Friday, September 30, 2016

My favourite Craft store - Itsy Bitsy

Hello friends,

I stay in Bangalore which is the home of Itsy Bitsy the largest chain of Craft stores in India

ITSY BITSY- Art and Craft Megastore is truly a hobbyists paradise, no matter what type of craft you do, you will have something that will catch your fancy here. Whether you are a jewelry maker, paper crafter, mixed media artist, fine artist, scrapbooker, DIY, decoupage party planner, baker etc you will find supplies here. 

 Itsy Bitsy is focused on providing employment opportunities to women in rural India which is an added feel good factor of this brand.

It is headed by duo Harish and Rashmi Harish.

Itsy Bitsy also has a good online social media presence through its Blog and Facebook page and has given opportunities for many crafter and designers. It has team of wonderful designers who create inspiring projects and tutorials for new crafter to learn from. They also have social engagement campaigns for crafter to participate, connect and share the joy of crafting.  

Itsy Bitsy has a manufacturing unit in Bangalore providing livelihood to hundreds of rural women and they are famous for their fabulous handmade embellishments which they export to other countries as well.

Here you can see all my creations using Itsy Bitsy stuffs !

I have been privileged to be a party of their  Itsy Bitsy Big shot party and do a demonstration

Photos and details of our BIG SHOT PARTY. 
Read all about it here:

They are 17 Brick & Mortar stores Pan India & an online store with the largest number of craft supplies under one roof and are growing every year also they deliver everywhere and anywhere and have an excellent logistics system in place which makes them accessible even to remote areas. 
They also have lots of discounts throughout the year running in all their stores and online.

Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!

Sharada Dilip

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


Hello friends ,

Diwali is the time to decorate your home so that you give you home the most beautiful and festive look. People decorate the entrance to their houses to welcome and encourage Goddess Lakshmi to enter. There are many ways that can help you to enhance your house's exterior look this Diwali. There is a range of decorative items which can brighten up your home. Rangolis, flowers, torans, diyas, candles, lights can beautify the entrance of your house. Ideas are endless to decorate exterior. 

Here is how I have decorated my home over the years  

 Diwali entrance Decoration Ideas.


Take the earthen lamps commonly bought during Diwali and get creative with paints and glitter. Decorate them the way you like and light up the house with them.


It is a theme that never gets old. Fill bowls of water and stick some floating candles in it. Add some decorative items and the bottom or color the water for something different.


Instead of the usual plain brown ones or even the painted ones, add your own to special touch and fragrance to the diyas by decorating them with flowers instead.


Hanging a toran outside the house is auspicious as well as decorative. Choose a toran or make one keeping in mind the theme you are following for the home decoration.


Follow the Oriental style of paper lanterns this Diwali for that delicate, exotic yet beautiful decoration. 

You can also use decorative bulbs besides the candles and diyas. Electric lamps have also gained popularity in diwali. You can find decorative bulbs in different styles and colors. 


You can make your house look great and smell even better by decorating it with assorted flowers.


The traditional rangoli gets a twist as you can add different elements such as diyas, earthen pots, tissue etc to it. You can also get creative with the designs you are making.

Deepavali celebrations begin on Naraka Chaturdashi. This is the day Lord Krishna slew a demon called Narakaasura. Celebrations begin before dawn with the ritualistic oil bath. While taking an oil bath is a Deepavali tradition, we decorate our bathroom doors with writing diwali wishes and this time my son has added his creations here 

This year along with my son we made Diwali paper glitter lanterns


Section off an area of your house and decorate it with earthen pots, diyas, dry flowers and some dim light from the candles to give a warm feel to the home.

Rajasthani Traditional Mandala Hand Block Print Bed sheet enhances the look of our bed :)

Here are few of my earlier creations for Diwali 

Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!

Sharada Dilip

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

7 THINGS for Craft Fair display and How to Rock the Craft Show !

Hello Friends,

Starting out a crafting business can be scary. Most of us start online through an Etsy shop/ Amazon (or something similar like Craftsvilla, zibica, shopo, snapdeal, ebay etc ). 

A great way to gain exposure for your company is to showcase at local craft shows and fairs. It’s an opportunity to network and give customers a chance to see, smell touch your products.Going to a show for the first time can be intimidating. I have been participating in craft shows since 2011 showcasing my handmade cards and paper crafts.  Each time I do I learn something new and some place to improve! I have always been wanting to pen these experiences down but in-vain It wasn't possible till today when many of friends asked me to do so!

I guess this will help newbies and first-timers, as well as answer many of your questions and doubts about exhibiting!

What you need to take along with your exhibits?

1. Buntings and Banners

Who are You? 
When a customer walks by do they know who you are and what you’re selling?
 Think about a banner or a sign. Make it handmade or get it printed! 

2. Visiting Cards -
 Keep your contact details available.

get them printed - please avoid giving away paper cutouts - invest in that hard visiting/name card, having your name, phone number, website/email details or make your own!

