Friday, January 31, 2014

17 Tree of Hearts For Valentines Day

Holiday Trees need not be confined to just Christmas, it can adopted for all celebrations year long. These Trees of Hearts for the Valentines Day will not be leaving pine needles on your floor. They can be created from paper craft, felt, clay, play dough - just anything that fancies your family. They can be wall art or table center pieces. And can be set up indoors or if the weather cooperates can be taken outdoors too. These could be a nice family activity or classroom Valentines Day craft. It can made as a family tree too.  I love activities like these, where a piece of paper can be transformed into holiday decor. So, here are some my favorite Tree of Hearts to celebrate Love!!
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Painted Heart Doily - Valentine Window Decorations

Painting doilies with watercolors is such a simple art activity for kids, yet the process is fun and the results are beautiful. We used them as window decorations or suncatchers!!
Painted Heart Doily Kids Art Valentine Window Decorations
We love making Valentine's Day decorations, be it wall art like the Tree of Hearts or sewing a colorful heart felt garland - just anything to get us into the festive mood. We had painted heart doilies with dot markers last year, which we had strung together into a bunting. This time, we used watercolors. It is simple both for parents to set up and for kids to do—Give it a try!
MATERIALS
  • white heart doilies 
  • Easel Paper Roll
  • watercolor paints
  • Paint brush
  • Water to clean brush between colors
  • Double sided tape
  • Yarn or embroidery floss, if you want to make bunting
I just rolled out a large piece of easel paper roll and taped the edges over the table. And then Putti got into painting the doilies by holding the doily in place over the paper roll (you can tape it lightly if you like for smaller kids). Avoid using doilies that have a shiny coating, as they will not absorb/hold the paint well. 
Painted Heart Doily Kids Art Valentine Window Decorations
Paint as many doilies as you fancy. Allow them to dry well.
Painted Heart Doily Kids Art Valentine Window Decorations
Because Putti had used loads of paint to almost soak the doilies and also due to the thin paper roll used, we did not get nice resist artwork unlike when we had used dot markers.  
Painted Heart Doily Kids Art Valentine Window Decorations
We used double sided tape to put them on the windows. You could use these painted doily hearts to create a Valentine's Day bunting. 
Painted Heart Doily Kids Art Valentine Window Decorations
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy 6th Birthday

Puttis World

Putti, 6 years ago today you came into our lives and changed it forever for the better. You are the best thing that's ever happened to me and I cherish every day we spend together. God truly blessed us when he created you and brought you into our lives.
It is such a gift to see you grow and learn new things. I love being able to carry on a whole conversation with you now. I'm amazed to see how your personality has evolved and am so proud of the little lady you've become.
It's been six wonderful years of loving you, taking care of you and watching you grow into a beautiful, smart, imaginative, and strong-willed little girl. May you always know you are loved beyond words.

Happy Birthday Putti!

Love,
Amma and Appa
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Ganesha Festival 2013

Here are some of the pictures from our Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations this year at home!
Ganesha crafts for kids Festival Idol
The ganesha idol that we made at home using AMACO brand air dry clay. This is our 6th year of making one and we love it every year.
Ganesha crafts for kids Festival Idol

 This is the idol that Putti made at the clay workshop conducted by a friend.  She sure was proud of it.
Ganesha crafts for kids Festival Idol
 The 'pillari ganesha' made with turmeric and grass and also the silver ganesha idol.
Ganesha crafts for kids Festival Idol
 Thats me and Putti dressed for the evening.
Ganesha crafts for kids Festival Idol
 Some of the food prepared and offered to the Lord Ganesh.
Ganesha crafts for kids Festival Idol
 The day ended with arati and 'visarjane' ie, immersing the idols in water.
Ganesha crafts for kids Festival Idol
And here's a video of putti singing a kannada devotional song!

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Ganesha Rangolis

Here are some beautiful Ganesha rangolis from around the web for Vinayak Chaturthi. As you can see almost all of these rangoli depict various forms of the Lord Ganesha.
Ganesha Rangoli Vinayak Kolam
These are the rangolis listed above:
  1. A simple Ganesha outline rangoli made on a cork board with rice flour, turmeric and kumkum.
  2. Beautiful Flower rangoli made by a friend of mine. The blog is written in kannada and you need to scroll down to middle of post for the rangoli pic.
  3. Yet another gorgeous flower ganesha rangoli found on flickr.
  4. Ganesha Rangoli made using turmeric, kumkum and rice flour. 
  5. Bright orange rangoli color and rice flour were used to make this Ganesh rangoli.
  6. A beautiful rangoli made with colors, flowers and leaves.
  7. A line rangoli depicting the faces of Ganesh
  8. Another Ganesh rangoli made with rangoli colors and rice flour.
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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Easy Apple Tree - Kids Art

