• 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…

  • General Musings,  LIfestyle

    Reusable Period Products (Part 2: Reusable pads and period underwear)

    The long awaiting and much requested followup to my post on reusable period products is here! And I actually can’t believe that it’s nearing my 2 year anniversary of switching to reusable period products! 2 years since I sent my friends panicked Whatsapp messages saying “just bought a Mooncup in Boots? Now what?” I have to say- it’s honestly been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I really hope that this series of blog posts inspires and helps you make the jump to a more eco-friendly, purse-friendly, person-friendly period! Now before we go into the details- today we’re covering my experiences with reusable pads and period underwear- here is a reminder of my little disclaimer: This is my personal experience of using these products- every person is different so what might work for me, may not work for you I always find things like this difficult to write because of my day job- being a doctor I worry people will take what I say differently. But I am writing this from a ‘person who menstruates’ point of view rather than a medical/doctoring point of view. If you have any queries around your own physical needs please speak…

  • 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…

  • Garden Adventures

    Sew Veg in One Bed

    If you’ve been following my Instagram you might have noticed that (along with the rest of the country) we’ve got a little into gardening. We’ve fumbled our way through growing herbs in the past and last year tried our hand at some veg for the first time. It was so much fun and gave us an excuse to go outside. So this year we’ve decided to take it a little more seriously using the Veg in One Bed book by @huwsgarden So many of you got in touch with me saying you were planning to do the same or had the book as well. And too my surprise, a tonne of you actually went and bought the book after I shared it on my Instagram! Honestly I’m so excited to go on this journey with you and share our progress. Don’t expect any tips though because we are full on beginners. But seeing as I’ve been getting loads of questions about our progress so far I thought I’d bring my mini review across to the blog plus a downloadable template for veg patch planning. Veg in One Bed by Huw Richards (Hardback, £16.99) A beginner’s guide to growing veg in a…

  • General Musings

    It’s complicated

    Blogging: it’s where I started 10 years ago, sharing my crochet makes (can you believe?), wedding DIYs and then sewing. Soon after that, social media became a thing (ok, I’m giving away my age a bit- but who remembers before Whatsapp? MSN messenger and dial up internet!?) What happened next was: I started posting more and more on Instagram, and less and less on my blog. It was quick, easy and people started commenting, interacting and following me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s been an incredible few years on Instagram and I still can’t believe how many people follow my account. I love the community Instagram has helped build- from the friendships made, to the practical sewing help/advice you can find (I don’t make a pattern without checking out the hashtag beforehand). It’s also a great place to have really interesting conversations and I love hearing peoples view points and learning so much them. It’s also meant that I have learnt about photography, styling and editing. But… (did you guess there was a ‘but’?), something has changed in the past year. I thought maybe I was the only one who felt it but it sounds like a lot of you…

  • LIfestyle

    Let’s talk reusable period products (part 1: Menstrual Cups)

    So this blog post has been a long time coming! A lot of you will know that I gave up single use period products over a year ago (18 months and counting!) and so many of you have reached out to me asking about it, so I thought I’d write you a post of my experiences of the switch. But before we dive in there’s a few things I want to be clear about: This is my personal experience of using these products- every person is different so what might work for me, may not work for you I always find things like this difficult to write because of my day job- being a doctor I worry people will take what I say differently. But I am writing this from a ‘person who menstruates’ point of view rather than a medical/doctoring point of view. If you have any queries around your own physical needs please speak to your health professional Having said that, being a doctor means I have a no frills approach to speaking about these things. So don’t expect euphemisms! I remember a friend asking for my ‘birth story’ and it was only afterwards (and from the trauma…

  • General Musings

    Welcome to my new look (old) blog

    I don’t know about you but every few years I get itchy feet and need to revamp my little blog! I’ve had this blog for nearly ten years now but it’s pretty unrecognisable from it’s old form. Would you believe that it was mainly to share crochet patterns I made as a medical student? I never really expected many people to read it but every single follower/commenter and visitor brought me so much joy. Slowly I started moving into other crafts, first wedding DIYs and then later as I dipped my toe into sewing I started documenting more of my sewing makes. After that… well I started taking my sewing blogging a bit more seriously after being on The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC 1) in 2016 and started to use my platform to raise the issue of inclusivity in the sewing community. As my Instagram account grew I found myself spending more time on that, sharing most of my craft and progress through those little squares. I’ve loved connecting with people over Instagram but I’ve neglected my blog. My blog didn’t ‘feel’ like me. I hadn’t touched it in years and when I looked it I just felt a…

  • General Musings,  Sewing

    Sew In Colour- Part 2

    This blog post has been a long time coming. You might remember about two years ago I had a look at 52 different sewing magazine covers and disappointingly found that every single one had a white model on the front. Despite the diversity and colourfulness (in every sense of the word) within the sewing community there were no Black, Asian or ethnic minority models on the front cover of any of the magazines that supposedly cater for us. I was shocked to say the least but more than anything, disappointed. The sewing community is one that is, at its core, about celebrating our individuality and diversity- its one that prides itself as being welcoming and inclusive- regardless of age, gender, size, shape, sexuality. But on one of the most basic of things, they were flat out failing. So what has happened since then? Outside the sewing world, magazines and publishers are slowly starting to wake up to the diversity issue. Most notably there was the appointment of Edward Enninful at British Vogue. His predecessor was heavily criticised for her reaction when her final edition showed a photograph of her 54 strong staff- all of who were white. “Diversity for me…

  • LIfestyle,  Sewing

    Top 10 Sewing Gifts

    The other day I got a super cool sewing gift and it made me think: Sewing gifts are the best. I mean, don’t get me wrong- I do love a nice perfume or face cream, but get me a set of Gutermann threads and you’re pulling on my heart strings (sorry, that’s a terrible attempt at sewing humour..) Thankfully there are some great gifts out there- colourful/useful and most importantly, Instagram friendly! Here are my top 10 favourites- feel free to ‘accidentally’ send this post to all your contacts, I won’t tell 😉 1. Pink Coat Club enamel pins/patches (£1.25-£7) The gift that inspired this post. Maybe I’m just a sucker for shiny things but LOOK AT THEM! These are just as cute in real life as they look- shiny, vibrant colours.There’s even one with the universal sewing mantra: “It has pockets”. I would totally rock that one on a me-made with a super smug “why-yes-my-dress-has-pockets” smile (you know the one!) I also love the nostalgic look of the ‘seamstress’ badge, makes me feel all important!

  • General Musings,  Sewing,  Uncategorized

    An Open Letter: Sew In Colour

    The other day I saw this magazine cover for Women’s Running being shared on social media. It was a moment of collective pride to see a beautiful muslim woman in a hijab being represented on such a huge scale. Not just a feature. The actual cover. Muslim women are hugely under-represented in the media. But people like Rahaf Khatib, Dina Torkia, Mariah Idrissi, Amena  of Pearl Daisy and of course the lovely Nadiya are slowly breaking down the barriers by being featured in big-named campaigns. By including them on their covers/adverts/shows, it gives young muslim women the feeling that they have a place in society, that they are seen, heard and belong- which, in this climate of division, is no small thing. So what does this have to do with sewing? Well soon after I saw this cover,  I happened to be browsing sewing magazines and I noticed something. None of the covers featured a woman of black, asian or minority ethnicity (BAME). Not one. Maybe this was just coincidence? I was probably missing something, right? So I put my science hat on and did some impromptu research. I went through the all of the issues from October 2015 to 2016 from 4 of the…