Sunday, April 13, 2014

Design Rescue

Don’t we all love giving that extra touch for our guests through our invites for special occasions or business functions? And to have someone take over this task takes away most of your stress in planning. Design Rescue is one such destination that creates unique, stylish and artistic invites and set the mood and tone for your occasion.  Designer and owner of Design Rescue, Sarah John, based in Oman, creates one of a kind invites, giving perfection and attention to details and also revamps your brand image.



 
Here is what Sarah had to say about her passion.... over to you Sarah

How did it all begin?
My name is Sarah and I come from a family of artists (of sorts!) My mom is a fabulous artist but she found her true calling in architecture and interiors. My sister is an architect by profession, but she found her passion in fabric and I, ironically am a Textile Designer, but my heart lies in Graphic design. I am a Fine Arts graduate from Stella Maris College, Chennai with a post graduate degree in textiles from NIFT. I was working with textile brands in India, till I moved to Muscat with my doctor husband. While I was doing my Fine Arts, I realised most industries depend on graphics for their effective advertisement, brand building and growth. Graphic design is an aesthetic skill through which you visually communicate effectively to potential clients.
 
Here in Muscat, I realised that textile production is almost non-exsistent. To while away time, I started helping out a friend in Dubai online with a lil graphic work to assist her with her textile business and then my sister prompted me, badgered me and basically pushed me into opening an online graphic design store on Etsy. That’s how Design Rescue was born.
 
Do you have a designing background? Where do you get your inspirations for your design? And what’s your favourite project or design that you have done so far?
 
My Fine Arts background has greatly helped me in my work. I like neat clear cut lines without clutter. The basic philosophy is combining aesthetics with clear definitions for each element in my design. Every line and dot has a purpose and is not randomly placed without thought. My favourite projects till date have been weddings. I love designing wedding invites and the whole lot of stationary that goes with it... starting with the ”save the dates” to table menus and seating arrangements,. A lot of thought goes into it and it’s further personalized by the customized input from the couple. I once had a journalist couple from DC, who wanted an invite and accessories, resembling a newspaper announcement!
 
Are your clients based within Oman? Do you have an online shop and accept customization?
Most of my clients are from US, UK, Australia, Dubai and India. They see my work on etsy or on my FB page or Pinterest and if they want something specific, they contact me or if they don’t require any customization, they just go ahead and buy the listings, straight from my shop!
What’s the future you wish for Design Rescue?
In a few years time, I hope to see Design Rescue, evolve at a slow comfortable pace and I carve a niche for myself in a little studio of my own with my always helpful husband and awesome kids! J
 
Have a look at some of my favourite designs
a quirky business card

Birth Announcement

Wine tasting invite

Save the date card in vintage design

Wedding Invite



Thank You cards

 
 
Click here to browse through her shop and here for her Face book page. And email Sarah at designrescue@gmail.com if you have any enquiries or customization. So let your imagination run wild as Sarah will create those beautiful invites for you that is exactly as you envision.

Images via Design Rescue

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Got Featured and a New Look

Past two days I was in a burst of creative energy and I finally got to redesign my blog. Today I launch a fresh new look and it still needs a little bit of tweaking here and there.

So what do you think of the new look? Do you like it?


 

And to share good news, I am so thankful for the opportunity to do an article for a premier Lifestyle magazine here in Oman called Faces. Here is the article and I will post the link as soon I get it.

 
 

 
Images are clicked by me

 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Display Pictures on your wall

There is so much of joy when we get our pictures framed but eventually the stress creeps in when it’s time to hang it on the wall. I love hanging family pictures and art on my wall. And I shudder a bit when I see an empty wall or even a cluttered wall with no balance. Grouping pictures and different art pieces artistically is an art and requires a little bit of imagination to give a streamlined look, eclectic or asymmetry.

Here are some styles to display your pictures
Image via apartment therapy



Image via apartment therapy



Image via apartment therapy



Image via Quick Click Design Studio




What is your favorite style?

 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Two Years of Blogging



This week my blog passed the two year mark. Two years back, I came across some amazing and creative blogs that inspired me to start one. And I found myself page marking, adding links to my favorites like home décor tips, beautiful home tours, recipes, DIY, works of artists and photographers and I thought why not collate everything, document and create a visual dairy. And that’s how Tickled by Inspirations was born.

My blogging journey so far had its ups and downs and it gave me a way to celebrate creativity and beauty around me, sprouted opportunities and made friends near and far. I even discovered my love for photography. And I hope to discover more in my journey.
A big thanks to my readers and followers for motivating me and giving me an opportunity to share my passion with you all. For those who left comments on my posts and Face book page, thank you, you all kept me going!

Stay tuned for more inspirations and for some exciting news…. there are some give-aways coming up!!
 
 
With Love, Happiness and Gratitude


Images are clicked by me

 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Recipe for the month: Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse from Gastronomy Illustrated

If you have been following my blog and especially my recipe section, you should know by now that I have a major sweet tooth and I love desserts! And moreover I prefer quick and easy recipes that are high in flavor.

