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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Karvachauth Madness - 2nd November.

Karwa Chauth is celebrated mostly by the married women in North India. On this day, they observe a fast, praying for the long life, well being and prosperity of their husband. They break their fast in the evening, after moonrise. On this sacred festival, people come together and socialize with friends and family, exchange gifts and share home-cooked meals. It also provides an opportunity to all married women, to get close to their in-laws. Karwa Chauth is the festival which reflects joy, splendor, brightness and happiness of a married life.

The festival of Karva Chauth is symbolic of the unflagging loyalty of a wife towards her husband. It is celebrated nine days before Diwali, or the festival of lights, on the fourth day of the waning moon in the Hindu month of Kartik, around October-November. Married women, old and young, begin their fast on the day of Karva Chauth, well before sunrise (around 4 am), and have food and water only after spotting the moon, which generally rises at about 8.30 p.m. The women strictly adhere to the guidelines laid down for the fast and give up food and water for one complete day.

In spite of being one of the toughest fasts, karva chauth is the most awaited festival of the year and is welcomed by married woman with great fervor. For a newly-wed woman, karva chauth is particularly special, as they get decked up in their bridal lehnga-choli. The things that symbolize and reflect the marital status of a woman, such as jewelry, bangles, henna, bindi, lehenga choli and many other traditional gifts are in high demand on this special occasion. Usually, women receive beautiful gifts from their husbands and relatives on this day, as a gesture of their love and care. This year (2012), Karwa Chauth will fall on 2nd November.

Karvachauth Shopping



  • Babu Churi Wala, 
  • Hauz Khas Market, 
  • Green Park Mrkt,
  • South Extn Market, 
  • Hanuman Mandir, 
  • G.K. M Block-I

Nails: - Manicure/Acrylic/ Gel Nails/Overlaps

  • Tips and Toes - Green Park Mrkt,
  • Simar's Nail Bar - Select City Walk, Saket,
  • Nail's N More - Select City Walk, Saket,
  • Nails By Jaspreet - Metropolitan Mall, Vasant Kunj,


Beautiful Karva and Thali -

Countdown: Two Days To Go.... 

Happy Fasting!!
Love Surabhi

Happy Halloween 2012!!

Happy Halloween Everyone!! I am sure all the kids out there must be busy trick or treating today. This is such a wonderful festival.

Since Halloween is a Christian festival it is not celebrated with big bang here in India. In fact many people don't even know what this festival is all about?  However the entire concept of Halloween mesmerises me.. It must be real fun trick or treating which I never got to do in my younger years... All I have celebrated here are Holi, Diwali, Dusshera, Durga Puja, Rakhi......

They are fun too, But I never had fun on Halloween. I did go to Halloween dinner last year it was very disappointing that nobody in Delhi was celebrating :( ; I was the only one with the devil horns my head.
I went to Hell's Pizza and when I asked them where's the party they said it happened last Saturday lol...Pre- Halloween Celebrations?... that's fine but where's the Halloween Celebration? The entire place was empty! Unfortunately that place shut down soon after...but they did have some good pizza's.. like seafood pizza which was really nice....

Anyways for those of you who are celebrating today "A Happy Halloween To You!!!".... Have a great year ahead :)

I remember a movie I used to watch during my childhood... Ghost Busters!!! :))))) ... It's a really good movie to watch today :)

Some lovely things to munch on Halloween....

Halloween Wedding Cake

and Drink........ :)

Zombie Brain Shots:
1oz Peach Schnapps
1 tsp Baileys
1/2 tsp of Grenadine

And don't forget to dress up scary!!

Surabhi ....

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Project - Christian Audigier.

My Husband Anirudh is a big fan of "Christian Audigier" and has one of the best collection one can find. Off course it costed him a fortune to buy these T-shirts as they were all gold plated.  CA advises to wash their clothes in washing machine however with a period of time the gold plating does fade away and so does their beauty.

One day I just thought about restoring his beautiful CA T-Shirt instead of giving it away. It took me almost a month but I was able to restore it. Now he wears it proudly to malls and lounges.  :)

Materials Required:

  • Christian Audigier Shirt.
  • Fabric colours - Gold Metallic and Gold Pearl.
  • Fine Art fabric brushes no. 0, 1, 2, 4
  • High Quality heat setting swarovski crystals.
  • Tulip heat setting tool.
  • A flat table.
  • & Lots of Patience :)

How I did it?

