Posted in Craft, Guest post, Motivation

You can do it too !

Greetings crafters,

How is everyone?

It has been some time we have had a chat, hasn’t it? I have been caught up in quite some of my craftwork.

Well, Sublime Queen Strawberry has a very special guest today.

Please welcome Paul Fernandes – Founder of Imagination Breathing, Author of  Coffee or Passion?, and a very good friend of mine.

Paul is one of those who had a vision and worked hard to make them a reality.

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You Can Do It Too !

Couple of weeks back Musky mentioned to me that she was working on dreamcatcher and dreams inspired craft series and she requested me to write an article for Sublime Queen Strawberry regarding my journey of following my passion.

Now , I am choosey about where I publish my articles but here I could not refuse, seeing the work she has been doing and how fast her popularity of her craftwork has taken pace. With the portrait of Bob Dylan on the walls of Dylan’s Café in Shillong to getting customized orders from her increasing customers.
I am Paul Fernandes, the founder of Imagination Breathing (www.imaginationbreathing.com), Author of Coffee or Passion? and a lecturer in an International school in Panchgani.

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Few years ago I had set out on a journey to make an impact in the lives of people with the help of inspiring articles, very little did I know that it will take momentum and make its way to the viewers in 113 countries.

Why do I tell this to you? 

Simple, If I could make it, so can you and everyone reading this article.
I had a dream of making the positive opinions of people be heard around the world. I knew there are millions of people who have a story to tell, but are never heard, either because they do not get the opportunity or they are too shy. I created the platform and people wanted to read what ‘Imagination Breathing’ had to say.

Following your Dream is never going to be easy.

I remember making a choice of sacrificing things I love to collect enough money to buy rights for “Imagination Breathing.com”. Not everyone is going to Believe in you at first and we need to accept that. You have to believe in yourself. I had people mocking me saying “who the hell are going to read your articles.” And I often said “The world” and today the same people ask me for advice to kick start their life of following their dreams.

Hardwork- There is no easy way out.

 

I remember sitting at 2 in the morning in Shillong while the rest of the Shillong were sleeping. I would do that to get a better net connectivity.

I never raised Imagination Breathing where it is now on my own. Today I want to thank all the contributors of the articles published on ‘IB’. They have made IB what it is now. It feels good when the posts posted on IB have helped people to follow their passion, to cope up with depression, sexual abuse, suicidal tendencies and above all it has helped them to love.
Your love for your passion will be understood by no one, even the people closest to you. They may support you , BUT WHAT IT MEANS AND HOW MUCH IT MEANS WILL ONLY BE UNDERSTOOD BY YOU.
Don’t tell me you don’t have ideas and no matter how insignificant it may seem, there is a seed of possibility and love in it. So go follow your dream.
I would love to get in touch with you, and if you require any help, I will be more than happy to help you. Get in touch with me at – paulib005@gmail.com

 

You can also follow me on Facebook @imagination breathing

 Paul Fernandes, 

Founder,  

Imagination Breathing 

Inspiring lives.

 

Posted in Craft, Guest post

Feather Works – The Epilogue

Hey everyone 👋

Yesterday was a pleasant surprise! It was really nice meeting Feather Works, wasn’t it?

How amazing is it to be able to weave and capture dreams and inspirations onto a dreamcatcher! And I must say, they do a really good job in it!

She did promise us to be back for today too. So, Please welcome Feather Works.

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Hello again!!

As promised, I am back today!

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I came up with Feather Works right around the time I started getting orders of dreamcatchers in bulk as well as customized.

The material I like to work with the most is feathers. Hence the name – Feather Works. I believe these feathers carry our dreams, they are soft and light, but put together – they give wings to our dreams.

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I use synthetic feathers as I am an animal lover although a fallen feather on my way never goes unmissed and unpicked. I love collecting them 😊

Feather Works is all about spreading good vibes.

Each dreamcatcher is made with a lot of love. I strongly believe that the maker’s thoughts and mood is transferred to the dreamcatcher. As such, I make sure the maker is in a good mood and positive environment while weaving the dreamcatchers.

We aim that our dreamcatchers act as a constant reminder of their dreams to the owners.

Beads. Feathers. Threads.

I can never have enough of them. I am always hunting for different kinds of feathers and embellishments to decorate the catchers!

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The one prominent feature which defines Feather Works is COLOUR. I love experimenting with colours.

Our rainbow coloured dreamcatcher has been the bestseller dreamcatcher since the start.

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To add more variety I am coming up with a series using broken vines from trees. This series will have a more tribal look and will be made using browns and creams.

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I strongly believe we weave our mood together while making the web. So, inorder for the dreamcatcher to work, it is very important that we only have positive thoughts around us.

Dream it and Weave it.

Persevere and Preserve.

Keep pursuing until it is fulfilled.

Keep spreading the vibes!

Feather Works

Dreamcatchers made with a lot of love.

Mail : kritikajjw@gmail.com

Instagram : dreamcatchers_india

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NOTE : All photographs are copyright to Feather Works. 
 

Posted in Craft, Guest post

Feather Works – The Prologue

Greetings crafters 🙏

Sublime Queen Strawberry has a guest this week!!!

Please say hello to our first ever feature – Feather Works where dreamcatchers are made with a lot of love.

Feather Works is an establishment of handmade dreamcatcher. They make dreamcatchers in all forms ranging from wall hangings to cute little keychains.

Feathers Works and Sublime Queen Strawberry shares similar views when it comes to dreams and/or in a crafting point of view – Dreamcatchers.

You know what?

Let me take a back seat for this week while my guest Feather Works will be giving you an account of their story and their dreamcatchers.

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Hello Sublime Queen Strawberrys‘ 👋

I was so glad when I found out that for this month’s series Muskymiris chose Dreamcatchers for Sublime Queen Strawberry. I was even more delighted when she approached me for a feature on Sublime Queen Strawberry. 😊

How about we start from a little bit about myself ?

I was born and brought up in the very lap of nature, in the beautiful city of Shillong. I did my graduation in Mass Communication from here, before I moved to Mumbai to pursue my post-grad. I worked in a Digital Marketing company for a year and then finally moved back to Shillong where I do freelance graphic designing in case I get free time from pursuing my hobby.

“If you make your hobby your work, you’ll never have a single working day in life.”

I have always believed in the maxim and made this the motto of my life. I follow my passion in art and creativity and make dreamcatchers and paintings, and conduct professional photo and video shoots.

The most satisfying aspect of this facet of my life is when I see my dreamcatchers hanging in a friend’s place and in various cafés or my paintings adorning the walls of a reputed hotel in Shillong.

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The first ever Dreamcatcher I saw was somewhere in 2012, at a friend’s place and I immediately fell in love with it.

I began my research on dreamcatchers and when I read about its significance – the mystic nature of these little catchers completely mesmerized me!

I made one for myself the very next day. But one wasn’t enough!!

I wanted to try out different colours and styles. So I made many more and eventually I gifted them to my friends.

Soon my dreamcatchers were in demand and many of my friends wanted one for themselves or wanted to gift them to their loved ones.

A friend then suggested that I start selling them. So I just came up with a facebook page and uploaded the designs. The response was unexpected! From one customer to the next, in a couple of months, the raw materials started occupying an entire almirah from just a little corner in my drawer 😁

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“Inspiration comes in many ways and in many forms.”

My source of inspiration is – nature and my travels.

After my trip to Pondicherry, I made a series using shells which I had collected from Paradise beach.

The starry night sky in Ladakh inspired my ‘The Night Sky‘ dreamcatcher.

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Likewise clear blue water and beautiful sunsets in my hometown have inspired several other catchers.

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Developing the skill of making a dreamcatcher is no rocket science. What matters in the thought, feeling, mood and environment that goes into making them.

How about a dreamcatcher inspired from your biggest dream and/or your inspiration?

Tell me about your biggest dream and where your inspiration comes from.

A dreamcatcher for every dreamer 😊

I will drop by tomorrow for some more inside peak into my life as an artist and more on my establishment – Feather Works.

Till then …. Keep spreading the vibes!

See you tomorrow!
NOTE: All photographs are copyright to Feather Works.