Boho Home Series: Flag Banners (Indoor / Outdoor)

Finally got done with a few more DIY projects. One of the first that I completed, also the easiest, was the flag boho banner.

Give your home or patio a festive, casual look with this super simple, colorful fabric flag banner. All you need are scraps of old fabric and a whole lot of patience.

Materials:

  1. Old colorful fabric squares 
  2. Scissors
  3. Hot glue
  4. Paper & Pencil
  5. Twine

Process:

  1. Choose the fabric pieces you want to use. Try to mix in different colors and patterns together.            IMG_2488
  2. Draw a triangle template on paper and cut it out.
  3. Use the template as a base to cut out triangles from your fabric.                                                 IMG_2490
  4. Arrange the different triangles in the order you like.
  5. Unravel your twine and keep it taut and straight by holding the edges between 2 heavy objects.
  6. Place the twine on top of a fabric triangle, leaving one inch from the edge. Add hot glue to the twine and wrap the edge of the fabric over it.                                                       IMG_2521
  7. Repeat this for all triangles, leaving about 2 cms between each triangle. Let everything dry. Get some pins or tape and find a nice place to hang your banner.          IMG_2522

You can also use tassels, pom-poms or fabric strips as embellishments between each triangle. Make multiple strands of these and join them by collecting and tying the ends together to create a wall display. 

The PhD struggle

Working in academia, I’ve met many PhD students who’ve struggled to obtain their degree. While it is fun and exciting to conduct your own experiments, it can be quite daunting. A lot of candidates quit early enough to pursue other interests, but those that stuck with it have struggles that I wouldn’t want to go through.

  • Desperately waiting every year to see if the grant money gets renewed.
  • Work, work, work on experiments hoping that at least one combination works.
  • You say good bye to 5-7 years of your life, goodbye to friends / family and socializing of any type.
  • Physical and mental issues – Anxiety, depression, poor eating habits are just a few of the problems faced.
  • Having to work on drafting your thesis.
  • Everyone meeting you only asks one thing “When do you finally graduate? You’ve been here forever”.
  • The lab becomes your home.
  • Your ‘actual’ home becomes storage for your belongings.

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via Daily Prompt: Survive

Luna Moth Chilling by the Stairs

I was lucky enough to stumble across this li’l creature at the side of one of the steps near my home. I’ve never seen one before and thought it was a painting. So I bent over to look at it and probably frightened it, because it flew off as soon as I crossed the step. Thank god it stayed long enough for me to take the picture.

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via Photo Challenge: Evanescent

Chinese Finger Art

A trip a year ago to the local art museum yielded these treasures. A collection of chinese cloth canvases created with finger painting. I just love the features and other minute details. Must have taken a lot of patience to complete these. Sorry for the poor quality…. dark pictures in a dark room don’t go so well together.

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via Daily Prompt: Impression

Cityscape Challenge!!!

I recently took up the Cityscape Challenge by Books & Coffee. Do you have a special location you go to just to unwind and relax ….. maybe the library ….. walking on a trail perhaps? Join the challenge and share a photo of your favorite spot 🙂

I’ve a couple of spots I’d like to share. My first is this sweet li’l gazebo that I like to sit at when I get off work early. There are small, one-of-a-kind, tiny stores all around this complex (my fav is the antique store, love exploring it) and a lot of children play around here. It’s perfect to just chill and read a book while sipping coffee.IMG_2289

My second favorite spot is not a place I can actually hangout. It’s by one of the major highways but is a great spot to take photos of sunrise / sunset. I love how the rays spread out like a fan 🙂IMG_2324

Adrift – a mission

I happened to bump into this news article while searching for something else. Thought this would be an interesting share for today’s prompt.

Alex Bellini, an Italian adventurer and motivational speaker, will be undertaking his newest and quite dangerous adventure for research atop an iceberg. In 2018, he plans on being dropped on to an iceberg near Greenland and get pushed towards warmer water by the influence of currents only. He wants to explore how humans behave in stressful conditions and how they cope with fear of the unknown.

He will live on the iceberg for about a year as it gradually melts into the Atlantic. He has commissioned the use of a watertight survival capsule containing storage compartments for food and water, that can survive storms and getting crushed between bergs. He plans on writing during this mission, detailing his daily life and his experiences.

