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As I was typing the password to enter into my blog’s admin page (to write!), I wondered if the password would work. It’s been so long after-all. Wasn’t sure if it was the same or I’d changed it along the way.

The password remains the same. Only, I’ve been too stuck to open that page. Stuck in my mind? Stuck in my beliefs? Well, that remains a question for me to introspect.

For now, I’m dying to catch up with you all. To see how you’ve been. And, to let you know what I’ve been upto.

Well, for one, we moved houses – nearly seven months back. (And, that’s exactly how long I haven’t written here). So, not that I’m justifying, but a house move takes a big toll on my writing. And, art. And, craft. Oh well….! There I go again. But, hey, it does. Besides all the obvious tasks related to a house move (and the house hunt not to forget), there are new things that get my adrenalin flowing.

Like a blank canvas, a new house is so tantalizing – it’s exciting, nervous, challenging – all at the same time – to do up the space.

Yes, literally a blank canvas it was….

This house. For, before we moved, we’d sold off even the very basic furniture we had; parted with most of the crockery, furnishings, heaps and heaps of books. A house move itself is so tiring; I didn’t want to waste my time and energy over managing all that stuff that we can very well live without; all that possession that consumes my time, energy and attention away from my top priority – my children. Plus, my need to create time for my own creative satisfaction.

Over the years I’ve come to realize, all that we fret over – the clothes, the artefacts, the crockery, the curtains, the carpets and rugs – they only further us away from the selves that we want to be. For in the middle of acquiring and managing, there isn’t much time for self discovery, introspection, meditation, ‘doing nothing’, living in the moment, living mind-fully – things that take you closer to yourself. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy the good stuff – wow, I know how much I love a good piece of handmade earthenware/ceramics! The problem, I think, arises when the ‘stuff’ scripts our life story and stress takes over….

Hence, the clean-up.

But well, in the next few months, we did buy some stuff – absolutely essential and simpler – easy to manage and simple in style – a style that reflects the people that we are at this stage in life – inside out.

The best part of this whole project was recycling and upcylcing a ton of things. And that includes converting bulky double beds into two single units; handpainting our own beds, art tables, chairs; upcycling age-old sarees into curtains. And, this reuse, recycle, refurbish, repair project is still on. Repurposing headboards into wall shelves – they’ve turned out gorgeous. So, lots of pics to share with you all. But, I need to download the pics and that may take another couple of days. So, in the meantime, I couldn’t wait to share this rambling from my heart.

upcycle home decor curtains

There’s an old mirror that needs rehash.

There are cardboard boxes that I can convert into pieces of art.

There are old pots and pans that can be my canvases for zentangle art or something else.

There’re family photos that are being beckoned by those bare white walls.

But, more than anything else, I’ve got to start new seeds in my garden. (okay, I have those seeds sprouting already by the time I got around to publishing this post!) The rains aren’t far off and I need my saplings to be fairly sturdy just in time to be able to withstand the ferocious Goan monsoons.

In my next post, I’ll share my kitchen garden with you. I’ve harvested much and some are withering away in the current scorching conditions. A lot to share nevertheless.

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upcycled saree curtains

Whoa…it feels good, to be writing again, to have those words tucked away in my chest tumbling out making amusing and weird sounds. Those stuck-up words had become an ache in my heart, a noise in my head.

More than anything else, I’m grateful to you, dear friends/readers, for being around here even though I haven’t written and connected with you all for months now. Thank you from my heart for reading this article. Please come by and say hello, share what you’ve been upto, what’s new and meaningful and fun (or not so fun) in your life right now. Hugs and blessings….

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  • Shilpa bindlish May 24, 2016, 8:37 pm

    Hi

    I’m so much in love with this write up. Probably bcz I’m abt to shift to my new house soon. Ur recycling work pretty encouraging.

    • Rashmie May 25, 2016, 12:33 am

      Thanks Shilpa. All the best with the shifting. It’s exciting, tiring and adventurous! I’ll try to share the pics of our DIYs asap so you may find them helpful…

  • Mousumi Banerjee May 25, 2016, 1:09 am

    I have been a fan of your blog as well as your daughter’s blog Tinker Earth for this gap of 7 months..was eagerly waiting for your new one..meanwhile read and re-read your posts..simply wonderful..please do continue writing..Much love

    • Rashmie May 27, 2016, 12:42 am

      Mousumi – sorry dear that I kept you waiting for that long for a new post ever since you subscribed. I promise to be regular now on. Thank you for all the appreciation and affirmations. Means a lot, dear. Really. Love you…

  • Sunita May 25, 2016, 5:21 pm

    Your creative and fresh ideas for your home are a joy and inspiration to read!

    • Rashmie May 27, 2016, 12:45 am

      and, your encouraging words always leave me aglow! So glad to be writing again for that makes me hear from you dear Sunita. :-) Thank you for this note and the email in the middle of such a hectic time for you as you’re moving home too….

  • Miquela May 25, 2016, 8:05 pm

    Rashmie! Oh the funny ways of Internet timing! I was thinking of you yesterday and resolved to send you an email, only to see this post of yours first. How happy I am to hear you are doing well and settling in to your new place. Our move was not as drastic as yours, but I was just marveling that we have been in this new place for 6 months now. Your thoughts on re- and upcycling are fodder for the grist mill as we think about our return next summer to France and what we should take and what to leave in Egypt…

    Our big news is that I just gave birth to our son Boaz on Friday. He is doing well, and we are so grateful to welcome him into our hearts.

    ~Miquela

    • Rashmie May 27, 2016, 12:56 am

      Miquela dear, you said it. Yes, for the funny ways of internet timings or is it serendipity happening? The universe conspiring and communicating?! Well, it happens a lot with me. Isn’t funny that you were thinking about me and were contemplating to send an email when you received my blog post, because just 4-5 days back, I was holding that incomplete papier mache bird that i have been working on. In the middle of some chore, I picked up that bird and thought it might be nice to not just paint it but also add some feathers to it. That moment, Sufiana called me out and I came downstairs to help her find something. I opened a top drawer from a chest of drawers to take the thing out for Sufiana. My eyes ran over an envelope (from you) and just like that I picked it for an instant to read your handwritten address. I admired your handwriting, felt sad that I haven’t kept in touch with you and then slid my fingers into the envelope. There I find some real feathers that you’d sent along with that art and letter. The art is placed on my art supply shelf. But, those feathers were always in that envelope (…and I’d forgotten that they were there). Why did I look into that envelope in that very moment? I didn’t know that there were feathers in it. But, I had desired for feathers to put on my papier mache bird. The universe led me to your envelope?

      • Rashmie May 27, 2016, 1:01 am

        …about the big news – well, well, you amazing woman/mother – what a news really! My heart would erupt with amazement and joy I felt. Tons of love and blessings to your new angel and to the other two joys. Wow, Miquela, even though I know there’s a yearning within me to have another child in my arms, I know I don’t have the guts/energy right now. Which fountain do you drink from to have the mental and physical stamina to mother another one when your second one is so small still! You’re an inspiration for sure. Much love and positive vibes to you and all of you…

  • Swathi May 25, 2016, 10:57 pm

    Happy to see you back Rashmie !! Loved the idea of using sarees as curtains. I totally agree with you on shifting homes. Yes I have been doing that often and very recently we relocated to Bangalore. This was a major move for all 4 of us.. from Visakhapatnam to bangalore is a total life altering experience. Every day we have something new to learn … I am sure we will settle down soon.

    • Rashmie May 27, 2016, 1:04 am

      Swathi, yes, that’s so true. Every house move, change of location/neighbourhood/clime is a new lesson in itself. Teaches so much.
      Vishakapatnam, i’ve heard is a lovely place. I hope you’re liking in Bangalore and settling comfortably. Thanks for this note and for being there always for me. :-)

  • SADHANA BHAGWAT May 26, 2016, 1:38 pm

    Hi Rashmie,
    i could not stop talking about your home after visiting it. really loved the layout, the light, ventilation and all the tasteful stuff you have put in.
    good luck with your further upcycling! :)

    • Rashmie May 27, 2016, 1:32 am

      Sadhi di, always such a joy to hear/read from you. Only a couple of days back I was telling Pari about you – that I feel such positive/genuine vibes from Sadhi di. :-)
      Missing you….

  • Raji June 9, 2016, 5:58 pm

    Rashmi, Happy to see your post after a long time. I’m a silent follower of your blog since 4 yrs.. Never been commented on any blog. After waiting for a long time, on seeing your first post thought of saying hi and breaking my silence.
    Your posts are great inspiration for me. Keep doing the good work.

    • Rashmie June 11, 2016, 12:30 am

      Hi Raji, it’s a strange and beautiful feeling to realize that someone I haven’t interacted with has actually known me for four long years!! Thank you, my dear, for staying with me for such a long while. I also realize that so often during that 4-year period I’ve not written here; I’ve been inconsistent and random and yet you’ve been there as a loving reader. So, thank you for reading my posts and staying with me. Means much to me. And humbled to know my writings have inspired you. So much gratitude in my heart right now….
      And, now that you’ve broken your silence, keep sharing your thoughts. :-)
      much love – Rashmie