Friday's Five : لو لم أكن مصريا

كنت برضو حعوز أكون مصريا

و عندي أسباب كتييييييييره

١-  على رأي نانسي عجرم أنا مصري و أبويا مصري و غسب عن عيني مصري

٢ – بأمشي زي المصري

٣- ويكيبيديا مصري

٤- مصر هي أمي (بصوت فؤاد المهندس) و ساعات بتكون مرات أبويا

٥- جواز السفر الداهيه المعروف بالشبشب الأخضر اللي بيبان من على بعد و بيعرف كل الناس إن أنا مصري بس للأسف خلاص عملو واحد صغير. كنت خايفه لولو ما تلحقش تعرفو بس الحمد الله عملتلها واحد أول ما إتولدت فممكن تشيلو للذكرى.

جواز السفر المصري اﻷصلي

جواز السفر المصري اﻷصلي

أنا إكتشفت إني فخورة بهويتي المصريه

Have you heard this song?


It’s time for me to make a move
And I know what i gotta do
Coz I got everything to prove
I got a plan I’m sticking to

The word is that I’m over doubt
But I don’t let it get me down
I ain’t nobody’s push around
If they could only see me now

There’s only one thing on my mind
And I’m running out of time
I’m coming through so get out of the way

I am a woman on a mission, woah
Nothing can stop me, I’m stronger than ever
I wanna see this through
I am a woman on a mission, woah
Whatever it takes I will do what I gotta do

I’m gonna lay it on the line
I won’t give up without a fight
Coz I can see the finish line
Won’t stop till I make you mine
To read the writing on the wall
I’m ready here and standing tall
So people think they know it all
So I guess I’ll have to show them all

There’s only one thing on my mind
And I’m running out of time
I’m coming through so get out of the way

I am a woman on a mission, woah
Nothing can stop me, I’m stronger than ever
I wanna see this through
I am a woman on a mission, woah
Whatever it takes I will do what I gotta do

I am a woman on a mission, woah
Nothing can stop me, I’m stronger than ever
I wanna see this through
I am a woman on a mission, woah
Whatever it takes I will do what I gotta do

I never give up, I never give up, I never give up
I’m on a mission
I never give up, I never give up
I’m gonna see this through
I never give up, I never give up, I never give up
I’m on a mission
Whatever it takes I will do what I gotta do

Friday's Five: Everyday ...

I am a pirate photo

I am going to conquer the world

In an effort to make life more interesting I am going to try and do one or all of these things everyday.

  1. Take more pictures to improve my photography.
  2. Think of a new positive affirmation for the day.  I like my affirmations funny and fresh.
  3. Spritz on some “fancy” perfume that I don’t use unless I am going out somewhere fancy.  Since going out to someplace fancy is a rarity I have decided to consider staying at home a “fancy” thing.
  4. Say a little prayer for the loved ones who have left us.  Parents or loved ones who have passed away need every prayer.  It is also a reminder of our own mortality.
  5. Learn something new.  It does not matter if it is just a new piece of information, a word or how to make cookies, anything new learned is good stimulation for the brain.

What are five things you want to or already do every day?

If I could do anything, I would …

is Google’s latest Doodle4Google competition.  I don’t usually take notice of the Google Doodle’s anymore, because I rarely visit Google’s homepage, I just use Firefox’s search textbox and go directly to the results.  I found myself totally by chance over there today and noticed the line saying that 30,000 kids drew Google Doodles so I clicked thinking I would see some random childish scribbles.  I didn’t find them.   If you want to be inspired and awed then take a look at these pictures and ideas. Children from K-12 were invited to answer the question and draw a Google Doodle. 40 finalists have been picked out by expert jurors like well-known illustrators, cartoonists and animators from organizations like Disney, The Sesame Street Workshop, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates and Peanuts and Pixar Animation Studios. You, the public can vote for the best.

Here is an example:

The illustrations are amazing.  I couldn’t draw to save my life although I spent half my childhood dreaming of someday becoming a cartoonist or an illustrator.  As for what they wished they could do, that is a totally different story.  Like little Michael who wants to create water filtering pipes, he’s only 9 if you hadn’t noticed.  I am impressed, inspired and moved.

Maybe we should listen more to our children and give them more freedom to dream.  Maybe, just maybe they will grow up to change the world.

Coasters always remind me of Monica from Friends

IMG_0292 Whenever I see coasters I remember Monica from Friends.  I can’t help it.

I like coasters.

They are like accessories for the table, plus they are useful too.

I like pretty things that are functional.

