Qur'an Covers
Monday, November 17, 2014
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Yes I am back!! ...although I'm not promising anything this time!
I've actually managed to get lots of things done on my very long break. Including the Mural I started way back in 2012 (I think...lol). Will post pictures and a video soon!

This is my latest sewing project. Qur'an covers!! I usually make the Qur'an bag, but I'm digging how the covers turned out. Will hopefully make more to sell on in my etsy store.


This was done for a gift swap. Aishah had picked "fabric" from my list of items and so I made her this. She was happy with it, alhumduliLlah.


This one is made for a little boy (9 years old) the inside lining is a camo print. I still have to get it to the person who ordered it...so not sure if he digs it or not.


....they make great gifts!! guess what everyone is getting for Eid...lol.. :D
Happy creating everyone.

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Where to Shop!
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

For a very long time I've wanted to compile a list of businesses by MUSLIM WOMEN who are located in Canada. So here it is!! It's an amazing list!! tabarak'Allah.

Please support them, even if it's letting others know about them. Thank you.


Handmade/Art
:: Hafsa Creates
:: Nida's Special Occasions
:: Path of Light Designs
:: The Craft Souk
:: Omee's Boutique
:: MK Gifts & Favours
:: Amour Favours & Gifts
:: Ecohesian Inc.
:: Saleha Art
:: Pampered Muslimah 
:: N A Y A Cards & Things
:: SoneArt
::




Events Decor/Photography
:: Hamdi Photography
:: Photography By Emma
:: Elegant Everts Decor
:: Nikah - Wedding Planner
:: Finder's Capture
:: Karimah Gheddai Photography
:: Zuhoor Designs
:: Purple Canvas Photography
::





Media/Communication
:: Write On Marketing
:: Digital Strokes
:: Nida Sayed Communications
:: Nader Khan
:: Envision Magazine
:: Mango Print & Mail




For Children
:: Eastern Toybox
:: School Bus Transportation
:: Academy for Math and English
:: Honey Bee Clothing
::



Clothing/Jewelry/Accessories
:: Husn Afza Couture
:: Urban Muslimahs
:: Infinite Hijabs & Accessories
:: Victorious Me
:: Tassou
:: Custom made Abaya
:: Jk Outfits
:: The Gift of Glamour
:: Zayver
:: Haute Designer Lounge
:: Mahal Ul Jannah
:: Pearl Fashion
::



Food/Cakes
:: Finest Expressions
:: Indulge Desserts
:: Naseem Dates
:: Bahiya Collections
:: Lady Cakealot
:: Cakes Come True
:: Irresistible Sweets By Meso
:: Milk Lane Canada
:: Fruitysplendour
:: Delightful Bakery
:: Cakes + Taste
:: Just For The Love Of Cake
:: RIZLEES-cakes
::



Beauty/Makeup/Henna
:: Mocha Henna
:: Be-Licious
:: Naz e Henna
:: The Olive Tree Soap Company
:: Zara's - Salon for Women
:: NJ's Unique Henna Art
:: Ahlaam Modest Vogue and Make Up
:: Best Argan
:: Artistry by Asima
:: Henna by Sana
:: Henna By Fia
:: Noorjehan M Mujahid - Marykay 
:: Jamberry Nails
:: Lashes Lush
::




Health
:: Her Yoga Garden
:: The Health Boutique
::



Home
:: Lumesmart
::

 

Other
:: Shaik and Associate
:: Kaamilah Boutique
:: Modah
:: Shaheen International Marriage Connection
:: Salam Shop
::



If you would like to be added please email me at: amtullah79@yahoo.ca





UK:
:: Smart Ark



US:
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May Allah put barakah is all your endeavors. Ameen.

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Around The World Gift Swap
Thursday, June 26, 2014
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

We'll be heading into another Ramadaan in few days, insha'Allah. And yes! I will be holding another Eid Gift Swap. However I've decided to make a Facebook group for it instead. This means we can post pics of what we receive and interact with each other.



If you are interested in future swaps or this years "Around The World" please join us here:

Gift Giving in Islam


Hope you all have a wonderful Ramadaan, and are able to make the most of the blessed month. Please keep me in your prayers. May Allah accept your good intentions and deeds. Ameen.


