A client requested to have a Welcome Board at the entrance for their newly bought Home. The requirements were bright colors, a mix of paint and quilling, and minimal design. It is done on a canvas board and the mediums used are- water colors, oil based acrylics, quilling strips and stick-on pearls. The client loved my work and everyone who came in for the house-warming function. Pictures below.

Vacations are a must in your life to keep you energized in life, until the next one comes! We usually plan one or two vacations every year, either domestic or international.

My husband and I are water lovers, so most destinations we choose always have a water adventure. Keeping this in mind, after some research we discovered that Thailand has some amazing beaches and island tours, and so our destination was finalized - Thailand: The Land of Smiles.

Vacations are even more fruitful if you can catch up with any of your relatives.

Based out of Hyderabad, and most of our relatives in Mumbai, we decided to hop over to Mumbai by Indigo Airlines and fly to Thailand from there. Thanks to Thai Airways nonstop and convenient flights, our itinerary was finalized: Hyderabad -> Mumbai -> Bangkok -> Phuket -> Hyderabad.

So the beach clothes, swimming kits, DSLR and other vacation essentials were packed up and we were all set.

After spending a day at Mumbai meetings friends and relatives, we took a non-stop Thai Airways flight on our international destination– Bangkok.

The Suvarnabhoomi airport at Bangkok was sparkling, with several elements of Indian mythology, including the ‘Churning of the Ocean’, impressed us. Since it was just me and my husband, we had absolutely done no real planning apart from flight and hotel bookings, and decided to explore the country as it would present itself to us. Outside the airport, there were some tourist counters, where we bought a one day guided tour of Bangkok city for the next day.

We took the train from the airport straight near our hotel, where the famous Thai “Tuk-tuk” was promptly waiting for us to take us to the hotel. After a good night’s rest, we got ready for our Bangkok sightseeing and our tour guide was waiting for us in a cab outside our hotel.

We started with the magnificent Grand Palace, the guide explaining us about the history and the sculptures, as well as the most important aspect – Photo spots. After exploring the palace, it was time to visit and worship the heritage Thai temples – Wat Phra Kaew, Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha) along with a couple more.

After the tour, the guide took us to a vacation house, where we bought a one day Island package for Phuket.

Second day we were on our own and decided to explore the riverside. We took a boat tour across the Chao Phraya river, and visited the Temple of the Dawn – Wat Arun. Being the adventurous lot, we decided to be amongst the few people who climbed the steep steps of Wat Arun, and trust me, it was worth the risk. What magnificent views and photographs we were able to capture from atop Wat Arun, amidst a gentle cool breeze, truly a lifetime memory. We had been struggling for Indian food, and thankfully found a few Indian restaurants near Nana Stop.

What’s a vacation without shopping? With our tummies full, thanks to the good sky train facilities, we were able to visit the two famous shopping destinations of Bangkok – The magnificent Siam Paragon mall and the more affordable MBK@Siam. We shopped for a few hours making sure we got something for our families, before heading for our dream destination – Phuket. We had booked the wonderful Marriott Phuket for our stay.

Our day 1 at Phuket was another unforgettable day – Visit to Phi Phi Island by speed boat. The trip started with the stunning Maya Bay, where we got some magnificent captures and enjoyed swimming in the Andaman Sea. Then was the Monkey Beach, with pure white sand followed by the famous Phi Phi Island, where we enjoyed a delicious international lunch, custom made vegetarian, especially for us. After the lunch, we enjoyed a round of snorkeling in the emerald waters following by a relaxing sunbath at another island surrounded by beautiful green waters. During our return, a heavy storm approached, while we were still 30 miles into the ocean, and we had a lucky escape back into the mainland.

Day 2 at Phuket was a guided day tour to visit other famous attractions of Phuket – The Big Buddha on top of a mountain, Wat Chalong temple, and the mind blowing view-points – ‘Three Beaches’ being the best of the lot, while the evening was a relaxing one at the famous Patong beach followed by the enthralling Fanta Sea show.

Refreshed, satisfied and exhausted, we set back for our home, taking a non-stop Thai Airways flight from Bangkok to Hyderabad.
Every woman loves a beautiful purse! And what if the purse is made of paper! And just think, what if there is any gift packed inside a beautiful paper purse! How wonderful, isn't it?

These purse style gift boxes were made to make some women happy and they were packed with chocolates.

Here is a step-by-step tutorial for the purse style gift box.

1. To start with, take a card stock paper of size 10 x 10 inches.

2. Score the lines on 1/2, 4, 6, 9.5 inches.

3. Turn the paper 90 degrees and score lines at 2 1/4 and 7 3/4 inches.

4. Fold the paper on the marked lines, and it will look like in the below picture.

5. Measure the distance of 2 inches from the bottom of each side of the purse, and make a diagonal fold.

6. Also fold in the middle of the sides of the purse, a small pinch.

7. After all the folds, the paper looks like in the below picture.

8. Apply glue on the half inch folds on the outer side of the purse.

9. Stick the paper and it will look like in the below picture.

10. This is how it looks after sticking both the sides.

11. And this is how the inside part of the purse looks like.

12. Next step is to add handles to the purse. Take 2 strips of the size 7 1/2 x 1 inches. With pencil draw handle-like ends  on the strip.

13. Cut on the pencil drawing to make the strip look like a handle.

14. This is how it will look like after sticking the handle on one side of the purse.

15. Apply glue on the triangle-like area as shown in the picture and stick it. Repeat this on all 4 sides.

16. Apply a generous amount of glue under the handle and stick velcro-tape pieces on both the sides.

17. Take a designer paper of your choice and cut 2 parts of size 5 x 2.5 inches.

18. Embellish the purse with some beautiful handmade flowers.

19. TA DA! Purse is ready to be gifted!

Hope you like the tutorial. Do let me know in the comments. Also tell me when are you making one and whom are you gifting it to?

Here are a few pictures of handmade goodies I crafted for my son's first playschool teachers. All his teachers put in a lot of hard work and dedication and so thought of making some handmade goodies for them. The preschool teachers are very energetic, creative and carry a big responsibility to handle small children. Teachers deserve the best! 

I packed mixed international brands' chocolates in these tiny boxes. On the right, are the tea-light holders in blue color and lastly the handmade bookmarks. I used various stamps to decorate them, and the message is handwritten.