Monthly Finds: August

August has been a great month, filled with so many lovely things I found and bought, all thanks to Etsy :D

Laptop Cover

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Starting off with the fact that I’m going to be attending university for the next four years of my life soon, I got myself this spiffy laptop cover that I loved because of it’s simple & unique pattern :) I’m also loving the button closure, as it gives it this “envelope” look. And it has an extra pocket in the front to hold any extra things you may be carrying like an agenda/journal, pencils or even an iPad in my case :P I got it from Bertie’s Closet and she has a big range of other cute designs like this one! Pay her shop a visit!

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Hoodie Phone Case

Splashing Koi is another Etsy seller than sells a multitude of those mini hoodies for when your phone gets a little chilly :P Don’t neglect it.
That tiny zipper is just so cute! Perfect gift for those who absolutely love hoodies :) Picture is from the store page!

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Pressed-Flower Necklace

Now this is one heck of a unique store! myFlowerVillage sells jewellery that contains real pressed flowers of all kinds. Way better than the average flower bouquet, because this one is guaranteed not to spoil and wither ;) I got this forget-me-not necklace for a friend dear to my heart <3 This picture was taken from the store page.

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This one awesome Needle Felting Kit

Now I know I haven’t been very “crafty” lately, but surely this new product that just arrived today will get me back on track very soon :3 My all new Needle Felting Kit that I ordered from SweetGorgeousThings! I’ve seen dozens of needle felted goods around the internet and fell in love with how intricate and realistic some of them look. I couldn’t afford not starting my own line of felted goodies, and I can’t have a better start than with this complete set that includes all these pretty wool colours, a set of needles and a foam pad! Expect tutorials soon~

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I used my weird boxed drawer that I thought would never come in handy to house all my balls of wool :) Yay!

If you don’t know what needle felting is, read this and look at the pictures below to get your creative juices flowing~ I took these pictures mostly from DeviantArtists’ accounts who are brilliant and deserve lots of good feedback on their work! Click on each picture to visit each artist’s page!


Needle felted himalayan cat by ~amber-rose-creations on deviantART


Felted Finn by ~FamiliarOddlings on deviantART


Needle Felted Chipmunk by ~HStiLeS on deviantART


Needle Felted Raccoons by ~HStiLeS on deviantART

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve also bought the LocoMotion cat toy for Tiny but there’s no need to repeat that :P

Thanks for reading and check back next month for another Monthly Find!

– Reem AlHashmi

Piece of Cake: Vermicelli Bites

Hello ladies and gents!

My newest category to my blog is a cooking-themed one, which I’ll call it “Piece of Cake” from now on. The idea behind the name is because the recipes I’ll post will be simple and easy, just like what the saying describes!

My first recipe is one I am not sure if many of you know, because I had a school “Bake Sale” long ago and many people were suspicious about it and didn’t know what it actually was. But oh, how their doubts disappeared when they took a bite :) Trust me, you’ll love it too! Very fast and easy, takes approx. 10-20 minutes max.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients:

– Two packs of “thin” Vermicelli. If you’re not sure what that is, here’s how it looks like. Basically, “balalee6″ lmao. Make sure it’s the brown not the white kind.
– 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
– 100 g butter (unsalted) *preferably room temperature*

Materials:

– Deep pan
– Ice tray

That’s all. A small amount and I’m sure you’ll find it in your kitchen already!

Preparation:

1) Place the Vermicelli on a pan and into the oven on low heat for approx. 5-10 minutes until it turns golden brown.  Like a cookie. We’re not baking it here, just trying to give it a golden touch, so keep an eye on it. Keep on low heat for the whole baking process.

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2) Then transfer it into a deep pan (If you haven’t already used one), and set the stove on low heat again. Cut up the butter into small pieces, adding gradually and stirring the Vermicelli until all butter is dissolved. Don’t worry if it breaks, that’s the point ;)

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3) Now add the whole can of Sweetened Condensed Milk and stir your mixture. By the time it’s fully combined, your Vermicelli should be about the same size as the one on the fourth step.

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4) Remove the pan from the stove and prepare your plate with wax paper as it is quite sticky. Then with a fork, scoop up a small amounts of the Vermicelli and press them into the ice tray. You can be creative here, as it will take up the shape of the tray itself. So use the standard or any ice cube shape you desire :)

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5) When you’re done, pop them out of the tray and onto your plate. Tada! You’re done!

6) Now eat away your worries and fears.

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This dessert is popular in our family because it’s just so darn good! Give them a try: Vermicelli Bites :)

Hope you guys enjoyed it and get to make it! Contact me with any questions.

– Reem AlHashmi