Wednesday 12 February 2020

Picture of the Day 12.02.20: View of the Olympic Park

I had to visit the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for work today, this is the view from one of the buildings – I thought it was absolutely fantastic.

Office Jewellery Making Club

A lady from my office posted on our work online notice board if anyone was interested in joining her to learn about jewellery making during our lunchtimes.  She was a big fan of jewellery making and it would be an excuse to get away from her desk at lunchtime.

As another fan of crafts and jewellery making and another person who works through lunch, eating at her desk, except to stop for prayers, I decided to join her.

We met with a few others and got talking and sharing ideas. Her work is amazing and we enjoyed looking at the examples she brought in:

So the following week, I took in some of my beads and asked her to show me some techniques:

I had these very pretty square blue beads and wasn’t sure how to make best use of them. The resident expert bead weaver showed me how to wrap wire to create different types of links and clasps. I made a few messy attempts, but now I’m very keen to practice and make a whole bracelet.

I shared the beads with another lady who wanted to try her hand, and she made these pretty earrings.

Now I’m looking forward to my weekly making and chatting lunches, it’s inspired me to play with my beads again insh'Allah.

Picture of the Day 11.02.20: Cheat Carbs

I’ve been trying to eat more healthily recently, reducing sugar and carbs where I can. But to be honest our food is so carb-based, I didn’t know where to start. No rice, roti, nan, bread, chips, pasta...what’s left?!?

So I’ve been experimenting with salad ingredients and having it with a piece of fish, chicken or a veggie burger patty. I didn’t think it was something I could get used to, but it feels doable alhamdulillah.

Yesterday I made the kids rice and I had to have some (was good alhamdulillah).

Picture of the Day 10.02.20: Harmony and Blues

I love clothing and fashion and I love my hijab. A big part of clothing for me is not about impressing people but about playing with colour and texture (although I do find my colourful clothes and jewellery creates opportunities for conversation and connection).

I love harmonious colours together and I am obsessed with green, greys and blues.

I made these beaded bracelets to stack together with different outfits. I've been playing around with my beads again recently, so might try my hand at some new colours. I won’t mention my cardigan collection that my daughter teases about :)