Cabo De Rama Fortress, India 

“Everyone has their own perspective of seeing things. This is mine. “

Hello everyone, hope you are going through a mid-week crunch at work. Hence I am here to share something peaceful with you all.



You must have seen my last post regarding birding in Agonda backwaters in the south Goa. If you haven’t, here is the link ~

bird watching in Agonda backwaters 

Now that you know that I have had a weekend gateway in the serenity of South Goa in republic-weekend, I want to share another such spot in South Goa that you must visit with some time in your hand if you like peace, quiteness and tranquility. And that place would be Cabo-de-rama Fortress situated 16km away from Agonda Beach.

Disclaimer : This fort is one of my husband’s favorite. And we visited here  twice in 1 year being staying in proper north Goa. Hence, my this blog post is dedicated to him 😄

Now let’s get back to business. 

Cabo-de-rama Fort is the largest and one of the oldest forts in India with an outstanding coverage area of 180,000 square meters. It is believed that this fortress served as home to God Rama and his wife Sita during their 14-years of vanvas (exile) from Ayodhya.


This massive fortress was built by Hindu rulers but according to history, it has been passed on to Muslims to Portuguese hand to hand succeeding one another in battles over possessing this massive architectural beauty. This fortress has served many battles in the history of India. 

In 1763, Portuguese claimed the Fort with 21 canons, military barracks, commandant’s room and a chapel. Portuguese left the fort to be abandoned later. This fortress served as government prison from 1935 till 1955 but soon after it was abandoned again. 

Today, this fortress is one of the major tourist attractions of South Goa with a chapel of St. Antonio located on the territory of the fortress. 

From the top of the fortress, you have a glimpse of the magnificent Arabian Sea and Goan coast line all along. Trust me,its a beautiful pleasure to your eyes. 

This fort is just the ruins today of what our ancestors had in past. But yet it possess a charming personality that anyone with the eye can not ignore. 

Yes, it might be very tiring if you visit in one very warm day with raising sun above but only then you get clicks like this. (of course if you love your lens  😜) 

Walking by the ruins of this majestic beauty you will get the fresh air in intervals directly from the Arabian sea. 

Every one has their own perspective of seeing things. As I said earlier I have mine. I don’t know what is not attractive about this area. The small crusifics(holy crosses)  all over in the not so dense forest always catches my attention. 

While talking of perspection, I would like to add the way I look at the sea. Living in one of the biggest coastline of India and yet being in love with the ocean has obviously some story to tell. 

Change the way you look at things and life will be beautiful. Mark my words.. 

One more promise Goa serves you is that it never disappoints you. It has its own charm of seduction. 

Have a look at the most peaceful panaromic view before we let ourselves out of Cabo-de-rama fortress. 


If you are in Cabo-de-rama, and you do not visit the Cabo-de-rama Beach, that’s normal. But if you do not visit and eat at The Cape Goa it seems abnormal to me. 

This hotel cum restaurant serves the most amazing view of the Cabo-de-rama beach from its restaurant. Don’t believe me, look for yourself. 

The crystal water and the sweet air flow along with your favorite sea-food brunch. What else is needed anyways. 

Trust me and visit this place once while in goa but ofcourse with your own creative perspection. You will never be disappointed. 

This is my way of biding thank you to the mother nature. 

Thank you for reading. Have a great day. 

Much love

Riya

Agonda backwaters- bird watching in tranquility 

AGONDA – what would I say about this place. For most of the visitors and other normal people/tourists ( yes, I don’t mind calling myself abnormal being living in a society where most people looks at Goa as fun. Fun as in Beaches, Bikinis, Beer, and Blast), agonda is one of those boring beaches where crowd is less and water is blue with zero water sports. No disco light shacks where they play party songs all night. In short its poles apart from the beaches in North (mostly, as in baga calangute, vagator, etc.). And exactly that’s what it catched our attention when we visited this soul catching place last year. This year we wanted to make it happen again. Feel the water and soil. Listen to waves all day. That’s how we wanted to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. And ofcourse eat a lot. Like a lot. 😁

Yum Swiss breakfast 💛

We booked beach huts for 2 days in Agonda in the first long weekend of 2018. On the second day after lunch, we were strolling on the beach when this interesting boat captain met us. Like all the other boat riders, he tried to convince my husband for a happening boat ride to the beautiful butterfly beach OR to the serene backwaters where there is only one thing persists. PEACE. As soon as he uttered the word “bird watching”. This was it. I ran to my hut to bring my camera and we were on the boat the very next moment.