Can’t help it.

Make yourself some coasters.

I like to call these my Flower Bud coasters.

Pattern

IMG_0293Chain 4 {count as 1 chain and 1 dc}. 11 dc in fourth chain from the hook. [12 dc]

Slip stitch into top chain in first dc.

Turn, chain 3, 1 dc in same stitch, 2 dc in next 11 stitches [24 dc]

Slip stitch into top chain in first dc.

Turn, chain 3, 1 dc in same stitch, 1 dc in next stitch, *2 dc in next stitch, 1 dc in next stitch* [36 dc].

Turn so that it is wrong side facing, chain 1.

*Dc in next stitch, slip stitch in same stitch* Slip stitch into the chain 1.

Finish off and weave ends.

I added felt to the back to keep them sturdy.

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Friday’s Five: I confess to being afraid of these things

The truth
is:
If you
knew you could
handle anything
that came your
way, what would you
have to fear? The answer is: NOTHING!~ Susan Jeffers quotes from Feel The Fear… And Do it Anyway
Apparently it turns out there are more things I am afraid of than I’d  like to admit.  I finally started reading Feel the fear and do it anyway by Susan Jeffers.  Before my vacation I had an opportunity to delve deeper into my soul and think about lots of things.  I did lots more soul searching while I was in Egypt and realized that I had lots of fears that were holding me back from doing stuff I wanted to do.

  • I am afraid people might not like me.
  • I am afraid of being a bad mother.  Unfortunately bad sometimes means too tough and sometimes means too soft.  Contradictory I know.
  • I am afraid of making phone calls.  I have no idea why, but I hate having to call people other than my close friends or family members.
  • I am afraid of letting go of  things sometimes.  I recently went through my clothes in a purge session and found a pair of trousers that I remember buying 3 years before my dad passed away while on a family trip all of us together,  that is like around 13 years ago maybe more.  Every time I tried giving them away I’d get all sentimental.  After a lot of thinking I realized they were more than just a pair of trousers that don’t fit me anymore.  They were all these happy memories that I was scared of giving away if I let go of the trousers.
  • I am afraid of hurting the people I love so I end up in a state of guilt, stress  or unhappiness and sometimes all three together.

It is not that I am crazy or need therapy, not that I’d mind  finding someone I could complain to without feeling bad about making them feel bad :-).

I just think that I could be a much more balanced and happier individual if I dealt with them.  Realizing that fear was the underlying motivator in so many of my actions was an eye opener.  It feels liberating that now I know why, and that I can deal with each one of these fears.  It seems weird that I had never realized it before.

I am loving the book.

Five months in the making

Back in December of 09′ I said I wanted to learn crochet. One of the reasons was to make a laptop sleeve.  Five months later, I actually made one.  Literally five months later I picked up the yarn and a hook and started to crochet.  I didn’t want to make the exact one.  I wanted something personal, something simple and something me.

So without further ado ;  *drum roll please* TaDaaaaaa!

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Are you jealous?

Don’t you just love those big brown wooden buttons.  I love buttons, I love wood buttons, I love huge over sized buttons, not only am I a yarn lover, I am a button lover.  I need button therapy.  Do you want to make one?

Keep reading.

This isn’t really a pattern but more of a tutorial.

Step 1:  Supplies

Get your supplies ready.  For this you will need:

  • Yarn
  • Appropriate crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Laptop (you could always use the measurements but I think measuring against the thing itself is easier)
  • Buttons
  • Felt for the lining  (this is optional but it gives added protection against any falls, it also gives the sleeve some structure)

Step 2:  Starting

IMG_0247 Start chaining until the chain is as long as your laptop is wide.  Count your chains, if they are an odd number chain one more to make them even.

Chain one more, turn and sc all the way back to the first chain.  Keep going until the fabric measures half the height of the laptop.  You could go all the way but I wanted the seam to be in the middle because I originally had a totally different design in mind.

Step 3: Making the textured fabric

IMG_0257If you look closely you will notice that the stitch is not a plain single crochet one.  It’s a textured one.  It is easy, make sure your piece is right side facing then make a row of double crochets,  now turn, the fabric should be wrong side facing.  Chain one, dc in next stitch, slip stitch in next stitch, keep going until the end.  You should finish on a slip stitch into the top chain of the chain 3 (first dc).

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Keep alternating between a row of double crochets and a row of (slip stitch – dc)s until  the textured part can cover your laptop.

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If you only worked half the height in single crochet go ahead and work another half.

When you are done sc around the whole thing once for a cleaner finish.

