Friday, January 29, 2010

Flower basket with plastic craft wire


Items Required:
  1. Plastic craft wire of any color
  2. Readymade flowers and leaves
  3. Soap bar
  4. White sheet
  5. Bell pins
  6. Pink beads

How to do the flower basket:
  1. Wrap the white sheet on the soap bar and fix it.
  2. With the plastic craft wire, put 8s as shown in the picture and fix it with bell pins.
  3. Beads are added to the head of bell pins before inserting. It looks more decorative.
  4. Continue till the whole soap bar is covered.
  5. For the basket's handle, tear the wire into two thin wires and keep folding them in such a way that they form 90 degrees for each fold.
  6. Pin them up with bell pins at the ends.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happy Republic Day!

Wishing you all a Happy Republic Day!!


My childhood days' works

A gift given to my brother...

A pencil drawing..


Guru - Sishya painting


Friday, January 22, 2010

Hand embroidery

Hand embroidery in the border of a saree..

Flower design with beads in petals..


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Farmer's Day / பொங்கல் திருநாள் :)

Wishing you all a very Happy Farmer's Day :)

இனிய பொங்கல் திருநாள் வாழ்த்துக்கள் ..

A colourful rangoli at the entrance !

Rangoli zoomed out..

Pongal is celebrated on first Tamil month "Thai". On that special festival, people offer pongal (prepared with first grain)in a banana leaf to the Sun God in TamilNadu and convey their thanks to the farmers.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Beet root Halwa !

A sweet to delight :)

  1. Beet root -3 medium sized
  2. Sugar      - 1 cup
  3. Ghee       - 2 tsp.
  4. Milk        - 1 cup
  5. Cashew nuts - a few
  6. Badam          - a few
  7. Besan flour  - 2 tsp.

How to prepare beet root halwa:
  1. Cut beet root into small pieces and boil in milk. 
  2. Grind the ingredients into paste and pour it in a kadai.
  3. Add sugar, ghee and stir well for 20 - 25 minutes till the beet root is cooked well. 
  4. Add besan flour to it and stir for another 5 mins.
  5. Finally, roast cashew nuts and badam in ghee and add to halwa.
  6. The halwa is served hot or cold.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Go Green!

On December 31, 2009, in my husband's offce was the 'Cubicle Day'. On that special day, they have to convey a message by arranging their cubicle with some theme. After a lot of discussions, they finally decided to "Go Green" :)
Once when he came home, he eagerly involved into it and started searching for valuable messages and theme music. From my part, with help of his ideas, I prepared the chart with a short but very strong message.

And here goes the picture ...

The cubile going green :) ...

A wonderful work to spread the message. Now on, lets follow some simple green ideas like reduce, reuse, recycle plastic, paper and save our earth.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Curd Rice!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year :)
I am starting this new year with a simple, delicious dish... Curd Rice...

  1. Mustard - 3/4 tsp.
  2. Urad dal - 1 tsp.
  3. Curry leaves - a few
  4. Grated carrot - 1
  5. Cucumber - 1/2 diced 
  6. Ginger - a little grated
  7. Green chillies - 2
  8. Chopped corainder leaves - a few
  9. Curd - 3/4 glass
  10. Milk - 1 glass
  11. Oil - 3 tsp.
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Cooked rice - 3 cups
How to do the Curd Rice:

  1. In a kadai, add oil and heat. When oil gets heated, add mustard, urad dal and curry leaves. 
  2. Once mustard starts bursting, add ginger, green chillies, carrot and fry well. 
  3. Add salt to taste. Keep it aside.
  4. To the cooked rice, add curd, milk and the fried ingredients immediately before the hot steam from rice disappears and mix well. Add sufficient milk till the rice gets mixed well.
  5. Coriander leaves are added finally.
  6. Serve hot with avakai pickle and enjoy the yummy food and pictures! :)