Thank you Al Mara and The Woman

A couple of weeks ago I was invited by the Editor of The Woman Ms Rekha to take part in a mother and children photo shoot for their upcoming March issue.

The chosen location for the photo shoot was Horumuz Grand Hotel, a beautiful hotel recently opened located at the airport heights next to Bank Muscat HQ.

The girls and I had so much fun Rajesh and Basim the photographers were a pleasure to work with and I think they ended up having as much fun taking the pictures as we did posing for them!

These were the pictures that were featured in The Woman (PDF The Woman March 2015)

The Woman March Cover

The Woman  March 2015 Issue p1

The Woman March 2015 Issue p2

and these were the ones published in Al Mara (PDF Al Mara March 2015)

Al Mara March Cover 2015

Al Mara March Issue p1
Al Mara march Issue p2

Judging by the pictures as you can see it was a fun day for the mothers as well as the kids!

Both magazines are available in stores however for those abroad you can read it The Woman and Al Mara online

I would like to thank Al Mara and The Woman for hosting this photo shoot and having beautiful memories for my daughters enjoy to keep for years to come.

by mayya

Make your own Red Heart Pillow Cover

“Love is in the air” since February is known to be the month of “love” I decided to dedicate some time to doing what I love, sewing! I personally dont celebrate it but have always loved the sewing/crafty projects that are around at this time of year.

Whilst rummaging through my stash I had seen some felt lying around and wanted to make something out of it. I found this adoreable pillow on and thought “perfect”!

I love pillows, don’t you?

I think having pillows is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to add pops of color to any room.  Do you remember the cute pink bow pillow cover  and the damask print pillows I made a couple of years ago?

Well those were envelope pillow covers (which means the back of the pillow overlaps and you can stuff the pillow through that). However this time I wanted to up my sewing game and decided to make zippered pillow case.

Using some black and white polka dot fabric, some red felt I whipped up this pillow case cover inspired from the picture above.

Heart Pillow 04

I used the zippered pillow cover  tutorial by Dana Made it which as complicated as it may sound was fairly easy to follow.

For the ❤  I drew a big heart template on paper and cut the felt. I hand sewed it onto the pillow as there is something about stitches that make me happy, am i normal?

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My pillow form was the standard ones you get from Centerpoint I believe mine was 15 x 15 inches which I had lying around.

If I were to customize it I could “hand sew” a person’s name or a message in the heart but I choose to keep it simple.

You could easily make yours, this would be an ideal project for a beginner to try out, if you dread installing a zipper (it’s not that scary, i promise) you could always make the envelope pillow covers like the ones I linked above.

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This pillow sits beautifully in my sitting room and it’s the first thing I see when I walk in, the perfect spot in my opinion. Ahh what can I say handmade makes me happy!

For more inspiration head over to see my 10 favorite pillow tutorials

Thank you for stopping by

Warm stitches

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