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Jan 30, 2012

Liebster Blogger Award

I am so happy to receive the "Liebster Blog" award from Angelin of Papercrafts



Liebester is a German word meaning "favorite" or "beloved" and the award goes to up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers. 



Angelin of papercrafts @ http://cherubcrafts.blogspot.com throws charm on the viewers through her beautiful craft works viz., Cards, Quilling & Ribbon Emrboidery. She combines them nicely in her card which makes them unique.

Dear Angelin  so much for passing this award to me.




Here are my top 6 picks for the Liebster Blog Award:

  1. Mahi from Mahi's Space who makes her post special with a casual conversational touch. She posts on various topics viz., on her holiday trips, Culinary skills, etc. Mahi, when I see the food postings from you, my place is under flood (that much I Drool!) 
  2. Nityakalyani from Nitya's Knit Quoin - The knitter blog pal of me. She creates her own design. She is one of those who inspired me very much. Such a talented, humble person who is always ready to share her knowledge without second thought when approached. The lines she added just below her blog name (above the welcome message) leaves a special impact on me......she makes the needles dance to the magical tunes of her fingers (not fragile fingers as she had mentioned they are magical ones).
  3. Usha srikumar from Ushasrikumar's Musings - a new blog pal. She made her entry recently but stole my art with her awesome Kerala Mural Work. and Tanjore Paintings.  Especially the 'Narasimha' (which shows the god so peaceful unlike the normal ferocious form) which is unique of its kind. She is also makes posts on her culinary skills and I am savouring them virtually with my mouth wide open :D She also does other kinds of art & craft works. Go and have a look at her new blog to admire the beauty created by her wonderful fingers.
  4. Sudha from Sudha out of the Box she is a new blogger but not new to the world of arts & crafts. She is also in a community where we developed friendship. Got amazing creativity, patience to give a detailed tutorial and always ready to help by sharing the knowledge without second thought.
  5. Vidhya from Threads Given Life  another multitasking blogger pal who crochets, knits and also into paintings. Happy to see her participating actively.
  6. Iyerviji  of My Blogs. She is a very enthusiastic person who likes to stand first in appreciating others and give a motherly warmth with her gesture and words.
  7. Leela Govind from leelas hobbies is a new blogger - a good cook, expert crocheteer, embroider and other art & paint works.
  8. Poorni who is doing a wonderful job by presenting her yummy signature recipes through her blog Easy & Homely CookBook
  9. Crochetkari from http://crochetkari.blogspot.in/ - a crocheteer who is doing amazing crochet works with her beautiful narration.
Dear Mahi, Nitya Bhen, Usha, Sudha, Vidhya, Viji mami, Leela chechi, Poorni, Crochetkari,

applause a big hug to you all friends


To accept the award, Copy & paste the award to your blog, link back to me and Share the joy with your favourite blogpals who has less than 200 followers.  My best wishes to you all.

Jan 29, 2012

Card Holder - Popsicle / Ice stick craft

Got inspired by a work on the net. Presenting another easy fun project, the popsicle card holder. This can be used to store business cards or pape notes or small notepad.


This is how it was made :-



  1. Stick the back & front portions to the base.
  2. Stick the sides.
  3. Card Holder is ready!



Jan 27, 2012

Cart - popsicle / ice stick / craft stick craft

Presenting another fun project bloomed in my mind using popsicle / ice stick / craft stick. This is going to be a nice decorative piece in your living room. I enjoyed this project, hope you will too. It took one day to set the cart. The second day to set the wheels.

Popsicle Cart - Mira's Creation :-)


I used the following materials

  1. Popsicle Sticks
  2. Craft Glue
  3. Clay - to give a flat base for the wheels to stand
  4. Pencil - axle for the weels
  5. Carboard - to make wheels




Now as given in the picture below, arrange the sticks one after another till the end to make the base of the cart.

