Halloween Design Contest Pieces

Halloween pieces

A little while ago, when I was talking about my goals for fall, I mentioned working on a contest piece with a Halloween theme. Well, both K and I made pieces that we’re very proud of, and it’s our pleasure to share them with you.

Arachne

Meet Arachne, K’s piece. Personally, I’m in love with the piece, in spite of (or maybe because of) those hand-made spiders giving me the heebie-jeebies! And straight from the horse’s mouth, here’s what K has to say about her piece:

“These earrings were inspired by the Black Widow spider, and by the story of Arachne (Greco-Roman mythology). While the idea started out as just a pair of spooky spider earrings, it evolved into something that represents the creative, talented, and bold women that we all are, in a fun Halloween way!”

I love the story of Arachne, and have always felt a sneaking sympathy for her confidence-bordering-on-arrogance in her weaving skills. When you’re just that good, you ought to own it. Regardless of bruised egos the Gods might have. After all, They wouldn’t have given us gifts if They didn’t intend for us to use them, would they? And continuing with K’s theme, I’d like to see more women owning their talents and gifts, rather than feeling slightly apologetic about their greatness.

End of mini-rant.

Bound-by-the-night_Amrita Madhusudan

My piece is called Bound by the Night. I went back to the roots of Halloween, to Samhain – the one night of the year when the veil between worlds is thinnest. I wanted to create a piece that embodied the eeriness of that night, and the inexplicable. I chose to use the owl as the focus for the ring, because the owl as a spirit guide represents wisdom and hidden knowledge. The bangle is the night sky with different guiding stars. I used chain extensively to indicate the chains that ghosts are typically said to rattle, but also the ones we bear, knowingly or unknowingly.

Honestly, I’m a little in love with my piece, too, even if it’s not exactly what I had in mind. But I love how much time and effort we both put in, and I’m thrilled to share with you that we were both finalists in the contest, and with a lot of love and support from our friends on Facebook, my piece won the domestic (U.S.A) section of the contest, and K’s was beaten by a narrow margin to a detailed soutache-pendant in the International section. Nevertheless, we have a $100 gift voucher to share, and such a great experience.  We’re looking forward to trying new things like this more often.

Happy Halloween, all!

*Ammu*

Birthday celebrations!

One of the things about moving to a new home is that there are so many things to do! Set up every single room, and make everything look just right. However, if you move into an apartment previously inhabited by someone who only ever used it to come home at night and crash, you’ll probably have a lot of little things that need to be fixed. Our apartment here is gorgeous, but it’s needed a little bit of maintaining for a while now, and V has either not noticed, or been too busy to get around to getting it done! Knowing him, it’s probably a little bit of both. One of the things that needed tending was our oven. This week, Fire & Rain turned two, and I couldn’t even bake a cake to celebrate it! K had baked an apparently awesome Paleo cake earlier (which I couldn’t taste, because I’m all the way over here, and so she better bake one for me when I go home next!), so she was covered, but I was just feeling so incomplete. I love birthdays, and to be all the way over here for our birthday without K, and being unable to bake, has left me feeling a little lost. Which also explains why this post is a few days after the actual day.

But today we got our home all tended to (and no, I am not going to tell you what exactly was wrong with our oven!), and I inaugurated it by baking banana bread! So here’s to Fire & Rain, and to my wonderful partner in design, my sister, K! It’s been a fabulous two years, and I look forward to many more productive and fantastically creative years!

Banana bread

While you drool over the bread (which is beautifully soft and absolutely yum!), we’d like to give you something else to drool over – to celebrate our birthday, we’re having a special sale. For every two pieces you buy, you get 50% off on the third (of equal or lesser value)! Simply look at our Facebook page and order with us, either via email or Facebook, and use this code: FNR2YR. If you’ve been waiting to restock on fun, unique pieces, buy as many as you like, all the way until April 15th. We’re planning to put up our spring collection soon, so all those pieces will also be part of this sale. Just make sure your half-off piece is one of our regular collection.

Hoping you guys are celebrating as much as we are!

*Ammu* 

On the twelfth day of Christmas…we put up the tree with a bunch of people we love!

We’re not one of those families who have a whole set of Christmas family traditions – although I for one would’ve loved it – but this is something that we hold very close to our hearts. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to put up our tree until late next week. But we got the chance to go over to our uncle’s place and set up their tree with our cousin and little baby nephew. We had the loveliest time with the family! Sadly, two very dear people were away at work, and were sorely missed. But all in all it was an evening to remember!

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We couldn’t agree more!

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And so it began! A couple of minutes wrestling with the tape on the box, and we were all set to get down to business.

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Or so we thought. We took a few more minutes figuring out how the pieces of the stand fit together.

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Finally managed to get the tree set up! 🙂

ornaments

Such a lovely collection of ornaments. Slurp.

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Ornaments. The Beatles style 😉

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Almost done… Putting up the lights.

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Done!

A very merry Christmas to you and your lovely families! We hope the holidays are filled with joy, laughter and a sleigh full of love!

~ Kirtana