Christmas wreath ~ from my craft’s corner

One day to go.. Isn’t that feeling amazing? It has always been for whatsoever you are counting your days and it will always be because the child inside us never dies however busy we might be in our lives. We keep on counting days specially for the holidays to come.

In India, we don’t call it holidays / winter holidays because we don’t get one. Just one day i.e. 25th of December. But this year Christmas surprised us by falling on a Monday that makes a long weekend. Yay holidays.

Spending time at home is my favorite thing to do and when it’s festive it a plus 1. While being busy recording and editing my bunny boos music video on last Christmas, I quickly made an easy Christmas wreath for my door. Oops! did I mention, he is a guitarist by passion and running an YouTube channel by his name Ankit Pahuja. Wanna make me happy? Check out his channel. πŸ˜πŸ‘‡

Fingerstyle guitarist – Ankit Pahuja

Now let’s begin today’s DIY which is again a very easy one as I frankly didn’t have much time with me.

Materials required

  1. Cardboard
  2. Ribbon
  3. Paper cutter
  4. Plastic bottle
  5. Half cut pearls, plastic flowers and pearl strips
  6. Bells and balls
  7. Thin ribbon
  8. Glue gun
  9. White glue
  10. Acrylic colour and brush

Take a card board

Take two different sized bowl/plate and make consecutive circles.

Now cut the circular strip.

Apply white glue on the cardboard circle.

Start rolling the red ribbon around it.

Complete the process till everything is covered neatly.

Keep it aside. Take a waste plastic bottle and randomly cut leaf shaped pieces out of it.

Colour them green and leave to dry.

Now take the circular wreath and paste 3 plastic flowers on it. And arrange and paste the leaves using a hot glue.

Later I added half cut pearls in the middle of the flowers.

Take two bells and a ball (I used ready made ones, you may make your own as well) and paste them on the top of the wreath keeping the floral section at its north-east.

Decorate the rest part with pearl strips or decorative stones or buttons.

Make a cute paper bow and stick it on the top of the bells to hide the glued section.

Now making the hang. Take a gift decorating ribbon. And paste it on the back of the wreath making a loop to hang. Curl the ribbon using scissors.

And your simple yet elegant door decor for Christmas is ready.

I hanged it on my main door on a command hook.

Closer look after a day of hanging πŸ™‚

Hope you like my today’s DIY/craft activity. You may contact me on my Facebook page – Riya’s own space Facebook page

Merry Christmas everyone. πŸŽ„πŸŽ€

Much love

Riya

Mini snowman DIY/Christmas decor ~ From my craft’s corner

Hey everyone, I had been super busy with my boring schedule and my Christmas feeling was almost dying unlike every year. But to my surprise, my hubby boo brought me a good size Christmas tree yesterday to bring back my enthusiasm, may be πŸ˜€. He knows me well I must say. I jumped with joy because I get to decorate a Christmas tree all by myself for the very first time.

To give a snowy touch, to complete my Christmas decor, I made a little snow land area πŸ’­ and made 2 very cute snow man sitting on them.

Aren’t they just super cute?

To make one yours, you just need 5 minutes of your time and a little creativity ☺️ Let’s start πŸ‘‡

Materials required

  1. A pair of white socks
  2. Rice
  3. Rubber band
  4. Red ribbon
  5. Scissors
  6. Ear studs, buttons

Take a white sock and cut the top portion.

Then cut the sock into half with two open ends.

Using a rubber band, secure and tie one end.

Turn the sock inside out like this πŸ‘‡

Now fill it with rice completely.

Tie and secure the other end with a rubber band.

Now, using your fingers assume the space for making the neck and tie a rubber band.

Your base model is ready. Now take another piece of the same sock and tie one end with rubber band to make the cap.

Your cap is ready to be worn by the little snowman.

Take the red ribbon and tie on the cap and make muffler at the neck.

Now take your ear studs and stuck them to make eyes, mouth and buttons ☺️

Tadaaa. Your very own super cute snowman is ready.

The mini Christmas tree is made with just paper. Let me know if you want to learn making one. πŸ™‚

That’s my recliner before I set the snow land πŸ˜‚

And finally when I was done decorating my tree I made a cute snow land for these Lil bees. My husband is calling them ‘Santa-banta’ (very famous Indian characters used for jokes) πŸ˜‚

Glimpses from my Christmas decor.

Do try making this easy-peasy craft at your home. Kids would love making them, I am sure.

Or if you want a ready made one for yourself, kindly contact me on my Facebook page.

Happy crafting ☺️

Much love,

Riya

I wish I had wings ~ Poetry

I wish I had wings
I wouldn’t have to hold on my feelings
I could fly away
Far far away
Away from all the facility
Away from the word called ‘society’

I wish I had wings
I wouldn’t have to answer every phone rings
I could reach the peak of a mountain
I could scream and burst the lava of anger in my fountain

I wish I had wings
I wouldn’t have to follow the proceedings
I could vanish from the world I live in
To make my own space in the submarine

I wish I had wings
So to not let anyone know my doings
I would be on my own
Fighting through the trees and clouds
At least would be better than the fake smiles and humanly moulds

I wish I had wings
I wouldn’t have to live inside buildings
I wouldn’t be anyone’s burden
I could make a living in a simple den

I wish I had wings
I could follow my emotional feelings
And listen to my heart
I could keep trying to reach the top
Doesn’t matter how many times I flop

I wish I had wings
I wouldn’t have any bindings
I could sit on any humps or horns
I wouldn’t had to face any real game of thrones

I wish I had wings
I wouldn’t have to fake my choice of lovings.
I could choose not to wear leathers
And proudly show off my colorful feathers

I wish I had wings
No One had to listen to the songs my heart sings
I could decide what for me is best
And could make my very own cozy nest

I wish I had wings
I would have no permanent bondings
I could feel free, fly free
And my attitude towards life could be care-free

But.

I am not a flying beauty
I Have no wings
Anyone bothers or not
I have to burden my personal belongings

I wish I had wings
I wouldn’t have to hold on my feelings…

~Riya

Christmas tree cards:Part 2 ~From my craft’s corner

Hey people, I am back with second day of Christmas craft. In my first part, I made two very easy peasy Christmas card ideas and today, I am going to make another very pretty Christmas tree card which can be used as a wall decor or as a wishing card for your loved ones.

I love vibrant colours and I just love Christmas but that really doesn’t mean Christmas has to be everything red, green and white or it has to be? πŸ˜€ Well it completely depends on one’s personal perception of seeing things. Christmas tree is green, snow is white and Santa’s dress of course red πŸŽ…. Now that makes my first card. A perfect to go Christmas card which will bring back your winter mood πŸ™‚ I couldn’t stop myself from adopting the theme ☺️

Let’s start making one now πŸ‘‡

What we need :

  1. Origami square papers
  2. Card paper
  3. Ruler and pencil
  4. Glue stick
  5. Scissor βœ‚
  6. Some decor (stars, glitter tape, etc)

Take a square origami paper (preferably thin paper, it will be easier to make and the tree looks much prettier and lively)

My paper is one side white and one side colored. Both sides colored paper will do equally good.

Now rotate the paper and fold diagonally corner to corner like this πŸ‘‡

Now make a straight line parallel to the folded side leaving a little space.

Again rotate the paper and make straight lines starting from one end as shown keeping 1cm distance.

Now it’s time to bring your scissors. Simply cut along the vertical line up to the line we marked at first.

You will get this when you are done cutting

After you finish, unfold the paper.

Tadaa, you will get this πŸ‘‡

Reverse the paper to work in the back (white side) to keep the green as the front. Now it’s time for the glue stick. Take one strip at one time and stick to the bottom as shown carefully. You don’t want to tear a part.

Now take a strip from another side and stick it on it like this πŸ‘‡

Now continue doing the process till you reach the top. Your beautiful tree is done

Just paste a star on the top and use it as decor for your wall showcases or any wooden frames. Isn’t it just adorable already?

Now lets get into the card making.

Take a red card paper, fold into half and paste the tree on it carefully in the middle leaving some portion in the bottom.

Now it’s time for adding the sentiment. Make your own if you wish like I did here πŸ™‚ Paste the sentiment on the bottom.

Make a star using two equal yellow triangle pasting one on another like I did in my last post and paste it on top obviously.

Let’s not be boring. Decorations are a must ☺️

And our first card is ready. Fill the inner part with you blessings and feelings and make the recipient happy 😊I am sure anyone would love such a lovely greeting card.

I have made a similar tree in bright yellow color and used on a blue card with golden decorations. Few stars and a golden tape with a red star.

As I said, Christmas doesn’t have to be g-re-w ( green, red, white)

This is for those who love shine and glitter.

Saint and sinner.

Yay, my family is growing πŸ™‚

Check out my last and first post on Christmas card here if you haven’t already ☺️

Till the next time. Keep showering love and blessings. Happy winter ❄

Much love,

Riya

Birding in Assonora, Goa

I just realized it’s been two weeks that I have updated about my birding activities. Please check out my last post on birding from home if you haven’t already 😊. In the last post, I posted about the birds that I saw or regularly see around my house area. Now this is the time for office area. πŸ˜‚ It might sound funny, but I live in Goa, and there is a birding opportunity in every 500m. So here are few of my clicks that I could manage to take within 1 hour before the sun sets and get ready for another new day ☺️

First of all, I would like to tell you about the location a bit. This place is a par i.e. the flowing journey of backwaters from a dam. I cross this little bridge over the water everyday to reach my office. Here’s the soothing view.

I must tell you this is as refreshing as it seems in the picture.

Now let’s start birding. I spotted and captured 3 major birds in this area with few uncapturable others like common kingfisher etc.

Cattle Egret – Bubulcus ibis

Cattle egrets are quite a lot common in Goa. You can spot them near any water body and sometimes on road sides too.

A portrait is must while playing with one of them.

In search for kill.

Yay, I got one πŸ˜€

The landing

Great Cormorant –Phalacrocorax carbo

I hadn’t seen this black beauty before and hence was getting confused with black heron, may be from quite a distant view. I couldn’t wait and took the risk of going the closest possible to the pillars where they were resting.

One

Another one

One + one = Two ❀️

the eye contact”

Little egrets- Egretta garzetta

Hearing the name might be confusing for anyone to imagine these egrets to be little and small, but trust me, they aren’t AT ALL.

Little ones are the most beautiful and awestruck egrets I have ever seen. They stand tall like any queen of the forest.

Majestic beauty taking the leap

The attitude walk.

Finally “The final Closure”.

And they took the click of the day award πŸ˜€

The fly and the water

While I using busy chasing egrets, the sky was full of kites.

I won’t say one can spend hours and hours in this particular location because they can’t. But still it’s a spectacular point for a bird watcher/lover.

Overview: All together

It was going to be dark, hence I quickly snapped a few macros and took off for the day.

Oops I forgot, I was near flowing water body, how could I miss the chance of experimenting with shutter speed πŸ˜€ a little waterfall πŸ‘‡

Don’t worry, just one shot now, let the remaining be in another detailed post.

Camera: Canon 1300D

Lens: Tamron 70-300mm handheld

That’s all for today’s birding. Stay connected till my next one.

Much love

Riya