Saturday, January 02, 2016

What a can of paint can do?

For past many years, my laundry loads were sorted into: Lights, Darks and Pinks…
Being a mother of two girls, I got so used to it that I never imagined this phase would ever end, it was my normal whether I liked it or not. So, it was an interesting process trying to untwine myself  of this accepted fact and start adjusting with the next phase of my girl's life…
Hello, Preteen years!
The first qualifying task to test my agility as a mother of a tween was to get rid of this pink chair.

Friday, January 01, 2016

Word for the year 2016: Surrender

2015 was the tipping point year, things slowly changed and then one day everything changed all at once. We must have been building up to the threshold for past many years but it all happened now.
It was a pivoting year on so many different levels and while it had beautiful moments, on a personal level it was a year of crisis.
And during these moments of change I kept hoping for that voila! moment that would make sense and will complete the picture and I would know the destination waiting for my at the end of this path. And that is the reason for my new year wish to everyone… 'May we discover happiness in mediocre'. That we don't keep holding our breath for the perfect moment, perfect partner, perfect job but look for joys in  ordinary moment. Because if you want to be happy just be, don't put conditions on your happiness.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Yam + Niyam and Yog…

December, last month of the year… time to look back and reflect on the year that's coming to an end, a mile marker to take an account of all that we braved and accomplished this year. My word for this year was 'Forged' and I did forge ahead in many aspects of my life.
Biggest one being the challenge to take a sabbatical from my day-job as a bridge design engineer and try living in California, going back to school and being a stay at home mom.
It has been an interesting journey this last few months and has given me a lot of time for self reflection and it was interesting that as I was faced with new challenges, I dug deeper into my roots to find my strength.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

A quick Wall Mural

Its been a few months living in California and I have made a few friend, met some of my neighbors and still some days are very tough to get through. This change is a daily reminder of the inevitability and unpredictability of life… tomorrow is not guaranteed! 
This mural happened during one such day where I refused to give in and decided to channel my confusion and desperation into something eye-catching. DH was out of town for business so he couldn't pull me out of my trance and I made it with the expectation that if he doesn't like it, I'll paint right over it and bought a pint of background color in advance.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Easy Canopy bed for kids

A few years ago we started out our girls in a shared bedroom and playing room but keeping in mind that the furniture is coordinated and flexible for the time when the girls would want their own rooms. Well, my younger one decided that she wants a canopy bed… something I hadn't planned for. Even though Pottery Barn makes beautiful canopy beds, I couldn't order a canopy kit for the Catalina bed that we had and I didn't want to upgrade the whole bed for what might end up being a passing fancy.

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Making Fabric Banner

If you have been following me on instagram, you'd know that I bought a sewing machine a couple months ago and you possibly might have seen swatches of my fabric banner project as well. Well, here's the first finished project that I made on my new sewing machine and tomorrow I'll share how I ended up using it in my daughter's pink room

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

'Good Enough'?

Has it happened to you?
You see beautiful morning light streaming through and you pick up phone to snap a picture and notice that the clutter on the dinning table behind is getting into the picture and as you clean that up, you step on to the  pencil shavings on the rug from last night's homework spree.

You pull out your vacuum to suck up the mess and it leads you to the edge of the carpet strewn with pet hair, that is a long trail which leads you to the next room with your vacuum in tow and you realize the dirty grout in the kitchen tile is still getting to you, you get down on your knees scrubbing the life out of it when the dog comes over sniffs you from head to toe and everything in between making you realize he needs to be shown out.

You walk the dog, finish vacuuming the rugs, mop up the kitchen floor, grab a glass of water, plop down on the sofa, find you phone sitting right next to you and you realize the shot that was in the making… the morning light has turned into a glare, its all "clean" but lacks the emotion and most of all I do not have even a 'Good Enough' shot because I was craving perfection…

A lot of my days are turning into these kind of days, quest for perfection leading to minimal results and I as a person need to see results to feel accomplished…
Lesson learned, Good Enough is really 'Good Enough'.