My Little Life
I’m Amnah, a Muslim mom blogger from the San Francisco Bay Area. Here you’ll find crafts and projects for kids and moms alike, sweet and savory recipes, and random ramblings about raising three little girls.
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Category Archives: Home Sweet Home
Moving sucks. Don’t get me wrong, a new place and a fresh start are great. But it’s the packing and unpacking, transporting, furniture getting damaged, fragile items breaking, and things getting lost that are annoying. Am I right? A dear friend of mine recently moved a couple of weeks ago. But wait, she just moved into this new place a few months ago. There’s more, she’s moving again after four months. Why all the moves? Their current apartment needed to be renovated so management had to ask them to leave temporarily. I hope the postal service doesn’t think all their mail forwarding requests are pranks. In an attempt to make her current temporary place feel a little like home, I … Continue reading
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In a moment of panic last month, thinking I had gone into labor, I whipped out a hammer and nails. For months I had been wanting to put up a gallery style display on the wall in my family room/kitchen area. The tapestry that was there had been moved to the living room above the mantel leaving this wall totally bare. It drove me nuts. I had a super long to-do list to complete before the baby arrived and this was right there at the top. It’s a very eclectic mix of things. Very much my style. I’m not crazy about matchy-matchy totally symmetrical displays. This reflects my personality much better. Laid back, casual, and a bit funky. I picked … Continue reading
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I remember when I first saw pictures printed on canvas. It was way back in the day before everyone and their mothers were blogging. It seemed like such a luxury and such a cool thing to have in the home. I never looked into it again because the prices were out of my budget and for some reason there would be issues with my image resolution. I let my dream of owning a canvas of one of my photos slowly fade away. Then Easy Canvas Prints came along and reignited that excitement I once felt. With a generous and awesome offer presented, I knew exactly which image I wanted on a canvas. During my very first trip to Palestine, I took … Continue reading
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During my trip to Hajj, I found this beautiful tapestry. It’s been one of my favorite pieces in my house since I’ve gotten married. I actually bought it specifically for my home while I was in Mecca. Mind you, I wasn’t even engaged or looking to be married at the time. I just knew I loved it and had to have it. The colors are so me. I love using blues and greens. My girls pulled a bit too tightly one day on it and brought it down from the wall where it’s been hanging since we moved into this home four years ago. Once I get my hands on a power drill (Hey Baba, when are you coming over?), … Continue reading
I truly believed covering my kitchen chairs in outdoor fabric was a great idea. It seemed completely foolproof. Cute fabric that was stain resistant. No more crying over spilt milk. Unfortunately, the fabric faded miserably due to scrubbing off messy spills all the time. Good idea: FAIL. Plus, my chairs turned out to be crappy quality so everything was a total waste. Double fail. It finally dawned on me (with a little help from Dana) that oilcloth would be the way to go. I searched online but wasn’t crazy about the prices. I searched in the stores but didn’t find anything to my liking. As I knew my trip to Washington was approaching, I knew I would check out Pacific Fabric & Crafts. … Continue reading
A long time ago I had a great idea. I would get outdoor fabric to upholster the seats on the new chairs I was getting for our kitchen table. I would be getting the best of both worlds, cute fabric that would stay clean through all of Jenin’s spills and drips. Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. The fabric boasted that it is stain resistant, which it is. What it didn’t mention is that the fabric would fade miserably each time I wiped off the tomato sauce/chocolate milk/strawberry yogurt/oatmeal/etc. Look how great the fresh, new fabric looks on the chair? Sorry about the picture, it was an after thought during some downtime while making cinnamon rolls, which … Continue reading
I wanted to give my daughters a playful room to grow up in. A room they would remember long after they’ve outgrown it. From the door Jenin’s side The incredibly long butterfly garland, lower case j from Marshalls (or TJMaxx, can’t remember), fabric J from Anthropologie (on sale, from Iman), hokey pokey sign (also from Iman), Jenin’s name hand embroidered by my sister-in-law framed in Martha Stewart frame from Michaels (Jenin is named after the city my husband is from), and the poppy print that is my color inspiration for the whole room. One of my favorite pieces in the room. The headboard was $15 from a furniture wholesale warehouse. It was gold. I spray painted it black to match Maysoon’s crib … Continue reading
Okay, maybe this will help me make a decision.I like how this pattern looks. I don’t like it in black. Rami does. I want more of a contrast. Maybe the green? Here’s a damask. Not really sure how I feel about this. I love it as a nursing cover which is what this particular piece of fabric is. I would get the mocha damask.I’m not so sure about the striped fabric now. What if I covered one chair in each fabric. This way I wouldn’t have to decide. Help! *Edited to add: I ended up ordering this one. Takes 2 – 3 weeks for delivery. Hope it looks good.
So I’m getting this dining set (minus arm chairs and server): I need fabric to cover the seats. I think I’ve narrowed it down to these: They are all outdoor fabrics from Joann.com. According to the web site’s description, this fabric claims to”resist not only mold and mildew, but soil and stains, as well. Should you spill food or drink on the fabric, it cleans easily with soap and water.” Where has this fabric been all of Jenin’s life? Now a rug. I need one to go under the dining table and one for the area with the sofa. Click here to see what those spaces look like. Ok so first, I’m thinking of this rug for the sofa area: … Continue reading
Old is the new new. After at least a year of thinking about it, I finally went to the flea market in Alameda on Sunday. I am so glad I did. I was really overwhelemed by the amount of stuff there honestly. So much to check out. Unfortunately I went really late so I ended up going through really quickly. I went in with a plan to find two lamps. And two lamps are exactly what I found. Aaaah, I love them! They were the exact shape and size I was looking for. I really couldn’t believe I found them. I paid $35 for both! I also found a huge glass jar that I’ll blog about later. Next month I’m … Continue reading