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Playlist of the Week – Celebration Time

Friday, October 25th, 2019

It’s Diwali time, and that means family, friends, laughter, sweets, and of course, music and dancing! To get you in the mood, here are some songs to set the tone. So put on those dancing shoes and dance the blues away!

 

1. Celebration by Kool & The Gang

Because it should be impossible to think of the word ‘celebration’ and not start humming this track.

Celebration

 

2. Firework by Katy Perry

Why should you be buying fireworks when you can just be one?

Firework

 

3. I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

Hello! Did you already forget to put on those dancing shoes?

I Wanna Dance With Somebody

 

4. We Are Family by Sister Sledge

Because isn’t that what it’s all about? Bear hug everyone!

We Are Family

 

5. Happy by Pharrell

Clap along!

Happy

 

Now start dancing!

 

Happy Diwali!

Make It A Genuinely Happy Celebration for All

Thursday, October 24th, 2019

With Diwali right around the corner, it is definitely time to celebrate. But while we celebrate, there is one component of the festivities that over the past few years has been seeing quite a bit of contention. Though thoughts of Diwali immediately bring to mind images of diyas, rangolis, sweets, gifts, and fairy lights, it also conjures the image of fireworks. But with each passing year, more and more people are foregoing this one aspect. Here’s a few of the reasons why:

 

1. Air Pollution

With the amount of smoke that various fireworks generate, this one reason is definitely at the top of the list. With growing awareness of how bad our air, especially in metro cities, is getting day by day, many people agree that by foregoing the yearly fireworks, it can make a huge difference.

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Image Source – KTLA

 

2. Sound Pollution (especially for babies, the elderly, and animals)

Young children and animals both are sensitive, and have sensitive hearing. And most of all, they get tremendously scared with the loud noises. Though it’s purely a show of celebration, for them, it ends up being quite the opposite.

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Image Source – North Shore Family Services

 

3. Garbage

The amount of litter that is spread across the roads the morning after Diwali is probably something you’ve been noticing for a while now, right? Especially if you were lucky (or unlucky) enough to have a sutli line or two set off in your gully. How about we try to keep our streets clean this time?

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Image Source – YouTube

 

4. Accidents

We’ve all heard the horror stories over the years. The bombs that exploded while still in the hand, the clothes that caught fire from the fountain firework, the rocket that accidently went into someone’s house. Light a diya instead.

Image Source - Keystone Fireworks

Image Source – Keystone Fireworks

 

Don’t get us wrong, we’re not asking you not to celebrate. But maybe factor in the environment, kids, cleanliness, and safety into the picture, and then take a call?

We wish you and your loved ones a very happy and very safe Diwali.

DIY of the Week – Pistachio Shell Candle Holder

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

It’s celebration time, as the festival of lights is upon us! And we’ve figured out a great way to decorate your home, and the best part is – the main ingredient is pistachio shells! So all those dry fruit packets rolling in at home will actually serve to help you make this week’s pretty awesome (if we may say so ourselves) great DIY!

So why don’t you read on for the instructions while we go much on some more pista.

 

What You Need:

1. Pistachio shells (the more, the merrier)

2. Hot glue gun

3. Spray paint or acrylic paint

4. Piece of cardboard for base, or an old CD

5. Tealight candles

Image Source - Etsy

Image Source – Etsy

 

What To Do:

Step 1

If you’re using a CD for the base, then great, otherwise cut out a circular piece of cardboard to stick the shells onto. Find the center of your base and trace out the tealight candle size so that you can make the right size frame for it.

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Image Source – Instructables

 

Step 2 

Prep your pistachio shells by making sure to remove all flakes from inside. Ensure there are no broken or ill-shaped pieces.

 

Step 3

Now comes the most important part. Start with tracing the inner circle (tealight candle outline) with the hot glue, but ensure you only take 2 inches or so at a time, as the glue dries and sets pretty quick. Stand pistachio shells in the glue, with a slightly outward angle and move along, forming a border to the previously marked circle.

Image Source - The Crafty Angels

Image Source – The Crafty Angels

 

Step 4

Now start with the second circle, exactly behind the already placed shells. For the second line, place shells in such a fashion that the shell covers the space between two shells in front of it, creating an alternating pattern. They might not all lineup, so don’t worry about it. Just keep creating tight concentric circles. Keep doing this for as many rounds as necessary to reach the end of the base piece.

Image Source - The Crafty Angels

Image Source – The Crafty Angels

 

Step 5

Once you reach the last line, turn the base over and lightly put a round of glue between the edge and the last circle, for extra fastening.

Image Source - The Crafty Angels

Image Source – The Crafty Angels

 

Step 6

Once the glue is nice and dry, spray paint over the whole thing. If you don’t have spray paint, you can use regular acrylic paints with a brush as well.

 

Step 7 (Optional)

For extra shine and a longer lasting candle holder, go over the finished and dry piece with a coat of varnish.

 

Step 8

Now all you have to do is place the candle in the middle and light it!

pista finish

 

Love and light to you all! Happy Diwali!

 

 

DIY of the Week – Paint Your Own Diyas

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Here’s wishing you all a very Happy Diwali from all of us at NSPA!!

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Image Source – Beauty Tips

For this week’s DIY of the project, we’re going to be hand-painting our diyas to jazz and glam them up, right in time for tonight’s festivities. So, without further ado, let’s get started.

 

What you need:

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Image Source – BaazKart

1. Diyas (plain ones are fine, but get self design ones if you want to go the extra mile)

2. Paintbrushes (1 thick one for painting the base, 1 thin one for designing)

3. Paints (pearl color shades will really pop as they have a metallic shine to them)

4. Gem stickers (optional)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Once you’ve bought the diyas, put them in a clean bucket and soak for a minimum of 20 minutes. This will help dislodge any dirt or loose clay, ensuring a smooth paint job.

Image Source - YouTube

Image Source – YouTube

 

Step 2

Lay them out over an old newspaper to dry. You’ll get quick results by putting them in direct sunlight, but if that’s not an option, put them under the fan at full speed. If you’re really short on time, you can always use a hairdryer.

 

Step 3

Pick a color for the base, and paint the entire bottom section of the diya, leaving it upside down to dry. Repeat for all diyas.

 

Step 4

Now paint the front portions of the diya. If there is no design, you can paint them in plain colors, with maybe a contrasting color for the rims, or even create your own designs, like in the picture below.

Image Source - YouTube

Image Source – YouTube

 

Step 5

This step is optional, but if you want to add some extra pizzazz to your diya, you can use colored gem stickers and stick them in a few spots coordinating with the design of the diya. This will give a bit of additional sparkle to your final design.

Image Source - Shop - Home Marrow

Image Source – Shop – Home Marrow

 

Happy Diwali everyone!!