Spotlight : Engrave

There is always a dilemma when we want to choose gift for someone. What can we give that the person will love and cherish, that will make the person even more special so this Christmas I am making gift giving little easier for you :) Let me introduce to the online store Engrave which will help you create personalized gifts that will be cherished by your loved ones forever.


Engrave allows you to personalized plaques, name plates, photo frames, canvas prints, pet tags, personalized newspaper and magazine covers etc. Imagine you can have your own photograph personalized as it was appeared on cover of Time magazine :) Other then personalized things Engrave has great collection of Ceramic & pottery, coasters, clocks, lamps, arts, kitchenware, decals and many more that you will love...


I chose this wonderful Krishna plaque for my home from their amazing collection. Not only their products are beautiful but reasonably priced too...


And to brighten up my kitchen wall I chose colorful canvas print of Tea kettles...


 Everything was packaged very well, arrived promptly and without any damage.Krishna Plaque and Tea kettle canvas are exactly as it is shown on their website.


So what are you waiting for? Go on, check out Engrave.in and I am sure the gifts you purchase from Engrave will be cherished forever and will make someone feel very special on Christmas morning. Do not forget to like Engrave on Facebook.
p.s. Complimentary gifts were provided by Engrave.in however opinion expressed here and images are my own.

Guest Post and Garden tour: Painted pots by Design Decor and Disha


Today we have Disha of blog Design Decor and Disha on CDL sharing her rainbow balcony garden with some DIY planters and pots. Lots of Inspiration on how to convert your ordinary container in to planters, the way she has reused, re purposed and created some amazing planters is Amazing so without any delay let me handover to Disha...
Over to Disha of Design Decor and Disha...

When my husband and I bought a house I was very excited, as I was getting a blank canvas to which slowly and passionately I started filling colours that reflect my personality. I consider my self lucky that I got two really big balconies and that too open to sky. I felt more close to mother nature almost in nature's nap. I have a green thumb and big balconies tempted me to grow my own garden. I love gardening and I love to paint too. Hence I grew garden and painted all the pots myself to add colours in my garden. That way my garden reflects both my qualities.
My garden is the most beautiful place in my home, where I like to unwind. Almost every morning and evening I sip my cuppa there, looking at my blooming beauties and colourful pots. I call my garden 'Indradhanush Vatika' (Rainbow Garden). Here are some of my hand painted pots that I truly love.

These tiny pots are actually plastic food containers, I painted them in colours that compliments the colour of blooms.


These are two white pots with dash of colour on them. To one pot I sticked stones and on the other I painted tiny peacocks.



I always try different pattern and style when I paint pots. This blue pot got heena design on it.


My Bani Thani pot inspired by Rajasthani art. I planted yellow fairy Lily in it. It looks beautiful when it is full of blooms.

The below one I painted in dripping effect painting and I loved the effect. It certainly added drama to my garden. This corner is my favorite place in my garden.


I love all king of Indian art forms. Specially Warli art for its simplicity. So on one pot I painted Warli art. You can spot the spring green pot done in Madhubani art too in below image.



Then I turned an unused black pitcher into this vibrant and beautiful planter. I painted two Lotuses on it in different colour and did lot of shading. I call it 'Pot full of happiness'. Am I wrong?


I planted bougainvillea in it. Sight is mesmerizing when bougainvillea is full of soft pink blooms.



This was a small bucket lying unused so I painted it and planted Salvia in it. I painted it in colours that compliment Salvia flowers.


This is again a plastic food container turned into a planter. It has Gazania in it. Unfortunately Gazania died and I planted Aloe Vera in it and it's growing wild in such tiny pot.


I tried my hands on cracked effect painting too. I make sure that the colour I choose for pot should compliment the blooms of the plant that is planted in it. See the happy Verbena here :)


The below one is also cracked effect painting but with some motifs and I used more than three colours. 9 O'clock flowers just unfurling.


By now you must have known that I love recycling and this plastic bottles hanging planter is result of my love for recycling.


Plants that I planted in it are doing well and it's almost covered in green and make a beautiful sight. See the image below.



One more corner of my garden with painted pots.


I recycled lot of things so how can I leave the water can that I was hoarding since long. I turned it into planter too. I used glue gun to make embossed pattern on it.


Like my home my garden is also an ever evolving place. I keep adding colours and character to not only my home but garden too. Some more gardening projects are already on my mind will give them shape once I find some spare time.
Hope you enjoyed looking at pictures of my small balcony garden and colourful pots :)
Thanks you so much Disha for sharing this wonderful ideas...I am sure all our readers have learned some great ways to re purpose and create amazing planters.  Do not forget to check Disha's blog and like her Facebook page.
 

Magic Cookie Bars Recipe



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Magic Cookie Bars

To make these yummy gooey chewy cookie bars you will need... 

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 can  Sweetened Condensed Milk (14 ounce)
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
3/4 cup flaked coconut
2 cup chopped nuts ( I used almonds , walnuts and cashews) 

Most magic bar recipes uses more choc morsels and less nuts but I used more nuts and less choc morsels. You can increase or decrease the quantity of nuts, choc morsels and flaked coconut.

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Preheat oven at 350 F and follow these steps.

Step 1: Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs. Cover one 9x13 baking pan with foil. Spray it with cooking spray and spread the graham cracker mix on tray, press it down evenly with fork.

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Step 2: layer condensed milk evenly...

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Step 3: layer chopped nuts and chocolate chips. I have a mix of Almonds, walnuts and cashews.

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Step 4: sprinkle coconut evenly and top it of with few chocolate chips. press it gently down with fork.

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Step 5: Bake at 350 F for approx 20 mins or until the ages starts to turn brown.

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Step 6: let it cool and cut it to make small pieces. Enjoy your gooey chewy yummy magic bars. for variation you can top it with m & m also.

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These taste so yummy, I could eat it all day. Lots of nuts makes me feel less guilty about it :) my son loves it too and it is one of those recipes which kids can also help it.

Have you started preparing for Diwali? If you are looking for ideas to decorate these Diwali , check out my past years Diwali Decor.
 

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