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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Back with Christmas wishes!!

Aaahhh... I've finally managed to sit down to write!! Have been wanting to do so since days but it just wouldn't happen. 

It has been a little more than 2 months that I have been away and I sincerely apologize for it. I got  a few mails from my blogger friends here, asking about the well-being and relocating. Thanks to all your beautiful wishes, the shifting was just as smooth as it could be. Your love was felt all along :)

Will quickly share a few pictures to let you all know what exactly I've been upto.

Celebrated Diwali at home
Spent some quality time with family. 
Visited the city I grew up in :)
Birthday:  a quarter plus one!
Second  Wedding Anniversary celebration

...and now I am in Kuwait with Mom-Dad

That's all from me for today. Will be back soon to know what has kept y'all busy. There is a lot of catching up to  do! Before I sign off... wish you all a very beautiful Christmas! Have fun and make merry! 

Jingle bells.. jingle bells..jingle all the way....

Monday, October 17, 2011

Karva Chauth 2011

Festivities have started and soon we'll be home to celebrate Diwali. This was our last weekend in US before we leave for India. Amidst all the packing and shopping, we celebrated the festival of Karva Chauth on Saturday.

Since, a lot of my friends as non-Indians, I'll take a quick turn and share some information about Karva Chauth. Karva Chauth is an annual festival celebrated mostly by the Hindus and Sikhs in India. The married women fast from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and long life of their husbands. The fast begins with dawn. The women refrain from food and fluids (including water) till the moon rises. Once the women see the moon, they worship it and pray for their husbands' longevity.

My favorite design of the day
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A touch of Arabic style in the design
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Left hand's artwork: I turn into an ambidextrous on Karva Chauth.
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Could have been better, if my left hand had not given up.
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Though, it sounds difficult to spend the day without water, there are several things which make the fasting interesting. For me, fasting means, no cooking. No cooking means, no dishes to do and no cleaning *smile*. A day off from kitchen means time for other things. A chance to apply henna and boss around because you cannot do much with henna on the hands. Dress up and click as many photographs as you can!

This is how it turned out to be
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... and this!
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Karva Chauth this year was a little unconventional for us. We spent most of the time in the mall. Came back, watched Big Boss (Indian version of Big Brother) and went off to sleep. Woke up for the rituals, ate to our stomach's content and slept again *grin*


Sanket fasts with me. I know how important the morning cup of tea is to him. Karva Chauth is the only day of the year when he gives it up. I believe, there are other things that he values more than tea *smile*. I hope God has heard our prayers and showered upon us a lifetime of togetherness!

P.S.- Last year's Karva Chauth updates can be found here.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Hair Affair

As a kid, my hair was never allowed to grow beyond shoulder-length. My Mom believed (or she just said that she did, to make us feel good about the hair cuts) in the theory - 'Cutting your hair makes it grow longer and healthier.' People say it's a myth. Accepted. In that case, the only reason for a head full of hair can be- Heredity or Healthy-Eating-Habits. But wait, we are not getting into this debate! Atleast, not now!

Back to where we left... kid... shoulder-length hair, popularly known as Blunt-Cut, in those days!

The frequent visits to the salon ended as a teenager and in a few years the length of my hair went from a few inches to more than half of my total height. Oh yes, you got it right, I belong to the petite gang! 

Pros of Long Hair : It can actually make somebody fall in love with you. Ask my husband *wink*
Cons of Long Hair : If you don't experiment with your hair, you tend to get bored of it, to the extent that you start thinking of chopping it off. And that is exactly what I did.

The hair cut created a lot of hues and cries.
Disadvantage of a 'sudden' hair-cut : You break quite a few hearts including your Mom's!
Advantage of a 'sudden' hair-cut : You finally get to feel the breeze through your hair without worrying about the tangles.

With the passage of time, though the deterioration of volume continues to be an ongoing process, my hair has regained the length.  This time round, I am experimenting more with hair styles.

Why am I story-telling, here? I just thought of starting a new section on Kreative Korner - 'Hello Hair'. We'll be sharing the Hair Affairs in this little 'korner'. Though, I don't think that I'll ever do a hair-styling vlog or tutorial, I can always share the ones which I used during the learning process and obviously the end-results :)

Hope the new section would be helpful and enjoyable! Welcome to 'Hello Hair'!

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Monochromatic Challenge

Did you hop over to AquaSeventy6 to check out the features for the Floral Challenge? No! Click here. If you did, you'd know that they featured all the three dresses I showed you here and also the theme for this week's challenge - MONOCHROMATIC!! 

If last week was fun, this week was really challenging. This explains why I came up with only one outfit! Anybody who knows me personally, would know it as a matter of fact that half of the clothes in my closet are Black! I have absolutely no idea about when and how that happened but it's true. Every time I go to stores, I pick up 'black' - for gifts too *grin*

An All-Black Outfit for the Monochromatic Challenge would have not been difficult but since I have been trying to avoid am avoiding black these days, I thought of adding a touch of gray to it. The top I am wearing is just as gray as my nail paint or visa-versa! 

