Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rugs......handmade unbelievable!!

As winters are here and I am looking for everything that keep my family warm and keep them away from cold. So I just wanted to spread lot of rugs here n there in my home .......as my kiddie doesn't like wearing socks or slippers. Thus I just googled and came across a very nice site www.finecraftguild.com where I found handmade rugs and couldn't resist to share all these with my blog readers. Here are some nice rugs. Below is crochet rug.


Image Source: www.finecraftguild.com

This one looks like real grass and is made up of three almost similar color of yarn.

Image Source: www.finecraftguild.com

This rock pool candy rug is just awesome.


Image Source: www.finecraftguild.com

Now this one is again of crochet and kids will going to love it.
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Nice purple crochet rug for bedroom.


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And now this is juat an eye candy its not handmade but can be a gr8 inspiration.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Hanging Magic!!

Today I m gonna show u sumthing I'm crazy about........it can be hanged in kitchen, dining, living or even in bedroom, just hang them n see the magic. Yesssss I'm talking about hanging lamps or pendant lamps.
Just choose right one for right place and this will add splash of light and create an exquisite ambience.
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Now here is the pic of pendant light that I've chosen for my dining area...it looks simple and stylish.

Image Source: Hotel Taj Mahal
Pendant lights are in and go well with any kind of furniture, any kind of decor. Try hanging some around ur home and smug on what u've done  ;-)

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kantha

Kantha is extremly simple yet beautiful style of embroidery. Stitch is simple running stitch that gives very beautiful. This is very popular in West Bengal & Bangladesh. Embroidery vastly used in quilt and sarees but could be made into different objects like bags, cuhions, curtains, toilet accessories holder. Kantha means rags. Precious silks and expensive clothes on becoming old were piled into layers and stitched together.
As I said style is simple running stitch but can be differentiated into aligned and non-aligned kantha.
Below I've given simple illustration of 2 types of kantha and some kantha patterns.

Kantha can transform a simple and plain thing to stylish and beautiful one. Below is the before n after effect of cushion and curtain (funny though...I just tried my hand on photo editting s/w) its just an illustration but by little creativity n good imagination u can do wonder.
Before:
 After:
Look at this beautiful kantha shawl.

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Even I also made sarees and Salwar kameez using kantha. Kantha work is also used to depict the life story of an artist.
                                                                                           

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Waiting for right time...

Lot of things to do.....art, craft & decor ideas are what I think day in and day out. Just waiting for right time when all my craft material will be with me....as I'm staying in Pune and all my things lying back in Delhi, where I spent 3 yrs.
Once I get all that I need to start my passion then I'll keep posting interesting things one by one.
Waiting desperately for my colors, brushes, hardboards, clays, glue and lot of things.
As of now enjoy some Diwali clicks..............

My Diwali decor @ home


Rangoli I made during festive season


Wish u all a very happy Diwali!!



Monday, October 25, 2010

Beads

Beads are in vogue again. From necklace to earings, bracelets to anklets, pins to brooches everything in beads are available in lot of styles and patterns. Here are some patterns for you ladies to drool over.
Beaded necklace

http://www.beadage.net/
 Name of artist is Peter Sewell and you can find more of his creations on the mentioned website. Also I found work by very talented lady Kathy.
http://www.kathykingjewelry.com/
She is very talented and own a alluring collection of beaded jewelry.
Earings specially those chandelier like ones are in fashion for quite long time now. Grab this one from Kathy's collection as this will be a great pick for this festive season.


http://www.kathykingjewelry.com/
And this one is also in queue
http://www.beadage.net/
The artist is Anthea Rose find her collection on mentioned url.

Bracelets are the things girls can't live without specially fashionable girls.


http://www.kathykingjewelry.com/
 This one is again from Kathy.

http://www.beadage.net/
This bracelet can never go wrong with any kind of outfit. The artist of this bracelet is Sally Adamson. She as lot more to show just click on link above(in pic) and have a look.

Ankelets are also in. And one can team it up with Indian as well as western outfit.
http://www.beadage.net/
Heather Donhue is the artist of this beautiful ankelet. All this and more you can find on Emma's website http://www.beadage.net/ .
If anyone who wants to make jewelry by their own then  just let me know and I'll post the step by step DIY project.

What is Decor

Decor is an act or process of enhancing the beauty of a place or thing. Decoration beautifies our surrounding and it can be done by addorning the place or thing with combination of elments like art, craft, fabric, mirror or any other thing that fits aestheticaly.
Here you can see how a living room can be transformed from dull place to exquisite, warm and welcoming area.
Decor is something that involves lot of creativity. There is no need to spend a lot of money for decorating your space you can make your own decorating items.Below is an example of such a room.  
                                     
Using simple things can add drama to your space.You can find everything on my blog so keep an eye on my post. I will post how you can make different decorative items your own. So just wait and watch....

Image Courtesy: Interior-design-book.blogspot.com

What is Craft

Craft is about objects, the artists who make them and the people who use them. It is created by creative person by using his/her imaginations, skills, different elements and processes. Craft is a skill that involves practical art. It can be Glass, Wood, Jute, Paper, Bead, Clay, Metal or Textile.
Craft is an expression of idea to creat decorative or functional object.

