Sunday, March 18, 2018

Playing Holi | Tips and Advice for a Healthy and Happy Holiday

Holi is one of our family's favorite springtime traditions.  We go crazy with color and chasing after each other. 

It is a beautiful holiday.   

It is about renewal and faith in God.  It is about community.   It is about pure joy and love.  It is about family.

We played on actual Holi at home and at the temple Radha Madhav Dham in Austin on Saturday.  Lakshman has also been having a great time playing with the leftover Holi powder in the backyard whenever he can. Play Holi Everyday, right?

I wore this outfit both times.  The first day my mom washed it and it came out white.  The second day I washed it and the lace was stained orange even with bleach. Go figure. 

Some things to consider : 

1. Clothing will likely stain no matter what.  If you keep them dry and oil/sweat free before washing you may have a better chance of getting things clean.  Also, shaking off excess powder before washing will make a big difference also.  Bleach is always an option but I usually do this only if clothes need a second wash.

2. Keep your mouth closed while playing.  A good idea to remind kids of this too.

3. Do not spray Holi in the face.  Another good rule to emphasize with kids.  This prevents inhaling it which can irritate your throat and lungs even if the powder is non-toxic/organic.

4. DO NOT USE YOUR DSLR.  I have ruined a camera and lens this way.  A few direct hits and the camera is totally done.  Organic powder seemed to be a worse offender because the grains were fine and made more of a mist, which created an uncleanable layer of dust on all surfaces, lens, mirrors, sensors, etc. Our iphones seem to be okay and we can get some great images with portrait mode now anyway.

5. We use small re-usable buckets from the dollar spot at Target to dole out manage-able amounts of Holi to the kids.

6. Playing at home can be a lot of fun. The powder can easily be washed off the patio with water and is fine for the lawn.

7. Use old sheets or towels to protect your car on the way home.  We used old crib sheets we were about to toss and they were the perfect size. This helps to minimize or completely avoid the need to vacuum your car after. Again, shake off as much of the excess powder as you can at the venue.

8. Be respectful.  This is ultimately a religious holiday.  Take a little time to honor the traditions it stems from.  Learning about it is a great way to do that. Nadya Agarwal's article on cultural appropriation and the Color Run offers a really good perspective on the issue.

9. The crowds at big events can be a little overwhelming.  If you have little ones, plan on staying off to one side to start.

It is so much fun!!

Friday, March 16, 2018

March Scrapbook Projects | 4 Projects and a Layout Process Video

I am always ready for spring time and am totally in love with all the butterflies, flowers and purple in this kit! 

All projects created using the Cocoa Daisy March Silver Lining 12x12 Memory Keeping and Pocket Memory Keeping kits. 

I know that purple gets a bad name in crafting circles and I am not sure why.  The same goes for brown but people change their tune as long as you call it kraft or woodgrain. I find both colors to be lovely and am all for it.  

My daughter's most recent Faerie Tea Party pictures were just perfect for this kit of course.  

I really wanted to create flight trails behind the butterflies.  I used simple machine stitching for it.  I just worked slowly and slightly rotated my paper as I went to make the curves. 

The best part was after making this page she asked to keep it and hung it up in her room.  I guess not every page has to be tucked away in an album! 

This is the video to see how I put this layout together step by step. 

And, how fabulous is this washi tape in this month's confidential kit.  It is like getting a blind bag every month and I love it! I have been biding my time to share this, but I finally can! 

This is a hybrid layout I put together.  Just a lovely little time capsule of the days recently. 

 And finally a few Project Life spreads to share.

Shipping tags + die cuts. I try to add some typed journaling to at least a few photos before printing. 

I stitched all these cut apart flags to make another rainbow card for the spread.  Lakshman spelling words with play-doh is my favorite. 

Adding a little black and white with all this colors helps balance it out for sure.

Thanks again for checking out my projects this month! Go to the Cocoa Daisy page to shop for the full kit and see the rest of the designs.  

You can see all of my Cocoa Daisy Projects here

Friday, December 22, 2017

December Daily | Day 20 & 21 Give Good

The 21st was a really traumatic day for me.  I don't know what I will ever say about it in my album, but I put this bag in it with the date on it.  I added a rubber charm to the back of the library card.  Comfort and joy.  Because what more could I really ask for right now?