These Apple Tree Kids Art are easy enough for a preschooler to make and they make a great decoration for fall.
Fall seems right around the corner! While it is still Hot during the days, the mornings are getting chilly. To welcome the fall into our lives we made this simple Apple Tree.
The other day, when my girl was painting with flowers I though maybe we can make tree. My daughter loved the idea and wanted one right away. Because she did not want to wait for the paint to dry, she used markers to draw the stem of a tree. And then she got right into stamping with flowers dipped in green paint.
 She went on painting, until the almost the whole sheet was covered in green paint!
Here's her tree!
She wanted to make it into an apple tree. I pulled out some red paint and she loved dipping her fingertip in the red paint and making apples all over the tree. She did remember the Scrubber stamped Apple Tree we had made last year and aaded some falling down apples too!
Here is the finished Apple Tree which is an easy Kids art activity.


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Friday, September 6, 2013

DIY Clay Ganesha Workshop For Kids

Here's the Clay Ganesha Idol that Putti made at a workshop for kids conducted by a friend.
DIY Clay Ganesha For Kids
Just like last year, Putti has been waiting to make her own idol for Ganesha Festival this year. She did remember things from the past and kind of looks froward to it. So, we did attend the workshop conducted by my friend, though it was on a hectic day. Putti went there right after finishing a 'tree to tree zipline' at our local museum. She was tired, yet wanted to play with clay. Here are some pictures of her molding the clay into balls and snakes which became the head, body, arms and legs of the idols.
DIY Clay Ganesha
There were many other kids and moms at the place.
DIY Clay Ganesha Kids
After seeing other kids add garlands, crown etc for their idols, Putti also wanted to make a garland. So, she rolled tiny little balls and pressed them flat around the neck to form a garland.
DIY Clay Ganesha Kids
After joining the ears and the trunk, she smoothened the idol with a wet brush to cover the cracks.
DIY Clay Ganesha
Here's my girl with her little Ganesha idol.
DIY Clay Ganesha
Here's a look at some of the other idols made that day. 
DIY Clay Ganesha
 A closer look at them. Love the bright colors of modelling clay, but it sure was very hard to mould.
DIY Clay Ganesha 
DIY Clay Ganesha Kids
 Love the creativity of these kids. One made a sleeping Ganesha with a mouse which is actually the vehicle of the lord. While the other kid made the lord carry his vehicle (mouse) over his shoulders, isn't the little artist's imagination amazing!!
DIY Clay Ganesha Kids
If you are looking for step by step pictures of how to make clay ganesha click here. 
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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Kids Craft- Lentils Ganesha

Today's post is Lentils Ganesha, a craft for Kids to make for the upcoming Ganesha Chaturthi.
Kids Craft- Lentils Ganesha Vinayak
Ganesha is the Hindu God with an elephant head which gives him the name s - Gajamukha, Gajavadana (Gaja is Elephant and mukha/vadana means face). With ganesh chaturthi right around the corner- its on september 9th this year, we have been listening to stories, learning songs about him. We also made this craft with my daughter.
To make this craft, you will need:
  • A thick cardstock or Matboard
  • Black paint/ food color
  • School glue
  • Lentils in various colors
I first drew a simple outline of Ganesha on the Matboard. You will find a lot of simple designs on google if you want to print out. Later, I added a few drops of black food color to the glue and mixed it well with a chopstick.
Kids Craft- Lentils Ganesha Vinayak

 I used the black glue to draw over the outline.Older kids can do this all by themselves. I love the raised edge that the black glue created.
Kids Craft- Lentils Ganesha Vinayak
Next, Putti and me talked about what colors can be used to color what part of Ganesha. She did want to use blue, purple etc. So, I told her we will be using lentils and she had to choose from the colors of lentils we had. Maybe, next time I will color some rice with food color of her choice that way she gets blue, purple too. Anyways, to make things easier for her, I let her color the Ganesha drawing with crayons first, that way she knew what colored lentil goes where. Avoid using markers here as the colors will bleed when you apply glue over it and get messy. 
Kids Craft- Lentils Ganesha Vinayak
She then applied glue to each part and starting scooping and pouring lentils over the glue. She had to press them a little bit to flatten them. There was some over lapping, but thats okay.
Kids Craft- Lentils Ganesha Vinayak
After all the parts were covered with lentils, we let it dry over night. Then we glue black peppercorns for the eyes and I did go over the outline with black glue once again. Here's Proud Putti with her own lentils Ganesha. 
Kids Craft- Lentils Ganesha Vinayak

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Painting / Printing with Flowers

Painting (Printing) with Flowers is a simple yet fun art activity for kids of all ages. Just dip and dab, it is as simple as that!
                                     Painting / Printing with Flowers Kids Art
I had a bunch of flowers from a flower bouquet that were wilting. I put them to some fun use before tossing them away. I cut the stems of the flowers leaving just enough stem to make a handle and the top of the flower became the paint brush. Poured in some Crayola Washable Kids Paint to a plate. Putti loved dipping the flowers in paint and the dabbing them on the paper. She however preferred to use the flowers more like stamps and print the flower petals on her paper.
Painting / Printing with Flowers Kids Art
Aren't the prints lovely! It would make a lovely card.
Painting / Printing with Flowers Kids Art
But if your child wants to use the flowers as paintbrushes and stroke the paint on their paper, that would be fun too. Especially young children don't make prints. They spread, and mix, and layer the paints until it's impossible to tell what they painted with in the first place. And that's ok!
Putti loved painting with two flowers.

