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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Face Qibla.

Hello friends.

It feels wonderful being back after my Ramadhan break.  I am grateful to be alive, in good health and happy to be able to fill you up with my creative endeavors.

Today I am sharing a simple plaque.  The message is the focus, and the message is deep ~ hence I did not want to add any fancy embellishments to distract the essence of this quote.

The definition of Qiblah is the direction of the Kaaba (the sacred building at Mecca), to which Muslims turn to, at prayer.

Muslims all over the world, pray towards the Kaaba, five times a day.  However the meaning of this quote is far deeper than that.

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12 Ways with Salt Dough !

Hi Friends !!

As the year is coming to a close, I pray, mother nature does not give us all any more, unexpected unpleasant surprises !!

My post today is about the many ways to use Salt Dough.  Salt dough and I go a long way back. When Buddy was 3, nearly 11 years back, I came across a recipe for salt-dough and got hooked to it !!    I find salt-dough as the easiest and most economic way of teaching children and adults to sculpt.  There are several recipes for salt dough if you google it but I prefer to keep the ingredients to the bare minimum.

For my, every 4-Week- workshop, that I conduct, I always keep atleast half a class for salt dough molding and sculpturing. Salt dough can be easily mixed and very easily made.  You can coat a layer of modge podge and then paint it with acrylic paints. If you want it to last longer, and don’t want the paint to fade, I suggest giving it one more coat of modge podge.

Today, I am sharing with you a dozen ways in which you can use Salt Dough.

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Salt Dough designs can be shaped either by cookie cutters or freely by modeling and sculpturing the dough.

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Oven baked salt dough designs come out, looking like this :-

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1:  Bookmarks :-  A simple design can be hot glued to a tongue depressor and used as a bookmark !!! Doesn’t get easier than that !!

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2 :  Fridge Magnets

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3:  Ear rings :- A pair in the same shape with a tiny hole on one of the edges ~ attach a ear ring loop and you have a pair of inexpensive earing to go with every dress you own !!!

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 4:  Pendant The same can be done for a pendant as well.

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5:  Hair clip :- Adding a hair clip to the base of a flower or heart shaped flat surfaced salt dough = hair clip. Ofcourse you can embellish your hair clip with pearls, glitter, beads etc.

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6:  Christmas tree ornament :-  Come Christmas and most households encourage their kids making their own ornaments for the tree.

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7:  Fancy Gift tags:- If you want to make a dramatic statement on the precious gifts you give away ~ why not top up the wrapping with a salt dough tag ??!

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8:   Figurines for art and craft OR DIY toys. Keep a small blob for every child in birthday party and see them make silly and creative critters from it !

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9:   Plant markers

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10:   Key Chain :- What a lovely mothers day or fathers day or teachers day gift !!

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 11:  Broach :- the same can be made in the above manner but with a round pin clip.

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12  Embellishments for :-

  • decorating photoframes,
  • mixed media projects,
  • to dress naprings
  • even table cloth weights !!

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I have shared more than 15 uses of salt dough but ofcourse there are many more ways to use it.  I hope you found some inspiration and would like to give it a try.

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Pizza Box Canvas

Hi friends ! I’ve been so overwhelmed with Mixed Media lately. All mediums of art have some need and form of color but with mixed media, two words stand out ~ Texture and Layers ! I feel like, I cannot have enough of the various elements, one can explore and experiment with ! It is just so much fun !! Frugal as I am, I decided to teach all my mixed media workshops on the back of “pizza boxes” ~ some of my students were really surprised and some impressed ! Every Friday, my husband treats the boys to pizza ~ its almost like a ritual at our house, so much so that the lady at Pizza Hut actually inquired why we were “missing in action” while we were holidaying in London !! I have been collecting these boxes and amongst other uses, (see here and here for other projects out of pizza boxes ) I have started using them as a canvas for my mixed media projects.  A layer or two of gesso and the red of the box just vanishes. In this particular project, a lot of diecuts have been used including swirls, large flowers, small flowers, Tim Holtz frame and stand diecut and the bird cage. Two flowers made with some scraps of fabric, bottle caps with pearls embedded in them and lots of glitter scattered here and there !! The quote is profound.  Quite honestly, you cant go wrong with something like this ~ and that’s what I always encourage my students. The process is important and not the product ~ if you enjoy the process ~ the product with turn out to your satisfaction.  Splashes of bright colors over colors and the use of several diecuts is virtually what this canvas is all about. With the way things are going, I am happy to report that I think I am doing my bit to recycle and help with the environmental issues around our neighborhood. Recycled material :  Pizza box, scraps of left over fabric and bottle cap.  Fotor01025101819 Fotor01025102640 DSCF6022 I often get asked which is my favorite color and strangely enough, I don’t have any favorite colors except favorite color combinations. I love the combination of teal with dark brown or as in this project, purple brushed over shades of teal and pale yellow. I feel, we have a dozens of shades for every color today and its so difficult to judge which shade of blue or pink or red can be anyone’s favorite  ! what say ?? DSCF6025 DSCF6026 DSCF6027 Fotor01025103031 Fotor01025103941 I’ve always believed that art can and should be functional ~ but if its just got to sit on your wall, it should carry a message and it shouldn’t have to be occupied by 6 tubes of paint ! But that’s just me and that’s just the way my mind works ~ you can agree or maybe not. Anyways, I am sharing this project with the following parties :-