Step 4:  Adding the lining

IMG_0314 Place the fabric flat on the table with the felt underneath it.  Mark the rectangle on the felt using a ruler, cut and pin the felt to the crochet.  Now sew them together.

IMG_0318 Fold the whole thing and sew it together long sides together.  I only sewed the crochet together, I am not sure why but at the time I thought it would be easier and cleaner.  You now have a tube like thing.  Congratulations, you are almost there.

Step 4: Make a gusset ( the bottom closing bit)

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Insert your laptop in the tube and count the number of stitches on the bottom.  Make a chain that long, chain 1, turn and sc back and forth until the gusset is big enough to close the sleeve at the bottom.

IMG_0323 Sew the gusset to the rest of the sleeve.

Step 5: Making the flap

IMG_0325 Make a slip stitch into the first stitch on the back side of the sleeve.  Kind of difficult to explain but I hope the picture makes it easy to understand.  This should be the firs sc after the textured bit.  Sc all the way until the textured bit starts again, turn.

You have several options here.  You can either work it in only single crochet or you can repeat the textured bit.  I wanted the textured bit so I kept working until it was long enough to close over the laptop and there was an extra bit more, I switch back to single crochet so I could make the button holes.  Then I just did another two rows of single crochets then a row of double crochets and finished with a row of (slips stitches and dcs)  I liked the bobbly edge.

Step 6:  Finish up.

IMG_0335 Weave in any ends, sew in the buttons and enjoy your handiwork

Step 7: Take it out for a spin

And if anyone asks you where you got the amazing sleeve, feel good about yourself.

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المنفرجة

هديه مني ليكم و الأنشوده تحت خالص بعد القصيدة تأدية عبد الهادي بلخياط

قصيدة المنفرجة لأبي الفضل يوسف بن محمد بن يوسف التوزري المعروف بابن النحوي، المتوفى سنة 513ه.

