Sunday, June 26, 2011

'Mary Had a Little Lamb' Translated into Arabic

Mary had a little lamb,
little lamb, little lamb,
Mary had a little lamb,
whose fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went,
Mary went, Mary went,
and everywhere that Mary went,
the lamb was sure to go.
مريم عندها حمل صغير
حمل صغير ، حمل صغير
مريم عندها حمل صغير
صوفه ابيض مثل الثلج

وأينما مريم ذهبت
مريم ذهبت ، مريم ذهبت
وأينما مريم ذهبت
الحمل يمشى وراها

Friday, June 3, 2011

Flower SWAPs

My daughter is in Brownie Girl Scouts and recently they created SWAPs for their annual Encampment. SWAPs are Special Whatchamacallits Affectionally Pinned Somewhere that are traded during camp.

Last year we rented a button machine and they coloured buttons that I then made at home and they handed those out. This year, since they were a year old, we made these flower SWAPs that was a bit more hands on.  I wanted to share them with you as a possible craft to occupy little hands during Ramadan.

You will need:
1 1/2 inch Ribbon
Safety Pins

The ribbon you get has to have wires on both sides and is readily available at any craft store:

Cut the ribbon to 8 1/2 inches long.

Cut the ribbon length-wise.

Cut a tiny bit of the fabric on the end with the scissors.

The reason you cut a tiny bit of the fabric off is that it's easier to grab the wires on the end. While holding both ends of the wire, gather the ribbon to the center.

Place both wires through opening in the back loop of a safety pin. and pull till the fabric is all the way up the safety pin.

Twist the wire around the loop (sorry this is a bit blurry, it's a new camera and I'm still trying to figure it out :).

Now you are all done to pin your SWAP on your clothing or to trade with others!
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