It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged here. The past 6 months have been quite a whirlwind, in a good way, for me and my home based business, Alhumdulillah. I wanted to take a moment to document what an amazing year I have had so far. I have learned so much and met many amazing people. Here’s a little recap!

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January: I started regularly teaching sewing classes for kids and moms in my home. I taught roughly 3-4 classes a week from Jan-May. It was such a rewarding experience working with children and their moms and sharing this life skill with them. It always brings me joy to see the smiles on the children’s faces after they have completed a project, proudly telling their parents all they have learned. The funny thing is, I was learning just as much as they were! With every new project they requested, my skills were enhancing and my skill set increasing as I prepared each class before my students arrived, Alhumdulillah.

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February: I started making my homemade Ramadan Advent Calendars, that I make every year. I also started to research new ways to apply letters and numbers to my calendars- fabric paint was too time consuming. Orders were pouring in from the community daily and I needed a new faster method! I considered creating silk screens, cutting felt/fabric letters, or using heat press vinyl.

March: Because there was such an interest in the calendars, I decided to reopen my etsy shop after 5 years of being closed (I took a hiatus from my shop to teach as a Islamic school kindergarten teacher, and to thereafter focus on my small children)! This month I also decided I wanted to machine cut my letters- be it with fabric or vinyl- and I finally invested in my own Silhouette machine (it’s been on my wishlist for YEARS)! Best investment ever- bye bye fabric paint!

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April:
I was contacted by Salam Shop for a wholesale order of Ramadan Calendars using fabrics of their choice; we met up at Fabricland to choose colours! They also requested a different method for the letters and numbers using printer iron on transfers- but I felt that method was not very durable or long lasting. I really wanted to put my new Silhouette machine to good use- I was still in the researching/testing phase and I was running into a few problems 1) I didn’t have a supplier of bulk vinyl (my preferred method), 2) applying fabric cut letters, though cost effective, was not very efficient by sewing or gluing 3) I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go the silk screening way. So I stalked google, websites, and craft forums for hours and finally discovered a local supplier of vinyl which saved the day! Alhumdulillah, I could now cut all the letters and numbers for my calendars in vinyl with my Silhouette machine. Ahh, a few months of research and testing paid off.

May: My new method of cutting vinyl letters was great, and I had a great supplier… but the process of ironing on each and every vinyl letter and number was too time consuming! So I got my hands on my own professional heat press that could heat the numbers in one go- bye bye iron! Making calendars was much more efficient now.

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June:
I attended my first real bazaar! It was put on by Kaamilah Boutique to Welcome Ramadan. My main item was my Ramadan Calendars- only because I had been sewing them daily for the past few months and didn’t really have time to develop new product lines! The bazaar was great and I met so many inspiring Muslimah entrepreneurs, Alhumdulillah.

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Today: Just when I started finding my groove and just when I started creating new product lines for my etsy shop… I have decided to shut everything down! No more sewing classes, and my etsy shop will be closed. Why? It is all in preparation for the last nights of Ramadan, and also for my approaching due date for baby number 4 insha’Allah, Alhumdulillah. I really do look forward to continuing my home business in the future insha’Allah, but for the time being- I feel like I need to catch my breath and focus on this new season of my life with my growing family. I can’t say how truly grateful I am for being able to live my dream, even if for only a little while :).

Onto the next chapter!

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