The Twelve Days of Christmas

209 The Twelve Days of Christmas

Can I just tell you how very exciting it was to curate lovelies for this GIFT GUIDE? Extremely thrilling! A few things… I have purposely not created an elaborate gift guide because that would depend on your budget and how much you like the person, etc. That decision is yours! These basically serve as  s t o c k i n g  s t u f f e r s  for your handful of best girlfriends or even your  M O T H E R  or sisters (yep, this is the feminine edition!), or for when you haven’t bought anything for a close someone who came home and you forgot to get them a present.

Of course, I really hope you like the ones I have picked out, there will be plenty of other gift guides out there on the interwebz – this is my first one, HERE, and well, hopefully, because you’re a Jupiter Skye reader, you should like these thoughtful presents… Brace yourselves, for I think I have rambled ever so much – SORRY!

1. Gold stone quartz necklace, Lune – Rs. 1,650

Sreesha Shetty has been written about a lot before, and for good reason! Crafting beautiful, indie pieces for a whimsical dreamer forms the base of her expertise, at Lune, her label. I do not know for certain if this particular piece is still available but you can always e-mail her at shoplune@gmail.com to get something custom-made. This gold quartz necklace seemed particularly festive to me! :-)

2. Gold Floral Tattoo Set (Rifle Paper Co.), Tattly – $6

Okay, I’ve been bookmarking a lot of these all over the place! Because this one is created by Anna Bond (also known as Rifle Paper Co. – yes, her!), I thought it would be fitting to have her Gold Floral tattoo set which is available to buy on Tattly – on this list – especially for all the other lovers of her work, out there. (These are temporary, tu comprende?)

3. Ho! Ho! Ho! Gift Tags, Little One’s Doodles – Rs. 200

For the stationery lovers, and those who love making pretty packages of Christmas presents; this set of fourteen + festive gift tags are for you. The illustrator behind these babies is also working on an exquisite calendar for the next year so you should look out for that, too. (An adorable pick for an office desk!)

4. Fabric covered planner journal (Rubberband), Crossword – Rs. 850

A commendable pick for whoever loves jotting things down; and the pages inside are so smooth and white! This is like the best planner, EVERRRR. (Available in a rainbow of colours, the one I had this year was a macaron pink.) 

5. Party Fox Brooch Pin (And Smile)Etsy – $11.24

Now here’s a cheery fellow (crafted by Viktorija Semjonova) to accompany you this festive season, I think he makes a lovely accessory for those friends of yours who adore water-colour arts and would love wearing little Foxie here over their jacket-lapel or cardigan, or that little cousin/sister whom you want to get something cute for. 

6. Cranberry Scented Lip Balm #1, Kiehl’s – Rs. 495

For starters, their lip balm really is #1! I have a tube of it, and it’s an instant cure for chapped lips, all over town. (I don’t have the Cranberry one yet, but I’m guessing it would smell delicious.)

7. Party Panda Ankle Socks, Forever 21 – Rs. 159

Picked these up last winter (Look at me, acting all fancy, pretending it was so cold in Bombay last November/December!) and I know that Forever 21 still stocks super cute socks (there’s an oxblood pair with black lace details I’m eyeing already)… They are one of the coolest stocking stuffer ideas, ever! I would love to get socks for Christmas, wouldn’t you?

8. Washi Tape, Anupam – Rs. 70

Four very pretty rolls of washi tape, and you have yourselves a cute gift for someone who adores crafting, or stationery in general. (Certain this one is on my baby sister’s list!)

9. Festival Purse, Safomasi – Rs. 1,200

Safomasi sells very lovely things in their little store online, and while you could alternatively order a couple of cushion covers with pom-pom detailing as a set for your mother or favourite aunt, I do think this Festival Purse is très cute – it’s a good gift for someone who is a supporter of such labels.

10. Skarab Necklace (KICHU), Da Flokk – Rs. 2,100

For the Egyptian-loving, cool indie girl toting around charms from all over the world – I would say that you should order this gold scarab beetle charm from KICHU for her. Because, KHEPRI!!!!

11. Wild Argan Oil Shower Gel + Body Lotion, The Body Shop – Rs. 425 and Rs. 695, respectively

This range smells both heavenly and very luxurious, a combination of these two would be ideal for: a) Mother, b) Sister, c) BFF, d) Favourite Auntie, or anyone whom you think will like the scent. (What does it smell like? Warm, nutty, it’s a very enveloping scent, sweet but older. Sophisticated?)

12. Boar Brooch, bhane. – Rs. 900

The brooch pins from bhane. are extremely rare! Rare, because I haven’t spotted origami inspired pieces like theirs anywhere else. Order the animal or bird you think your giftée will fancy because I can’t speak for them. These would be very cool to receive; TRUST ME. 

These were also a bit of a random selection, based on my personal ‘Likes’, and such but I just knowwww you will like to bookmark these for someone else or get them for yourself, if you wish. Christmas feels better when you’re gifting! Let me know what your favourites are, it’s always fun to discuss these things, no?

P.S. This was definitely not sponsored, I feel that I should clarify this? Also, I might be working on an exciting artwork for a close friend… I am waiting for her e-mail, as we speak.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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Deck the Hall

158 Deck the Halls with December!

“Apple cider in paper cups. Presents stashed under the tree. Nankaties. Mince pies. Dried fruit. Carrot cake. Love. The ‘Home Alone’ Movies. Christmas Mass. Santa Claus. Buying presents! Reflecting on the year that went by… Making Christmas sweets! Spending time with family and friends. Lovers. Salted caramel sauce. Winter boots. Reindeer motifs. Deep, red lipstick. Retro matte. Green cardigans. Snowflakes. Cribs. Filling up stockings… Peppermint candy canes. Gingerbread accessories. Nutmeg. Cranberry-scented baths. Making Christmas cards. Jingle Bell Rock. Red nail polish. Sequins and glitter. Christmas cheer! Baby Jesus figurines. The Nativity Scene. Putting up the yearly tree… Carols. Wreaths. Mistletoe. Drunken laughter! Tasting eggnog. Festive spirit. Christmas pudding. Reading ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens. Ebenezer Scrooge. Noël. Christmas movies. Opening presents. Gifts. Tinsel. Father Christmas. Deck the halls with December!”

