Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Pamper yourself with one of the many unique designs or get ready for Spring with a cool anklet to match your spring closet.
Thursday, December 20, 2007
There is a place in Northern Finland (known as Lapland) called Rovaniemi and is believed to be where Santa Clause along with Mrs Santa Clause and elves live. If time permits, this seems to be the place to visit even if it is just after Christmas.
Closer to home, couldnt' get another time with the photostudio to reshoot the jewelry so all those 30+ new designs have to wait till next year for me to come back to US and get them photographed. That's a bummer but trying not to let that get me down in the holidays.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
We always had a blast and giggle like crazy eating tons of hot sauce in a thai restaurant or sipping a margarita and eating chips at chevys:) These two have been my bestest (is that a word?) friends and we went through a lot together. even with me half way around the world for a year now, we are always upto date on what's going on with each others lives (well, for most part anyway)...Thanks to the internet...
Although I decided to retire my earlier design of Opals with 3 big circles and 3 small circles within in the pendant and opals hanging from them, I still wanted to work with the circles. So, i decided to simplify the pendant (cut off two smaller circles in it) and use it. It left me with 3 big circles and one small circle that's holding all the three circles. Whatever it is that's holding us together, those 3 circles reminded me of us three going through thick and thin in the last 10 years!!. The result of it is this design in two different variations and 2 different colors of each variation. On the right is one variation with Opals and Blue Topaz with a blue topaz hanging from the small circle in the center. The other color variation was with dark maroon garnet briolettes (in place of opals) and Vesuvonite drops(in place of blue topaz).
The other variation is just simple Marquees (on the left) with a roundelle and Bali spacers in the small center circle. The other color variation of this is with Carnelian marquees.
Here's to Us girls....and all the best friends around the world.......may we enjoy the fruits of friendship until the end.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
I am excited about the opportunity to join D4A and really happy to be able to do more than just donate my creations. I am trying to help a little with D4A website too but writing that blog is becoming a passion. The first time I saw the video on "Invisible Children" it made me think of how fortunate most of us are to be able to sleep comfortably in our beds and homes while there are children who walk miles into a town to just sleep in a hospital because they are afraid of getting abducted if they stayed home!. Today I read about a particular district in Congo where women and girls (probably people in general) are giong into a forest just to sleep because they are afraid of gettign violently raped in front of their family members!.
I feel very fortunate indeed to be able to put the few skills I have to good use. I will be posting a few more here too as we get close to any fundraising events.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
This weekend is Open Studio show and sale in Tampere and excited about it. Making a few pieces that got sold and are popular. Serving Gloggi (a hot drink made with currant juice and spices), gingerbread cookies, homemade muffins and coffee (did I ever mention my other passion is cooking and cook twice a day almost everyday?). Apparanty Gloggi is also made with wine or fruit gloggi is served with Vodka in evenings but not for this show ofcourse:) Its a traditional holiday drink (I think even in Sweden) and tastes yummy especially (the fruit one, haven't tasted the alcohol version of it) when its nice and warm in your hands while its snowing and negative temperatures outside.
Worked a bit more on the Designers4Africa blog y'day and added a few pictures from the annual fundraiser for "Drop in the bucket", one of the non-profits D4A supports. And ofcourse, haven't taken the pictures to the photostudio yet for rework yet.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
One necklace I forgot to send the picture of came out that made me think whether I shoudl cry or laugh. On the left is the picture that I took (somehow missed putting it on the Cd for them). A beautiful lariat with 9 different stone drops in it with a hook and clasp at the back for easy wearing. When I put it in the Tampere kivi messut, people really liked it and admired itand I couldnt' wait to put it on the website.
But here is how it came out in the picture(on the right). I am not kidding. Two pieces are seperated and put side by side. Now, how anyone in the world is supposed to think this is a necklace and buy it from the website is beyond me. I got very frustrated. After taking a week's time, this is how I get them back. They offered to redo it again but well, didnt' get a chance to go and drop them off and have a show this weekend so can't afford to leave them there....so, new designs on the website have to wait..
Monday, November 26, 2007
During the Tampere Kivi Messut show 10 days ago, I got asked for two things repeatedly. (a) for even simpler earrings to wear to office. So, decided to create "single stone" series with just one Pearl or a Moonstone or a Amethyst drop handwrapped and present them for the first time during these shows.
