2017 · Christmas · DIY · For Home

Christmas Decor

This year for Christmas, we decided to go with “white and gold” theme.

Hobby Lobby has a great selection of Christmas decor items in a plethora of color choices! Best part is, there is currently 50% off on all the Christmas decor!

Michaels also currently has around 70% off on all the Christmas decor items including wreath, garlands, ribbons, ornaments etc.

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2017 · For Home · Winter

DIY Hot Cocoa & Coffee Bar

I have never been a coffee drinker all my life. But, until recently, when I tasted Starbucks’ Holiday Blend Coffee! I started developing a liking towards coffee and ended up buying different Starbucks coffee flavors like: Holiday Blend, Peppermint mocha and Caramel flavored coffee powders from Target.

Having spent several hours on YouTube on “how to design my own coffee bar”, I made several trips to Target, Hobby Lobby & Dollar tree and gathered all the coffee bar essentials: coffee mugs, coffee mugs stand, canisters, cake stand, Hot Cocoa mix, marshmallow, candy canes, coffee stirrers et al.

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2017 · DIY · For Home

Project Kitchen – Painting

Being DIY fanatics,we had this plan of changing the interior wall paint of our kitchen from dark yellow to something brighter. We decided to accomplish this long-waited project, this Saturday!

After 3 hours of taping & 5 hours of painting two coats of paint, our kitchen looks more elegant now!

Materials used:

– Paint brushes

– Rollers

– Plastic sheets

– Paint tray

– Paint: Sherwin Williams – Greek Lane – 1 gallon from Lowe’s

– Painters tape

– Spackling compound – for filling the holes

– Sanding block- for smoothing the walls

– Putty knife

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Painting

My Experiments with Canvas Painting

IMG_7429-0.JPGToday being “Black Friday” (the day after Thanksgiving”), P & I had a day off from work. Instead of hitting famous malls and standing in crazy beeline queues to shop until we dropped, we decided to do something fun and relaxing!
We bought acrylic paints, different sizes of brushes and Canvases from Michaels and began to paint.
P chose to paint “Cherry Blossoms”
I chose “Gerbara Daisy”.
The experience was so rejuvenating and fulfilling!

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Handbags & Purses · SEWING

Monogram Tote

Monogram Totes
Monogram Totes

Tried my hand at sewing a “Mongram Tote” and ended up making two – one for my mom, the other for my mother-in-law!

You can find easy and great tutorials on Pinterest, crafts blogs and YouTube.

I found one on Pinterest!

Here’s is how I did it!

Materials Needed:

1/2 yard of outer fabric. I used Duck fabric for sturdiness.

1 yard of inner fabric.I used Duck fabric for sturdiness.

Fusible fleece

Monogram letters

Bow (optional)

Ribbon (Optional)

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Home Decor · SEWING

Pillow Sham

 Pillow Sham
Pillow Sham

Pillow Shams are beautiful and easy to use. Anytime, you can just remove,  put them to wash, change them according to your new furniture, etc. They are also easier to sew. Having bought a new sew machine, I had a penchant to learn sewing. It is always fun to sew your own clothes, handbags,purses, home decor and various other accessories. Pinterest, YouTube and numerous blogs available on the internet helped me to create this very FIRST Sewing Project of mine! 🙂

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DIY · Furniture

DIY Garden Bench

An outdoor garden bench adds beauty to our backyard or lawn. It is also a great way to spend a relaxing evening.final

P had this long urge to build furniture and bought the necessary materials from Lowe’s and built an amazing ‘garden bench’ in just 4 hours!! Man, I am impressed! 🙂 Bench weighs 200 pounds.

Materials Needed:

2×4 – 8 qty

2×6 – 1 qty

Drill

Outdoor decking screws.

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Candles · CRAFTS/DIY

Scented Candles

20130710-205148.jpgScented candles fill the ambience with aroma and fragrance.They also work great at removing bad odor, cooking/ food smell. I always light a strong scented candle prior to cooking to eliminate bad odor.
I recently developed a fetish for scented candles. Having used scented candles from many years, I decided to give a try at making one. I watched few videos on YouTube to see how it is made. Then, I went to hobby lobby and bought the necessary materials for candle making!
Here, I will explain how to make “scented candles” in easy steps:

Materials Needed:

Candle wax
Fragrance of your choice
Candle containers
Double boiler
Wicks
Super glue
Clips for holding the wicks in place

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CRAFTS/DIY · Painting

Wall Mural

robin

I bought a groupon for ‘Wall Mural Painting’ class for 3 hours for our family of four. A friend of mine, also bought it, so that our two families could go together and have a blast, painting!

When we went into the studio, we were awestruck by plethora of mural paintings done on all 4 four walls of a room, by all the budding mural artists!

Our guide was a passionate painter himself, bubbling with enthusiasm and had abundant energy. He patiently explained us the process. Surfing the Google images, we were asked to select a picture, which we would like to paint on the wall. This is what we ended up selecting (1) Robin (2) Dove (3) Butterfly (4) Super moon (since it was ‘super moon’ that weekend) 😉

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CRAFTS/DIY · Painting

Monogram Pumpkin

Monogram Pumpkin
Monogram Pumpkin

During Halloween 2012, a ‘pottery painting’ studio offered a groupon deal for painting a ‘monogram pumpkin’, reflective of  ‘harvest’ season; and I seized the opportunity! 😉 It was a great experience to transform a plain ‘white’ piece of pottery into something vibrant, colorful, glazed and creative!

Upon entering the studio, I was asked to pick a plain white tile and choose few acrylic paint colors of my choice. Then I sat down with other enthusiastic painters and the instructor went ahead with her instructions. This was my end result! 😉

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