Okay.. This is going to be a very different one from my other posts, yet am hoping a very inspiring one.
This post is about my cousin KP, who at the age of 21 decided to take a step and do something.. what most young adults at his age would never think of. He sure left me proud and inspired.. and I am hoping at the end of this post you too may be left encouraged and influenced to take a small step, like he did to make a difference.
So.. here is what he penned down about his life changing experience..
It’s a MAD life!
Story – Krishna Prasad Raveendran
Photography – Venkatesh Prathik
“I’ve been blessed with a loving family who encourage me in all my endeavors regardless of the result. A family which gives me a helping hand every time I hit rock bottom. I honestly believed I couldn’t be happier than i already was. Then, I discovered MAD.
Hi, I’m Krishna Prasad, lovingly nick named KP. A 21 year old bespectacled, prospective, Mechanical Engineer who loves puttering around in his Enfield. Prospective because the number of backlogs I got is beaten only by my nonchalant stupidity when it comes to engineering. I’m currently working with a youth volunteer network called Make a Difference (MAD), working with orphans and unprivileged children. MAD imparts English communication skills to children in orphanages, street shelters and poor homes.
I teach a class of 8 kids along with two other teachers at Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, HSR layout.
I have a 2 hour class with them once, every week, on Tuesday, from 6 to 8pm. The most wonderful two hours of my week.
I walked into my first class with the intention of not just teaching them English but also to become a role model for them, and someone for them to look up to and emulate. It’s been two weeks since my last class, and I’m sorry to report that I feel short of what was expected from me both as a teacher and a role model. Yes, their English has improved considerably, but not as much as I wanted it to.
I’m not disappointed though. I know for a fact, in my heart, that my kids love me for who I am. I know this because I got a call last week, from my kids, asking me, no, ordering me to come by and meet them and spend time with them. They love me beyond my failure as a teacher. This is when I realized that I had become something more important to them than a teacher or a role model, something that is missing from their life the most, something that they cherish the most. I had become part of their family.
It was not all good times. There were days when I almost gave up on these kids; times when I wanted to pull my hair out of sheer frustration when these kids just wouldn’t listen to me while I was teaching. I’m not the one to shout or scream, I would usually just walk out for a while to cool off. This is when I developed a new found respect for my teachers for all their patience. I don’t know how they do this every day. I guess they are just better teachers than I am, after all.
Life is funny, because I walked into their class with the aim of teaching them, yet I learned more from them than I could’ve ever imagined. I learned how to be happy with what I have, no matter how small. I learned how to smile in the face of adversity. I learned to appreciate all the love and care I receive from my family. I learned to share. I learned the importance of being honest and humble. I’m, not for one second going to speculate that I’m a perfect man. I’m just a better human being than I used to be, most importantly, a happier one.
I urge YOU to reach out kids like mine. You can Google ‘Make a Difference’ to know all about it and how to be a part of this superb organization. I promise, you will be able to go to bed, every night, knowing that you might have just changed someone’s life and wake up to realize they’ve definitely changed yours.”
To know more about Make A Difference, visit.. http://makeadiff.in/
I was blog hopping today and happened to find this really interesting tag on Calcutta Chromosome’s Blog.. so thought of going ahead and trying it out myself. I dunno what is the tag called.. So lets just called it ‘A TAG’ like Calcutta Chromosome did..
20 years ago I . . .
- Was in school, 3rd standard, seriously busy paying attention to what the teacher said. Yea.. I was a total nerd like that from the beginning.
- Chipped my front tooth while playing in school during lunch time… which till date.. remains my identity.
- Got my very first pair of spectacles!
10 years ago I . . .
- Was in Mumbai, pursuing my graduation.. first year BMM (Bachelors in Mass Media)
- Got my very first mobile phone. It was the LG CDMA Reliance phone that you got back then for just 500 Rs!!!
- thought my mom was my biggest enemy with all the restrictions and curfew she had on me.. and was slowly turning into a brat and a big pain in the ass for my parents.. hehe..
5 years ago I . . .
- Had passed my Management and got my very first job via campus placement. It was an advertising agency and I still remember how excited I was with the package they offered me.. hehe.. Well, the excitement did not last long as time went by.. But yea.. I loved my job!!
- had no time for friends and was a complete workoholic, lost in excel sheets.
- Accidently bumped into Nupie’s blog and discovered him..
3 years ago I . . .
- Was newly married to Nupie and had moved with him to Dubai.
- Was frustrated being jobless and frantically hunting for a job in Dubai
- Re-discovered my love for not just art but also craft and home décor.
1 year ago I . . .
- Quit my job at ISB in Hyderabad and we shifted again back to Dubai.
- Joined Lulupu and PPS as a part of their design team.
- Made some new friends in Dubai
So far this year I . . .
1. Made and broke a lot of resolutions.. hehe.. yet am happier and content than last year
2. Watched a gazillion movies with my movie buff husband.
3. have become more of an optimistic and a positive person..
Yesterday I . . .
1. Finally stated working on a long pending project.
2. Went for a long evening walk.
3. Started watching The Big Bang Theory all over again from Season 1
Today I. . .
1. Was in a mood to do a tag.. and here I am
2. Wondering what to cook for dinner before Nupie gets back home
3. Started off with a new painting..
Tomorrow I will . . .
