Making a Seashell Windchime and Video blogging

Mornin’ ladies! Come, wake up to cool breeze, a sunny bed and seashell windchime. Need some coffee? Come on along, come my beauties. I’m in the mood to play host.

Remember my walk by the beach post? Where I picked up crabs, shells and a lot of beachy things? No? Well, I stay about an hour and a half from the beach and I have access to beautiful, FREE, beachy things that I get home every weekend- I’ve been officially branded as the “trash” queen.  No woman, no cry…them people dont know what I see.

Moving on, I had these really cute ice cream cups, that I’d saved: I knew it right from the start that they’d become windchime. But honestly, a seashell windchime or a seashell mobile, as you would like to call, was not on my mind. It just began randomly with me wrapping twine around the cups. My original plan was to attach some bells and crystals. But soon after I was surrounded with lots of shells and I was drilling holes in them. These things happen to me. Random ideas. For all you know, a minute before I was thinking about how ugly Pamela Anderson looks.

I poked two holes in the cups and ran a twine through both of them keeping about 20cm length in between the two. Tie a knot below the holes to keep it in place. Next, I drilled tiny holes in the shells and attached them to the freestanding twine. Honestly, you can really get creative or lazy at this point. Attach randomly or in a pattern- its all fair in love, war and this seashell windchime.

I have put together a small video as to how it moves, look and feel. I hope you all will enjoy!

Video, edit et al: This girl with the pink wall.

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Feel good Friday: Beer Mask for skin

Beer mask for skin. yes, that’s what we are going to talk about today. But before that, ‘morning ladies. How’s it going at yours? In this part of the world, things are all right. Happy and shining and springy and flowery and its beer time. The other day I had a discussion with a friend of mine about whether or not I’m selective about what I write in my blog considering a lot of my family members check this space regularly. You wanna know the answer? Heck no. I write things as I feel, as I want, as I do and experience. I love my family members and my friends but what they think of me would never really be a good enough reason for me to be selective in what I write ‘coz then to my audience, I’d be outright cheating. Yes, there are some things that I choose not to discuss over this space but whatever I write, it is as experienced. Best part is my family members are more than supportive to me and never really imposed anything on me by far. They believe in giving one their freedom and we always knew how to not misuse it. As simple as that. Now come on, take it easy and drink some! Or if you want that super skin without the calories, here’s a beer mask recipe for you.

We had some left over beer from our good times and since no one would touch that no-fizzy, flat beer, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to treat the lady in me with some exotic face mask. Easy and very quick to make, this mask gives instant results. Word of a real girl, no kidding. Whether you have had a long day at the open and your face is tanned or you are tired and need to revive those tired skin cells- this beer mask recipe will work just fine. I know what you are thinking. Can you use it before you hit a party? Yes, you can. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to the mask and you’d never know you were dunked in beer an hour ago!

Note: This recipe will work for normal to combination skin, which is a plus point. Plus, this also helps reduce dark spots and blemishes.

Rest, why don’t you figure it out for yourself! You’ll be happily surprised.

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What you need

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Beer: 1/2 teaspoon

Egg white: 1

Almond extract: A drop

Whisk it all together and keep. Wash your face with the face wash you prefer, pat dry and apply mask directly on face.

Let it dry- at this point your skin will feel very taught and you’ll feel like your botox treatment has gone wrong. Just relax and think of Gerard Butler.

When completely dry, wash your face with lukewarm water and see the results. Honestly, if not the beer mask, I think Mr. Butler is also quite capable of giving you that dreamy glow. 😛

Real glow for real girls baby.

Try it out and let me know!

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Chicken Stir Fry Recipe- with sweet chilli, bell pepper and garlic sauce

Morning Ladies! How’s it cooking? I thought it’s been a while that we did some good food talk in here. So, today it will be a very easy chicken stir fry recipe that you can make in minutes. We will proceed then. Yeah?

My sister is an exceptional cook. If fancy takes her she can possibly cook herself through Cordon Bleu without the slightest of hesitation. But she has a problem. The problem is she cannot explain or as I would tell her, “You don’t want to”. I mean come on, how can you not prove (a+b)^2 = a^2+2ab+b^2 when you know the formula? I’ll tell you where I’m coming from.

Last to last weekend we were at my sister’s, me and Rohan, and she prepared this wonderful starter that we literally licked clean in some 8 minutes. It was as I would say a food lover’s delight. Obviously, I asked her for the recipe, as i need different starters on weekends and she told me so too. Happy and excited I did some grocery shopping the next day and prepped myself up for cooking- We thought we’d have it for dinner with homemade cheese garlic bread. But to my utter disappointment, what I ended up with a big mass of gooey-chicken-y-saucey- something that tastes like the chicken had been drunk on soy sauce before it gave its life away and the vegetables followed him weeping sour tears. Jeee! Poor guy, struggled through it without a word. And when I asked him, how is it, he told me it was wonderful but just that it was a bit gooey. But come on, I’m a seasoned cook and all with rolled up sleeves. I knew in the heart of hearts that I royally screwed it. But how could I? Something went wrong or went missing. And you know whom to catch to get the inside story right?