I had a great chat with Captain Nitesh who had avid knowledge about local birds and their habitats. I was so excited to meet a guy who was as excited to encounter a bird and name it as I always am 😊 He lived all his life in Agonda and read about the birds, their calls, their habitats. So now let’s begin birding.

Avidly seen bird of Goa.

Mr. White throated kingfisher. They mostly do fishing alone. It’s very rare to catch them in Pairs. You are lucky if you did 🙂

Common kingfisher with a fish kill

They are not that common in any area. I was excited to catch one with a catch.

Southern Coucal taking a beautiful perch.

Juvenile Brahminy kite resting. You can always see them flying over your head. But I always get mesmerized when I see them sitting.

Even more beautiful matured Brahminy kites. Their beauty can easily austruck you. Most beautiful kites with their decent colour.

I have had quite a lot encounters with Indian pond heron. But this was only the second with striated heron with blue and grey stripes.

Hence another shot.

My first encounter with Crimson backed sunbird after tons of purple rumped visitors to my home and office :D. Well! they are all the same. NAUGHTY

A bunch of common Myna’s jumping from one branch to another.

“If you want to photograph birds, you have to be a part of the silence.” And that’s what we experienced there. Extreme silence and bird calls. Beautiful it was!

It was almost the sunset when a couple of Parakeets flew from one leaf to another and got indulge in their job. 😂

No, we didn’t give them any privacy. Parrots are my husband’s favorite. And he snatches my cam when he sees one. He is so cute. Isn’t he? Hence this pic credit goes to him.

And we head back to the beach from tranquility as it was about to get dark. [UPSIDE DOWN PICTURE]

Bidding a beautiful good night with a ever more beautiful Black drongo.

(Double exposure)

There were tons of other bird species too that I was happy to encounter for the very first time and sad at the same time not being able to get a clear shot due to unavoidable circumstances that we were on a boat and they have the liberty to fly and sit anywhere they want.

Other species includes

  • Golden backed woodpecker (always busy pecking no matter how hard you try to get closer)
  • Indian paradise flycatcher( likes to perch in dark I guess. She wasn’t ready to come out at all)
  • Stock billed kingfisher ( flies really fast.. Like really)
  • Brown headed oriole
  • Red vented bulbul
  • Oriental Magpie Robin

And some common Goan birds like green bee eaters. I really missed the flycatcher and woodpecker this time. But next time, I would make sure I won’t…

That’s us with captain Nitesh 😎

Untill next time. Happy birding

You may also see Birding in Assonora, Goa

Or Birding from Home

Much love

Riya💚

Left behind ~ Poetry (Haiku) 

There was a time

I loved a girl

I knew she loved me back 

The way I did

Or even more than that.


For the obvious reasons

I couldn’t be hers &

She couldn’t be mine

Like all the other stories

I was left behind. 


   – Tale by a lonely lover.

My first attempt on haiku(not exactly Japanese version but short poetry or free verse).


Much love

Riya

To be married_ emotions of a GIRL (Bengali write up)

Sorry to my non-bengali  friends. I really tried but couldn’t give these feelings beautiful English words and shape. My mother tongue is Bengali though I have never read/write the language in school or college. But the thoughts/views/emotions come really easy this way.

People who doesn’t understand this language refer to my amateur write up page- 

https://riyasownspace.wordpress/about/

Now let’s get into the mood. Calm..

                     ” Hoito ”  (may be)

“Aj shokal thekei money bhetor ta kemon aan Chan korche.Chokh duto pordar bhanj gulo te Jeno kichu khuje berachhe.

Kichu ki harate cholechi naki kichu orjon korte cholechi, konotai bhebe uthte parchina.

Moner bhetorer ghor ta te Jeno onek rongin phool phuteche.Phooler sugandhe jemon Chari pas ta sugondhito hoye geche temni Phooler daaler kanta gulo gendhe bosche booker bhetor. Se Ekta mishti  jontrona jetake kichutei dure thele rakhte parchina.

Sudhu bhebe cholechi sei muhurto tir Katha.

Aar toh ko Ekta din matro, tar por. Ki Hobe tar por. Aami ki ar aami thakbo? Naki harie jabo kothao tar prantore..

Shei Ekta khon, jar opekkha ke jane koto bochor dhore kore cholechi. Shei chotto bela theke koto golpo sunechi Raja rani ar pori der. Ebar amar pori sajar somoi. Kintu porider songsar ta kemon hoi koi seta toh kono golpe bole deini.

Koto proshno, tar koto uttor,nijei nijeke kore cholechi. Kokhon je surjo ta uthe dubeo gelo bujhtei parlam na.

Sudhu bhabchi tar bhalobasar Katha, tar preet-er katha, ar mone pore jachhe babar oi clanto mukh ta jokhon se amake bidei korbe. Amar mone phoolsojjar sopno ar tar mone bicched er byatha. Kikore parbe amar hath ta karur hath e tule dite. Chokher jol ta kichutei Chokher kon theke porte debe na ar mukh theke phute porbe bhalobasar Kota sobdo. Ar maa-er book ta tokhon gorbhe phoole uthbe amar kopaler lal rong ta dekhe.

Ar aami Sudhu cheye thakbo tar mukh tar dike. Tar chokher bhetor e sei bhalobasa ta khuje berabo. Se ki bujhbe amar ontorer obostha ta.

Hoito bujhbe hoito na. Ki jani….

Porer din doftarkhanae gie attendance register er opor nijer naam ta likhte gie ki pen ta atke jab? Mon ta thomke jabe kichukhon er jonno? Ki likhbo ami sekhane!  Amar naam ki?

Sobai amake notun chokhe dekhbe. Ekjon notun porichita aami tokhon. Sottyi ki taai? Aami ki notun hoye jabo? Aami ki ar aami thakbona? ”

This belongs to my diary entry dated 10.08.2015. A few days before my marriage registry. Hence I poured all my emotions/mixed feelings /dilemma of a girl who is about to get married,who is as happy to start a new life with her beloved partner and as sad to feel apart from her parents. I think every girl can relate to this at some point of time as she gets a new identity after her wedding whether she wants or not.

 Much love

Riya


Painting clay pot ~From my craft’s corner 

Do you have those days when you don’t feel like doing anything at all? 

I have those days too. While sitting at home idle one day,  I was staring at my showcase for no reason. My eyes struck to this old boring round shaped pot, I kept quite sometime ago. Then I rolled around my eyes to the lower section of my showcase which I made my craft’s supply corner. I saw the colours.  My favorite set of acrylic colours. And I couldn’t take the comfort of my recliner anymore. I jumped and bring the clay pot, colours and brushes together on the floor.

And I turned this 👇

To this 👇

Materials required-

  1. A clay pot
  2. Acrylic colours 
  3. Paint brushes
  4. A bottle cap
  5. Decorative lace
  6. Item you want to keep in it to decorate your centre table. 

Though I am a colourful person, I love colours, but everyone has a black and white side in them. This time I wanted to keep that as my theme. Only black and white.

Step 1- Take the pot and using your widest brush, paint it white. 

Step 2 – take the black colour, your favorite brush and apply the strokes or pattern you like. 

Step 3- take your favourite black coloured lace and paste it around the neck of the pot. 

Your Decorative centre piece is almost ready. 

Step 4- take a plastic wide mouth bottle cap of any colour and paint it black. 

It is the base stand for the pot. Stick the painted pot on the open side of the black cap.

Now its time to decorate your centre table piece. I would prefer artificial beautiful white flowers which I certainly didn’t have. 

I filled the pot with colourful thermocol balls and kept some artificial flower buds that I had in one of my flower pots. 

