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DIY of the Week – Gift Bags

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

The ‘Holiday Season’ is here and upon us in all its glory. Yes, with Garba in full swing, and Ravan knocking at our doors (only to be vanquished, poor lad), it is officially the season of lights, sweets, and yes, of course, gifts. And with family members, and friends, and co-workers to hunt up little knick-knacks for, wouldn’t be nice if you could find a pretty, but cheap way to jazz up your delivery of said gift? Well, don’t worry, over the next few weeks, we’ll help you out with some cool gift wrapping and presenting ideas that will be straight from the heart.

This week, we’re looking to make these pretty and vibrant gift bags. And the best part? You can make these in various sizes and colors, and well in advance (you can even start now), and just stick in the gift once you buy it, instead of painstakingly wrapping each individual item last minute. So let’s begin!

 

Image Source - Gift Ideas

Image Source – Gift Ideas

 

What you need:

1. Wrapping paper (we suggest using actual the paper sheets, not only are they sturdier than the plastic wrap ones, they’re also more eco-friendly)

2. Scissors

3. Tape or glue

4. Hole puncher

5. Ribbon or Jute string

 

What to do:

Step 1

Lay the decided size of paper design side down. Now fold in one side towards the center, and the fold the other side with a little overlapping on the first fold. Tape to hold in place as in the photo.

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 2

Now fold over the bottom section. This is the part we will convert into our bag’s base.

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 3

Separating the edges of the folded over bottom edge from the center, fold in the sides as shown in the photo below.

Image Source - Pinterest

Image Source – Pinterest

 

Step 4

Now take the protruding sections one at a time, and fold the first down towards the center line, folding the other one up, slightly overlaying it to strengthen grip. Tape along the joint.

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

Image Source -Designertrapped.com

 

Step 5

Open out the bag, and now fold inwards lightly the side sections (you might have seen these folds in all paper bags). These will help your bag maintain shape.

Image Source - City Kitty

Image Source – City Kitty

 

Step 6

Take the hole puncher and punch two equidistant holes for your handles in each of the wider top sections of your bag. Cut two lengths of ribbon or string to make your handles. Knot the end of one ribbon or string, pull it outwards from one hole and back into the other of the same side, knotting from the inside. Repeat on the other side.

Image Source - The Penny Hoarder

Image Source – The Penny Hoarder

 

And there you go! Your handmade gift bag is all ready!

 

Pro Tip:

You can make super kitschy looking bags by being creative with your choice of paper. You can use handmade or textured paper, your very own handmade marbled paper (remember how we learned how to here), jazz up plain paper with paints, washi tape, or bows, and even use the comic section of newspapers (looks real good too). It’s all up to your imagination!

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Image Source – yourstruly.com

 

Happy gifting!

Top QTube Events for the Week (Oct 15-21)

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

With Dandiya season in full swing, Mumbai streets are certainly looking pretty and lit up, especially in the evenings. While that doesn’t really help much with the traffic and hectic commute, it does at least make the journey just a tiny bit more wistful. If you and your friends/family are going out, remember to be safe, have fun, and enjoy the festivities. As usual, we’re around with our gamut of events ranging from open mics to self betterment workshops. We’d love it if you’d drop in for a bit. Remember, the coffee is hot, and free!

 

TRAFFIK JAM

TRAFFIK JAM is a platform showcasing upcoming indie talent. All the acts are recorded and put up to help the artists reach a wider audience.

Date: 15 October 2018

Time: 4 pm to 9:45 pm

Entry: Rs. 150/-

 

Mr Ankit Dwivedi

In day 1 of workshop, we would bring before you the wonderful world of storytelling and hold your hand as we jump into the rough waters beginning our journey.

Date: 16 October 2018

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Entry: Rs. 599/-

 

Mr Ankit Dwivedi

On day 2, we would set sail through the giant waves. Monsters within or out there might cross our ways, but together, we’ll sail through.

Date: 17 October 2018

Time: 5 pm to 9pm

Entry: Rs. 599/-

 

Mr Ankit Dwivedi

On day 3, we will find the ground beneath our feet and nothing will be the same anymore. Unloading all that we have been carrying, we will part ways with promises of a better tomorrow.

Date: 18 October 2018

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Entry: Rs. 599/-

 

Vvennus Club

Vvennus Club is a forum for like minded people who believe in learning and development. we bring you a learning session on how you can be Emotionally Intelligent Everyday Living.

