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Spreading Holiday Cheer

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Tis the season to be jolly and that shouldn’t just be for you. How about we spread the cheer a bit? Holidays can be a tough time for a lot of people – those you are living alone, those who recently lost a loved one, those who are suffering from depression, those who are stuck in hospitals for their own or their loved ones’ ailments, those going through a cash crunch, and so many others. You never really know anyone else’s story, or what kind of issues and difficulties they might be facing. So take the chance this holiday season to spread some joy and just be a tad bit nicer (we know you’re already a nice person, but how about we pump it up a bit). Here are some ideas to spread some warmth around this chilly season.

 

1. Buy from local stores and artisans

Everyone knows that holidays also mean shopping. Gifts for your family and friends, for your office Secret Santa, decorations, plum cake, chocolates, it’s actually quite never-ending. Support your local communities and buy local instead of hitting the mall or large retail stores. It might seem like a slight thing for you, but it means the world to store/artisan you purchase from.

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Image Source – SmallBizDaily

 

2. Donate

For those alone or abandoned, it’s an especially trying time of the year. It’s lonely, it’s cold, and it ends up being quite sad. Luckily, you can help by donating. Whether it’s gifts, money, or honestly, the best one, time. Whether it’s orphanages, old age homes, or animal shelters, everyone could do with a little extra love this holiday season.

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Image Source – Advanced Urology

 

3. Call up

It might sound like a weirdly small thing, but take the time to make some calls to people you haven’t spoken to in a while. Just to check in, say hi, and wish them happy holidays. You never know how a small hello from you might brighten someone’s day.

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Image Source – Techlicious

 

Happy Holidays!

Playlist of the Week – Christmas Songs

Friday, December 20th, 2019

Everyone loves a good Christmas song. We’re not talking about the carols (though we love those too!) Most are classics that are bound to take you back to your childhood, when fairy lights were magical, and Santa was really coming. So as we raise our eggnogs in toast, here’s some of our favorites to take that trip down memory lane.

 

1. All I Want For Christmas (Is You) by Mariah Carey

Believe it or not, this song has made it to the #1 spot on the Billboards this week, a whopping 25 years after its release! Talk about a blast from the past!!

All I Want For Christmas (Is You)

 

2. Last Christmas by Wham!

This song is so closely associated with this time of the year that people around the world have been making drinking games and whatnot over it for years. Take a shot every time you hear this song!

Last Christmas

 

3. The Christmas Song by Andrea Bocelli and Natalie Cole

The song was one of the most memorable by Mr. Cole, and this rendition by his daughter and Andrea is absolutely beautiful.

The Christmas Song

 

 

4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Michael Buble

Our generation needed a Sinatra type vocalist too, and Michael graciously stepped in, and thank the universe for that! This oldie but goldie needs to be heard in a voice that drips in old-world charm, and this one sure hits the right spot.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

 

5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town by Bruce Springsteen

The quintessential Christmas tune, but in the most unexpected voice. Bruce gives a brand new twist to Santa’s song. Extra points for the hats.

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

 

And one extra, for all the mean girls out there, because we just couldn’t resist.

Jingle Bell Rock

 

Merry Christmas!

DIY of the Week – Paper Snowflakes

Thursday, December 12th, 2019

It’s almost Christmas, it’s definitely December, but cold weather doesn’t even seem to be on the calendar. Those of us in Mumbai are caught in heat, with an extra special dose of heightened humidity (WHY??). So we’re going to be a bit rebellious and just make our own snow to help put us in the mood. Don’t worry, we’re not at the “stick our head inside our refrigerators” stage (yet). We’re talking about paper snowflakes, of course. Of course. So let’s get started.

 

What You Need:

1. Paper (white, if you’re going for the pure snow look, or whatever else from wrapping paper, handmade paper, to even newspaper, if you’re going for a different vibe)

2. Scissors (small craft scissors would be better for intricate design cuts)

 

What To Do:

Step 1

Take your paper and fold over a corner to help you mark out an exact square, then cut off the extra paper, if any.

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Image Source – Martha Stewart

 

Step 2

Take the folded square, and fold over again, creating a smaller triangle.

