Tying Up Loose Ends
Friday, December 21, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Insha'Allah this post will kind of tie up some loose ends from previous posts, before the start of a new year, new goals, new projects, and new ideas.

...but first a reminder! Anyone attending the RIS conference this year? I will be collecting scarfs for the Warm The Streets drive there and donations for the orphanage.

(I designed their logo!) are kind enough to allow me to use some of their space (jazak'Allah), so you can find me at their booth, insha'Allah. Come by and say salaam! (I look forward to meeting you *sisters*)

On October 9, 2006 I asked how you organize your recipes, so I could do the same. I settled with writing them in separate books (ie: soups and salads in one, etc.) because I have so many recipes. Well..I have the books..and have written 5 recipes to date ... haha..(I know..that's sad)

The Unity Mural done in December 2006, is a gem in the Welfare Centre. The founder of the Centre, Major Abbas was so touched by the work gone into it, he would like to send a personal thank you to everyone who contributed. If you were one of the contributors, I need your permission to give the Centre your mailing address. (Let me know if you read this)

We managed to send out 27 dolls for The Muslimah Doll Project, posted in January 2007. Of which 11 of the dolls

reached an orphanage in Ethiopia around November, 2007. The organization (Amana Kids) would like to thank you for your kindness and support. The children were very pleased with them, alhumduliLlah. Sorry I couldn't get pictures *yet*.

The money raised (plus extra donated) from the Cupcake Bake Sale in June safely reached the school in Thailand in September 2007. The Principal, a few students and a few teachers sent letters of appreciation. They will use the money to buy books and cds for the library once it is built. You are welcome to send books as well. They are still in the process of collecting funds for the building, so if you are interested in helping out there, please let me know..I would be very happy to send you their contact information.

In August I posted a Pay It Forward game. I had to make something for three people and in return they will make something for another three people. Well I'm done! The gift to Hafsa was a bag but not handmade.. she was fine with that. The gift to Purvis should be on its way (it's a secret..so I can't tell you what it is). The gift to Nuh, a crocheted kufi and book was received few days ago. Check out their pages if you still want to play. Purvis (is short 1 person to gift), Nuh (is short all 3 people to gift) and Hafsa (is short either 1 or 2 people to gift).

Wayfarer won the pomegranate quiz posted in November, and received a strawberry cheesecake as her prize.

After 100 votes monArt won the tote contest from the Green Swap. Her prize was an online shopping spree. She purchased (and has already received) 6 skeins of yarn and some pretty stitch markers.

For those who knew I was re-doing the kitchen, and are wondering how the picture I had to paint turned out.. here it is. I wanted something simple, but which makes an impact when you enter the room. The actually painting is really huge, and all the walls are lilac, so the black canvas really works out well here, alhumduliLlah.


Am I missing anything??

Plans for 2008..lots! but for now, I'd like to open a new swap end of January..with an added twist, concentrate on the Orphanage in Africa project, complete the Warm the Streets project, maybe get an etsy shop started for donations, and then plan for February!

Jazak'Allah everyone for your comments, feedback, help, participation, and dua's. Some of the swaps and projects seem like a long and slow process (okay..maybe they are).. but we've accomplised a lot, we really have. AlhumduliLlah. May Allah keep our intentions pure, and guide us to do what pleases Him the most. Ameen.

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Feast of Sacrifice
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Eid Mubarak my dear brothers and sisters!


I shall insha'Allah be celebrating Eid tomorrow, December 20th. I pray you all have a wonderful Eid filled with Allah's infinite blessings. Please take a moment to reflect on the importance of this celebration, remember those who are blessed to perform their Hajj this year and ask Allah to accept it, pray for the less fortunate, enjoy family and think of those who have to spend this special day alone,... and relax!

May Allah Most Merciful forgive our sins, guide us, and give us good in this world and the next. Ameen.


Cake Directions:


Pretty straight forward, you need a 12" cake, an 8" cake, and 2 cupcakes. Cut the 8" cake as shown in the picture.


Assemble cake as shown. First frost the head, inside of ears, and bottom half of feet with chocolate frosting. (Optional: then cover those sections with chocolate chips.) Using a piping bag and star nozzle frost the rest with vanilla frosting. Add details (ears, nose, mouth).

Voila! Halal on Eid and enjoy.

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Orphanage in Africa
Friday, December 14, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I'd like to share a new blog I have up, with you.


It's about an orphanage located in Africa. No amount of pictures and words can express how sad the situation is there.

Insha'Allah together we can help our sisters in Islam. It is our duty, and their right.

Our current mission is to collect enough funds to purchase a home for them, in a safer location, and a more reasonable size than the one they are currently living in.

Please, please let others know about this orphanage. All funds are taken care of by me personally, insha'Allah.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions..you can leave a comment here, or feel free to email me.

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The Winner is...
Monday, December 10, 2007
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Thank you very much to all those who voted for the Green Swap contest, we had 100 votes in total! alhumduliLlah.

And the winner is.... Bag number TEN.

Designed by monArt. A gorgeous tote indeed! Not only did she sew the bag, but the image on is hand painted. (Anyone interested in purchasing a custom hand painted bag by her, please email me for details).




Congratulations! You did an amazing job!


And of course, every winner needs a prize. You get to enjoy a $20 web shopping spree. There is a few limits though, it must be a handmade item (or items) or/and any 'green' item(s).

Here are a few suggestions (you are not limited to them); they are stores by ladies who have participated in this swap. And others are welcome to add their site in the comments section.


  • Sew Stylish
  • Surviving's Craft Room
  • Star Girl Jewelry & Lampwork
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    You Make Me Smile
    Monday, December 03, 2007
    As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

    Here it is!

    Three weeks ago we had an amazing group of ladies join the Green Swap. They put their time, effort, and love into making beautiful totes for their swap partner with the intention to reduce the use of plastic bags, making the world a little cleaner.

    Now...it is time to vote!

    Please click on the thumbnails to view each bag, decide which of these lovely bags makes you smile the most and vote. Thank you. (Flickr)



    Thank you to all the ladies who took part in this swap. It was such a pleasure to co-ordinate this swap for such a creative, caring and wonderful group. All the bags are gorgeous.. so much so, I don't think I'll be voting, they all make me smile.

    I hope we get to see you in future swaps and projects.

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