Wednesday, 17 July 2013

A Tea-riffic Gift :)

Alrighty! So we've concluded our little give away and we're excited, since you know... I'm really slow about sending out gifts -_-; Hehe. So I counted 42 entries, one was without a Facebook URL. Entries I received more than once I didn't publish.

From, I managed to pull up two winners.

Namrah Maham & Nayyab Zehra
please email me your postal addresses along with color preference?
 *green & blue vs pink and purple*

Congrats you two! Early Eid Mubarak from me! :) <3

Now for all our participants in in this Tea-riffic Gift Giveaway have the option of availing the following discounts with this design non customized! :) 

  • 4x6 frame at Rs 450 (500 otherwise)
  • 5x7 frame at Rs 600 (700 otherwise)
  • 8x10 frame at Rs 850 (1000 otherwise)
  • Luggage Tag Rs 170 (200 otherwise)
  • Keychain Rs 100 (150 otherwise)
  • A5, 200 page Notebook Rs 450 (500 otherwise)
  • ATM sized Magnet Rs 200 (250 otherwise)
These orders must be placed and paid for between August 1st and August 12th to avail discounts. They will be processed after Eid holiday. Courier charges apply.

-1st August, 2013

Freebie Alert! Giveaway in process!

Hoping the Ramadan vibes are keeping you all fresh and energized. :) Knowing most of you can't get through the day without it, I thought I'd do a little freebie session. Last time it didn't happen 'cause my blog settings went bonkers. :/

Are you fond of chai? or do you have a thing for all things caffeine in the form of little cups? Have a drinking buddy for these tea sessions? GREAT! Enter now, for a chance to win one of two gifts!

We are giving away one 5x7 plaque and 1 A5 notebook on the Tere Bina bhi kya jeena design for our chai addicts! :)

How to take part?
1- Share our Tea-riffic Giveaway blogpost on your Facebook Profile. (make sure it's public)
2- Tag two of your tea partners in the shared post! :)
3- Comment on this blog post with a link to your Facebook Profile and let us know which one of these you like more, the notebook or the frame!

Your shared link should look like this on your profile :)

I will be going through all the 'public shares' on this post through your comments on this blog entry on the 31st of July to select two random chai addicts to gift these to.

Again, don't forget to leave a message on this blog entry in the comments below to let me know which you like more, the frame or the notebook :)

This is only open to our fans and friends in Pakistan.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Cards for The Queen

Hi there everybody!
I wanted to begin sharing some of the pretties I had sitting about. :) This post is for some cards I did for Mother's Day :)
The cards are done on white cardstock, I used the Honey Paper Collection by My Mind's Eye. I felt it was so diverse and so fresh to work with. The hues are gorgeous, very warm and perky... and just perfect to create lovely cards for Mother's Day. This post is long due, thought I'd share a few details on it. :)
This particular one has a lot of fussy cutting. I layered it with pin flags, doillies and pearl drops. I stamped the sentiment on there, had to rummage through all my shades of pink to find the right one. :)
This one is another one from the series, very simple. But gets the message across. I was working with a less is more kinda story. I have not distressed any of these cards. *a first*
Til next project. :)

Friday, 31 May 2013

The Crafter's Expo 2013!

Many of you who follow Firefly on Facebook have seen the hype about the return of the Crafter's Expo for 2013 inshaAllah. :)

Last year, we pulled off the event in a month's span. This time, we have ample time on our hands to prepare and plan ahead to make it bigger and better this year inshaAllah! :)

If you're wondering what's up with the funky doodles and whimsy feel, it's simply my vision for the expo. The nature inspired aspect symbolizes crafts... there's hidden yarn and embellishments, bits and bobbles here and there, all the colors bring in our colors of craft. The idea is to make it welcoming and fun... which is exactly what the Expo is!

The exciting news for this year's Crafter's Expo is that we will be doing a separate wing dedicated to apparel and clothing. Given it is a Crafter's Expo, we are on the hunt for creative, fresh and out of the box apparel/clothing collection to be a part of this year's Fusion Fashion Wing. Whether it's a funky Kurti, a hand embellished kurta or a painted set of plazzo pants... you can add a jumpsuit, trendy abayas and even T shirts if you feel they fit our definition of 'craft'. :) The Wing will be a separate hall part of the Expo. Those who wish to only shop for apparel and fashion wear, can hop straight to this wing in December inshaAllah! All our textile and fashion background entrepreneurs, come forward. No aunty-wear or formals. Funky, fresh and modern day eclectic is welcomed!

*note if you have a range of products that include apparel, you will need to purchase to booths/stalls. The apparel/clothing will be showcased in a separate hall.

Did I mention that the Crafter's Expo is one of the best platforms for young people specifically? We even keep our booth charges to a minimal to allow you the best exposure without emptying out your pockets! Alhamdulillah! It's not easy being a crafter, and most often we invest more than we make, the Expo however hopes to do the best for you, to have the right exposure, and allow you to make a name and introduce yourself to folks out there. :)

I have created a makeshift registration form and have received several registrations in the past few months mashaAllah. I have worked out our stall pricing for this year and will begin bookings and final confirmations after Eid inshaAllah :) You know what that means, start saving that Eidi! :)

Please fill out the registration form by clicking this link:

The form also has an overview of our Crafter's Expo. The information has been updated in the leaflet in this post as well.

