Monday, November 25, 2013

The Crafty Side of Me


I'm back again, on Monday, for this here blog. 

Today, I'm talking about my crafty side. I've made quite a bit of things either through knitting, crocheting, sewing, or weaving(as in friendship bracelets). Actually as I think about it, I haven't made that much stuff, just a bit. 

I'll try to remember and list the things I have made and I'll also insert pictures of the things I have pictures of. 

In 2010 or 2011(can't remember) I decided that I wanted to learn how to knit. I read books on how to but I wasn't yet getting one part of knitting. No matter how much I tried, I just couldn't understand that one part. So my aunties came that year and one of them knew how to knit so I asked her to teach me. However, she'd forgotten and so I poured over the books and learned how to knit all on my own. The very first thing I knitted and completed was a purse for my penpal Alizabeth. It was pink and had a blue "crocheted" strap. At the time I didn't know how to fully crochet( I was supposed to learn from my sister (who was taught by my other auntie who knew how to crochet) but she hadn't fully taught me yet). So the strap I made was not actually crocheted but it looked pretty nice. I do not have a picture of this.

The second thing I knitted was a pair if gloves. This was more recent. It took me around 3 weeks to finish than but only because I procrastinated. Here is a picture of the completed gloves: 

Well, it's actually only one glove because the picture I took of the two of them shows my skin and a bit of cleavage so...

The third and final thing I have knitted is a hat. I just finished it Saturday night. It took me 23 days to finish so about 3 weeks just like the gloves. I could've finished it earlier but I made it like a finish by December project so I wasn't too pressed to finish it quickly. 
Here's a couple of pictures of the hat, on me actually:

In the first picture it looks dirty but it's not, that's just the lighting which is why in the black and white picture it doesn't. 

If you're wondering why I've only knitted three things since I learned to knit it's because I feel that knitting takes too long and that I could probably finish it faster if were to crochet it.


So I've crocheted a lot of things, a purse, a bracelet, amigurumi cupcakes:

An amigurumi bear that I never finished, an amigurumi rabbit that I did finish:

An Elmo hat: 

And a skirt which I still haven't finished:

So yeah, that's all the things I've crocheted.


The first things I ever sewed were doll clothes that I'd hand sewn myself. This was back in 2005. My mom and also a friend of mine taught me how to sew. My mom also showed me how to make patterns for the dolls. So I made shirts, dresses, skirts, and I tried to make pants but those never worked out right. I don't have any pictures of those as that was so long ago, back when I didn't have a camera to use whenever I felt like it.

The second thing I've sewn is a dress. It's a pretty cute dress. My sister helped me to make it but I did all the sewing myself. 

The third thing I made was this dress for the fashion show last year: 

And also this shirt for the other fashion show last year: 

And finally: this vest made of a plastic tablecloth and the leggings, though I didn't see them I did DIY rip and ladder them:

So yeah. That's my sewing accomplishments. 


So I don't have any pictures of any of the bracelets I've made so I'll just describe them all. 

The very first ones that I made, I gave them to my penpal Hanan and we sister Aya. 

They were: pink and purple(to match her room), black red and white, black pink and white, and another color mix that I can't remember at the moment. 

The others I've made since then were: 

Another pink, black, and white one
Another red, black, and white one,
A red and black one(which I lost at the library
A black and white one(which I still have)
A multi-colored one that matches the colors in the elastic on my summer dress 
A blue and white one
A blue and black one 
A green and white one with beads(which I sent to my penpal Aurélia)
And a couple more that I can't remember the colors of.

So yeah, those are my crafty achievements. 

Signing off for now, bye-bye, salaam, sayonara, adiós, au revoir, annyeong!! 

Sumiyya <3 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Shopping, OOTDs and Twitter

Hello gorgeous! That's the greeting of today. Take it graciously and gratefully. :D

Anyway, I had something I was going to talk about for my blog today but I forgot so I'm going to talk about the key points of last week. 

Last week was pretty normal just like every other week except that I went window shopping(again) this time with my girls Laylaa and Hafsa and their mom and their two other sisters. It was so much fun. It's something I've always wanted to do, just go to the mall with my girls and hang out and window shop and chill. It's such a teen thing to do. So that was awesome and also, because they're such amazing friends they actually bought stuff for us. Hafsa bought me and Laila a bow each and they're so cute. Here's mine:

Cute isn't it? I decided I'd put it on my hat once I finished knitting it so actually that's what's in the background at the moment. I'll show you how my knitting is coming along thus far:

So that's my progress. Pretty good right? I need to speed it up in order to finish by December though. 

