This is 20 dots 4 rows in the center to 4 dots-straight dots. I have chosen candles, bells, holly and berries, gifts with rose in the center to reflect the festive spirit. Hope you like it. May the Christmas season fill your home with joy, your heart with love
and your life with laughter. May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill, And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy.
Here is a Rangoli which is combination of chain Rangoli and ordinary lines Rangoli. This is 23 to 1 straight dots. This one is sort of traditional. I have it in my Grandma's note book where she used to record all Rangolis.
Hope you are liking my Rangolis and find it useful. Keep watching for more to come....
Here is one more Rangoli-Chain or Melicka Rangoli:
This is actually a 5X5 block (one dot on each side extra) expanded into this design. You can either use just one block or as above or add more depending upon the space you have. The center part I have kept it simple. This is very simple and easy to draw.
I am sorry I am not able to post daily. I do have a lot of designs ready. But with my visit to doctors and attending to other issues, I feel too tired to take the photo and upload them. But from today on wards, I will try my best to post at least one every day. So keep an eye on my blog. I can post any time.....
Friends, the auspicious month of Dhanurmaasam (Sun entering the Zodiac sign of Sagittarius) starts from tomorrow. It is a month long Rangoli festival. We clean our front yards, sprinkle cow dung mixed water and draw beautiful Rangolis-with or with out dots, using lines or free hand- before Sun rise.
This is the time to show our creative skills. Every Indian women-especially South Indian women take this as a challenge, drawing, huge designs, very intricate, very creative. They include traditional as well as modern ones.
With the winter at its peak this year(so early), it is so difficult to draw the Rangolis. Our fingers go numb after some time and drawing becomes difficult. To be in bending position for long time to draw these designs, our legs and back become stiff. But still we do this every year with out fail. For, it is a way of praying to the Lord for His Grace.
So here we go with the first Rangoli of the season:
I have chosen the theme of flowers and butterflies, as my garden is full of beautiful flowers and it is a delight to watch many butterflies visiting them. They let the sun rise and after 2-3 hours, sun themselves to get rid of the dew on their wings and then they go on their business.
This is an easy Rangoli- warming up for much more to come. I will try to post at least one design every day. So watch out for many beautiful ones to come.....
Your comments and suggestions do motivate me...so please take a little time to drop in your comments/suggestions.... Oh Don't forget to chant Lords name while drawing these Rangolis...it can be Sri Ram, Hare Rama, Hare Rama....or Govinda or anything which you like....
So folks get ready for the Dhanur Masam. We have less than a month for the month long Rangoli Festival. I am already on the job, creating new Rangolis. This time I want to create some new ones. Please do drop in your suggestions as to what all new areas/subjects I can explore for this.
I will also try to post the usual traditional designs of Nela Muggulu, if I can find some of them. If any one of you can contribute those traditional Nela Muggu - which are drawn using lines, please do, as they are becoming rarer and the present generation does not know much of those designs. So watch out my blog.......
Do you like Bows on your feet? Well here is the latest footwear for ladies with bows...
Available in other colours too. But I would have loved if the bows were in white colour or white footwear with black bows -- that is in contrast colours. It would have made these footwear even more attractive. Don't you think so?
We women buy accessories every time we get a chance. Especially purses and bags-different sizes, shapes, colours and what not. Yes we do require them whether we are travelling, going for work or for partying. There are also bags for storage as well as for carrying jewellery, cosmetics and other things.
Here is bag, which you can use for storing, carrying your jewellery or cosmetics. You can use it carrying other things may be cheque books, cards etc? Children can carry their pencils, pens etc.
But mind you it is transparent.
It is light weight, available in different colours and not much costly.
You can just drop this bag in your tote or a bigger shoulder bag. So this is good for multipurpose storage and use. Good as a gift too-to teenagers or our friends.
Hello there. Today, I want to share with you something from my garden. It is green Magnolia Champaka. This is the first flower, since I planted it. I am so happy to see it flower. It lifted my spirits.
Magnolia is known as Champaka in Sanskrit, Champa in Hindi and Sampenga in Telugu.
Magnolia trees/shrubs were found in most of the gardens of South Indian houses, when houses were built in big plots. Now, because of pocket sized gardens and apartments in cities, we hardly find any of these plants. But during the season, our markets flood with these flowers, which come from small towns and flower gardens cultivated by the farmers.
I only know three colours of this variety. One is the yellow or golden coloured one known as the Golden Magnolia. This is the most common variety. Here we call it as Simhachalam Sampenga, and Lord Narasimha in Simhachalam(near Vishakhapatnam) is worshiped with these flowers. It is also found in abundance in the areas surrounding the temple.
Green coloured one is also popular. This is known as Aaku (means leaf)Sampenga. The yellow and green flowers are sold in the markets during the flowering season. But the white one is very rare and I have not seen its flowers in open market.It is said that this plant thrives well in Himalayas and likes colder climate.
The yellow and white ones are trees where as the green one is a creeper. But I am maintaining it as a shrub.
The scent of each of these varieties is different. I love all the three, but the white one is very delicate to look at and also, its fragrance is very subtle. The flowering season is also different as far as I can remember. The green and the white flower in winter. But the yellow one flowers in summer. I need to closely watch the flowering now.
Though I had all the three varieties, the yellow one gets attacked by termites. I have planted it twice and both times as it grows, the termites attack and kill it. I am not able to save it no matter what I do. So I have to plant a new one. Here take a look at the white and green flowers from my garden.
The green ones are very difficult to find between the leaves. One has to rely on one's nose to locate these flowers :).
These flowers are used in offerings to Gods and Goddesses and also worn in the hair by women. Usually a single flower (or at the most 2 to 3) is worn in the hair. These are also used in perfumes and incense.
It is said that snakes get attracted to the scent of these flowers and I have heard many stories from my mom and grand mother how these shrubs are infested with snakes. But here in the city where I live, no snake would dare to enter, our human infested jungle..:)...
You can read more about these trees and flowers here: