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Birthday Party decor in Pink & Pastel

I love decor dressing birthday parties. However,  decorating little girl parties is much more fun and easy than attempting boy parties.  There are plenty of limitations in decorating for boys than with girls.

For instance,

Theme boys – From Jurassic park to Toystory (naturally the super heroes of Avengers is an easy catch)

Theme girls – From Cinderella to Pocahontas to Elsa and all the fairies and Princesses in between 🙂

Colors boys –  I love using greens, blues and reds generally. These colors fill a room without much effort.

Colors girls – Almost every color in a rainbow and MORE !!

This birthday party decor request came on very short notice but since the mom, only had a few 10-year-olds joining the party – it was doable.  The food was catered by another company and we personalized fancy diaries/journals as party favors.

The brief was “Elegant – pastels – pinks”

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I made these giant paper flowers and dotted the ceiling with a few handmade tissue pompoms.  Young Inshirah loved the giant flowers. She decided to decorate her bedroom wall with them with the doily bunting in between them, after the party was over.

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Having had worked in the hospitality industry for numerous years, one key aspect I learnt in banqueting is the relevance of having a pretty skirting around the table to enhance the shabby chic serving platters and tableware even before setting eyes on the actual food.

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Over the years I have never given up on the humble banner/bunting.  It still remains a focal point and surely sets the stage, followed by color coordinated balloons or streamers or pompoms.

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I would love to hear from you about how you set up birthday party rooms in your home.

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Tutorial – Wreath from a pizza box !

Hello friends,

Thank you very much for all your encouragement and well wishes, that you leave in your comments, for the projects I share here.  It is a joy to read each one of your  messages.  Truly humbled.

Tutorial for upcycling pizza box into a wreath

It really breaks my heart to see the amount of cardboard and plastic, in good condition, being dumped.

I love finding ways to reuse, upcycle or repurpose household stuff, especially kitchen ware like plastic bottles, cereal boxes, milk cartons, milk jugs etc.

We have a set tradition of having Pizza from Pizza Hut for Friday lunch (our weekend)

And that’s how I have heaps of pizza boxes !!

Today, I am sharing a simple yet easy way to use the cardboard from the pizza box to make a wreath.

The felt flowers are also handmade. You can find the tutorial to those HERE.

This frame was salvaged from a friend, who was leaving the country and wanted to get rid of it since it was too large and had no glass in the front. Ofcourse, I rescued it.

Here’s the tutorial :

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Now for the bunting:

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The heart shape in the wreath is made with white foam which was packaging material in the box, from a recently bought earphone set.  I added a felt heart and a button over it. And voila, it looks lovely !

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I think, its stinkin cute !   I liked it enough to have it hung in the hallway.

Black and white stripes with pops reds and pinks is just so attractive.

I believe, crafters can breath life into any mundane object with their glue guns and some paint  🙂 – One minute that box could have been chugged into the bin but we found a way to make it adorn our walls.

Although, I have designed the frame and wreath with the HOME sentiment,  It could be easily replaced with words like Love, faith, friends or names of festivals.

I hope you find inspiration in my projects and might consider attempting some of them.

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Tutorial – how to upcycle twigs in a frame

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I am drawn towards art which serves a purpose and helps the environment as well.  Art with found objects like plastic bottles and salvaged wood chunks is so much fun and gratifying too.

I love giving a new lease of life to the forsaken, the forgotten, and the overlooked items lying in the corners of our home.

Old, beat up photo frames are some of my favorite ‘patients’

Today I am using some twigs from my backyard and a picture frame which did not have a backboard and lacked a glass front as well – perfect for this project.

  • Frame
  • Glue gun
  • Spray paint
  • twigs
  • washi tape
  • foam heart embellishments (flowers, leaves, stars or any other embellishments can be used.)
  • Cardboard (stripes of cardboard for support in the back)
  • brads

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love the pops of color (reds and pinks) on the mat grey frame.

I believe, crafters can breath life into any mundane object with their glue guns and some spray paint  🙂

This frame is ideal as a handmade gift or perfect to adorn the Valentine days mantle.

I hope you liked this frame and might consider attempting something similar.

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Tutorial – Felt Phone Pouch

Hello Friends.

I’m back with a fun and funky felt pouch tutorial.

