Its that part of the year again, where its a festivity at my country. This week we celebrate a huge religious festival in my country which celebrates the powers and virtues of Lord Ganesha. He is God for knowledge, arts science and wisdom. He is honored at the beginning of rituals and ceremonies and invoked to seek obstacle free celebrations of the rituals and festivities.
In particular its a festival very close to my heart and always enjoy making new and colorful decorations every year. The festivities include setting up a stage (Mantapam / Peetam) to place and worship the Lord, decorating the Stage, placing a choicest Idol (Clay idol) and worshiping and of-course the festivities wouldn't be done without delicious sweets and savories. Now doesn't it explain why its close to my heart ;) ..................Its not just about the sweets......its gives a great chance to create some bright and colorful crafts every year!!
Last two years (DIY Ganesha Idol 2010,DIY Ganesha Idol 2011) I had been away from home, on a foreign land with limited resources for our kind of festivities. But I was all determined to celebrate this festival though away from home. And this is how I did it!!
I made an idol all by myself.......no clay, no mud.........just out of wheat dough!!
1. Making the dough: I used normal wheat flour used to make Chapathis- mixed it with water and a spoon of turmeric just to give it a pinch of sanctity and later shaped it on my own. The amount of dough needed would depend on the size of the idol. My idol was about 15cms tall and I used about 1/2kg of dough. Important: Be sure to make a hard dough.....use just enough water. If the dough gets thinner it did be hard to give it a shape and would also take very long to dry.
2. Shaping the idol: I made one big dough ball to be the body and the folded shape of legs and made another slightly small ball to be the face. The face portion was shaped to make the trunk and the crown. Later added the ears, hands, eyes and other smaller parts. I also made a little mouse to go with the idol. After all Lord Ganesha's idol is never complete without his Lil mouse friend!
3.I dried it under the Sun(not direct exposure to sun, you'll have cracks in the idol)slightly in shade but make sure there is enough heat there to dry the idol. It would need a day to dry.
4. I painted using regular water colors. The dough will take up the colors very well. Here again DO NOT use a lot of water, just enough to pick the color onto the brush. Also using water colors would be more eco friendly. .You could choose not to color too, then you might want to mildly highlight the eyes and other significant parts.The paints to should dry in an hour.
5. I did add a slight glitter touch to the crown and jewelry and I was done!!
Also tried my hands at a few more crafts and put them all together in a day. So here I go sharing the pictures of the festivities (small scale version!!) at my place (in Germany!!)
Idol I made in 2010
Idol I made in 2011
Mantapam/Stage to seat the Lord
After the Pooja!
My 9month old enjoying the festivities in 2012
Its been a great joy putting all this together. Hope my readers are inspired to try their hands on making this eco-friendly Ganesha Idol........trust me the kids did love doing this and decorating the idol on their own plus...........the immersion is hassle free too.. Lets see what I come up with this year....now that am back home with family, friends and of course....all my craft resources too!!
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The third challenge as a part of theIron Craft Project 26 was to go with the mood of the month, so our crafts had to have "Hearts and Flowers"!!! Well this could also double up for the second challenge "Orange" that I skipped......this has a lot of orange flowers in it.
I have been busy these days with preparations for our up-coming House warming. In my side of the country we have several rituals and customs as a part of the house-warming ceremony and as with all the Indian customs, it goes without saying that it is a very colorful affair.
One of the small custom as a part of the house warming rituals is where the Priest would cover the main door with a sacred white fabric/veil .....before we couple would first enter the newly constructed home. we can always keeps this veil plain and simple but some of us with 'scissors and glue' on mind....can't see anything plain and blank isn't it???..................so here goes my take on the veil.
Since its the first thing that anybody did see when they enter our house on the "D-day"....I decided to convert this veil into a welcome sign.
What went into this:
Fabric painting- script In my mother-tongue 'Kannada' ( a South-Indian language) which reads "Welcome", the fence, the bird house, the shining sun and some parts of the tree branch
Re-purposed fabric flowers stuck with a strong adhesive, 3-D stickers of birds, sunflowers and butterflies (all from stash) and of course some bling (how can we ever do without it.....isn't it??)
And some sewing (though not my cup of tea)- to fasten the blue creepers and leaves.
Two sleepless nights and a completed project........a satisfying feeling!! I enjoyed doing this....hope my guests like it too!!
Thanks to all my readers who stopped by to read this Blog.
I played The Iron Craft Challenges on their first venture...the challenges kept me creatively occupied and the comments and exchanges filled my loneliness on a foreign land. A special Thanks to Kathy and Susi for this lovely initiative and also for keeping it going year after year!!
I did play it on and off the next year...but my nausea(LOL!!) and later of course relocation took away all my time.
Am back this year hoping to play as many challenges as i can....hoping my daughter gives me some time to craft.
With this hope here's my submission for the first challenge of the year "IC131-Cotton"
The first is a Proxy submission by my MOM (LOL!!)....she stitched this pretty bag for me from her fabric stash....i loved it so much that I had to share and show-off!!
The second is my submission- Fabric painting and some amateur chain stitching on a Baby dress.
Hope to play along and blog every week....so drop to inspire and encourage me as always.
Our Little Doll is doing all the tricks and magic to keep me away from blogging....no complaints am thoroughly enjoying being her Mommy.
Last week she turned one......time flies, isn't it!! We did a 'Red color themed Birthday Party'. We had chosen a pretty Off-white dress with red satin roses.....so the theme just followed her dress.
First things first.....I must thank all those lovely bloggers who share their ideas and crafts on this wonderful "www" world..... inspired by many of their ideas, gave it a little twist of my own.....and Viola!! we had some lovely decorations and a fun filled party. My lovely Mom helped me with all the handmade paper decorations. Sharing some pictures from our party. Guess the Pictures say it all!!
We celebrated her birthday at home...so a small place to decorate and accommodate a close circle of relatives and friends. This was the birthday backdrop. I hand cut the name and number from a thick red card stock.The pinatas are inspired from the internet and made from Gift wrapping paper.
Hats for the kiddo guests, made from Card stock.
This thumbprint guest book was totally inspired by the internet. I had been seeing a lot of these and was waiting for a chance to do it...and this was my big chance. I have a big-time scrapbook plan - Recording My little doll's first year's highlights and this page will be a part of that mega project. So this was the set-up for our guests to make some colorful balloons for our daughter to fly away to her second year!! I chose a picture of hers and made this idea of balloons.
Our guests were more than happy to do the thumbpinting....this picture still needs some final touches...it'll happen before this page enters the scrapbook.
We had ordered Muffins for our guests...so these were the muffin toppers.
We had some yummy muffins with these lovely toppers.
Like many of the inspired ideas..sharing a picture of her growing up in the past 12 months was an idea I thoroughly liked.... especially for a 'Photography maniac Mom' like me who had collected loads of pictures of her Baby...this was a lovely idea.
My Mom added extra charm to these pictures by doing those lovely frilled paper badges. These badges were very neat and cute...Thanks Amma!!
Like I said i had lots of pictures to showoff.....so some hand cut Paper flowers to showcase some cute pictures of my Doll.
Finally....this is how my doll looked in her red Angel wings.....all happy...all smiles ......having fun at her party.
One again a huge Thanks to all the lovely crafters for sharing their ideas on their blogs and sites.