Eco-Friendly Ganesha

Ganesha made with newspaper:

IMG_4906

IMG_7057

Newspaper and clay are eco-friendly ways to create the idol for Ganesha Chaturthi.

Let us pledge to keep our environment and surroundings free from pollution.

Here’s to a healthy, eco-friendly and happy Ganesha Chaturthi from the Paperolles.

IMG_2168

P.S.: I dissolve the clay Ganesha at home and use them for gardening.

Advertisements

Quilling workshop at Snehadhara foundation

The workshop was fun-filled and packed with loads of creativity among the kids and adults. The newspaper quilled craft was introduced to the group. The session started with warm-up songs and introducing newspaper as the main medium for the craft.

The kids with special needs understood the concept of rolling the paper and tried rolling the newspaper to strips. It was wonderful to see the excitement and the focus that they exhibited while learning the technique. It was not easy for them to do on their own initially but with support they were able to roll the newspaper into strips. 

When the rolled strips were handed over to them and were asked of them to shape into coils, some were able to do it on their own while the others accomplished it with some support. The creativity that the support group and rest of the regular children showed was mind-blowing. These kids were asked to roll out different shapes from the newspaper strips and glue together to form an artefact. Hairband, necklace, anklet, binocular, spectacles, table coasters,  face, kumkum holder, chariot etc. were created out of newspaper quilling.

pipilika session

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The group was so fascinated about their own creations and with regular practice their motor skills will improve further and they will be able to create different artefacts by combining different shaped quilled coils.  

 

Quilled Fusion Earring (Jhumka)

Jhumkas and silk sarees are traditional South Indian attire for weddings and grand occasions. The Jhumka is quilled into domes and attached using beads and danglers. The crystals and the flower shaped beads are chosen based on the color of the dress and user preference. These earrings are very lightweight and waterproof.

I have put together instructables for this at http://www.instructables.com/id/Quilled-Fusion-Earring-Jhumka/

 

Happy Quilling 🙂

Is there a special day for love?

A happy family will not wait for a special day to express their love among their family members. In my opinion, Valentine’s day is celebrated by someone who wishes to express his/her love to someone for the first time. Age is not a barrier to express our love to someone.

My husband is not fond of flowers and during the early years of marriage I used to be upset with him for not gifting me flowers even though he gave me other gifts 🙂 Over the years, I understood that flowers alone can never bring happiness we seek, but the support and unconditional love that a person has towards you gives immense gratification.

I talk to my parents and in-laws everyday and give a patient hearing to their feelings be it in joy or in sorrow. I express my affection to them at every possible instance and personally believe that their blessings will help us to overcome any hardship.

Kids take us to a higher level of maturity in life by making us understand that inspite of testing our patience levels through the day, a warm good night hug at the end of the day will make us understand the true meaning of love in life.

As the saying goes “you reap what you sow” – be positive and show true love and affection to the people around you and you will surely see the change.

Thanks for stopping by..

Some pics from memories.. Surprise cards made by my kids to us and to each other.

IMG_3720IMG_3722-1

Do you want to build a snowflake?

December is the month of fun and holidays. Kids throughout the world eagerly wait to celebrate christmas especially for the gifts. My kids are so well-behaved during this month hoping to receive something nice by the end of the year even though we do not celebrate Christmas 🙂

I thought of making an artefact to go with Christmas and what better than a snowflake to remind everyone of the fun and holidays.

Rolling the paper strips into loose/tight coils and creating various shapes out of that is my favourite technique. Snowflakes can bring out your best of creativity.

I have put together instructables for this at http://www.instructables.com/id/Do-You-Want-to-Build-a-Snowflake/

snowflake7snowflake

snowflake4snowflake3

snowflake6snowflake5

Quilled snowflakes may seem easy to make but takes lots of effort to assemble the tiny pieces together to create this wonderful pattern.

This snowflake glitters during the day and it glows in the dark with the radio-luminescent paint.

Submitting this snowflakes as my entry for this year end December 2016 challenge

IQCG#33 – Quilling Technique

iqcg-challenge33

Happy New year folks..