Happy Diwali

Once upon a time, I had a friend from India who surprised me one day with a gift from her homeland.

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I was in love with everything about the gift.


When I opened the box and found this inside I squealed with delight.

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Then Mehnu told me about another gift. She handed me an invitation to a Diwali party.

My creation

I knew just what I would wear

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I put the dress on the night of the party, and felt like a princess...a princess from India. When I arrived at Mehnu's home, she escorted me into her elegant powder room surrounded by veils. She placed a bindi on my head to match my dress. The image was complete. My princess dress lives in my closet, until today.


You see, my inspirational friend Gabriela wrote the most wonderful post today. She created pure magic...you must go see. She teaches us all about the customs of Diwali.

Thank you Gabriela, you inspired me to take my lovely gift from Mehnu out of the closet and revisit such a beautiful adventure.

You see Once Upon A Time...


I went to a Diwali party underneath the stars, just another night in China, celebrating the festival of lights.

Now, it is just another night underneath the stars, but new friends have joined me underneath today's stars and light the new way to memorizing this constellation.

I read once that constellations are totally imaginary things that poets, farmers and astronomers created to help us tell which stars are which. Friendships are just like stars and each one is as unique. Memories of the chapters of our life are just like the constellations...made up of magical people that shine in our life.

Happy Diwali everyone. If you would like to learn more about the festival of lights, please stop by at Gabriela's place and oooh and ahhh over her gorgeous post.

Hello Karen,

Thank you so much for visiting me and your kind comments!
I am glad that you found my post about Diwali interesting.
You have such a great Indian outfit. I do have a beautiful sari that a friend gave me as a gift, may be I will post it during some other Indian holiday...You have also inspired me with your post. See?
We are not having the perfect day for the celebrations, it's cold and windy today...

~ Gabriela ~

Virginia said...

Lovely outfit, and the colors are magnificent .I can understand why you loved it so much, as an artist you have a wonderful eye
for color and beauty.
Have a wonderful week,

Kathleen Grace said...

What a gloriously beautiful and exotic gift! I wish we could see you wearing it:>) Just stopping in to see what's up. My computer is a goner and I have to go buy another, hopefully tonight. I'm on daughters' laptop just trying to catch up with everyone. Have a great week, hopefully I'll be up and running by the end of the week.

Mo'a said...

A beautiful outfit...I love the colors. I would love to see a photo of you wearing this outfit...I bet you look beautiful in it.
Indian fashions, interiors and food are a favorite of mine.
The festival of light is beautiful and inspiring.
Your photos are beautiful and your new layout is great.

Tara said...

Hi Karen

I know I have been missing and I spent some wonderful time catching up here...I am in helaing mode and posting again. Thanks for your kind words, I love your princess dress-very fitting for you!

M.Kate said...

Dearest Karen,firstly I wanted to advise that I have received your beautiful painting. Sorry I am late in visiting as an accident set me back for a 2 weeks but I am better now. Interesting I have a Divali post too as the 3rd largest ethnic group celebrated here recently. Your dress is absolutely beautiful and as usual, Indian fabrics are colourful and vibrant. Here's hoping that you have a good week ahead, much love and hugs.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful outfit! And the festival sounds wonderful. How nice that you were able to relive it today.

Donna said...

Oh, I love your dress, it's beautiful! The colors are amazing. What a great celebration!


Life on Bonnie Lane said...

That is a wonderful dress! I always dreamed about visiting India when I was younger. I still have a fascination of things from India! I bet that party was fun!


Michelle said...

Oh how absolutely beautiful. I have always been drawn to the colors and fabrics of India. I have a beautiful, beautiful skirt I still have not worn I got from an Indian store here in town...pink, orange, yellows. I know I will have to wear it during the summer. I love your shoes too!


Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

The dress is so beautiful..m..

Beverly said...

Karen, what a beautiful and exquisite garment. I can see why you were thrilled, and why it is a treasure to you.

Thank you for sharing.

Sabii Wabii said...

I want to wear this dress!