Sunday, March 31, 2013

Monthly Roundup

This month was action packed. I did lot of things, from rearranging to recycling it had been a super creative month.
First post was on my living room that I rearranged and it looks bigger and better now.

Living Room Decor

Next we met a very talented artist Ritu Dua. Her inspiring interview you can read under 'Inspiring Eminent Bloggers' series.

Painting by Ritu Dua

Then we learnt about Indian Art: Madhubani Paintings this time. You can find everything about Madhubani art like origin, style, theme and process in this post. More about other Indian art forms under 'Indian Art' series.

Madhubani Art by Bharti Dayal
Then comes my upcycling project of making Decorative Tray out of old newspapers. You can find out some more exciting DIY projects here.

Decorative Tray: DIY

Spring is here with its magic in air. Check out my 'Spring Garden' and do let me know how spring is treating you.

Spring is showing up in my garden

Here comes second DIY of this month 'Plastic Bottles Hanging Planter'. Are you hoarding junk, have some soft drink bottles then you have to read this post and make something useful.

DIY: Plastic Bottles Hanging Planter

And it's not over here I have one more DIY for you in my bag this month. A 'Birdhouse' made of plastic container. Summers will be arriving shortly and to save lovely birds make a bird house and hang it in your garden.

Birdhouse: DIY
First time I tried my hands on Warli Art. Check out my First Warli Painting and let me know your views.

Warli Painting

Wish you all a very happy Easter and  very happy and creative weekend!!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Warli Art: My First Warli Painting

I must say this month has been action packed for me. I kept myself busy in various activities and learnt few good & new things. I think this is the mantra of happiness- keep yourself busy and learn something new.

I have always been a great admirer of all Indian art forms . It was my dream to explore and learn about various Indian Arts and that's what I am doing these days. Let me share my happiness with you all wonderful people who always keep encouraging me by reading, commenting and liking my every post.  Recently I learnt about 'Warli Art' and found that it's not only the simplest art form but looks magical too. 
Earlier I had done Warli art only on a small pot but this time I tried it on paper with all the details and tried to depict social life of Warli tribes.
Here is my first Warli painting. Theme is wedding.
My First Warli Painting.
Here are the details. Sun and sparrow can be of same size in this style of painting, as proportionality doesn't  matter.
Warli Art: Sparrow and Sun
Groom on a horse arriving for wedding. Banana leaves, earthen pots and decoration with flowers and leaves  to recreate the scene of wedding ceremony in a village.
Warli Art: Groom
People are welcoming groom and playing instruments. All the shapes are geometrical circle for head, triangles for trunk and pelvis of human body. Faces are bereft of features.
Warli Art: Men Playing Instruments
Palm trees and hut to recreate a village scene. Again geometrical shapes are used and filled them with fine lines as no free space should be left in this style of painting.
Warli Art: Hut & Tree
Animals and birds are very common in this painting. Here is my Warli peacock.
Warli Art: Peacock
I enjoyed a lot while I was doing this art. I felt like I am achieving something with every stroke of brush. I am so happy so content. I don't know which art form I will be working on next but I will surely share with you :)

Joining PPF!!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

DIY: Bird House

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So it's my third DIY/recycling project in this month. Isn't that fantastic. Well the first one was Decorative tray made out of old newspapers and the second one was hanging planter made of plastic bottles.
I am sure that this third one that is bird house made of plastic food container, you will enjoy more than any other DIY in this blog. Before summers arrive be ready to provide food and shelter to lovely little birds. This project is kids friendly and you can involve your little one also. Let's start here:

1. Gather your supplies

     1. Cardboard
     2. Scissors
     3. Knife
     4. Paper rolls (how to make learn here)
     5. Glue
     6. Plastic food container
     7. Food container's lid
     8. Acrylic color
     9. Brushes
    10. Twine/rope

Step 2. Make a small hole at base of plastic container.

Step 3. Insert both the end of twine in this hole to make a loop and make a knot inside the container. It will look like as shown in image below. It will be used for hanging the bird house.

Step 4. Put the lid on, press it properly.

Now glue the lid using hot glue gun.

Step 5. Now it's time to prime it. Use acrylic color.

Step 6. Now cut circular shape 2 cm above the base of the container that will serve as an entrance.

Step 7. It's time to make a roof. Cut the cardboard as shown below.

Put one end on the other and glue it.

Step 8. Here you will need all the paper rolls. Start sticking rolls one by one on this cone shaped roof or you can skip this step and directly paint this cone in your choice of color.

Step 9. Now the roof is also ready. Prime it and then paint both the roof and house in your choice of color. Don't forget to give a top coat of varnish.

Step 10. Now pull out the twine loop from a hole on the top of the roof. Bird house is ready.

This is how my birdhouse looks. My Son enjoyed this DIY thoroughly and I am also very happy to see how it turned out :)))

I tried placing and hanging it around different places in my garden until I found suitable one.

Near bird feeder.........

Under the palm.........

Between money plant.........

On the pillar............

And finally hung on a branch which I found the most suitable place in my garden as this part doesn't get lot of sunlight.

What do you think of my bird house. Do you have a bird house share your images on my Facebook page and I would love to feature it in my blog :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

DIY: Plastic Bottles Hanging Planter

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I love recycling and do a lot of recycling and up-cycling projects. Check out my earlier recycling projects here Here is one more DIY that you must have seen lots of times on various sites but this one is little different as I made hanging bottle planter.  These bottles were lying in my store for quite some time now and waiting for me to turn them into something useful. I have a big green thumb so a lot of my projects involve gardening. 
If you also have some plastic bottles lying unused then get ready and let's make a beautiful, colorful hanging planter to add a pop of color in your garden.

Step 1. Gather your supplies. All you need is:
3-4 Plastic bottles
Acrylic paint
Potting soil
First of all wash the bottles and let them dry.

Step 2.  Cut the middle of the bottle in a rectangular shape as shown in the image below. Don't cut a big rectangle make it small just to plant saplings there. Now make three four very small holes opposite to the rectangular cut for water drainage.

Step 3. Now it's time to prime all the bottles with either acrylic white paint or enamel paint.

Step 4.  Now paint all the bottles in a color of your choice may be in gradient color or in contrasting color or monochromatic, the choice is yours.

Step 5.  Now tie both the ends of bottles with the rope as shown in the picture to hang them in your garden.

Step 6.  Put some small stones first then fill the potting mix in bottles leaving 1.5" space  unfilled. Place saplings and fill the bottle completely with potting mix.

A closer look of my bottle hanging planter.......and can you spot that little Mr. Turtle more about him little later :)))

Just a few simple steps and you can make a rocking garden.

I have shared 10 DIY hanging planters video tutorial on my YouTube channel. You can watch the video below

Few more plastic bottles recycling projects are coming so stay tuned. In case you missed going through DIY ideas on my blog earlier, here is a link. 
Till then keep recycling and stay creative!! Have a wonderful weekend :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Spring Is Showing Up In My Garden

 Spring is nature's way of saying let's party - Robin Williams
Yes I have reason to party, we completed two blissful years in our abode and I am happy that my garden too is showing up that sign of partying.
Having somewhere to go is Home, having someone to love is Family, having both is Blessing. Ever since we moved to our haven we feel blessed, content and happy :)
Here's how my garden is smiling with me and showing sign of spring..............

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