Gift wrapping, Gifts and Favors in Dubai.

Hello friends,

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I find myself struggling more and more to find time, between the various arty crafty projects lined up for Doodle Buddies and the favor company, Aspen House Gifts, that I have been working on.  Aspen House Gifts is purely a reflection and an extension of my love for creative design and presentation.

Kindly visit :-  Facebook Aspen House Gifts or Blog Aspen House Gifts, if you’re looking for some outstanding party favors, bridal shower favors, Baby shower favors, Wedding favors, Eid Favors or corporate gifts.  We specialize in personalized party favors, bespoke keepsakes and corporate gifts.

With an eye for design and a love for all things creative, each gift reflects your lifestyle and personality, complete with glitter, ribbons and innovative ideas.

Paper World Middle East took place between 2nd and 4th of March 2015.    Over the years, it has developed into my most anticipated event of the year. The marketing world showcases its products on the internet however, to have a proper glimpse and examine the product, meet the manufactures, distributors etc is an excellent experience. And a very rewarding one, at that !  It poses as a fantastic opportunity to meet the people of your industry and familiarize with the latest trends, virtually at your door step !!

If you were unable to attend this year, fret not. I’m sure you will indulge in the following photographs which cover some of the gift wrapping stores that were participating in the exhibition.

Boxes and bags !

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Party supplies.

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Napkins, tissue paper.

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Paper bags (Love the polka dots)

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Innovative gift wraps.

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Apothecary bottles.   A recent trend in the favor business.

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Embellishments

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Pastel shades

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It was a pure feast for the eyes ! The colors, the presentation and the designs ! My next post will contain the other aspects of the exhibition.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really appreciate it and I hope you join me next year in visiting the Paper World Middle East.

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Gifts in Dubai.

Hello dear friends !

I’m an erratic blogger 🙂  (But you already know that, by now 😉 )  There have been times when, you could read three posts, back to back and then there are times, when you see me once in three months. In the blog-world, consistency is VERY IMPORTANT.  I am yet to play by the book !

Over the past 11 years, I have been fortunate enough to have a beautiful relationship with any and all forms of art.

I did not restrict myself to water colors or decoupage ~ I am a restless eager soul, I have experienced and enjoyed every craft.

What started from card making has just made it way thru to DIY and home décor.

Sometimes I find myself going on a spin in a perplexed state when ‘newbies’  ask me what I fancy most.

The past 5 months have been remarkably fantastic and have helped me, better define myself.

I cannot thank Almighty Allah swt enough for his grace.

November and December 2014~ were months dedicated to a dozen or more craft fairs. I love fairs and all the planning, preparation and exhaustion, that comes with it !

January 2015 ~ Gulf News published an article about me and my work !  I was beside myself.

January 2015 ~ We completed a 3-Day Art and Craft workshop.

February 2015 ~ Organic Café and Foods Supermarket, displayed my handmade greeting cards.

February 2015 ~ Aspen House Gifts, got the much needed boost it so anticipated, with several baby shower favors and wedding favors orders.

March 2015 – I was requested to be chief guest at the Arts and design Faculty of the American University of Dubai. It was an honor beyond words !

Over the years, I have been blessed to accomplish, all the creative adventures, I dive into, thanks to Allah swt and a lot of patience from my better half and boys. However, there are times, when I question myself, if I am, more of a mixed media artist, or a craft teacher or a carpenter, a card maker or a business woman or a DIY enthusiast. Perhaps, the past 5 months, have given me a glimpse of all who I am.

An amalgamation of all these endeavors.

Today, Let me share with you alittle about Aspen House Gifts.

Dubai is an exceptional city. It is as modern as can be yet, adherently holds to its cultural roots. Arabs, have been known thru out history for their strong traditions and hospitality.

Aspen House Gifts was initiated alittle over a year ago, as a gateway to introducing the latest, most innovative and personalized party favors, party supplies, corporate gifts  and one-of-a-kind personalized keepsakes.

We personalize party favors and custom-design gifts to suit our clients personality and requirements.

I trust you will help spread the word in the blog-world and ‘like’ our facebook page too.

Blog :- Aspen House Gifts

Facebook :- Aspen House Gifts

Whatsapp :- 00971-50-4545049

Having a creative background gives me an edge in designing, understanding color statements, and packaging and having been in Dubai for 22 years, procuring my supplies is relatively easier for me.

Three of the key principles, I adopted from the hospitality industry, for over a decade are, professional attitude, punctuality and exemplary presentation.

Here is a collage of some of our creative assingments :-

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Elegant, vintage, classic, formal, fun or floral, we can design and personalize it for you .

I’m glad that I was fortunate enough to share with you something personal and something professionally about me.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment.  I really appreciate it and I hope you get some time to do what you love to do this week. 🙂

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Hello friends and welcome back again to another idea of giving simple and easy gifts to friends and family.