1. Complete the rest of the unfinished project
2. Catch up with a friend I haven’t met in a long time
3. Get started with all the shopping that needs to get done before I leave for India in coupla weeks..
Next year I will . . .
1. be BUSY!!
Phew! That was fun! Feel free tag yourself if you find it interesting too..
Until next time..
Good Morning, friends..
I am here to talk about Distress Stains. Distress Strains are fluid water based dyes for papers and other porus surfaces. They can be used in multiple ways. Use them directly top down on by pressing the nylon dabber on to the surface to create a beautiful background… It gives a very water color like effect on paper.
Another way of playing with them is by pouring some of the ink into a spray bottle and use as a mist. You can also dilute it with water to give it a lighter effect..
Use them to color in ribbons, laces, paper flowers and other such embellishments.. I even tried using them on canvas once and it worked just perfect..
Here is what I quickly put together using some of my distress stains..
Hope you enjoy the tutorial..
I decided to color up my card with three different Distress Stains.. Picket Fence, Peacock Feathers and Broken China. You can either apply them by rubbing the nylon dabber directly on to the card.. or use your fingers to gently dab them like I did in the picture below. I wanted a very uneven water-color like effect to my background which is why I decided to use my fingers.
Step 3: I cut a smaller piece of watercolor paper and this time I rubbed all the three color directly on to the paper and colored it up.. I even stained a piece of sheer white ribbon with Broke China Distress Stain
Step 4: I then stamped and cut some cute images on a water color paper to ink them with some distress stains..
Picket Fence is a very useful stain, according to me.. I use it to mix with other colors to create different shades..
Like here.. I mixed it with Barn Door Distress Stain to create a light pink color. Similarly I mixed Barn Door, Picket Fence and Crushed Olive stains together to get shades of orange.. And that is what I used to color these flowers up.. How cool is that?!
I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Oh! yes.. the sentiment was cut using my Silhouette Cameo..
Hero Hues Snow Floded Cards
Hero Arts Bright White Water Color Paper
Hero Arts Zig Zag Cling Stamp
Zing Embossing Powder Clear
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Barn Door
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Peacock Feathers
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Broken China
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Crushed Olive
Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Stain: Picket Fence
American Crafts – Pebbles – New Addition Girl Collection – Clear Acrylic Stamp
Silhouette Cameo Die Cutting Machine
Today I will be putting together a card from scratch focusing mainly on distress inks.. This is a tutorial I did for Pretty Paper Studio.. so I thought I’d also share it here for my blog reader..
I cut out some card stocks.. for the purpose of layering.
I decided to distress this yellow card stock with Rusty Hinge to match the shades of the other two brown cardstocks am using for this card..
Distress the edges of the cardstocks with a distressing tool.. In this case I used the rough part of my exacto knife.. You can also use a sand paper.
I tried the masking technique here. For this you need a white cardstock and different shades of distress inks
You also need either a masking tape, a sticky post or a simple card stock from your scraps, just like I did.. I cut a wavy shape on a scrap paper, free hand. and went ahead inking through the edges of it using my blending tool
I also tried the same technique with just one color too and this is how it turned out..
STEP 5: Heat embossing with a white embossing powder
Am just loving this new stamp set I got from PPS!! How pretty is that!!
Die cut a flower and leaves and clear emboss the flowers using any patterned stamp
This is how it will look once you have heat embossed the pattern..
Ink the flower with distress ink colors, this technique is called Emboss Resist.
I colored up the leaves by simply dabbing them onto the distress ink pad
Hope you guys like it!
Until next time..
Hero Arts Leafy Vines Stamp Set
Zing Embossing Powder Clear
Zing Embossing Powder Opaque: White
Inkessential Non-stick Craft Sheet
Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
Ranger Inkessentials Ink Blending Tool Handle
Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Ribbon Value Pack
Silhouette Cameo Die-Cutting Machine
Hello and welcome to Pretty Paper Studio’s First Birthday blog hop! PPS has turned ONE and we are SO excited and elated that we wanted to share our happiness with you, though an inspiring blog hop. So how does this blog hop work?
- All of us in the creative team are choosing ONE favorite project of a fellow CT member for you to find inspiration from.
- Hop from one blog to the next to see which project each of us have chosen.
- Once you have finished hopping, make ONE Scrapbook Page/Card/Altered Project inspired by one of the six chosen ones. You will have to tell us which project you chose as inspiration.
- Submit your project in our Facebook Album named PPS ‘PPS 1st Birthday Blog Hop’ by April 15, 2013
- Make sure your project is new and was made after this blog hop went love.
- You can participate in this challenge only once.
- Follow us on Blogger, YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Like us onFacebook. (If you do not have an account on any of these social media platforms, it is okay. You can follow us where ever you are.)
I chose one of the layouts from my favorite scrapbooker Donna. I must say it was really difficult to chose one layout from all the mind-blowing layouts she has made for PPS so far.. She is that good!
Nevertheless, I finally narrowed down to this one..
You can find more on the layout HERE..
I loved how aesthetically she has placed on the elements in the layout.. the hand drawn background with pencil colors… the placement of the photographs.. everything seems just PERFECT! Anyhoo.. Here’s the blog hop order
Make sure you visit all of them and leave some love ya? Enjoy the hop and don’t forget to leave a comment here as well. This counts as one of the stops on the hop. Love, PPS Team