Read more here: Alex Bellini – Iceberg Mission

via Daily Prompt: Adrift

Awesome Blogger Award

awesome-blogger-awardThank you Ramya, from The Logophile’s Corner, for the Awesome Blogger Award nomination 🙂

This award was created by Miss Maggie over at Dreaming of Guatemala. She describes it as “an award for the absolutely wonderful writers all across the blogging world. They have beautiful blogs, are kind and lovely, and always find a way to add happiness and laughter to the lives of their readers. That is what truly defines an awesome blogger.”

Rules of the Award

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Include the reason behind the award.
  • Include the banner in your post.
  • Tag it under #awesomebloggeraward in the Reader.
  • Answer the questions given to you.
  • Nominate at least 5 awesome bloggers and notify them.
  • Give your nominees 10 new questions to answer.

My Nominations

  1. Skindividual
  2. BroodingInTheTepidDusk
  3. LightRedGold
  4. RosiPose
  5. Saoirse

My Questions To You

  1. As a DIY blogger, I should ask this: Would you prefer making gifts for loved ones or buying from the store?
  2. What posts of yours do you consider to be the best and why?
  3. The most memorable feedback you’ve received for a post.
  4. If you had to choose a different, completely new topic to blog about, what would it be?
  5. Your ideal place to retire and why?
  6. How would you define yourself in 3 words?
  7. Favorite part of your daily routine.
  8. Can you survive a week without using any gadgets?
  9. Your favorite comic character / superhero?
  10. Favorite part of blogging.

My Answers

  1. Which fandom do you truly belong to? – Harry Potter for sure.
  2. Who is your biggest inspiration? – My parents
  3. What other hobbies do you/would you like to pursue? – I’ve never been much of an outdoor person so I wish I could take on outdoor activities as my new, to pursue hobby.
  4. Which quote is your favorite? – “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one“.
  5. Which authors are your favorites and why? – I don’t have favorite authors exactly. Mostly it’s favorite books. I usually read any book as long as the synopsis looks good.
  6. If you were given the power to mind read or to be invisible which would you choose?Why? – Ooh that’s a tough choice. I’d probably say invisible right now, coz I’m at work and feeling really sleepy and just want to disappear to take a nap 😛
  7. When was the last adventure you had? What was the adventure? – Sky diving. It was terrifying and awesome at the same time. But I definitely will not be doing it again. Once is more than enough.
  8. Which fictional character do you have a crush on? – Toss up between Thor from Avengers and Sirius Black from Harry Potter.
  9. Which is your favorite dish? Do you like to cook? – My favorite dish is anything containing chocolate. Yes, I do cook although grudgingly coz I hate cooking but it has to be done.
  10. What is your take on life? – There’s always something new in your life, that is not in your control. If you think you’re life is set and perfect the way it is, be prepared. Something is going to come and change it for sure.

Game of Thrones: House sigil fridge magnets

Display the symbol of each house with their motto by making these awesome sigil fridge magnets 🙂FullSizeRender_3

You will need:

  1. 4 wood cutout shapes: 1 circle, 2 rectangles, 1 plaque (Link: Michaels Wood Shapes)
  2. Acrylic Paint: Bright Yellow, Metallic Gold, White, Red
  3. Black and Red Sharpies – Fine and Thick
  4. Elmer’s Glue
  5. Pencil & X-Acto knife
  6. Magnetic strips (Link: Michaels Magnetic Strip)
  7. Printed template of the house sigil (slightly smaller than the wood cutout)

What you do:

  1. FullSizeRenderI decided to make 4 house magnets – Stark (of course), Lannister, Targaryen and Baratheon. Paint the circle and plaque shapes white (for Stark and Targaryen, 1 rectangle red (Lannister) and 1 rectangle yellow (Baratheon) and let dry.
  2. Use the template to draw the different animals on your shapes. If you are not very comfortable drawing, cut out your house templates and stick them on the shapes with glue and dry.
  3. Use the pencil to put in the name of the house and their motto (you can do a google search to find the font used).
    • Stark – ‘Winter is Coming’
    • Targaryen – ‘Fire & Blood’
    • Lannister – ‘Hear me Roar’
    • Baratheon – ‘Ours is the Fury’
  4. Use the red sharpie to pen in the details for House Targaryen and the black sharpie for the remaining houses. Dry for 10 mins.FullSizeRender_1
  5. Cut the magnetic strips to fit and stick them to the back of your shapes.FullSizeRender_2
  6. Stick them at your favorite spot on the fridge 🙂