Sunday, July 16, 2017

My Candle holder collection

What are you thinking? I have a good collection of candle holder. No, rather, I have very few, though I love candle holder a lot. I’m writing about my candle holders, because all the candle holders I’ve in my collection have a little story behind it.  Sadly, I cannot show you one of them. I tried to find out the picture of that very candle holder, but I didn’t have any of that. First let me tell the story about that very candle holder which is no more in my house. That was a very simple one, still it had a story. There were three pieces in the collection. At that time we were living in an apartment, and my son was very little, only two years old. Usually, he didn’t touch any of the show pieces I used to keep in my house. So, I kept those little holders in front of the TV. One day somehow he managed to get one gift bag. I saw him playing shopping with his cars, and I didn’t disturb him. He had been putting all his cars in the bag until he dropped one of holders inside it. I heard the breaking sound, I hurriedly went to stop him. Before I reached to him, he already put the other two, and broke all of them. That was the end  of my three little candle holders. 


The first candle holder was given to me by a dear friend of mine. It is a hanging one. This was one of the best gift I got in my baby shower. It is still hanging in my living room. The rustic colored metal hanging pieces has four little cups, where I can put tea light candles. 


The second one is also a gift from one of dear friend. When she gifted that I was extremely delighted. I love to keep candle all over the places in my home. It is little wooden one in dark brown color.  Currently, I kept it one my coffee table.
I have one crystal candle holder, I got that one as gift from someone, but I cannot remember who gave that to me. The crystal candle looks gorgeous no doubt, but yet to find a suitable place to keep that in my home, where it will look attractive.


The only one I bough is the last one. I always had a dream to put three different size same candle holder on the mantle in my own home. So, when bought our home, I started searching my dream candle holders as my first decoration. However, whatever  I was getting all were out of my reach. I didn’t want to spend much money, as we were tight in our budget at that time. After searching in several store I fixed Ross. I knew if I went several times I could get something. At last, I got my dream candleholders. 


I won’t say they are exotic, they are very common, rather ordinary, but I adore them a lot. 

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bags from old jeans

One day I was just viewing the pictures in Pinterests. I won't tell lie, I'm really addicted to Pinterests. While I was going through some handmade bag pictures I saw a picture of a bag made from old jeans  pant. That very idea struck in my mind. I desperately wanted to sew a bag from old jeans. However, I didn't have old jeans in my closet. For few days I really felt restless, as I couldn't sew a bag. Anyway, days passed I also forgot about that. 



Anyway, few months bak I was thinking about some handmade gifts for my high school friends for an upcoming get together. I wanted used some old dresses, which had no use, and also some fabrics from my stash. I took a good look to all my jeans. Yes, this time I found few of good old jeans which must be discarded from my closet. I was so delighted to take them out from my closet. I felt delighted not for buying new ones, but cutting them to make bags. *smile*



I cut out every inch  of them very carefully, and made a lot of purses. After making the purses, I wanted to make the dream bag, which I saw in Pinterests. However, I didn't have any jeans pants. This time I went to Mr. Man to find out any old jeans. He, didn't want to discard any of them. I took 2 pants, I told him they were more wearable condition. After much persuasion, he agreed to discard them. I was overjoyed. Am I not a crazy person? 


I made that very. After seeing the picture of the bag, two of my friends became so interested , that they requested me to sew that kind of bag for them. I was delighted to sew for them. Here is the pictures of the bags.


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

My jewelry collection

Please don't go by the name. I don't have a huge collection, or I buy jewelry very often. Rather, I buy very rarely buy junkie, though I love them a lot. Mr. Man always ready to buy me all kind of fashionable dresses, but whenever I go to jewelry section he always makes face. I cannot make him understand that I need right kind of accessories. 

This jewelry holder is made by Mr. Man
Few of the bangle pieces



Anyway, I won't only balm him, I also don't want to spend much money on that. I only buy those jewelries which I cannot make myself.

