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life is too short to sweat the petty things.  let go of anything that gives you stress, grief, or doesn’t uplift you.  always surround yourself with positivity. you will then always see the good and truly acknowledge and appreciate your blessings. 


mini nutella pies for valentine’s day

Here is a super quick, simple, and yummy Valentine treat I had to share!  All Nutella addicts must try! :) 

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You will need: ready-made pie crust, a heart cookie cutter, Nutella, cinnamon & sugar, and eggs or egg whites.

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First lay out your pie crust and cut out several hearts.

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Make sure you cut out an even amount, so that each heart has a pair :) 

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Scoop some Nutella onto one heart.  

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Then cover it with the other heart.  Stick the two hearts together with the end of your fork.  Cover the tops of your pies with egg whites and then sprinkle some cinnamon or sugar on top.  Pop it into the oven for 10-12 minutes (which should be preheated to 400 degrees).  Make sure it’s not in there for two long otherwise the Nutella won’t be as gooey.  So just keep an eye on it!

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And voila!  Such a yummy, simple treat :) You can even top it off with some more Nutella ;)


valentine’s day display

So I know I am almost a couple weeks late…but it’s February - the month of hearts, sweetness, and all things red!  I made it a goal to do a new seasonal/holiday display throughout the year, so here is my second display in honor of Valentine’s Day, of course.  

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I wanted to keep the ensemble simple, elegant, and classy without going too overboard and making it look too tacky.  With all the heart props, doilies, and red and pink decor it can be a little difficult to do!  I think the key here was too avoid using too many hearts as much as possible.

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For the center section, I did a small wreath against a silver picture frame.  Now I don’t have a wall to hang it up, so I just used an old picture frame as the backdrop.  I bought the styrofoam wreath from Michaels and then tied some red ribbon around it.  I also bought some lace ribbon and tied it around the corner of the wreath and pinned in some white artificial flowers.  I used the lace ribbon to hang up the wreath to the picture frame.  On the top corner, I added X and O stickers.  image

I framed the picture frame & wreath with white candles, small red candle holders, and mason jars with flowers.  I tied a ribbon around the white candle for some pop of color.  (I also needed some hearts in the display!)I spray painted the mason jars silver and used them as a vase.  I also added a couple pine cones.

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On this side, I simply filled a little glass container with Dove valentine dark chocolates with red and silver heart wrappers.  No promises that there will be any more remaining by the end of this weekend ;)

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On this end, I just added an old lantern prop I had from my previous displays.  It’s a little random, but it seemed to fit with the whole display, so I thought why not. 

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And then in the front a sprinkled some heart sequins just for fun! :)  I am a huge sucker when it comes to color, decor pieces, and holidays.  For Vday, I tend to go crazy when I see all these different heart pieces, doilies, sequins and glitters.  As much as I love them, I think the key to keeping this display simple and classy was to steer clear of overusing multiple shapes and colors.  Sticking to a simple color scheme - red, white, silver, and using simple pieces and taking it easy with hearts really helped here!

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts <3

xoxo

xoxo


Anonymous : Do you have the leopard spoon rest for sale? -PK

I do not have a leopard spoon rest for sale at the moment.  But if you would like to buy a piece, let me know what type of item and design you would like and we can work something out! :) 


isna convention art

I was looking through some old pictures, I found some from an ISNA convention I went to last fall.  ISNA is the Islamic Society of North America.  The convention was a 3-day event in DC which had different lectures, speeches, and seminars going on each day for different age groups.  One of the nights there was a special entertainment show with singer and speakers.  There is also a huge bazaar/market place with different clothing, books, games, jewelry, home goods, and art!  

Here are a few pieces of art that I saw on display which I really liked! 

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This piece is of the Kabah in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.  I love the medium as well the colors!  

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You know I love some calligraphy and some purple!  I really liked the script.

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I liked how the letters where in one color (light blue) and the punctuation in another (light green). I also liked the pattern stripe along the right side.

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This was a unique piece and I loved the details within it!

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I bumped into a booth at the Bazaar where a man was doing some calligraphy!  So cool seeing artists at work!

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This beautiful watercolor landscape is of the Sultan Ahmed Mosque aka the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.  So beautiful!

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At the Bazaar, there was a booth with a huge white canvas setup.  Children were welcome to pick up a brush and some paints and add their own touch to the canvas.  

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It is so cool to see what people come up with and how they all look like with each other!  I love seeing kiddos getting in an artsy and creative mode too! 

