09 November 2012

PAINTING EARTHEN LAMPS (DIYAS)


PAINTING EARTHEN LAMPS (DIYAS)
Continuing with the recycling theme for the Festival of Lights(Deepavali/ Diwali). Here is another very beautiful and very novel idea. Recycling old earthen lamps and making them look unique. There are many beautiful and colorful diyas available in the market but they are expensive. You can buy simple earthen diyas from the market which are still quite cheap and give it your own personal touch, a dash of creativity.
I was inspired to do this because I saw some beautiful earthen diyas painted by my friend who is immensely talented and creative. I decided that I am going to embark on this project as I had decided earlier on that I will go green and recycle as much as possible this Diwali.
People will still buy diyas in the market as it is a matter of convenience and availability. But what I want to suggest here is to reduce the buying and try to recycle old stuff and also let your creativity take wings.

Things to note while re-using and recycling are
Earthen diyas sometimes can’t be re-used as there may be problems with oil leaking from the bottom or diyas not stored properly breaking or sometimes black burnt marks or oil stains making the diya look very old and not worth using.
-          If you have diyas with oil leaking dispose them, they cannot be recycled.
-          If they are broken they are not considered auspicious so you can dispose them.
Only the diyas that are working fine and not broken can be re-used

What can be easily re-used and given a new look are
-          Diyas which have burnt marks can be re-used
-          Diyas which have oil stains can be re-used.

How to go about it -
Step 1 – Soak the earthen lamps in hot water with some lemon soap. This removes the oil. Wash them nicely. Scrub the black marks with Cif or some such strong cream cleaner with bleach. Rinse them through nicely. Wipe them dry. Sun-dry them for about 2-3 hours.
Step 2 – Now your diyas are ready for some action. Choose a base paint. You can use any acrylic paint. I used a brown-red ultra gloss paint for exteriors. This not only helped me paint my diyas, cover the burnt marks which couldn’t be washed off but also gave it a sleek and shiny look. This paint cost me $1.40 for a can and I have a lot left still.
Step 3 – Choose a place which is airy and lay newspapers or a plastic sheet on the ground or table lest you stain them. Start by painting the inside, let them be until they are dried.
Step 4 – The next day I painted the outside of the diya



Step 5 – Let it dry and on the third day you can start decorating the diyas, You can draw simple geometric shapes, deity impressions, a flower, petal shapes, dots or anything as per how your creativity takes you.


What I did with my Diyas
I used white, silver and gold as the 3 colors for my decoration. I drew kolam (South Indian Rangoli patterns) patterns, simple chakras, Swastik, dots etc as you can see from the picture with Permanent Marker Pens. These dry instantly. You can alternatively use Acrylic paints and a brush to do these as well. Let this dry for another day. Sun-dry or Air dry as per convenience and your diyas are ready to use.



What you can do with them -
-          You can stick fabrics, glitter, sequences, beads, crystals, beautiful colored twines or anything as per your wish.

I’m sure people will be impressed with these diyas as they cannot see these anywhere in the market and they are one of a kind and unique and completely handmade by you.
I am sure the family will be proud of your art. 
Try making these for this Deepavali. Go green, Recycle and re-use. Save the environment and Save your money too. 

24 October 2012

RECYCLING OLD TORANS INTO NEW


RECYCLING OLD TORANS INTO NEW
Very soon we will be ushering the Festival of Lights(Deepavali/ Diwali). This is not only the time for festivities but also the time for spring cleaning, disposing the old stuff, buying new stuff, decorating the altar and the house. Beautiful door hangings also known as Torans or Bandanwaar are hung at the entrance of the home to invite Goddess Lakshmi (The Goddess of Wealth).
Torans are hung outside offices/shops too, to please and attract the Goddess. Every year people throw the old torans and replace them with new ones. 
Traditionally Toran was made of Mango leaves and Marigold flowers, these were harmless to the environment, when disposed, but, nowadays we have Torans made of Wooden beads, crystals, metal, plastic etc. 
These when disposed cause harm to our environment even affecting our eco-system.
We can’t stop buying this or using this completely as we want to be updated with the times and sometimes it is a matter of convenience and availability. 
This Diwali I decided to go green and do something with a difference. 
I didn’t buy a Toran and decided to re-use my old Toran which was made of wooden beads, metal and plastic.