I am open to collaborative efforts this time about, to ensure each of us has the appropriate exposure and smoother sailing. We're on the look out for sponsors, media partners, official photographers to cover the event and more! :)

Of course, volunteers will be selective this year, too! :)

To read information about last year's Crafter's Expo check out these Media and Press Publications:

Coverage by Dawn

Priyanka Pahuja from Express Tribune Blogs

Unique Pakistan

Looking forward to making the Expo a great success inshaAllah. And looking forward to having more of you join us this time around! If you couldn't make it to the expo last year, check out some of these PHOTOS by Hocus Focus Photography! Thank you Wahaj! :))

Saturday, 25 May 2013

The 99 Project :)

It's back! Alhamdulillah :)
The 99 Project... back for Ramadan :D
Now it you're asking yourself, why would you want to purchase this?
We spend thousands on our clothing to look great. We purchase the right shoes... We like to feast on the finest cuisine. When it comes to investing in something close to our deen, we all begin to have second thoughts.

Let's put it this way, Memorizing and Learning more about Asma ul Husna is a way to dress our eman. This will help us tread closer to Him (inshaAllah) and will nourish the longing our hearts have for His Dhikr and His Love.

The 99 Project is dedicated to the Beautiful Attributes of our Almighty Creator. We created this to assist others in memorizing Asma ul Husna and further helping them understand more about each attribute and its role in our daily lives.

Each flash card has been designed and printed on a gloss finish card, to help it from weathering and to keep it fresh through every day use.

The perks of these sets:
  • vibrant colors, gorgeous hues. Attractive and appealing to all audiences... aged and young
  • the colors transition into a gradation and rainbow, working as an excellent learning device.
  • each card is numbered... so in case they get shuffled, you know just how to put them back in order
  • each card includes the Arabic script and English transliteration to help pronounce better
  • each card features the definition/English attribute
  • each card also has a brief paragraph on the attribute to help us relate and understand it more
  • included with the cards, is an enlightening Hadith related to memorizing Asma ul Husna
  • We pack a small fold out list to help you memorize these on the go
  • They come in a box to pack away and carry with you while you're traveling, on your pilgrimage or just want to store them when not in use.
  • all information presented on these cards has been researched with references. Those who have concerns or queries can ask us about them. We'll be happy to address them.

We haven't that many, but while we do... it's best you get to order a set or few for yourself and your loved ones. They make awesome Eid Gifts. And work towards Sadaqah e Jariah, for yourself, those you gift em too, and us as well! :)

May Allah Kareem guide us to rise in deeds that are good and forgive us for our shorcomings. Ameen.

What are you waiting for? :) The forms are pouring in MashaAllah!

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

musing #1

some friendships come to you like wings... they guide your flight and help you soar through kindness, encouragement and support.. others come to you like thorns...tangling your spirits... pricking your dreams and hindering your hopes. Be a friendship of wings to someone. What you do for others will come back to you from Him.  a form of flight with His support is bound to soar high!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

a tribute to Mama..

Every child looks up to his or her mother as the best there could ever be. To blindly know mom is always right. I was not one of those kids. I had an opinion and often would disagree with my mama on several occassions. Despite this though, watching her life up close I knew why I had those thoughts. I had not known what struggle was.. what sacrifice meant or what dedication really meant.

My mother struggled years as a single parent. She instilled in me the respect and love I have for my father. She showed me that a woman can be successful and strong fending for her kids like no tomorrow. My mother had shown me what it means to have eman. What it means to let go and sacrifice things just to comply with His plan. She has shown me what a change life can bring when you remain steadfast on the right path. She has also been a reminder of what strong relationships are built on... why tarbiya is important and how good comes to those who wait. I owe my growing up early to her training. I owe my own strong willed spirit and determination to her. I owe the bond I have with my brother and sister to the values she gave us. Further, I owe my creativity and skills to her encouragement and support since I was a tot.

I know every kid loves his or her parent... I guess my love is a mixture of respect and immense gratitude for teaching me to take care of myself all these years and looking after me with a hawk's eye. Thanks for showing me what Tawwakal Allah means.. what love for His Beloved Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam defines and what it means to be a mureed of our Shaykh.Happy Mother's Day!

Love you Mama!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Ordering Handcrafted Keepsakes! :)

To make order placing quicker! :)
Please note, all items and products are archived on our Facebook Page! :)!/Whimsical.Firefly/photos_albums
You can add image links in the order details box for reference if you prefer.

Please allow 24-48 hours to revert back to you. Orders are confirmed once order details are finalized and payments are received. Payments are accepted via atm transfer, online tranfer or cash deposit to our account. No cheques!

Flat rate shipping for Karachi Rs 100
Other cities 150.

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The Firefly Girl Online Studio Classes (Re-runs!)

Gosh, I feel like laughing at myself for posting the title for this blog post. Makes it sound all celebrity-ish. Hehe. I am posting the class module and scheduled air dates.

Please note, you will be issued a password, which changes regularly.
If you wish to take recorded sessions individually, please note they are charged separately.

