Sunday, September 27, 2015


Hello Friends, Indian Craft room is back again and is looking for new designers. Am happy to participate in their auditions.

For details on the Audition, rush to ICRDESIGNER AUDITIONS  in the ICR CHALLENGES GROUP !!!

The last date to submit is sep 30th 2015. 
I have submitted my following creations to the audition:


Hello friends, hope you all are enjoying your weekend.. Today I have a CAS card to share with you all. This week in casology challenge,  the theme is "Circles" . There are endless possibilities to this theme but the first thing that struck my mind is the " Smiley". Smileys are used to express that little extra feeling during a conversation. They are a great source of fun as they can easily add a laugh and color to the otherwise bland chats.  So I made a smiley card using glitter foam sheets. 

The background strips and smileys are hand-cut and the sentiment is hand written. To bring more shine to the card added rhinestones.

Entering this card to the following challenges:

1 .Casology challenge blog - cue word " Circles"
2. Shopping our stash challenge blog - " Show us your smile"
3.4 crafty chicks challenge blog - " Sparkle and shine"
4. Lulupu challenge blog - " Sparkle and shine"
5.Beyond grey challenge - " Cas cards or layouts"

Friday, September 25, 2015


Hello Friends, Welcome back to my blog!! Well the autumn season has begun, so today's project is all about welcoming this beautiful season of gold. I love to walk on the dried crispy leaves as they give a crunchy effect like that of potato chips.. Lol..  There is a surprise inside this jar which is revealed at the end of this post!!

In California fall season is not much pronounced like the east coast so we can see lot of green trees with some dried trees in between them. So I took the color palette from what I see here - green , yellow, gold and red. I have seen many altered mason jar projects made by my fellow bloggers of which my favorite is Neha's altered mason jar. So I bookmarked that and thought of trying it soon. When the ghee bottle became empty I decided to alter it with the fall theme. 

I covered the jar with pattern paper from DCWV paper pack. Then adhered different laces from "Celebrate it" collections. I inked the laces with golden, yellow and red distress inks. Recently I bought a Martha Stewart daisy punch and was waiting to use it. All the flowers in this project are made using this punch and recollections card stock. The leaves are hand cut and distressed using inks.

The sentiment is a print out. I used pearl chain, pearls and golden bead chain to decorate the jar. The mini book charm is handmade using stacked papers from old magazine and packaging card board.  

For the top panel I have used burlap cloth , lace and handmade flowers. The bird is hand cut from the glitter foam sheet. 

So what is inside the bottle??  Here is the surprise!!!

I wanted to create a window so that my haunted house is visible. So glued the laces only 3/4th of the jar.  For the background I have used black glitter foam sheet. On the lid of the jar I pasted a LED candle using double sided tape. 

With the onset of fall the temperature starts to decrease here so its not possible to keep the door open always as in summer. So we need an air freshner.  Hence I filled the jar with  home made air freshner  and added three pumpkins above it.  On the lid of the jar I pasted a LED candle using double sided tape. See how it gives a spooky effect in the dark.  I am going to keep this decorated jar in my crafting table so that I can enjoy the pleasant smell while I craft. 

Here are some of the ideas to make your own air freshner:
I added  homemade potpourri  inside the jar. As its fall time I picked many dry leaves and flowers from the nearby garden and added lavender essential oil to it. 

Hope you all like my project. Do leave your comments/ suggestions!! Have a nice weekend!!

Entering this project into the following challenges:

1, City crafter challenge blog - "Fall has arrived"  - I was inspired by the falling leaves and the colors of the picture. I have used red, yellow , green and brown in my project.
2. Kraftzone challenge blog - " Altered art with sentiment" - I have altered a ghee bottle/jar.
3. Dream valley challenge - " Autumn colors"
4. Lessology challenge - " Its reading time" - I have made a mini book charm by recycling magazine papers. I have also recycled ghee bottle/jar.
5. Crafting musketeers - " Challenge 29 - Autumnal colors
6.Our creative corner - " Shades of autumn"
7. Altered eclectics 

Friday, September 18, 2015


Hello Friends, Hope you all are doing great!! Am back after a short vacation to Alaska. Today am posting the decoration and the idol made for Ganesh Chathurthi . Ganesh Chathurthi is one of my favorite festivals as its super fun to do puja for the handmade idol .  Last year when my parents were here, we all made Ganesha idol for the first time referring to this youtube video. You can view that post here. This year too I made a small Ganesha.

I used air dry terracotta clay for making the idol . Once it is dried I painted the idol using acrylics and gave a coat of varnish.

When I was searching for the decoration ideas I came across this lotus asana for Lord Ganesha in a website. So decided to create a similar one using glitter foam sheets. I have used glitter foam sheets as they are easy to cut and paste.

I decided to alter an candle jar for the asana. You can see the step by step pictures for making the lotus asana below.

For the backdrop:
I drew the design on the cardboard and painted the design using acrylics. I hand cut the design and decorated it using silver and white glitter foam sheets. I stuck the backdrop to the candle jar using hot glue gun.

Hope you all like it... Do leave your comments/suggestions... See you soon with another post... Have a crafty weekend...

Reference links:

To make the clay Ganesha idol : Clay Ganesha making tutorial
To view my last year's Ganesha idol and decoration  : Handmade clay ganesha idols

Submitting this project to:

Lulupu challenge blog - " Sparkle and shine "