Things to note while re-using and recycling are 
Some materials like
-         Cheap fabrics etc used in Torans are not re-usable or recyclable as once they are dusty you can’t even wash them as the colors start to run or the fabric becomes shapeless. These Torans are primarily made with the purpose that they cannot be re-used and the people will go back to the shops to buy new ones.
-         Plastic balls tend to get dents easily and loose shape and are not easy to re-use.

What can be easily re-used and given a new look are 
-         Wooden beads, crystals and Metal.

How to go about it -
Step 1 – De-string the wooden beads, metal rings, metal balls or crystals.
Step 2 – Wash the beads, metal rings, metal balls or crystals neatly with soap and water.  Give it a quick wash and rinse as sometimes they run color. Do not use hot water. Preferably use normal tap water.
Step 3 – Dry the wooden beads in the sun till they are dry.  The other materials have to be wiped and air dried.
Step 4 – Measure the area where you want to hang the toran. Stick a blue tack to the centre and string them in the same sequence from both sides. String them in the sequence you want.

What I did with my Toran


The toran you see in my picture has a new look, I removed the colored plastic balls which had become shapeless and the mirrors stuck on them had fallen off, so I just disposed them. I also disposed the metal bells attached to it as they were totally rusted and there was no way to refurbish them. I just used the metal rings, the wooden beads and used the little piece of kalash which was gifted by a friend as a centre piece. Unfortunately I forgot to click the picture of how the old toran was looking for people to compare. But I do have a simple and elegant new toran and I attached 2 key rings to the ends to enable easy hanging of the toran.

What you can do with them 
-         You can always bead them in a different sequence using a strong thread and give it a new look,
-         You can buy new beads (with holes on both sides, so you can easily string it) and make a different pattern,
-         You can use different colored beads to give it a new color combination or as per your creativity and the ideas that come to you.
-         Just remember that string them in an order like 4 beads left and 4 beads right for it to look as good as the ones you buy in the market. 
Have a sequence, a pattern. If not it will look messy and disarrayed.

And lo and behold!!! 


You have a new toran to adorn your home and altar. If you don’t want to buy torans, you can make these at home.  
These Torans not only enhance the main entrance of your home & make it look festive but also give a friendly welcome to those who drop in to wish you for Diwali.
Imagine the compliments that you would receive for displaying something unique that cannot be seen in any home as it is not available in the market and the proud look on your husband’s face that you saved his money.
Try making these for this Deepavali....
Go green, Recycle and re-use. Save the environment and Save your money too.

25 July 2010

AJJ DIN CHADHEYA

AJJ DIN CHADHEYA
Movie : Love Aaj Kal
Music Director : Pritam Chakraborty
Singer(s) :Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Lyricists :Irshad Kamil

The Punjabi song Ajj Din Chadheya is a very beautiful song sung by none other than the stalwart Rahat Fateh Ali khan. The lyrics though simple are very touching and oozes romance and the music by Pritam Chakraborthy is simply classic, soft and lilting. In short, this is a masterpiece.



Lyrics
Ajj din Chadheya
Tere Rang Warga
Ajj din Chadheya
Tere Rang Warga

Phul sa hai khila Aaj din
Rabba mere din yeh na dhale
Woh jo mujhe khawab mein mile
Use tu lagede abb gale
Tenu Dil da Vasta

Rabba aaya dar de yaar de
SAra jahan chod chad ke

Mere sapne sawar de
Tennu dil da vasta

Ajj din Chadheya
Tere Rang Warga

Baksha gunaho ko
Sun ke duwao ko
Rabba Pyaar hai
Tune sab ko hi de diya

Meri bhi aahon ko
Sun le duwao ko
Mujhko woh dila mene jisko hai dil diya
Hoooo

Baksha gunaho ko
Sun ke duwao ko
Rabba Pyaar hai
Tune sab ko hi de diya

Meri bhi aahon ko
Sun le duwao ko
Mujhko woh dila mene jisko hai dil diya


Aasmaan pe aasmaan uske de itna Bata
Woh jo mujhko dekh ke hase
Pana chahun Raat din jise

Rabba mere naam kar use
Tenu Dil da Vasta

Ajj din Chadheya
Tere Rang Warga

Manga jo mera hai
Jata kya tera hai
Mene kaun si
tujhse jannat manga li

Kaisa khuda hai tu
Bas naam ka hai tu

Rabba jo teri itni si bhi na chali

Haaanaaa

Manga jo mera hai
Jata kya tera hai
Mene kaun si
tujhse jannat manga li

Kaisa khuda hai tu
Bas naam ka hai tu

Rabba jo teri itni si bhi na chali

Chahiye Jo mujhe
Kar de tu mujhko ata

Jeeti rahi saltanat teri
Jeeti rahe ashiqui meri

Dede mujhe zindagi meri
Tenu dil da vasta

Rabba mere din yeh na dhale
Woh jo mujhe khawab mein mile
Use tu lagede abb gale
Tenu Dil da Vasta

Rabba aaya dar de yaar de
SAra jahan chod chad ke


Mere sapne sawar de
Tennu dil da vasta

Ajj din Chadheya
Tere Rang Warga

Ajj din Chadheya
Tere Rang Warga

Ajj din Chadheya
Tere Rang Warga

din Chadheya

Tere Rang Warga

Ajj din Chadheya

06 January 2010

IKTARA

The song Iktara from “Wake up Sid” is a very hummable and listenable song.  The music is by Shankar Ehsaan Loy but the song Iktara is composed by Amit Trivedi (Aamir and Dev D). The song is sung by Kavita Seth and Amitabh Bhattacharya. It definitely leaves its impact Enjoy this song!!!!!1





IKTARA LYRICS

Orey manva tu to bavra hai
Tu hi jaane tu kya sochta hai
Tu hi jaane tu kya sochta hai bavre
Kyun dikhaye sapne tu sote jaagte


Jo barse sapne boond boond
Nainon ko moond moond
(Nainon ko moond moond)
Jo barse sapne boond boond
Nainon ko moond moond
Kaise main chaloon, dekh na sakoon
Anjaane raastein


(chorous)
Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara
Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara
Dheeme bole koi iktara iktara, dheeme bole koi iktara
Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara


Sun rahi hoon sudh budh khoke koi main kahani
Poori kahani hai kya kise hai pata
Main to kisiki hoke yeh bhi na jaani
Ruth hai ye do pal ki ya rehgi sada
(kise hai pata… kise hai pata)


Jo barse sapne boond boond
Nainon ko moond moond
(Nainon ko moond moond)
Jo barse sapne boond boond
Nainon ko moond moond
Kaise main chaloon, dekh na sakoon
Anjaane raastein


Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara
Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara
Dheeme bole koi iktara iktara, dheeme bole koi iktara
Gunjasa hai koi iktara iktara, gunjasa hai koi iktara




15 December 2009

KHUDAYA VE

This wonderful song is from the movie “Luck” and is sung by Salim Merchant. Its a romantic number and the lyrics are meaningful. Do listen to this song here;





KHUDAYA VE  Lyrics
khudaaya ve…. hai aaah
ishq hai kaisa yeh ajeeb re


khudaaya ve… hai aaah
ishq hai kaisa yeh ajeeb re


dil ke karib laaya
dil ka nasib re
dil ke karib laaya
dil ka nasib re


khudaya ve… hai aaeee
ishq hai kaisa ajeeb re
ishq hai kaisa ajeeb re


aaa..aaa ….tana re tana…….dareba…
aaa..aaa ….tana re tana…….dareba…
aaa..aaa ….tana.. re tana…….dareba…
aaa..aaa ….tana.. re tana…….dareba…


aakhon se khwab ruthe
apno ke saath chute
tapte hue rahon mein
pairo ke chhaale phoote
aakhon se khwab ruthe
apno ke saath chute
tapte hue rahon mein
pairo ke chhaale phoote
pyaase tadap rahe hai
saahil kareeb re…