The next live session will restart after Ramadan inshaAllah :) The information here is an overview. For detailed information on what you learn and what we cover, you can request an information booklet by emailing :)

Class One
(for beginners and newbies)
Rs 1000

Class Two
2A Inks
2B Distress Products
2C Mists and Sprays
2D Powders and Pearls
2E Alcohol Inks
(excellent starting point for beginners, pros and plain ol enthusiasts!)
Rs 3500 for all 5 modules or Rs 800 each

Class Three
Information on stamping techniques including different methods of rendering. Five of them are covered along with basics on how to use your stamps, different ones, and so forth.
 (excellent starting point for beginners, pros and plain ol enthusiasts!)
Rs 1750

Class Four
Paper Works
Exploring the world of paper
Rs 600

Class Five
Ten Embellishment Project
Starting from scratch, how do you create something for the Ten Embellishment Project?
(beginner level)
Rs 1200

Class Six
Tag Books and Tags!
Creating Tagbooks start to finish with fun tags!
(intermediate level)
Rs 1500

Class Seven
World of Crafter's Delight
an introduction to the equipment and tools. Pros and Cons. Identifying which one is right for you and more! (Big Shot is covered in this class)
(intermediate level)
Rs 1500

Class Eight
Mixed Media Journal (Altered)
start to finish mixed media collage to alter a canvas
(intermediate to advanced level)
Rs 2000

Class Nine
Pen Holder (Altered)
start to finish upcycling project
(basic to intermediate)
Rs 1250

Class Ten
Tag Wallets
Rs 1250

Class Eleven
Accordion Books 11A
Accordion Books 11 B
Two styles, Two classes. Basic structure and prep work.
Rs 2400 for both
Beginner and Intermediate level

Class Twelve
The Ultimate Mini Album Adventure
Prior knowledge of tools and equipment, inks, stamping and compositions is required.
Required to take the Basics and the Ten Embellishment Project
Rs 2800

Class Thirteen
Developing Aesthetics
Rs 600
Beginner level. Exercises to tweek your understanding of color and design

Class Fourteen
14A Roses
14B Shabby Chic Round Flowers
14C Shabby Chic Flowers
14D Peonies
Rs 600 each or all four for Rs 2000.

Opt for all of them for Rs 10,000 as part of the RE RUN PROMO!
About the instructor, Varah Musavvir:
As far as my qualifications or experience goes, I have a background in design from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. I have been paper crafting via Firefly for over two years professionally. I have been scrapbooking for ten years and have had Art and Design as well as Fine Arts during my schooling years. I am a textile designer by day and a craftaholic by night. I love sharing what I know and am happy to teach or help others create things which further inspire dreams!
I understand several of you run on a budget, and I have kept our class and course rates as reasonable as possible. The international price range for basic classes online runs from 10-45 U.S. Dollars. And workshops or interactive classes in person are anywhere from 75-250 U.S. Dollars per session, and that does not include the cost of materials.
I am in touch with international manufacturers as well as the international markets of the United States as well as Hong Kong, so am able to share new products, trends or techniques with you, most often with first-hand information. I discuss local alternatives as well to aid our fellow crafters in Pakistan, having tried and tested most myself :)
The Re-Runs are recordings. Each class Module will be available for two days. The schedule for such will be put up on the 27th of May inshaAllah.
Re Rerun Registrations close on the 1st of June. Please confirm your interest by finalizing your modules and submitting fees. email :)

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Celebratory Goodie Bag *throws confetti*

I realized that I have gotten so dreadfully slow about sending my 'hand crafted give away gifts out'. I feel super sad about it. In the mess of things I get myself tangled in.. ie online classes, international exhibits, new products, and how can I forget retailing craft supplies and fulfilling orders. I never intended things to be so delayed from my end.

As of now I owe Rabbiya Anwar two gifts and Iqra needs to receive hers, too. So this time I decided I won't commit to making something, in the fear that it'll take me another year to churn it out. *hides face* INSTEAD.. I'm celebrating by sending crafty gifts! :) Those ought to be fun, don't you think? :)

So read up fellows, because this is going to ohmg awesome :D InshaAllah!

Since we crossed 12,000 fans on our facebook page and the Firefly Girl has a birthday comin up... I want to celebrate with you all by sending out some crafty love. *yeay* I really adore my fans and crafty friends for being my biggest form of motivation. MashaAllah. Firefly is totally what it is because I have support from all of you :) I wanted to thank you all for being the blessing that makes me appreciate my life everyday and makes me thank Him every day for what I do :) Alhamdulillah!

Get on with the deets... how do we take part and celebrate?

1. Click 'follow' as part of the 'follow this blog' bit on the bottom right of the navigation. So that means you get a notification on your google account every time I post a new blog entry :)

2. In case you don't already, click 'Like' on our facebook page and actively participate in giving feedback or your remarks on our products, updates and other fun things. *stay engaged folks*

3. Invite 5 of your best friends to like our Facebook page :) Make sure they click Like.

4. Follow me, the Firefly Girl on Instagram for fun Firefly photos on the run. Look up Firefly_Girl23 You get  bonus point if you upload an instagram photo featuring a Firefly purchase you made with the tag 'whimsical_firefly'

5. I pick a randomly selected person for an entire parcel packed with CRAFTING goodies.. ranging from embellishments, paper, flowers, stamps and ink! (you guys know I make awesome gift packs with crafting gear!)

6. I pick two more random folk and send each one a pack of 6x6 paper AND a pack of embellishments.

7. You can keep spreading the love til the 15th of June :) ( I will select a random fan via on the 19th ) inshaAllah.

8. Once you have fulfilled steps 1-4 comment on this blog post with the following:
  • Your Name, The name of 5 of your friends. And Your instagram ID.
This is open to our fans across the globe. :) items will be shipped out with much love via snail mail to our fans from Hong Kong!

The Secret Code

I wanted to blog today about something I think about every day. In the last 2 years especially, for me at Firefly I have been able to aquaint myself with so many new friends who happen to be fellow crafters.

With the craft revolution on the rise, I figured I would put up ground rules for myself to follow to not cross over walls with fellow crafters and to keep doing what I do in a style that is distinctly mine. Consider these a part of the 'secret code' I follow. You may disagree or applaud some. :) Here's my take on them.

  • If there is a universal format for something, I won't create a fuss over it. ie 12x12 scrapbook layout, 4x6 and 5x7 cards. That's just how cards go. Other sizes look wonky or become too 'small' or 'too big'.

  • Now if I started doing minis and created them on a format, ie 4 inches, 10 pages, 2 inner covers. I would twitch a little at whoever adopted the same.

  • If a certain page/brand is recognized by a particular font they use in their work.. I would stay far away from it.

  • If a fellow crafter created a horizontal card, with doily trims, and butterflies, I'd totally rethink what I'm doing with mine to not cross 'lines'. *happened before*

  • If I found inspiration in a sea or beach theme after seeing a friend's beautiful keepsake bottles.. I would totally take it on for a project. BUT I would not make it a bottle, a vial.. and I would never go with the same colors or material.

  • If a client of mine share's a fellow crafter's work saying.. 'I want you to make me this.', my answer is.. I do not replicate the work of others. If you prefer, a card based on this color scheme or a card detailed as heavily as this one can be done for you in my style.

  • If they insist, I ask them to go to the person that made it :) (I know a LOT of crafters who skip this part and agree to making something based off someone else's work to keep business... be it a keychain design, a mini album, a photobook or a card. It hurts sometimes because I do whatever I can to keep the honesty alive in what I do. I divert MY customers to other businesses on the basis to keep the 'replicate for profit' thing away from me.

  • Big time no no.. same product, same colors, same patterns, same size, same format... same 'occasion'. I have seen it around me and it URCKS the creepers out of me. Wondering why people do that. I don't do that.. why do they do that.

  • I don't like the bandwagon concept. Us ne banaya. Uska hit hua. Main bhi banaoon. Mera bhi hit hoga. -___________-; Rizq comes from Him. Do your best in what you do best.

  • If it's someone else's staple... I will let it remain a part of their 'desk'.. I am happy with MY staples. Alhamdulillah!

I like the honesty I can have with a couple of my crafty friends. We critique each other all the time.. ask each other what happened to you when you made this... or what do you think of this? It takes a heart to do so.. and a courage to bring yourself to accept and understand that no matter what your 'code' is.. someone else will come and break it or go against it. Doesn't matter what they do.. 'cause in the end your dedication and honesty towards your work is a strong tie to YOUR eman as well! May Allah Kareem bless my fellow entrepreneur friends and grant them barakah in what they do :)


Monday, 6 May 2013

Love Crafts, but new to Crafting!

Another post after my unplanned hiatus over at the blog. It's unfair sometimes. :( I get so occupied with work and home committments now that I don't get time to jot down my own ideas or thoughts.. let alone blog posts to eleborate my random musings or observations. I have a couple of blog posts pending, I have my material ready but need to compile it together.

The post today is exactly what it says, Love Crafts but new to Crafting!

You may wonder what sparked me to post this today, it's actually something that we need doses of now and then to remind us of what works and what doesn't. I sometimes ask my friends about what works in a layout and what doesn't.. I even try to research and learn more about color and design in my spare time.

I'm not the crafting queen, and my words are not set in stone, so if you have anything to add to these, points, share em :) A background for some who may wonder, I have 4 years of professional design training and almost 10 years of paper crafting experience in the U.S., Pakistan and now Hong Kong... I felt I could share what some of you could benefit from. InshaAllah x

When I began paper crafting, I didn't have all the fancy stuff. (tools, punches, inks, stamps, die cut systems and so forth). I just had a flair to make something and make it look awesome. (even though several attempts were epic fails.)

In the last year specifically, I have observed an improvement in the work I produce, be it in composition, detail or overall effort. You could say it's evolving. And I wanted to share some tips on how you can apply that to see your work evolve, too! :)

  • If it came out of the box, it doesn't mean you 'assemble it' and pass it off as 'crafting'. What I mean to implore here is we often get hold of kits and 'card in a box' or 'album in a box'... what we don't realize is when they say 'it's everything you need to create'... it means you use it as a platform, and make the most of your skills to add to it. Don't leave things 'raw'. ie... take a floral background, and use a red border punch to embellish it. Why? Any other person that gets hold of that background or that punch, is going to be able to do the same. What's your input? Have you composed it? Have you added personalized details? Did you get your hands dirty to paint, ink or create a dimensional flower?

