Craft Work

Being in a co-ed school, there was always an option of choosing the crafts between the one meant for girls and the one for the boys. I had never chosen the ones meant for the girls until once it was made mandatory that girls have to do the crafts meant for them only. It was designing cross stitch patterns on a table cloth.

One day before my craft class, my mother tried hard to make her daughter master the skill. She even bought a pattern book so that I could choose the best pattern for me. But the girly things were never meant for me. Being pretty sure that nobody would be able to complete the work in the specified time, I somehow made sure that the class gets over without the teacher noticing my inability to do it. As expected none of the girls could finish the work on time and the teacher asked to complete it at home. So, I very happily took the work home for my mother to complete it.

But now, being a mother myself, there is no room for escape from the situation. Now, I have to help out my daughter who is very much unlike me as a child. She is over enthusiastic about the projects and crafts she is asked to do. She is a perfectionist and is never satisfied unless the outcome is perfect. So, now I have to struggle hard to cope up with the situation. 

Yesterday and day before yesterday, we, both mother and daughter were busy completing her two craft works - one a car hanging and the other a wind chime. Both the works to be done by beads. The car hanging was easy but was very time consuming and the wind chime needed a bit of innovation. The problem with Akanksha is that she wants to do everything by herself.

The car hanger was done using a bouncing ball, needle point pins, colored beads, colored sequences and a ribbon to hang.


The finished product was as below..


The wind chime was a bit complicated. It was done using the upper portion of a plastic bottle, glass paints, colored beads, marker pen, glass pipe, nylon thread and foil paper..





I helped Akanksha to cut the bottle in a wavy way..


She drew patterns on the bottle with the help of a marker pen before putting paints..


Each edge was marked with a dot to make a hole to hang the beads which were put together on a nylon thread..


I helped her making the holes with a punch..


Akanksha first used the black out liner over the patterns she made and let it dry. Than she filled the inside colors and put it to dry. She was doing one pattern at a time and letting it dry and than again moving to the next. This procedure made her loose all her excitement and was frowning when I tried to click pictures. So no more pictures were taken while the little lady was on action. By the time the whole painting was finished and left to dry both of us arranged the beads to be hung and once the paints dried and the beads were hung it appeared as below....




The first reaction came from the dear father waking up from a tight afternoon nap, "This is a ridiculous color combination". I tried not to listen to the comments fearing that Akanksha might again be adamant to redo it. But to her reaction I was very happy. She replied her father with a yawn, "That's all a 10 years old little girl can do. Nothing more than that". At it there was an outburst of laughter from we, the fortunate parents. 

Comments

  1. Wow...the hanging is very beautiful

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  2. You mother and daughter definitely had a great time in the preparation...

    Anonyel

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    1. Yes Anonyel, both of us had a wonderful time doing it..Thanks a lot for dropping in..

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  3. Wow! so beautiful Ranita! The li'l one is very talented I must say:) God bless her..

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    1. Thank u Amitji for ur kind words..

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  4. Wonderful way to recycle plastic bottles...Very creative Ranita....will surely try this out!

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    1. Thanks Valli..the credit for the idea actually goes to the craft teacher of my daughter..u try this out u will definitely like it..

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  5. Wow...you are so creative...beautiful:)

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    1. Thank u Panchalidi for ur kind words..:)

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  6. phew, this must be really difficult! the finished products look amazing!

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    1. Do u think so???but it was fun doing it..thanks..

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  7. I think Akanksha did a great job for a little 10 year old girl. What a charmer she is! And you are an excellent mother!

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    1. Thanks Kay for visiting my blog and also for ur wonderful comments..

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  8. Very cute hanging piece!. How creative you are. This can be used for zero bulbs as a shade too.
    I am impressed.Good job Akanksha!

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    1. A big thanks from Akanksha Pattu ji..and ur idea using it as a bulb shade, m going to use..

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  9. Ah! Those are lovely masterpieces! Can I take one of those for me, Akanksha? :)

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    1. Thanks Arti, Akanksha says that she has to prepare a fresh one for u since it is a school work..:D

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  10. Very creative and beautiful work!!

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  11. What a cute chandelier ...! Must show this to my dotty :)

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  12. i find that very good coming from a 10 year old girl

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    1. Thanks Renu..all credit goes to the teachers who allow the children to explore their imagination..

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  13. beautiful...
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  14. You are a sweet mom! :)
    Beautiful craft ...thank you so much for sharing.

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  15. Lovely :) very creative :)

    love
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  16. Nicely done. Enjoyed your account. I had never thought that a bottle can be cut to make this.

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    1. Thanks you so much for your kind words..

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  17. This idea was too good. My daughter loves art and craft. She will love this.

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    1. Thanks Sushma..your daughter will sure enjoy making this..

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  18. Wow! I so want to make them! They are just so so creative and beautiful!

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  19. i love your blog <3 just emailed you !

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    1. Thanks Yiqin..I did not receive your email though but I visited your site and found it very interesting..

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  20. wow wonderful work,, superb

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  21. I found myself laughing at Akanksha's comment, such a wise little girl and a very clever one with her crafts. Her two creations were very pretty. I wasn't too good at crafts as a little girl but like you helped my son with his occasionally. I remember an orange being stuck with dozens of cloves that made the house smell really nice. The ball reminded me of this and the plastic bottle, to turn something so plain into a thing of beauty, delightful!

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  22. I think the wind chimes are wonderful. Well designed and well crafted. Your write-up was so entertaining,too, I enjoyed reading it.

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  23. hi mam ! i was thinking this idea when i saw many empty bottles in self.....suddenly i got this link .....nice work and neat too....lovely......

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