Vintage teapot knockoff & A Teapot planter from trash

Hello there. Well, as a matter of fact, I have been to each of your blogs before writing this so i know a LOT is happening yo! Today I have no questions here but a quick and easy DIY to share, a little about me and a slice of my home to show you all. My love for kettles and teapots has been there ever since.  I love teapots. Specially vintage teapots and vintage kettles in aluminium, steel, enamel or even China. Certain, unseen, air bourne  chemicals from these good looking teapots binds with the love hormones in me to create an attraction so strong that I cannot resist myself from bringing it home.  Happens, such things. So, you can get how I feel about a broken teapot right?  That’s so right. Terrible. I do not care who breaks it; whoever does it bears my look for the rest of the day. I know, I know. It’s not good be materialistic, blah blah bull crap but I cannot feel “alright” when I things I love gets damaged. I get grumps.

Anyway, when the help girl broke my Borosil teapot, I was furious. But what can you really tell a person when she herself is apologetic about it and did not break it intentionally? I couldn’t tell her anything but I was dying inside. My beautiful two cup teapot is now broken. Do I have to throw it away or what. The break was clean and a small piece from the bottom of the teapot has come out clean. Clearly there was no option of using it as a teapot, ever again. But I dont know why I didn’t throw it. I picked up the piece and kept them both out in the verandah. Who knew, I would come up with a sustainable idea, just after about 5 hours.

While browsing the internet, I saw a blogger feature a vintage teapot she found for 4$ and it looked exactly like my teapot but for the fact that it was made of aluminium. She also tucked in some beautiful flowers in ’em. H-O-L-Y whatever, why didn’t I think of it before! Why not utilize the teapot to make it a planter! Oh, and since I am doing it anyway, why not make it look like an aluminium vintage teapot planter! Since there was no piece missing from the teapot and the break was clean, a coat of brushed aluminium wouldn’t even show the crack. Win. Win. Win.

I stuck the piece, dried, gave it a coat of brushed aluminium finish acrylic paint and dried it for a day.

The next day, I filled it with some potting soil that “feeds for 90 days” and potted some money plant. I wanted to pot succulents ideally but it was not available.

Wanna see what it started from?

 

And here is the inspiration

 So, what do you say? Good or no good?

Have a great weekend ladies!

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DIY Painted Totes: A bit of hippy fashion for the hippy at heart girl!

Good afternoon my crafty chicas! How’s it going on your part of the world? Who’s in snow? Who’s wearing the shorts? Who’s baking summat and who’s getting thirsty for some beer? In here my friends, it started to feel a lot like Spring. Its not cold, not too warm either, holding a cup of tea feels excellent in the mornings and a glass of iced tea in the afternoon; we are enjoying a fabulous weather by the sea and the heart is light and airy and colorful and oh-so-boho! I’m clear in my head, I feel focused, I feel excellent. For a change, in my otherwise white home, I’m loving a bit of color, for planters, I’m adding a wee bit of yellow and this happy mood is possibly reflecting on my work as well. The longer it stays the better for I know grumps know when I am happy!

A couple of years back, I picked up this very plain black tote for my office. The material is suede on the outside and satin inside. Well, it looked fabulous and I had no complaint- still don’t. But when a friend of mine brought me this mushroom patch from Haridwar, I simply couldn’t resist seeing how the two would look together; whether my beautiful, regal, classic black beauty like the fun of popping…umm some color. You see, for years I have saved this bag from different ideas that I had- I was scared I would spoil its grace. But maybe, silently it was waiting for its time, for the moment I placed it, I knew it would be perfect. She was taking it well. She needed some color!

So, I stuck the embroidered patch with fabric glue and painted around it a retro, 70’s flower in two contrasting bright colors. Yes, I am a die hard retro fashion fan and I wish I was born in the 60’s. In fact Rohan thinks I look like a girl from the black n white films. Bah! How I love that compliment. Also, if by now you are laughing at me thinking that maybe I do not know what that patch is all about, darlin’ lemme tell you. I wasn’t born yesterday. And those who think I do know a wee too much, guys, im a decor junkie and that’s about it 😛

Okay, to the point. I used acrylic colors, dried it for a night and here we are. I literally caught a colleague of mine to be my model. Sweet chick did it for me over green tea and grapes.

I really am liking the bright patch of color and the whimsy its bringing. Imagine this with a classic denim shorts, a white shirt, hoops, brown belt and some faded gold chains. I can die for it. So, what do you girls think? Nice no? or no?

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Trumatter’s Dump & Go Mocha-Vanilla Marble cake Recipe

Hi! I know. Long time. So, how have you all been? Baking and all? Can’t believe even January is coming to an end. Where is time going! I see my blog stat spike in a straight line the day I post and get all excited and promise to post one-something everyday, but by the time I post again, it’d have fulfilled its destiny to become a barely visible “dot”.

*Sigh*, guess whom I blame? To the fact that I don’t have a proper chair to sit and write, to the fact that I have not seen this particular movie and its coming on HBO and I must bot miss it, to the fact that working with laptop in my bed can affect me, to the fact that its only 11:00, I can start writing from 12- all sorts of Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes- if anyone reads ) like excuses. I have so much to write but I simply don’t. ‘Coz I am a lazy little bum. And just so you might know, I love creating a big deal out of nothing occasionally to avoid things; like make it seem like its some big problem. Haha, you know why? Because then, probably, I won’t have to do the chore or something that I so don’t want to do.  Yes, I am a mischievous little thing. But anyway.

Last night I thought, my home stopped smelling like a bakery and made myself some mocha-vanilla marble cakes. Easy as counting 1-2-3, the rich taste comes from vegetable oil that substitutes butter in this recipe. Being an editor of a food site (www.slurrpy.com) I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of talented chefs across the city and I learnt this trick from the pastry chef of Sugartooth confectioners. If you want volume in your cake, opt butter. But if you are looking for a rich cake or a pastry base, oil is your best friend.

Considering I’d love a bite with my morning coffee or with some ice cream as dessert, I chose oil. Believe me, the result is fantastic. This mocha-vanilla swirl cake, you can have anytime. Or at least I can and since I baked after sometime now, I had fun. Swirling and mixing, plus playing with the shutter speed and aperture and tripod.

I realized that I love photography as much as I love baking.  I can do this on end: Click photographs. Without procrastinating or even feeling tired. So I guess, this is what I really love to do or maybe its the genes! I’ll tell you about the gene part some other time. For now, here is the recipe!

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Trumatter’s Dump and Go Mocha-Vanilla Swirl cake Recipe

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Ingredients

All purpose flour: 1 cup

Instant roasted coffee powder: 2 teaspoon

Eggs: 2 large

Baking powder: 1 teaspoon

Sugar: 2/3rd cup

vegetable oil: 1 cup + 1 teaspoon (for greasing)

Vanilla extract: 1 teaspoon

Cold water: 2 teaspoon

Directions

You’ll need two bowls, one cup & two forks.

Beat eggs and sugar in a bowl. When creamy add vanilla.

Pour a cup of flour and sift it well with baking powder. Mix it to the bowl with egg and sugar mixture. Mix well and gradually fold in the oil.

Now divide the mixture into half (here comes another bowl)

Dissolve instant coffee powder in 2 teaspoon of water and mix it to one of the bowls. The batter will take on a beautiful coffee color at this point. Keep aside.

Grease a bundt pan with whatever medium you choose, and keep pouring the batters in alternate layers. I went head on with vanilla followed by coffee followed by vanilla and ending with coffee.

Now, with a butter knife, gently make your signature marble impression by cutting the knife through the batter. Go round and psy or   make “infinity” symbols or if you are like my sister, you can simply but gently cut criss-cross. Why I stress on “Gently”? because otherwise you will end up having a tasty, bad looking cake that will defy the purpose of separating it 😛

Now in a preheated oven (300) bake it for about 15 minutes and then for another 20 minutes in 180.

Slice and serve.

{♥}

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Going Coastal & an Easy, Beachy centerpiece idea


A rather quick turnaround, innit? Well, it took me almost 2 years to figure out my own style of living but once decided, things are going pretty fast here in this tiny apartment by the creek. So what it takes me an hour to hit the beach, so what I stay by the creek and not practically by the sea, I do live in the coast and I can get some sunshine whenever I want to. I can open my windows and breathe in the salty air, I can decide to walk by the beach if I want to! Is that not enough to have a totally-oh-so-lovely coastal home? I know. It totally is.

