Saturday, December 16, 2017

The Wacky Finds Series ~ Volume 32

It's time for Volume 32 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!

Presenting ... Abbie's Magical Unicorn Drawing for Gubby dearest! Ever since I was a kid I've LOVED Abbie's drawings. I doodle too but my drawings are never this awesome unless I spend a good long time perfecting them. She makes it seem like drawing stuff is effortless. This unicorn was actually a giant decal that I'd put on Gubby's desk to decorate it up. Abbie copied it exactly in Gubby's little doodle notebook. I loved it so much I decided to take a picture so I could preserve it forever!

Abbie recently got an ear infection and had to go see a doctor to make sure she didn't need more antibiotics. That's where we found this guy. The wacky bit is how he's dressed up in  doctor's coat! It was cute and silly at the same time ... so out came my camera!

THIS WAS SO CUTE I SPENT A GOOD COUPLE OF MINUTES JUST LOOKING AT IT! A notepad that looks like a stick of butter! How cool is this? SO VERY COOL! I found this at TJ Maxx, if memory serves me right, and had to have an internal discussion with myself to convince my hands from not picking it up and adding it to my trolley!

Wait, did they visit my house and then decide to design this one? One of those things I see at Target and love instantly. This would have worked so well in my house because it is an exact description of what my family is like! *laughs*

One of the many drawings Gubby draws on an app in my phone and saves to my camera roll. That newly-turned three year old kid actually knows how to find the app on the second 'page' of my phone's screen, open it, change background colors, chose colors and textures and brush types, draw and doodle, and then also save to my camera roll! How does that happen? When I was three years old I was .. I don't even know what I was doing, except flashing adorable dimpled cheeks at the world. I think this new generation of kids are going to be geniuses! They can already handle phones and everything so well, imagine what they'll do when they grow up! God bless them all and especially my little darling who drew this masterpiece. Oh and by the way, is it just me, or does the drawing look like a fish? I see a fish! Don't know about you!

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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My Weekend Winter Wonderland

Since the past seven to eight years of experiencing snowfall in my life I have been absolutely and entirely crazily in love with snow! The all white landscapes feel like the fairy tale which my life forgot to become and the cool and calm of snow falling ever so quietly is just serenity personified. I love snow. I just absolutely do. In fact, I say Fall is my favorite season but let me tell you that Winter poses some serious close competition. Last weekend the clouds above poured on us the first snow of the season. I woke up to a beautiful scene where everything looked like it had been dusted with icing sugar! It was so pretty I couldn't help but feel happy, relaxed, and pumped up for the new year! It felt like 2017 was officially ending and bringing a (hopefully) happier and prettier 2018 to me!

It was supposed to start snowing around two in the morning but when I woke up around ten it had only just begun. I'm glad when snow falls during the day when I can actually stay glued to my window with my feet ensconced in fuzzy socks and a cup of hot chai steaming up my window's glass. I like seeing everything turn white in front of my eyes. It's so soothing. We all dressed up for snow day! I wore my new red plaid shirt which has some intricate glitter details on it along the stripes. Of course, Gubby stole the show though. She walked up to us looking like a baby polar bear! Her grey shirt had a fuzzy furry polar bear on its front and her lilac pajamas had snowflakes all over. She was like a snow ball right there inside the house! And with those fluffy fat cheekies to match too!

The rest of the entire Saturday I was found peeking outside, phone's camera in hand, from every single window of the house. I doodled a heart too, something I'd done last Winter I think and it felt like keeping up with a tradition of some sort. Just speaking about snow makes me so happy, imagine how ecstatic I must have been last weekend!

On Saturday Abbie and I enjoyed the snow show from inside the house where we had lots of fun with our Gubby darling. In the early afternoon you could hear Gubby yowling because she wanted to go outside and build a snowman. Since we hadn't had enough snow then we couldn't do that so Abbie came up with a brilliant idea. Next minute Abbie, Gubby, and I were surrounded by cotton balls as we made indoor snowmen. I'll be honest, I couldn't shape mine so I hadn't everything over to Abbie. She did a fabulous job and we ended up with two extremely adorable looking snowmen with wiggly eyes, paper noses, and even a scarf knit up by mama. Before evening Gubby finally got her wish fulfilled. She and her parents went outside and Gubby built a small super cute snowman! She looked EDIBLE-level adorable in the snow! *smooch attack*

Saturday was super awesome but Sunday was the real deal when Abbie and I stepped outside. We wore our fleece pajamas, a million layers of clothing, coats and boots, and headed out with our cameras to have some snow fun and take pictures for blogging. One of the gazillion reasons why I love snow is also for the photography I get to do. The past weekend I found such beautiful scenes that I must have taken fifty pictures at the very least but I chose the four absolute best ones to post on my blog today!

