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Thursday, July 28, 2011

At 'Designing Life' and More...

Hey friends... I am guest-posting for a very dear Friend-Relative-FellowBlogger Sonam over at Designing Life. You should definitely check out her site if you are looking for some awesome ideas.

Sonam asked me to share more about the Candles and Rangoli I made for Diwali. This is what I'll be talking about.

Hope to see you there :)


NOTE: Only Vonage users or Techno-Geeks might be interested in the following!

I am no techie but I have a husband who is completely drenched with stuff that is anywhere related to technology. Now, that makes my life easier! He reads (almost) all the news available on the internet, filters it and forwards the ones he knows I will be interested in.

So, when he came back from office yesterday, he told me about this new service by Vonage. Vonage already lets me make (un)limited free calls to India (and several other countries), at a monthly charge, ofcourse! What more? Vonage now allows you to extend this service to one more number- Vonage Extension. That means, we can now avail the Vonage services on mobiles as well :)

Easy steps to follow via Vonage Extensions.

How to register your Extension phone:
  1. Sign up for Vonage home service.
    Current customers, skip to step 2.
  2. Log in to your Vonage online account.
  3. Select the Features tab, click the Extensions link, register one additional phone number from which you would like to make internaional calls and select a PIN.

How to make international calls using your Extensions:
  1. Dial your access number from your registered phone.
  2. Enter your PIN.
  3. Dial the international destination number.

SIMPLE!! Register, if you haven't already!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I AM...

f you ask Sanket, blogging is all that I do these days. In fact, if you look at my posts you'd agree. I cannot deny either! This is my 8th post of the month, which surpasses the count for the month of May. Now you must be wondering- Does it take an entire day to post such short blogs! The answer is 'no'. 

I agree that I can spend a little less time  in drafting the posts than I usually do but what keeps me in blogland for hours is not my posts. It is the other wonderful articles that I read. I have a long list of people whom I follow, which in turn leads me to new blogs and new ideas. On my list, I have Techies, Stay-At-Home-Moms, Friends, DIYers and people like me who write just because they want to :) 

While wandering in blogland, I came across The "I am..." Blog Series by Anne of Hello Newman's and I thought I should give it a try. I read this post about a week back and since then the two words 'I AM" have been hovering around me. Every one loves to believe that they know themselves in and out. I did the same. However, when it came to summing it all up, I was lost. I really had to think hard before I came up with this.

I AM in love with my family and feel blessed to be loved equally.
I AM happy with the way life has shaped up so far.
I AM dangerously covetous when it comes to all that I want in future.
I AM thrifty to the extent that I carefully inspect everything before throwing it away :D
I AM pretty good at multi-tasking. 
I AM living a cell-phone free life. (Yes, cell-phone-less people do exist!! )
I AM blogging actively these days and I sincerely hope that I continue to do so ;)
I AM glad to have friends like all of you, who appreciate all my efforts.

I AM... 

Give 'I AM' a try!! You don't need to blog about it, or share it with others. It's just for you. 
And just in case you intend to share, do let me know. I'll be happy to learn more about you :)


Before I sign off, I'd like to share some news. Emreen of Liven Things Up is hosting a giveway to celebrate her Blog's First Anniversary. Read the instructions to enter, here.

Mailbox Moments is having a giveway as well. A beautiful Fossil Wallet. You can enter the giveway here.

Also, I'd like to thank Tanvi of The Fabulous Life of Not-So-Rich and Infamous for promptly responding to my query of how she tied her belt. Tanvi, you did a great job with that vlog and hey, I loved your neck piece :) Wanna know what I am talking about? Click here.

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Linked to: Flaunt it Friday on Chic on a Shoe String Decorating


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pinterest... My New Interest

Notice the red button on the right?

Click it and you'll be redirected to Pinterest, the virtual pinboard.

If you have been browsing the internet for ideas and then just hopped from one image to another, getting caught in the 'web', you would have felt the need to keep a track of all these 'hops'. One way would be to maintain a log of the URLs. The other would be to download the image and then organize it on your machine. Pinterest provides a better solution to this problem. Search-Image-Click-Saved!

Pinterest lets you pin your favorite images on customized boards (like the Folders on your computer). You can have boards for DIYs, Books to Read, Movies to Watch, Car You Love to Look at Often, Craft Ideas, Shoes You Like, Recipes... just anything! and then pin up the images you like on these boards.

