Category Archives: Fashion

Leura – A Garden Village

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Leura is pretty famous among the Blue Mountain residents who consider this village as the most beautiful place in the mountains, yes it is famous than Katoomba. We were planning to visit this place for a while and finally decided to drive around today as the temperature was forecasted to be really warm (12° C). An hour drive from home in the Great Western Highway through some of the beautiful mountain suburbs. There were only a few places marked in the websites as a must see places in Leura but since it is only few minutes away from Katoomba, we have a plenty of lookouts in this village.

We visited the Olympian Rock Lookout near the Toy & Rail museum, Gordon Falls Lookout, the famous shops in Leura like Ainsley fine jewellery, Leura fine Woodwork gallery, Moontree Scented candle shop and a hot fresh baked pie for lunch… You can never imagine walking in this town at this time of the year with no jackets but today was a warm day so we managed it. We have to note that around this time last year it was snowing in these regions.

Visited…

Renommee – A recycled designer clothing shop with a beautiful Quilt shop in the same campus

 

Bakehouse on Wentworth – They serve yummy hot pies, coffee, cakes and special sourdough bread…

Ainsley Fine Jewellery – Their Amber collection is from Holland and indeed very beautiful.

Olympian Rock Lookout:

 

The craft  markets, vintage shops and boutique shops sell a lot of beautiful handmade jewellery and warm winter clothing…

 

 

Japan – Day 6

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We allocated the whole day for Kyoto and Nara but at the end realised that just to see all the temples and shrines in Kyoto would take 2 days. It is a very beautiful place.

Kyoto is like Tanjore in South India. Not sure if I can compare them like that but it is so crowded with Shrines.

Since I was havin high fever, we started only at noon from our hotel and directly went to see the Bamboo Garden. After getting down at the station, there is a bicycle hire place within 50m from the station. We wanted to mainly see the Bamboo Garden but since my little boy was also tired, we hired bicycles and it’s worth it. We could cover all the streets and shrines within the next 4hrs in this suburb (??). It is a very beautiful place and riding a bicycle after 15 years was really worth it.


Don’t miss the tax free shops in the basement mall where they sell the Kyoto famous sweets. I couldn’t buy or eat anything as my sweet tongue was also down with fever and cold.

Terracotta Necklace and earring set

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This is a special custom made set, not made by me but was made for me. Special thanks to Kee Krafty Korner for making this adorable set for me.

Here is the link to the artists page where a better version of the photograph is posted.

 https://m.facebook.com/keekraftykorner

 

Jade, not the Emperor

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Jade, the gemstone, is elegant, cute, cool but not icy like agate.While writing this, this stone has already turned into a pendant for a statement piece. Another piece of jewellery made to relieve stress. Agates stones were used for stringing this necklace and the Jade was used for the pendant. The Saree is a pure silk saree from Kumaran Silks,Chennai,India.

The highlights of this piece is nothing but the Jade itself because while making the necklace myself, I noticed that it was still missing a component to reach that so called level, ‘statement piece’ so I reached my bead stash again and found that this Jade would fit into it and if not, since it was connected separately, it is easy to remove it and change to another pendant.

Just like the greatest of the three pure divine gods, the Jade Emperor, this Jade gemstone pendant makes this a unique piece.  

   

  

Work place

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Just digging through my stash of beads today and found these bean shaped beads which I found online some time back. This one was a quickly made earring for another sweater to be worn tomorrow for work.

 

Ocean Jasper earrings

 
And since many have already asked me where I work (with the beads), I decided to post my work table at home for jewellery making, sewing and crafts.

 

Beading table

  
 

Orange marmalade earring

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I made these last night for the bright orange turtle-neck sweater that I have. The hoops were very thin that I couldn’t fit it into the lock after filling with the beads and I even bent the hoop a bit (see the left one on the image). It was so bad that I used a trick to keep it intact.

I just glued the tips of the open end and inserted into the hoop lock and it was finished 👏 sometimes my brain thinks way beyond what I think, I am capable of. Guess what, the jump ring that I used to hang my orange glass pearl was stuck to the hoop in this process and now it is not moving too 😳  

Orange hoop earrings

Orange marmalade earrings

Found art and Love

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(This is not a scientific post but a short analysis on how Art help to develop Love.)

I have always been in touch with the art and craft ever since I saw my dad paint a scenic drawing on the egg shells. I have also been a collector who likes to collect any thing. I first liked to collect stationary and it is still a habit even after I grew up. I then learnt crochet, sewing and embroidery in school. I continued with crochet ever after. Then I was possessed by the beautiful art forms like Drawing and Mehndi and then I started collecting cute little things like stones, shells and crystals and once a friend asked me if I am going to be a Shaman as I had some interests in sorcery too. Honestly, I am not a sorcerer or a shaman but I’m an engineer who believes and preaches science.

