DIY Bar Cart Makeover

I’ll start with a thought here rather than my usual hello. You see, over the years, blogging and thrifting have taught me one singular thing: the best pieces of furniture often remain unsought for people hardly see what’s beyond apparent perception. Although this was not unpleasant to apparent perception by standards, I loved the woody texture that was painted to the glass but it was just not me. So, what did happen? It’s very easy to guess. Like everything else in this house, it got a fresh dollop of white and a little nautical love! I am definitely going to furniture heaven like Maureen said!

You know on many an occasion and more have I heard that “is everything in your home refurbished?” “Is this also from the flea market and cost 150 bucks?” Like, oh, this girl lives out of rags types. But that’s okay if they don’t get the drift of doing something unusual. Yes, I do think twice before I spend my money and if there’s something I like and I can do it on my own, I will do it in half the cost than spend twice the money. I feel absolutely fantastic about it. How about you?

So, when I received this bar cart from Rohan’s mom, I instantly knew I’m in love with it. More so for what it could be than what it was, not to forget that I always wanted a bar trolley but never bought one owing to the space. But looks like I didn’t need to restraint myself from buying one all this years. It happily found its own little nook. A little beachy corner rather!

Rohan was in Kerala for a business trip this weekend and believe me without him my time just don’t seem to pass. Hence I keep all my DIY’s when he is not around. Plus, one major perk of doing things when he is not around is I love when he comes home and says, “oh, this is looking nice” or “the room is looking great, you foofed something?” The expressions are priceless.

The very same morning that he flew, I started working on this bar cart and I was done before a day he was in. Yay!

I cleaned the whole thing with soap water and let it dry. Next with the help of sellotape I marked the part I wanted Navy and colored everything else in white.

Once it was dry, I removed the sellotape, retaped the white edges and gave the uncolored patch 2 coats of navy blue.

Once everything was dry, the whole trolley got another coat of white and clear gloss.

Are you not tempted to see what it was?

 Like I said, I really liked the wood patina here but somehow it wasn’t me.

Now it is

Likey?

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Trumatter’s Tried and Tested: Mulberry Pancake with Honey Recipe

And this one’s a soul stirrer!

Morning, to all those who frequent this little space. Is the sun shining at yours? It’s scorching at mine but I don’t see why I should not have pancakes. Do you?

After a series of makeovers and mental workouts, it’s time to kick back, take it easy, keep calm and have pancakes. In an idealistic situation, mulberry pancakes.

So, who all like me believe in the fact that good food acts as a relaxant for the mind and soul (if not body and I am talking about 6 kilos overweight). From buying ingredients to washing, cutting and grinding, from the crisp sound of cutting through a fresh capsicum to the happy clanking of the ladles, from seeing how different ingredients with their individualistic taste acts in harmony to bring about a flavor that smells like none of the ingredients that has gone into making it to tasting it and take a deep breath just to say that its come out fantastic. I enjoy food. I find solace in it. It soothes my soul and I like when I share this soul soothing treats with people I love and they make happy faces.

If there is anything (note: thing) I love unconditionally, it is food. I love cooking for people I like, I hate cooking for people I don’t like, I DISLIKE when someone simply walks in my kitchen and touches things I have put in order, unless I really like that person, I like to show my love by the efforts I have put in my cooking, I eat when I am depressed, I eat when I am happy- I revolve around food, I kid you not. Best part is even the person I love most in the world enjoys food and is serious about it, although he doesn’t enjoy sweet treats.

One more thing that I am very tempted to talk about here is, how women unnecessarily increase the difficulty level of this matter by simply binding a simple recipe/kitchen task to a set of must follow rules or “you wont be able to do it”s  that discourages a lot of people to try it out. Most of my friends don’t cook simply because they think its difficult and on occasions that they volunteered to help in the kitchen they have been shooed away telling that “its difficult. You won’t be able to do it”. I dont blame them. That’s how it is always portrayed. What people don’t understand is, as long as they don’t try, how will they learn? Actually I also get a lot of funny answers. Sometimes when I really like a dish, I tend to ask its maker the recipe. Surprisingly, most of them begin with the line, “It’s a little difficult actually…”. BOLLOCKS. Honestly I think the only reason why chef’s don’t share their recipes is because they are insecure that everyone might be able to cook. Makes sense?

