Friday, May 31, 2013

Rangoli - 270

Here is one more chain Rangoli. Very easy to draw.

Thursday, May 30, 2013


Hi friends!.  

Hope you are all doing well. I am slowly recovering from my ill health...much better now. But the crisis in my life is still not yet over. Slowly, I am rebuilding my life again, which is very difficult. May take some more weeks to come out of that. So I am not actively posting on my blog.

I thank all my friends and family who are standing by me, praying for me in these difficult times. Thanks a lot, God Bless You all. With out all your support, it would have been very difficult for me.

However, I will try to post as much as I can. Here is one more Rangoli for you. Very simple and easy to draw.
Keep an eye on blog for more ....

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Designer Coasters and Cup Covers-4

With Kundans....

Here is one more with kundans. 
I have used two different coloured butterfly kundans.
In the center I have used a round kundan and paisley shaped ones.

Some more in my next posts...... 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lakshmi Coin Necklace

Remember the Lakshmi Bangles I posted some time back? Well here I am posting them again to jog your memory.

I have been looking for a matching necklace. I had in mind the old traditional pastern of long chains made of thin gold coins with Lakshmi image on them. 

You can see some here:

They are made of gold. At the present cost of gold, I cannot afford it. Anyway, I settled for this one made of one gram gold.
This is a short length chain, just long enough to circle the neck. You can have a closer look of the Lakshmi coins.
Well I would like to get my hands on a long length chain-the traditional one.....

Designer Coasters and Cup Covers -3

With Kundans.....

I have used butterfly kundans. They can be stuck to the coasters with glue.

I am sorry for such a bad quality of pictures. It is very difficult to take photographs of shiny objects.

Some more in my next post......

Monday, May 6, 2013

Designer Coasters and Cup Covers-2

With Sea Shells.....

Here is one more.

The small conch shells also have holes for stitching. These are actually used in embroidery.    I will get some without these holes so that I can use for this project. I have shown here two sizes of the conch shells. We can just glue them on to the coasters/covers.

Some more in my next posts...Keep an eye on my blog....

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Organising my Stash-2

Hmm ...Here is my stash of beads stored in plastic boxes. It took me four boxes-one 35 celled one, one 24 celled one and two 18 celled ones.
Various sizes and colours-metallic, double colouredto multi coloured. 
 Reds, oranges, greens, yellows...
 Blues, pinks....
 Metallic beads in the bottom row
Double coloured seed beads-blue and pink...
 Ceramic, wooden, metallic, glass, sea shells, cowrie...
 Wooden, metallic, seashells, cowries...
 Ceramic and multicoloured ones....
Love these pumpkin shaped ones.....

Still I am not satisfied and may re organise these boxes when I have more time.....

More in my next posts......

Designer Coasters and Cup Covers-1

With Sea Shells....

While organising my stash of craft and hobby supplies, I unearthed some coasters made of fine soft wood. They are off-white in colour. Actually I wanted paint on them. Till now I could not do the project. I always pick up some plain ones so that I can add my own creative mark on them and gift it to my friends and relatives.

Today early in the morning around 3.30 am, I got up feeling very uneasy and breathless. So to quite my mind, I started taking deep breaths and tried to divert my mind somewhere else. In the process I remembered these coasters and some ideas flashed through my mind. Immediately, I reached for my journal(which, I always keep near by), in which I jot down my ideas first as they strike me and scribbled on it. Later on I tried some of my ideas.

Well here is one of them...I tried with sea shells.
 This is for the coaster or cushion for cup/glass.
This is matching cup/glass cover or lid. We can just glue these shells using a good glue. These coaster can be painted first as per the kitchen decor and then the shells can be glued.

Here you can see the holes on the shells. Actually these are meant for embroidery. I just tried them on to see how they look and when actually making one, I will use those with out the holes.

So if you like my idea, have some sea shells with you, or you are lucky one living near sea side, pick some up and try it out.

Some more in my next posts.....

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Organising my Stash-1

Hello there. Hope you are all doing well. I am slowly recovering. It will take some more time but I am feeling better than before. It is really boring to be in bed not able to do anything. 

Before I became ill I was organising my stash. I have mounds and mounds of paper cuttings on different subjects-health, beauty, arts and crafts, rangoli and other designs, recipes, gardening, spiritual and many more. I also have lots of cuttings from various news papers or magazines containing some photographs, ads or designs which inspire me to create some new designs or crafts or sewing.

I started with my paper clippings ( from 1986 on wards...). All kept in a number of huge bags. It is quite a herculean task just to organise one bag. But I am through with three bags now. I am segregating them into different topics and filing in different files. But before I could finish off with the material in those three bags, I fell ill and had to stay away from them as the dust in the clippings could increase my allergy. 

Now I started organising my craft supplies. First I had to sort the materials from each bag and pool all similar ones at one place. Then I have put them in the boxes.

Here is a glimpse...
Flower shaped and star shaped ones.
Leaf and square shaped discs and triangular shaped beads.
Different coloured, matte and glitter or shiny sequin in different sizes.
I have used a 35 cell box for storing sequins. The problem with this box is if it gets toppled, then everything will be a mess. I could not get a box with small containers or boxes with lid in a big box instead of this partitioned one. Well I am looking out for them.  If I can get hold of something like that, then, I can transfer all these to that container. As of now this will have to do.

Some more of my stash and storage in next posts......