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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Diabetic Ganesha !!

This glass stand is made using Insulin Bottles consumed by us.

The labels on the bottles were removed and washed with soap water. I next filled them with sequins and beads and finally stuck the bottles to round cut glass.

This is used as a stand for our Ganesha collection.







Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Embroidered Ganesha

This is a wall hanging of GANESHA completely hand made without the aid of any tools except one scissor, sewing needle, embroidery thread and tailor’s chalk.

It all started as an idea to do a GANESHA for his CHATURTHI.  The cut and the design was done one evening and the stitching and finishing was completed by the next evening since both of us were employed 8.00 – 6.00.

I used CHAIN stitch and mirror work for the finish. For backing the same material was used and both were hand stitched together using BACK stitch.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Poothaali / Temple Jewellery


Poothaali Necklace is a kind of Temple Jewellery Choker that the dancers use mostly in Mohiniaattam.

I found the materials for these in a craft store and made this small necklace.

Alas this has been gifted to my sister-in-law's mother who had decorated her Ambal with this.







Sunday, May 27, 2012

Horses and Bangles Door Hanging

Herewith presenting my horses and bangles door hanging.
This is very simple and easy to make.You could do it too,,,,,,

Posting pictures step by step of how I went about the whole making.

Materials required (Picture 1 and 2) - 3 bangles draped around sturdily with satin ribbon and zari lace, bells, key chain holder, needle, thread, a pair of good strong scissors, fancy beads of your choice (here I have used wooden beads and golden beads) and of course some ready made stuffed horses.




Step 1 – firstly string on the beads to the key chain ring and attach it to the first bangle as shown in the picture.


Step 2 – attach a horse to the bangle as shown in the picture.


Step 3 – this picture shows how 2 horses are attached to the bangles with the beads in between them.


Step 4 – picture shows the completed horses and bangle door hanging with the bells tingling at the bottom !!


As mentioned earlier, alternatively you can door hangings using elephants, birds or fishes etc., even geometric patterns like a square or triangle or a star not with 3 but with 5 or 7 bangles also …….try it out and see…….a decorative piece that can be hung permanently at the entrance of your sweet home !!

This can also be made and gifted with a personal touch !!

Happy crafting,,,,,,,,



Saturday, May 26, 2012

Zardosi & Kundan Work - Durga Mata !!

Durga Mata came to our house embellished in Zardosi Thread and Kundan Stone.

It gave me so much pleasure creating her and I treasure this valuable piece of my art work more than anything in this world !! Many of my friends too had the opportunity in creating her for their homes !!



She continues to bless everyone ever since she came to our house and my day begins by taking her darshan in the morning.


Madhubani Painting - Radha and Krishna

My first try at Madhubani Painting.
What do you think of this ??




NAGALAND - a land of UNTOUCHED BEAUTY !!

My Holiday in Nagaland

I am sure you all had a lovely time travelling with me virtually through Assam, so let us proceed to Nagaland……….the untouched virgin state of the Naga tribes !!

We left in the wee hours on 25th October from Majuli Kamalabari Ghaat by ferry to reach Jorhat Nimatighaat which is an upstream ride of one and half hours and journeyed towards Nagaland.  You need to get border pass duly signed from the Government of India and show it to the border police in TULI….the border village for JORHAT and NAGALAND.













We reached MOKOKCHUNG on 25th October afternoon after passing through some smooth roads, some bumpy roads, the first town in Nagaland. The place is so rich in greenery.  Here the AO TRIBE live.













ONE THING WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT NAGALAND IS THAT IS THIS STATE HAS VARIOUS TRIBES WHO ARE DIFFERENT FROM ONE ANOTHER AND THEIR SHAWLS PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN IDENTIFYING THE TRIBE !! THERE ARE VARIOUS TRIBES LIKE THE AO, CHANG, SANGTAN, SUMI, POCHARI, REGNMA, PHOM, LOTHA, KHIMNUINGAN, KONYAK, ANGAMI, CHAKHESONG, ZELLANG, YIMCHIUNGRU. THE MEN FOLK ALL WEAR BEAUTIFUL HEAD GEARS,BEADED GIRDLES AND NECKLACES.






































We reached around mid afternoon and had great difficulty enroute getting vegetarian food. Being a Vegetarian myself had a tough time !! They look at yo strangely when you ask them for curds/yoghurt/dahi/buttermilk !!

Our first view of this small town was from the tower when the SUN was ready to disappear for the day !! What a beauty !!















I must tell you here….. the shops open by 10ish and close by 3.30ish since the SUN sets early. By 5.30, the town is almost in darkness and nobody ventures out due to thugging or fear for being mugged.

We just enjoyed the scenic beauty of this town and celebrated DIWALI EVE in our rooms with HALDIRAM’S SONPAPDI !!

The next day we proceeded in the jeep towards WOKHA another town.
We passed through UNGMA village comprising the AO TRIBE where the old man of the village (the only person who spoke Hindi / English) directed us to 3 MONUMENTS that has statues of Naga warriors, the MORONG HOUSE.
Their houses are so unique ie, the roof is shaped like a NAGA (snake’s) hood !!















I have to compliment the State of Nagaland and the tribal villages for maintaining a clean habitat. It is a hilly country where water and electricity is so precious but our NAGA friends definitely need a standing applause for maintaining this.  

The below pictures depicts this !!






















This is a dustbin and the crafter in me prompted me to click this too !!




















We reached WOKHA on 26th October, which is 80 km from MOKOKCHUNG !!

You can see all the army jawans from various states of India staying in Nagaland as border security forces. I take this opportunity to salute them not only for protecting our Mother India but also offering us accommodation during or trip…….THANKS SO MUCH MY BROTHERS !!

WOKHA is where the LOTHA TRIBE live and every year on NOVEMBER 7th, they hold the harvest festival TOKHEMONG FESTIVAL !!

We reached the State Capital KOHIMA on 27th October. I must say here that the traffic is so congested but the traffic police control it so well and the drivers are also very responsible driving here.  This is also a town which has roads going up and down.















DON’T underestimate the tribal girls and boys in their dressing !! They wear ULTRAMODERN clothes and in the latest hairstyles !!

KOHIMA is famous for the WAR CEMETRY, the CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL, the STATE MUSEUM, the BARRA BASTI  holding the ANGAMI TRIBE, the second largest village in India.




















TRAGOPAN is the state bird and is an endangered species !!

We were fortunate to see some Model villages like TOUPHEMA, KHONOMA AND BENREU. We spent 2 days in Kohima looking around the market, the town and the villages.





















On 29th, we reached DIMAPUR, the commercial capital of Nagaland.  This was the ancient capital of KACHARI RULERS. 














30th was spent in exploring DIMAPUR local sights like the KACHARI RUINS, the State handicraft emporium and the local area.























On 31st, We visited DIEZEPHE CRAFT VILLAGE where one can see the local weavers making shawls, cushion covers, bags etc for export !! The weaving is so unique and very beautiful.














On 1st we looked around the HONGKONG MARKET which has so many shops that sell shoes, bags, clothes, perfumes and all items imported from CHINA and BANGKOK.  The best part of this market and my favourite is the wholesale BEAD shop wherein I bought so many lovely stuff that one do not find anywhere commonly (will make my stuff and present them later once I settle down) !!

We visited INTANKI to see the wild life but were unfortunate to go in since we did not have a pass but saw the lovely DHANSRI RIVER separating ASSAM on one side and NAGALAND on the other side.



OUR JOURNEY OF NAGALAND ENDS HERE FROM WHERE WE PROCEEDED TO MANAS NATIONAL PARK.

HOPE YOU ALL HAD A LOVELY TIME EXPLORING THE UNTOUCHED VIRGIN LAND OF THE NAGAS !!  



The Beginning

Hi all,


This is my blog. Now you can look forward to seeing my creations, my writings, and my tips on all topics that I share.









Ganesha Toran

This Ganesha Toran is completely hand stitched and embroidered using various stitches like Chain, Buttonhole, Stem etc. and embellished with sequins, kundan stones, zari lace and beads.






Black Bead and Metal Pendant

This necklace is one of my favourites !
My sister had sent these Black Beads from America.  She bought these from the Jewellery Show and I wanted to use this in a special way.
I got this beautiful Oxidised Metal Pendant from a Craft Bazar and decided to do a fusion work with it.
The result is this,,,,,
Hope you all like this !!


Satin ribbon Garlands

Satin Ribbon Garlands are so fast and easy to make.

I made so many of them in so many colours using a wide variety of embellishments and these look so beautiful when they adorn the god’s picture.

We were in Bahrain earlier and getting flowers in all seasons was difficult for me then.  So when I found Satin Ribbons, my mind started working overtime and came with up ideas which pleased me.

I am also very happy since I taught so many friends how to make these simple garlands.

During my US trip I made a 100 of these in so many sizes and colours and gifted all my friends, relations with them and even now whenever I meet or speak to them they remember my garlands and talk about it………a proud moment of joy for me !!

I had personally written the tutorials which I would share soon in my blog……..this helped many a friend all over the world in trying this craft work and am very happy to be of help !!

Sharing very few pictures of the ones I made and I am sorry if the pictures are not so very clear.  These are all gifted away and I intend making some more soon !!






Kalamkari Ganesha Painting

Ganesha is my favourite god and he adorns my house in all forms and sizes.
So here he is………………..taking his place as a ‘’KALAMKARI PAINTING’’.
I have drawn his sketch on hand made paper and used water colours.


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