Alter Art : Dressing the candles.

Had some spare pieces or ribbons and added a few embellishments to dress these lovely candles from IKEA.

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Creative Recycling.

One of my part-time helper (maid)  almost 3 – 4 years back worked for Welcare hospital in Dubai.  She was a young, educated and very tall for a Philipino female.  She worked for the housekeeping department and as such, I had given her some brief lessons on how and what could and should be recycled.  For health and hygiene reasons, I do NOT encourage alot many things to be recyled in hospitals.  However, we finally got a hold of these white cardboards that paper napkins are packed in. Once the tissue is place in the toilets, naturally the cardstock is disposed. I asked her to collect these which was really easy coz they would easily flatten out once the tissue was out.

Its amazing how much and how many ways, one can save in,  provided he puts-in that extra effort.  She managed to get atleast 50 to 60 every fortnight, which was great. 

The first birthday that we actually celebrated for Bilal was a dinosaur themed one. He was in Grade 1 at the School of Research Science.  For  Games, room decoration, give aways, Invitation cards, everything possible  related to that birthday had in someway or the other, used those cardstocks.

It is such a shame that I dont have photos for that particular birthday !!! I had three little boys below the age of 4 and not anyone to help out with that preparation. Infact in the birthday too, I WAS the only adult for almost 15 kids !!  Hubby took care of little Eman who was too tiny, while mama did just about everything. That was probably the last party I did for the boys ! It was a blast and I think, the sucess of that party prompted many more private parties being organized.    

Just so that you could understand what the give way box would look slightly like, I made one last night. Ofcourse those all had different elements of the theme and this one is a plain and simple one. 

goody box

goody box

 

 

 

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Recycled Art to inspire.

I’m one of those compulsive “junk hoarders” who believes there’s a use to everything created.  Hence the two sheds, remember 🙂   A couple of weeks back I spotted this really cool lamp shade thrown away at one of my neigbours.. Oh yes, you will be amazed at the kinda stuff that is ridicously dumped in Dubai. I have unbelievably seen things without a scratch thrashed out !!!!  And for someone who is a firm believer in recyling, it breaks my heart. Why not just dump it in the recycling bin instead of the garbage ?  I really feel its a crime, when you see, scores of people in the world without even the basic essentials, and here people shamelessly dump good usable, non expired stuff – why ? Beats me !! I guess we are all alittle spoilt and maybe some of us have had their 2-day-fill of what ever MUST-HAVE  item that was !!     

Well anyways, theres hope as long as there’s naush.  And there’s naush as long as my garage can take it. I have found a fantastic service here, where once you leave your past treasure to them, they then donate a whole lota that stuff at the labour (worker’s) camp. Thats a blessing indeed. To think of it,  what seems so useless or old to us, could very much be an essential a fellow has been saving hard to buy. Serves both purposes.

Ok, So going back to my story, I find this lamp shade, which is definetly designer, going by the beautiful finish and gorgeous material used. I was lost for ideas for sometime but waited for the inspiration, until, Bilal told me that he needed to give a small token of appreciation-kinda gift to one of the senior girls in his school who had helped him out initially. This girl is graduating. Voila .. A DOOR HANGER ? A Placard ? or maybe both …

The lampshade was made of a beaded silk fabric which was stiched to this almost-plastic brown carboardish base. It was perfect to serve the purpose.

The butterfly symbolizes the free spirit in a person to dream, to achieve. The two flowers are the two hearts that will be one, one day and ofcourse the beautiful metallic key is determination which is the key to any sucess. I love this quote and hold on to it dearly. What better way to inspire ???           

     

To inspire

To inspire

 

Well while I WAS at it, I got stormed by several ideas ! Afterall the sky is the limit when it comes to possibilities !!

Here’s the next one :  

chick to chick

chick to chick

 

do let me know your thoughts too ..

Altered Cookie Tin ~ Tiny Treasures

Although the first one of these that I had made was for my best friends 4th baby boy !  I liked it enough to make another one similar to it.  The one I gave my friend had a blue base. This one of course has a pink base. I had it packed with new born baby goodies, moisturizer, oil, powder and a couple of napkins. It can be used later on as a baby keepsake. Baby tooth, special dresses, tiny mittens, etc, hence tiny treasures.

All papers used in this project are handmade paper. I completly fell in love with this new ribbon in pink and green. Just wish I’d picked more of it !  

 

Embellished with tiny baby stuffs.

Embellished with tiny baby stuffs.

All papers used are handmade paper.

All papers used are handmade paper.

Altered Tins

There is good news from the craft studio though. Finally, I felt this gush of inspiration ~ hadda break my long time block and started working on “a couple of projects “. These are my first projects in the last 5 – 6 months. I mean, can you imagine having such a    “l o n g”   block ??  Well I did.

The new organized studio not only leaves more space around to move in but also gives more actual space to work on the work station, which is good. But like any crafter knows, enough is never enough when it comes to work space. Still I feel there are a couple of bags full of craft goodies which have to find a decent box for storage and then the labels !! I dont know why I havent been able to give the labels done as yet ! I think its just the thought of having to climb up to the ceiling to find out whats in the boxes, thats putting me off !!

Coming back to the projects :Its been good so far. That GUSH I was talking about got me taking on two tins at a time !! Yeah .. Am I excieted !  Not only am I recyling the tins but even the paper used is handmade paper.   Only have to finish the lid art works and we’ll be ready for the dance.  Hopefully You’ll be able to see more finished projects by the end of the week !  Here are just the two.cookie tin4

Cookie Tin3

Cookie tin1