Oh yeah! My sister’s most trusted house help and chamber maid and part time nanny to my niece etc etc. I cornered her this Saturday at my sisters and held a knife to her throat and asked her: “What went into the chicken?”. Hahaha. Well, not really, but yes, I did corner her and asked her as to what exactly did she cut for the chicken stir fry that my sissy made? And like an open book she revealed the secrets. How I love her. I made her show me the sauces (my sister never told me she put in that garlic sauce! See!) and also made her go and buy them for me from the store they frequent. She was more than happy to.

And that night, I finally achieved what I wanted to. Perfectly cooked, cubed, soft, tangy chicken in a sweet and hot sauce with hints of garlic. The man finally said: “You know, the one you cooked the other day, it was Bull****.” Ah well, not like I didn’t know.

So, here my friend is the recipe for chicken stir fry, unedited, uncensored and revealed as it is. Good for you you didn’t have to hold a knife to a poor lady’s throat. *smiles*

Ingredients:

Bell peppers: 1 cup, cut in strips

Green onion: 1 cup, cut in strips

Garlic: 3 pods, sliced

Onions: 3, small, peeled

Broccoli: 1 cup, cut in florets

Baby corn: 1/2 cup (optional)

Sauces

Sweet chilly sauce: 1 tbsp

Dark soy: 1 tbsp

garlic Sauce: 1/2 tbsp

Green chilly sauce: 1/2 tbsp

Olive oil: 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Chicken: 2 cups, cubed and boneless

Directions

heat olive oil in a wok

When the oil is smoking hot, reduce the flame and drop in your chicken. cover and cook them till light golden. Remember not to over cook or it will become hard. Should take you about a minute or two.

Uncover and add garlic. Toss well and add your veggies. Toss the entire content again and cook for about a minute.

Now, follow with your sauces. any order is fine as long as you’re putting dark soy the last. Also follow addition of each sauce with a bit of tossing or stirring. This helps in mixing the flavors well. Cover cook for 30 seconds and not more. You dont want your vegetables to get soggy.

Poke a skewer through your chicken and see whether its cooked. Once the chicken is done, season your stir fry with salt and serve hot with bread or noodles. Or even better, some beer.

Enjoy.

The Tru-cook signs off

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Mesh Drum Chandelier for less than 5$

Hey there! How is it crafting? This will be a short post owing to deadlines that I need to meet- I have to write a webpage on egg donation and IVF treatment and the minimum word limit of which should be 650 words and should be very very technical. Then I shall have to move on to a fabric release for a fashion designer and then I shall have to move onto a web content again for a digi solution agency. Talk about variety being the spice of life.

When I moved into this house, the wire Chandy I made got crumpled under the furniture during moving and I soon realized that even if I make a replica of the same, its going to meet a similar fate as I’ll have to move again in the next 1o months. What I needed was a quick and yet simple DIY chandy idea that is both strong and aesthetically delicate. I needed a Drum Chandelier.

Drum Chandy for less than 5$

I bought a sheet of 30″ mesh wire (Rs. 50 or approx 1$) and rolled it to a drum shape.

I used the free ends of the wires sticking out to bind the over lapping section. Just see where the free ends meet and with the help of a plier simply twist the free straight wire ends to form a hook and hook it to the adjacent squares. You’ll get it. It’s easy.

Next, twist all the free ends inside so that it hurts no one

Attach a horizontal chain cutting the circle in half

Next, attach a longer chain to the center hook of the previous chain. (2$ for the chain)

Wrap fairy lights around it and take the end wire that is to be connected to the electrical socket, through the chain. (1$)

Connect with the help of a tester and a screwdriver.

Also, make sure you are wearing gloves all time and switch the main off while establishing a connection.

(Labour: 1 $ ;P)

Ta-da!

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Sparrows ♥ Saturday Brunch = We ‘Need’ a Bird Feeder and a Bath + A funny story!

Howdie Tru Girls! Hello from the sunny land and a sun bathed veranda currently under a sweet invasion. I prefer my coffee by the kitchen window or the sliver of veranda adjoining my bedroom but today I was kicked out of my favorite haunts. Silently, diplomatically and with stinking cuteness.

So many sparrows visited me this morning as I made my first cup, I couldn’t help but run inside and grab my cam. They wake me up every morning, yes, and I fill their dish. But today, they simply decided to invade. Maybe because I’m home and its Saturday. I think they love weekends. Anyway, do you know what the best part is? They don’t give a damn about me being there with my camera. I was up close and personal with them this morning and they took no offense what so ever. They happily chirped and hopped away, eating breakfast. And as I write, I can hear them still.

