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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Junk mail art

Source: growcreative.blogspot.in
Junk mail art. Now who would've thought of this? Just look at it. Bright, fresh, lovely, summery. Check out the tutorial. Seems simple enough!

Cloth Toy storage

Organising toys is a never-ending task. Putting each one back every single day just makes me want to scream sometimes. So here's a DIY that caught my eye. I found a couple more, so will be posting those as well in a bit!
Source: tellloveandchocolate.blogspot.in

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Paper pinchies

Source: tinyrottenpeanuts.com
Paper pinchies? This is the first time I've heard this, but I must admit it looks too cute to not try. Check out the tutorial to see what you can actually use these for. You could also make these from longer strips of paper and forgo satin ribbon to give a gift its finishing touches. Use these instead. What say?

Satin-wrapped comb clip

Source: lc.pandahall.com
How lovely does this look?! It's super simple and looks so girly and sweet. Perfect for holding your little one's hair up this summer. Check out the detailed tutorial. 

Tray earring holder

Organising earrings is one of the hardest things to do. (and yet I keep adding to my collection). After looking up literally thousands of earring organising DIYs, I decided I didn't have the time or the patience to do any of them. So I got down to settling up the house instead and look what I found!


I must admit, my heart sang a little, becasue I didn't see an unused tray I saw an almost-readymade earring holder!.. So i got out my trusty kitchen knife and pried out every other slat because the space between two slats was quite less. 
After prying out the slats, I was left with a tray with adequate spacing. And this is what I did...
VOILA!!
I hung the tray by its handles on a nail and Voila! earring holder! I considered painting it, but decided against it since the rustic look of the bamboo was quite nice in itself. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Threaded planters

Source: melmariadesigns.blogspot.in
Wowza! Check out the super tutorial for this uber-cool planter...Simple, easy, pretty and oh-so-chic...

Rava-Besan Sheera

Source: www.creativesaga.com
Indian desserts are to die for and are nutritious too. I remember eating rava sheera and atta halwa for breakfast as a child. But, I've never tried rava-besan sheera before. Ever. Rava is semolina and besan is Chickpea flour and the combination sounds divine. Thank you creativesga. I know what LO will be getting for breakfast tomorrow!

Faux capiz shell lamp

Source: www.designsponge.com
I've seen these in homes all my life but never really thought about what they were called. I stumbled upon this tutorial and realised they were called Capiz shells! Well, these aren't capiz shells in the pic and you'll never believe what they are... Read the super-simple tutorial t find out!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cereal box storage

Source: cucicucicoo.com
I'm cringing thinking of all the cereal boxes I've pitched out. LO loves her Honey cornflakes, so we go through at least one large box a month. I've saving up those boxes from now on. I gotta try this out!! Thank you cucicucicoo!

Floating bookshelf

Source: instructables.com
Bookshelves are tricky especially if you live on rent. Getting something to suit the house decor and the shelf size to fit the varied books you may have.This looks like a stylish, inexpensive way way to store books  and show them off all at the same time... What say? Check out the tutorial on instructables.com

Creamy Lemon Chicken

Source: themotherhuddle.com
Enough DIY! It's time for some food! Check out this awesome creamy chicken recipe for a quick dinner when you're wayyy too tired to make anything elaborate..Thank you motherhuddle.com!

Alphabet coasters

Source: haberdasheryfun.com
Genius! This is one of those ideas where you kick yourself thinking why you never thought of it before! I love the idea, love the implementation and love the simplicity. Take a look at the tutorial. Easy-peasy prettiness.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mango pickle

We love pickles. Indian meals just aren't complete without the customary mango/chilly/lime pickle. Lime an chilly pickles need a little time to mature but some mango pickles are ready to eat the second you're done making them. But these don't keep for very long so you might have to refrigerate them right after making. We make it every year a month before the mango season hits which is when the raw mangoes are at their tangiest best.