Last week I was at the beach and we found some really pretty shells. And if you remember, I made these aqua glass jars a couple of months back- I have washed them many times and I love the permanent staining, without washing restrictions. You can see it here as to how I did it!

A couple of shells, some fresh cut flowers and some water. Even on a grey, cold day like today, you are bound to feel cheery! Assemble similar cuts in same height for a clustered look or arrange spray and different flowers in different or same height; in similar or contrast tones for cheer and whimsy. My mom would readily try her hands on with some succulents. She can grow them. She has a green or should I say, succulent thumb! Whatever your choice of cut or flower is, this very easy DIY coastal centerpiece will not take you more than 2 seconds. How I love thee o-beach-lovely!

Maybe I’ll do a coastal tablescape and see how it goes? Yes?

Well, alright, if you insist! In the next post though. Till then come and have some limoncello with me. The sun’s setting!

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DIY: Scented Teacup Candles with ‘Lily of the valley’ essence

Well hello here. How is it all going with all of you? I know I have become a bit irregular but I was very down and unproductive mentally and physically over the weekends. You know, the grump-gnomes, when they attack you, those kinda days!  I was in serious thoughts about future (for no reason), my heart was racing fast, I was in two minds about a lot of petty things that also included crafts, visiting friends and even dinner and was getting worked up over it, I was indecisive, scared, I practically pureed my baked fruit- all sorts of bad things of which i don’t want to talk about. So last night, I planned that I will get over this unnecessary grump and drive the gnomes away. I decided to take things as it come and deal with it then, when it does without thinking about it now and spoiling the best days of life. The R decided to help me by dining with me- roast chicken with vegetables and port wine. And after that we made these teacup candles with “Lily of the valley” essence.

Yes, I am adding a bit of yellow to my decor. I lit the teacup candle this morning while having a cup of tea and I loved the glow from within. These vintage, earthenware cups were a gift from my sister.

So, if you want to make you own teacup candle, here’s what you’ll need:

Wax: Shavings, block, plain candles anything will do

Essential oil: Of your choice

Wick

Pencil

How you’ll turn your beautiful cup into a magnificent teacup candle

Melt wax in a heavy bottomed pan with essential oil

Wound one end of the wick to a pencil and leave the other end free- the length of the free wick should be equal to the depth of the cup. Haha! Just make sure from the pencil, the wick reaches to the bottom of the cup in a straight line.

Position your pencil in such a way over the cup that the wick is positioned in center of the cup

Now, carefully pour the hot wax in the cup

Let it rest for 2-3 hours and you’ll end up with a homemade, brilliant, magnificent, artistic piece of candle of which you can be proud of. I love such crafts.

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Emerald Cove style lampshade makeover

Hey y’all! Feeling good? As fresh as new and like dew drops? Excellent. I am sleepy as a bud in the evening but this needs to be told. This post is “self proclaimed important” which should be sent out to decor enthusiast across the world immediately. Why? I don’t know. I have these moments where I must do what I want to do and when I want to do it. So, here I am writing a post at exact 1:01 A.M in the night about a lampshade makeover. How religious of me. Come now, tell me I am passionate about home decor. Praise me a bit. Please. You will lose nothing if you throw me a kind word or two.

Michelle from emeraldcove made herself a wonderful lampshade out of a pillow case, simply by ripping it in strips and tying knots. I heart her home, her style, her work, her drift woods. Umm, yeah, I liked this so much that I copy-catted it. (hmm-yeah-come on-it’s called being inspired.) And yes, they are easy, fun to make and radically transforms pretty much any lampshade carcass that you might want to throw away. Here’s my before.

I know you can’t tell how fugly it had become over time but believe me. I wont rip off a handsome leather lampshade just like that. It developed spots, was getting cracked and was falling apart. Btw, the table also went through a transformation. about that later. This morning, I ripped it to its carcass and did what Michelle did and also mentioned in her tutorial. Spot on. That girl’s got style. I’m yet to get a proper base for my lamp and Im hunting for one but the shade is now done. I’m also thinking of adding some little hanging crystals. Think that would look good? Open to advice. For now, I am more than happy with the result.

head over to Michelle to check her beautiful coastal home. She is one very talented young lady.

