Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hot chocolate menu card

The weather is yet to show signs of really cooling down at the moment (the joy of leaving a tropical climate). In hope of conjuring Winter and cooler days to grace us I decided to put together a Hot chocolate menu card from the chart I mentioned in this post.

This is one of those super easy project anyone with a printer can pull and it ads a little oomph to your living room or kitchen for the season.
Make it and have the perfect excuse to throw a hot chocolate party
First, you will need to go save the Hot Chocolate chart found on the link I just gave you above and print it.
Once you got it on paper, cut the chart out and set aside. Then, find a piece of cardboard big enough to accommodate your printout (I used left over cardboard from one of Ishita's school project).
Paint the cardboard any colour you like, I myself chose a nice chocolate brown, but really any colour you want is just fine.
One the pain has dried, paste your chart on the cardboard, keeping it as centered as possible.

I used a regular glue stick for the job, from experience I know white liquid glue tend to mess with the ink on the printout paper, you want a glue that is the less wet possible for that kind of job.

Once you glued the printout you can decorate the cardboard with embellishment and frills. Of course, me, I HAD to use 3D liner paint to do the job, but that is only because I am a glitter glue and 3D liner addict (those of you who come here regularly know all about it). You can use stamps, stickers, regular paint if the stuff of my addiction isn't your thing at all.
Now, all that is left to do is display that master piece where people will see it and be tempted to make themselves a cup (or two). You could totally set up a Hot chocolate station in your kitchen or living room if you have the space for it with all the essentials to spice up your drink at hand.

This also could be the perfect excuse to invite all your friends over for a Hot Chocolate Party (don't you like the sound of that? I sure do).

Meanwhile, you'll probably find me trying to find ways to conjure that tropical heat and humidity to leave us so we can start celebrating Winter over here (we are getting there).

Monday, November 23, 2015

The Future of Home Cyn Home

I haven't been as active as I should have on the blog in the past few weeks. Those of you reading me from India know it has to do with the Diwali school vacation and the festive season. Ishita's school give a notoriously long 3 weeks Diwali break year after year. This would have been ok if it hasn't been preceded by a 5 day vacation for Ganesh Chaturthi, a couple of other festivals falling on week days and that horrid one week of school shut down for alleged "urgent electrical repair"

With my daughter home the whole time, there is only that much I can do on the blog and creativity front. Last week has been a very busy week socially and I am now really longing for that back to school time (coming later this week).

That said, I still have been busy enough on the blog front, backstage. Here are some of the things I did and the things you can look forward in the coming weeks :

- I made a few minor design updates. Nothing major, but you might have noticed that the side bar have different title dividers. The social media icons have been shrunk a little and moved to the top of the sidebar (cue in the please please please follow me there). I also widened the content area of the blog and done away with the grey background for a cleaner, more minimalistic look. I also switched back to Linkwithin because the Engageya widget refused to look great after I applied a CSS code to tackle another cosmetic problem...geeky little details that might seem insignificant but really aren't (not to me).

- I have been working a whole lot on Photoshop, Canva and Picmonkey to get some new graphics and thumbnails ready for the Christmas Holiday season. I'll unveil all this pretty soon, possibly by this weekend.

- Speaking of Christmas, I have been working on new crafts projects, collected a lot of ideas and am ready to try a whole bunch of new recipes. So stay tuned, December is going to be busy.

- Speaking of December, my fellow blogger at "The Almost Indian Wife" has planned a December Instagram Challenge I am going to take part in.  This is going to keep me busy on the picture taking and editing front. And if you haven't already, go follow me on Instagram!

- Last but certainly not least, I am almost finished with the Home Cyn Home 2016 Printable Calendar, this year I hand painted the graphics and scanned them, and I have 2-3 left to paint before getting it all together. I started a few months back, but life happened and before you know it we are at the end of November and I find myself on a tight deadline again.

All in all, I have still been productive enough on the blog front, just not where all of you guys can necessarily see it.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Get Christmas ready

November is in its second half, and to those who care about it, the 1st Advent falls on November 29th this year. To all those who have no idea what I am talking about, the Advents are the 4 Sundays before Christmas. Needless to say that from now on, time will be flying.

I think I made it abundantly clear the previous years that I do not celebrate the Christian way, but the secular way. But regardless of your religious view, Christmas is a holiday that last several weeks. Weeks of preparation and anticipation that culminate to the day itself. In other words, this means you need to start thinking about it long before the actual day. And if you are a DIY type of person, you need to get crafting in November (Which I have plans to do this weekend).

As a result, I spend a lot of time on Pinterest as soon as Diwali is behind us. In India we have such a succession of holidays that I don't feel like their preparation overlapping.
I thought it would be fun for me to share a few of the things that caught my eye on Pinterest recently (at the default of sharing all of Pinterest...can't do that).

The first one that caught my eye is this one:
Image source: Make Bake Celebrate
Those adorable Christmas tree meringue from the blog "Make Bake Celebrate" are something I totally see myself doing this year. First because I love meringue, and then because I can't believe I never thought of that! Seriously, Look at these and don't tell me you aren't getting any meringue envy.

One of the problem of living in India is that getting a decent Christmas tree isn't always possible depending where you live, but they aren't really necessary to have around to rock a stunning holiday decor:
Image source: How to Decorate
The website "How to Decorate" has come up with a list of 12 ideas to decorate without a tree you can try in your home.

If you really can't do without a tree but can't get one anywhere, here is a DIY alternative:
Image source: Tattered & Timeless
Pinterest is choc-a-bloc full of DIY tree ideas, of all sizes and in all materials possible, and while finding a tree is not a problem I have, I can totally see myself making one. Which one is still not decided, but this gorgeous Ribbon tree from Tattered & Timeless totally caught my attention.

And, for some reasons, I suddenly find myself craving hot chocolate come December. Something that is quite odd considering i am really not that crazy about milk to begin with.
So because of my sudden visions of hot cocoa milk, this pretty nifty Hot Chocolate recipe list caught my eye:
Image Source: Life Hack
This list is cute enough to print and frame and display at your dinning table or in your kitchen isn't it? This could be even just the excuse you needed to throw a hot chocolate party in your home. I myself find myself torn between the Peanut Butter and the Orange one (ok I lied I am not torn between them, I SO WILL try both!)

I have a lot of ornaments ideas at the moment, many of which I pinned to my Christmas board, but this blog post was already getting quite image heavy. To sum it, I am getting warmed up for the Christmas season, and have been working on a few blog back stage things as well.

You know, just because I wasn't already super busy enough, and maybe because my name is Cyn...
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