(b) Men's jewelry - A few men came and complemented the jewelry and asked if I have anything for men as they like the style and colors. hmmm.. I have never thought of men's jewelry before (coming from South India, men do wear jewelry but only chains around the neck or a 'tiger's toe' on a chain.) I promised them I will think about it and probably offer next year. Putting my creative mind into gear to think about it in the background but leave it there till atleast after holidays to even experiment with designs.
Waiting on pictures from the photo studio to include them into the website and will be offering FREE SHIPPING for the first 2 weeks of December.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Good thing was a couple of people who has extensive knowledge about stones came by to look and complimented (unfortunately not when the customer was asking about the stones) that I use very good quality stones and worth the price. Well, it pays to shop with the reputed stores. Thanks Taj company which is where I bought most of the stones and Kamal trading where I buy almost all the chains and components.
Taking a break this week. Ofcourse will be shipping out the orders but no more new designs and no getting the designs photographed either. Got an appt withe the studio for early next week and so the website will be updated then including adding prices in Euros with VAT included. Want to try out something else and see if that can be part of Kuukivi or not...yes, I know I am being very secretive but unless I know if I can even do it, didn't want to say anything.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I was looking through them last night while finishing up the designs I worked on last week (felt lazy to finish the necklace with clasps etc last week...) and really loved one with red natural corals bunched up into a flower on this delicate vermeil chain...and also realized that neither "Opals" - one of the reviewer-favorite designs nor its replacement/complement made it to the website. This time instead of just having it with opals, came up with 4 different colors in two different themes for almost the same center piece as "Opals" but less complicated.
Its snowing and -6C and cloudy here in Finland...brrrrr...but it gave perfect opportunity to design a wedding necklace for a friend here who is having a winter wedding in Feb and loves strong winters:) Want her to see it this weekend before I post it here but it has beautiful white moonstone briolettes and little balls of austrian crystals. its custom designed and so wont' make it to the website but will definitely get blogged..
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Tomorrow is the George and Ann Lopez hosted "A Dish and a Dance with the stars" including a silent auction to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California. Its hosted at CBS studio and is 21st Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles.
Kuukivi donated this gorgeous Blackand White necklace for the silent auction with brushed Silver discs and rutilated Quartz drops handwrapped.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thank you Summer and Thank you Trendi...you guys rock!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Now that Kuukivi and I are with Designers4Africa, decided to go an extra mile than just donate 4 pieces of jewelry for auctions to raise money for the non-profit organizations. I contacted a couple of amazing jewelry designers Nicole (www.nicolekidd.com) and Shama (www.shamadesignerscollection.com)and both of them loved to join D4A.
I also offered to start a blog and help with blogging for D4A and April responded saying I am now the official blogger for D4A. hahahaha...well, today started a new blog for D4A (http://designers4africablog.blogspot.com). check it out. Added a heartwarming story by April how she met Jolly Okot and the softer side of her. Planning on interviewing/talkign with a few amazing people who are working directly or indirectly with D4A thru non-profit organizations in the next few days...
Friday, November 2, 2007
I think its a great idea for designers to work together in helping the non-profit organizations. Apart from sending out a few items for auction for different charities like "Life Rolls On" foundation for Spinal Cord injury and participating in the month long event of raising funds for OCRF (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund), Kuukivi also pledged 1% of all its profits to non-profit organzations. The first one to work with is Little Twinkle started by Sruti Patnaik from San Jose, CA and her mom doing most of the 'behind the scenes' work in India. Its amazing how much work went into creating new schools in the utmost rural areas of India for children to get basic education and special projects for those kids who are very talented but can't afford to go to higher studies. I have known this organization for a few years and mostly my contribution has been to provide a check to Sruti and usually it went into getting new toys/sweets for the kids during the holiday trip she used to make to India. I am hoping I can do more thru Kuukivi for this one too.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
(a) New and improved website with high quality pictures to show accurate colors and more pictures per design
(b) New collection includes luxurious and truly "one of each" designs including 'intia collection' with Sterling Silver and 22kgold plated pendants from India. Two new collections are also introduced.
The 'just for fun' series have 'something different' - Hoop necklaces with a few drops handwrapped, just pendants that can be added to any chain or pendants+earring sets etc.
The new Anklet collection includes chains specially brought from India for anklets and gorgeous drops/beads handwrapped to them. The length of the anklets is longer than regular ones you see around here and wrap around your ankle really well.