The gold plating on this T-shirt had completely faded and there were no crystals on the original product it was completely my idea to bling it up with super quality swarovski's. I had to work on this T-shirt just like a new piece of canvas and paint it from the very beginning. Since I couldn't have gold plated it again which was stamped originally; I decided to re-paint it with fabric colours - Gold Metallic and Gold Pearl. The most complicated part was to paint Christian Audigier written in cursive writing as it had to be done with a '0' brush with maximum concentration, one mistake and you are done with the shirt. After I finished painting I let it dry for a couple of days and then started working with crystals and carefully hot fixed them which took me an hour. The result was fabulous as you can see below.

You can clearly see that their were no crystals and the gold plating had faded away.


Isn't this a great idea to restore and beautify your favourite shirts???

Approximate costing:

Fabric Colours: 18 INR each/ U.S. $0.34 
Fabric Brush: 18 INR each / U.S. $0.34
High Quality Crystals Pack of 500: 250 INR / U.S. $4.80
Christian Audigier Shirt: 11500 INR on retail in India / U.S. $220

Love Surabhi

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Block Printing for Beginners.

What is Block Printing?

Block printing is a process of transferring an inked image from a surface cut in relief to paper, fabric, or other material. The printing block is often of wood (sometimes of linoleum or a similar substance), and the ink is a paste or liquid carrying pigment or dye. The image transfer is made by pressure, applied by any one of several methods. The process varies in technical details, in both fine arts and craft applications.


History of Block Printing:

Block Printing is one of the oldest types of printmaking, and has been around for thousands of years.  There is evidence that it existed as early as the fifth century BC, with actual fragments found from as early as the fifteenth century.  It has been done around the world, with roots in India, China and Japan. Since there is such a long history of block printing, there are many different techniques, but it is essentially using a carved material covered in ink to transfer an image on to paper or fabric.  Block printing can be done with wood, linoleum, rubber, or many other materials.

Materials Required:

  • Wooden Blocks 
  • 5 Samples of Cotton Cloth 10"x10"
  • Block Printing Colours - Liquid or Powder.
  • Binder
  • Colour Fixer
  • Gloves
  • Disposable Plates, Glasses and Spoons.
  • Sponge 1/2 meter sheet.

Block Printing Dyes - Liquid and Pigments, Colour fixer and Binder paste.

Wooden blocks of different shapes and sizes.


Block Printing Process:

This a fairly easy process all you need to do is that add one teaspoon of block printing colour in 4 teaspoons of binder in a glass and mix it well to make a paste. You can also do this directly on the disposable plate. Once this is done we can start with the next step. All we need to do is to pick the colour with a sponge and directly apply it on the wooden block. Once this is done apply the block directly on the cloth where ever you want the motif or design to be and press the block or tap the block with palm of your hand.

You will notice that once you pick up the block again, the motif or design gets transferred on the cotton sample with your choice of colour. Repeat the same process again and make as many designs that you can with blocks. Once you have finished working on your samples let them dry for a couple of days. Then soak them in a bucket of water with a cap of colour fixer mixed in it after this squeeze the water out and let it dry again. This will fix the block printing colours on your samples and they will not fade easily.  Have Fun.  :)




These are some of the samples that I made recently. Yes, it was a little messy job but the result is worth waiting for!

Two Motifs




Border and Motif

Multiple - One motif

Block Printing done with Gold pigment.


 Tip:  Diwali is on 13th November 2012. You can make Greeting cards, Pillow covers, Hankies, T-shirts, Kurti's for gifting.  :)



Happy Block Printing!!



Availability for Blocks and Block Dyes in Delhi:


                      1)  Dawar Di Hatti - 150, Gaffar Market, Karol Bagh.

                            The shopkeeper argues a lot and believes in mass profiteering however some of

                            Block colours have a really good colour payoff. I bought few pigments and liquid  

                            colours from him. Pigment was avg and Black liquid was a complete waste of 

                            money, Red was really bright and lovely colour to block print with.

                      2) Sanjay Stationeries, Hauz Khas Mrkt, South Delhi.

