Game of Thrones: DIY Map of Westeros

Adorn your wall with this wonderful homemade map of Westeros, for all the Game of Thrones fans out there 🙂 

Materials:

  1. Canvas board
  2. Background acrylic paint of your choice (I chose green)
  3. Stiff paper – Color of your choice (available at any craft store)
  4. Elmer’s Glue
  5. Scissors
  6. Pencil
  7. Black Sharpie

Procedure:

  1. Paint your canvas with your color of choice. I chose a light leaf green. Let it dry overnight.
  2. Print out a template of Westeros from Google, print and cut it out (this is what I used; Map Outline). Use it as an outline to draw on to your stiff paper ( I went with a dark gray paper to create a good contrast).
  3. Cut out the outline from the paper.                                                                                               IMG_2493
  4. Use the glue to stick the cut outs on your canvas. Smooth the paper evenly to avoid air pockets or bumps.IMG_2494
  5. Enter the names of the different houses with the sharpie. Do a similar map for Essos as well. You can also get a bigger canvas and stick both on the same map. IMG_2533

You can also make 2 maps of Westeros, one at the beginning of the show and one after season 6. There will be crazy changes in which house owns what, that’s for sure.

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Medicinal Roots

The root system of a plant provides it’s stems and leaves with water and minerals. Roots are necessary for a plant’s growth and survival. Roots are also very useful in traditional medicinal concoctions to cure various ailments, instead of popping pills. A lot of these plants can be grown at home so you have the comfort of preparing your own medicines whenever you want.

Licorice Root: Licorice has a broad spectrum of health benefits as well as purifying the air for other plants to grow. The root contains the medicine – it has anti-viral and immune supporting properties. It is used for irritation in the digestive tract, urinary tract and for reducing spasming due to coughing in lungs.

Passionflower: Passionflower plants produce very unique and interesting flowers but they also have medical uses. It can be drunk as a tea to reduce restlessness and anxiety, relax spasms and limit inflammation.

Marshmallow: We think smooth, white, soft sugary concoctions when we hear this word. But the marshmallow plant is also very useful in soothing stomach burns or ulcers. Add a handful of the dried / fresh root to cool water and let sit for 15 minutes and then drink.

Coconut: The coconut tree is pretty much used from leaf to root: Coconut oil, milk, water etc…We have uses for all parts of the tree. The roots are used to treat gall bladder and urinary infections. Boil four or five well-washed roots in some lightly salted water and drink when cool.

Moringa: Also known as horseradish, it is uses to treat diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and digestive disorders. The roots are used as an abortifacient, diuretic and as cardiac and circulatory tonic. A concoction of roots boiled in water can be used to soothe sores and ulcers.

via Daily Prompt: Roots

Furry, fuzzy and fluffy

I don’t normally like the color gray; to me it’s dull, depressing and there’s no spark to attract me especially since I like colors, colors and more colors.

It’s kind of ironic that I have a blackish gray chinchilla 🙂 She’s so cute and fluffy, it’s hard not to adore her, especially when she rubs the top of her fuzzy head against my palm ♥♥

I share with you my cute li’l gray blob 🙂 She hates having her picture taken. Hence the angry face.

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This is how she eats; sticks her whole head into the bowl….No table manners whatsoever. Oh, and she always, always begs for treats. Always.

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via Daily Prompt: Gray

Antique Store Shenanigans

I finally reached a 100 followers ♥♥.

Thank you so much for all your love and support. I definitely will have more DIY posts coming but for today I would like to share some antique-y explorations with y’all. A long post and many pictures coming your way.

An unexpected day off from work gave me the opportunity to explore the local antique / vintage stores. Luckily for me, there are over 10 near where I live that I can explore to my heart’s content.

So the first two stores I checked out were glorious. Aisles upon aisles of old, delicate, vintage, dusty wares and items. I was in heaven. I walked past the old dusty books and almost disintegrating book covers. So beautiful.

The store built a replica of an old French library (they do not know from what time period) but it looked superb and they had a vintage printing press (date also unknown).

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There were old advertisements and posters for fashion, sodas, cameras, ice cream etc. Took a few to share with you.

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I breezed past the typewriters, some with paper still attached. I couldn’t read what was on it but it was picture worthy 🙂

On to the musical instruments and different phones; wall phones, old designed dusty gold ones, crystal ones….There were so many.

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Onward I walked, to the ladies section. There were dolls in lacy bridal wear, ragged stuffed quilt bear dolls, teeny little doll furniture.

Long flowing gowns, with matching gloves and hats. I wanted to buy the entire section. Thank god my mom stopped me.

This dress was super blingy and sparkled from a mile away. The tag on it said $6000 with a lot of scribbling. But I think it was only 6000 dollars. IMG_2447

Mason jars full of buttons, crocheted doilies and of course a wooden stand with hand stitched quilts. Old gas irons and rusted sewing machines to round out their sewing section.

A ladies grooming set, with combs and soap. The soap smelt heavenly, and was still quite strong after so long.

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Moving on to their medical aisle, there was a very rusted, old doctor’s scale.

Old medicine glass bottles and a very old calendar completed the aisle. The calendar’s dials still worked, surprisingly.

Almost done with this post, I swear. I passed through the kitchen section. There were some dull silverware, all bent and curved. Some old soup labels, old spice cans and jars.

An old toaster and a butter churn. There was a dead fly inside the churn 😦

The best part of the kitchen section was this cute herb pillow 🙂

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And finally, some old vintage hand made tree ornaments, with lace and ribbon and gemstones.

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And also a lovely musical fan with a Shakespeare quote. That wasn’t part of the antiques but it looked very elegant, definitely worthy of a picture. So pretty.                                        IMG_2503

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. I will take more trips to other antique stores and will definitely post images 🙂

Craziest Fried foods ever

We live in a society where fried food is considered a wonderful part of most meals – Fried chicken, french fries, even fried veggies. They’re addictive and easy to make, so I can see why. But they offer no nutritional value but a lot of carbs and fat instead. Obesity and related diseases are very common in society due to fried foods.

A not so recent trip to the State Fair of Texas showed me how crazily inventive people can get with frying anything and everything. The state fair is basically an exhibit of the most zany fried foods ever.

I list out a few strange foods I encountered on my visit.

DEEP-FRIED SWEET TEA : Blending brewed sweet tea into a custard filling and then coating it in a graham cracker crust, deep fried and topped with sweet tea syrup. It didn’t taste very good 😦

DEEP-FRIED LATTE : I have no clue how they did that but there was a lot of whipped cream in there.

FRIED SRIRACHA BALLS : This actually tasted pretty good. Sriracha sauce is mixed with shredded chicken, corn, green chilies and tomatoes into little balls, that are breaded and fried.

AMAZEBALLS : My favorite, because it involved chocolate. Chocolate cake, chocolate frosting, maple syrup and bacon pieces are rolled into balls and deep fried. It was a little sweet, salty and crunchy.

DEEP-FRIED COLA : Deep-fried Coke-flavored batter nuggets topped with Coke syrup and whipped cream.

INJECTABLE BBQ BALLS : This was actually fun to do. Shredded smoked brisket is breaded and deep-fried, impaled with mini plastic pipettes full of barbecue sauce. You can inject them with the sauce right before eating.

They had a lot more varieties of fried foods but this will be a really long post if I include them all.

via Daily Prompt: Fry

Bottles to Blankets: Recycling Plastic

With Earth Day almost upon us and today’s photo challenge on ‘Earth’, I wanted to share a wonderful recycling effort: Converting plastic bottles to heavy-duty, thermal blankets.

