Dubai, Overseas Trips, Something inbetween

I’m back .. my story so far ..

Its been over a year since my last post.  Alot has happened in the past year.  Alot of blessings, a few tragedies but eventually we were all hit by the silent twister called Covid 19.

I won’t bore you with the details, but we moved to Toronto, CA., in the summer of 2019.

Dubai has/had been our home for nearly 27 years.

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The transition was not an easy one, as expected.  Its hard to uproot a tree and just place it elsewhere.  New surroundings, new environment, new people, new culture,  new everything.   But I’ve always believed that CHANGE is always for the best.  We tend to live in our comfort zone – its easy, it convenient, but its NOT progress. In order to progress, one must move. One must adapt to change. Change can be within or outwardly as well.

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In order to make such a drastic move, called for immense planning and organization.  Months of endless garage sales to dispose our furniture, tons of kitchen ware, garden ware etc, selling our cars, selling our villas, managing scores of documentation for ourselves and our eight cats.   One 40 feet container, 10 suitcases and 8 cat carriers later, we landed in Toronto.

Gosh, how easily I wrote that entire sentence forgoing the millions of incidents, goof ups, episodes of rage, emotional dramas AND confusions, we went through.  But I suppose, we all go through those phases.  Nothing worthwhile, is found, just lying around. One has to endure, one has to struggle, one has to pay the price of hardships to succeed, as did we.

I will be sharing the story of my cat-travels in another post. But for now, I am counting my blessings.  Blessings of being surrounded by love from my children, my husband, my cats and some very good people.

Buying a house, getting our driving license, unpacking 300 cartons, school admissions, university admissions, were some of the larger milestones that we accomplished. We stay in the city of Kitchener now.

Our new home. Our new address. Our new pin code. Bizarre, ain’t it ? Last year this time, we were munching shawarma’s and Hardee’s burgers in Dubai and today, we have become such at-home eaters.

Which brings me to the another new development.  I have started uploading videos on my Youtube channel.  Presently, becoz its Ramadan, I have been sharing tutorials on Indian dishes. However, I will start posting the link to my Crafts and Diy tutorials here too.

My Youtube Channel – Naush Samama

Getting the house organized has been an ongoing process. We still have cartons stacked in virtually ALL the rooms. But we are getting there.  Slow and steady.

There have been a few DIY revamps, that I attempted as well.

Hopefully, I’ll share some of those as well in other posts.

For those of you who are in Dubai or Middle-East, and would like to know what are some of the bigger compromises, that we made in adjusting to the lifestyle here, please feel free to ask in the comments. I will be happy to share them.

Life is good.  And happiness is not seeking something. Happiness is being with those whom you love and who love you back equally.  May you all find that happiness within you.

Here is a glimpse of some of the few beautiful landscapes, we left behind.

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A glimpse of Sheikh Zayed road from Satwa side.

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Dusit Thani Hotel.

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The famous – Sheikh Zayed Raod.
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Al Qudra Lake

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Dubai Creek Harbour
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Ras Al Khaimah

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Dubai Marina
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Down town Dubai

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Box Park – the hip happening place to be at.
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Dubai Trade Center used to be the most prominent building, when I came to Dubai nearly 3 decades back.
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That one store which had drastic sales THROUGH OUT THE YEAR !!

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One of the oldest supermarkets in Karama.

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Tutorial – Tray Makeover with Decoupage

This makeover was easy and fun – just the kinda projects, I enjoy.

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Decoupage is a very forgiving form of art. Alot of errors can be overlooked and ‘hidden’.

There’s something so soothing about shabby chic hence I’ve used pastel peach color. (Just cannot stand the wood color – but did not want to dump the tray either.)

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Started with sanding the tray gently, followed by the first coat of gesso.

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This is the first coat of white gesso.
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completing the first coat of gesso.
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Second coat of gesso followed by a single coat of pastel peach color.
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Loving the shabby chic look already !
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I cannot emphasis how crucial, drying period is between coats.
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i gave the tray a singe coat of modge podge.  Then I cut out some textured rice paper from #Creativa and genty spread it in the center of the tray. A few smaller flowers were stuck on the sides as well.  Remember to remove the air bubbles. I finished it off with another coat of modge podge and Voila !!

