Wah Taj!

It was hubby’s birthday a few days back and I was a little confused as to what to gift him. Then a brilliant (!) idea struck me and I bought him 500 pieces Jigsaw puzzle (I wanted to buy 1000 pieces one, but sadly that store did not have it!! 😦  ). Dear hubby worked on it laboriously for almost four day (minus a few hours, hee hee…) and could accomplish the task.

Symbol of love was completed with a lot of labour of love πŸ™‚


“Happy Children’s Day” to Cub

Today, i.e. 14th November, is celebrated as “Children’s Day” in India. When I woke cub up today morning, she was a little upset with me as I forgot to wish her. So I made something for her out of up-cycled paper. hope she likes it.

Happy Children's Day, Cub

Handmade paper – tutorial

Today I and cub had some time and also had my neice over, so we thought to make some handmade paper sheets from newspapers. Let’s see how we made it.

Materials used:

  1. Old news papers
  2. Half bucket full of water (to soak paper shreds)
  3. Paper masher or mixer grinder (to make paper pulp)
  4. Deckel
  5. Roller (to flatten the sheets)
  6. Old bed sheet or towel (to dry sheets on)
  7. Some extra newspapers (to keep the sheets in between to flatten them)


We started with shredding the newspapers into small pieces and then soaking them in water for three hours. Once the paper pieces were soft, we mashed them to pulp in the paper masher. You can use mixer grinder for the same purpose (I use paper masher as it doesn’t require electricity and hence, children can use them on their own without adult supervision).

After we pulped the paper, we made thin layer of this pulp on the deckle net and let the extra water drip out. We also decorated these sheets with flowers and leaves before pressing the sheets.

Once done, we put the sheets under the roller to squeez out excess water. Then these sheets were placed on old bath towel to dry them further. Once they were dry enough, we placed them between other newspaper sheets and put heavy books on top of it to flatten the sheets out.

What say guys, you like the end product?

These sheets can be used as greeting card or as keepsake or memorablia πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoyed this tutorial πŸ™‚



Dining Ware – 3

Going ahead with dining ware series[Dining ware -1 and Dining ware – 2] (as if I am so regular!! πŸ˜‰Β  ), let me put some more napkins on display…

This one is done on linen material with machine…

The next one is done on cotton material with hand embroidery with golden border…

And the last one for today’s post is orgenza material with stick on embroidered white flower and white lace…

That’s all for now guys. Do let me know which one you like the best.


Dining Ware – 2

Carrying forward what I started with Dining Ware-1, now I am showcasing another set of table napkins. The material I used was organdy with lace edges…

Check another view…

I liked this colour a lot so also did some in square…

I still like the round ones better. What say guys? πŸ™‚

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meterβ„’ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 16 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 63 posts. There were 50 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 52mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 5th with 379 views. The most popular post that day was Lakshmi Pooja.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were blogandsoul.com, facebook.com, laghukatha0shortstories.wordpress.com, voiceofindians.sulekha.com, and google.co.in.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for indian art, india art, lakshmi pooja, diwali festival, and lakshmi puja.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Lakshmi Pooja October 2008


Mehendi (henna) October 2008


Silk Painting – Tutorial November 2008


Pinhole scope/camera – Tutorial September 2008


Tiny hands with art October 2009