Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's a Small World Blog Hop hosted by Kinderstampo

Hi everyone!

Welcome to It's a Small World blog hop!! You just visited Meighen at .  If you would like to start from the beginning, click here.

My projects today focus on the Islamic New year and Christmas.  I was born into a Muslim family and I gave my heart to Christ 5 years ago.  My family and I call each other on special occasions for both faiths and I thought I would honor that today.

First project:
Islamic New Year - This was celebrated this year on December 7th.  It marks the day when Prophet Muhammed began his journey from Mecca to Medina in the Islamic year 1.
The New Year to me symbolizes new beginnings, growth, new promise... I made this project for a close Muslim friend of mine who is going through some tough times and I wanted her to believe in the promise of what the New year will bring for her and to believe in the miracle and wonder of life and her purpose in it - thus, a flower necklace was born.

Flowers Die
Glue Gun
Rubber Cord
Rubber O-rings
Crimp Beads

Second Project:
Christmas - Celebration of the birth of Christ.
This holiday was always special to me, even on a subliminal level when I was a Muslim...  How significant was the birth of this one man who walked the earth and lived in the moment...
My recently deceased grandmother-in-law was a very special lady.  She was a pistol, let me tell you!  She would always say "I go to bed at 6 in the evening and wake up at 6 in the morning.  Do you know why?  I don't want to miss out on life!"  I made this album below for a two special girls in my husband's family.  It is to record their favorite moments over the next year.

Chipboard (for the cover)
Paper flowers
Embellishments - brads, lace, ribbon
Various glues and adhesives

Hope you enjoyed the projects!
The next stop on the blog hop is: Linda over at

much love

PS. Below is the list of bloggers in case you want to hop around :)
Jess -
Christine Wilson-Dunbar -
Shelley -
Vickie -
Sigrid -
Meighen -
Mariam -
Pam -
Christine Hatchell -
Jessica-Creative Stamper -
Gaby -
Lisa -
Nicole -
Martha -
Liz -
Jessica Baker -
Cheryl -
Jess -


2 Chicks on a Limb said...

Mariam ~ I love your projects, especially the personalness of each one. TFS!


marilyn said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate your heritage and religions. Love both projects!

JustYolie said...

Great projects...I love the paper you used on the album...wonderful!
Sorry to hear about your grandma.

Shana said...

So very pretty, really love the album.

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Perfectly Unperfect Cards said...

very pretty thanks for sharing a new tradition (to us)

kathlee said...

Your projects are both beautiful and touching! TFS
Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

What wonderful ideas...TFS!!!

Pammejo said...

Mirmiam, I love your projects, they amazing! I am glad you came to know Christ!

Debbie said...

Love your projects! What a wonderful way to let the people you care about know that you do.

Debbie Flowers

ReinasMomma said...

I LOVE your projects!!! The necklace is gorgeous! Thank you for sharing the Islamic New Year with us!

Scrapfaire said...

I think I am recognizing the tattered flowers in your necklace, it is so pretty! The envelope album is lovely.

scrappin_3rdeeschik said...

Wow Mariam, your projects are both stunning. I love the album. It is my favorite.

terriennz said...

Great projects! TFS! I'm already a follower. Happy Holidays!

Terrie Barroso

Kimberly said...

love your work, thanks for sharing.

Liset said...

love both projects, the necklace just blew me away.
thanks so much for sharing.

Liset said...

love both projects, the necklace just blew me away.
thanks so much for sharing.

Miria said...

Very thoughtful projects. Love the necklace. TFS

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for sharing something so personal. I'm so sorry for your loss.

The album is beautiful and I think it's a fantastic idea. TFS

craft dreams said...

How thoughtful of you to think of both religions. That is the way it should be. LOVED both projects. Martha C.

gill said...

I love your flower necklace

stefeni said...

Great projects. I especially love the felt piece!

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Debc06 said...

Miriam what a wonderful story you have and your recipients are very lucky to have you in their life. Thanks for the spiritual and crafty inspiration.

Dandylicious Creates said...

love it!

Jessica said...

This was a beautiful post. I loved both your projects. I am becoming a follower;-)

Heather said...

Great projects! TFS!
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scrapaholicjen said...

Love both of your projects - very heartfelt and meaningful.
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Celeste B. said...

Both of your projects are beautiful!!! The album is absolutely perfect! Very special, TFS!!! :)

Celeste B.

Darlene said...

I love the projects!

scraphappybette said...

very pretty!!

bluecrayons said...

love this.

Minta's Creations said...

Love your projects!

Anna said...

Wow awesome job on both.
annadowdy at gmail dot com said...

OK Mariam, visiting your blog today provided me with the same experience I get when I watch a favorite movie... you made me smile, laugh and cry! wonderful! that I paid more attention to the story than the project! love your mother in law!! But I scrolled back and saw your projects and love them too!!

Dina said...

love your project! Sorry about your

cbold said...

Great projects. Glad that you and your family accept both traditions.

CyndiU said...

Love your projects and your shared story.

Tanya said...

Beautiful projects!

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Lisa J said...

Mariam, It was very nice of you to make this beautiful necklace for your friend and I hope it brings her the warmth and guidance to allow things to get better.

The book is amazing and someday I will make one for my children.

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My Quilling Nest said...

Meriam I love your projects! They are so unique and special...lovely creations.
Linda K.

Christine said...

I really enjoyed your post. The thoughtfullness and love that you put into your projects for your loved ones is precious. Your work is beautiful.
...and He was one special baby!

Lisa W said...

Both of your projects are lovely. I'm sure the recipients of them will be truely touched by your thoughtfulness.

lovescrapreflect said...

well all I have to say is just beautiful

Theresa said...

Both of your projects are lovely. I am saddened to hear of your Grandmothers passing.

SueNJ said...

I love it and think you are so talented. TFS :)

Happy Scrappin'

Sue B


Vanessa said...

Very pretty projects :)

jenni said...

So cool, and such a great job!

Angela R said...

Wow, you learn something new everyday! Not only was your project beautiful but the story behind the islam flowers and the holiday there was very interresting thank you!
HAPPY HOLIDAY"S Hopping around making new friends and now you are one! Thanks to KinderStampO!

A Scrap Above said...

Very nice and very interesting!
TFS and a chance to win
Bonnie C

Susan said...

Mariam -- I really like the way you have honoured both faiths in your projects. The girls will appreciate the book now and even more in the coming years. How kind of you to think of them and of your Muslim friend.

SnowflakeDreams1 said...

Beautiful projects. Thank you for sharing.

Melissa said...

Your projects are absolutely beautiful!


Manhattan Mandie said...

LOVE that necklace! The flowers are so pretty! And that album is gorgeous too, love all the details!

Shelley said...

I am a long time fan of your work and truly appreciate these projects you shared. You always put your whole heart into everything. :)

craftaholic said...

Great job on both projects!!! TFS!!!


Haidee said...

Very adorable book!


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Sandy said...

I love your projects. Thanks you sooo much for sharing :)

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

Beautiful necklace and book...thank you for sharing!!!

liz said...

very pretty! thanks for sharing and thank you for reminding me to use felt!
liz :o)

silvia said...

Fabulous projects!! LOVE the necklace!!

Jessica said...



Jess B.

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Alex said...

oh my...just gorgeous ! TFS !

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Lisa said...

Love your projects! They turned out great!
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