إِشتدّي أزمةُ تنفرجي *** قد آذَنَ لَيلُكِ بالبَلَجِ
و ظلام الليل له سُرُجٌ *** حتى يغشاه أبو السُّرُج
و سحاب الخير له مطرٌ *** فإذا جاء الإبَّانُ تَجِي
و فوائد مولانا جُمَلٌ *** لسُروج الأنفسِ و المُهَجِ
و لها أَرَجٌ مُحْيٍ أبدا *** فَاقْصِد مَحْيَا ذَاكَ الأرَجِ
فَلَرُبَّتَمَا فَاضَ المَحْيَا *** بِبُحورِ المَوْجِ من اللُّجَجِ
_______
والخلق جميعا في يده *** فَذَوُ سَعَةٍ و ذَوُ حَرَجِ
و نُزولُهُمُ و طُلوعُهُمُ *** فإلى دَرَكٍ و على دَرَجٍ
و معايِشُهُم و عَواقِبُهُم *** ليست في المَشْيِ على عِوَجِ
حِكَمٌ نُسِجَتْ بِيَدٍ حَكَمَتْ *** ثم انتسجَت بالمُنْتَسِجِ
فإذا اقْتَصَدَت ثم انْعَرَجَت *** فبمُقْتَصِدٍ و بمُنْعَرِجِ
شَهِدَت بعجائِبها حُجَجٌ *** قامت بالأمر على الحُجَجِ
_______
و رِضًا بقضاء الله حِجَا *** فعلى مَرْكوزَتِها فَعُجِ
فإذا انفتحت أبوابُ هُدَى *** فاعجل بخزائنها و لِجِ
وإذا حاوَلْتَ نِهايتَها *** فاحذَرْ إذْ ذَاك من العَرَجِ
لتكون من السُّبّاقِ إذا *** ما جِئْتَ إلى تلك الفُرُجِ
فهناك العَيْشُ و بَهجَتُهُ *** فَبِمُبتهِجٍ و بمُنْتَهِجِ
فَهِجِ الأعمال إذا رَكَدَتْ *** و إذا ما هِجْتَ إذَن تَهِجِ
و معاصي الله سَمَاجَتُهَا *** تَزدانُ لذي الخُلقِ السَّمِج
و لِطاعَتِه و صَبَاحَتِها *** أنوارُ صبَاحٍ مُنْبَلِجِ
من يخْطو بحُورَ الخُلْدِ بِها *** يَحظَى بالحُور و بالفَنَجِ
___________
فكُنِ المَرْضِيَ لهَا بِتُقاً *** تَرْضَاهُ غَداً و تَكونَ نَجِي
و اتْلُ القرآن بقَلْبٍ ذِي *** حُزنٍ و بصَوتٍ فيه شَجِ
و صلاة الليل مسافَتُها *** فاذهَبْ فيها بالفَهْمِ و جِي
و تأمَّلَها و معانِيها *** تَأتِي الفِردوسَ و تَبْتَهجِ
و اشرب تَسْنِيمَ مُفَجِّرِها *** لا مُمْتَزِجًا و بمُمْتَزِجِ
_________
مُدِحَ العَقلُ الآتِيهِ هُدًى *** و هَوَى المُتَوَلِّ عنه هُجِي
و كتاب الله رِيَاضَتُهُ *** لِعُقُولِ النَّاسِ بِمُنْدَرِجِ
و خِيارُ الخَلْقِ هُدَاتُهُمُ *** و سِوَاهُمْ من هَمَجِ الهَمَجِ
فإذا كنت المِقْدَامَ فَلا *** تَجْزَعْ في الحَربِ من الرَّهَجِ
و إذا أبْصَرْتَ مَنَارَ هُدَى *** فاظْهَر فَرْدًا فَوْقَ الثَّبَجِ
و إذا اشْتَاقَت نفسٌ وَجَدت *** ألَمًا بالشَّوقِ المُعْتَلِجِ
و ثَنَايَا الحَسْنا ضَاحِكةً *** و تَمَامُ الضَّحْكِ على الفَلَجِ
و غِيابُ الأسْرارِ اجْتَمَعَتْ *** بأمانتِها تحت السُّرُجِ
و الرِّفْقُ يدوم لصاحِبهِ *** و الخِرْقُ يَصِير إلى الهَرَجِ
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صَلَواتُ اللهِ على المَهْدِي *** الهادي الناس إلى النَّهْجِ
و أبي بكرٍ في سيرَتِه *** و لِسانِ مقالتِه اللَّهِجِ
و أبي حَفْصٍ و كرامتِهِ *** في قِصَّةِ سَارِيَةَ الخَلَجِ
و أبي عَمْرٍ ذي النُّورَيْنِ *** المُسْتَهْدِ المُسْتَحْيِ البَهِجِ
و أبي حَسَنٍ في العِلْمِ إذَا *** وَافَى بسَحائِبِه الخَلَجِ
و على السِّبْطَيْنِ و أمِّهِما *** و جميعِ الآلِ بمُنْدَرِجِ
و صَحَابَتِهِم و قَرَابَتِهِمْ *** و قُفَاتُ الأثْرِ بلا عِوَجِ
و على تُبّاعِهُمُ العُلَمَا *** بعَوارِفِ دينِهِم البَهِجِ
يا رَبِّ بهِم و بآلِهِم *** عجِّل بالنَّصْرِ و بالفَرَجِ
و ارحَم يا أكْرَمَ مَنْ رحِمَا *** عَبْدًا عن بابِكَ لَمْ يَعُجِ
و اخْتِمْ عمَلِي بخَواتِمِها *** لِأكون غدًا في الحَشْرِ نَجِي
لَكِنِّي بجُودِكَ مُعْتَرِفٌ *** فاقْبَلْ بمَعَاذِرِي حِجَجِي
و إذَا بك ضَاقَ الأمْرُ فَقُلْ *** إشْتَدِّي أزْمَةُ تَنْفَرِجِي
اشتهر أهل المغرب بأداء هذه القصيدة

Don’t worry we have air conditioning

I was browsing jobs on Bayt.com and found a listing that had this

I kid you not!

Peachy Summers

Peachy Summer Crochet Bag[Skip to pattern]

It all started when I went to the local yarn stores in Alexandria.  I could have camped there all vacation.  The first time I only bought some so I could try it out and see how it would feel to work with the stuff.  You buy it by weight and it comes in these humongous cones.  No ball band to tell you what hook to use or what weight this yarn is.

So I sat down to test it with different hooks.

I finally settled on a 4 mm hook.

Am I boring you?

At first I started making a market tote.  A simple rectangular shaped bag but it just didn’t feel right.

I ripped it all out although I was almost half way done.

And started making a circle.

I was sitting in my mom’s living room.

Oh my that living room has the most awesome balcony.  The balcony actually sucks, it is so tiny that my mom closed it years ago but if you open the window, the slightest breeze is like a tornado.  There was a cool breeze making the curtain dance.  It’s a white chiffon curtain that just dances wildly when there’s a wind blowing.

My mom’s living room is yellow.

Seriously!

Many many years ago she decided to paint the rooms and the living room is yellow, her room is a palish pink, my sister’s room is pink and my room is baby blue.

