Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure

The courtyard / Garden Transformation ~ part 3

I meant to upload this post earlier but the season of fairs and festivities is taking its toll on my time. We have participated in several fairs this season and needless to say, its been quite fullfilling as well as profitable. Perhaps my only regret is that I dont have much time to cultivate more hobbies !

For those of you, who are new to my blog,  perhaps you’d like to check out the previous two courtyard transforamations 1 and 2 !

Here are some more of the garden makeover pictures. The garden looks amazingly inviting so far. 

The area right infront of my kitchen, where you can see the arch is where, we would generally keep all the sensitive plants and the bbq sets and ofcourse, heaps of buckets, full of samie’s bird food ! Ofcouse a whole lot of crap was also housed there, which I took great relief in dumping. Here are those pics.

 

Yes, I know, its ugly and repulsive but then .. … .. .. ……………..TADDA !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the bbq sets were dumped. Buckets replaced and organized. Plants out in the courtyard. And all my display wire racks were given a new shelter. I know, they arent perfectly safe from the occasional rains this season brings with it. But atleast there is some relief knowing there is a little covering over them.

This candle holder is actually for wall mounting but I decided to keep it on the glass table after some simple spray painting.

Heres it new look :

Gorgeous ! aint it ???

Finally, it was time to tackle the garden chairs. We have two separate set of garden tables and chairs. One set is the wicker bucket chairs in brown and the other are the Home Center Brown beach chairs. Although the initial plan was only to paint the beach chairs, I got carried away and did the wicker chairs in white as well.

I know this side shows just how neglected the poor area is but just wait and watch for the new look :

Pretty, isnt it ??

These pine cones were picked up in our trip to Turkey.  Naturally like all things, I had some plans for these too. Which just got laid back in the backburner for sometime until now, when I thought they were the perfect center table accessory.

The kids were a great help in turning these into gorgeous gold matt painted treasures. I completly love the new look :

Bit by bit the garden is getting where I hoped it would. There are several small and large projects still at hand but for now, I am pleased and will upload the ariel pictures in my next post.

I’d really like to give a whole lot of credit to all my sons without whom, it would have been a nightmare getting all these projects sorted out. As much as I am a “pain” and a real nasty task master, they happily encourage me and give me a hand so readily, even when they feel exhausted. May Allah swt bless them with good health and success in their lives, Ameen.

I am linking this post to my friends at the following parties :

Sunday

MONDAY
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Brag Monday @ The Graphics Fairy
Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty
 
We’re going to have a longer weekend becoz UAE is celebrating its 40th national holiday which also means, I am going to have a blast with my new DIY TOYS !! Gotta make the most of it, coz the middle guy, sawaab’s exams start from 11th Dec 😦    ~ now getting that guy to sit and focus is a REAL TASK !!! Anyone with a hyper (ADHD) 10 year old, knows my predicament 🙂
 
Thank you again for all your thoughtful comments and all the encouragement, you, so graciously give me. I hope you found some inspiration in my projects and please remember, if I can do it ~ so can you !
 
Plenty of love till we meet again,
 
Naush
Art & Craft Ideas, Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure

The Courtyard/ Garden transformation ~ part 2

For those of you, who arent aware of whats going on, please view my first post on the Courtyard/Garden transformation ~ 1

One of the first things that I had bought for the courtyard were these very cute wall mounting terracotta half pots. 6 years later, not only have they aged but the color has turned really pale and ugly.  So naturally, that was on top of the to do list.

Unfortunately these pots are mounted in such a way, that they cannot be removed for cleaning purposes, hence I had to manage painting them while they were mounted which seems like quite a challenge. Therefore, I’ll just have to give myself that much leavage for the marks spread on the side 😦

The next project was this bench that I have had for a couple of years which has also borne the brunt of the heat and weather. I have been so inspired by all the coastal & shabby chic look these days, that I decided to paint it white. It isnt perfect by any measure but I love the new look of the bench. So inviting and ideal of an afternoon tea !

The bench was moved from the old location, closer to the entrance and the area behind it with the wire rack where we previously had wine leaves spirally and which later turned into a junk magnet  ~~~ was finally cleared !!!

Although it seems the progress is very slow, it is really a lot of hard work and I just know, its going to be worth it. Inshallah. There are many more projects at hand, so I’m just going to link this post to the following parties now :-

Sunday

MONDAY

Dittle Dazzle
The DIY Home Sweet Home
It’s so Very Cheri
http://soverycreative.blogspot.com/
Making the World Cuter
Motivate Me Monday
Polly Want a Crafter
Making Monday Marvelous
Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds 

Monday:
Making Monday Marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.
I made the world cuter today @ Making the World Cuter
Just Something I whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Motivate me Monday @ Keeping it Simple
Brag Monday @ The Graphics Fairy  
Photo Challenge @ I Heart Faces
Mad Skills @ Mad in Crafts
Made with Love @ Sew Chatty

Thank you for visiting me today. I hope you found some inspiration in my garden makeovers and do visit me again to see how the transformations are coming along.

Till then,

Have a very beautiful week ahead.

Naush.