Now when I turn back and look at the path that I traveled, I feel so proud and lucky to have had an opportunity to do all these. I was never taught any of these art forms and all the knowledge I have about these art forms are through analysis and experiments due to my interests in them.

 

Granny Square

 
Recently when I visited Spotlight (the famous craft and fabric store in Australia) I felt that the fabric prices have increased a lot and the yarn and craft supplies are also very expensive. It was not like this before, when I talk to other crafters, knitters and tailors they say that everything was affordable then 10-20 years back and people used to know these art forms and make things at home. When I shared my concerns about how these art forms are diminishing, my colleague said she is more worried about how the ‘Dine art’ is slowing fading away due to take away shops and fast food shops. It is true, like she said, how many of us make a recipe from the scratch. Even beef and chicken stock are available in stores and even sambhar powder is pre-made and packed. I remember mom saying that sambhar powder can never be stored for too long then the flavor and the smell would fade away but they pack and mark the expiry as 1 or 2 years valid.

Having said all these, are we not leaving behind all the great art forms and walking towards a mechanical world. I don’t insist that we don’t have to earn money and sit at home and do crafts and sewing but we should at least learn one art form. It is sad that many of us don’t even know how to sew a button and if we can’t find a tailor to stitch it we throw away those clothes and buy a new one in the next sale. I don’t know if we can find any good tailors in the next 20 years to stitch a salwar suit or a men’s suit.

Isn’t it true that we have forgotten handmade techniques and that is why the stores have started pricing the handmade products as very expensive products. Remember the Italian handmade shoes, Handmade handbags from Paris and handmade jewelry selling in the stores. I don’t blame any of those brands or individuals who sell stuff for such high price anymore because they are some of the last people who are practicing these art forms.

When I was recently driving in the Motorway my son asked me “Mom, what is everything made of?” I answered him that everything is made of ‘Atom’. It doesn’t hold good in all cases but I don’t want to confuse a 5 yr old child with the energy advertised as in ‘up and go’ and the atomic energy levels so just left it simple stating ‘Atom’ is what everything is made of.

After asking about all the non-living things, trees, animals etc, the funny part came next.

“What is water made of?”

“What is air made of?”

“What is mom, dad made of?”

“What is love made of?” – I was bemused by his question and realised that you can never feel like a genius in front of a child and maintained a 2 sec pause which is when my husband came to my help after gazing at me, he just said “It’s made of Atom too but it gets a bit complex here as you need to study more about Atom and energy to know what it does to create Love”. I don’t know what the little fella thought but his face was satisfied and he remained silent.

So why did I say all this, as I said it is not a scientific post but that 2 second pause made me think and examine “What is love made of?” I found an answer to it while sewing the first blanket for my son and my husband. They didn’t want it to be perfect but they liked the fact that I sew that blanket for them. That is ‘Love’. My son said, he would keep it forever and my husband just praised me for sewing it with my hand. I felt so satisfied as if I did a great thing for my family.

 

Blanket stitch on fleece with crochet cotton thread

 
  

Basket weave stitch crochet blanket (In progress)

  
I saw the same feeling in a colleague’s face recently when she finished her queen sized blanket using knitted squares. She knitted those squares in the train on the way to office and now they are lovely beautiful queen sized blankets used by her family. Who said that full time working women can not do crafts. She is a busy IT developer and a mother of 3 kids and a proud knitter.
I would not like to advice but just want all of us to reconsider our thoughts about learning an art form and not let the sewing, knitting and crocheting art die so that the future generations would look at even a yarn ball or a sewing thread or a spice grinder as a relic.  

Granny square for bedtime toy little Penquin

Charms and earrings

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Hurray… I am now ready to explore more designs and styles and patterns after all the positive comments I got from you guys. I am not a sales person trying to do marketing to sell my stuff but all those positive comments really inspire me to try more.

   
        

Semi-precious gemstones

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These ones are very heavy semi-precious gemstone beads, one of the most expensive ones in my collection. A necklace would be the choice by many artists for the investment but I felt that I should try something simple in earrings at an affordable price with such precious beauties.

Princess series:

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Ceramic beads earrings

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Ceramic beads are normally used for making bracelets and necklaces as they have really big threading holes especially the hand painted beads make a good add-on to any statement pieces. It is very rare to make an earring with them and here are a few trials.

Ceramic hand-painted beads:

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CB-E-002:

CB-E-003: