Monday, November 20, 2017

Another lazy bum post!

As much as I love drawing, painting, claying and crafting, I have a lazy bum which doesn't move at all on weekends. It rests and rests and rests, this couch potato resents any change of state. And then there is this severe lack of motivation!! So, I decided that this weekend all I'd do was draw, paint and craft, all I did was cooked, ate and binged watched the television. It wasn't until midnight that the artist in me woke up and wanted to craft something - So here it is -
Wanted to make roses - check, wanted to make clay with blended color and sparkle - check, a customized fridge magnet - check, a 4th anniversary keep sake - check!!!
I am happy at how it has come out :)

Did you like it guys?

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Book Lover’s Tag

I found A Book Lover’s Tag on Shilpa's blog - A Rose is a rose is a rose. And I am happily taking it up to write about my books :) If you love it as much as I do, feel free to take it up too.. 

My book worm charm!!




















Say hello to my handmade bookworm and here we go -

1.Do you have a specific place for reading?
No... I can read almost everywhere. I read at the library, at my work desk, in bed, anywhere in the house, in the car while travelling, at the beach on a holiday.. 

Here I am reading in the train!!

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I loveeee bookmarks, so definitely bookmark!! I have a lot of them..
And I keep on losing them...

3. Do you eat or drink whilst reading? 
Noooo... I'd rather stay hungry, but I cannot, at all eat or drink while reading. Cannot spoil my books.

4. Music or TV whilst reading.
Wouldn't mind both, but don't prefer any!

5. One book at a time or several?
Depends on the book... If interested in the book or been on my to-read list for too long, then one book. If I find a book too heavy to digest, I pick up a lighter read along. Also depends on the size of the book, if too heavy for my handbag, I carry a lighter one along.

6. Do you prefer to read at home or elsewhere?
Prefer reading at home, but can read anywhere.

7. Read out loud or silently?
Am a silent reader... Sh..

8. Do you read ahead or skip pages?
Have skipped pages on only two books till now, the pages just wouldn't end and the story just wouldn't move ahead. Otherwise, no skipping at all!

9. Break the spine or keep it like new.
Keep it new, sparkling and happy :)
Book charms!! :)













10. Do you write in books?
No!!! I like them sparkling new. Though when I find difficult words, I prefer writing the word and meaning on tiny notes and keep them inside the book, between the last and second last pages.

11. What books are you reading now?
Just completed "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" and "Small Great Things".
Books I am reading currently




















12. What is your childhood favorite book?
The problem with me and books is the one I read becomes my favorite unless it is really crappy. But to point my most favorite - it is the one and only, Harry Potter. I loved Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys too as a kid.

13. What is your all-time favorite book?
My all time favorite book, books include the Harry Potter series, Jodi Picoult books, The fault in our stars.... and a lot many more.. I have re-read them and loved it every time!!

That’s it for now! 
Please share your thoughts and take up this tag... 
Drop a link here for me to know...

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lazy bum post!!

Sometimes, I wanna just be.. not do anything and be a lazy bum! Maybe watch a cartoon and eat a bowl of hot steaming maggi..

Running away from the hassles of this world and losing everything in drawing an intricate mandala design! Pure bliss. sometimes losing is gaining!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Of cats and chocolates and chicken...

I have been dirtying the last few pages of my books since I was a child. The tiny scribbling wasn't restrained to pages, it was on my clothes and all other places I could draw. But today when I do them all I get is peace. You can represent someone by pictures. Doodles are great - random doodles to freshen the mind, thought of doodles depicting a person, patterns which go and and create some thing beautiful!!I love all of them. Adding to my card collection is yet another doodle - about some one who is a proud cat daddy to three cute cats, loves eating chicken,fries and desserts and is a cartoon lover!

Have a look !! Hope you love seeing it as much as I loved creating it...


And here is the inside -

Do you like it? Would you give someone a personalized card like that?
Your views are welcome!!

Book review - Small Great Things - Jodi Picoult

Small Great ThingsSmall Great Things by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I got my hands on Jodi Picoult novels just by chance in a garage sale and I cannot be any happier. I got a few of them and when I finally read them, was disappointed that I didn't get all of them. So, when this new book was out I wanted to read it asap. And I am so glad I did. I like her style of narration. This is a book about the situation of colored people in a majority white state. The book revolves around an incident in the life of the family of a new born baby and a nurse. I will not give away any more details, but if you like Jodi Picoult novels, you should read this one too. I found the end a bit different that the other novels, this one ends like a typical bollywood movie, but then who doesn't like happy endings.

View all my reviews

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Love!

Loving someone is no enough. It never was, it never will be. Expressing your love is as important. Small caring gestures, a message, a smile,a gift,a vacation, a hand cooked meal - mean a lot.

Here is a tiny card expressing a lot of love -
Watercolor and sharpie on paper..

Here is the front -
























Here is a cute little panda on the inside -

And here is the back side -

Rekindle your love or just surprise your partner with these beautiful cards!Available in different sizes and the text inside can be customized :)Here is my page on facebook. TheCreativePaw. Please show some love!!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rangoli Times!!

As a kid, rangoli on Diwali was more of an unsaid competition. I still remember all the aunties in the colony getting up at dawn and drawing fabulous designs, each had their own specialty. Some made those fab designs with dots and some made free hand drawings. If that wasn't less, the rangoli's would be redrawn in the evening and decorated with flowers and diyas. Just like heritage, the rangoli designs changed hands, from mothers to daughters. Mom drew beautiful flowers and petals. The only help the cousin and I could do was fill in colors, which had to be redone by mom, anyways! Each time I saw a beautiful design with dots, I'd be geared up the next morning, but the dots never fell in place, forget completing the rangoli.. and then it was mom's flowers again.
When we grew up and understood that it was perfectly acceptable to draw with a chalk and then fill in colors, the cousin and I fought over who'd make the rangoli. Finally we were given our corners in the house and we'd have three different rangoli designs.Eventually things changed, we grew up, moved out of our little nests. It had been 8 years when last Diwali, all I wanted was to make a rangoli and so I did! It came out to be like a crayon drawing by a five year old. Spirits dampened, the rangoli powder was packed and kept in one of the corners of the house for an entire year, when this Diwali the artist in me awoke again :D I purchased new colors, not thinking of what I already had and was all geared up, looking on the internet for "EASY" or "BEGINNER" designs. I think I did an okayish job here. So, three rangolis for three days of Diwali :)
Without anymore ado, here's presenting the designs -

Day 1 - the quintessential peacock design. If you'd ask mom in her sleep what rangoli I made, she'd always say peacock... I wouldn't agree that the shapes are good.. but it's fine I tried (this is me totally telling myself that it is okay)

Day 2 - Diwali!!  Tried making this beautiful design using the rangoli colors and a Q-tip, can you the see the shades of green!

Also made these rangoli designs on water... Again courtesy google!!

Day 3 - This design is a medley of all the colors I had, mixed and match everything to create this one

All designs courtesy google and youtube :) 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Unicorn love!!

Being a human is way too complicated,
Time to be a unicorn!!

I got these amazing pencil water-colors, which I spoke about in my last post. I am totally loving them. They are so much fun to draw and paint with. Catch a glimpse of these super cute unicorns - Watercolor on paper!



These are the colors I am using -



And yes, in the pictures, the cute cuddly unicorn you are seeing is one of the birthday gifts I got for myself! Isn't he lovely!! Here is a video of the clay unicorn charm I worked on last night. It needs some finishing touches - the sparkle, the varnish and it will be ready to spread its magic!


Please show some unicorn love if you are reading this!!

#TheCreativePaw #Watercolors #Unicorns #Magic #UnicornLove #PolymerClay #ClayCrafts

Monday, November 6, 2017

Spidey love!!!

Balloons are fun, they are cute, lovable and if they represent your favorite characters then they are keepsakes. I have been watching for these cartoon balloons and already have a Pooh and yesterday I got another one - Spidey.... See how cute he is!!!



I also went stationary shopping - my favorite kind of shopping and got these pencil water colors. I had always fancied them as a kid, and finally got my hands on them. They are super magical..  Fill in the pencil color, take a wet paint brush and spread your magic - it looks too good to be true.. So, here is my first watercolor on paper spider man drawing!!



#TheCreativePaw #WatercolorLove #SpiderMan 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

#YourLove

Scars on my wrist,
A broken heart,
A tattered soul,
This is your love.

No thank you!

#YourLove

Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

#NotYourLove

Butterflies in my tummy,
Goosebumps on my skin,
Not your love,
Just my first day as an entrepreneur!

#NotYourLove

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

#NotYourLove #NotForYou #SorryNotSorry

That beautiful red dress,
Nude pumps,
Red lips!
Not for you,
Ready for myself!


#NotYourLove #NotForYou #SorryNotSorry

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

#NotYourLove

Cannot sleep with you,
Cannot sleep without you!
Not your love,
Just Insomnia!

#NotYourLove
..Part of a series.. Stay tuned for more..

Friday, October 27, 2017

The tiffin box

An empty tummy, just like an empty vessel makes noises. It aggravates into a monster and then nobody can calm it. Although she knew she was the HANGRY kinds, it took her a lecture from her Mom to tell her to keep her tummy full always - because God couldn't be everywhere he made Mothers!
She loved eating and cooking.. that was a good combination. She believed in cooking and eating from the heart, else the food didn't turn out to be tasty.So when she cooked, she cooked from the heart - one of the many learning taken from Mom and Dad.
The cooker whistled, six, two more to go, she counted. The spices were roasting, spreading their aroma. The milk boiled covered with a thick layer of cream. Now it was time to turn the magic wand and combine them into one. The pulses, the spices, the cream embraced each other and slowly the love potion was getting ready. She loved how everything tasted so good together. Just a pinch of salt, some coriander and wohoo food is ready. It was one of her favorite comfort food.
After dinner, tiffins were packed, she was glad to have a big share. She'd relish it again, a smile spread across her face. Satisfied, she slipped into sleep. There is no love sincerer that the love of food.. and when you are in love, life looks beautiful.
Birds chirped, the sunlight woke her up making a beautiful maze on the walls of her room. The daily chores done and she was ready. She took out her tiffin and lo! it just didn't seem right. She remembered filling it to the brim but all she could see was 4 spoons. She was sad. Nobody should do that :( Why!! The tiffin box made her sad.
Why don't people understand - there is no love sincerer that the love of food.

To make a new start...

If you are reading this, I am really grateful.. I haven't been sincere here... I have had thoughts to pen but they were never written.. When I did actually sit down to write, I did not remember what to and how to... I always had words to say and things to write but I become clueless when I click on 'New Post'.
Putting the negatives behind, I am making a new start. So, while I try to keep my existing hobbies alive - I have started claying and I find it really liberating.. Like a child with a new toy, I invested myself into creating small clay charms. I haven't mastered the art yet but I have made a start and I am happy I did. I also thought of selling these cute little charms, but I do not know the how-when-where? I do not know what to charge for them, I do not know if anyone will want to buy them, I do not think I will be able to sell them in person, I do not know where to get the raw material at a better price - there are way too many unknowns. I have a Facebook page but I haven't made it public yet. I do not know how many minimum pieces do I need to make to showcase my art. Well!!
And so my blogger friends I need help. How do I make a start?

Here are a few of my creations -



Do you like them?
They can be turned into keychains, charms, fridge magnets and a lot more!!!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#MeToo

That time when a relative touched you inappropriately or when a teacher misbehaved, that cat call, that touch in the bus home. Haven't we all at some time in our lives been abused. Some times we didn't understand, sometimes we didn't know what to do even when we understood, sometimes when we spoke, our voices were hushed.. #MeToo
As I go through my Facebook and Twitter posts today, I see my friends, colleagues, acquaintances post the #MeToo hashtag. I am dumbfounded - that girl whom I deemed strong, who stood against the tide and proved herself, even she has been abused. That friend whom I considered the voice of the youth, even she at some time has felt the same. They come out as brave women believe me.
I am scared, scared for girls everywhere. No place is safe - you are not safe in your house, not safe in your school, not safe on the roads , not safe at your workplace. Age is no bar, nor is your dressing sense nor is your marital status. Nothing stops this inhuman ability of people to talk and touch inappropriately.
How difficult is it to understand the word "NO". When someone says it, they mean it. Since when has abusing become a part of amusement? And why doesn't it ever stop. Why is no one spared? I know of people who were abused as kids. What does a baby understand? What would a toddler know about inappropriate touch? Why should a teenage suffer your wrath? Why should a married women be raped? Why should anybody have to suffer? Why cannot we respect our bodies as the holy institution God has made them? Why?
So many questions, but no answers! The aftermath - the marches, the candles lit, the court cases, broken hearts and home! And what do I do as a person at my end to stop this?