pyaase tadap rahe hai
saahil kareeb re…


khudaya ve… hai aaeee
ishq hai kaisa ajeeb re


khudaya ve… hai aaeee
ishq hai kaisa ajeeb re


nisa sare nisa sare……
aansoo namak se laage
rishte hai kachhe dhaage
ret pe apne saaye
khud se kyon door bhaage

haiii…(alap)
aansoo namak se laage
rishte hai kachhe dhaage
ret pe apne saaye
khud se kyon door bhaage

kheench ke hum ko laaya
kahan pe rakeeb re…


kheench ke hum ko laaya
kahan pe rakeeb re…


khudaya ve… hai aaeee
ishq hai kaisa ajeeb re


khudaya ve… hai aaeee
ishq hai kaisa yeh ajeeb re


19 August 2009

DECORATING A FLOWER BASKET

DECORATING A FLOWER BASKET

Ganesh Chaturthi is round the corner. I decorated a Yogurt bucket with colored paper, flowers and a bow (left over from a gift wrapping). I stuck the paper to the yogurt bucket inside outside. Rolled the flower string over the handle and tied the bow to the bucket to make it look attractive and lo and behold I had a beautiful flower basket in which I put in the flowers so all my friends who come over for the aarti in the evening can pick up and offer to Lord Ganesha.

11 November 2008

MINIATURE ART - JAPANESE HOME

MINIATURE ART

Miniature paintings and sculptures are fine art on a small scale, with minute attention to detail, which can be enlarged or withstand close inspection without revealing its faults. A miniature can convey all the beauty and power of a larger work of art but has the added appeal of being a particularly personal object. The viewer must view the work at close range to obtain a full appreciation of both the image and technique. The miniature has always had a feeling of preciousness associated with it due in part to the fact that it can usually be held in the palm of your hand.

I bought the set from a store about a year ago and started doing it but with 2 kids I really didn’t get the time to concentrate enough to finish it, so it was my husband Yo who finished this.

In the picture you can see a traditional Japanese house with a low table and bench. Food is laid on the table and there are other Japanese staples. Minute attention is given to ensure that everything is perfect, so there are small things that have to be stuck looking at a picture provided. (You can see in the close-up photo above) This was actually bought by Yo for my 5 year old to develop concentration and give attention to minute details, but we are the ones who ended up doing it with her help ofcourse.


Do try miniature art. It really builds up your concentration and patience.


20 October 2008

SAAWAN BEETO JAAYE

SAAWAN BEETO JAAYE

I love this number by the band Fuzon and sung by Shafqat Amanat Ali.

The guitar piece is so good. This song is a fusion between Indian Classical and Western styles.

Their music is truly mesmerizing soothing and energizing at the same time.


You can listen to this song here;



Here are the lyrics of the song;

Saawan Beeto Jaye Pe Harwa
Saawan Beeto Jaye Pe Harwa
Mann Mera Ghabraye
Mann Mera Ghabraye

Aiso Gaye Pardes Piya Tum
Aiso Gaye Pardes Piya Tum
Chain Humein nahin Aye
Chain Humein nahin Aye

Mora Saiyaan moh sey bolay Na
Mora Saiyaan moh Sey bolay Na
Mein Laakh Jatan Kar Haari
Laakh Jatan Kar Haar Rahi

Mora Saiyyan Moh Say Bolay Na
Mora Saiyyan Moh Say Bolay Na

Tu Jo Nahin to Aise Piya hum
Tu Jo Nahin To Aise Piya hum
Jaisay Soona Aanganaa
Jaisay Soona Aanganaa

Nain Tehaari Rah Neeharey
Nain Tehaari Rah Neeharey
Nainnan Ko Tarsaona
Nainnan Ko Tarsaona

Mora Saiyaan moh Say bolay Na
Mora Saiyaan moh Say bolay Na
Mein Laakh Jatan Kar Haari
Laakh Jatan Kar Haar Rahi

