Camera pouch

After a long time, here is a DIY craft post… a small bag for the camera. The idea of an eco-friendly fabric bag with a protective inner layer was more appealing than the usual grey synthetic camera pouches.

A handle at the back for making it handy to carry along.

I used handloom fabric for this, along with jute lining, and a pretty button. Then painted a creeper with leaves using acrylic paints.


I am linking this post to “The Weekly Story” series at Patricia’s “Colours Dekor” Blog. It has a wide collection of Craft DIY, Decor ideas and stories linked in by many bloggers from all over blog land.



Waste recycling – The natural way

Village life / country life is serene, peaceful and healthy. But apart from this villages have been recycling from long past. Here comes the story about it:

Houses are mostly built in the midst of farmlands / tree grooves. This is a view of my in-laws house, in the middle of coconut grooves.

The outer patio is completely made of natual materials. The entrance arch is made from banana tree stalks.When this arch starts ddrying, the unripe banana fruits and banana stalks are cleaned and used as vegetables for cooking.

Walls of the green Outer Patio are made using bamboo poles and dry coconut leaves. Dry leaves falling from coconut trees are collected and woven in to long mats. These are tied to bamboo poles to form walls.

This is a bunch of fallen leaves waiting to be woven into mats.

Most of these dry leaves and stalks are used to heat water. This is a view of the water heating area..

This is a small furnace for heating water. The other side of this wall has insulated copper pot. All paper wastes, leaves, coconut husks, dried coconut leaves are cut and fed as fuel to this furnace.

Vegetable wastes and food leftovers are composted with hay and cow-dung. Earthworms further break down the waste into manure. After a few months, this bunch of composted leftowvers makes good organic manure for the farm.

While all degradable garbage goes into the waste compost pile, rest form the fuel for water heating. So there is no waste going out of the house or the coconut groove. Everything is recycled or burnt up right here.

Diwali Greetings

Diwali greetings.

Diwali in the place I reside is more about crackers and sweets than about diyas. We celebrate “Karthiga Deepam” about a month after Diwali. Karthiga Deepam is the festival of lights when all houses are decked with clay diyas and colourful rangolis.

I am no big fan of crackers… so here is my lone shot of Diwali celebrations 🙂

Diwali weekend happened to be time for Birthday celebrations at home. For this diwali, we tried making all celebrations eco-friendly. Gifts were wrapped in colorful newpapers and magazine pages… Plastic balloons and party decor replaced with flowers and candles… Candy wrappers and coke made way for home made sweets and dry fruits.

A picture of the recyled gift wraps and flowers