Friday Feature- A Good Cry

Asalamu Alaikum,

Sometimes I get really stressed. Living here can be fun, and I do try to stay upbeat and positive. Sometimes though, it just gets to me. After a while everything starts to add up and I feel like I am going to pop from stress, tension, bickering, load shedding, the phone repair guy not showing up for three days (and then wanting a bribe), and the million and one other things that just build up.

One thing at a time it is easy to handle. Ok so when my sister in law and I are not getting along for a couple days, fine, we'll be back to normal next week(inshAllah!). When the phone repair guy finally shows up, and then leaves and then the phone stops working for the rest of the day, fine, he'll be back tomorrow to fix it, and it's just a day anyway.

But when everything happens all at once? There are just times when I feel like crying. So, I do. I go up to my room all alone and sit and just cry. I know it doesn't help, it won't solve my problems, or make them all just disappear. What it does for me is to help relieve the tension. After a good cry (and a nice big pity party, "oh woe is me"), I can sit up, stop feeling sorry for myself, wash my face and feel a lot better. Nothing has changed, but it is easier to face all the problems after a good cry.

I think partly it is because after the crying/pity party, I find it easier to see the good in my life. Like all the good things are hiding away behind the fog of negatives, and the crying comes and washes the fog away to help me see clearly.

Alhamdulilah, I do have a lot to be grateful for. So now that I've had my cry ;-), I'll just be getting back to life, and trying to keep my eyes on the good in life!

PS-sorry for the Friday Feature on a Saturday, our phone wasn't working the repair guy didn't show up until this morning ;-)

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LeapFrog S-Shape Learn Groove Music Table 2299p

The Learn-Around Playground is the first all-in-one activity center that links physical movements to learning connections as baby grows from sitting and crawling to standing and cruising. There are 45 interactive touch points and two fun learning modes: Learn & Grow and Compose & Play. Just flip the "smart" book page to transform learning activities into musical adventures. Topper for ball drop tube included to prevent small arms from becoming caught. Babies bat, tug and push interactive points to learn about colors, shapes, textures and cause & effect. Toddlers discover and create by playing alphabet, counting, rhyming, opposites and musical games. What it Teaches: * Songs * Shapes * Textures * Colors * Rhyming words 

Fisher-price-ocean-wonders-aquarium cradle Swing LIKE NEW 6899P

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Wicked Princesses Cybercrop

I have actually had a chance to do two of the Movie Challenges at Wicked Princesses and I have had a heap of fun doing some chatting. One more challenge to go so hopefully I get a chance to do it.
Here are my layouts that I have done so far - The Lucky Dip Challenge; My lucky dip criteria was Green, Easter egg foil and paint. The layout also had to be base around a type of Movie - mine is action.

Challenge Two - The Movie Challenge. I did Horror theme and the Movie title of "Halloween".

If you get a chance come and have a look at the other wonderful layouts that are going up in the gallery.
And seeing as there was a real Princess wedding this weekend we are all sharing our own Wedding here is one of mine.

Aquarium Healthy Care High Chair 4599P


Fabric Panel n designer fabric

owl n stripe

Panel 1
by Robert Kauffman

Panel 2
by Robert Kauffman

re-stock owl's fabby

lovebird panel for girls quilt

big panel for kid size boys quilt

robert kauffman paisley with pokadot fabby combination

Fabrics are ready to choose for desired project..Pls email me for prices for quilt/set using this designer fabric..

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Choose your fabric here..

Assalamualaikum/Selamat Sejahtera buat sume...

Utk memudahkan anda menjamu mata dan membuat pilihan fabric yg ada..
fabric can mix n match..
lagi max jenis kain can match 3 jer..
however harga setiap jenis fabric tidak sama yer jadi sy akan quote rege berdasarkan fabric yg dipilih..
Pls noted that sy tidak membuat 2sided quilt, patchwork dan special request quilt utk wat yg kecik2 jer..

my thang is "my sewing is simple but nice..coz less is more.. and my handmade-
 wit a touch of class..."

Some of the fabric juga available utk dijual (fabric sahaja)

F10 till F16
F31 till F37
F38 till F43
F44 till F47
F48 till F51

pm me utk order/inquiry..

Anyone want to play??

Wicked Princesses is having a Cybercrop this weekend. Come along and join in the fun.

the Dress! the Dress!

I am absolutely loving the dress , especially the description in the official Royal Wedding Page. The lace is simply exquisite , gracing the V neck , appliqued on the skirt and even to the silk tulle underskirt . I also like the long sleeve with detailings at the wrist and the mist like silk tulle as veil covering her face.

The lace appliqué for the bodice and skirt was hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace.  The lace design was hand-engineered (appliquéd) using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s.  Individual flowers have been hand-cut from lace and hand-engineered onto ivory silk tulle to create a unique and organic design, which incorporates the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace has been used throughout the bodice and skirt, and has been used for the underskirt trim.  With laces coming from different sources, much care was taken to ensure that each flower was the same colour.  The whole process was overseen and put together by hand by Ms Burton and her team.

