Monday, June 15, 2009

Hall of Fame {Maya & Ruhi}

Hello again! Thanks for coming by. I hope your Monday has gotten off to a great start. Reading about awesome artisans cheers me up, and I hope it does you too. Another talented Etsian has been inducted into the Hall of Fame!

Meet Pearl, the talented woman behind Maya & Ruhi. Pearl, is a stay-at-home-mom and self-taught jewelry maker. Learn about the passion that has overtaken her dining room table, and get a look at her exclusive designs.

Read on to find out what inspires her, discover the real Maya and Ruhi, and how she finds balance in her life.

Where do you call home? Are you from there originally?
I was born in Singapore, and live here now. I lived in England and Dubai for about 10 years, over University and after getting married, but moved back to Singapore about 8 years ago, because my husband and I agreed that Singapore was a good environment to be bringing up kids.
What inspires you?
Anything or everything, really. It just depends whether I am "in the zone" at that moment. If I am receptive, anything can become an inspiration.

A lot of the time, I look through history books on art, jewelry, architecture, cultural movements. My particular favourites are those on the Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau movements, Elizabethan and Baroque jewelry, and the treasures of the Mughals. These amaze me to no end. The ostentatiousness, the artistry, the creativity, the inspirations. I also am an avid magazine "flicker-through-er". I am always bowled over by the gorgeously styled photo shoots of VOGUE.
Share an interesting fact about yourself.
I have 3 pretty large tattoos. One sugar skull on my leg, one Japanese demon on my arm, and the Chinese character for 'love' at the back of my neck.

What made you decide to open up shop and create jewelry?
I started dabbling in making jewelry about 5 years back. My sister is a fashion designer, and has her own boutique, so I put them in her shop on a consignment basis. It was an outlet for my creative energies, and to stay sane while being a stay-at-home-mom.
How did you select the name Maya & Ruhi? Any special significance?
Maya and Ruhi are my daughters. Maya is now 10, and Ruhi is 5. Both are Sanskrit names - my husband is of Indian origin. "Maya" means "illusion", and "Ruhi" means "spirit". They also have Chinese names, as I am of Chinese origin. But I think MAYA & RUHI sounds much more alluring than SHAN & MIN. ;)
Name your favorite thing about selling handmade.
Hands down, my favourite thing about selling handmade is the relationships I develop with my customers when I work on a custom piece. It gets unbelievably fun bouncing ideas off each other, seeing how things inspire other people, and helping them materialise their visions.

Many customers have become good friends over the years, and I have customed many meaningful pieces, including for weddings, and family pieces. By family pieces I mean jewelry sets made entirely of the birthstones of the whole family, intended to be heirlooms. I am just so honoured to be able to do these things for my wonderful customers who have become really good friends.
Do you have a day job or sell on Etsy full-time?
My day-job is the real Maya and Ruhi. And that's really a 24/7 job. No weekends, no off days. Etsy is my escape! ;) I work mainly after they go to bed. But now that both are in school, I do get the mornings to myself, and get some work done then as well. Timing has been pretty good, 'coz they are getting more and more independent, and I am able to spend more time on my growing business.
Share with us a favorite Etsy purchase or shop.
I bought this Watching Ring from DillonDesigns, and this Folded Wings Ring from RagTrader. I wear them ALL the time.

Just a few days back, I bought a couple of feather headbands from AFarmersDaughter. I can't wait for them to arrive.

Right now I am thinking of getting some art from MyPinkTurtleStudio. I love Frida Kahlo, and Lulu's interpretations and visions are just out-of-this-world. I am seriously in love...
List a few of your most favorite pastimes.
Reading
Watching The Style Network.
Yoga
Surfing the Net
Playing Junior Monopoly
Blogging (here)
Hanging out at Borders The Bookstore
What is your most prized possession?
I don't really have one. Possibly the real Maya & Ruhi's few pieces of baby clothing that I have preserved. Other than that, I try not to accumulate stuff. I used to be a serial hoarder, keeping every single thing for any sentiment's sake. Until I met my husband, who taught me the importance of De-cluttering. Just one of the things that I so admire about him. :)

