All about Crafts!

So my sister suddenly decides to start scrap-booking, and being the perfectionist she is, she looks for crafts stores in Abu Dhabi (Other than Jareer Bookstore)  and asks for my artistic help! :) Now if it were anything else, I wouldn’t have been too keen about it, but when it comes to artsy crafty stuff, always count me in.

So we set off on our artventure. See what I did there? ;P No but seriously, we had a tough time going out and about looking for trinkets and supplies, but oh how much it was worth every minute of our time!

Our first destination was Crafts Corner, a place literally built specially for scrap-booking! Look at this piece of work :)

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And this is the back room!

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Honestly we found so many cute things from mini frames and decorated paper and paint and glitter and those 3D objects/flowers you can use for all your scrap-booking needs! You can also find normal art supplies, I got this really pretty gold acrylic paint and a small bottle of some pearl glue that works like a glitter glue. Squeeze, and you have a pearl! Will blog more about those next time.
And the lady that worked there was so sweet she even gave us a special tip about scrap-booking. How many times have you looked at a decorated piece of tissue and loved it’s design? I have, and I’m not kidding xD Now you can easily put it to use (other than blow your nose in it).  Just iron it on a piece of “Freezer Paper” and once it sticks, use it however you like :> Make a card for someone or use it as scrap-booking paper, you come up with the ideas! Neat, eh? They provide classes for such things as well!

*Check the store timings because it closes kinda early :) 8:00 PM on normal days and 2:30 PM in Ramadan*

The next place was L’Atelier des Arts! Name kinda hard to pronounce if you haven’t taken French but trust me, the place makes up for the tongue twists :P Sorry about the low-resolution there, click on the image to view it better!

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Much bigger than Crafts corner since its not only specialized in scrap-booking but houses all of your art needs. I hadn’t known this place until a day ago and let me tell you, it’s my sanctuary right now. They provide Copic Markers and Polymer Clay (Which is very hard to find here) and many many beautiful types of paint and varnishes etc. It is however, a little expensive, so unless you can’t find the items for cheaper prices somewhere else, it’s the place for you. Oh and they also provide art classes, so if you’re interested, contact them :D In fact, one was going on in the middle of our fits of excitement, and we might have disturbed them xP

I had such a great time that day and I’m definitely planning on paying both shops many many visits in the future! What other art/crafts stores do you know of? Share them below!

Thanks for reading,

Reem AlHashmi

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DIY: DJ Cat Scratching Deck

Hello friends!

I’m back with an all new DIY tutorial :D So excited about this one because it turned out so great! To all the crafty cat owners out there, I’m going to be showing you how to make your own DJ Cat Scratching Deck from scratch! :) I’ve seen this one various times over the internet and wanted to get my hands on one for Tiny for so long but it was too expensive for a cardboard scratching post :( So I made my own, and now you can too! Let’s get started!

Materials you’ll need:

The good thing about this thing is that it is entirely made out of recycled materials that you can find around the house. If you can’t, you can easily substitute them with anything that’s available. Here’s what I used.

  1. One square cardboard box or box’s cover/lid (This is going to be the deck)
  2. Cardboard cut-outs (one large or multiple pieces of cardboard you can trim into pieces)
  3. Glue gun + lots of the glue sticks
  4. Cutting knife
  5. Bottle caps
  6. Pencil
  7. Pen cap
  8. Paint

So here’s how to do it:

  1. Draw a circle to approximate where the “CD” would go, and then a smaller circle marking where the needle would sit. You can use anything circular lying around to help you. I used my trash can.

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  2. Start cutting out your cardboard. Measure how much you want the CD to stand up and how long you want your cut-outs to be. The shorter (length) the better, since you’ll use them to shape a circle. Otherwise you’ll end up with a pentagon. Your measurements won’t necessarily be like mine since we’re not using the same boxes for the decks, but my CD stands at about 3.5 cm high and the lengths of them varied as I moved on. I’ll explain more in the next step. IMG_2031Make sure that the wiggly side of the cardboard (The one that looks like waves) is the one facing up like so, because that will be the scratching material for your cat :)IMG_2024
  3. Glue on your cut-outs. The more you glue and the deeper you fill in the circle, you’ll need to trim the lengths of them to avoid any gaps, or you can bend them a little, but avoid bending too much or you’ll ruin the “waves”.IMG_2033IMG_2038IMG_2040IMG_2044
  4. Time to assemble the needle. I’m not a DJ, so I don’t know what it’s called :P I stacked up some bottle caps, glued them together, then glued the tip of a pencil into the pen cap and stuck it on the bottle caps and the CD.IMG_2048
  5. Now the fun part begins: Painting! You’re practically done at this point. Just paint the CD corners black and play around with the rest. I wanted mine to look semi-realistic, so I kept the deck’s colors grey, but it’s all up to you.IMG_2063 IMG_2064 IMG_2065 IMG_2066
  6. Decorate it! You can use stickers, print-outs or even paint stuff on to make it look nice!
  7. And Tada! You have yourself a DJ Cat Scratching Deck :DIMG_2067
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Doesn’t it look just lovely? If you guys get to make your own, send me some of your creations, I’d love to see ‘em!
That’s all for today, stay tuned for more updates!

Until next time,

– Reem AlHashmi

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