Here’s to you a great weekend and keep dreaming of the blue sea.

DIY & Repurpose: Skirt frills to curtain frills


Hello, hello, hello, holla! Right now, I’m loving a bit of ruffle in my life! I cannot get my mind off beautiful lacey ruffles in fact. If I could, I would have sewn little ruffles all over my clothes. Fluffy ruffles in white muslin, yes! And muslin drapes with their so shabby wrinkles. I know what you are thinking. I have a perfect eye for anything “un-beauty”. But that’s how I like things. Homely, shabby, white, warm and comfort laden.

I got the fabric of a yard sale and the ruffles added on top are from an unused skirt that was made of crepe cotton. I first stitched the curtain and then stitched the ruffle with little lace trimmings on top. Really, this is a no brainer.  Wanna see where it fits?

That’s the aisle which leads to my kitchen. Love that little red door mat and the sign! I’ll show you around once I’m totally done with it. For my bedroom, this is what I’m thinking. I’ll have a bit more greys in here though!

Have a great week me ladies!

DIY: Clay Starfish for your beach decor


Hello from the sunny land again. It’s so good to see everyone back, happy from the holidays and the linky’s are back in full swing. So many inspirations, unbelievable repurposing, nifty thrifty finds, amazing crafts, makeovers: one will never run out on things to do, simply because the inspirations just don’t stop flowin’ in.

You won’t believe this but I am the laziest in summers. Our summers are not a happy vanilla affair- it is rather fuchsia and orange drilled into fluorescent green. It’s hot and humid and there is nothing you’d want to do except wear skimpy tanks and be indoors. But since the time I actively started blogging, I even find our summers quite charming. Exciting cooler recipes, calming drapes, gardening, house plants, experimenting with colors, loads of DIY’s, blog parties, features, specials- There is no season in the world that bores me enough! Seriously, blogs are possibly the best thing that has happened to mankind after chocolate.

Right after New Year, I took down all the heavy deco this year and prepped my home for spring. I know, I’m a bit weird and I goly am but I simply have to get the breeze play in my home once the new year is over. I must get

everything to a state of white, serenity and calmness. Having finally decided the style in which I would like to spend the rest of my life, I rolled my sleeves up for some serious beach style decor only to realize that them star fishes whom I would love to see everywhere in my home is unavailable here in the beaches of India.

 They are not available even in the local beach shops but in malls only- with each of them priced between 6$ – 8$, depending on their size! uh-uh- no-no. That’s not what me the girl would do. I inspected them very carefully and went straight to hobby ideas to get me some air drying clay. I could do that. Easily.

So, here’s what you need to do

Knead about 2 tbsp of clay till soft and make a ball by tolling it between the palm of your hands. Now divide it in 5 equal parts and roll them into 5 thick elongated sections. These are going to be the legs.

Next, take a baking/parchment paper and draw 5 lines meeting at one point.  See sketch below:

Now, simply place your sections on the lines and overlap the 5 loose ends at the junction. Pinch the loose ends.

Once that is done, wet your fingers in water and smooth the junction. Run a wet finger on the wiggly legs as well. Let it dry for 1 minute.

After it is settled, take a skewer and poke holes on the star fish. Go by symmetry or just randomly. I went by symmetry. I am like that. Particular in things that wouldn’t really matter! Haha.

Let it dry. Give it a coat of white and you’re done.

I found my inspiration here:

http://viv-spot.blogspot.com/2011/06/more-fakes-more-dough-easy-diy-starfish.html

Check her blog out, Vivienne there is a wonderful blogger and so is her beachy corners.

Have a wonderful weekend people. Love from the Arabian Sea.

~Roy~

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DIY: No Drill Wine Bottle Table Lamp

Hello girls. How’s it going this evening in this lovely blogland? Done with the holiday wrap ups? Good. I finally am back to my senses and DIY’s and the fact that it took me almost an year and a half to figure out that I love beach style homes and I do stay in a coastal town to get all that I need to have my home transformed into a beach cottage! Well, better late than never.