The one other thing...
Yoga is my lifesaver. Since I began doing yoga regularly (again) about 6 months back, my energy levels are up, and I feel more in control of things. In turn, I am finding more balance in my life, setting aside crafting time from being at the computer, and being in-the-moment when I am with the real Maya and Ruhi, instead about worrying about a certain project or completing orders.
Giveaway Time!
Pearl is going to let the winner choose any piece from her shop valued at $32 or less (this includes shipping) *If the piece you choose exceeds $32, just checkout normally, but wait for a revised invoice (for the difference) before paying.

Pearl would like to know the things YOU do to keep your lives in balance!

To enter, please leave a comment on this post with your answer, name, and email address or Etsy username.

For extra entries you can:
Tweet this giveaway: 2 additional entries
Follow mine and Pearl's blogs: 5 additional entries
Blog about this interview/contest: 7 additional entries
Purchase from Maya & Ruhi: 10 additional entries
(Please include this info, if applicable, with your comment for additional entries. You do not need to leave separate comments for additional entries.)

Contest ends Sunday, June 21st at 11:59 pm EST. Winner will be chosen by traditional drawing and will be announced Monday, June 22nd.

106 comments:

Abigail said...

My way to keep my life in balance is a little silly. ^_^ I do sudoku every evening, which helps me relax and fall asleep. I used to take baths on stressful nights, but now I don't have a bathtub, so I cant!

Abigail
abigail.lee {at} gmail.com

Heather said...

Balance can be tricky with being a wife, mother, and working from home. The best thing for me to do is make sure I spend time doing the things that I love each day...playing with my son, late night chats with the hubby, etc.

heatherdemke(at)gmail(dot)com

pumpkinlady430 said...

I garden or go to the parks for my balance!...it helps me to be relaxed, calm and joyous, I adore and appreciate life and each moment...
This jewelry is very inspiring, has a tranquil and peaceful magic!

pumpkinlady430@yahoo.com

Nina said...

It would be a treat to win because her pieces are absolutely amazing!
I always make sure to have some time for myself, be it just sitting alone in my room or enjoying a nice day shopping!

I follow both of your blogs.
I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/nina0205/statuses/2179130386

irina.sagarbarria at gmail dot com

Melyni + Alma said...

I cannot manage my time!! I've tried. I've even made schedules for myself and such....doesn't work!!!
P.S. Love your jewelry!!!

Mia said...

oh this is great question! when I'm not studying for exams (crazy last week), I just watch tv, some pointless shows, the sillier the better:D ok, not all the time, I do it like half an hour or so, until I realize how brain damaging this is:D

Mia said...

oh and I follow your blog and hers too:)

secret cake said...

Such a good question! I keep balance by reminding myself to "be present" as often as I can. When I feel like things are spinning, I bring myself back to center by nudging my mind to be present and in the moment.

I also do yoga. And talk to myself in the car. It sounds crazy, but those little mini self-therapy sessions are quite helpful : )

Thank you for the opportunity; the giveaway winner is going to have a tough time narrowing down their choices for the giveaway-- Pearl's stuff is SO great and unique!

secretcake (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tara said...

I am a mother of an almost 3 year old boy and a 1 year old girl. It sometimes is hard to keep balance. But I try and do that by scrapbooking, blogging, making homemade cards and I TRY to garden.
by the way..the jewelry is beautiful.
And..I have become a follower of yours and Pearls blogs

Tara said...

oops...=> My name is Tara Steele and my email is tarasteele7@hotmail.com

Brandi said...

keeping my life in balance is always a changing strategy.

I make lots of lists. Physical ones on paper so I can cross stuff off.

I run.

I do yoga.

I take naps anytime I can on the weekends.

I cook, take baths, read books I enjoy.

Somedays I need one thing to balance out my day and somedays I need 10.

brandi
branappetit at gmail. com

Lilly said...

