• Crafting,  Sewing

    Labels: the frosting of the sewing world?

    This is a sponsored blog post with Dortex Labels* For me, labels are the cherry on the top of a craft project. They’re the perfect way to add a little personalisation, whimsy, humour or even just a more ‘professional’ touch to a make. Or in the case for my Ninni culottes- just marking the ‘back’ of the garment! There are so many nice brands creating brilliant labels but the thing that drew me to the Dortex labels was the ability to personalise them, the large range of types and the an environmentally conscious approach to label making. I was really excited about trying them out and road test their labels before sharing my thoughts with you. I’ve been showed some sneak peeks with you on Instagram and there’s a couple in particular that you guys were loving! I tried out the: Cottonera Premium, Corinera Brass, Corinera natural leather and the Satinera labels. The Cottonera and Satinera are your more traditional fabric labels. The Satinera is made from recycled polyester (rPET) and has the design printed on the label which mean you can get a wide range of designs/colours. I uploaded my blog logo for these. The Cottonera is your typical…

  • Crafting,  Cricut Creations

    Eid Gift Bag

    This blog post is part of a sponsored collection of projects created in partnership with Cricut.* The next of my Cricut Ramadan Projects is up. This week I’m bringing you a reusable/personalised gift bag. One of the best bits of Eid is decorating the house and getting it into that ‘festive’ feel. We didn’t really decorate our house when I was a child, but it was always sparkling clean with the smell of Mr Sheen hanging in the air and a plateful of chicken pastries and samosas on the dining table waiting to be stuck into after a quick trip to the mosque for Eid prayers (or snuck in a pocket to eat on the way…) I still use Mr Sheen and it doesn’t feel like Eid until I’ve cleaned the table with it! But since the rise of decorating and gift giving (this was a smaller part of Eid celebrations as a child, we tended to just get money!), I’ve also been really conscious of the environment and the choices I make to not consume too much. One of the little changes I made recently was doing away with the wrapping paper. Sadly a lot of wrapping paper is…

  • Crafting,  Cricut Creations,  DIY/Around the home,  LIfestyle

    Eid Mubarak Cake Topper

    This blog post is part of a sponsored collection of projects created in partnership with Cricut.* I’m back with another Cricut Ramadan/Eid project. Wow, how quickly has this month flown by? I really hope you’ve been having a blessed month, whether you celebrate or not! It’s already time to start turning our thoughts to Eid. Now Eid isn’t Eid without a feast of a meal. I say ‘meal’ singular- because it’s a solid day of eating and celebrating with loved ones! From samosas and pastries in the morning to…more samosas and pastries in the evening. One of my favourite parts of Eid was the tradition of going around to *every* house in your community/family to ‘greet’ them and wish them a happy Eid. And obviously, you had to eat something when you’re there- it would be rude not to. We often joke that you regain all that inevitable Ramadan weight loss in that one Eid day! My mum used to spend all night making the most elaborate of Bangladeshi sweets but these days you’re more likely to find a beautifully decorated cake on the table at mine. Ok ok, really I just don’t have my mum’s skills…but I can kinda…

  • Crafting,  Cricut Creations

    Ramadan and Eid Cards

    This blog post is part of a sponsored collection of projects created in partnership with Cricut.* The second of my Cricut Ramadan Projects is live! This week I’m bringing you two deceptively simple cards to make- one for Ramadan and one blank one which you could use for Eid and for anything else really. The lattice card is genuinely one of my favourite Cricut makes ever- I adore the colour combinations and the block contrast of the cutout pattern. I made that sample and thought “this is ‘me’ in a card” Card sending is definitely something I’ve fallen back in love with since the pandemic began. It’s been a lovely way to reconnect with loved ones when we can’t be together physically. But there’s more to it than that…If you caught my Instagram stories the other day, you’ll know that I was crying over cards. Why? Because it brought back memories of the birthday cards my grandad used to send me every year, all the way from Bangladesh. Something I didn’t think too much of as a child, brought me to full-on-snotty-tears as an adult. The fact that someone thought about me and cared enough to go out, get a…

