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I'm Ummu Noora,a.k.a Angeliquez, a stay at home wife to one really amazing man, momma to Noora,The Angelittle. I wife,cook,bake,craft and love ruffles,the color pink and creativity in it's various forms, not necessarily in the order.This is where I'm writing what I'm upto while I'm trying to ignore my laundry. welcome,to my corner of the universe.

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I'm Ummu Noora,a.k.a Angeliquez, a stay at home wife to one really amazing man, momma to Noora,The Angelittle. I wife,cook,bake,craft and love ruffles,the color pink and creativity in it's various forms, not necessarily in the order.This is where I'm writing what I'm upto while I'm trying to ignore my laundry. welcome,to my corner of the universe.

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Friday, December 17, 2010

JCasa's girly dress.

Inspired by this,from JCasa handmade. Love that blog!

It's quite easy and it was all done under an hour.Maybe half.yes i think only half an hour,minus all the interruptions.

it seems a tad too wide for my little girl,but maybe more room would make it more comfortable for her,plus it will buy the dress a few extra months of wear!
love the lace,and the two buttons on each side!

Go check out the tute and make one for the girly in your life!

And i have come up with my own version of the big butt baby pants.i drafted my own pattern ,have made quite a lot of pans and bloomers with rear panels,and i must say, i love it!

it looks so much better when its on a big baby bum,but i couldnt get any decent action shots of my whizzing baby!


Friday, December 10, 2010

Regardless to what it may seem like..

Regardless to what it may seem like..her momma does feed her!

This is my eleven month old baby.She loves biting on her chain necklace.Oh just keeping it in her mouth.she used to do an upside down move so that when it falls onto her face,she catches it by her mouth.
Now that,she's got her pincer grasp mastered,she picks it up and puts it into her mouth.So stinkin adorable i tell ya!
Not so adorable when she finds and picks up those buttons,coins and teeny glass beads that momma lost (and never found,)and almost eats them.

Momma's been sewing.Again.

I made my own pattern for this,which did not really work..

The straps were tooooo short.Too small that her head doesnt fit.I should have let the pretty straps be and made a placket at the back.But instead i changes them to spaghetti straps that should be tied.The result somehow is not satisfactory.i loved how it looked before way more.Dont you just love the pretty little dresses on the fabric?i have some more of this fabric.hopefully,i will make something that will be happy with in the end!

And can you see the happy clutter on my working table top? :-)

And this little pretty is a knit top.i love how it turned out.originally,it had long sleeves.I made some very stupid mistakes and chopped them off.It doesn't look bad with those tiny cap sleeves either,does it?
More of momma's sewing for noora has been done recently.i will come back when i have some pics.Apologies,i took these with my 2 mp phone camera too!

please respect my decision and do not take pictures of Noora without my consent.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

pleasant blossom peasant top

Oh you oh pleasant blossom peasant top..how i love thee..
On my way to mastering the peasant style dresses..i made this one a coupla nights ago.I love how it turned out.And my husband loves it even more.It accentuates the pleasant features and hides the problem zones pretty well. ;-)
It's a peasant blouse shirred in the middle.
i used some old style lace around the edge of the whole thing,which gives it a pretty delicate feminine look!

i love it!
i think I'm gonna make more of this same dress!

Updates on my little angel..
she has started walking.she was trying the whole day,and managed to take four or so steps,and then finds that it takes her way too much time and then gets down and crawls the rest of the way!
Unbelievable how time flies..it seems like it was just yesterday that she was born..
She is only but a day short of being eleven months old!

linking here.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

And it became a kimono dress.

The little dress is completed.It's a kimono style dress with ruffles on the edges all around the dress.The pattern is my own.Which might explain why it does not fit my baby like it's supposed to.i used a pattern that i had drafted on my own.Maybe it was one that i was supposed to have discarded while i was experimenting with them.This does not happen often.So i,m cutting myself some slack.
But it's completed nevertheless and I'm quite happy how it turned out.However,the butterfly has still not been completed due to me not being able to make up my mind about it's color,still.

I used a bit of vintage lace on the neckline.i wanted to use it near the ruffles on the hemline.But decided against it as it just might be a little too much.

I think I'm gonna make it again,and this time,my baby should be able to wear it.I labeled the small pattern as i should've done before.it wont be that difficult to scale it up a bit to fit my girl.

