26 May 2015

DIY - Emoji T-Shirt


Ta-Da blogland, I'm finally pulling myself out of the mess and creating stuff that really means something to me. Emojis - THEY'RE ESSENTIAL FO LYFE because once emojis saved me.

So Today, I'm using my MOST favorite emoji (who doesn't like heart eyes emoji??!!?) to spice up my simple/plain/boring t-shirt. Here we go!


Collect the important stuff:
Well, the golden fabric isn't necessary. Get anything that works for you.

Draw the shapes:
It's all basic. A circle, two hearts and a wide laughter. Simple.



Add pressing cloth:
Attach pressing cloths to all shapes you've cut out and iron them. It gives them a stiff effect and the shapes don't get all messed up.

Sew 'em together
 Sew all the pieces together,

TA-DA WE'RE NEAR!
Final Step:
Attach the emoji to the shirt. I sewed it on the t-shirt but you can also use elfy glue to attach it. 
Well, CONGRATS YOU HAVE AN EMOJI T-SHIRT YOU CAN INSTAGRAM ABOUT.

Oh the beauty.

 I'm going to post an OOTD with this tee very soon. I'm so very excited to have it in my wardrobe because you can never have enough emojis in life.

Let me know if you're going to make it.

Till then.

25 May 2015

Useless Updates #10

Welcome to Useless Updates. I'm extremely sorry to myself for missing it last week but I was in exams season and in a complete mess. Well, I put useless updates from life on internet because that's a way of living life.

-I WOKE UP TO THIS
Source: Tribune
 My friend tagged me on this on Facebook because she knows I'm a crazy blogger at times. I LOVE THAT SHE CARES. Plus this is LIFE GOALS. I mean, why not people?


-AGE ROBOT
Even though I'm pretty late to this age robot game, it went smoother than I thought. YES EXACTLY MICROSOFT I'M 17 HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT?  Dude 25 is heavy.

AND LOOK AT THIS FACE DOES IT EVEN LOOK LIKE 28 AGE ROBOT YOU'RE LOSING RESPECT.

-DIY DIY DIY ALL THE WAY
I'm getting my hands on a few DIY projects and the best thing about it is that there hasn't been any Pinterest fail so far, letting my creativity out feels so much better. Plus I signed up for Cassy's DIY club I've braced myself for more DIY magic.

- STILL NOT OVER BAD BLOOD VIDEO
I took Buzzfeed's quiz for which Bad Blood villain am I and I'M LENA DUNHAM! I've always known that she and I have a connection between us. It's a sign. She's my spirit animal so YAY.

LIFE GOALS PEOPLE OF BLOGLAND

-That's all from this week.

Do you have some useless updates to put on your blog? Let's join me. There are just a few rules to follow.
-Make a Useless Updates post. All other irrelevant posts will be deleted.
-Follow your host aka me.
-Grab the button or link back in your post.
-Psst, have fun.
Useless Updates


23 May 2015

Pages from my he[art]

Here's a shiny handmade notebook cover that has eventually turned into something I'll keep my artwork in. More like a scrapbook. Things I want to say turned into images, that's how drawing works for me most of the time.

Today I'll be sharing a few pages from my heart. I mean, art.

My name is Areeba and I'm made of thousands of stars.

I wrote a poem once, inspired by Teen Wolf, and it's my MOST favorite poem ever.

Her love for him was eternal,
He kept waiting for her to come soon,
But They're destined to be separated,
He was the wolf, she was the moon.

I've been wondering how can I turn it into an image somehow. Moon + wolf,a complete affair in one tiny picture that'd keep the concept going. I finally ended up creating this page. I really love how it turned out.

Doodling on another level.

Moon & Wolf.

These geometric design is always my favorite thing to do on a paper, releases every bad thing from my mind and making perfect even lines become the only goal of the moment. 

And this, I named it People I Used To Know.

Representing people that once walked in my life and then faded away somehow. These are the faces that are just shadows in my mind and mean absolutely nothing to me. 

As it's finally vacations time (except I keep pretending that I don't have a Psychology's practical on 29th and I'm free) I will be putting more time in art rather than just watching tv shows and movies.

Goals:
MORE DIY AREEBA
I'm working on three projects that I CAN'T WAIT to show you all. One includes emojis so I can't be anymore excited about it.

Make Art That Makes No Sense
People, we need things that are non-sense, fun & keeps us alive. Life goals include doing more of the things that don't need to make sense, to anyone at all. Make art. No worries. 


Are you doing any artsy thing?


21 May 2015

Karachi You're Killing Me - Everything you need to know about this book

Before you start digging about this book, this is my face when I was reading this book.Yes. Beware, this post contains a few spoilers but that'd just do good to your soul and you might thank me for not letting you touch this book for the sake of humanity. Well, let's start.

Karachi You're Killing Me is very famous right now, adapting to be a Bollywood film and all the hype. I got to hear about this book online and the title contained Karachi so I was very excited to grab this book and have a read. Well, crap. 

I attended Karachi Book Swap club last week & Farman was kind enough to give me this book + a friendly warning that I wouldn't like this book very much. But God bless my love for Karachi & my curiosity, I got it anyway.

The fun begins.

This is the book. All fancy cover and a catchy title. Catchy for people who think if you step out in this city Karachi, some namaloom afraad will shoot you and boom go away. 

Well if you've felt the bitterness in my words, you're getting it right. I DID NOT like this book. I'll explain why.