Date: 20 October 2018

Time: 10 am to 2 pm

Entry: Rs. 500/-

 

Vinspire Training and Consultancy Pvt. Ltd.

Our kids are very much online for researching, homework and all other social media reasons. Therefore it is very important to let them know what are the threats in this virtual world and what precautions they must take in order to be safe online.Dos ad Dont’s of the cyber world and about ways to prevent hacking into their systems! This will train the Parents/guardians for this!

Date: 20 October 2018

Time: 2 pm to 4 pm

Entry: Rs. 600/-

 

That Was Funny

We Guarantee You An Evening Full of Laughter & Fun… The Best New Comedy Talent in Town and Some Established Funny/Famous People Try Their Freshest Material Live.

Date: 20 October 2018

Time: 7 pm to 9:45 pm

Entry: FREE

 

HEROES

HEROES – a community of men. These are the offline workshops for the members of HEROES who focus on HEALTH, CAREER, RELATIONSHIPS and SELF GROWTH

Date: 21 October 2018

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Fury Fest

It will be spoken words event, anyone can participate in this event. This event is powered by Fury Fest.

Date: 21 October 2018

Time: 2 pm to 5 pm

Entry: Rs. 100/-

 

Dr. Preeti Chawla

Dealt-a-Life is an interactive seminar on challenges faced in life post 30′s. Be it relationships/ health/ career/ finance. Let us figure out what’s and how’s of it.

Date: 21 October 2018

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Entry: Rs. 400/-

 

Have a great week!

Things You Need to Keep in Mind Before Getting a Pet

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Pick out any Hollywood movie and the dream goal or the happy ending is about the perfect couple, with their perfect kids, in their perfect house, with their perfect pet. Sounds idyllic, we know. But while everyone thinks of kids as a huge responsibility that one has to prepare for mentally, physically, and financially, unfortunately, the same amount of thought doesn’t always go into getting a pet. It’s a sad truth that many pets end up in shelters, or even worse, on the streets, because their owners suddenly realize that having a dog or cat at home isn’t always an opportunity to make a quick video for YouTube. There’s a lot of time, money, love and care that go into caring for an animal, and we sincerely wish people thought it over sensibly before taking the plunge.

Image source - Saga

Image source – Saga

This is why we’ve compiled a checklist, if you must, of things you should consider before adopting or buying a pet for your home.

 

1. Motive

Let’s face it, you need to get real with yourself. What exactly is the main reason that you are considering to get a pet? Do you hate coming home to en empty house? Are your kids desperate for a pet? Do you want one to show off? Are you planning on getting one just because a friend’s pet had a litter? Whatever your reasons, you need to be able to be honest with yourself. Because a pet is as much responsibility as living with a small child, And if your motives are not strong and unwavering, chances are you might just change your mind by the end of the first few months.

Image source - We Heart It

Image source – We Heart It

 

2. Finances

Getting a pet, even if you don’t buy but rather adopt one, is expensive. Especially the first few months. Very expensive. You’ll have regular doctors visits, immunization shots, multivitamins, dog or cat food (even if you plan on feeding your pet home food, most vets will recommend packaged food for the first few months to ensure proper nutrition in their growing months). There will also be a basic set of supplies needing to be purchased like collars, leashes, hygiene products like soap, nail trimmers and grooming brushes, and litter fill and litter boxes for cats. The first two to three months will be the most expensive.

Image source - Forgoat

Image source – Forgoat

 

3. Time

A pet requires ample time. Whether it’s curling up with them in the evenings, grooming them, training them, taking them for walks, taking them to the vet, getting them exercise, it’s all in all a pretty big chunk of your day. And if you have a full load, are barely at home, and have to employ someone else to take care of their needs on a regular basis, you might have to rethink your availability to care for a pet in a way that will make him/her think that you’re really there for them.

Image source - Healthy-pets.co.uk

Image source – Healthy-pets.co.uk

 

4. Space

Let’s put it this way, if you live in a small space, where most of the floor space is taken up by your furniture, maybe a Great Dane isn’t the ideal pet for you. While we in no way believe that you need to live on a farmhouse to be able to have a pet, you have to take into account the space that is required for a full grown version of that cute little puppy you plan on carrying home. Animals get claustrophobic and depressed too, and if they feel that they don’t have enough space to move around in, it’s a given.

