We are having

plenty of April showers this month masha’allah, with more rain forcast for the days ahead they could evn go into May showers. But I am not complaining the heat will be upon us all to soon i dont mind if it takes its time getting here. After Ramadan would be perfect actually!

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So I have big plans for my day and no better way to set up for it then a good breakfast. Alhamdulileh. Dd16 has already expressed her concern at scrambled eggs with croissant but what is the problem?

I have lots of sewing to do these days. We are having a little Algerian party in May (when was an Algerian party ever small?) and dh has been cajoled into smartening up the ‘salon’, so we went out shopping yesterday and we bought fabric for curtains that I will have to ‘whip up’ we wanted to buy ready made ones but the prices were outrageous!!! We ended up buying a display curtain because dh loved it so much and it being the last one, we got it for a good discount. It had various swathes of fabric overlapping and what not ‘ala arab curtains’ and i have to unswathe the double layers to pretty it up for two windows, I am in the unpicking stages.

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Not really my taste, but when a husband wants his arab salon, and I have my more european living area up stairs I am not going to fight it. I only clean it and serve guests in there anyway! I just hope it turns out good, insha’allah i will do before and after pictures. But still more wall washing and window cleaning to be done first!

Onto the skirt I posted last time. Actually the post was just a trial run for the wordpress application from my phone.

The elastic is too big as i made it from her belly measurements instead of just stretching it around her as I usually do(go back to low tech method!).  She has a rather generous toddler tummy masha’allah. The skirt, of course,  just drops below it . The top of the skirt is made from a thin polyester type fabric, which is great for drapey projects, but I lined it with a piece of white cotton, one because its great for the summer,  two to attach the frill too and three because the polyester type stuff is see through. And though the cotton was very light weight and thin it wasn’t light weight enough to let the gathers drop as I would have wished, so it looks a little bulky. Lesson learned!

So I will leave you all with some weekend pictures, have a great day where ever you are!

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There is a lot of talk

going around cyber space at the moment, regarding the guilt or innocence surrounding the alleged Boston bombers. Of course there is interest around the muslim community who are sick and tired of hearing ‘radical muslims’ being accused of all attrocities on the planet. I mean, since when was attending a masjid or praying 5 times a day the actions of an extemist or the beginnings of extremism? If thats the case then you have to expect millions of people around the world are soon going to errupt into violence! It is of course ridiculous.

Even my non political daughter has jumped on the band wagon and has written a blog post about the incident. So there is a whole campaign going on in support of the ‘bombers’. People (both muslim and non muslim) are dedicating a lot of time on this. But what i want to know is at the end of the day is there going to be a difference made? Of course everything is in Allahs qadr, but is anyone making a difference by tweeting, or sharing statuses on facebook, writing blog posts or signing on-line petitions etc. What does it all mean? Its interesting to have discussions and we all need to be aware of what is happening in the world, especially when it effects everyone and may have larger implications on a particular segment(if not all) of the muslim community.

But how far should we take this? And I am not being specific to the events in Boston. To any events which are far away around the world, but because of media and the internet they feel more local and relevant.  Do we let it affect our everyday lives? How much dedication to a cause is too much? Is it wasting time and energy? Is this just a distraction from what we are really here to do which is live our lives in a way that Allah would be pleased with us and to dedicate as much energy to worship that we can in its variously forms. Is this kind of campaigning a form of worship or should we be leaving it up to those whose job it is and deal with the consequences?

Do you feel guilty for worry about what to cook for dinner when people across the world are fighting merely to survive? Should we feel guilty or is this just the situation Allah has placed everyone in with their individual trials? Of course we all need to help or brothers and sisters in Islam, practically if we can and if we cant by keeping them in our duas. But should we stop life because people are suffering? Thinking about what to cook or what to sew, or what to buy or what to do or where to go are so trivial in comparison, but what else should we do? where is the balance.

If we sit back and watch and do nothing, say nothing, will it get worse? Or is this all just the passing of gods plan and we are passengers sitting back for the ride?

I’m here again

with my tea and toast!

