Friday, 8 November 2019

Painting Autumn leaves

It is such a beautiful time of the year and we are heading towards the end of Autumn. There are so many leaves on the ground, I could not resist picking some from my back garden.
A fun creative idea to do with the kids when it’s raining outside and to get their creative juices flowing when they are bored; paint some leaves.

All you need is some paint, a paint brush (any old one will do), a paint palette - I couldn’t find mine so I improvised by using paper. And of course you need some Leaves.

You could use metallic paint like gold and silver or glitter paint. Use your imagination and the ideas keep coming!

I hope you have fun with this! 
Until next time, here’s me signing off.

Sona xx

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Green Omelette

I am really loving my greens at the moment. Green vegetables are healthy, energising and make you glow. I tried this Green Omelette and thought it was scrumptious.

2 medium eggs, whisked
1 spring onion, chopped
A few green olives, chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
Half a cup of baby spinach, finely chopped
A sprinkle of chilli flakes and black pepper
Oil for frying, 2 tablespoons
Salt to taste

Combine all the ingredients together and cook in a frying pan with a little oil, flip over to cook the other side.
Serve with some orange juice and some salad. Enjoy :)

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Cross stitching

I have not posted anything on this blog for some time because I was having a difficult time dealing with my illness and everything that comes with it. I have not been writing much apart from my poetry   as I find it helps me. Anyway despite the break in writing I have been trying new things and recently I tried Cross stitching for the first time and it was real fun but time consuming. If only there were more hours in the day. I would love to try more advanced techniques and make things for my handmade gift and party decor business that I started with my sister (In a Bubble). I feel there is so much things I could do with Cross stitching - personalised frames and cards etc.

This is the card I made with the kit I got from Cross Stitcher magazine.

Anyway I just wanted to write today. I was thinking of giving up for a while there because I was so fed up with things and life can be quite disheartening at times but I will keep at it because writing is what I do the best.
The reason I started this blog is because I am stuck indoors most days and this is my way of putting my writing out there for the world to read. Because when the world doesn’t give you a chance you start a blog! I have no design or photography experience or any fancy fancy equipment at my disposal and so this blog might not look the best at this moment but I am learning as I go on. And I have to say it is quite the steep learning curve.
All I have is my writing really and the words just come to me as I go along. I hope people enjoy my writing.
Until the next time,
Sona xx

Sunday, 25 August 2019

My poetry

I am sorry I have not been able to post anything in a while. I had some health issues to deal with and am still dealing with them to some extent. But I live in hope that all will be well, God willing. Life has its twists and turns but you just have to keep going.
My poetry really helps me deal with a lot of things in my life and I wanted to share my poems with the world hence I started a poetry page on Instagram. Please do check it out.
Some of the poems that I love the most are:

I hoped you’ve enjoyed reading them and until next time, stay happy.

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Making a Birthday cake

The holidays are in full swing; two weeks have already passed in a flash. I have not posted anything in a while because I have been so busy. The extra cooking, cleaning and trying to keep the kids entertained leaves me in a tired mess at the end of the day. And then I have been getting all creative because I am trying to make a go of setting a gift and party decor company on Instagram with my sister. I think I mentioned it in a previous post when I was in the throes of excitement. But that has gradually worn of  after the realisation dawned that it is not as easy as we would like it to be. It is hard to get recognition without a name. But they do say that persistence is key and we will keep going and hope for the best. Inshallah it will all work out in the end. If anyone even reads this blog please do check it out on Instagram @_inabubble_.And we would be grateful if you could follow us too:)
Anyway today is my son’s birthday. He is twelve today. Instead of a party I decided to bake him a cake. I am not much of a baker although I do like to imagine I am sometimes but I do try when I have the energy to assemble all of the many ingredients required. At first I thought about challenging myself and making it from scratch but I gave in and bought a Betty Crocker mix instead. My cake looks kind of rustic but my son is happy that I made it. And that is all that really matters. Happy Birthday Hamza. May you go on to achieve great things.

Thank you for stopping by to read
Sona xxx

Monday, 15 July 2019

My struggle with Psoriasis

For over a year now I have been inflicted with Psoriasis. I do not know whether ‘struggle’ is an apt word for it though as that word somehow suggests a long winded suffering and fighting. I now know that many do struggle and suffer for long time. I have read about people who skin is red and raw going to the Dead Sea in search of a cure or at least relief from the constant itching and peeling of the skin.

Psoriasis is a condition that baffles doctors even on the 21st Century and as such there is no known cure. Although as a Muslim I believe that there is no disease that Allah has not sent a cure for. For many months I didn’t even bother seeing a doctor because I didn’t want to waste their time, so I searched myself.

I tried so many creams, Vaseline, Cocoa Butter, E45, Sudocrem, Aveeno. But none of them helped the itching or the dryness.

And then finally one morning I was in a lot of pain I decided to call the doctor. I did not get to see the doctor but a nurse who tried to figure out what the skin condition was. She finally  decided it was Psoriasis and prescribe me a steroid cream. I applied the cream, praying for some relief but I did not get any relief.

I tried to distract myself so I wouldn’t itch. And I washed my skin with cold water. I have to say the cold water was a blessing but I couldn’t stay immersed in cold water forever. Do that relief was temporary and the itching was making me mad.

And then I finally found Apple Cider Vinegar. I applied it neat to the afflicted areas and it stung! So I diluted it with water and felt such a relief from the itching. But it made me smell of vinegar and so I decided I would drink it in water daily and see if that helped. The apple cider vinegar was amazing.

But the products that have helped me the most are the Dead Sea spa Magik salt and lotion. I can see the new skin forming and the crusty skin falling off. I love soaking my feet in the salt.

Sunday, 14 July 2019

A new journey begins

For years now I have tapped into my creativity to help me get through my constant illnesses. It has gotten me through so many dark days which would have otherwise been filled with loneliness and sadness and given me a focus. It is only natural then that I should be pulled towards making this my way of living; finding a way to express my dreams and creating products that show that passion. It is a new journey for me. When you start something new it can be quite frightening because you don’t know where to start! But everyone starts somewhere and here I am finally brave enough to follow my dreams. I am in a bubble right now and can’t quite believe it is all happening. Watch this space to keep updated.

Painting Autumn leaves

It is such a beautiful time of the year and we are heading towards the end of Autumn. There are so many leaves on the ground, I could not re...