Category Archives: Art/Crafts

When Kids Paint a Yogurt Mess or Life Gives you Lemons…

Recently, I started documenting my kids at home in photographs – just as they are, amidst all the clutter and chaos, doing what they are doing, wearing what they wearing, completely unposed and in black and white! (You can check out a some of the images here!)

I consciously keep my eyes and camera open to capture their everyday moments – when they burst into laughter or have a meltdown or when they are quarelling or playing together… Always watching for those in between moments where there is so much life happening!

A few days ago, one evening, after we had a long tiring day, we were sitting in our drawing room. Kaity had just finished her dinner and her plate, with left over yogurt, was lying on the table. All of us were too exhausted to even clear the table!

The minute Krissy spotted the dollop of yogurt on the plate, she came, dunked her hand in it, ran to our mirror and started painting a mess!

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Happy Dragon

KT has adjusted pretty well with the new addition in our family. She understands mommy needs to pay more attention to her baby sister. She’s really good when it comes to keeping herself engaged. The only time she requests my company is to read her bedtime stories, which I totally enjoy!

Apart from jigsaw puzzles, connecting the dots and building blocks, her new interests include styling her grandma’s hair (slightly torturous for the grandma, but totally entertaining for we the onlookers), rehearsing the art of tying sari with a black dhupatta and playing teacher with her dolls and invisible children (one very serious and very strict teacher, let me warn you!)!

When it comes to coloring KT has always been reasonably good. It was one of the few options she had at our Hyderabad apartment, since the chances of playing outdoors were almost zilch. During the last three months of our stay here in Tanjore (my parents’ home), she is enjoying more people to pamper her and more choices of hobbies. Coloring has obviously taken a back seat!

A few days back, I was quite surprised to spot her with her coloring book and color pencils. When I went closer, I was all the more surprised. There she was coloring a dragon so neatly with the colors well within the borders. I fell for her choice of colors – really bright and vibrant, like the ones I’ve seen in Chinese paintings!

But the minute I complimented her, the shy came and she ran away leaving two thirds of the poor dragon in black and white!


Only yesterday she was inspired to complete the coloring page.


I was thoroughly impressed! That’s one multicolored happy dragon! Kudos KT Chellam!

Toothbrush Spray Painting: Tree of Hearts

KT and I engaged ourselves in toothbrush spray painting one lazy evening. It’s nothing new. Am sure we’ve all done it as kids back in school. But still it was a good time-pass!


Check out our tree of hearts 😉


Later, while cleaning all the mess, I found the cut-out paper heart stencils, now colored in spray paint, too cute to be thrown away! So I put them to better use 😉