So besides the shopping I've been on twitter a lot for the past couple of weeks. It's been really fun. As you know, I participated in a twitter party and I also made some twitter friends. It's been really cool. 

Final thing I wanted to talk about were some outfits that stood out to me this past week. 

The first is from Thursday. That day I wore a a black turtleneck, a gray jean Bubblegum miniskirt, and black leggings. You might be wondering why it stood out to me. Well that's because it was just a cool black on black(well black on gray actually :D) but anyway, I really liked it. 

Another outfit that I liked was yesterday's outfit. I wore a red halter camisole under a black layering shirt from Old Navy. I wore my long black and white skirt that has a slit and I wore leggings underneath. For accessories I wore my fingerless black and white gloves and my red arm sleeves. 

The last outfit is today's. It's not all that but it's just a casual outfit. I'm wearing my Angel skinny jeans that I got from Kohl's and I'm wearing a pink and white button down shirt over a black shirt dress. 

So that's pretty much it. Just a little update into my past week. 

Signing off for now, salaams, au revoir, adiós, annyeong, sayonara, toodles!! Kissies, muah! <3

Sumiyya <3

Monday, November 11, 2013


Today is 11/11! It may not be 11/11/11, that's already passed but it is 11/11 and that's still pretty cool. On CDE, today would be Wish Day. I think CDE shut down though.

Anyway, the reason for the title is I got my swag bag finally! The title is inspired by nigahiga's video "Word of the Day: swog". It was really funny. 

So here's what I got: 

I got only 9 products(that make up $100, crazy right?)
I got a Butter London nail polish in Brown Sugar($14)
A Physician's Formula Happy Booster($14) I actually gave it away to my aunt because she came over to pick up the food that my father made(my grandparent's don't have a stove yet so we're cooking for them) and I showed the bag to her and she saw it and she wanted it and I know I don't wear face makeup so after some thought I said she could have it.  
2 Sinful Colors Nail Polishes in Ruby Stone and Rich Tone($2.00 each so $4.00)
Becca Beach Tint($25 and it's so small like it's this itty bitty tube)
Butter Lindon Wink Cream Eyeshadow in the color Earl Grey( $18)
Makeup Forever Paris Professional glitter eyeshadow($15) 
Elf Baked Eyeshadow in bark( $3.00)
And Maybelline Color Whisper in Bare to be Bold($7.50)
So that all adds up to $100.50. So they went 50 cents over but yeah, 9 products $100. I'm really happy though. It was really fun participating in the twitter party. 

I tried on pretty much everything except the beach tint, the glitter eyeshadow, and the Ruby Stone nail polish. 

Here are the nail polishes I tried on:

The first is the Rich Tone and the second is Brown Sugar. 

So besides all that, yesterday I went window shopping with the girl in my family and a family friend named Zulaika, then we went and ate at a place called Le Kebab Grill. It was really nice. 

So that's pretty much it, just an update in my little life. 

Signing off for now, bye-bye, annyeong, adieu, adiós, sayonara, ma'a salaama! <3 

Sumiyya <3

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Islamic New Year!

I know, I know. This blog is two days late. I forgot to write it on Monday and I forgot to write it yesterday and so here I am on Wednesday, writing my Monday blog.

So basically, as stated by the title, Monday was the Islamic New Year! It totally just snuck up on me and I actually found out through twitter. I was really surprised.

Anyway, I've tried to start this new year off really nicely. I've been trying to read Quran after every salaat and all. I used to do it before but I stopped during this period of time(I can't even remember why I stopped) and then I have been trying to start it back up since. I'm really hoping it becomes a habit again. 

So if you were wondering what I've been up to since my last blog it's this: homework, helping my grandparents move, knitting a beanie, reading, freezing at my grandparents' new house, waiting for my swag bag to come and basically just chilling. Oh and I'm also doing a November photo challenge on Instagram. It's going pretty well actually. I'm also being the world's worst penpal ever. *Sigh*

So that's pretty much everything in a nutshell. I've got some homework to do so I gotta go. 

Signing off for now, bye, annyeong, adiós, au revoir, sayonara. Ma'a salaama!!!! 

Sumiyya <3