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November 12, 2016

Deepavali 2016 : Part 3

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This is the last post of this series.  I am starting with this Godess Laxmi picture. On the last day of Deepavali, I added more rangolis and few diyas. We do not celebrate bhai dooj. Instead I kept lot of free time in this evening to enjoy the festival of lights. With light  background music, I rejoiced the moment with family.

This is how the night looked, I created colorful rangoli panel with free hand design.
A closeup;



This how dining table looked.

One Kolam and another traced Rangoli with center floating candle light.

This is what I did at the entrance, another colorful rangoli.

After years, staying at home and celebrating for four days with the family was an great experience. Hope you all enjoyed the festival well. Once again happy wishes! 



November 11, 2016

Deepavali 2016 : Part 2

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For Bali Padyam, I continued with the same setup, just changed diyas arrangements. I did Laxmi Kolam. Here how it looked.

Total setup on that day; I floated Sevanti flowers and candles in glass bowls, arranged them on TV unit. TV screen reflected same giving illusion of more lights. I draw another kolam on coffee table and kept tinted glass light holder and diyas. Here how all looked well.


This is from another view.

I have few closeups;

For the last day, I did some more rangloi and changed the diya settings. I'll share in my next post. Hope you like these. Happy Wishes.

November 06, 2016

Deepavali 2016 : Part 1

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Yeyy! This is Diwali time again. Happy that, after seven years I am doing a new post on this topic. From last couple of years, we were using our Diwali vacations to tour the new worlds. This time after a long gap we celebrated at home. We have another special reason to celebrate, our little one. She is one year new!

As I have active baby in my home, my decor limited to living hall that too on one side. I kept all my diyas on tables. She is sweet enough to not touch any decor. She just wonder what Mamma is doing all the time. Even she helped me to pick up the flower and arrange ! Here is pic of fresh flowers to start a blessed festival morning.


For the main door, I skipped decorating with Mango leaves. Instead, I used this paddy torana which was bought a year ago. With that taped few marigold on door. This is how main entrance looked.



To add the festive charm, I hanged few chrysanthemum flowers on both side of the balcony window.


These two below flower arrangements I used for all four days. Added little water to keep flowers fresh. I mixed these two with terracotta diyas. Brass plates added more traditional accent to the decor.



Our Diwali celebration began from Choti Diwali, Naraka Chaturshi. On this day, We had a traditional arati and oil bath in the morning. By evening celebrated with few diyas and lights.

Next day on Laxmi pooja, I planed to add more color. For pooja setup, I kept a copper plate on wooden flat seater.  Plate was filled with coins and center silver mini bowl filled with white rice holding goddess Laxmi coin, adorned with few gold jewelry. I used blank photo frame as background and used hanging flowers. I did Shankha and Chakra kolam on both the side. Used fallen paddy from the Door torana. This is how arrangement looked like.


I was not able to take more pictures on first two days. I have active and demanding little one. Below are the pics taken on next day morning. I did this Aishwarya Laxmi kolam in front of the pooja setup.

I also draw small Laxmi pada on one side. I kept diyas and brass bowls with chrysanthemum flowers in between.

This is how it was looking.

By next post, I'll show you other days arrangements and lighten diyas in the night. Happy Wishes!

July 06, 2016

Ever Changing Home

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When I look back and see these images, wonder ever changing home! These are from the very first our Mumbai home. That is eight years back. I can connect the monetary progress with these images too. Nothing much, nothing more, all essentials. 


This from the first set up I did. The living hall was of L shape. I divided to dining and sitting.  The TV stand is actually a PC table which is transformed.


You can notice the different position of picture frames. Same with the TV unit and Dining set. I interchanged both. The bigger PC tables in this pic is no more with us. We have given same to our maid and small unit is still on use. I am using same table for writing this blog. More interesting factor is, I am using same unit from my schooling days. The chipped out part are tooth mark of an abandon squirrel which I raised for few months. It got sweet memories of that squirrel baby attached to.



The setup from first image was replaced by this. I added two Madhubani paintings done by me and those four wall arts were purchased at Big Bazaar.I wonder, where is Big Bazaar now ! Its place is taken by Hypercity and D mart. We have stopped going to Big Bazaar and this brand was the first hyped super market mall in India. They have recently closed their outlet nearby. Sigh.

I used to stick frames then. These frames were light weight, made up of Thermocol and paper. No framing is required. Now, TV unit got its surround audio system and still able to stand all the weight!


When we moved to our second home in Mumbai, same setting continued with little changes. This image was taken without audio speakers. I usually rearrange all my knickknack after dusting. I dust once in a week or in two weeks. With that arrangement changes. 

I loved those two plaster of paris elephants. One of them broken while wiping floor by maid and second one followed same fate after few months. Both of them stayed well in the hand of my old maid, old house. Hmm.


This is with the new TV unit. You can see the elephant standing alone without its partner! The PC table used to bear all this stuff went back to carry PC. I do not have many images with different decorations and placing of same house. Its because, I went busy with new job. Before that, I stayed at home for two years enjoying  rearranging and taking pictures.


This image is from the third and present home. Same old TV unit holds LCD now. As usual settings and placing of objects changes as per my mood. At present I am having different settings. This is from old footage. That right side golden pothos and left side palm plant are not more in their glory. The lucky plant, Bamboo stem has grown 3 ft long now and enjoying breeze in balcony.

I'll post another series with different sitting arrangement tried in this present home. I searched my footage, not to find any closeup shot of TV unit. Last couple of years, My hobby of taking pictures of home at different time is been reduced. Nowadays, I enjoy being at space rather than documenting.

Its said every house reflect characters of its housemates. This is true in my case. My house is like me, ever changing and ever evolving. Its good to see old photos and remember those moments. Happy Reading!

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