Thursday, June 9, 2011

Ragmatazz...........The Rags to Riches story!

Who says retirement is end to productive time? There is a new beginning to every end.,so believes Minakshi Nagu a former editor of  'Telelife'. Who went on to pursue her hobby of  making patchwork purses etc. & some really exclusive jewelry. It is interesting to note how she brings together materials from all over Asia to create her wonderful pieces. Helped by her two lovely daughters she has definitely created a niche for her creations in the personalized fashion market....all handmade! They take part in several markets around Dubai esp..ARTE and some of their creations are available in a number of lifestyle boutiques in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah & Dubai.
Check them out at their  website & facebook page. 

Bits of rags joined together to create colourful bags.

Oh! These belts are high fashion!

And ....... the lovely Afghan tribal pendents given a new look! These jewelry are real statements.

Love these coasters...again made of bits of colourful rags and embellished with some embroidery.
The packaging is also very interesting.... aluminium box.   

Thursday, May 26, 2011


My husband had bought this millefiori(as a set) about a decade ago during one of his official trips to Milan. I have not worn it for long. Now I have changed the design to my liking and hope to wear it more often.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Dragon Mart.......Through the designer's eye.

Cheap Chinese stuff...thats what many  think of the place. My husband hates to go there! Distance form the city and the layout puts him off. And moreover he does not find the stuff interesting as the electronics and other hardwares and of not so good quality. Never the less you can find bargains if you have a keen eye.
Yesterday I had to get my daughter's school uniform from the newly appointed dealers. They have their warehouse just behind Dragon after the uniform purchases were done.I had the whole day to browse the place(since my daughter is back only at 4:30) for the first time!

Some wonderful lighting for ceilings....they are real steals! And what more? You can bargain even further!

These wooden & board carves can be painted....used for paneling, cladding on various surfaces and do so much more! See how Caitlin Wilson an e-designer has used it in one of her project here(spend so much time to find this link...saw it long back).  

Image 1- design tiles for powder/bath rooms...will  surely give a luxurious look! Image 2- marble inlay for walls, floors, ceilings and even tables! Image 3- pebble and shells in resin tiles...will definitely pep up bathrooms. 

Interesting marble art for walls! Saw it in front of a marble art shop.

 Sunburst  mirrors sure to add shine to any room or foyer. Speaking of it check out  Caitlin's love for these here, here & here. In fact one of them is the same design as in her Dubai home.
Love the golden wooden brackets which I think can be used as book stoppers if not for their real use.

For green tea lovers. Chinese earthen, porcelain and cast iron tea sets. 

Beads galore! 

These masks though not in comparison with the Venetian ones, are cheap alternatives for great themed parties. The Halloween pencil props are great give aways.  

These are not from China but from Turkey. These lovely candy holders are my favorite!