My brother in law gifted me two side/end tables of which I have already talked about before. They were a nice antique black, fantastic on their own but somehow didn’t fit into my otherwise very white house. So, like expected, I went ahead and gave them a coat of old white and sanded them. But no sooner than I finish with the table, I realized that a beach style good table, needs a beach style good lamp. The lamp I had before was simply not going with it. Also, I wanted something that looks the least factory made. (Read: perfect)

Solution? DIY peeps. That’s what real girls do. We don’t go splurging on a 1000$ lamp ‘coz its stupid. Come on, give it to me!

So, what did I do?

I had a couple of real slender Sula Wine bottles that I thought would be perfect for my little table. Like thoughts like done! And boy does it look perfect. Or atleast that’s what my narcissist self think!

Here’s what I did:

I washed and dried the bottles.

Fixed wire with a screw driver to a bulb holder and taped it to it’s neck with wire tapes

The other end of the wire, I fixed to a 2-pin plug and fitted a bulb.

TO INSTALL THE SHADE

Open the bulb from the holder

Open the ring that fits the holder. Every holder will have one.

Place your shade into the holder socket and close the ring from top.

That’s it.

No drilling, no risks nothing. Simple, easy and effective.

**If you are electrically noob, just ask your hardware guy to fit a piece of wire to a bulb holder and a 2 or 3 pin plug. Simply attach it to the neck and you are good to go!

How sound it then?

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Where, What and When @ Bhandardara: Spell Bhun-der-dar-aa

A tiny holiday resort village located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra, near the Sahyadri mountain range, Bhandardara is cradled and nourished by the Pravara river and leads to the highest peak in Maharashtra: Mount kalsubai @ 1646m.

Well, if you are up for some serious adventure, trekking, swimming and hiking, you’ll find this place to be exceptionally apt. But we really never did anything of that sort. Why? because we are the lazy sort. Instead we ate, drank and sang a song or two. Explored the local cuisine and gulped it all of with some beer at a local beer bar. Spent the terminal days of 2011 in ease. So instead of doing all that muscle straining activities we snugged in here!

 Since everywhere else was full, we had to pick these up at some exorbitant rates. Or maybe not that much, anyway. Each tent could accommodate 2 people and 3 at the most with an extra bed. We were 7 so we took 3 tents. Comfy? Come on ahead and I’ll show you the interiors of our one day Bedouin life.

here we are! I was particularly smitten by the fabric inside. Block print! I love block prints. Well, the fact that except for a tent cloth, it was an open bathroom didn’t restrict me to carry these.

 My victoria’s secret garden body mist and lotion and shower creme by Baileys and Hardings, England. I’m a freak.

Our tents ran by a beautiful stream and we partied all night out with campfire. And here my boy, the story begins. Some harmless rum got me real high and I lost my sense of humor. To all who reads me, let me tell you although I have my moments of anger, I am in general a very patient girl. I only get angry twice a year. I guess I began my new year with one. Just a couple of hearty talks and friendly banter made me so angry that I vent out my anger on someone else instead. Hahaha, from all that I could remember, I had people consoling me in my tent and all that. Such was the intensity. And it all stopped with a classic puke- rescued by no other but the love of my life. Even in that bathroom, he kept his calm and told me: “Don’t worry. Happens to the best of us”. Tell me why won’t I love him! I am crazily in love with him.

Anyway, coming to the point, even if I had a tiff that night and I still feel quite embarrassed about it, there is one thing I understood clearly. In this whole world, there will be never be anybody who will love me as much as this man does. My new year party was successful, right there, the very moment. Oh and one more time. When I found these beauties by the stream yo!

I know its not visible but the stones are pure turquoise! I’ll update with a pic in the morning.

And Raw quartz crystals! Again, this calls for an another pic.

While coming I was so so soooo tired that I couldn’t take any pictures but this

Bokeh with little hearts!

Well, what began well, ended well. The dent in between we shall forget. After all, we are all friends and I love all of them who went with me.

Here’s to a brand new year with brand new opportunities. Laugh, live, shine and love.