There are a growing number of people who believe that its the effort and the thought behind giving a gift that counts the most. Hence people appreciate handmade or also homemade gifts more. (not that I would’nt be flying high if I received one of my favorite perfumes, or a camera or a car or a …. or a …….!!  yeah I know you get the point !! Thats little ol’greedy me 🙂 ~ nothing wrong with a little bit of daydreaming ~ what say ??

Ok, lets come back from my dreamy world ~ truth is, I feel one large gift once a year or tiny pieces of gifts every now and then are both heart warming and thoughtful.  My previous post Valentines Gift 1 and this post are not neccessarily about valentines gifts only, they are about gifts and the charm of making a simple homemade gift.

I have used a very easy idea here. Not only is it ecofriendly but for a cat owner, its a huge relief, knowing one buy is fullfilling two purposes ! Heres what I mean : ~ yes, you got it. A can. Turn a can into a gift container.

  • Be it as an Easter basket or
  • Baby shower favors, sweet baskets or tiny socks & mittens
  • Return-gift container for birthday parties.

These are so simple to fit in anywhere for any uses.

Personally with two cats in the house, I have heaps of them and I use them alot.

  • As containers for my craft embellishments to sort out the buttons, beads, crystals, pearls etc ,
  • for my little lunch bag joke notes to the boys,
  • to keep all my design paper “tiny” cut outs for “THAT” particular square or rectangular need that often pops up,
  • to stuff the ketch up sachets that we get so often in our takeaway meals from Macdonalds and BK,

I have heaps stacked up for different uses and the above is not even scratching the surface of uses !  These here are, just to name a very few.

Ofcourse the most important thing is to wash these cans with a strong detergent to get rid of the smell ~ Since we are in the sunny Gulf, I also like to give any and all the projects, that I recycle, alot of natural sunlight. Helps.

There are a little over a thousand ways of decorating these little cans. I am sharing here a very simple one. I have used ModgePodge to cover the entire can with some design paper. Added a little lace ribbon around it to perk it up. Poked two holes with my punch and tied a paper/satin ribbon as a handle. A simple die cut tag with a message does the trick.  What you wish to fill in them is your choice ofcourse, but If I prefer to place open jelly bellies or candies, I would line the inside of the can with a pretty dolly.

Ofcourse, you can add flowers and ribbons and bows and the works to decorate these cans, but because, I have 3 boys with 25 students in each class and generally, I would make for EVERY student, (I dont like the look on a childs face when the others are getting candy gift bags and he isnt )  I keep the decoration bit simple and not too fancy.

I do hope, some of my tips have inspired you enough, to get ahold of some cans and paint the town red !

Heres what all the fuss is about :

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Here are some of the challenges and links, this can enters :

Thursday

. Tatertots & Jello
3. I {heart} Nap Time
7. Funky Junk InteriorsThe DIY Show Off
Think Pink Sundays
The House in the Roses
Boogieboard Cottage
Today’s Creative Blog
Momma Hen’s Coop

MONDAY
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty
 
Am so glad you’re visiting me today ~ would be happier if you would leave some love in your comment behind for me.
 
Have an awesome weekend.
 
Naush

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Hello friends,

Remember, I told you’ll that the last couple of months were so full of creativity and color for me …..   well, I’ll get back to the cards in a couple of posts……. First I want to share with you something that I find immense pleasure in organizing. Actually, I think, the title gave it away, isnt it ?

Every so often I get requested for party favors/baby showers and valentines gifts for school friends, best buds, university bbfs, office collegues or kitty friends etc. Generally these are made in dozens so that maximum kids/ladies  are gifted. I have decided to share some of the designs and presentations with you’ll.  Most of the tags have digital stamps. I like to play with bright cheerful colors with less complicated to almost no embellishments for children below 7 years however for girls, (no matter what age) almost always they like the all-frilly, fussy and glamourous look. 

With a little effort and alittle creativity, you’ll be surprised how easily these can be designed. Once you give it a go, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

With valentines around the corner, maybe you’d like to take some inspiration from these little treat bags for your childrens’ friends or schoolmates.

Hope you guys like these.

