Little Handmade Notes To Say Something Special

Because holiday season is going to start across the world in a few more weeks… and because my birthday has just passed a week ago(!), I think its the best time to start thinking and talking about gifts. And with that, I am totally into the idea of putting up little handmade notes on gifts and presents for loved ones. I think I should start learning a bit about hand lettering – its fun, its creative, its personal and its easy. Well, not that much but I can surely give it a try. Its such a cute way to say something nice and meaningful.

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Long time ago, during school days, I always loved giving personal touches to presents for my friends’ birthdays – like showing up at their places with homemade cakes or giving them little surprise gifts , you know, the ones that they would open and go rolling-on-the-floor-laughing kind. It was so much fun! And in return, I used to get the best surprises – not to mention birthday bumps right in the middle of the street. Those days! MEMORIES! Just last month, one of my best friends and I were talking about one such occasion and laughing as if years never mattered.

But now, times have changed. Life has taken a different course for everyone… taking some of  them to far off places. But thankfully, the connection is still there and WhatsApp and skype always come handy, so we are not so close but still close enough to talk about times.

Times have changed indeed but I still love to pass on personal messages to my old and dear friends and they always expect and look forward to what I would be saying to them this year. I too, always look forward to say something special to them. Worth waiting!

And then, there are times when distance doesn’t matter… little handmade notes attached to a gift are such a beautiful way to say something special. Well… well… there isn’t always a need for an occasion for that, is it?

I love those smiles and sparkling eyes when they see these notes even before they open the gift.

The best part is…. sometimes, people save those notes for years as a token of love to remember those days… that were as normal as any other but were special in a way. How little things bring happiness!

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It feels Warm and Cozy

Every home has to have a warm and cozy living room no matter what. Period. Its the very go-to place to sit all day, relax and do whatever makes you happy – watch a movie, read a book, knit while your cat purrs by your side (that’s me!) or maybe just get yourself a good cup of hot chocolate and think about all the blessings around you (again me). Its so calm and quiet.

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Our living rooms see a lot of us all day long and so, they are the perfect place to feel free to decorate them with all the love in your heart. They are even quite a place to make decorating mistakes if that makes you happy, but lets just leave that for another day and indulge in the warm and cozy colors of these living rooms.

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I am loving these amazing combinations of color and texture since its the combination of both where the creativity lies.

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Just a Little Note

There are times in life and quite often when one needs just a little reminder of the blessings that surround us everyday. Sometimes, we don’t even realize how much we are blessed with in every tiny moment of our lives. And when the realization struck… our breathe holds for a moment… because we loose count of all that we already have. I try to find a moment, stop and think of at least 10 things I already have and am grateful for everyday. Even the little things that go unnoticed in our daily lives come to surface in my mind and make me realize how important they are and how, since the first day, they have been there for me. This habit has made me come closer to my own self and know myself better in a strange way… I have started to feel more composed and above all it has given me inner peace and happiness. Happiness is… what matters most at the end of the day.

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I love this idea of putting up little reminders like these around the house. They give a personal touch of love and gratitude… a reminder of a few great moments from the past… an acknowledgment of now and…. a hope for tomorrow. These little notes make a home a lovely and happy place to be… because then again… at the end of the day… happiness is what matters the most.

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Deep Red: Warm and Cozy

My thoughts turn to deep reds around this time of the year. I guess its quite natural because its holiday season around the world and everything I look at for inspiration these days has a touch of deep reds in it. It feels so cozy and warm to see these cheerful ideas and decorations in homes.

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Here are just a few random ideas that can be used to bring in the cheer of red in tiny bits. Not too much… in fact just about enough to brighten up the space looking simple yet happy. Its the kind where you create a wow effect with little things and then just sit back and admire in gratitude.

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Random Stories

I love to look at homes that are filled with handmade items. They share a lot of visual stories – when you don’t need words… the mere feeling says it all. Having a lot of handmade items under one roof is like a beautiful combination of imaginations of different people. To me it’s like a wonderland – where taste and creation intersect.

Every crafted piece has an imagination behind it. It could be a hundred things that could have inspired it, but the creation is not possible without imagination. And imagination never comes into existence without feeling – as they say so. It is the feeling that combines with a great taste in the eye and inspired by another imagination that the beautiful craft finds a forever-home.

And so another chapter is added to the visual stories that such a home tells…

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Color Crush: White, Peach and Brown

It happens so often that something you’ve already seen many a times still catches your eye when you see it next time – and makes you smile. Its called admiration. This oh-so-gorgeous color combination of white, peach and brown does that whenever I come across and certainly when I saw this image here, it just made me smile – for two obvious reasons; firstly the colors of course, and second I happen to be a cat loving person for as long as I can remember. Yes, I’ve grown up in a house full of cats and kittens and though I don’t have a cat now in my home, my love for meows is still on the same level.

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The colors – white, peach and brown; have been my favorites for quite some time and I love to play with them together. They have a classic glamorous vibe that can never seize to make me fall for it…

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Crush: Farmhouse Style Bedrooms

I like the idea of farmhouses – they have just the kind of look that makes me feel like I’m on a dream vacation. A calm and quiet place with lots of natural light, neutral tones, airy furnishings with lots of natural accents. The whole place works like food for your nerves. Whenever I see a cottage or farmhouse style home, I’m instantly drawn to it for the good reasons. Maybe that’s because I’ve always lived in quiet places that had healthy ventilation surrounded by green lawns, plus our home was never over stuffed with furniture and decorative things. My mom was always very concerned about home being clean just about the right amount of decor.

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Color: A Mystery to Fall in Love With

Color is a mystery; as beautiful as anything could be. The more we learn about color, the more it unfolds, and the more it becomes interestingly complicated – hence, another mystery.

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As I spent the weekend reading about color and its basics, I fell in love with decorating using tone-on-tone color. Imagine how interesting it would be to decorate with different shades of just one when you have hundreds to choose from. When on one side, creating palettes with two or more colors could be fun, playing around with shades of just one color is even more interesting.

Its a little tricky to decide if you could just go with tone-on-tone color in a space or not, because if at all it turns out to be wrong (!), the space could become as boring as anything could be. But yet again, if done rightly, imagine how gorgeous that space would look – as gorgeous as anything could be.

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Knowing that, I have tone-on-tone color on my mind right now, and I wonder if I could just figure out a few tips to decorate like that in a few days to come…

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