  • Make your work your own. It is very easy to see a color combination you like, with a product you like, and a request to create the same thing. Rule number one, politely hold your ground and clarify that the work requested belongs to someone else, and you would love to create something based on the same idea, ie floral, vintage and so forth but would not replicate the same colors on the same product.

  • Inspiration versus copy. Be confident in your own piece of work. Like someone's idea? execute it in a way that the piece looks like it's your own individual concept, your own aesthetic.

  • Don't stuff every 'color' on the planet onto one canvas. IF not done tastefully, it will look like a colorful mess. (in not so nice terms)

  • I know it's tempting, but just because you're doing an album, don't force a vintage key into it. If your palette is bright bold hues or delicate pastels and you're not careful in placement of your embellishments, that key is going to be smack in your vision and will look off from the rest of your project, despite the ohmg, look at that KEY syndrome.

  • The thing with stamping, embossing, glittered accents, metal embellishments and bling. These 5 are a lethal combination when used and applied the right way. You want them to blend as a theme, as one, and not look like a bit of everything, just because you wanted to. Know when to use them, and when to skip. While the effort is no doubt commendable, it may look too gaudy or over done.

  • Less is more. Work on creating layouts and compositions to help you develop a form of story telling, that moves your eye, and motivates admirers to look closely at your work. The simplest of detail can be most impactful when piecing together your projects. Don't scatter bits and bobbles everywhere to confuse the person.

  • Binding, do I go for jute, ribbon, rings, or spirals?
    If it's a formal affair, avoid using spirals. If you opt for rings, camouflage them with delicate trims and ornate laces. If you want to opt for a natural feel and have managed to blend in eclectic elements, opt for jute. Be careful, as jute and spirals, if used incorrectly can make a fab project look floppy. Ribbons are great for almost any occasion. Be selective about which ones you use, if you use stiff ones or those that are too 'shiny', they may throw off your beautified craft piece within seconds. I personally use the binding rings because they work with formal and fun projects. They look solid enough and don't remind me of a school notebook or something I picked up from the photocopier. (no offense to others, I've got gorgeous journals bound with spirals and I love them to bits.. handcrafted just look different when used with spirals)

  • All that glitters is not gold. While most people look at the sight of glitter and fall to uber appreciation, if used in excessive amounts, can look tacky. Control your glitter urges folks, accent it with a line, a smaller embellishment, as glitter stands out!  You don't want it to over power the rest of your layout. :)

  • Compose, compose, compose. Don't let your work float everywhere. Make it look grounded with a visual experience. If you like working with straight lines, do wonders with them. If you like asymmetry, don't make things float everywhere.

  • Proportions are vital when doing albums and cards. You don't want two large flowers and one small one. Try balancing one large flower with two smaller ones, or with one small or medium. It makes a big difference.

  • Lost in Space. Keepsakes are intended for 'keeping' for the 'sake of memories' for most. If you have created or crafted an album, especially a mini. Make sure you leave room for photos and text and don't centralize your embellishments. Mini albums are smaller in size, and have less room for photos and journaling to start with. If you have large embellishments, it may look pretty, but would defeat the purpose and practicality of being an 'album'.

  • Hand written. If you feel like incorporating your handwriting in a project, try not to let it float or look like a sloppy note you'd pass in class. Take a minute to draw a line with a scale to write on the line. If your cursive isn't the most exciting, don't go for it, print it instead.

  • First Love. Don't fall in love with your work. Be pleased when you put together something you put your heart into, but never fall in love with it. Because that's going to stop you from doing better or striving harder. Which will stump your growth and grooming as a crafter or artist.

Hope these little bits and pieces of information strike a chord and help you rethink your projects and help you for amazing future ones. I have yet to share some amazing work by Pakistani Crafters from our Craft Month Celebrations. You'll see some talent from simplest of pieces when I do :)

I often tell my students, that when you have the eye to appreciate something beautiful, your admiration shows your aesthetics are pretty awesome! So never tell yourself you're not very good at being creative ;)

Much Love.
Smile Sunshine!

Monday, 15 April 2013

Gifts for Mom!

We're bringing you exclusive gifts for Mom this year! Mother, my bit of heaven is a series of Mom gifts to present to your first love this year! Firefly has put together these specials to accommodate several of you inshaAllah :) Please read through the form and let us get back to you with payment details for your order confirmations <3

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Sunday, 14 April 2013

Willow Order Form

inventory can be found here:

Please note that the following items are no longer available and have been sold out! :) MashaAllah!

  • Wild Honey Distress Ink
  • Black Soot distress Ink
  • Philosophy Tags
  • Notable 6x6
  • Fine and Dandy 6x6
  • Ruby 6x6
  • Birthday Wishes 12x12
  • Mariposa
5% off your total purchase on orders placed and paid for by Friday! :) Happy Shopping

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Monday, 18 March 2013

What is life.

Recently I find myself asking this question after going through some episodes on daily basis. Wondering what are purpose becomes and of course in His Master plan. I am not hiding this, I am honestly the lease patient person in the world. I'm not joking. I become anxious. I dislike waiting. And the second I take a deep breath and go, okay.. I'll wait.. the sabr works wonders.

I've tread on a path that's very different from a lot of people around me, and especially my age. Even where I am now, I learn a bit more about my inner capabilities day by day. That it doesn't matter where you live, it's how you live it. It doesn't matter how much you earn, it's how you spend it... so on and so forth.

