Monday, September 26, 2016

Miniature Garden

Hi friends,I am back with a  miniature garden,as promised in my last post ,this broken pot is one of the items which was   hidden for a long time in my junk yard .I could not find proper material to build steps,then I found these Tiles,which s are used as steps.
Planted some succulents.Since they are the best bet for the miniatures.
Succulents are multiplied by cuttings.Thumb rule is  not to over water it.It needs plenty of sunlight.

This is the full view along with  the water lilies.
One more miniature I tried with Iron pan which was quite heavy and it is highly impossible to dig a hole.

Thick Plastic sheet with hole is placed over the pan before filling the potting mixture.
Plants with small leaves are ideal for miniature garden.Coupia ,Spatyphyllum dwarf are planted.

Floating plants are added to the small pond .Iron with moist planting mixture tends to rust in due course, and is considered to be one of the best nutrients for the plant.It is already 20 days  since I planted keeping it in semi shaded area.Already I see new leaves sprouting from the branches which makes me so happy.I feel whether you a have a small or large garden Miniature garden is a mustfor any garden enthusiasts.Space and container is not a question at all you can grow it in any container.It thrives in a window sill ,balcony anywhere, where there is enough sunlight.hoping to do  more  in the coming months.If you have any questions/suggestions please do drop me a line,I would be delighted to be of help.
Thanks for visiting
Have a Creative week!

Monday, September 19, 2016


Hi friends, I had my first workshop on Ikebana last week  for  50"Young group.The group started in Bangalore a few months back  by Anitha Gurnani,Anand Gurnani and ,Kamal Raheja from Mumbai.I wonder why no  one from Bangalore thought of starting like this.We had a Lunch meet last month.They saw my You tube video on Ikebana wanted to have one workshop for the members.Our founder was keen that our members should take home an arrangment. since Ikebana cannot be packed and taken home I ended up doing Ikebana as well as western arrangement for them.
I gave a demo on basic  Ikebana and moved on to western arrangment.I created a few freestyle arrangements with orchids for the participants to see.
Many  Ikebana specialist will agree that to practice Ikebana we need to collect so many driftwood,dried leaves,pipes tubes etc.Though I have a seperate room to store the collections.It tends to spill which is an example of the above picture,I have this driftwood structure to hang umbrellas at times it serves to hold my arrangements too.

Flowers have a a unique power to bring a smile on everyones face.

Participants with their creations .When it comes to arts and crafts I cannot limit myself to sharing.My slogan is" the more you share the more you gain" what say friends.So the basics of Ikebana and western arrangements are taught  in  a single workshop and ofcourse for the price of one .
Earlier I have done workshop for NGO teachers on jewellery making,Newspaper crafts for partially blind children .This is my first on Ikebana.Hoping to have more in all the areas which I practice,Digital scrapbooking,Mural,Decoupage,Metal embossing,Tanjore painting,recycling,Miniature gardening.Ah my  my next post would be on Miniature gardening I am bitten badly by it.Stay tuned will be back soon.
Thanks for stopping by
Happy crafting

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Hello Friends,
It has been a  very long time since I did painting.I was totally lost in my new found world of decoupage and flower arrangments.One of my friend suggested that we do   a kerala mural painting together.we talked   and  discussed  went on postponing and then one fine day we did started to paint.

I wanted to display a bit differently/My old recycled drum was looking dull I wanted  to give a make over with this mural.

I just wrapped  the painted sheet(Catridge paper) over the box and applied two coats of Mod Podge

For the lid also I  pasted a  pattern paper.The satisfaction I got  after finishing this painting was tremendous,It made me ponder over my earlier paintings.It is high time I should return to my roots.I am grateful to my friend for her suggestion.Hoping to do more painting.
Thanks for stopping by
Your ideas and suggestions are always welcome

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Hello friends,
After a long time I am sharing this decoupage project,which I have abandoned and restarted after few months.Hence I could not take step by-step photo..

This is the original one.I applied one coat of  primer  then two coats of white enamel.

I " modpodged" printed napkins to the sides and tried some texture work in the middle of the box.

At the  Center of the box  I stuck a DOILY and a chipboard

This is the final look of the box after a lot of painting and pasting and varnishing.I still have a lot to recycle.Will be back soon with new ones.
Have a creative week ahead
Thanks for stopping by

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Hi crafters
I am sharing here the most common carton boxes" make over".Which can be used for packing gifts  organisers  or anything you fancy.Depending on the creativity these waste cartons can be put to good use.

I inserted a wire and made a beaded handle before pasting the paper.
paper pasted  around the box

I added a bit of lace and embellishment,stuck a body spray lid for  the bottom to make it stand.

Ah here it is standing majestic is it not?
I covered the" body spray" lid with gold lace

I like to collect all cartons from toothpaste to cereal box.Above  one is a sneak peak of my organisers made out  of my carton  collection.if you want yours to be converted like the above.Do drop a line.I work with NGOs with skill developement.If you can pass your cartons we can  customise for a nominal fee.

Have a wonderful weekend

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016


Hello friends,
 Altered and upcycled crafts fever had caught me very badly not leaving me to do anything else.I thank my blogger friends for the inspiration.

This month I will be sharing a old carton turned to a house with  two drawers in the front to store some craft items.Top roof can also be opened to store a little heavy objects.


This empty carton was with me for the past one year,I wanted to do a house with windows, curtains and a cage.Everything I was planning and imagining in my mind.Suddenly one fine day I rummaged my trash spread in two rooms and lofts to find the materials to put together.

Long back I did this painted canvas with  clay petunias .It fitted exactly to breadth of the box.

Under it I gave two slits to hold the drawers(old sweet boxes)

Small cage with a quilled bird
front door with a corrugated sheet, used acrylic spray and a cat made of air dry   clay

Side view with a window.I liked the window ring.It is a top part of a body spray.The top roof can be opened to store more heavy things like fevicol ,spray can etc.All kinds of trash are used here.Even the background, "world map paper" is also from a magazine which I have preserved.Nothing goes waste only thing is you have to have a heart to store these junks.
I would like to hear your comments and suggestions.
Thanks for stopping by
Have a creative day

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Thursday, April 7, 2016


Hi Friends,
This time when I went for shopping I could not resist myself from  buying tissue papers.Since the price 
was very tempting and the shopkeeper was also ready to decrease .So I picked  a bundle.without
knowing where I will use

 First item was this bag which I found in my cupboard was very much new,except for the bold letter,the bag is quite nice to carry for shopping.

I cut papers from two different set of tissue paper.Since the jute material was thick no wringkles appeared.The napkins simply sat perfectly.which is a plus point.

Now the bag is ready to go on a shopping spree

I was inspired my Samra"s mood board about nature.First thing which came to my mind was this"Wagneria" flowers from my garden.Its striking red signifies a bright and wonderful beginning of spring.Since she mentioned to add recycled products added the old window frame for the arrangement.

A sumptuous lunch /dinner is considered incomplete without a Dessert is it not?
Similarly I consider my post is incomplete without a flower arrangement.

Here is the Dessert!!!!
How is it?.Do you like the main course or the Dessert?
Let me know


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