Shubho Mahalaya, Fall Decor and A No-Sew Saree Drape DIY

Fall Decor

Hello, hello! How goes it? ‘Shubho Mahalaya’ to all of you reading me here and a bit of fall decor and drapes made from an old saree (yup, that’s right) is what we are going to be talking in here this evening! It’s actually 10:48 at night and I am sipping my chamomile and blogging: a few of my favorite things to do.

God knows I have been meaning to blog for a while now. But can I tell you, everyday is a broomstick day with so damn much to do. Like Marco Pierre White would tell ya,”Time’s not your friend”. I just wake up and kaboom, the day’s gone. What a struggle it is, these weekdays. I am so time starved, leisure starved-oh I want to say this again, I am so time starved- that I can barely get around to blog. But I guess it’s good to keep everything aside once in a while and do what you love to do. Everything else can wait!

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This is my favorite corner of the house! I drink tea here, I work here, I laze here: This is where I spend 75% of the day. I also let people I like sit in this corner but only people I like. People I don’t like, I strategically place myself there like a concrete so they can’t sit in here. Does that make me mean? Can a girl have no place of her own? Melodrama aside, the pretty orange drapes you see here was once in her life a saree. As I hear, she was not so beautiful a saree- she had an ugly shine, felt like resin and kept inside my mom-in-law’s bed forever now- and, so we decided to turn her into a plush drape for the wannabe beach house. I am loving the autumn glow its throwing over my room. She is so much better as a drape than a saree.

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I am totally loving this pop of color in this white space. To go with tangerine/orange I got the money plant indoors in a refurbished sweets-basket which was crying for help in an empty flat which we wanted to rent. Yes, you should surely talk about my disgusting behaviour of trash picking 😀 Paired the little corner seat with a black and white stripey to bring out the orange a bit more. But who doesn’t know how to foof properly! All this is a little boring. What’s not boring is where I got the idea from!

You’ll laugh. As it happens that a friend is getting married in December and me and mumma were figuring out what to wear. She came up with this brilliant idea of turning her old sarees into salwar suits: An idea I quite liked. We digged stuff in her storage an entire evening and selected this particular saree to turn into a gorgeous suit. The sis in law and I also spoke of a Pakistani design and this and that and oh my, I was almost wearing it in my dreams. That evening when I came home and told my husband of our plans, he saw the saree and said, “Dude, this looks like a curtain. Are you serious about wearing this? You’ll look hideous.” This boy I tell you has not a thread of sugar in his words. You just get as is.

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Heart-broken, I stashed it away in my storage. 2 weeks later I was craving to turning it into curtains. I just had to have some fall elements and a bit of Indianness to go with this white wannabe beach house for Durga Puja and Diwali and nothing but that saree would do. I was a little worried mum won’t like it. When I asked if I could chop, chop, no one really cared. Clearly, no one wanted to wear this saree 😉 Haha, so yeah…boys are not completely useless with regards to home decor. Don’t always toss their words away.

How to make 2 minute drapes from old sarees

It’s fairly simple. Measure your window length. Measure the diameter of your curtain rod. The diameter of your curtain rod+ 4″ is the amount of length you need to keep while sewing/gluing the hem. If you don’t leave that extra inch, it’ll be too tight and you wont be able to move it.

I did a 1″ hem and then the final fold. I did a 1″ hem at the bottom to stop it from laddering. This I guess is given. And yeah! That’s all I really did.

I am also very proud of this wee cushion covers I made from the left over saree.

How to make 2 minute cushion covers from your old saree

Take a length of fabric that covers the cushion one full round and one half.

Fold the fabric and sew/ glue at a length where you think the cushion will comfortably fit in.

You’ll end up with a cushion cover and a flap. Glue velcro along the edges of the seam, on the inner side of the flap. Bring it down to where it touches the main cushion. Sew/glue velcro so the flap fits. Here’s a sketch i put together for the drapes and the cushions:

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Its so easy even the mental one would get it! Imean if I can get it right, you definitely can. If you can sew, nothing like it. If you can’t sew, there’s fabric glue. I used glue and its rocking my boat.

Here’s a quick glance at the fabric of the drape before I end:

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Would love to hear how you like it!

P.S: The DIY bit was originally done for Asianpaints where I blog 🙂 You can check my decor pieces up here

Must sleep XO

Before And After, Turn old crates to chic book carts

DIY Book Cart 1Goodmorning Sunshine and honey and sugarstars and beachcombers. Very excited I am this morning to share this DIY Book Cart or Book Trolley as I would like to call it, and its made from an unwanted, weeping, curb side fruit-crate which once brought goodness and mangoes to someone I don’t know. That man just loved them mangoes and had no love for this wee old crate and he threw her away on the sidewalk: She had some snails comforting her when I found her. Poor girl! She is now the little star of my favorite spot by the window and the apple of my eye. It’s got me the rustic, industrial chic love that I have always been in love with. A  cup of tea, poor-turned-beauty (lets call her Cinderella) and me: The universe is right there. And oh, the whole thing costed me about $8!!!

