Sunday, December 18, 2011

a deja vu thing

السلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

This is a korean movie .. which was later re-made by hollywood 

it's amazing how memories are linked to scenes .. music .. scents .. even voices 
this one is a special one to me 
which soon will go back in my head to be shelved forever 
maybe deleted .. 
one can never know .. 

it's a very nice movie .. watch it whenever you can 
and hope you'll link it with a nice memory 


Friday, December 16, 2011

Paper Smooches Stamps

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

few cards I made using stamps from paper smooches 
those stamps are so cute .. as cute as lawn fawn stamps I think .. 
had to get those stamp sets and try them out in different ways .. 

and here's a slide video on how I made them :)

enjoy :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Exhibition / 2

السلام عليكم 
& Peace be upon you 

well .. let's carry on with the videos shall we ?
but before we do that .. I have to tell you that at the opening day and just before the Crown Prince gets into the gallery hall 
My lil niece was supposed to place shawl resembling teh UAE flag on the crown prices shoulders then present the flowers 
it wasn't the first time 
she did that before at another ceremony 
so it wasn't that she's shy or anything .. she was quite ready and prepared .. 

BUT .. and there's a real bad great scary shocking one 
the lil girl obviously was too bored and weary of waiting .. 
SO ?
when the crown prince actually came .. she quickly handed the shawl and left 
I swear my heart sunk somewhere in my tummy I guess .. not sure but thats how I felt 
and for a single moment or something like that .. I felt that the whole thing was over and .. well .. that's it .. I could have fainted .. but I rarely do that ya know I can't do that during an exhibition I was preparing for a long long time .. besides I could have looked ridiculous 
so I just went blank for a second .. Ha Ha 

but the crown prince was very kind and sweet .. he said .. I don't think she can reach my height 
ahm .. the UAQ gentlemen are well known for being the tallest in UAE
The crown prince is of course unbeatable on that score .. 
so he took it himself and wore it :) 
and then .. well it was one of the happiest days of many peoples lives .. including myself :) 

that was the first day .. more later ;) 
but here are the videos though 

Part 2

Part 3

and Part 4

Hope you had fun watching .. :) 
Happy Quilling 


Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Exhibition 1

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

في يوم ٢٢ نوفمبر ٢٠١١ تم أفتتاح المعرض الفنّي الأول لفن لف الورق بالعالم العربي و الشرق الأوسط برعاية صاحب السمو الشيخ راشد بن سعود المعلا ولي عهد إمارة أم القيوين 
ومن ضمن احتفالاتنا باليوم الوطني ال ٤٠
 لدولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة 

on 22nd Nov. 2011, and under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Rashid Bin Saud Al Mu'alla the Crown Prince of the Emirates of Umm Al Quwain, was the inauguration of the 1st Paper Quilling Exhibition in the arab World & the Middle East
As part of our celebrations of the UAE's 40th National Day

فترة طويلة من التخطيط و الاعداد والتنفيذ 
وبمشاركة مايفوق ٧٥ مشاركا من داخل وخارج الإمارات 
ومايزيد عن ١٥٠ عملا فنيّا 
بالاضافة إلى ١٠٠٠ دمية مصنوعة يديويا بفن لف الورق لمحاولة الدخول لموسوعة الإقام القياسيّة جينيس 

Long planning, setting and execution resulted in the participation of over 75 artists from UAE and around the world
over 150 artworks varying from framed work to 3D creations
in addition to 1000 handmade quilled dolls for a Guinness World record attempt due end of year 

أود إخباركم العديد من التفاصيل الممتعة ولكن سأقوم بذلك على مراحل إن شاء الله 
I will soon be providing you all with many fun details but on stages inshaAllah 

على الرغم من أن التخطيط والتنفيذ قد استمر فترة طويلة إلا أنني سأشارككم ذلك لاحقا 
although there are many details before the exhibitions opening but I will share those later 

لنبدأ قبل المعرض بيوم 
Lets see what happened the night before the exhibition :) 

Susan Lee .. can't thank you enough and your hubby Ricky .. for all the help you provided me the night before the exhibition, and you did it for nothing .. just because you wanted to make it happen 
I appreciate that and will treasure those moments for the rest of my life :) 
I can't thank the other ladies too enough to do them justice .. but your attendance on the day of opening was great .. 

