1st Anniversary of our BLOG

It's been a great experience blogging for the past whole year.  We started this blog to gives us impetus to take more craft projects and keep us inspired. 
Blogging certainly inspired us to take new projects and learn new skills. We are grateful for the love and support from our 30 readers  and 14000 unique visitors over the last year. It even gave us the confidence of opening our new online craft venture "The Craft Gallery" to sell craft supplies and handmade gifts. 

"Creativity with simplicity" will be our new motto with our New brand. We would like to inspire our readers to create simple projects from our wide range of craft supplies

 Happy Crafting

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Greeting Cards- Pencil Colours

Dear Readers,

Today I am sharing some of my Diwali card designs. 


 















Since childhood I always loved making seasonal cards and gifting to relatives and friends. Now I don't make cards so often and in past few years I have even stopped sharing it with friends.... so these are few of my cards which I never shared.                    
I saved these card with me because I have written few favorites quotes and tried my calligraphy skills too.


















Do let me know you favorite design.Do you make handmade cards for festive seasons?

Happy Crafting

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Hand Embroidered Saree - Grandma's Creation

Dear readers,
Today I would like to share a beautiful handmade gift which is very precious for me . My grandma embroidered this Saree and gifted me for my first Diwali after our wedding. So it has a very special for me.


My Grandma learnt special embroidery stitch "Kantha work" and she immediately tried it on this Saree. she also adorned all the flowers with kundan (artificial rhinestones). I love the small even stitches across the design. 
The embroidery is on the skirting of the Saree and pallu. I like the small flower motif is used on pallu and rest of the Saree is left plain. This gives it a very delicate look. 


She even embroidered the blouse sleeves for me. 

I will share many more Saree embroidered my grandma in coming months.. Do let me know your views, suggestions


Happy Crafting....!!!


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Handmade Jewellery - Grandma's Creation

Hello crafters, 
I am very happy to share these beautiful handmade necklaces made by my Grandma. She recently learnt how to make the beads and join them to make a necklace. So obviously she made the first one for her greatgranddaughter and granddaughter (me) as a Diwali Gift :) All of them are chokker style and made from imitation jewellery pieces.
Bright red and white necklace for little S


Black beads necklace for me. As alternative Mangalsutra

Closer look of the black beads necklace

Red and White Beads Necklace

Bollywood style fancy Chokker Necklace

Closer look of the Chokker Necklace


I prefer wearing the black necklace more than the other chokker neckpiece. Drop a comment to pick your favorite one

Happy crafting 



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Ceramic Painting - Key Holder

 This post was published on Craftziners on 29th August 2012.
Hello Crafters,


Today I am sharing some clay art which I created in 2001. Its a key ring holder. 

 Materials: 
  1. Ceramic Powder
  2. Acrylic colours
  3. pre cut ply - key holder shape
  4. Water Based Glue 
  5. Water
  6. Resin
Process: 
  1.  Apply primer to the ply board and paint with metallic colour. I chose golden colour
  2. Make a soft dough of porcelain clay (use small quantity), water and glue. Its should not be sticky and should be firm enough to hold its shape
  3. Prepare various shapes and press it on the painted ply. 
  4. Use remaining porcelain clay and glue to make dough. its should be bit more runny which can be piped through a piping bag.
  5. Fill zip lock bag with the dough paste and snip off one of the corner to make a cone for piping the paste. 
  6. Draw small items like twigs, leaves and small flowers, outlines using this method.
  7. Let it dry overnight and paint with your favourite acrylic colours
  8. Once the colours are dry apply thin coat of resin on all the design. This makes it look shiny and makes it easy to maintain.  
Tips: Lay the ply flat at all times. 

Time: 4-5 Days inclusive of the drying time.

Happy Crafting 




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Mirror Painting - Experimenting stain glass colours

Hello All,

I painted a simple mirror with some stain glass paints and updated it to classy decor item. This is one more way of using some of my designs which I shared in my previous posts here, here, here and here.

I used black liner to outline the design and painted with normal stain glass colours. I decided to use some frost paint for the background , so the design will stand out and make a better impact. 

All my stain glass painting were created during 2003 winter period as I did the designer course from celene deco art products in India. 
But unfortunately I was not able to follow this art through as I got busy with higher studies and settling down in Australia. 

Stain glass painting is very versatile and a quick way to upgrade simple objects in your home . 

Do share your projects with me !

Happy crafting !  

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The New Begining ...for MISS CRAFTY

Dear Readers,


The spring has sprung and brought new changes to our little blog 'Miss Crafty'. We are starting a new venture to take our love for craft to a next level. Blogging has given us confidence and platform to show case our projects and passion for craft to broader audience.

This experience and appreciation from all the readers as inspired us to launch 'THE CRAFT GALLERY', Your Online Craft Store in October 2012. You can find variety of craft supplies at discounted price for all types of crafts.

