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My heart skips a beat, i get all nervous as i walk to my destination, i see them from the distance and finally i have arrived at the fabric section of IKEA.

There they are, beautiful yummy fabric,all stacked up and colourful. I look to my right  and to the left, ohh this one, no, no that one.

J000 is asking me something but i cant hear anything anymore, the kids are calling me but the fabric magnet is stronger. (well acutally only for a few seconds that is lol)

Arghh i am going to go crazy which one should i pick? what can i match it with? what could i use it for? so many to choose from, so little time.

After spending a couple of minutes taking it all and calming down i picked these lovely beauties

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I cant wait to cut them up and make something out of them. I have some projects lined up.

You have the right to think that i am totally nuts about feeling this way about fabric. Well some for women its shoes, others its bag well just add fabric to mine, because i am a woman after all 😀

I have moved to a new website Sew Chic & Unique please visit me there

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A nice surprise

This past Saturday on our way back from Dubai we stopped at Pizza Hut for lunch.

Whilst waiting for our order to arrive i decided to browse through the newspapers and found H! so thought i would have a quick read through.

Imagine my surprise when i found this

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 Yeah me  and the girls in H! newspaper again 😀

A lovely lady Susanne James from Al Khod sent the following note to the editor

Her Highness Sayyida Mayya Al’s story was inspiring for any young mother who wants to devote more time for her kids and, at the same time, do something that makes her life interesting.

I appreciate Sayyida Mayya’s willingness to quit her career when she realised she had not been able to find as much time as she would like for her little children.

Many mum take such decisions, but the problem with such forced-to-say-at-home mums is that they make no attempt to find a new meaning to their new role. They just sit at home and, as time ticks off, get frustrated that they are not utilising the potential they have. They are resigned to their fate. They sulk. They make their life miserable. they do not try to discover and develop the hidden talent in them.

What i liked about Sayyida Mayya is her practical approach to her life. Her keenness to craft simple things out of mundane material is fascinating. I am glad to know that they are not showcase items conjured up by a bored housewife, but useful things, such as her organiser, for day-to-day life.

I had taken a similar decision two decades ago: I quit my job to look after the kids and husband. I was, unfortunately, not successful in bringing out any latent skills in me, so just sat at home, watching TV and reading books in my free time, which after a while go so boring that you begin to regret your decision to quit your career.

Once your kids grow up, and wouldnt’t require as much of you attention and care as it was when there were small, you feel an emptiness that’s disturbgin and the loneliness will get to your nerves. It will be too late then to get back to your carerr as you will be out of touch and not in demand. Instead, if you make an attempt to give expression to the latent skills in you it will help you enjoy not just the present but the future when kids no more want you as much as they do now.

Bravo, young mum!”

I sincerely thank Ms Susanne James for taking the time to send this and, to H! ‘s editor Mr Prasad Panicker for publishing it.

Ms Susanne James if you ever read this or if anyone knows her personally please ask her to contact me as i would like to give her a free handbag organizer and business card holder as a token on my appreciation.

I am really touched by her words and i thank everyone who sent notes about the article or even if you thought about sending but never got round to it THANK YOU – its the thought that counts 🙂

All this would have never happened had it not been for the great  words of Karima Farid the reporter who did her magic and wrote that wonderful article. Thank you Karima for shining your light on me 🙂

I really do hope that i inspire mums and mums to be to follow thier dream. Its not easy and  trying to achieve your goal alongside being a mum is really hard but life as a whole is not a piece of acke and we have to make the best we can out of it.

Not only did i want to do something that i love, but also wanted to be a role model for my girls. I want Hadeel and Dania to be proud of my accomplishments, to know that if put in hardwork and determination  time it pays off.

Thank you all for your support 🙂

Visit me at Sew Chic and Unique as i have moved to a new blog, see you there

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Guess who has labels??!

