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Thursday, 28 November 2013

DIY Pandora Style PAper Beads

Assalamu Alikom..


This, is soo exiting. I was hooked when I heard her saying that these beads were made of paper despite their glossy glass-looking surface..!!

This is a great project to do with your kids.. :)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Monday, 25 November 2013

VIDEO: DIY From T-shirt to Cardigan



Assalamu alikom Crafty sisters :)


Here comes another (slightly cheesy but useful) DIY video, on how to turn your T-shirt into a cardigan.
I had to film with one hand and demonstrate with the other so please excuse the sloppy explanation.
Hopefully this video will help you figure out what to do with your old clothes in shaa Allah :)

I try to show projects that are easy to do for just anybody :) If you don't have a sowing machine you can use a needle and a thread by hand - it will take longer time, but it depends on whether you think it's worth the time :D

btw, watch in HD


You can use lace, or you might prefer another fabric to replace it. You can also just cut up the shirt removing the hem from the neckline and just cutting it open in the middle. That will become a simple but very useful cardigan too. Of course remember that you should preferably be using a fabric that doesn't thread. (threads sepperating from the fabric ruining it.
          








Change of heart towards Qatar

Assalamu Alikom!


Subhan Allah, I just need to say that I really feel like I've started to settle down in Qatar. 2 years now, and I have a feeling that I might be able to call Qatar my home alhamdulillah.

I've realised that by Allah's help your future lays in your own hands. What you do with your days and your attitude towards life has a great effect on how you feel over here.

It is hard to find your fitting social group, but keep looking. Try researching, try looking up social home pages where people usually gather. Go to www.Qatarliving.com or www.iloveqatar.qa. Maybe you will find some friends there and you will feel less of a loner.

Being new and lonely in Qatar can really tear you up and lead you into depression. Ouch, I've been there and it's hard getting out of that stage once you have fallen in. Especially if you have no driving license or no car to take you out of home and get you to crowded places. Don't get me started on the Taxi transport system *sigh*.. But hey, it's not as bad as it looks.

There is also the weather which limits you from going out, and makes you feel locked up inside all day long. You know the drill, from home to car, from car to the mall and other way around again. But subhan Allah, October, November and December are beautiful and chilly months where you will get the chance to actually discover the beauty of Qatar. Visit the beach, go to parks, have a picnic somewhere outside.. And don't stop there..

When the weather becomes hotter find yourself other interesting things to do. Plan on getting a license. Get involved with people. Plan your days and fill them with ibadah, hobbies and joyful things that will keep you going.

I've written about Rawnaq by Fanar :  RAWNAQ POST. If you got crafty hands you don't want to miss that place. they got EVERYTHING from beads and jewelry supplies to sowing supplies. So get busy being creative.

Use this time to do lot's of ibadah. I often remember the stories of scholars who wished they could go to jail only for the sake of the free time they would get to do ibadah in. Alhamdulillah unlikeother contries in Europe or the west, Qatar really allows the woman to fulfill her obligations propperly as a housewife and a mu'mina.

Ever since I started this group on Facebook for expat sisters:  Sisters in Qatar, things have just been different for me. It has made such a difference subhan Allah. With the events that we are hosting on here it just seems to really work out for all of us in there.

Recently we had a picnic where we got to meet up and just hang out for the sake of Allah swt. It really fills the heart with joy and calmness. One realizes that you are not alone. There are other women in your exact same position. You realize that you have kind and warm hearted friends who will do fun things with you, who will understand you and who will be there for you... having just one such friend by your side is a happiness completed.... not to mention more than that :)

Friday, 22 November 2013

VIDEO: Beaded Wavy Bracelet

Assalamu Alikom little Pearls.

This is a tutorial on how to make this beautiful wavy bracelet in shaa Allah.
I used Swarowsky Crystal core pearls and glass seed beats.
If you have any questions, please go ahead and comment or contact me in private.

I hope you benefit from the video in shaa Allah. The goal is to spread creativity, and knowledge about what I know, for sharing is caring :*




Supplies I used in the video: 
 
23 peaces of 5mm Swarowsky Crystal Core Pearls.
A bunch of 1mm White glass seed beads (which I don't feel for counting)
0.5 m fishing line 
1 lock
3 jumprings
1 jewelry supply (nail)
3-4 cm long chain



Thursday, 21 November 2013

VIDEO Turn your cardigan into a tunique

This is a video I made on how to turn your cardigan into a tunique.
Not the best at editing videos and explaining but I did my best :) Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

DIY Rose out of clay


Video How to get a pattern for clothes

Assalamu Alikom.

Here I am back again :)
This time I want to show you how to trace a basic pattern of a sleeve. When you know how to do this step, you will be able to figure out how to get patters from other parts of your clothes in shaa Allah:)
The video quality is not the best. I was afraid that blogspot wasn't going to accept a higher quality, but ill try to make it better next time in shaa Allah :) <3 have fun sowing!


Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Wash your dish if you want a free meal!

Assalamu alikom All!

This add Is so good! I had to share it with you. I believe that this happened somewhere in the Gulf (judging from the khaleeji guy in the video).

Basically, after the people in the restaurants had their meals, they were given a sponge to wash their dishes with if they wanted a free meal! Amazing! hahahah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=trueview-instream&v=QkqKiEUnztk

DIY: How to make a shovel

 You will need:
-a Softener container
-a pair of scissors and
-a kitchen knife.

1.
draw the shape of a shovel on the container. Make sure that the drawings on each side are just about parallel with each other.




 

2. 
Cut out the shape with a hobby knife or a regular kitchen knife (preferable one with teeth). Don't hurt your fingers because this part can be a little difficult.

 3.
You can wash off the excess from the detergent now.

4.
Use a pair of kitchen scissors to trim a smooth finished look. 

5.
You are now done :)

I was not able to find a shovel for my cat litter, and then I remembered this DIY project. Thought I would share it with you <3

Hopefully this was beneficial in shaa Allah :)






Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Patten for flower earrings.

ASSALAMU ALIKOM AND RAMADAN KAREEM!

How are you all feeling today?

This post is ging to be related to my FB Page Pious Beads.

I've just finished editing a video on how to make the Flower earrings, and I wanted to post a few drawings explaining the beating pattern a little bit better: So here it all is.

This beating pattern only explains the first part of how to bead the flower, because once you've managed doing that part, the rest just needs to be repeated.







If you want to watch the video, go ahead and visit my FB page, like share it and enjoy yourself :)
Ramadan kareem!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Muslim Dating site

Assalamu Alikom you lonely birds out there!

This post is dedicated to those of you who are looking for a potential  partner with a Muslim background. 

What exactly am I talking about? I am talking about www.NikahNet.com

This is a homepage in Bosnian mainly, but if you are of other nationality and you understand some Bosnian, go ahead and explore NikahNet.com and join it!

The homepage is carefully supervised so that any "players" or people with filthy goals may be restricted from bothering others and spreading fitnah.

Right now, this homepage is being translated into Swedish in shaa Allah, and who knows what other languages in the future.

There has been people contacting the Admins of NikahNet.com telling them about how they met their spouse there. This is truly an amazing thing!

So please go ahead, visit and share this home page, and stay happy :)

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Beaded Cluster necklace

Assalamu alikom! Been a while - AGAIN!

Anyway, I want to share this really nice "Cluster Necklace" by

 
 
 
 I tried her design out and it looked so good. In difference to her necklace I used silver 3 mm beads and white seed beads instead of black :) It still turned out very well!



This got me thinking however. With Ramadan around the corner, why don't we try to turn these flowers into dangling accessories at home? I figured that if I got a big branch with lot's of little twigs, we can surely hang some of these beautiful flowers on to them with a thread :)
I am definitely going t try that out in shaa Allah :)

Are you preparing for Ramadan?

Monday, 3 June 2013

Ramadan is comming up!

Assalamu Alikom all happy people :)

It's been a while since I wrote a post and I feel a bit bad about it, but I have to be honest, I have been kind of absent and busy with other things in life.

Ramadan is coming up in shaa Allah and my excitement is on TOP! I will try to do something different during this Ramadan. My sister Ayah  introduced Sara and me to a "Ramadan Challenge" where we are to decorate our home for Ramadan, set higher goals than usual when it comes to Ibadah, and prayer. This is going to be fun in shaa Allah and I can't wait to start!

We are definitely off to Rawnaq for some deco shopping in shaa Allah and I will gladly share some ideas and inspiration on my blog!

Prepare for ramadan in shaa Allah. Here is a wonderful home page by Yusuf Estes where you can prepare yourself for Ramadan in shaa Allah!

Don't sleep it off! Get creative and use Ramadan well... Who knows if we will live to see yet another Ramadan.. The month of Mercy :)
http://ramadanreminders.com/

Thursday, 9 May 2013

GoodFood.ba

Assalamu Alikom All Happy Faces! 


If you live in Bosnia, "the Paradise of Europe", you sure are one lucky potato! - or as it is said in Bosnian "krompir". Bosnia has gotten a new Homepage where you can order food ONLINE!

Yes this means, no need to waste the gas or having to go out in the rain o hot weather.  

