card salaamsThese pages contain things a mother would pass along to her daughters and granddaughters. And I am happy to share it with my sisters in Islam as well.

Enjoy and feel free to comment!



{Fall 2015} A Search for Modest Sewing Patterns


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pattern table w border 2Dearest Sweet Peas,

I sat at the pattern table during a recent outing to the fabric store. Pattern books were strewn about.

While chatting with a friend also sitting at the table, (how I wish we could have done this with a cup of tea in hand), I gathered quite a list of modest patterns for home sewing.

I am thrilled that pattern companies are including longer skirts and dresses in their catalogs … and I am excited to soon share what I have found.

Fondest remembrances,
.♥ والدة waalidah ♥.


A Hunt for Autumn’s Natural Decor

fall decor huntDearest,

The household is planning a fall outing to search for natural decorations for the season.

We will be gathering autumn twigs, branches (with leaves attached), flowers, acorns, pine cones, inshaa’Allah and other treasures waiting to be discovered.

All are so looking forward to it and are expecting to enjoy it immensely.

And in case the forest air is a bit too nippy, a thermos of hot tea will come in handy.

.♥ والدة walidah ♥.

{Free} Garden Journals


Dearest daughters,

Garden journals can hold such wonderful memories. These journals can be simple or complex. Decide on a style suitable to the available time you have to devote to it. I have a small treat for you below.

With kindest remembrances,
.♥ والدة walidah ♥.

Garden Journals

This inspirational article, Start Keeping a Garden Journal at the Vegetable Gardener site {HERE} is a complete guide to garden journaling. Included is a supply list for creating your own garden notebook, instructions on how to use the journal, and why they are needed.

And should you want journal pages to print, try these:

  • Marie Dean from Homestead Harvest {HERE} has designed a very handy garden journal.
  • Arbico Organics {HERE} also has a free printable garden journal.

October Gardening Activities


My dearest daughters,

Cool crisp evenings are the hallmark of the fall season. And with that comes the season’s harvest.

beet_w_stem_TSee to the needs of your garden–whether you simply grew a pot of mint, or an entire field full of fruits and vegetables.

You will find a very useful October gardening calendar based on your location [HERE], which will list for your the main garden chores including planting, fertilizing, controlling pests, and maintenance.

Also, take notes on this year’s garden. And remember to read your garden journal from last year. What went and what did not? Which pests and diseases were about? What hints and reminders did you leave for your future self?

Above all, enjoy the fruits of your labor!

.♥ والدة walidah ♥.

P.S. October is a great month to plant garlic and other bulbs such as tulips.

{Eid Sep 2015} Fall-Inspired Wreath


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Dear Daughters,

wreathA few days ago we celebrated ‘Eid al-Adha.

In the midst of creating a fall-inspired wreath for our front door, I attached an ‘Eid Mubarak message to greet family, friends, and passers-by … Yes, I know it has been a long while since I have written. Welcome back to all of us.

With kindest remembrances,
.♥ والدة walidah ♥.

[Poem] Nature, Poem 28: Autumn



fall_silhouette_2.svg.medAutumn is a wonderful time of year! There’s all the harvesting, a break from the summer heat, and time for slowing things down just a bit.

Love always,
 والدة – walidah

Nature, Poem 28: Autumn

by Emily Dickinson
Year Published: 1896

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry’s cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.

The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I’ll put a trinket on.

Poem Source: Here
Image Source: Clkr.com

Eid Table Decor

My Dears,

Eid is tomorrow. How exciting!

Have you given thought to how your meal table will be decorated for the holidays?

Will you go with a fall theme? How lovely it sounds to decorate around the time of year and our holiday.

Well, I supposed I should get back to the ironing board. Insha’Allah I will post some pics of my decor!

.♥ والدة walidah ♥.

Dhull-Hijjah: Days 1 – 10

This is the month of Hajj — starting today.

About this the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “The best days in the world are the ten days.” [1]

This year, the first 10 days of Dhull-Hijjah runs September 25th to October 4th. It’s good to:

  • Do good deeds
  • Avoid sins,
  • Make tawbah
  • Perform the Night Prayer,
  • Sunnah Fasts
  • Say lots of:
    • Tasbeeh [which is to say the word “Subhaanallaah”],
    • Tamheed [which is to say the word “Alhamdulillaah”],
    • Tahleel [to say “Laa ilaaha illallaah”],
    • Takbeer [saying “Allaahu akbar”]


[1] Saheeh: Related by al-Bazzaar (1/234). Authenticated by Shaykh al-Albaanee in Saheehul-Jaami’ (no. 1133).

Prepping for Dhull-Hijjah


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calendarThe month of Hajj is the best and most virtuous time of the year, even for those not making the pilgrimage to Makkah.

I want to help my family take full advantage of these blessed days as much as possible.

Each year in preparation, I put together a “Dhull-Hijjah” calendar for us. It helps us to know when and what we ought to be doing and focusing on.

I also print out some of the planning pages that I use during Ramadhan to get organized. It helps us when we sit together as a family and plan. Even the little ones participate by brainstorming “good deeds” they can do.

We set private and personal goals too.

For example, one of the easiest things to do is to glorify the Creator more. This can easily be said while doing the housework, driving/riding in a car, etc., even staring out a window watching the rain!