Friday, November 30, 2012


Rangolis for the month of Kartika

Kartika-the month following Diwali is celebrated as the month of lights. Lamps are lit every day in the morning and in the evening. It is considered to be very pious to light as many lamps as one can especially in temples of Shiva or Vishnu or even at home. Terracota or earthen ware lamps or those made of, bronze, silver or even gold can be lighted using gingelly or coconut oil or Ghee made from Cow's milk. Usually lamps made of bronze are very popular

Here are some Rangolis of lamps or Diyas as they are known in Hindi or as deepam in Telugu from my previous posts:

Here some new rangolis--this time hanging lamps.

There are so many designs in these lamps. But i need to draw them properly for posting...

Keep an eye for more beautiful Rangolis for Dhanurmasam, Xmas, New Year and Pongal....I would like to know your, views, comments and suggestions if any on my Rangolis please....

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Rangoli for Tulasi Vivaha-Chiluku Dwadasi

Today being the Dwadasi (12th day) of the month of Kartika is auspicious and is celebrated as Chiluku Dwadasi for performing Tulasi Vivah(marriage of Basil plant with Lord Maha Vishnu). Many rituals are associated with this day. Chiluku Dwadasi is celebrated in the South which includes Tulasi Vivaha. In North India Tulasi Vivah is observed . If I find time, I will try to post about these rituals in detail.

Every Hindu family has a Tulasi(basil) plant at home. It is mainly planted in a specailly constructed pot known as Vrindavan, in the the center of courtyards(in olden times) or at least in the the back yard. It is worshiped every day in the morning and in the evening, by lighting lamps and performing certain rituals.

Today, women keep fast and in the evening, clean the area surrounding the Vrindavan. New Tulasi plants (Krishna Tulasi, which has black coloured leaves) are planted in the pot along with the old one(Lakshmi Tulasi, which has green leaves). Salagrama or an idol of lord Vishnu is placed in the pot near the plant and worshipped.

Many Rangolis are drawn on this occasion. I will try to post some today. But here is the one which I posted some time back.

 You can also draw, rangolis of lotuses, lamps, Swastika, Om etc. 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Be Right Back With You....

Hi friends something is wrong with my net connection...I am sorting it out...I will be right back with you the earliest I can.....

Tuesday, November 13, 2012


Diwali Special

21 dots --5 rows in center,  19 dots, 17....till 5 dots.  Lamps and Goddess Lakshmi's feet, Swastika on this auspicious occasion. 

Hope you have liked all my special Rangolis and were able to use them. Please do let me know.

Wishing you all a very Happy, Prosperous, Healthy and Peaceful Diwali and year ahead...

Monday, November 12, 2012


Diwali Special

21 dots, five rows in the center. Then 19, 17, 15...till 5 in the last row on either side. Join as shown.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Rangoli-An appeal

Friends the Swastika as drawn by the Indians is as shown below:

It is not to be drawn like this as shown below. In some of my earlier Rangolis, I have inadvertently drawn the Swastika as shown below. So please correct it to the one shown above. Though I have come across my mistake, some time back and wanted to replace the existing designs with correct ones, due to paucity of time I am unable to do so. I will replace all these designs with the corrected ones at the earliest possible. Please bear with me.
I am also grateful to all those visitors to my blog who pointed out this to me. Thanks a lot. 


Diwali Special
15 to 1 straight dots, very easy and simple. If you want you can improvise as shown below:
I have only joined the dots in the center to form a square and filled it with colours. Similarly we can join other dots to get more squares and fill it with colours.

Saturday, November 10, 2012


Diwali Special
9X9 dots and 1 in the center on all sides . 

Decorated Thali-1

Diwali is festival of lights. No matter how many electrical lights you have, the beauty of traditional lamps is something else. Whether these lamps are made of silver, bronze or even terracotta, the twinkle of the lights, the romance they create is something else. I for one love these traditional lamps more than any thing else.

With a little creativity these lamps can be presented in different ways. Just one positioned at the alter or in the doorway or on your window sill or at a vantage position is enough to give a magical touch to the surroundings.

Especially for Diwali, every one wants something different and unique....So have a look.

Well this is the thali(plate/platter), decorated with kundans...

I decorated a blue coloured plate with kundans and placed a lamp in the center. This is just a simple decoration with kundans. I have stuck kundans with ordinary glue. Later on I will wash off the glue and reuse plate as well as kundans. But if you want it to be of permanent use a glue that is permanent.

This was only warming up or rather my doodling.....

More in my next posts.....

Rangoli - 222

9X9 dots.

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Friday, November 9, 2012


Diwali Special

24 dots-8 rows in the center, 22, 20, 18........till 8 dots on either side.

 Center block 8X8 dots
8X8 dots. The last two rows of 6 and 4 dots I have added as a border.

You can also just draw the above blocks alone for a small Rangoli.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


Diwali Special

Here is a very simple and easy Rangoli.. 9 to 1 straight dots. You can make it bigger by adding blocks on all sides or opposite sides as you like. This is at the special request of little ones(girls), who want to try their hand at Rangoli this Diwali. 

I hope they will be able to draw this very easily.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Organising Stash

Hi friends. Now that some of the renovation work has been completed, I am slowly trying to organise my things. But with busy work schedule and heavy downpour here in the past week, I could just group together some of my stash. Before renovation, I just stuffed them  in just whatever I could get. Now I need to organise them properly.

One major problem I am facing is the storage containers. It is difficult to get one exactly how I need, within my budget , that can hold all my stash and occupy less space. I feel that is almost impossible. My search is on. Heavy rains forced me to postpone my shopping trip for this. 

As of now, I am just making most of the containers/storage I have as you can see...

I have some plastic boxes, in which I store my yarn, laces, ribbons, kundans and beads etc. They are good as they keep dust out. I also have some cardboard boxes, which I am still holding on till I find some good storage solutions.
 These look colourful, but are not air tight. So there is the problem of dust seeping in. 
Here is how I stored some of my colouring pens and pencils in a plastic container. I still have lots of paints in bottles and tubes, brushes, pens and pencils, which I need to store. For now, I have only kept these ones handy, which I use regularly.

My search is on, for some smart storage solutions. But I have to wait till the festival of Diwali is over perhaps to shop leisurely. 

I have still my embroidery, kits and other stash, wooden beads, woolen yarn and much more. I also need to separate my yarn/floss/threads for tatting, embroidery and crochet....Still lots to do....

Any smart solutions? Your suggestions are welcome please.