Saturday, December 31, 2011

Wish u all a happy new year!!

Here's wishing all my readers and fellow bloggers, a very happy and prosperous new year!!! 2011 has been wonderful, but its time to move on, move into a new year, carrying with us the lessons we learnt in 2011 and leaving behind all the negativity. May all of us have happiness entwined in our lives like the threads of my crochet work. May all our lives sparkle like the crystals of my beadwork! 

So that brings us to my latest creations!

Glass rondelle and Asfour crystal bracelet

Glass rondelle and millefiori bracelet
 Take care and stay safe!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hello....

How have u been?  Its been long since I posted anything about my creations. So these are some of my latest creations.





Let me know if you like them or not. Wishing you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Take care and keep safe. Have a wonderful new beginning to a great new year!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

The simplicity of childhood

Little Tanya, my friend's daughter, all of 3 years, attended her first sports day at school, where all the kids participated in various sports activities and regardless of their victory or loss, every child was awarded a medal as an appreciation of their participation. I was amused to know that Tanya refused to take off her medal, proud that she was of her achievement. She wore the medal the entire day and even went to sleep wearing it.

This took me back by about 26-27 years when I, a little girl at that time, had had a similar experience. I grew up in a small village in Kerala, where my dear Grandfather was respected and loved by all, and was treated as the village head!

When I was around 4 years old, I, along with the other kids of my age, was sent to the village school, also known as Anganawadi, which served as the starting school for all kids.

By the virtue of being the granddaughter of the man the villagers loved and respected, the teachers were always partial to me, so much so that while all my classmates were made to sit on the floor in the classroom, I was given the teacher's chair to sit. This continued  until one day, my Mother saw this and requested the teachers not to treat me any different from the other kids.

On the annual sports day of our school,  my Grandfather was invited as the Chief Guest and I, instead of participating in the various sporting activities, spent my time sitting on my dear Grandfather's lap, sharing the refreshments offered to him.  At the prize distribution ceremony, all the kids who participated, were presented with steel tumblers as a sign of appreciation, by my Grandfather. In spite of not having participated in any sporting event that day, I was taken aback that I had not been given the memento of appreciation!! When we returned home that evening, I bawled and cried my eyes out until finally my Grandfather 'presented ' me with a brand new tumbler which had been bought for the household. Instantly, my tears gave way to smile and my day was made!!!

As kids, we valued such simple joys and were proud of our little achievements. Today, we are more materialistic and fail to find happiness in the simple joys of life. I miss those days!!   

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Throughout this week, my shop at Etsy is offering worldwide free shipping on all items. Avail the most of it by using coupon code FREESHIP at checkout.


Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New creations!

I have really fallen in love with making beaded crochet hoop earrings.


Monday, November 21, 2011

Happy birthday to Me!!

Thanks to all the people who made my birthday a great day for me!



Had a wonderful time all thanks to my Hubby Dearest, inlaws, family, friends and last but not the least, my dear blogger friends, who enriched my day with all their love and wishes. Thank you NRIGirl for the beautiful post. It has been a greattt day and hopefully a great start to a wonderful new year!

AND, the cherry on the cake!!! I had FIVE sales today!!!!!!!!!!
All of you who would like to buy some of my creations, please visit my shop at Etsy and avail of free worldwide shipping for the next few days, by using the coupon code FREESHIP. 

Friday, November 18, 2011

I am soo excited!!

and you know why?  Its my BIRTHDAY on Sunday, the 20th of November, and I am always soooooooooooooo very excited about my birthday. I look forward to it with a child-like excitement!!
If my best friend forgets to wish me (that's usual with her...she forgets her own bday!!) I call her up and remind her that its my birthday. So desperate na?? But that's how I am.  I want all my loved ones to wish me. In fact, last year, on my birthday, when Stranger called me up (Stranger was not aware it was my bday), I told Stranger too!  So ppl dont forget to wish me. I am looking forward to receiving all your wishes.

Here's something I had been meaning to do since a long time. Avail of a 20% discount sale on all items at my Etsy shop for the weekend. Use coupon code BDAY20.  Make the most of this sale.

Made a new pair of earrings yesterday.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Crochet hoop earrings

Made some crochet hoop earrings with beads. I had ordered some beads on Etsy and just received them yesterday and LOVED them!! So here's presenting my creations with those beads.






Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Golden stars

Just dispatched a bulk order of stars to Sydney, Australia, and made some more stars in golden yarn.



Friday, November 11, 2011

11.11.11 discount!

Avail a discount of 11% on all products at my Etsy store today, 11.11.11.  Its a great time to shop for gifts for your near and dear ones. Here's a preview of some of the stuff available for sale at my store now.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Christmas stars




Made some more stars yesterday, in  the holiday colours of green, white, and red. These are available in my Etsy store is anybody wants them. They can also be strung together to make garlands!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars!!





Made these little silver stars yesterday. These can be used to adorn your bags, jeans, clothes, caps, headbands, flipflops, scrapbooks, hair scrunchies, and even your Christmas tree!! You are limited only by your imagination.


Saturday, November 05, 2011

Christmas wreaths

I know, I know...there's still more than a month and a half to Christmas! But before you know, time would fly and it would be Christmas soon. So here's some mini Christmas tree ornaments/wreaths I made using beads.


These are available in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested in buying them.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Flowers and butterflies!

Made some appliques for my Etsy store, in the shape of flowers and butterflies. These appliques can be used in your craft projects, scrapbooks and bracelets,  to adorn your bags, jeans, flipflops etc.  Recycle old headbands or scrunchies by attaching these embellishments. The list of things that you can do with these appliques is endless. 






Wednesday, November 02, 2011

WOMEN and some beadwork



Lately I have been busy with creating new stuff for my online stores. Due to the ongoing Diwali vacations for my students, no tuition for a week and I have all the time in the world to pursue my hobbies, but sometimes I feel time just passes by in a jiffy!! Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with some new ideas for new creations!!!!! I have also ordered some craft supplies online, so eagerly waiting for them! Last weekend, when my husband offered to take me to a mall for some shopping, I suggested that we visit the craft shop instead...hehe...the look on my husband's face was worthless!!! My explanation was, instead of ending up spending money on needless things in a mall, I might as well spend it on something that will be useful for my craft, which will in turn make me happier!! I am sure my husband must have muttered "women!!" 
Here's some of my work that I did today. The first one's a pony-beads-on-a-cd coaster. I have a whole lot of pony beads stocked up which my husband lovingly got for me from Mexico last year. I don't know how to use them. So tried this coaster today. 

The second is a beaded centerpiece. I am happy with the end results. I just love when different colors come together to create something unique!!

Now that I am done with these...what shall I do next?????

Friday, October 28, 2011

Monday, October 24, 2011

Happy Diwali and New Earring Collection!

 Wishing all my fellow bloggers, a very happy Diwali!! On this auspicious day, I present to you, my new Earring collection which has more than 20 designs to choose from.  Please have a look, maybe you would find something you like....

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Forgiveness is the sweetest revenge!

We all come across some people in life who we don't gel with. May be they have hurt our feelings through word or deed. May be they have hurt us so much that we do not want to ever have anything to do with them. May be we do not even want to look at their faces anymore!! I too have faced such situations in life when someone very dear to me, someone who I looked up to, hurt me and saddened me when I should have been the happiest. He/she betrayed my trust when I most needed them. I had decided that I am never going to forgive that person, never going to meet that person, but it does not help matters when we move in common circles. Invariably we are going to bump into each other and the only way to avoid each other is to look the other way. But does it help?? That is when my Mother-in-law taught me an important lesson in life. She told me that by feeling hurt and angry with someone, I am hurting myself. Every time I think about that betrayal, I am hurting from within. I am hurting myself. I am losing my peace of mind, but does it affect the betrayer?  No!! In fact, the more I hurt from within, the more I am letting the demons win. I am letting the one incident hurt me time and again. I am the one who is losing. So what do I do about it? She told me, forgive your betrayer. FORGIVE??????? Am I hearing it right?? Forgive my betrayer after all that he/she has done to me?? No I can never do it!! I am not a saint! She only smiled that knowing smile.....

Later when I reflected over what she said, I realized she was right! By thinking about the betrayal and the betrayer, I am letting him/her hurt me again and again. By hurting again and again, I am only letting the perpetrator win.  Why should I avoid seeing eye-to-eye with that person? Only a person who is wrong fails to meet the eye. If I know I am in the right, then why should I not meet his/her eyes??  So I decided to take the bull by its horns. I realized that I will stop thinking about the betrayal only if I let it go, and I can let it go only if I forgive that person. It is not easy to forgive someone who has hurt you deeply, but it is easier to take a stand in life and say "I will not let you hurt me again".

Following this important lesson, today after many years, I have realized that I am in a happy space, a space where it is easier for me to confront the person who has hurt me, meet the person with a smile on my face, a smile that hurts the betrayer, a smile that makes my betrayer squirm, a smile that takes me away from all the hurt....Today, I have moved past that incident and my betrayer affects me no more....

I am no saint. In fact, I am still a short-tempered person, but I have learnt one important lesson in life....that forgiveness in the sweetest revenge.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New earrings



Made a new pair of crochet hoop earrings today. I also added few tiny beads to add a new dimension to the earrings. 

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Latest creations!

bracelet with matching earrings

crochet hoop earrings

Beaded bracelet


Double-stranded beaded bracelet

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