See, fat little arrogant bum. Need some tanning lotion, do ya? My mum LURVES sparrows and they visit her too back home. Last time I visited my parents, my mum had a functional fountain and a feeder…Jeeee! You think she sent these guys to me? Could be. Not that I mind.

I give them par boiled rice in a foodgrade bowl for now but considering the inflow, we’ll need to make provisions for these tiny friends of mine soon.

And now, you should listen to this

In our last house, a sparrow or two used to visit us. The windows faced north so there was very little or no direct sunlight unlike my current house which has French Windows opening to the east. Their favorite gig was to bathe themselves under my flowering plants that had been watered. A bleeding soul that I am, I thought they go through so much trouble and I searched online for inspirations and all as to how to make a bird bath and feeder, blah blah and made them one. Next morning I was hoping to see them take a lavish bath and I woke up early and made myself a pot of tea so that I can “enjoy” my tea while they bathe themselves. You know, those country dreams? Hahahaha. Guess what? They wouldn’t even touch it. Worst part, they never came back.

But this lot seems educated. They will come and I know it.  They look open to training and ideas and luxury.

Off to some brunch.

Anyone has any ideas as to how to make a birthday easily? The last one was too much pain. Will be appreciated.

Toodles

Celtic Heart Knot: Wear it, flaunt it, hang it and our first video!!!

Howdie ladies! ‘Sup and all?

So much activity since Monday. Wendy welcomed grandson baby Logan in her family, Spring cleaning is on, Michele showed us some vintagey blings that she just cant get over, Sarah from a beachcottage is decluttering her storage and I am participating in the challenge: Love this blog land, I do. It keeps me pepped up, always!

I’ve been smitten by the lost art of knotting lately and more so by this particular knot: the Celtic heart knot. I had some coir left from the monkeyfist knot and I decided to give it a go with the same material before trying it with cord and making a necklace. I have little patience and I am known to screw up things, believe me. Lol. Anyway..

It took me a few tries but I did it alright!

My next attempt would be a necklace in pink cords. Fingers crossed!

Also, the man and I made a video for his band- we focused a lot more on the music than the production value. This was made in our old home. I don’t know if I have ever told anyone of you here about this band of ours called Colaba Point for which I sing at times when required 🙂 An initiative born out of casual jamming sessions and free will, I was not a part of their ideal line up, but joined much later when he discovered that I can sing! About that trait of mine- later.  The album is yet to be released but you can find our first album on bandcamp.

Video and song by the man in question: Rohan!

We like things old school and POV based: This is our dig and happy times and fun which we find in music.

This is what the man has to say about the video above:

“Colaba Point is a Mumbai based music collective with a strong DIY ethic. This was a casual video attempt made in about 2 hours last night while I was trying out my first experiments with video and movie maker. One of us made that chandelier using those small decorative Christmas lights 🙂 Song and video was recorded at home. When I made the song, I thought it would fit well as a background score for a fancy dinner sequence in some black and white movie.

I know that fried chicken and cheap wine isn’t exactly a fancy dinner, but in a world where millions sleep hungry every night, I’ll excuse myself for calling it so. “

So, that’s that for you ladies and gentlemen (if any) Be happy, listen to good music and love each other.

~Roy~

How to make a Monkey Fist Knot for your coastal decor

G’day ladies. Mid February and all…is the Sun shining at yours? It’s spring here darling. Cool nights, cozy twilights, warm days, blooming flowers, glasses of rum interspersed with Gin and lemonade, great gigs, wine on the slopes, getting happy, warm showers, fan and blankets. Totally phenom.

Anyway!

Grabbed your first cuppa yet? Good. ‘Coz I have some Nautical home accents here with me for that perfect beach style decorating. Finally back with some crafts now that I gave a rest to the freelance works for a while! Yes, money feels good, but having some free time to do something you really love doing or best, to do nothing is very, very important.  And halloa! See what came out of nothingness! A coir monkey fist knot that’s perfect for your beach-cottage / coastal style decor.

Ideally made with cords and raffia, I wanted to try it with coir- a kind of rope made from dried coconut and one that’s very popular in India. They generally come in twisted pattern so overall gives anything made out of them a very coastal effect. But mind you, wear gloves while working with them ‘coz newly bought ones are real tough!

So, how to make a monkey Fist Knot?

All you’ll need is a cords or a rope and you’ll wrap it around your fingers in 3 different direction, looping 4 times in each looping pattern. Haha, sounds absolutely unachievable right? On the contrary, it’s quite easy. I could have done a video but I want to show you the video from which I learnt.

Easy peasy?

I’ll be back with another knot very, very appropriate for valentines Day or otherwise: The Celtic Heart knot. Maybe this time I’ll try and do a vlog as well! What say?

Have a great week ahead and keep it crafty.

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