When I moved to Hong Kong, I was not worried about what would happen to Firefly. I was relaxed... and thought and still believe strongly that when He has given me so much, He will make arrangements for me.

So here I am, every day is a bit of a struggle. I have never had such horrible customer service in terms of speed of order deliveries/processing. I feel it more because I'm a few thousand miles away. And have to worry about the city, the printer, my mother, my customer... and over all.. the stress of having to deliver on time. All learning curves? Perhaps?

I kept sulking and sighing that out of the 60+ job applications I filled out in 2 months, I only heard back from one... and that too to tell me that they're not looking for me... -_-; I missed out a lot of what was laid out flat in front of me though. I had Firefly. The amount of work that I do for it, equals to the work load of 5 people.. not exaggerating. MashaAllah. I've had help from Mama and a friend. But things just haven't been the same.

In the stir of crazy happenings, ie delays and disappearances. Thank you MERCURY, I discovered that while my work has slowed down this month. (I put processing on hold) I have heaps of things I should probably be getting out of the way... AND we have a packed April. MashaAllah MashaAllah. Now these 'happenings' happened by fluke.. or rather by fate. Out of the blue, I made a friend, n Indian friend.. who I can't thank enough or appreciate here after moving to Hong Kong. She's been very supportive of Firefly. We've been finding new avenues to explore... and before you can say April, we have 3 weekends booked with exhibits in 3 very diverse markets.

Our first one is at Discovery Bay, with Handmade Hong Kong. It's this beautiful island resort locations with heaps of foreigners. The place itself is too amazing to skip out. Our second one will inshaAllah be at Fill in the Blank. Waiting to get approved for that. Fill in the Blank is an equivalent to Karachi's The Second Floor. It's pretty awesome. And it's in the heart of Wanchai. Near Queen's Road. I'm assuming we'll have some Indian/Pakistani people as well as localites. Lastly, we have 'At the Peak'. It's more a religious thing.. you know like Islamic awareness and such. It's exciting for me because I get to prepare the Kalima Sets and Hayati Hijabi projects. :)

Anyhow, turning direction here... I've been stumped. I have a lot of committments to my customers. And I can't help but feel helpless sometimes when things don't go as planned. In due time, almost always though.. it's like fate smiles and laughs out loud when the 'better'-'khair' written thing comes forth.

For those who believe my life is perfect or easy, it's like everyone else's.. I have some ups. I have downs. I have dreams... and I still have limitations. In between this tussle... I accept however, that this is life. My mother is my reminder to keep sabr. And she has always told me to be thankful. To say Alhamdulillah... even when the going gets tough! At the end of the day, Allah Kareem is protecting me from that which isn't good for me, allowing me to experience things I would have never imagined otherwise... and pretty much preparing me for whatever is coming up next.

It is not easy moving to a place where you don't know anyone apart from the people you live with at home. It's very different to walk into a new culture or new surrounding. And it's very different to not be around people you're closest to when you need them nearest. Another blessing in disguise? I discover more about my biggest support system right now, my husband. Who's helping me plan and sort out our upcoming projects. He doesn't have a design background or anything. But we're just wandering through Hong Kong a day at a time. Seeing new things and putting thoughts in place.

We won tickets to the Affordable Art Fair. It was funny, 'cause I've never won anything like this before :) hehe. We saw a lot of art. Contemporary stuff. Some of it was breathtaking. Even saw some textiles!

This post just got long. I apologize yall. And I thank all my fans and customers for being super tolerant while I work out the ropes here. It's not that it doesn't matter to me... it just takes a whole new level of relay and process for us at Firefly. Don't get me started on shipping... our shipment from Ranger has been at the post office since the 14th... -_-;

Anyhow. This was a little vent. Not a rant. Just a reflection journal entry to remind myself that it's not over... til it's over. It's just the beginning.


Sunday, 17 March 2013

Birthday Variety? a Competition!

So, I posted earlier today that with our Birthday celebrations being quiet with the weirded out processing arrangement and me being abroad, I figured I'd offer something to our crafty folk especially since it's Crafts Month too! I still have the Smile Sunshine Campaign happening for my fans, but I figured I'd go bigger on the 'giveaway' part to actually be of benefit to 3 individuals. :)

Are yall wondering where this is going? Keep reading.

Now we hope to conduct the Crafter's Expo in December this year InshaAllah. And as we work out all the details. We want to take the opportunity to put up a healthy and crafty competition for ALL our vendors that look forward to exhibiting with us this year!

New to all this jargon? Read some more! :)

The Crafter's Expo
The first of its kind event was coined in September last year as an initiative by Varah, me and some of my crafty friends. The idea was to exhibit together, to interact and engage specifically at the nd of my Ultimate Crafter's Workshops in Karachi. The idea grew to massive collaborative event coordinated, arranged and executed by Firefly.

The expo intends to cater to the passion behind crafting and promoting crafts of all kinds in Pakistan. The exposure is groundbreaking, and the response is larger than life! The Crafter's Expo has a turn out of over 2500 visitors, over 2500 visitors who have come forth because they LOVE crafts!