Base of the Cart

Now make the side portions of the cart by arranging the ice sticks as given in the following picture

side portion of the cart
Now stick the side parts to the base of the cart. Here for initial support you can use cello tape. keep support and adjust the angle of the sides to give a wide opening on top. Attach the V shaped stick to the front. leave it to dry undisturbed for that day.


Now the cart is ready!!



Now let us make the wheel :-

Roll out a clay into a long cylinderical piece, flatten it.




Draw two 3" circles using a compass on a cardboard and cut them. Make a whole by piercing it with a pencil. Place them on top of the flattened clay. Apply glue in the middle part of the clay through out and roll the cardboard piece.


Now take a pencil, measure the cart base and accordingly cut the pencil to form the axle connecting the two wheels. Cover the protruding end using little clay. Cut a popsicle stick & glue it in such a way that it covers the pencil and forms a flat space to support the cart.




I took a long route in making the wheels as I wanted to give it a different touch. Thermocol cut into round shape can also be used for wheels which makes your project easy.

Wheel is ready to hold the cart. Now place the cart on top of the axle. Popsicle Cart is ready!


Wish you all a great time making & taking a wonderful ride in this lovely cart :-D like how my ami friends Elli & Larry did.







Jan 25, 2012

Lotus flower - Pista Shell Craft

Sharing with you another fun project using pista nut shells.

I had some pista shells collected years back. I have the habit of collecting things so that I can use them for my craft work. So a mini junkbox also travelled with me wherever I went. Finally the pista shells bloomed into a Lotus Flower yesterday.


Things needed to create this flower :-

  1. Pista shells
  2. Craft Glue
  3. Craft clay
  4. Cardboard piece
  5. Acrylic colours
  6. Glitter glue (optonal)
Procedure :-
  • Draw a circle on a piece of cardboard (I used the pizza box) and cut along the line. You will get a disc.
  • Now take some clay, mould it into a ball, flatten it and glue it to the carboard
  • Now first place 3 shells in the centre (to form the bud) applying the craft glue & press it.
  • Sourrounding that form another line of partially opened petals.
  • slowly bring in the blooming action by adjusting the pista shells to form the sourrounding petals.
  • You may require 60nos. of pista shells for making this flower.
  • Let it dry for sometime.
  • Finally with the colour of your choice, bring the life into the flower.
  • I gave a final touch to the petals with a matching glitter glue outline.
  • This can me used as a show piece or as a paper weight or a fridgee or as a decorative piece in other forms of craft works.

This is how I made it :-







Jan 23, 2012

Phini - The Darling Dolphin (Crochet Amigurumi)

Stepping into the next year with my cute & sweet creation.

Introducing to you "Phini" - She is a darling Dolphin dolphin. Enjoys playing with the ball, Diving in & out, splish-splashing.






Isn't she a darling?!

Jan 22, 2012

First Anniversary of Mira's Talent Gallery/My-hobby-lounge

A year back on this day launched party My Hobby Lounge hosting displays from my Talent Gallery.Flower

I never had blogging in my mind till 20th of January 2011. I was a total stranger who knew nothing about blogs. smiley Like the Faraway tree episodes, I accidentally landed into this wonder land I learnt to design my blog page, uploading photos, getting connected with other blogging pals.....

I didn't plan anything so launched it as Mira's Space with the url in the name mira-arts.tourism Blogging brought me a new world and  new friends into my Life. 

After sometime, I learnt the basic strokes to swim in this ocean, redesigned the page, settings, display of contents, changed the blog name and url to the present one and still learning. It started as a pass of time and now  has become an important part in my life.

I thank  all my blogging pals Flower for extending your motivational support ,taking time to visit my hobby lounge, &view the exhibited talents in my gallery, giving your appreciations, suggestions.

I want you all to be with me through-out my journey as I enjoy your company into this wonderful world. I am sure you will have a wonderful time in my lounge.smiley

travel Stepping into the second year successfully spring with all of you.....


It is a time for celebrationparty partypartycome and join meee....its party time rave-up

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