Image source - Homes Sold Beautifully

Image source – Homes Sold Beautifully

 

5. Research

We cannot stress this enough. It’s not enough to decide, for example, that you want a dog. You must research on breeds and compatibility with your individual situation. There are a lot of considerations that must be taken into account. Big dog vs small dog. Long hair vs short hair. Hound vs retriever. Do you have any other pets already? Do you have or are you planning on having children? Is there a park nearby for exercising? Every breed comes with its own set of pros and cons. Certain breeds have longer life spans than others, certain require much more training and exercise than others, certain need to be kept in cool areas. Even if you decide to adopt an indie or street dog, there are a lot of considerations. As there is with cat breeds as well. Each breed comes with its own temperament, potential health issues, and qualities. Research, research, research.

Image source - Merryfield School of Pet Grooming

Image source – Merryfield School of Pet Grooming

 

6. Patience

There will be horrible times. Guaranteed. Because life is messy, and so is family. And that’s what your pets become, family. You will have fruitless training sessions, your cat will urinate on the couch, your dog will chew your favorite pair of shoes. They will fall ill at times, and it will be emotionally harrowing. They will bark at strangers, and pull on their leash. They will scratch you when you try to pet them, or bathe them, or feed them, or just basically exist in the same universe (yes, cats can at times be pretty ruthless). But we promise that if you stick around through the tough times, the good times will be like no other. The love and comfort of a pet is an incomparable one. Just don’t forget, they need love and care in return.

Image source - Petcube

Image source – Petcube

 

*Disclaimer. We know, we went with the most obvious, and popular, choices for pet, i.e. dogs and cats, to illustrate our points. But the truth is even getting a goldfish requires care. You have to feed them everyday and you need to clean their tanks on a regular basis. Even a plant can’t be left to fend for itself. Please keep in mind that even if your pet (or the one you plan on getting) isn’t a dog or cat, don’t mistake it to mean that it doesn’t need affection, care, and attention. A life in your home can only prosper if you take the time and energy to care for it.

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Image source – dodogs.website

DIY of the Week – The Easiest Bird Feeder Ever!

Monday, October 8th, 2018

It’s Monday! And so, we’re back again with a brand new DIY project. This week, we’re going to learn how to make the easiest ever bird feeder in the history of DIY bird feeders ever! (OK, so we might be a little over enthusiastic about how easy this one is to make, but we’re not kidding about how easy it really is)

So, let’s get started then!

 

What you need:

1. Cardboard egg box

2. Scissors

3. Jute thread

4. Bird feed

Image source - Homemade Bird Food

Image source – Homemade Bird Food

 

What to do:

Step 1

Carefully cut the top half of the egg carton off, and proceed to make four small holes in each of the corners of the remaining bottom portion.

Image source - Pbs,org

Image source – Pbs,org

 

Step 2

Run the string through each of the four holes, leaving enough length to hang over a tree branch, and tie together at the top.

 

Step 3

Fill each egg compartment with the assorted bird seed.

Image source - DIY Health Academy

Image source – DIY Health Academy

 

Step 4

Head outside and hang your bird feeder. Ideal location would be on a tree branch, but if you don’t have a tree right near your house, you can even hang it in your balcony, or off the grill outside your kitchen window.

Image source - Homemade Bird Food

Image source – Homemade Bird Food

 

And there you go! See? We weren’t exaggerating about the simplicity of this project.

Image source - greendiary.com

Image source – greendiary.com

10 Inspiring MK Gandhi Quotes

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

October 2nd marks the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by bringing you ten of his most inspiring quotes.

 

1. “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind”

Image source - Quora

Image source – Quora

 

2. “Be the change you want to see in the world”

Image source - Framepool Footage

Image source – Framepool Footage

 

3. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong”

Image source - Wikipedia

Image source – Wikipedia

 

4. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live for forever”

Image source - Open Culture

Image source – Open Culture

 

5. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”

Image source - Viral Stories

Image source – Viral Stories

 

6. “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”

Image source - ClipartXtras

Image source – ClipartXtras

 

7. “A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes”

Image source - Wikipedia

Image source – Wikipedia

 

8. “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”

Image source - Wikiwand

Image source – Wikiwand

 

9. “I cannot conceive of a greater loss than the loss of one’s self respect”

Image source - Gandhi's Be Magazine

Image source – Gandhi’s Be Magazine

 

10. “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems”

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Image source – South African Tourism

 

 

DIY of the Week – Upcycled Mobile Charger Holder (Method 2)

Monday, October 1st, 2018

And we’re back, as promised. Last week, we learned how to make an upcycled mobile charger holder from a plastic bottle. This week, we’re making one with the back pocket of your jeans! (Just maybe don’t try to wear them after the fact).

Not only does your charger no longer need to lie there on the floor while it charges, it also looks great while it charges. And now that old pair of jeans doesn’t need to hide in the back of your closet either, it can finally be put to work!

 

Method 2 – Denim Jeans’ Pocket

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

What you need:

1. Old Jeans

2. Scissors

3. Needle and Thread

 

What to do:

Step 1

Cut around the back pocket area of the jeans.

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

 

Step 2

Now you need to make a hangar. To do that, you need to cut the side seam section of the leg of the jeans.

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

 

Step 3

Sew the hanger section into the pocket, and your charger holder is now complete.

Image source - Instructables.com

Image source – Instructables.com

 

Now all you need to do is stick your phone into the pocket, connect that charger, and hang it over the charger head.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Hope you like your swanky new charger holder.

5 Great Sci-Fi Authors of Our Generation

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

If you’re one to dive straight into the fantastical, then science fiction, or sci-fi as it’s commonly called, is the genre for you. With action, drama, and technology all thrown in together, alongwith a heavy dose of space, time travel, and maybe even some robots, an interesting read is pretty much guaranteed.

Here’s a list of 5 great authors in the one genre that basically covers all genres within it.

 

1. Isaac Isamov

The king of the fantastic, Isaac Isamov will not only make you love robots, but fear them too. Though he was a professor by profession, he devoted quite a bit of time and energy towards his novels, and ended up publishing over 500 books throughout his career.

Image source - Encyclopedia Britannica

Image source – Encyclopedia Britannica

 

2. Arthur C. Clarke

Called the “Prophet of the Space Age”, Arthur Clarke is not only a multiple award winner, but also beloved author of one of the all time classics. And if you have read The Space Odyssey, go now. Seriously, go read it now.

Image source - Telegraph.uk

Image source – Telegraph.uk

 

3. H.G. Wells

Ok, so we’re cheating with this one (because he’s technically not of this generation), but then again, he’s too good not to mention. With classics like The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds under his belt, is it any wonder why we’re bending the rules for him? For many, his books were the first introduction to the fantastical and wild.

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Image source – Famous Biographies

 

4. Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury, best known for his novel Fahrenheit 451, is one of the most prolific writers of the 21st Century. He has also won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004. The Martian Chronicles is another of his beloved works.

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Image source – firewireblog.com

 

5. William Gibson

New age sci-fi is all about technology and the rise of the information age, and Gibson is the one who took on the challenge of that integration absolutely seamlessly. His novels set the stage for the coming of the internet, and how all encompassing and involved virtual realities are. Interesting fact – he’s also the credited with coining the term ‘cyberspace’.

Image source - Amazon UK

Image source – Amazon UK

 

Happy Reading!

DIY of the Week – Upcycled Mobile Charger Holder (Method 1)

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Isn’t it an awkward struggle to hunt for a table or some other such surface near a plug point every time you want to charge your phone? You can’t possibly leave your phone just hanging off the charger wire, can you? Well, of course not. But instead of constantly searching for supporting furniture, wouldn’t it be great if your charger itself could hold your mobile up? Ah yes, the stuff dreams are made of.

But wait. What if we told you that not only was it possible, it was also completely doable from upcycling stuff you probably have lying around the house? Don’t believe us? Too good to be true? No, no. We’re very serious. This week’s DIY (and next week’s too) is on how to make a mobile charger holder meant to hang on to your phone while it charges. The first method, which we’re doing this week, show’s you how to do from a regular plastic shampoo or bath wash bottle. And it’s super simple too!

 

Method 1 – Plastic Shampoo Bottle

Image source - Easy Life Hacks

Image source – Easy Life Hacks

 

What you need:

1. Old, wide plastic bottle (shampoo or large hand wash works fine)

2. Scissors

3. Marker

4. Washi tape (or whatever other method you want to use to decorate it)

 

What to do:

Step 1

Take the selected bottle and remove the sticker from both sides, then ensure that it is completely washed and dried out.

 

Step 2

Take the marker and create a horizontal line across the width of the bottle about three-fourths of the way up the bottle. Then, create an extra handle-like protrusion on one of the wider sides, above the line you just drew.

