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May 22, 2017

DIY Lamp Shade


Now a days I am pretty much hooked into Instagram. There are so many inspirational decor images. One such image made me do this lamp. In that image they have kept a floor lamp which back lighted the palm plant and same was lighting above wall painting. In my case, I have just nailed a beautiful Jharoka which we bought from our recent trip to Jaipur and have a palm plant just below it. Thought why not use an old lamp shade base to do my type of floor lamp. 

I grabbed a piece of cloth, scissors, glue, gum tape and card sheet to do so. I measured old lamp shade base and cut the card sheet. I rolled paper to form a cylinder shape and glued it. I rolled same paper cylinder on cloth to get the measurement, cut and glued on this paper from outside. Looked fab to me. There was a little problem. I needed some base for the lamp. Thought of using beads. To gum the beads directly to thin shade is not possible. Suddenly a new idea struck me. I took out tooth picks, inserted beads in them and stick three of them to the bottom of the shade. DONE! 

Now I placed the bulb and the wiring into its place. My bead base allowed me to pass the wire out from the lamp shade. You can read how I fitted this wiring from this old tutorial.

 Here is the result. I am quiet Happy. How you feel?

With Jharoka, I'll write a new post :)

November 12, 2016

Deepavali 2016 : Part 3


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


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


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!

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