Hello to you all !
I have been meaning to post but things are getting fairly busy. That is saying a lot because nothing makes me busy enough ! The reason I am in this state of high occupation is that we are almost in the middle of packing. You see, we are moving back to India in August.
Almost everyone I know has been asking me since January if I am preparing-if I am packing-if I am, at least, sorting. I had to reply in the negative. Until this month. I thought it was high time I did something. So the packers dropped by some cartons and tissue and plastic wrap. And now, in our home, upstairs–cartons and chaos everywhere ! No, not organized at all !
Downstairs, however, is another story–calm still prevails. And, for an all women’s lunch, with all the paper lying around, I thought it befitting to decorate our table with paper-newspaper and brown paper from ‘Penny’s’ paper bags ! It was therapeutic, great fun and couldn’t be more eco-friendly- you know, recycling and all that !
Here it is-
Newspaper cut up into table mats ! You could sit and read interesting snippets of information- in fact, that is exactly what we did as we sat for lunch ! It became a lunch full of information !
And here is the brown paper from ‘Penny’s’ bags ! Accordion pleated and rolled and then opened again to form elegant curls –
Other curls made out of newspaper- sitting comfortably with the brown paper- and Lobmeyr glass bowls in blue-
Some time back I planted one of my most favourite flowers, pansies, in small pots. See how useful they are –I can bring them straight in and put them onto my table. A bit of my own outdoors– indoors-
And, in keeping with the rest of the table, a piece of newspaper to cover the pot-tied in place with a jute string- rough and elemental all the way-
Books wrapped in paper to give height and more newspaper curls for more layers-
Oh ! The beautiful face of a model with a horse. It says-‘elegance is an attitude’ ! Beautiful !
My African head sculptures – a bold black to go with the black newsprint-
And then in tall and short glasses, lined with brown paper- many accordion pleated, curled pieces of paper-
My Khurja pottery tumblers in blue and yellow- what chance that I had them ! They matched perfectly with the pansies !
Again- my old faithfuls–they are all my old faithfuls- Fabindia napkins in blue –
The sun shone right through the day ! The arrangement against the bright light outside-
The silver cutlery a nice contrast against the newspaper–luxury against frugality-
I cannot get over how intensely coloured these pansies are-
And purple and white as they sit with simple newspaper-
As they reach down to caress the sculpture-
Finally, because some of you ask to see the entire table-here is a view(not a very good one)
Did you like it ?
I am going to wrap many things in newspaper as I pack. I know I will be delighted to read little bits of old news when I unwrap my pieces far away in India. Today’s news will be history tomorrow–and I will have perspective !
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