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Apart from sewing another hobby of mine is reading. I love reading just ask my mum and she will tell you how strong my relationship with books is. My earliest memory of reading books is bedtime stories with my mum. She used to read me stories before going to sleep and when i learnt how to read i would read the stories to her.

Through out out my childhood i always had more than one book on my bedside table and sometimes the books would be in several languages!

There are lots of book sites available but one that i particulary like is Goodreads where you can share book recommendations with your friends. You can rate and review the books you read, and search for books ( a bit like amazon) and find what other people have said about the book. I think its great and i love this site! There are crafty books there too LOL. So if you are a bookworm join in and let’s be friends here is my profile so we can recommend great books to one another!

Oh and if you are in Dubai and want a good bookshop head over to Book World by Kinokuniya in Dubai Mall. Its  the biggest bookshop in Dubai and its book heaven! J000 could have easily spent the whole day there had it not been for the kids getting bored and getting up to no good lol

I bought a couple of sewing books there will talk about them in another post.

I plan on getting some sewing done today! I found a tutorial for a diaper pouch. When i take Dania out i dont need to take that much just a couple of diapers and wet wipes. I am excited about sewing this so i can ditch the diaper bag.

I am officially moving to Sew Chic and Unique on Thursday 16th of July which means my last post here will be on Wednesday 15th of July.


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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





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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Guess who has labels??!

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











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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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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More fabric

In preparation for the Charity Bazar (which i am still waiting for more information on, apparently they might be changing the venue, so once its confirmed i will let you know) i went to buy more fabric 🙂

It was a whole family affair Hadeel, Dania (her first trip to the fabric store) and R my niece joined me.

Hadeel of course had to have her say in the fabrics i choose there just had to be RED her favorite colour! All the fabrics were “very nice or beautiful” just because there was some red in it.

Dania didnt have much say in the matter she was too busy playing with the staff there lol

Anyway this is what i ended up buying

Reds & Blacks


some browns, greens , greys and some more blacks


So with all this fabric it only means one thing, more handbag organisers!!!

Today i plan to sew 25 of them, and i plan to start right away and its now 9am will report back later during the day on how many i have actually done.

I hope you all have a great weekend,

you know what i will be doing SEWING


Sewing Update didnt reach my goal of 25 thanks to my lovely daughters oh well i just have to do my best  🙂

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