I'm linking here!

Friday, November 26, 2010

So help me paint the butterfly!

This is going to be a dress for baby Angelittle.She's outgrown most of her clothes,and momma has been too busy sewing for other people.so,the poor little thing cruises around the whole house in her diapers.She doesn't seem to mind,but it breaks momma's heart nevertheless.True story.

I worked on this all evening.this being such a simple piece,it's not quick as i would've finished it if i could sit in one place for a few minutes.With a baby who's gonna catch up with the speed of light if she doesn't slow down in a couple of weeks,i consider this is awryt.
The pattern is courtesy of french knots.com.They have awesome stuff!

I could not decide which colors i wanted to use for the butterfly.I asked hubby,he doesnt have a clue,i asked Angelittle,she almost ate the butterfly.
So all the people who live with me counted out,i need some help!

So help me paint the butterfly!
what colors do you think i should stitch the butterfly with?

The fabric is a soft bubblegum-ish pink linen.in case you were wondering.i know that it doesnt look so,but it is.
Sorry about the lousy picture.it was taken indoors at night,and it was darker tonight than normal..tonight its cloudy and rainy! ;-)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

alphabet mini quilt

inspired by this one from orange flower patterns,i made one too.
Isnt it so so neat and precise?She knew what she was doing.

me,not so much.tsk tsk.
it was made a made a while back.
this was my first mini quilt ever.i've made three others after that,one which i blogged about before.(gimme some time and i'll come back with the other ones too!)
If it looks a bit lame,that would be because it was my first attempt at making any size a quilt,and binding,and because the photo and lighting is lame,and because in general,im pretty lame too. :o)
So please pardon the way its hung there because i will maybe fix it.Someday.Maybe.

And i just realised...
This is my first time posting any embroidery that i had done!
come on,say yayy for me!

Working on another piece of embroidery for a wall hanging.
lets see how long it takes for me to blog about it.


Saturday, November 20, 2010

ruffled skirt dress

i had trouble with this one.i didn't want there to be seams on the side of the ruffle skirt,and believe me it wasn't easy.the top was a pattern drafted on my own.i think i have more thinking to do on the continuous ruffle all around.i haven't quite figured it out yet.do you get what i'm talking about?,do you?the front and the back of the skirt if they were separate and were joined later to complete the skirt,the sides of the skirt where the both sides are joined,there,the ruffle would be sewed down into the seam.i wanted to make it in a way that the skirt would be like an A line skirt,you know,wider at the bottom,and with no ruffles sewn into the side seams.
i did it sort of,but i had quite some trouble which i had to mend after it was complete.if you peeked under the ruffles,you would see the painstaking work i had done.Good thing you see no evidence of unprofessional-ism from the outside.:0)

the bodice is lined with some linen.(Oh don't you just love linen?)It gives body and colour to the otherwise flat thin cotton that i had used for the dress.because of the lininf,no top stitching was done on the outside of the arm holes or the neckline,which gives it a pro look.
plus,i hid the seams from the inside too,so that my baby would not feel any seams poking her from the inside.

Its buttoned from the back and a tie for a better fit,as it was a bit too wide for Angelittle around the waist.i love how how the button placket is of the linen fabric that i used for lining!

And then just because i have to make and put a flower on everything that i make,i made a rolled rose and sewed it on.and also hot glued it some more to ensure that it would not unravel.i might have got carried away and over done it there. :-)

i love the result.

Tell me what you think too!

Oh and if there's any ''i wonder what how whys'' going on about any of the not too easy to understand language that i just used,let me know.i would be happy to confuse you a bit more.ahem,try to clear it up for ya i meant. ;o)

And im partying over here today!


Monday, November 15, 2010

Healthier banana bread

I like bananas.I especially like them when they are over ripe.so when i get a bunch of bananas,i let them sit around till they get sick of sitting on my counter and decide to join forces with the garbage bin.Almost.that's when i want to eat them,except that i can't eat all of them before they give up on me and just go bad.So to use them up,i make banana bread.See,it's totally out of necessity. ;-)

OK,I actually do that just so that i can make banana bread.

