Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Iron Craft: Wedding

This week's Iron Craft challenge was to do a wedding related project. It was inspired by the royal wedding that's going to happen this weekend. Dang I remember when Diana got married. Wasn't that some thirty years ago?

The Big D and I (sort of) eloped. We didn't get very far though. We ended up at a courthouse here in Minnesota with a few witnesses. We told our families the next day. It was exciting and emotional and somewhat dramatic. It set the tone for our marriage. We've had many adventures, just the two of us.

About a month later, the Big D's sister-in-law threw a little party for us and this is the place where we got a photo. The ones from the night of our marriage ceremony did not turn out so I was really, really happy to have gotten this one photo.

We look so naive and young in the photo!

Sometimes I have regrets for not having a bigger wedding. Just being honest. I'm all into ritual and ceremony, dresses and flowers, invitations and dinner settings.

So, I decided to do an elopement announcement for us two. I used that photo I mentioned here and I'm happy that I did this. It did a lot to heal those feelings of regret.

Apparently we made the right decision because we've been married now for 17 years!

We didn't have a honeymoon either. The very next day, he was back at work and I was in a composition class at the University. But, I can happily say most all our anniversaries have felt like honeymoons.

I love that man!
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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Iron Craft: Money, Money, Money

This week's Iron Craft challenge turned out to be a pretty special project for me. The challenge was to create something with money (in recognition of US tax day).

I picked coins from all the countries where I have lived and tried a Gujarati embroidery technique. I am Gujarati and I have always - always - admired the embroidery that includes mirrors and metals that is so distinctive of the region. Turns out it was not so difficult to do.

Although it did take me a while to get the technique down in a way that I was satisfied. I was busy because I also had a knitting project I had complete for a Naming Ceremony gift that had to be finished by Sunday. But this was fun and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.

I was born in India, then moved to Canada with my mother to join my father who was already there. We then moved to Pennsylvania. In the eighties we moved out to Minnesota. I returned to India for a few years during high school, then back to Minnesota where I met my husband and bought a home.

I used all these country and state coins and embroidered them into a circle in an order that represents my multiple moves across the globe and back again.

The center coin is a Sacagawea coin and I chose that one because my mother always uses them in her Laxshmi pujas (she is the goddess of prosperity). I get a kick out the fact that she chooses a coin that has an Indian on it, even if it is a different kind of Indian.

I feel like I am always searching for my "thing". That craft that represents me and my history. I may have found it. Since starting this project, I have picked up a few books on Indian embroidery from the library. Perhaps this will be the "thing" I do to earn some extra income. Maybe. Hopefully. I loved doing this project and look forward to doing more!

I forget to add this earlier. Here is a good tutorial for working the coins!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Iron Craft: Peep Art

This week's Iron Craft challenge was to make something involving Peeps.

I'm shameless when it comes to searching the internet for craft ideas. Especially if the challenge is something I've never thought to craft with before, like Peeps.

There really are some fun and clever craft projects that involve Peeps. But, many of them required a large number of Peeps and I just did not want that much sugar in my house. It's been over a decade since I've had a Peep. Right now I'm on a carb-free diet (mostly carb-free) and having a large number of Peeps in the house would drive me nuts.

I was very happy to find this project here.

I really like how this turned out.

I bought the box frame at the thrift store. I paid a bit more than other stuff I buy at the thrift store. I've wanted a frame like this for years, so shelling out the $5 was no problem. When I'm through with looking at the Peeps, I can pop them right out and move on to another project with the frame.

And, in case you are wondering, I managed to eat only that bit that was bit off for the project. I promptly walked the halved Peeps and the remainders over to my neighbor's house and gave it to his son.

Challenge done. Week 15. I'm feeling good about meeting these challenges!
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

15 - A Pavillion Fit for the Loon

If you've been reading this blog, you know that every year I try to get to Stillwater, MN to capture some pictures of the spring floods. You can see previous years photos here and here.

The Lotus 52s is about capturing a new photo each week. However, I may choose to show a series of flood pictures for a few weeks.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Iron Craft: Wish You Were There

Wish I was there! Anywhere! Been trying to plan a trip this Spring but haven't been able to pull it off. Instead I've been focusing on this Week's Iron Craft challenge.

The challenge was to create a postcard. I ended up making five: four for a series and one on it's own. I found some lovely Inuit Art on my set of Word clipart and paired them with quotes. I chose birds and decided to call the series "The Return of the Lonely Bird." They are sort of melancholy.

I like these so much that I think I am going to make them bigger and frame them. It was inspiring, actually. We are going to sell our house and buy a larger in the area. Our home is very small, just perfect for the childless couple we were in the 14 years we've lived here. But now we need something a bit bigger. And this week's challenge made me very excited about the prospects. I have a few other pieces of Inuit Art I bought up in Grand Marais, MN so I'm imaging a whole room full!

I couldn't find any happier, livelier quotes so I had to settle for these darker phrases.

The Loon is Minnesota's state bird. I love hearing loon calls coming from the lakes and rivers.

It was this Raven that started the whole series. Of course, I love ravens so much I gave the name to my child (it's her middle name).

But, this is my favorite card. I love the message. So true!

The Baby Lotus Bud couldn't keep her hands off them!

I intended to do a whole Hafiz series. I don't consider myself a religious person, but spirituality plays a big part of my life. I admire the poetry of Hafiz and Rumi and hoped to use their words for these postcard creations. However, most of my ideas fell apart during production. I had these stamp-like things that are from Afghanistan and I tried to put ink on them for imprints behind the quotes. It didn't work and as I went to rinse the ink off them, I realized that the material used to make these stamps was staining my hands. These stamps are used to make batik prints and it works well on cloth, but not on paper.

I learned a lot through the process and hope to able to craft something a bit later.

Anyway, so here is a better look at it.

This week's challenge was great fun! There is even a postcard swap. I guess I'll have to pick one to part with.

Did you notice I got away from the knitting for a week? Yeah me!
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Monday, April 4, 2011

14- The Snow is Gone

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