Mora Saiyyan Moh Say Bolay Na
Mora Saiyyan Moh Say Bolay Na

Pyar Tumhain Kitna Kartay Hain
Pyar Tumhain Kitna Kartay Hain
Tum Yeh Samajh Nahin Pao gay
Tum Yeh Samajh Nahin Pao gay

Jab Hum Na Hongay to Peeharwa
Jab Hum Na Hongay to Peeharwa
Bolo Kya Tab Aao gay
Bolo Kya Tab Aao gay

Mora Saiyaan moh Sey Bolay Na
Mora Saiyaan moh Sey Bolay Na
Mein Laakh Jatan Kar Haari
Laakh Jatan Kar Haar Rahi

Mora Saiyaan moh Sey Bolay Na
Mora Saiyaan moh Sey Bolay Na
Mein Laakh Jatan Kar Haari
Laakh Jatan Kar Haar Rahi


17 October 2008

HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR SOCKS

HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR SOCKS

The morning rush to reach work in time during the working days and can’t find your socks, how many times this could have happened to us. What we do is usually stack our socks in one place, so we can’t find the pair. It’s worse if our socks are all the same color and have only a slight difference in design. Here is a little tip on how to organize your socks, so that it looks neat and at the same time stays together in a pair and there is no way it can mix with the other pairs.

Step 1

You can see a pair of socks, I took a colorful one so its easy to see how it is done.

Step 2

Keep one socks on top of the other as shown in the picture


Step 3

Make 3 folds. First fold the bottom side

Step 4

Then fold once more. Roll on

After you fold it will look like this.

The side where you put your leg in will be together as you see in the picture

Step 5

The last flap you pull and turn inside out, this forms a pocket and holds the pair together

Voila.....You are done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See the top view of the folding.

You can have many pockets of your pair of socks as shown in the picture below, not only will they be together so you don’t have to search for the pair, they also look neat in the closet/wardrobe/cupboard.

20 September 2008

COIN WORK EMBROIDERY

COIN WORK EMBROIDERY

I did this coin work embroidery on my Punjabi suit. I bought this dress because it had a very sober and rich looking color combination and I was in love with the kalamkari print and the sheer softness and flow of the fabric. I got it stitched from the tailor but when it came from the tailor I felt it was looking very dull and simple, the color which initially impressed me felt dull and I wanted to do something to make the dress look more glamorous. The color of the fabric didn’t leave me with much choice as any embroidery I choose would get blended into the kalamkari print, so I settled for coin work. I chose gold colored coins of a medium size to give it that extra zing.

I sewed on the coins onto the front, the sleeves and also to the dupatta.

It was very difficult to attach it to the dupatta and I learnt later that usually when they attach such kind of embroidery to sheer fabrics, they usually use a thick cloth as base when they sew on the embroidery to help hold it in place. I had to stitch many times to hold the coin to the fabric. But its worth the try.

16 September 2008

DRAPING CURTAINS - ROSE

DIFFERENT STYLES OF DRAPING CURTAINS

THE ROSE

Hang your curtains in a different manner and lo and behold the look of your house is changed !

Curtains do much more than blocking the sunlight and maintaining your privacy, they also soften the look of the room. Hanging curtains in right fabrics and patterns in different ways can make your window look larger, smaller, wider or narrower than it really is, add height to the living room or give an oriental or romantic feel to the living room.

Here is style of hanging the same old curtain but draped in a different manner, this gives it a theatrical look. The draping done here is very simple…..

Step 1

Hang the curtain, scoop out the fabric from the middle as shown in the picture, hold it there. About 5 inches of the fabric is held by you in your fist.

Step 2

Twist the 5 inches that is out

Step 3

Roll it around, forming a circle

Step 4

And bring the tip through the circle formed

Step 5

The Tip comes out and is held there like a knot

This gives the appearance of a rose and you can see how beautiful this drape looks.

You can do this in fabrics which are not too sheer and slip off, if you so choose then you must hold the knot with a decorative pin.

If the curtain is made of heavy jacquard or cotton materials you cant drape it in this fashion.

The fabric should be light and able to hold the knot.

You can further enhance the look by tucking in an artificial flower or tying a bow.