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July 06, 2016

Ever Changing Home


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!

July 01, 2016

Home Grown Tomato

This is about my first experience about cultivating tomato at home. Now days, all I dream is to own a farm and grow all kind of veggies and fruits. There are much more years to make this dream come true. Till that day why to wait? Thus, my urge to do farming led me this idea of home/pot growing veggies.

With this idea lingering in my mind, I came through Savita's blog. I read about her  home composting experiments. Link   I also read about Ecobin composting which is based on Bokashi method. Link  I follow Mrs Vani Murthy on FB. I have seen photos of her composting method. Few years back,  I was inspired by Daily Dump and Kambha, tired clay pots for home composting. Link  Until now, always wanted to try it out but never did. Thought why not use home composting manure for tomatoes? Searched to find out more about this and find out easy explained video on You Tube. Link. I got same topic another link on Endlessly Green. Link.

I thought of mixing all these into one experiment, producing manure from kitchen waste and growing tomato directly on same pot. For this I bought four pots. I punched enough holes using hot nail. There must be enough air circulating to decompose the kitchen waste. I started with layering with coconut fiber. And then a layer of soil. On top of this, I started to put my kitchen waste. I also added dry leaves from my balcony garden. And again layered with soil. I have added organic manure and a spoon of buttermilk to start the process. 

This process took me a week to fill single pot. I filled four pots one my one. As mentioned, I had a plan to grow tomato plant directly on this manure. That's why I started seedling of tomato. I used seeds from a good ripen tomato. Seeds germinated quickly and took weeks to turn into seedling. At the same time decomposing  process was started in the pots. It took more than a month. Both process were happening side by side.

Meanwhile, I read good tutorial on tomato cultivation from YouTube. I need to mention about California Gardening which explains every aspects of growing potatoes in a planter. Link. They have mention to give nitrogen fertilizer first and then calcium source on. They have clearly mentioned to grow tomatoes on a potting mix not on potting soil. I ignored those tips and went on my own methods. Its better to experiment and learn our own way.

As the pots were getting ready, seedling turned into saplings. I pruned extra branches coming out and kept single main stem. This video helped me a lot. Link  I planted sapling in each composting pots and moved them to another window space to get direct sunlight. I used electrical wire tube to stake these plants. Within couple of weeks plants grew and flowered. That was a delighted sight, small yellow flowers peeping out from green leaves. Again I followed these steps to do hand pollinate. Link  Still few fell down and few grew into fruits. 

It took total four months to harvest first home grown tomatoes. The journey was worthwhile. And the fruits were juicy and tasty too.

I was able to harvest few tomatoes from these four plants. In between we went on a long trip and these plants dried up. Now, planing to start once again. This time aiming for Mirchi, Brinjal with Tomaoto. Lets see what happens.

March 13, 2016

My Hospital Bag


Ye!! A little angel is born and now she is on her fifth month. Everything went on smoothly. I am back with regular day-to-day life with major change of having one more cute little member to our home.

As I said in my earlier post, I was clueless about the worth of shopping I did before delivery. Now, all I can say that every penny spent was worthy. Here, I am going to show you my hospital bag. I did a lot of googling and watched you tube before making these decisions.

I did not buy a diaper bag or a new brand bag for hospital. The idea of getting a new bag found useless for me. I used our old American Tourist handbag which is very comfort for carrying. It has two and front one compartment. I divided baby stuffs and kept in them in separate pockets, One had toiletries , one with tissues and another with first wearing baby cloth set. All cloths were packed in separate transparent plastic bags.

I even cut my old T-shirt and made small palm size squares to wipe the poop. (pink). I was not sure of using baby wipes on delicate skin of new-born then. I made two long cloths by my old three forth pant. (blue color with flower motif). These were pretty much handy at the hospital.

I am a big 'Himalaya' brand fan. So opted for all 'Himalaya' product. I also read good review about their child care products. Baby Wipes, Baby powder, Baby rash cream and Baby soap, all are from the same brand.

I say, Baby wipes are must. It's easy to clean baby buttocks after poops and pee. And also these keep baby rash free.

I have not used baby rash cream and powder till baby is a month old. My mallishwali denied using these as baby skin is very sensitive. She even denied of using baby shampoo till first two weeks.

And I should say about Pigeon nappy liners. I would suggest to buy these. The first baby poo, meconium stool is hard to wash. Just layer the baby nappy with these and save yourself from cleaning and washing the nappy cloth.

