Monday, March 26, 2012

Creative Monday

Its a bright Monday morning here and I am humming with excitement!!!
made my monthly trip (who am I kidding-sometimes bimonthly) to my favorite craft store over the weekend and this time sans kids!
The patient father played "bonding with my sons time" while I explored the store like a kid in a candy shop...
I wanted everything!!
Though I went with a very small "essential" list but came back with two bags full!
so here is a little peek into what I will be working on this week and will hopefully get to finish at least three four sets of wooden coasters and kid's art and also try a few designs on the black stone coasters that you see in the picture...

and here is what I had done with my earlier wooden coasters...
now someone should like it enough to want to buy it!

and see you guys in a while!  :-)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Its St Patrick's Day here!

Its time for another festival and parade time here in New York!!
This time its St Patrick's Day here and as I just saw on the Internet that its celebrated everywhere in the world... but for the rest of my frenz back in India...what is St Patrick's Day all about?
Firstly its a predominantly Irish festival and is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on the 17th of March..
It commemorates Saint Patrick, the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland....
The day is generally characterized by the attendance of church services, wearing of green attire and the lifting of restrictions on eating, and drinking alcohol, due to which one sees a lot of drinking and celebrations on the road during the parades and the festivities!
In New York because of a very substantial Irish crowd, there is a very impressive St Patrick's day Parade in the middle of Manhattan which i missed last year becoz we'd just arrived and it fell on a my dear husband saw it while at office and I came to know of it at the end of the day!
this year it falls on a Saturday and my enthusiasm is all up and running!!
will put up the photographs once the parade is done!
Now a bit about the patron saint... St Patrick is believed to have been taken captive by Irish traders to Ireland and sold as a slave there...
it is also believed that he was told by God to flee captivity and run to the coast where he would find a ship bound for Britain...that's what happened and he came back to Britain and studied to be a priest...
Later he was sent back to Ireland as a bishop to try and convert the polytheist Irish to Christianity...
According to Irish folklore, one of his teaching methods included using the shamrock (a three leaved plant) to explain the Christian doctrine of the Trinity (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit) to the Irish people. Hence the green color and the three leaved shamrock plant became a sign for St Patrick's Day celebrations!
This green color and the shamrock on clothes and signs have been a part of the Irish rebellion as well!
So here is my contribution to a few things green in fashion,food, decor!!

how about a green themed party?

with green accent pieces....

and green drinks....

green food....

green cookies....

 a green icecream?

a green cupcake?

a green dress code...

or a lovely green coat!

an amazing green bootie!

awesome green nails....

green eye makeup!

a lazy green companion.... who has the option of turning into a prince...

like this?  ;-)

or this?  :-)

Friday, March 16, 2012


the weather is nice...the sun is warm and there is a spring in my step and perfume in the air...
so here is my spring inspiration!!

To make this yourself- for Bottles:
1- please rub off the label after soaking in water.
2- Spray the bottles with white primer taking care to keep the nozzle 5 inches away.
3- Now spray the bottles with a bright base of Acrylic color like yellow, or green or red. Let dry completely.
4- Paint the design of your choice and give a black outline to give it a nice look. Dry it.
5- Finish off with a double coat of varnish. 

For Cork Coasters
1- Take a set of four pre-cut coasters- either square or circle
2- Make a design like an owl or flowers or some random abstract art in Acrylic colors (the ones you get in small bottles for painting on fabric)
3- Give a coat of varnish with a brush or double coat of Mod Podge, or Fevicol to seal it.

psssst...these are for my spring collection on my Etsy store!!!

Monday, March 5, 2012


Been away from my blog for nearly a month...
I have no proper excuse...I have NOT been lazy, I have not been idle, in fact I have been super busy but have nothing to show for it!
does it ever happen to you guys that you get the feeling that you have spread yourself too thin...
that you have got involved in sooooo many things, have so much on your plate that you are not being able to do justice to anything!
I think thats whats happening to me and I don't feel that I  accomplish anything to write about at the end of the day!
I have been completely absent from my blog
I have absolutely neglected my online shop on Etsy, becoz for a new shop one really needs to devote time, energy and research into it...make new products-fill the shop up and what new stuff  have I done??? nothing!!
I am not being able to get the time to be really aggressive on the freelancing world-and if you are not aggressive and "out" there-you get absolutely NO work!
I am stressed out and constantly dreaming and planning about the new business venture that I am planning with my friends but even that is heading nowhere as of now...
and to make matters worse is just becoz I am not being able to do justice to the above mentioned jobs- I am on a short fuse with my kids!!
how unfair is that!
as if being busy with them and with the pile of housework is the actual reason for my sense of incompetence and failure
so for now...ENOUGH ALREADY!!
I am just going to take on one job at a time-do full justice to it...get it moving in the right direction and then get on to the next one...
so to begin with, I will start with my Etsy shop and GET IT GOING in high gear...and just because of the crafty things that I will be doing for it, I will be having enough masala to update you guys regularly on my blog with my arty crafty shenanigans!! (inshallah)
I will be killing two birds with one stone- how clever is that?
my kids will be hearing a new story every night, ( I will NOT be too tired for that)
rest of the things will have to wait...
and I promise you...there will be a crafty surprise waiting for you tomorow!!
[how is that for putting a bit of pressure on myself  :-) ]

and what about you people out there... what are you busy with these days...
do you feel you are shortchanging yourselves?
that you can do better...
get more output but there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day?
do you also feel like that?
do you have any tips on how to get more output from the 24 hours that god has given us?
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