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Creative Valentine’s Day Giftwrapping

I’m baaaaack! Isn’t the beginning of a school semester wonderful? Filled with so much energy and hope and crafty ideas churning in my head—all of which will knowingly be crushed by the bagillion and one things I have to do before graduating from law school (has it been 3 years already?)! But until then, I have quite a few tutorials lined up!

I’m sure this isn’t a reminder but, Valentine’s Day is around the corner! I’ve made hubsy promise not to look at my blog until after Vday so hopefully this will stay a surprise!

To spruce up gift giving, I googled a few creative giftwrapping ideas—there are so many (look below!). Here’s my favorite: 

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 What you need:

Red wrapping paper ($3 from Target)

Xacto knife ($10 from Hobby Lobby)

Decorative scrapbooking paper ($.79 from Michaels)

Adhesive tape

Tape

Scissors

Steps:

1) Measure the amount of giftwrap you think you will need to cover the present and cut it to size. Using an xacto knife, cut evenly spaced out half-hearts. I outlined the heart with pencil so you could see it in the pic—don’t actually draw it unless you want to spend time erasing it all!

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 2) Using adhesive tape, glue small pieces of scrapbooking paper (I chose a sparkly white one but it looks white in the picture) to the backside of the half-hearts. Alternatively, you could wrap the gift with a white giftwrap, and then wrap it again with the red one.

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3) Wrap the present and fold open the half-hearts. Doesn’t this beat regular giftwrap? :)

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Happy Crafting, Ya’ll!  : ) 

Other creative giftwrapping ideas:

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Wedding Card Album

It’s been MONTHS since I’ve updated this blog! I was busy with school, finals, clerking at a law firm, clerking with a judge, fasting during Ramadan (PS: Ramadan Mubarak yall!), and oh yeah, I had my nikkah (aka I got MARRIED!!)!!! :D :D Since the shaadi (reception) will be later, I have tons of time for…WEDDING CRAFTS! So exciting! :D I don’t know how many tutorials I’ll be able to do, but definitely watch out for pics of DIY wedding ideas post shaadi, iA :)

Until then, we begin with the solution of all those wonderful wedding cards you get, yet have no idea what to do with after—make a wedding card album, of course! It’s easy, and best of all, I had all the supplies at home (and chances are, you will too!)!

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Supplies

- Scrapbooking paper ($.20 from Michaels—previously brought)

- Thin cardboard (I used the back of an old spiral—free!)

- Book rings ($4 from Target—previously bought)

- Glue/glue stick

- Hole puncher (single one works!)

- Scissors

- Ribbon (optional)

- Letter stickers (optional) 

Total: $0! 

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Steps:

1) Using the largest card in the bunch as a template, cut 2 pieces of cardboard about 1/4 inch more than the card’s perimeter. You should have 2 slightly large cardboard panels (a front and a back) for your album. Then, cut a piece of scrapbooking paper to the exact size of the panels and glue it on top of the cardboard. 

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2) You can do anything to decorate the front panel! I used letter stickers and some scrap scrapbooking paper to create a “title”. Check out these other designs: Something Turquoise,  Inklings and Yarns, & Sunshine Cupcakes

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3) Making sure they are all centered, punch holes through all the cards as well as the front and back panels. 

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4) For added security (and because it looks cute!), glue a long piece of ribbon to the back panel, making sure it is centered. This will be used to tie the album together. 

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5) Use the book rings to thread together all of the cards, the front and the back panel. 

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6) Tie the ribbon and you’re done! 

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Tips:

1) I always find really cheap letter stickers by going to the clearence aisle at any craft store! They’re usually around $.50!

2) After using letter stickers for the first two times, it seems like I’m always left with random letters that can’t possibly be used to make any meaningful words (why don’t ever they include enough vowels??). No worries, you can cut/combine letters! I cut a “d” down to make an “a” and combined an “l” and “n” together to make the “h” in “Nikkah”—I bet you couldn’t tell (until now)! :)

3) Use this for all occasions—birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, etc! 

Happy Crafting Ya’ll! 

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Cherry Blossom Wall Art

If you ever hit a creative wall with decor, go to Ikea! I went there recently and saw this beautiful pendant lamp. It looks like the flowers ought to be made of metal but upon closer inspection, they’re are actually made of coated paper. That inspired me to make some VERY CHEAP wall art using regular computer paper! What do you think?

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Supplies:

- Computer paper (don’t use thick paper like cardstock because it won’t curl well) 

- Scissors

- Hot glue gun (optional)

- Pushpins 

Steps:

1) Fold a sheet of computer paper a couple of times. 

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2) Draw a flower on the folded paper like below. This is going to be your stencil. It doesn’t have to be perfect since we’re going to curl the edges. 

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3) Cut out the flower stencil. Since I folded the paper twice, I got a total of 4 flowers out of each sheet of paper. I decided to make a few stencils of different sizes because I didn’t want all of the flowers to look exactly the same. Either way, follow the above steps until you’ve got enough flowers. 

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4) Curl all of the petals by rolling the petals inwards and letting it go. 

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5) Using the hot glue gun, glue the pushpin to the back. I didn’t want the pushpin to show so I decided to glue it to the back. Alternatively, you can choose to attach the flower to the wall using a pushpin on the front so the top of the pushpin does show and acts as the center of the flower. 

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6) Push the flower pushpin into the wall by applying pressure on the pushpin itself. Do the same with other flowers.

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7) Voila! You’ll have a wall full of cherry blossoms! It kind of reminds me of Mulan :) 

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Happy Crafting Ya’ll! :D

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Bathroom Renovation Part 2

After painting my bathroom, it looked better, but it needed something more. So I decided to stencil a wall with pearl paint so that you can only see the stenciling when light shines on it! And I made a DIY light fixture (below) + DIY covering for the outlets (which I might change out bc I don’t know if I like the black print). 

Supplies (Wall Stenciling)

- Martha Stewart Pearl Paint in “Mother of Pearl” ($2 x 2 bottles from Michaels)

- Stencil ($10 from Michaels)

- Stencil Adhesive Spray ($6 from Michaels)

- Foam brushes ($1 x 3 from Michaels)

- Ruler

- Level (Free if you download an app!)

- Small paintbrush (optional)

Supplies (DIY lighting)

- Japanese lantern ($5 at Michaels)

- Mini cupcake cups ($2 x 2 at Hobby Lobby)

- Glue gun 

Steps:

1) Wipe down your painted wall with a damp cloth and allow to dry. 

2) Decide on the placement of your stencils—I calculated it so that I had one line of pattern every 13 1/8 inches for a total of 7 lines of pattern. Since I didn’t have a ruler that was bigger than 12 inches, I used a scrap piece of wood, made a little mark that was 13 1/8 inches long, then used a level app to make teeny marks on the wall. Then, connect those dots to form 7 lines. 

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2) Spray the back of the stencil with adhesive spray (it makes it tacky and stick to the wall) and line it up with the marks on the wall you just made. Paint away!

The kind of stencil I had had overlapping patterns, which meant I had to paint all 7 columns with stencil A, then overlap it with stencil B to create a more detailed finished design. 

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3) Done! Either erase the pencil marks (if you can) or paint over them using the wall paint with a tiny little paint brush (which is what I did). I can’t get over how awesome pearl paint looks!! Do you see the gradient effect? :D :D :D

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4) For the DIY lighting fixture, I simply glued mini cupcake cups to a japanese lantern and hung it onto the exposed bulb! So easy and it looks awesome! 

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I LOWE MY BATHROOM NOW! :D

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Bathroom Renovation Part 1

Hello lovelies! It’s been a while! Winter break is almost ending (nooooooooo!) so I thought I should finally update with my latest project—fixing up my bathroom at home! I LOVE LOVE LOVE home improvement. And doing it myself. Duh. What do yall think of the before and after? 

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Back in 2001 when we bought our house, I picked this baby blue wallpaper for my bathroom which I quickly realized was meant for a nursery. For a little boy. Hey, I was 12, didn’t care much about design and just thought it was a pretty color. Anyways, it was time for the wallpaper to go.

Supplies:

- Wallpaper Scorer + Stripping Solution + Wallpaper Scraper ($25 at Home Depot)

- Sandpaper ($3 at Home Depot)

- Putty (optional) ($7 at Home Depot)

- Paint (FYI I got Behr Paint + Primer in “Pewter Mug” ($35 at Home Depot)

- Paint Rollers + Brushes + Pan ($10 at Home Depot)

- Painters/Masking Tape ($3)

Total: $83 (I actually only spent ~$50 bc I had a lot of things from renovating my sister’s bathroom)

Steps:

1) Score the walls with a wallpaper scorer. The scorer pokes little holes into the wallpaper so that the stripping solution can penetrate the waterproof layer. This part is boring but a great arm workout!

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2) Spray wallpaper stripping solution and slowly take off wallpaper in sections. Check out my giant pile!

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3. Take off the SECOND layer of paper that remains adhered to the drywall. This thing is a PAIN bc it comes off in the tiniest sections. Be careful NOT to dent the drywall (if you do, you can putty it and sand it).

In this pic, the drywall is beige colored and the second layer is darker, more yellowish in hue.  

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4. Sand like crazy! Everything should be smooth bc once you paint, there is no going back to fill in dented drywall! 

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5. Tape up all the sides and then paint! I REALLY recommend getting paint + primer—it is a huge time saver and looks more professional!

THAT’S IT FOR TODAY FOLKS! Stay tuned for Part 2

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The EASIEST Bathroom Organizer

YAY FOR 100 FOLLOWERS! Thanks for all the love and support : )

Ok, now to the tutorial: I practically have no counter space in the bathroom of my current apartment, which sucks since I’m a girl and have a bit of makeup hoarding problem. So I had a ton of stuff and nowhere to put it. As I was doing the DIY Jewelry Organizer/Display, I had an Aha! moment and came up with this to clear up more space! And it uses the same thumb tacks! :D

Supplies:

- Thumb tacks ($4 from Amazon

- “Flexible” Plastic cups ($2 from Walmart). By “flexible” I mean it shouldn’t crack if you press on the sides and should be thin enough to poke a thumb tack through.  

