A Must-Have Tool For Every Parent !

A must have tool

As a mother of 3 young boys, I may not be an authority on raising kids, but I have had my fair share of turbulent experiences which have taught me some valuable lessons.

I did not have a family-support system while my boys were babies, so I relied totally on books those days. Oh how I wish the world of internet had blossomed those days !!! 😦

One of the only draw-backs of having children, closely placed in age, is the stress when flue reoccurs on a regular basis in the house. The little kindergartner carry’s it from school and passes it happily to his preschooler brother, and before we know it, the little crawling bear, is also running temperature.

A lot of chores, become a industrial function like sterilizing bottles, laundry processes or even meal time !! So sterilizing toys is out of the question ! A mop and a box of tissue, are a mom’s best friends !!

I remember one dreadful episode, where my oldest son in Kindergarten-1 returned from school, with flushed red cheeks and high temperature, the poor chap fell to the floor, feeling so feeble, while I was feeding the other two toddlers, on the high chair.  As if, in some form of conspiracy, my middle son, puked out all his meal ~ and my youngest, perhaps decided, to synchronize his regurgitation as well.  I, all but nearly exploded in tears !!

Their clothes, hands, the high chair seat, and the floor were flooded with a mini pool of semi-liquid (you know what ) and not very far, lay my little buddy, feeling so low and waiting his turn for attention.

Question is, whom do you start with first for the clean up ?? child 1,  2 or 3 ??  What would you do ? Please share your experience. Don’t worry, its not a tricky question to judge you !! Whom am I to judge ANY mother, while I carry trophy’s  of goof up’s myself. In most cases, these goof-ups enrich us with valuable lessons. So no judging here 🙂

For any of you, who have a couple of toddlers running around behind your apron, please don’t let this story alarm you , for, such episodes were far and few between !

I don’t like to generalize but I feel, as a new generation of mommies, we are, an-over-protective lot ! We panic for every small scratch on their elbows to every tiny pinch.  The only medical issues that I ever took seriously, was head injury or high temperature.  Alhamduallah, we have had only one head concussion of my oldest so far (in 15 years) !! While an elderly visiting relative carried Buddy (3 year old) on the edge of a shopping trolley cart and bumped into a speed breaker on the street in high speed ! Little Buddy fell to the ground and his little head took the entire intense impact as it hit the concrete ground. Where was I ? I was toeing the stroller for child #2.

That was a difficult night for me. We spent it at the ER of Rashid hospital after Buddy puked twice and was in a delirious state.  I realized just how fragile my son’s state was and I blamed myself for having trusted my precious son, in the care of someone clearly irresponsible despite his age.  Ofcourse, accidents can happen anywhere and everywhere, but as a parent, we tend to be more cautious of our own children’s protection, when we are with them rather than anyone else could ever be. Two days later, Buddy was fit as a fiddle and as a grateful mother, I had learnt two crucial lessons :-

  • ~ NO shopping carts / trolley rides for my boys
  • ~Never trust ANYONE with your own child until he/she realizes he is going to be held fully responsible for them.

While I was growing up, my tonsils had to be removed, and I remember, with every seasonal change, I would fall sick with high fever and throat infection. I have a very sensitive mouth and there are many things that I still cant stand, the taste or feel of, in my mouth. The mercury-in glass thermometer was one such taste, I detested !

If only we had these amazing apparatus’ that they have today.  One such apparatus is the Braun ThermoScan. This ear thermometer is fantastic.  Efficient, accurate and I don’t have to keep it steady in my boys’ mouth for a few minutes !! At the tab of a button, in a fraction of a minute, the results are delivered while your child lies oblivious of a tiny cone in his/her ear.

It has age-adjustable fever guidance for the entire family and so easy to carry on overseas trips.  In all honesty, it is so user friendly, that I never really referred to the manual inorder to operate it.

Our bodies have been designed very efficiently by Allah almighty. Fever is a sign, that the body, indicates to us, of some form of infection, taking place in the body. And although, fever can be monitored and controlled with medicines, it is important to keep a track of fever, lest it causes (and it does) any serious damage.

This apparatus has helped me tremendously in monitoring my children’s flu/fever related issues, and I would happily recommend this tool to all homes.