هذا الفيديو هو الأول من سلسلة تحتوي على ١٠ مقاطع مصوره للأعمال المعروضه وأعتذر لأنه الكاميرا لم تعمل في أوقات عديدة لذلك لم يتم تسجيل بعض الأعمال وهو خطأ غير مقصود 

this is the 1st video of the 10 videos series that included most of the displayed work
" I found out later that my camera went down and was acting funny at different times without realizing it while shooting .. so I'm sorry that your work might not have been recorded " 

أتمنى أن تكونوا قد استمتعتم وانتظروا التفاصيل قريبا 
I hope you enjoyed viewing the above videos and will post particular details gradually :) 

Happy Quilling 
Amna :) 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

aww Super Mario

السلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

before i proceed with writing the blog that I meant to actually write .. 
if that makes sense 

I came across this fun video and couldn't stop laughing .. so much fun 
and this guy is really good 
so I thought I'll share this video with you all and come back again and write about the exhibition 
how about that?

Enjoy :) 

Monday, November 14, 2011

Teaser 1

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

oh .. and let's the countdown begin :) 

stay tuned for more 


Baba Zayed

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

I wrote this on 2nd Nov. 2010
and I'm posting it here today
because it all came back to me 

I can't stop it .. 
whenever I'm about to do something worthy 
it hits me .. again .. 
I want to achieve a goal 
I dreamt about it .. planned it .. worked hard for it 
and I'm very close now to achieve it 
and it hit me again 
so I cried .. and still crying .. 
I wish you were here 

