First time…

my cherry tree blossoms…so beautiful…nothing like spring signs…so promising…so tender…so refreshing…

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Our first camelia japonica …I wish I could fast forward 20 years to see what this little plant of mine looks like when is fully grown and full of flowers…

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My first experience of fuse interfacing…sure is a learning curve…a couple of times I have wanted to throw the towel but with the help of my online friends/mentors I’m getting there…there’s more to sewing a simple dress than I ever imagined…

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and the very first time I share my weight here….and I wish it was the first time I dieted…I’m so tired of battling with my weight …tired of being overweight…tired of trying and actually many a times getting to my goal and then downhill again…tired of being unhappy with my body…anyways ….here we go again…going on a carb free lifestyle…maybe I should start a new page to track my progress or lack of it…and maybe if I share my ups and downs here…maybe an element of public humiliation might do the trick…or maybe I’m meant to be fat …..que sera sera…

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 Have a good week everyone…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

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4 out of 10…

not bad…and still a whole week to tick off some more ….I’m talking about my April targets/challenges

So I am almost done with my indoor sowing…yesterday I hosted baby Ali’s aqiqa at home…last Friday was the first of the crochet sessions at home…I’m still going strong on the decluttering front…wanna see pics…I know you do….and even if you don’t here they are…

runner beans...
runner beans…
stationery all tidy in my little homeoffice
stationery all tidy in my little home office

 

welcome to the world Ali...you are so blessed to have such nice mummy and daddy
welcome to the world Ali…you are so blessed to have such nice mummy and daddy
yummy cous couse..to celebrate the new arrival...
yummy cous cous..to celebrate the new arrival…

and evidence of the crochet …on the header above 😉

So…still not perfect lipstick…no much walking …no much ‘new’ cooking…granny squares still not stitched together…baby still to join toddler group…will I achieve all these? …maybe….will I be upset if I don’t?….doubt it….Does that make me a loser? ….nah……A lipstick is not vital…the granny squares will be done when the right time comes…baby is getting plenty of outdoor play in the garden and many a times with little friends…..more adventurous cooking might take place in our kitchen when dd12 is at home …and the green cleaning products will be mixed when I run out of the full of chemical cleaning products…Are lists a waste of time? most of the time.…sometimes…

Are you a list person? Do you follow them religiously?

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Spoilt for choice…

only a couple of weeks ago I was telling you guys here and on fb that I wanted to fall in love with my sewing machine and start creating little summer dresses for ddalmost2..in other words I was ready for a new challenge…but there was a problem…I didn’t know where to start…

I googled and googled and then some more but no luck… everything was too hard or too expensive (didn’t want to pay for a pdf pattern)…then my friend on fb sent me a link for a pillow case dress…which I followed and that I can tell you now was the ‘turning point’ …that’s exactly when I knew I could do the whole sewing business….it was pretty challenging but what a feeling…

And then I was stuck….what to do next?!!…I couldn’t just keep still so I turned to patterns but soooo much choice out there…again I followed expert’s advice and went for Butterick …they are meant to be easier to follow…I ordered two different ones that are meant to be for beginners…

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but to be perfectly honest I’m pretty terrified just looking at the pattern…somehow I imagined them to be more straight forward…not this mess of lines…so many lines …just too confusing for me right now…I definately need something in betwee….too big a jump for me right now…

Just when I thought that I was condemned to a life of sewing only in straight lines I came across all this tutorials thanks to a sister’s recommendation to go and look in pinterest…..

I love them all and don’t know where to begin….this one looks pretty simple and not much of a pattern…I mean just draw over a t-shirt kind of project…And what about this little peasant dress? Anyone out there wanting to make pyjama bottoms?

 So much out there when you know where to look……

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

 

Siesta time…

baby’s siesta time and making the most of it…well most of the time…sometimes I just waste two whole hours doing nothing…is that a real waste? sometimes doing nothing is what’s best ….

Dd 2 still has nap in the middle of the day and I , of course, have no problem with it. She literally begs me for a bottle and bed. As soon as her bottle is ready she takes herself to bed and before you know it she is fast asleep.

Her siesta time coincidently is ‘me time’….two hours ,sometimes more, sometimes a little less, to do whatever I wish to do without interruptions…There are times when I also take a nap…times when I read or do some blogging…take a looooong bath…anyways you get the idea….

Today , was a very productive two hour session…I managed a ‘before and after’ little project….a sewing project!!! in less than two hours in fact…and of course I want to share with the whole world…I want to shout out from the rooftops…this mama can sew!!! can you believe it?!! ok, ok…nothing that exciting …well yes, very exciting…. considering that less that a week ago I could only sew in straight lines…

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My sewing machine’s cover was a bit torn and not very pretty to look at in the first place so I found this little and easy tutorial for a sewing machine cozy online …what do you thing? I’m very pleased with the end result 🙂

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And yes …I know what you are thinking…it’s all straight lines…but still I’ve come a looooooooooong way..trust me…my confidence levels are sky high…and wait till I tell you …as I write this a couple of butterick patters are on their way to me…but more on that soon…

Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines

Early this morning…

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Earlier than I would have liked but still…Straight after school run…yeah school is back and it sucks…baby and me got straight into the patio and started on this years sowing…boy has she had fun…I cannot wait to see her face when she sees the little shoots…I’ve tried explaining the whole process but I know she didn’t get it…Insh’Allah in two weeks time there should be something there…and then the real fun will start…this girl loves digging in my garden 😉

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And as for the rest of the day….just the usual stuff…..but I’m going to be gentle on myself…readjusting to new rhythms is something not to be rushed…and talking about rhythms I read this and couldn’t agree more…

And now let’s tackle the kitchen…..gotta love the new window frame…

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Salaams y hasta la vista,

Ines