Tuesday 30 September 2014

Eid Craft Ideas

I have posted some tutorials in the past with Islamic themes, especially my 30 Days of Ramadan Crafts. Today's post is a roundup of a few of a few of these past crafts that could be made specifically for Eid. I have also linked a post from my daughter's blog too! As the photograph above shows, you could make some small gift hampers for children or friends or even get your children to design a nice Islamic canvas.

Why not get the children or even yourself making some handmade Eid Cards to give to friends and family: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/07/eid-gifts-ideas-30-days-of-ramadan.html

Why not do some Eid cake decorating, my girls had fun doing this last year! http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/07/ramadan-food-crafts-30-days-of-ramadan.html

I have designed some lovely free downloadable gift bags with the wording 'Eid Mubarak' printed on them, ready just to be coloured in and assembled. http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/07/mosque-gift-bag-template-30-days-of.html

A tradition in our household is to prepare some cakes and give them to our friends and neighbours on Eid. http://www.karimascrafts.com/2014/07/eid-mubarak.html

The photo above shows a lovely henna candle recently made by my 12 year old daughter. These can be made to gift as Eid presents. http://www.slhcrafts.com/2014/09/henna-candle-tutorial.html

If you wish to take a look at the 30 days of Ramadan Crafts, here is a link to a roundup post of them all: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/08/30-days-of-ramadan-crafts-roundup.html

Friday 26 September 2014

My Photography Post 1

A few months back I bought my very first DSLR Canon Camera.  It was only a second hand one but in great working order. I have enjoyed being able to take better photographs which I can use for my blog and also for family photographs. My daughters have both been using the camera to take photographs and have started a photography project now as part of their homeschooling. A lot of my recent blog photos have been took using my new camera but I have also taken many others and thought I would share some with you in this post.

Monday 22 September 2014

Praying Hijab Tutorial - DIY

praying hijab tutorial diy islamic

I decided to make another hijab for my youngest using an old maxi dress. This was an old one that I no longer wore or needed! I basically followed the same procedure as I have used previously when making a hijab from old clothes! The photo below shows the bottom part of the maxi dress placed on a chair so you can see it more clearly.

Here is a link to the original tutorial that I shared a few years ago: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2012/08/diy-praying-hijab.html

praying hijab tutorial diy islamic

Thursday 18 September 2014

No Bake Cheesecake recipe

no bake cheesecake strawberry

I actually made this lovely dessert during Ramadan and just came across the photos this week in my albums.  I thought I would post the recipe on my blog so that others can have a go at making it.  I made 5 cheesecakes in total, the photo above shows an individual cheesecake, though I am sure it could be shared if you wish!


2 packet of digestive biscuits (600g)
2 tubs of soft cheese (600g)
Melted Butter (200g)
vanilla and lemon flavouring
Fresh Strawberries
Chocolate Sprinkles

no bake cheesecake strawberry


Step 1) Crush the digestive biscuits (my method is placing inside a large bag and crushing with the rolling pin!)
Step 2) Melt the butter (I used microwave for quickness!)
Step 3) Mix the butter with the crushed biscuits with your hands
Step 4) Place the biscuit mixture into the container and press down firmly
Step 5) Optional - Place the container with the biscuit mixture into the fridge to make the base set a little!
Step 6) Mix the cream cheese up with a fork and add a few drops of vanilla essence and lemon juice to the cream cheese
Step 7) Place this mixture onto the top of the biscuit base you just made
Step 8) Optional - You can add another layer of biscuit and cheese if you so wish (I did this for one of my containers)
Step 9) Then decorate the top of the cheesecake with some chocolate sprinkles or other decorations.
Step 10) Place them in the fridge for about 1 hour to let them set

If you liked these cheesecakes, here are a few other varieties of no-bake cheesecake I have made previously:

Chocolate Cheesecake: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2013/01/chocolate-cheesecake-recipe.html
no bake cheesecake strawberry

Individual Fun Coloured Mini Cheesecakes: http://www.karimascrafts.com/2014/03/mini-cheesecake-recipe.html
no bake cheesecake strawberry

Sunday 14 September 2014

Our Homeschooling Journey

We started our homeschooling work on Monday 1st of September 2014. We have just finished 2 weeks of work which included many outside visits both educational and also just for fun socialising!  I was asked a few times to put some updates on my blog about how homeschooling is working for us as a family, so thought that I might do some regular updates when I have anything interesting to say! This is our second year on this journey of Home Educating also known as Homeschooling.

The main photo above shows some of the children that turned up to a no-school picnic organised by the local home educated children's parents. This was held in the first week and the weather was beautiful and all the children really enjoyed themselves. It was a great start to our first week and it also shows how socialised all our kids are!!!!

The photos below show my girls and some other HE (Home Educated) children enjoying a visit to a castle and old priory, again the weather was brilliant and they got their chance to learn some History and have some sporty time playing outside!

The photos below show another HE picnic and park visit we had this week for all the local HE children to meet up and have fun with plenty of exercise!

This week we also got to visit the beach with other HE kids and do some Rock Pooling looking for different sea creatures! Not sure which subject this goes under but also included a lot of exercise!

This week we also got to go along with some other HE kids to visit a museum which covered History and religion and other subjects I am sure! The kids also got to have some play in the park and play park!

This weekend we also got to visit a lovely museum for free, normally there is a cost! (Free Heritage Weekend in UK) The girls really enjoyed this, especially the fact they got to go inside a plane's cockpit! The staff at the museum were brilliant, really friendly and helpful.

This weekend my girls also did some cookery and art work (decorating cakes).

My eldest daughter has also been doing some face painting and henna work these past 2 weeks, which will be classed as an Art subject.

The photos above mainly show the fun work but they also found plenty of time to do their other main subjects like, English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Islamic Studies, Arabic, Art. They also got to go to their weekly Girl Guides and Brownies clubs which they love! I am sure I have missed something off as they have a very rich variety of things that they do each week!

Here are the girls in their uniforms for Brownies and Guides taken a few months back!

I hope this has given you some insight as to how much can be achieved in such a short time and how much variety the HE kids can have in their daily lives! We work with structure and follow the curriculum for the three main subjects of English, Maths and Science. I have also started following History and Geography KS3 for my eldest but just keeping choices open for my youngest girl.