Today’s recipe is Strawberry Cheesecake Mousse, a rich and refreshing dessert for a warm spring or summer afternoon. I came across this lovely blog created by a loved one who has evolved over the years. Rithu Grace Job, the author of Gastronomy Illustrated, has done her masters in Bioinformatics but her passion was always designing clothes. Recently she was chosen as a designer for an Italian brand called Maison Academia. And now she has discovered a new sphere for herself in being food blogger.



Let’s get to know more about Rithu and how her journey began and her inspirations before we hop over to her blog for her recipe. Over to you Rithu!


What inspired you to start a blog?

It's been only two years since I got married and henceforth, began my journey with cooking! So over a period of two years, I have been pleasantly surprised and filled with joy to see how an amateur like me can make diverse, satisfying and healthy food, within the walls of a kitchen, right at home! In February, this year, my husband celebrated his milestone birthday and a much-deserved promotion at work. I really wanted to bake a cake for him but I had no prior experience of cake baking! My baking experience was nearly negligible at that time! But then I got the idea of baking mini cupcakes and placing them on a tiered glass server, that was once gifted to me! So before the day came, I practiced baking a set of cupcakes, about a week before! I was so thrilled with the final product, that I naively thought to myself 'If I can do that, I can do anything else in this world!!' That experience led me to starting this food blog, actually! I feel there could be many girls out there, like me, who are afraid, culinary beginners. But I wish to be a humble motivator to inspire more individuals to enjoy the art of cooking!


What's your favorite cuisine?

Back in the day, it used to be Italian. But ever since I shifted base to the States post marriage, I am a lover of Japanese food!! Sushi, noodles, ramen!! You name it! I'm a fan! I'm also a great fan of the techniques implemented like hibachi and teppenyaki! These chefs are nothing short of world-class entertainers! And oh, the precision with which sushi masters work? Spellbinding!



Did you have any formal training in cookery course?
No, not as yet. But if given the opportunity today, I would be interested to attend classes. Incidentally, I have an interest in attending the classes by Rumana Jaseel of the 'Incredible Art' fame! Kudos to her for gorgeous cake art!


What tips would you recommend to those who are yet to venture out in the world of cooking?

I consider cooking an art, a labour of love! It's a beautiful affair! There is no need to be afraid! Cooking in the modern day, is really that simple. My first tip to beginners would be to have patience and go by recipes, word by word, measurement by measurement! If you do that, your chances of blunders will be close to nil! This I can assure you! And with each successful meal made, you get more confidence in time, and are inspired to go further. Secondly, traits like being organized go a long way in the kitchen! The process is much easier if one keeps all ingredients organized, measured and ready to use before cooking, rather than fluttering around the kitchen like a confused butterfly! Thirdly, I'd say "Don't overwhelm yourself with several utensils and appliances!!" I prefer having cooking basics and making myself aware of how I can use these basics to the maximum. For instance, I have a rice cooker which I have even steamed dumplings! Fourth, write a menu for the upcoming week and shop for groceries accordingly. This way you can eliminate over-spending and have fresh produce to work with, every week. And lastly, do a 'pantry and fridge check' every week, before you write out the menu. Be mindful of expiry dates or remaining ingredients from the previous week, so you don't have to unnecessarily trash anything!


What are your future plans?
With regards to my journey with food, I wish to publish a book on my experiences in the kitchen, dining out, travelling and eating at popular spots, and my most-loved recipes that I would like to share with my readers. I am also an aspiring fashion designer, for long. I am currently a designer for an Italian fashion brand named Maison Academia. I hope to take forward my passion for designing, side by side with my culinary ventures!


Thanks Rithu for sharing your inspiration and thoughts with us!! Wishing you all the best with your culinary adventures! Looking forward to your book.


Click here and hop on to Gastronomy Illustrated and go through the recipe. When I tried this recipe I had all the ingredients except for sour cream. But I went ahead and made it without the sour cream and it still tasted just like strawberry cheesecake mousse!!
 
What do you think of my garnish? Perfect for Valentine's Day special!!
 

I enjoyed making it… it definitely impressed everyone I made for and each spoonful of this dessert is a joyful experience.




Images are clicked by me


 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Joy of Harvesting

Nothing is more satisfying than growing your own vegetables and herbs in your own garden. It’s pure and blissful joy to harvest your own organic vegetables. And I know this is not going to last long as the expected fierce summer will set in soon here in Oman…. So here I am enjoying it while it lasts…

Sharing my joy with you all…
 



 

 



 

 
Images are clicked by me
 
 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Riot of Colors: Happy Holi

Today is Holi, a popular festival in India that is celebrated with colors that make it the most vibrant of all. How about a splash of colors in our home décor?

Enjoy the riot of colors through these pictures!
Happy Holi Everyone!


Beautiful crockery; Image via redonline.co.uk ; photographed by Lawra Edwards 


Beautiful colored cushions for your room; Image via Pinterest


love the shades of paints; Image via Natures Doorways


Orange and Pink Table Setting; Image via Pinterest


Colorful flowers; Image via Pinterest; Picture taken by Rachel Elizabeth



a beautiful kitchen cabinet; Image via Pinterest


explosion of colorful peppers... now that's hot!; Image via Pinterest