Monday, February 27, 2017

DIY Heart Shaped Valentine Decor


I saw this DIY on Pinterest and I decided to do it then and there. I know I am a bit late in posting this tutorial. Better late than never, isn't it? I have been waiting to get some pictures, to complete this blog post. So here goes the tutorial...

Supplies Needed:

A Cardboard Box
Craft Knife
Pencil
Craft Paper
Gum
Scissors
Double Sided Tape

  • Take the cardboard first and draw a rough heart shape on it.



  • Cut the heart shape using a craft knife. Don't bother about the stickers on it. It anyway gonna get covered.


  • Now take the craft paper and cut into small squares. 

  • Take the square papers one by one and pinch in the middle as shown in the picture below.

  • Take them and stick it on to the heart shaped cardboard with the glue.

  • Complete doing the same all over it and hang it on the wall or the mirror using some double sided tape.

And its done☺

Friday, February 17, 2017

Pop - Up Valentine Card

A Valentine's Day Card was the first thing I made for V for this year's Valentine's Day. As always, the inspiration came from Pinterest only! Here I am sharing the tutorial for this easy VDay card.



Supplies Needed:
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • White Paper
  • Craft Paper (Red & Yellow)
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Pencil
  • Sketch Pen
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Twine/ Yarn
  • Bow Punch


Instructions:
  • Take out the scrapbook paper and fold it in half. Now we need to make the card toppers. For that, we need a red color paper which is smaller than the folded paper and a light shade yellow paper which is smaller than the red paper. Also, cut out a bow shape from the red paper with the bow punch.

  • Draw the vertical and horizontal lines and the bulb shape on the yellow paper just as in the picture 

  • Color just one bulb and the inside of the horizontal lines a dark yellow shade. Now write "YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE" between the colored bulb and the bow. Position the red and yellow cards as the picture shows and glue them all in place. The front part of the card is now done.

  • It's time to work on the inside part. Cut 6 identical heart shapes with the craft paper. Now fold it in half. Take 3 hearts each and stick together only the middle part of the hearts 




  • Now stick only the middle part of the hearts to the heart that's already attached to the card. Now there are 3 hearts each on both the sides. Take a twine and stick it to the hearts. Attach 4 triangle shaped paper cuts with "HUGS" written on it. Now draw the remaining part of the hot air balloon. Take out the white paper and cut 2 cloud shapes out of it. Attach it near the hearts on both the sides. 
Ola, it's done!


Smiles
NV

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day, 2017

I am that kind of a person who finds days and occasions to celebrate, whether it be a birthday, anniversary or a valentine's day, I just celebrate. I also take the advantage to make crafts and DIYs.

You guys might have already seen my last year's valentine's day crafts in one of my previous posts. This time was not an exception. I made a handmade V-Day card, a "LOVE" garland, a heart decor and also decorated few candles; made biriyani too.

I decided to plan everything for the evening, as that's the only quality time we get to spend together, on weekdays! A V-Day card was the first to make. I made this days before the occasion. Decorating candles was next on hand. That too was done 2-3 days ahead.





On the V-Day morning, I just went through Pinterest and found 2 easy decorative ideas which need no much requirements. And that's how I made the garland and the wall decor.




Biriyani was the last thing to make, my favorite too 😁. I'm so obsessed with homemade biriyani these days!!



I wanted to bake few cupcakes too. But that didn't happen due to lack of time!

PS: I will be doing separate blog posts on how to make the DIY Card, candle decoration, DIY garland, heart shaped wall decor and the yummy homemade biriyani.

Stay tuned!

Smiles
NV

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cousin's Baby Shower

My cousin's Baby Shower happened when I was in Kerala after leaving the UK!  They were actually planning a simple traditional baby shower, but then I decided to do some decoration, simple ones.

As we all were unaware of the baby's gender, I planned the normal "Pink & Blue" theme. I grabbed some blue, pink and white color balloons from a local store. I also made a garland using pink and blue craft papers.



To make the couple feel special, I made a "mommy to be" sash and a "daddy to be" corsage for the upcoming parents.




Everything was kept secret from the "mommy to be". Her loving husband had arranged a cake too, to make it more special. I am glad, she was happy and surprised after seeing the whole thing.☺

I have to mention that my Aunty, Rani, was there to help me with the decorating part.

NB: This baby shower happened almost 8-9 months back and she delivered a handsome little boy on July 23rd, 2016.


Smiles
NV

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Funfetti Mug Cake



That was an Engagement Anniversary Special Mug Cake that I made almost 1 and half years back. It's a yummy Funfetti Cake which needs very few ingredients and a microwave oven.

