Sakinah’s Moving

Sakinah is Moving

Yeah. I know. Again.

I’ve accepted an offer to move to the Sanctum Sim. A sim shared by Haven Designs, Slink Shoes and a soon to open business with what may be the only breedable pets I’ve ever actually decided I like.

There will be a brief time where the Sakinah store is offline, as I move it, and the servers. After that, I’ll be replacing the landmarks in my products and making a few changes that I really have just been putting off getting done.

Now the fun part? I’m cramming all of this in around Fashion for Life. Which, if you haven’t gotten the word yet, I’m one of the Co-Leads on. Harper Beresford of one of my favorite blogs: A Passion for Virtual Fashion (http://slfashionpassion.wordpress.com) is the other.

Fashion for Life is the redeux of what we’ve long since known as Clothing Fair, the huge fashion event that openes the Relay for Life Campaign in Sl, and one of the biggest fundraisers for the American Cancer Society in Second Life. This years it’s nine sims of designers from all over the grid, and the scope of the event has expended beyond clothes to include hair, shoes, skins, eyes: anything to enhance your avatar’s appearance.

There’s a region-wide hunt; dozens of Gacha machines, and of course 200 vendors spread over nine sims.

You guys know I always try to put out something new and shiny for RFL every year. And despite the heavy workload this year will not be the exception. There will be a Sakinah gacha located on the Bourke White sim (Those of us from Egypt may recognize where I got the build inspiration from). And of course I will have a store there with my usual RFL Exclusives and a New Outfit or two. (depending on what I can get done)

So. Yeah. I’m busy ūüôā Sakinah will go offline Probably on Tuesday, and I will try to have it back up and running its new location Before Fashion for Life Kicks off, but I’m not making promises. ¬†Everything is still available on Marketplace though, and will stay that way throughout the move.

I will also have a store on the Bourke White sim for the Fashion for Life Event. ¬†So you’ll be able to get a lot of things there as well.

Love,

Syn

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Gift from Sakinah

I’m sure by now many of you have heard that Friday, January 28, 2011, became known as the “Day of Rage” in Egypt. ¬†After the Friday prayers, Egyptians took to the streets in protest of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in office for 30 years.

Why protest?  Why not just vote him out?

Egypt has been under “Emergency Law” since Hosni Mubarak’s succession of assassinated President Anwar Sadat in 1981. ¬†Emergency Law is what holds Egypt back from the Democracy its constitution promises. ¬†This state of Emergency law, faithfully renewed every 3 years (It actually started in 1967, and there was about an 18 month break before President Sadat’s Assassination) permits government disruption of everything from organized protests to political funding, and has ben used repeatedly to cripple or quash opposition to the National Democratic Party.

Over recent years, Egypt’s Economy has suffered. ¬†Princes inflate at astronomical rates, but incomes aren’t increasing. ¬†Many industries in Egypt are Government subsidized, and the government’s response to cut back subsidies has only aggravated the out of control inflation.

Why haven’t we heard of this before? ¬†Egypt always seemed pretty peaceful?

Because it is pretty peaceful. ¬†But, as has happened so many times with nations in the Middle East, nations that ensure the supply of oil to the United States, the United States has provided financial aid to these regimes due to their benevolence toward US Policy. ¬†A sort of “Better the devil you know,” policy that, in Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Iraq and numerous other Arab nations has kept men in power through finance and influence that have been amicable to United States Foreign Policy, regardless of how those leaders treat the freedoms and rights of the people of the very nations they command.

In 1981, Hosni Mubarak was a good man.  He came in at a time when it was necessary for him to do so, and held Egypt together through a time of crisis.  But that was 30 years ago.  And power corrupts.  Absolute Power corrupts absolutely.

To this very moment, the words of a dear friend, spoken while I was in Egypt last September are echoing in my ears, “Egypt is on the brink of revolution. ”

With 2/3 of its population under the age of 30, Egypt’s youth, coordinating through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, and spurred by similar actions in Tunisia, ¬†enacted the first day of Protests on January 25th, 2011. ¬†The police response to these protests was swift and brutal. ¬†A second day of protests was enacted on January 28th. ¬†After Friday prayers (called Jummah ¬†or Gummah, as Egyptians don’t normally use the J-sound in their Arabic), Youth swarmed the streets again in Cairo and Alexandria. ¬†Government response was to shut down the cell networks and the Internet service providers. ¬†To swarm the streets with police in armored vehicles firing tear gas into crowds.

105 People have been killed in these protests. ¬†The Police have retreated and the army, and their tanks have taken their place. ¬†Mubarak’s initial response was to dissolve the government in its entirety and to appoint two men into previously unheard of positions. ¬†The Protests have turned violent. ¬†Grocery stores are shut down. ¬†Government bakeries are only permitting the purchase of ten loaves of pita bread per day. ¬†Banks are closed, ATMs are shut down. ¬†Gas stations are closed. ¬†While cell service has been restored, internet has not.