This white rose tiara really goes well with it for decorations and photography.

That’s how my centre piece looks like 🙂 

Off coloured picture as per my theme.

That’s it for today’s post people. 

Hope you like it. Be creative and be limitless. 

Much love

Riya

PMS- Pre Mental Setup

Dear My fellow ladies, 

Did you ever feel like crying for no reason at all?
Did you ever feel like everything is going against you?

Did you ever feel like your loving husband/boyfriend doesn’t care for you at all?

Did you ever feel like the only person who could understand you at this moment is your Mom? 

Did you ever feel like missing some imaginary people who doesn’t even exist? 

Did you ever feel like cleaning the dishes will actually clear off your mind? 

Did you ever feel like you have been ignored off your choices all this time? 

Did you ever feel like Ice-cream and coke can actually fill you up while you sob? 

Did you ever feel like happy feet is the best movie ever?

Did you ever feel like you have done nothing in life else than just aging? 

Did you ever feel like wearing too many layers even if its 25°C outside? 

Did you ever feel like to get pampered like no one else on this planet?

Did you ever feel like someone sitting and listening to your meaningless sobbing and complaints patiently all day? 

Did you ever feel like there are countless volcanoes of emotions bursting out at once? 

Did you ever feel like there is no better place on this earth than your couch? 

Did you ever………..and it goes on and on.. 

Oh girl, congratulations! We are on the same page. We are PMSing. PMS commonly abbreviated for ‘Pre Menstrual Syndrome’ which is actually an alarm system from your body to your mind to get-set-ready. Hence I call it Pre Mental Setup by the body to prepare your mind for something even worse to happen. You will work as per your mind,right? Once the ‘big day’ arrives, you won’t be worried or terrified much. You are already prepared and been revising the syllabus of your life already. 

Countless mood swings and  eruption of emotions all at once is what makes a woman stronger. It makes you feel your importance. It makes you feel that you are one very need of this earth. May be you want to get into arms and cry and get a little pampered. But who doesn’t want that anyways? 

We, women,  just don’t get enough time to express what we need in all the busy routines most of us has. Hence this is the time, to set you free. Feel like crying your heart out? Cry. Feeling like not doing anything at all? Just lie down. Earth won’t turn opposite if you rest a day or 2. Just feel what you want to feel. Feel loved, feel cared, feel special.

Remember you came alone, you have to leave alone but the time in between,  you are to love and to be loved. You are strong. You are powerful. You are the strength to your family, to your country. YOU MATTER.

From now onwards remember to remember  your worth while your mind prepare your body for the excretion of unwanted junk. No more complaints of being an woman. This and only this will give you the most price-less moment of your life some day.

 Hence Happy PMSing girls 🙂

Much love

Riya

35 days of being homemaker

April 2016 Gulbarga

April, a month that always haunted me after what happened in 2011. But there they says, there is a sunrise after every dark night. Therefore,  not to miss, every April after 2011 came with a new memory in making for me.

April 2012- one of the best years of our life. Preparing for exams together and waiting to be placed.

April 2013- offer letters arrived with a new pain of separation.

April 2014- A tiny repitation  of the past which made both of us stronger.

April 2015-best holiday of our lifetime. Beer,  beaches and us.

And then it came, the most awaited April of my life till date.

April 2016

This was the first after we ringed each other, after we exchanged garlands. This was the first time I didn’t have to lie/hide from anyone to be with my love. This was the first time I could take my own decision and inform my parents. Yes its official now!

And I did it. One not-so-fine Sunday, I booked my one-way ticket to ‘my heaven’ . Yes it was my heaven, where my prince charming lives. Where  there is no tension of office, where there is no frustration of being alone. Where there is no sleeping empty stomach, where there is no wetting pillows all night. Where there is peace of mind and love in  his arms. Where there is no pain of separation, where there is no fear of lie, where there is no fight in between, where there is endless love and laughter. Doesn’t  that looks like a perfect gateway? It indeed is. That’s why I call it ‘my heaven’ 

A heaven, where you don’t need angels to serve you but you create your own angels in yourselves. And my this tiny heaven stays in Gulbarga, a small conservative city in Karnataka. I knew nothing about the place when I Came. But now I know many folds to this beautiful island of mine. An island surrounded with not water but love and respect. Love of my very own husband. I read many pages of his unknown chapters for the first time. And non-the-less to say I discovered his deeper feelings for me which I know he can’t even disclose. 

