April 22, 2011

Easter craft fun

Easter crafts
My daughter enjoys crafts as much as I do (no surprises haan!!). And Easter around the corner it is the perfect excuse to decorate some eggs. I am not sure if I should introduce my daughter to dyeing egg yet (considering I have never done that myself I am doubly unsure). So our egg decorations were done on foam cut-out shaped as eggs.

Easter Craft
Material used:

I made a paper template shaped like an egg, then used it to cut several foam sheets in different colors. Then I punched out several flowers using Stampin-Up punch, and Saanvi used them to decorate the egg shaped foam sheet. She used ribbons and pasted them on another egg shaped foam sheet. I drew some other simple designs and cut them out of other foam sheets which Saanvi used to decorate more pieces. But her favourite part was pushing flower brads on the egg cut outs. She must have spend half hour doing that. This was our Easter celebration and fun, whats yours??

Have an, Egg-ceptional, Eggs-traordinary Easter everyone.

April 18, 2011

Pink Princess Diaper Cake

Pink Princess Diaper cake
May you touch fireflies and stars, dance with fairies and talk to the man in the moon,
may you grow up with gracious hearts and people who care,
welcome to the world little one, it’s been waiting for you... quotes

I know every Mom-to-be is praying the same, waiting for their little princess to arrive. And this cake is for those eagerly awaiting moms (to-be) and their baby girls. Pretty in pink with lots of feathers and sparkles.

This cake was specially designed for a lovely friend who is ready to leap into motherhood. Her baby shower theme was Pink and White. So here it is, a diaper cake for the new princess-to-be..

Pink Princess Diaper Cake

This diaper cake is avaiable on my etsy shop "Saanvi". Have a look..

April 16, 2011

My Etsy Shop "Saanvi"

After an year of pondering over the idea of opening my own etsy shop I finally opened one. I have been making all sorts of stuff and my frinds have been pushing me to open a store for a while now. So I decided it is time and here goes my very own Etsy Shop called Saanvi (named after my daughter).

For now I have listed things that I made past 1 year for my friends. I plan to expand it in the future with more products. I have some diaper cakes in the shop now and I plan to add more products with themes related to these diaper cakes in the shop. I also have a wedding bouquet with blue and white handmade paper flowers. I will soon be adding flowers for decorating ones house too.

I hope you will like my work and stop by to view and buy some of my products. Thanks for all the support and encouragement.

April 14, 2011

Origami for Kids

Origami Bird
My daughters school is very open about parents volunteering in the classrooms to teach the kids something or come and read them a book. And needless to say I love it. I enjoy playing with her and her classmates and teaching them something new is double the bonus for me and for them I hope.

Feburary was China month in her school (it was beacuse Chinese New Year was in Feb). The only thing I could think of related to China that I can teach them was Origami. I know that Origami (pronounced or-i-GA-me) is the Japanese art of paperfolding. "Ori" is the Japanese word for folding and "kami" is the Japanese word for paper. That is how origami got its name. However, origami did not start in Japan. It began in China in the first or second century and then spread to Japan sometime during the sixth century.

So I decided to teach them origami. I picked out few easy designs that a pre-schooler can make with little help. I also made some more a bit complicated but fun designs like flying crane, frog, airplanes etc to show them what all they can make by folding paper. Kids were so excited about making cats and glueing googly eyes on their cats. The paper planes and birds caught their attention as well. It was so much fun seeing them having fun. Everyone of these kids were happy and excited to show their creations to teachers and parents.

I used simple materials like construction paper from dollar store (you can use Origami paper as well), craft glue, googly eyes, marker to make eyes etc, and I used a paper cutter to cut the cardstock in squares. You can get all the supplies in a local art store or by the links on this page.

I always think about the result of every activity. What did these kids learn out of it? What benefit they got out of learning origami.

My Analysis:
Not only did they learn a new technique of making objects, they learned about the association of that art form with a country. They practiced 'Folding' which is an important motor skill for their age along with learning to follow simple instructions. Having to wait for their turn to do the project also is an important lesson for their future.

I love to see kids have fun and if they are learning some imp. lessons on the way then that is just the best thing ever. I hope you will try it too.


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