Oh dear !!  just in case, I sound like an advertisement, let me assure you that I have not been paid for this post !! 🙂 🙂

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(sadly, my middle son’s health has taken a beating with a terrible viral, hence the above, steep rise in temperature.

Thank you for visiting me today.

As much as, I hope you learnt something from my experiences, I hope you will share some of  yours too, with me.

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Craft supplies shopping in London

This post has been overdue for nearly a month, if not longer. I wanted to share with you’ll some of the goodies that I bought while in London for our summer holidays.

One of the biggest confusions, we always have, travelling as a family overseas, is the time for my craft goodies ! Being in a foreign land, we are as it is, torn between filling out days with visiting scores of museums, parks, historical sites etc and to add to the stress, I generally drop a bomb or two, for shopping for my craft goodies 🙂

Generally there is a vote and of course, its not fun when mama is upset so I get away with squeezing atleast a couple of hours for hunting my beloved goods. One thing, I noticed about London is, that being a first world country, people like to shop online and realty is far too expensive hence very few stores have established outlets unless they are eateries or mobile phone stores !!

One of the best stores (or rather ONLY store) that I visited for craft goods was “Hobby Crafts”  A timely tip from a cousin, made it possible for me to search for it on the Sat Nav and ofcourse, then persuade samie  !!

You know that feeling that you had as a kid, when you entered a toy store full of toys that were free for you ??? No ? Well, that’s exactly, how I felt when I entered the store ! It felt like I was in the happiest place in the world for me !! The choices were vast ~ variety was amazing and whats great is that they have two stories full of arts and crafts ! No matter how much I write, nothing can explain, just how much fun that entire experience was. Hence I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves.

Oh AND BTW, Hobbycraft has not paid me to write about them but I wouldn’t mind, if they did pay me 😉  ♣

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Oh yes ! Doesn’t it look like the place you could easily get lost in ??? I know I did !

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Here are some of my valuable goods from that shopping spree !

And ofcourse I bought a mother load of sharpies too of various nibs !

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Couldn’t have enough of these Spectrum color markers !! These are like copic markers ~ alcohol based markers.

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CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY OF THE ACRYLIC STAMPS !! Love the steam punk one and the keys one too.

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Cant wait to start with these babies !!

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Its incredibly difficult to choose 10 of the best designs from a good 50+ ! This is a relatively newer brand and much less expensive than spellbinders.

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I just have to admit, that the rectangle die cut on the right has to be my favorite so far ! Oh and another diecut set which was absolutely phenomenal is this one in the center ~ it has a lot to offer for the person good with sewing like scissors, spool, needle, yarn, model ~ and all these are diecuts !!! Endless possibilities !  Its absolutely expensive but so worth it !! 🙂

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Sizzix diecuts, a punch and a border punch. 2 sets of wood mounted alphabet rubberstamps. This orange punch is kinda new coz you can actually use it as a border punch or you can get individual coin punches too. Very innovative.

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Don’t you just love the fall colors !!

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Cant have enough of these ! This bag was at a discounted price.

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Unusual bookmarks, clipboard key chain and miniature size safety pins !

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These rubberstamp sets were actually a part of the magazines that I bought. Can you believe it !! I bought so many craft/scrapbooking/hobby magazines and they are all came with these gifts !! Yuppee !!

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I picked this lovely collection of design paper in blue and pink, from Hobby crafts. Its a large pack of 12″ x 12″ with beautiful pastel designs.

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Paints, paints and more paints ~ modge podge, crackle medium and a load of acrylic paints.

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Small size clamps

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I have this huge “thing” for designed wooden pieces ~ be it heart or stars ! One day I hope I am able to make these myself ~ till then, I think, I can indulge in these 😉

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For when I finally start working with carving wood !

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I am a huge sucker for fridge magnets !! Both my fridges are stormed with magnets 😦    I love these magnets. Each with such intricate artwork and lovely quotes. We picked these from Lake district in Windermere.

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This 3 tier cupcake tray was to die for !! I just fell in love with it ~ and fell out of that love, once told how much it cost ! But this was a gift nevertheless from the boys for me 🙂  Aren’t my boys, the “bestest” !! We bought this from a beautiful little store in the lake district.