This is the story about a journalist Ayesha who works in Karachi and lives with her cat & her dad who loves the cat more than her. She has a crappy boss, a job that might kill her and she drinks a lot of beer. There. Is. So. Much. Booze. As Ayesha writes about her bad days, rallies coverage. breaks up, booze, smoking, she keeps writing her diary and BAM you're on the last page. The writer forgot to put "story" in this book. There is more booze in the book than the story. The end is pretty much Bollywoodified which no wonder was expected. A typical happy ending, finding true love on the airport and the book ends. Well, this book is more like someone's personal life has been leaked in the most hideous way. 

 The way main character Ayesha is presented way too wrong. 

-Firstly, Ayesha has been living in Karachi for all of her life but her behavior and words make you feel like she's new to Karachi and you're listening to a person who is recently shifted there from a foreign country. Most likely from USA. 

-Ayesha's drinking habits and her alcohol consuming is unreal. Alcohol is prohibited in Pakistan and I wish the writer had remembered that. I understand the writer is from journalism field and she's seen & been through stuff that a common person like me hasn't experienced before but still the reader feels 0% realness to the character's behavior.

-The parties, the booze, the wordings, it reflects only like 2% population of the city. SO if you've grabbed this book to judge the Karachiites and the city, PUT IT DOWN.

-The way Ayesha's father behaves is out of my senses. That's not how parents behave. I told you the characters behaves like I-AM-NOT-PAKISTANI-HMM-MAYBE-AMERICAN-OR-IDK.

-Ayesha, her name makes you realize she's a Muslim. Her love for booze & her relationships totally drove me crazy. THIS. IS.NOT. PEOPLE. LIVE. HERE. As this book is famous on international level, going best-seller, I HAD to mention this here. 

I am afraid people from all around the world will read this book and create an image of Karachi based on this book which is totally wrong. The story might relate to the ELITE-ELITE-ELITE class of the city that makes like 2% of the city but not to the rest of the population and people like me.

In my opinion, the whole purpose of this book is to get controversial in ANYWAY. The mount of swearing & inappropriate words is way too much. You can find 10 F words in one single chapter,or maybe I'm wrong, EVEN MORE THAN THAT.

As I said, there is no story. Just some F words, booze, bad news and it's done. If you're interested in reading a few months diary entry of an unknown journalist who has a crappy life, go ahead.

I guess it's finally the time when the writers and film makers in Pakistan better think of another way of getting attention from international audiences other than writing & promoting bad about the cities they've been living their whole lives and keep mentioning the terrorism and how depressing it is here.

I have a blog, so many people reading it from various parts of the world and I'd always prefer writing the stuff that'd do NO HARM to my city or country's dignity. I think it's ENOUGH after many films who made records just because they showed how VIOLENT people here are. 


I'd rate it 1/5. Don't touch this book. I wish the writer hadn't put Karachi in this book's title.

Have you read this book?

19 May 2015

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Inspired

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge is basically one of my MOST favorite movie from Bollywood, came out 2 years ago even before I was born. My first ever fandom was based on Shahrukh Khan & Kajol's couple, from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Kuch Kuch Hota Hai & Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham. Then after YEARS, My Name Is Khan. They're gold. 

Today's post is all bout a gharara my amma jaan owns & it's 20 years old and it gives me DWDLJG vibes. A gharara is a traditional Pakistani dress mostly for formal dressing. Kajol wore a green dress in this song Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna (which is a must-play-and-dance-on-to song in every mehndi/dholki/shaadi*wedding event) and amma's gharara looks pretty much like it. 

The dupatta has pretty much faded due to years. Gharara is still in its bloom. I've always wanted to wear this when I was a kid.

Here comes a close up.




Wearing amma's dresses feels great, makes me feel like I'm like her. People say that the first daughter of a woman is her reflection. 

She's not the coolest & easiest amma that people have in tv shows. She's strict, she usually doesn't let me go out and party, she doesn't agree with most of the theories I come up with but I still can't live without telling EACH & EVERY FRIGGIN THING IN MY LIFE. We talk on everything, crushes to pizza flavors, twitter to blogland, she doesn't get my tumblr references & I don't get her 90's tv references. We have a bond. We look like sisters. 

And before this post turns to a Happy Mother's Day post, I should just stop. 

Well, amma got this gharara first when she was 16.

When I was dressing up for it, all I thought was about the time I was a kid and couldn't do all this dressing up stuff because
-I wasn't allowed to.
-KIDS ARE NEVER ALLOWED TO HAVE FUN LIKE GROWN UPS.

Watching a movie and dreaming to do the same dressing as the characters is just a fantasy for 6 years old. But when you grow up and have a blog & YOU CAN POST WHATEVER YOU WANT, life turns out fun. It was more like living a dream, putting on jewellery that phuppo lent me, pushing Noor to do the photography, asking amma if she can adjust the shirt to my size, laughing on the idea of really posting this on blog and then posting sneak peek of this on Noor's instagram

God bless blogging.

This pose is lame. I look like I ACTUALLY belong to 90's and never faced a camera before. But this is the only fine photo of me standing.

My most favorite line from the movie:
JA SIMRAN JA, JEE LE APNI ZINDAGI.

*Translation: Go Simran Go, live your life.
Simran is film's heroine. Her father says this dialog.

And the wonderful crew behind this little photography session. NOOR!

WE DA TWINS.

 NOTE: I AM IN NO WAY ENGAGED OR RISHTAFIED AND THIS POST ISN'T ANYWAY RELATED TO ANYTHING LIKE THAT SO BETTER NOT BOTHER TO ASK. Shukria. Thanks. Shay Shay.

Well, it was fun. I'd like to submit this post to Jacky's #MayMakers post to mingle with more creative heads in blogland.

Have you ever re-created your favorite film character look?