  • Publicity reaches an audience of over 10,000 people.
  • One day event, craft minded folk, craft minded taste, and craft minded pockets.
  • The expo caters to craft enthusiasts and hobbyists of all ages.
  • The event is open to families.
  • Publicity is via social media, posters and press.
  • Event has extensive media coverage and documentation.
  • Locale is secure and safe.
  • Clientele and crowd is from all parts of Karachi, inluding vicinity of Clifton and Defence. Pre event meet and greets are arranged to discuss concerns and address points by booth vendors.
  • All booth vendors will be met with in person before finalizing their booth.

Affiliations for the Expo include intl manufacturers of Craft and Scrapbooking products.

Last years sponsors included Die Cuts with a View and Graphic45!

We do not discriminate between our booth vendors and look forwrad to interacting with new crafters, and helping them with a platform to exhibit their talent! :)

Venue: Royal Rodale, Phase 6 DHA, Karachi
Date: December

The Competition

To commemmorate Crafts Month AND celebrating 3 years of Firefly we invite all of you to come forward and participate. What do we have to do?

Each participant must complete a Firefly themed project to be included as an entrant.
The projects must be original, out of the box, and must comply with the project guidelines.
The competition is open to all our fans, friends and fellow crafters across the globe! YES! across the globe!
There is no minimum age requirement, under 16 need their parent's consent to be on board. :)

The prizes?
*drum roll please*

The grand prize winner of the competition receives the following for their efforts and dedication:
- a FREE exhibition space at Crafter's Expo 2013, standard 2x4 ft table setting.
- a Rs 5000 cash prize to go towards your exhibition preparation!* The cash prize is an allowance provided to you for your expenses towards the expo. You will be reimbursed for expenses you incur for preparation which includes, banner printing, visiting cards, paper, display, pamphlets, etc. A receipt and account of these must be submitted at the end of the expo.
- a FREE listing at Firefly's website under the Crafter's Expo
- surprise gifts to be revealed on the Expo day!

Second Place:
-receives a 40% discount on booth booking!
-a FREE listing at Firefly's website under the Crafter's Expo for a year.
-surprise gifts to be revealed on the expo day

Thurd Place:
-receives a 20% discount on booth booking!
-receives FREE listing at Firefly's website under the Crafter's Expo for a year.
-surprise gifts to be revealed on the expo day.

OHMG! Now how do I participate? What is the project?


-create an art piece no smaller than 6x6 inches in size and no bigger than 15x15 inches in size.
-the art piece can be made of paper, felt, clay, ceramic, textiles, wire.. metal, so forth.
-the art piece can be 3D, 2D, a card, a textile item, a canvas, a painting, a sculpture, a box, a scrapbook, a wall hanging, an album, anything!
-the piece must reflect your original ideas and your creativity
-the art piece must reflect Firefly, the brand. Either symbolically, conceptually, or metaphorically
-the art piece must be prepared and submitted for entry by the 15th of October. via post to the provided Karachi address. If you are abroad, you may dispatch this submission sooner.
-along with the art piece, the entrant must submit a 200 word description/paragraph describing their crafted art piece and the concept they implemented in depicting Firefly.


Given the theme is based on Firefly and is open ended to an individual's interpretation. We will look into details such as execution, dexterity, neatness, innovation and creativity. How original and thoughout your project is, will show through in the final result.

Who gets to decide?
I, Varah Musavvir the Firefly girl will review each project submission for that Firefly energy.

The results to this competition will be announced on the 29th of November. inshaAllah.

Final details, stall applications and other information regarding the Expo will be carried out in October. If you intend to take part in the expo, gear up :)

If you are abroad and take part in this competition, you will need to ship your entry to us. If you get selected as an exhibitor, you will be represented in Karachi at the Crafter's Expo 2013. You will be sending us an inventory list and your products to display. Shipping of remaining items after the expo are expenses to be covered by you.

What happens to the artwork after that?

All artwork will be displayed, exhibited at Crafter's Expo 2013 and further kept with us, at the Firefly Studio. The day we have an outlet, we will display these pieces with your name :) So make an impression guys! :)

ask! :)

Why are we doing this to start with?
We love what we do and love giving others an opportunity to explore similar avenues. In Pakistan, crafting has taken on a new market. And with so many talented folk out there, we'd like to give em that stage to put on their best show. :) Wishing you guys heaps of luck. Rock it! :)


Saturday, 16 March 2013

Crafts Month Inspiration Week ONE

Salaam everybody!

I love the craftiness in my newsfeed over at Facebook lately. :) It's amazing to see something bring so many people together... their passion is commendable.

I wanted to dedicate this post to all the Crafty folk who contributed to the Week One's Craft Inspiration Challenge :) Theme was Spring and the challenge was to incorporate a handmade flower :)

If I missed you, please tag Firefly on Facebook and I'll add you. :)

Please visit their pages and give them valuable feedback on their projects. And of course, please share this post with your friends. Congrats on being featured over at our blog this week! :) <3

Happy Crafting! Smile Sunshine. :)

Okay, so Noveen at All that Sparkle *waves* does beautiful work with damask. And she pieced this lovely piece together for our week one.

Aqsa at Art-esthetics is unbelievably talented and does amazing work with flowers. HANDMADE flowers. The colors here remind me of Zephyr from Prima, and they look so fresh and full of 'Spring' :) Love it!

The girls at Cartolina do such adorable little pieces with quilling. This is their project for week one.

Khadija at D's Creations put together this little card with some cute flowers :)
This was my bit for the weekly inspiration. It was actually a request by a client based off our 'sunshine' mini album theme. The colors here are so fresh and vibrant, I could stare at the yellow all day. Hehe. The background is from Prima's Sunkissed Collection. The damask has been embossed and distressed. The ornate frames are die cut and sentiments stamped. I was pressed for time so didn't assemble a handmade flower, I used one that I bought from a recent craft shop, made by artisans in cottage scale industries. The card is 5x7 inches in size approximately.

This was Faiza's project for Fizy's Art. Love her purple flower. Super pretty!

Anaum has a thing for files and folders.. and this one is super love! I love her flowers on here. Check out For Love Of!

I am in love with flowers... and Floral Art by Rida did this gorgeous piece! So so pretty! MashaAllah!!

Ghazal Pirzada Creative Studios did this SUPER fun sunflower set for prop set up! How cute is that?!

ET, my friend at Glitter & Swirls makes me want to cry every time I look at her work. For me, she is the Queen of Cards. Don't yall agree? her work is always very detailed, perfectly composed and looks like something you'd want to buy just to put up on your wall if not give away! Check out this beautiful piece with the perfect colors by Glitter & Swirls!

Amina at Handmade Memories pieced together a heartwarming gift tag using Graphic45's paper collection isnpired by Spring. I love vintage, I love G45 and I love this girl's work for this week's inspiration! Please visit her work and give her some appreciation! :)

You cannot expect anything less than adorable and heartfelt by Injela at Spectrum, it's all about colors. She pieced together this wall hanging for Spring! Her flowers look so cuuuute!

Wajiha, at Kaghaz kay Karnamay makes GORGEOUS paper... handmade paper! And this is nothing less than that!

Sabahat from Limelight Favors did such a CUTE project for Spring! Check out these party favors!

How pretty is this wreath? it's by Moam. Truly, lighten up your home!

LOVE the colors for this mini put together by Paper Madness. SO fresh, SO spring! I love the flowers.

Jaihan, whom I had the pleasure of meeting with in Islamabad put together this Tag. I LOVE it. Check out Pearl.Box :) Very spring!

This card was pieced together by Madeeha from Rangeen. I love the flowers :)

VERY spring! another piece by Madeeha!

Rubab does some lovely work! And this is no exception! I LOVE the flowers she's pieced on here :) They truly speak spring! Visit RB's Craft Bin

Kanza at Spring did this little piece for her bit of week one's inspiration :)

Violetta's spring inspired basket of kisses. :) super yummy and sweet! :)
 Phew! Done with Week One Shares :) Hope you guys enjoyed week one's projects! <3

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Crafts Month Celebrations - The Hop

Super excited to be blogging on this today. *given again I got carried away with work and committments that I left out my thoughts and musings.* ANYHOW...

Last year in March, we got approved to be retailers for scrapbooking supplies. MashaAllah, we've been stocking for a bit now. Excited about new inventory shipping and even more excited that this year, mashaAllah.. everyone else is celebrating Crafts Month with us! :) We mentioned it over at the page, and some of our crafty friends thought it'd be a fab idea to do something collectively. *waves to Noveen from All That Sparkle*

Since several of us already decided on what we're doing and how we're going about, it was hard to get everyone into the loop. I figured, I could share everyone's pages and works compiled in this blog post for the Craft Month Page Hop. :)

By the way. Not to be suggestive, but your feedback on these Craft Month projects is super important to all of us. So make sure you visit all the pages participating and leave comments on their work for the theme of the week. :)

I'll stop jabbering and get to the point now.
Below are our themes for Craft Month. And you all are welcome to craft along with us. We share our projects every Tuesday. If you don't have a page, and are just a crafty friend, feel free to send us your work, we'll display it here for all our visitors. :)

Craft Month, Weekly Project Inspiration

Every Tuesday this month, we will share a project, either new or old we have pieced together to go with the theme of the week. The project doesn't have to be a literal interpretation, you can do something conceptual! :)

Upload it on your page sharing that it's dedicated to Crafts Month and the weekly theme, like some of us did on our Facebook Pages :)

March 5th:
Spring, incorporate a Handmade Flower
March 12th:
Memories, incorporate a sentiment (stamped or printed)
March 19th:
Patriotism and the challenge is to incorporate something green, a moon and a star, or something Pakistani.
March 26th:
Love and the challenge is to use stitching. (faux or real is up to you)

Please don't combine the weekly themes or swap them for your convenience.

Craft Month, Page Hop
Please note, only pages with original work have been posted. If you classify as a 'crafter' feel free to write to us!

All That Sparkle
Craft Circus
FizY's Art
Glitter & Swirls
Ghazal Pirzada Creative Studios
Handmade Memories
Kaghaz Kay Karnamey (Magic of Handmade Papermaking)
LimeLight Favors
Spectrum It's all about Colors

The Rules:
Craft Hop participants that fail to produce a project will be removed from the Page Hop.
Hop status gets shared 3 times a day.
Please take out time and visit all these fellow crafters :) Show some lovin!
This is a collective/community effort, you may not be a part of other individual campaigns.
The idea is to bring crafters together as a community and to follow one code. If that makes sense. :)
Happy Crafting!
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