(c) If you are still not sure what to buy for some of your tough loved ones, we now have gift certificates via Paypal.
yay!! any comments/feedback is appreciated too ofcourse..
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Have been really crazy this week with the work on new website. Uploaded it to testing server and ofcourse a few links failed, a few descriptions look wrong and a couple have wrong links!.
Hoping to still launch it mid next week. Along with the new website there are lot of new goodies to look out for. One of them is "just for fun" collection. They have the feel of Kuukivi designs for sure but chains etc are not the regular kind. There might be a few pendant+earring sets, a few hoop chains like this one here. A simple hoop chain with a seablue Chaceldony drop handwrapped with 2 Apatite roundelles.
Friday, October 19, 2007
As part of holiday collection, I thought I will introduce the items that I have been thinking for a while. A few simple pendants that you can hook to any chain that one might already have. It has a small clasp to just hook to a chain. This one here is a 18mm Cherry Quartz briolette with a bali spacer and a flower cap and pearls hanging at the top.
Ofcourse there will be an option to buy with a chain too and add a few more pendants to wear a different pendant a day (hey! we change the tops we wear don't we)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
coming soon with the holiday collection...
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
Current plan is to release the holiday gift collection by end of october. crossing fingers for that...
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
have been designing/making some pendants (yes just pendants) with a hook that can be attached to any chain. They make great gifts too for this holidays. got some beautiful tourmulated quartz and rutilated quartz and is the first time i have a few designs in vermeil. And ofcourse bracelet and anklet collection will come online along with these items. stay tuned...
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
As you know, Kuukivi is part of SheFinds OCRF fundraising and will donate 20% of proceedings of Opals design for the whole month of September. The Opals design is run in SheFinds blog for OCRF last friday
Monday, September 24, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
here's what Swaggirl said about Kuukivi in Swagtime "Everybody Wins at Emmy Awards" Nominee gift basket
"And of course, always wear my Kuukivi jewelry. Each nominee received a specially designed necklace or barcelet & earrings (no two are the same) handcrafted by Sheela, whose inspiration comes from nature and combines Indian, American and a European style for her global looks. Keep an eye out for the soon to be launched Kuukivi Holiday collection."
Sakura is another design that went to one of the lucky winners of the bag:) Sakura in Japanese mean Cherry blossoms. The center piece on this beautiful necklace has Ruby and Vesonite faceted roundelles with a Citrine drop at either end. At the center is a white coin Pearl with a chain hanging with Citrine drops and a couple of Ruby roundelles.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Its only 3 more days for Emmy Awards.....Just recieved this picture of all the goodies that are going to be in the "Everybody Wins at Emmy Awards" Nominee gift bag. Lot of exciting goodies indeed. Can you find the one and only Kuukivi necklace in the lot? Want a clue? Its the only necklace in the picture:) and just behind the Emmy Award. Ok OK enough bragging about it. The necklace they chose to picture is Aamani which I thought is awesome and perfect as it has Moonstones (Kuukivi in Finnish translates to Moonstone).
For better viewing, here is Aamani. Its a gold filled necklace with Moonstones handwrapped alternating with Ruby and Vesonite roundelles.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Last week in Bay area was tons of fun. Had a trunk show at a girlfriend's house, just a few friends and neighbors dropping by. Had a few sales and lot of fun with girls trying out the jewelry. And last week was also the time Kuukivi sent out 40+ individual unique designs for the 2007 "Everybody Wins at Emmy Awards" nominee gift bags. A few designs were common between the celebrity bags and press bags and the rest are all unique. Also included a card in each box with the name of the necklace and the materials/stones used in that necklace and signed them. Looking forward to seeing some of Kuukivi designs everywhere:)
Decided to postpone unveiling the bracelet and anklet collection and combine it with the holiday gift collection next month. Just updated the website removing some of the items that I can no longer make (unique pendants, hard to find stones etc) or want to retire that design. Working on making some design changes to the website before featuring the holiday collection to make it easier to navigate.