From now on any item i make will have one of these on them

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I think they turned out really well and i am so glad I ordered them from Mommie Made it on etsy.  Her turnaround time was excellent, very prompt  🙂

I got to use my Ship and Shop  which is service provided by Aramex ( as i wanted them to arrive this century) their service was great too these actually arrived a week ago on the 20th but as i was away i only managed to pick them up this morning.

I hope you all have a wonderful day 🙂

 Please visit me at my new site Sew Chic and Unique i will continue to post here until the 15th of July 2009

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I’m Back

I just got back from a week away to busy Dubai and i am knackered.

I think i need a break from the break lol ( I missed sewing so much and really wished that i had my machine at times, i am so glad to be back and cant wait to get some time to sew)

 No serisously going away with young ones is no joke. Hadeel was not so bad but Dania was a whole different story. She would not eat much and if she did then it would be very little of it. Her routine got messed up she would nap late in the evening which meant staying up late, and that meant no sleep for me oh plus the waking up in the middle of the night hmmm need i go on?

All in all i had fun and got to spend some time with my family.Whilst there i got to meet a bloggy friend Grace who lives in Dubai ( will tell you about her in another post)

I couldnt be in Dubai and not go to IKEA. They have a part sale at the moment which will last up to the 1st of August 2009.

I bought some fabric of course and have projects already lined up for them. I had planned on buying my cutting table and expedit desk but i forgot that we had the girls lol and because of that we didnt have enough space to bring the things back to Oman.

Good news is that J000 aka as my husband might be going back to Dubai and will pass by IKEA to buy them from me ( this is what i mean my supportive – thanks hon)

That is all for now just wanted to give you a quick update

 Cheers 🙂

PS. I have now moved to Sew Chic and Unique and will only post here until the 15 of July 2009.

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A couple of months ago i posted Sewing supplies i want and i thought the only way i would get my hands on them is if i ordered them online. That is until Isra from Sew2bhappy and Laila  from Time for tea informed me that there is a shop in Dubai where i could buy them from.

So naturally i had to check them out and boy am i glad i did 😀

The shop is called Classic Quilts  and it is owned by Marla Ramakrishnan and her husband Shankar Ramakrishnan. Their shop is a sewing haven i could have spent hours there (had it not been for hubby and the girls waiting for me in the car) as they had everything that a sewist would need.

They are i believe the only shop in GCC that i know of that sell quilters sewing supplies. Although its a shop dedicated for quilters however, they sell fabrics imported from the US, all kinds of sewing notions and supplies ( rotary cutters, omingrid ruler, fabric markers,) i mean you name it they have got it.

They also are the dealers for Bernina sewing machines which is like the mercedes of machines lol.

I would have loved to meet Marla but she was out when i arrived so i I met her husband Shankar who was very welcoming and I was given a tour of thier shop.

Their prices were reasonable and i left with a big smile on my face as i had just bought an omnigrid ruler 6 1/2 inch x 24, an olfa rotary cutter 45mm, a fabric marker and a cutting mad 24 x 36 inces 😀 I probably would have bought more things but i needed to save up for IKEA LOL

The good news that they are planning to open up shop in Oman some time next year which is great!  They also have a representative in Oman and you place an order through her (will share the contact info as soon as i get it) at get this the same prices.

Thanks Isra and Laila for letting me know about Classic Quilts 😀

*I have now moved to Sew Chic and Unique but will continue to post here until 15th of July 2009*

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For Sew It last wednesay i posted a tutorial on how to cover a tissue box so it can finally match the rest of the room 🙂

This is what Nima from Made to treasure made

I unfortunately havent been able to participate this week cause i have been away and didnt manage to sew the tissue box cover 😦 however, I plan on sewing it once i get back – i promise

I have added Nima to my crafty mama list as well as other women who sew in Oman. Check out the list here

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I have MOVED

Please visit me at my new website

Sew Chic and Unique

see you there 🙂

Mayya

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