer paper and transfer the image on to the wrong side of the glitter sheet

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Step 3: Using fine tip scissors or foam scissors cut the foam pieces 

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Step 4: Cover the cardboard piece with matching cardstock/scrapbook paper and glue the ganesha foam pieces and add a string to hang it. I made this for last year Diwali so I  glued some foam diya cut-outs around the wreath base. 

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And you have a cute wreath/wall decor ready to use. This can be used for any festival or auspicious occasions.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial.

For other wreath tutorials click here , here  and here

Cheers.

Humming Bird Feeder!

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Spring is here….

I am absolutely loving Arizona’s spring weather, trying to spend as much time outside biking, walk in our neighborhood and very soon we are going to have a brand new backyard designed by S. We are super excited and can’t wait to see how beautiful it is going to be❤

Well, my most favorite part of spring is the flight of humming birds. It amazes me the way they fly up, down, forward, backward and sideways. They move their wings more like a buzzing insect and you can feel them.

Here are some pictures from our backyard:-)

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They visit 4-5 times a day – one piercing on the flowering pear tree, other on the feeder and 2 little ones chasing each other.

Hummingbirds get the energy they need to maintain their astonishing metabolism primarily from flower nectar and the sugar water they find at feeders and here is the recipe if you want to attract some into your yard.

Humming Bird Feeder

Sugar – 1/4 cup (Only White)

Water -1 cup tap/natural

The ratio of sugar to water is – 1 portion of sugar +4 portions of water

Take 1 cup of water and add 1/4 cup of sugar and dissolve. Fill the feeder and hang it in on a tree or next to flower pots.

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And enjoy the birds visiting your garden.

Happy Spring!

Personalized wine glasses!

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Pinterest has lot of etching glass projects and they looked pretty easy. However, I was always apprehensive and never thought about it until last December I was looking for personalized wine glasses.

Then, thought it would be fun to DIY them for our 5th wedding anniversary and open the wine we got on our wedding year (2010).

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Yayy, I am  so glad to attempt it and was very happy with the results. Here it how they look after etching our initials:-)

These are quick and adorable for wedding or christmas gifts too. There are multiple tutorials available on Pinterest – however, here is my version.

Supplies needed :

Wine Glasses – mine from Dollar tree

Self-Adhesive Contact Paper/shelf liner – Dollar tree

Etching cream – Craft store

Popsicle stick or plastic spoon

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Pick glasses of your choice. Since it is the first time using etching cream, I decided to go with dollar store wine glasses. Clean and dry before use.

Then on the contact paper I have handwritten our initials ‘S’ n ‘P’ and cut them using Xacto knife.

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Make sure you use a self adhesive vinyl/sticker because you don’t want the stencil to move around while applying the etching cream.

Since the surface of the glass is curvy, find the right spot , peel off the paper and stick the initials.  To create a border for the letter I used masking tape like shown below

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Now comes the etching part. Use a popsicle stick/plastic spoon/foam brush and apply a generous layer of etching cream. Make sure you leave extra tape as the glass is curvy they tend to run.

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Let it sit 10-12 minutes.  Then rinse it throughly under cool running water.

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And once dry peel off the vinyl and all I am left to say is “cheers”

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You can etch so many cute things with different patterns. Say it from simple initials to names to complex designs using stencils:-)

Have you tried glass etching or did some etching projects?

Polymer Clay Dancing Couple!

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Creating new dolls every year for golu/doll display is totally a joyful experience. And today I am going to share one such doll made out of polymer clay for this year display (Sankranthi – Jan 2016)

IMG_1016The structure of the doll is inspired from Channapatna wood toys.

The pieces are molded individually with Sculpey white polymer clay and added them using toothpicks. Then, baked for almost an hour as per package instructions.

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And this is how it looked, don’t worry on overcooking/burning the piece because it going to get nice coat of paint and details.

Once you have the structure ready, pick some acrylic paints and color it the way you want! Since it is for a traditional display I picked bright colors and painted the dolls to look more Indian.:-)

And Tadahh…….

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Just to make sure it stands firmly, glued it on to a painted plywood base from Hobby Lobby.

Cheers!

Tip Thursday – Sparkling Silver

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All of us have silver things at home and most of us do not use them everyday.  Indian households have silver stuff that are very specific to certain festivals. After the occasion, you will never get a chance to use until next year. Even after wrapping them carefully they tend to tarnish and darken over time.

And it is usually not easy to remove the tarnish and get the original shine.

So, in my TIP Thursday series I have an easy and very inexpensive way to bring back the sparkle.

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Lets see what you need :

A big bowl ( spacious enough to immerse the silver thing)

Baking Powder

Aluminium foil sheet

Warm Water

Step 1: Fill the container with warm water and add a full spoon of baking soda. Mix until it dissolves and immerse a sheet of aluminum foil.

