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Friday, 13 September 2013

Attend the Ladies' Night and Win Free Prizes!

Please note:  The date of this event is on Sunday the 22nd of September (not the 15th as originally written) sorry there was a bit of a mix up of communications :-/  Hope to see you all on the 22nd insha Allah :)

The Marrakech Cafe in Wellington, NZ,  have been holding a regular 'Ladies' Night' , about once a month for quite a few months now.  Sr Zahra, who is the wife of the Moroccan head chef, brother Abdulghani, organises the event and sends the word around to let us know when the next night will be.  I have wanted to go for quite some time and haven't had the chance, but this week I have booked myself a seat...this Sunday, insha Allah!
Chef Abdelghani special collection of preserves and spices

I'm so excited, as a halal meal at the Marrakech Cafe is a really special treat.  To celebrate, I am going to take along over $150 worth of  Hijab Sparkle goodies, to give away as prizes for those who attend.  There will be lots of jewellery, gift vouchers, and other surprises.  I'm feeling generous, so there will be plenty of chances to win.

Everyone who attends will be given tickets at the door which have a number on each one.  Throughout the evening, many names will be drawn, and those people will win the prizes.  People who sign up for my newsletter will get extra tickets, and will also go in the running to win a handmade Muslim doll.

Ways to get more prize tickets (and have more of a chance of winning)
*  Say 'Hijab Sparkle sent me' when you email sister Zahra (contact details below)
*  Share the link to this post on your Facebook page (then let me know that you have shared it)

*  Sign up for the Hijab Sparkle Newsletter on the night
*  Just turn up! You will get a ticket as you walk in.


So apart from amazing Moroccan cuisine, a chance to see old friends and make new ones, and having a lovely time relaxing on a Sunday night, you can win prizes as well! Sounds like a pretty good deal to me :)

Here are all the details:
Please let Sister Zahra know you would like to come in advance if possible.  You can contact her through the website here. Just make sure you mention that it is for the 'Ladies Night' this Sunday.  
Don't forget, if you say 'Hijab Sparkle sent me' in the email, I will give you an extra prize ticket on the night!

Where:  The Marrakech Cafe, 305 Evans Bay Pde, Hataitai, Wellington New Zealand, 6021.
When: Sunday night, 22nd of September, 2013
Time: 6pm
Cost:  $30 each for ladies, older children are welcome.  Cost for older children is $15 each.

Please pay in advance to book your seat/s.  For more details about how to purchase seat tickets, please contact sister Zahra.

Hope to see you there! By the way, it isn't only for Muslim ladies, so please bring your non-Muslim friends as well :)


Monday, 9 September 2013

A Special Gift For a Special Person.

Choose to send my email or regular mail.  Easy and convenient!
I am excited to announce the new 'HIJAB SPARKLE GIFT VOUCHER'.  Support a handmade, homemade Muslim business by giving one of these to someone special.

Gift vouchers are great if you need a gift quickly (it can be sent by email within 24 hours), or can't think what to get for someone.  The recipient can choose whatever they like from the  many items available in the Hijab Sparkle online shop!  All they need to do is tell me their name, and the voucher number.

To purchase a gift voucher, contact me and let me know the 4 details below. After you have made your purchase, I will send the voucher to the recipient of your choice:

Let me know the following:
1.  Who you want to send it to (first and last name)
2.  How many New Zealand dollars you want the voucher to be worth (any amount, it's up to you!)
3.  The person the gift voucher is from (you can write a name, or 'a friend' if you wish)
4.  Whether you want me to send the voucher digitally (by email within 24 hours - shipping is free of course!) or by regular post.  If I send it by regular post, the voucher will be printed on quality card and placed in a nice envelope. Please make sure you tell me the person's correct address, and leave plenty of time for the voucher to get to the recipient on time.*

*Regular post in New Zealand will cost 70cents (NZD) or if you would like to send by economy international post,  it will cost $2.50 NZD.  If you would like it sent by registered or any other types of post, just let me know and I will tell you the current shipping prices.  The shipping prices I have stated may change depending on the postage prices here in New Zealand, but this is gives you a general idea.

Are You a Newsletter Subscriber Yet?

Hijab Sparkle Newsletter subscribers receive exclusive offers (such as the one above) and all the latest updates about new products right in their inbox!  If you would like to become a subscriber, follow this link and fill in the form.  Your email address will only be used for the purpose of sending you the newsletter.


Sunday, 8 September 2013

Host Your Own Hijab Sparkle Party!

