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Easter commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his Crucifixion. Celebrated on a Sunday, this springtime holiday is all about hope, love, peace and joyful living!
The long Easter weekend starts with
the Good Friday and ends with the Easter Monday. The Friday before Easter,
known as Good Friday commemorates the Crucifixion of Jesus at Calvary just
outside Jerusalem. Good Friday, also called Holy Friday or Easter Friday is an
observance that involves fasting and praying including church services. Holy
Saturday is the transition between Crucifixion and Resurrection. Easter and
Christmas are the two greatest Christian Festivals that are celebrated all over
The word Easter appears to be
derived from the German Eostre, the goddess of the dawn—a bringer of light,
spring and fertility. The auspicious Easter day comes after the first full moon
following the northern spring equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It is
recognized as the day when people’s faith reached its peak.
Easter signifies the ushering in of
the spring on earth, renewed hope and the beauty of new life. Trees have new
leaves and flowers. Birds build their nests anew and lay fresh eggs. Colourful
butterflies come out of their cocoons. There are signs of new life in all its
beauty, dignity and splendour spreading joy everywhere all around.
Sharing customs and traditions with
Christmas, Easter comes to be associated with Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs.
Easter bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter depicted as a rabbit
bringing eggs for children. Easter egg is an artificial chocolate-egg or
decorated egg, given on Easter to children. Eggs signify fertility and the
beginning of new life, and hence are used as a symbol for the resurrection of
What can you give your loved ones this Easter!
Easter 2019, is celebrated on Sunday,
the 21st of April.
For those of you looking to wow your loved ones with a beautiful Easter gift, we have compiled a list of not-so-common and uniquely beautiful gifts.
1. Replica of a Faberge Egg
Jewelled eggs, created by the House
of Fabergé, at the turn of the 20th century, in St.
Petersburg, Russia are known as Fabergé eggs.
The Russian King Tsar Alexander III,
is said to have commissioned the task of making a gift for his wife to the Legendary Russian jeweler Peter Carl
Fabergé. Faberge proceeded to make a white enameled golden egg, which opened to
reveal a golden yolk containing a small golden chick with ruby’s for eyes.
Between 1885 and 1917, a celebrated
series of 50 “Imperial Easter eggs was created for the Russian Czars as Easter
gifts for their wives and mothers.
This marked the beginning of the
rather expensive yearly tradition of gifting an intricately detailed egg, each
one of its kind.
The Faberge Museum in St. Petersburg contains the worlds largest collection of works by Carl Faberge, including many of the Imperial Easter Eggs, which are regarded as the finest jewelled works of art.
Beautiful replica of Faberge eggs are very decorative and make excellent Easter gifts. Please feel free to inquire with us about the availability of Easter gifts.
2. Decorative Easter Themed Bottle
Owing to it being celebrated
as a marker of spring and having such significant historic and religious
backgrounds, the colors of Easter are very specific and all have an important
So, you could gift a
decorative bottle painted in the hues of Easter. They add a lot of cultural
value and brightness to the home, being very appealing visually.
The main colors of
Easter are; white, red, purple, pink, green and yellow/gold.
White is the color of
innocence and purity; it signifies Gods glory.
Red symbolizes the
lords sacrifice and passion for his followers.
Purple or a shade of
lavender is associated with royalty, and signifies penance humility and the
sorrow for Jesus’ suffering. It is often associated with Lent (the period of period
of penance, prayer and fasting that precedes the celebration of Easter in
commemoration of Jesus’ 40-day fast in the wilderness).
Pink the color of love
and joy is symbolic to the love for Jesus and the joy on his resurrection.
Green symbolic to
growth, hope and eternal life. It is most suited for a celebration ushering in
Yellow and gold
represent the shining rays of the sun. being carriers of pure joy and
“To plant a garden is to believe in
tomorrow.” – Audrey Hepburn
Easter ushers in
spring, and what better way to celebrate Easter than have a few small shrubs
and plants growing in your house. With such wall hangers, you can have the
plant in them, and hung along your walls. Giving your house a nice cozy quaint
look, and embodying the Easter spirit.
4. Easter Themed Coasters
When there’s an Easter
Celebration, there is bound to be wine! And who would want glass stains on that
beautiful wooden table. So, you can help out your host by gifting them cute
Easter themed coasters. The coasters could perhaps have bunnies or Easter eggs
painted on them. Or if you are looking for a more subtle one, they could be in
the colors of Easter, like the bottles.