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Step 2: Now immerse the tarnished silver object. Since foil is light weight it floats but don’t worry let it sit in the baking powder water mix.

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Step 3: You will see the color of water changing to grey. It means it is working and silver object is ready to shine. It took close to 25 mins for a heavy tarnished object.

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Take it out and gently buff it with a cloth and wash throughly under running water.

That’s it you have it ready sparkling and looks almost new.

Isn’t that cheap and super effective way to remove the tarnish.

Cheers!

Valentine’s Day Craft & Free Printables

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Hey it is February and Valentine day is just around the corner. Isn’t it fun to DIY a gift rather buying from store!

Today, I am going to share a DIY project for your kid using these free Valentine’s Day printable. They also come handy if you have to send some to their school😀

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These free printables are shared by Angela Gomez, and I can’t thank her enough for sharing it right on time:-)

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Aren’t they cute! Ah.. let me tell you, labels are easy way to celebrate and kids will throughly enjoy receiving such a lovely treat!

Putting them together is super easy and quick. Print the labels ( click on free printables). I printed mine on regular card stock (used inkjet printer). You can also print on regular paper.

And, picked some little gifts from dollar tree.

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One of the ways is to pack the treats in a ziplock bag and add the label as a topper. Print the label and cut double the label size and fold it half length-wise like shown below. Staple it on the top of the ziplock.

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The other way is take the print of the label and cut aprox 2-3 inches and stick in the markers.

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That’s it you have it ready and these free printables tie in perfectly with any kind of gifts!

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial !

Last day of the challenge!

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Hi Friends,

Today is the 3rd and last day of the 3-day quote challenge and my favorite quote for the day is:

 

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And today I nominate –

http://rangdecor.blogspot.com – an awesome place for home decor ideas using popular Indian crafts

http://creativeartncraft.blogspot.com – if you are itching to craft, this place can be a great inspiration

http://zestysouthindiankitchen.com/recipe-index – Yummilicous Recipes

Rules for the challenge:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone or anything.
  • On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.

Cheers!

Festive Foam Wall Decal!

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Using glitter foam sheets for Indian festival decor is the most easy, quick and cheapest option. Specially, if you are like me who always crave for new decorations😉

Well, today I am going to share a very budget-friendly project with foam sheets that can instantly add a cultural feel.

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Don’t they look pretty?? And the total cost of the project is $2 (scissors already on hand)

Material required to make these –

2 Glitter foam sheets from Hobby Lobby – 99c per sheet

Foam Scissors or Micro Serrated Scissors (Optional)

Image of your choice – the one I used is here:-)

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 Step 1  Crop the 2 elephants and take prints on regular A4 sheet

Step 2 – Trace the image on to the wrong side of the foam sheet. Best thing about foam is if you trace it hard, it will leave marks and makes it easy to cut the desired shape.

Step 3 – Cut the traced pieces using a sharp scissors or foam scissors(surrogated scissors)

Step 4 – Use a small piece of painters/masking tape on each piece of foam sheet.

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That’s it – Glue the pieces referring the image.  Using a right color foam sheet ( based on the wall paint color) gives it a beautiful look:-)

Isn’t that easy and quick.

And comes 2nd day of the challenge and my favorite quoteScreen Shot 2016-01-30 at 9.47.05 PM

And the nominees for the day are:

http://www.pinkstripeysocks.com – has some awesome kids crafts

http://cookingwithawallflower.com – for some delicious recipes

https://sewkatiedid.wordpress.com – get inspired to sew

Rules for the challenge:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone or anything.
  • On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and don’t forget to leave your thoughts:-)

Preciosa Chilli Beads necklace!

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When you are into multiple crafts revisiting a neglected area is always refreshing:-) One such thing for me is jewelry making !!

I have been waiting for a right project and coudln’t wait to take up when I saw these beautiful Preciosa Chilli Beads. I absolutely love the range of colors.

After some search I found an easy tutorial on youtube. With little changes this beautiful necklace is ready:-)

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Isn’t that pretty! It has an antique finish and most important it goes well on Indian pattu/silk sarees.

Here is the tutorial –

For necklace you need 100 preciosa chill beads – 2 packs ( 50 beads per pack )

Color I used – California Gold Rush

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It is my new favorite and can’t wait to make more of this kind:-)

Before I end the tutorial, I want to thank michellemaya2005.wordpress.com

(https://michellemaya2005.wordpress.com) for nominating me for the 3-day quote challenge:-)

Rules for the challenge:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Share one new quote on three consecutive days on your blog. They can be from anywhere, anyone or anything.
  • On each of the three days, nominate three more bloggers to carry on with the fun! No pressure; nominees are free to decline.

My favorite quote is –

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And my nominees are –

foodoyee.blogspot.com – Please do visit for some yummy Indian recipes

Crafy Angels – Please do visit for some fun home decor projects/crafts

http://shilpakari.blogspot.com – Please do visit for some DIY projects and crafts

Cheers!