Assalamu Alaikum Sisters.
Do you live in Wellington?  Why not host a Hijab Sparkle Party at the venue of your choice, and  be rewarded for your efforts by getting loads of free Hijab Sparkle goodies!  Parties can be adapted to suit women, or children. You get rewards for hosting the party, and if the party is a success, you will get even more surprises. There will even be prizes and give-aways for the guests!

All you have to do is invite all your friends and provide the food that you want, or easier still, get your friends to bring a plate of food each.  Decorate your home for the occasion if you wish, especially if the party is for an Islamic celebration such as Eid.  Please note that I do not attend functions related to non-Muslim celebrations (eg: birthdays, christmas, halloween, easter, etc).
All I need is a table, and sometimes I may  need an electricity outlet for lighting the products.  I will set up everything else.  I will even provide you with invitations to give to your friends in person, or to send online.    Sound like fun? Contact me for more details.  

How to make your own necklace display for a Jewellery Party.

Salam all! More jewellery display ideas for the planned jewellery party, insha Allah...take a wooden 'nick nack' display (or collectable display) and make it into a necklace showcase!  I picked this little beauty up at a second hand shop (where else do you get all the cool stuff?!).  It is particularly nifty, as it is house shaped.  I used pieces of foam board (aka craft board) and cut it to size, with a little notch cut out at the top so I can get them out easily and change the necklaces around.  I covered them with scrapbooking paper, using two different designs just to make things interesting.  I then put a couple of V-shaped grooves at the top, in the places where the necklace chain hangs, to keep it in place.  Don't buy ANYTHING new...recycle, and make it yourself.  It is so much more fun!  Now...what should I do with that space in the roof section...any ideas?

Getting Ready for a Jewellery Party.

Salam! Last night I had some Malaysian sisters over for dinner, and after seeing all my handmade items, they have asked me to have a jewellery party at their house.  I'm so excited!  I felt my jewellery display is looking a little tired lately so I want to totally revamp it.  I also feel like making some new jewellery.  Today I began experimenting with different ways to display earrings.  These chandelier earrings are difficult to display and I wanted to show all their lovely details, so I made some special display tags which separate them nicely.  As you probably know, I work at home, hence the oven in the is difficult to find a neutral background in our house!

New Doll Stand...Yay!

I am always on the lookout for ways to display the things I make, since I sometimes have the chance to show my work at different events.  Recently my husband found this doll stand for me in a second hand shop and it's the perfect size for my dolls!  Now I just have to find some more.  You can see in the picture one of the dolls I recently finished on the new dolls stand.  This doll is similar to the niqab design you can see on the Muslim Doll Page.  This one has has no face covering, however she still has the same beautiful colours on her scarf and abaya.  The stand is good because it allows me to show how big the dolls are and all the little details, such as the ribbon ruffles, the cute little shoes, and the pants with matching trim.

Salam from

Friday, 6 September 2013

Win Your Very Own Hijab Sparkle Muslim Doll!

Salam everyone! I'm excited to announce a new competition.  This time all you need to do is:

1.  sign up for my newsletter, and you could win the doll pictured above!  It is, of course, handmade by Hijab Sparkle...and worth $45 NZD (about $35 USD).  Make sure you type your name properly when you subscribe, so I can find you on Facebook as well.  When my list of newsletter subscribers is large enough, I will pull a name out of a hat and draw the winning email address.  I will then contact the winner, and mention the them on Facebook, and in a blog post.  I can send the doll straight to the winner, or to another person as a gift from you.

2.  For an extra chance to win, share this post on your Facebook timeline and I will enter your name again. Let me know you have shared it by telling me on my timeline, just to be on the safe side (sometimes I don't see the shares)

 To sign up for the newsletter, click on this link.  

Oh, and by the way, if you have already signed up for my newsletter, you are automatically entered into the competition.

This competition is open to the world.  However, I cannot send to P.O boxes or rural addresses.
To see more Muslim Doll designs, click here.

Salam from

Monday, 2 September 2013

What Do You Think?

Salam all, I have had some requests to make dolls which show the diversity of the Muslim Ummah, therefore today I am working on some dolls with different skin tones. Here is an example I have made. Please let me know your comments and suggestions. So far I have made dolls with cream/white coloured skin, and this one with dark brown. Do you think I should include any other colours? Perhaps a light brown? Should I make some dolls that look Japanese, for example? Looking forward to hearing your opinions.  More dolls can be seen here.

Hijab Sparkle.
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