                           Acramine colours for Block Printing are available which are student colours

                            and are okay to experiment with binder paste of 250 gms is also available.

                      3) Jagdamba Stationeries - Kamla Nagar.

                      4) Stationeries of Nai Sarak, Chandini Chowk.

                      5)  - Procion MX Dyes.



Love, Surabhi


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

SparkleWithSurabhi Turns One!

Wow!!! SparkleWithSurabhi is ONE YEAR OLD and I can't believe it!! Firstly, I want to thank blogger for giving us all an opportunity to blog and express our views. This freedom of speech gifted to me is Priceless!

In the last one year I came in touch with men and women around the world who loved my blog and left there kind feedback and kept encouraging me THANK YOU FOR VISITING ME!!

 I recently also discovered that statscorp rated SparklewithSurabhi 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars...WOW!!!

3.0/5.0 Stars by it is ranked #10,944,072 in the world, a low rank means that this website gets lots of visitors. This site is worth $500 USD and advertising revenue is $0 USD per day. This site has a good Pagernk(1/10), it has 15 visitors and 15 pageviews per day. Currently, this site needs more than 19.00 MB bandwidth per day, this month will needs more than 588.86 MB bandwidth. Its seo score is 57%. IP address is, and its server is hosted at Mountain View, United States. The server distance from you is 12,426.80 km (7,721.65 miles). Last updated on Fri, 05 Oct 2012 15:48:57 GMT.

Site Title: Sparkle With Surabhi
Alexa Rank: #10,944,072
Pagerank: PR1
SEO Score: 57% (How to optimize
Daily Visitors: 15
Daily Pageviews: 15
Daily Bandwidth: 19.00 MB (588.86 MB/month)
Daily Revenue: $0 USD
Website Worth: $500 USD
Theme Colors:
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Server GEO: Latitude: 37°41'92" North / Longitude: 122°05'7" West / Distance: 12,426.80 km (7,721.65 miles)
Server Location: us Mountain View, United States

That's Great News Isn't it..... I din't realise all this time that my blog was being loved so much and I had 15 visitors everyday from around the world!

I created SparkleWithSurabhi with a clear intention of informing women about affordable makeup and beauty secrets. So, that they look gorgeous and still save money!!....

Many appreciated my blogs and kept leaving feedback and questions. I loved answering them - I felt like that I have helped a lot of them and that bought a smile on my face :) I recently introduced a new section to my blog about Embellishments, Fashion and Health. So, this is just not a beauty blog anymore but a blog for a Modern Women who is globalised and not only does she knows about Makeup but takes a lot of attention of her Health, Personality also her Home!!

The Embellishment Section would teach you about Embroidery, Block Printing, Fabric Painting and Tie Dye. Some simple methods which you can try at home, make it a hobby or just learn something new. I will be also introducing Pattern Making and Stitching, that you can stitch at home as well...make some exclusive dresses for yourself :)


To wrap it all up all  I want to say that keep visiting me and keep encouraging me. I am sure that I will be able to discuss some really good ideas about looking good and keep your home looking good!! :))))


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Tiedye Techniques (Traditional method).


Tie-dye describes a technique of resist dyeing whereby fabric is folded, tied, stitched or crumpled to keep the dye from reaching certain areas of the cloth.  This technique produces amazing designs of various types and different colors depending on the amount of times the fabric is manipulated and dyed.


Like batik, tie-dye is an ancient art form that is said to have its roots in many regions of the world. Some of the earliest examples of this art form were found among the people of early India (approx. 5000 years ago), the pre-Columbian people of Peru (A.D. 500-800), the early Japanese (A.D. 552-794), Chinese (A.D. 618-906) and various West African populations (date unknown).

Tie and dye is one of the most widely accepted and one of the most traditional methods of printing textiles. It is difficult the trace the origin of this craft but according to some references it was first developed in Jaipur in the form of leheriya but it is also believed that it was brought to Kutch from Sind by Muslim Khatri's who are still largest community involved in this craft. Only vegetable dyes were used back then.