      Sundae Scoop  The Sunday Showcase The DIY Show Off Think Pink Sundays  Addicted 2 Decorating Flamingo Toes    I Heart Nap Time  Everyday Mom Meals   Homemaker on a Dime    Raising Memories  Nifty Thrifty Things     The Sweet Details  Clever Chicks blog hop, Will cook for smiles  DIY Sunday showcase  

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Breast Cancer ribbons tutorial

Hello friends.

Two things went very wrong last month which has been the leading cause for my absence from my blog home 😦

I learnt my lesson the hard way that One has to be extra careful with any electronic gadgets/equipment in any overseas trip ~ which ofcourse, I wasn’t ! And I paid the price ~ or rather, am still paying the price for it.

Downloading tom tom on my laptop has lead it to act very weird ~ my internet connection as well as usb connectors have to be reconfigured ! Sheesh !! As if that was not bad enough, my camera, (due to a humpty dumpt fall ) has now got a tiny scratch on the lens, and the battery cage has gotten so loose that that the battery flips out easily !!  Being a slave to the keyboard of my own laptop and clarity & focal strength of my own camera, I refuse to use the boys’ laptop or camera :((   Not the most ideal situation to be in, for a creative blogger :((((((

Frustrating as it is, I have managed to turn around this situation to my favor, and made last month a truly gratifying one.  How ? I have indulged in over a dozen projects !!!!!  Super fun ~ super refreshing ~ super colorful ~ super recycling stuff !!!   Sometimes, I just have to take one step away from the keyboard and one step towards my work station to do what I LOVE the most ~ creating.

A little over 17 projects are waiting in queue to be shared here but I will start today with the most simplest of them.  Buddy’s school had a breast cancer event and he wanted to give some bows to some special teachers and friends.  If you know, Buddy, then you know that most of his “notifications” to me, generally land up at the 11th hour ~ so too with this event.

Luckily enough, I had all the basic material for this project at hand, so it was just within a matter of half an hour, that the entire presentation was ready !!

Really, its that simple.

Materials :

  • Scissors
  • Pink ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • tiny jewel/stud/bling
  • a pin/safety pin or any clip to attach the ribbon to the shirt. You could also use tiny magnets.
  • For packaging,
  • scraps of cardstock. (Didn’t I tell you how much I looooove to recycle !)
  • pinking sheers
  • a cd envelope/case

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Cut a 2 inch ribbon diagonally and simply give it a loose twist meeting midway length. Join them with a dot of hot glue using the hot glue gun.

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Using the hot glue gun, embellish the meeting point with jewels/bling etc

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Next hot glue the pins to the back of the bow, in such a way that the pin is not seen from upfront.

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Take a small scrap cardstock, cut the edges using a pinking sheer ~  punch two tiny holes with the cropadile, just like in the picture below.

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Insert the pins into the holes and voila ~ Your ready with the bows !!

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I have used this Pink CD cover to gift wrap them.

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Such a simple gift but I had Buddy’s friends and teachers leave me messages of appreciation !

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Ofcourse, you must have noticed the picture quality is pretty poor and far from doing justice to the “REAL” color and presentation.  But for now, and till the time my dotting camera is fixed, this’ll have to do 😦

I hope you liked this simple tutorial. I am sharing this tutorial with the following parties.

The dedicated house    ~    White lights on Wednesday    ~   From the farm favorite   ~  Crafty Spices      ~    One project closer   My turn for us   ~  The weekend retreat link party  ~   Lil Luna link party palooza   ~  Practically functional party      The charm of home  ~  Seven thirty three   ~  Serenity Now  ~  Dear Creations   Your Great Idea at Or So She Says      Too Much Time on my Hands    Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday    Super Saturday Show and Tell    Saturday Show and Tell    Finding the Pretty and Delicious   Reasons to Skip the Housework     A Little Claireification   Share It Saturday   Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors       Show and Tell Saturday at Be Different Act Normal   Tutus & Tea Parties,    Six Sisters’ Stuff,    Crafty Moms Share, , Serenity You, Shaken Together    http://tatertotsandjello.com  Friday link party at Craftionary    Showstopper Saturday link party  Creative Connection at Becoming Martha    The thriftiness Miss  One Creative Mommy It’s Overflowing

Thank you for visiting me today ~ I hope you have a fun filled weekend !