by Amna Al Fardh on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 1:07am

Time has passed faster than I imagined .. or thought .. 
I remember everything vividly as if it were only last year 
today I realized it would be 6 years since he passed away 
and for a moment it all came back to me and I lost any desire for anything and everything I ever wanted 
it was my last year .. last semester .. so close to earning my MBA .. 
and I got the miserable message on my cell phone .. 
I looked around me .. the professor was still talking .. 
people from all nationalities in my class .. all listening .. 
there was only me .. another local girl .. and a guy .. 
I wanted someone to tell me that was a stupid joke .. 
but there was another message from my other sister .. 
it can't be 
someone please tell me 
the guy left the class .. 
I left the class too .. and the girl followed 
everyone was normal outside the class .. 
no one knew yet 
I tried to call my sister 
she answered but said nothing .. she just cried 
I cried too 
I wept 
I was looking around me .. 
why is everything so quiet ?
someone please tell me its not true 
another girl began to weep in the ladies room 
I fell on the floor and was in tears 
people were asking what had happened and I couldn't talk 
I stayed where I am not knowing what was going on around me but cried like a child 
my driver was outside 
I told him to head back home 
there were at least 4 more hours to go 
but the driver didn't say anything .. I think he also knew 
I couldn't stop crying in the car .. and was reading the message over and over again .. 
only half an hour .. and I was bombarded by phone calls and messages from overseas friends 
no .. I can't believe it yet .. 
my father called .. only then I answered 
I cried like crazy .. and he kept quiet .. then was sobbing .. then he said .. be strong .. 
I didn't stop .. my father repeated .. be strong .. and pray for him 
and I cried again coz now I was sure he was gone .. 
my heart ached and I didn't stop 
my father repeated for the last time .. be strong .. he's our father and we can only pray for him now 
cry .. and pray for him .. and pray to God that we all meet with him in heaven 
and he hanged up the phone 
I reached home not wanting to talk to anybody 
my uncles were discussing stuff that I didn't care about 
I didn't know what was going on around me .. 
but it was Ramadhan 
and if he did pass away 
I can do nothing but pray for him 
but I didn't want him to die 
I thought he won't die .. 
at least while I was still alive 
I still had many things to achieve while he was still alive 
I wanted to see him 
I wanted to meet him 
I wanted to tell him you can now be proud of us 
of ME .. 
I didn't get my turn to tell him that 
I didn't 
what am i going to do 
why should I do anything 
why should I do anything anymore 
he left 
and he won't be here anymore 
I didn't have the heart for Eid 
and then the national day was reminding us again that it has happened 
and he's no longer here with us 
I won't be pinning his picture to my scarf to celebrate national day 
I can't look at the flag without crying 
I can't look around me without crying again 
I took leave from work 
dropped from all my courses 
lost any interest in anything I was aiming for 
after a month my father was talking about Haj and his friends 
it just hit me then 
what if I die too 
I want to be able to do one last thing 
I want to go to Haj 
nothing will help me now 
I need to go to Haj 
my best friend was the same 
we both decided to go to Haj 
at that time things started to brighten 
and I had comfort at last 
at the masjid 
at the very top 
I was looking at Kaaba and the other 4 million who were there to perform Haj 
I remembered him right there 
our father 
I thought of all those people who loved him 
there were 4 million back then 
the day of Eid 
4 million or more 
all praying to God 
there were millions praying for Zayed too 
and I cried there too .. only I was happy 
and prayed to God that we all be gathered in heaven on the day of judgment 
Zayed .. you left .. but you are still in our hearts 
you live through your sons and daughters who will continue to do your will 
I was very happy that I decided to go to Haj 
and came back 
and completed my courses in the next 6 months 
and on my graduation day 
my father was there 
my sisters were there 
only few local graduates were there 
and the national anthem was played 
we chanted the national anthem like school children 
very loud 
everyone was staring at us 
but the very few ones didn't care and kept going on 
I felt proud 
he's there in our hearts 
he still is 
and forever will be 
and for every achievement that makes me happy 
I still wish he was still here 
what would he have said if he saw what I did 
and can't help but drift away and imagine his smile 
baba Zayed 
we loved you as a father 
and now again 
I'm determined to be the best 
coz baba Zayed 
I am your daughter 
and always wanted you to be proud of me 
and I know had you been still with us 
you will be proud of me 
and i won't settle for anything less 
but to make you proud of me 
Baba Zayed 
you are in our hearts 
الله يرحمك يا زايد 

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More dolls .. and yes .. even more dolls

السّلام عليكم 
and peace be upon you 

More dolls .. and More rolling and non stop quilling .. 
but I hope all goes well .. 
wish me luck :) 

well that was the sweet part 


the ugly side of it all is this 

for someone like me .. it is NOT easy to select the right colours 
so eventually things end up as in the above picture 
and I have to clear up two rooms because we have visitors during the weekend .. 
oh well .. 

work in progress .. 

take care for now :) 

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sweet Leaves Blog Hop

السّلام عليكم 
and Peace be upon you 

Finally .. here we are .. another fun filled blog hop thanks to Leesandra Diaz of sweetspotcards

You probably came directly from her blog .. or were directed thru the chain of links from Namizam 
Thanks Namizam

This will be your last stop in Asia .. so let's get started 

If you know me .. you know that I'm an addict to nature .. flowers .. leaves .. trees .. and anything Japanese .. yes of course ..
but then .. as you have probably noticed from the previous blogs you've visited .. 
I have developed an interest in new techniques and one of them what I called a "Royal Flower" 
I saw this in the work of our Malaysian Friends .. 
but decided to give it a twist on my own and make it a bit easier .. so here's my take .. 
and if you go further below you will find a video tutorial on how to go about it 
instead of a flower though .. I made leaves this time :) 

and here's a closer look 

want to know how to make these leaves? 
check out this video I made few months back 

well .. I am your last stop in Asian blog's 
but we still have more to come .. 
Your next stop is at our friends blog Cristina .. Hi there :) 

