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Playdough Christmas

What’s so unique about this Christmas tree? Take a closer look before scrolling down… 😉

Whats in the Christmas tree?

The title of this post might have given the surprise away but yes, the deco on the tree is majorly playdough!

Holly Leaves - Playdough

Candy Canes Playdough

From Holly leaves to candy canes…

Frosty the Snowman Playdough

… and Frosty the Snowman thrown in for good luck!

Santa Claus Playdough

Not forgetting Santa Claus, wishing everyone a “Creative” Christmas!!!

Megan has done it again!

Here are her earlier masterpieces:

  1. Farmville
  2. The Play Dough Story
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Chip-art

A new work of art is born!

Chip art

The form is temporary and visualization needs the mind of a child. There are not many artists skilled in the field so the potential is vast. The only drawback is the shelf life… chip art disappear minutes after they are created 😉

Currently Chip-art® is the intellectual property of Gavin Fernandes (my nephew!)

Farmville

The artist is a receptacle for emotions derived from anywhere: from the sky, from the earth, from a piece of paper, from a passing figure, from a spider’s web. Whether he wants it or not, man is the instrument of nature

~ Pablo Picasso

Artists derive inspiration from nature… but for a city-dweller where every inch of green is potential “real estate” for another concrete eye-sore, there will soon be no space to “stand and stare”.

So when Megan (my neice) came up with this elaborate playdough ‘farm-ville’, all I could do was stand and stare … and click!

Before you read on, I’d like to pose a challenge to you as she did to me. “Try and spot as many details as you can from the above picture”

Do not assume she is blindly inspired by virtual reality on the addictive social networking site, Facebook. With the little that her mother described about farming, combined with the knowledge in school here is her creation

The farm is divided into elaborate patches growing her favorite veggies.

And then I noticed detail… There were special attractions on the farm!

For a child who has not stepped into a farm, and may never know one, I think she deserves a round of applause!

[Click this link for an earlier work of art by Megan: The Play Dough Story]

What is Facebook?

My elder sister has just got addicted to Facebook. And while her kids study, she logs in the addictive social networking site and uploads photos.

Megan, her 8 year old, was at the receiving end of her Mom’s divided attention and piqued. “What is Facebook?” To which her Mom replied, “It’s a place where you keep faces of people.” An hour later, Megan drops off a tiny booklet her Mom’s hand. “Here,” she said. “I made a facebook for you. Now you don’t have to waste your time on the computer.”

Joke on Facebook

"Face" book

Milestones – GM Wedding

You may choose to call it a ‘before-after’, or a ‘work that was in progress’ for almost 6 months prior to the big day… I teased my bride-to-be, that every evening after a day’s work at office, these little preparations were giving meaning to my life 😉

Here are a few pics to share those moments… we choose to call them “Milestones”…

Milestone #1: The Card

Milestone #1: The Card

First came the design… should it be a typical silvery white card, with cherubic angels floating around… or could we go the Indian way? We chose the second option. And once the cards were done it was time to visit my calligraphy skills again.

Milestone #2: Church deco

Milestone #2: Church Deco

We gave Paperworks a reason to smile with the amount of business they got during our wedding. From paper for the card, to the church flowers to the mass booklets. The flowers you see were made in 3 stages—petals were cut, then stuck onto wires and then put together on a stem—finally topped up with ribbons and nets.

Never thought I would learn so much about flower making!

Milestone #3: The Bouquet

Milestone #3: The Bouquet

Fresh flowers or artificial was the big question. It ended being flowers from Mumbai, garnished with beads, ribbons and glitter from goa.

Milestone #4: The Cake

Milestone #4: The Cake

There is a whole lot of cake designing happening out there. I did my bit to see that our wedding cake was a design we wanted. And then the cake went from the computer to the baker!

Milestone #5: Favors

Milestone #5: Favors

Stockings for flowers, pollen and green ribbon… would never have known that shops for all these existed right under my nose all this while! How many favors should be made and should they be in different colors? Questions that had to be answered!

Milestone #6: Reception table deco

Milestone #6: Reception table deco

This was an idea that came out of the blue to the two of us… and once the idea landed, it had to be seen to completion! Even if the idea meant getting white sand from Betalbatim, shells from Quegdevelim and mud pots from the famous Mapusa market … and finally painted in gold!

Milestone #7: Hymn Booklets

Milestone #7: Hymn Booklets

Once again, an evening spent selecting the right paper, then the prayers composed in collaboration with the celebrant and then the fun at printing all through the night.

Milestone #8: Photoshoot planning

Milestone #8: Photoshoot planning

3 meetings with the photographer detailing each aspect of the wedding and making sure the essence of the wedding is not lost in a flurry of flashes and poses

Milestone #9: Flower baskets

Milestone #9: Flower baskets

Once again, a Mumbai-Goa collaboration. This time my sister pitched in to decorate the baskets.

Milestone #10: House deco

Milestone #10: House deco

I would never have looked so great if we had got the expert help of a dear friend… with the unending ideas of making 3D hearts for every door.

Milestone #11: The Rings

Milestone #11: The Rings

Family goldsmith to the rescue… and the ring holder all the way from Jakarta.

Milestone #12: Give aways

Milestone #12: Give aways

These had an interesting story to tell for themselves. The designing was not an issue, however the plastic was cut in Delhi and printed in Dehradun and then prototypes were sent back and forth. The saga didnt end here… wrapping each give away 3 days before the wedding was a celebration in itself with all the guests helping out.

Milestone #13: Shopping

Milestone #13: Shopping

This is one area where I still need to grow in the virtue of patience… I was gently tutored by bride-to-be into the conviction that a groom needs to look different on that day. So, my old wardrobe had to make room for the new. Beginning with the gown to the suit, from the material for the flower-girls and bridesmaid to the gifts … there was a lot to learn!

Milestone #14: Church Arrangements

Milestone #14: Church Arrangements

Delegation can be difficult! It entails trust! And the morning of the wedding is all about delegation. And so, armed with a detailed description to the last detail, our friends set out to the church to see that everything was in place.

Milestone #15: Travel & Accomodation

Milestone #15: Travel & Accomodation

This little card meant a lot to transport the right people from airport and station, in the right vehicle to the right hotel, and then to the church on time! A logistical nightmare even for the best of managers!

Milestone #16: Signing in the same book

Milestone #16: Signing in

Everything falls into place on that one day, which brings back a smile everytime we think of these milestones that went to make it so… precious.

Milestones have been crossed, and another journey begins.

World of Fractals – Set II

Following from World of Fractals – Set I,  here comes the second set, this time spiced up with a few captions.

Venation

McQueen

Blues

Caterpillar

Blue bell

Taj

Hibiscus pattern

Divine light

Enlightened

Strawberry 'tart'

Spirits of Goa 😉

World of Fractals – Set I

There are patterns around us. From the tiny fern to the biggest ocean. In everything nature is ordered. If only we could see and appreciate.

A fractal is “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole” a property called self-similarity

This is a collection of my photographs, seen through a fractal lens. Most of the pics you might recognize from my previous posts.

If you have really enjoyed this collection, let me know… there are 4 more sets I can publish!