Monday, June 26, 2017

Twenty Years of Harry Potter Magic!


Happy twentieth anniversary to my favorite Harry Potter books!
Today marks the completion of TWENTY beautiful and magical years since the first book, the Philosopher's Stone, was published. I still remember Dad had gotten us the first book and at first Abbie had started reading it and she would narrate the story to me. Then finally, I laid my hands on it, and it filled my life with magic. Thank you J.K. Rowling for - well, for my entire childhood! Thank you for filling this world with hope, love, and magic! Thank you for writing books that are just pure love. You were right, Hogwarts really is always there to welcome me home whether I come by page or by screen. Harry Potter is like having friends, like knowing loyalty, like seeing hope, and like being happy! Harry Potter isn't just a book series. It is for me and many others a lifestyle. It is our entire childhood. It is magic! Thank you J.K. Rowling, thank you!

POTTERHEADS FOREVER AND EVER!
Oooooh side note: I got lots more HP merch! It'll all be showed off right here on the blog - coming soon! It is super awesome, all of it! The Potter plush doll is one of the things. Isn't it super adorable!!!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

DIY! Gorgeous Henna Eid Envelope!

Isn't it absolutely gorgeous? 

Each year on Eid Abbie and I get super excited and go all out while preparing our darling niece Gubby's Eidee. This year I decorated a really gorgeous Eidee envelope in fun Desi colors and a pretty henna design on top. To this we'll add Gubby's Eidee. She's still a baby so we'll hold on to the envelopes in a beautiful memory box until she grows up and we hand it over to her one Eid. Oh oh oh, I can't wait for when that day arrives! For now, I'm super excited about this DIY Henna design Eid envelope I've made! Let me take you through each step of how this gorjabulousness was created! I had so much fun making this and even made a couple of videos to show off right here on my blog!


So I took a plain-old-boring-white colored-serious-adult looking envelope and then measured out the width of the Washi tape I was planning on using and drew a line to mark where that would go. Then I enjoyed my heart out drawing a beautiful henna motif. I'm not a Mehndi expert but each year I do apply Mehndi on my own and my darling ladies' (Mama and Abbie) hands so I'm not that bad at all.

Isn't it lovely?  I decided to make a typical traditional Mehndi design on this envelope so I went with what we call in my family 'kayri' design and flower combination. This is actually my favorite kind of Mehndi design so duh that's what I chose to do!

Then I brought out my (ever-growing) Washi tape collection and chose this pink beautiful tape that had circular designs on it which looked really Desi. Now really, don't they remind you of Mehndi or Rangolis or other Desi goodness? So perfect!

Right under the Mehndi design I added the Washi tape and trimmed it up on the sides so it looked like the envelope had this fancy border at its base.

Then it was time to pretty it up so I took my markers and began coloring the Mehndi design that I'd made. Reds for the flowers, greens for the 'kayris' (the leafy designs!) ...

Pinks and oranges for the other details and yellow shading inside the flowers!

HOW BEAUTIFUL DOES THAT LOOK?

Finally I added the Eid Mubarak greeting in both Urdu and English!

On top of the envelope I made this funky yellow border and adorned it with some orange dots so it looked super Desi. Underneath the Eid greetings I added a fancy floral-leafy vine design. Everything was Desi inspired and all together it looked so traditional!

Here's a close up of the washi tape which turned out to be so so Desi! *laughs*

And here's a close up of the gorgeous Mehndi design I drew and colored by hand!

Here's a close up of that super cool top border!

Tadaaaaaaaaa! What a pretty Eidee envelope I've made! I can imagine the exuberant expressions Gubby will have on her face when she sees the envelope now and the love she'll feel when she grows up and finds this in her collection of memories. I've also written a lovely letter for Gubby to read once she grows up (may God bless her, that little darling doll!). Abbie and I will be adding our Eidee to the envelope and I have a couple of scribbles and drawings I've made with Gubby too to add in here. All of this goes in the memory box I'm filling up for her!
Eid Mubarak!

Here's a short video of this beautiful envelope's making! Enjoy!

Eid-ul-Fitr 2017 Mubarak!


Eid Mubarak from the deepest depth of my heart to every Muslim around the globe who is celebrating. To all my friends and family here in the United States of America and back in Pakistan! May this Eid be super awesome and bring us lots of peace, blessings, and awesome family time! May we all make beautiful memories that we can cherish when we grow old. Ramadan 2017 was awesome (Alhamdulillah - praise be to God) and will be missed! Now it's gone and I can't wait to get back to my daily non-fasting routine! May we have a super blessed year ahead and see another beautiful month of Ramadan next year too!

EID MUBARAK!
Eat and laugh till your tummies hurt - because that's what I'll be doing!

Lots of love from the one and only awesome me! *Eid jhappi for all*

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Graphics To Love!

You're like the blade that's been through fire and emerged as something grand. Nothing goes waste - not even the bad and sad times. Even they teach you a thing or two. Oh and I'm not even talking about huge life lessons, sometimes you just learn a thing or two about yourself. Sometimes you just find out how you'll react in certain situations. Nothing is wasted, everything is an experience that shapes your life.

I'm so jealous of such people! *laughs*
It says in Urdu that there is greatness in the people who keep on eating yet don't gain weight! Seriously. It's unfair! I only have to look at food and BAM five pounds.

Okay I am dying of laughter here because this is me running from the kitchen upstairs to the bedrooms. I've even tripped once on my way and then felt like today is the day I will really really die. Like for real.

