Aarti Thaal

A friend wanted to make something special for her cousin’s wedding. We came up with the aarti thaal… Completely DIY. See for yourself…



A close-up πŸ™‚


Hope friend’s cousin likes this.

Now back to work for exhibition πŸ™‚


~ Sakhi

Wreck This Journal: My Version

I saw this super cool journal online: “Wreck This Journal” by Keri Smith. I liked it so much that I wanted it but did not want to buy it, instead I went ahead and made one for myself and a friend. Have a look…


I started with this ordinary notebook from Classmate with plain pages


I decoupaged the front and the back cover pages with the pieces of newspaper (arrow is to show decoupage)


I painted even the inner cover pages (back and front) with acrylic colours (arrow to show the painted page)


These are just the sample pages of the journal. I have used some of the ideas from the original journal but I din’t like a lot of them too. So came up with my own version. It was tough to do that but was fun too πŸ™‚


This is the back cover page, decoupaged πŸ™‚ And even though this journal was suppose to be for me and a friend, I couldn’t help but put my trademark there. Looks so professional, hun?? πŸ˜‰

It took me almost a week to complete both these journals. I posted one to my friend today morning. Hope she likes it. I will have to make one for myself again since Cub liked mine so much that she flicked it away… πŸ˜€

Hope both the girls enjoy journalling and let themselves free with imagination.



Orange Peel Scrub

Recently I had made Olive oil and herbs hand and foot scrub. You can check it here.Β  Cub simply loved it and so did I. We finished it and now were in need of a new batch. Then I felt, since it is summer, it would be great to have a citrus flavoured scrub. So I used orange peel, dried in the summer sun, ground it and made a super smelling scrub.


Orange peel – dried and grounded (About 1 table spoons)

Sugar (about 3 Table Spoons)

Olive oil (As needed)

Super easy Method:

Mix the grounded orange peel and sugar together. Add olive oil to it to make a lump. (I needed three tea spoons of it). Again mix properly and voila! it is ready. πŸ™‚Β  πŸ™‚

I used it today and loved the experience. Yummy, heady orange smell … and my skin was super smooth too!

Hope you like it too. Enjoy! πŸ™‚



P.S. I wanted to gift this to my friend but she said she is allergic to orange peel. (hence, I made another one for her without orange peel.) Please check before using this (or any other products) that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients used.



Pamper yourselves ladies…

Today is 8th March and it is celebrated as International Woman’s Day around the world. Though I feel personally that everyday is a woman’s day, today is special for a lot of ladies. So I thought why not make something which we can use to pamper ourselves πŸ™‚ Yesterday when I was blog-hopping I came across SeaSamAmb’s olive oil hand scrub tutorial and I decided to give it a try too.

Ingredients I used:

Sugar (3 tb spoons full)

Olive Oil (enough to mix with sugar but not to saturate it)

Various Dried Herbs of your choice (I used Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Celery; a big pinch each)

Essential Oil of your choice (I used Lavender Oil, a few drops)

Other things needed:

A table spoon (to measure sugar)

A big bowl (to mix the ingredients)

A small bowl (to mix various herbs to make it ready for use)

A dropper (to measure essential oil)

Readied Ingredients to make the scrub πŸ™‚

Now the Procedure:

Procedure is fairly simple and quick. Take the sugar in a bowl, mix the dried herbs in it, put a few drops of your favourite essential oil (you can skip this if Β you do not want your scrub to be scented, the herbs have their own natural fragrance too) and pour olive oil into this mixture. Make sure that you pour the oil slowly so that your scrub is not runny. The oil should just be enough to turn this mixture in a lumpy texture.

Super cool, amazing scented hand and foot scrub is ready!

Now the packaging πŸ™‚

Gift packed

I not only packed it for me, but I gift packed some for one of my friends on woman’s dayΒ occasion. The flowers you see there are handmade from crepe paper and are tied to the threads of the jar.

Final pack to be gifted:

I finally made a paper bag from news paper and placed my gift in it for my friend.

I used this scrub just after I made it and it is amazing, made my hands softer and awesome smelling too πŸ™‚

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed making it πŸ™‚

“Happy Woman’s Day” to all the amazing ladies out there πŸ™‚



P.S. My friend loved the gift and her smile made my day too πŸ™‚

P.S.S. You can use this as a body scrub or facial scrub too but since olive oil is quite oily you might not feel like using it on face especially in hot, humid weather (it’s too hot here in India already!)