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April diaries

This month marked our 3 month crazy-happy-fun-whirlwind kinda marriage and a new start to a day routine with Mr’s new job. Its actually a happy moment when you devour in life with all the goodness it has to offer. I’ve always thought confetti is the best way to celebrate, although this year onward we found new meaning to celebrating with bubbles. Blowing bubbles can be fun if they dont pop on your face or close to the eyes. The MR and I have had sudden cravings to blow bubbles and laugh off the stress this city provides.

*blows bubbles*

Bubbles

With burnt ‘kinda’ brownies and starbucks coffee turned into a homemade version of cold coffee, our cravings for desserts aint stopping much! But its fun, living with a person who enjoys life as much as you do. Happy happy feeling. Alhamdolillah. Reminds me of how blessed we are, with April thundershowers, Electricity outrages..oh well. Sometimes the UPS gives up toooooooooooo(n). With greenery around the house that smells fresh brings in more energy and inspiration to work. The smell of rain and the earth quenching its thirst. it always calls for pakoras and an Ammi to enjoy with. Aaah… the pleasures of having a fun M-I-L.

greens

Talking about inspiration, CANNOT live without art and design. Just CAN NOT! So heads up to the month of May. Mothers day is right around the corner and the Creative person inside me is spot on working on mothers day orders. The first batch went home a few days back! Making it special for Mothers all around the WORLD. Wooohoooo!!! GPCS does it once again! 🙂
All in all, April is running by fast! Allah mian, Thankyou oh So very much for being Super Meherbaan on us. Will need it always! 😀

Mothers day 2013

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countdown begins :)

50 days to ‘Qubool hai’
This picture says a lot!

Picture courtesy: RR Photography
Cushions: Ghazal Pirzada Creative Studios


‎10th October: Favourite room in the house

Thats my room – MY space –
Where I spend hours creating things
working on projects all night long
reading, writing, listening to music
happily conquering the chaos 😀
*Spreading happiness one creative creation at a time*


Dhk Dhk Pakistan

We celebrated at school with this HUGE over whelming flag. Heres how it looked/felt 😀

On the crafty front, a few projects specially for pakistan on its way!

Theres more here Ghazal Pirzada Creative Studios

Picture 1: photo credit – Adnan Adil


Heat+heat = Mangoes!

Ohkay so I repeat I am NOT a foodie but dessertssss… Yummeh!
So the summers are killer[well not that killer but yes its fun to whine about it] and since childhood i’ve heard this, bare the heat and you get Mangoes! So yeahh, Mango season is here. And yes I am just a whee little bit fat conscious so I avoid TOO many mangoes but I came across this today!

Tempting much? On a much happier note, FCPAKISTAN has now launched. Such continuous EYE CANDY! a.m.a.z.i.n.g. The website is awesome. Bright and catchy. They’re giving away cash vouchers. Have u entered yet? I entered for the chairman mao meal. lets see how this unfolds. Its an amazing platform, our own local food portal. Almost 6K members have signed up. Have you?

I have an eye for detail and heres the proof. I did this as a project. They turned out Fantabulous!


Yummy Much?!?

Beat the heat you guys.. After all its the season for Mangoes 😀
Enjoy!!


Art Lootmar II – T2f

Art Lootmar II, happened on the 18th and 19th of June 2011. It was an event I was looking forward to. Had always been part of T2f(The second floor) virtually so was excited to be part of this exhibit amongst 12 other young artists. I was participating with my work from Ghazal Pirzada Creeative Studios. There was Anam Haleem(a friend and brother), Friends from Kaghaz kay karnamay, Mahin and the Ayesha’s from the Indus clan and a few others part of the troop. The first day went by great! With friends, family, colleagues and other artists from the community visiting, the highlight was Haider Ali’s live demo on his Truck Art paintings. The evening went by fast and I left for home happy and very satisfied with my participation at the Art Lootmar II at T2f.

The second day which was a Sunday, the show was open from 12pm onwards. We(me, S and Anam) decided to go in the evening. We reached around 6 and were to leave around 9 after pack up. It was the last day for the exhibit. We sat and chatted. T2f has a very comfortable and casual setting to it. We sat on the floor,resting on the bricked pillars, clicking pictures. I got a message from R(another brother) that if we were at T2f and that he was dropping by. It was around 8 when he and 2 friends walked in. After greeting them, they saw my work… Anams work and were now on a round to check other artists work while S and A went out for a smoke break saying.. we’ll be back in a bit.

With all the good, came in the bad.

I clicked a picture of R and Y, while they checked out Uth Oye! shirts and asked which one was better. The next thing I hear is this armed guy telling me ‘aap camera wali madam, neechay hojain’. My first thought, who the hell are YOU!? then I was pulled away by someone and I heard someone saying ‘these are thieves, sit down’ :!

There were around 30 or so people at T2f that instance including artists and the staff at T2f. We were all asked to sit down in a corner. Apparently there were 4 men and out of which 2 were armed. Where I sat, the pillar was right in front of me so all I saw was 1 guy pointing his gun on us on and off asking for everything we had. Phones, wallets, watches etc. Most people had their laptops and DSLR’s with them like I had mine in my hand. When I sat down, a zillion thoughts came to my mind while I prayed Ayat-ul-kursi. I started going numb, arms raised and my heart pounding as if it were about to burst.

I dont know how my reflexes worked, with my hands trembling I covered my DSLR with a few magazines that were placed on a low table right in front of me, put my hand in my kurta pocket and switched my phone off. We were told to look to the floor and NOT look up and if any of us played smart, they’d kill us. There was silence and a thumping heart beat and my own lips whispering Ayat-ul-kursi. While I had my eyes to the floor, I saw a laptop right in front of me. I picked a few more magazines and covered the laptop too, a zillion thoughts rushing through the brain. I look up, I see Anam to my left. We share a glance and a feeling of helplessness. Right ahead I see R, he was trembling and reciting too. I look at Anam again and I whisper, ‘S and A are outside’. I kept praying that they dont come in since the looters were all set to leave, after collecting everybody’s valuables. I look towards the door and I see them walking in. S looked at me and figured what was happening, and there! Their phone and wallets gone too.

7 minutes seemed like 80 years. The guy held his gun up and asked all of us to lie down, heads down and said, if anyone of us tried to move before they left they’ll shoot us. The moment froze. I heard the door close and their was chaos. Everyone got up, helping others around, hugging each other, Thanking Allah Mian that all of us were left unharmed, after all we were all in an enclosed space. Anything could have happened, like anything!!! We ALL sure must have done at least some good in life that Allah Mian saved us *Shukar Alhamdolillah* I looked for my bag which was placed at the bookshelf behind my stall. I found it on the floor, empty. My wallet was gone with cash and bank cards etc. Most of all, we all were alive. The next thing was to leave the venue and get home straight since there was no cash with anyone to even have food.

My hearts still thumping, it was a traumatic experience. What killed me and everyone else was the feeling of being helpless. The guys were armed. Nothing is larger than life itself. Alhamdolillah, I saved my camera and phone but lost the feeling of freedom that was left in me. I’m recovering fast from the shock, because of the the other 29 people who were held hostage with me. We share a bond that none other would understand. May Allah Mian protect us all and that these muggers payback a price unimaginable. Ameen.

Thanks to Sabeen Mahmud, Rabeea Arif and Mariam Bilgrami for all their support during the 2 day event and afterwards. Love to T2f!


Day 3 – fudge brownies

I am NOT a big foodie but i have a sweet tooth. Other than my creativity here, I can cook food, almost all sorts but just when need be. I know people who like to cook just for fun. I mean i can do that too.. but i guess theres no one to feed at home other than S, who’s mostly at school. So yeah we do weekend breakfasts and fun lunches. I love baking. Not owning an oven could be a drawback for people with a love for baking butttt i surpassed that and started baking in the microwave. Thanx to Mayg api, who introduced the idea of baking a cake in the microwave. Later on i tried brownies and YES they turned out as gooey as they would from the oven and also cookies! Baking cookies in the microwave was a challenge and i DID IT! success story right there! 😀

So while we talk about food, recently i came across this. I just cant get over the awesome idea. they’re giving ‘everything’ and with lots of goodies to offer the website itself is eye candy. yes yes.. thats what we ‘designers’ notice first! I love the feel of the website. i love their idea ‘photolicious’. Yummeh food pictures!*dreamy face* FCP is still in their pre launch stage.. but they launch soon. Check their fb page. Looking forward for more eye candy AND candy in its true sense 😀

Ps: I made those fudge brownies and iced-doodled them too 😀 Am i good or am i good?