So, dear readers, am back after a break. Actually, a forced break, which I had to take due to the house shift – as you all know from my last couple of posts. I am so relieved that it’s finally done! And, so excited to be in this brand new house – so sunny, airy and spacious. Yes, airy it is. That I can tell you for sure! We’re bang in the middle of a Delhi summer and yet don’t feel the need to run the fans full throttle.
Though it’s after all a high-rise apartment, there is plenty of space for Pari to play, run, hop, skip or set up a big plastic pool in one of the balconies. Well, nothing can beat the fun of having a patch of grass, puddles, sand pit – where the little hands can dig, feel the nature under their feet and on their hands and run around fancy free. And yet, I’d like to bring nature into this apartment home of ours by consciously using the balcony space, the corridor and even the room space more creatively.
An opportunity to do interiors from scratch – and with a purpose – is so very exhilarating, isn’t it? (smiles)
So, it didn’t take long for Pari and me to get back into the groove and get going with our little artful projects.
But, I’ll share those later.
Today, I have to share this lovely rose mask cum photo frame cum wall piece!
Pari had made this just a day or two before our house shift and since I was so occupied with the packing etc, she created this almost single handedly. Can you believe it? I could not, when once in a while I peeped into her room to see the work in progress.
My help was in terms of cutting up the styrofoam plate, giving her the raw material and giving her cues here and there.
We have bundles of handmade paper in her art cabinet. I asked her which colour/texture paper she would like to make the flower with. And, she chose the magenta one with beautiful textures.
Before moving on to sketch on the actual sheet, I asked her to draw some petals for practice on a scrap of paper.
Along side her, I drew various shapes of petals and let her decide what kind of petals she wanted for the flower. She drew heart shaped ones.
And, here we go – lots of hearts with a black marker. And then – snip, snip, snip…
Doesn't that heart look positively healthy?
And here comes the styrofoam ring…
Once all the petals were pasted, I helped her attach a wooden spoon from the back. First we glued it and then taped as well to make it sturdy.
The finishing touches….
I love the fact that we can use this in so many ways – as mask (not exactly a masquerade mask, though!), a photo frame (just tape the photo behind the petaled frame and as wall art. And, it gives me gift making ideas for Valentine's Day.
hmmm… I know 14th Feb is no where in sight yet but still… (winks)
I need help sustaining this blog…
Dear blog readers – It’s been exactly eight years now that I’ve been writing on this blog! Yes, eight long years and hundreds of articles. From art, creativity and learning to food, health, gardening, travel, sustainable and mindful living, natural birth – in our un-schooling life, as we go on introspecting, questioning and evolving, I’ve strived to share our stories and experiences with as much honesty, care and sincerity as possible.
The most important thing for me is to keep this blogging endeavour authentic and true to my values. This blog has been my sacred space to express, share, feel empowered and contribute. Hence, I do not like to support businesses that don’t align with my values. So far, I’ve rarely taken sponsorship from brands and companies. I haven’t placed any ads on my blog, though there have been multiple offers.
Infact, I’d like to keep this blog ad free unless something truly meaningful comes across.
Yet, there’s a cost to running this blog. The basic cost of keeping the domain alive, and hosting all this content on. I spend roughly INR 10,000 (USD 173) just to keep this blog up and running. So, I need to cover this cost. Plus, it’d be nice to bring in some income for our family of four. And, this is where I request your support.
If you find my articles and stories useful or inspiring at some level, please help me sustain. Starting from 1 dollar to whatever you can, do consider donating for the content I share; the time and effort I put. Your support will go a long way in keeping this blog (of 8+ years) sparkling with stories for many more years to come. Thank you, dear ones. I’ll value what you’ll gift with love and kindness. :-)
International readers: Donate using PayPal
Readers in India: Donate here