Thursday, August 28, 2008

Go Green!

So I've been looking for those tote bags that you can take to the grocery store in place of using the plastic bags. I saw a few I liked but they weren't practical since all they would fit was like one bag of chips. You would have to carry like 12 of them to fit all your groceries! Then I thought about making some of my own using a regular tote bag and writing fun qoutes on them. Last night though I found two that I liked that were also a decent size at Old Navy I was so excited! Despite never ending teasing from Aum and Jay I bought them, then we get in the car and I'm thinking oh I'll just keep them in the car for easy access whenever I shop.... except now it dawns on me that my Mother-in-law does most of the shopping in our house since she cooks most days....I felt kind of stupid then! lol Oh well they are cute bags and I'll just use them when I do go shopping!

You can buy them here if you are interested!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Kiddie Fun

This was another project I put together for my sister-in-law. In this case the boys gave it to her for Mother's Day but this is easily adaptable to something they can do every year on their birthdays also. It's basically a short interview with space to put a picture and a hand print from that day. It's a fun way to see how kids change over the years and for them to see how much their hand print has grown. I guarantee when they get older it's something that the whole family will look back on and cherish. I designed a simple template in photoshop and had it printed 12x12 then I just picked up a fun album from Target to store it all away easily. The cover page was also fairly simple, again I just designed the template in photoshop printed it out and glues it to a sheet of designed scrapbook paper. The good thing about this is you can easily change around the design and questions to suit your needs and your kids.....

For some reason the colors came out much darker in the picture then they are in actuality.
Sample Template

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan was this last Saturday so this post is a little late :) I did a little google search and found the following from Wikipedia for those of you who don't know what Raksha Bandhan is.

Raksha Bandhan (the bond of protection in Hindi) is a Hindu festival, which celebrates the relationship between brothers and sisters. It is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Shraavana.
The festival is marked by the tying of a rakhi, or holy thread by the sister on the wrist of her brother. The elder brother in return offers a gift to his sister and vows to look after her same as elder sister return offers to younger brother. The brother and sister traditionally feed each other

Since I learned to make friendship bracelets WAY back in middle school I thought it would be cool to make custom rakhi's for my brothers in their favorite colors. This has since been changed to a simple pattern with the traditional colors and my brothers won't wear any of the store bought ones just this one!

So to Aum, Saawan, Saajan, and Dillon all my best wishes for the next year. I love all four of you so much!

For more interesting information on Raksha Bhandan you can check Wikipedia.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

In case you were wondering.....


Plus This

I normally only like coffee cold....(funny I know) The coffee at work is disgusting and even more unbearable once they got rid of the ice machine....So here's my creative little pick me up for the mornings I just can't wake up (which is most of them) :) I used half of each packet, mixed with hot water, and some half and half. Both of these are also good on their own but mixed together it's perfection!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mother's Day

I actually wanted to post for Raksha Bhandan but I didn't get a chance to load the pictures of my hand made Rakhris (the only ones my brothers will wear) So hopefully I can post more on that later this week...

Since my great grandmother passed away this year I want to do something really special for mothers day. I mean how often is it that four generations of the same family get to meet? After my great grandfather passed away last year I was going through pictures to find some of him. I came across of one of my great grandmother sitting in a swing wearing a blue sari. This picture triggered my memory of one I had taken of my mom the year before in the same swing also wearing blue! When we went wedding shopping in January I made sure to get a picture in the same swing in a blue sari. Sadly a few days later my great grandmother passed away and everyone was devastated. When my grandmother flew in after we left to complete the funeral arrangements I made sure she brought a blue sari with her also. Thanks to my cousin Ruchi for taking such a great picture of her and completing our set of pictures. I designed this in photoshop for Mother's Day and had them printed for my grandmother and mom. My mom finished it off by having it framed for us :) Love you Ba and miss you dearly!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Reception Table Names

I have a few little projects to share but unfortunately I haven't had a chance to upload the pictures from my camera....So for now I'll share these....Our focus for our wedding was to make sure everyone had a good time and that everything was very us. Instead of having regular table numbers we decided to do name the tables with things about us such as birth place, college, etc. To make a long story short we couldn't come up with enough for 30 tables so we decided to go with Hindi movie names specifically romantic movies. I had 10 different pictures and 3 of each one. We then had our photographer match our place cards to the same design I created in photo shop for these. The purple and gold color scheme matched the colors of the outfit I wore to our reception. Overall everyone thought they came out really cute and added a touch of us to each table :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Wedding Things

Now that I am finally settling I am just getting back to scrapping....I have pictures of other things but that would require finding the wire to transfer them off my camera...moving is NO fun take it from someone who knows! Anyhow Indian weddings are known for all their ceremonies, it's a nice way to enjoy each and every step of your wedding with your family around you. My mom made these for the invitation ceremony where we all get together to address the invitation cards. My uncle did some of the free hand drawing and then she glitzed it up with glitter and gemstones. They came out gorgeous and very traditional looking which I loved! Thanks mom for all your hard work!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

I'm Back

This is a project I put together a while ago for a lady I work with who wanted something fun to do with her daughter. It is a premade album with all the fun accessories to glitz it up. I designed the cover and used cardstock to make the pages inside. With all the accessories I have I chose ones that I thought would compliment the colors I picked for the base. I hope she and her daughter enjoy putting it together as much as I did picking out all the fun goodies!