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... 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. 


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.

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.



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.

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