I recently ordered a few pretty square stamps and gold embossing powder. I used it to create a small Kolam design for our “Golu”, the display of dolls that South Indians prepare for Navrathri. The picture doesn’t do the embossing much justice, but the 3D shiny gold design looks great, and it compliments the Wedding (Kalyanam) set that we have. I have attached a close up photo of the kolam, as well as a photo of our entire Golu display. Be it golu or garba, I hope everyone is having a wonderful Navrathri :)
Recently a friend introduced me to jewelry making and it’s quite an addictive hobby. It takes very little to get started, and it requires very little skill to put it together. The benefit is, that for a couple of hours worth of work, you can really get jewelry made the way YOU want it, to specifically match outfits. It’s also a lot cheaper!
Last week I made this set for my mom. She’s into slightly chunky jewelry, and wanted something like this to wear with her jeans and simple salvars. The stone I used was “Chrysocorra”, the gemstone of peace. This stone is great for health problems, relationship issues, and is used to treat diabetes, arthritis and more! Interesting isn’t it? It’s a really pretty stone, and every single bead is different, so it adds character to the necklace. (Read more here). I shopped at Arton Beads in Toronto, honestly an amazing place. The string of chrysocorra beads cost me $6.00 (On sale), and the round silver beads cost me only $2.50 a pack ($5 in total). I got all the wire previously and I’ve already used it for many jewelry pieces.
At the same time, I also made a set for my friend’s birthday. I made earrings, a long necklace, and a bracelet. I used fresh water pearls and amethyst. The string of fresh water pearls were $8.00, and I got two strings of amethysts for $6.00 each. See what I mean by affordable? For only $20.00 (plus a little extra for wires etc), I was able to make a customized and personal gift.
Here’s the intro to jewelry making :) I’ve made a lot more so stay tuned for more picture uploads.
Edited to add: Both these pieces are now for sale on srisarts.etsy.com ! Check it out :)