Thursday, January 30, 2014

Small modifications Big impact

It is almost February, we already completed one month in new year.  Time flies.  

I hope you are all having a wonderful week.  We are having **weird** weather in southern California.  It feels like winter gave us a miss.  Haven't used many of my winter apparel this year.  

One of our dear friend's daughter's engagement party is fast approaching. My younger daughter decided to wear her one of Anarkali Suits.  Older one is yet to decide.

The back tie came with a boring tassel.  Ready made suits some times come like that.  I like it like that as it gives me an opportunity to experiment.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Whats blooming in the garden - part 2.

Last time I talked about how my succulents are blooming this year in this post here.

I started collecting orchids 2 years ago.  This year has been good for my orchids as well.  ** Knock on wood **  as last year none of them bloomed.  I was hearing conflicting advice and also how some people thought they were pretty easy to take care of and some thought they really need to be babied.

All in all, I have made some progress after killing 3 orchids most of them have survived and my collection has gone up to some 15+ plants.

Here is the blooms.


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Burlap Message Board

One of the long term goals of 2014 is to DE clutter the house as much as possible. 

Our office room at home is not just an office room,  Its partially a library too. We also share the office room.  I was in need of a message board to all the users of that work area can pin what they need and clean up once they r done using.  So the table will not be cluttered.  At least I am (secretly) hoping it won't cluttered.

I purchased a message board.  This burlap was in Xmas clearance at Wal-Mart.  I couldn't pass that up.   I already had the cork sheet which I had used for a project I had done a couple of years ago. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Whats blooming in the garden?

We are having unusual weather in southern California these days.  It is not feeling like winter at all.  I am not complaining about the weather at all.  I am quite enjoying this weather which means we can use the outdoors.  We are having what you call a sweater weather. 

My garden both in the front yard and backyard, I have quite a collection of succulents in the containers.    I noticed some of them were blooming.

 I have had some of these for 3-4 years now and I have never seen them bloom,  I am very happy to see the blooms but it also worries me , I will get to that later.

The one below you see I have had for 6 years.  As per my husband its the most neglected plant but I say its the most drought resistant plant.   Haha...............................

Its such a pretty color on the bloom

My Japanese magnolia in front yard is blooming too.  It is a month early.  I wish you could smell them through the picture.   They smell divine.

I have a few in the backyard as well.  Some are in bloom and some are getting ready.   

I hope you are having a wonderful week.

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Easy decor idea - Guest post

My SIL R again comes up with a brilliant easy d├ęcor idea.

This requires a nice piece of cloth like below.  Kalamkari or old scarfs which have interesting designs are a good choice for this.

You can use any frame you have laying around the house.  Don't we all have unused photo frames in the closet or garage some place.  I do too.

Don't they look fabulous?  Enjoy the pictures and post comments.  We love hearing from you.

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

Jewelry Organizer

Happy new year folks  May this 2014 bring you lots of happiness and peace.  May this year provide new beginnings and lots of success in what ever your heart desires.

I hope you had a relaxing and fun holidays.  I did have a fun and relaxing holidays.  I relaxed and did some small projects around the house.  We did have few house guests and we had lots of fun with dinners with friends.  Isn't that what the season is about??

Today you get to see one of my projects.  You already saw the picture frame and Wine bottle lamp I did for the guest room.

I made a jewelry organizer for my younger daughter's room.  I had an old frame for the past 5+ years.  I think one of my cousin left it behind when she moved to India.  It was from one of those calendars.  I could never bring myself to throw that away. 

This is what I came up with for that frame.

The hard wooden board backing was carefully removed from the frame so it could be reused.  I already had the cork roll and I pasted that cork role to that hard wooden board.  I bought the burlap from Joann's for $1.34.  This is what the end product looks like.

I attached hooks to hang the long necklaces or bracelets.

Wire to hang the earrings.

It is now mounted in my daughter's room.  How do you like it?  I would love t hear from you.

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