Getting Started
  • Request an invite from Pinterest or just ask somebody who is already a member to send you an invite. I can do that, if you want!
  • You can also log in using your Facebook or Twitter account.
  • Set up your profile.
  • Install the 'Pin-it' button to the Browser Bookmarks Bar.
  • You are good to go.
  • If you find an interesting image on a web page, click the 'pin it' button on your bookmarks bar. It then gives you a list of all the images on that page. Select the image you want to pin and it gets pinned to the board you select. You can also add a description to go with it.
  • You can re-pin, like and comment on others' pins. Follow other users.
 Have a look at my Pinterest page here. I don't have a very big collection at the moment but I do use Pinterest every now and then. Need to get the Pinterest App for iPhone, so that I don't miss out on the stuff I come across while I am using the phone. 

Ready to start pinning? If the bullets above did not help you much, consider the following links. 

Want to add the Pinterest buttons on your blog? Read this.
The 'Follow Me' button was easy to add. However, the 'Pin it' button requires some patience. I gave up! If you need help configuring it, read this.

WARNING: Pinterest can be really addictive!

See you in the world of PINS :) Don't forget to share your experience!

P.S.- If you have some interesting boards and you would like others to have a look, please leave the link to your Pinterest Home Page in the comment box below. Let's make it all about- Pinning and Repinning.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Just Another Monday

Not everyday brings cheerfulness, not every weekend is about fun and things just don't go the way you want them to! The brighter side of the picture is that we manage to gather the courage to fight the odds and continue to look around for happiness. The giggles of a baby, a breath of fresh air, smile on the lips of the loved ones, a little appreciation, a small piece of good news or some shopping is all it takes to bounce back.

We had a pretty rough weekend... facing the unexpected!

Monday brought with it the usual routine. Sanket leaves for office and I start looking around for things to keep myself busy. That is the beauty of a Monday Morning... it forces you to leave behind everything, good or bad and start afresh.

I went to My Teeny Tiny Garden to see that the flower I had been waiting for to bloom was finally flaunting it's color :) Sharing some pics here.

The Marigold that made my day :) 
The marigold is still growing. I hope it either grows big or the other buds bloom into flowers soon. All I want is shades of yellow on the bed of green leaves.

Alyssum... from a single flower to a bunch!
The first bud of the seeds I sowed, were of this plant, Alyssum. When I saw the flower, I was disappointed to see how small it was but soon it became a bunch of tiny flowers... worth all the time spent!!

The Cucumber Corner
Can you see the small cucumber in the bottom-right picture? It died before it could grow any further. The previous one met the same end. I read somewhere that cucumbers don't need much water. Should I stop watering them on a daily basis? Any suggestions.

Petunias... garden's grace

Poor Petunias... I keep moving them all the time.

One Big Family :D

It is fun to see what plants can do. When I started gardening, I had no idea that I would be going out to see the plants almost every hour. OK... this might sound crazy but I do talk to them at times *wink wink*. I have started dreading unexpected rains for they might flood the pots. High temperature worries me. I visit gardening sites for tips.

Worth the JOY it brings  :)

Linked at: Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoe String Decorating and...

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Torpedo Factory Art Center

The moment I heard about Torpedo Factory Art Center, I knew I had to be there. So, on my last visit to Virginia, when my sister-in-law asked if we wanted to go there, I grabbed the chance. 
Journey through three floors of open studios and galleries to observe artists and buy original artwork. A former torpedo factory, this world-renowned art center is located just outside Washington, D.C. via Torpedo Factory Art Center
Ceramics, jewelry, sculptures, fabric, photographs, paintings in all possible medias... it was all under the same roof. Watching the artists working in their studios and sharing the tips was a delight. I would like to share the artwork of some of the artists here.

via Marsha Staiger
via talltulips.com
via Margaret Huddy
via Mina Oka Hanig on TFAC
via Gwendolyn Graine onTFAC

Now, that is not all. With more than 200 artists, Torpedo Factory Art Center is just the right place to admire and get inspired or may be just buy some wonderful piece of art. You can find the list of artists and their work  here.

Linked at 
Inspiration Friday on At the Picket Fence
Flaunt it Friday on Chic on a Shoe String Decorating
Frugal-Friday on Shabby Nest

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Diwali Decor

I know with more than 3 months to go, it's not the right time to talk about Diwali. What I am about to share is not about Diwali' 2012. It's about Diwali' 2011. My first Diwali after marriage... my first Diwali with Sanket... my first Diwali in a new country with new friends... my first Diwali away from family! In fact, this is not gonna be about Diwali either!!