This is a gift from a dear friend


 I don't buy any bead jewelry, I always make myself.

All my pearl collection


These are all gifts from my dear sister


This is a gift from coworkers on my wedding


My love for jewelries began since I was a little girl, though I never got much thing. Anyway, when I grew up I started buying for myself a lot. When I was working in India, I used to travel by train a long distance to reach my office. In India, hawkers usually sell goods in local trains.

This one I bought from Hawaii, but I never wear it.
Few of the many pieces I made 


The pendants, and the earrings are made from from art, this is known an Dokra Art.
It is a very famous art work from West Bengal, the state of India from where I am.


This is terra-cotta jewelry, another famous art work from West Bengal. 

 The jewelry sellers usually sell beautiful and latest jewelry in trains, in ver less prices. I used to buy a little jewelry almost every week. Once I bought 4-5 rings, and put them altogether in my fingers, except the little one. My manager asked me Why I left the little fingers. Actually my fingers are very thin, so, it's difficult to find rings, and for the little fingers it is next to impossible to find ring.


Few of the pieces gifted by my sweet sister-in-laws


My one and only one statement necklace


Little by little I collected a huge about of jewelries, but when I came back to my home town for my wedding, I distributed all my collection among my co-workers. So, I didn't have much in my hand when I came to the USA. Then again little by little I collected. My friends also gifted me many jewelries. When I distributed them to my co-workers I kept few of them. Among those are there even almost 20 years old. Those I'm not going to give to anyone. 

This is another gift from a friend

Monday, June 5, 2017

Handmade jewelries


I rarely buy jewelries, especially bead jewelries. I love to make them on my own. Last year I made many bead jewelries set, but some how I was not satisfied with end look them. So, for a long time I had been thinking of changing them into something else. 


However, no good designs were coming in mind. Last month, I made one multicolored long necklace for one of my friends. Then many designs started coming in my mind.


 Instead of making with same colored beads, I used different colored beads, but I didn't do mixing and matching . 


Instead of that I did only mixing. I made three as of now. In future I'm going to the others I've already made into some different one. 


Friday, June 2, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday:

Today was last last day of long weekend.We had pizza for dinner from Pieology.School is going to over very soon. This is the last week of the school. My kiddo is go into to be in 4th grade. Time flies. Still I feel just yesterday  I’ve brought him from hospital. This Friday I’m going for a vacation with my son. So, this week is very hectic for me. I’ve to pack .


Tuesday:
Today morning I went to SPA. It was a mother’s day. I didn’t go to the SPA at that time. I knew that before going to vacation it would be very hectic, and I needed some kind of relaxation. 

My kitchen counter top is now working table :D


Wednesday:
Today it was a big fuss, after school. When I went to pick my son from school he gave me a diorama he made at school. There was a box in the diorama, but I didn’t see that. While we were walking towards the car, suddenly he realized one box was missing from the diorama. To my bad luck, I was holding the diorama at that moment. He out poured all his anger on me. It took me exactly one hour to convince him that, if I asked the teacher to give another box, she would certainly give that. I sent a mail to his teacher, she replied me that, one his classmate found a similar in front of the classroom, that might be my son’s. After getting the reply, he convinced that his diorama didn’t go in vein.

That very diorama


Thursday:
Today was the last day of school. His teacher gave all the children water blaster. They were very happy. It was extremely hectic, as we are leaving for vacation tomorrow.


Friday:
Now it is five in the morning. We are leaving for vacation at 8. I’ll be gone for five weeks. Though I will try post in my blog, but may be I cannot visit all of your blog. I think all of my friends will understand. After coming back, I surly will  read all of your blog, and leave comment. XOXO

Summer fun

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tassajara One room school visit

In the era of smart phone, cutting edge technology, a one room school house  which was a learning center for children is really an amazing fact  that hard to believe. We cannot even imagine children from grade one to grade eight are sitting in the one small classroom and studying. When we can reach from one part of the world to the other part within 24 hours,  traveling few miles was an event and as well as nightmare in bad weather two hundred years ago. 


