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DIY Craft Sticks Wall Art

You can find many fancy versions of this wall art at Etsy for $400 or more! But I did the same for a lot cheaper the past year from this post.

Frame – I couldn’t find a plain good wood frame at my local Michael’s store. But found this in the 70% clearance section.

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It worked perfectly fine for what I wanted to do. We had the black spray paint that we used for this project. So, a quick one coat of spray paint worked just fine.

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Scissors, Glue, Water Colors, Brush are some other stuff you would need. I used crayola water colors. But you can use any paint you want. 

A bunch of Craft Sticks – I had colored as well as plain sticks from Michael’s.

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Then you paint. This took a little while since Lime wanted to participate in doing this project. It was fun.

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Then you start laying them out. I measured the sticks that would fit the frame and cut them according. In the end I wanted them to look like patchwork. 

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Then you glue them to the frame. Some sticks had curves, some were cut at a different angle but in the end I kind of liked the end product. 

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I have hung this in our living room. The colors kind of matches with the Chindi Shag Rug I got from Pier 1 Imports. What say, people? Would you try this? 

A letter to my baby boy – 4

My dear Lime, 

You are FIVE. 

As I write this post, I will try hard not to cry. You sweet boy, my firstborn child, made me a mommy!  

From the moment I saw you, I knew I’ll never love someone else the way I love you.  You changed my life forever. 

FIVE is such a big boy age. I’m struggling to understand how time went by so quickly. It just seems like yesterday I was in hospital giving birth to you. 

I still remember that first year when I quit my job to take care of you. I spent days exploring the world with you when some people criticized me for being a stay-at-home mom. You were content being with me and that mattered to me more than anything else. 

That second year when I put you in day care and resumed work is unforgettable. We both cried on your first day at day care. Ah! Those painful days!

That third year when you went so crazy about mickey mouse

Your sister came along before you were four. I was so worried i couldn’t love you as well anymore. I was wrong. 1

When it comes to taking care of baby Lily, you are so good. You learned to take care of her quickly. You make sure she doesn’t fall down from the bed by arranging pillows in the open corner. You hold her hand when she tries to walk. You sing so she can sleep. If I take away your toys, you get angry; But if Lily grabs your toys, you are so good with her. You give her something in exchange and then take your toy back. 

I love that you remember every single thing about anything I say. You are so fun. Everyone loves talking with you. Your laugh is so infectious. You love to figure things out yourself – Be it opening a snack box or inserting straw in a juice pouch; You want to do it all.

You are so smart and make Lemon and I so proud. 

You like to run around a lot. I still remember the day when I almost lost you at the shopping mall. You ran away and scared the hell out of me. I did end up finding you in couple minutes. But what a day it was. Phew!

You are good at soccer and swimming. We can’t wait to try karate and dance next. 

This year you fell so much in love with Power Rangers. And, you are still crazy about ‘Talking Tom‘. 

Can’t believe you are graduating this Friday from Pre-School. You love math and like talking about all you learnt in school. You have memorized our phone number and house address for emergency. 

Being a super hero is your dream. You love avengers, ninjas, spider-man and Batman and what not. You can name every character in all of the movies which I have no clue about. 

You have a big year ahead, my baby! You are going to go to a new school. Meet new friends and teachers. The path forward is new with lots of changes in schedule. Come what may, I know you will prosper in all your endeavors. God bless you my child! I love you so much! 

Lime

That’s you with your birthday gift! Power Ranger Megazord 🙂

 

Love,
Mummy

Introducing baby ‘Lily’

It’s late post. But better late than never, right?

This year has been so much fun. Most of my dreams have come true, especially the baby news! There has been 3 babies, all about a month apart, in the family this year. The 4th one is expected sometime next week. Can’t wait for the good news from the cousin! 🙂

Lily‘ is my baby girl’s blog name. She graced this beautiful world  on May 3rd 2016!!! The birth story is posted here.

It’s been 7 months now. Lime is still surprised by the fact that the baby is out of mommy’s tummy. He is a proud big bother and loves his little sister.

There are so many things about the baby that I want to record over here..Will do it as and when I find time..