This was my first ISNA experience and overall it was a great experience.  It is so amazing to see Muslim families from all over the country, who come from a variety of backgrounds all in one arena!  


pastel-cutie:

it’s 2014

  • let go of people who make you feel negative emotions
  • let go of people who make you feel like you’re not good enough
  • be around people who make you smile and laugh
  • be around people who think you’re amazing 
  • be around people who make you feel happy

don’t waste another year on people who don’t make you feel like you’re amazing


january / new year display!

I know we are already halfway through the month but I finally got settled in back in my apartment.  As promised here is the display that I put together for the month of January/beginning of the New year.  

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In the middle, we have the main 2014 centerpiece, which I had posted on last week. 

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To see my post on the centerpiece and the how-to, click here.

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I posted earlier on this bottle I got for near $2 at Michael’s!  The floral like decor is also Christmas clearance items from Michael’s.  I used the ornament/Mardi gras centerpiece I had posted on earlier on the side as well.  I added a silver candle, some pine cones, and purple glitter faux tealight candles.  The tealight candles I got from Michael’s as well during Halloween season and used them for my Halloween display.

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I also posted earlier on these candlestick holders, which I also snagged in a post-Christmas sale at Michael’s for less than $2.  I simply added an ornament in each of them.  I added a couple free floating ornaments around the area, with a silver candle, faux tealight candle, and pinecone. 

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I have found that buying pieces that are holiday and color neutral are really beneficial!  For example, the candles, the bottle, and floaters are silver.  Being that silver is a color that is acceptable in all holidays, I can re-use these pieces for my other holiday displays as well.  Just add some touch of color or extra detail that will make it a little different!

I know it’s past the New Year celebration time, but I hope you liked this!


leopard print art - how to/diy

I know I posted my previous leopard print art on here!  However, this time I am going to present a step by step on how to do the leopard spots!  It is much easier than it looks and I really don’t think there is any room for mess up.  The key is to NOT be perfect when using the brush to apply the paint! 

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Just a few weeks ago, my roommate celebrated her graduation!  I usually paint all my loved ones a piece at some point and I am really lucky that I ended up with her as a roommate as she is such a gem!  We started off as strangers and now we are such great friends.  At first we seem completely different, however throughout the past year and half that we lived together, we discovered that we share so many little things in common.  The first thing that we found out that we have in common is our love for the color purple and animal print!  So I decided to paint this purple leopard margarita glass…of course who doesn’t share a love for margis ;) 

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Here is the beginning!  My clean piece of pottery, paints, palette, and brush.  I selected two shades of purple - 1) a light purple for the base, and 2) a darker purple for the spots.

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The outside I did 3-4 coats of the light purple all over, letting it dry between each coat.  It’s dries out very light, but as you can tell with the mess on the table that it is there!  

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For some more pop of color, I painted the inside of the glass the darker shade of purple. (Since I was only doing spots on the outside). Again, 3-4coats.  And yes it does dry out a pinkish color.  The purple shows up after it fires.

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Once the outside dried up, it was time to add the first step of the spots!  Simply, scoop up a little bit of paint with your brush, and lightly blob it onto the base.  There is no stroke n coat in this step.  Simply, blob on little amounts.  As you can tell, the spots are not perfect in shape.  They are supposed to look uneven as it gives it a more realistic look!

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If there was any part of a spot that came out lightly, I simply dipped the brush in some more paint and dabbed more on, touching it up.  You want to make sure you the paint is applied thick enough so that the color shows up, yet not too thick that it is spilling everywhere.  

(You also do this blob step once….since they are heavier blobs of paint instead of simple strokes - no multiple coats.)

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After have the blobs have mostly dried, use black paint and simply outline different areas of the blob.  I tend to apply the black near the thinner areas of the blob because it’s drier.  Again, apply scoop small blobs and you can just dab around the purple spot!  I suggest using a thinner brush, so that the SHAPE of the black is thinner and more intricate, and you will have more control.

There are different types of outlines you can use.  If you look closely at this glass and my previous leopard pieces, each spot is so randomized. Some spots can have one black outline, two, three, even four.  Some outlines are bigger and smaller than others.  Some outlines are so tiny and just a little dash on the spot.  Some outlines are outline all around the spot.  You really can’t go wrong.  If you want something to look at, you can look up different leopard print patterns on Google images for reference.

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And voila, it’s ready to fire!

Remember to just go with the flow and don’t worry about being perfect!

(because leopard spots aren’t perfect anyway).  Depending on the size of the piece, you should pick the size of your brushes.  The brush for the black outlines should be the same size as your brush for the spots, if not smaller.  Also remember, only darker colors go on light, hence, select a darker color for your spots, and lighter for your base.  They also don’t have to be different shades of the same color…you can be even more creative and select two different colors!  You don’t even have to pick black for the outline.  Have fun!

You can check out a few of my other leopard print pieces, here!