Craft Supplies at Sundar Stores

Yesterday was a rough day. So many awful things happened, including being shoved off the train(at halt) and into the concrete. Thankfully, I did not get hurt, and just had a sore knee.

But I did find something that I want to share with all you people. There is a store named Sundar metals in South Usman Road, T. Nagar. People who live in Chennai might know of it. For those who don’t, the shop is near Fathima Jewellers.

You can find a few craft supplies at pretty cheap rates. This is what I got myself yesterday.
A 24-pack set of Watercolor pencils for 230 rupees.
A pack of foam stickers – 1″ alphabets(2 sets in one pack) in multi-colors for 25 rupees. They also come in 2″ for 35 rupees.
2 4″X12″ magnetic sheets for 50 rupees each.

Some of the other products available:
Packs of foam stickers – multicolored – assortment of hearts, flowers and hearts – 1″ – used here and here.
Glitter Sheets with adhesive – 20 rupees each – limited colors – more stocks to come.
3D embellishements – a bit pricey
Circula wooden handles – 25 rupees each for used with your make-up sponges for inking

Hope you find the information useful.

Regards,

Vithya

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A visit to Color Conceptions

I visited Priya’s(Priya Sivaraj from Color Conceptions) home this weekend and I felt like a kid in the candy shop. I had to exercise so much self-control to not go berserk over her supplies.

I had done some extensive research over the past few days, and the die I wanted desperately was available at the cheapest rate with her. So I mailed her regarding that, and she’d replied saying I could drop by that evening.

After getting lost in the city I’ve lived for the past 26 years, I reached her home(more like she picked me up from where I got stuck – Thank you Priya).

As I said, I reached her home and the first thing you notice is huge racks full of craft supplies! She offered me a vanilla cake that she had made, and I took a bite out of it. It was yummy, but I did not want to gorge, so I kept it to a couple of bites.

Then we got down to business, she got me the die I had asked for, and then the embossing kit for making handmade flowers. These are the only two things that I really needed to buy. But then I saw her distress inks, and I realized that I was a couple short – a good yellow and green.

Since the sale on the distress ink pads at Crafters Corner is over, Priya has the cheapest rate on Distress Inks by a huge margin(her 275 to others’ 325)! Imagine what that would do your wallet when you purchase, say 10 distress inks – a whopping 500 bucks! So, I went ahead and grabbed mustard seed and peeled paint.

Then, I asked whether she had more dies. And she brought down a big box full of dies. She has all sorts of Flower dies, Cute sayings, and so many others. Also, the totally swoon-worthy Nellie Snellen Beaded Hearts die is back in stock. She has so many pieces of it, so there is one for each one of you 🙂 And she retails it just for 800 rupees. I was so tempted to buy it, so I kept it aside before making my final purchase.

She also has the lowest rates on embossing powders. The Hampton arts embossing powder is just as good as the Ranger ones, but they are 0.5 ounce containers and that is why they come at a lesser price. She also has… Washi Tapes!!

We spent quite some time talking, and I learnt a lot from her, including color schemes, and fancy folds.

I also grabbed a few more things, namely – An A6 acrylic block(Rs.160), 3 packs of self-adhesive multicolored rhinestones and white pearls(Rs.50 each), and 10 sheets of white A4 cardstock(Rs.75).

The thing to note about Priya’s Store is that even though she has her supplies listed in a blog, rather than a website(ahem.. ahem..perhaps in the future.. I’m not hinting :P) she has the means, the storage space, and more importantly diverse craft stuff to qualify her as one of the main craft supply retailers in India. Believe me, I did not realize that before I visited her home.

Also, she has the cheapest rates on most supplies, especially the imported ones. Before you make a purchase, don’t just visit her blog, and assume she doesn’t have the item in stock. Because, understandably, updating a blog when you have so many(really many!) supplies is really a tedious job. So, not always does her blog reflect what she really has in store. So drop her a mail, before you splurge on stuff.

She can also get you particular stuff on request. But give her 2 weeks as turnover time.

Am I vouching for her store? Definitely!

I really would have splurged more at her place, but keeping my wedding expenses in mind, I left the Nellie Snellen die with a very very heavy heart. Perhaps next month 😉

 

EDIT:

Priya has opened her very own online store! Yay!! Now, shopping at “The Craft Shop” becomes much more easier 🙂

Stamps and Ants

I have this crazy stupid routine of checking on my craft supplies cupboard everyday before I go to bed. It is like I half expect them to magically double or triple(more like praying that my mom doesn’t throw my stuff out because it’s using up space)

So, yesterday before going to bed I opened the little cupboard, and all hell broke loose. There were ants, ants and more ants. They’d made a long winding track to the corner of the bottom shelf, where I store my adhesives and clear stamps! I was expecting them to run into the big box of fevicol, assuming they would like it better.

But, no they weren’t the least bit interested in the fevicol bottle. They were more interested in the clear stamps. I was so repulsed at the thought of them eating up my stamps that were stored in a zip-lock bag(Too bad I did not close it completely).

As I examined the whole lot of stamps, I found that they were interested only in the Acrylic Stamps and not the Photo-polymer Stamps(Although a few of them had a couple of stray ants). Also, there were more ants in the unused Inkadinkado Stamp sets rather than the used ones.

I was grossed out, and simply wanted to throw the four stamps sets into the dustbin. But then, I did not want to let go of the ants easily. I took all the four stamp sets to the bathroom. Filled up a bucket full of water and just dropped them into it. I really did not want to touch them, but touch them I did. I cleaned all the four stamps and scraped off every single ant. I put the stamps away to dry and flushed down the water laden with the ants.

Not only did I have to clean the stamps, I had to clean my cupboard as well. I made sure that all my ink pads were safe, and the adhesives as well. The whole cleaning process took me around an hour 😐 I was really pissed at the ants, and Inkadinkado 😐

Later I realized I never had this problem for the past 3 months(the time when I first bought a pair of stamp sets). Only then did I realize that I stored my stamps(& other stuff) in a big Tupperware container when I had just 3 sets and very little craft stuff. Now that I have over 20 stamps I’ve moved them into a separate zip-lock bag.

Tomorrow, I am going to move all my stamps into the Tupperware container. I don’t want to deal with ants again 😐