Posted in June 2012

We’ve only gone and done it!

We’ve only gone and done it!

If you have been following us from the beginning you may have read our post “Blogging! How did we get into this?“. If not here’s a quick recap of how we became bloggers. Back in April the three of us attended a blogging seminar organised by Pampers Arabia as part of their ‘Thank you Mom … Continue reading

A morning at Café Céramique

A morning at Café Céramique

A couple of weeks ago, for Madeline’s birthday, we went to Café Céramique at Festival City, a place where you can paint your own pottery. It’s somewhere we have been meaning to go for a while but never quite managed to get there until now. We’ve done a lot of ceramic painting in the UK so … Continue reading

Thank you for being a star

Thank you for being a star

Here’s a great and simple gift. Harvey and I made the teacher’s at his nursery some star biscuits which the children had fun decorating themselves with coloured icing, sprinkles and non-toxic glitter. They were thank you gifts this time but these would be just as nice for birthdays, father’s day and a general gift of … Continue reading

Off on our summer jollies

Off on our summer jollies

It’s that time of year where we escape the heat and return to our native countries to catch up with family and friends. Made in the desert will continue blogging about life and creativity from our European bases although things may slow down a bit as we spend time exploring the outdoors and enjoying the … Continue reading

Tablecloth artwork

Tablecloth artwork

I snapped a picture of this product in a store in Hong Kong when traveling last month. This could be a great idea of a table cloth for a creative family. You certainly don´t need to buy the ready made package. Buy any fabric you like and permanent markers in any colors you like. Then sit … Continue reading

Thank you for being a great teacher

Thank you for being a great teacher

No doubt this week you’ve been buying or making a thank you teacher gift, or have been asked to donate to one. We’ve done both, donated to the class but then we thought it would be nice to make something a little more personal just from Madeline. We made these note blocks which we originally … Continue reading

Army birthday party

Army birthday party

My son Anders wanted a real boys-party when he turned 9 years old. We made a army-drilling-bootcamp party. It was so fun to see these boys act like soldiers, and  for some of them it was for real. My husband was sgt. badmood !! I was the canteen lady – and don’t mess with me !! … Continue reading

Tutu birthday party

Tutu birthday party

Last weekend we celebrated Heklas 6th birthday. We invited her friends to a tutu party. Only girls were invited and by the invitation they were asked to be wearing tutu´s at the party. What a great fun we had with all the tutu fabric around the house, balloons, tutu cake, cupcake making, tiara making, coloring princesses, … Continue reading

Floor city

Floor city

With the temperatures hitting 47 degrees here in Dubai this week it’s certainly too hot to play outside so we are constantly looking for ways to entertain the children inside. Today all four of us were entertained when we decided to make our own floor city. We pushed the dinner table aside and got out … Continue reading

Ariel birthday cake

Ariel birthday cake

Last year for my daughter’s 4th birthday I made my first ever birthday cake, she asked for a princess castle and with a little help from my friend Caroline, she got a fabulous pink sparkly princess castle. This year she asked for Ariel and wow what a challenge she set, but with a bit of … Continue reading

Super scrumptious sugar scrub

Super scrumptious sugar scrub

This vanilla sugar scrub is GORGEOUS, the sugar acts as a superb exfoliate whilst the oil locks moisture into the skin, and the best thing, you can make it from supplies in your food cupboard. Ingredients 1 cup of granulated sugar 2 cups of brown sugar 1 cup of sunflower oil (or equivalent) 1 tbsp … Continue reading

Make your photos visible

Make your photos visible

This could be your solution to get your photos out of the computer and up to your walls. I love to have our favorite photos visible around the house to remind us of the good things in life, priceless moments, good times and our lovely friends and family. By putting the photos on a foam … Continue reading

PYSSLA bead bowl

PYSSLA bead bowl

This bowl is made from PYSSLA beads from Ikea, it’s really simple to make but as it involves a hot oven and lots of plastic it is strictly for adults only. Bowls are just one option, you could place the beads on a baking tray in a circle to make place mats or coasters too. … Continue reading

Cheap wall decoration

Cheap wall decoration

When I had to decorate my guestroom, I was looking for cheap but nice Arabic framed pictures. When I couldn’t find what I was looking for – I got this idea – which I’m passing on to you. I bought an explore flip-calender (you can choose the calender that has the pictures you like). Then I cut out the pictures I liked … Continue reading

Fab father’s day card

Fab father’s day card

This coming Sunday, 17th June, it’s Father’s day in the UK and in the US, so yesterday I made a Father’s day card for my husband, confused? Well it was supposed to be the children making it for their Daddy but yesterday they were more interested in watching Peter Pan so I was on my … Continue reading

The amazing ARTE Soukh

The amazing ARTE Soukh

Yesterday afternoon I went to ARTE UAE at the Times Square Centre, it’s one of those things I have been meaning to do for the the past two years and never got round to, and boy have I been missing out! 180 stalls over two floors of unique arts and crafts, food, jewellery, homewares, clothes, … Continue reading