Top 2 ways to celebrate Mother’s Day during Quarantine

Given this year’s unique circumstances, many are celebrating mother’s day at home or even virtually. Even if you do not stay with your mom and still wish to celebrate Mother’s day together, there are 2 best ways that will help make this year’s celebration an unforgettable one.

To polymer clay makers out there, you are one step ahead!

For those who are not… Don’t fret, I’m here to help! 😀

One day a year is focused on moms – women warriors who work, teach, care, cook, wiping tears from their own tired eyes and when their children anger them. In fact, their “job description” is freaking long. Since they do so much, shouldn’t we celebrate more?

There is also a saying which goes “everyday can be Mother’s day, not just once a year”. Moms do not have designated rest days. Even while they “sleep”, they are still thinking of their child that refuses to sleep early despite having school the next day.

Once you become a mom, you’re a mom forever and always.

So let’s try out this 2 ways to appreciate your mom’s effort especially in times of social distancing!

Step 1: Spend quality time together

For those staying together with your mom, LUCKY YOU! You have so many activities that you could do together.

  • Order delivery and chat over breakfast, lunch and dinner (Or even better, whip up a meal right in your own kitchen – she will be moved to tears especially for those who cook once in a blue moon; or never)
  • Help her complete household chores (Trust me, she will be very grateful if you do that. Or even better clean the windows etc TOGETHER!)
  • Teach her how to use Instagram or any photo editing apps (You will be amazed by her creativity and how this could help eliminate her boredom, if any)

Even if you are not staying together, here are some ideas!

  • Virtual Dinner Date (Order the same food items and get it delivered to both your mom and yourself to savour the meal together)
  • Host a Netflix Party (There is a group chat feature incorporated. Alternatively, just WHATSAPP VIDEO CALL her and see her laugh REALTIME)
  • Workout together (Create a fitness playlist on Youtube and share it with your mom and tap into the joy of dancing)

Step 2: Prepare gifts (Polymer clay+ eGift)

If you have not decided what gifts to mail over or give your mom. You might want to start DIY-ing right away! If you are attracted by the possible creations you could design using polymer clay. Just like the examples below.

Here’s what you need to get started!

  • Sculpey Premo Oven Bake Clay (For those living in Singapore, there is a 30% Spotlight SALE; Alternatively, get them from Amazon) Would be great if you could purchase the basic colors like white, red, yellow, blue and black so that you can mix to obtain other colors!
  • Oven (Hopefully, there is one in your kitchen!) Note: Just to be clear, please please please do not cook both your polymer clay and food together.
  • Pen/Art Knife (If not, a clean scissors blade would work too)
  • Your mom’s old earrings/necklace chain (You can reuse old earring hooks or studs to create a fresh design for her! Why not, right?)

These are the three basic materials and tools to get you started creating your mom’s favourite earring/bracelets/pendants/keychain etc!

I have shared some ideas and creation at the end of this post which might help you think of a design to create. If you do use them as reference, please tag us at @infinityandme.design on Facebook or Instagram with your remake!

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If you are just starting out in polymer clay and your materials will not arrive if you placed an order today, send her an eGift card instantly using Canva.

This is a perfect example of some eGift card designs you could send her while you wait for the materials to arrive.

Last but not least, here are some ideas which we had designed to kick start your DIY process. Hope this helps!

Design Inspiration 1

The following set of earrings is perfect for mommies who like minimalistic designs and gemstones. We chose to design Ruby Quartz (right image) as it is the perfect color to remove negativity and toxicity from one’s life and enrich it with positive energy.

Design Inspiration 2

If your mom’s favourite color is P I N K, this set is best suited for her! The pink swirls represent harmony, beginning, concentration, and focus. For working moms, the spirals will help them in their journey, direction, and progress.

Design Inspiration 3

If you recall that your mom usually helps you braid your hair when you are young, this would be a great gift set to surprise and thank her for all these years of hard work and love that she showers on you!

Design Inspiration 4

Foodies gather!! If your mom loves sweet stuff, she might glow when she sees the candy like earrings on the left OR indulge in Mala (right) as is the latest comfort food for many.

Design Inspiration 5

Although it sucks to be quarantine at home and miss the warm sunshine on your skin. You might consider designing a sunshine related series that emits freshness, happiness and positive vibes.

For more designs, be sure to follow us on our Instagram page at @infinityandme.design

You can direct message us to order or enquire! We are friendly and won’t bite. 😀

Do leave your comments below if you felt that this post have help you in preparing a surprise for your dearest mommy.

Signing off now, cheers! 🙂

Little red eggs? They are Daruma Dolls!

© Illustrated by MCYK Studio.