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Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 3

Imagine the twice-folded paper being in thirds, and fold one third to the front across the middle third, and the other end across the back of the middle third as shown in the picture below.

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Image Source – Old Farmer’s Almanac

 

Step 4

Trim the extra edges across the top of the folds. You can cut it straight across, at an angle, or in a circular cut, each type giving you a different general shape for your snowflake.

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Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 5

Now comes the part for your creativity. Snip out little cuts here and there, creating your own design. Just make sure not to cut entire across. (To make it easier, you can trace out a design onto the paper before you cut, especially if you’re doing it for the first few times).

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Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

Step 6

Open open the paper folds to reveal your snowflake design. You’ll probably need to keep the opened snowflake under a heavy book initially to press out the fold, but once that’s done, you’re good to go.

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Image Source – FirstPalette.com

 

These are great for decorating on windows and walls, or you could even hang them on floss string with a bit of glue at the tip. And they’re great alternatives to bows on your Christmas gifts too!

 

Happy Decorating!

Top QTube Events for the Week (Dec 24-30)

Thursday, December 20th, 2018

Christmas is here! It’s the week of celebration, family and friends, and joy everywhere. We hope you’re planning on spreading some of that holiday cheer with us over at QTube Cafe, and here’s what we’ve got going on through this week.

 

Mr Ankit Dwivedi

A time to gather together and enjoy the warmth of fairytales that have lived for centuries. Make way for some giants and elves, deep dark forests and a three-legged horse.
Fairytales for the little ones! Afternoon, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, Age: 4-10 years with parents/guardians
Fairytales for the wondering ones! Evening, 5:00- 6:30 pm, Age: 10 years and older, with/without guardians
A fairytale for the wanderers! Late evening, 8:00 – 9:00 pm, Age: 14 years and older.
Contacts us at 9930912115 for details and booking. Group bookings discounted.

Date: 24 December 2018

Time: 2 pm to 9:15 pm

Entry: Rs. 300, 400, 500/-

 

That Was Funny

A Stand Up Comedy Open Mic show with a twist. Where the comics are put to test by the audience members. The power lies with the audience. This is a clean and family show.

Date: 26 December 2018

Time: 7 pm to 9:45 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Asm Academy

Asm Academy a music session of a music academy. We conduct it to boost the confidence of our students . We have booked q tube before also for the same jamming session

Date: 27 December 2018

Time: 5 pm to 9 pm

Entry: FREE

 

NSPA Artist Auditions

Auditions for new artist for NSPA music and theater. Prior registration required.

Date: 28 December 2018

Time: 9 am to 4 pm

Entry: FREE

 

That Was Funny

Comedy Open Mic bought to you by That was funny… A weekly event with free entry that happens every Friday. Some good laughs on the way. for slots please contact 9820225386

Date: 28 December 2018

Time: 7 pm to 9:45 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Unsent Letters

Unsent letters jo khat tum kabhi bhej na paye open mic poetry event perform here & a change to win performer of the day

Date: 29 December 2018

Time: 6 pm to 9 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Orion Infotech Services

The event is organized to meet the need of rapidly changing climate and restrain control over it,by bringing various plans and designs which will first step towards a better mankind.

Date: 30 December 2018

Time: 10 am to 1 pm

Entry: FREE

 

Have a great week and Happy Holidays!

DIY of the Week – Felt Christmas Tree Decorations

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

With Christmas just around the corner, even we can’t help getting into the spirit. Along with being a time of celebration and family, it’s also a time for decorations, gifting, and of course, rum cake! And we all do love our rum cake, don’t we?

But we digress. This week’s DIY is right on time for Christmas. We’re making Christmas tree decorations from felt. They’re cute, they’re simple, and you can easily keep them hanging around the house all year long.

Image source - Crafthubs

Image source – Crafthubs

 

What you need:

1. Felt fabric in the colors of your choice

2. Scissors

3. Needle and thread (of contrasting color from the felt)

4. Cotton for stuffing

 

What to do:

Step 1

Take the sheet of felt, and cut out a Christmas tree shape. You can use any template you find online, or cut it free hand, but make sure to cut two identical pieces, as these will form the tree hanger.

