Thursday, September 28, 2017

Walking on Stardust: Glittery Juttis for Everyday Sparkle

It's not often that I crave shoes like candy, but I have a sweet tooth for juttis - the cheerful, glitzy sister to the babouche. 

Juttis go by many names, including khussa, Punjabi shoes, chappals or mojaris. I'm a sucker for all things handmade and the craftsmanship alone is drool-worthy. I'm talking silk thread, tiny mirrors, hand-stitched embroidery, sequins, eye-popping colors, delicious beads and more often than not, 100% leather. The jutti originated in Southeast Asia and Pakistan and are often worn to weddings or eid festivals. They are super comfortable and over time, will conform to the shape of your foot.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Free Printable Lettering Practice Sheets for Beginners: my top 5 web resources

Lately, I've been on a lettering kick. I don't have the best natural handwriting (I admit) and even though I know how to letter "interior design style" with all CAPS and no flourishes ... I sometimes find it so incredibly boring to address every card or envelope with super blocky letters.

I'm secretly in love with beautiful handmade brush calligraphy and I would love to create some quotes worthy enough to hang on my wall. So today, I've compiled a list of all my favorite resources in one post so that we can all learn together (and have a little fun while we're at it!):

Sunday, November 20, 2016

An Interview with Avanti Morocha: the Paper Flower Princess

Oh, Pinterest, that great, big, colorful bulletin board in the sky! Recently, I've been doing a lot of pinning for my niece's upcoming wedding spectacular and I started to fall in love with GIANT PAPER FLOWERS (visit my board to see more!) Paper flowers are popping up everywhere from weddings to baby showers and since they're made of paper, they fit just about any budget. Plus, they're BIG, bodacious, and extremely versatile, making them the perfect choice for photography backdrops, props, centerpieces, bouquets or wall d├ęcor. For the allergy folks - which I have a lot of in my family - paper is a sneeze-free alternative to the real thing. Plus, you can recycle them when your event is done with no trouble at all. Hurray for eco-friendly design!

One of the most outstanding paper flowers designers who is making a huge splash on Pinterest is Avanti Morocha, the owner and founder of AvantiMorochaDIYs. She is a wizard when it comes to creating easy-to-follow DIY patterns for passionate crafters. I couldn't resist reaching out to Avanti to learn more about how she got started making larger-than-life flowers and what her experience has been like selling on Etsy.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Student Work: Laser-Cut Votive Candle Holders

On October 29, 2016 students who attended my Votive Candle Holder Workshop at Catylator Makerspace did an amazing job creating beautiful, one of a kind, and very pretty, laser-cut votive candle holders! We began with a pattern from, which was then digitally manipulated in Corel Draw X7 to be a 5-sided, finger-jointed open box with no lid. From there, each student added their choice of autumn themed designs ~ trees, leaves, pumpkins, haunted houses, spooky spider webs or quotes. Using 1/8 inch Baltic birch plywood, we sent our designs to the VLS4.60 Universal Laser Cutter & Etcher and watched in a amazement as they came to life!

We used watercolor paint for a quick dose of color, then sealed our candle holders with aerosol polyurethane. I love the pink ombre effect and the honey colored wood! I can't wait to do this project again in the springtime! Enjoy your candles everyone :)

xoxo jamillah

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

10 Gorgeous Geode Wedding Cakes That Will Rock Your World

One of the most exciting wedding trends gaining traction this year is...yes, you guessed it...GEODES! If you've been following the blog, you now I'm crazy about crystals, stones and all things lapidary...but eating them? Count me in! I'm dancing in my chair right now because my mind is literally buzzing with ideas for jewelry inspired food. Just look at these delicious druzy wedding cake toppers, marbleized fondant masterpieces, sugary crystal cake pops and OMG gold leaf that melts in your mouth. These cake designers are taking rock candy to a whole new level! They're almost too pretty to eat!

#1 - Artisan Cake Company

Saturday, October 15, 2016

How to Add a Hovering Pinterest Button in Blogger

For the non-computer whiz bloggers like me, figuring out how to add my pop-up Pinterest heart was no easy task. First, I have to give it up to the ladies over at Pish & Posh for offering tons of great FREE blogging add-ons. Even my site template is from P&P's amazing shop! Second, it only takes a few minutes to upload the button, so don't get discouraged. Believe me, if I can do it, you can do it too! And trust me, a friendly little icon hovering over your blog post covers adds a nice, finishing touch. Plus, it encourages visitors to click or repin your posts, which boots your visibility on Pinterest and increases traffic...something we all look forward too!

