Thursday, January 30, 2014

Removing Ink Stains From White Chairs

Hey hey all! Hope you are all well. I'm back with a punch today! A punch that will knock a stain out of a...let's say... a WHITE chair. :-) A couple days after I posted my reupholstered old green chairs I was surprised to find this new black accented detail on one of them.
The stain was darker. but I took this photo after I had already applied the remover on it. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Spiritual Friday: Setting and Organizing My Goals

Hello Debdoozlers! I know my spiritual Friday posts are few and far between, but I guess you can say I’m about quality not quantity. Of course it sounds cliché, but it’s the truth, plus I hate rushing to put things out there and find that what I’ve posted is a bunch of crap. Here I am now doing it right or at least trying (o:

2014! I am so stoked about this upcoming year. My health isn’t up to par, my time management is still under works and my kids, well, my kids are a handful, and the hubster is so consumed by work that when he does have time for us, it throws off our routine lol.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Twine Wrapped Lanterns

Hello Debdoozlers! Hope 2014 has been treating you well so far, if not, don't give up, the light always shines through! Unfortunately for these lanterns though, there won't be any more light shining through them :-P Don't worry, it's ok, because now they are brighter than ever :o) Today's project is twine wrapped lanterns! Yay! I love lanterns and I love twine and these two were a match made in heaven.

My last twine project was really fun and pretty unique considering twine has been kind of played out in my opinion. As a matter of fact, because bloggers have wrapped almost everything just short of their kids, in twine, I was discouraged to try another project with the natural fiber. After some thinking and wanting to salvage some lanterns I had that were falling apart, I went for the gold. I hadn't seen lanterns wrapped in twine before, and it was a perfect way to salvage mine.

Off I went. The supplies were simple-- hot glue, two small lanterns, thin hemp/twine rope. I got the twine from Walmart on my last trip to the states, but I've seen it out here in Dubai at Daiso, Carrefour, and Creative Minds (located in Barsha).

The lanterns were originally a weird dark brownish color. They looked like they were made of scrap metal, but were still cute. Many moons ago I decided to spray them gold and they turned out so beautiful.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Bursting With Turquoise -- Old Mosque in Dubai's Old Souk

A week ago a friend from Los Angeles was in town, so I put on my tour guide cap and took her to my favorite place. The Dubai Old Souk. I never get sick of that place. It's one of the oldest places in Dubai (if not the oldest) and frankly it's a breath of fresh air next to all the new and modern architecture. Near the Souk is a very old Mosque. I think it's an Iranian Mosque just from the style of the tile. Iranian mosques are famous for intricate and colorful turquoise tile. It is definitely aging and needs major repair, but it is one gorgeous mosque that leaves me gazing at it forever! Here are some pics for you all to enjoy!

It's so dreamy. I love this mosque. I think it is my all time favorite and am so happy that I'm finally sharing it with you all. What do you think? Have you seen a more beautiful structure on your end of the world or a place you've visited. Leave a comment below and thanks for stopping by! 


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Growing Sprouts for the New Year

This post has been updated as of Jan 13,2014 

Happy New Year everyone! What better way to start the new year than with fresh, green, new life in your home? It's a common tradition in the Middle East, Iran and other parts of the world as well, to grow sprouts from fenugreek seeds or black lentils. It's a very fun and simple project, brings new life and color in the home and you can eat it later too! Let's get started!

The supplies: 
shallow bowl such as an ashtray or condiments bowl/plate
small hand full of fenugreek seeds (or black lentils)
a few cotton balls
water to water your seeds
 First, take your cotton balls and stretch them out nice and thin. 
 Then, spread them out as flat and evenly as possible in your bowl.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Experimenting With Scotch Tape Expressions:Part 2

Hey all! This is my first post for 2014! Can you believe 2013 has gone by so fast? Of course you can't, but here we are :o). If you remember a couple posts ago I experimented with Scotch Expressions tape and wasn't too happy with the results. I gave it a second chance thinking that maybe the problem was the material I used the tape on. In that case it was vinyl. This time I tested the tape out on cardboard. I had a small cardboard box that I use to store the pedal and cord for my sewing machine. It was ugly and falling apart. I strengthened the box with regular tape then decorated it with the Scotch Expressions. 
Small cardboard box.
 Starting from the top, I wrapped the tape around until I reached my starting point and cut the tape. I repeated for each row following. 
When I got to the last row, the tape hung over. I cut the corners and folded the tape down to the bottom of the box.
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