We love our little one. She is our adorable doll. Her toothless smile makes us melt every time. She loves lying on her tummy and raising her head high. She is starting to sit up by herself and she always does it quickly when mommy is not looking at her. She is always curious about what is happening around her. She turns her tiny head all around to look at things. She even stretches her arms to reach for the cup when mommy is drinking her morning coffee. She also loves playing with mommy’s hair.

She looks up to her brother all the time. She admires him for everything he does. She laughs happily around him and plays with him. He sings and dances for her which is so adorable. She bears with whatever he does, even it is pinching her nose or hugging her tight. No complaints – She loves it all!

Keep growing our dear baby. Be happy and healthy! We love you and Lime the most!

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All you readers, send in all your love to the little ones, will ya?

oh boy, the big 3-O!

She is now 10 times older than her son.

She is still collecting her thoughts on how she feels on this day.

She is spending her special day with her parents after 9 long years.

She got 2 surprise parties this year and NO gifts from Lemon. She will NEVER forget this in her life.

She is at home watching the snow fall and sipping hot coffee while typing this post.

She is not ready to leave the childhood behind but she knows she has to after this day. Many people cross the bridge from childhood to adulthood at 21. For her it has been different.

She has never considered herself a part of the category called ‘grown-ups’. She has so far enjoyed being the child. Being the youngest in the household. Being pampered for everything at home. Today, she feels she cannot escape the grown-up category anymore. The 3-O feels like a very big number. She doesn’t know why. But it bothers her.

She was worried when Lemon turned 30 a couple of years back. He convinced her saying its just a number and that he will always remain young at heart.

She is not sure what changes this new year and number will bring into her life. For now, she just wants to stop worrying and hope for the best.

She wants to, going forward,  dedicate little time each day to do something that she really loves.

She had a goal that she wanted to achieve on this day and it has come true. She is happy for that.

She has learned not to make any decisions when she is upset.

She has come to realize that almost half of her life is over. 

She is different now and feels wiser, happier, confident and determined. 

She is Lavender and yesterday was her birthday!:):):)

To read more about her, click here.

DIY Project ~ Ombre Chair

I knew you can ombre your hair. But how about an ombre furniture?

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Our first DIY Ombre Chair! 🙂 Do you like it?

I came across this at Anthropologie when shopping around for furniture’s for our new home. Loved the effect. But not the price!

Since then I wanted to incorporate this effect in one of my very own furniture. So this past weekend, I wanted to try the ombre effect on our old dining chair. We discarded our dining table a while ago but kept couple of the dining chairs for whatever reason. The chairs are so useless to us now and a lifeless thing at home.

I often see such chair on the curbside every week on the trash pick up day. Poor things! I didn’t want to throw mine away and wanted to turn them into something lively.

The chair was just waiting to be redone, so we got started! This is a very simple easy DIY experience.

Materials

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~ Wooden Chair

~ Gloves

~Paper rolls

~ Masks and Googles (Optional)

~ 3 Spray Paints (We used Metallic, Red and Black)

Instructions

1. Clean the chair. Remove any dirt and smooth the surface so the paint will stick better.

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2. Now, starts the fun part. Start with the base color.. spray thin coats. Let it dry and then re-coat after few minutes. A couple of coats just worked good for our chair.

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3. Wait for 15 minutes.

4. Move to the center color. We choose red. Focus on getting the center first and then go upwards and downwards on the chair. While working on the spindles, decide how far up and down you would want to go. Spray quickly and away from the chair. Be sure to keep the color heights even.

That's my Lemon in action ;)

 

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Let the paint dry

5. Let the red coating dry. Once dried, we worked on the bottom of the chair. We flipped the chair and started spraying from the bottom up. 

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We did not care much to spray paint the bottom of the seat. But you can do it if you want to.

6. Give it a final inspection and fix any spots left out.

Let the chair dry completely. May be overnight or a day. I couldn’t wait so I took a picture of it before letting it out to dry!

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This makeover transforms any old boring chair into a DIY ombre furniture piece that adds color to your home decor. Try and Enjoy!