For those who had visited the Land of the Rising Sun (Japan), I’m sure you had brought home the cliché variety of KitKat or bottles of sake for your loved ones. If you want to be a little more original during your next trip to Japan, you might want to consider getting these beautifully designed Daruma Dolls that are handcrafted with high quality workmanship from the Japanese.

The Daruma is a traditional Japanese doll which people believe could help them achieve their goals and obtain good luck. During my past three trips to Japan, I had brought home these dolls to display on my shelves but little did I know about the history behind them… Until now. If you are like me, attracted by their designs, do stay on and read the rest of this post where I will explain their slightly disturbing origin, the types of dolls and how to use them.

So… what actually led to the rise of Daruma Dolls?

The Daruma dolls have symbolic representations where the shape was modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen sect of Buddhism. Zen believers stress the importance of meditation and takes no interest in doctrinal refinements. Bodhidharma was a Buddhist monk who lived during the 5/6th century CE and credited with the conveyance of Zen Buddhism practices to China and subsequently to Japan and eventually became very popular in the West from mid 20th century. Its actual origin is muddled with mystery as there the documentation of his life is mixed with legends.

Source: Buddha Weekly – Image of Bodhidharma 

According to one tradition, Bodhidharma stopped in a Shaolin monastery in China for sometime and continued his travels until he decided to meditate in a cave. He was famous for his practice of wall-gazing. Legend goes saying that Bodhidharma  meditated for nine years straight without moving, eyes fixated to the wall and seated in a cross-legged position without taking breaks or closing his eyes. Except for one occasion, after seven years. He was so infuriated with himself and grabbed a knife to cut off his very own eyelids to make sure that he will never fall asleep again. The pieces of eyelids which fell to the ground eventually sprouted green tea leaves which eventually became a belief among Asian people that drinking green tea helps one to stay awake. Of course, Science would explain that it is due to the caffeine inside it but legends explains that the tea was created because of the “eyelid-plant”.

The goriness does not end there… Bodhidharma also suffered from the loss of his four limbs where legends said that it had gradually withered and fell off his body due to nine whole years of immobility.

This is why the Daruma resembles the head and torso without all limbs. Also, it is believed to have exhibited all characteristics of Bodhidharma and it is often associated with the Japanese proverb ‘nanakorobi yaoki – 七転び八起き’ which means ‘fall down seven times, stand up eight’. The Daruma might look unstable at first glance but just a mere push, it will still come right back up. It is a symbol of resilience and recuperation.

© Illustrated by MCYK Studio.

How to use Daruma Dolls?

I hope that the morbid history behind the Daruma Dolls did not scare you off and you might want to know more on how you can actually use them to your favor. These dolls are believed to be able to help one achieve their goals and dreams by providing them luck and the strength to be resilient. They are also popular gifts of encouragement in the Japanese culture where they are often commercialized by the Buddhist temples to help with goal setting.

Initially, the Daruma’s eyes are blank and you will have to make a wish and paint one of the eyes. Once your wish or goal is realised, you can then paint the other eye to thank the god for your achievement.

© Illustrated by MCYK Studio.

However, do note that these Daruma charms have an effectiveness of only one year. After a year, you should return it to the temple from where you had purchased it and burn them regardless of whether you had attained your goals. This is a symbol of freeing the god and it is not meant to be treated as giving up on one’s goals but it is a renewal of one’s vows by purchasing another Daruma. There is even a ceremony named Daruma Kuyo is held in several temples in Japan where tons of Daruma dolls are burnt altogether. The next ceremony will be held at the Nishiarai Daishi Temple in early Feb 2021.

Modern day Daruma

Let’s talk about the colors. In modern day Daruma designs, the color of the doll varies. The most common being red as it originated from Bodhidharma’s red robes. Also, in the Asian culture, red symbolizes prosperity, good luck and fortune. There was also another myth that the color red was due to the smallpox incident that occurred during the Edo period in Japan. Children who was diagnosed with the illness had to wear red hoods. If they died, they were often wrapped up in red funeral robes. As such, the Daruma are typically red as it associates with this myth and symbolizes resilience and wishing one to have a speedy recovery.

Today, there are many uses of the Daruma design as it could be vastly seen adorned as bracelet charms, pendants and even tattoos.

Source: tattoperfection

Even the Daruma doll’s facial hair has a symbolic meaning. The eyebrow represents the shape of the crane and the mustache takes after the tortoise. This was to match the Japanese proverb of ‘the crane lives 1,000 years, the turtle 10,000’.

Nowadays, the designs have shifted to using cats and many other forms to be incorporated in Daruma. This inspired me to create and design my own series of Daruma jewellery. I hope that this blog post helped you understand the origins of Daruma dolls and perhaps encourage you to get one during your next visit to the rich heritage and cultural land of the rising sun. 🙂

© Designed by MCYK Studio/ Infinity & Me.
© Designed by MCYK Studio/ Infinity & Me.