Wednesday, 27 February 2013

NEW HOME, NEW BEGINNINGS, MORE DIY PROJECTS

I felt like I have neglected this poor little blog of mine and the reason for my hiatus state was "we moved again"!! Yes, I felt I have been living in my suit cases too. For now going to two years, We have been hauling our little hearts out and our simple treasures around Sharjah and now here in Manila, Philippines. So happy to announce that we finally have a home sweet home to call. Our unit is located in Field Residences Condominium in Paranaque City.

This is a compact, small  56 sq. mtrs but so loved home. While my daughter and I stayed for a much longer vacation than my husband, I took the chance to enhance it the way it will suit our family. We initially started collecting antiques and we almost went back to embracing brown's and neutrals again but because of the size of our space; white and black suits best.

I have a couple of projects done and one of it was the passage between the two 1 bedroom unit. We bought tandem units or the combined. This was appealing to us before, but we somehow regret it now that it needs more renovations and enhancement unlike if we took regular 2 bedroom unit unfurnished.

The ambiance of the place, the peace and safety for our daughter is on our top priority. This place lit up the excitement beams in my heart. Our first home, to explore, to create and to love. While we believe it is a challenge living in such a small space, we are compelled to minimize which one is essential to have and extra to donate with the things we brought from UAE.

I have sold some of the ready furnishings and electronics that comes along with the unit simply because it's not what we hope for and it doesn't fit well for a family of 3. The 24 inches LCD TV, the Sofa beds, and one  Refrigerator and an extra dining table. The home is also equipped with 2 sinks, 2 bathroom, 2 stoves and range hoods which oddly place on both sides.

So we are still unpacking and in the process of back splash tiles make over, wooden mirrors and cabinet repainting. I will post updates when its all done.

Hope you all had a good day and having a blast like we do!!

Margot Jamali




Sunday, 4 November 2012

Mama Poooooo???

Mama Poooooo!!!

That is what my 16 months daughter tell us when she has poo or wet diapers, is it too early to potty trained her?

It was amazing, I thought  that she was kidding at first but the stink confirms it every time =). I have read about training 2 years old above but Raya is quite advance in this stage I must be lucky then. Does any one has the same experience please do shed me some of your stories, I would be glad to learn from it.

Have a good day!

Margot


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

ROUND UP OF PROJECTS


Here are some of the projects I have made through out the entire times I was on hiatus. My poor blog needs some TLC I know, I was busy packing for our up coming vacation and some other issues on a personal note that I kinda let this blog of mine silent and I just POP UP like a mushroom from time to time.

Let the picture just tell it stories.

Have a great day everyone! EID MUBARAK to ALL!!

Margot

3 Folds Wallet / Check book holder





Reversible Pillows for our Entrance nook

 

Fabric Key Wrist Tag   

Friday, 19 October 2012

OPINIONS

Most Parents can relate to this, when someone offers unsolicited advise and pronounce their opinions about raising your baby that mostly hurt your feelings. I feel like scooping my child and run away as possible but the reality is that you cannot escape this scenario especially if your baby constantly refusing to say hello to family or in laws and would cry her little heart out at a glance of a stranger. She has her own ways, some of the time she will just wave at a random lady in the street.

I know it is a phase, but there are some who cannot understand and will attack my parenting skills  or would comment that I am not teaching my 15th month old to be polite, are you kidding me? I know a lot people whom are Professionals and well off in life but so rude, how can you teach a baby that young?

What I don't like is the comparison they say to other toddlers. My baby is bi-racial and we, as a couple are used to the stares, the questionable eyes while we walked holding hands at the mall or when we want to dine out, but spare my little one if she cannot comprehend yet to play along and it's not because she has a unique family, but because she is still a baby.

She loves to say Hi but she must be the first to say it other wise she will cry. This is how she is right now, after she get used to being around you, she will constantly blew flying kisses to you, isn't that sweet enough?  And when asked how old is she, Raya will say "wahhhn" with her point finger, that to me is a conversation piece.

I wished that I can explain to everyone who frown at me but I choose not to, we all have our own ways, what might be doing great for your family will not even come close to be fine with mine. I would just say mind your own sticky business and if my daughter doesn't like to shake hands with you to say Salaam, that might be a sign that she understands well enough you're not Polite enough to keep your opinions at bay and give it when it's asked for.

This is just my ramblings, I kept quiet today and sob inside the toilet after listening to their "blah blah", but I just need to vent at least. I know this is just the beginning of our wonderful challenging life ahead. HERE'S to YOU~" It doesn't mean I am a new mom, I know nothing about raising a child..you're so wrong but then again, your opinions might hurt me but cannot change the fact your NOT the mom, I AM.

MARGOT




Thursday, 16 August 2012

Cosmetic Pouch and Color block pillow

I had the most wonderful time making this two projects, a cosmetic pouch and a throw pillow. These are made from fabric samples that my husband gave me. As a beginner, it took me a while to complete this and after watching tons of online tutorials, I did it.


There are no patterns, no measurements, I just followed the outline of the fabric samples and sew as it is. The color block throw pillow was measured using my daughter's toy ( that was what I had at that moment, it was a square so it fits the requirement ).



The pouch was a bit difficult because I haven't mastered sewing zippers and fine edges. The fabric flower was also time consuming but all was worth the effort. I lined it too but sew it by hand as I forgot to attached it before finished the pouch bottom, trial and errors is how you learned at sewing without going to a class.







Do you think it was well made? I am planning to sell it for a couple of  Dirhams next time for charity. I do hope so.

Hope you all have a good fasting, and mindful prayers this Ramadan.

Thank you for visiting my blog site!

Margot

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Fabric Sling bag (Reversible)


Hello!

