Season's Greetings and Happy New Year

 Wish you all lots of 



and fun
this holiday season....

Merry Christmas!!

Best wishes for 2015 and Happy New Year....

Signing off for this year with lots of love and gratitude...Nayana

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 and I am sure the gifts you purchase from Engrave will be cherished forever and will make someone feel very special on Christmas morning.
p.s. Complimentary gifts were provided by 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


Magic Cookie Bars

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

150 gm 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.

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.


Step 2: layer condensed milk evenly...


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


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


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


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.


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.

Diwali decor inspirations by PreeOccupied

Today I am going to share Diwali decor inspirations from wonderful multi talented mother, a homemaker, working woman, cook, gardener, decor enthusiastic Pree's home. With this introduction you must be thinking hmmm is she a super woman, well go on check her Facebook album : go on, I will wait :) and let me know. See I told ya , beyond impress then do not forget to follow her to get regular dose of amazing inspirations.

So let see some beautiful images of Diwali decor from Pree's home and get inspired to create beautiful decor this Diwali.

I am in love with these frangipani candles.....

How stunning this chalkboard vignette will look on console table in entryway or on buffet table in Diwali party.

Closer look......

Notice the limca's all in details :)

Diwali decor feels complete with these earthen diyas...

Another vignette from her home, all decked up for Diwali..

 colorful candles of various heights create beautiful glow here...

I am so inspired by these decor ideas from Pree's home, I am sure you are too. So start planning,  Diwali is just around the corner and planning ahead will help you enjoy the festivity to the fullest.

Images : All the pics are provided by PreeOccupied. Please do not copy.

Kid friendly rangoli by Sonali's Creative Splash

Mnay among us face problem in creating our traditional powdered color rangoli. So If you have small kids or carpeted floor Sonali from Sonali's Creative Splash has great solution.

Rangoli on Canvas!

You can use it as a rangoli on the floor or hang on the wall.

Sonali has great tutorial with pics on how to create this rangoli?

Materials Needed
For this rangoli painting - 10 inch round canvas and Acrylic paints.


Step 1 : Make circles of different colors of your choice on the canvas. 

Step 2 :Use white paint to make symmetrical fine designs.

And voila your rangoli painting is ready!

For more such ideas and painting visit Sonali's Creative Splash

For any suggestions or queries please feel free to email Sonali at sonaliscreativesplash(at) gmail (dot)com.

Sonali, this is a great idea, looks very beautiful and can be used as wall hanging even after Diwali is gone. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful rangoli with us. 

Click here so all Diwali Decor related posts...

Would you like to share your Diwali decor, art, carft with our readers then send in your pics at nayana(dot)cdl(at)gmail(dot)com

5 Things to use as flower vase this Diwali

Flowers are always staple in Indian festivals, Weddings and Puja and they makes the room look fresh, live and smells good too :) Here are five different things that you can use instead of regular glass vase that will make your flower arrangement more unique this Diwali.


1. Watering can:

Watering can makes a great vase, whether you have one made of copper, brass, metal or ceramic one.



2. Tea kettle : Whether its Brass one or Ceramic one... flowers and Tea kettle makes a great combination.


3. Uruli :

If it is made of glass, stone or brass, few floating beauty always looks good and unusual.


Add few candles and there is magic right there :)

Diwali floating candles

if you do not Uruli bring out any brass bowl, pottery piece or glass bowl and it will look good...


4. Pickle jars :

If you have traditional indian pickle jars then they looks the best but I have few painted ceramic ones and here is how I have used them...



5. Mason Jars :

This can be found in any home's pantry :) Whether you are using colored , plain, single or many they always looks beautiful.


I hope this inspires you to create unique flower arrangement this year. Do you use unusual things as flower arrangement, if so do share in comments. we would love to know :)

Click here to see my other Diwali decor inspirations.

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