This is Sunday morning when the snowfall had stopped. I took this one around seven in the morning I think. I looked outside my window to find the rising sun shine on the now barren trees such that they looked an unnatural bronze color. I've never seen such a sight before in all my life! They reminded me of those pine cones in the dry decoration sets sold in stores. BEAUTIFUL!

I snapped this one right after capturing the bronze beauties on my camera. I loved the way the house glows gold thanks to the rising sun in the pictures background. It is such perfect contrast against the snow covered tree. Everything reminds me of cakes when it snows. Maybe I love cake decoration too much and that's the case but seriously ... that tree looks like it got a nice dusting of icing sugar!

My mother's Dusty Millers were a sight to see when covered in snow. I already find their shade of silver very different than any other plants that I've seen and once dusted with snow they looked straight out of a fairy tale! I mean, they screamed Disney's Frozen right at me. It looked like Elsa would pop out of thin air any second. "Let it go, let it go ... the cold never bothered me anyway!"

Abbie feels extremely cold and my body needs it to be extremely cold before it actually starts feeling it. So we're opposites when it comes to that. I usually make it through Winter without needing a sweater when I'm at home whereas Abbie gets all her woolly sweaters out when it gets even slightly chilly in the start of Autumn. So when my bestie Abbie decides to go and play in the snow with me it is the treat of the season for me. No doubt (and I'm probably saying this for the millionth time?) times spent with my sister are the most cherished ones of my life. This past weekend too my favorite moments were from that little while when we stepped outside to build our snowmen. We made hand prints, took pictures, laughed, and felt super cold together for once! *laughs* It was extremely fun!

Our snow pajamas (left) and me picking up little red seed-ish things for our snowmen (right)!

Just like last year, this time too we decided to build our snowmen on top of our brother's car. Now, we have several reasons behind our choice of snowman spot. First and most important one is that it annoys our brother. Second, the snow on his car is always the cleanest so I'm not dealing with dirt, mud, or grass. Third, we don't have to sit in the snow and have our knees nearly paralyzed so it's convenient. Fourth, there's always lots more snow on his car even the next day. And fifth, IT ANNOYS HIM!!! *laughs* So we built our snowmen on his car and oh what fun it was. Abbie and I laughed ourselves crazy at how silly yet adorable our snowmen looked! Abbie named them Mr. Mooch (that's Urdu for mustache) and Miss Smooch. So here's presenting ... Mr. Mooch and Miss Smooch!

Mr Mooch ... because Abbie just had to give him a 'mooch' (mustache)! *laughs*

Miss Smooch ... my creation with a smile and fancy necklace too!

Once our butts were frozen, our snow man and woman made, lots of pictures and videos snapped, and fun memories made Abbie and I decided to head back inside so we could warm up and fill up our bellies. That was part of the snow day celebration too - the food, that is! We cooked up some delicious noodles and sat in front of the television to devour them. Hot and spicy noodles, entertainment on tv, and bestie Abbie by my side ... what more could I have wished for?

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Graphics To Love

In case one wonders what these 'Graphics To Love' are all about!
Each month I post about five Graphics which I come across while randomly surfing the web. Beautiful, hilarious, and relatable things show up in my social media feeds every day. Often, a lot of these graphics spark thoughts in my head which I want to blog about. So I put some of the best ones together in one blog post and chit chat away! None of the graphics are mine and most of them are being shared without credit so they can't even be traced! I just like to spend a few minutes speaking my mind. So here they are ...
This one popped up in my Facebook feed and cracked me up. It's so cool how you're able to turn your detective mode on when something is up with your best friend. It's the same with Abbie and I. We know instantly when the other has something on their mind. For those who don't understand the language, it's a Bollywood song which basically says whether you say it or not I can hear you.