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Isnt this a beauty or what !!! Its a book holder ~ more for recipe books in the kitchen. It weighs enormously ! Its solid wrought iron.

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Nail guns are such a handy tool however, I couldn’t find any in Dubai inspite of  looking high and low for them ! For whatever reason, even Ace hardware did not have them ~ luckily, I found these in London. And bought a bunch of extra pins and nails. They come in batches of thousands.

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So that’s it !

Some women, like to buy sandals, some bags, some diamonds and I love to buy tools that will help me create things ! I cant thank my husband enough for being as patient as he was and my wonderful, boys managed to keep their dad engaged in the store next door ( Sports direct ) while mama could have her fill, peacefully.

Oh, in case, your wondering, the last 7 pictures are not items we bought at Hobby crafts.

So that’s it !! I’m feeling so relieved having shared my priced shopping goods with you’ll.

Oh and BTW, I painstakingly kept all the receipts and the VAT reimbursement form for the VAT claim at the airport  ( ♥ thankfully we don’t have this tax business in Dubai ) ~ and guess what ??? Turns out, the airport VAT counter travelex opens at 7:00 in the morning and closes at 10:00 pm. Our  flight was to depart at 9:15 !!!!  Which meant, that with roughly 50 passengers ahead of us, our chances of making it to the counter were so dim.

What’s more weird (but somewhat sensible) is that you have to keep the said items out for inspection  (which in some cases means an entire suitcase !!) ~ The queue for the counter was ridiculously huge with every passenger unpacking his suitcase just to display his goods  !!  My initial attempt to keep Sawaabi with the small trolley bag full of my items at the counter while I juggled between the check in counter and the travelex counter was turning out into a nightmare !!   In the end, we just let it go !! What a complete wasted effort !  Oh well, we learnt our lesson ! Which is ??????  Not sure what 😉

Anyways ~ What matters is that I may have had to pay a tax, but I am a happier person with so many toys to play with. Its been alittle over a month and I have still not unpacked the markers. The rest I have found some use for.

I trust you found my post informative and perhaps even inspirational 😉  Please share with me your experience of craft stores in London. Would love to know, what I missed 🙂

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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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Pepper the cat.

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Introducing my very possessive and very confused feline baby : Pepper !!

This cat is nearly 6 years old and has adopted us as his family since he was a mere 3 weeks old. His favorite spot being Samie’s ears and shoulder !! Yet he suffers from a distinct identity crisis. He has difficulty believing he is a cat. Infact, sometimes, he probably believes, his brothers are deformed !! I mean,” why dont they have whiskers and why cant they run as fast as me ?”, he asks.

Like most domesticated felines, he is rather fussy about “when” he wants to eat.

The morning rush, is not the best place to be in my kitchen ~ I mean, its a chaotic place, where lunch boxes are being prepared, sandwiches, fruits and alot of imagination are being tossed around !! Yet, in the middle of all my running express trains, is Pepper, asking for his bowl to be filled just then !!! Well, I understand his logic … ” My brothers are having breakfast just now, so why cant I ?? ”

Its a mothers plight ~ to give or not to give. So he has to take the backseat. And poor my darling, refuses to eat once the boys have left for school 😦

He is hurt ~ he is disappointed in his mommy. And suddenly he realizes, the doors going to open and he has a whole “white” world to paint on in the courtyard and off he goes to have his morning basking session.

This little tot, LOVES to eat “literally” from the palm of my hand. Its his special treat. When I notice, a meal was not touched in the morning, I simply place it on my palms, and he relishes it so !! What a weird but adorable cat !!

Infact for a couple of his early years, this little bugger, used to use his paws to pick food and eat them – like us humans !!! I mean, who’d heard of that !!!

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Actually he’s not weird, he’s just “still-searching for his true personality” and personality, he has in oodles. He is intelligent, he is handsome and he is super possessive about his mom, dad, brothers and home. (not exactly in the same order though ) Keiki our older feline is to him like Ode to Garfield.

Pepper, still has a tendency to suck my fingers and go to sleep after that !! He’s been doing it since he was a finger old !!
When we moved from Arabian Ranches to Al Warqaa, my primary worry was their welfare. I worried, how they would adjust and adapt to the new environment. The sound of aeroplanes, the sound of dogs and chickens and cocks ( all my neighbours are fond of raising chickens !!) I introduced the sourroundings to them very gradually after nearly a week of being restricted in the house. I also scattered some of their litter granuels in the outside fence so that other cats may get the message.

