a place to learn

The way we do learning is constantly evolving. As the children grow their needs change, and I change the environment to fit those needs. When my 2nd was crawling, I moved the bookcase to the girls' room since she was constantly pulling all the books out, and pulling herself up to stand, and I was worried about it toppling. Everything was baby-proofed. But now that she is a little toddler, I am finding I am able to put things back into the environment for her to explore. Her current favourite activities are writing on the chalkboard, painting with watercolours, playing with her magnets, and most of all- reading books. I did so many things with my eldest daughter, and this blog is evidence of that, and I want to constantly remind myself to also provide those opportunities to my younger ones as well.

I really want to create a home where my children will feel at home. The children outnumber the adults in my home afterall. Having a home where everything is picture perfect, like out of a magazine, with not a single toy in sight, doesn't feel right to me. Having 9 siblings myself, I thrive in an environment that feels well-lived in. Let the children play, let them paint, let them colour, let them jump, let them be kids. I am really learning to let go of people's perceptions of my "messy" home. I am learning to put my kids first, and not feel the need to hide all the toys, books, crayons, etc every time a visitor comes over. This is what childhood is, this is learning, growing, and nurturing in progress :).


needle and thread

While I am busy with the babies, you can most likely find my eldest quietly sewing in the living room, inventing new things with needle and thread in hand. She has sewn purses, clothing and accessories for her dolls, brooches, and even embellished t-shirts.

I have also been doing some work with needle and thread, working on a small cross stitch pattern I found in "The Embroidery Companion" book. It's a project that I am taking my time on, doing a few stitches here and there. I keep my project, along with my embroidery notions, in a small pouch inside my purse so I can pull it out whenever I find my hands idle, like when I am in the passenger seat of the car on our way to the grocery store.


wood burning

We've been experimenting with wood burning lately :) Ohh the possibilities! Stay tuned inshaAllah...


pretty bowls

My eldest daughter loves craft kits, and we have been fortunate enough to get quite a few unopened kits from the second hand store for a few dollars a piece. With the new baby I have had my hands pretty full though, and my girl has been after me for some time to help her complete some of the kits. So today we cracked open the bowl making kit, and we are pretty happy with the end results. The bowls are all really unique, and my daughter was quick to gift each bowl to all the girls here at home. I really like the one she gave to me, it is a perfect place to put my hijab pins. Alhumdulillah I am glad I was able to spend some one on one time with my eldest doing what we both love- crafting of course. :)


a shirt for me

It's been quite some time that I have done any sewing for myself. I was really in need of a shirt that was nursing friendly so I picked up some lightweight fabric on sale at the local fabric store, and cracked open my "Happy Homemade: Sew Chic" book that I had yet to put to use. I decided on a loose fitting top with long sleeves, and modified it a bit to include a placket with buttons, cuffs on the sleeves, and a little bit more length. I also eliminated the tie in the neckline, and the roll-up sleeves. After trying on the shirt I realized that the neckline is a little too loose for my liking, and I accidentally cut out the sleeves in the wrong direction. Oops. Next time I try this pattern I will try to raise the neckline, take in the sleeves more so I won't need to add cuffs, and maybe make it floor length so I can wear it as an abayah.