You'll need:

Half a kg of raw mangoes
Half a tablespoon Mustard seeds
Three tablespoons chilly powder
One tablespoon methi powder (powder of fenugreek seeds)
A heaped teaspoon of Salt
3/4 cup mustard oil

Chop the mangoes into tiny pieces
Place in a bowl

Combine the chilly powder, salt and methi powder in a separate bowl and put it in a little mound over the chopped mangoes
Heat most of the mustard oil in a small skillet.(Leave out about 3 tablespoons. We'll get to that later) When it starts a smoke very slightly, add the mustard seeds. As soon as the crackling subsides pour the hot oil over the spices.
Wait for 5 seconds for the spices to absorb the oil and then mix thoroughly.
Heat the remaining oil in the same skillet. As soon as it starts smoking take it off and pour it all over the chopped mangoes. (When you pour the oil on the mound of spices the first time you'll notice the hot oil rolling down the sides and not immediately getting soaked up by the spices. This ensures hot oil is totally infused in the pickle.)
Mix the pickle thoroughly to ensure the pieces are nicely coated with the spice and oil.


Let it cool down completely.
Transfer to a glass bottle and refrigerate.
Done!
If the level of the oil starts decreasing with use. heat up some oil and add it to the jar. This will keep the mangoes succulent.

Stuffed felt clips

Source: lolovie.blogspot.in
Cuteness overload! How adorable are these stuffed clips?! Makes me want to sit down and make them right this minute!Check out the uber-simple and easy tutorial to make these little birdies!

Yarn lampshade

Source: blogalacart.com
Something this pretty should not be so simple to make and yet it is! Simple yarn wrapped on the frame of a lampshade... cool huh? Check out the tutorial to find out what kind of yarn was used and where you can get it from!

Pom pom easter eggs

Source: crafts.tutsplus.com
Lookeee these eggs!!! I love the fact that they're so colourful and pretty and and yet so simple to make...Go crazy mixing colours!!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Super simple necklace

Source: sparkandchemistry.com
Oh so pretty! Can you guess what those little discs are? Neither could I... I just love the blues and the simplicity of it. Check out the tutorial and be pleasantly surprised..

Herringbone bulletin board

Source: sparkandchemistry.com
This is just the kind addition my work space needs. For the longest time I haven't personalised it. I guess this makes for a great start!

Ruched flower

Source: cherishedbliss.com
I'm going "Awwwww" at my desk, imagining Little One wearing this in her hair on a lovely bright yellow hairband...Check out the tutorial to get this lovely summer hair accessory!

Handmade feathers

Source: gina-michele.com
Handmade feathers... Now this is something I've stumbled across for the first time... The tutorial is super simple and the end result looks fantastic! Check it out.

Mosaic planter

Source: gina-michele.com
Oh-so-pretty-I-have-no-words!! It's so simple you almost want to pinch yourself for not having thought of it first... Check out the uber-simple tutorial and glam up those planters...

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hair accessories

Source: alldaychic.com
I'm speechless. Check out the link for the full tutorial for this adorable, chic pins...  

Metal ring necklace

Source: oheverythinghandmade.com
Those rings look lovely don't they? All golden and chic... Chances are you have them in your house right this minute and you never thought you could use them in this way... Check out the source to see what the rings are and how to make this lovely statement necklace...

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Enamel glue dots

Source: agusyornet.com
I think this is a fantastic idea. Using a glue gun to get those perfect luminescent rounds. But take great care not to use these to embellish anything that could potentially be near heat!

Sequinned mirror

Source: addicted2decorating.com
Mirror mirror on the wall...You're the prettiest of them all! Cardboard+sequins+mirror = stunning.. Check out the super simple tutorial for details...

Plastic Spoon mirror

Source: addicted2decorating.com
Some more plastic spoon goodness..But we won't be burning it this time :).. I love the teal colour and the fading out of the colour... What do you think?

Plastic Spoon Roses

Source: cherylstyle.com
Who knew plastic could look this good!!! Check out the tutorial and find out how you can make these amazing plastic spoon roses!

P.S. Burning plastic releases a poisonous gas so make sure you do this in a well ventilated area...Take care not to scorch the plastic spoons but heat just enough to mould.