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Diwali bouquets from Appleyard London

20th October 2014

I really don’t know where the year has gone! I can’t quite believe its Diwali time again although I’m sooo not complaining. I love Diwali- family, friends, food, fireworks and festivities what’s not too love! I’ve noticed over here in the U.K Diwali celebrations are becoming bigger by the year. Who ever sent out Diwali cards before? Now there’s a whole section of cards in my local Waitrose alongside a fireworks counter!

So when the lovely florists at Appleyard London got in contact to share news of their Diwali bouquet range I thought I’d def have to share it on the blog. They kindly gifted me a bouquet too- I chose the gorgeous Jade bouquet, it was the rich reds and oranges of the Grand Prix Roses and Mango Cala Lillies that I thought were fitting with the colours of Diwali.

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The hand tied bouquet was beautifully packed too which makes it a great gift for a loved one or a great gift for you!!! My bouquet is proudly sitting on my hallway table- a lovely welcome me thinks!

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Appleyard London have offered a discount code. Enter BLOG40 for 40% discount off a luxury flowers bouquet.

This is a sponsored blog post. I was gifted the bouquet by Appleyard London.

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Homemade Diwali Cards: How to guide

11th Nov 2012

11th Nov 2012

My favourite time of year is upon us- Diwali!!! It’s a time of festivities, family, fireworks and FOOD! This how-to-post is inspired by the craft Queen, Momtaz Begum-Hossain’s post on decorative cards. I’ve added the Diyas to my cards to make them more Diwali-esque and assure you the cards are super easy and inexpensive to make. So whether you’re looking for a project for the kids or fancy getting a little ‘crafty’ yourself, give it a go!

What you will need

Pack of blank cards and envelopes

Photocopies of saris or anything with Indian motifs (red/green/gold are good festive colours to go for and will make your cards stand out)

A sheet of gold paper (I cut up a gold gift bag I had lying around instead)

A pack of bindis

Glue stick & scissors

Optional extras – sequins/gems (tip; this is a perfect way to use up beads from a broken piece of costume jewellery)

Step One – draw a pic of a Diya.

Step Two – photocopy your drawing and then cut one on the Diyas into four shapes as shown on the right side of the pic. These four piece become your templates to draw around

Step Three – cut out one of the sari photocopies so it covers the front of your card and glue on to the card.

Step Four – using the templates in step two, draw around and cut the pieces from the patterned paper. Use the gold paper for the flame shape.

Step Five – Stick down the four shapes on to the card

Step Six – Add a bindi in and around the flame and optional extra is to add a few gold sequins around…and that’s it. DONE!

Here’s some other examples I made mixing up the fabrics. I also made a few paisley designs. Again just make a template of a paisley and then put together in exactly the same way.

And for more craft ideas from Momtaz, check out her new book 101+ Things To Do With Glitter.

Hope you all have a wonderful Diwali and a happy New Year! : ) xxx

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Priyanka Gill hosts event at Aashni & Co

6th Nov 2012

Last week I attended the fabulous Pre-Diwali event at Aashni & Co. (the stunning new boutique in Notting Hill selling the hottest Indian labels!) The special event was hosted by renowned journalist & blogger Priyanka Gill in association with Pratham UK. Pratham is the largest non- governmental charity in India and provides quality education to underprivileged urban and rural children. Over the last three years Gill has helped raise a phenomenal three million pounds for Pratham and five per cent of all sales at last weeks event was donated to the charity.

Left- Aashni in Rohit Bal and Right- Priyanka in D&G

Yep, that’s right you can get Surendi by Yougesh Chaudhary fun pac-man prints in London!!!

Nida Mahmood yumminess.

Stunning jacket by Pankaj & Nidhi

It could only be Sabyasachi

Downstairs is home to traditional wear and accessories.

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