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

Joy to the World { GIVEAWAY }

Joy to the World, Giveaway, Christmas, Christmas Carols, Love, Peace, Festive, Cheer, Jupiter Skye, Birthday, Four

This is it, there’s no turning back now! Okay, I’m very excited to announce the first “ever” giveaway on my blog! It’s not international (haha, I’m not there yet!) but yes, this December will mark the beginning of my fourth year writing and illustrating here, so I wanted it to start on a cheery note. I’m giving away a little Christmas present – one that I’ve been happily plotting and planning for the past two months or so, and I bought everything last week for my special surprise. So if you’re a regular reader over here, and you’ve grown to like all things Jupiter Skye, there’s a fair chance you’re the kind of person who would want to win this! :-)

What’s in the Box?

1. A set of Ho! Ho! Ho! Christmas gift tags from Little One’s Doodles by Maheswari Janarthanan (There are fourteen of these in a packet; one of which is pictured above!).

2. Do you like bow-tie pins? There’s a red, felt ribbon-made one in here that I crafted.

3. Socks! Yes, socks. I found a darling pair with a pretty splatter of Christmas roses on them, at Forever 21.

4. A set of four cheery stickers that I designed and had printed last year! There are two of each design.

By the way, I’ve intentionally not included a picture of every little thing here because I want some of them to have that surprise element. Even so, I do hope that you are tempted enough to enter!

Rules?

The rules are simple! And I’m stating this again, this giveaway is for Indian Residents, only. I’ve never done this before so I didn’t want to mess up my first giveaway (if it gets lost across the seas, etc.). But otherwise… International giveaways? Sooner than you think! ;-)

1. Comment below saying why you would want to win this, and if there’s something more you would like to see on my blog (I know, I know, this is my dumb way of getting to hear what you really think!). Okay, so my comments are moderated – don’t fret if you don’t see yours published immediately! (And please don’t forget to include adding your e-mail address in the details box so I have yours saved on my system, I’ll need it to get in touch.)

2. For brownie points – you can ‘Like’ my page on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter! ^.^

What happens after?

I’ll choose ONE winner in exactly four days, save the date – December 4 is when this contest comes to an end! (Yes, it’s going to be that short because I would like you to win the Christmas stationery in time to use some of it like a happy little elf, and this is a bit unrelated but knowing me I’ll probably write each of your names on chits of paper to decide, haha.) As soon as I announce the winner – which will either be on my Facebook or Twitter page (and through an e-mail, perhaps) –  please write back to me with your postal address and phone number right away. I’ll mail the package across then, immediately through speed post!

That’s about it, and uh-huh, this marks the beginning of many, many more to come. Especially particularly during this year! The “Fourth Year of Festivities”, remember? Good luck!

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

La Poste { Little One’s Doodles }

123 La Poste { Little One's Doodles }

You know how much fun it is to enter a giveaway contest, and more importantly, how nice it is when you actually WIN! I’ve always been one of those unlucky children when it came to winning at a game of Bingo or Housie (hey, remember how they used to call out the numbers, you know, one fat lady is supposed to be the number eight, and all that? *giggle*), or anything really. Anyway, this February, Little One’s Doodles ran a simple contest on their page, I participated and lucked out only after the actual WINNER didn’t claim her prize. I’m sorry that the concerned person didn’t respond but I can’t say that I’m not happy for me! :-)

I don’t remember exactly when I first heard about Little One’s Doodles but in the last year, I saw the label’s wares on so many platforms online and I grew fond of the stationery and home accessories. The label was brought to life by Maheswari Janarthanan, an illustrator who lives in Chennai, and I’ve written a couple of stories featuring her pretty products on STRUT120 in the past. Last December, I even purchased the cutest set of Christmas gift tags aptly titled Ho! Ho! Ho! (see picture) from her. Fourteen tags come inside one packet, and I just paid a measly sum of Rs. 239 for them (the tags are very darling, you must buy them this year before Christmas).  

About Maheswari’s doodles generally, they’re certainly more than just doodles, as you can see in the pictures. I think she creates some of the most beautiful illustrations, in fact, her artwork inspires my set of skills when it comes to illustrating (the Lady in the Water piece of work is my favourite of hers!). 

Finally, here are the details of the lovely loot Maheswari sent me! The package came to me around the time of my birthday, and I thought of it as one of my little gifts though it seems silly now. There were so many nice things that she posted across: the Dreamer tea towel, a sea green elephant print cotton coaster, a cotton-lined storage basket (yes, that would be the orange elephant print contraption in the picture), a set of four Love postcards, pocket calendars and an extra set of coasters (the Little Women ones). It certainly was a very generous giveaway, and I liked everything she sent! It was very sweet of her. If you like her stuff, write to her at maheswarijanarthanan@gmail.com, to order one of her wares or in case, you want to find more about her work

P.S. I’m extremely happy with the set of pictures I took for this post! For the backdrop, I used a white canvas board, and Tana, if you’re reading, you helped because I thought of one of your most recent posts as I did so.

{ All the illustrations seen on the products and stationery are Maheswari Janarthanan’s original works. Please do not steal them, use them anywhere, or promote them as your own. }

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes 

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