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Zebra Cake
Thursday, June 05, 2014
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Few weeks ago I had a 'bridal shower' - okay it was more like a just a party for my cousin, and made this cake!

Few reasons why I'm sharing it:
- I looks TOTALLY awesome inside, I mean LOOK at it - (excuse the not so good photography)
- You'll definitely impress all your guest - including yourself..haha
- It's really easy to make
- You can use other colors to match your theme
- It tastes pretty good
- Did I mention how cool it looks?


This is NOT my recipe, I've just copy and pasted it here for convenience. The YouTube clip shows how to make it. Makes 8" cake.

• 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
• 2 cups sugar
• ¾ cups vegetable oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 2 ¼ teaspoons baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
Combine above in mixer, until mixed well.

• 4 eggs
Add eggs one at a time - mixing on low in between.

• 1 cup milk
Slowly add milk, mix until completely combined.

• white, pink, and black gel paste
• vanilla buttercream
• black fondant
• pink buttercream
• Wilton tip 1A

*white colouring is optional (I did not use it)

Procedure:
Preheat oven to 350F/170F.

Divide batter into three different bowls.
One bowl having half of the batter (white colour)
The other two have a quarter each (one black, one pink).

Spray two 8" pans and line bottom with parchment paper.

Place four tablespoons of white batter into the center of each pan. Then, directly into the middle of the white batter, place two tablespoons of black batter. Directly into the centre of the black batter, place two tablespoons of pink batter. Repeat cycle.

Bake for 35-40 minutes or toothpick test.
Once cake is cooled, cover in white buttercream, black fondant strips, and pink buttercream beads at base with Wilton 1A tip.

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Mocha Henna
Thursday, May 15, 2014
As-salaamu'alaykum wa RahmatuLlahi wa Barakatuhu

I'm still around people!!! Just been very busy with work and prep for my cousin's wedding. Will insha'Allah show you all the awesome things I've been up to!

So a week before the wedding I had a party/shower for her and invited Mocha Henna, since I knew some of the guest would love that.

I absolutely LOVE them!! I'm not a big fan of all henna designs, but love theirs. They also use pure (as in no chemicals) henna - and the color turns out amazing! The sister who applied it is also so sweet (tabarak'Allah).




One of the guests at the party!

They are Toronto based, and prices are very reasonable. Definitely worth checking out - my guest were soooo happy with theirs, kicked my party a notch up ;)

Here is their facebook page: Mocha Henna
Website: http://www.mochahenna.com/

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Wedding Money Envelopes
Friday, February 14, 2014
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Just want to share a new project I was working on. This is for a client of mine. Money Envelopes!! - for a wedding. Fifteen needed to fit the theme of silver and purple. Overall I had a blast making them - it sure beats just designing stuff (which is usually my job)...hands on stuff is always great.

My main reason for this post is to share where I bought my materials from. Paper Circle in Canada. They have amazingly gorgeous metallic papers. You might not be able to tell from the images, but the paper used is silver and plum (both metallic). I even got the ribbon from there, which is nice because it matches, you can get it by the yard and it's perfectly priced.  So check them out!! OH, and customer service is amazing.. they are SO helpful!



Front of envelope - this it fit US bills.


Back of envelope.
They have both the card stock and paper. I used the paper, it's thicker than printer paper and worked awesome for this.


When you open it. It has a velcro closure.

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Circular Skirt
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I managed to get a little sewing time in this week - but I think that's if for free time! Party time is over *sad*


This is a dress I made for my niece. I still love sewing for 'little' people rather than adults. I followed a Simplicity Pattern: 2683.


The pattern is very easy, it includes the shrug. I however changed up the bottom. Because I didn't want to cut the butterflies (it's a 6 paneled skirt in the pattern) I decided to cut a circular skirt instead. They are many formulas online to use - all work. You do however, need to hang up the skirt for a few days before hemming. Yes, news to me too. In case the fabric stretches along the bias. That way you won't end up with an uneven hemline. It would also depend on the fabric, as some fabrics naturally just have more stretch than others. 