Makeovers, Recyling, Reuse, Reduce., Trash to Treasure

The Courtyard/Garden transformation ~ part 1

This post is not for the faint of  heart so if your not prepared to see some really catastrophic pictures of a courtyard/garden, I suggest, you turn back NOW ! 🙂

And now for the brave amongst you :  For those of you who are not living/have never lived  in the middleEast, summers can be a very very very HOT period and this period lasts for nearly 6-7 months in Dubai. Ofcourse “WE” are saved and happiliy sheltered in our air conditioned homes, cars and malls but not so for our gardens/courtyards. Thats the time when most damage takes place on the garden furniture, pots and plants/grass. I mean, c’mon who can withstand + 45*C  EVERYDAY for 5-6 Months ????? And hence the courtyard/garden is left to the mercy of Allah swt like everything else in our lives.  For the past couple of years, I used to provide shade to my plants using these huge plastic sheets, much to the annoyance of my neigbour, and later, I just gave up

I must confess, the coutyard does tend to become a makeshift area for dumping undecided furniture +  laundry area + kid bikes  + virtually EVERYTHING !!! 

However, this year, with all the visitors expected at Eid and with all the enthusiasm I have bubbling inside me to go the DIY way, I decided to completly “TRY” and transform alittle of the garden so that we could atleast have a nice hot cuppa coffee on Friday mornings in the courtyard or host half a dozen bbqs for our friends.

 Here are the shocking pictures of the sun damaged and neglected courtyard from different angels :-

 

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Ofcourse this is just a larger view of the garden. And quite frankly theres more that does NOT meet the eye in these pictures but I am sure with detailed pictures, it will be quite apparent what a HUGE task, I have, athand.  I decided to tackle the task, area by area, project by project.  In the next few posts, I’m going to share how and what were my DIY projects in the way of upgrading or atleast uplifting the garden. But first, the most important job : getting rid of all those old, worn out, unused, overused and useless pieces of buckets, tanks, bikes, furniture, bbq sets and heaps more.

That alone took us an entire day ! You can imagine WHY !  This was the first van that went to the recycling center.

         

Thats our gardener giving us a hand at loading the van with all the unwanted stuff. It took an entire day and two truck loads to finally get rid of all the that treasure 🙂

I was too exhausted to take pictures of the second truck !

The transformation, is coming about excellently, piece by piece and area by area. To read more posts, please “follow” or “subscribe”  to me and you’ll see how the progress is coming about.

I am linking this post to the following linking parties. Not only will I be glad to get some feedback, some much needed encouragement but I would love to have some wonderful ideas and advice given to  me too.

Home Sweet Home Friday at the Charm of Home
Savvy Southern Style
The House in the Roses
Serenity Now
Boogieboard Cottage
The DIY Showoff
Coastal Charm
Momma Hen’s Coop
Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence
Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Potpourri Friday at 2805
Farmhouse Friday at LaurieAnna’s Vintage Home
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Open House Party at No Minimalist Here
 Rae Gun Ramblings
Redoux ~ the DIY Club
 
Friday
ffa Fridays~Sassy Sites
Feature Friday~Spunky Junky
Friday Flair~WhipperBerry
Pity Party~30 Handmade Days
Freckled Laundry
Shanty 2 Chic
Naptime Crafters
Remodelaholic Anonymous
Fabulous Friday Finds
Frugal Friday
Fun to Craft
Catch As Catch Can
Friday Furniture Feature
Inspiration Friday
Feathered Nest Friday
Vintage Inspired Friday
Home Sweet Home
Designer Garden VIP Party
Simple Home Life
Truly Lovely
Fun for Kids Fridays~Smile Monsters

 

I’m so glad your visiting me today and found this post interesting enough to read it till here. Have a good day and dont forget to be happy with all that your blessed with.

Naush

Fairs & exhibitions in Dubai

Victory Heights Craft Fayre ~ 2011

Like I said in my previous post, the fair season is running in full swing. People are holding craft sales in their homes, coffee mornings are hosting table sales and what not. Today we attended the Victory Heights Craft Fayre at the Els Club. It was my first visit to the club and I loved the beautiful lush green grass and the gorgeous golf course was mind blowing. The club ofcourse, was rather small but there was alot of festivities in the atmosphere, with kids playing around, residents and visitors enjoying the many colorful stalls hosting a good variety of goods/products.

Most of the vendors were nice enough to allow me to take pictures. And here they are for those of you who were unable to attend this small but lovely fayre :- Not only are these pictures eye candy for craft lovers but for novice artists’ , they will also serve as an excellent example of how a table can be set up for different craft product displays.

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I hope you guys are inspired by all the glamorous colors and gorgeous creativity in these pics ! I know I am :).  Even if you could’nt attend the fair, I know, these pics would really give you a feel of what it felt like being there.

I’d like to share this post with the following links :

See you and have a pleasent weekend.

Till my next post,

Creatively yours

Naush

Fairs & exhibitions in Dubai, My Favorite Stores in Dubai

Market Day at Arabian Ranches 2011

We have already entered the fair (events) season, with the first one being the Arabian Ranches Market Day which was held on the last Friday of October. I was participating in the popular Arabian Ranches Market Day, last year, but this year, my schedule was too tight with the inlaws visiting us from Saudi and all the transformations I am working on at home presently.

As always the Market Day was excellently organized. We spend a lovely afternoon finding some amazing stuff and enjoying all the activities organized. Not only did we have over 100 stalls selling clothes, shoes, decoration items, cds, electronics, toys, books, games, furniture and heaps of many more things, but we also had stalls for games, face painting, rodeo rides and ofcourse tons of more activities. I managed to click a few lovely photos which I am sharing here. As a community, Arabian Ranches, always amazes me with friendly and mostly helpful residents.

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Needless to say, I bought myself a heap of lovely stuff from the table top sales !