Thursday, August 29, 2013

Face-lift: Key Frame

Remember the DIY Key Frame we made?
No?? See HERE

So from a simple frame to this:

and now this :)

closer look

happily hanging on the wall :)


Share your DIYs with us HERE

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Guilt-Free PASTA!

Good Morning my lovely friends!
Do you remember when did you start cooking?
I mean proper cooking not just Maggi!

Well I do, as I started just 3years back 
when I came to California after our Wedding.
Initially it was more of learning to cook. 
Always helped by my Moms (Mom+MIL) over Skype
My SIL & a sister here and of course Cooking Websites! 
Now since I know all basic cooking, I try to try at least one new dish every week. So I just thought of posting those recipes on Designing Life too, after all DL is all about design, home and lifestyle!

Starting with one of my all time favorite and quick to cook, PASTA!

  1. Penne Pasta – 16 oz (approx 500 g)
  2. Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp
  3. Garlic – 4 large cloves, roughly chopped
  4. Italian Seasoning – 1 tsp
  5. Onion – 1 large, sliced
  6. Bell Pepper – 2, sliced (your choice of color, I love Red)
  7. Tomato – 1 large, chopped
  8. Salt – to taste
  9. Lemon Juice – to taste
  10. Fresh Basil/Tulsi – 5-6 leaves

  1. Boil the Pasta with water and salt and cook them.
  2. Once cooked, drain and keep aside.
  3. In a wok style pan/normal non-stick pan, add in the Olive Oil and the Garlic and heat over medium flame.
  4. Once warm, add in the Italian Seasoning by rubbing it between your palms.
  5. Add in the Onions, mix and allow them to cook for a minute.
  6. Add in the sliced Bell Peppers and mix well.
  7. Increase the flame to high and cook for a couple of minutes.
  8. Add Salt mix well.
  9. Add in the chopped Tomatoes cook for another minute.
  10. Add in the Pasta and start mixing again.
  11. Also add in the Lemon Juice and cook till the Pasta is heated all the way through.
  12. Last but not the least, garnish with torn up Basil Leaves.
You may also add: Artichokes, Sun dried Tomatoes and Shredded Parmesan Cheese and Red Chilly Flakes to taste.

Enjoy your Pasta!
share your recipes with Designing Life HERE

Monday, August 19, 2013

Click-Click-Instaa: part-3

Hey All!
You have enjoyed Click-Click Instaa Part 1 & 2 here & here
Now Instaa from Designing Life Home!

from our Patio!

on the chest!

henna on Karwa Chauth

my sewing table at FIDM

fun with Niece

Goodies got in Industry Expo at FIDM

Fresh from Farmers' Market

new additions!

new blooms!

1st Duseri Mango of summer 2013

new look on chest top!

cute little flower arrangement in 40seconds!

images: all mine

Monday, August 12, 2013

Love for 'Mason Jar!'

It's time for some Mason Jar ideas, innovation, inspiration!

need to explain?

beautiful and completely romantic

Remember Terrarium Ideas from earlier post Here?

definitely need one of these soon! 
growing your herbs in small spaces

Mason Jars are best see-through storage/holders

Why didn't I think about this? a mason jar soap dispenser!


this is cute and so fun! 
just take a few from your kid's figure sets

make/set/serve desserts!

A must try DIY, simple and pretty!

I am surely going to make this as Center Piece in my next party at home!

just the kind of chandelier I want over my dining table!

drinks anyone?

another easy and a must try idea; cutlery stand!


love these! this flower arrangement is perfect for backyard parties.

images via: Pinterest

a mason jar+glass paints+a tea light=beautiful lantern
by Designing Life 

My latest favorite!
just about 2inch tall mason jar
+a small flower bunch from my patio
+few mint leaves from my patio
=cute flower arrangement in 40seconds!

images: My Home

Can't wait create more Mason Jar ideas!
keep collecting!!

View more ideas on Designing Life's Pinterest Boards

And now you share your mason jar creations Here!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Let's play with dirt... Let's make TERRARIUM!

A terrarium is a collection of small plants growing in a transparent, sealed container. As early as 500 BC, plants were kept under bell-shaped glass jars for exhibit. But the terrarium in its modern form was invented by accident in 1827 by Nathaniel Ward, a London doctor. 

I didn't know about these until I read it in a blog post here.

If you want to create your own, it isn’t hard to do. You can get some plants from a local nursery or as close as your own mini-garden!

Simple Materials:
  • Glass container (with or without a lid)
  • Small decorative pebbles 
  • Potting soil
  • Live Moss
  • Terrarium plants (small shade loving plants)
  • Potting shovel
  • Water
To know picture by picture procedure read HERE.
Martha Steward video HERE

Simple clear jars or bottle

And little Creativity!


various size and shapes

Looks simple to start with, read about this Here.

loved this one! Mini backyard in a Jar?

just use of some soil, moss and a figure from your kid's playset!

Just one green plant, looks pretty! 
One of these looks like Coriander to me or its just another Fern?

Succulents! all time favorite
Watch how to make Succulent Terrariums here.

Mason Jar? Really? read more HERE!

Want to up-cycle bottles? Perfect option! 

Or just as simple as a glass in your kitchen!

Some really cool Terrarium (step-by-step) videos
here, here and here.

After watching all this, I want to make one ASAP!
What about you? Did you like it?
share your creations here.