On a serious note.....


Glad tidings to the strangers......

Monday, May 28, 2012

And the wait continues.....as "Life.twinkles."

These days I have a lot of time at hand so hence the blog posts are becoming frequent. Since workwise things are taking shape its a mixture of feelings. AlhamduLillah! The wait is still on. Still waiting for my supplies to reach. It usually take 2 weeks to get hold of supplies coming into Pakistan from anywhere else so yeah its a crazy wait when you don't know what your product will turn out to be. However till now things have been going smooth. ALLAH Kareem has been specially kind and watching over me step by step. Cannot be thankful enough.

So as I wait I have been busy at home with a guest living at our place so AlhamduLillah to that as well. Guests are a blessing from ALLAH Kareem. As its said that when He is happy with someone He sends in guests. So its MashaALLAH great. Plus everyone who comes over to your place brings something with them (uuhhh no not materialistically) Every person brings something with him or her that teaches you something. At some point in your heart and mind they will change something. If the guest is a happy guest and a low maintenance one they will teach you something and if the guest is a not so much of a happy camper he or she will still teach you something. So its all good. We've been lucky though this way. *smiles*

So yeah tomorrow life returns to its old routine. The guest shall leave. However this does not mean work wise nothing has been happening. Take a peak.

Work in process for the newbie line WHICH you can see now has a name. A shout out to my star..... Tooba Arifeen! She coined the name. Thank you so much! Also a logo has come up too which you can see on your right hand side.  Tooba gets a freebie from the new line.

I have no idea if what I have ordered will work here as some times weather conditions can mess up results. However I am leaving it all to ALLAH Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala. If He makes it work then He has written this in my fate. If He makes my try a flop then too AlhamduLillah for He knows what I do not know. I could be thinking of it as something fab but maybe its not good for me. So hence either way I hold still as I walk towards the roller coaster to jump in for phase two of handmade.fabulous.fancified....... "Life.twinkles."

Friday, May 25, 2012

So what comes next?

Blog post! Yes a blog post. Been ages since the last one because I had nothing to write. As I sit here writing up this post its post 1 pm and its the blessed day of Jummah. The day which feels like its filled with Noor. I seriously find it so much more calm as opposed to many other days. AlhamduLillah!

Its been a while since I have been away from creating anything new. A long hiatus. Been in hiding for some time work wise but not totally moved to being non existent. Those who do not know I was and still am the girl behind "Smiling.under.the.blue.sky." (
https://www.facebook.com/smilingunderthebluesky), my second home on Facebook. Initially started as a Tumblr page last Ramadan to help me out with a not so even phase in life and later on it moved on to becoming a page on Facebook. Its a part of me that stays with me irrespective of if I'm working or not because this page is dedicated to my Deen and that shall Insha'ALLAH always be my strength. Ameen!

So now what's coming next? What is all the hype about on my handmade.fabulous.fancified. page? Yeah been getting guesses from you guys but its something I can't announce right now. Why? No its not really an advertising stunt but in fact the only reason why I am not disclosing what the newbie line is cause I still do not know how the initial pieces will turn out to be.

Its a new technique that I want to work on and Insha'ALLAH if things go according to plan then I might really have something pretty to work on.

So basically right now the status of the newbie line is:

-Ordered supplies from abroad.
-Awaiting the supplies as they still haven't reached here.
-Stocking up on the basics that I need once the supplies reach.
-Working on designs that I shall need.

So once the supplies reach then it will take about a week or less to process the pretties and then Insha'ALLAH you guys will get to see what it has been all about. I just need major duas that once the supplies arrive they work the way I want them to work. Trying out new techniques has a 50 percent chance of creating something awesome AND a 50 percent chance of .....well........(let's not think of that).....

Nervousness, excitement, jitters and butterflies have all found a new home. Me!

P.S you guys can win a freebie! One lucky soul gets to grab a free customized something from my newbie line Insha'ALLAH by telling me what to name my new page which we can call home for the newbie line. Here is the link where you can give in your entries and you might just win. (https://www.facebook.com/handmade.fabulous.fancified/posts/343531442381390)

Lots of duas from me to all of you. Fee Amanillah!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A few places worth a *click*.....

