Category : Holiday decor

Some quick input on the highlights in Woodooz in 2015 before we get into the vacation mode :
And before we leave you with some insights on our short vacation,

allow us to wish you a happy, wonderful and a prosperous 2016.

Exploring South Goa

The moment one mentions travelling to Goa, the immediate thought that comes to everyone’s minds is the happening beaches. I would defer and say Goa is much more than just beaches and parties. The true beauty of Goa lies in its exclusive architecture. While I think we made good use of our two days in South Goa, here's a little something about the few places we visited.

On our way from the airport to the resort, I had a feeling we were driving on one of those roads in Kerala or Sri Lanka- Coconut trees on either sides of the road, thatched roof houses, greenery, the churches, birds and the flowers… We decided to spend less time at the beach and explore the historically prominent places in the city. Just to give a gist of the Goan history- Goa has played an influential role in the Indian history as it was one of the major trade centers in India. Due to the Portuguese rule from the 15’th century until almost mid 19’th century, the Goan architecture has heavy Portuguese influence. It also has flavors of Hindu and Muslim architecture given the fact that it was ruled by Hindu and Mughal emperors at different points in time in Indian history.

The Shanta Durga and Mangueshi temples have a fusion of Indo- Portuguese architecture. Both the temples feature pyramid shaped dome rising on the roofs of the entrance hall and the ‘sabhamandap’ or the main hall. This, I believe would have been due to the Mughal touch.

 The temples have a ‘tulasi madam’ in the courtyard, a lamp tower/ ‘deepa stambha’ and a water tank/ ‘theppakkulam’ that are typical of a Hindu architecture. 

The temples have high ceiling, curvilinear roofs that are very Portuguese, several pilasters and balustrades, Roman- arched windows with stained- glass window panes of red, yellow, blue, green colors.

While we were still awed by the elegance of these temples, we were taken to the Basilica of Bom Jesus church, a UNESCO world heritage site in Old Goa. The building is an architectural finesse. It is considered to be one of the best examples of Baroque/ Italian architecture in India.

The church is made of laterite and the front wall is molded with basalt casing giving it an impressive rustic look. The interiors have marble flooring, beautifully gilded altars with inlay work. On the Southern side is a chapel that has floral decoration in wood, where the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier are kept.

 This is probably just 20% of what is actually there in Old Goa. We wanted to visit the city market, couple of beaches, and a fort. But we ran short of time. We are definitely going back to explore rest of it.  While DIY has been the focus here, we are also getting lured into ancient architecture, design and décor in that is for now the by product of all that we are doing here. So do expect sprouts of these posts amid our DIYs too.  Please do pour in your thoughts, suggestions on potential places to explore, interesting designs etc.

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Traditionally, we do not celebrate Christmas. However, we thought the best way to have Little L respect all cultures equally was to get her to enjoy and rejoice festivals as much as Diwali and Pongal. And so the thought of having a mini Xmas celebration came up. And what better way to kick start than to have a tree in the living room during this season. Quite naturally, Preethi wanted something sustainable and easily storable. So, I decided on a DIY tree that can be easily fixed, dismantled and stashed away in the loft when not needed.

I had given myself about two days time to get this done. So went around looking for materials already available.
  • One Side Teak sheet for the tree shapes.
  • Small plywood plank for the base.
  • And a long 3 feet stem .
Incidentally, I had all of them at home which made life easier.

Besides this, I have used Gesso as a primer, Acrylic colors for the tree shapes and walnut stain for the base and stem. I had finally given a coat of Mod Podge as I wanted to avoid vanish this time. A mica cutter and an electric drill are the only tools I used.

Supplies required
Materials needed for making the tree
While I have explained in detail the steps involved in the video above, I am leaving you with some progress shots of the making process. Please do watch and let me know if It peps you up to get ahead and make one tree yourself.

Design of the tree
Started with a PPT design and measurements
Xmas tree
After the initial fixing - OST for tree, Plywood for base, and deal wood for stem

Paint job done
Xmas tree after acrylic coating, and staining
Make your own tree
The decorated DIY Christmas Tree

There may not be wine and plum cakes around. But, hopefully some story telling and loads of fun is totally in store. And trust me when I say there is going to be more holiday decors and DIYs in the coming days.

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