Example:- Turmeric for dyeing yellow, Indigo for blue, Purple from shellfish and conch shell, Henna for green

Bandhani: Indian tie-dye technique

Bandhani, also known as Bandhni and Bandhej, is the oldest tie-dye tradition we know that is still practiced. The Malay-Indonesian name for this technique is 'Plangi'. The technique involves a design made of dots, in which many small points are tied with thread before immersion dyeing.

Shibori: Japanese tie-dye (and stitch-dye, fold-dye, and pole wrap-dye)

Japanese tie-dye is included among the many techniques of shibori, which has been used for many centuries to make different types of beautiful patterns on cloth used for elaborate kimonos. An excellent resource on this subject is Wada, Rice, and Barton's book.

African Tie Dye

It is well known that tie-dye has traditionally been used in Africa, Tie-dye techniques have also been used for centuries in the Hausa region of West Africa, with renowned indigo dye pits located in and around Kano, Nigeria. The tie-dyed clothing is then richly embroidered in traditional patterns. It has been argued that the Hausa techniques were the inspiration for the hippie fashion.*

Modern Multi-Color Tie-Dye

The modern technique of simultaneously applying different colors of dye directly to cotton became possible with the development of cold water fiber reactive dyes, which, though introduced to the textile industry in the 1950s, did not become widely available to the art and craft world until later. The first lucky few in the 1960s used Procion MX dye purchased under the trade name of Fibrec, Others used duller, inferior dyes, or hazardous naphthol dyes, or acrylic paints. Procion Mx and Dyna Flow can also be used for dyeing Silk, Batik Printing and Screen Printing. These colours are NON- TOXIC, Water Soluble and are safe for Children and School Projects. They are not available to india however you can always purchase them from and they will do the shipping.


Procion Mx  Pigments for Batik/ Tiedye/ Screen Printing - Cold water fabric reative dyes

Cold water fibre reactive dye by Jacquard.- Silk painting, Serti Technique, Salt & Alcohol effects, Airbrushing, Spraying, Sponge printing, faux Tie-dye and Batik

Tulip Tie dye set for dyeing natural fibre like cottom, silk & rayon - cold water fiber reactive.

Tie - Dye can be done by various techniques these are just some of the techniques by which it can be done. I have displayed samples of single and double tie-dye which I recently created at home. This the traditional method of dyeing.

Warning: The colours available for Tie dye in India are mostly Chemicals. Adult Supervision is required in case of children. Make sure you wear gloves and wash your hands, face and eyes after you finish dyeing. Do not use the utensil  or ladle for cooking once dyeing is done.

Materials Required:
  • 15 Samples of Cotton 10"x10".
  • Tie-Dye Colour - I used Atlas brand which is a chemical dye.
  • Detergent.
  • Salt.
  • Gloves.
  • Utensil to  make the dye solution in.
  • A bucket full of water.
  • A piece of wood or a useless ladle.
  • Gas or Heater
  • Thread or Rubber band to tie.

Dyeing Method: (Traditional)

Follow the instructions of the manufacturer and prepare the dye solution. Test the colours of the dye with small scraps of fabric or by cotton swab before you start the dyeing process. Tie all your fabrics with thread or rubber and then dip them in a bucket full of water for 10 minutes min. Squeeze out the excess water before you start dyeing.

Bring the liquid dye solution to a boil ( Add 1-1/2 teaspoon dye colour, 1 teaspoon detergent and 1 tea - spoon salt to 1 litre of water, make sure no knots are formed mix it nicely with the help of a ladle or wooden stick) and then dip the tied cloth in the dye solution. To obtain the desired shade simmer the gas. To get deeper shade leave that portion of the cloth for a longer period of time until you get the desired colours.

Then rinse in cold water, squeeze the excess water again from the fabric by rollling it like a towel. Untie the knots or rubberband once the fabric is partially dry. Remove the threads and shake the fabric. Allow it to dry completely. Then press the fabric with care don't worry uneven dyeing adds to the beauty of the fabric.

Single Tie-Dye:

1) Rouching

2) Folding

3) Fanning

5) Coins

6) All Pins

7) Rice

8) Rajma

9) Dal

10) Channa

Double Tie-Dye:

1) Leheriya

2) Circular Leheriya

3) Tritic

4) Knotting

5) Pencil

I hope you enjoyed this little display of tie and dye work. I will keep posting new samples from time to time.


* References: Wikipedia
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