This is so good and so true. People and things are in the past for a reason. Even if you don't realize the reasons that easily it still doesn't change anything. So why ruin the present? I was just watching the movie Dear Zindagi in which there's a beautiful dialogue about the same thing: "Don't let the past blackmail your present to ruin a beautiful future."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA! I laughed way too hard on this one!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Visiting the Cherry Blossoms

It had been on my bucket list and each year we'd try to plan something but something always came up. This year, finally, we got a chance to visit the famous Cherry Blossoms in DC. We visited in the early hours of a super chilly morning a sight that was absolutely breathtaking. The extra long winter this year had killed half the blooms even before they could have blossomed. We were disappointed when we heard that in the news yet when we arrived at the scene it was stunning. Even with some of the flowers not blooming the Cherry Blossoms were gorgeous. They were everywhere in hues of pinks and whites. Trees upon trees laden with absolutely stunning florals. Beautiful!

That morning, the chilly breeze blew through the ever so delicate Cherry Blossoms and amidst the susurration of those flowers Abbie and I enjoyed our hearts out with our little darling. When Gubby accompanies us anywhere it automatically becomes double the fun. The Cherry Blossoms were something new for the little darling so she was pretty excited. We laughed, we played, we explored, we took pictures, cuddled and hugged, and had immense fun together. My two most favorite human beings on this planet, Abbie and Gubby! *insert numerous hearts here please!*

Gubby: Beeya Beeya, I want dodhee! (Meaning she wanted me to pick her up!)
Beeya (Me): Okay, come booboo doll!
Then I pick her up and hug her. She laughs.
ENDLESS HAPPINESS!

Gubby looked so adorable that morning. She was wearing a purple shirt (not in the picture), a white leopard PJ with pink shoes. She even had a matching purple purse in which she was carrying an adorable pink bunny plush. HOW CUTE CAN SOMEBODY POSSIBLY BE? She makes my heart melt, I swear! *kisses kisses kisses* She looked like a little lady and even did her little lady walk which I've taught her. So adorable!

The Cherry Blossoms were such a pretty sight that I literally went crazy with my camera. Hey, I couldn't stop myself! I took hundreds of pictures. Not even exaggerating. Time to show off the best ones!

What a gorgeous scene right out of a painting!



They're so gorgeous!


Beautiful! Simply beautiful! Visiting the Cherry Blossoms have been on my Bucket List since forever and 2017 was finally my year. How gorgeous they were, how very peaceful to watch on a super chilly morning. There was something serene about them - maybe the light and pretty colors or maybe the sight of so many flowers together. But something very peaceful, very soothing, very nice! It was a morning well spent, I had beautiful memories to take back home with me, and lots of pictures for my wonderful blog. We enjoyed a super yumm lunch at a Desi restaurant later too and Gubby and I enjoyed our hearts out! What a beautiful day ...

Friday, June 16, 2017

The Wacky Finds Series ~ Volume 26

It's time for Volume 26 of The Wacky Finds Series!
These are a monthly series I started out of sheer awe of how crazy things around me are! Here's what this is about ... Ahem Ahem: When my awesome self steps out of my bed each morning I meet a world of crazies. People, things, phenomena, and acts of nature which are simply too unusual to miss and not record! The Wacky Finds Series will cover all the weird stuff that I find along my way; good weird, awkward weird, bad weird, I-totally-don't-get-this weird .. all kinds of weird shall be recorded and snapped without any discrimination!

Starbucks came up with this really silly but adorable octopus cookie and we got one for Gubby. She loved it. We counted its legs together, loved the gorgeous purple color, and it tasted so awesome. Such a wacky cookie! I wonder if this was because Pirates of the Caribbean was releasing or just some cookie. I couldn't relate Spring and octopus together so whatever *laughs*!

Believe it or not I have never in the past twenty five years of my life ever used one of these toilet plungers. In fact for the first time ever I actually saw one up close and took one in my hand. Well, I made my brother do the nasty work but yes, I did plunge lightly once or twice, and oh my God I couldn't stop laughing to the point that I made my brother laugh too! It was so so so silly!

So we have this neighbor who just shows up in our yard whenever! Like, literally, whenever. If you step out you should be prepared for the 70% (at least!) chance that he will show up in your yard. It is actually not too nice because mostly it feels like really annoying invasion of privacy. But it's funny too sometimes, like this once when Abbie newly planted her Hydrangeas and was tending to them when he arrived. Gubby and I were watching from my bedroom's window and laughing out loud!

FIONA! The wackiest person EVER! A Cinderella Story was on TV a little while ago. I was laughing like crazy at Fiona! "So moist ... mmm" Hahaha!

And finally, this absolutely awesome wacky book which I want SO bad!

That's all folks! Until the next five Wacky Finds, have a wacky day!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Crafty Files: Shit Happens

What are the Crafty Files?: The Crafty Files are my version of art journal - except I keep all my crafty creations organized in a beautiful binder instead of a journal. All of my creative works will be filed inside my super gorgeous file. Magazine graphics' collages, quotes, doodles, drawings - all kinds of creativity shall appear here!

"Shit happens. Flush it and move on."

Shit happens ever so often in my life. People do shitty things to me. Sometimes fate does shitty stuff to me too. I've figured that I need to take it, flush it, and move on. So when life throws shit in your face do exactly that: flush it and just move on. There are good things and bad things and both keep coming at you. Sometimes it does feel to me like all I'm dealing with is bad and there is nothing nice in sight but I'm learning to deal with it and wait for good things to come my way. It's tough, yes. Yet, I try and it lifts up my mood.

Oh by the way, I was so excited when I came across a toilet's picture - it was perfect for what I had in mind *laughs*! I immediately sat down to craft this piece out!
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