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I love makeovers ! Lending a new lease of life to an old piece of furniture, utensil etc is such a delight.

Have you tried decoupage ? Believe me, its just a fancy french name for a very simple and fun craft.  Do, give it a go !

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Dubai, Fairs & exhibitions in Dubai, My Favorite Stores in Dubai

New Year at the Worlds Tallest Tower.

Hello friends.

For all those of you who are celebrating New Year, I pray we all have a blessed, peaceful and creative New Year.

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I am a Muslim and we follow the Lunar calendar hence our New Year is 1st of Hijri. However, for our day to day practical purposes we refer to the Gregorian calendar.

An occasion or holiday that gives us a chance to be together is cherished.

So, How did you welcome the New Year ?

We are blessed to live in the City that houses the worlds tallest tower, so where best to be at, but The Burj Khalifa !!

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The fireworks were phenomenal, infact, Burj Khalifa also set the record for the longest LED light display on New Years eve.  Ho boy !! It was brilliant.

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Ofcourse, entry on Sheikh Zayed road and Financial center road, closed from 10:30 pm.

new year in dubai 1new year in dubai 5Cars were double parked on Al Khail road. But around 11:00 pm we realized, the authorities were moving people out from parking on the side-path of highway so we drove towards a construction site on the opposite side and had a fabulous view from there.

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Needless to say we were not the only smart ones there !!

People had come prepared with flood lights, carpets, tents etc.

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We had carried our tables, chairs, blankets and pizzas.

What absolute bliss.

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Any occasion is an opportunity to share some special moments with the people who matter the most to you, tolerate you the most and appreciate you the most.

Good health, sound mind and the bliss of a happy family – How can anything be more precious ?

1Different people celebrate in different ways. How did you welcome the New Year ?

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Blog Candy, Dubai, Giveaway, Uncategorized

Christmas Giveaway !!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Dubai ! 

To celebrate the festive season, we’ve got a fabulous gift hamper up for grabs.

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Participation is easy !!
Just be sure you’re following us on Instagram & Facebook, subscribe to this blog & confirm on whatsapp. Easy peasy !

Make sure to check back on 23rd December to know if you are a winner !

This giveaway is open ONLY to residents of Dubai, sharjah and Ajman in

United Arab Emirates

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To enter, just pop over to the links below and follow on our IG, FB and subscribe to our blog and send a whatsapp message stating “Christmas Giveaway”

  • Step 1 – “follow” us on Instagram @artycraftynaush
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  • Step 4 –  Whatsapp on 050-4545049 with message “Christmas Giveaway” and your Name/ FB / IG/ email address so we can verify if all four steps are carried out.

 

Example of the whatsapp message should read as :-

  • Christmas Giveaway, 
  • Name : Naush                                       (your name)
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ALL FOUR STEPS HAVE TO BE FOLLOWED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE HAMPER.

You’ll receive one entry per completion ( which includes all four steps)
                 This giveaway is open ONLY to residents of Dubai, sharjah and Ajman in                    United Arab Emirates.

Giveaway ends at 8pm on 22nd Decemeber 2018.

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Winner will be announced here on 23rd December. Good Luck !

**Note: all items on the blog giveaway were personally purchased by the founder of Doodle Buddies. We are in no way, shape or form being sponsored or endorsed by any of the companies who we purchased items from. The items were chosen at random & have been fully paid for.

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OUR NEXT GIVEAWAY WILL BE IN JANUARY 2019 !!

We hope you’ll enter the giveaway and tag your friends too !
The more the merrier !

 

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Easiest Christmas Wreath EVER !!

If your not able to find a Christmas wreath,  why not make one – in less than 15 minutes !!!

I promise . . . . .  its sooo easy to make.

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You need some cardboard – (i used a pizza box) Streamers, hot glue, any ornaments available at hand and some ribbon.

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And just HOW easy was THAT !!!!

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National day crafts to make and decorate

December 2nd is the National Day of United Arab Emirates. 

UAE is a diverse country.  It is the central hub for people to meet, work together and develop relationships. This country offers a sense of freedom, security and respect for all beliefs and cultures.

Expats as well as the locals live in perfect harmony here, hence the expats are equally excited and participate in the celebrations, with little children dressed in flag colors and balloons and stickers, badges and sweets being distributed.