Or you can visit all the participating blogs as per the list below 
just click on the names

Leesandra  ( always initiates cool blog hops, the MC of this blog hop you can say )


AMNA <----- Your are here :)



My next traveling destination for 2012 

and Finally

Hope you had fun .. have a great weekend and Eid Adha Mubarak to all :) 

Love  and Quilled Hugs 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Meet my dolls

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

so I was sick 
I had few irritating human beings at work
I am assigned to head few committees .. and still more to come 
and I am too busy to scratch my ears

But .. I'm a survivor .. and a very determined one 

working on my national day project 
and few other things .. including my dolls 

so .. meet some of my dolls .. 
you'll have to remember these after a month or so .. 
hopefully :) 

don't forget to visit on Friday 4th Nov. 

a cool fun filled blog hop awaits us all 

Have a great day :) 


Saturday, October 22, 2011

A quick update

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

I know I've neglected so many things 
Work & it's accompanying troubles got the better of me .. 
I'm already an A black list to some financial controller freak 
who placed me on top of the list coz I'm a "female" and I'm a "local" 
moreover, he was hoping that his good for nothing unqualified freak friend would get my job 
but too bad buddy .. I got it first .. with distinction too MUWAHAHAHA 
well that was the first strike 

second .. I had fever, bad cough .. and whatever I suffered from earlier in the year 
is all coming back to me 
that last part sounded like a silly song didn't it ?
oh well .. I'm unwell ..
the freezing office and the non stop dust and piles of unbelievably unreasonably forms and papers also got the better of me last week .. 
But .. I'm back I'm back .. and hopefully a lil better :) 

and most importantly .. things are becoming more and more brighter ..
that is for the first exhibition of quilling in the Middle East .. YAY .. can't ask for more really 
so .. many participants from around the world are taking part 
and surprisingly many amazing quilled creations .. NEW too
which I will only be able to show you after two weeks or so 

However, I'm far behind in my project which I intended to display at the exhibition 
but if you know me .. I am quite determined to get it done .. no sleep no weekends and hard work .. 
even with a runny nose .. Yes !!!
That's Amna for you :P   
yeah I just sticked out my tongue to an imaginary person .. 
ummm .. I suppose I still have fever !!!

oh well .. I hope I can get some videos done .. soon .. 
oh and by the way .. keep an eye at this blog on the 4th November .. 
there will be an amazing blog hop organized by the one & only Leesandra .. she's amazing .. 
so you will get to see many many great quilling projects soon .. 

that's it .. really .. 
and thanks for putting up with my nonsense .. 
I hope it will be worthwhile soon :) 


Amna :) 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lady in Red + some stuff

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

Well I'm going to start with my red doll 
those who know me well .. also know that I'm allergic to this colour 
yes I love my countries flag and my Emirates flag .. but red and yours truly .. are not friends at all 

so .. when I made my red doll .. I was fighting the all in red look 
I had to add the dark brownish shade .. and then I thought well that's still red 
so had to splash a bit of pink 
and that kind of soothed my stubborn mind 

this is just a tiny creations of the many many fantabulous creations of many artists that you will all get to see at our upcoming event .. 
the first quilling exhibition in the Middle East 
and that's the other stuff :) 

I know I've been upset .. down .. irritable .. depressed because things were not going the right direction 
& there was always one trouble or another to drag down the whole exhibition purposefully or forcefully 
But recently things started clearing slowly .. 
better slow than never 
I am the only person probably who should know that very well .. 
because I'm slow .. HAHAHAHAHA 

