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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

When do I get the time?



This is NOT a preachy post- quite the opposite- so please go on reading.

As a full time working woman who also makes beaded jewelry that is the question I am asked frequently.

So I have been observing my time patterns nowadays and here is when I get the time:

It is 7:00 am on a weekday. I have a bus to catch to work at 745 and it is going to be a long day ahead. I have worked till late the earlier night too. A design is on my mind since a couple of days and I simply can’t seem to wait to start creating it. So in those packed three quarters of an hour that I have to get my lunchbox ready, take a bath, dress up – and I also manage to make an accessory or two. Not only that, I take a quick picture of it on my phone to show to my office colleagues. *pats self on back*

It is 12 noon on a Saturday. We have just had heavy breakfast and may mostly skip lunch. So there is suddenly a lot of time at hand. I sit at my bead table but am reminded of the Koyri emails I have to reply to and the photos that I want to pin on my Pinterest boards. So I get up and go online. After whiling away three to four hours online and also getting inspired by co-beaders and jewelry designers, I reluctantly get back to my bead table. That is when I realize it needs cleaning. The rest of the day is spent arranging and organizing my stuff. It is only on Sunday that guilt of being very very lazy creeps up and I do some serious work and finish some serious assignments.

I am in office on a weekday afternoon and feeling very sleepy. I open some craft sites and pine to get to my bead table instantly. If that feeling stays until the work-day and the hour long commute ends, then there is nothing stopping me from creating one design after another until late in the night. There are times the Boy has to beg me to go to sleep because he knows I will complain about a headache at work the next day. :)

So basically there is no strict pattern of the time I spend with my accessories. It is just when an overpowering feeling of getting creative takes over, that I get up and about.
So when my friend Pallu shared this picture by the minimalists on facebook made me wonder if I am even putting half of what I can to master my skills? 


I think I know the answer and it is NO.

So what do you suggest?  I am sure each one of you follow a hobby/passion and dedicate time to it – be it gardening, sports, reading, baking, gaming, sewing.…. I would really like to know how you manage your time and make the best of it. Any ideas?

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Peekaboo... there is something new!

Girls, there is more reason to dress up now. I am very excited to introduce a new addition to our line of items - handbags. 

The bag is 13 inches X 15 inches in size, made from off-white mill-made fabric, with colourful satin ribbons that work as drawstrings and finally block printed in abstract patterns. 

Needless to say, the bags are h.a.n.d.m.a.d.e. :)







Like them? Want them? :)

Saturday, 18 August 2012

What do you do when...

..you find yourself wide awake before 7 am on a Saturday morning. Usually I'd go for a swim or walk, but this morning I felt too lazy to get out of the house. Between making myself coffee and seeing the bulbul's activity I glanced at my messy bead table. It was so messy and cluttered that there was no visible work area left on the table. "That always happens when I make stuff" I thought. So no amount of clearing would make it better 'cos it would end up getting cluttered all over again. But then, who was I kidding. The beads, the wire, the strings.. everything almost begged to be organised and put in their designated places. 

before


So I put my cuppa on the window pane and got started. There were so many boxes in all shapes and sizes holding multiple beads that I had kind of lost track of how much stock I had. And then there were so many trays and lids and saucers held hooks, pendants, small wires that had entangled so bad that sorting them was a test to my patience. Wonder why I hoarded so many things just 'cos they *might* be of use someday. I decided that if they weren't of any use in the last six months, they were never ever going to be. Phew! Anyway, I succeeded. After three hours of arranging and organising  (and after reheating the forgotten coffee twice) the stuff this is how my table finally looked.

after
There is so much space and it feels so fresh! I cannot wait to get started on my designs now. And look the top shelf is entirely empty. 

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

What's your type?


The crescent earrings are back in two colour combinations...

a sober cream and black combo

and a brighter blue and red one.

What's your type? Which of the two catches your fancy?

Friday, 3 August 2012

New bracelets... (Old post lying in drafts)

Last Diwali the Boy lighted up my bead table. Yes he got me a light fixture and fitted it above my bead table so that I no longer have to squint my eye in the direction of the big tube light in the room.
On most evenings when I am at my bead table, the boy also usually gets his book or his laptop in the same room. And that’s how our small family spends time with each other - doing our own things :P

And I have no idea what I expect you to do with that piece of information and there is no specific reason I typed that out but hey in case anyone’s listening - I’d really like a chair exclusively for the bead table now. Dragging one of the dinner table chairs around the house is cumbersome.