Being housewife, sounds like household chores. Yes its true. It’s a fact actually. We call them housewives who stay at home, cook, wash, clean and wait for their husbands to come back from work with some or the other good news. This is exactly what I wanted to do. I wanted to live one month of my mother or mother-in-laws’s life. And let me tell you, it’s mesmerizing. 

I was afraid at first. Being a working woman, who hates to cook and wash clothes everyday,how will I do that? But at the same time I was confident on being a Woman. A woman always has hidden powers, remember? Therefore I did it. And I did it all quite successfully. At least I am satisfied. That’s what matters right? 

And again I am afraid, I am afraid of going back to my old routine. My return tickets were booked and there I was, scared even of putting my stuff into a bag. It was a feeling of separating them from their very soul. But… Yes there is a always a but… 

But, remembering this April will always cherish me. This rejuvenating One month I had with my husband was like cherry on the top of a regular cake. I know there are millions of days like this to come, zillions of memories to be build. But the laughter, the smiles, the cuddles, the love, the short trips,  the cooking, the talks we shared are so much burdenless. A relief from the outside world. 

And even after spending our honeymoon in ‘God’s own country-Munnar’, I would say that this is our real honeymoon. I am so thankful to me for being so bold and to my love for giving me the strength to take bold decisions once in a while. 

This was me in April 2016 and it’s 2018 now. And let me update you with my current status. I along with my husband live in a 2bhk in one of the most beautiful states in the country. Everything is as perfect as it looks with our jobs, our passion, our bonding. I am still learning him and he is still teaching me life 😉 On being homemaker or working woman. I proudly say that I am both. In fact we both are both. We both work we both do house chores. We both strengthen each other. That’s what’s spouses are for. Right? Then we must be doing it right 😁

Let’s conclude 2017 ~ 17things of 2017

******Long post Alert ******

Let’s have a kickass start to the new year. But before, let’s conclude 2017 in a nice way. 2017. Like every year, it had something new, something interesting, some things funny and some things horrible. But wait, it’s just the first day of the new beginning, atleast calender, why talk about the bad or horrible things that already took their turn to make us sad and cry. Let’s forget those teary moments and re-live the happy moments that a whole of year served us.

Quite from the last few days, my mind has been filled with the things that i/we did this year. All the adventures, all the mini successes, all the short trips, all the cakes we had. 😂 Okay. That doesn’t count but what count anyways?

Count is what we want to count. How much we laughed. How many memories we made. What different cuisines we had. 🙊 yeah I accept I lovvvvve to eat.. And my happiest moment is knowing that I won’t go fat no matter how much I eat( touchwood everything 😁).

Let’s get back to the post and let’s conclude this fantastic one year with the 17 awesome things that happened to me this year that changed my life at least for a little bit.