Students used to come to school by walking, or on ponies or in buggies through the prairies. The teachers used to stay with the any of the students of the school, as traveling was very problematic. She had to come very early in the morning to clean the school house. 


To know how was the life in the prairie of early pioneers , and how students were taught at that time, the class of my son went to visit the one room school house, and also enact ,as a part of their curriculum. Before going there their teacher taught them how to bow to teacher, how to answer to any questions, above all , the etiquette in that era. The boys dressed in plaid shirts and long trousers, the girls dressed in long skirts, aprons, and bonnets.It was not possible for every one to dressed up exactly like that era, so many of us improvised with the dresses available in our wardrobe.

 
Tassajara school house was like a living museum. The children lived in 1888 for few hours in one morning. On a cold windy day of May (very unlikely) we drove there crossing the ranches and vast open space to reach the tiny house. Two very nice ladies enacted as teachers for the children. From them we came to know in that era the female teachers could not get married. If they got married they had to leave their jobs. They had to dress up covering their ankles, and no ornaments, even a tiny studs in the ears were not allowed. On the top of they got paid way less than a male teacher, there was no concept of equal pay. There were many rules, those were must be obey by children without any mistake, otherwise the punishments were extremely severe. For example, if a boy played with a girl the punishment was 4 lashes, can you imagine it?


After reaching the school, they said the pledge first before entering the school. The “teacher” told them how to use wash basin if the hands got dirty. The basin was a big container of water with big spoon,and a small enamel basin bowl was kept beside that. Those who needed it, put water with the big spoon , then used the bar soap, again washed their hands taking water with the spoon, into the basin. After finishing they had to throw away the dirty water in the ground.

 

Anyway, after the pledge, they went inside the house. First they read from the Bible. Bible study was must at that time. After finishing Bible study, they started learning how to stay happy in life. In the mean time “Hanna”’s pony started roaming out side the schoolhouse . So, teacher and Hanna had to go out side the to tie the pony. As Hanna didn’t tie her pony properly, she got punishment. She stood for five minutes putting her nose on the wall. That was most funniest part of the act. Then they wet out for recess. They played with the toys of the 19th century. 


After coming from the recess they did mathematics, and wrote with a fountain pen. They even sang in their “music” class. After they finished their studies, the “teacher” showed them many of the things, which were very modern tools at that time, like a toaster, a butter churner, even a camera. Taking pictures,and getting the photo in hand used take 4-5 weeks time. It was the fastest possible time to get photos in hand.




We packed the lunch in wax papers, and cloth like that century. We ate our lunch after the school dismissed. It was a life time experience to live in that ear for few hours. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

Five on Friday

Monday: 
Since last Thursday I stopped  walking in the morning. Today morning I fought of going, but it was already hot around 8:30 in the morning. So, I abandoned my plan for morning walk. I came back home. I had a piles of jobs to be finished at home.
Those who are following me already know, we are going to remodel our home. Anyway, I almost finished moving things from the three bedrooms and bathrooms today. I left few of the essential things , which I would move later.




Tuesday: 
What happened to me today I couldn’t understand. I started feeling dizzy since morning. Somehow I managed to drop my son to school, and came back. In the afternoon I didn’t take any risk. I called Mr. Man to go to school and pick him up.


Wednesday: 
Today I felt an urge to paper myself. It had been long I got my toe nails done. So, I went to nails SPA. It was so much relaxing that I almost fell asleep.


Thursday:
Today was the day, I couldn’t find anything to do. Lastly I sat down with beads box, and made one bead necklace.



Friday:
It was not so busy Friday. As the bathrooms and the bedrooms would be remodeled, I stopped cleaning them, which made a lot less work.