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Mirage from Sew 2 be happy arranged a ladies crafty morning yesterday at her place. I got to meet  Laila from Time for tea and Alia from Coffeebean’s Dailies.

These ladies are crafty they all brought projects that they were currently working on which all happened to  be quilts!  I on the other hand went with nothing lol i just didnt have the time to sew anything  and well i couldnt take a tissue box cover could i?

Oh my those quilts are beautiful,  the thought and details that goes into making one is no joke.

However, the satisfaction of actually completing it and giving it as a gift is precious.  What makes it so special is the fact that it was handmade (of course!) and the sewist had you (the one receiving the quilt) in mind while making it.  Have a look at this gorgeous quilt which was made by Mirage’s sister for her niece.

I took my camera with me but with all the talk, tea and laughs forgot to take pics so promise will do next time.

I took  Hadeel along with me to meet thier kids and she had a great time! I heard all about it on the way back home.

I really had a lovely morning and it was a pleasure meeting these lovely crafty mamas. Thank you ladies for being  such an inspiration and i cant wait for our next meet up.

Check out my new website Sew Chic & Unique as i will no longer be posting here after the 15 th of July

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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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As you all know yesterday was the Bank Muscat Charity Fair which i have been on about since last month, it finally happened yesterday and i had a blast!

We were told to be there by 4pm to set up our tables before people start arriving at 5pm. I was given a table at the end of a line leading to no where lol next to a lady selling lots of scarves and another offering her services to help you set up buffet for invitations she provides the cultery and arranges the buffet, you have  to provide the food. She ended up being my first customer 🙂

Anyway so i was placed next to nothing related to bags or accessories they were all on the other side of the football field lol so i start setting up the table and noticed that i was sort of unprepared for this i had no idea how i was going to arrange my organisers …. anyway i looked around other tables and saw that some ladies had brought with them colourful table clothes as opposed to the white ones provided (point taken for next time).

This is how i ended up arranging the table

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The football field was filled with tables and there were lots of women setting up thier tables. Unfortunately i wasnt able to go around and have a look at what was on sale for obvious reasons (lesson learnt here defintely going to have someone with me next time, so i can browse lol).

By 5 the place started to fill up and i made my first sale!! was really estactic and thought this is going to be a breeze lol well i have to be honest i did get lots of compliments saying that this was different, original, practial and creative but 6 RO was very expensive!!  i was so not expecting that but anyhow everyone is entitled to thier opinions.

Having said that i am pleased to say that i sold exactly half of the purse organisers, have a couple of customised orders and some business card holder orders too, which is great 🙂

So a big thanks to all thoes who stopped by and bought organisers. I met lovely ladies who follow my blog and told me that they enjoy reading it thank you ladies you know who you are 🙂 I also got to meet Mei Suwaid from Mei and Nihad Mohammed from Dollz which are two very talented Omani ladies.  A couple of old friends of mine Sara and Mariam stopped by which was really nice, when we were younger we used to always hang out. It was so good seeing them after such a long time naturally they bought organisers 😉

A special thanks to my husband and my mother for giving me support and looking after the kids while i took care of business 🙂

Overall it was a wonderful experience,  got to meet loads of people. I thank Bank Muscat for making it happen and i look forward to participating in simliar events in the future.

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I got back from the Fair about an hour ago and my feet are aching (from all the standing) and my cheecks from all the smiling. I had so much fun and met lots of wonderful people.

It was so funny ladies would come upto to me and know all about me, or call my name! and these thoughts go through my mind (in italics)

hmmm do i know her?

she looks familiar, but i cant recall how i know her … i cant seem to remember her first sign of aging forgetfulness

and then they would ask about the girls Hadeel and Dania so then these thoughts go through my mind

ohh maybe they know my husband

or my mum (she constantly talks about her grandkids)

then finally they give my brain a rest and say i know you through you blog!! and saw your pics on facebook.

oooh my blog lol who knew lol….. i just didnt realise that so many people actually read my blog 🙂 so thank you all for your support it was lovely meeting you all.

I am heading off to bed now and will defintely update you guys on how it went after a good night sleep 🙂

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The fair is tomorrow yay and i am all set for it.

I noticed that Bank Muscat has done a great job adveritising the event, sending mass sms and when i went to draw some money at thier Muscat city centre branch i noticed the atm machine each had a flyer!

So as you can imagine i am really excited about tomorrow i hope it all goes well. My whole family is coming to support me (my husband, my girls, my niece, my mother, my sister in laws) I am really blessed alhamdulilah 🙂

I didnt manage to make 100 as planned i only managed to make 50 organisers. I will have a list were customers can register themselves to be on the mailing list to be updatedof new  products and another list to place an order.

So i look forward to seeing you there,please stop by and say hello when you see me although i know you have no idea what i look like i will be easy to find, as i will be the only lady selling organisers!

See you soon

Mayya aka Mamati 🙂

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outlook

Dont miss it, this is your chance to buy unique items such as my purse organisers  and meet intresting women who run a business from home.
I will be there selling the organisers so please stop by and say HI, i would love to meet you all.
Bring you kids to join in the fun, my girls will surely enjoy it.
I hope to see you there
Mayya aka Mamati
(this post will remain up until after the event  please scroll down for my latest posts)

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Organisers patiently waiting for a messy handbag to organise lol

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My assisstant

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The above organisers are part of those i hope to sell at Bank Muscat’s upcoming charity event on the 24th of April 09. Read more about it here

However if one of them caught your eye and you just HAVE to have it  all you can leave me a comment, email me or both!! and i will definitely get back to you 🙂

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