Here is a good link too on hemming a circular skirt: The Costume Goddess


It's a very full skirt, and because I used a cotton that's a little stiff it added to that fullness. She's going to love that.

   Dress without the shrug.

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Monsters
Thursday, December 12, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Just got back from visiting my sister... had a blast with the kiddies.
Managed to crochet my nephew a skull cap (kufi)...and I have plans on making a soccer themed one!! Will post if that ever works out :D



Also made a monster with my niece.

She took the picture.


Title: Paper Toy Monsters
Found: Amazon.ca

What it's about: It's approximately 200 pages. The left page has a little 'story' about the monster, the right page has the monster dye-cut. You punch out the monster, glue the tabs and put that thing together.
They are about 50 monsters, and 10 blanks which you get to design yourself. Each monster is set for a different level (ex. easy, intermediate, etc.)

My thoughts: Love the book!! I totally dig the little monster stories (and all three kids enjoyed listening to me read them). I think the idea is very creative, and the monsters ARE infact fun to put together. They are also all different, so there is something for everyone.

Highly recommend it for all ages. I helped my 4 year niece (she did all the folding and gluing). Once done she ran to get jewel stickers and personalized it a little more!

Note: we used a good glue-stick and had absolutely NO problems. And I had no problems punching out the pieces.

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Pottery With Lady Bugs
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I have SO many over due posts to share!! I'll start with this one.
I managed to get a group of mom's and children for a pottery painting event a few weeks ago and decided to take them some snacks.


Here are the lady bug cupcakes I took. There were pretty easy to make, and you can make them (the lady bugs) a few days ahead. You'll have to make the antenna's a week ahead so they dry.

The day of (once the cakes are cooled) just pipe green grass on each cupcake using this nozzle. It's a Wilton 233.

I more or less followed this ladies directions for making the lady bugs. You'll need fondant in both red and black. The antenna's are made with dyes rice noodles. Add the noodles to water/black color. Leave out to dry. Try and separate the noodles or they'll dry together.
The 'white' part of the eyes were flat candy sprinkles, and the dots in the center were mustard seeds.



Enjoy! 

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Fulla Doll Abaya
Sunday, November 10, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Been a while!!!
The last few months I've been really busy designing a children's Islamic book (stories with activities). I can't wait to show it to you (once my client gets it printed, insha'Allah). It's REALLY awesome, and I'm sure it would benefit so many children.

Anyway... so I got some free time yesterday and finally got to make my niece Safiyah an abaya for her fulla doll. Anyone who sews and knows if the barbie pattern size will fit a fulla doll, please let me know. I just freehand this pattern.

I'll probably be making more for my other nieces :D

...it looks better in person, because you can see all the bling ;)


Also busy with logo designs. This one is the latest, for "The Oven". Check out their facebook page..they have some super yummy desserts!!
Face Book Page Link



And this it for now! Will be back with more stuff. Still have to post up Eid pictures to give you some party ideas!

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Children's Book Give-Away
Monday, September 30, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Are YOU ready for Eid?? I thought it's been a while since I've done a give-away, and since Eid is right around the corner, why not!
 Illustration by Betsy



This is mainly a children's give-away - but I don't mind if you join in. It's very simple, just post your  child's (or children) answers to the three questions below. That's it!

On Monday October 7th, I'll pick a random winner!

Questions:
- What's the best book you've ever read? (Title and author please - so I can read it too one day)
- What are you reading right now?
- What book would you like to read? (optional, if you win this is probably the one you'll get)
 .... leave a contact email/facebook - something incase you win!

Ta-da!

SketchedSoul

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3rd Orphan Sponsorship - Haiti
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

AlhumduliLlah, this will be the third time WE are sponsoring a child during Ramadaan (for a year).

This year we will be sponsoring a  7year old girl from Haiti, insha'Allah.

Project Description: To sponsor a child for a year, as a group. It will cost a total of $360 (Canadian).
I'm looking for a total or 36 people to pay $10 each.
Please DO NOT donate more than $10 (unless there is more than 1 participant) - so others have the opportunity to reap the rewards, insha'Allah.
....this is a great project to get your children involved in.

Art by Shepard Fairey


Are you ready to make your Ramadaan different this year?

Before donating please make sure have the correct intention, (ie: to do it to please Allah).


