Comfort Delights

An article titled ‘The Best Children’s Books of 2015’ by Maria Popova on brainpickings.org started out with a disclaimer or a justification of sorts for a simple feeling of enjoying certain book types. Maybe because it defies the kind of taste and maturity people must display as they grow up and age.

It quoted some of the more ‘listened to’ people for sending out vibes of approval in the air. Lol.

Like J.R.R. Tolkien vehemently asserting that there is no such thing as writing “for children” and C.S. Lewis cautioning against treating children as a different species and so on and so forth.

Well, she certainly seemed to have enjoyed reading all of them and the choice of graphics is lovely too.

The article got The Purple Frog to (unapologetically) go back to the classic that is an all-time favourite, The Little Prince. Yes, the name is that and just the name of this little-above-100-pages book does get many to raise a brow and ask, “Really? How old, how naïve are you? You think life is that simple?”

Well, yes (to all Fountain like D…headians), everything seems simple when Chapter Twenty One appears. The book is comforting like that big, chunky bite of slightly melted Hot Chocolate Fudge. Just a few lines cause cosmic peace and halt brain cell degeneration till the D…headians appear again.

And next time someone reacts to the name, The Little Prince, instead of engaging in prevalent age-appropriate talks and gestures, name-dropping is what The Purple Frog is going to try…Like you know…in one of his interviews, Leonardo kept saying that all through the Aviator shoot, he was thinking of the airplane from The Little Prince. You must try reading between the lines in this book. It’s deep. Dicaprio couldn’t get over it.

Let the jerk look for the interview on You Tube all his life…Lol.

So welcoming the New Year by raising a toast to comfort delights, drooling and childishhh twists in real life stories…Lol

Hot Chocolate fudge To Die For

Thing This Week

To your dismay, not the fudge above…Lol

Cream of Spinach Soup without any cream or cheese

One tbsp butter, one pack of spinach, lots of garlic, little starch (corn or all-purpose flour) and about a cup of milk…needless to say, salt & pepper to taste!

Truly comforting since neither taste nor weight has been compromised with… Accompanied this with some comforting words from The Little Prince.

Cream of Spinach Soup | The Purple Frog

P.S. They’ve recently adapted the book into a movie and like always, adapted movies are never enough and unwittingly, leave the book isolated and apologetic : (

 

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Merry Christmas

Two best friends were talking…

A: I can’t wait to be bored

A1: You stir up too much trouble to ever be bored!

If that’s the story of your life too, then at least stir in style with these DIY stirrers made with bamboo skewers. Oops that just sounds wrong. Lol.

So The Purple Frog thinks what you like around you, over you, under you, with you or into you when no one is around you, over you, under you, with you or into you…that is some of the stuff you definitely need in life.

Thing This Time

Stirrer, it figured, is one of those things because it is not okay to stir your drink with a spoon or a fork or a knife or similar such make do objects. This one took 10 minutes to make and fifteen minutes to dry under a heavy book.

DIY Stirrers | The Purple Frog

R is the favourite alphabet here at The Purple Frog. Words like stir and stirrerrrrrr just bring out the madness of saying them repeatedly and sometimes madness is needed to stir schools of thought.Lol.

Out of context but December allows everything… 

Came across these pick-up lines…so cheesy. So yummy.

You’ve been a bad boy! Now go to MY room!
I’ve looked for a man with a VCR, and I’ve finally found the perfect one … that’s a Very Cute Rear by the way.
Do you have a mirror in your pocket? Because I can see myself in your jeans.
Can I read your T-shirt in brail?
Kiss me if I am wrong, but isn’t your name … Robert???

Lol. Merry Christmas. Hope you happily MAKE a lot in the year to come!

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The Charm of Quaint

It’s easy on the nerves but deeply impactful. It is not prim but it is not cluttered either.

The work of Safomasi, a fabric design set up, is quite like that and it caught The Purple Frog’s attention while exploring twitter.

Safomasi – the name

It comes from the two who run it. Sarah Fotheringham and Maninder Singh. Sarah designs and illustrates while he makes them real.

A Delhi-based studio where Sarah lands with stories from her travels and graphically puts them down for printing them on fabric…

Her latest designs are inspired from her visit to Salcombe and is a story that she gets very excited to tell.

The printing part is special

Mostly working on cotton and linen fabrics, Safomasi uses hand screen printing that requires a lot of manual work since each colour is printed separately. As a result, the design is dissected and a screen is made for each layer of colour and ink is put through using a squeegee (flat, smooth, rubber blade) to make a print onto the surface below.

The Purple Frog | Safomasi Hand printed textile

What’s lovely about it

We live in a time when ‘minimum effort – maximum attention’ seems to be desired all around the world and technology is able to make it possible too.

So this kind of personal, passionate effort and the time spent on details at every stage makes it a very comforting brand for home wares. It seems soft and soothing from the very start : )

The Purple Frog | Safomasi textile products

Simultaneously

The trimmings, leather, zips, pom poms, tassels and other things are sourced for making cool stuff with the final fabric. There is a workshop and then there’s a studio.

www.Safomasi.com is quite a detailed website where you can access and buy the special collections.

Why isn’t their design type present at more places

That’s how it is, says Sarah. That’s how we like it. Guess that’s another thing about being quaint. It also leaves a lot of room for other creative works to exist.

 Thing this week

Hand Screen Printed Back-to-School Drawstring Backpack

Since it is possible to Make Your Own Anything, The Purple Frog got a small hand screen made in a single colour. There is nothing like DIY to understand any process closely.

So got the fabric, played with the squeegee and got this hand screen printed fabric…

Precision comes with patience and The Purple Frog often runs out of it. That’s why the odd spacing.

Used the fabric to make a back-to-school Drawstring Backpack.

The Purple Frog| Hand screen printed drawstring backpack

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