Ingredients:

Unsalted Butter - 2 tablespoons, melted
Egg - 1, large
Milk - 1 tablespoon
Vanilla Extract - 1 teaspoon
Granulated Sugar - 1/4th cup
Self Raising Flour - 6 tablespoons
Sprinkles -
Salt - a pinch

Method
  • Add the melted butter and the egg in a large mug and whisk it in with a fork.
  • Add the remaining dry ingredients (milk & vanilla extract) and milk. Then mix it well with a fork.
  • Now add the flour and salt and gently mix together.
  • Finally, add the most important ingredient, Sprinkles. Gently fold them in.
  • Divide the batter into 2 mugs and microwave them separately for about a minute, until risen. Make sure not to overcook or else the cake will dry out fast.
  • You can top up the cake with any frosting of your choice. I just added a few sprinkles on top.
Tadaa..Your Funfetti Mug Cake is ready 😋

Recipe Courtesy: Gemma Stafford, YouTube.

Smiles
NV

Friday, February 10, 2017

'One' - derful Nonu

My baby was just 10th months old when we traveled to the UK, as my hubby got a project there. For the first 3 and a half months, we were in Burton-Upon-Trent and then shifted to Nuneaton, Britain.

It was during our stay in Burton that my little girl turned One, on 17th September 2015. We planned a very simple celebration with just the three of us, especially because it was a weekday. We did have a celebration with my uncle and family at a restaurant in the weekend.


I baked a chocolate cake for her and covered it with store bought sugar sheet. (It doesn't look good at all, neither it tasted good!) I bought a chalkboard from a pound shop and made a chalkboard poster saying 'one is fun'.


She had a mini cot back then and I filled it with balloons and added a 'ONE' garland on it.


Looks pretty, isn't it? But my little girl was so frightened to get inside!! Maybe because it was her first 'encounter' with balloons!! LOL😄

I also added a bit of decoration on the wall. A handmade 'happy birthday' garland, inflatable balloons that I bought from a local store, handmade decorative paper rosettes and a handmade butterfly. OK, I have to admit that I have a crazy love for butterflies!!





OK, That's for today.

Smiles
NV

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Baby N's Baptism

"The joy of a baby christened in love is a precious gift from God up above."

My baby Norah got baptized on 17th January, 2015. It was one of the best events in her life. She was looking so pretty in her baptism gown, like an angel.


I was so excited to start preparing for her baptism. The first thing to decide upon was her baptism outfit. I saw this gown design in Pinterest and asked my designer to do the exact same thing. I am happy that she did justice to it. She also made a matching headband for her. I bought a pair of matching sandals and altogether it was just perfect.

A candle and a tiara were next in the list. I bought a candle and decorated it with ribbon and some handmade flowers which I bought from a nearby store. I then made a tiara by myself with some ribbon and some handmade flowers.






Next on the list was her baptism basket. I decided to buy a simple basket and decorate it by myself. My cousin Anjaly bought one plain basket for me from Broadway, Cochin.




I had some white cloth with me and I started lining the cloth inside the basket and then added frills on the outer area.




Finally, I attached some store bought handmade flowers to it. 





Now the last DIY on the list was handmade paper butterflies to decorate the stage. With some print outs of butterfly templates, I cut out around 150 butterflies from different colors of craft papers and asked the event coordinator to stick it on the stage backdrop and on Nonu's cradle.




That pretty much sums up my DIYs for my lil girl's baptism.

More to come. Stay tuned!

Smiles
NV

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Creativity During Pregnancy

Yes, it's true that pregnancy changes us completely and its impact on my creative side was unbelievable!! It was during my first pregnancy that I started trying out many creative things like painting, paper quilling, and few other DIYs, that I have never done before!!


This was the first ever Canvas Painting I have done. I found the tutorial on YouTube and it was fun doing it. I know the painting is not great. Still, as a beginner, I was and am fully satisfied 😁


This was my second trial in Canvas Painting. YouTube was still my Guru!


Now, the third. Getting better..huh?


And this is the last one till date. I made this one for V for our First Wedding Anniversary☺, which was 8 days before my delivery.


Now it's time to introduce my Paper Quilling Experiments. Again, YouTube came to the rescue. It's always fun to learn new things alone☺

Paper Quilled Jhumkas


I did some Glass Painting too. As I had no prior experience, I decided not to do it on the glass and did it on Plastic Sheets.



No, not yet over. I then tried making tiaras. Oh yes, I have a great love for tiaras.



And last but not the least, I tried decorating my Mobile Cover too.



I didn't stop DIYing even after my delivery. More on it in the future posts 😁


Stay tuned.

Smiles
NV

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