From record gathering of flags to breathtaking phenomenal fireworks to fancy luxury cars embossed in national flag colors and bling .. we will be seeing it all !!

While the country is all set for the National day celebration with full pomp and show, I decided to teach my students how to decorate with regular household items to make lovely celebratory decoration and accessories.

We used regular plastic bottles and cut out the base in the shape of a flower. We later applied acrylic paints in the colors of red, green, black and white.  These were then tied up and hung as decoration.
Younger students made these simple trees with various shapes.  The theme centered around the colors used.
We also rolled up newspaper and made these large flowers to stick on the walls.
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we made the flag out of paper chains.  
We bought ribbons of the flag color and cut out “bangles” out of plastic bottle and wrapped it all around the plastic bottle – making a bangle with the flag colors.
We also used nail polish to color “washers” and tied it to these thin ribbons. The kids love accessorizing themselves with these.
How we decorated for National day.
These displayed handicrafts are a part of the UAE culture.  In the olden days, people relied on the resilient Palm tree to provide everything from shade to food to shelter material.  The branches of the palm tree were used to make these baskets, hand fans, bread serving dishes, food mats etc.   
The red siting area is just recreated here to show how, in the olden days, they would preferably sit on these hard cushions which can still be found in most homes.
Actually they are quite comfortable.

We wanted to make several more items for the National Day, but felt, slightly limited since all our projects had to have recycled material usage as well as be decorative in nature. 

How do you decorate your home, office or school for your National day ?  Do you get your kids involved in the decoration ?                

Please drop in a line to tell me if and how, you liked these easy and fun creations.

Recycled objects :-

  • Empty plastic bottles
  • Newspaper

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Upcycle Ideas For Photo Frame.

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Hello friends.

So, a couple of months back, when I was hosting the trunk show for my handmade jewelry, I bought a load of display stands/items from a lady who had closed down her Gold Jewelry store. ( Her friend was helping her sell her stands) You can find that collection here : An unbelievable haul.

There were various colors, and in relatively presentable state. (Not the best though)

All those of you, who have ever participated in exhibitions, fairs or small shows, must be all too aware of the importance and hassles involved in merchandising and issues with table space 😦

Most of my newly sourced display items were ‘on the table display’ hence, i had to come up with innovative ideas to display my jewelry in relation

  • with height
  • preferably stand alone pieces

A little bit of juggling, and I managed to upcycle a few things lying around in the house, like –

I love art and picture frames.  I am happy to buy them from stores like Pan Emirates, or  garage sales or Ikea as-is section or even dubizzle.  The maids rooms is choker full with large size frames ! ( luckily we don’t have a maid so that room is ‘converted’ into the art storage.

So anyways, here are how the frames looked.  They are in excellent condition. I just added a back support so that the frames would act as a shadow box without a glass in the front. A couple of nails were also gently tapped on it, so as to hang the necklaces.

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I will be sharing a post on all the trunk shows as well as exhibitions, that I participated in, where you will find these darlings displaying my handmade jewelry.

I don’t consider myself all too frugal but I love to upcycle or repurpose – passionately.  I come from a society where upcycling is frowned upon. People who upcycle are considered stingy or cheap.  But in all honesty, I find such a society, people and systems – very shallow.  One has to learn to look beyond today .. we have already flooded dear ol earth with tons of garbage with all the consumerism and commercialization. Isn’t it time, we just wake up and do something about it ??

There are some people who wish to ignore global warming and there are some people who believe its REAL and that we should’ave done something about it ALREADY a few decades back.

I just believe, that each one of us can and should, make a difference – BUT that cumulative effort CAN make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things.  We cannot exhaust our natural resources to fulfill our immediate greed and leave our future generations devoid of basic necessities.  There are places like South Africa who are suffering water shortages already !!

A few years back I was conducting “Save the Environment” workshops where I would visit local schools and educate kids with a complete presentation with facts and figures of how we are depleting our natural resources and how we can come up with simple ways to curb wastage. It was followed by crafts where we repurposed items which are generally dumped.  It was a very gratifying experience. Unfortunately, I got a full time job alittle later and I could not conduct those workshops after that 😦

I believe, positive, constructive and progressive values should be inculcated into children from a tender age.  It should not be a SUBJECT which is studied in their O’levels or A’levels.  If anything, its too late by then 😦

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