I made a reversible bag, from a  great tutorial you can find here.  

It was my first attempt following [almost all =)] because I find tutorials elaborate most of the times and when I sew, often as I feel fit only [ me and instructions, we don't get along well much LOL!  and my sewing skills is also in beginner level only] but her tutorial was so easy to understand and the project is just what I needed.

So here is it: [ sorry for the crappy picture ]

I am so proud of my self, I endured the pins and instructions...  I altered it a bit to my liking, I made the strap wider, and as made the pattern out of guessing measurements and free hand drawing.. unto the 3 pieces of normal bond papers, I think it turns out fine, what do you think?? Are you like me who can't follow sewing instructions to the core?

Don't get me wrong, other instructions are well taken in but for sewing, not always the case.

Have a great day!

MARGOT =)

Monday, 9 July 2012

TROLLEY of GOODIES from hubby!

Today, my husband came home with a trolley full of wonderful goods, nope it is not our weekly grocery supplies although he usually does too but FABRICS!!! lots of them.

These are catalogs and samples that they used to sell at the mall where he work. He said it came from the showroom and they wanted to throw them away because they no longer buy from this company and it made me so happy that they decided to let it go ( with a wide smile ) and I feel loved that my husband thinks I would be glad to have it.

He woke me up and showed the goodies but since I just get out of the bed, my happy face and enthusiasm dials isn't as jolly as I know he hopes I would be.  I later called him and say thank you!!


But after I freshened up and check it out, my mind just storms with tons of ideas of what better projects I should make for this wonderful fabrics, I couldn't think of a more sweeter way my husband can be to me.


Check it out below, I wonder what more I can do for the organza fabrics since I haven't made any projects made from it, shed me some light ladies!! I might share some of this goodies if you like!



Have a lovely day!


MARGOT





 here is an update of what I made so far with these:




Laptop sleeve made from fabric samples !




Tafetta small table runner =)

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Value of a MOM

Life wasn't easy, I know that from experience, having said that makes me wonder why I sit here in my chair blogging about what was missing and my feeling of being empty today.

I think every one has this moment where you have no idea what direction you should be heading. I do hope it is just passing by and not staying with me.

I have a lot to be thankful, I have a wonderful husband who loves me no matter what, in sickness, in every family turmoil, in absence of thoughts and silence. We also have our gift from ALLAH, a bubbly baby girl who now turns 1 and learning each day new things with me.

But what is missing??  I used to have value outside my home, not that they don't value me here but let me rephrase that, I used to have a work. A routine from morning till night that challenge me intellectually and physically. I get to mingle with friends more, now I just stayed home, I closed my online shop to attend to my daughter's needs and now I feel useless. I know it is more tiring or exhausting to be at home, but I miss having a career. Am I bad mom for feeling this way? My heart raises whenever I will go out alone and leave my baby to the sitter, or if I hear some baby's cry, I know I will rush my self home to see if Raya's okay. These feeling makes me feel guilty and sad, I hope I can find ways to make me feel better.

I need to be enlightened on how to deal with these blues, because I know there are abundant things to be happy about but I cannot seem to find one today.


Thursday, 31 May 2012

Paper Buntings and Zipper Deals




My daughter's birthday is coming soon, I opt for a cute birthday party but the weather ( sticky hot!!! ) and venue ( Al Mamzar Park ) as planned before is not cooperating with me, so we have decided to just keep it private and simple for our own family to share and buy Raya her own NATIONAL BONDS savings certificate so she is in a good start of life. Have you heard of it? any one who is saving more than AED 3,000 can be a millionaire some day.

I hope she wins, I have mine for a long time but not enough to be entitled for the monthly draw, might be the time I save some more. You can check it out HERE.

After that decision, I was a bit sad that I cannot decorate more for her party since we are not having one kiddy party. My husband said, may be just decors will be fine so, I  went on printing some "free party printables and digital papers, I got all over the blog land ( THANK YOU!!) and wallah! I made some paper buntings. For now, it is happily hanging on our wall near the dining table and after Raya's birthday, I will be transferring it to her room as decor.



Nothing comes cheap now a days, I bet every one will agree on me and to find one great item on sale is really fantastic. Today, my husband who always supports my crafts and quirks brought home bunch of colored zippers he found on sale at ANSAR MALL. It is on bargain price of AED .50 who can beat that??



They are selling this below the cost, I was really happy! I told him before that I wanted to make some skirts for Raya and some pouches and I need this zippers. He is such a charm, he knows sewing makes me sane and happy at home.. although, I still wished I can go back sooner on being employed. I still have to make sure our new nanny will care for Raya so, hope that goes well.

If your living near Al Nahda, check out ANSAR MALL for they do have some great items on Bargain from time to time. Okay, I sounded like they paid me to advertise so I am going to stop now. =)


Have a great weekend!

MARGOT














Wednesday, 30 May 2012

First Quilt for Raya and Toy Blocks

 

I finally made the trip to Jumeirah Town Centre in Dubai to buy my fabrics for my first baby quilt, I ended up getting lost and walking under the super hot sunny noon because the taxi driver bring me to the wrong MALL, ah that was not fun at all but when I reached to the right shop, it was worth my trip.

Here, below is what I come up with. Please excuse the messy stitches and the beginner outcome, I promise to make better next time. I have no clue on what I was doing (LOL) but I stitched all through out and  I was so happy to have it done. I also made a toy block out of the layer cake fabrics too, just to let my curious little "angel" have fun.


 







I can see every quilt has a name so mine will be "The Beginning" as it is really my own first journey to this wonderful hobby. If only I can sew all day, (sigh).

Got to rest my tired fingers and eyes now!

Have a blessed Wednesday to all!

MARGOT