I’m sure your host and their furniture will be very happy with this one.
Wishing you a very HAPPY EASTER! May the Easter vibes of joy, happiness, hope and peace reflect in your life.
This article is written by Taira Marshall, as a part of
her summer internship with Life11. Taira, a Second Year BSc student, at St.
Xaviers College, Mumbai, has a flair for writing. She aspires for people all
over the world to read and enjoy her work.
The mid of April, (14th and 15th), ushers in the New Year in many parts of India such as in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, West Bengal , Assam, Manipur and Odisha.
Who wouldn’t want to begin the New Year in a bright, cheery and nicely done up home? So, this is the time when many people start to spruce up their homes, especially if their home décor has started looking old, drab or boring.
However, the limiting factor to give a new look to your home is often the time, effort and the cost involved in this process. We’ve got the answer to this problem; It lies in Upcycling.
What is Upcycling?
Upcycling is basically when we take used, worn out or wasted product and sort of glam it up to not only give it a brand new look at, but also a new, enhanced or an alternate functionality.
Why should we Upcycle?
reason for not doing up the interiors of our homes is often the money involved.
You can save quite a lot if you resort to upcycling.
Our planet is getting polluted with each passing day and global warming is currently a pressing issue. By upcycling, we can help reduce the amount of waste produced. Instead of throwing our old stuff out, and contributing to the already full landfills, we can reuse certain things.
Not to mention the amazing night’s sleep that you’re going to get. “Why?” You ask. Well, if I’ve saved cash, and helped the environment, I’d rather sleep guilt free.
Here are five up-cycled product ideas for home decor:1. Turning around an old dresser or table.
When that old dresser of yours has descended into its final days, its wooden body that once stood tall and well-polished now is a victim of dust. Its jagged edges holding onto your clothes, beg to be saved. Alas, you see no way, but to do away with your old faithful friend and start looking for a replacement.
So many sentiments attached to the dresser, possibly handed down from generation to generation or bought out of your first paycheck, all at the brink of being forgotten, along with the dresser.
This can be averted and those memories preserved for many more generations to come.
You can start off by deciding what you want to make of the dresser. Do you just want to change the exteriors, or change its purpose? You can make it a wine cabinet, or a shelf for your books, or a bed side drawer. The possibilities are endless.
Once you have the final structure in mind, you need to start working on the exteriors. Begin by smoothening the rough surfaces if any, you can use sandpaper for the same. Then you can either paint it or polish it as per your liking.
And there you go! You have a beautiful new addition to your home. Making all your friends wonder which site you bought that off. Because surely, they haven’t seen anything like this in the stores, and how could they, it’s purely your imagination. It’s all you.
Not to mention the pride that takes over you when someone praises it.
2. A lamp out of old CDs
Ever had that huge pile of old cd’s lying around the house. Instead of throwing them out, why not make a nice lamp out of them.
Start off by bending some strong electrical wire to make a wide base. Then attach an LED undercounter light system (which can be bought at any electrical shop) to the electrical wire.
Finish it off by stacking the CDs over the light and wire. Once you near the end, leave a bit of wire exposed and twist it tight to hold the cd’s in place.
3. A traditional Kantha quilt or rug
Kantha is the Indian tradition of stitching together pieces of old cloth, to produce a new quilt. This culture of reusing and upcycling has existed in India since olden times.
You could piece together the old clothes in your house to give you a new bedcover or quilt, or you could make a new rug out of it, or a sofa/pillow cover.
only helps us recycle cloth, but also contribute towards bringing an old Indian
tradition back to life. For most of our traditions lie forgotten or
undervalued, despite their rich and beautiful heritage.4. A key holder out of old cutleryImage credit
How many times in a day do we lose our keys? I bet if we accumulated the time spent searching for our lost keys, we would find it sufficient to do some other productive work. So, here’s a hack that will ensure you never lose your keys again. And also use up the old cutlery lying at home.
All you need to do is, take a piece of wood paint it a
nice bright color. To this you can attach an old bent fork or spoon. Yes, it
can be that simple!
5. A fancy decorative bottle.
You can take an old glass bottle or even a plastic one. Paint over this bottle with some acrylic paints and it can look really good. You can even put some fairy lights inside the bottle and make it a bedside lamp.
Upcycled Decorative Bottle
Honestly speaking the only limiting
factor to upcycling is our imagination. The more creative we get, and let our imagination
flow, the more we can upcycle, and the cleaner non polluted rivers flow too!
And if you don’t have the time to upcycle or feel that it is too cumbersome for you, you can hand over your glass bottles, nightstands, side tables to us. At Life11, we are more than happy to upcycle these for you and help you make the earth a cleaner and greener place for all of us!
This article is written by Tiara Marshall, as a part of her summer internship with Life11. Tiara, a Second Year BSc student, at St. Xaviers College, Mumbai. has a flair for writing, and she aspires for people all over the world to read and enjoy her work.
been away from blogging for a while and am writing after a BIG G—AP.
I am very
happy to let you know that in this month, I have launched the Life11 online store for home decor, handicraft and gifts.
Having started with a small collection of products, which include wall hangings, hand painted trays, pen stands, key hangers, gift box, flower vases, coasters, terracotta masks, terracotta jewelry, pot hangers, comforters and quilts, I am working towards increasing the number of products. Our handcrafted goods & gift items are sustainably made & designed to add an earthy and colourful ambiance.
Menu on this blog provides a link to the home decor and gift store.
As the number 11 is generally considered as an auspicious number, Life11 signifies attracting auspiciousness and good vibes into life, with art and aesthetics. The objective is to integrate art into things of daily use and create a cheerful ambiance around us.
Though I have always had an interest in art, the thought of coming up with our own collection of artistic decor accessories and gifts came to me in an Instagram inspired moment, when I thought of getting some of my Instagram pictures on real physical products. I had written about those in the post Tea Coasters As India Souvenirs And Cool Gift Ideas
The result was good (or so I would like to believe) because it further motivated me to experiment with different products in different art and craft forms.
To get feedback from a variety of people, I started participating in exhibitions for showcasing and selling the products. This helped me to gauge the public perception and identify the customer segments that have an affinity towards particular products.
Nine months past the initial conceptualization, the online shop is up and running, albeit with a limited collection, which I am looking to expand.
The above picture is shared by a friend and a customer, who finds the painted bottle on her side table perfectly in sync with the gazelle and the green bamboo shoots.
Taking Indian folk art to urban setting
We are doing our bit to revive interest in the folk art forms. By combining traditional art with a contemporary look and feel, we make folk art relevant to urban settings.
I did my first display at Urban Haat in Navi Mumbai in Sept 2018, where I came across artisans specializing in different folk art forms. Some of the artists were open to experimenting and adapting the folk art styles to modern themes.
Artist from Rajasthan
We, then went to Jaipur to meet some of the finest craftsmen in the state. I was happy to see that in a bid to keep their art relevant, the artists are incorporating Rajasthani art into products of everyday use.
After sourcing traditional art forms from different artisans, I got hands-on practice in the craft of decoupage and macrame, thus adding to my collection decorative bottles, macramé pot hangers, upcycled tables and cupboards, painted table tops and wall panels.
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Our Products include home décor, handicrafts & handcrafted jewellery, handloom, and gift items.
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Incorporating sustainability into our way of working, we have come up with upcycled and recycled products, such as a table centrepiece or a flower vase made of used glass bottles and refurbished furnitures such as tables and cupboards. Tabletops and wall panels form a part of our customized designs. Do check out our section on Bespoke Table Tops and the Samples.
Wall Panel on the themes Nature, Mother and Change
In the wall panel shown above, the theme ‘Mother’ is central to all the pictures. The first one is about Mother Nature influencing our habitat. The second one depicts a mother’s role in shaping a child’s outlook towards the world. The third one is about necessity, which is the mother of invention. Small changes brought about collectively by people lead to the progress of civilization.
Right below you can see the pictures of glass tabletops hand-painted with floral motifs, inspired by Hungarian folk art patterns.
Hand painted Glass Table Top
Hand painted Glass Table top
Hand painted Glass Table Top
At Life11, we do and shall always endeavour to bring to you products based on indigenous art forms that are attractive, uniquely distinctive and complement contemporary decor.
I invite you to explore the earthy charm of our home décor products and handicraft in the Shop section of this blog. If you are looking for casual and artistic gifts for your loved ones or for yourself, browse through the Life11 catalog. Any feedback is welcome.
Creativity can find expression in myriad ways and creative inspiration can come from varied sources. In an Instagram-inspired moment earlier this year, I had used some of the pictures to make theme-based tea coasters (which. I had written about in the post Tea coasters as India souvenirs and cool gift ideas). Since then, I have Complete Reading
Between the truth and lies is a blurring line. Our imagination often weaves its own web in our mind, furnishing each of us with our own version of the truth, which may be far removed from the truth of others. Needless to say, that life is not as rational, logical or transparent as one would want it to be.
Based on the premise that life is sometimes stranger than fiction, ‘A Basketful of lies’ by Geetashree Chatterjee is a collection of fifteen short stories reflecting on the vagaries and irrationality of life. The deceptively simple stories present the complexities of urban life and human behaviour, and explore the intricacies of relationships, revealing surprises here and there and uncovering motives and intent that are neither apparent nor are easily understandable.
In the stories, the author spans across a broad spectrum of traits ranging from nobility to deception, from compassion to manipulation, from generosity to manoeuvring and from deep-rooted childhood yearnings to relentless ambition, as also from the normal to the paranormal. The stories leave the reader with a savoury taste in the mind, some introspective questions, a hint of nostalgia or melancholy or sometimes even a feeling of unease.
Before I proceed, I must state that there are a few spoilers ahead. But, since the stories are not potboilers or mystery thrillers, I take the liberty to highlight the paradox presented in some of the stories.
In ‘The Paint Brush’, the author fluidly switches from a real to the imaginary world as the middle-aged protagonist picks up her childhood passion for painting. In one of the stories, Amaresh, an old bachelor in his forties yearns for a married life, yet when he finally gets married, he oddly seems to relish the legal battles with his wife more than a peaceful (maybe uneventful) married life.
In ‘MyTwilight Friend’, the central character makes fun of a friend for reading the Twilight series and chides her for even remotely believing that things like vampires could exist. However, while she does so, in her own subconscious mind, the idea of vampires gets so entrenched that she starts dreaming of an old crumbling castle, equates a fellow commuter with some sort of a vampire character and even rejects a job offer believing that it could have something to do with her dreams and her co-passenger.
In ‘Linguist,’ a woman, with a penchant for languages is thrilled when she gets married to a renowned linguist professor. The marriage doesn’t last as she finds it difficult to fit in, yet wanting to maintain the facade of an enriching relationship, she enrols herself as a student of her ex-husband. And so, the author delves into the oddities of life!
I have known Geetashree (GC, as I generally address her) through her blog and have always admired her fluid, subtle and nuanced writing style and her elegant choice of words. In ‘The Basketful of Lies’, GC has used her Bengali cultural upbringing as a backdrop for her stories. As the stories are short the author has focussed more on the situation than on detailed characterization. She does an awesome job in bringing out the personality of the characters, as they tread through their respective paths, coping with the mundaneness of life by either holding on to the past or by living in their own make-belief world.
In some stories, the author leaves it to the readers to figure out if the strange coincidences, Deja vu moments, dreams could somehow be connected or those are just a figment of the imagination. Some of the short stories such as Operation Dead Rat start innocuously but leave the reader with some degree of disquiet when readers get to know how two characters try to undo their wrongdoings by taking care of a woman they have harmed to the extent that she had lost her memory. In another story, the author describes a mother in law’s perception of a working daughter-in-law as a “going out on a merry trip every day”.
She brings out the earthy side of her characters as they cherish their small doses of happiness in bleak situations. There is Sandhya, who enjoys digging into a chocolate while out on a bail after being arrested on the charges of murdering her abusive husband. She also brings out the Machiavellian side of her characters; Aninda, the journalist acknowledges without remorse, how she manoeuvred her way to success by removing all stumbling blocks. In Interlude, Probir is devastated when he realises that he has been manipulated by his boss and his wife to father their child.
The stories are short, fast-paced and provide intellectual stimulation. I personally think that the book may appeal more to the mature readers, particularly those who like to peep into the follies and foibles of human nature and try to figure out why people behave in the way they do.
My 3 personal favourite stories are: The Twilight Friend, Linguist, and Interlude
My best wishes to GC for this book and for all her other writing endeavours. May you keep adding the chutzpah and the savoury flavour to our minds with your writings.
If you are one of those, who often marvel at the incredulities and oddities of life, you can grab ‘A Basketful of lies’ on Amazon or on Flipkart
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