Note: As a sponsor you will receive a profile of the child, and have permission to write/send cards, etc. to the child. (I'm still awaiting a correct address)

If you you have any questions/concerns, email me at amtullah79@yahoo.ca 


Participants to date: 27


Jazak;Allahu khair.

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Eid Gift Swap
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuh

My apologizes for not updating my blog, I've been very busy lately but I had to put up a new swap for Ramadaan/Eid! Not only do sisters email to ask, but I love the idea of giving a gift to a sister I've never met in hopes her Eid will be a little more sweeter!



Details of swap: This year it's not going to be very complicated. The only requirement is it must be a minimum of $15.

Participants allowed: International (females only). The more sisters you invite the better the swap usually is.

Ages allowed: All ages.

Cost Range: There is no limit and there should be no expectations on either side.

Sign up due date: Thursday July 11, 2013
Partners will be emailed to you on: Sunday July 14, 2013
Gift must be mailed out by: So she can receive it in time for Eid.

To participant leave a comment under this post: include your email address, and 5 things you really like.

(If for whatever reason you prefer not to leave your email - contact me at amtullah79@yahoo.ca - but still leave a comment on this post about the 5 things you like)





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Litter Bugs Book
Thursday, June 13, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Oh I know, I know.. it's been sooooo long since I've posted. I'm sorry people, I've just been really busy with so many things - some more interesting than others. One of them is working on this children's book.

AlhumduliLlah it's complete and I had a blast working on all the characters. Now I have another two lined up to work on, insha'Allah that goes well.

I really love working on children book illustrations rather than brochures and flyers (don't tell my clients that..haha)


Rough sketch of one of my bug characters - he ended up making the cover!



Here is the book!

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Featured Artist: Shireen
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu,

Between the flu (twice) and work.. I'm behind on blogging, sorry. But I do have this months featured artist: Shireen!

What medium do you use to express your creativity? And why did you choose this medium?
I like to express myself through poetry, it so happens that it's a "creative medium". It's an unintentional situation to be honest, consequently when there's a lot on my mind it comes out in a rhyme. Having said that, I don't consider myself a "poet", rather just rhyme my emotions. The beauty of poetry/rhyme for me is that it has various different meanings depending on who is reading it. For me I'll know exactly what and why I wrote what I wrote. For others they won't really know this, and I like it that way :)

What do you hope people gain from reading your work?
Not everyone is able to express how they feel, especially through words. Often words aren't a 'solution' it's just an avenue to vent or release whatever might be weighing on the mind. For those that read what I write, I hope they can be inspired in thought or at the very least feel a sense of understanding by someone; even if it's just an unknown 'rhymer'.

What influences your work?
Nothing in particular, I seem to have a hamster turning a wheel in my mind. Putting thought into things, life, occurrences; this is my natural disposition. Thus, whatever keeps going over and over in my mind, seems to be what comes out on paper. Maybe deep down inside I'm a rapper..lol. Often I write about situations I have no control over, what I cannot change in the physical. I suppose I try to influence it's change through the mere thought of it.

Do you have a favorite piece? And why this particular piece?
I honestly can't say I do. Everything I write has it's time and place - or more so it's emotion behind it. As I keep changing so does how I feel about it. Often I'm regurgitating similar thoughts in a different way. My thoughts stem from my values and understanding. They don't change dramatically but they have a different element or situation in mind.


AFRICA - The continent not the country
Everyone speaks of it like it's all the same glory
So let me set the record straight..
It's not!
Dessert and dry lands mask the North
Arabic spoken; vivid through its roots
South is ocean and grass - the red earth of the 'mother land'
Center point you have the best of nature
Then there's the West, where knowledge rose to it's best
Take it East and you'll know how to feast
Except now its warn, stricken and in drought
Higher up flourishes the art of 'stealing from the assumed rich and still staying poor'
In the midst is AIDS plaguing the villages 
Raids and tribal wars - you know , divide and conquer
Education a commodity of the affluent
To find crime and bribery a normal day-to-day occurrence
This is AFRICA a land that became infested by uninvited savages 
Who enslaved, divided and tore apart only for their own advantages
This is why today, an entire land mass is unappreciated, as it's known only as "Africa" ...
Where the lions roam among mud and brick homes?
Yet its a land that has every precious stone and all of natures own
Once the best of beauties, now tainted and ruined
Left as the beast, brainwashed upon release
Downsized to one word, though it consists of 57 unions
'Africa' they say - a land stolen in the night and forgotten in the day 



Does spirituality and culture play a role in your creativity?
Spirituality and culture are a default in thoughts. It's not a conscious effort I put towards tapping into, but you will definitely my religious views take precedence in all that I write. To separate the two would be like separating myself. So yes it definitely has it's place in what comes out, but only as a means of defining who I am.

What other creative interests do you have?
I can't say I have other creative interests as such. I don't even consider writing a 'creative interest', it's simply what I do. I never purposely meant to write in rhyme, just happens that way every single time; whether it makes it to paper or not,that's how thoughts turn in my mind.

What would you do if there was a polar bear in your closet? 
Hmm, if it's a real polar bear - I'd run! ...lol, if it's the friendly cute kind that doesn't breath, eat or walk - then I'll give it to my kids.

Where can we find more of your work?
My mind? :) ... I have a blog which I post my thoughts. You can find it at The Stolen Light


Thank you Shireen!

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Muslim Moms in Durham Region
Monday, February 04, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I would like to share a FaceBook group with you. This is a group started by ME, for moms in Durham Region (including Scarborough)...in Ontario (Canada). The idea, or hope is to get moms together in this area where we can hold different events or activities for children.

Ideas I'd like to one day do with the group:
- Costume (dress-up) party (this will be end of Feb/2013)
- Picnics
- Soccer or football games
- Arts and Crafts days- Hiking/bird watching
- Eid parties
- Children's craft fair

Please share any ideas or experience you have with groups like this.


FaceBook: Muslim Moms in Durham Region


This mailing list is for event notifications.

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Driinking Coloring Page
Thursday, January 31, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Hope all of you are well. AlhumduliLlah I had some time today to finish another coloring page for the little ones. Insha'Allah it will be of benefit to them.



Click to enlarge. Print 'landscape'.


Comment: Teaches us how to drink, by drinking slowly and not drinking everything in one whole gulp (or continuous). This habit has a salutary impact on our character and helps avoid doing things in haste. As well as starting by saying "BismiLlah" (in the Name of Allah) and saying "AlhumduliLlah" (praise be to Allah) once done.

Happy coloring!

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Mural Update
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Just a quick update on the mural. I've started painting... but it's been a slow process with everything else I'm working around.


It's too big for me to take a nice pic.

I am having a blast painting it! Makes me feel like a little kid again!


Recently I read Acrylic Secrets by Gill Barron. It's got a lot of great tips and techniques in that have been helpful in this project. Check it out if you have some time.


My GoodReads review on it:
Excellent book! I've been painting for years (on and off) but still consider myself a novice, so I've benefited greatly going through this book. I'm working on a mural now and have already used some of the tips mentioned.

There is enough info to have you start (right from choosing the subject) and complete a painting without having to learn the hard way - i.e. avoiding errors and learning short cuts (or easier methods)

I'd definitely recommend it to anyone new to acrylics

5 stars

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Ice-Cream from Bananas
Monday, January 07, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I was busy experimenting today...with ice-cream!
I have ALWAYS wanted to try this out... making ice-cream with bananas. I think bananas are an awesome fruit and I dig ice-cream - I can't see where it could wrong.

Finally tried it out, and now realize I should have done this sooner.
My lab rats (familia - don't tell them I called them that) gave me mixed answers - from "this is the best ice-cream ever" to "I don't like the flavor". I personally liked it - but now am on a mission to try out new flavors.
Below is what I did today:

Sorry pictures aren't good... I'm beginning to understand that Photography is not a talent a possess.



Serves 2
1 1/2 peeled medium bananas - sliced into coins and frozen until solid (2-3 hours)

3 tablespoons peanut butter
2 teaspoons maple syrup
Walnuts - chopped



: : Blend bananas in food processor until they are the consistency of soft serve ice cream, scrap down the sides, and blend. You MUST use a food processor - otherwise you're on you own.
: : Blend in peanut butter, maple syrup and walnuts, and transfer to a freezer container and freeze until solid.