I like to dance and sing but only when I am alone! Because it is really embarrassing. ^^

I love this shop! Beautiful!
thanks a lot.

Eliane
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

Lilly said...

I follow both blogs!

Eliane
eli_green22 at yahoo dot com dot br

SarCraw said...

Well, to keep my life in balance, I try to make sure I always leave some time to soak in the tub and read, or just veg out on the couch. Rest and relaxation are a definite must in order to be energetic enough to get all the to-do's of the day complete!

Sarah C.
sarahbcrawford(at)Gmail(dot)com

SarCraw said...

I follow your and Pearl's blogs!

sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(dot)com

SarCraw said...

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/hellojournalist/status/2181891305

sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(dot)com

Liz said...

I, too, am making the effort to reduce my own amount of clutter and to lead a simpler life. But, clutter doesn't mean you can't have a few pairs of awesome earrings, so I'd LOVE to add the Cream pearls in a row to my collection.

JohnsonFamily said...

I keep my life balanced with prayer.

Spamgirl said...

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I snuggle with my dogs, that keeps me sane :)

Thank you!
spamgirl

Spamgirl said...

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Tweeted! :) http://twitter.com/antispamgirl/statuses/2182890444

Thank you!

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I'm a follower of both blogs on Blogger/Google Friend. :) Thank you!

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Stephanie Nelson Castaneda-Clark said...

Hi! I go to the grocery store to browse by myself or to Walgreens. Also, I read some magazines along with my serious reading to help unburden my mind. My husband helps, so I will go to him for his crazy sense of humor to keep me balanced, as well. We will watch "Blazing Saddles" or "Young Frankenstein" or "History of the World". Mel Brooks' movies trip me out! Also, I will watch some Dave Chappelle, since I tend to be too serious and need this to keep me balanced!

free indeed said...

I need to read the Scriptures every day to keep the day in perspective. It's so easy to let life cause worry and upset, but God gives a peace that can't be found except through Him. I try to use technology minimally because that too saps us of precious time and balance.

Shelley C
freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

Salad for Breakfast said...

i try to make sure i do something fun everyday and not keep myself too serious or preoccupied with worrisome things. even a chat on the phone with a friend helps!

Jessica said...

I like to curl up with a good book, or listen to music. It makes me feel relaxed and refreshed. :)

I follow both of your blogs

Jessica
fawnings[at]gmail.com

denise said...
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denise said...

as lame as this sounds, I make to do lists and set a limited amount of time to do each task. I figure out what i have to do everyday and set an allotted time so I can do everything in time.

I follow your and Pearl's blog.

Michelle said...

To help me maintain balance, I try to do all things in moderation. A moderate amount of exercise, food, rest, fun time, sleep, etc. Thanks for the chance to win!

Megan said...

my life isnt really in balance at the moment, it's kind of crazy. but I have decided to try and start doing yoga! (I purchased a beggeners dvd)

my name is megan myers

my email is meganscase@gmail.com

Mujercita said...

I love the Cream Pearls in a Row earrings!

Kitty Baby Love said...

I make lists and calendars. I just graduated from a project intensive college program (fashion design and on quarter system) so I am pretty good at keeping focused on things I need to do, so long as I have them written down so I don't forget!

Sara, etsy: kittybblove

I also twittered this giveaway: http://twitter.com/kittybabylove

Rosanne said...

I try to not take myself too seriously!

Gwynne said...

I knit and make felted flower accessories, and obsess over my camera, and obsess over alpacas and animals in general that I actually have, like my cats, and try to travel a couple times a year to new places.

sabrita said...

A balanced life is always a goal but rarely a reality for me due to health problems. I enjoy being with my wonderful dog,and great friends and family. To relax I love watching classic movies from the 1930's and 40's.
sabrita@juno.com

Laura said...

Gorgeous!! I keep my life in balance by not scheduling the kids in a 1001 activities. We keep it very simple.

puffpastryshop said...

I make sure to take the time to go dancing every so often, even if I'm very tired the next day.
puffpastryshop(at)gmail(dot)com
I follow both blogs.