Monday, September 3, 2007
I know I blogged it earlier but now the time is here. This event is through the month of September. Kuukivi is one of the designs featured in SheFinds to support OCRF . 20% of all proceeds from online sales of Kuukivi's Opals for the entire month of September will be donated to OCRF. Its for a very good cause People.....Come and order some:)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
It also gave me time to think (always helps getting out of the usual environment to think out of the box) about the strategies I have been following and what needs changing/improvement. Definitely some things will change in the next few weeks and I will share them here as I am making them but tomorrow - packaging the boxes for Nominee gift bags for "Everybody wins at Emmy" program and ship them out.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Apart from debuting anklets and bracelets, Kuukivi will also show for the first time, the 2007 holiday collection. it includes about a dozen or so special necklaces each equipped with a special pendant from India. Thought I will post one here (as I was taking pictures of them today) just for fun. I loved the turquoisedrops cascading.
A few of them (like this one) I have 2-3 pieces of each but the rest are truly one of a kind and ofcourse set in Kuukivi designer style.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Kuukivi, will be among the select group of companies providing products for the 2007 "Everybody Wins at the Emmy Awards" Nominee Gift Bags. Kuukivi's necklaces were selected exclusively for the gift bags, which will be handed out to the non-winning nominees in the major categories of the Emmy Awards on September 16th, 2007.
Yah!!!! I am soo excited about this opportunity. And instead of usual one design for every gift bag, Kuukivi is going to include a different design for each gift bag which makes each gift bag unique as far as Kuukivi products are concerned.
The Press release just got out today so thought its time to update everyone via blog too....Between this and the AccessoriesTheShow thats coming up in less than a week, its a bit frantic but is too exciting to feel tired now:)
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Met a couple of Fashion professionals, US folks, residing in Helsinki and workign in FinnFashion...
Friday, August 17, 2007
A few more things to do before turning in but thought of sharing not just happiness but anxiety as well:) well, wish us goodluck!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
with a light drizzle and an eye pleasing Sunset with bright orange light right outside the window where I sit and work. Ofcourse it made me get up and go out of the house for a few minutes to completely immerse in the view but when I came back to the desk, its still there:)
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Susan also modified the Kuukivi article a bit and added some pics of Kuukivi designs. Thanks Susan:)
I am still too tired from the move and working on some last minute pieces before the two shows start. I did take a picture of an awesome sunset from my studio window that I will download in the next few hours and post it
I am excited about the new house as I now have a studio to work in. Nice spacious studio with large windows overlooking forest and backyard. Its nice to have seperate space just for work instead of using up the dinner table like i did for the past year. As soon as I can locate the camera, I will post a picture of the studio..
More news to follow in a little while..
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Its going to be quite a month for Kuukivi.
Monday, July 30, 2007
This is the first time I let a picture of me come out:)
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Katja is Finnish mom living in US and has an awesome Kids clothing company called Skimbaco . I love the collection she has. Skimbaco has kids room furniture and deco too. The other cool thing is even moms can shop a little for themselves too while finding something for the kids:)
I come to the other side of the world to Finland to meet someone online who is from Finland but is in US:) Internet indeed makes the world quite small.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Kuukivi will be booth # 530. We are going to debut Anklets and Bracelets at the show and also planning on launching a very limited exclusive "Intia" line with beautiful chains and pendants acquired during my recent trip there. This will be the first of the series of exclusive lines Kuukivi is planning on for different parts of the world. In the next few weeks I will post more details about Kuukivi's plans for the show.
i still have some buyer passes left. If you are buyer/boutique owner and would like to visit the show (and hopefully stopby at Kuukivi), please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can mail the pass to you.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
I will blog tomorrow to reveal what the item is (after the event happened) although not sure if I will ever know who is the winning bidder.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
"There is a symmetry and fluid motion in all the pieces in this collection. A love of color is evident and lends a vivaciousness to all designs."
Talking about Kuukivi design " Sitara ", she said "Complex and fascinating, this piece epitomizes elegance and is one of the many highlights of the Kuukivi brand."
"Think flowing natural designs that celebrate the beauty of gemstones and reflect the passion the artist has for her beautiful homeland of India and the global community that has become her home"
While I was away on the trip Damaris@maniatv sent an email saying they aired episodes on ManiaTV with Kuukivi jewelry on their beautiful model Megan all week. He sent me movie files of the footage but are way too big to include in the blog. If I get some still pictures from him, i will be sure to post them here.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
I am sure by now you can tell how excited I am (and its first trip to India for hubby and my little boy too...