Again a $0 investment. 
All the items are straight out of closet. 
Bubble Top and Shrug from India.
Skirt from Forever 21
Boots from Kohl's 
Neck piece is a gift from Mom.

I would love to see how you all take up the Monochromatic Challenge. Join the girls at Fabulously Frugal Fall Fashion Challenge. Click here or on the button below to get redirected to the information page.


Hope to see you there :)

P.S.- I just updated my settings. I did not realize earlier that 'Word Verification' was ON for my blog. I quickly turned it OFF. I hate to type in a (meaningless) string of characters before I can actually post a comment on my favorite posts. With the latest addition of 'sigma-s' and 'pi-s', the time I spend on refreshing and reentering, I would have easily spent on commenting on some other blog. I am really sorry because I made you hit those extra keys especially when I hate it myself. My blog is now 'comment-friendly' :) so please drop in some!!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

The Loss of a Visionary

Last night, Sanket and I were cracking our nerves over a game of Cat Physics and an alert from CNN flashed on the iPad screen. 'Steve Jobs dies at an age of 56!' After all the media updates about his health, we all knew it was coming. He looked pale when I last saw him on the television screen. But the news was still not acceptable.

Ironically, we received the news on the device which was a brain-child of the genius, who was no longer alive. Sanket called-up his 'technology-partner' (read brother-in-law) to share the sad news. A call from an i-Phone to an i-Phone! Several Facebook updates that read 'RIP Steve Jobs' were done via Apple devices.

" The world has lost a visionary. 
And there may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that 
much of the world learned of his passing away on a device he invented." 
- President Obama on the passing of Steve Jobs.

He was truly the master of the game! From Macintosh that we learnt about while growing up to all the 'i' devices, he's been the creative head behind it all. The more I read about him, the more I realize what an inspiration he and his ideas have been for the present day technology.

From a friend's Facebook profile

Steve's family says that he passed away peacefully. This was the least all the prayers could do for him. 

May your soul rest in peace, SIR Steve Jobs!

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The Game Called- Photo Editing!

I usually don't upload pictures on social networking sites. 'Profile Pictures' is the only zone, where I work on a regular basis. My last Profile Picture lasted from May through September, which for me was pretty unacceptable, especially when I had several pictures to choose from. What made it worse was a new Profile Picture on Sanket's page (which hardly ever happens unless I drag him into it).

I recently uploaded a new album on Facebook - Wrapping Up Memories!

If you read this post of mine, you'd by now know that I am in the middle of relocating. That means no more painting and no more crafts. We are already struggling to pack everything we have in 4 bags! The baggage limitation could not control the itch to do something colorful. I needed a break from following up with the Craigslist mails. Since, I am in a mood to pack up everything, I told myself- why not wrap up some memories :)

I started browsing through the pictures and decided to make collages rather than uploading single photographs. Selection of pictures-editing-collage-beautification... and this is what I whipped up! Sharing some of my favorite pictures-

I picked up some of my favorite pictures of the day 
and that is what makes this collage special :)

Red Glassy-frame was added to match my top

Since I had only three pictures, I used the vector design to cover up for it.

I had a very, very, very tough time selecting the above four pictures out of the several photographs. 
'Auto-mode' rocks!!

I did not want to disturb the serenity of these pictures clicked at Niagara Falls,
so I went ahead with a very simple collage.

Yellow Border for the All-Blue Pictures

The Vintage Look was used for the picture in the center.

A lot more collages coming up. Will share them if I like them enough to feature it here :)

P.S. ONE - No Photoshop used! I just explored the options provided by Picasa, Picnik and a some free online photo-editing softwares.

P.S. TWO - Count the number of times the word 'picture(s)' is used in this post! ;)

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Playing Dress-Up :)

I am not a Fashionista but I am not a can-wear-just-anything girl either! I take up every chance that comes my way to get all decked up. On regular days, I just pull out tees/tops and jeans/skirts from my wardrobe, mix-n-match them and I am ready. When at home, I can be found in old and faded clothes, which I should have discarded years back but I COULD not. Remember, *I hate to part with my stuff*

I pick up fashion tips from here and there. No magazines. No shows. No designers. However, for the past couple of months I have been following a few fashion-bloggers. Initially, it was about what they wrote and not their pictures. Soon, I started noticing the colored pants, high-heels, trendy jewelry and their fabulous outfits. Today, I draw inspiration from their posts :) 

The sisters at Aqua Seventy Six have organized a Dress-Up Challenge and I thought - Why not participate! The rule is to use the reference pictures they post on their blog and re-create a similar outfit with the clothes you own or create or find at thrift stores. They have a different theme for the challenge each week. Click on the button below to find more details.