We are introducing a unique concept of recycling craft supplies through this store. We would buy the old craft supplies which you may not use anymore and give you credit points / cash to buy other supplies which are relevant to your current hobby. ( more information coming soon...)

You could also find handcrafted products on our website. Moving forward we would extend this service to our customers who wish to sell their handcrafted projects online.

Its exciting going through these changes , being busy cataloguing and photographing our products and getting ready for our Launch in October 2012.

Look forward to your support and love.

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Happy Crafting

Akshaya

Stain Glass Painting - Fish Pattern


Sharing some more Stain painting art work. This was made during the same time when i got the bug of stain painting(2003). 

I was experimenting with various products given by the Celine Art Deco groups as part of the seminar I attended. I was like a kid in candy store all busy trying new things and getting excited 


The fish was painted with opaque pearl colours and the grass was painted with transparent colour just to create an impact in the design. 
I used the frosted paint for the background .

Again aluminium foil was used in the background while framing the picture. 

I personally think that the aluminium foil does not suit in this picture, but many of my friends like it. 

What do you think?








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Stain Glass painting - Ganesha

Hello Lovely Readers,

I am sharing my first Stain Glass Painting art with you all today. I attended the Celine art deco seminar in 2002 for one day and painted this frame under their supervision and guidance. 

I love Ganesha and every time I start something new I start in HIS name, so was happy to receive this design in the seminar. 

I framed the glass later with the aluminium foil in the background. 

My grandma loved it so much that she took it to her house and to this day its proudly sits in her living room.

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Collage - Deer Painting

Hello Crafters,

Sharing some of my favourite art work - my deer collage.

I made this in 1996 during summer vacation. This project is again made on a very small budget and is a quick one.


Materials:
  1. Card sheet
  2. Sketch pens / paints
  3. Craft Mirrors
  4. Glue
Process:
  1. Draw the basic sketch with pencil
  2. Paint with mixed medium of water colours and sketch pens
  3. stick craft mirrors in creative way 
  4. Frame the card sheet 
Tips: many collage items could be added like cotton for the clouds, coloured crepe paper for the trees etc..




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Parchment Fan - Wall Decor

Hello Parchment Lovers,

Since I learnt Parchment craft, I made few projects of my own. This fan was my first solo project and I am very happy with the way it turned out.

The lady who taught me the Parchment art gave me some free patterns for various projects. So I used the rose panel to make this fan.

It took me longer to finish this project due to its intricate details and a lace pattern. 

I created variation of this pattern by painting the roses and lace and gifted it to my sister in law a wedding present. Also the size of fan was bit small which suited well to the design.
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Collage Ganesha - Recycling craft




Ganpati Bappa Moraya---- Ganesh Festival is soon approaching and everyone must be busy preparing the decorations for the festivities. 
I love celebrating this festival the most. I always love to create some unique art pieces as part of the decorations. I made this collage in 1998 as part of the decoration for Bappa's arrival.    
  
                    





I decided to make a recycled craft that's quick and chic without costing a bomb.  My father collected lots of peacock feathers every year during their molting period. He worked in defence factory which was surrounded by forests on all sides, so lots of natures bounties were to be found. (best way to spend one hour of lunch break, I guess!) 
Materials: 
  1. Peacock feathers, 
  2. Spare Cardboard box lid, 
  3. white thick plain paper, 
  4. Old Wedding Invitation card, 
  5. Glitter, 
  6. Scissors, 
  7. Glue, 
  8. Coloured pencils 
Process: 
  1. Cover the cardboard box lid with white thick sheet.
  2. Arrange the peacock feathers in circular fan shape and glue them one by one when you are happy with the placement.
  3. While the glue is drying start creating the image of Lord Ganesha. I cutout the beautifully carved corners of old wedding invitation card and used it as the crown. The corners were embossed on beige colour paper, I coloured it with colour pencils to brighten it up. 
  4. Use the remaining invitation to cut out the face and body parts of the Ganesha. Paint the details on the back side and paint with appropriate colours. 
  5. Cut out each body part separately so its easy to stick and decorate. 
  6. Add glitter to the edges of all body parts and let it dry.
Time : It takes up to 4 hours from scratch. 

Happy crafting everyone ! Enjoy the festivities 

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Pressed Flowers - Greeting Cards - Part 3



Hello Lovely People, 
Third and final post of the series. Presenting some more pressed flower greeting cards. 
Even a small twig of the weed can be made splendid looking by this art. This art makes you appreciate all the samll wonders of nature. Moths can look hideous and have very waxy thick wings from outside, but the flipsides are very beautiful and can be restyled in this art. 
I would highly recommend teaching this art to 4-5 year old kids, best fun and learn activity. 

HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE  SERIES.

Happy Crafting!











Previous Parts of Series : Pressed Flowers - Greeting Cards-Part 2 
 Pressed Flowers - Greeting Cards -Part1



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