Favorite pictures from February

February passed by too quickly. When suddenly a month passes by and you barely realize it – you’re busy !

Much research and personal philosophy of myself and my husband led us to a Montessori close to where we live. The Montessori method of education is the closest match to our ideal standards of education and we felt it was time to start familiarizing our daughter to the external world in small but secure steps. Thus myself and my darling Amaira enrolled ourselves in the “mother toddler” program.

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February marked the beginning of her stepping out in this small Montessori setting holding her mommy’s hands. Here she is trying out her brand new pink sports shoes for her “nu nu skool” (new new school)

She has always enjoyed her coloring sessions, but with friends at the Montessori its just more … errr chaotic (you thought I’d say fun – didnt you ! ) Its fun too …. for me. Like you can see the parts done by the mother and toddler below (and please dont mind the shadow)

And the excitement of coloring continues even at home … on walls, sheets, furniture and sometimes paper.

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The whole of Feb was also test for Amaira’s immune system as it was getting acclimatized to the new environment and the pathogens ! I read that there are over 100 varieties of the virus – wow !  She had (and still does) several bouts of cold ,cough and sometimes fever. Several visits to the doctor too. Hopefully her health should be better soon – really hoping. I realize how much as parents we read about whats going on with children – can we be called half doctors 🙂 (“quack” laughed the duck)

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Besides balancing home, the trips to Montessori and handling all the emotions and stories after that – there is always something that I do – my work and my passion. Last month bought to life a truck load of both organic fabrics and regular cotton fabrics – some of my best designs that were best sellers were back.

Looking at the fruits of labour of your designing job is beautiful. My eyes twinkle almost each time the design comes to life – whether as a journal cover or as a fabric. Personally a very rewarding moment.

Some of the most sought after prints that came back with “popular demand” were the batiks, kalamkari’s and the block prints.

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Also the herbal vegetable dyed organic cotton lotus print.

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I also loved these images sent by one of my clients Abbi Franki who has an Etsy shop – SewAbbi. She made these gorgeous bags for her daughter using this fabric from my shop.

What’s written in the stars for Pisces this month ? Or how about writing your own destiny

I’d like to end with this post with lovely quote that used to keep coming up on my Facebook feed – and almost each time I would stop and look at it to admire. The whole archival paper ,the color rendering and the soft yellow with the innocence and simplicity – I adore this whole image and the deep message. I even made it my Whatsapp profile display picture.

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Favorite Pictures from October

Here is a round up of some of my favorite pictures from last month. Unlike every month and every day that is so busy for me, the last month – aka October was truly exceptional. I was literally struggling to keep up to the 3rd page of my mental to do list ! We celebrated Navratri festival and then had my daughters Mundan ceremony , followed by an Ear piercing ceremony, an outstation travel and then there was Diwali. Amidst all this I had an episode of my phone falling in the water, to frantic back ups to a new phone and set up. So with all said and done, I am hoping to slide in the “regular busy” schedule soon!

Below are some of the favorite images I came across the last month :

  1. Indian Women – Garba attire. I found this picture online and loved it instantly. Back in the days, myself and my sister would be dressed very similarly and we would go to play Garba and Dandiya (the famous dances of Gujarat state in India ) with our friends and neighbors in our community. What I love is the riot of colors all in one garment and yet it doesn’t look overdone !
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Indian women in Garba dance attire

2. My 1.5 year old raiding the kitchen ! It is customary to deep clean one’s house before Diwali because it is said that the Goddess of Wealth – Laxmi likes clean, positive and happy homes and that she would always stay there. Now who wouldnt want that ! So any typical believer along with their cleaning staff would be found cleaning and scrubbing and scouring their houses and offices to welcome their beloved Goddess in their lives and make her a permanent resident with them. We weren’t any different ! This is that time of the year when no staff complaints of extra cleaning or scrubbing either (coz they are going to be rewarded and gifted too 🙂 lol ! ) So there we were – with the kitchen day planned and successfully cleaned. The tiles, counters, cabinets , shelves et all glistened.. And by the afternoon, my explorative toddler calmly strolled her way to the kitchen and figured a way to poke her little fingers in the fridge and the cabinets. The result is for all to see !

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Amaira raiding the freshly cleaned kitchen

3. The other two images are of me as a proud mommy – coz my daughter (with the help of her baby sitter) created her very first wall art. She used sponge stamps and non toxic paints and created Apple trees with sunflowers on them and maybe a huge patch of what we are assuming is grass !  This is such a precious keepsake for us.

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Amaira using sponge stamps to create a wall art and mess !
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Amaira’s very first wall art

4. I was sent an appreciative image of an Indian Journals client. She was so kind to send an image of how she uses the journals and how she keeps them.

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