And yes, becoz Mushrif Park is just a stones throw away from home, we are visited by scores and scores of migratory birds of various colors and chirps ! So yeah, while keiki struggled with the new setup, Pepper took to it like a fish to water. All he wanted was to be with us. He needed security of his family, his brothers and his parents. He “almost immediately” claimed his territory here. Thank God for that.

Truth be said, there’s little we worry about our home on our holidays, but we constantly worry about Keiki and Pepper. They are such a huge part and integral part of our family that it just seems void of any “completeness” without them.

Here are some really funny and cute pics of Mr Pepper ~ the boy in a cats body 🙂

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Carrefour Promotional Prices !! Hoax or Coax ?

Virtually every time, I have visited Carrefour, I have had a dilemma to deal with ~ to buy or not to buy !!! 2 weeks back they were running a “dhs 5” promotion isle and although, this was meant to be an emergency visit to pick some washing powder and croissants, I landed up “browsing” thru this lovely colorful posters with dhs 5 displayed all over !! Before long, I was already shortlisting what I thought would be needed and what I could, perhaps, use at some later imaginery stage – of course you already know what THAT means !! Yes, that counter which is created just for the frugal likes of me, ready to display some delicious DIY and other haberdashery items. Ofcourse, I did not dive into the scam. I “tried” swimming thru it ~ while getting caught in just a few nets and traps. In the end, I came home with a “FEW” out-of-the-list items. I promised, myself, I would use these useful items at the earliest and I am holding onto that promise.

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I love the clipboard with the coffee mug printed on it ! That, I have already put to use.
The “Shoes off sign, I love, and it is going on the main door. (Yes, for western folks, we dont appreciate someone walking into a spotless house with muck and stuff on their shoes – a cultural thing.
The staedtler pens ~ I absolutely love, writing and playing with striking colors rather than the boring black, blue and red. so there, now there’s plenty of colors to add some spark on my doodles.
Yes, ofcourse that kit with the hooks and frame holds etc is something, I already own. Well, maybe I own alittle more than 5 such pieces, but who doesnt know, just how handy they can be !!!
Pruning scissors ~ ofcourse, who owns a garden and doesnt have one. I did’nt and now I do. (so justified)
Glue sticks for the glue gun – I may have half a dozen packets of those, but who can blame me for picking just a couple more. Afterall I do use the glue gun a whole lot of the time.
The paint sponges ~ sometimes these things just disappear from the shelves in stores and when they do reappear, they are at a very high price so I grabbed some while they were at a great price.
The green wire cord was something, I dont exactly have a use for right now, but wont be long before I get my EUREKA moment 🙂

I bet, you can guess, just a few more wise uses for my new impulsive buys !!

I have linked this post to :-
Frugalicious Friday

Thank you for visiting me friends. Take care and happy shopping.

Are you good with Words ??

Someone out there must be “deadly” at Scrabble.(Wait till you see the last one)!

PRESBYTERIAN:
When you rearrange the letters:
BEST IN PRAYER

ASTRONOMER:
When you rearrange the letters:
MOON STARER

DESPERATION:
When you rearrange the letters:
A ROPE ENDS IT

THE EYES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THEY SEE

GEORGE BUSH:
When you rearrange the letters:
HE BUGS GORE

THE MORSE CODE:
When you rearrange the letters:
HERE COME DOTS

DORMITORY:
When you rearrange the letters:
DIRTY ROOM

SLOT MACHINES:
When you rearrange the letters:
CASH LOST IN ME

ANIMOSITY:
When you rearrange the letters:
IS NO AMITY

ELECTION RESULTS:
When you rearrange the letters:
LIES – LET’S RECOUNT

SNOOZE ALARMS:
When you rearrange the letters:
ALAS! NO MORE Z ‘S

A DECIMAL POINT:
When you rearrange the letters:
I’M A DOT IN PLACE

THE EARTHQUAKES:
When you rearrange the letters:
THAT QUEER SHAKE

ELEVEN PLUS TWO:
When you rearrange the letters:
TWELVE PLUS ONE

AND FOR THE GRAND FINALE:

MOTHER-IN-LAW:
When you rearrange the letters:
WOMAN HITLER

Sharpies Markers in Dubai.