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In my previous post, I shared, how we can make hair accessories, jewelry as well as book marks with felt, so today, we’ll see how we can design a fun felt case or pouch for the mobile phone.

Ofcourse, you can use these pouches to carry anything apart from phones as well.

You can also gift it your friends as valentines gift or mothers day gift or even teachers day gifts.

I must confess, I am quite a novice at sewing.  The only thing, I can sew is fallen off buttons !! But I decided to break the curse 😉 and give it a try.

The black pouch was the first one I sewed so the irregularities in the stitches, are pretty obvious, but I think, I got the hang of it by the time, I started the second (blue) pouch.

So I started with a rectangle shape, after measuring my phone dimensions and . . . .

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I know, the sewing is far from good but i think, with the next pouch, I tried the blanket stitch and turned out looking great.

Bonus tutorial of how to make a tassel !!!

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I could not have taken more photos while tying the tassel since I’d need more than 2 hands !

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I’m delighted with these pouches.  My mobiles sit perfectly in them.

I have added two quilled flowers ( tutorial here) in the blue pouch. I distressed the flowers with some (Tim Holtz) Rangers Distress ink.

I think the pictorial is pretty self-explanatory, isn’t it ?

I hope you liked it and might consider attempting a felt creation !

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Tutorial – Felt flowers and uses.

Hi friends.

Today I am sharing a few samples of flowers made with felt.

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Whether your crafting with children or adults, you’ll love playing with felt. Its an easy material, which is quite forgiving.  Unlike paper, its not very thin, and unlike fabric, its not very fluid. It can hold its shape well and can be adhered easily, with just a dab or two, of glue.

There are several tutorials available on Youtube to demonstrate how to make different types of flowers with felt.  Since I was designing a few, I took a few pictures.

felt flower tutorial 1Once you cut out the large circle, start cutting the inside border like so

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Once you roll the flower to the end, add some hot glue to the base of the flower, and adhere the rolled up flower to the base.  I could not take a photo of that. ( I would need three arms to do so !)

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Six felt circles is all it takes, to make this lovely flower.

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You need a  long strip of felt, 2 cm wide and 9 cm long for this flower.

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This is an easy necklace made with leftover strips of excess felt. Just roll two different colors of felt together ( same width) and form this quill. Use little hot glue to seal the ends.  I sewed the rolls together with a thick needle. 
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This is a simple yet effective bookmark made with a little elastic string and three felt circles.

Kids love to craft with felt.  Something about the texture and bright colors, really attracts little ones.

In addition to the bookmark and necklace, I have used felt to design flowers for hair accessories, jewelry like brooches and journal covering, in the past.

So, have you crafted with felt, ever ?

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Upcycle Pizza Box

Hello creative buddies !

Pizza Hut take away boxes are one of my favorite materials to use as canvases and shadow box frames.

Here are some of my other takes on the previous pizza box projects :

https://doodlebuddies.net/2014/06/17/upcycled-pizza-box-into-mixed-media-canvas/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2013/10/25/pizza-box-canvas/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2013/07/17/recycle-pizza-box-and-toilet-rolls-tutorial/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2013/07/05/pizza-box-turned-to-shadow-box/

https://doodlebuddies.net/2011/06/15/gift-box-pizza-box-recycled/

Today, I have used ring-pulls to design a heart shape on a pizza box. I love playing with texture and these ring pulls add a unique texture to the project.  I have used a gold matt spray paint finish to subdue the rings.

The process was longer than expected but the end result was well-worth it.

* I did not have to go scavenging for ring pulls since I already collect them and have a huge pile of ring pulls and lids so they come in handy, for such projects.

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I continue to share projects that can inspire my friends and readers with ways to reuse/recycle/repurpose/upcycle household items.

Every decision starts with a very small but firm, first step. I hope you embrace the idea of recycling or repurposing this year.

If you have been recycling already,  I would love to read some of your ideas for eco friendly crafts too.

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Tutorial – Earphone/Penny Purse in 5 minutes !

Honestly, this has got to be the easiest project I have done in years !!

This is an incredibly easy re-purpose project and requires ONLY TWO materials.

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Actually I am using these to store my earphones. Those tiny things are everywhere but where they should be ! Now they finally have a safe place while travelling.

Very easy steps and you can use ANY toiletry tube available,  to make this earphone /penny purse.