United States citizens are being evacuated out of Egypt via charter flights to safe havens in Europe.  Delta, Lufthansa, and Olympia.. the three biggest airline carriers to and from Egypt have stopped service.  The United States embassy is shut down.

Hosni Mubarak announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election in September.  I do not know if this will be enough to bring quiet to the streets and the voices of the people demanding change.  I do not know if the damage done is too extensive to recover from with so distant a promise.

To those of you who have asked, my family in Alexandria is safe, indoors, but safe. ¬†And I thank all of you for your concern that you’ve shown. ¬†It’s been touching, and vital during this difficult time.

I felt like I needed to do something, for you, my customers and supprters and friends; to explain, to educate, to share, and to ask for your continued support in the coming months as Egypt undergoes some of the most radical political changes it has seen since 1967. ¬†So please find a Hijab and scarf, colored in the black, white and Red of Egypt’s flag, (With gold tassles for the Eagle of Saladin). ¬†I’ve sent it out in my Subscriber; and it’s available at my Mainstore.

I hope you wear it from time to time, to show your support of a free and democratic Egypt.  To let people know that you will not look away.

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A Struggle

I think I’ve tried to write this post seven or eight times over the last few days. ¬†But it feels like there’s lead in my fingers, and sand in my heart.

I know everything started before Friday. ¬†But it wasn’t until Friday that it really hit home. ¬†It wasn’t until Friday where, watching CNN footage of Egypt in an uproar, buildings burning, clouds of tear gas drifting over the October 6 Bridge in Cairo. ¬†People shouting and blocking the Corniche in Alexandria that it sank in.

It wasn’t until the internet was shut down, and we lost touch with our family, that I began to panic.

It wasn’t until much later, through a scratchy phone call that managed to hang on just long enough to hear “We’re okay. ¬†We’re staying inside.” That I managed to break down into tears.

I’ve had some friends, who’ve been right there with me. ¬†Who called me as soon as they heard. ¬†Who shared my fears, who asked after my family. ¬†Who let me just cry like an idiot over Skype or SL Voice.

I’ve spent hours trying to explain the why to people who have never lived there, who can’t fully understand the scope of the political ramifications.. why this matters, why it’s so important. ¬†And then hours with people who do understand on some level, and who I could get into the higher reasoning with. ¬†But my brain just won’t go there today. ¬†Today, I just want people to have enough food to eat.

Today I just couldn’t bother to do much to my Av. ¬†I knew I should pick a different skin, or a different hairstyle. ¬†Maybe some new eyes? ¬†A dress might have been nice. ¬†Maybe I should have found a sweater and shirt and jeans in the black, white and red of Egypt’s flag.

The charm of being worried over the Crisis in Egypt is starting to wear off for some people who know me.  I know my family is alive and safe, right?  That should be enough.

Alhamdullilah it is enough, and yet, I am human enough to ask for more.  I ask for a country that does not pretend at democracy to appease the West.  I ask for an economy that does not inflate the prices of basic human needs while not supplying the additional income to supply them.  I ask for the safety of those brave enough to step forward and fill the streets, peaceful but purposeful in their intent to bring about long over due change.  I ask for wisdom to shed a light on those presently in power, to truly listen to the people who make Egypt what it is.  I ask those whose intentions are violent to stop and not let selfishness diminish the gravity of the message.  I ask the world to turn their eyes on Egypt and not take them away, not get bored with the message, to hear it, to repeat it, to support it.

I ask you to look upon Egypt not as a distant nation in a distant land. ¬†But as your brothers and your sisters. ¬†As the nation that has fostered modern thought throughout the ages. ¬†As the mother of the ideal and freedoms you hold so close to your heart. ¬†I ask, shouldn’t this country have those things too? ¬†Not the illusion of them, but the real ideas the real freedoms.

My every thought.  My Every Prayer right now is there with them, in the streets and in the homes, with my brothers and my sisters.  I ask you.  Do not look away.

Sweater: Dutch Touch – Knitted Jumper Grey Green

Turtleneck: Dutch Touch – top TurleNeck nr 13

Jeans: Dutch Touch – Basic Jeans nr 2

Skin – Tuli – Jade tone 3

Hair: Truth – Milla – Chocolate

Eyes:  Poetic Colors РCool Night

Skybox: nordari – snow.white

Grass: Organica

Bridge: Glitterati

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A Wicked Awesome Trip

I don’t know if any of you play Rock Band 3. ¬†But if you don’t know what it is, you basically portray some member of a rock band (Your choice of instrument…and the controllers look like instruments. ¬†Or you can use a mic if you’re a singer), and you play various songs against a rhythm¬†challenge¬†(Press the right combination of buttons at the right time.).