I’ll agree that that it’s not all that easy and to cook you must have a knack for cooking and a bit of common sense (or chemistry and physics will do); throw in a couple of hand-me-down cooking genes if you have that is. But that’s pretty much what you need to be a good cook really. The least you need to be a good cook are culinary rules and “you cant” prohibitions. No woman, no rules 🙂 You are not making a step-up transformer.  Plus there is always room for innovations. You might just burn something and come with a dish that tastes smoked and extraordinary. There is always so much room for individualism and experimentation. Someone, somewhere must have taken the risk to go beyond rules that we have some of the best tasting dishes today. In fact some of the best things I have tasted were born out of sheer failures n experimentation. Why, we have our brownies topping the list? Don’t we? So, here’s the drift: Cooking is not difficult. And like Gusto said, everyone can cook.

I can talk so much, can’t I? Regardless I’d love to share a slice of happiness with you: ladies interested in a tea party, here in India? I really like all of you.

Just in case you’d want to have a taste of this at yours, here’s the recipe


1 cup all purpose flour

A pinch of baking powder

2tbsp granulated sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup mulberries

Honey (optional)

Mix up everything in a bowl except the mulberries. Add them later or you might just have purple pancakes which is not bad either

In a flat non stick girdle, ladle a spoonful and cook both sides golden

Serve warm with honey and mulberries

Happiness Simplified

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Sunday

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DIY: Beachy Wine Bottle Chandelier


Morning o’ faithful of Trumatter. How is your day looking? It’s been a while that the premium electrician took on a project and after a series of tees and makeovers I thought it was time to enlighten ourselves with some wine bottle chandelier (the wine will enlighten you as well) in my beachy little apartment.

So, while you are spreading your mulch, I’m giving junk my best hand. Behold, we have wine bottle chandelier on the house this week.

Last Saturday we had a small jamming and photoshoot/video session in our living room, a national radio station for international music called myopus radio wanted to make us the “Big Fish” or the featured artist of the month. Clearly a lot of beers and wines flowed and when amongst everything I wanted to keep the super cute wine bottles, that our friend @wastedramblings got who also plays drums for Colaba Point, they called me “bhangarwali”- which means trash collector from the streets. Haha…I knew the looks would change once I made what I wanted to. Rohan Kadam didn’t give me any looks. He is too used to this magnificent transformations (Beat you self drum, beat)

Once everything was over, I cut the bottles with yarn, the tutorial of which you can find here and spray painted them with ocean blue. I sprayed them unevenly and little rustic. You can be the miss perfect. Next, I tied them to one another with rope and waited to put in the fairy lights.

I cut the wine bottles from the base but you can also do without it. It will not make a difference.

How to tie the fairy lights

1. measure the length in which you have tied the bottles

2. make 3 clusters (since I had 3 bottles) keeping in between the length of the wire that will be twined with the rope

3. Now start from the bottle below and gradually go up. Put the clusters in the bottle and entwine the lenth of the fairy lights in between with the rope

4. ask your electrician to help you connect it to a wire and hang it from the ceiling

This is how it looks st night!

Cool, right?

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A new apartment is keeping me away

Hey there!!

Well, not that I do much but I’ll probably be out of posts for a couple of days: I’m moving to a new apartment.

The past couple of days have been nightmarish..Shuttling between New Bombay and Bombay, hunting for houses and tracking real estate guys. Every day I was waking up to another long trip, another set of houses, some fresh set of possibilities and no results. To top, the heat is bad here. I wish I’d taken R’s advice right from the start. The air conditioned buses were way more comfortable than the tuktuks. Poor guy, he walked every street with me, left no stones unturned to find me a good deal. From last saturday, we were constantly on it. Thanks to one of his colleagues and a very good real estate that we finally got a great house overlooking the backwaters. He gave me so much courage- R, this wouldn’t have been possible without you. Just wouldn’t. Like always. You just bring back that smile on my face.

My present house is a mess but I am happy. Im moving away from the main city and maybe I can finally get a nice, pollution free windowsill that gets full sunshine. My lavenders would need them.

There is so much work to be done…I’d be thankful for any advice that you may wish to convey. Please go ahead. I really need them. Im going to soon bother you all with pictures and possibilities and ask you to help me choose. So brace yourselves.

Night night…long day ahead

~~

House Plants: An easy and effective way to a good looking home

Tammy from Agrigirl’s blog wrote a wonderful post on house plants: Tammy’s top 10 reasons to have house plants, which was, really, a great read. And ever since I stumbled upon her blog to till date, there wasn’t a post I found that was of any lesser interest. Her posts are full of solid insights. To top she also has a wonderful style of writing and blends humor and information in a weave that’s simply brilliant. Head over to her blog to see what I mean.

(I love white pots)

I totally concur that house plants are a great way to cheer any space up, whatever the theme of your house or room may be. A dash of green gives any corner or place an instant lift: whether in a simple tub or as a part of a more artsy assembly. House plants seriously have no substitute.

(My little succulents are flowering. Rests atop my window table 2, on some discarded books these little things look great)

From what I have researched and tried, here are few decor possibilities with house plants that would not only  give your home a touch of peace but also thoroughly rejuvenate you. Wait, I have a word for it. Seeing them in the morning, does that what a cup of warm tea does to you on a nice winter morning.

Here’s what you can try:

1.  Group similar plants in different tubs

2. Group similar tubs with different plants

3. Play with tub textures, tub heights, or color- go monochrome or vibrant.

4. Try potting different small succulents in a large square tub.

5. Ferns are great as house plants. Also, if they dry you can do Ikebana  with them and they are also inexpensive

6. Try different colors of flowers, preferably from the same color chart and group them together

7. Try out of the run potting ideas like- jumbo teacups or empty tins. They look absolutely brilliant.

8. Give your old tubs a new look. (yeah, this is where I come in). Rope in your loved ones and have fun re-potting.

The possibilities are truly endless.

If you have a house plant that also flowers, you’ll see how you feel when you see a bud or two waking from their long slumber! House plants really make your day. It does mine for sure.

Have a great weekend ahead.

Gifts from the wildwoods!

Thank You Janice, from postcardsfromwildwood for the beautiful gifts! She is brilliant, specially when it comes to needle & thread work and is an extremely creative person who’s blog and work I thoroughly admire. This beautiful angel is handmade by her, specially for me (doing a little jig) and it is worked in a kind of embroidery style that I love, and of which she is a master, called Hardanger. This is where I first saw it and drooled! And when I mentioned how I’d love to have one of them, in her blog, least did I know that my wish would come true! She is an angel.

Hardanger is the traditional embroidery of an area in Norway, called Hardanger, although the angel is made in a North American folk art style. Who can guess why I’m counting days for Christmas?

Here’s some details about the stitch, that she so beautifully explained!. Let’s hear it from the lady herself. “Hardanger is worked on evenweave cotton fabric – meaning if you count the threads across and vertically there would be exactly the same number of threads in both directions in a given measurement.  It’s referred to as ’22 count’ or ’28 count’ or whatever, meaning 22 or 28 threads per inch.  Hardanger embroidery is very tough and you can actually wash it in the washing machine if it gets dirty. “

Visit her blog and you’ll know why postcardsfromwildwood is one my favorite virtual treat!

DIY: A wardrobe and mirror makeover. Part II- Mirror & Reindeer

After my wall mount mirror broke, I was more than happy. I soon realized that the wall mount mirror was something I don’t like and I want to have a big mirror in a chipped white frame. but I couldn’t really just throw it away, so I waited for one of my bad days!

(Argh, I had to bear this combo for almost 2 weeks. But what fun)

Anyway, I bought this mirror frame from a flea market for 15$ but didn’t quite like its gold. And a mirror of this size and work in a chippy finish, in “The home Shop” is priced at 3000 rupees, which amounts to I think around 67$. So, clearly, the answer was NO. Instead a white paint and a sand paper really helped. 1$ for all!

A coat of paint and a little sanding did it in 16$ what I could have bought for 67$! Now thats what makes me real happy. I could use that money in a good spa manicure maybe, now that I got my hands dirty with paint ;P

Gran, gave me this brass reindeer last year on Christmas. Let me tell you this is 70 years old; she bought a pair when she first got married at the age of 19. I gave a coat of plain white and sanded a little to give it a worn out look, to match the mirror. It’s natural aged brass comes out neat through the white.

This is how it all teams up now!

have a great day ahead

~X~