Painting / Printing with Flowers Kids Art
The flowers look much more prettier with a little color, don't you think? 
Painting / Printing with Flowers Kids Art
Here is one more finished flower print painting of the day. I think this would be a lovely idea to make
some of our own gift wrapping paper.
Painting / Printing with Flowers Kids Art
Here's all of our Stamping/Printing art ideas. Have you ever painted with flowers? or anything other than paintbrush? Do share with me in comments. Thanks!


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Kwikdeko Wall Art Stickers Giveaway (India)

Update: This giveaway is now closed. The winner picked randomly is Maya, Congratulations!! Thanks everyone for entering.
Wall art stickers or Decals as they are popularly known are a fun way to transform a wall and brighten your room without a lot of work.  Keep reading to find out how one of you my lucky reader with India shipping address can win this Wall art sticker by Kwikdeko
Kwikdeko Wall Art Stickers India
You must have seen some gorgeous murals done in fabulously decorated bedrooms at designs shows. But, then, those murals come with a hefty price tag. A fun and best alternative is using these affordable, low-cost yet beautiful wall art stickers. It is a great idea to change the look of your home instantly without any hassles. It can be applied on any flat surface including, walls of your home, finished doors and windows, glass, ceilings and any other flat surface which are dust free and smooth. These are best if you plan on changing your deco often or live in a rented place.

I was thrilled to find out that these decals are now available in India and in my home town 'Namma Bengaluru'. Kwikdeko very apt to their name is a quick yet fun solution for decorating your walls. I was amazed at the variety of designs they carry for Kids room and living room. You need to check out their 'Trees' designs, they all look amazing! But my favorite is their custom designs - you use your own design, add text in any font and color you like and they will create your wall art. Isn't that fun to create a very unique and personalised art for your wall.  


Some features noteworthy of Kwikdeko:

  • They are very affordable and come lots of fun designs
  • They are easily repositionable and do not damage your walls. 
  • They offer free shipping all over India.
  • Custom Designing
Now, for the giveaway. One winner will get to choose a decal worth 589/- of his/her choice or can also pay the difference amount if they like any decal above the giveaway amount.
  

Rules of the giveaway 
  1. Visit their website  and then tell me your favorite Kwikdeko decal in the comment.
  2. For additional entries like KwikDeko & Putti's World on facebook if not already done. Leave a separate comment for each.
  3. You get an additional entry if you share this post on Facebook, Twitter or your blog. Leave a separate comment for each action to gain many entries.
Terms & Conditions 
  1. The giveaway is open till 2nd September 2013. Winners will be announced on 3rd September and will be chosen randomly. 
  2. Open to anyone with an Indian shipping address.
  3. Leave your email id here if not seen on your profile.
  4. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. 
  5. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.
  6. No purchase is necessary to win.
  7. Winner will be announced on this post and contacted by email 24 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email.
  8. Void where prohibited by law.
Disclosure: Thank you Kwikdeko for the giveaway. This is not a sponsored post nor did I receive any compensation for writing the post. 
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Monday, August 19, 2013

First Day of Kindergarten Photos

Putti started school this week and boy was she excited! Here are some of her First Day of School Photos.
First Day school Photos
 This is the fourth year of Putti going to school- oh my gosh that makes me realise how fast she is growing! Although her last three years at preschool was part time, she has always loved going. Unlike last year's photos, I did not have much time in the morning as the school starts earlier than preschool. And since it was about to rain, we skipped the sidewalk chalk drawings.
First Day school Photos
 All summer, my daughter has been talking about starting 'Big School' ! She couldn't wait to become “a big girl” and cross over from a preschool to a "Big"school kindergarten. We have been reading some of our favorite back to school books. And she is excited about wearing uniform (just like her cousins in India and UK).
First Day school Photos
She is very excited about the magical world of school and its possibilities. Hope the excitement continues for ever..
First day school photos
She loved her new class room and was looking forward to making new friends.
First Day school Photos
Here's to a lovely school year, Good luck Putti!! Do you take photos on First Day of school? Any special tradition you follow? Do share in the comments.
For Back to School Photoshoot ideas and printables, check my previous post.

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