3. Carry bags - to give away your items in, Carry packaging material  I use the paper bags.

4) Carry a calculator and change  -  carry lots of change depending on the value of your items.

5. A visitor book - for the guests to leave their contact details. Try not to turn down a customer, if something is out of stock, try and convince them that you will deliver as soon as you can.

Note down their contact details, will add to your database and make it a point to connect with them after the event.

6. SMILE: Be friendly, start conversation ‘hello’, SMILE (there is nothing worse than a vendor that seems uninterested, grumpy or bored at their booth, it turns away customers). 

7. Display your products attractively to grab the customers eye
To look professional hand out invoice or bill.

Most important* carry a tool box to make emergency repairs in case of minor damages due to transfer and handling. Like glue, scissors, tape, trimmer etc.

How to Rock the Craft Show !

  1. Prepare your check list earlier and make sure you pack them along, the day before.
  2. Label everything with prices. Have variety in pricing ie don't have everything the same price. So there is something for everyone
  3. Carry water and snacks and a portable seat if not provided.  
  4.  Wear comfortable shoes. You have to pretty much stand the whole day. 
  5. Carry extra old newspapers. space is limited and you have to keep putting things in the floor. 
  6.  If the event is outdoors keep some insect repellent for later in the evening.
  7. Reach early so you get time for the arrangement.
  8. Make sure you have arranged proper transport to carry things before and after
  9.  Make something small for the visitors to carry with them, so they will cherish it ( It helps to spread word about you too ;)) 
  10.  Don't leave your stall Unattended during lunch/ break hours, have someone helpful with you. It would be very very helpful if you can take a friend along!

Most important point of all, have fun, smile and welcome visitors... 

Ps adding this from the comments I received -

DEMO YOUR PRODUCT: (ie. if you sell jewelry wear it, demo your products if you can) – have a sample out that people can touch, feel, taste.

Juhi Khanna says Great tips Sharada, couldn't agree more! Thanks for sharing! Another way to make people inquisitive about your work is to work on some project while waiting for customers, it can anything simple like making an ink blended background or some coloring, people want to know more about how you actually make the stuff you sell!

Totally agree with her !! This is an awesome tip!
Now that you have the tips .. I encourage you to apply to a local craft show in your area. Wishing you all the best and let me know how it goes !!

I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback.
Good day

Sharada Dilip

Diwali Cards

Hello Friends ,

Diwali (or Deepavali, the "festival of lights") is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn (northern hemisphere) or spring (southern hemisphere) every year. Diwali is one of the largest and brightest festivals in India, it is the festival of lights and celebration. 

What happens when the recycler in me beats the crafter in me ! 

I have used old wedding invitations I dint feel like throwing away and convereted them into lovely Diwali cards ! What say ?

I have used 6x6 card stocks and decorated it with pattern papers and adhered the ganesha and embossed elements from the wedding invites

Spread the festive spirit among your friends, family, acquaintances, colleagues and loved ones with our warm and heartfelt handmade cards

Playing along 
Addicted to Stamps - Anything Goes


I hope you all liked my cards, Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!

Sharada Dilip

Tuesday, September 6, 2016


Hello and welcome back Friends 

Today I am here to share an exciting makeover , 
It’s one of the simplest ways to make cute wall art, and the possibilities are endless.

All those who have been following my work know that I am a hobby hopper and here's an embroidery hoop which has been my treasured possession when I did a lot of embroidery. 
Warm regards 

Friday, September 2, 2016

Teachers day cards

Hello Friends 

Our teachers are always very special. They make learning a wonderful experience for us. But it is not often that we thank these wonderful people who help in building that foundation on which our dreams and desires stand. On Teacher day, reach out to all those splendid people with our cards and tell them how important they are to you and to the society.

September 5, the birthday of Independent India's second President, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888-1975), is celebrated as Teacher's Day in India since 1962. Radhakrishnan believed that teachers should be the best minds in the country.

 My son geared up to make some lovely Cards & Gifts for the teachers , 
Here are a few Teachers day ideas  and Cards we did all these years !

Tag card with wrmk 1-2-3 punch board  
The amazing paper stack is from DCWV , For this card I have incorporated many school elements

Mason jar card with Wrmk 1-2-3 punch board 

Bow tie card with wrmk 1-2-3 punch board

Playing along 

Simon Says: Anything Goes

These three cards churned out well using wrmk 1-2-3 punch board , these are extra projects that I found out to be made from this punch board ! I totally loved how I could make maximum use of  wrmk 1-2-3 punch board

Finally this card was made using Sizzix owl die and I loved the way my son was wanting to use the googly eyes on it !  I have used Sizzix Bigz Die - Owl #2 for this creation .

This is made using primary colours red, yellow, green and blue to fit in  with for challenge #408.  

It's Teachers' Day ! Express your indebtedness and show your deep respect for your teachers. 

I hope you all liked my cards, Thank you so much for visiting & taking the time to comment on my blog. I love to hear from you & truly appreciate your feedback. Have a crafty day!

Sharada Dilip