March 15, 2017

Hamilton Is Finally Coming To Charlotte - Locally Handmade Hamilton-Inspired Creations Are Ready For It!


It's awesome that Hamilton is finally coming to Charlotte! I could not wait and I have more than one reason for being so.

Since the end of last year, I had not one iota of clue what Hamilton is all about and why everyone's going crazy about it. I decided to "investigate" and voila! A new inspiration to create Hamilton-inspired items for my SteamZen shop emerged and I was in for an exhilarating ride from then on.

My creations became my breakout hit for 2017! My customers come from all corners of the country and across international waters, but oddly, not one from Charlotte.

The irony, right? But hopefully, that might change soon... I can't wait to share my creations to my fellow Hamilton-loving Charlottean.

March 14, 2017

Photography: When Winter Unleash its Wrath On Nature The Outcome Is A Beautiful Death


It's halfway through March and Winter seemingly have left for good since the onset of February. The unusually warm weather gave way to a premature Spring. Trees have bloomed. Some sprouted new leaf. Some still budding. My allergies started acting. Achoo!  It's undeniably Spring! We were beyond happy to imbibe ourselves with the comfort of warmer weather and embrace the beauty, including the unpleasant effects of Spring. But then Winter decided it's not done and made a striking comeback! So unexpected and unforgiving but for all its oddity, the white specks that enveloped the trees, its blooms, and flower-filled grounds, which speaks of death, painted a scene - a scene of a very beautiful death...

February 27, 2017

DIY: Spring-Inspired Garden Pinwheel and Wind Chime Using Upcycled Chick-Fil-A Soup Container


I always love a good challenge, especially when it's a dare on my creativity. I sort of thrive on it. Now, I openly admit that because I have a track record of going beyond the norm when it comes to upcycling certain items. One example is when I turned used fabric sheets into something beautiful - that's what I say anyway since it's my work. You can see this beautiful thing I talk about here. You're welcome. 

Now Chick-Fil-A have been coming up with good challenges like the cellphone coop, which I did here. Right now, the challenge is to upcycle their soup container. I know that as soon as I saw the container, my brain went overdrive with ideas. There were simple, straight-forward, easy-to-make ideas I toyed with but I said, "nah"... I want something unique. Something that's appropriate for the upcoming Spring season.

February 9, 2017

Gift Guide: Say I Love You This Valentine's Day - The Handmade Way

If you haven't noticed, January is gone - just like that - and here we are in the midst of February, the month of hearts. Though it's baffling how January went by so quick, there is no denying that in no time, Valentine's day will soon be here - in a blink as well. I bet some of you are already on the hunt for that unique gift to give your special Valentine.

What about I help you a bit in that department with these unique and customizable handmade accessories that I'm sure will not let you down.

February 7, 2017

Tech Talk: How I'm Bringing Social In My Family Time Back


I should confess now that we're bunch of geeks in this family. However, it's not an excuse for what we do almost everyday. A kind of a current lifestyle trend we all live and are predisposed to in this generation now, but it's still very bothersome in so many levels, it should be a crime. And yes, WE'RE ALL GUILTY of it. How dare we? We should be hanged for our transgressions if hanging was still a thing today.

October 17, 2016

A Spine-Tingling Tour of Lizzie Borden's Historic House of Murders


"The thrill of adventure creeps into the very core of your soul by the very notion of finding yourself exploring the inner sanctum of one of America's haunted houses."

October 8, 2016

Our First Visit in the Historic Lake Erie Canal in Downtown Buffalo New York

Buffalo Erie Basin Marina 

Buffalo is a city in New York that is synonymous to Niagara Falls. None of these two goes unmentioned without the other being associated to the other. We've been to Buffalo quite a few times but this is the first time we've ever explored its downtown area where Canalside - a popular entertainment destination for the city is located.

October 6, 2016

A Look Inside Dorothy's Long-Abandoned Emerald City in the Land of Oz Theme Park


North Carolina mountains hides a secret that becomes unhidden in Autumn each year. It's almost as if the trees are lovingly revealing a long-forgotten kingdom at every leaf it drops. Slowly peeling off a blanket of obscurity to open a path for adventurous visitors to find it and take a peek behind the enchanted doors of Oz - and walk, yet again, on those magical, yellow brick road leading to the lost Emerald City.

Our traveler extraordinaire, Ruby, traveled to this enchanted kingdom to give us an inside look. It's about 2 and a half hour away from Charlotte. She was one of the lucky few to snag a ticket to the 3-day only, overly popular-sold-out-so-fast-event this year! If you're jealous... I'm very jealous...

October 4, 2016

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of "The Great Pumpkin" At Carowinds Great Pumpkin Fest - On Us!


It's hard to believe that October is here. But that just means Fall has come. It also means it's the season for the Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds!

This year marks the 50th Anniversary celebration of "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", and Carowinds is celebrating in with their ultimate annual fall festival - The Great Pumpkin Fest! Think super-Halloween-goodness in one fun place.

With that, we want you to be a part of this family-friendly daytime event celebrations that includes Halloween-themed live shows, a pumpkin patch, a hay bale maze, trick-or-treating, a petting zoo and so much more! Your favorite rides will be open during the day, including the award-winning Planet Snoopy kids' area as well.  All this - ON US! 

October 3, 2016

Our Enchanting Night at Niagara Fall's Night Illumination


We have so many firsts at Niagara Falls this year in spite of the fact that we've been to the park a few many different seasons for years. Deciding to spend more time "getting to know" the park better, was in retrospect, the best endeavor we've ever undertaken this year! It made us realized what cool stuff we've been missing all this time. Like the Fall's Night Illumination which I have no clue ever existed until this year.

And what an enchanting experience to finally gaze at its magnificent display of ever-changing vibrant colors that dances with the waves and flow of the waters rolling down the Falls, made dramatic by the thick mist surrounding the river. It's almost mysterious yet alluring!