Today, I start the A-Z Challenge – April 2014. One 30-day month, minus Sundays. 26 Alphabets. A word for each, your way. Talk about anything or leave it to the imagination. April 2013 is set to go back to the basics. Also, a special thank you to  Arlee Bird for bringing this to us. I’m so looking forward to this month of April.

I swear I had a theme in mind, but decided against it at the last-minute. I quite enjoyed my free-write last time, and so here is round two, where I talk about random stuff that perhaps you might find special.

CRaft

I’ve always loved arts and craft. It was the way I was raised.  When I wasn’t busy reading books as a child, you could find me tinkering away. As a result, I learned to paint, sketch, mould, cut, paste and sew, as the need be. I grew older, I found greater pleasure in creating a gift rather than buying it. At some point in my life, I also had a little business going. My creations made it across multiple cities and countries as gifts for loved ones.

Very recently, the daughter has started showing signs of creativity. With YouTube at her disposal, she browses through tutorials and has learned clay and craft work on her own. Yes, she has often seen me working, but it is amazing, the nuances she has picked. And to know that the legacy is carried forward such, makes my heart all warm and mushy. Truly, kids learn more by observing than you can ever know. (The upcycled kitchen and room furniture, the burger and the girl painting are her artwork.)

The love for arts has made me see the extraordinary in the humdrum. A broken path has character, a broken heart has memories. A painting tells a story, a story can be painted. You can buy a gift, but a smile can be handmade. The best thing someone ever gave me was their time and effort. So, if you ever get a handmade gift or a special ‘gift wrapped moment’ from me, know that you mean the world and more. And if you haven’t yet, time to make your presence felt, no?

And a special footnote for this challenge.

My Social Circle

Lizzi Rogers is talking about various styles of writing. She starts with how to write an ‘Advice Column’. Here is a blog you don’t want to miss.

Hrishikesh Bawa, a dear, mad friend is giving away recipes for free! He starts with Appe with green chickpeas. What’s more, he does it like a pro, pics et al. Do visit.

From the AtoZ Stables
Here are a few blogs that caught my fancy. I plan to stalk them during the challenge.
Suzi’s Ice Box Art, One True Kim and Did you ever kiss a frog?

As for ME
Been there, done that.  Broadcast to the world.

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