Variations I want to try:
- strawberries and vanilla (optional: cream)
- chocolate (cocoa) and chocolate (I don't even like chocolate - but I might get more votes) - I will be trying this today!


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Featured Artist: Sobia
Wednesday, January 02, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

They are just SO many super talented and creative sisters, tabarak'Allah that I come across online. They are MY inspiration...so insha'Allah for 2013 I'd like to share a little of their work and who they are. Maybe you too will be inspired by their work.

Featured Artist: Sobia Hussain

What medium do you use to express your creativity? And why did you choose this medium?
I express my creativity through various media, however, I decided to focus on soapmaking and other bath and body products for my business. I chose soapmaking because it's a perfect marriage between science and art - two of my favourite subjects in school. To create pure soap, you must have good background knowledge in chemistry. And to create artisan soaps, you must be willing to take chances to transform your product into a piece of art. I first think of fragrances and scents that I would like to offer and then I think of colours and techniques which I believe could representing that aroma.



Where does your inspiration come from?
I take inspiration from nature, my surroundings, and concepts/ideas/emotions that matter to me. Caring for the planet is also a great concern to me. So, when I'm developing a product, I try to ensure that its is eco-friendly which in turn helps me reduce my carbon footprint in this precious global village of ours! I also like to promote optimism. So, I try to imagine what types of aromas and fragrances could evoke such positive emotions and help put a smile on someone's face. Last but not least, Pinterest! It's a great place to go for inspiration...as any pinner would know!

If you had to choose one of your favorites of your creations which would it be? 
I would have to choose my Planet Earth Plush Globe as my all-time favourite creation. I am a big nerd for maps and globes! I wanted to create something for children which could help them develop an awareness of our precious planet so they can grow up to care for it. I enjoyed designing this unique globe despite the amount of hours and days that went into perfecting it.



What has been your biggest creative challenge?
The greatest challenge would be to make more time to dedicate to my art. I have 3 children so I want to ensure that most of my energies go into raising them and creating memories for years to cherish. I leave all my soapmaking and sewing to when the kiddos are in school. When they come home, I'm all theirs!

What other creative interests do you have?
I enjoy sewing, henna art, knitting/crocheting, painting with acrylics, crafting (with any material I can get my hands on), and conducting creative workshops which help empower children to find their hidden, inner talents. And, of course, pinning! I love drawing inspiration from Pinterest! It helps me with my creative flow of thoughts. Down2EarthSmile

What would you do if there was an elephant in your backyard?
After the initial sheer enjoyment of having a lovely elephant in my backyard, I would soon find an elephant sanctuary where she can be treated like the princess she really is! Then I would bid her farewell but visit her often!

Where can we find more of your work?
You can find The Olive Tree Soap Company products showcased on Facebook.
I am beginning to offer my products on Etsy.
Here is my other business.

Thank you Sobia!

Stay tuned for future interviews.

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Algerian Travelling Library
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I'm so happy to be starting 2013 with a book project!!! AlhumduliLlah. Here is yet another opportunity for you and I to put a little joy in a child's life.

It is not an accident you're reading this... but a blessing!

Girls in Algeria. Photo by Kaled Ayeb


Project Details: To collect books (new or in good condition) for a travelling library in Algeria!! The books will be shared with children at orphanages, hospitals, schools and those in the community.


Algeria (shown in red) - North Africa


How WE can help:
1) Send books directly to the UK, which will be shipped to Algeria.
Algerian Action
85 Clementina Road
London, E10 7LT
U.K.

2) Donate money, and I'll purchase the books and send them. $4 might not get you an awesome book, but funds combined can.
--------------- we are no longer accepting donations!

Age Group:
Babies to teens - 0 to 14 years old
Books can be English, French or Arabic


Resources:
- This project is through Algerian Action. Please check out there website for other projects.
- Book Depository: Shipping is free from this site.
- Amazon Wish List


PLEASE share this project with others.
From my side (i.e: this blog) I'd like to send at least 200 books. Below I'll list titles, so we don't really repeat things. Let me know what books you send - so I can add them.

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