I had this perfect recipe which turns out great every time.well,it was perfect except for the part where it uses butter and i love the flavor yes,but it just does not feel right.(seeing as i have a dozen kilo's to loose.)

until today,I've been scared to tweak my recipe because my changes might not turn out well and ruin my oh so loved banana bread.I can't,not don't,can't usually follow a recipe too well without making my own playing with it.But i have a phobia of changing,tweaking or compromising when it comes to baking.you know,like breads and cakes.i follow my usual baking recipes exactly to the last letter.if you know me,you would know how strange that is for me.)But today i just went ahead and did it anyway.
And you know what,it turned out just as awesome as my old recipe,if not more.:-)

oh yes you need this recipe.

Healthier banana bread recipe

3/4 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup mashed bananas(like 3 bananas,i had very small ones so used 7)
3/4 cups oil

2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt
A handful of nuts or dried fruit,i like raisins in mine(optional)

1.preheat oven to 180'C. (350'F)

2.in a large bowl,mix oil,sugar and eggs.mix in the mashed bananas.

3.in another bowl,sift flour,mix with with it the baking powder,baking soda and the salt.

4.add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix just until combined.Oh and add vanilla before you forget it.don't over do it!You should have a thick and just oh so beautiful looking batter.

5.pour into greased loaf pan and bake for an hour or until a knife put into it comes out clean.

6.enjoy it warm..or cold!

***I thought i might as well add some cocoa while i was feeling brave and playing tweakerdoo.which i did.
i did not measure,i just added cocoa until i was happy with the chocolate color of the batter.
And it turned out really,really good.it tastes heavenly with chocolate ice cream.
ehem,i'm just saying.

Now go make some banana bread.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

excuses..and an awesome find that i just had to share in case you haven't already found about it..

Knock knock..anyone still there?

oh my poor neglected blog.
Life has been quite busy.
With Angelittle starting to walk,crawl and eat everything in her way now,i hardly get anytime to anything at all.it has been three or so days since i last sewed up anything or did any crafting at all and I'm literally feeling sick because of that.
you know how its like to us addicts,eh?
i have done quite a bit of sewing while Ive been absent here.with the time i get as a minute here,and two there.and i have completed quite a grand total really.sorry,no pictures.
i will work on that.maybe that's why i have been really avoiding my poor blog lately.the lack of pictures of ANY of my projects.Last week,as i was whizzing all over blogsville,i stumbled upon an awesome website.they have gorgeous patterns for clothing.i fell in love with each an every one of them.and here is the best part,they are letting you download their patterns,ALL OF THEM,till the end of this month,FOR FREE!
its almost too good to be true.But there is one little thing though.they are giving the patterns for free download is two sizes,burda size 42 and 44.
As i have been making my own clothes since i started sewing like 4 years ago,and also my husbands clothes since we got married,i have some experience in making clothes.but here's the thing,i have never used patterns before.i measure and draw on the fabric an just cut away.i assume using a pattern would be a heck lot easier right?no thinking or drawing right?
when you are a seamstress,no one walks in a dress by you,unnoticed.you think about it and try to figure out how it was put together.sometimes you do,and sometimes you dont succeed in that.And when i saw these patterns,i thought like,now i can get a glimpse at how its made!the clothes we see on the street and on TV,we dont get to peek inside right?

maybe make a pattern of my own from it,or modify it to my size!
That cant be too hard right?these are some patterns that i downloaded in hopes of trying them out someday.
They have patterns for men too,and for little girls and boys too.I did download some of those too.

Top with a reglan sleeve(this can be a basis pattern for so many a dress and top!)

Ruffled shirt-ish top

A night dress from a sheer fabric
A nighty(in some soft light fabric..that would be pretty awesome huh?)Butterfly poncho style top..?A ruffle dress
A bolero(I plan on making one with longet sleeves so i can wear it out,with sleevless dresses!)A shirtAn evening gown..( how about in red?) A ruffled skirtA top with wings(this can be easily modified to make dress!) A ruched chest dress( have been trying to figure out one of these for sometime)
Another dress

Go check the place out,you just might find something you like!Or better,something that you have been looking for all along!

come back and do tell me if you do!

Oh and i am in no way involved with them nor am i advertising them or anything.Its just an awesome find that i wanted to share,in case you didn't know!

Now i gotta go try to make this cool awesome hexagon pincushion caddy while Angelittle is still asleep!


Saturday, August 7, 2010

Rae inspired dress

This little linen dress was inspired by Rae's baby dress.I made it without a pattern like always.I also made a matching little ruffled butt diaper cover.Made with a piece of white linen that I had in my stash,and scraps of dotty white cotton from another project.