 

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These gift packs are entering the following challenges and linking parties :

Crafty Creations – #153 Valentine
Creative Belli2W – #135 fancy frames
Inky Impressions2W, SIO – #40 any shape but a square
Scrapbook Sisters – #68 Sweet Valentine
Whimsical Wednesdays – anything goes
Cupcake Craftroom3E, P1 Anything Goes
Just Tracys Crafts ChallengeM, P1, 1ELove is in the Air
Really Reasonable RibbonP1/15, Must use ribbon – Valentine’s Day
Through the Craftroom Door P1/15 , 3EAnything but a card and make your own embellishments
Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E – Anything Goes at Anything Goes Week2
Celebrate the Occasion1E – #46 Any Occasion (Must use Polka Dots)
Crafty Sentiments 1E, SIO – Anything Goes
Flourishes #152 Anything But a Card To Hold Valentines Chocolate or Candy!
Paperminutes – #200 Party time- Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl’s -3E- SIO #98 Bright & Cheery To Chase Away the Winter Grey
The Stamping Boutique 2W – #24 Die Cuts Week1
Craft Your Passion – “In the Bag/Box” (handmade only)
Gingerloft2W – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 21st Jan)
PanPastel UK Challenge2E – Anything Goes
Pile It On – Fuzzy Friends
Robyn`s Fetish – Animals
Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment – Ribbon
Crafty Purple Frog2W, SIO – (2nd week) Anything Goes (ends 25th Jan)
Craft Us Crazy3E, 2W – (1st week) Valentine/Love and/or Animals (ends 1st Feb)
Paper Play2E – “Ribbon Every Which Way”
Pixie Dust StudioSIO – “We’re going Dotty”
Shelly’s ImagesSIO – Anything Goes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

MONDAY
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty

 

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Hello ladies ! I hope everyone has been having a week as nice as I have or atleast kinda ! Well, to begin with, I am so glad to see the scores and scores of digi stamps on breast cancer and even more delighted so see so many inspirational cards being designed for this drive. Years back, I had read a book where the main life changing point in the story arises with the diagnosis of breast cancer and how the main character went thru the whole process and delimma of chemotheraphy and its sideeffects etc.  I know, having so much reading material around me and awareness, should be pushing me into getting my first mamogram done, but for whatever reason (maybe just worry ) I have been avoiding the appointment.

Last year was an exceptionally difficult one and the aftermath of what it bought with it, was also one of the reasons, I was delaying the date. But seeing so many daughters forcing their moms to get a mamo has prompted me too, to seek a gynae. Lets see, maybe somewhere in a fortnight.

Okey dokey, glad I got that off my chest, now that I made this commitment on my blog, I better very well, keep up with it, lest one of you asks me in a fortnight, what happened about my date with the gynae !

Here in Dubai, we have a huge mix of cultures and diverse nationalities co-existing together in harmony. Nobody really steps on anyones toes as far as religion or race is considered, except those who bring these pity notions with them from their own countries.  Already we have celebrations underway, for the national day celebrations, Festival of Eid early november, Diwali, the hindu celebration, Halloween’s around the corner and ofcourse Christmas. One of the reasons, why all these occasions play any significance in my household is coz with these occasions comes a huge demand for gift baskets, party favors, school favors and diwali gift baskets. This is the busiest part of the year for me, what with all these orders and delieveries !

Although I am already running short of time for delivering my goods, I will share samples with you’ll here. I hope some of them inspire you and some of them have you drooling over (lol)

This first post is about a baby shower, one of my friend’s collegue has requested make for her sister in law who is expecting a baby in a couple of weeks. She did not want the traditional colors of pink or blue and she has quite a thing for purses, so I decided to take it from there. I have made purses/bags using the main colors as orange and green. The little baby with the blankie is a digi stamp and so is the sentiment circle. Although there are scores of templates out there on the net, I prefer to use my own template which can be scaled up or down, subject to the requirement.

Please do leave a note/comment telling me how you found this baby shower purse. I’d really feel encouraged and appreciate it.

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I’d like to link up with the following parties :-

Anything Goes Challenge2W- 1E – Diecuts/Punches or Both 2nd Week
Digital Tuesdayinclude a digital element – #132Fall Colours
Digi Makeover ChallengeSIO, must use digi – Anything BUT a Card
Heart Song Inspirations1E, SIO –Use Die Cuts and/or Sponged Backgrounds
Hooked on Crafts2W, SIO – (2nd week) Anything BUT a Card (ends 16th Oct)
KB Cute Monday – Food or Beverage
Make it Monday – always Anything Goes
Woodware USA2E – Anything Goes (again)
I Did It Creations – Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundaysmust include a Sentiment – Anything Goes
The Ribbon Girls2W, Must use ribbon – (1st week) NEW Challenge starts 16th Oct
One Stop Craft – #152 Anything goes
Just Add Ink – add a die cut
Wags ‘n Whiskers2W, SIO – handmade
Whimsical Wednesdays– treat bags/boxes
Whimsy Inspires3E, SIO – Punches/diecuts
 
Wednesday
Life in My PJ’s Pajama Party
Organize & Decorate Everything We’re Organized Wednesday
Thank you so much for visiting me today. I’m so glad your here and I’d be happier if you could leave a note to tell me how you found my baby shower.
 
Have a fantastic day !!
 
Naush