And when in love..


… with Cricket and the Cricketer Ashwin, everything gets painted blue. Including a school project. The convo went thus:

Varun: Amma, I’ve got to make a t-shirt from a chart. Need your help.

Me: Done. I’ll do the sketching.

Varun: Okay. A round-neck t-shirt, Okay?

Me: Can we do one with a cute collar?

Varun: No ma. You just draw the shape and cut. I’ll do the ‘detailing’. (he said that!)

Me: Alright. What ‘details’ are you going to add.

Varun: I have an idea. You first cut the shape.

I draw the outline, and cut the shape. And then this chap brings out the model t-shirt and takes my help with fine-tuning his drawing. We finally end up adding a collar too because the model t-shirt has one:)

And here is output:

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Corn on Cob


Sharing a school craft after a very long time! Varun’s class was asked to do a ‘corn on cob’ craft on an A4 sheet and this is what we did.

Materials used: Yellow oil paper, A4 sheet, glue, Green color pencils

Just rolled tiny strips of yellow oil paper for the corn kernels. Varun and I stuck them on to a drawing of corn. Varun started out with a lot of promise and mid-way ditched the sticking effort. He colored the leaf though:)

Paper Quilling


At the Chennai Book Fair this year, I spent a good five thousand rupees buying books for my brats and also to gift to a few other kids! At the end of the purchase, I figured out that I hadn’t bought a single book for myself! Now, be nice and say what a good mommy I am to endure such changes as putting myself last 🙂 It’s another thing that I got myself a Paper Quilling and a Madhubani Painting kit, something I’ve been wanting to try for a long time! But it does not count, right? The stuff was sitting idle on my shelf, with all the covers intact until the need came! Vyas had to do a greeting card for his mommy as part of his craft class, and his next project is a paper bag!

Here’s what he did with a little help from me.. I helped him roll the strips on the pin and he did the rest.. He insisted on using chamkis which i wasn’t too happy about, but it is his project and he did it the way he wanted it.. He wanted to keep in ‘simple’ not for the aesthetics aspect, but sheer laziness to spend a little extra time on intricate or elaborate designs! Lazy BUM! Still, it turned out nice.. He wouldn’t tell me what he was going to write on the card though.. I’ll get to see only when it is returned after assessment 😐

The pics:

Paper Puppet


I have ranted here earlier on how pathetic Vyas’s drawing skills are.. This time, my boy surprised me by drawing a caricature all by himself and coloring it.. He had to make a small paper puppet with a face wearing some expression- smiling, scowling etc.. I refused all help because, as is the norm, he told me on the night before the deadline.. He rummaged through his book-shelf and picked up the ‘How to draw cartoons’ book that I’d got him an year and half back and wanted to teach him during the summer hols.. Of course that did not happen.. But the book came handy..

*Kalakitteda Kutta!

*Slang for ‘awesome job’. Literal meaning- You’ve mixed it well.. Don’t know how this came to be used for that… Its Friday people!!

Itsy Bitsy Spider


This is the latest addition to Varun’s craft kitty- the Itsy Bitsy Spider (I think it is as huge as Harry Potter’s Acromantula:)). When I messaged the teacher in the evening saying that it looks awesome, she replied stating that the kids did it themselves. To quote her, the kids colored the body and she added more black.. They pushed the pre-cut face and legs in and she stapled them.. And they made the eyes themselves. They all held their spiders and sang ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider went up the water spout…’

On another note, have some stories to share on the weekend that just went, but the details have to wait:)