There has been put a lot of hard work into this homepage where you can order food inside of the whole of  Bosnia Online!!
 

      On facebook they have all ready reached->

This is the Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/GoodFood.Ba

Make sure to visit it and like it, in shaa Allah :)

And this is the actual homepage: www.goodfood.ba 


Here is the  private web page of the man who designed it. You can check it out and see what I mean by Amazing :) 
 http://www.pixelgraf.dk/



Their food is amazing! Go ahead and enjoy yourself :)


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Na Bosanskom:

Assalamu Alikom / Cao Sva Sretna lica!
 
Ako živite u Bosni, "Paradise of Europe", stvarno ste sretni! Bosna  je dobila novu stranicu gdje možete naručiti hranu Online!

Da to znači, da ne trebate  gubiti na gorivu. Ne trebate ici vani po kiši ili vrućini.
 
Uložilo je se puno truda u ovu internetsku stranicu gdje možete naručiti hranu gdje kod da ste u Bosni!


Na Facebooku su vec dosli do->



Ovo je Facebook grupa: https://www.facebook.com/GoodFood.Ba
Pobrinite se da je posjetite i "lajkujte", in shaa Allaha :)

A ovo je njihova  vlastita stranica: www.goodfood.ba

Ovdje je privatna web Stranica od webdesajnera koji je izradio stranicu, ako vas interesuje.
  http://www.pixelgraf.dk/
 

Njihova hrana je nevjerojatnaUživajte Bosanci kad mozete :) ​​:) 

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Lastly, excuse my Bosnian.. It is not the language that I use so often :) Enjoy!



Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Friends for Allah's sake

 Assalamu Alikom all happy faces!


It has been a wonderful week subhan Allah. To me a wonderful week is that one where Friday finally comes and I can say: "This week has been full of barakah and I have learned something new".

Yet again, I am struck my Allah's (swt) Glory. His (swt) Mercy and His (swt) wisdom. Yet again I am left speechless, and amazed by His (swt) greatness. All I can really do is to utter: "Subhan Allah, Subhan Allah, Subhan Allah" As I shake my head.

I don't even know how to put these feelings into words. I can not describe my thoughts, and it makes it very hard to write this post, but I will try my best.

I have truly yet again been reminded of what a friendship "for Allah's sake" really means. I've yet again been reminded of the ease it brings and the productivity that it increases.

It's almost been 2 years since I moved to Qatar, and no matter how hard I tried to struggle with my Deen on my own, I knew that I needed muslim sisters around me to help me through and motivate me through trials and hardships. Our religion stresses on the fact that our surrounding matters to our deen and eeman. That friendship has a great influence on the minds of people.  This influence can be in a positive way as it can be negative.  The adage says: “Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are”. 


The Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said: The Mu’min (believing person) is the mirror of his/her Mu’min brother. [Abu Dawood]


Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam) said:The good companion is like the person who carries perfumes (for sale) while the bad companion is like the one who inflates bellows (to inflame a fire)”.
This last hadeeth basically means that a perfume seller smells like perfume and he will make you smell good when you come to buy from him (Such is a good friend who will affect you with good). And the man who blows into coal to inflame a fire will have a bad smell of ashes and smoke, which he will most likely leave with you when you come to buy coal from him (such is a bad friend who affects you in a bad way). 

Subhan Allah, I have finally met two sisters who have left such a great influence on me. Sudennly I have gotten the motivation to do so much ibadah. I feel like my days are filled with barakah, and my soul is happier than it has been for  a long time. Subhan Allah, my amazement is caused by the fact that it only took another God-fearing person to lighten up the productivity and motivation inside of me. 

With this said, I have immediately introduced yet another friend to our little group and slowly I am hoping that we will be able to grow like this.

Your surrounding really does affect you. If you want to become a better Muslim, try to look at the people who you are spending your time with and ask yourselves if there is any kheir (good) in it. Do they help you nurture your soul with ibadah? Do they remind you of Allah swt? If they see you committing a sin, will they advice you for the love of Allah swt?

I need to go now, so I have no more time to write. But I hope that you will benefit from this text :) insh  




Sunday, 28 April 2013

DIY: Changing the look of your wall clock

Assalamu Alikom!Hopefully everyone has been feeling amazingly well! :)

Some days ago, I felt like making some small changes around my house. I wanted to give it a little bit more of "me", and as I looked at the clock on my wall, I realized how boring it looked. It was basically a circular blue plastic frame nesting around the numbers.I really wished that it had a little bit more curves to it.

So I figured out a very easy way to fulfill my wish. You will need:

A pair of scissors
Some  black paper
A circular shaped lock or anything that you can use to draw circles with.
A pen
Some tape
A clock 
Count out how big your want your cicles to be and how many you need to cover the diameter of the clock.


Step 1: Get your Pen and paper


Step2: Apply your cap to the paper and draw a circle around it.


 Step3: Cut out the circles


Step4: get your tape and roll it inside out so that you have a sticky surface on both sides.


Step5: Apply the circles on the clock side by side.


Step6: check if it looks okay. And there you have it... A lot cuter and more interesting that it was before :D

you are welcome! :P

Comment and share your creativity !

Monday, 22 April 2013

Greeting oneanother

Assalamu alikom. 

A lot of times happen where we pass by a Muslim brother or sister and we greet them but they chose to look away without an answer. Perhaps they did not hear you? - But what if you are completely sure that your "Salam" echoed in the hallway and wasn't able to be overheard? Then what could cause a person to ignore your greeting? Is it Qibr? Do they look down at you and think that they are better Muslims than you, just because you do not wear your hijab? Or your Niqab? Or your Abaya? Or your Sunnah beard? 



In our contemporary society, friends are made at school, at work, in neighborhoods and even over the Internet. Friends are made and kept for a variety of reasons. People make friends with others who share common interests, hobbies, and even vices. The final goal of a friendship is often simply company, a desire to spend time with someone, doing something that they both enjoy. A Muslim ought to choose friends more carefully and critically.
Certainly, Muslims, like everyone else, want friends who share interests and who are fun to be with. We all enjoy having a picnic with a friend or going out to dinner with friends, and who wouldn't like to go to a gathering with some of their best friends? But, that is not only what a truly Islamic friendship is all about. In fact, an Islamic friendship is not that simple at all. In Islam, true friendships are bound by brotherhood and sisterhood, bonds that are stronger than typical friendships. They are bonds that exist for a much higher reason and with a greater goal.
Muslims make friends knowing that the relationship they will ensue is an important bond between two people who share mutual goals. Their friendship is one that exists primarily for the sake of Allaah the Almighty. The love and camaraderie that is born from such a friendship is a secondary benefit, for sure.
 
True love for the sake of Allaah
Love for others comes in different forms. Love between a husband and wife is one type of these forms, all friendship is another form. However, all forms of fondness that any one person can have for any other person, for the purpose of this article, will be referred to as love.
Realistically, pure love of another person only for the sake of Allaah is difficult. Few people can attain such a friendship, which is why Allaah rewards such an act of faith generously. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) explained, "Allaah said: those who love one another for My glory will be upon Minbars of light [high positions], and the Prophets and martyrs will wish that they had the same." [At-Tirmithi]

Nevertheless, many of us, in an attempt to reach this high level of faith, must try to make and build strong friendships that benefit us and our Ummah. In Islam true friendship is brotherhood or sisterhood- a bond that is strong and enduring. In this bond, men and women can find the sweetness of faith as the prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "There are three things that whoever attains them will find the sweetness of faith: if Allaah and His Messenger  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) are dearer to him than anyone or anything else; if he loves a person solely for the sake of Allaah; and if he hates to return to disbelief after Allaah has rescued him from it, as much as he would hate to be thrown into the Fire." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
The rewards of loving another for Allaah's sake are consistent with its importance. Its impact is not singular- it affects the entire society. For entire society to exist in harmony and peace, its constituents must be at peace. If we could each want for our friends what we want for ourselves, the world would be a better place. This is what Islam ensures. If there is brotherhood and unity among the people, the society at large will be united.
The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) instilled a deep-rooted love in the hearts of the companions  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  them to create a model Islamic society that all Muslims thereafter can emulate. Prophet Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) tried to eliminate hatred, jealousy and rivalry by inducing brotherhood, a sincere love and friendship. The Islamic society is ideally built upon the foundation of brotherhood, as the Prophet advised: "Believers are like a structure, parts of which support one another. The believers, in their mutual friendship, mercy and affection, are like one body; if any part of it complains, the rest of the body will also stay awake in fever." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