Don't you just love that cute pocket?
Rae makes awesome big butt baby pants,the pattern for which im looking forward to.(more like obsessing over it in my head, checking every single day whether she has put it up yet!)

While i wait i am thinking that i would try my hands on making one perhaps..without a pattern??

Am linking here..
until next time,ciao!

Saturday, July 24, 2010


I tried my hands at ribbon embroidery when i was pregnant.i had satin ribbon and its difficult to get through the fabric.i crippled my hand for a week after this lol.For some reason i never got to finishing this.(OK the design is not completely working for me and i dont want to break my hand again for something that i wont even really like.) Can you give me some suggestions what i should with about this?Wanna do something worth my while..i spent a lot of time on this!(And poor fingers too.their pain should not be in vain right.)

It looks alright if you are looking at the details.the whole thing all of it sucks,but..when you look at it little bits a part at a time..then its ok.

peachy flower=pretty
Roses and buds=awesome

Embroidered..weed is it?

MOre flowers and leaves=alright

bullion knots combined with fly stitch

And finally the whole thing..what the what???see what i mean?
or is it just me?
Any suggestions would be well received!

Angelittle is in my lap pulling my hair.she likes to pretend that mommy is a horsey..so mommy's rein is her hair.uh poor mommy.

steering awayyyyyyyy!!!


Monday, July 12, 2010

Chic Baby clothes

smocked tank and matching bloomersSmocked dressruffle dressTiered tank dress
Button front denim dressBubble romper
Bright dot bow dress

You gotta love that place.

Now to re-create them.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

mini wall quilt

this baby here is a mini wall quilt i whipped up two days ago.
I don't get any quilt batting or craft fleece here,so i just used a piece cit out from an old fleece blanket.clever eh? :o)
i had to see how it looks hung up so badly that i actually did,and i wasn't even done with the stitching on the vase,which i did with hand.nope,was doing.its still hanging there unfinished,but it aint noticeable,but i will get to it soon.

its raw edge applique on linen.first one yet,but am happy with the result.

like it?

Monday, July 5, 2010

Here it is..my first attempt at smocking.I made the pleats by hand using the lines on the fabric as a guide.as you can see a little glitch seems to have happened at the upper left side.They just wouldn't open for some reason.Anyone help me figure out what happened there?I guess that it could be a problem with my cable stitch ..right?
I'll work on that later.

sorry about the dark photos..cloudy cloudy day today..And i usually dont touch my photos.(how does anyone have time for that?)
It was one of the best moments of my entire 21 year long life,(hey that is quite long)the moment i took out the gathering threads and the whole thing stretched and opened..well to me it was more like bloomed!!!(seriously,i thought it was the coolest thing that i have ever done.And i was giddy with joy for two days straight about that.)This should be made into a dress or maybe a bubble romper.........not decided yet..ideas?

And this one,i made last night.Silly me,i was hoping that it would stretch just as much as the one above did..And it didn't stretch much.i would have to use it was a middle panel for a dress or something..it doesn't stretch at all.(How could i have not known that?)

The diamonds are not very even either.This one i hadn't pleated real well.i think the pleats were a little too big,they were folding to a side and that made it kinda hard to keep the stitching even and neat.The technique that i used last night needs to be revised.
I think i would work some bullion roses in betweens and it wouldn't look too bad.what do you think?
these bullion roses were worked on a little sundress i made for my Angelittle.here on this the dress.
I owe you more pictures of the sewing I've done these past coupla months ,don't i..here are some..Another shirred little sundress.embellished with a fabric flower.Here is a close up of the flower.Ruffle butt diaper covers.I love ruffles!

also whipped up these lovelies a while back.Place mats.fusible fleece isn't available here,so i used an old fleece blanket instead.works doesn't it?i have used it for other projects too.aren't they just darling?(first patchwork experience.A good one!pat on the back! :o))
ps/this post three times more time it usually takes me to finish a post,because Angelittle was helping me.You know,reaching out to the keyboard and correcting mommy's typos,adding all the letters and signs that mommy missed.(Why she has to make a thunder storm in the meantime i don't understand.)

Long post eh?

awryty then,i'll be back later.Have a lot more of Angelittle's dresses you have to see.you see,it's totally mommy made!

Hope you are all having a groovy time too!