Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Whoa ! 40 !!


Celebrated my 40th birthday, on 24th . Best birthday so far..! Celebrating in picturesque Munnar, with family, albeit with a few key members missing, it was a great day.

Beautiful sights, great food, a surprise cake cutting and beautiful cards, and gifts that included a fab bag, a lovely saree, and things I needed for my creative pursuits...I could not ask for more!!

I think I was wished by everyone I knew, and quite a few that I have not even met in person. It just completed my day . I did get a message from a person wishing me, and marvelling at how at ease I was, revealing my age !

That part is easy, when you are in your early twenties, and get casually informed by your doctor, that the severe migraines , might be the result of a tumour! The few weeks it took, to get the tests done, and getting a negative, result was no fun. While my life did not flash in front of my eyes, it did pull me up to face things head on.

Putting everyone's wishes but mine first, was how I did things. So I stopped that. Never taking things, or people for granted was another lesson I took from this.

It is not at all easy , when you want to just fall back on the conditioning of two decades! First thing I did, was throw away the stupid medicines that did not stop my migraines, but kept me dull and sleepy. Having graduated from the science stream, doing my Masters in International Business, having to start from the fundamentals of another discipline, was no walk in the park. I did quit one time, long enough to go back home,had a re-think and decided to finish the course.

Appearing for about 12 papers, every trimester, while suffering frequent migraines that lasted a minimum of three days, ah ! Fun times !! But my batch mates were just the best. I got through a couple of arrears, and finally finished the course. I lost out on a first class by a mere 5 marks, but I consider it a big achievement .

I found a great doc back home, and got rid of my migraines. In the past 15 years, I have had only a handful of headaches! And, I married the man I chose! In my previous avatar, even if his proposal would have come home, I would have sat mute while others, being oblivious, would have arranged my marriage elsewhere! I used to be weird that way !

Ya, not that life has not thrown more thorns along the way! I was misdiagnosed as having PCOD, and the unnecessary Meds did a number on me. In fact, I lived with the side effects till last year, when I finally found a doctor who could help.

So each day that is pain free, without swollen joints, or not gaining weight while taking the next breath, I am thankful. I try to live in the moment, while I keep my dreams alive.

Every beautiful moment connecting with my family and friends, is cherished. For me, my age is proof that I managed to beat a few odds. So from that perfect cup of coffee in the morning, to managing undisturbed sleep - and every positive moment in between, is cheered for !

The toughest decision I made was to follow a creative path, after I took a break. Actually, the decision was easy. It was the guilt of straying from the beaten path, that was tough, especially considering the pain I went through, earning my Masters.

But looking back, nothing else would have given me the contentment or the will to strive and thrive. With full support from my husband, my daughter and a huge section of my beloved family and friends, I try to get better in my creativity, each day.

And the only way I can manage my being positive and creative is warding off negativity. I try as much, to keep away from toxic personalities and people who exude negativity.

The most thrilling of all, are seeing people who achieve goals on their own, following their passions. And also the various talents around the Globe who show that those superb standards are attainable, if only we strive for it.

What more can one ask for?


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Ethnic Blues

This was another custom request, on an earlier miniature tile I had made, inspired from the fabulous Jaipur Blue pottery. It was also featured in the Bead Chat magazine, along with an article I wrote .

The client wanted the similar colours that were in the tile. And so I made the pendant in the exact colours, giving emphasis on Amber.

It does resemble a mandala design. It is edged with copper metallic paint and hand painted the rest. Studded with Rhinestones.

She requested small earrings . So the discs for drop earrings are very small.


I finished it with beautiful German silver findings that are gold plated, and my favourite blue sandstones.


Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Bling And Terracota

I had a new follower on my FBpage, contact me for a design similar to one of the first pendants I had made with Cold Porcelain.

It did look like it was made rather from Terracota. I had coloured it that way. And the beads I had used were green and copper. As always, duplicating anything is really not my cup of tea. And I did not want to disappoint her either.

The problem when using no molds, is just that! There is no way to reproduce anything just so. Also, I rarely have more than two strings of the same stones or beads.

Another fact is that my techniques have definitely varied over the years, I like to think that there is more finesse to my work now. Though when it comes to putting together colours and such, I tend to have my own mix.

Till today, I have never put together colours with anything other than my own inner meter. I see beautiful articles about seasons, colours, color palettes etc. But have not found much use for those while creating. So this is what I came up with, this time around.

To answer an FAQ,

I find that when picking out the colours for my creations, I can pretty much pick beads first and then get to making the cold porcelain elements, or the other way around. This instance , I made the pendant and then chose the beads.

And then for the earrings, I did not use and Cold porcelain.This earring looked festive enough and also gave a bit of a contrast, I felt.

To echo the Terracota brown, I used brown coated wire as the core instead of a flashier copper or gold jewelry wire.the Earrings are handmade wire work closed hoops on earhooks.


This is a glimpse of how they look together. The red crystals really pop. My client was happy too.


Monday, 19 September 2016

Onam 2016

Our family did not celebrate Onam this year because we had two bereavements in the family, my dad's mother - the last of my Grandparents, and a first cousin of my dad.

But our hometown is the hub of Onam celebrations in Kerala, and it is tough not to get carried away by the sights and celebrations. In fact these are times when we remember our past years with our grandfathers, most. We were not putting the formal carpet either this year, but our daughter got a chance to take part in the community event of our Residents association. And the result was nothing short of spectacular.

Work in progress, and initial layers.

The finished floral design. And of course, there is the famous Athachamayam procession, which is a spectacular feast for the eyes and very unique to Thripunithura.


The King Mahabali himself !



Kathakali, Theyyam and other folk forms.


Narada, Artha Naareshwara, getting ready for the procession through the the erstwhile Rajadhani.

Some of the Bhootha ganas.

And of course, we had little Mahabali , Vamana, and a few others visit us at home too!

After a blissful 10 days, even without the huge celebrations that is part of our household, school has reopened, and exams are on the threshold, to make sure that the fun mood does not go on and on !!

Back to routine !