Steps:

1) Pin a cup to the wall at an angle (it’s easier to take things out when it’s pinned at an angle) using 2+ thumbtacks. 

2) If you’re going to put heavier objects in the cups (like my clarisonic), pin it straight up (not at an angle). 

3) Get organized! I cannot tell you much easier life is when you can find bobby pins and hair ties when you need them! 

Tips:

Use this to organize other things! I also pinned a cup next to my calendar & prayer times display to keep dry erase markers for easy access:

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$9 DIY Jewelry Display & Organizer

The extent of my jewelry organization was keeping it in a box. It would get tangled, I’d never find what I was looking for, and I’d hardly wear anything (even though I had to buy certain pieces hehe).   

I’d seen a ton of ways to organize jewelry on Pintrest using a frame shown here, herehere, and recently saw one of my friends make it and it looked adorable! But I couldn’t find a frame that was big enough and that didn’t cost $50. So I was THRILLED to make this for under $10!! :D

Supplies:

- Gift wrap ($5 from Hallmark) 

      * I bought this gift wrap to use as shelf liners! It’s a lot prettier than commercial shelf liners

- Gold thumbtacks ($4 from Amazon)

 Steps:

1) Cut a piece of the gift wrap a little larger than what you want the finished product to be. Fold it on all sides on the wrong side.

2) Add thumbtacks to secure it to the wall. I added them along the sides for decorative effect. And it helped that the gift wrap pattern already had lines so yay for no measuring!

3) To hang jewelry, stick a pushpin into the middle of your ‘frame’, but don’t push it in all the way. 

4) Show off your bling! 

* This [obviously] will poke a lot of holes in your wall! To cover these up, simply add a little bit of putty and a coat of paint. 

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Ramadan Special: Blessing Bags

I’ve neglected this blog for a while! I was being so good while I was in Chicago, but I transferred law schools so I’ve been busy! I made these blessing bags during Ramadan but never got around updating the blog…but, better late than never!

Unlike the suburb of Houston where I grew up, you can actually see homelessness in downtown Chicago. It’s sad not only because it’s a reality to hundreds of thousands of people all over the nation, but giving money is actively discouraged for fear that they will spend it on drugs/alcohol/etc. (a valid reason).

Fasting for almost 17 hours a day, with no food or water, is a very humbling experience. So it didn’t sit well with me that the solution for this is doing nothing, especially during Ramadan when you’re supposed to be giving to the needy. So while on Pintrest, I saw this great idea of making blessing bags! It’s just a baggie with essential things you can keep in your car to give out whenever you see someone in need!

It’s so easy—just gather things you want to include in your bag. Here are things that I got:

Put these in a ziplock and keep them in the car to hand out! 

I also typed out the ingredients from the food packaging in case someone was allergic to an ingredient along with a little message that basically said I was fasting for Ramadan and hoped this makes their day better.

I handed out all of the bags I made and it felt great to give something out rather than sitting in your car at a light, trying to avoid eye contact with someone you know could use your help! : ) 

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Tea-Dyed Scarf

I had a bleach white scarf, but I wanted a taupe colored one. I was online looking up fabric dyes when I remembered how I had turned a white ribbon more champagne colored—tea dying!

Of course I forgot to take pics of the process, but the steps are really easy!

Supplies:

Large pot

Teabags

Water

Fabric you want to dye (White turns taupe-y colored; to see what other colors would turn into, do a sample test first)

Steps:

1) Boil a big pot of water with tons of black tea bags (I used 4-5 teabags) & let it cool a bit.

2) Dunk your fabric in the tea and let it soak for 20-30 minutes.

3) Rinse with water and enjoy your tea dyed fabric!

(Source: teadyedscarf)

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DIY iPhone Stylus

I get so frustrated at Draw Something (the game) when I can’t even make simple stick figures. I wanted to buy a stylus (the pen thingy for touch screen devices) but thought it would be better if I made one myself! I just googled “DIY Stylus” and this is the easiest tutorial I found using household items and it really works!! 

Supplies:

Q-Tip

Pen (This has to be a pen where you can take out the ink cartridge like a ballpoint pen)

Aluminum Foil 

Tape

Water

Steps:


Take out the ink from the pen and cut the Qtip in half diagonally (so the end is pointy). Then push the Qtip into the pen and tape it together. 

Wrap a piece of aluminum foil around the pen.

Tape the aluminum foil so it doesn’t move. (Sorry if you can’t see the tape in the pic…I guess I shouldn’t take pics of transparent tape lol)

Put 1-2 drops of water on the Qtip and your stylus is ready! Make sure you’re holding onto the aluminum foil portion when using it. If it starts having problems, just add another few drops of water. 

Ta da! I’m drawing a cashier in the pic. What’s up awesome stick figure?

 

(Source: DIYStylus)

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