Back in from my morning walk to the masjid. Where i came along this lonely flower struggling to survive in a crack beneath a wall and the tarmac. So I snapped a picture. It looked so gorgeous there among the grey. It should have been a sign to me as i turned around to walk away Hafsa picked it and the beauty was gone 😦 I should have realised because we were looking for dandelions for the tortoise as usual.

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The colour is gorgeous masha’allah, well was……

Anyway, as i was saying, this should have been a sign, because when i got home this happened in my kitchen.

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the glass display cabinet arrived late on Sunday night (from our shop) and as you can see it has already accumulated a layer of junk. And the fridge, complete with a leaked pool of water arrives at the same time I arrived back from my peaceful morning walk!

So scrub plans for the day, as I rearrange the kitchen to make a home for the unwanted fridge.  I guess todays’ spring cleaning can just happen in the kitchen ahead of schedule.

I should have named todays post ‘moaning Tuesday’ or maybe ‘traumatic Tuesday’ because after i told dd16 what awaits us, she is attempting to bury her head in the proverbial sand(ie bedcovers).

While it can be really convenient having a food shop situated behind a door next to the kitchen. Today it’s showing its drawbacks!

On a positive note, I cut out a polka dot skirt for dd3(ish) last night, gathered up the skirt by hand and pinned it all togethor. So its ready to sew! I may get there this evening insha’allah. Hope so. I love spots and stripes 🙂

I’m on a

sewing roll at the moment. I’m a person who gets inspired by little girls clothes. Which is great because my soon to be three year old has outgrown almost all of her summer clothes and needs them replacing. I hate the quality of clothing in Algeria. And if its imported it costs an arm and a leg! So when they are only going to get one, or maybe two, summers wear out of it, its a big expense! I am really enjoying creating. I had some fabric left over from a lot that was sent to me by my good friend, when she was still in the UK (she blogs here).

Unfortunately fabric isn’t up to much in Algeria either! Its poor quality and more expensive then it was back in London. For A country with hot summers I cannot understand why there is so little cotton. Having said that, I guess its a question of economics. These are the things I have made for my little princess thus far!

And so far I have only made this one item for my daughter who has just turned 10. She is unfortunately, much more fussy and wont want to be wearing my creations for much longer longer I feel!

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And finally I am currently working on this dress for myself. Which is a much harder task for me. I haven’t got to grips with sewing for myself I always get the proportions wrong and for some reason, I am much less careful with something for myself. I managed to cut the skirt crooked, so it may turn into a long shirt…..

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Most of the things I have made were inspired, or in some cases just copied from here and I found the odd thing I like here. I have recently started following plenty of other sewing blogs too. Insha’allah I will update my blogroll another time. Plus my latest sewing love is growing, inspired by some blogs doing feartures on Japanese sewing books. I love the simple, basic shapes, they make a real style statement!  Again I will leave that for another day maybe after I have tried making something! Have a great day where ever you are!

Its Sunday

again. The start of a new week masha’allah We had a very quiet, peaceful weekend spent at home chilling!

Lots of cooking! Lots of eating! Homework, colouring, afternoon naps(for some), playing outside, collecting flowers for the tortoise. Fun and games! But NO cleaning!(apart from the kitchen floor) so now I had better get to it and clear up the debris. Hope you all had a good weekend(or indeed are still having  a good weekend).

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This is my

corner of the world.

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My morning walk with my 4 year old boy.

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all the way up and round the corner and then down here at the bottom is the masjid.

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Thats it down there straight ahead! Its a nice little walk, clears out the cobwebs in a morning, and I may even interact with an adult on my way!

But what i really love is hearing the children shouting from all the way up there on the  bottom picture. ‘Dua al sabah’ or ‘surat al fatiha’ or simply ‘A-sal-em-u-a-lai-kum-wa-rah-ma-tu-la-hi-wa-ba-ra-ka-tu’ all broken into segments and shouted at the top of their lungs as each new student arrives. It’s really special masha’allah.

We are very lucky masha’allah, with the nursery sessions, with a group of dedicated sisters who work so hard, to get Islam into the children before the hit the school system. Also learning the alphabet and writing and some very basic maths. They are set up really well for going into year one. We are truly blessed alhamdulileh.