We have not used baby diapers till a month. In hospital, Doctors deny using diapers. For new born pee count is important. We need to count how many times a new born wet the nappy. New-born health is also diagnosed by this. If baby is dehydrating or is baby getting enough of mother feed, everything can be determined by pee count. In a ready made diaper, one can not count the pee and poo.

From the prev shopping, I prepared four hand stitched muslin squares each one feet to swaddle the new born. I had also made eight muslin squares and kept edges not sewed. As I said earlier, not wanted to use old dhoti or cotton saree to wrap our new-born. I hand washed to remove the starch from these muslin. I have also used 'Dettol' to sanitation. Same with other baby cloths, nappies, receiving blanket and even baby bed bought earlier. You can see folded origami nappy below the belt. This technique I leaned from watching You tube tutorials.

We both decided to put muslin tie vest for the new born. That's why I kept a muslin cloth, a cap and a white muslin vest separate in a plastic bag. My hospital swaddle the new born baby by their own cloths. Later as we shift to our room, asked us to give related baby cloths from us. This arrangement was handy at the time of dressing up the baby for the first time.

And for other baby cloths, I matched them with cap and mittens kept separate. This arrangement to help my hubby to dress up baby each day. This method was useful. After birth, I was not able to move from my hospital bed. He only managed to get out all baby cloths from the bag. Neat packing and separation helped him a lot.

Above pic also showing two small cloth belts prepared by me. Even though, I have not used them at the hospital. I thought of tie baby nappies with these. This idea did not work well. So, dropped.

And most important thing is Maternity pads. I searched in the net for these. I was sad of not getting these in the online market. When I inquired other mommies, most of them have used sanitary pads instead of maternity pads. I wonder, how can a sanitary pad hold that much of blood overflowing! I got to know about 'Mothercare' maternity pads. I personally was not satisfied by the look of the product. After much of searching, I asked our regular ' 24 hours' medical shop and I got these! I was so relaxed and later came to know that these are the same used by my hospital.

I also bought use and through under garments from ' Mom and Me". These were much useful. These are like knitted cloth and allow air to pass. These helps to heal fast.  And design is so that it covers till our belly, stretchable. These are best against the cloth undergarments we use. I bought one pack and reused only one from three. I was at the hospital for five days and first three days are given sponge bath. I had c section and everything is taken care by nurses. Later, I felt very easy while changing by my self. I'll write in detail about my experience in another post.

In total, I can say my packing worked for me well. I was accompanied by my husband to the hospital. First three days, my hubby took care of me and new born. All these arrangements and You tube lessons worked for us. Made our hospital life easier. Reminds you that, this is our first baby.

Forgot to mention about my cloths. I had purchased maternity nursing dress. In my hospital, we need to wear their own cloths during hospitalization. They gave washed cloths every day and if soiled, gave another pair. because of that. there was no need of personal clothing for me. I knew about this before admitting. That's why carried a set of salwar set to wear while coming back home from hospital.

In total, our hospital bag comprised of above mentioned baby cloths,  my cloth sets and toiletries. This also included all other products bought earlier, baby towel, baby cloth nappies, baby towel and baby bed/godhali.

Hope this information might help who are looking for.

September 28, 2015

Photo shoot 2

This is another post related to taking product photos for my e shop. In the first post explained how I created low-cost light box. You can check the same HERE. I used same light setup to take most of the featured products. But when I was introducing fashion clothing, this set up was of no use. Because its small. The light box which I made was only good for jewelry and metal artifacts. At first I thought to ask my friends to model wearing the cloths. This idea was not possible as I have only single piece in each design. I believe it's not good to sell the product once wore by another person. So, after some brain storming thought to click with natural light. Here is the result of first trial at my balcony.

Still I was not sure. I googled to find out more ways to click cloths. Many people are using white board and pin the cloths on it, light properly n take the shoot. For me, I have no studio setup. My space and budget do not allow me to spend on these items. If I go outdoor, there are chances of getting the cloths stained. After much of thinking a way out, I got this idea, why not use white cloth as background and use wooden frame to take the pictures. So decided to go with this idea. Here you can see the setup.

To make the frame stand was challenging. I used weight filled shoe box on one side and tied white string on another side. Later covered the box with dress material and photoshoped the string. Here is the result.

Later edited with designer pattern sketches and the product images looks like this. I have not brighten the images. I wanted to show the actual colors as much possible.

I am sharing this as it might helpful to those  who want to start a e business with low budgets like me. You can check other dress materials photos HERE.

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