Thursday, 31 August 2017

Sara Heraoua Photography



My eldest daughter Sara has recently set up a Facebook Page showcasing her photography work.  She has been doing photography for many years and had been studying Photography at College this past year learning a lot more.  I thought I would give her a shout out on my page. I am so proud of her achievements, she is doing so well and really enjoying her art course at college.  Here is her page: https://www.facebook.com/saraheraouaphotography/












Monday, 31 July 2017

Photography Flowers



I recently went on a photography course at college.  I really enjoyed learning how to actually use my camera properly.  I have had my canon camera for a couple of years but didn't know what all the buttons and options were on it.  I am hoping to getmore use out of my camera now.  I have attached some of the photos I took in the studio of a Lily flower and also a photograph I took of a purple flower in a local park.







Sunday, 18 June 2017

Rice Heat Cold Packs Tutorial


I have made rice heat packs many times over the years, I always have a few kept in the freezer at home as they get used often by myself.  I suffer from headaches and I find a soothing cold pack against my head really helps.  They are also good heated in the microwave as a heat pack for stomach cramps.

The skull design ones are some I have recently made, I made these smaller in a square shape instead of rectangles.  It doesn't really matter what the shape is as long as they do there job.

These are very simple to make, just 2 pieces of cotton cloth, place together pattern side touching each other, sew around all 4 sides, leaving a small gap on one side.  Turn the fabric the right way around, then fill 3/5 full of rice and then secure the hole by sewing it closed.  They are ready to be used, either by placing in the freezer or heating in the microwave.  Here is a link to 'Tipnut'  a really good tutorial: http://tipnut.com/make-your-own-microwave-heating-pad/


Below are some I made and posted about 6 years ago. http://www.karimascrafts.com/2011/02/hot-and-cold-packs.html?m=0







Monday, 29 May 2017

Acrylic Mosque Painting


I recently made this Mosque Painting, using the techniques i used on a previous painting of Penshaw Monument, but instead of the monument on the hill, I painted a mosque instead.  The first painting is below.





Sunday, 21 May 2017

Guest Post - Amuslimmama 5 Ramadan Crafts for Older Kids

Guest Post from AMuslimMama.com

Ramadan is approaching near and in order to welcome it, some are preparing and wrapping rolls while others are perfecting their prayers, I sat down to do my research and allowed my creative juices to flow so that I could come up with fun crafts for the kids. Specially the ones who have recently started fasting or will be fasting this year of the next. i.e. Ages 6/7 and above.

No wonder Ramadan is the month of Ibadah and to work on our spiritual dimension, but as mothers our duty to our kids is also to teach them about Ramadan and engage them in fun activities to develop their interest in fasting.

And the best way a kid can learn/enjoy anything is by 'doing' something about it. Living in west I noticed that even months before the start of December, kids are inundated by all the activities and shows and events relating to Christmas, I feel there is a stark lack of the same when it comes to Ramadan.

We want our kids to be excited about Ramadan, we have to make it fun for them, we have to device fun ways to inculcate Islamic concepts in them, therefore I had to come up with something. And I did.

There are 5 fun Ramadan crafts older kids will love to do:

1) Calligraphy wall art


This is a very simple project, you trace/print the calligraphy picture and color it with sharpie. Kids of 5 years and above should be able to do it with parental help.

2) Masjid Sun catcher using Beads


This project is good for 7 years and above, because it is a little trickier and require parental supervision while using the oven. But again even younger kids can make their own random patterns (in a cupcake tray) and bake it to reveal awesome patterns of a sun catcher.

3) Masjid Puffy Paint


This had been such a fun craft and my toddlers loved helping me with it. With help of a parent kids
above 3 years can do this craft. Younger kids can still get to mix the batter which is the favorite part of my 2yo.

4) Masjid Puffy Paint using Shaving Cream


Again, both my toddler loved mixing and playing with the shaving cream and they get to paint it a bit

too. With parental supervision 3yo and above and do this craft as well.

5) Lantern Shrinky Dink


This craft is for older kids, with Parental supervision 5yo and above should be able to trace and color the pattern and might be able to cut it as well. and the Parent will get to help and bake.

I have been so obsessed with crafting that I undertook a 15 day craft challenge here. And I am hoping to add more crafts there as well.

Hopefully they will inspire you enough to gather your supplies and give it a shot.


I am a Muslim by birth and choice, an Accountant by way of study, an Artist at heart, a house wife by profession and a blogger mom to two toddlers.

I blog about my burqa clad brainy adventures and misadventures at amuslimmama.com







Monday, 24 April 2017

DIY Pirate Hat Tutorial



A pirate hat I made from a simple straw hat.

My youngest daughter, aged 10 has been enjoying herself recently attending local Comic Cons and dressing up.  So far she has been Princess Belle, Princess Merida and also Hermione from Harry Potter. This time she was wanting to dress as a pirate for a Mini Con Pirate and Fairies theme.  We managed to put together a costume from different items of clothing purchased from local charity/thrift shops.  The biggest challenge was finding a pirate hat. We managed to find a straw hat just a day before the event, so I had some quick work to do to get it pirate ready!


Items needed:


  • Straw hat or similar shaped hat as shown.
  • Ribbons, broken or unwanted jewellery.
  • Needle and thread.


Instructions:

Step 1:  Fold the hat into a tricorn shaped hat. Place some stitches using similar coloured thread to the hat to attach the brim of the hat to to hat part.
Step 2:  Decorate the hat, I hand stitched ribbon, folded all the way around the outside of the hat as shown. I then attached a different ribbon along the first folded one to hide the stitches and also add design to it.
Step 3:  Hand stitch pieces of costume jewellery to the hat. I used a pair of unwanted earrings to the side and an old brooch I no longer use to the front.
Step 4: Optional - If you have any feathers you could attach those too!


Below are some photos of my daughter wearing her hat and also her full costume.




She also designed a fabulous treasure map to go with her costume. She has this on her own blog, here is the link: artyprincess.com/2017/04/diy-treasure-map-doctor-who-theme.html





Friday, 14 April 2017

Ceramic Owl


My 9 year old daughter has been attending a homeschooling ceramics course with her friends. Some of the mums were able to do a piece to, this is my attempt at ceramics.  I quite like how it turned out. You never quite know how it will turn out when you paint it as the colours you paint on don't look like the colours they will turn out like.