I always repeat .. slow and steady wins the race 
yet fail to keep my good mood .. 
lately I decided to let go .. work as if everything is settled and confirmed .. 
and if they never are .. well then they never meant to be 
the moment I decided to do that 
things were beginning to get resolved in the simplest manner 
life is strange .. yet beautiful I suppose 

so .. I'm still working on my huge large scale project 
still going to resume work next week 
still without financial support for the exhibition 
but .. who cares !! .. 
we're all excited, the exhibition's confirmed & the artists are the best one could ever wish for .. 
why should I ask for more ?!!

hummm I think I'm in a good mood today .. thanks to Yasmin's latest fab creations .. and Swati's creative endeavors in quilling .. easy going kind sweet creative people always put one in a good mood 
I'm lucky .. for nothing special I did .. just like that .. lucky 
well I don't believe in luck .. so I should say more appropriately .. blessed :) 
yes .. thats the right word .. 

all praise to God 

have a great day 
Amna :) 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Featuring new products

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

Hello Hello .. 
so you probably got here thru Linda's blog .. 

Today I'm featuring new products from " My Quilling Nest

Often I wondered how to mail my quilled cards without a big fuss 
and many times I wished I had a customized stamp for all my hand made cards 
and recently a friend requested a simple card to hold gift money 

and here comes my friend Linda of " My Quilling Nest
surprising me with two very nice products that many quillers would be interested in 

so today .. I will show you two of her products 
a stamp set for personalizing your quilled creations 
and a box envelope for cards .. and it is a really good one

update: I have uploaded the video again .. I hope it is now viewable :) 

I used a stamp for the back of my card 
and there was a larger block that included information on quilling 
which I found useful for adding a lil something on the tags I normally distribute to students to work on during my classes and workshops 

The envelopes fitted a standard card size but preserved the quilling .. which was great 

Please check Linda's blog for more details and surprises if you haven't come from there already 

You can purchase the products thru My Quilling Nest 
They can ship Internationally 
The stamp set is big and is for $14.50
The envelopes are 8 per pack 
and are sold for $10.50 per pack with adhesive 
and $8.50 without 

Thanks Linda .. it was a nice surprise :) 

Have a great weekend

Happy quilling 

List of Supplies 
Stamps : My Quilling Nest 
Envelope : My Quilling Nest 
Cardstock : American Crafts & Hero Arts 
Quilling strips : Quilled Creations
other : nestabilities, quilling tools, kaiser pearls, HeroArts chalk ink, acrylic blocks, Martha Stewart border punch, Cricut machine for tags.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you all 

we now have a place to hold our exhibition 
and a suggested date too 

so now at least we can concentrate on our artwork 

I can even sleep comfortably now 

I never thought such an attempt where other organizations would take advantage of .. 
is going to be such as fuss 
I know its not that easy 
But I have done more complicated things and arranged for more serious official events thru out my career 
the truth remains .. that arts and local talents will remain unsupported and forgotten 
oh well .. you could not have dealt with anyone worse than I am 
so the exhibition is going to be held .. FINALLY .. 
and we have a great group of artists who are willing to give all their support 
what else can we ask for?  nothing :) 
we can move any mountain now 

Friday, September 9, 2011

SHOOT for the stars :)

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

I thought I'd drop by here and write something 
nothing special 

just documenting my crazy moments 

being 35 .. one would think I'd be able to judge for as to the right thing to be done 
well .. hahah .. not really 
I decided to proceed with a project 
well .. it's a personal challenge 
something I promised myself I'd do by end of this year 
and well .. it needs more time than that 
but still .. I insist to go ahead with it no matter what

so mom says .. why not next year 
and my brain goes .. no .. thoughts float in the air 
and somebody else .. might catch that thought 
and .. well you know I'd be REALLY upset 
because I already have many things that got stolen while being done .. 
so I decide to go ahead .. and DO IT 
but then I just started and I'm already exhausted beyond imagination 
so one would think I'd give it up and do it later 
NO .. everything is still in place 

so what am I doing ?  
no vacation .. no weekends .. no nothing 
just working on my project day and night 
until December

do you want to know why ?
because I'm obsessed 
yes .. OBSESSED 

I'm not a smart person at all
wasn't the top student in my class either
BUT ... 
I was the first born 
the first grandchild
the first to earn a degree
the first to excel in many weird areas that no one thought I'd shine at 
the first to do this and that 
and when I'm not the first .. I'm the unique one 
it has always been that way 
and still is .. nothing changed .. I want to be the first .. 

