Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Love the doodling

My love for Zentangles continues. Completed my second one late last night and already onto the third!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Farewell Dr. Christina Yang

It was only this last weekend that I realised what the integral part of Grey's Anatomy was. To all Grey's fans this has been such an epic finale. The news was in months back that Sandra Oh was not going to return to Grey's for season 11. Once the news broke, there were speculations abound about how her character was going to be written off. Thankfully it wasn't the classic Shonda Rhimes style of killing the character, but in fact was a very nice way to let go of Dr. Christina Yang.

 
For someone who has followed every single episode for the last 10 years, I did not understand what the fuss was all about. Fine, one character less again the next season, but what did that have to do with the show. Well I found out.
It was the most difficult season finale for me. It made me realise what Christina was to Grey's and that the whole show revolved mainly around her friendship with Meredith. It made me realise just how much I liked her, and that she was infact my favourite character. Am I looking forward to the nest season premier like I always do? No. Will I watch the next season premier? Yes.
But, I am scared. Scared that I might not enjoy the show, scared that it may come to an end for me when I am not yet ready to let go. It makes me feel like i am losing my best friend, my person. Yes thats what Grey's Anatomy has been to so many of us for the last 10 years of our lives. 10 years of friendship, laughter, tears, love, broken hearts, medical drama, growing up, family, grit, dedication and so much more.
So I have my fingers crossed that Grey's Anatomy continues to enthral and entertain and remain a very important part of my life. And in the meanwhile, as an ode to my favourite character, I start watching the show again from season 1 because I am not willing to let you go just yet.
Dearest Sandra Oh, I wish you the very best in life! Thank you for being Christina and doing such wonderful justice to the character. There could be no other!

 

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Zentangles!

I was introduced to Zentangles a few weeks back. While surfing through pinterest one night, a beautiful black and white design caught my eye. I loved the fact that it was just beautiful patterns thrown together, something like the doodles that could be found in my notebooks at school. The picture was pinned as "zentangle" and on further research this is what I learned :A Zentangle is an abstract, patterned drawing created according to the tenets of the Zentangle Method. Using the standard format of a 3.5-inch square title, the artist creates a structured pattern according to his or her whim following a basic set of guidelines. No technology, special materials, or educational background are necessary to become a Zentangle artist. Here are a few characteristics of a Zentangle:
  • The tile should not have an "up" or a "down" - it is without orientation.
  • It should not be representative of any certain recognizable object; rather, it should be abstract.
  • The drawing should be completed in black ink on white paper.
  • A Zentangle is meant to be portable, so that it can be created at any time the mood strikes.
Zentangle creations adhere to the following philosophical tenets:

  • Its creation is unplanned. When you begin creating a Zentangle, you're encouraged not to have an end goal in mind. Rather, allow the pattern to reveal itself as you draw.
  • The creation of a Zentangle is deliberate, yet unexpected. Each stroke should be made deliberately, rather than hesitantly. Instead of erasing stray marks, the artist should use them as the foundation for an unexpected pattern.
  • Its creation is celebratory. Like meditation, the Zentangle Method is meant to feel freeing and healing. It's a way to celebrate the beauty of life.
  • A Zentangle is timeless. No technology or special tools are used. Zentangles should connect those who make them to the timeless human endeavor of putting pen to paper.
It took around 3-4 days for me to complete this Zentangle, my first of hopefully many more. This one has found its way on my mom's living room wall.


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Build, Colour and Play with your Fantasies

What is it that helps children express themselves? Apart from language and emotions, studies have proven that kids also need creativity to express themselves. Arts, crafts, pretend play, building models, help them to work out their emotions, experiences and help them find their own solutions. Besides they also practice their fine motor skills.

We at Angel in a Crib are constantly working towards getting world class juvenile products into the Indian market. Our latest collection being Calafant Cardboard toys which children can build, paint / decorate and then play with. 
Turn play time into green time with these earth-friendly models. Made from recycled, sturdy cardboard, covered with smooth white paper, these models come ready to assemble and personalize. Decorate it with paint, markers, crayons or find materials around the house or outside. 


A great activity for birthday parties, preschools and daycare centers or to carry along on your travels. A thoughtful gift for a child in your life. The durable construction will promote hours of creative fun and may be recycled when needed. All Calafant models are designed in Germany and made of high-quality, recyclable cardboard. All pieces are pre-cut and pre-punched. They can be put together without glue and scissors thanks to a clever fold-and-slot system.


Calafant models are available in 3 sizes -

Level 1 - Small sized models for younger children

  • Made from amazingly sturdy cardboard
  • Preprinted to painting and pasting
  • 6 non-toxic washable markers included
  • No glue or scissors needed to put together
  • An illustration model is included with each toy.

Level 2 - Medium sized models that tell a story

  • Made from amazingly sturdy cardboard
  • Preprinted to painting and pasting
  • 12 non-toxic washable markers included
  • No glue or scissors needed to put together
  • An illustration model is included with each toy.

Level 3 - Large sized models with a blank canvas
  • Made from amazingly sturdy cardboard
  • Blank canvas that can be painted or decorated with paper, glitter, aluminium foil or any material you like
  • No markers included
  • No glue or scissors needed to put together
  • An illustration model is included with each toy.


Here are some ideas to help you get started. These are some models made and decorated by children from different parts of the world. Order your model today from Angel in a Crib.


Friday, May 02, 2014

A to Z April Blogging Challenge - The Complete List

Phew! A month of marathon blogging for me. 2 posts everyday, one for my dental themed A to Z challenge and the other for the Photo a day challenge. Almost missed deadlines, extensive research, staying up late, stealing minutes in the bathroom to blog! Boy with a full time dental practice, a home, toddler and husband to take care of it was quite a challenge I took up and almost gave up a few times. But thankfully the OCD in me pushed me to go on and I am actually sad we have only 26 alphabets! Here is the list of the posts in the A to Z April 2014 blogging challenge.

A - Anxiety



B - Bruxism



C - Caries / Cavity



D - Diabetes and your oral health



E - Eating Disorders



F - Fluoride



G - Gingivitis



H - Halitosis



I - Implants



J - Jaw Pain



K - Knocked-Out Teeth



L - Lasers



M - Missing Teeth



N - Nitrous Oxide



O - Orthodontics



P - Pregnancy



Q - Quack



R - Root Canals



S - Sealants



T - Teething



U - Unerupted Teeth



V - Veneers



W - Whitening



X - Xerostomia



Y - Your Dentist and You



Z - Zirconia



Dr Seuss themed 1st Birthday!

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