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So there you have it. Just a small piece of velco and a cosmetic tube (face wash gel are best for this purpose.) are all you need.

I continue to share projects that can inspire my friends and readers with ways to reuse/recycle/repurpose/upcycle household items.

In this world of mass produced goods,  it wont be long before, continents are filled to their brim with trash. Any attempt at reducing the weight on the landfills is always welcome.

What was the last item you repurposed ?  I would love to find out some of your ideas for eco friendly crafts.

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Canvas from Cardboard Container

Hello friends. How have the first 11 days of 2019 been ?

Are the resolutions going strong ?

I hope one of the resolutions is to lead a more sustainable existence – Recycle, reuse, repurpose.

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We have been rescuing and fostering cats for alittle over 14 years. Presently we have 11 cats. One of the things you’ll find in abundance at my home are ‘cans’.  Your right, cat food cans.

Most of my cats love tuna.  We generally buy bulk cat food when there are some promotions running.  These cans come in packs of three’s within a cardboard packaging.

I have used 3 such Tuna cans cardboard packaging as my canvas.

I gave the cardboard 2 coats of gesso. With sharpie, I outlined the house and colored it with acrylic paints.

I topped it off with a final coat of modge podge.

I love quirky prim houses and tried to give them a cartoonish look.

One of the mistakes, I made was I did not leave too much time for drying between the two gesso coats.  When I began the final acrylic paint, I got a smudge at one of the houses.

The other mistake was that I did not continue the house colors on the side of the cardboard.

Still, I like how it turned out.

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So how did you like this innovative canvas ?

Have you ever attempted using anything other than a canvas to paint on ?

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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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The Ultimate Art and Craft Box / Kit !

How to diy art and craft kitThis is a simple post about helping Moms, new Moms, creative and Non-creative Moms understand, how you can get alittle organized beforehand and make beautiful memories while your little one enjoys spending that special time with you.

I’ve been a craft artist for nearly two decades. I love crafting. It is not only my passion, but it also completes me.

“Crafts” is a tiny term which encompasses a whole range of activities.  Unfortunately most of us, tend to associate it with painting or drawing or probably alittle bit of cutting.  But that’s not necessarily all that there’s to it.

I’ve taught in a couple of schools but several prestigious art institutes.  I’ve held Mother & Toddler classes, Workshop for ladies and classes for youngsters as well.

Today, in this post, I will address one concern that most moms have echoed over the years to me, how they find themselves all over the place when it comes to having some craft time with the kids.

There are 4 things, I’d like for you to remember before we address the craft dilemma :-

  • Please hold your ‘fun craft time’ – as a time to explore new activities TOGETHER. It is a time when you actually MAKE MEMORIES – its supposed to be FUN. Not a task.
  • Please know, that NO ART WORK is ever “COMPLETE OR PERFECT” – it is ALL in THE PROCESS.
  • Please remember, appreciate your child’s effort, no matter how tiny. He is trying to please YOU as well.
  • Long after they have grown, they will still cherish these priceless moments. So don’t try to work on making it “Perfect”.  Remember, “its the imperfection that adds character.”

Here are some of the issues  :-

  1. Insufficient tools
  2. Inadequate know-how
  3. Unaware of places to shop at for supplies
  4. lack of energy to drive around to places for supplies
  5. Packed craft kits are expensive
  6. Packed craft kits have limited supplies

So, I’ve decided to address all of these 6 issues one by one.

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Moms who have toddlers in their troublesome twos, realize that children need various activities besides toys, to keep them stimulated.  Hence in a desperate attempt to help the little one, they grab the first craft kit that they come across in the supermarket aisle.  However, I agree that most craft kits are aimed at a specific activity and supplies are really limited.

I’m going to advise you on how you can ease the process of crafting with your toddler/little one.

Please remember, children are not just visual learners. They learn by touch, feel, smell, sight, sound and THE PROCESS !

For the first 5 years of their life, they are still getting the hang of the hand and eye coordination – gross motor skills.

They are virtually charged 10 hours of the day to play, practice and have fun.  Thru it all, they are LEARNING.

Adapting to their environment and understanding their own movements.

Let us consider a routine scenario.