  • Crafting,  Cricut Creations,  DIY/Around the home,  LIfestyle

    Ramadan Countdown Calendar

    This blog post is part of a sponsored collection of projects created in partnership with Cricut.* One of the best bits about being a crafter is being able to create bespoke, unique things for yourself (and others!) Growing up as a Muslim it was a very different landscape compared to now- I’m trying to think back to the first time I saw any ‘Eid’ or ‘Ramadan’ products in the shops when I was kid and I can’t really think anything. But I do remember walking around those ‘back to school’ personalised pencil cases/pens/keyring stalls and knowing for sure I’d never find a ‘Rumana’ in there… But these days not only can we buy beautiful products, we can make them ourselves. And it’s really wonderful to have that experience. And now I have a daughter, even more fun being able to share it with her. This year I’m so excited about partnering up with Cricut to bring you a collection of Ramadan and Eid Cricut projects. It’s been so much fun to design them, even if it was a steep learning curve getting my head around Illustrator and SVGs. But I hope you’ll agree it was all worth it! Over the…

  • Cricut Creations,  Sewing

    Re-usable make up wipes- In collaboration with Cricut

    Like most people these days we’ve been more conscious about single use items in our household. One of the projects I’ve seen pop up a lot on my Instagram is reusable make up wipes- it’s a perfect way to stash bust as well as cut down on cotton pad use. But if I’m honest… I’m lazy, and the idea of cutting out little circles put me off…until I got my Cricut Maker! As I’ve mentioned before, this machine comes with a rotary blade which cuts a huge range of fabrics. The main limitation to using the Cricut to cut fabric is the size of the mats- the fabric needs to be mounted on these to feed through the machine to be cut, so you can only cut fabric as big as the mat (or on a fold-with it temporarily spray basted). But for things like this (repetitive small shape cutting), it is perfect! More than perfect. It’s a dream. It cuts all the pieces out perfectly with zero effort. The SnapGrid function (on the App) is particularly good and helps you make the most of those awkward shaped scraps. I whipped these up in no time and I’ve saved the…

  • Cricut Creations

    The Cricut EasyPress 2- A review

    This is the second part to my Cricut reviews. As mentioned before in my Cricut Maker review I was planning to buy a Maker machine for myself but ended up partnering up with Cricut as an influencer- a dream come true! I’m a complete and utter Cricut newbie so it’s been a really exciting and steep learning curve. For one thing, I knew that cutting heat transfer vinyl was a *big* selling point of the Cricut cutting machines- I can’t be the only one obsessed with all the personalised Tees and baby grows right? But if I’m honest, I didn’t really know what the process of making it was. So for those of you who are completely new to this as well, here’s a low down from what I’ve figured out so far (though please remember I’m a beginner! Always check in the instructions yourself): Heat Transfer Vinyl Also known as HTV by all the cool kids*. It’s a type of vinyl which will fuse to the surface when its applied with heat. This makes it different from sticky/adhesive vinyls which are a bit like sticky-backed plastic, and different from removable vinyls (neither need heat, and just stick on). Although it’s…

  • Cricut Creations

    The Cricut Maker- A newbie’s review

    You might remember at the beginning of the year I asked around on my Instagram about the Cricut machines and whether people thought they were worth the hype, because let’s be honest, there’s a *lot* of hype around these machines. On the whole it got great feedback and I put it on my wish list. Here’s something you need to know about me, I’m quite a calculated shopper. On the whole I don’t do impulse buys, and instead brew on something for a few weeks/months deciding whether something is ‘worth’ it (often to my detriment when it comes to fabric because it’s always sold out by the time I ‘give in’!) But Joy (@pinkcoatclub) also pointed me towards their ‘influencer’ programme and I thought, hey why not give that a go? So I put in an application and thought nothing of it. Months went by and I hadn’t heard anything, so I made a plan to just buy one when they went on offer knowing we’d put it to good use during my brother-in-laws wedding. But suddenly out of the blue I got an email from them inviting me to join the Cricut family. I’m not gonna lie, I Whatsapp-ed…

  • Craft tutorials,  Crafting

    Sweet Dreams Baby Mobile

    Picture the scene: streaming sunshine and a bright blue ocean of sky above. The soft sounds of the birds and the pitter patter of the neighbours water fountain as you lay there on the grass watching the wisps of cloud waft across the sky. That’s what I’d like to say I was doing when inspiration struck for Little R’s baby mobile but nope. It was more like this: laid out on the sofa, feeling a little bit judged by Netflix and their little “are you still watching” pop up. Why yes, I am still watching The Crown thank you very much- what is it to you? Unfortunately for me I had to take my maternity leave early due to a few obstetric issues and with that extra time had gotten through most of my “must make before the baby arrives” list. The tedium of the days was starting to set in. I was too big to drive, too uncomfortable to move and there was no way I could fit behind my sewing machine (or have the energy to cut something out). Not one to be able to sit there and do nothing I gave myself the task of doing some…