JaMean said...

Balance. I think I teeter most of the time, but I have a pocket calendar that saves my hide. I'm a single mom of 4 kids with 2 jobs, so things can get tricky. My little calendar is my lifeline!

mikeandcherie said...

I feel most balance when I go to the beach or spend the day doing outdoor activities. I stay balanced by not taking life so seriously. And by always keep my prescription filled!!!

mikeandcherie said...

I also tweeted.

Nissa said...

To keep a balanced life, I try and make a little time for myself each day no matter how busy I am with other things. This could be listening to music, creating art, or just sitting out on our porch.

Nissa said...

I just added my self to be a follower of your & Pearl's blogs too!

Mr. Bean said...

To keep myself in balance I usually just take a little nap, when you wake up your mind is so clear and fresh, its a nice feeling :D

tmmylm at gmail

Mr. Bean said...

I'm following your's and Pearl's blog

tmmylm at gmail

Digital Misfit said...

I use a variety of passtimes to keep my life in balance. I sew, paint, play games online, sculpt, etc. Whenever the world seems a bit overwhelming, I can just zone out into a favorite hobby and relax.

heidig@gmail.com

Digital Misfit said...

I follow both of your blogs :)

Im just happy listening to the lovely song here right now.

Thank you.

HeidiG@gmail.com

The Giveaway Diva said...

i alwyas set time away from the busy nature of my life by reading or just taking a nap1

nicolemarielum @gmail.com

karaannisjewelry said...

How do I keep life in balance? I laugh a lot and look for things to take joy in!

Great question and great giveaway!
Kara A
kara(dot)annis(at)gmail(dot)cm

Tickleworm said...

Awesome shop!!!!
To keep balanced, I like to do yoga, go for walks, and laugh a lot(or try to at least)! There is nothing better then sitting at the dinner table, with my husband and son.
rachelherzog@bellsouth.net

FzngWizbee said...

To keep my life balanced, I attend conferences about literature. They're a week of fun, laughter and discussion with friends from all over the world. It's a way to escape everyday life for a while and it keeps me sane.

sashullichka@gmail.com

Andrea said...

Would love to choose a special birthday treat for myself. I spend 24/7 with my 2 & 3 yr olds, I make sure that when they are sleeping I do things for myself. Either catching up online, scrapbooking, exercising, or just relaxing on the couch. Quite time is my time!

Andrea said...

I created a blog post also. Thanks for this wonderful treat. Love your designs.

ohprettywords said...

As a mother to 3 young children, balance is key to keeping my sanity. Balance includes (1)Time for tea or coffee. (2)Spending a good chunk of time outdoors (though it's more difficult in the summer as it's so hot outside, thanks to living in the south). (3)Knitting and art. (4)And staying up late when the children are all peacefully asleep.

Jay said...

I breathe deeply and keep myself rehydrated.

Jay (sealikesky at gmail.com)

janetfaye said...

I keep in balance by taking time for myself and doing things that I love to do.

Janet

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

1. I follow yours and Pearl's blogs.

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janetfaye said...

2. I follow yours and Pearl's blogs.

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janetfaye said...

3. I follow yours and Pearl's blogs.

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janetfaye said...

4. I follow yours and Pearl's blogs.

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janetfaye said...

5. I follow yours and Pearl's blogs.

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janetfaye said...

1. I blogged:
http://blog-giveaways.blogspot.com/2009/06/hall-of-fame-maya-and-ruhi-giveaway.html

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

2. I blogged:
http://blog-giveaways.blogspot.com/2009/06/hall-of-fame-maya-and-ruhi-giveaway.html

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

3. I blogged:
http://blog-giveaways.blogspot.com/2009/06/hall-of-fame-maya-and-ruhi-giveaway.html

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

4. I blogged:
http://blog-giveaways.blogspot.com/2009/06/hall-of-fame-maya-and-ruhi-giveaway.html

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

janetfaye said...

5. I blogged:
http://blog-giveaways.blogspot.com/2009/06/hall-of-fame-maya-and-ruhi-giveaway.html

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

Linna said...

I read books and have a spa once in a while to balance my life. :D
linna.hsu(at)gmail(dot)com

janil said...

Unfortunately I used to smoke before a lot, now I only smoke one cigarette just before going to bed. I go out and look at the sky, listen to the silence and simply relax. I hope do it without smoking soon.

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

janil said...

Follow both!

cal_rubies at yahoo dot es

Carolyn Wilman said...

already follow you :)

I will be tweeting givwaway until the 22nd.

AS for balance, water and mini-meditations/mantras seem to work best for me.

carolynw {at} imedge {dot} net

Karen said...

To keep my life in balance I like to read a good book, snuggle with my 7 year old, or just take a hot bath!

kweight@byu.net

marian said...

Hello, I love your jewellry and hope to win a lovely item from your shop.I keep my life in balance by going a daily walk by the riverside where I relax and see beautiful eagles soaring above me.I snuggle with my black cat buffy.I listen to music light incense and have a relaxing cup of tea.Marian Thomson
mtzeenla@yahoo.com

Darcy said...

I read every night. It makes me happy.

andthen at me dot com

Al, Wendy, Max, and Lil said...

Beautiful work. Really. Just beautiful.

Martha said...

I hike, garden, and laugh to keep my life in balance.
Beautiful jewelry, thanks for sharing. I found you through Tip Junkie.

I just became a follower of both blogs and look forward to it.

Thank you again, Martha at msakelley at gmail dot com

Amy (the b-line) said...

Wow, Lory! Thanks for introducing me to Pearl and her gorgeous work! I am amazed at her beautiful jewelry and enjoyed reading about the woman (and two young ladies) behind it!
Amy (thebline)

Off to tweet this to others!

Alice said...

Finding balance is always hard for me, but I have found the best thing I can do is make sure I am always find time to have fun with my kids. Everything else can wait if it needs to.

Sarah said...

Wow, this is some fantastic jewelry! Thanks for the great giveaway!!

french_mk at yahoo dot com

Autum said...

When I get caught up in the stess of LIFE, I like dance and have fun with my little one!

My blog is private so if you need to see it then let me know!

Skye said...

I love the Anne! So stinkin cute

daniellekot92 said...

honestly i doubt anyone has found balance in their lives...and if they have, i personally would like to know ur secret...i myself have not found balance in life but what gets me really close is reading...i love books...would die if i went blind (sorry if i've offend anyone)..reading takes me further away from this chaotic life...a personal runaway...my name is Danielle Kot...I think maya&ruhi designs are beautiful..something i'd want to where for prom...i've always loved the tudor times...n this esembles that...cycbercelgurl_2004@hotmail.com

Marianna said...

The job I have really puts things in perspective for me. I'm a critical care nurse (and hubby is an EMT) - I take care of patients from newborns, postpartum mamas and people at the end of their life. It really makes me grateful for my health and my happy, healthy family. That said, it is very stressful and I have to remember to make it a point to take "me time" to decompress and just relax from the pressures of work, housework, motherhood, wifehood, etc!

Marianna said...

I follow the two blogs!

Marianna said...

I follow the 2 blogs !

Marianna said...

I follow the blogs (3)

Marianna said...

I follow the blogs (4)

Marianna said...

I follow yall's blogs

Amy said...
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Amy said...

I keep my life in balance by making sure I get enough sleep and finding time to do something for me each day.

acm211 [at] gmail [dot] com

Thanks!

pam said...

Being a mom of three, the most important thing to me right now is making sure that I have some time to my self!

pam said...

following you and Pearl
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SNM said...

What a great giveaway. Such beautiful earring. Who wouldnt want the chance to wear them and show them off. Here's hoping I am lucky!

babalisme said...

A long hot (undisturbed)shower, I found my tranquility in the bathroom... and yes, I used to do yoga and it relieved my stress, I wish I had the time to do it again.

babalisme said...

following both lovely blogs! #1

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