I have no idea why Leonardo is on this graphic. Then again, I haven't seen too many of his movies so maybe it does make sense? I love what it says though. Lately, when people ask me how I am that's what I do. I just smile and say I'm fine. Let's face it ... they don't care. They don't care about what I'll say. They don't care if I say, "I'm not fine." They won't care if I say "I'm dying!" For all I know they probably WANT me to say that I'm fine so they can be done with it and move on with their lives. So why waste my precious energy in saying anything at all?

THIS! I never thought of marriages in this sense! You actually move to this person's house and use HIS toilet. EEW! Just eew! *laughs*

Story of my life.
That's really all I have to say!

This is my favorite - my absolute favorite! I think this will work for every kind of craft project! Who comes up with such stuff? Whoever came up with this was a genius! This is brilliant thinking! Absolutely brilliant. Imagine when I'm baking cakes and decorating them. Fondant dries up and develops the elephant skin and I bring Gubby's toy dinosaurs from her toy room and voila ... problem solved! *laughs*

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Spending Saturday Unplugged & December 2017's Holiday Collage

I rarely get peaceful weekends anymore. There's always something or the other going on. I am not kidding when I say they could play 'Cinderelly Cinderelly' as my life's background music. "Cinderelly, Cinderelly, night and day it's Cinderelly. Make the fire! Fix the breakfast! Wash the dishes! Do the mopping! And the sweeping and the dusting! They always keep her hopping!" *sighs* This past Saturday however, a miracle happened, the planets and the stars aligned, and the heavens presented to me a free Saturday! Tadaaaaa! I took full advantage of it and once I'd completed whatever chores I had to do I retired to my peaceful place - my bedroom - and spent an afternoon unplugged and all by myself! It was a productive afternoon with lots of creativity and relaxation. I ended up cleaning all the unsorted mess in my room which had resulted from my terribly busy schedule lately. I even got a chance of getting back to my planner in which I created a beautiful holiday themed collage and got around to doing some brainstorming for my blog too!

My planner's holiday themed December collage looks so festive, cozy, and beautiful. It's giving me all those December holiday-ish vibes whenever I look at it. It's sort of almost the kind of feeling you get when hot cocoa pours down your throat on an intensely cold afternoon. Well, almost! The one-in-a-million, oh-my-how-is-this-possible, I-cannot-believe-it kind of Saturday also gave me lots of time to flip through a couple of magazines which had been piling up beside my desk. So I ended up cutting off some cool stuff to put together this festive collage. The red and green rectangles were flip covers of some kind of advent calendar about some sale. I loved the snowflakes on them so I peeled off each one of them. I found the pretty 'Get the Party Started!' cutting with ornaments, pine cones, and ribbons. Some Winter themed cookies, a super fancy gingerbread house, and a pretty little gift box also made it into my pretty December collage to set the mood for the end of the year!

Until a little while ago, I used to brainstorm blogging stuff on a Google Doc. Lately, with all the mad rush I've been stuck in, I've had a severe writer's block which refused to leave me alone. That's when I decided I should brainstorm on paper by actually writing instead of typing. All the erasing, scratching, planning, and handwriting of my ideas really gets my brains working. I miss the school days when I used to have a 'rough book' in which I'd brainstorm the world, jot down random stuff, and even doodle. It used to be so relaxing! So I'm back to that now; my planner will also function as a rough book of sorts. With every monthly collage page in my planner, I've decided I will now also have a page dedicated entirely to brainstorming and planning for my blog. So with that decision, my unplugged Saturday afternoon also ended up in a major brainstorming session during which I wrote down random ideas that came to my mind before they could leave me.

I think I can safely say that I achieved super duper peace this past Saturday. Ssssshhhh ... don't be so loud, life might hear you and bring it on against you as a challenge! I've found unplugging to be quite helpful. See, I achieved so much! I got some creative stuff going again, did lots of planning and organizing, and even cleared up my beautiful bedroom. All in just one afternoon! In fact I think I've been more productive and active ever since Saturday's little rest too. I guess everybody should unplug once in a while, step back and away from all the social media (don't get me wrong, I love my social media!), and just take some time out for themselves. I've always been all for some alone time spent with one's own self and this past Saturday was just perfectly done! I hope I get some more relaxing weekend afternoons again soon!