Image source - Fab How

Image source – Fab How

 

Step 3

Take your scissors and carefully cut along the line you just drew. Now placing your charger base against the extra protrusion, mark out its size. Cut along (from the inside) of this section.

Image source - wikiHow

Image source – wikiHow

 

Step 4

All that’s left now is to cover the bottle with washi tape (or wrapping paper, or colored paper, paint, markers, or whichever way you want to decorate it). And there you have it! You’re all set with your brand new mobile charger holder.

Image source - So Creative Things

Image source – So Creative Things

 

Come back next Monday to see the second easy method to make your very own upcycled mobile phone charger holder. Hint Hint – Whether crafting is in your genes or not, it can definitely be in your jeans!

The Most Subtle Musical Tattoos You Can Get!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Music is life, and many people who agree like to commemorate this sentiment on their skin. And if you’re one who’s been looking for a permanent way to show your love for music, but aren’t sure if a large tattoo is your kind of thing, here’s a compilation of five of the simplest tattoos you can consider. They are small enough to not break the bank, as well as try out, since the prick of the needle isn’t really for everyone.

 

1. From the heart

Simple, cute, and versatile in where you can get it, this one is a great one for musicians. With the bass and treble clef placed in such a manner as to look like a heart from one side, it’s one of the simplest and smallest tattoos related to music that you can get.

Image source - Tonobanquetes.com

Image source – Tonobanquetes.com

 

2. Clef Palate

If you’re not into hearts, then a simple treble clef, bass clef, or even a simple musical note. Again, these are small, simple, and extremely versatile on location as well as sizing.

Image source - Wild Tattoo Art

Image source – Wild Tattoo Art

 

 3. Music to your ears

This one, though simple, is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Though you have to admit, it seems pretty perfect for anyone is who constantly listening to music with their earphones plugged in!

Image source - Wild Tattoo Art

Image source – Wild Tattoo Art

 

4. Press Play

This one is minimalist as well as ideal for those whose Ipods and playlists are never far away from their grasp. And the best part is, this one isn’t specific to musicians, and can be great for any music lover.

Image source - Inkme.tattoo

Image source – Inkme.tattoo

 

5. Colored notes

If you’re not into plain black tattoos, and are looking for a bit more color to brighten up your look, you can always overlay a simple black tattoo with a splash of watercolor to not only personalize a regular design, but bring some additional life to it too.

Image source - Inkme.tattoo

Image source – Inkme.tattoo

 

But whether you go simple, or decide to go a bit more detailed or large, make sure to pick your studio and artist carefully, ensure that sealed packs of needles are opened in front of you, and make sure to follow all guidelines to insure no infections occur after the fact. Happy Inking!

DIY of the Week – Cereal Box Organizers

Monday, September 17th, 2018

If you read one of our previous posts about decluttering, it’s a genuine possibility you’re considering it. But how to you get more sorted? The intentions are there, but who wants to buy more things, just so that you can store the old things? Because sometimes, those craft supplies will be randomly stuffed into a couple of drawers. And sometimes, your magazine pile will be just that – a pile. So should you be heading out to the stationery store to buy organizers to file away those magazines neatly, or buy drawer separators to organize your supplies better? Nope. You just need to stock up on your favorite cereal!

This week, we’ll show you how your cardboard cereal box is the perfect thing to help you get a teensy bit more organized, and keep it classy and personalized to your liking too. So, let’s get this show on the road!

 

What you need:

1. Cereal boxes

2. Scissors

3. Tape

4. Wrapping paper

5. Glue

6. Ribbon, if required

 

What to do:

Step 1

Once you have decided on what kind of organizer you would like to make, cut the cereal boxes based on the photos you see in this post. Remember, if you are making drawer organizers, keep the height of the box a quarter of an inch shorter than the height of the actual pull-out drawer. If you are making a magazine holder, make sure the slant of your cut goes low enough that you should be able to read the names of the magazines. Hold the magazines against the box for an ideal height estimate.

Image source - Kix Cereal

Image source – Kix Cereal

 

Step 2

Once cut, arrange the separate boxes in the order you would like them and stick them in place with the tape.

Image source - Pinterest

Image source – Pinterest

 

Step 3

Once done, cover the exposed part of the cereal box with fancy wrapping paper. You can add to the design with colored or washi tape, or even ribbons and bows.

Image source - One Good Thing

Image source – One Good Thing