I am sure I will blog a bit from there (habits die hard) and hopefully share some good pics
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Damaris (Stylist@ManiaTV) contacted Kuukivi a few weeks ago and with very nice things to say about the designs (Thank you Damaris). He recieved some of Kuukivi pieces last week and promised to send me a schedule of the shows (atleast the first few) when they are going to appear on ManiaTV and I promise to post it here. I am excited and can't wait to see them. They are Kuukivi's first celebreties:)
On another note, Kuukivi is contributing to OCRF (Ovarian Cancer Research Fund) by creating a design that will up for sale Sept1 and donating 20% of all the sales of that design. I am honored to be able to do this for the worthy cause. Will post more details as they come. This opportunity came through 'SheFinds.com'.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Bhanu in Sanskrit means Sun. Imagine if you will, the very early Sunrise when almost everything is grey with a few specks of pinks and yellows flowing through and that's the Bhanu here. Ofcourse what other stones can create a more beautiful grey cascade than Iolites and Labradorites?
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Congratulations to the highest bidder and looking forward to see the selection.
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Kuukivi contributed a pair of earrings for the IndieFixx's "Fruits of Summer contest" along with 12 other Indie designers. Just Sign up for Indie Fixx mailing list before July16 to enter the random draw.
Meanwhile, the GreatAuction for KQED-KTEH is still going. It ends On Friday June07. There are a lot of great items there including ofcourse Kuukivi Gift Voucher for $200 worth of any jewelry from Kuukivi website. If you are in Bay area (especially), do go to the site and bid on stuff you might enjoy. Its for a great cause.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
O Pals, Mohini Orange and Sininen are favorites here. Its exciting to do market analysis in a new city/country with different culture and even more exciting to find out that the basic designs that are popular here are almost the same ones from US..
Friday, May 25, 2007
Kuukivi donated $200 gift Voucher for the KQED-KTEH TheGreatAuction . I used to listen to NPR everyday when I was in Bay area and had long commutes. Its my way of giving back to them a bit. The winning bidder gets to select any jewelry from Kuukivi website upto worth $200. The bid is supposed to be online sometime today. I hope the bidding goes well. Check out the auction site and Kuukivi should be under Apparel and Fashion.
Kuukivi in NEET magazine . Check the last page for it and ofcourse it is "O Pals" design.
Friday, May 18, 2007
lot of women do like matching shoes with the dress or bag to match the ensemble and yeah ofcourse a little thought always goes into what to wear as jewelry for any given dress but i don't think much thought is given to what jewelry to wear with what bag or vice versa. well, i thought it would be a fun thing to do to see and match up with some adorable bags that are out there and see which Kuukivi design matches that.
The first one I will pick is one of my favorite Freddy&Ma bag with such cool colors
and it made me think of Taimi, and it made me think of this Kuukivi necklace Taimi
Thursday, May 10, 2007
When I saw the multilink chain in an online store (Finedings), I knew I wanted to work with that chain. It looked wild and fascinating and had this urge to tame it a bit. Next thing i know, I added delicate chain and chose Opals not only for the color but well, it suited the "O" link chains and ofcourse the name 'O Pals' followed.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
During my last visit to Bay area in March, went and bought cute tops, skirts and dresses from Forever 21 thinking there is no way I will find such cotton cuties in Finland. But what do you know...for the past month or so, all i see are cotton tops although I am not a big fan of the skirts here so there..
while browsing, came across yet another fashion show that happened very recently Lakme Fashion week in India (http://lakmeindiafashionweek.indiatimes.com/). Amazing designers that probably not part of the mainstream of world fashion yet. One of my favorites is of Geisha designs by Paras and Sahlini.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Knowing what an Instant messenger junkie I am (have atleast 3 of them signed in at all times), I am glad I waited to start blogging till the Fall'07 collection is done and posted on website. Yeah, there are a few designs that need photographing to finish it completely but..
well, changed the website a bit too. Almost all the designs are a fusion of styles and cultures with a bit of Indian touch (can't help it really me being an Indian and all) into everyone. The names of the designs are from across the world too (I just name them whatever the final design reminds me of) so thought why not let the website have fusion theme too. So, for Gold-filled collection, named it Sona (Sona is Hindi word for Gold, there is no word for Gold-filled really) and for the Silver collection, named it Hopea (Hopea is Finnish word for Silver). well, they just seem to fit with the other English names like Kuukivi casual:)
oh! ofcourse the company name itself, Kuukivi, is a Finnish word for Moonstone.