Necessity is the mother of invention!! This is quite an over statement for this post but this DIY which I did recently has somewhat a similar story. I had a family function to attend and got traditional clothes for Dolly. I wanted a hair accessory (headband precisely, as I cut her hair recently :D) that goes well with her dress and needless to say, I didn’t find any. So what do i do next… well no choice, so I decided to make my own.
This could probably be one of the simplest accessories that you can make for your little dolls( I am not joking). With a few basic materials and a even lesser quality minutes, we can create this headband to suit ethnic Indian outfit.
As Valentine’s Day is around the corner, my mind was full of roses as I was thinking of ideas for the day. I don’t know if it was the power of roses or the nostalgia of childhood, I got reminded of Rose Milk. I found myself drooling thinking of a taste that I relished as a kid.
When it comes to Rose Milk, my taste buds refuse to accept anything but what my neighbour Aunty used to make for us. Aunty was generous to share her recipe and I enjoyed sipping it after years. Again, may be the magic of the season, I did spend some effort on garnishing it for the two boys in my life.
So here goes the recipe:
I have lived most of my life in places blessed abundantly with natural beauty. A day outing or a family picnic plan had lot of options to choose from. However since I moved to Chennai, the options are a little limited.
This Pongal holidays, we wanted to move out from the city and spend some quality family time. We chose Kodaikanal as our destination this time and planned to spend 3 days in this mystic hill station. We drove from Chennai covering a distance of 526 Kms, a real fun trip with music, snacks and lots of chatter.
Who doesn’t like personalized stuff? When it comes to kids, they just gleam with pride to see their names even on the always personalized “birthday cakes”. Needless to mention their reaction if they get an outfit that has the word they recognize the most.. their name. It is icing on the cake if it is hand made by you just for them. This was something that made me attempt this project. We had a reunion a while ago and that was the first time our little munchkins were meeting each other. I created these personalized tees for each one of them. My reward was the high voltage smiles and the hugs I got from the little angels.
It is a super simple DIY that you can do in a few simple steps and the project needs minimal materials.
We start with a question often asked when a year departs and the New Year dawns. Do you make New Year resolutions? We did a quick informal survey among family, friends and colleagues and realized that only few people made resolutions.
Many years ago I resolved never to bother with New Year’s resolutions, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.
– Dave Beard
We three had a chat among us and our stats were so similar to our informal survey. Here is what we have to say about our resolutions: Continue reading
The holidays, energising celebrations, fun, frolic and a brand new year!! The schools are soon reopening and mommies and babies have to get back to the routine. Children are excited to be back in school mainly to exchange New Year wishes with friends and teachers. What could be more apposite than a handmade card to go along with the wishes? It becomes all the more special when a pair of tiny hands has worked on it.
I love crafting with Dolly and we bond so much over crafting. Crafts are a great learning experience for kids and helps grow their imagination. When Dolly wanted to make cards for her teachers I decided to let her take charge, choose her colours and papers for the card. We chose a simple gift box pop card and sat down to make this with a handful of basic craft supplies.
Holidays are always fun, especially the one that falls in lovely December. Schools are closed, the pressure meter at work reads normal, a vacation mood all together and this is the best time to be together as a family. Its my time of the year when i try my hand on crafts and cooking experiments.
I made a batch of spongy cupcakes this week. I usually make chocolate or vanilla cupcakes. This time I tried out cupcakes with a fruity twist and they came out quite well. It is a simple and eggless version that both kids and adults will relish.
I will cut down the talking and go on straight to the recipe:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 40 minutes
Icing time: 10 minutes
Yields: 24 small cupcakes