Image source - Crafted

Image source – Crafted

 

Step 2

Thread the needle and make simple star-shaped embroidery. Basically, make a plus sign, and super-impose this with a cross sign, as shown in the figure below. Try it a few times on some scrap cloth, then proceed to make some scattered over the cut tree shapes.

Image source - The Spruce Crafts

Image source – The Spruce Crafts

 

Step 3

Once a sufficient number of star patterns are on the two pieces, stitch closed the edges together, leaving the bottom section open. Through this section, push in the stuffing little by little, till the tree looks slightly padded. Don’t over-stuff it, as it won’t end up looking as delicate as you’d like. Once done, finish off the stitch to close the opening.

Image source - Crafted

Image source – Crafted

 

Step 4

Make as many more of these as you’d like. You can go for different shapes, different types of embroidery, and even mix it up with layers of felt, for different designs.

Image source - Rickshaw Bazaar

Image source – Rickshaw Bazaar

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Image source – FamilyHoliday.net

 

Happy Tree Decorating!

Xmas-themed Food Art Ideas for Foodies

Friday, December 9th, 2016

Just a couple more weeks till we greet each other a ‘Merry Christmas.’ Last week we did an article on DIY Xmas decorations for your room. But, the festivities are never complete without some yummy delicacies to dig into. So, here are 5 easy to make and decorate treats for your Xmas parties. Bon Appetite!

Christmas Tree Pizza

If you don’t want to make your pizza from scratch, you can always purchase ready-made pizza bread from a bakery or mall. Use a knife to carve out a Christmas tree. Using pepperoni, corn, cheese and herbs, decorate your pizza slice to make it look like a decked up Christmas tree. Decorate your festive slice with ketchup, mustard and other sauces for a decorative touch.

christmas tree

 

Hot Chocolate Marshmallow Snowmen 

Dunk marshmallows in your cup of steaming hot chocolate to give your drink a festive update. Use bamboo skewers to pin your marshmallows together. Drizzle liquid chocolate on your marshmallow snowman to give it features and buttons.

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Reindeer Donuts

Decorate your favorite chocolate donuts with gems and white chocolate chips to make it look like a cute reindeer. Fashion tiny pretzel bits into antlers.

love from the oven

 

Image courtesy: Love from the Oven

Snowman-themed Ice-cream Scoops 

Vanilla is the best flavor for this festive experiment. Use gems, chocolate chips, candy and preserved fruit to add embellishments to your snowman.

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French Toast Christmas Tree

Arrange your triangular French toast slices in the shape of a Christmas tree. Use fruit pieces, honey and condensed milk to decorate your sweet masterpiece

.french toast christmas tree

 

DIY Décor Ideas for a Musical Christmas

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

The season of fake snow and real shivers is round the corner. Soon, fairy lights will glam up streets and a merry man called Santa will go around giving gifts to the ones who’ve been good. We can already feel a nip in the air and that’s definitely making us feel Christmassy! If you’re not feeling ‘in the mood’ yet, here are a few things you can add to your room to up the festive quotient. Spend some time crafting these easy DIY wall decorations and feel the excitement seeping in!

Oh, and these are especially perfect for those who love music.

A very simple décor piece to make, all you need is cardboard and your old strings. This piece is perfect for displaying festive selfies, family photos and even Christmas cards!

wall decor 1

Another simple item to make. Curl up your old music sheets to create these flower holders. Creatively cut the edges to give your holder a stylish twist. Stick these on your wall using double-sided tape or attach a ribbon to hang these on door knobs!

wall decor 3

Old brass instruments are not fun to play, but there’s a lot one can do with them. Here’s how you can convert a rusty horn into a beautiful décor piece. Slip in dry stalks and leaves to create a rustic ambiance indoors.

wall decor 2

Our decorations will not look complete without at least a few wreaths decorating the space. But, instead of hanging up the usual ones made from holly, why not create your own music-themed wreath. This wreath can be fashioned by attaching clothespins to a circular wire. If you don’t have enough black and white pegs, colour them with a coat of paint.

wall decor 4

Another creative wreath fashioned from music sheets. Dye your music sheets in your favorite colors, cut them into interesting shapes and then glue them on a circular wire frame. Voila! Your musical wreath is ready!

wall decor 5