Friday, July 18, 2014

Vineeta and her new online store ... :)

Loved this picture of Vineeta  with Ronitaa Italia Dhanu, Editor, GoodHomes Magazine which awarded ArtnLight "most inspiring blogger" Award 2013
This lady with her 220 watt smile has been someone I have admired from my very early years of blogging ... while she was already a pro at it ... and wrote some amazing posts on art and ... infact a whole array of topics , which was mind blowing because there was so little being written about those topics and how she added her perspective to things ...
And then one fine day I read all about her working after work to take on the challenge of putting her products at an exhibition and follow her passion... ( correct me if I am wrong Vineeta) ... it was frames  and boxes and alphabets ... :))
 
The adventurous Vineeta ... now has her own online store, here



If you love her products ... this should be a very very happy news to you ... :) ... if you are just discovering her work ... wow ! that should be a thrilling news for you ... :))

... so do pop over to her online store  and do explore the works of another very talented Indian Designer. All the best Vineeta ... ;))

Monday, July 7, 2014

Things collected ... :)

 Sarah and I have a habit of collecting things from outdoors and absolutely love finding them a place at home ... :) ... well! very often we go over board ... :)) ... this time back from my mum's place we carted with us a shoe box full of loot ... :) ... things we picked every evening from the park ... acacia leaves ... Christmas tree fonds ... casurina cones ... fallen dates ... just to name a few ...
Honestly, in a shoe box  ... its a mess ... but that's what I love clear glass vases for  ... right now it holds out precious collections ... including a few pine cones from Uttrakhand ...


 add to that ... a few more  pieces Sarah grabbed from her park here ... hmm ... o.k ... the old trick of putting them in a milk pot worked with these ones ...






 ... sharing a few things that sure make the home a lot more us ... I am pretty sure you all have loads of those things you collected ... so come on ... get on with those ideas ... sure you would love seeing them around you ... :))
Its been a great Monday ... hope you all have a wonderful week ... :)

Monday, June 30, 2014

The games we play ...;)

... just as I go get the camera and plan bit of picture taking business ... here's a sulky face that I see (that's my 9 yr. old Aimee) ... and yup ! no budging ... :))) ... soooo well! here's the deal Sarah's summer vacations end mid week  ( wee-heee ) ... but my these sweetiepies  ... that's another thing ... its summer vacation any day of the year ... and when the kids live in a world of such perpetual bliss ... its challenging for a mom at times... not to mention playing fair mom ... ;))
 
 
... so the issue here ... :)) look under the chair ... oh! yes ... tussle for the fav. corner ... and mind you my 9yr. old is a missy - smarty pants ... :)) my poor 4 yr. old Sofiee ... is a happy-dappy girl ... who always gets tricked by the older sister ... :)))) Always ... yes ... that's Aimee for you ... :)

Here's the " I'm sooo lonely " look ....

 


... here's the  ..." I'm in the fav. corner, but I know Aimee's thinking up of something... I just don't know what " ... look

aaaand here's Aimee in action ... "did I hear some thing .... ??? I think I did ..."

 " ... oh! yes ! I heard something .... "

 ' ... I think it's the cat in the garden again ... I'm going to be the first one to go grab her ..."

" ... open the door mom ... hurry mom ... skies are falling down mom ... the cat's in the garden ... hurry up mom ... "

Sofiee is always ready as back up for big sis ... only ...as always ...  " ... mom ... there's no cat I see in the garden ..."

 ... yes! Sofiee, she pulled a fast one on you again ... ;))

... Aaaaimeeeee ... how can you do this to her ...

                                                                             ... MOM ... :(
I love you Sofiee ... see the A.C vents right over you ... Aimee's going to be all hot and bothered in that corner ... :)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Back to old loves ... me and blue and whiteware ... :)


...I have some serious love issues with blue and white ware ... and I especially love the pieces with those tiny bits of brass embellishing happening on them. I once did a mighty big post about collecting these pieces from different parts of the world ... but unfortunately because of some glitch all the images got wiped out ... :( ... yup! seriously ... :((
 
... and ofcourse over the years ... with moving ... having a brother who teaches my daughter indoor soccer ... two mighty powerful tailed dogs and awesome cleaning maids ... well! things happen ... I nearly lost all my pieces ... infact, honestly I was pretty much reduced to admiring the collections of family and friends ... :))
I'm turning a new leaf ... Sam bought me these pieces from one of his trips ... love them ... I'm returning to some old love ... :))
... missing any of your old passions ...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Some flea market fun ... :)



I think it has been a super long time since I posted about my jaunts to quaint places ... we have just one such place in Gurgaon ... :) ... and my co-sister often beats me to being updated on the latest finds there ... one day soon ... my brother -in-law will throw me out of the house after one of her awesome ;) shopping spree's there ... yes, I created the shopping Godzilla in her ... :)) or should I say she is one hell of a bargain hunting Godzilla ... :)) ... and one that I use just too often to my advantage ... ;) ... giggle-giggle ...
 