How to love someone
Since love among the believers is a condition of faith in Islam, the peace and harmony that is desired by all can be achieved, as each individual strives to do good and earn reward. So, what can we do? How can we be sure that our friendships are for the sake of Allaah? Our lives are full of opportunities to increase and improve our friendships. First, as with any undertaking, we need to make clear, pure and sincere intentions. Pertaining to the existing friendships that we already have, we should make a conscious effort to love our friends for the sake of Allaah. When we make friends in the future, we should also make conscious intentions that those new friendships will be for the sake of Allaah.
After a pure intention, we need sincere actions. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) recommended a very simple but significant way to help Muslims gain brotherhood saying: "I swear y the One in Whose hands my soul is, you will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I not tell you of something that if you do it, you will love one another? Spread salaam [greeting one another saying: As-Salaam Alaykum] amongst yourselves." [Muslim] Greeting each other frequently and lovingly is the first step to achieving the ideal brotherhood.
It would seem that greeting another with "As-Salaam Alaykum" is an easy action. However, given the nature of men and women and our vulnerability to changing emotions, sometimes these simple words are hard to utter. In other words, there are times when even this simple greeting is hard to say to someone with whom we might have argued. The beauty of Islam is that it is realistic. So, it is allowed for us to take time to "cool off," but we are not allowed to cut off friendships based on rash and unreasonable emotions. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said, "It is not permissible for a Muslim to be abandon from his brother for more than three days, both of them turning away from one another when they meet. The better of them is the one who is first to greet the other." [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]
These teachings encourage Muslims to improve themselves, thereby improving their society. "Do not break off ties with one another, do not turn away from one another, do not hate one another, and do not envy one another. Be O slaves of Allaah brothers." [Al-Bukhaari]
The Prophet's memory and words live in our hearts and minds. Heeding his advice, we should realize that we are supposed to be brothers or sisters in Islam because we share a common religion and belief. We are to be brothers and sisters in our hearts because we share a common goal-Allaah's pleasure.

For more of such posts visit: www.islamweb.net 

 

Saturday, 20 April 2013

I ate pigeon and bunnies!

Assalamu Alikom Dear All.

How are you doing tonight?

I've been good alhamdulillah. Better than I can possibly say.


I ate Pigeon meet!!
Today I went home to my in laws and we had pigeon for lunch. I've never tasted pigeon before, and I must say that it was pretty delicious. I expected the meet to taste like chicken, but it didn't really. It was more like duck and close to lamb. Interesting..

I've been eating things in Qatar that I've probably never have even tried while I lived in Sweden. (Don't judge) I tasted rabbit meat too. Yeah, I ate bunnies! It was pretty good too. I'm becoming an all-eating person hehe. We also have duck pretty often. I know it's a normal thing but I honestly never had duck until i came to Qatar.

The green dress:
So, I haven't been able to take a pic of my newly sewn dress yet. I haven't been at home the past weekend. Well barely. Been at my in laws most of the time. It was really nice :) It felt good to leave the four walls at home and just enjoy the social life.
 :) I must admit that it is one of the great ways of healing one self from sadness or any form of depression- just get social.

Books that I'm reading:
Right now it is still the book: "The happiest woman in the world" by |Aid El-Qarni. I don't really finish all of my books, i go back to them whenever I feel the need to find answers and recharge my batteries. These books are not just random books with one story which need to be started and finished and moved on with. These book are more like the kind of books which you constantly go back too, or you open random pages in, or perhaps you\ve all ready read the entire book not knowing that you have...

My book:
I've taken a large pause with the book that I'm currently writing. I've been very demotivated and distracted from it. At some point I went through something and it had drained me from energy. My mind was not able to focus. I was simply stuck and that made me so sad and helpless... useless... But alhamdulillah I am feeling like I am abut to regain my strength, and motivation, and this is only due to Allah's swt help. I just need a little bit more time, and I'll be completely fine and ready.. For some reason I feel like I need to hurry up with everything. Almost as if the time is passing so fast and it is being wasted..

My kitty:
I never mentioned that I don't have pixie anymore. Yeah, we had to get rid of it due to certain things from before but kheir in shaa Allah. Well, I can not say that I miss him that much. He was a sweet kitty, but honestly, He was a little bit too much for me. With his hyper mood and naughty smart actions, he became quiet a handful. Alhamdulillah I am happy that we found a great owner for him. However, my inlaws have this neat and adorable kitty cat, and I just feel like hugging her all the time. She is so decent and sympathetic. I don't know how to explain it but she basically makes you want to eat her alive... hehe

Became healthier:
Lately I've been reading alot about dangerous chemicals being sprayed all over fruits and vegetables. I've read about this GMO chemical which is found on Monsanto's (I think it's what it was called) products. About Agent Orange and a lot of other dangerous chemicals. I've also read that the govorments don't want to teach us about natural medicine which can be found in fruits and vegetables only because they want to poison us with their dangerous chemicals and medicines. It all sounds weird when I throw it all out like this but if you want to know more about these things, this is the page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thenwowillfail?fref=ts     .

So yeah, I am being more careful and cautious of what I put into my mouth. Let's just say that the swine flue vaccination seemed suspicious all ready then...

That's all for tonight... Sleep tight :)