Is it just me or does no one know where to buy Sharpies markers in Dubai !!!

I googled it, and came up with a few folks, who have claimed that you could find them at certain hypermarkets. I have nearly half a dozen projects lined up for these markers so I started my own little hunt for these markers which quite as much spiraled into a HUGE MISSION !! Here are the places that disappointed me so :-

Carrefour hypermarkets ( Mall of Emirates as well as Mirdiff City Center )
Spinneys (Mercato and Al wasl road )
Choitrams
Geant in Ibn Batuta
Hyper Panda in Festival city
Magrudys in Deira City Center
Virgin in Dubai Mall
Hamleys in Dubai Mall
Book World in Dubai Mall
Dubai Library distribution ( Sheikh Zayed Road)
Ace Hardware ( you do get various markers there occasionally)
Farooq stationery ( Al Mamzar )

Now THAT is a HUGE search for these markers and I really doubt there are any more stores left for me to check out !!!! It is really surprising how such versatile markers are no where to be found in Dubai !!!

But ofcourse, if I have missed any reputed bookstore or stationery store, where you have bumped into them, please do let me know. For now, I have had to request my cousin to pop some over from UK !!

So yeah, my search turns up Zilch !! So dear crafters, creative folks and sharpies fans, Sharpies Markers are NO WHERE in Dubai !!!

Correction !!!

The following three Blog friends have confirmed that they HAVE bought Sharpies from Dubai :-

Nyla bought sharpies from WHsmith in The Dubai Mall

Areej bought sharpies from Paper chase at Dubai Mall

Nuweera bought sharpies from Art shop (first floor) at Beach Center (Jumeirah Road)

So the new verdict is that Sharpies are available in Dubai at the above locations !!

UPDATE ON 2nd Feb – 2015


Sharpies are available at Creative Minds

Ultra fine point – dhs 10 (single)

Fine Point – dhs 10 (single )

Chisel tip – dhs 15 (single )

They also stock packs as well.

Now what are you waiting for ??? Grab your wallet and off, you go !! 🙂

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Re-emerging in 2013.

Hello Friends !!! Remember me ? Yes, thats right ~Naush ~ the creative mom in Dubai, who had dropped off the face of the earth and you were wondering ~ what happens to the blogs of dead people !!!! Well I am NOT dead and I HAVE re-emerged !!!!!

My last post was somewhere in November and thats when I had just started the process of packing my ENTIRE house ~ yes, I mean ” A HUGE ENTIRE ” ~ an entire house load worth “14 TRUCKS” and finally we graced our new home amidst cartons and wrapping papers and bubble wraps. It took 5 days, 14 trucks and 9 guys working from 7am to  8pm just to pack the house and arrive at our new home.Fotor041132322final2

I must say at this point, we are absolutely pleased with our choice of the Packers and Movers that we hired. These guys were really focused and fast !!  Out of nearly 400+ cartons, only 1 plate was damaged. Ofcourse, I worked round the clock with the guys, giving them instructions and guidance as to where things had to be placed etc. For the first 5 days, we all worked tirelessly. And in the end, it paid off, ofcourse.

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We had been living at the Arabian Ranches for 7 years and have loved every moment over there. Some of my best memories were made there. My boys saw there first decade in that beautiful home. We loved the comfortable, quiet and convenient lifestyle ~ good neighbours, great friends, excellent security, luxurious sourrounding, best eateries in town, a remarkable golf course, even more remarkable equestarian club ~ the pool at our feet !! What more can you ask for, isnt it ?? Well, the answer is “more space” ~ With growing age and heights and waists, we decided “change” had to come. Alhamduallah, we moved to Al warqaa on 16th December and four months later, I still find myself, organizing stuff, opening cartons (yes, there are still a dozen of them left for unpacking, but none that are of any daily purpose) and “still finding space” !!

