Fabric Bookmarks Trial Run
Monday, May 28, 2012
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Fabric bookmarks!!!
I should really be doing other things, like working through my never ending list of "needs to be done right away" stuff! Anyway, I really love the idea of fabric bookmarks, so I was testing it out. They didn't turn out exactly what I had in mind.. so I'll have to go back to the 'drawing board', but still pretty in their own way.

I'm hoping to get them perfect so I can add them to peoples purchases when they shop at my etsy or zibbet store.

What's everyone else working on? Let me know, or share your blog link so I can check it out :)

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My Zoo Trip
Friday, May 25, 2012
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

I finally went to the ZOOOOOOOOOO! I absolutely LOVE the zoo...! I know, it's not nice to have animals all caged up - but I still love the zoo. I'm sharing a few of my favorite pics from the day as well as an 'assignment' for kids - but don't call it that when you give it to them. It's a scavenger hunt to them!

The 'Canadian Domain' takes forever to get to, but it's SO worth the walk. How often do YOU get to see grizzly bears! .. better than UFC  *grin*

There are peacocks walking all around, but this guy decided to put on a little show!

Polar bear at feeding time. Polar bears are just too cool, even when they are lazing around being bums!

And here is the 'scavenger hunt'. My nephews did it (ages 7 & 8). It wasn't too difficult for them but once at home you could tell they remembered a lot more about each animal, and enjoyed themselves.

Your child will need a digital camera, this list and maybe a pencil to check off what they find. Don't help them once there.. but make sure you've covered the words in previous lessons. The idea is to get pictures of as many as they can...no pressure, let them enjoy the trip!

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To Do List
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

Here is my official list of projects to do. I have papers all over my desk with urls and ideas I'd like to try...but I think keeping a list here will make my life easier, and more likely motivate me to actually do them.............you may want to join me!
I will be updating the list regularly - adding more, and crossing out what is done (hopefully).
Sewing Projects:
Fabric Dollhouse
Clear Toy Storage Bags
Boy Pants     -  (completed link)
Pajama Eater
2d Character Softie
Hair Scrunchies
Princess Pavillion Tent
Arabic Fabric Book
Ironing Board Cover - (completed link)
Mowgli, Bagheera & Akela Costume -(completed link)
Rag Doll
Chef Hat
Art Case
Mail Holder
Football Thobes - (completed link)
Tinkerbell Costume
Cowboy Costume - (completed link)
Cinderella Dress
Back With Buckets
Puppet Theater
Carrot House

Crochet Projects:
Football Kufi (skull cap) - (completed link)
Crochet Doll
Seven Petal Flower
African Flower Purse

Craft Projects:
Magnetic Paper Dolls
Fabric Labels
Jungle Theme Eid Cards - (completed link)
Vines - (completed link)
Eid Banner - (completed link)
Cool Book Shelf
Popsicle Bracelets
Stamp making
Subway Art
Ribbon Bookmarks
Mural for orphanage
City painting

Kids Activities to try with my nephews:
Islamic Play using paperclip pics
Shadow puppets
Jungle Book Diorama
Batik Letters
Shower Curtain Village
Carton Wallet

Unicorn Poop
Banana Ice-Cream
Watermelon Shark
Dutch Apple Pie-lettes

Future Swaps:
Ramadaan Girly Swap (June)
Children's Card Swap (June)
Crafty Supply Swap
Lil' & Big Book Swap
Survival Swap
Hijab & Accessory Swap
Alif, Baa, Ta Swap

Children's Competitions
Qur'an Art Competition - winner link
Qur'an Chef Competition

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Wrapping It Up
Saturday, May 12, 2012
As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu

AlhumdulilLlah, the book drive to help out the children at the Makeni orphanage in Zambia (Lusaka) was pretty successful.
We managed to collect:
- 9 large boxes of books in the UK, thanks to SmartArk.
- 12 large boxes of books were collected in the States (Maryland), thanks to Masjid IRHSCA
- 39 boxes of books were collected in Canada (Ontario), thanks to schools like IIT, homeschooling moms and Al-Falah Islamic School

The UK delivery only took two weeks to reach its destination...so we managed to get a video of the children with the books. It's heart-warming to watch..but still doesn't fully capture just how happy and grateful the children (and teachers) are to receive the books.

Please pass on the clip to others, and help up continue to help the orphans.
Jazakum'Allahu khair to all those that helped.

Insha'Allah we have a few up coming projects we are working on. If you can help us out in ANYWAY possible, please let me know.
For the next shipment we'd like to collect:
- Bicycles
- Computers (with flat screen monitors)
- Educational toys
- Board Games
- Story books (not text books, etc.)

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