So as I’m playing this, game (by the way I prefer the bass guitar or the microphone actually), there’s a pre-set list of songs set against the idea that your “band” is touring. ¬†And one of them is through New England and called “Wicked Awesome Trip.” ¬†Playing of course, against the Boston/New Englander accent and speaking patterns. ¬†I swear this all makes sense in a minute, so bear with me.

So, if you’re in Boston this time of year? ¬†It’s pretty cold. ¬† And Boston makes me think of a few things. ¬†Things that Reek has put out recently that I’ve quietly fallen in love with.

The Peacoat here comes in both Khaki and Red, has a scarf built into it that changes textures on command and.. it always a perfect fit over your Avatar’s chest because it comes with an alpha layer (a Viewer 2.0 feature) to derender your avatar’s chest!

This, of course merited a trip to The Dressing Room where Ys & Ys has this adorable bag out, and Natural Beauty has the lovely “Olga” Skin I’m wearing.

The Cargo Pants and Hijab are from Sakinah, naturally.

Now in that shot, you can’t see the shoes. ¬†But I wanted to show the shoes because they really kind of are wicked awesome.

The Boston Boots here are, again, from Reek.  You can also get a version of them folded down and lined in shearling.

So.. Covered, toasty, and my toes are waterproof!  What more could a Muslima hope for?

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter‚ĄĘ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2010. That’s about 13 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there were 47 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 73 posts. There were 83 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 33mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 28th with 90 views. The most popular post that day was Happy Pink Hijab Day!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were iheartsl.com, plurk.com, twitter.com, fashionfeedofsl.com, and fashionplanet.worldofsl.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for abaya, hijabi, shemei, tekbir, and sakinah.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Happy Pink Hijab Day! October 2010
1 comment

2

Dressing Modestly in SL (And how I made it a little easier) October 2009
1 comment

3

OMG I actually Have Been Working! December 2008

4

OMG I Haz a RANT October 2009
4 comments

5

Fantasia’s Cleopatra October 2010

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Special Release And Sale!

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I’m being featured as the spotlight merchant at the Gorean Gateway. ¬†I also mentioned that with that comes a new release. ¬†While I was doing that? ¬†I figured that that vendor would do well to also be a sale vendor. ¬†So, anything purchased from the Vendor in the spotlight spot is 25% off!

That being said. ¬†You wanna see the newness. ¬†I know you wanna see the newness. ¬† No. ¬†This is not Modest. ¬†It is likely not safe for work. ¬†But…

I actually started Sakinah geared toward Gor. ¬†And I haven’t forgotten that; even if I’ve sort of left it behind. ¬†So in a nod to the people who helped me get my start, I thought I’d give a little something back.

 

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Happy Distractions

Believe it or not I really have been working, though not on what I’m supposed to be working on.

See.  I started making a sweater.  Then, I started thinking about that famous bust of Nefertiti, and how that would be a really neat headdress to make.  And then I wondered what she might have worn with it.

Then I started making something to go with it.

Then I thought about these statues of Hapshepsut in Luxor.  And how that headdress was a nice one, and wondered if I could capture that too.

Then I got asked to be a featured merchant at one of the markets I have a stall in. ¬†Which, if I’m going to do that I wanted to do something special for the¬†occasion.

Then, and then, and then.

I think, by now, I’m coming to the conclusion that I do releases sporadically, according to whatever mood I’m in when I build something. ¬†I really do wish sometimes I could be one of those people that just churns out something new and awesome every week. ¬†But, that’s just not me. ¬†I like working when inspiration strikes, and going where my imagination takes me.

I also will not put out anything until I’m relatively happy with it. ¬†So I’ll start a lot of things with good inspiration but I’ll hate the execution. ¬†And when that happens, I scrap the whole thing and start from scratch.

This by the way is really incongruous with my personality. ¬†I’m one of those people who, when given a task, just buckles down and gets it done. ¬†I give myself permission to make a bad first draft, and I just go from there. ¬†I make lists, and break up big projects into pieces, ticking off each task as I complete it. ¬†So this is probably why I can build a sim in a couple of weeks, but may not turn out a new outfit for a few months.

And I have these happy little distractions: ¬†Rock Band on the Xbox; Kanye West’s latest Album; the stories in my head that I want to write out; a sudden urge to make brownies from scratch; curling up with the hubby and watching movies on Netflix.

It’s not all me rambling though. ¬†This is actually a heads up for a surprise for my Gorean customers. ¬†From this coming Thursday to the next, there will be an outfit available at the Gorean Gateway where I will be the Featured Merchant for the week. ¬†It will only be available there, and it will only be available for the week. ¬†Then I’m putting it away. ¬†By way of warning. ¬†There is NOTHING modest about it. ¬†It’s a bit of a throwback to my early days when I first designed silks that were more about decorating a body than covering it.

I’ll update later in the week with an SLurl and the pictures. ¬†But it’s done, it’s boxed, and the ad shot has been critiqued by a few of my friends to get the nod from them.

Right now though, I’m going to enjoy the happy distraction of a little sleep.

 

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