Strawberry Mondays

A sharp red this Monday, a little spot of colour to brighten up the week. My mum grows all sorts of things in her garden, and this is one of them – they don’t last very long so you have to grow them at the right time – you can imagine my toddle niece’s delight when she managed to pick one though!


My newest niece, a baby Princess

We had a beautiful arrival a few days ago, a precious little girl who blessed my family, and who is my sister’s first baby. She’s a had a short stay in hospital for a few days after not being very well, but now she’s home with her parents who are, quite frankly, over the moon.

Being the youngest aunt, or ‘khala’, I get special privileges in spoiling her, of course!

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May Allah Subhanahu wa Ta’ala give the new baby a long and pious life and may she stay on the one and only true path of ahle Sunnah wal Jamah, and may she also be the cool breeze for her parent’s eyes.

How to change rubbish mehndi into something a bit more aesthetically pleasing.

So I tried to practice my mehndi skills (which currently lies at zilch  level on the tiers of how skilled mehndi art needs to be). This is the original design I tried (and gave up) to copy:

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Of course it didn’t take me long to give up (I blame the mehndi cone being faulty of course), and I was left with a paisley shape that was too big and something that my sister described as looking a bit like big toes on my hand.

My first reaction was to rub it all off and start again, but working with mehndi isn’t exactly like a pencil drawing that I can rub out, so all I could do to improve was improvise and fill in some of that blank space:

And obviously once you start, you have to keep going otherwise it will still look all messy and awkard…

The key, I found, is all about the small detail….

You can tell I was getting a bit carried away with being all creative and artistics with only a cone for my mighty sword-oops I mean pen:

Until I thought, what the heck, might as well finish off the entire hand in the same style, especially now I’m getting the hang of it all…

And voila! The completed blueprints. Didn’t last more than a week (that’s what I get for buying cheap mehndi from questionable sellers). You can still see the messy and squiggly bits (where my hand was turning into an iceblock and I was busy being distracted by an alien movie) but overall, I think it’s a pretty good way of blagging my way into making people think I’m good at mehndi. Remember, it’s all about the squiggles and detail : )

True story.