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I cannot believe just how demanding the first two months of the year were. Long before the scissors found their way on the cartons, I was all but completly overwhelmed with the curtain rails fixing, buying nearly 6 wardrobes and having custom made beds !! Not to mention that, I had to advertise and have Al Reem villa on rent ~ so there was a real load on my shoulder ~ rather a mountain sitting hard on me 😦  Alhamduallah Allah swt blessed me with great stamina and strength and somehow I managed to rise to the occasion. It was virtually impossible to stay focussed had it not been for my big blue book of lists. Every morning, I jotted down what everyone’s and my, task would be, and it gave me a great deal of satisfaction, ticking the “done” jobs.

Also, One of the best things that happened was that we found a great handyman ~ Mohammed. Allah works in mysterious ways. Mohammed was a great help in installing the additional curtains, fixing the new beds, and hanging the 5000 shelves, frames and “stuff” on the walls. (exaggeration ofcourse !!)

As always, the boys were absolutely amazing helpers. They tolerated mama’s eratic moods and yells and impatience with a “huge” pinch of salt. Not once did I ever hear anyone complain. Infact we had Etisalat (our local telecommunication ) installed only by the end of January, so that the boys were not distracted by tv or internet activities. Cruel mama, aint I ??

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The cats adjusted well. Keiki, my 7 year old was very distressed when we came here and decided she would just turn her back to us, sitting very sad under the basin in the guest bathroom. She sat there for nearly a day. Pepper was slightly apprehensive but less hasseled. I realized, luckily for us, he was not as attached to his territory as he was to us. Having US around is all he wanted. After a week of being in the house, we gradually introduced the cats to the outside sourrounding but made sure, they did not leave the immediate premises. One tip that I tried was spreading some of his litter tray granules all around the boundary of the bunglow. That way, I was hoping other cats would stay away and if any of these two were to cross the boundary, they would find their scent back home. It worked like a charm.

We desperately missed feeding the birds and to our surprise, becoz Mushrif park is just at a stones throw, there are swarms of birds that visit us and that too, “RIGHT INFRONT OF OUR HOUSE ” ~ I mean, what were the chances of that happening ?!!! ~ and it IS happening. Sam is absolutely overjoyed.

My kitchen is a DREAM ! But a woman can never have enough space, now can she ???  I have been really enjoying every minute of the last 4 months !! We had a fantastic winter this year ~ much of which has already bid us farewell.  I managed to get all my 92 pots of plants here and they have survived very well under my care. (I’m yet to source a reliable gardener)

The boys are overwhelmed to have master bedrooms each ! Its truly beyond a dream for them and me too.  The bunglow is sourrounded by a huge courtyard on all four sides and only once, I complete my interior works, am I, going to start with working on the four yards. So as of right now, they are a mix of interlock pavement and very very large inviting sand pits.

This is it, for now, I will however, post some pictures of my new seasonal flowers in my next post. Till then, good bye and thank you for visiting me today.

Naush

The elegant card.

This is the third card in the card making kit series. Since I had to use the sketch, there was little scope for adding any dimension apart from what was provided. Hence it has plenty of pretty flowers and an intricate polka dotted butterfly.

I know, its very unlike me to keep a plain background but I prefered to keep a plain backdrop and fill color and design with the DP provided rather than keep a designed background and plain colored flowers and swirls.  All said and done, I think, this card is the highlight of the series.

Hope to read your thoughts on this card. 

I wish to enter this card in the following card challenges :-

Crafts and Me – #94 Anything goes

Inky ImpressionsSIO – dies/punches

Simon Says Stamp – anything goes

A & T Emerald Faeries Challenge 2W, 3E, SIO – #29 Flourishes/Swirls

Crazy Amigo Challenge – Free Theme (Week 2)

Creative Craft Challenges2W, 3E – Summertime (Week 1)

Jackson’s Digital Expressions – 3E SIO – Anything Goes

Sassy Cheryl’s – 1E, SIO – #125 Polka Dot’s Everywhere

The Stamping Boutique – Paper Piecing

Top Tip Tuesday2W, 3E – #81 It’s All About Circles (Week 2

Crafty Bloggers NetworkM, SIO – (July) Anything Goes (ends 29th July)

Love to Create 3E Spots and Dots

Make it Mondayalways Anything Goes

The Pink ElephantSummer

Platypus Creek Digitals2W, SIO (freebie available) – (2nd week) Things with Wings

Thank you for stopping by. Hope to see you again.

Naush