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Upcycle Wooden Blocks / Plaque for Family.

Hello friends !

Pinerest is my best friend !!!! Yeah ~ I know what you’re thinking ! ! But the honest truth is that I can spend a great many hours browsing from one link to another, pinning as I go along. Feeling cheerful just sharing some of the pins ~ and feeling so inspired when I read some of the talented ladies writing something like, “If I can do it, surely so can you” !!! It is just a crafters haven, I tell you. Its as though, one can virtually get lost in the hoards and hoards of pins and excieting projects !! Why would’nt it be my best friend !

Oh and BTW if your looking for my pin account, here it is :-  http://pinterest.com/doodlebuddies/  and NO ~ Pinterest did not pay me to write about them !!!

Somewhere, last August, I was so inspired by some of the gorgeous wood projects on blocks on Pinerest , that I decided to give it a try.  Armed with some deadly arsenal of power tools, I made my way back from ACE hardware and started collecting pieces of wood and MDF. It didnt take long before an entire corner in the courtyard was home to a huge pile of wood, wooden planks and left overs. (much to DH’s annoyance)

Today I am sharing with you a rather simple project of wooden blocks which are cut into small chunks using my jigsaw, sanded using the electric sander (as I call it 🙂  ), some paint layers and some modge podge over  pieces of scrapbook paper, alphabet diecuts from my revolution and the sentiment for the the definition of family is done by my loyal printer !  The ribbon finalized the look. Voila !!!

Honestly, now that the weather, is getting better, I hope to venture out  in the courtyard and try my cutting and sanding skills more. This is really a very easy project but it does take up a large amount of time, becoz there is a waiting period between each paint coat and even between the modge podge coats. The rest is pretty much simple. I have really enjoyed designing this project. It felt so lovely when I had it homed on the mantle above the TV for Eid and almost everyone who came home asked me where I “BOUGHT” it from !!!! 🙂  (huge smile here)  (DH is relieved that those heaps of wooden planks are being used)

Like so many of my creative friends have said, if I can do it, so can you.

Pinerest and this entire blog world has made me realize that there are so many creative avenues just waiting for me to make a claim at them. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I could have anything to do with wood and yet, I am trying and gladly getting there !! so can you !!!!!

Please share with me if you too have been inspired to try out something “out of the usual” ~ reaching away from your comfort zone.

I would love to share my new project with the following parties :-

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and yet another corner bookmark.3

This is the last set of corner bookmark in this series.

These are excellent gifts as well, and oh-so-simple to make. You could embellish them with some baby quotes or baby embellishments and give them away at baby showers. Or pack them neatly for birthday favors too.  I know these are gifts that will stay alot longer that the chocolates that we receive as party favors !!!!  so I hope you guys will give it a try. And if you do, please share them with me as well 🙂

These bookmarks are joining the following parties to share some inspiration :-

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The DIY Home Sweet Home
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Making the World Cuter
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Making Monday Marvelous
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Sundays Best
Today’s Creative Blog
The Letter Cottage
House of Grace~ Twice Owned Tuesdays
Hope Studio
Tutorials and Tips Tuesday

Outlawz challenge – must be CAS Anything Goes

 
Thank you for visiting me today. I’d love if you leave a comment, so I’ll be able to visit you as well. Have a beautiful day.
 
Naush

Corner Bookmark 2

Hi there friends !

Becoz these corner bookmarks are so simple and easy to make, how could I just resist, not making, more !

So here are a couple of more ideas with design, color and pattern.

I am sharing these bookmarks with the following parties :-

Crazy Amigo Challenge -Anything But A Card (Week 1)
Creative Craft Challenges2W, 3E -Anything Goes (Week 2)
Party Time Tuesdays3E (2E anything goes wk) – PTT #87 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door 3E – Alway’s Anything Goes!
Lexi’s Creations2W – (2nd week) Make a Gift – Anything but a Card
Love to Create 3E Anything Goes
Make it Mondayalways Anything Goes
Stamp and CreateM, 1E/week – (Sept) Anything Goes (ends 30th Sept)

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I’m so glad you visited me today.  Have a beautiful day !!
 
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