 ... but this time around, I made a trip because I was hunting for some interesting accents for a project ... nothing worked out for the project ... but I am making some space at home  ... for ... ahmm ! some cute finds ... ;)

fell in love with these wooden balls ... and there were a whole lot of them ...plain ones to ones with carvings ... ah! the possibilities ...
 
... wood lanterns ... not particularly liked them ... but they can make an interesting accent piece/s ...


 ... finials ... balls ... shelves ... candle stands ... wow ... ah ... I love ... I love ...



 ... for a person like me ... who love loves creating layers with textures ... some of the weather beaten pieces are gorgeous ... and I am pretty sure many of you are going ... oh! I looove that and that ... and what I'd do if I had that ... :)) ... I know ... there is a very special feel when you head out to these kind of places. Hope you enjoyed a virtual trip with me ... have a few more pic.'s from other markets I have been hunting around in ... yes! in  this blistering heat of North india ... and ofcourse many times ... my lil' babe in tow ... oh! the perils of being the daughter of a designer mom ... :))

P.S - its not my daughter who complains  ... :( ... that is me ... already I have lost the coffee table top d├ęcor to her ... :(( its her domain now ... at this rate I'll need a second home soon ...  yes, for those of you laughing at me ... its not funny ... ;)


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Thankyou for all the Birthday wishes and all the reminders that I have been M.I.A ...;))

 Thankyou's to all ... all of you all ... who sent me birthday wishes and some amazing messages ... :)... apologise for being a few days late in acknowledging it ... but after a month of some great fun working on a project ... delaying and changing multiple plans of the family to take off ... I finally did take off and that too to a place where you  do tend to forget your commitments in the city.

I do have the mountains in my blood and so its a home coming each time ...  seriously, it doesn't take much to get used to loving the shade under the Himalayan Oak ...
 
 ... and what mum doesn't feel content and blissful watching her kids have fun ... my girls love the mountains too ... as do they love the swim in the mountain streams ... my lil' one even loves peaches right off the trees ... :))

 ... oh! and not to mention the friends we tend to find ... :)) ... here's Sofiee slugging it out with Johnny who would drop by every morning and just hang around ...

 ... so while my older one Aimee is very particular about the company she keeps ( prefers human company that pets and fusses over her) ... ;)) ... Sofiee and surprisingly even her cousin Dennis (the beagle) ... decided to have  loads of fun with Johnny ...

 ... as a teenager it broke my heart thinking I'll never be able to figure out a way to come back to the mountains ... on my 39th b'day ... I'm not so sure its impossible ... may be it is the power of belief. Okay, so I am sentimental about my mountain roots ... :)) And I may have lost the home in J&K ... but I have a very strong feeling Uttrakhand may just adopt me... :))

  ... cause we ... just feel so at home here  ...
  ... even Gattu loved to see us swing by every morning ...  as did Rinku and a few others ( couldn't catch them in a frame) ...

 ... I have my moments with my camera ... spend guilt free time doodling around or just staring out at the mountains and the conifers ...
 

... meet the locals ... raid their orchards ... loads of tea on their verandas ... while Sarah learns some basics of animal husbandry ... and one thing for sure that even calf's can head butt ( literally head to your butt ) ... so be glad they are tethered to the pole ... ;))
I am back in Gurgaon now and all ready to get back to work ... will surely try to post more ... and more often ... but then silly it is ... that I started a blog to write about designing and now ... its just that what often keeps me tied up to do the blogging  ... :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Flowers to kickstart a great week ... :)

 

I am trying to work on fixing the complaints of a lot of my readers who have been missing my blogging ... :) Honestly, this is way more gratifying to hear than all the compliments that facebook selfies garner ... ;)) Lol ! ... sorry! pun intended ... ;))
 
 ... so carrying on with sharing a few pictures of what I absolutely love to do and go blah! blah ... all the while ...  flowers and of course, flowers around the house. Oh! I love doing those gigantic arrangements ... but tiny ones around the house with flowers put in what ever is around the house ... hmmm ... sort of more intimate I'd say ... unpretentious ... not trying to make a point ...they just sit there and its just pretty flowers looking pretty as they are.

 ... there are times  ... when a tiny bunch of flowers that are generally used as fillers ... like alyssum or the tiny daisies, look nice. And sometimes ... its fun to play with tone on tone ...  texture on texture ...

 ... loved trying out ... white roses ... orchids ... daises. And just a bunch of them can fill up so many tiny containers ... then of course it is up to you weather you want a cluster of tiny arrangements ... or just tiny ones all around the place. A very ... very organic way to beat the blues ... I'd say ...;))




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