:)

Add

Anyway, so what have I been up to since I last blogged? Well.. not much. I have been hibernating (w.r.t. Koyri )for such a long time now that I want to hide my face every time someone asks me if I’ve made something new! But trust me there is something on the cards and I will let you know about it very soon. Hopefully in my next post. In the meantime, tell me if you like these new bracelets and the earrings I made to go with them.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

With Buddha in the backdrop

spirals make a comeback along with few other earrings.
Last couple of weeks just flew past leaving me no time for my beads. And just as luck would have it, I got a lot of inquiries about available stock. So even though I haven't made anything after the nests, there were some earrings lying around begging to be photographed and listed. :)
So here they are:







For lack of a better name, presenting blue-star:




There is more coming up. Please bear with me while I take stock of other things in my life and come back with newer and prettier designs.

Friday, 29 June 2012

Reuse

In view of reducing clutter on my bead table without having to spend money to buy more storage boxes, here is my attempt at reusing boxes into a vertical folding box with compartments. :) 
It was just a matter of cut and paste and I completed this in a span of fifteen -twenty minutes.... one episode of The Big Bang theory to be precise. Initially planned on embellishing it with fancy paper and sequins but I ran out of patience and couldn't wait to dump my assorted beads in it. 
So the decoration will have to wait for another day when we sit back and watch reruns of another sitcom. :) 


I had been hoarding the shoebox for a long time but did not put it to use. Mainly because beads are hard to find if they are just dumped into a box that big and searching for a certain bead for too long takes away all the enthusiasm of creating something. The smaller identical Choco lava boxes had been stored and then collectively handed over by thoughtful friend for shipping my jewelry in it. Unfortunately the boxes she gave clearly outnumbered the number of orders I get and hence I thought I will put some of them to better use. :)


Here are pictures:






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Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Tree of Life


I came across the concept of the Tree of Life a few days back and wanted to paint it on one of my glass bottles. Or on a tee shirt. As I googled for an image for inspiration and reference, I saw that the tree of life pendant was very famous not only among the artsy crafty people but it was also very famous in the bead-world already. There were so many pendants on etsy itself. What I thought was a brilliant idea wasn't something very new. I have gotten on the bus real late. But hey, I reused an old wooden bangle as my frame. That's new! :P


When I completed making it and showed it to the Boy excitedly ('cos I was happy with my result), he gave me the "Huh?" look. He flipped it over, turned it upside down, observed it from all possible angles and still couldn't figure what it was. :( What a dampener to my spirits!


And that's when I thought I should ask you all if it even looked remotely like a tree, let alone Tree of Life. So thanks to those who guessed it right, you instilled my confidence. :D 
Noor, babe, you get 10/10. :)


Now I am wondering if this should go up on one of my walls or on my desk or on the door knob or on the bookshelf.. Hmm. Let's see. I'll put up a picture once I have made up my mind.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Time for a quiz

What does this look like to you? What is it that I have tried making here? 



Nesting instincts

Three hours at the bead table with cups of hot steaming coffee, good music and rains keeping company- here is what the Sunday had me doing.  

Grey-brown eggs in a silver nest


The bird that makes a golden nest lays green eggs :D
Group photo
Dark red glass beads wrapped in silver wire.

I can't decide whether I like the messy bird nest that I had made earlier better or the ones above. What about you?




By the way, these were made without using pliers with the exception of just cutters to snip the wire in the end. Rest of it is genuinely 'handmade' in the real sense of the word. Or hand twisted so to say. Yes, I've g sore fingertips that hurt a little as I type :( But next time I shall hopefully not complain about them and show them off proudly like a hard working skilled craftsmen. :) 


There is something about a bird nest that looks cozy and warm. Don't you think? :) Just string it in a wire or any chain and use it as a pendant. Or lock it in your keychain clasp. Or just hang it up on a softboard at your study table. I think these will also make cute gifts for a baby shower. 

