Friday, February 7, 2014

istanbul

I've been away from this place for quite some time. A lot has happened. We visited Istanbul, Turkey on our way to our new home in Algiers, Algeria. And then, two months ago, I was blessed with a baby girl ma sha Allah tabarak Allah. Here are some of the things I saw/noticed/enjoyed as I waddled around Istanbul, before the big move!

















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Thursday, July 25, 2013

ramadan journal - days 4 to 10

Day 4 - currently reading
In Ramadan the focus is on Qur'an.

Day 5 - something crafty
Something my kids got up to without my knowing!

Day 6 - workspace
It's boxes galore here!

Day 7 - white
a surprisingly cloudy sky for Jeddah

Day 8 - handwriting
It's funny finding old notes as I pack everything up!

Day 9 - this happened today
A delicious Egyptian iftar (after sunset) meal prepared by a dear friend

Day 10 - grateful for ...
... the roof over our heads, the clothes on our backs and the bread on our table!


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Friday, July 12, 2013

ramadan journal days 2 and 3

Day 2: prayer/forgiveness


I have 4 little people and a more-tired-than-usual self to take care of and since the summer holidays began all the cracks in sibling relationships have been magnified. There's something about a bored little person, heat and then some teen girl hormones in there too that can make things quite testing. It's very easy to make mistakes but I feel that forgiveness is learnt somewhere in there too. In amongst the mundane bickering and teasing and full-scale fights, they learn to to put things behind them and carry on being there for each other ... until the next fight!

Day 3: on my table


Every day, for the last three days, we've been making use of the mix of fruits available to us. It's just perfect for ending a hot day of fasting!

How is your Ramadan/summer going?



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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ramadan Journal Day 1

I've been away for a while. I think I needed it! There has been a lot going on here. Today is the first day of Ramadan, the month of fasting, spiritual reconnection and recharging the soul. I am sitting amongst boxes and scissors and brown tape as I try to manage some of our packing. We are booked to leave Saudi Arabia in just over a month in sha Allah! So, I thought I might try to join in with this Ramadan Journal over at Creating Memories. I think it will be a nice way of blogging my last month here and journaling a part of our Ramadan. Things are even more chaotic as I'm expecting baby number 5 in sha Allah! So do bear with me! 

Ramadan Journal Day 1: Suhoor/Dawn
It's surprisingly dark after the Fajr/Dawn prayer but behind those lights and buildings is where the sun creeps up from!



Ramadan mubarak!

I'll leave you with a few things we've been doing!


 getting together with friends



 enjoying smoothies

 eating clean!


getting together with more friends!


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Thursday, April 25, 2013

4KCBWDAY3 - Infographic

I LOVE infographics! I love that they can relay information quickly and directly, graphically! And for day 3 we were asked to produce one! Here are some of my observations when it comes to selling my crafts.


I would like to elaborate on some points but I'll leave that for another post in sha Allah!



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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4KCBWDAY2 - A Mascot Project

For day 2, we were asked to design a project that incorporates our house mascot in some form or another.

The first thing that came to mind was something that involved hexagons. The House of Bee ... bees ... beehives ... tessellated hexagons! 


Hexagons of different colours, different stitch patterns and textures, even different materials possibly! Wouldn't that be great for a touchy feel-y blanket for a toddler? And to a appeal to the "bee" crafter, the different stitches and relatively small size of each hexagon would make good use of the yarncrafter's flitting-from-one-project-to-another trait! 

I'm quite excited about it being an almost multi-media project, with buttons and zips and other interactive elements. What do you think? 


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Monday, April 22, 2013

4KCBWDAY1 - The House Cup

The fourth annual knitting and crochet blog week kicked off today! I wasn't sure if I'd make it or not with so much going on in my life at the moment. But this might be a good excuse for me to blog. So, let's give it a go!

This year, we've been asked to pick a house that we belong to, or relate to most. For me, it has to be the House of Bee! 
Bees are busy and industrious, but can flit from one interesting project to the next as bright and shiny things capture their interest.

At times, I don't feel like being too busy and industrious and I've been going through a spell of of that lately. But generally, when it comes to my yarn crafts, and even graphic design work, I tend to flit from one project to the next. It's not always the best thing to do. I have a stash of yarn, but I also have a stash pf wips! 

A blanket that's been "commissioned" by my 5 year old! 

Another blanket I've been trying to get started for a while!

Some knitting which might be frogged soon!


 Some knitting that's waiting for buttons and end-weaving (which I HATE!)

Some purses that are also waiting for buttons and possibly linings!

I think my latest gadget might be a big help with the lining and mending and alterations and all the other things my kids are begging me to do for them!


Peacocks take something good and make it brilliant. Buttons, embellishments and a bit of sparkle prove that perfection lies in the details – like a Peacock's Tail.

A peacock on the other hand, is what I'd like to be like. I have crazy ideas whizz through my mind at times but I wish I had the time and patience to see the projects I imagine, through. Maybe in sha Allah, I will aim to do a bit more of that. For example, the crochet embellished stationery is something I love to make as it incorporates my love of crochet and graphic design in to one project!



Are you joining in this year? Which house do you fall in to?




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