Walnutella Street

225 Walnutella Street

As one might be able to tell, I have been doodling/drawing/practising/writing a lot more with my tablet, and it is really fun! Definitely one of the better investments of my life (no matter how inexpensive the tablet actually was), and I would recommend it to all my other illustrator friends out there. ♥ (Eddereenie + Schmoochita)

Okay, also, really grateful to Amrita Rana for bringing dark chocolate walnut butter into all of our lives (mine, mostly)… Wouldn’t have discovered its “wonderfulness,” had she not been selling it through her blog + shop, Life ki Recipe – so yeah! I bought a bottle of it from her two months ago (I think) and the butter really made an impression on my palate. It was just so good! And one thing led to another, discovered a recipe online, and started making bottles of the stuff for everyone at home – all of last month. :-)

Another mention of thanks belongs to Edlyn D’Souza who told me about They Draw & Cook – a website that features illustrated recipes from folks all over the world, submitted my first contribution which was just published – and I aspire to send them another one for the month. Been pushing Eddy to send in some of hers too, she has a beautiful, water-colour vegetable heart that she illustrated on paper sometime ago but yes… I hope she does because she is the one who introduced me to They Draw & Cook in the first place! And she has original recipes to contribute, unlike adapted ones like me. (Also, dang, this girl is a cool cat.)

P.S. This post was about gratitude! Ooh, and you can view my complete submission on the They Draw & Cook, here – it looks okay, and I need to still figure out the colouring-in scenes as opposed to filling outlines in using the Paint Bucket Tool on Photoshop, you know? I do feel really grateful to Nate Padavick and Salli Swindell for publishing it, let’s hope that this will translate/transpire to more goodness for me. Too self-absorbed? Other than that, I am mostly well. How are you, friend?

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

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Aquamarine

223 Aquamarine

Ooh, sorry for waxing poetic – Nay, oceanic – about aquamarine hues! When I was little, I always maintained that my favourite colour was blue. Or I would tell people random things, how much I liked (and still love, to this day) looking at swimming pools; I think mermaids just could be real (oh, humour me – won’t you, please?), I found myself to be an ardent collector of sea stories (and shells), and enjoyed making castles of sand, and well, just all kinds of ocean-related crazies.

I think over the years though, the blues darkened and I fell in LOVE with black, fast and very hard… But I guess I still always really liked the colour blue. Sorry, I know this sounds like some weirdo romantic escapade! :-( Okay, cutting several anecdotes short to include in this story, I think you know that I have been crushing over blue, green, mint, teal hues ever since last year… Erm, the “Minaj Wedding”, yougaiz! These tints that just soften a look, or pop an outfit oh-so-dreamily.

1. Nika Brooch, And Smile – $17.30

Ordered this brooch pin (and the other one in the picture) from Viktorija Semjonova, last year. I will not get into specifics because I already wrote about these lovely, water-colour prints before. 

2. Turquoise Ombre Gathered Maxi Dress, bhane. – Rs. 950

Been thinking about this oceanie/mermaid dress on bhane. for a long, long time now! I think it’s just so pretty, and also, I’ve never ordered from bhane. before. Ooh, I want to!

3. Isis Necklace, Lune – Rs. 500; Laura Brooch, And Smile – $17.30

This is one of my favourite pictures from this shoot! I bought the book a couple of years ago, and don’t remember if I liked it all that much but the cover? SIGH. That cover! The key charm necklace is from Sreesha’s shop; I like its broken quality – makes me think of vintage houses, you know? 

4. CASUAL Sea Salt Texturising Spray, TONI & GUY (200 ml) – Rs. 1,050

Erm, okay, so sue me! Bought this on a whim, I had heard about it a bit, yeah, and thought it might be fun to try out. So, it smells really good, and I’ve been using it to style my hair messily as opposed to having actual bedhead, lolol, and yeah, to weave braids into my messy knot thingie. I think I got excited mostly by the mention of SEA SALT, alone.

5. Sreesha Necklace, The Jupiter Skye Shop – Rs. 480

Aha! The Jupiter Skye Shop exiiiists, you all! RO CAN HAZ SHOP! I am being tardy with uploading more jewellery and stationery frequently, but look out – There will be lovelies that you will want to order. Ah, endless hope.