Our young first-time-Mum watches this youtube video about 5 easy crafts to try out with little Sarah.  (point2 addressed) [Google and Youtube videos ‘can be” a new Mom’s best friend since they can guide you tremendously around the process of crafting with kids]

She thinks its easy enough to try it out with her little one.  She rushes to the nearest Toy store and searches high & low for a craft kit for toddlers ! { point3 – this mom had the strength and enthusiasm to drive to the Toy store. Full marks to her but (point4) not all of us drive or have a store close by, hence we can buy online as well } Refer here

Realization – most crafts kits are aimed at children older than 5 years !!  Heaps of toys are available – but not craft kits !

FYI – one of the reasons for this is that alot of craft supplies have small objects which can cause choking hazard for little ones and companies do not want to risk getting into such waters.

Ofcourse you can opt out and buy one of those ridiculously expensive painting kits with sponges and fancy brushes (Point 5 is valid and real)  But then of course, Mom can splurge over little Sarah.

So Mom buys it and brings it at home – 2 days of fun and mess later, chances are a few of the brushes ‘may’ have gone missing under the sofa, the paint tub is all but nearly over and our little Sarah has decided, she’s had enough of Mona Lisa. (point6) Most little children have a short attention span. Give them easy crafts to work with. They may work with one painting but once its over, they need something different. 

This is where little Sarah is restless and Mom is getting frustrated too as her she realizes these craft activities are probably not her cup of tea !!

THIS IS WHERE I STEP IN !! Don’t fret and fume Mama.  Read on …. there is relief for you.

We’re going to assemble the ULTIMATE ART AND CRAFT BOX for you so that every time, you want to try out an activity with your child, all you have to do is, spread the ‘drip sheet’ on your table or work space and get the supplies you need, out and voila ! Start your crafting adventure !! You never know – you might discover you really like crafts 🙂

First thing –  Chances are, you might already be having a plastic box, bucket, basket or a large container at home. Its best if it could be large and preferably with a lid. In fact, the large transparent bin with wheels from IKEA is most ideal for this purpose.  Here are a few options :

Here are some of the most basic supplies :-

I highly encourage little children who are still developing their gross motor skills to use crayons or color pencils rather than colored markers.

Please remember, a scribble made by a 2 year old, might be an entire story from his imagination. Hence please appreciate it and ask him/her questions relating to that. See how his/her eyes sparkle as he describes 3 stories from one picture !!

Avoid buying large A3 size drawing books becoz children tend to use only a partial amount of space. Infact, I keep photocopier sheets handy, which can later be framed or placed in protector sleeves and hung up on the fridge or their study desks.

Don’t underestimate the importance of the humble rubberband.  Also remember to pack a few of the large black paper clips.

Alot of crafts ask for pipecleaners too. From acting as the stem of a flower, to the antenae of a butterfly, pipecleaners/chenille have plenty of uses.

Several crafts require drinking straws. They are colorful, they are easy to manipulate and children associate blowing air or making bubbles with them.

Long after the clothes have been dried, these clothespin will be super handy in the craft box. From the body of an insect to decorating a recycled jam jar, there are endless uses of this innovative creation. An absolute Must-have for our craft box.

Styrofoam balls come in various sizes. Apart from the easy snow man, you will find several sites full of ideas on how to use these, creatively.

Below, you will find tiny sparkling stars in packets,  pipecleaners which are plain and sparkly, styrofoam balls, childproof scissors and glitter tubes.  I would definitely include all of these EXCEPT GLITTER tubes.  They are a highly messy idea and I would prefer the children to be atleast 6 years old  before they get their hands on glitter.

I absolutely LOVE this bumper kit. You could buy the items individually or just add 2 packets of these in our craft box and Voila !  Tip – These could be included as return gifts for birthday parties too !!

If you are not able to get crepe paper, the below tissue gift wrap paper will do the trick just as well. Most crafts for tiny toddlers revolves around tearing bits of pieces of these sheets and sticking it to various items.

I don’t think, any craft kit can be complete without a Sharpie marker. Although the below marker is NOT a sharpie, I think, it might do the job ! Traditionally these are alcohol based hence you can use these to draw on plastic and metal.

The value pack with 25 pieces is ideal.  It is always advisable to use the thicker paint brushes for children.  Don’t expect little fingers to hold tiny brushes. These kits with sponge faces are also fun for little ones. Just drop alittle paint in a paper plate and dab the sponge for endless hours of fun !!

