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You are Six.

Monday, March 31, 2014


Six years ago today, you were born. And with you, a mother was born.

I remember that early morning clearly. The moment when the doctor kept you in my arms. I was perplexed and nervous. And then one of the nurses took you away for getting cleaned up and you wouldn’t stop crying. Without thinking, I asked, why is he crying? The whole labour room laughed and the doctor told me, this is just the start.

It seems like eons ago.

Let's Get Crafty | March | DIY Creative Gift Wrap

Monday, March 24, 2014



'Let's get crafty' is a new guest blogging series I've planned for this year, apart from 'Currently.. With A Twist'.  

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you would know that I had a short gig with Beyond Grey Challenges as their Design Team member. Pooja, who is the mastermind behind the monthly challenge blog, has since become a good friend and a crafter I very much admire. I love her flair for shabby chic and how she can turn anything ordinary to something utterly gorgeous. Just like these gift wraps below.  


Hello everyone!

Its Pooja here, many of you know me as PJ . I am really glad to have this opportunity to share some of my work with you here at Neelu’s blog. When Neelu asked me to join in for a guest post, I just couldn't say no! She is one of my favourite crafters and a dear friend. So here I am!

Well today I have a few DIY gift wrapping ideas for you. Lately I have been consumed with Kraft paper gift wrapping! It’s so inexpensive but can look so beautiful! 

13 Tips To Take Better Food Photos With Your Smart Phone

Thursday, March 20, 2014



I had the opportunity to attend Matt Armendariz's seminar on 'How to make delicious food photos with your smart phone'  and another seminar on 'Instagram | Love it or Hate it, it is making an impact on photography' at Gulf Photo Plus this month.

For me food photography is purely a hobby and my photos are no where near the standard I want them to be. However, since few of my blogger friends asked me whether I could share what I learnt from these two seminars, I felt it would be nice to share some of the ideas that were discussed and few other things I learnt from my personal experience. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have already read few of these tips, but I felt it would be better to have them all in one place. 

So, here we go. 



1. Natural Light. Use as much natural light as possible when it comes to phone food photography (or any kind of photography for that matter). If you have to shoot in harsh light, keep a wax paper or something similar next to your window to diffuse the light.

One Fish: Two South Indian Curries

Thursday, March 13, 2014



I’am fascinated by food bloggers’ ability to churn out tantalizing recipes with gorgeous photos on a regular basis. I don’t know how they do it. I’am quite apprehensive about sharing recipes and it’s not because I do not like sharing. I love sharing recipes, I really do. I’am just not confident whether my tastes would be similar to others’ or whether something I really like would be loved by someone else equally.

Take my sister for example. We lived and grew up in the same household eating the very same food, daily. But our tastes are so different that there are very few food items that both of us equally adore. If this is how it works in a family, imagine how different we all would be in our tastes, likes and dislikes.

That being said, I’ve no issues in recommending recipes that I’ve tried from other blogs or cookbooks. Like these two fish curries.

Clean and Simple

Sunday, March 9, 2014


Gosh! How long has it been since I shared a scrapbook page here? PPS's current challenge is to make something 'clean and simple'. I hope this challenge will put and end to my 'non-scrapbooking' days.  


I think my crafting style is predominantly 'clean and simple' and unlike the talented Donna and Ime, I struggle a lot with mixed media. That said, scrapbooking after months, especially for a challenge, is a challenge in itself. 

I printed out photos using my Canon Selphy, grabbed few supplies and got both the pages done in less than 15 minutes each.  That's all I have for crafting these days, few minutes.

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