The theme for this week is Floral Challenge. It was actually the theme that led me to participating more than anything else. 

So, what did I come up with! 

This was a 'zero-investment' challenge for me because I already had these clothes-accessories-footwear in my closet. Also, I deserve some brownie points because I worked on these outfits without a full size mirror in the house. Yeah, I sold it too ;) 

Dress Details:-

1) Belted Together - A Black Tank, a Black Spaghetti Strap Floral top and an Orange Sweater .

2) Building up Contrasts - Blue Floral top and a Pink ___ ? Fill in the blank!! No, not talking about the belt.

3) 'Fall-ified' - And then, I had this utterly-butterly summer-licious dress, which was so floral that I could not keep it away from the challenge. Paired it with a denim jacket and boots for the Fall Fashion Challenge :)

Special mention for the man ~my man~ behind the lens. He paused his movie a zillion times to take pictures. He had a tough time with the camera because I just kept saying- this is not what I want! and could not tell him what exactly I wanted ;) Ahhh... I love him :)

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Save with Straight Talk

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Going Back to the Start

Building a home is both pleasuring and persevering! I am talking about the 'home' and not the 'house'. It's not about the structure, it's about what lies within the walls and under the roof.

Sanket and I got married in November' 09. We moved to Gurgaon, India soon after our marriage and just when we got comfortable in the new house, we had to travel internationally. It meant leaving behind all our wedding gifts ;) and starting afresh. The hassles of packing-discarding-transporting-travelling were soon replaced by 'rebuilding a new home' in a new country!

After several rounds of preparing lists-shopping-lists-shopping-searching-searching-shopping... the house went from THIS


Not everything was added in one go. That gave me numerous chances to arrange and re-arrange things in our small apartment, which I have thoroughly enjoyed in the last 16 months. Almost every other day, Sanket was greeted with something new in the house. Family members got news about the new additions in the house and received pictures on a monthly basis. Friends were 'forced' to appreciate our efforts :D :D

BUT it's time for a drop in the graph. It's time to pack up and head to a new location. It's time to leave behind the things that had become a part of our lives. It's time to sell off the furniture, which was brought home with a twinkle in the eyes. It's time to click pictures to put up on Craigslist and not to send to family. It's time to say good-bye to our home! It's time to go back to the Start!

'NO' I am not liking it. I hate to part with my things! but like Sanket puts it- 'Moving gives us a chance to shop to build a new home' and that cheers me up :) We are heading towards a new start... now that makes me feel good :)

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Friday, September 23, 2011

What's in the Mail Box?

Between Hubs and me, he is the one who takes care of the mails. The mailbox is unlocked on a daily basis and more often than once or twice a week, he finds envelopes addressed to me. While the mails he receives are usually bank account statements or other boring stuff (as I call them), mine are colorful and interesting - free samples from all possible sources *wink*!

Have a look at my collection! 

Last week, we were going out and like the tradition is- Sanket went to check the mails before heading towards the car. He came back with a package and a surprised look on his face. The increase in size from regular envelopes to a mid-size package was little too much for him to handle.

The package was from Brandi Criminger who is an Independent Beauty Consultant for Mary Kay. 'Mary Kay' do the words ring a bell? Remember I won a giveaway at Kaysi's blog Keeping it Simple?

What was in the package?


A perfect treat for my hands that have been doing dishes, cooking, cleaning and have been neglected badly!!  The Mary Kay softener, scrub and cream have been pampering my hands since the day they arrived. Not to forget the beautiful tote, the tubes and bottle came in. 

Thank you Brandi, Kaysi and Mary Kay :)

Do you also sign up for freebies? Are you a giveaway winner? Who takes care of the mails in your house? Share your mailbox stories with us...

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So What Do You Do With... ?

I have developed a strange characteristic of admiring and analyzing things before throwing them away in trash. Every container, bottle, box, etc. is scrutinized for reuse. 9 out of 10 times the result is to keep those things for later use. At times, they come in handy for storage purposes while at others they become the victim of my creative fantasies. 

I did this to the empty shampoo bottle.

Looking at the red, transparent body of the bottle, it became difficult to part with. 
It was washed and accessorized. 
Some pebbles were dropped in to balance the weight of the glass cork at the top.

And this to the empty salsa jar

A glass jar in trash! I could have not done that, ever.
Instead, stuffed it with wire and bells. 

And this is how the two complement the Photo Book I made on our First Wedding Anniversary.

And this to the empty lotion bottle

 White bottle and black marker is all that was needed to make this vase. 
I wanted some black flowers to put into it. Michaels had just what I needed :)

I have a considerably big collection of boxes and bottles waiting to be worked on. In the meantime, I am enjoying Sanket's reactions to my stock. He is amazed by my capability of preserving trash :) Back to the topic- So, what do you do with the empty bottles? Throw them away or store them for reuse?

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