These alphabet stampers are good when you want kindergarten children to practice remembering their alphabets OR sounds. It takes the stress off, from having to write. But they are optional.

 

  • Every mothers nightmare is the aftermath of an art and craft activity – This drop sheet should be able to solve that issue, Mom !

Just spread it on the table or floor and use the spring clamp (in the below picture) to hold it tight to an object, alternatively, you can use the white and blue striped sheet rolls, available in supermarkets. They too are efficient.
One fun item I would include would have to be these Ketchup dispenser bottles.

Use ? – You can find several recipes for puffy paint and these bottles are perfect for squeezing the paint and designing with.

Here are some more tips.

  • A glue gun is a handy tool (almost an essential item for every Crafter) . However, it can be introduced to  children once they are over 10 or 11 years of age.
  • When working with little children, use only paper masking tape. Not the plastic kind.
  • Please don’t buy the plastic scissors for toddlers. It practically NEVER works.
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  • Over the years, I have realized, aprons don’t help all that much. It inhibits their movement and if anything, the plastic rubbing against eachother is a bother to most kids. Just get them dressed in one of your husband’s old Tshirts !
  • Red, blue and yellow are primary colors, inorder to attain any other color, you just have to mix, any two of these two colors.  So you don’t need a dozen tubs of colors. A few will do.
  • I have compiled this list considering almost all homes have paper staplers and paper punches !

So there you have it !

All the pictures in this post were taken at Dollar Plus. *However please note,  this post is not in affiliation with them. I am NOT being compensated by ANY Dollar store for this post.

When I share my experience or any information with you over here – it is done purely to help, moms, teachers, crafters, students and people who don’t have the time or energy to research these avenues.  I have NOTHING to gain from it except perhaps some appreciation from people who leave kind words of gratitude in the comments.

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Dollar Store – in Dubai ?

Dollar stores have been sprawling all over the US and Canada for several decades.  England has its own version as the Pound store and I am sure, the rest of the world too has them.

Here in Dubai, we’ve been spoiled for choices at the numerous 10 dhs – 20 dhs stores and Day to Day stores.

We even have a Japanese counterpart ‘Daiso’ providing most items at dhs 7.

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Let me tell you 26 years back, when I landed in Dubai for the first time, these exact stores offered 1,2 and 5 dhs items. Infact you still might find a few of them in certain pockets of Sharjah and Ajman.

A “certain class” of people tend to have a biased view about their products, looking down upon them as cheap Chinese goods. However, I believe that is a blanket statement that just does NOT apply.  Some of the items you find here, are really good quality and some are far from it. But I would not generalize it.

For the longest time, I used to pick bulk goods from these stores for filling “return gift bags” for my children’s birthday parties.  (from Kindergarten to grade 5 !!)

Infact I remember, I used to add note pads, pencil cases, little stuffies or toy cars and some cupcakes or juice packets for valentines days for all my boys’ classmates till they completed Primary schooling, alternating the items with puzzles, popup books, coloring books, stickers, rubic cube, etc as they grew older.

When you have to pack, 70 – 80 bags, one has to be wiser with the penny and the pound ! For years, my sons’ friends looked forward to these bags.  Once secondary school began, everybody had such tech-related needs !!

Finally a few years back, Dollar Plus opened its doors at Madina Mall.

Located in Al Qusais – closer to Al Muhaisnah

This is just a quick glimpse of what you’ll find at the store.

My next post will be more elaborate with a theme !

Click on the above photos to view them in detail.

These colors are so delightfully appealing !

I love their collection of earthen mugs, colorful pails, fancy candles, baskets and those lovely vintage pictured vanity/mirror cases ! Oh so chic !!

My next blog post will also be related to the Dollar store but it will be focused around the creative aspect of what appeals to a Crafter in a Dollar store.

I am very excited to share plenty of tips and ideas of how and what to make use of, at the store. Please be sure to SUBSCRIBE to my blog, lest you don’t miss that post.

PS. I am NOT being reimbursed by ANY Dollar store for this post.

When I share my experience or any information with you over here – it is done purely to help, moms, teachers, crafters, students and people who don’t have the time or energy to research for these avenues.  I have NOTHING to gain from it except perhaps some appreciation from people who leave kind words of gratitude in the comments.

Thank you for visiting me today. Have a lovely day and be sure to subscribe to my blog (top right column)and my instagram here.

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