Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Vishu ..2014



Another Vishu is over..last year's was not celebrated since we lost our uncle. This year, it was low-key .. with our daughter having school... Kept the kani .... which is my favorite part of Vishu..more than the vishu kaineettam or the Sadya (feast)..

I made a Sadya with the usual Sambar, aviyal, ulli curry, mambazha pulissery, pavakka khichdi, parippum neyyum, pappadam and payasam..and we got jackfruit thoran from our neighbor, so I decided not to make my intended cabbage thoran. With hubby and father-in-law, Vishu was not bad.  but yeah lot of time spent connecting to my brother and sister and parents..and also in a nostalgic mood with all the lovely memories of the Vishus past. ..

Since the vacation is nearing I did not feel too bad about a not too fun packed Vishu for our daughter.. Good times are nearly here .... !!


Sunday, 13 April 2014

Blue Lampwork Necklace.

I picked the string of lampwork beads a couple of years ago..but never got round to making anything with them. They just caught my eye and there was only one string.. something I am usually glad about,. Unless I have a multi-strand necklace in mind, I like to find items that are rare, that I can work into my own designs. 
 
But I have to say that crystals are irresistible to me, even if they are found in abundance... but even in the case of crystals, I have managed to find a few different ones like an chocolatey - opaque brown and a mint-green shade of crystal..I used both of them and I have to say that 3 years past, I have not managed to find duplicates of those !! Can't tell if I am sad or glad about that ! 

Anyway, I finally decided to make a necklace with the lovely lampwork beads that remind me of candy. They are fairly heavy, so I added only monalisa beads and seed beads with them. . I have kept a couple of the beads to make into earrings if a client so desires. Just makes me happy to make really unique designs. That is exactly why I love to incorporate my hand made cold porcelain pieces in my jewelry. ... .


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Two Birds on Wire !

My daughter's 'bestest' friend, our neighbor's relative has come for her vacation from Kerala. So I decided to mark the event by making them matching necklaces . Both of them are fans of pink, but recently decided to add a few more colors like purple, yellow and orange to their choices. Since I had exhausted all the shades of pink on my daughter, this was a welcome turn ..!

SO I first made miniature birds out of cold porcelain .. cute was the aim .. so here they are ..

Handmade Cold Porcelain Miniatures

They are really tiny! I did not want to add eye pins directly on the birds, and so made cages by hand-coiling some wire,gluing the birds on, and hooking those on to the necklaces..... 

Though the birds are the same color, I went for contrast with the necklaces. Yellow Monalisa beads and orange seed beads for one , and yellow seed beads and orange Monalisa for the other..

Cold Porcelain Miniatures


Now if I could get the two bestest friends to pose for me , sporting their "birdy" jewelry, it would be great ..!

One question ..would you be interested in the step by step tutorials for the birds?