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Art and Emotions in One Frame

A few days back, when I was busy completing yet another craft project, my mom came up to me and stretched out her hand to give me something and said, ‘Can you make something for this?’ On realizing what she was handing over to me, my eyes welled up with tears. It was mom and dad’s first photograph after marriage.

They had kept it preserved since 1965 and gleefully narrated the day they had gone to get the picture clicked at a famous studio in Connaught Place, Delhi (India). A few days after their wedding mom and dad went to get their first professionally clicked photograph as a couple. On that day, dad adorned his favorite black suit and mom wore a pretty orange sari, along with her wedding jewelry. I love this photograph of mom and dad and till date we tell mom that they made for the most charming couple we have ever seen.

After we had refurnished the house some years back, the photograph had been taken off the photo frame and kept safely in a plastic wrap to make space for new show pieces and other family photos.

Ever since we lost dad a few years back, mom had very rarely mentioned to us about dad and how much she missed her life partner. That day when mom handed me the photograph felt as if she was asking me to help her revive and relive her long forgotten moments and feel dad’s presence in her life.

I could not have let go of a chance to get some positive vibes to mom’s life and especially when she was the one keen on that. That’s when I decided to make a photo frame for the picture, rather than purchasing one.

Some online tutorials and my creativity helped me create a lovely cardboard photo frame to fit my favorite photograph. I added to its beauty by using quilling art and some Fevicryl Golden Glitter Glue to decorate it.

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I was the most satisfied when the best feedback for the picture frame came from mom when she said, ‘tune to char chand laga diye humari photo par’ (An idiom used in Hindi to tell that a thing looks prettier that before).

The Photo in its frame sits beautifully on a showcase in the living room of my house and usually gets an appreciative notice from the guests.

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Hope you like this.

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First 500 Likes!

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Its just been a little under two months when I published my first post on ‘A Homemaker’s World’ and I proudly mention the first 500 likes on my blog.

Thank you all for appreciating and encouraging me with your compliments every time I post on the blog.

This means a lot to me and will definitely take my zest for writing more interesting posts and articles one step ahead.

Hugs!!

My Ballerina Dances to the Tunes of Quilling

Quilling is the art of paper rolling I happened to come across while browsing some pins over Pinterest. Since that day I have come to adore and appreciate this art form in a big big way. Mind you, this art form requires patience to take the shape of the final product you wish to make, but the final product is always worth it.

Through this post I wish to share with you a beautiful ballerina wall hanging that I made for my home.

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Ballerina Wall Hanging Using Quilling

Requirements:

  1. For the quilled ballerina you would need a basic quilling kit, which includes a quilling pin, quilling strips and glue. There are other advanced quilling kits, but this DIY project requires just the basic kit.
  2. For the wall hanging, all you need is a cardboard, a chart paper or handmade paper, a base for the wall hanging (in my case, I used a beautiful cane mat to make the wall hanging).  So lets get started.

Steps to make the quilling ballerina wall hanging:

  1. Take a cardboard and cut it to a piece measuring approximately 6” X 8”.
  2. Cut an 8” X 10” piece of chart paper or handmade paper to cover the cardboard base. I would suggest using a stiff paper like a handmade paper to give a sturdy base to paste the quills. Also, use lighter shades of handmade paper as lighter shades will bring out the colours used for making the quilled ballerina.
  3. Make fine slits at the corners of the paper so as to allow the edges of the paper to be turned and pasted on the reverse of the cardboard. Finesse in pasting the paper will make the background of the artwork look neat and professionally done.
  4. Now we start making the quills. In case you are a beginner the following YouTube video by AV Visuals link will help you make the basic quills easily: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wULr0mYYr8c
  5. Take the picture provided for reference to make the quills step by step and arrange them neatly on the cardboard.
  6. Once, the shape, size and placement look perfect; take a small portion of glue to paste all the quills to make the ballerina come to its final shape.
  7. Stick this cardboard of the cane mat being used as the base for wall hanging. Alternately, you could use another cardboard and make a hole at the top and insert a thick golden/colourful thread to make the wall hanging.
  8. Keep the wall hanging aside for the glue to dry. Let it dry overnight if possible.
  9. The Beautiful ballerina wall hanging using quilling is ready.

P.S.: You can also make a card or a table showpiece instead of a wall hanging.

I came across this ballerina just as a Pin on Pinterest, loved it and instantly decided to make it. However, there were no instructions on how make this. Therefore, I decided to make it easier for my followers by providing these steps to make this wall hanging.

Hope you like this. Please share your views on this.

Happy Quilling! 🙂

Sources: Pinterest and YouTube

Its just the beginning

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