Effective and pretty organisers!

I’m not sure whether this is a “life hack” but it’s more of a “organise your stuff better so it looks more decent” kinda thing. Not many of you can relate to these problems but I thought I’d share what I’ve done to give a little inspiration to those who want to organise certain things but don’t know how.

I recently purchased two matching floral vases for my room to hold my 1) yarn, and 2) Tiny’s rod\stick toys.

When I started knitting, I didn’t know I’d actually end up purchasing a lot of yarn. I kept them in a Magrudy’s paper bag (where I bought them from) and hid them in a corner. Not attractive. And Tiny’s favourite toys are the fishing rod ones where you dangle them in the air and he jumps to catch them, so those accumulated as well and they were thrown randomly in his tunnel. This is how I solved this:

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Both were an impulse-buy from Home Centre. The pot’s job is to hold my knitting yarn and needles and it looks so adorable doing just that <3 Originally wanted a wicker basket as it gave a more “vintage/grandmother” look but I decided matching vases was best.

The tall vase holds flowers…AND Tiny’s stick toys. Adding the plastic flowers I got from Ace helped hide the rod toys so that they aren’t visible, and my room doesn’t have to look like a kid’s playroom anymore. I know this is a little exaggerated but I really love the end result, even though one of the feather toys shows I can stuff it deeper in the vase (which I lined the with plastic wrapping paper) or just leave it like that. I honestly don’t mind.

So here’s the idea, even if you don’t have things that irk you because they have nowhere to go, you can still alter the things you already own. If you have a nice things around your room, flaunt them by displaying it in your room in a vase, shelf or pot, instead of hiding it in drawers or cupboards.

  1. Got some pretty looking soap bars? From Lush perhaps? My sister put her Lush bars and bath bombs in this dainty glass container (Potterybarn), and it doesn’t have to be in the bathroom, this one is on her dresser!IMG_6541
  2. Do you sew? Get a nice small wooden table and place your sewing machine in a corner to give your room a vintage look where you’re a seamstress!
  3. Got an album of cute baby pictures? Throw them in a nice basket or bowl and place them in a visible spot in your room where your visitors and friends can have a look at them. Everyone loves baby pictures ;)
  4. Many furniture stores sell boxes in the shape of books and novels, so you can put some chocolates (or even truffles) in them and place them on a table (inform your guests ahead of time of-course).

Anything can be effective and still look good, you just gotta work your magic and imagine the different ways. These are some suggestions, but you can always comment below and ask if you need help with anything in particular, I’m more than happy to assist.

Thanks for reading as always, folks! Let me know if this helped you! Share it with your buddies if you think they’ll benefit from it too!

Much love,

Reem AlHashmi

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Customise your frame!

Yes, you read that right! Today’s post will be about “customising your own frame” to fit whatever theme you have in mind. I wont be able to demonstrate every kind of design of course, but I’ll give you some ideas.

In my case, I got a deep black rimmed frame. It’s basically one of the kinds where it gives you to option to be even more creative with your customisation! You can insert just about anything behind the glass to recreate a scene or enhance your photos while displaying them! I googled some examples…

Only ones I could dig up, but you get the idea.

Alright let’s get started! I’m gonna be displaying one of my graduation pictures with my friend, so that will be my theme. Blurring it out to respect her privacy :P Since this is a very optional type of tutorial, I’ll be showing you what I did instead of telling you what to or not to do.

Materials you’ll need:

1) A deep frame. I got mine from Ikea.
2) Patterned paper, or use paint to use on normal white paper.
3) Polymer Clay or anything you can find or think of that you’d like to insert into the frame.

How to do it:

1) Since my frame already came with a layout, I cut up some of this pretty patterned paper and stuck it on to replace the plain white stuff.

2) Next, I added another smaller background to go under my picture as it was a little smaller than the square cutout above. To make it look more fancy, I painted a strip of gold paint on some paper and cut it up into thin strips for borders.

3) I set that aside and started with the items that’ll go inside the frame. Using white and red polymer clay, I created a certificate/scroll first. I rolled some of the white and trimmed it into a thin rectangle. Then I rolled that to make it look like some rolled paper. I curved and played with the edges a little to give it a realistic look to it :)

Then I grabbed a little piece of red clay and flattened it out. Using my cutting knife, I pushed the tip of it on the outer border of the circle to make it look like those old melted candles that are stamped on scrolls or letters in the olden days :P My beautiful assistant May is demonstrating this for you!

Initially thought of making a ribbon, but this looks way better, don’t you think? ;) Added two red strings to “dangle” under the “stamp” and stuck it on the certificate.

5) Now it wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include a graduation cap now would it! To do this, roll a long strip of rectangle out of your black clay to make the base of your cap, and then join the ends together like this. Kinda like you’re shaping a cylinder. Mine looked like a leech worm, but you should make sure to keep your edges straight xD

Then for the top of the cap, make a square shape and be sure to keep it proportional to your base. It should be a square, not a rectangle. Place it on your base and make sure the tip of the square (any one of the four) is facing front. That’s how graduation caps look like :)

For the yellow tassel above, I used some yellow clay and rolled it into a string, then pressed on one tip to place in the middle of the cap. I rolled another short piece of string (a little thicker than the first) and stuck it to my string’s end, and using a cutting knife, sliced smaller pieces like so for extra detail!

Almost done!! I stuck both figures into the oven for a couple minutes to bake and harden and then glued them on my frame. Tadaa~

And here’s the final result…

Simple, but so pretty and easy to make! :) You don’t have to use polymer clay, as you can use flowers or dried rose petals, sea shells, or fill it with sand even! That’s why I love deep frames, because it’s all up to you!
So let me know what you think, and I hope you guys enjoyed this small DIY tutorial :>

Until next time,

- Reem AlHashmi

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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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