Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Little Creations

Hello Friends!

I hope this week is treating you well. Sometimes I wonder where these days are flying…I just wanted to be sure that it is just not me alone who is having this experience…for me this week was super duper busy and reason is …

My little miss sunshine was home all day long due to her one week winter break. Here are the glimpses of her everyday activities… SHE gets out of bed as the sun rises… brushes her teeth…. drinks her milk without any complaints…eats breakfast,lunch and dinner without any tantrums… does her reading and writing sheets on time… keeps her color box and books where they should be …and plays well with the little brother without any fight …Oops whatever I mentioned above happens only in my dreams…These week long vacations always come silently and turned my house up side down…here is the candid confession of an exhausted mother......
So little miss sunshine gets out of bed with a question : how many episodes of “Eloise” she can watch on Netflix….she drinks milk with a condition that she will not be eating whole breakfast as she is full.... lunch and dinners are welcomed with different pouts depending on what is being cooked…colors and books all over the floor…Thank God! no more paper snow flakes that phase is over …. jumping on the bed has become a ritual it seems that she and her little brother do religiously and fighting over a toy.....ughh. I am sure mommies out there know what I am talking about.
And when her little brother sleeps she always comes up with an idea to do something…."Let do some craft work Maa…I will be a Good Girl...I promise…I promise…lets do some craft together pleazzzzzz…." Who can say NO now! so we did some craft work together that turned little sunshine very happy and she promised to do all her things on time. Any ways this is my side of story … here I am sharing with you the things that turned her so happy and will share our craft work in my next post…







Ribbons and bows made old things new.....easy and don't take much time too...



some ribbon roses and bows made with cloth scraps, embroidery threads and little sequin made simple hair bands look lovely ....

That's all for now... Have a great weekend eveyone!!



Thursday, February 17, 2011

Madhubani Painting


So this time I decided to make a painting… it’s been a while since I touched my color box. I wanted to make something bright, vibrant and colorful ...something that immediately lifts up the spirit and the only thing flashed before my eyes is the Madhubani Painting. So I made one but before jumping on my work I am sharing some facts about The Madhubani Paintings.

Madhubani Painting is a traditional art form practiced in the Indian villages of Madhubani and Mithila in Bihar. It is also known as Mitila Paintings. Madhubani, which in literal translation means Forest of Honey (Madhu-honey, Bans-forest or wood) has created its own place world wide.
Madhubani painting has its distinct style and well recognized by it. Done on various mediums such as cloth, hand made paper and canvas Madhubani painting originally made on cow dung treated wall with natural paints.Though the main themes of Madhubani paintings are images of Hindu deities such as Krishna, Ram, Shiva, Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati, you will be able to find beautiful Madhubani paintings of sun, moon, daily activities, nature, flora and fauna too. Madhubani paintings display vibrant and bold use of colors and traditional geometric patterns that supports the main theme. Some of the main features of all the Madhubani paintings are double line borders and gaps between the two lines filled with the cross or straight lines, floral patterns, abstract-like figures of deities and bulging eyes. No shading technique is used in these paintings but colors are always bright, bold and beautiful.

Let’s see how my painting turned out...

















Have a great weekend everyone.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Little Stitches

“An empty mind is a devil’s workshop and one must keep doing something.” inspired by this fair idea my maa decided to keep me busy as soon as my school closed for summer holidays. So after enquiring here and there she finally made up her mind and declared …”You are going to learn embroidery in this summer break... its only 15 minute walk from here …50 rupees ($1.5) for a month (its in budget) and its better to learn something new rather than sitting idle…Mamta (our neighbor’s daughter) is going there already… she will be accompanying you tomorrow.”

The news wasn’t disturbing at all… I knew this would happen but what saddened me the most that I was going to miss Doordarshan’s afternoon telecast… Alas! The decision was made. So the next day, things were ready for me… one meter pink cloth, four maroon color embroidery floss and two needles packed in my tote bag…Mamta was punctual, I must mention this… while leaving the house Maa gave me two instructions from the kitchen… take your umbrella! (Sun screen lotions wasn’t there in the market back then:)) and be careful with the needles… don’t poke your fingers!

While walking towards the place, Mamta briefed me on the three other girls I will be meeting there and the embroidery lady… they call her, Bullu Aunty. ”Bullu Aunty lives in a one bedroom house with big veranda. She stitches suits, dresses, embroiders bed linens, table cloths, sarees and teaches embroidery to support her family. She is very nice, but very particular about the neat work and often asked to redo stitches if it’s not up to her expectation.” stated Mamta without a pause.

As soon we reached Bullu Aunty’s place, she greeted us with a smile and lead us to the veranda where other girls were sitting. I was mesmerized by her incredible talent as soon as I entered the house…every corner had her mark. After little chit chat she explained what she’ll be teaching in next thirty days…then she passed some patterns with the carbon paper to transfer on the piece of cloth… and with two strings in the needle my first lessons began... after few days I started enjoying it and soon one month passed. During these thirty days she taught me different stitches with great interest and patience… some I still remember and some not…. all I can say now... for me, Mamta and other girls… it was summer holidays well spent… for her it was a means of earning money which she did with honesty ...but what I really learnt from her … is to give your very best shot and above all enjoy whatever you do…

Kantha or the running stitch was first thing she taught us. Here I blended it with a freebie from an airline….Take a look.




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with little blanket stitch and a piece of cloth, my coin purse looks new....Yeah!!




Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Hello Everyone!!


!! Happy New Year!!


Yes, I am back again… back to the blogging world after a long break …well rested, fresh and so ready to blog again after two months of long vacation. The trip was great, as always too short ;-)… meeting family and friends, you don’t realize how weeks passed by… I’m sure you guys must have had the same experience. I had a wonderful time and so did the little ones… hubby dear was glad too, as my shopping frenzy was in control, so no JOOR ka JHATKA on his pocket this time ;-)) now I am out of my vacation hangover and so excited to join my fellow bloggers...

It’s unbelievable that January already gone. Connecticut is hit by the snowstorm… AGAIN!! I know, I know… it’s winter of the east coast and it’s supposed to be cold during this time of the year...”Get used to it”…

But seriously it’s too much snow outside and inside of the house!! yup…you read it right it’s inside also…and you know why because my darling daughter has just learnt how to make paper snowflakes and all the school closings (due to bad weather) are aptly used by cutting papers to make snowflakes and guess what am I doing …cleaning up the paper mess:-((


Now you know why I am so longing for the dear sunshine…too much snow…too cold and grey sky ...yuck!! though my heart reminding me of Shelly’s famous line “If the winter comes, shall spring be far behind “…and I am kinda optimistic after groundhog’s prediction of a six week early spring as he could not see his shadow on The Groundhog Day…so let’s hope this brutal winter will end soon…I better stop troubling my self and start enjoying the bliss of chai, it is comforting for the weary winter like this one and for you my dear friends some snap shots of my India trip… so enjoy but do stop by next Thursday to see my new DIY...














Have a great weekend everyone!!