Saturday, June 28, 2008


"A thing of beauty is a joy forever"

Alankar shilpa means the art of ornamenting in Sanskrit, the ancient language of India.

Making things beautiful is what I strive for and when it touches someone that makes my day.

I had been a teacher for the last twenty years teaching preschoolers through college students. I learned an important lesson from my very youngest student. It is when you find the right game to play, or the right activity you are most happily involved. You get totally immersed in it losing all track of time and you come out refreshed. It's when peace embraces you and you pass on that feeling to the others. I am one lucky grown up to find such a game- it is when I play with my beads. I want to pass on that feeling of peace when I make the jewelry for you.

My creative inspiration comes from both the worlds - India, where I am originally from, as well as my life in California-where I am living for the last thirty years.

I love to use precious and semi precious stones and pearls for their innate natural, organic quality. At the same time I fancy using the Swarovsky crystals , Czech glass beads, pewter or copper if I find they'll make a piece beautiful.

Each piece has an attached note with a list of materials I used for that particular one so that my customers are aware what they are paying for. All my jewelries are individually hand made by me. I try to give the very best quality material and my very best workmanship. If you want something you liked and it is sold I'll make it for you with a little variation somewhere so that the uniqueness will be maintained.

I want you to be happy wearing my piece or giving it to your loved ones and I'll try my very best to accommodate your wishes along the way.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Today is the first day of my life

June 25, 2008

I found something that will be very important and valuable in my life,I think. I feel I've finally joined the younger crowd in the walk of life. I was a stand still person watching people doing new things with this computer thing. I thought it was too much of a new thing. I just shyed away all this time. Now, I realize I have to learn the new way, I have to pick myself up and get going.

I have so much to offer to this world, to life. This is a great outlet.

I am an artist, a writer, a teacher, a kind, loving person who wants to help others, to share what worked with me, what I know. Sometimes those could be stepping stones for achieving some thing very big, who knows. I want to be part of that.

There were feelings of hurt and sadness for me today, of frustrations for my shortcomings perhaps... I wanted to share it once but then I thought I should just move on. Focus on the new things. I got something very precious today- my inner voice says so. This blogging thing.

That is what I want to celebrate.
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