The Never Ending Swap
Saturday, January 19, 2008
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

In Islam, a gift is of extraordinary value.. not because of the cost, or the item, or the size.. but because it was given with good intentions.. be it just a smile, or kind word. Here is another chance to purify our intentions, by giving with an open heart and receiving with open arms.

Details of swap: List four items in the Comments section of what you are willing to send to someone (store bought or handmade), keeping the description vague (to keep it a surprise), include your email address.

The next person will tag you for one of your items (and email you with their mailing address), they will also put up a list of 4 more items, and their email address.
Note: You can only pick from the last person in line.


  • List 4 items (vague description).
  • Include your email address.

  • Next Person:
  • Tag you for one of your items. (email you with their address)
  • List 4 items (vague description)
  • Include email address.

  • Keep it fun!

    Participants allowed: International (open to Females only please).

    Ages allowed: All ages.

    Cost Limit: $3 maximum.


  • Gifts should be sent out within 2 weeks!!!
  • Email ME ( once you receive AND send out something. I will keep record right on this post so others know what is going on. (2 weeks and no mention of shipping out, automatically puts you on the 'flakers' list).
  • You can participate more than once.
  • Note: If your post gets deleted (by me) it means you can not participate - because you haven't sent out a gift from previous swaps.


  • Sketched Soul - sent
  • Aishah Bey - sent (received)
  • Umm Layth - sent (received)
  • Adikbongsu - sent (received)
  • Hafsa - sent (received)
  • Al Miskeenah - sent (received)
  • Sis Zabrina - sent
  • IslamicGems - sent (received)
  • Umm Hibaat - sent (received)
  • Gulnarita - (received) sent
  • UmmUmarNY - sent (received)
  • IslamicGems - (received)

  • Flakers:

  • Labels:

    posted by Sketched Soul at 11:53 AM | Permalink 20 comments
    Share A Little
    Wednesday, January 16, 2008
    As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

    How about we do a little sharing, shall we..
    What is your favourite sandwich?? (no .. "what *this restaurant* serves" please, unless you tell us exactly what is in it.)

    I suppose this could be a little 'boring', but there is nothing like a cheese (real cheese.. non of the processed stuff) and tomato sandwich.. yummmmmmy! You must, must sprinkle salt and pepper on the tomatoes (it's not natural to eat them any other way), and if you really want to indulge.. butter is most welcome. Oh..on anything whole wheat.

    Okay my dear readers.. I look forward to your feedback.

    A pointless post? oh nooo.. I wouldn't dare!, it will actually help me with a sandwich project to help those who are not so well-to-do, insha'Allah. So share!


    posted by Sketched Soul at 4:06 PM | Permalink 29 comments
    Baby Blankie
    Friday, January 11, 2008
    As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

    AlhumduliLlah, I managed to finish my crocheted baby blankie in pretty good time! It's a gift for someone special..a little last minute, so I really thought I wouldn't be able to get it done.

    I couldn't find a simple yet pretty pattern in my limited time-frame.. so I made up my own. Here it is! Forgive me for the unprofessional instructions.. I can clear up any questions, if need be.

    Finished size: approximately 30" x 30" (not including ruffle border)
    Blanket: 2 skeins, sports weight, 160g (each)
    Ruffle Border: 90g, sports weight
    Crochet hook size: US 5mm - H8

    Chain 133
    Sc in each st across (132)

    Row 1: Dc in each st, turn.
    Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as dc), *skip 1 st, dc in next st, dc in skipped st; (repeat from *)
    Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st, turn.
    Repeat rows 1-3 for pattern, until desired size, or yarn is done. Please keep track of stitches every so often.

    Ruffle Border
    Put hook through one corner of blanket and pull out contrasting yarn, leave a 4" tail and sl st to secure.
    Dc 10 times in same corner st.
    Dc 5 times in next st. (repeat around blanket edges).
    note: at each corner stitch, dc 10 times.

    The Flower:
    Started of using this pattern, Lazy Shell Flower.. but then I got side tracked on row 3 and did my own thing, which I probably could never repeat and can't put in words..sorry.

    So there we have it. Enjoy.


    posted by Sketched Soul at 3:09 PM | Permalink 32 comments
    Loving Freezer Paper
    Tuesday, January 08, 2008
    As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

    The amazing things you can do using freezer paper! You should be able to find Freezer Paper at any grocery store. It's like wax paper but one side is shiny (ie: waxy), and one side is matte (like parchment paper).

    Why use freezer paper to stencil? It adheres to the fabric, leaving your work absolutely clean, and very professional look. It's also cheap!

    :: fabric (ie: t-shirt, bag, etc; what ever you are stenciling on)
    :: freezer paper
    :: exacto knife
    :: the image you want to stencil (drawn or a computer print out)
    :: tape
    :: iron
    :: paints (either of the following):
    - fabric paint
    - acrylic paint (with fabric medium mixed in)
    - acrylic paint - will need to heat set after stenciling
    :: sponges

    Find the image you would like to stencil. You can either: print your image directly on to the freezer paper - on the matte side!! using your ink jet printer, or draw the image (onto the matte side), or tape a photocopied/sketched image onto the matte side of the freezer paper. (note: I first sketch my ideas out, then trace it onto the freezer shown in the image).

    Cut the image out using an exacto knife (or small scissors).. I think exacto knives are one of the greatest inventions in this world.

    Once your image is cut, place your freezer paper stencil on to your ironed (wrinkle free) fabric. So the shiny side should be down.. right? Make sure the iron is on dry set and iron the stencil on.

    Take another piece of freezer paper (the same size as the one you just ironed on), and iron it behind the fabric; the inside of the fabric (shiny side touching the fabric). This helps keep the fabric in place and stops the paint from leaking right through. (optional: you may also place a cardboard inside the shirt to prevent the paint going through to the other side)

    Using a sponge dab a thin coat of paint on. Make sure to dab, not brush. If you need another coat of paint or add another colour, let the first one dry all the way through and then dab another thin layer on, etc.

    Once you are done painting, and it is completely dry, peel the stencil off. Peel the freezer paper on the inside off. Heat set your image.

    Heat set: with your iron on medium tempreture (no steam), iron it inside-out for 30 seconds. Or you can put it in the dryer on low heat, inside-out for 15 minutes. Note: the stencil can not be used again... but stencilling is addictive!

    Have fun ..and make sure to come back and share your masterpiece!

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    posted by Sketched Soul at 12:50 PM | Permalink 23 comments
    Don't Be Sad
    Thursday, January 03, 2008
    As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dear readers..

    I know you missed me.. ha

    AlhumduliLlah the RIS Conference went excellent! I'm still recouping, bear with me.

    I'd like to share a site with you, Don't Be Sad. It is, to me, the perfect blog! My lack of grammer can't explain all the goodness about it. So please go check it out with an open heart, and don't wait for a Monday or a New Year to apply what you learn, they both may never come.

    Jazak'Allah for the pretty badge, very, very much appreciated. May Allah Most Merciful shower His blessings upon you, and reward you for your pure intentions. Ameen. (It should really be ther other way..I should be the one sending you a badge) Thank you so much for creating a useful blog, that will insha'Allah give us success in this world and in the next.


    posted by Sketched Soul at 10:02 AM | Permalink 12 comments
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