Monday, 18 June 2012

A long weekend

The Palkhi, a tradition followed in Maharashtra, passed through Pune last week. And since the city is filled with warkaris and their dindis, our office declared a holiday on Friday. A long weekend when you are swamped neck-deep in work is more than welcome, isn't it?
Friday was spent at the movies watching "Madagascar III" and "Ferrari ki Sawari" back to back. Both movies are recommended by me, first one 'cos I am a sucker for animation movies and the second one 'cos it is a sweet movie (if you can ignore some of the typical Bollywood cliches)
So just as we came home from the movies guilt of not having used my extra holiday for Koyri started setting in. And trust me, guilt does wonders. Rest of the weekend was spent at my bead table- tidying it up, sorting the beads, packing and storing away finished products. And of course, making new products. This time I did a few neck pieces. Let me know how you like them. 


More of pink and less of blue

More of blue and less of pink

browns.. subtle yet making a statement.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

I had to chronicle this

My first very interview as an entrepreneur. Sounds so fancy, doesn't it? I was approached by a nice lady from SupportBiz saying she would like to feature Koyri on their website. And that's how this came along...
http://www.supportbiz.com/articles/top-story/chat-gunjan-parulkar-koyri.html

:) :) I am all smiles and grins today. :D

Friday, 11 May 2012

B for buttons


I am slowly turning into my mother, in a good way of course ;) I fold away plastic bags neatly by the corners making small squares, keep them under a heavy book or the bedding and after they flatten out, I keep them in the car and other places where they can be re-used. I don’t just crumple them into a ball and ignore them anymore.
When I recently unpacked a crockery set I had received long back, I quickly stored away the small boxes that carried spoons and forks. Of course to use them for sending my stuff across you all. :) 
I still remember during school days, when we were assigned fun projects to make charts, wall hangings, mini science projects- never did my mother once go out and buy items for it. Everything from old wedding invites to ice-cream candy sticks was found at home. Somehow she always knew how to  put it to use. And the same re-use recycle bug seems to have bit me.

I had a brainwave one day of making earrings out of buttons. Since my mom is an amazing seamstress I knew she would have good stock of colourful buttons. I called her and told her to bring them when she came to my house next.

She arrived a few days back and handed over the big Nivea box – when Nivea was sold in blue tin boxes where you opened the foil carefully before dipping your finger in the cold cream- remember? I was seeing that box after years!! It was more like a box of memories than buttons. The Orange button from a frock that was half stitched for some reason. A metallic brown button from a denim skirt, potli buttons from a chikan blouse that my sister and I fought over. :)

I went back to those years when Mom would be at her sewing machine till late in the night after coming back from work for special occasions in school when we were excused from wearing uniforms for a day. I could even smell the Singer oil my mother used to oil her Usha sewing machine before using it after a long break. Such sweet memories, I tell you. I really have to learn to stitch and sew. What a shame that neither of us sisters do!!

Well here is what I made from my favourite buttons from the lot. 








So if you have buttons- here is how you can reuse them. Send them to me and I can make something for you. Let’s re-use smartly and fashionably as much as we can!

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Saturday, 28 April 2012

The teapot and my plants

The title and the photos are just an excuse to show you my new designs ;)  Two props that I was playing around with.....

First goes teapot.

Lego

Droplet

India meets Egypt



Now from my garden...

Pinca

Strawberry

Candy

How do you like em pics? Now you know how I spend my Saturday afternoons.  :)

P.S.: Email me at order@koyri.com or leave a comment for prices. 

Thursday, 26 April 2012

A follow up post to the earlier one

Hello everyone. How've you been? Exactly two days after I challenged myself to take up the humungous  (IMO) task, I fell ill. A month and a half of hearing words like hospital, medicines, bed rest, pain etc. I have bounced back (I hope) to normalcy.
Obviously, the exhibition went for a toss. I called the organisers and told them to give my table to someone else. I felt really bad doing so because I really wanted to see how I would fare.
Anyway, I should stop whining and be grateful I am back on my feet. And I am back at my beading desk though I am taking things easy. 


Few pictures from the new collection: 


Button Flower

Mush




More pictures up on http://koyri.com/ in the New Arrivals section


P.S.: OM: Sorry I couldnt reply to your comment but it made me feel good that someone misses me on this blog. :)

Thursday, 5 April 2012

My mother...


