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Those old vintage tea tins you have sitting and gathering dust? Inside and outside?

Give them new life at Vriksha Nursery. Take the tins there and they’ll fill it in with gorgeous little plants that you can show off on your window sills. Those tea tins will thank you for it.

Get in touch with Vriksha, right here.

If you’re an old, ignored CD case in Vinod Lal Heera Eshwer‘s home, you’re in luck.

He came up with this  really simple way to put up his paintings in old CD cases – “Drill a small hole on one side of a cd case. Insert painting. Hang on nail.”

Pii Tip – You could put in anything! Memorable movie tickets, notes on napkins or photographs.

In India when we travel, we like to wrap up our suitcases in colourful fabrics to protect it from getting scratches. It also makes train travel look colourful and stations look beautiful. This lovely picture was clicked by Manou of Wearabout.

p.s – Pii is off on a long journey (train, included). Back in a month’ish. Posts will reduce a wee bit.

Quillkaari make these lovely delicate, handcrafted paper accessories, and they send these across to their customers in the most endearing way. The way happy people decorate gift boxes – simple brown boxes, playful scribbles, cute messages and intricate Quillkaari decorations.

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There’s always a flipside to too much alcohol, no not the hangover, but yes, the bottles.

We love our bottles. The weirder the shape, the more we love it. The Old Monk bottles are a particular favourite, not just for its contents, but think about it, isn’t it like the Ambassador car of bottles? A funny, round and strangely funky shape. We suggest you paint the Old Monk bottle yourself to find out exactly what we’re talking about. Here are a couple of things we did.

 

 Painted Beer Bottles

 All you’ll need is a beer bottle (we used Kingfisher, Mr Mallya needs us right now), some white acrylic paint and a brush.


 Make abstract patterns like we did or paint anything you like.

 

Here’s a tip:

 If its been a while since you held a brush, use a crayon to mark your drawing on the bottle.

 

The Technicolor winter bottle

 

 

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Recycle Sundays: When India sends a parcel via post across the seas or airs, India wraps it in fine used muslins and cottons, stitches up the corners and sometimes even seals it with red wax. The fabric comes from old clothes and bits of tailor-scraps. P.S - When was the last time you sent a parcel of anything to anyone?

Via: Pii friend, Kavita.

Padheyam or the famed banana-leaf packed lunch keeps food fresh just till lunchtime. As the rice is packed when it’s steaming hot, the banana leaf gives the rice a lovely, earthy flavour. Padheyam exists as Lamprais in Sri Lanka and slinks around other South East Asian countries under a variety of other exotic names. 

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Sweet Corn from Venkateshwara Farms sold fresh off the cart on the streetside. Why this is featured on Packed in India is because the cart-guy snipped a neat diamond-pattern onto each pack so that the corn could breathe and therefore, stay fresh longer. Spotted at: Ebrahim Sahib Street, Bangalore. 

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