{ What else is in the picture? 1. Cream White Lace Bralette, Forever 21 – Rs. 679; 2. Brazilian Knickers in Emerald Green, Marks & Spencer – Rs 599; 3. Eternal Love Pendant (Triquetra), Accessorize – Rs. 695; 4. Ear Cuff (Dancing Skulls), Colaba Causeway – Rs. 90; 5. Psychedelic Feather Earring, Dryad – Rs. 500; 6. Mystical Glass Box (Hexagon), The Home Label – Rs. 640; 7. Rhinestone Teardrop Earrings, Accessorize – Rs. 403.50; 8. Express Finish Vernis Séchage in 865 Turquoise Green, Maybelline New York – Rs. 220 }

(HELLO, HOW ARE YOU?: Wanted to get your attention to tell you that none of these clothes, products or whatevers were sponsored for this post; everything’s been bought by me and all views are naturally my own. Probably, sadly, too! Also, if you are my friend in real life, you will know that I have not worn many of these lovelies just as yet… OUI, I AM A HOARDER.)

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Artwork and pictures by Roanna Fernandes

Lady in the Water

222 Lady in the Water

Do you know how much good it does your heart; when you’re standing on the shore of a beach and you can feel the dry but soft mica granules under your toes, warming your soles, you’re thinking things and watching the waves crash against each other and hearing the call of the ocean, and in an instant, your feet are graced with a jet of frothy, bubbly, delicious molecules of sea water? ♥ There’s no feeling quite like it! Except if you’re probably reading a book on the sand after a quick swim, letting the rays of the sun warm your bare skin and kiss your hair.

What are these feelings? Describe them, please. So… Like when if you close your eyes for too long, you miss that swish of an aquamarine fin on a glorious tail disappearing under the water – and you don’t know it now. You never do. Nobody ever does… There’s magic. Does stringing together random thoughts of beautiful people and places around us make it poetic? What is this? What are you saying? I thought you would think of a picture. Or a person! Think, now. Everything’s magic. Incoherence of speech is an ailment common among us ocean folk. Breaks us down, and builds us up again. Sandcastles, in reverse…

Scatter your thoughts about… And, begin again. Feel the vibe of the ocean as it calls out to you, as it asks for you to seek its treasures. Look for the little shells, the really tiny, textured surface ones… They’re a creamy colour! What do you think? How many hexadecimal codes of the colour blue is the sky made up of? Have you ever thought of that? Which is the constellation you look for, when you look up in to the inky sky after the sun has set, and the beach is eery, beautiful, calm, and seems like it’s whispering; can you smell that?

Did you do that, ever? Erm, you know… Fill a bottle with a paper scripted with a beautiful thought, and fling it into the ocean? Why haven’t you done that? Actually, I haven’t – either. I will, soon! Did you leave silly messages in the sand? Write someone’s name down? :-) Randomness is good, it makes you feel things… Listen to the call of the ocean. The waters are beckoning you, closer… One step, yes, that’s it. Two steps… Ooh, it’s chilly! Ah, but it feels so nice. There, you set it free… Farewell, dearest.

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Artwork by Roanna Fernandes

 

Hello, Goodbye

Hello, Black & White, Filter, Rifle Paper Co., Water-Colour

Like a few of you guys, I find it very hard to note how quickly a year can go by! Sometimes it feels like it was February some days ago; then at times, it feels like the months have passed me by as slowly as a couple of years bunched together and yet again, I can’t help but think, “Is it September already? Wow.”

Coming back to this post, there didn’t seem to be a better time than now to share this little greeting card I bought at the start of last month. When Sagan and I were traipsing through the lanes (around Kala Ghoda) that week, we came across a shop called Filter (it’s very close to the Sabyasachi store). Intrigued by all the stationery-like stuff I could see through the glass, I decided to step inside. The shop, which I hadn’t heard of until that day, has several odd delights such as illustrated maps in the form of greeting cards, organic detergent powder packaged in brown paper, water-colour greeting cards, yesteryear chocolate wrappers refurbished as notepad covers and the like. If retro and vintage finds fascinate you and/or you’re a stationery and typography enthusiast, you are bound to like this store!

The minute I spotted this ‘Hello’ Letter Card by Rifle Paper Co. (it’s priced at Rs. 250) at Filter, I knew I was in love! I held on to the card while checking out the rest of the store (everything is quite expensive, by the way) and finally decided to buy it. It’s just so simple yet beautiful, and I adore the water-colour envelope with the gold ‘Hello’ seal printed over it. Very clever!

P.S. This is kind of like a collector’s item for me! I’ll probably not use it, ever. Yeah, I’m an odd specimen.

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Artwork and picture by Roanna Fernandes