...is talented. Period. I told her I wanted to have something like an over the door organiser (something like this) to hold my loose beads. She often visits the market in Dadar, Mumbai and I wanted her to look out for something similar. 


[This post is cross posted from the other blog]


And in a months time, this is what I get. Handmade. By my mother. Using her old cotton saree that I love. Take a look.



Palm sized compartments to access the beads easily. 


18 compartments or 36? ;)  check again!



And that is only half of my stock sorted and arranged. 


It has doors!!! Doors, can you believe it! They can be tied together to close the organiser when not in use. :)  Sunday was spent tying and untying the knots, fussing over where to put it up, taking pictures, organising beads...

Man,  I feel like a little girl with a doll house. :)

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Will I ? Wont I ?


Firstly, thank you for the amazing response to the Women’sday offer. Thank you to all those who also spread a word and brought in more audience.
It was nice to interact with so many new people and I was overwhelmed with the response. :) I have many more ideas coming up for you all so keep looking out for updates on my page! (By the way, do you like the new look of my facebook page on timeline?)


Okay, so here is what the title of this post talks about:

I have committed to hosting a stall for two consecutive weekends in April.
Work at office has increased multiple times.
There are a couple of functions in the family I have to attend just around then.
The Boy and I aren’t in the best of our health. 

So it looks like my hands are going to be full in the days to come. An exhibition means a lot of responsibility. Since I am going public (to complete strangers) for the first time, I also think it is important to make more notable designs. And make more in numbers anticipating there will be a large crowd. The last thing I want is my table to look empty! Then the workload at office is driving me nuts. I often find myself waking up from my sleep sweating due to work related tension. The family functions being held in my city which means many people will be put up at my place. Which in a way is a wonderful thing since I will have doting uncle and aunts who have been wanting to see our new house but haven’t had the opportunity to. But then I wonder if I will be able to be a good host with so many things to do. My health isn’t as bad as I made it sound, on most days it is fatigue that makes me hit the sack early.

And now I am setting myself a target. I have exactly 18 days to go for the exhibition. I will need at least 200 pieces. (Too less eh? Tell me if you think so, please?) I’ve got to make 10 pieces a day (minimum) no matter what. I am calling this the 18*10 challenge. Will keep you guys updated. Hope you are with me on this! Please keep your fingers crossed. 

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Dust if you must. But read this you must!


Women's day or not, you have every right to feel special. Here is a lovely poem I received in my inbox lately that I want to share with you.

LADIES!!! 

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Remember...a 
layer of dust protects the Wood beneath it. 


'A 
house 
becomes a 
home 
when you can write 'I love you' on the 

furniture.'


I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend
making sure things were just perfect 'in case
someone came over' Finally I realized one day,
that 
no-one came over;
they
were all out living life and having fun! 
NOW, 
when 
people visit, 


don't have to 

explain
 
the 
'condition' 
of my home
 

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They 
are more interested in hearing about the things 

I've been doing while I was away living 

life and having fun.
If 
you haven't figured this out yet, please 

heed this advice. 

Life
is short.
Enjoy it! 
Dust 
if you must 

........
 

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wouldn't it be better to paint a picture or 

write a letter, 


bake 
cookies or a cake
 
and 
lick the spoon or plant a 

seed,
 

It 
is time to ponder the difference 

between 

want and need !!!

Dust 
if you must,
 
but 
there's not all THAT much time . . . .. 

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wine to drink, rivers to swim and mountains to 

climb

music to hear 
and
books to read, 
friends to cherish
and a life to lead.

Dust if you 
must,
 
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the world's out there with the sun in your 

eyes,
the 
wind in your 

hair...

flutter of snow,

shower of rain
.
This 
day will 
not 
come around, 
again.... 


Dust if you 
must
 
but
bear in mind,old
age
will come
and
it won't be kind...
And 
when you go -
and
go you must 
you, yourself will make more 

dust!



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Share this with 
all the wonderful women in your life. 


JUST DID.
It's 
not what you
gather, 
but what you
scatter 
that tells what kind of life you have 

lived.
 

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:)

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