A couple of weeks ago I hosted a workshop at Homes R Us in Ibn Battuta Mall and it was so successful my heart runneth over. It feels like DIY and the handmade movement is finally seeping into Dubai life and I feel very happy to have played a part in that. The class demographic hailed from the Arab World to Russia to South Asia.
Here is the video of the day if you weren’t one of the 10 lucky Homes’R'Us customers to win a place:
Here are some pictures from the workshop:
Thankyou so much to Homes R Us for being the brand who had enough foresight to really invest in a big campaign around DIY. For all of us here in the UAE who are involved in the handmade movement, this is a big win.
So some of you may know that I am working with Dove as an ambassador for Dove hair:
The lovely people at Dove have decided to team up with me at Cheapnchic.net. To win one of 5 amazing Dove Hair Fall Rescue packs and selected DIY projects from my DIY Archive here is what you have to do:
The Chelsea College of Art & Design (CCAD), will be returning to Dubai in September 2013 to host a specialist portfolio of Interior Design and Interior Decoration Short Courses. The courses are taught by London-based tutors who who are practicing industry professionals that bring with them something truly unique to the Middle East with their vast depth of knowledge and expertise.
CCAD is one of six art colleges that make up the prestigious University of the Arts London, the largest provider of arts education in Europe. Well-known graduates of the University include Alexander McQueen, Anish Kapoor, Mojeb Al-Dousari and Florence Welch to name a few.
With a range of courses that are suitable for both practicing interior designers looking to learn or update new skills, or beginners wishing to pursue the subject as a hobby, each course offers flexible and excellent teaching. Courses include the ‘Principles of Interior Design’, ideal for those with a desire to design interiors professionally; or ‘How to Decorate Your Villa’ for those who have just moved to a new apartment of are about to re-decorate a villa.
I have been so busy getting all these projects stockpiled for the busier months in Dubai that I haven’t had much time for posting. I promise some really epic projects are to come.
But right now we need to get you to win! The lovely people at BlackBerry have given me their new Q5 to give away. I’ve also added loads of BlackBerry merchandise and craft supplies, this is a DIY blog after all.
Do you want to win this stash?
Just do the following, get the link to this competition and tweet it to your friends saying
I am always giving things away, so it’s cool to get your followers on it anyway.
On Facebook do the same on the walls of 3 of your friends, place this link on their walls with an @ mention to my public Facebook page and the statement “follow Simone Heng on Facebook to win big.” If you @ mention my personal page, it does not qualify you to win.
When you have done this please write your FULL NAME and EMAIL in the comment fields below. Whatever you do, do NOT post the links on either my personal or public Facebook. I will not choose anyone who does this to win.
I’d like to thank my interns Poroma and George for helping me. Many thanks also to all the professional photographers who have partnered with me on the site’s shoots. Most all I am proud of the growth of the DIY Archive. I really hope that each DIY gets better and more accessible.
Looking forward Cheapnchic.net is going to be involved in its own online TV series with MyDubaiMyCity.com, this will launch August 26th. The videos will also continue on another platform soon to be announced. Contributions with Fustany.com and Brideclubme.com will also continue.
Here’s the interview I did last week on Dubai Eye 104.8 radio about the influence of Cheapnchic.net on the world’s most luxurious city: