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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Arm / Finger knit your own blanket

This being a DIY blog, I am going to share with you an awesome video on arm knitting your own warm blankets; the same blankets you find on Etsy for $150 or on Amazon for $100. All you pay for is your yarn / wool, which at Joann’s with coupons is nothing, plus you can pick whatever colors you like.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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Tuesday Tip Day: Homemade Hair Conditioner

And we’re back for another Tuesday Tip 😀

Better, Stronger, Healthier Hair.

Once a week, try to use a homemade conditioning cream on your hair to restore the natural oils and to lock in moisture, especially for the ends.

To make your own:

  • Use either plain yogurt or mayonnaise (1 cup or more depending on hair length)
  • Coconut oil (1/2 cup). Mix evenly and apply (use a brush to coat the mixture on your hair strands especially the ends).
  • Leave for 20 mins and rinse with warm water.

 

Wood Pallet Mug Holder

This was a DIY I did about a year ago which proved to be quite useful. I have so many cute mugs I’ve collected over the years and I barely have space to keep them (I’ve also broken 2 because of  limited space 😦 ). I needed some place to hang them but didn’t want a boring old rod. I needed to make a different type of mug holder and I got the pallet idea from Pinterest.

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Materials:

  1. Wood Pallet (any store will have pallets of different sizes after hours; they use them to transport boxes and wouldn’t mind giving you 1 or 2. Additionally, craft stores also carry them).
  2. Sand paper (available at hardware stores)
  3. Letter Stencils (Joann’s Stencils) and Acrylic Paint of your choice
  4. Coat Hooks – 1 pk or 2 depending on how many mugs you want to hang (Walmart Coat Hooks)
  5. Drill to screw the hooks into the pallet
  6. Screws to hang the pallet (available at hardware stores)
  7. Putty
  8. Brushes – Fine tip and Thick
  9. Long Ruler
  10. Pencil and Fine Tip Sharpie

Procedure:

  1. Use the sand paper to remove rough edges and wood bits from the pallet (wear gloves while doing this step).
  2. Once your pallet is nice and smooth, add a coat of champagne gold metallic acrylic paint to give it a glittery sheen and let dry (this step is optional; you can leave the pallet as is).
  3. Decide how many hooks you need and where you want them to be placed on your pallet. With the ruler, make a small mark with the pencil towards the middle of the pallet. (make sure the marks are equidistant from each other, leaving enough space between hooks so the mugs do not hit each other when hanging).
  4. Place the pallet on the floor and arrange your hook with the screws. Use the drill to fix the screws and hook on the pallet (I recommend using a patio / balcony / garden to do this; please be careful when drilling: wear gloves and eye protecting glasses).   FullSizeRender copyAs you can see, mine weren’t exactly equidistant from each other or straight but once you hang the mugs you don’t notice it as much.
  5. Once all the hooks have been drilled into the pallet, use the letter stencils to pencil in a fun message or word. I have 5 rows on my pallet and I put my hooks on the 3rd and 5th row. I went with “Enjoy a cup of CreativiTea” on the first 2 rows of my pallet and on the fourth row I put in “Or Kaffe”. The whole sentence becomes “Enjoy a cup of CreativiTea, or Kaffe”.
  6. Use a light colored sharpie, like light blue, over the pencil lines to make the letters more visible.
  7. Paint over the stenciled letters carefully using fine tip brush to outline the edges and a thick brush to color in the letters. Let dry for 30 mins (you might need to add another coat if the color you choose is light; I chose an espresso brown which was nice and dark, only 1 coat was needed).
  8. Take the putty and roll between fingers to make it more supple. Add a small dot of putty to the back of the screws behind the pallet. Cover the sharp ends with the putty and gently mold the putty on either side.
  9. Once all the sharp ends are covered, drill the hanging screws into the wall to hang your pallet (you might need to use 4-6 screws to make the pallet more secure).

FullSizeRender_1Hang all your favorite mugs for a tidier kitchen :). Drill screws into the wall and let your pallet rest on them. Make sure you have enough screws to give more stability. I had to take mine down when I moved and haven’t hung mine until now… been too lazy.

I also painted a coffee shaped accent on to the pallet. You can always embellish with stickers or cutouts if you like. Use brighter colors for the words to make it more vibrant.

(Sorry for not having step-by-step images for this DIY. I completed this way before I started blogging and never thought to document my work).