Deer Diary

205 Deer Diary

Okay, so I have talked about Sreesha Shetty a couple of times on my blog! (1, 2, 3, 4) Erm, so I just really dig Lune OKAY, she inspires me and I feel like maybe I do want to do something about unfinished business of my very own (one particular label that I did not do much about). I happened to order this lovelie way back in April (was it?), and I’ve started wearing it fairly recently. Deer skulls + cool winters seem to sort of go together (not that Bombay is cold enough, yet) but yeah… But that’s just not it, I seriously LOOOOVEEEE this deer skull, she’s called Samara coincidentally, and I am so glad I may have ordered one of the last pieces around. It’s so beautiful, so Lunie, so ME, and so cool!

P.S. I also think it’s particularly wicked because there’s another girl who has been fashioning deer skull jewellery as well, and she’s eeeexpensive. Sreesha specialises in making quartz lovelies in addition to other pieces inspired by the moon and such, you should watch out for her website okay? Promoting this necklace out of my free accord/will, D-UH. I will always buy her babies for as long as I can! (Though it would be very nice to be paid by/for the other brands/labels I also LOVE to write about and feature. Okay, this is a shameless feeler! Write to me, won’t you, oh other cute shops? Thanks for reading.)

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes

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The Gift of La Magie { GIVEAWAY }

188 The Gift of La Magie { GIVEAWAY } - 2Okay, giveaway # 2, here we come! This one applies to everyone who wants to enter – in the country (if you are overseas and want to enter, and have a friend here in the country who can collect your goodie for you – then by all means, enter away!). But I’m counting my cookies before they come out of the oven! This giveaway is themed after my favourite show of the moment, Charmed; I’ve been re-watching all the seasons. (Contains a bit of magic, aye!)

What’s in the Box?

1. The Gypsy Necklace from Rosecraft by Roanna Fernandes (giggle-giggle, yeah, that’s me!). (This is a necklace holding a gypsy charm that I’ve created. There are a few more of the same variety, which I hope to sell – at some point.)

2. Message in a Bottle – A delicate vial (that looks a lot like a potion bottle) I bought at Al-Zamil Stores when I was in The Kingdom, a month before the last; of course, I’ll be adding a personal touch for that Charmed effect. (If you’re into that sort of thing!)

3. A Pointing Crystal Necklace from Lune by Sreesha Shetty. (Far by, my favourite! Ordered an amethyst crystal+quartz necklace from Sreesha Shetty for which this magical giveaway would have been incomplete without! Especially this ONE, that’s somewhat similar to the one they use on Charmed when scrying for magical beings, or witches.

4. Rustic wooden jewellery tray from Dhoop – An old-fashioned, wooden container shaped like the stump of a tree (well, somewhat); I’ve painted the containing hollow with matte gold for a magical effect. Would this be something that interests you?

Rules?

The rules are simple! This giveaway is for Indian residents, only. International giveaways, commencing soon.

1. Comment below saying why you would want to win this (THIS ISN’T OPTIONAL, SADLY! Well, d-uh.), and tell me your current favourite supernatural/witchcraft-ish book/magazine/movie/show of the moment (this part is optional!). Okay, so my comments are moderated – don’t fret if you don’t see yours published immediately! (And please don’t forget to add 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 – feel free (well, not really, hahaha!)  to ‘Like’ my page on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter! :-)

What happens after?

I’ll choose ONE winner in exactly two weeks, from now – save the date – June 24 is when this contest comes to an end! 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!

The “Fourth Year of Festivities” is yours for taking! Giveaway-gift-makin’. Good luck!

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Artwork & Picture by Roanna Fernandes

The Keeper of the Keys

177 The Keeper of the KeysDo you remember when I first wrote about Lune here? If you don’t, let me quickly count the ways I love thee… I mean, Sree. Okay, Sreesha Shetty. The creator of Lune! Born of a passion for all things bohemian and a vintage, whimsical charm, Sreesha’s label – Lune – possesses everything about everyday jewellery that I love. Each piece is unique, you must know this much, and named just as uniquely.

So… I recently placed an order for her stuff (I’ve only bought once from her before, and the other time, she sent me some goodies)Samara (a Gold Deer Antler Necklace), Ankh (an Evil Eye Antique Gold Ring), Chaavi (a Long, Vintage Antique Gold Key Necklace) & a Little Handmade Mystery Bag (it contained the most darling, vintage things) – and was very pleased with my entire  L O O T  to say the least! (If you follow me on Twitter, you would have noticed my tweets raving about her jewellery.)

I wasn’t going to be at home when she shipped out my stuff so I decided to meet her instead. She lives in Bombay, she just moved here – I was supposed to meet her last year but I suppose I’m just really flaky. Anyway, I’m glad I did get to spend some time with her because she’s even warmer (and so much cooler) in person. Sreesha, if you’re reading – I really, really love your stuff. I’m proud to own more than a few Lune lovelies now! BONUS: It was a lot of fun giggling over random things, I enjoyed talking to her sooo much that I even dunked my new pair of earphones into an oil-based candle light at our dinner table. So much for crazy behaviour! 