and now .. I want to be the first to do this project .. and the one and only 
how would I do that ?
by working real hard on this project to the extent 
that one would look at it and " DREAM " they could do something like it in the future 
not now .. not tomorrow .. but in the future
thats how unique and great I want it to be :P 
how else would I be the first ?

see ? 
I told you I'm obsessed 
and frankly speaking I don't even know why 
I just want to be the first to do it 
in a very unique way too .. 
greedy huh ?
but what's stopping me then 
 .. time ..
but thats alright 
a good thing that I believe in and very much aware of 
is that no matter what I do .. 
if it's not meant to happen .. then it won't happen 
shall I sit back and relax and forget about it then ?
No !!
Because I don't want to look back and regret that I haven't done my best 

so .. the journey towards beings the first .. again 
and the unique .. once more .. 
begins ..... 
I'm shooting for the stars 
because I "think" I can :) 

eh .. well if I fail I'm gonna delete this post 
otherwise someone else might look back at this and laugh at me 

LOL ..

you wait and see .. you will know who the real Mannayah is :P 

December is not that far away.. and I believe that God will reward me 
إن شاء الله 

good night .. can't open my eyes anymore :) 


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

عيدكم مبارك

وعساكم من العايدين السعيدين 
I know .. I should wait till after Eid prayers .. 
But i might not be around .. so .. Eid Mubarak :) 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Seeing flowers everywhere

السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

Next month will be a busy month 
trying to get as many people as we can to participate in our project 
meeting the committee for finalizing an agreement to host the exhibition 
contacting entities for funding 

many things and many more that I may not have thought of .. 

But most importantly 
I'm seeing flowers everywhere :S 
I also remembered how crazy I got when I visited Japan last year 
I took many pictures of flowers .. 
and was so THRILLED .. to find Hydrangeas 
I love Hydrangeas 
and here's one I took 
and I'm working on making a quilled one 

I'm in love with hydrangeas 

Take care for now :) 

Monday, August 1, 2011


السّلام عليكم 
& peace be upon you 

its the first day of Ramadhan 
and its been 10 years or so 
and I still remember my late grandmother 
her daily phone calls 
scolding me for not eating properly 
or reminding me to eat 

one of the reasons I picked my cell phones number 
is that it was easy for her to dial 
and haven't changed it since then 

I keep glancing at the phone set or looking at the homes phone 
I smile .. thinking that she'll call again 
there she is .. she's going to repeat the same thing 
and in a second 
I remember that she's no longer there 

I miss her so much 
she's the reason .. I am .. what I am 
I miss all our old ladies 
who used to call me Auntie 

Shaikh Zayed 
also passed away in Ramadhan 
my life changed with his death 
I wanted him to be around
I wanted him to witness my strength 

But everything has a reason
and I will always have them all in my heart 

May God rest their souls 
and bestow his mercy upon us all 
and grant us to meet them in heaven 


Monday, July 25, 2011

Royal Flower / Video Tutorial / الوردة الملكيّة

السّلام عليكم 

& Peace be upon you 

and here's how to make it :) 

Enjoy :) 



السّلام عليكم 
& Peace be upon you 

 Does anyone remember those old bubblegum wraps with polka dots pink & blue an yellow ?

oh well .. I'm very old so I don't think many know about these 

they were very popular during early 80ies .. hahah 

well this quilled wall hanging piece that I finished last night reminds me of them 

well .. of to finish some tutorials 
if my nephew "Abdulla" will let me 

Take care 

Amna :)