Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oil painitng - Anarkali

Hi friends, sharing with you my very first oil painting frame. It is quiet huge and adorns the wall of our big hall at my native place.
This is the painting of a Indian queen/princess in olden days. It was fun to draw and paint the entire thing. She is all clad in lovely jewellery which i highlighted using kundan/color stones(not very visible in the photo). Her dress is a traditioanl ghaghra. I loved making her chunri (veil), love the translucent effect.
Sorry for the not so good pictures. This is all I could manage to take at night and also the outer cover made it difficult to get clear pics.
The main fun and challenge with this paining was how we transported it on my two wheeler. The person sitting at the back holding it with great difficulty and almost ready to fly with the frame!!! 
Do let me know how you liked it!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Three generations of gorgeousness minus one ;) !!

Hi there lovely friends,

Here is another page from my baby book, featuring my mom, daughter and myself. My Mom is the most beautiful and lovely lady, and little daughter is full of cuteness and innocence. As for me, I am just a link between these two. So no where near my mom and far outgrown the cuteness of my daughter! Hence the title with three generations of gorgeousness minus me!(*winks*)

Love the way this page has come out. I wanted to do this long back, but always got postponed because of paints(coz i wanted to do some misting).yeh too lazy to take them out! Have used some number chippies, separated by mirrors. Doily and washi tape adorning the pictures. Used some dimentioanl stickers.
"My Sunshine" seemed to be an apt title for the page with my two darlings. Stamped a fairy and colored with pens.

The first picture is from a family picnic (entire my side of the family) It was too good. Had lotoff fun meeting everyone after so long and enjoying with singing bollywood numbers, playing cards, dumb charades. I just hope this latest generation (my younger cousins) look away from there phones more often! They are so contantly fiddling with their phones, that it feels the people in front of them are not there and they are with the person/s in the phone..texting n all.. The elder generation (my mom-aunts an all) however were fun, they had become more care free and wated to enjoy with full participation!

The 2nd picture is at my moms place. We all got ready for a cousin's marriage. (Please excuse the post-partum chubby me!) Its fun to attend indian marriages. Getting ready, gossiping, eating..oh so much to do! ;)

Thanks for stopping by, have a good day!

Sending this to:
http://lulupu.blogspot.in/2012/10/challenge-5-my-favourite-four.html - C1
http://kcclayoutchallenges.blogspot.ca/2012/10/lmcb-111-double-take.html (Double take- the three of us in two pictures)

Saturday, October 20, 2012

New friend

Hi Peeps, just wanted to flaunt this lovely layout made my bloggy friend Yvonne, whom I met recently in Melbourne. We had a lovely time chit chatting and did some craft shopping too, warmed up with a cuppa hot chocolate! Loved it!!!

In the process we did forget to click a picture of ours and so I sent a pic of me and my daughter. Yvonne made this lovely composite layout telling the complete story perfectly without the actual picture of that day!

Thats what is called expertise in scarp booking, and Yvonne is definitely my favourite and my inspiration. :)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Hi Friends,
Wanted to share some of my recent wins with you all..

Won at Crafty JC - for this apron shaped card which is very special to me.

Won at For the love of crafting for this CAS card

Won at the cards galore scrapbook challenges for this scrapbook page

Became the fabulous five at Hands to heart challenges for this quilled animal train photo frame 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Quilled birthday girl + popup card

Made this birthday card for a sweet little girl, my niece. Everyone says my daughter resembles her, genes you know!

Made a happy, quilled little girl. The background paper is from my scrapbook kit. The bangles are looking cute, arent they? (thats my brothers suggestion, who has become more artistic after his marriage ;), all thanks to my lovely SIL)

The inside is a sweet little surprise with a pop up birthday cake and banner. This is my first attempt at a pop up card, very mush inspired by dear Dr Sonia of  cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.in/?m=1 .
Saw this simple technique for pop up on pinterest and was dying to give it a try, its very easy and gives a lovely 3D effect to the card. Check it out here.

Sending this to:
Itsy Bitsy challenege - Make it dimensional
Hands to Hearts challenge - For a precious child
Scrapfit High flying flag
Beyond grey challenge
Crafters corner Celebrate with flowers
Trapped in craft

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Mix media canvas - gift from a dear friend

Gorgeous canvas, isnt it? I so admired the lovely canvases with amazing textures, which my dear bloggy friend Yvonne made for her niece and nephews..so lucky of them to have her as an aunt!
We met last month in Melbourne and had a great time. It was not less than a dream come true for me. She made this cutie for me and sent it all the way from singapore, just to reach me on my bday eve! I was happiest to receive this handmade pressie on my bday! :) Thanks dear..hugs.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Modak for anant chaturdashi

Made these yummylicious modaks for anant chaturdashi. Anant Chaturdashi is generally the tenth or eleventh day after Ganesh Chaturthi, and all the Ganesh idols brought into homes and communities are immersed in the sea or nearby lakes and rivers.On this day, people travel to the waterfront with the idols, large and small, dancing and singing in large processions. Lord Ganesha is departed, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement.
We too celebrate ganesh festival every year for 10 days. It feels as if lord Ganesh has actually became a part of our family. We do pooja aarti in the morning and evening with all the family members and offer prasad.
My mom makes these modaks every year for ganesh fest and they would disappear in no time! Just love this stuffed sweet with crisp covering.

For the dough:
Maida/ APF - 2cup
Olive oil - 1/2 cup (you can use any cooking oil or ghee)
Pinch of Salt

For The Filling:
Grated Coconut-1/2 cups
Sugar- 1 cups
Nuts of your choice(I used finely chopped almond)
Sultana/dried grapes - 1 tbsp
Sooji/ Rava-1 and half cup
Ghee-1 tbs
Cardamom Powder-1 tsp
cinnamon powder- 1/2 tsp
Oil- For Deep Frying

The Outer Dough:
In a bowl add oil, maida and salt, rub until it resembles bread crumbs.. Add water little by little to form a firm dough. Divide it into 21 equal portions. Cover and keep it aside.

For The Filling:
In a pan, heat ghee and roast sooji until golden. Take this sooji out in a bowl. Mix in the sugar,  Sliced nuts, cardamom powder and coconut powder. Divide it into 21 equal portions.

Preparing the Modak:
Roll a ball of dough into a thin circle. Place the one portion of the filling in the centre. Apply little milk with your fingers on the circumference. Gather the sides and bring them on top. Press them gently to form a conical structure at the top.
Heat oil. Add the prepared modaks and fry on medium low flame until it is little reddish from all sides. Drain oil and transfer to a plate. When cool store in airtight jar (if any remain!)

Sending this to Gayathri's walk down the memory lane event


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