P.S. The key, Chaavi, is just one of things from my entire loot, all of which I shall post about very soon in much detail, here. And yes, the Harry Potter reference? I think it’s my second. Cute, eh?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes & Picture by Sreesha Shetty

Can’t Fight the Moonlight

96 Can't Fight the Moonlight

Wow, November’s here already! Can you believe it? This year is just whizzing by, honestly. And I (the girl who’s always away on leisurely breaks from her blog, though unintentionally) just got back from a mini-holiday with my roommates. We went to Goa, and let’s just say there was plenty of fun, sun, sand, beer and girl talk doing the rounds. I almost didn’t feel like coming back to Bombay. *SIGH*

Anyway, in our many travels, we took the time out to visit Sacha’s Shop, a cute little store located in the north of Goa that sells jewellery, home accessories, bath products and clothes by various designers. The shop also had a little display dedicated to my friend Sreesha Shetty’s accessories label, Lune. Of course, I took a few pictures excitedly of the store and its wares (we bought some goodies too); this also seemed like the ideal time to put up snippets of the little e-mail interview I conducted with Sreesha not too long ago…

Shop Lune has a nice little ring to it. It’s charming. Did you think of Lune randomly or was it conceptualised after much thought?

Why, thank you. I get asked that a lot. Lune is French for moon. And, I’m a moonchild. Ha! A cusp between Gemini and Cancer, but born in the Cancer zodiac. The moon is said to represent intuition and feeling. Most of my creations aren’t planned; I pay a lot of attention to my intuition while deciding something. So I wanted to name my hand-made business after that idea.

The Lune collection is earthy, rustic and a little bit vintage – is that an underlying theme of all the accessories you craft?

Yes! My collection has an old world charm to it with a touch of femininity; it’s a mix of bohemian style combined with a pinch of eccentricity.

Which are your favourite craft stores from all of the cities you’ve lived in and places you’ve stayed at, so far?

I don’t have a favourite craft shop or store really. Take me to any crafty/supplies/stationery store in the world and you’ll see the same childlike expression on my face.

Since you craft each and every piece by hand, how long does it take you to, say, complete a whole range of necklaces, rings et cetera?

It depends. I don’t follow a strict routine. It’s more of a feeling. When I have the desire to create, I just let it flow. I can get really involved for hours and forget to take a break and eat. Sometimes, I have to stop myself and listen to some music or go for a walk. But mostly, I enjoy not knowing what the outcome is going to be and end up putting together what is visually appealing to me at that moment.

What is your star sign and favourite colour?

I’m a cusp of the Gemini and Cancer star signs. I don’t particularly have a favourite colour but I’m naturally drawn to earthy tones or extremely bright hues. {I know she already answered this in the first question I asked her. Just didn’t want to edit this part out!}

Would you say that there’s something special about starting out truly on your own, selling at bazaars and flea markets, and finding your own way (about Lune, by yourself)?

I have always wanted to start a creative business. I’m glad I finally started it without thinking too much of its outcome. Also, Etsy is a great marketplace for hand-made products. Besides selling at flea markets and bazaars, it’s really special when I ship my jewellery out to places I haven’t visited yet. I recently shipped an item out to Prague. Eep!

Do you get moody, when it comes to creating unique pieces? Artist’s block and all that! Do you work on Lune everyday?

When it comes to creating, I take a break. Take a long shower. Read. Meet a friend or listen to music. Sometimes it helps to just step away for a bit.

Was Lune ever a pet project? If so, when did you ever come to the realisation that it could be so much more?

When it comes to fashion accessories. I’ve always tried to create something for myself. After I moved to London, I had an opportunity to sell my jewellery at a fair. That’s how it started. Sheer accident.

Will you be selling at Bombay, Goa or Bangalore anytime soon (in the future) the next time you visit India?

I have some plans of doing that and conducting a couple of jewellery making workshops too. {In Goa, she sells her stuff at Sacha’s Shop. Online, you can find her wares at the Etsy store.}

Is your style defined by your clothes or accessories, or both?

I have a gypsy soul. It comes from so many different places but mainly from nature. I have a big heart for plants and creatures, along with smells, colours and textures. I also favour the ’60s and ’70s. I draw a lot of inspiration from there.

You name each piece of jewellery you craft. Do they all have individual stories?

Oh, yes! I know the love and effort that goes behind creating each piece. And each piece is made differently, mostly due to my current mood or feelings. I name them in accordance.

When you first started out (the Lune journey), was there anyone who ever discouraged you? Did that affect you or only push you further on?

My family and friends are a very supportive bunch. I do get a little uncomfortable when people ask me about how much of a profit I’m making out of this business. That’s discouraging to me (they probably are just concerned). But I have a tiny community that’s built around Lune, that encourages me, by appreciating hand-made over factory-produced anything.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes, pictures by Roanna Fernandes and Sreesha Shetty

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