I worked backwards from there a little bit.  This is the day before that, the 20th.  Just a 5x7 photo.  I used the other half of the 'wild and sweet' die cut that I made with the Silhouette.  It was a cookie party, so I thought it was apt. 

Finally used one of those half circle note papers from the main kit.  I stamped a sentiment under the star and wrote a little caption. 

More pictures from the 19th (Library Day).  We went to a Walkway of Lights outside of Austin in the evening.  I'm glad we did because we completely missed the Trail of Lights this year.  

You know I love to take those pics with blurry Christmas lights in the background. 

I went back and added a little more for the 21st.  The picture of myself is not from that actual day, but I wanted to include it.  Sometimes a one word sentiment is all the writing I can muster and that's okay. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are filled with love! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

December Daily | Day 19 Read More

This day we went back to the library again. Yes. 

I used bright red AE letters and light teal KP ones together. So cute. Love that color combo. 

The joy chipboard circle is another tab to be opened. 

I cannot over the faces he makes. This was too perfect. 
I was thinking about journaling around the window but I loved it too much to change it. I added this red tag as a possible place for words but I wasn’t sure about that either. 

I added a library book plate with a tag inside it for journaling. 

I stitched white stars down the middle and stamped a red sentiment before hand. 

The full spread.  I love this one so so much! 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are filled with love! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

December Daily | Day 18 The Lion and Deer

On Monday, we took a trip to the Zoo for a birthday party. It turned out to be quite the eventful morning. 

Before the Zoo, we stopped by Nandini’s class to face paint all the kids for spirit week. I added in a few simple deer journaling cards. Had to add a red nose sticker of course. 

The facing page was made with patterned paper. I made a flip out with a few 4x6 photos washi taped together. 

On the first photo I added a wild die cut I created in the beginning of the month. The full sentiment I cut said “wild and sweet” but that last part didn’t really apply. If you look closely you can see the lion’s intent stare. He is looking right at Lakshman. 

I added a wood veneer circle with the cork date on it so you kind know to open it. 

I typed out the journaling and added a pull tab to it so I could tuck it behind the photos.  I used the digital files from Kelly Purkey and changed list to say lion. 

It's kind of like a real hidden pages book.  The insert slides in and out on a little track. 

I also snuck an extra picture behind there too. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your holidays are just a little bit wild too but maybe not this much! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

December Daily | Day 17 We All Fall Down

Have I mentioned that the Christmas Tree fell down on me? The Christmas Tree fell down on me.  The giant extra tall one we got because the U-cut ones were all gone by the time we went to the farm.  It turned out it was probably way too big for us to handle.  

It fell, I was freaking out inside but it really wasn't that bad.  We got it back up.  Nobody was hurt and only one ornament broke.  I luckily I had already decided to put most of the breakable ornaments away in the master bedroom while we hosted a Daisy meeting at our house.  Good call. 

So today, I took a picture of our, for now, upright tree and wrote a little about how we all fall down. Holidays are not ever perfect.  We can have a bad moment but it doesn't have to turn into a bad day.  We pick ourselves back up and we continue to find joy.  

I fussy cut the TN tree paper from Kelly Purkey to make an insert.  I added a few dot stickers and stamped a sentiment along the top edge.  

Let your heart be light. 

I added large wood veneer numbers for the date on the back of the tree.  I love the abstract pattern. 

I left a large white border around my photo.  I added text before printing.  I was thinking about hand drawing grid lines, but I ended up stitching on the photo instead.  Definitely not perfectly straight, but that was kind of the point, right? 

I added a wood heart and a tree sticker.  I have so many embellishments with words on them.  I have been struggling a bit to find little things to add that are not stars all the time.  

Funnily enough our evening on Sunday was not one of those things with lots of ups and downs.  It was just relaxed and great.  

I wrote about Nandini a bit under this super cute picture of her.  I added a few more hearts and pasted this label over a stamped Paislee Press sentiment. 

I printed out a few extra pictures and added a 4 pocket page.  

I added chipboard and a little typed journaling underneath most of the photos. 

Thanks for checking out my pages again!

I hope your trees and spirits stay up or get back up again too! 


ps. You can see all of my December Daily posts here

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