  1. Celebrated our 1st marriage anniversary: 1st of everything is just so exciting for us. May be our genes are programmed that way. 1st birthday, 1st anniversary to anything. But for us, it was just a 1st marriage anniversary. What excite us more is our love anniversary that counts way more than 1 😀
  2. Got my first tattoo : What else I could get other than what I always wanna be- a flying bird.
  3. My first DSLR :  On my 27th birthday this March, my not so lovey-dovey husband decided to gift me DSLR which I was longing for a long time without even telling him once. I just loved clicking landscapes with my phone and he got the point. It’s time to upgrade me 📷
  4. Photography : As I said I already had so much interest in clicking pictures with my phone, but dunno what charged me up with the cam in hand. It gives so much happiness. No I don’t call myself a photographer just because I own a DSLR. I actually love doing it whenever and wherever I get opportunity. I was quite doing okay with my kit lens till my hubby showed his love in a bigger way👇
  5. Tamron zoom lens : I got wings with loads of feathers and there was no stoppage. We moved to Goa in 2016 and since then I have been obsessed with birds. I see these beautiful flying creatures everywhere specially behind our home. It was really hard to capture any of them with kit lens of mobile cam. But not any more. I know it’s just can lend upto max 300mm but for a beginner like me, I don’t deserve more 🙈 who can’t give a fixed proper time to the thing she has on top list of her priorities. Please check out my birding encounters here if you haven’t already. And here 
  6. Brother got engaged : My elder brother finally got engaged this year and completed my mom’s family. This couldn’t be any less than the happiest moment for my family. I love the new member of my family 😘
  7. Became my hubby’s official video editor and maker : He is passionate about his guitar and music. Although he can’t devote his full time to his first love but he does what he can and needs to be done. He started a YouTube channel on his guitar covers and originals -> https://www.youtube.com/user/crap1ifyAnd there I was, behind the camera, holding the tripod. We have uncounted memories made during the recording sessions. Indoor and outdoor. I love the sessions and post editing the videos. I have learned a lot so far.
  8. Started my blog : Frankly speaking I wanted to do something more with my life by exploring and expressing. I am an extreme extrovert and love to express myself. Again my hubby suggested me to start with WordPress and I can’t thank him enough. Riyasownspace.wordpress.com
  9. Poetess in making : I always had this keen interest in giving my feelings shape and size. And nothing can’t be better than poetry. My vocabulary is not strong yet but I write what I feel like. Check some of them here.
  10. Started Exploring Goa and surroundings which is to be continued :Hopping on to our scooty with camera on neck, we explored many places in and around Goa. Cabo de Rama fort, agonda beach, etc. in south goa. Chorla ghat in Goa- karnataka border. Amboli hills in maharashtra border and many nearby hidden spots like chorao Island etc. We love being here and exploring.
  11. 1st family trip : Earlier in 2016 diwali, my in law family came to visit us and we spent time in Goa. Hence this year we went to our home town to spend Diwali (click here for my post on Diwali) and made a trip to Haridwar-Hrishikesh-Mussorie. Trust me, family is where we belong.
  12. 1st time river – rafting : While in Hrishikesh, I along with my husband and sis-in-law went for a 18km long river rafting in the river Ganga to make some ever cherisable memories. It was so much fun. Let it be for some other time else my long post will be too long to even read.
  13. Started doing yoga : Just a beginner.
  14. Treated ourselves with our first ever pet. Our fish bowl. : They are 4 of them. Named them uggu, puggu, chuggu, tuggu.
  15. Getting along with crafts and creativity. : Always been a creative person, I never pushed myself this far. From creating personalized gifts to all kinds of of craft activities. I am interested where there is art and creativity. Please check my page  if you are interested too – > From my craft’s corner
  16. Ankit’s YouTube channel got monetized and we celebrated completion of its one year journey. 👇https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWtZI0S6pas
  17. Celebrated Christmas like never before. :No its not about the party,dance,dress or alcohol. Its about my first ever Christmas tree.My very own. 😀 Made some decors myself and decorated the whole tree by myself. I never had a tree before so you might guess my excitement. All credit goes to my bunny bear.


Check out how to make these cute snowmen here -> https://riyasownspace.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/mini-snowman-diy-christmas-decor-from-my-crafts-corner/

Final good bye 👋 to this wonderful year.

Unlike others, who come to goa for partying in the new year’s eve, we are more of private person. How we spend the last weekend of the year? Got some cake, yeah a lot of them 😋. Roam around the roads to see the Christmas decorations in and around the city. Dine out with one of our friends. Went to bird sanctuary early in the morning. Watched a 3D comedy movie. Played some badminton. And screamed 3..2..1..Happy new year to my hubby 😂

Cheers to all the cheerful memories of 2017 and with warm hug and hope. Let’s welcome a brand new year of fun, success, love and creativity.

Until Next time

Much love

Riya

 

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. 😁👇

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 🙂

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. 🎄🎀

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 😀. 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 💭 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 👇

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 👇

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. 🙂

That’s my recliner before I set the snow land 😂

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) 😂

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