No, I do not want to sympathize, neither do I want any sympathy. I do not want to shout our for my rights after the harm is done. I do not want to cry tears of shame when I think about how as a child I was abused and I didn't even know it was abusive then. Term it as feminism or call it 'My Body, My Rules' - the terminology doesn't matter. What matters is unity - we need to stand together against this. We need to be educated and we need to educate. Let us stop the harm before it happens. Let us stand together and let the tormentors know that a 'NO' is a 'NO' and if it is not regarded so, they will be punished.

#MeToo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Venting out...

No matter how many times I promise myself to write regularly to my blog, it just doesn't work that way. And then there are reasons as absurd as possible - there is no chocolate to eat, unicorns do not exist, Fred died and so did Dobby, the sun rose in the East... endless list
But sometimes, I am left speech less. Not that I do not have words, it is just that I am afraid to express and then you my blog are my savior.

There has been a lot going on in my life. More bad than good, so I have been low, really low to the extent that searching motivation some days is like waiting for my Hogwart's letter.. So, let me pen down stuff here. There are times when I am left to cook dinner alone, which is not a problem. What irks me to no end though is not being informed that people will not be having dinner at home. You not helping is a different story, but coming home to a cooked dinner, making us wait and then telling your stomach is full doesn't really help.One, a lot of effort goes in coming home after a full day at work , deciding what to cook and then actually doing the needful. Two, a lot of food is wasted. It is easier to inform people that you won't be dining at home.

When the roles reverse and we inform that we do not want to eat, don't know why it isn't acceptable. Suddenly the spot light is on us and I feel like a dementor is sucking the very life from me. So, you cook for two and I can see that and then we are forced to join you. We already informed we aren't hungry and we know our tastes do not match. But this time, we are under the spot light and I am 100% sure that this supper will be etched  hard into memories and not only you but also our elders will make it a point to tell us we are wrong.

When a doctor forces their kid to become a doctor, when what he/she actually wants to do is sing, the parent is counseled to let the kid have their own way. Every person is different and should be given a choice to decide. Elders shouldn't force on kids their understandings and beliefs. Just because you don't know of the innumerable times I cooked and the food was wasted, you cannot judge me for this one time I did not eat. There are reasons - which I cannot shout out loud. If I were diplomatic and clever, I would have had a bite of everything, complimented and appreciated. But then it wouldn't have been who I am. It doesn't feel right to my heart, so I cannot do this.

If you have been through this, thanks for your patience... Sometimes, it is better to vent out by writing... knowing its out of your system and not confiding to someone in particular.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Waking up a dead blog...

Been a long time.. haven't written a single line here...
Too much work @office, messed up life.. I have all the reasons to not write...
But here I am starting again - coz this is one place where I am who I am - unjudged, unbiased, raw - the real me!

For firsts, the project I was working on ended after a long period of two and a half years. For the first time in my career, I am work-less for a week now. I hurt my wrist and am roaming with a crepe bandage tied to it - the doctor said I need to give it rest, not to use the keyboard and mouse! Yeah right!! I have been reading a lot :) and happily reading!!



Got myself the entire Harry Potter series and I feel so happy each time I see the books peaking through my book rack.


I was lucky to get my hands on novels by Jodi Picoult and I am loving them!! I got them at a buy-books-by-weight exhibition and I am so happy I got them! Planning to buy her entire collection now :)

I started painting.. got myself a canvas and some paints and brush! And painted after 3 years.. Isn't the best from my brush but something is better than nothing!

The doodling is on and will continue I hope...

And I baked a cake for hubby's birthday.. It looked good and I myself was surprised by the outcome!!

Happy to write once more.. Hope I do not dis-continue now!

Another lazy bum post!

As much as I love drawing, painting, claying and crafting, I have a lazy bum which doesn't move at all on weekends. It rests and rests ...