DIY Coat Stand plus Floor Lamp


I wanted to find a storage for the thupattas, bags and everything my wife  wants to hang (except me, of course). This project has inspiration from several projects and several store alternative..

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Main inspiration is for the wooden tree branch light.  But why on the world I want a DIY floor lamp. It’s because I cannot affort to buy floor lamp from store.  Next I want to give it a wood stain so it can have a old timeless look.  Let’s see how I did it.

First I want to a bamboo shop and got a shorter bamboo, so I need to cut it to my size. Next I went to a timber merchant and found a quarter teak wooden base.  Then I took both of them to a carpenter who could dig a hole into the teak base and plant the Bamboo branch.

Wait, it seems to be so much pain for just a floor lamp. So I want to get more mileage out of it and decided to have wooden rungs throughout the height of the Bamboo. This way my wife could unload everything she brings home, while returning from office.

Finding the wooden rung (or) dowels was tricky unless you knew one could get wooden handles of hammer, readily in hardware store.  I needed the bent pipe look like the ones in the store, so I went to Stainless Pipe Workshop and picked a bent one.  This will help the lamp to be projected outwards with most of its weight on the center. Also a hole is drilled in the pipe and bolted alongwith the Bamboo and to carry the electric wire through it.

The lamp shade is actually a plastic cup I bought for $1. Total cost for this lamp is $15. The stainless steel pipe is little pricey about $7.

TODO:  1) inset eyehooks in the bamboo to keep the wire in place. 2) paint the teak base with white enamel to match my room decor.

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Indian Homemade Cleaners & Beauty Products


My terrace garden plants are dying due to some insect attack. I do not want to put pesticides and eat some poison along with them. So I was researching on how to make one homemade insecticide. But the challenge is to get the same ingredient in India. I am now struck up on how to get liquid Castille Soap. Will do some more research and update you the developments. Meanwhile to keep you interested i am reposting the ingredients Rebeka had prescibed in her blog.

Home made insecticide

3 C Warm Water
6-8 Cloves Garlic, Peeled
1 TBS Cayenne Pepper (Kashmiri Chilli ?!?)
1/2 Medium Onion, quartered
1/2 tsp Liquid Castille Soap, fragrance free

Its turns out that Garlic and Pepper are negative (pranic) food according to Meditators. Hmnnn … Insects know it.

Toothpaste

Easy Laundry Soap

  • What you’ll need to make your very own Easy Laundry Soap (this makes approx. 48 loads):
  • 1 Bar (14 oz) Fels-Naptha, Zote Soap or Ivory Soap
  • 2 C Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (make sure it says “Super Washing Soda”)
  • 2 C Borax

I will try to get source of buying all the ingredients and update this post soon.

DIY Light craft project inspiration from curbly


I have always liked lights and particularly crafted ones. I was not knowing it. I was supposed to  do this from throw away materials. Also i was liking everything that is transparent (I know what you are thinking but it is not that). Glass Bottles was an ideal light fitting for me. Guess what the shades are made from. I did not paint them, instead used an already tainted plastic. The inspiration came from two different projects at curbly

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I will publish the instructions later.