Ok, here we go:

Step #1 - Open your Blogger dashboard and go to Template >> Edit HTML. Backup your template just in case. I keep a folder on my desktop named "Blog Backup" and stash the files in there each time I make a change. A little organization goes a long way!

Step #2 - Find the </body> tag near the bottom of all that coding mess. I know it's a little hard to find, but keep scrolling, it's in there.

Step #3 - Copy & paste this paragraph of HTML code from Blogger Sentral exactly one line above the </body> tag. (It's okay to press enter to make a new line for this step.) If you need some visual hand-holding for this step, like I did, watch this video.

var bs_pinButtonURL = "http://thisistheurlforyourimage.png";
var bs_pinButtonPos = "center";
var bs_pinPrefix = "";
var bs_pinSuffix = "";
<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script id="bs_pinOnHover" src="" type="text/javascript">
// This Pinterest Hover Button is brought to you by
// Visit for details.
// Feel free to use and share, but please keep this notice intact.

Step #4 - See the words in red? Once you have downloaded an image for button you would like to use, you will need to create a url address. Upload your button to an online photo album service like Photobucket. In the sidebar window, select the DIRECT LINK and copy & paste that code in between the quotation marks back inside your blog template.

Step #5 - You can change the location of your button by replacing the word "center" with either "topleft", "topright", "bottomleft", or "bottomright".

Step #6 -  Save your changes. Now view your blog and watch the magic happen! Your button should appear on every picture you've posted...even old posts you've probably forgotten about. This method worked for me the very first time. How'd it work for you? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo jamillah

Friday, October 7, 2016

Sewing DIY: How to Hem Your Jeans Like a Pro

Short girl problem #1 - finding a pair of jeans that not only fit, but are just the right length.

Unless they make a store called "Short and Sassy" I will forever be doomed to roam the petites section of every clothing store hunting for that perfect pair of jeans. My inseam in 29 inches on a good day, but with shoes on, I prefer a nice round 30. It seems the pants that are supposed to be my size always run about 32" at the shortest. That's a cool length if I was still stomping around in platform heels, but I have to run after toddlers. I need my pants to work with my new 'get-up-and-go' lifestyle and frayed, dog-chewed hemlines are just not my thing.

Recently, I purchased a pair of jeans from a fancy-shmancy store that shall remain nameless. They fit like a dream! Nice high waist, cute flared style, moody dark wash ... but long as ever ... from the petites! And I had been waiting for flares to come back in style for a loooooong time. Having been mistaken for a boy on multiple occasions growing up, flares gave me real confidence through those angst-ridden, soul-searching teenage years...and now they're back! I love the way they cover most of my shoe, but are still fitted enough to give my body an actual shape. Imagine a five-foot, three inch graham cracker...then poof, I'm a lady! Magic, right?

Unfortunately, when I asked the shopkeeper, "Hey, do you guys offer hemming services?"
he answered my question with a raised eyebrow and an enthusiastic "No!" I left the shop disgruntled and disappointed. No hemming, no alterations, nothing. I was on my own. As soon as I came home, I frantically searched for a pair of pants that I remembered having taken to the dry cleaners. I flipped them inside out and decoded their secret method for hemming that keeps the original hem intact. Lucky you for finding this post! Now go grab all the pants that drag and let's take back our wardrobes! Who needs a tailor? We got this.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Workshops

Hellooooo Fall!
It's been a long, long journey slogging through the summer heat, battling hordes of mosquitoes and uneven tan lines. FINALLY it's time for cozy cups of pumpkin spiced lattes and even cozier oversized neck scarves! Woo-hoo! I love everything about the fall ~ the aromas, the jewel-like colors, the finely-tuned fashion details that appear only in cold weather clothing...brass buttons, turtlenecks with ironic brooches, lace-trimmed boot socks, all boots in general, buckles. Not only that, but I finally have a great excuse to wear flannel and jeans on a daily basis and not feel like the only lumberjack on the beach who didn't get the memo.

again with the knitting many options. And who ever said knitting a scarf was "boring" or "basic"?:
knitting pattern ~

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