The Tzu Chi Foundation in the Philippines has started converting plastic to usable material. The bottles are recycled into plastic chips before being turned into yarn, creating a polar fleece material. The fine thread is then woven into soft blankets. Emirates Airlines has started using these blankets for all passengers. The video below gives a broad outline of how it’s done.

via Photo Challenge: Earth

DIY Harry Potter Series – Time Turner

The Time Turner is one of the most important magical items in the 3rd harry potter book. No way could Hermione have attended all of her classes, or most importantly, saved Buckbeak without it. It resembles an hourglass on a necklace and today’s post is a DIY time turner mini tree ornament.

You will need:

  1. Gold foil doilies (Link: Michaels Gold Doily)
  2. Toothpick
  3. Elmer’s glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Star shaped paper punch (Michael’s Star Punch)
  6. Circle shaped paper punch (Michael’s Circle Punch)
  7. Gold colored twine
  8. Fine Black Sharpie

What you do:

  1. From the doily, cut out the plain, circular portion. Very gently, using a toothpick, lightly trace an hourglass image in the center of the circle (from end to the other).     IMG_2234  IMG_2235
  2. Make tiny holes, outlining the hourglass, using the toothpick. Use the star punch to randomly punch a few stars on either side of the hourglass.                                                 IMG_2236
  3. Use the circle punch to do the same. Use the toothpick to add tiny holes in the remaining space.     IMG_2237
  4.  Cut two small rectangles from the remains of the doily and attach them with glue at the top and bottom of the hour glass shape (half the tab should stick out of the doily).
  5. From the designed cutout (the remains from when you cut the circle in step 1), cut two strips of the doily. Glue them together to form a larger circle and glue them to the tabs forming the first ring around the time turner.                                                           IMG_2238
  6. Repeat step 4 and attach the tabs to each side of the hourglass, on the outer ring.
  7. Do the same as step 5, to get a slightly bigger circle and attach that to the first, smaller ring, using the tabs.                                                                                                            IMG_2239
  8. On the time turner, in the book, are the words ‘I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun. My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do‘. Using the sharpie, write the words ‘My use and value, unto you, Are gauged by what you have to do’ on the inner ring and ‘I mark the hours, every one, Nor have I yet outrun the Sun.’ on the outer ring.
  9. Cut a small section of the gold twine and attach it to two points on the outer ring with glue, to form a loop.

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Boho Home Series: “The Bohemian Home Look” – Part 2

Continuing with our color journey to create an airy, casual, bohemian look, this post will look at adding a little whimsy to kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. As I mentioned in my previous post in this series, tapestries make it very easy to decorate your walls, while adding color. Check out Part 1 here (Boho Home Series – Part 1)

The best place in the kitchen to add color, besides utensils and cutlery, would be the refrigerator using magnets. I have some really cute, mini-flower vase magnets that I got from Michaels that are perfect for holding coupons and cards but I just put fake flowers in there. I also have some wine – lady magnets that add some class. I also got some coffee info cards from Starbucks that I added to my fridge. The whole fridge is just bursting with color.

My chocolate lady sits by my counter-top, ready with candy and snacks if I ever need them while cooking, which is always.

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And finally, my $3 purple, straw trash can completes the kitchen. It’s so cute and tiny ♥

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For the bedroom, I have a long tapestry on one end ( a bright orange). No need to add anything else, in my opinion, but my ceilings looked bare. So I got little lanterns that I hung at different points on the ceiling in all rooms. My little elephant chime went near the AC vent so I could hear it tinkle ( My apologies: the light wasn’t very good while taking these pictures).

Get a few moroccan glass, mosaic lamps like the one below. It gives out a soft multi – colored glow in the bedroom.

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A long rug made of scraps of sari fabric and ribbon leads the way to the bathroom. Isn’t i gorgeous?

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You can use colorful shower curtains, soap / brush holders to add a pop of color. Maybe add some fun picture frames, or Potpourri bowls or any other ideas you might have. I went with vertical, paper doily banners from Michaels, matching the color scheme of my curtain. I just tied them with colored twine and voila…Instant color.

Add your own color and sparkle to rooms with glittered accents, embellishments, artwork, bead hangings etc 🙂