Actually, I came across a link-up party Enchanting Entrances on Colours Dekor, which left me thinking that I had actually not done much at the entrance of my house except to put up the name plate that I made long time back.

On thinking again, I remembered about the Diwali Decoration that I did and thought about sharing it here and linking it up on Enchanting Entrances.


Diwali for me is more about decoration than crackers. I cleaned up the house. Sanket and I made arrangements for puja with whatever limited resources we had. I managed to make some sweets. Sanket bought a box of crackers. The electric lights were plugged in. 

Blame it on the festive mood, I could not help but paint and decorate the plain-white tea-light candles. This is what I did to them.

[UPDATE: Got questions about the candles? Click here. ]

Puja. Husband. Food. Friends. Candles. Lights. Crackers. The only thing missing (apart from family) was RANGOLI!! 

I have been making rangoli ever since I was a little girl. I just hated the thought of not being able to make it for the very special First-Diwali-After-Marriage. Colors were not a problem because I knew that I could get colored sand at Michaels. The concern was that I had no place in the house to spread the sand on. The only un-carpeted area was kitchen and bathroom!! Even the common lobby outside our apartment is carpeted!! 

After a lot of thinking and market research (with a friend), I laid my hand on the glitter craft sheets.


I decided then and there that the craft sheets would be used to make *Rangoli*. I cut out the sheets in various shapes, stuck it on a paper and the rangoli was ready to be kept anywhere... just anywhere!! I placed them at the entrance to the house. The colored tea-light candles were used as well. This is how it looked.

And yes, the name plate is still there.. to stay forever :)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Cucumber Way

My eyes had been hurting for the last two days coupled with a bad headache. I know that my habit of gluing my eyes on the laptop right from the moment Sanket steps out of the house (that if I don't go off to sleep again) can be the biggest cause. However, I would like to believe that it is not what the reason is because  keeping myself away from the laptop is just not what I can do.

To fight tiredness, I decided to treat my eyes the traditional style... no, not by going off to sleep. I opted for the Cucumber Way!! Trust me, it was such a relief!! The two slices  of cucumber made their way from the eyes to the forehead and very soon, they were everywhere on my face. I felt like the slices were absorbing the heat and fatigue.

Only 5 minutes of the therapy and I felt really fresh... fresh to the extent that I spent the next 2 hours chatting  with my neighbors without any uneasiness... and also to the extent that I decided to share it here... *wink wink*!!

Cucumber cured my headache... may be it's time to kick out Disprin!



Amazed by how quick the Cucumber Therapy worked, I decided to do a little search on the internet. To my surprise, cucumber turned out to be a remedy for a lot of problems. Sharing it here:

  • Cucumbers help fight bad breath.
  • Can be rubbed on shoes for shine instead of shoe polish.
  • The outside of the cucumber can be rubbed on pen and crayon marks on wall to erase them. Moms are you listening?
  • A cucumber in the afternoon not only helps you to keep an unhealthy snack away but it also fights fatigue.
  • Rubbing cucumber slices on spots of cellulite makes it less visible.
  • Reduces eye puffiness and is good for skin.
  • Try rubbing cucumber slices on sun-burnt skin for some relief.
  • Leave behind hangovers and headaches with cucumber.
  • Try rubbing cucumber on the mirror to prevent it from fogging after shower.
  • Put a few slices of cucumber in a tin can and keep it in your garden to keep the pests away.
  • Fix a squeaky hinge by rubbing cucumber over it.
  • Clean your stainless steel sinks and taps using cucumber.

Want to use Cucumber to treat your skin and hair? Read this. I am gonna try some of these, for sure! Especially the one for hair.

How many of the above mentioned Cucumber uses have your already tried? Do you intend to try some?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My Teeny Tiny Garden

My Mother-in-Law not only loves gardening but she is also an expert at it. The day I got to know about her visit to Michigan, I decided then and there that I am gonna use her experience to build up a tiny garden in whatever little space I have. The weather was just perfect and the flowers in my neighbors balconies/patios tempted me to have a few of my own. Very soon we got a bag full of potting soil, a few seeds and some Petunias. What we did not buy were pots to plants the seeds in... and you'll soon know why!!

Day 1: June 08, 2011

Petunias- Petunias everywhere!!

The seeds have been sown and the countdown begins!

The Little Cucumber Plant
These pictures were taken more than a month back. Latest photos to be shared soon :)

P.S. - With this post, I have a new label created - 'Garden-Greens'!

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