Meaning of craft according to persons from craft world:

Edmund de Waal
Practitioner

'Craft is a starting place, a set of possibilities.
It avoids absolutes, certainties, over-robust definitions, solace.
It offers places, interstices, where objects and people meet.
It is unstable, contingent.
It is about experience. It is about desire.
It can be beautiful.'

Mark Jones
Director, Victoria & Albert Museum

Craft is remembering that art is seen, felt and heard as well as understood, knowing that not all ideas start with words, thinking with hands as well as head.

Rosy Greenlees
Director, Crafts Council

'Contemporary craft is about making things.  It is an intellectual and physical activity where the maker explores the infinite possibilities of materials and processes to produce unique objects. To see craft is to enter a world of wonderful things which can be challenging, beautiful, sometimes useful, tactile, extraordinary; and to understand and enjoy the energy and care which has gone into their making.'

If still you want to explore more about craft then you can go through links below :

Your comments encourage me.......so keep commenting!

What is Art

Art has no satisfactory defination. Though I tried my best and it is my endeavour to make you understand what art is.
In old days art is considered as something that is beautiful, that pleases your eyes and that represents something. Now defination of art has changed a lot. Art is a medium of expression where the individual and culture come together. It is a process of arranging elements in such a way that it affects and influences senses, emotions and intellect. It has been defined as a vehicle for the expression or communication of emotions and ideas. It is a superior skill that you can learn by study, practice and observation.

Britanica online defines art as "the use of skill and imagination in the creation of aesthetic objects, environments, or experiences that can be shared with others."



Art is consist of Form and Genre or Content.
An art Form is the specific shape, elements of art, material or quality an artistic expression takes for example canvas texture, color, shape of brush, oil paint etc.
Whereas Content is idea based. It is a set of conventions and style. It generally means what artist meant to portray or the ways in which the work was influenced like nature, religion or spirituality.



With all that, I think you must have understand lot about art. So why to wait go and get your art elements and awake artist in you.
Your comments encourage me.......so keep commenting!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Crafty Karwachauth

Karwachauth is the most romantic festival celebrated mainly in North India, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh , Himachal Pradesh and Gujrat. These days it is celebrated almost in every state of India and even in Pakistan and other countries too. One day fast is observed by women from sunrise to moonrise for the safety and longevity of their husbands.
Women gear up for this festival few weeks in advance. Here are some handcrafted beautiful things that you would like to add this karwachauth. That's why I called it crafty karwachauth. First comes the pooja calender and karwa .... This is very tradition one that women used to draw on wall by rice paste. In present days very decorative and beautiful calenders are available in markets.


This special one is hand crafted brass karwa for special you. You need one clay karwa also ...here it is

Now comes the thali for pooja. You can decorate one by your own. Its very easy just get some Bandhni print cloth, golden laces, sequins, beads or mirror and glue. try your hand on it and will come out like this


After pooja its a great idea to gift your beloved ones with hamper of 'suhaag'. This is just awesome...


You can also go for jewellery boxes that comes in loads of varieties. You can even use them to beautify your place.                                                                                                                                               

This yellow glass case jewelry box is must have. It has beautifully carved metal rim that gives it elegance.
This one is to adorn your place. It is gold plated and lot of meenakari work all around and crystal top.
Now its time for some jewelery shopping. look at these elegant yet stylish pieces. These are all handcrafted jewelery. you too can try hands on it if you are that creative.your

This jhumkas are just beautiful thing to add in your collection.
No festival is complete without flowers and specially when the festival is exclusively for husband and wife. Try to gift such a beautiful bunch of flower to your beloved one and make his/her day.
These multicolor Gerberas are just perfect for that special day and for that special one.
Everything is perfect now and you can enjoy this very romantic festival your own style. Best wishes.....

All images from http://karwachauth.indiangiftsportal.com/



Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Add Gold!

As great Indian festival Diwali is around the corner all of you might be thinking of decorating your space in a unique way. Here are some tips to add glitter of festive season to your home. Gold is in....be it your jwellery, cloths or decor you can use lot of gold everywhere. Throw gold color cushions and see how it can transform the place.


http://www.indiaexotics.com/
 Mirror can make your room look spacious and beautify the place as well. Gold is the color that rules during this festive season.

http://www.goldencrafty.com/

http://www.goldencrafty.com/
Curtains covers the larger area as compare to any other element in your room. So pay attention and use color that can add warmth to your place and gold is always a good option.

http://www.touchofclass.com/

Diwali is incomplete without candles and diyas. Use golden candle holder that will enhance the overall beauty of your decor.
 

http://www.thefind.com/
candle holder by Tom Dixon
Diwali is something about light and fragrance. So don't forget to add some gold vase containing nice bunch of flowers.
http://www.infibean.com/
http://www.infibean.com/
Bedspread and rugs in gold looks just awesome and completely transform your place to palace (and you as a Queen ;-)
http://www.touchofclass.com/

http://www.wikio.com/
The last and most important decor.....table decor where you can add variety of items at single place. Be little creative and all your friends and neighbours will admire your decoration.
http://www.prontohome.com/
http://www.zcater.com/
So ladies Good Luck to all of you. Clebrate this Diwali your own style.

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