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It’s been a while I did a decor post you know! I’ll blurt it out: My cam poofed. It just blew one day and never got back  to life until last Friday. You can’t do much with a borrowed cam now, can you? So last week with its delivery I got home my hardware supplies too 😉 Guess you’ll be seeing me and my crafty side a lot henceforth, like before. I have a couple of projects lines- one which concerns a wall, one which concerns the guest bathroom and ofcourse a bit of curtain love too- which I am gonna tackle one at a time and I’d love for you to be with me and tell me if the moolahs are worth spending on what I decide. For now, here’s a peak at the crate, how I found it!

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Ugly nails and stray splinters. This is your hand’s worst nightmare. I’ve had uggs scratches and a bandaid wrapping marathon with this one. But it finally succumbed to the decor rehab and turned into one beautiful little crate. Sand it a bit (or leave a bit of splinter where it would not hurt you to keep its rustic charm intact) and spray paint it.

I love my brush and paint, really, but because the air is full of moisture here (yes, the monsoons are still on) I decided to go with a spray paint. It takes a lot less time to dry and works evenly too on uneven surfaces like this.

Got home some tiny wheels from the hardware and fixed them at its corners. Here’s a collage too if you’d like to see. Honestly, I love blogposts that explain things to me. So I like to give as much info as I can. If you have figured already, just skip it homey 😉

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Pretty simple. Just place it in four corners. Mark the nail points and fix the screws.

These wheels are the ones that are used industrially and revolved 360 degrees. You also get the straight moving variety. I prefer these ones though!

All you need to do next is keep your favorite books or two, a vase and wheel it around like a little child would. I’m wondering if I should tie a rope to it and carry it with me all round the house 😉 Let’s go 100 insane.

Here’s what it became!

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Here’s a before and after:

Collage 2So yeah! That’s it from the sunny house this morning and more to come.

Have a crafty week ahead of ya!

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How To Make Store Like Succulent Arrangement @home

Succulent Arangement 5Morning Folks!

A warm hello to all from sunny(read: boiling hot) Mumbai… I hope you all are having a wonderful time and rocking it like never before? Excellent!

I’m here with a sweet post about succulents and how to make a store like succulent arrangement at home. Why? Because at my favorite nursery it costs $12 or more and mine, ah well- say about- $2. Cool right?

Hereon, I’ll be doing an @home series: I’ll be eyeing popular trends in home decor- both brick and mortal and virtually- and ooh-and-aah at everything and then knock it off like a pro. Why? Because I have to save money for travel and I cannot live in a shabby house. Or let’s say I want new shoes and I cannot live in a shabby house.

Truth is, there is no reason. When it comes to DIY ideas, I’m a kleptomaniac. saI absolutely love succulents. My love for house plants started with wee succulents and they still feature in the top 3 variety of house plants in my list. I love how they look and how they require minimum watering and care. For someone like me who forgets to lock the main door- these seem just brilliant! Although I think its not necessarily by this quality that I love them. I have every reason to believe that my love for succulent is hereditary. My grandmother almost lost an eye trying to cut a stem: The oozing sap somehow ended up in her eye and she couldn’t see for about a week. By the way I’m going, I think I’ll get there very fast.

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Anyway, over the years I have collected many cacti and succulents and I love being around them when at home. I had a bunch of them on the window sill, in my bathroom, on the shelves of my kitchen and I wanted more for my living room: unfortunately, the lack of options and the price sort of told me to think of different ways. It was a series of unexpected matches: when the price matched, the container and variety of succulent didn’t. When they did, the price didn’t. I dedicated 2 whole days to this, ranging over eBay, zansaar, fabFurnish, Etsy and yet nothing. A set of disappointing search results which only spoke of compromise: whether on style or price. I definitely didn’t want to ‘settle for something I half like”.

So, how does a girl get her room full of little succulents at a price she likes and in style she loves? DIY babes, the word is DIY.

Picked these white planters for less than a dollar at a handicraft market and distributed my big tub of succulents in small batches! Tada! It’s easy as making potato chips {Note: Pies are actually difficult to make}. BUT, before you venture out to make your own succulent arrangement, remember to follow these 5 crucial steps for an arrangement that looks straight out of the magazine.

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The vessel: Low pots work best though I added a bit of height

Mix succulents: Select a variety of succulents for the planter, varying scale, texture, and color. Plan to spotlight three varieties in one planter.

layer Gravel: add a substantial amount of gravel as the base layer

Moist soil: after you have filled gravel, add moist soil. Always work with moist soil.

Add the plants: When taking the plants out of their plastic containers, break up the root mass, and even tear some roots, in order to encourage them to branch out in the new soil.

Spray leaf shine (optional): Wonder how the photos have shiny plump succulents? Its called spray-Leaf shine. You can buy it off a nursery and costs you about $4.


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And that’s about it from me for today. I wish you all a wonderful midweek.

Keep planting, Keep Diy-ing @home!

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