Friday, 24 June 2016

Ramadan 30 Days of Inspirational Posters 1-10

This ramadan I wanted to do something different for each day and I decided on sharing an inspirational poster for each day of Ramadan using my own photographs. I will share all 30 photographs into 3 posts during this month. These are the first 10 photographs.


Poster 1 - Don't give up, the beginning is always the hardest.


Poster 2 - The struggle you're in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow. Don't give up.


Poster 3 - The moment when you want to quit, is the moment when you need to keep pushing!


Poster 4 - Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go.


Poster 5 - When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top!


Poster 6 - Sometimes the people around you won't understand your journey. They don't need to, it's not for them.


Poster 7 - Starting today, I need to forget what's gone, appreciate what still remains and look forward to what's coming next.


Poster 8 - Sometimes the strength within you is not a big fiery flame that all can see, it is just a tiny spark that whispers ever so softly, "You got this, keep going".


Poster 9 - Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.


Poster 10 - Life is about moments. Don't wait for them, create them!





Thursday, 23 June 2016

Best Arts and Crafts Blog Award Winner


This month I was nominated for a Muslimah Bloggers Award. I am pleased to say that I won in the 'Best Arts and Crafts Blog' Award category.  See below for all the nominations and other winners categories.

http://muslimahbloggers.com/muslimah-bloggers-2016-award-winners/



Wednesday, 22 June 2016

More Inspirational Posters 22-30

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This is my 4th Post sharing some inspirational posters I have designed using my own photographs.  The first three posts I shared 7 but to round it upto 30 I will share 9 posters in this post.  I hope you like them.  Poster 22 is shared above. "When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it." (Henry Ford).

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Poster 23 "Until you spread your wings, you have no idea how to fly." I took this photo of a piece of art at Sunderland marina.  

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Poster 24 "Having a sister is like having a best friend for life" I took this photo of my 2 daughters at a local beach.

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Poster 25 "Sometimes you have to just hang on and trust that life's storms are carrying you to better shores". (Jane Lee Logan). I took this photo at a local beach.

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Poster 26 "I had to forgive a person who wasn't even sorry... that's strength." I took this photo in my friends back garden.

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Poster 27 "Respect those friends who find time for you in their busy schedule.  But really love those friends who never see their schedule when you need them" I took this photo in a family member's home.

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Poster 28 "Sometimes our lives have to be completely shaken up, changed and rearranged to relocate us to the place we are meant to be" I took this photograph in Switzerland.

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Poster 29 "Life is like the ocean. Waves will try and knock you down and push you back to where you started but once you fight through them, the entire ocean is yours" I took this photo of the waves at a local beach.


Poster 30 "On particularly rough days, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days so far is 100%, and that's pretty good" I took this photo in Algeria.

I hope you liked these posters.  If you missed my previous posters you can find the links below.

http://www.karimascrafts.com/2016/01/inspirational-quotes-7-posters.html

http://www.karimascrafts.com/2016/01/more-inspirational-posters.html

http://www.karimascrafts.com/2016/02/more-inspirational-posters-15-21.html



Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Ramadan Mubarak 2016


Wishing everyone Ramadan Mubarak.  I hope everyone gets to spend time with their family and friends in this blessed month. In our house I always try and get my children to feel involved and we normally always do something craft related to Ramadan.  If you haven't already seen my link to my '30 Days of Ramadan Crafts' project I did a couple of years back then please go and have a visit as there are so many different ideas of crafts you can do with your young children with a Ramadan theme. The link below will take you to my post which shows you all 30 crafts.

http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/08/30-days-of-ramadan-crafts-roundup.html






Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Review #Alhamdulillah For Series


Another Blogger Friend of mine kindly sent me a copy of her latest book. #Alhamdulillah For Series (A Muslim's Mini Gratitude Journal) for me to review for her. Of course I was very pleased to be able to help.   Ayeina.com is actually the work of two sisters.

I have followed their series from when it first started and love seeing their posters online, whether that is via facebook or their instagram account.  The passage below is from the website explaining briefly what the ~Alhamdulillah Series is about.

'When you say Alhamdulillah, you accept all the baggage that comes along with it. You praise Allah and thank Him with all your heart. Because the more the attitude of gratitude you develop, the more the blessings shower on you – or maybe it’s just that you’ll start seeing the blessings in so many places you never saw before.
This is the reason why we started the #AlhamdulillahForSeries. So we could show praise and gratitude towards Allah in tiny little things even. Things that we sometimes don’t even associate with Allah. It’s a fun series that could be used as great reminders on how important positivity is in our lives.'


The book itself is divided into 4 main categories.
1) Alhamdulillah For Basic Necessities
2) Alhamdulillah For Ties that Bind
3) Alhamdulillah For Islam
4) Alhamdulillah For Everything

The journal covers a calendar month and I personally think this would be ideal for the month of Ramadan, or of course any month. There is a lovely watercolour painting for each day which would appeal to both adults and young children. I really like the layout and the designs in this book and would definitely recommend you having a look at this book.

The book is available to purchase as an E-Book and a paperback version should be coming soon.  If you want to read more about this wonderful book, here is a link to their website. http://ayeina.com/muslims-mini-gratitude-journal/

To purchase this E-book, here is the link: http://ayeina.com/product/alhamdulillahforseries-ebook/






Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Muslim Sticker Company Review



I was recently sent some products from The Muslim Sticker Company to review. I asked if they could send something suitable for my youngest daughter aged 9 so that it would be a suitable review. It is good to find Islamic products aimed at children.

When the package arrived my daughter was so excited to see what was sent. She wasn't disappointed.

There was a 'My Islamic Behaviour Chart' which comes with a Gloss Wall Chart, 9 Reusable Activity Stickers, 9 Blank reusable Activity Stickers, 94 reusable reward stickers and a drywipe pen.  You are given an A4 Instruction sheet explaining how you can use this chart.  If your child loves stickers or rewards this will be perfect for you.


We were also sent the 'Ramadan Chart' This pack includes 1 reward chart, 66 Fun stickers and instructions and tips.  My daughter is excited to start using this in Ramadan, which isn't far away now!


The last thing my daughter was sent was the 'My Daily Dua Sticker Activity Book'.  She liked this one in particular as she got to colour in, and as most of you know, my daughter is very arty! The book has stickers inside and also a 'Dua Star Chart'.  My daughter has already started working on this book.  She colours in one of the colouring pages and then after learning about the dua she receives a sticker.  My daughter still loves 'stickers'.  There are 26 Dua Pages so plenty to keep young children interested.


I was very happy and pleased with these products and I would highly recommend them for parents of young children.  These would be a perfect Ramadan Gift for children.  And of course perfect gifts all year round.

Disclaimer: I was sent these to review. The opinions on these products though are my honest thoughts.

These products and many others can be found at: http://muslimstickers.com/



Saturday, 7 May 2016

Art Exhibition


I am so proud of my 2 young daughters Masha'Allah.  They both had their artwork on display in a local art exhibition.  They were overjoyed and so pleased to also meet and chat with the local Mayor and Mayoress at the opening evening of the Exhibition.  They have both posted this good news on their own blogs but I thought it deserved a post on my blog too!  http://artyprincess.com/  http://www.slhcrafts.com/