Color is nice, but I am painting all the walls in my house off white and if I ever feel the need for color I will use stick on decals or paintings or posters or whatever.

I stopped working and did a bit more the next day at my grandparent’s farm.

Think of a farm.  Whatever you imagined is nothing like my grandparent’s farm.

It’s more like a villa with a huge garden where my grandparents used to play farmers.  They are both too old and not exactly as healthy as they used to be.

It is where the whole family used to go spend Thursday nights and stay till Friday’s lunch.  With a couple of us married and the rest of us grown up and busy with their own lives it is not as lively as it used to be.

I sat for a while thinking about all of the years that went by.  The events and everything else.  Just like the rows working themselves out in the bag, everything worked itself out in our lives.

I am being really sentimental here.

A couple of days later it was finished and the next time we were at the farm my sister took our my grandma’s sewing machine and made the lining.

It stayed unfinished until this morning when I decided it was time to sew the lining to the bag.

Life is a lot like making bags.  It is OK to realize you want to go back and do something else.  It is OK to ask someone to help you.  It is OK to let life take its time and work itself out on its own.  Nothing stays the same.  People move on.  Life goes on.

I read a quote today from the movie The Incredibles “I don’t look back darling, it distracts me from the now”.  So the next time you sit down to do something, focus on that thing but don’t forget to be grateful for that summery breeze coming through the balcony that became a window.

Lined Bag

Pattern:

Base:

Round 1 Chain 4 (counts as 1 dc and 1 chain), 11 dc in the 4th chain from the hook. [12 dc]

Slip stitch to the top of the 1st dc (top of chain 3 ), turn and chain 3

Repeat stitches in between ** until the end of each round.

Round 2 1 dc in same stitch as  chain 3 *2 dc in each sc.*  Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ) , turn and chain 3. [24 dc]

Round 3 1 dc in same stitch as  chain 3, 1 dc in next stitch *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next stitch .* Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ) , turn and chain 3. [36 dc]

Round 4 1 dc in same stitch as  chain 3, 1 dc in next 2 stitches *2 dcin first stitch, 1 dc in next 2 stitches .* Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ) , turn and chain 3. [48 dc]

Round 5 1 dc in same stitch as  chain 3, 1 dc in next 3 stitches *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 3 stitches .* Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ) , turn and chain 3. [60 dc]

Round 6 1 dc in same stitch as  chain 3, 1 dc in next 4  stitches *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 4 stitches .* Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ), turn and chain 3. [72 dc]

Round 7 1 dc in same stitch as  chain 3, 1 dc in next 5  stitches *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 5 stitches .* Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ), turn and chain 3. [84 dc]

Round 8 1 dc in same stitch as  chain 3, 1 dc in next 6 stitches  *2 dc in first stitch, 1 dc in next 6 stitches .* Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ), turn and chain 3. [96 dc]

If you want a bigger base keep working more rounds, adding one stitch between each increase.

Body

Round 9 – 24 1 dc in each stitch.  Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ) , turn and chain 3 [96 dc]

If you want a taller bag add more rows of even dc stitches before doing round 25.

In the next two rounds you will be decreasing to give close the top opening a bit, I was too lazy to count so just decided on decreasing every 5 stitches then every 4 stitches so the stitches aren’t even.

There decreases aren’t even.

Round 25 1 dc in next 4 stitches, 1 dc decrese *1 dc in next 5  stitches, 1 dc decrease. *  1 dc in last 4 stitches.  Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ) , turn and chain 3

Round 26 1 dc in next 3 stitches, 1 dc decrese *1 dc in next 4 stitches, 1 dc decrease. * 1  dc in last 4 stitches.  Slip stitch into first dc (top of chain 3 ) , turn and chain 1

Round 27 1 sc in each stitch [70 stitches]

Handles

Round 28 1 sc in next 12  stitches, chain 34, sc in next 24 stitches, chain 34, sc in next 12 stitches. Slip stitch into first sc, not in the slip stitch turn and chain 1.

If you want a longer handle then chain more than 34, a shorter one then chain less than 34.  Simple right?

Round 29 1 sc in all scs and chain.  Slip stitch to first sc, turn and chain 1.  When working in the chains I prefer to flip it over and work in the back ridges, it gives a nicer cleaner finish.

Round 30 – 31 1 sc in next sc.  Slip stitch to first sc turn and chain 1.

Round 32 1 sc in next sc.  Slip stitch to first sc, finish off and weave in ends.

And we’re done here.

If you want to add a rigid base check out this tutorial