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I won! I won! I won something!

I’m excited – can you tell?

A while back over on Beauty That Moves I was lucky enough to be a Friday giveaway winner. This stuff is what I won….

So cute. Thankyou, Heather! Everything has found a home and that doily? Totally my favourite.


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Yes, yes. It was a complete accident. I had absolutely NO intention of filling the shop just yet

But one thing lead to another…. I had some orders to fill, the stash was already all over the floor, so I just kept going til I’d added a few extra things.

It’s been a busy weekend. In fact, I could do with a weekend after this weekend! Ai!

So in no particular order, a glimpse of some things that have whizzed off the machine these last few days masha’allah

Another aqua patchwork cover. I had a lot of emails oohing and ahhing over the last one. I intend to make one for myself at some point insha’allah but this one is for the shop again.

Then another cover in the whimsical style of applique on linen. Again, a lot of love for the washing line, so another make for the shop…

This is a table runner, by request, not in the shop. A little bit of pink and butter colours with a little embroidery detail.

A wrap. Again, not in the shop but just a little something for someone special.

Although a pink patchwork wrap IS in the shop


Then this pencil roll. I loved making this. So fun.

And finally something I haven’t tried before: knitting for the shop. I kept it simple and knit a shawl, since I absolutely love the one I made for myself. It is so versatile and it really is my go-to choice of apparel in these chilly afternoons. Perfect for inside and outside.

So yeah, the shop is stocked masha’allah. And hopefully insha’allah tomorrow if I can shake this awful thumping headache, a show and tell of something just for meeeeeeeeeeeee.


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:: Love in the mail. Gifts from friends.

:: Linen.

:: The colour aqua.

:: Aqua Linen?? Oh yes.

:: This boy and his drawing

:: THIS boy and his intensity {and current dinosaur models}

:: This cup

:: Evening tisane … ahhhh

:: Calmed nerves after a shattering day.

Have a wonderful weekend. If you are celebrating the vernal equinox (in whichever hemisphere of the world!) then I hope you have a peaceful day. Embrace the change and the new season! Happy Mother’s Day for Sunday, I’ll hopefully be back after the weekend insha’allah.


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Craftwise it’s been a busy and productive couple of weeks masha’allah.

It’s true that since getting my baby back I’ve been a bit reluctant to put her to sleep at nights, and thinking maybe creating a machine holster so I can just wear her around me all day might be something I could use. But apart from just the sheer love of crafting? I’ve been lucky enough to have had a few custom orders to complete too.

I can’t tell you how humble that makes me feel when I get an email asking ‘would you… do you…make xyz?’ – I feel like looking over my shoulder to make sure it is *me* they are asking and not the real crafter behind me…. it never fails to make my day.

So. A few orders sent, some to do and also some things for a shop update which I have enjoyed making and can’t wait to show and tell.

This sewing bag is really pretty masha’allah and I imagined making it for a Mother’s Day gift; except my mother doesn’t do craft *shrugs*. It is a spacious bag for carrying bits and bobs and I also made a matching needle case and bottle top pin cushion. If I had my Nana still alive this would be something I’d make for her for sure. I had her in mind as I made it.

Then a patchwork bag in aqua.

A couple of patchwork and QUILTED cushion covers which I am going to have a hard time giving up because I have grown quite attached to them. Firstly, in aqua…

And then this rainbow patchwork star quilt…

I’m also adding an old friend. Remember this little lady?

She was in the store last year; I took her out when someone expressed interest, but she sat unbought and I never put her back in the store. Well I have no room in my house and so in the shop she goes. Sale price because I want shot of her. Was 55 now 25.

Here she is throwing a tantrum. I cannot cope with another of her tantrums. Tedward Bear is telling her to get a grip. She has to go to someone who will love her. She has had enough of the cupboard. If she doesn’t sell I’m ripping her apart to reclaim the stuffing. Me so evil.

These are in the shop now.

And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some field bags to repair and fill with nature studies goodies ready hopefully (please!!!) for some spring picnics in our favourite forest! Game on!!

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I received the new Cath Kidston catalogue in the post a few days ago.

What can I say? It’s everything you would expect from Cath Kidston – shabby, retro, vintage chic. Floral prints. Oilclothe. Disclothes more expensive than the things they would be washing. Pretty little English things in farmhouse country cottage style oozing out of the pages.

And I learned one thing: too much of a good thing can be tedious; sometimes less is more; sometimes nothing is better than anything covered in flowers.

Although I suspect it’s a lot like life – it’s an Ideal some people strive for; maybe a sense of Englishness that we feel has been left behind in this ultramodern era – a past that was always better, and Golden and more desireable and all-round healthier than what we have now.

And that has never been Real Life; and it isn’t about Real Life. It’s about a Perfect Life – the life we dream about, the goal we strive for.

I don’t think I strive for Farmhouse Chintz, but I do understand it’s attraction; the link to the Granny, the mothering, the past that comforts us. In a way, a return to the womb. We create in our homes things which make us feel safe and comfortable and secure.

And that, no matter how it is dressed up (or down) is what a home really is – a place we feel safe; a place we can nestle with our children under our wings and keep the confusing, dangerous world outside the door at bay.

Except without so many flowers as a Cath Kidston catalogue? That would be good….

What is YOUR ideal home?

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Some wonderful weekend thrifty finds. The theme seemed to be enamel this week…

This funky bowl is Norwegian! And it is so so sassy.

Then stock pots and enamel mugs. What is it about enamel mugs? Brings out the pioneer spirit in me… and in cherry reds? I can live with that…

And add to that a stash of yarn and obligatory linen find and I can safely say my thrifting twitch has been generously soothed. For a few days.

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The random number generator picked number 16, which is Laura:

thatโ€™s a beauty, I get inspiration from your crafts and homeschooling methods ๐Ÿ™‚ do you still have your other blog? from another muslim homeschool mom

Well done Laura. It pays to delurk ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ll be in touch soon insha’allah.

Thankyou for playing along folks. And giving me the love I demanded. The inner diva in me is satisfied. No Mariah carey tantrum shall be forthcoming….

OK moving along. Some other bits of crafty goodness to show you

This bag made out of 2″ patchwork squares. I was so in need of hammering things out for hours on the machine that I completed this patchwork without drawing breathe. Zip. Zip. Zoom. And there it was. I used some fancy embroidery stitch on the handles and the top and it has a generous inside pocket.

Then I’ve also had a stab at whimsy and applique

And I really enjoyed it. It is so liberating and fun! The imagination is free to roam. I used machine stitching and hand embroidery, added lace, and had fun making the curtains that really open and close!

Another log patchwork cushion cover

And finally something I’m really loving. A while ago I acquired some American hand sewn quilt pieces, from a cutter quilt. I love them to bits and have made cushion covers out of some of them.

I really love these. They are soft and old and very beautiful.

I have other things to share soon, but for now these latest bits can be found over in the shop.

And I need caffeine.

Back tomorrow insha’allah!


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