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Qalballah
UK
A homeschooling, homesteading, crafty Muslim Mama from the UK.
Interests: Making! Sewing, knitting, quilting, writing, avoiding domestic responsibilty
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Dyeing wool felt is also an afternoon well spent if you're out of white yarn!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on 3.22.17 at SouleMama
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White privilege relates to the 'get out of jail card' we all carry around when it come to how those in power relate to us. Of course content of character is everything, but that means nothing when white supremacists get in power, or when you've been pulled over by the cops at a turnpike and have a gun in your neck. The privilege to walk away, to disavow this cloak in invisibility, is 'white' - because white people have the power in this land. It's not a 'complex' since it isn't a psychological trait, but a sociological description to explain how we are perceived by the State. A bit like the 'All Lives Matter' broo ha ha but when it comes to a white supremacist shooting up a mosque they're stony silent... the place of white people, especially white women, in placing Trump in the Whitehouse cannot be ignored.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2017 on 2.7.17 at SouleMama
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Beautiful. And acknowledging our white privilege is surely the first step in transforming a lot of the mess in the world. It's a messy world. But glossing over it or trying to be inclusive when, as you say, some people just aren't built that way, makes fools of us all. No matter how much we dislike rocking the boat lines sometimes have to be drawn, and opting out of that is, again, privilege, because people of colour (and gender) have been living on the line for far too long. I remember reading a protest sign that read 'If 2016 is the first time you were afraid, then that is privilege'. It is. And telling the truth is inconvenient, and it might not get you a lot of friends, but it will get you the right ones. I'm so empowered by seeing so many high profile people speaking out these days. And talking of mis-steps and mess, I owe you (and several other people, I have to admit) an apology for sounded off on your over a post on instagram before the election over Hillary. Politics is hard subject to do well, but even harder behind a screen. I see a lot of people suffering in this world and I get incensed. I don't believe Hillary would have been good for the wider world, but being rude doesn't help either. We all want the same things even if we mess up sometimes, so please accept my apology. Like you I truly believe that more unites us than divides us, and bridges are built on understanding and love. Pity it takes a small child with a sign to have to point that out to some folks.
Toggle Commented Feb 7, 2017 on 2.7.17 at SouleMama
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Denise over at Wholly Rooted is an expert herbalist who also has a family full of allergies. All her recipes are GF http://www.whollyrooted.com/food--pantry.html
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2016 on ten things this Friday at SouleMama
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Nope, my kids aren't like this. Although, in Minecraft they could skin you alive. Not sure how useful that would be during a zombie apocalypse, but that's OK. We're city dwellers ;)
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2016 on Outside the box at Clean.
Goodness, your baby girl looks like a character straight out of a picture book about autumn here! Lovely light we're getting now.
Toggle Commented Sep 30, 2016 on Dappled Apple at Posie Gets Cozy
Japanese knot weed has the ability to sever house prices here. Can't imagine anyone wanting it
Toggle Commented Jul 21, 2016 on roadside finds at SouleMama
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I hope the weather obliges for them all. I can't wait for our summer adventures to begin here too!
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2016 on off to camp at SouleMama
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I think that bark is very attractive actually.
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2016 on late June, in the garden at SouleMama
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I've just finished, what seemed to me, a slow knit. Mine's a shawl (on the blog today), but it only took so long because I get having to frog it. Lace knitting? Not me. Evidently.
Toggle Commented Jun 22, 2016 on Slow (but good) Knitting at SouleMama
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I have one vintage Butterick tunic pattern that I refer to time and time again - so easy and practical, although I do feel I need to shake things up. Ive got the Heron Top by Merchant & Mills cut out and ready to go, and I have a few Japanese craft books (Stylish Dress Book is my fave) that I really do want to use but have neither the mental wherewithal or time to decipher those crazy printed over a-thousand-patterns-on-one-page type patterns that come with the book....
Toggle Commented Jun 9, 2016 on summer shirts at SouleMama
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Oh we've done this kit many times. I wrote about one herehttps://qalballah2.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/all-too-soon-they-stretch-their-wings-and-leave/ although Flickr has managed to have an embolism and lose my pictures :/
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2016 on painted ladies at SouleMama
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Gah, there must've been something in the air yesterday - it was exactly the same here. I'm totally frazzled even a day later. Thank goodness for valerian tea!
Toggle Commented May 25, 2016 on all in a day at SouleMama
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Oh dear I'm a garden sinner too. I've just given up and thrown in the towel, the only green thing I can keep alive is mould.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2016 on ten, right now at SouleMama
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All lovely things. I'm getting a bit more mature about the way I thrift these days. When I was younger it was: anything not nailed down or on fire under £1, it was mine. Now, I'm out of room and appreciate clutter-free rooms. So just linen and haberdashery for me too. Love that dresser though.
Toggle Commented May 13, 2016 on what came home at SouleMama
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Makes you dizzy just looking at it all. Please share your finds! It's been an age since I've been thrifting, i'm out of room!
Toggle Commented May 11, 2016 on Postcards from Brimfield at SouleMama
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Oh this. All THIS. I rediscovered this myself this week (and touched on it my blog post Swarm!) when some bees paid us a visit and we learned more in half an hour than we have all week. With my eldest reaching school exam age Im tetchy for the structure he "needs" as he learns how to jump through society's hoops to get to press the right lever for the food to fall into his in-tray like a dependent lab rat, but do I want to raise wage slaves? I never did when they were younger, I guess I'm more brainwashed by the system than I thought. So with a bit of a reminder from the bees (and this post) I'm shifting the balance a little. It's true they will get structure but I'm dropping the things that they do not need nor love and getting back out there!
Toggle Commented May 6, 2016 on Natureschool (and learning how to learn) at Clean.
Yeah five is a good one - awww that has passed incredibly quickly. We have another birthday around the corner too, they just seem to zoom by. Hopefully the weather will improve and stay good and we can have an outdoor party!
Toggle Commented May 4, 2016 on almost five at SouleMama
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I don't handle winter well. We'd had a good start to spring and I could feel my SAD alleviating, but after a couple weeks of no sun, thick grey cloud and rain, and well, I'm running on empty again. I know it's a blessing, but if I don't get sun soon I'm going full batshit crazy.
Toggle Commented May 2, 2016 on the blessing of rain at SouleMama
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Saves on mowing, right?
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2016 on paradise city* at SouleMama
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Yes, I've heard the call of crafting hard this spring too. It's like I want to hit the ground running. But we've reverted to winter here (sans snow thankfully) and I've reengaged my winter sloth. I'm making rice pudding. On the cusp of MAY DAY ... that ain't right.
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2016 on As it goes at SouleMama
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Sweet, thanks! If I don't use mine this year it's being ebayed
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2016 on The magic of clearing clutter at Clean.
Hey you wanna share that video, lady? Cos, er, I might just have the same problem *ahem*
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2016 on The magic of clearing clutter at Clean.
That's a lot of sheep, you must be wading thigh deep in fleece now!
Toggle Commented Jan 6, 2016 on a Charlotte Hat at SouleMama
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Spinning, knitting, sewing, reading, painting; I seem to pick one thing up and just as quickly put it down again. It seems too soon to get back to routine...
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2016 on finding a groove at SouleMama
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