I love hopping through blogs, checking out different sites on the net and if you've landed here on my blog then I am sure you're just like me......a happy reader who loves to read blogs and find some awesome sites online....... so a smile and hello to you and also I present to you my tiny little list of sites that I have either bookmarked or I remember em so clearly due to everyday visits that I don't even have to bookmark em.....I have categorized em so that you can click according to your interest......

So my first category of must-visit sites is my Deen. Here are some blogs that I visit everyday to get a dose of Imaan boosters. I have found it through experience that our minds in this world are very forgetful, we tend to forget what is real and what is an illusion. So we need to refresh our minds everyday to keep a healthy Imaan. So here are some awesome sites which inspire me in so many different ways.....

http://smilingunderthebluesky.tumblr.com/ ( This is my own personal Tumblr blog where I collect the pictures and sayings about my Deen which inspire me and turn my attention towards Allah SWT)

http://ajarfullofdreams.tumblr.com/   (One of the best fellow Tumblr blogs that I have come across. I mean this blog is like a magical world for people who loves quotes, beautiful pictures and want to be inspired to be a better Muslim. I am amused by the collection of sayings and quotes that are present on this blog. Seriously......its love! If you love reading you will totally love this site)

http://ihavefaith.tumblr.com/  (This is the first Islamic Tumblr blog I came across 6 months ago. Got to it by randomly browsing blogs and I have not stopped following this one. Went through so many older posts for weeks because its such an awesome site)

http://poeticislam.tumblr.com/  (If you are like me......and pictures inspire you and move you...... then here is a blog belonging to two girls who are only 17 yet they know so much about Deen and I am in awe of their attachment to Islam. I am an absolute fan. Being so young and yet being so aware of the realities which we all tend to ignore. They have a gorgeous blog with pictures of mosques, places from all around the world, Ahadith and sayings and plus you can ask em anything to increase your knowledge and they answer.)

http://islamicthinking.tumblr.com/  (Another blog that I visit almost everyday. The best of inspiring pictures, sayings and quotes, Ahadith and what I love the most in this blog is the inspiring stories which are posted from time to time. If you've got a moment scroll through the older posts here and read a few......you'll get hooked to them in no time.)

http://islamicquotes.wordpress.com/   (Sayings of RasoolAllah SAW and the Sahaba, incidents from their lives, stories worth a read as they are so inspiring, its a must read blog even if you read a little a day.)

http://www.sayingsofthesalaf.net/  (As the blog title says this blog is dedicated to the sayings of the Sahaba and the first three generations of Islam. I love reading it because I feel the wisdom present in those times is somehow lacking these days. That immense faith on Allah SWT is not to be found today. Its really inspiring how the people then didn't have the access to knowledge we have today yet they really were much ahead of us in wisdom and insight.)


Now moving on to my favorite creative sites where I drop by when I have nothing to do or I am stuck in a block and cannot think up of anything......though most of these sites have nothing to do with jewelry or accessory making yet they are inspiring......

http://pinterest.com/   (Mostly all the creative people must be aware of Pinterest. Its like an all in all index of inspiring ideas. From cooking to Do-it-yourself (DIY) ideas, to home decor........its all there. You will get the hang of it after using it a few times but it is absolutely addictive so you are being warned.)

http://shabbyblogsblog.blogspot.com/  (Just looking at this blog inspires me. Oh and my blog template is from their site too, however this link leads to their blog not the site. This blog gives away awesome freebies for scrap-booking and online image editing as well. Its SUCH a pretty site.)

http://kevinandamanda.com/fonts/fontsforpeas/  (Are you just as addicted to hand-written fonts as I am? Are you? *smiles* then here it is. The best collection of handwritten fonts available for free. They are uber cool. However if you are using them for a business/commercial purpose then do write to Kevin and Amanda to ask for permission.)

http://anindiansummer-design.blogspot.com/  (I have been hooked to this site since the past 2 years and trust me it hasn't disappointed me once. Its an Indian site about home decor ideas from around the world and also the writer shares some awesome sites for shopping and ideas from time to time. It is a must visit if you're majorly into interiors.)


So there.......the first part of my must-visit links. Maybe I'll add some more to this list when I get the time and also as I discover more and more sites. Hope these sites inspire you as well. I should get going now as Eid is still here and today is another day of meeting and greeting everyone....... loads of smiles.......