The dress is made with ivory and white satin gazar.  The skirt echoes an opening flower, with white satin gazar arches and pleats.  The train measures two metres 70 centimetres.  The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs.  The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops.  The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.

The Fabrics
French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace to be hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition.
All other fabrics used in the creation of the dress were sourced from and supplied by British companies.  The choice of fabrics followed extensive research by Sarah Burton and her team.

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN), based at Hampton Court Palace, assisted the Alexander McQueen team in accurately cutting out the delicate motifs from the lace fabrics and positioning the lace motifs with precision into the new design. The lace motifs were pinned, ‘framed up’ and applied with stab stitching every two to three millimetres around each lace motif. The workers washed their hands every thirty minutes to keep the lace and threads pristine, and the needles were renewed every three hours, to keep them sharp and clean. . . . The RSN workers included existing staff, former staff, tutors, graduates and students, with the youngest aged 19.

If at first her dress caught my attention , it was the flower girls dresses that really kept me glued to the TV . I am loving the clean pleated skirt which flared very nicely both on the 3 year old and an 8 year old flower girl . Its clean , traditional , and timeless . I can also see a flower girl dress version of Kate's dress , so I might just do that and have it on display at the boutique . We shall wait and see :)

The Young Bridesmaids’ Dresses
The young Bridesmaids’ dresses were designed by childrenswear designer Nicki Macfarlane to echo the Bride’s dress.  The four dresses were hand-made by Ms Macfarlane and her daughter Charlotte Macfarlane at their homes in Wiltshire and Kent.

The Bridesmaids’ dresses have been created using the same fabrics as the Bride’s dress.  The ballerina-length, full, box pleated skirt gives the dresses a sculptural quality, with the layering of ivory over white satin gazar adding depth of colour.  They have all been hand-finished with delicate English Cluny lace, which is visible under the skirts, and four layers of net underskirt.  The puff sleeves and neckline are trimmed with the same English lace as the Bride’s underskirt.  The backs have been finished with the same button detail. 

The sashes are made of pale gold, wild silk, which is tucked at the front and tied at the back in a sumptuous bow.

As a special memento, the Bridesmaid’s name and the date of the wedding have been hand-embroidered onto the lining of each dress.

Fixing up a raincoat for Megan

We have a friend from church who is very generous with giving up hand-me-down clothes and things she finds when going to garage sales and thrift stores. Something that she had given us this year was some short sleeved jackets (pictured above). When I looked them over more carefully I realized that they were of the material for raincoats- you know, nice light-weight, fabric raincoats. I have no idea what prompted the designer to make them short-sleeved but they did. Anyway, we didn't have any use for short sleeved raincoats and though these were women's sized I already had a raincoat but Megan did need one. So....

 I decided to fix it up! My original plan was to combine both raincoats to make one but as I was getting started on the blue coat which I had decided would be the main color, Aaron came down and said "Can't you fix up the green one for me?" so I decided I would find some other fabric to add to the blue so I could use the green one for him. I will have to do a bit more adjusting on his so that it doesn't look feminine.

The steps that I took to fix it up were:
  1. Cut off the hood, cut it smaller, put elastic in the casing instead of ties, re-attach it to the jacket.
  2. Cut the side seams (especially under the arms) smaller.
  3. Cut the ruffle off the sleeves (basically cutting the sleeves in half horizontally) so that I can re-attach it below as a cuff.
  4. Cut fabric to go in between the two sleeve sections and sew it in place. I had some nylon fabric that my grandma had bought and made some tablecloths out of. I don't think it is really waterproof but it is probably at least resistant. I was also just realizing that I have some waterproofing spray so perhaps I will try that on them.
  5. Sew the side and sleeve seam.
That's all there was to it. It was fast and simple. It isn't perfect but Megan likes it and it seemed to work well for a walk in the rain. It is still a bit big but that means it will last her a while and so I don't really mind that.

She seems to kind of like it over her eyes.

She was happy the sleeves were long enough to go over her hands to keep them dry.

As you know I love these projects where I can use up what I have and make something useful.
Have you been making anything lately?

The really cute one!!!

I'm so proud of this, my 1st ever set with embroidered name on it, plus using designer fabric.. Its a pillow case, bolster+case, diaper changing pad for the girl- Shakira AlQudre..and an owl's stripe bolster case with special feature of 'kain gentel' for the boy- Alii AlQudre. Thanx Didie for trusting me on this..

And this set will fly to Germany yeah!!! Didie jgn lupa snap pic yaaaa...

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Kid size pillowcase

Repeat order dr Fadzillah- MMU

Kid size pillowcase this time with iNitials and iron on applique..

Thanx dear hope u like it... The initials are handstiches.. ;)

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