Monday, December 4, 2017

DIY Magical Harry Potter Greeting Card

It was Abbie's birthday and I had planned a magical Harry Potter themed birthday for her this year. There was a magnificent Harry Potter themed birthday decor, my absolutely stunning Harry Potter cake, and Potter merchandise for her birthday presents. Everything was magical and Potter themed so why should her birthday card have been any different! Just like last year I decided to make her a birthday card myself. There is a special kind of fun and awesomeness in a handmade card which a store bought can not compare to. It's so personal and so straight from the heart, you just can't beat it! I looked all over Pinterest for inspiration and then decided on a design I loved. An adorable graphic version of Harry with his Gryffindor scarf, iconic round glasses, and the famous lightning shaped scar was just the perfect greeting card to go with this year's theme.

I took step by step pictures while making this adorable version of Harry. It's simpler than it looks and a super awesome craft project. It was so much fun making this card I could actually make more any day! *laughs* Let me take you through each step in creating the magic! (BONUS: I made a making video too! Woohoo!)

First I took a letter sized regular printer paper and folded it in half so it would turn into a portrait fold greeting card. I wanted a portrait card because the height was what I needed to make sure I had a Harry Potter face looking back at me.

Next I drew my Gryffindor scarf. To do that I first drew a line to create a small rectangle on the lower edge of the card. Then, I drew measured vertical lines to create smaller vertical rectangles. You'd want to make sure the width of the rectangles is equal so you get a neat scarf like look when you're done.

When the scarf was done I also drew out a little rough outline of Harry's hair. Even though you end up covering this up it is good to have a rough sketch to make sure everything turns out exactly like you want it to.

Next I started sketching out the glasses. You'll need two circles to sketch out the glasses with one slightly smaller than the other. I used the cap of my push pin bottle. Round shapes of any kind work so get creative and work with what you have!

Using the cap of the push pins' bottle I drew out two circles. I actually used a ruler to guide me and make sure both circles were at the same height.

For the smaller inner circle I used the cork cap/stopper of my other push pins' bottle. Again, anything works so get creative!

Using the cork cap I drew smaller circles inside the bigger circles.

To complete Harry's glasses I drew connecting lines of equal widths on the sides and in the middle of the circles to finish the rims. It looked perfect!

Next I got out yellow and red Sharpies and drew guiding lines first on each rectangle. Then I filled them in with corresponding colors. The guiding lines made sure the scarf was even and neat on the top.

This is what I was looking at after I'd shaded in the scarf. It had already started looking perfect!

Little Harry came to give me a thumbs up of approval here too! *laughs*

When the scarf was done I took a black Sharpie and filled in my sketch for the glasses.

Now let me tell you a little secret here. Before making this card I'd first thought I would color in the hair line as well as the scarf. However, while working on it I decided a separate black cut out hair line would look even better. So I'd already outlined Harry's hair with a black Sharpie before the idea hit me. Later you'll see I had to cover up the outline a little bit to hide my initial plan but it all worked out in the end and looked beautiful! So I drew out an outline of Harry's hair on a piece of black construction paper and cut it out.

For Harry's scar I used a glittery gold scrapbook paper. I had small scraps left from a previous craft project which were perfect for the size of his scar. Before I cut the scar out I aligned the hair and the gold piece of paper on the card to make sure everything fit perfectly.

When sticking the hair I had to cover up the hair outline I'd previously drawn out before I had a change of plans. In doing so a bit of the construction paper hair overlapped the glasses. I loved how it looked with the little overlap. It really looked like Harry's messy hair which kept falling in his eyes. Win win! Sometimes errors can be so good for you! I used a glue gun to stick the hair in place before I started working on his scar.

For the scar I simply cut out a lightning bolt shape out of the gold paper and once I'd made sure it was the perfect size for my hair cutout I used a glue gun to glue it in place. It looked so awesome!

Once everything was secure in its place I cut off the excess bits off of my card. The little extra white area on top of the hair and the extra width of the hair got cut off. I cut the top at a slight angle to give more character to my Harry. It looked like a nice stylish hair style! *laughs*

And tadaaaaaa! The most adorable Harry Potter greeting card was looking back at me!

Done done done done done!

On the inside of this card I added a beautiful collage of our memories from The Wizarding World Orlando and a birthday message for my bestie Abbie. She LOVED it! Abbie has displayed my little Harry in her Potter shelf with all the rest of her Harry Potter merchandise! Love it!

Here's a bonus making video as promised! You can see how much fun I had while making this adorable greeting card version of our favorite Harry!
Potterheads forever and ever!
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