Tag Archives: Birthday

Painted Jewelry Boxes


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For our friends’ 25th birthdays, my friend Sarica & I decided to decorate wooden boxes and fill them with 25 memories & $25 gift cards :) I had a really fun time adding as many acrylic paint colors as possible and lots of little jewels :). You can’t see it in this picture, but the bottom of the box is painted in a deep blue, and the inside walls are orange.


Happy 3 years Srisarts!


The past three years have been pretty big ones in my personal life, and through all the ups and downs, art, dance, and music have given me a lot of happiness. It’s been great sharing that with you, and the support I have gotten through facebook & my blog have been amazing! I hope you stick around for more years to come.

Here’s a picture of what I feel is my best personal creative project in the past three years


A Quarter Century Birthday Card



One of my closest & oldest friend celebrates her 25th birthday today! After celebrating almost every birthday together, it’s actually crazy to imagine how old we’ve become and how old our friendship is. After living in the same country for our entire lives, she got an amazing job opportunity in London (England) that she just couldn’t refuse. I decided to make her a card and ship it off to her. I got all of our common friends to contribute a personalized message :) This 5×7 card was made using card-stock & acrylic paint.

Pari, I wish you an amazing year, and all the very best in your fancy international career!


Peru Inspired Birthday Card







Two weeks ago, I was all packed and ready to go for my one week adventure in Lima, Peru. It was my first trip to South America, and also my first official work trip! With so many work obligations and things to see, I only managed to find a few hours for shopping in the “Indie Market” to pick up a couple of gifts for my family & friends. Lima was absolutely beautiful! The weather was in the mid 20’s with a cool ocean breeze. I had mangoes with my breakfast every morning, and I had an amazing time practicing Spanish with all the locals :)

The week I landed also happened to be one of my friend’s birthdays :) I decided to whip up  a quick Peru Inspired card to match the Peruvian inspired scarf I got her. Today also happens to be MY birthday! So Feliz Cumpleanos to me as well ;)



Saint Thyagaraja’s Birthday


Yesterday, Saint Thyagaraja would have turned 245 years old. Thyagaraja composed 1000’s of Kritis, and each year we still honour his contribution to Carnatic Music at our annual Thyagaraja festival.

He, along with his contemporaries Muthuswami Dikshitar and Shyama Shastry, forms the Trinity of Carnatic music.In 2007, around the time of my first Carnatic music concert, I had drawn a picture of the Trinity.

I drew this using lead pencil on card paper that we got in bulk at Chapters. :P Clearly, I was not introduced to the excitement of cool arts products yet.

Lazy Birthday Cards Part 2


Here are the final two cards I made, with a mix of leftover paint, pencil crayons, and black pen. I am aware that this looks like it was put together by a 12 year old :P But it’s the thought that counts, right?

This first card is for our “diva” friend, who happens to be a guy.

This card is for our friend who loves to eat cake. loves to eat anything really… And she happens to be a girl.

Lazy Birthday Cards


While most people were out celebrating Easter, I was celebrating four different birthdays! With classes and work every day, I didn’t have much time to put together fancy birthday cards, so I made four “lazy” birthday cards.

These are two simple black and white floral cards done with Permanent Markers. Though the effect wasn’t as great as using ink, it was definitely very quick. I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekends :)