Author: lovelifeandbeyond

Abstract collage of circles in various shades of blue. A thin strip of cream paper runs through it on the side

Unleash Your Creativity: A Beginner’s Guide to Making Collages

Collages are such an interesting form of art. It’s the bringing together seemingly unrelated, independent items and blending them in artistic harmony. Collages can be simple with just three or four elements or more complex, with elements often clashing with each other to convey a message.
Collages are a fun and versatile art form that allow you to combine various elements such as photographs, illustrations, and found objects to create a unique and visually striking composition. Whether you are a beginner or have experience with other art forms, making collages is a great way to unleash your creativity and explore new techniques.
There are several ways to make a collage, depending on the materials you are using and the desired outcome, but you can follow these steps if you are new to the art form.

3 floral plates set on a vibrant pink and green mat. Each plate has 2 white mochi balls. One of the plate has the mochi balls split in half revealing the fillings - one with yellow mung dal and the other with black sesame seeds fillings

An Easy Sweet Treat: Mochi Balls

Mochi is a sticky, usually sweet, treat either had on it’s own or with some filling or topping. It is made with glutinous rice flour and is widely used in East Asian cooking.
It is super easy to make, and with a little practice, you can use this versatile dish in a variety of ways. Check out two sweet recipes made with mochi.

collage of 52 book covers from my 2022 reading challenge

Reading Challenge: 2022

This is my 10th year of the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I’ve been challenging myself to read more books for the last ten years. After getting interested in the Wheel of Time series, I decided to spend the year reading the entire series mixed with a bunch of random books I come across.
Usually, I would have a separate post for each category, but this year was dominated by Fantasy Fiction interspersed with some short stories and suspense thrillers. So here goes!

2 luxury tents surrounded by trees with a lawn in the front where a child in shorts is playing with his archery set and the target board is in the front

Weekend Stay in Hyderabad: Angirasa—Luxury Camping

There’s been a rise in smaller farm stays and homestays in and around Hyderabad with many options for a great staycation weekend trip.
Having tried a few of the usual farm stays, we wanted to try out something different. Have you heard of the term glamping? Glamour camping, or glamping, is the perfect solution for those who want all the creature comforts while out in the middle of nature.
We stayed at Angirasa Luxury Camping tents just on the outskirts of Hyderabad city limits. Large luxury tents nestled amidst mango trees offer a serene weekend stay where all you hear are the chirping of birds and crickets.

a plate with blue leaves plated with cooked amaranth grains with roasted mushrooms, and topped with coriander, feta cheese, and walnuts

Easy Healthy Meal Ideas: Vegan Mushrooms with Amaranth

Quick and easy meals are a saviour when you want to eat healthy food but don’t have the time or energy to make an effort. If you do meal prep for the week, then this recipe is an excellent option for you. You could make the millet in large quantities and add different toppings during the week. It ensures you get a new healthy meal but don’t spend hours slaving over a stove.

Doodles in black ink on white paper with a blank space in the center with the words Inktober 2022

Challenge your Creativity: My Inktober 2022 Challenge

Who doesn’t love a good challenge?
2022 was my second year of completing the Inktober Art Challenge, and I’ve managed to surprise myself with my persistence. I don’t always get the time or space to delve into my creative process because everyday life takes priority. However, once in a while, especially when everyone’s either asleep or away, I put on my Audiobook and go into my own creative world.
For me, Inktober 2022 started with a new dedicated sketchbook from Kaagazi and the official Inktober 2022 prompt list.

hand holding a sparkling sparkler stick against a black background

Celebrating the Festival of Lights: Diwali

Diwali is for India what Christmas is for most of the Western world. The lights, gifts, food, and the fun family times are the highlights of this festive season. Diwali gifts are usually in the form of food or something for the entire family, instead of individual gifts. Even if you don’t pray or celebrate the traditional way, it’s easy to be swept up in the fervour of the festival in your own style. Afterall, who can refuse a day filled with food and festivities with loved ones?
As a kid, I remember our whole joint family lending a hand to get ready for the festivities. In those simpler times, birthdays and Diwali would be the only times in the year we would get new clothes. Sweets and savouries would be made at home since there were limited choices in the stores. These would be gifted to friends and neighbours and the rest devoured by all of us at home.
How has the festival changed over the years? Also, things you can do to make your celebrations even more brighter.

Narrow Jetty jutting out to the clear blue sea with a lighthouse at the end of it, and a palm tree towering in the foreground

An Exotic Island Getaway to the Andaman Islands: A Perfect Beach Vacay

If you’re seeking the idyllic beach vacation, then head to the Andaman Islands. The beaches of Havelock Island (Swaraj Dweep) are unlike any other I’ve been to. The clear blue waters offer a gradient of almost every shade of blue. The soft white sandy beaches are clean and a pleasure to walk on, especially in the evenings.
Everywhere you turn, you see a shade of either blue or green.
Even if you don’t enter the waters, like me, you will still find this location to be a relaxing and calming holiday away from the chaos of daily routine.