Jazzing with colour!

When someone does not display any particular artistic skill for most of their childhood/teenage years, then one fine day decides to pick up a brush and proceeds to paint anything wooden she can get her hands on, one can’t help but shake one’s head in disbelief, amazement and yes a bit of amusement thrown in. You wonder if it’s a passing phase…..but then years go by, and she’s still at it, painting her heart out. For quite a few years now she has been running a shop from her house and has made a name and a niche for herself, going by the name ‘Articrafts’.

Over the course of time she has produced and sold a mind-boggling amount of work, and that would include just about anything she was obsessed by at a given point. She gets ideas, and then does not rest until she has given them some kind of form and shape.

She is, truly, an extremely creative woman, with an eye for colour and a sure, firm hand with a paintbrush or a sewing machine, whatever medium she chooses to dabble in, often combining all. The following sea of pictures should speak for themselves, I think.

I’m lucky that person is my little sister Fatu, so I get a lot of freebies 🙂

Here is evidence of her work around my house….

this is a ceramic bowl she found in a flea market and painted a border to. it was just a plain blue bowl before this! i had to buy it off her when i saw it at her house because i couldn't take my eyes off it 🙂
a tiny, gorgeously painted little wooden thingy I fell in love with too.
i asked Fatu to design a circular mirror for Amu, and this is what she came up with. I think she did a spectacular job, and it goes beautifully in Amu's room 🙂
after the stupendous success of the blue mirror, I felt like putting mirrors everywhere, so I asked Fatu to make another one but with a different colour scheme. this one seems to be in a state of flux, as it has switched 3 places already and i'm seriously thinking of relocating it again. or maybe i'll ask her to make me yet another one. can't help it if i like circular mirrors can I?
this is supposed to be a keychain hanger and is one of the oldest of Fatu's things around my house. it belongs in my kitchen and I hang an assortment of dusters on it 🙂
this is supposed to be a covered dustbin, but then I thought it was too pretty for trash. so we use it as something to store wires and camera paraphernalia and various other thingamajigs
a lovely compartmentalized jewellery box that prettifies my dresser 🙂
this little wooden box was once part of a toy. Fatu painted it for me a long time ago and I use it as a place to store my most used recipes wriiten on squares of card paper 🙂
plain, stained Thai trays, rejuvenated. for free! 😀
and a rack for newspapers...

Fatu makes lots of other stuff too, of course, and I feel you need to see that too. Most of it is made by a carpenter she hires, and she sands everything smooth, stains it, and embellishes it with some paint and finishes it with lots of lacquer so it doesn’t ever come off.

But she also scours the flea markets to look for worn-out old pieces, which she then proceeds to refurbish, thereby rescuing them and what is more, creating works of art that can be used on an everyday basis….

who says we can't scrub our feet with something pretty?
or wear pretty, painted wooden clogs in the bathroom? (trademark Fatu! they sell like hot cakes)
wooden trestles and spreads to match! (these sell like hotcakes too!)
the artist is not above painting her own clothes as well 🙂
corner of a table, and a painted trunk in the background...
freshly painted keychain hangers
big, all-accomodating trays 🙂
everything on this shelf is for sale 🙂 so let me know if you like anything.
wooden bowls and spoons, renovated 🙂
an assortment of colourful keychains
and candlestick holders...
handmade bags, designed and stitched entirely by Fatu herself. I have lost count of the hundreds she has made and sold!

She loves glimpsing sights of people carrying the bags that she has made, in places she never dreamed she would. And since she does not keep a proper inventory, she herself has no clue of the sheer volume of work she has done, nor does she really care to dwell on it. I find that amazing about her.

So this is my sister Fatu, everybody. If you live in Karachi, do check her out. Drop me a note here if you would like to contact her……maybe I could connect you. Or look for her page on Facebook….it’s called ‘Jazzing with colours’ and ‘like’ it. Or if all else fails, just email her at crazy_hair@live.com.

She’ll love to sell you her stuff 🙂


  1. OMG, Munira, I am in LOVE with your sister! Wow! I want to know more about her. I don’t know how I can buy her stuff necessarily from here in the US, but, gosh, I want to be her FB friend–and yours–if possible.

    I’m completely blown away! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


    1. Anonymous says:

      thank you so much kathy…and i have heard soo much about you from munira and seen your work as well….let me just say…i am a FAN!!!!…:D…love what you do….a woman after my own heart….

  2. Sorry, forgot to subscribe to follow-up comments–doing that here!

  3. Anonymous says:

    wow mun!!!….the pics are gorgeous!!….thank you sooo much….*sniff*……..and i want you to know…..i am truly sorry for smashing your clay cooking toys…when i was five…..*sniff*

    1. Munira says:

      You likey? I’m glad! ,phew!> such pressure to do a good job of presenting you to my world! 😀 but tell me, why on earth are you anonymous? Please don’t be anonymous, we need you to show yourself!

    2. Munira says:

      And don’t worry, the clay toys are long forgotten 😛 plus, I have thwacked you enough times to make up for their loss 😀

  4. Thanks, Fatu. I just visited your FB page and left a comment. It’s great to “meet” you! I’m so pleased Munira did this post! Your work is genius–hope you know that!

    1. Anonymous says:

      *blushes*…….thanx kathy….and lovely to’ meet’ you too…..:)

  5. Anonymous says:

    I wish I could come to Karachi and get some of this stuff. I love it all!! What a creative sister you have, Mun!

    1. Munira says:

      I wish you could too Anonymous!! And as a matter of fact I have THREE extremely creative sisters! My cup doth overfloweth! 😀

  6. shazia hasan says:

    absolutely love the stuff.MA,u gals are really talented!

  7. Aarti says:

    I have to agree with your pal Shazia, such talented sisters!! Pls tell Fatu I’m blown away by her works! If I could order them online oof I should be so lucky! Thank you for this post Mun, im in complete awe 😀 I can’t do arts and crafts AT ALL so I have a deep admiration for people with such talent. Hey let’s not forget, ur an awesome painter too 😀 and Botanist!

    1. Munira says:

      Not only is she chock full of talent Aarti, she works like a fiend! Makes me feel like a complete and utter lazy bum, I’m afraid 😛

  8. Am back in the Blogosphere & I WANT everything in every picture!! How on earth can I manage to get stuff from your sister M?? Such gorgeous stuff and so beautifully executed. Kudos to her and to you for celebrating her 😀 Am off now to like her FB page 🙂 Please do let me know if there’s a way I can order her stuff…Love it all 🙂

    Luv, H.

    1. Munira says:

      Yayy I’m sooo glad you’re back Harsha!!
      There has GOT to be an easy way of getting stuff across, but we have yet to think of one. In the meantime, rest assured, I know exactly what to bring you when I come to visit 😉

  9. That shelf is so stunning!! Love the bottle on the 3rd and th ewooden bowl on the 4th 🙂 And while we’re at it…I doff my hat to your fantastic photography M!! Very very COOL 😀

    Luv. H.

    1. Munira says:

      Chalo ji, hamari bhi taareef karne wala koi hai ! 😀 Thank you so much H! Photographing Fatu’s work is pure pleasure!

  10. This is all very cool. What an eye for pattern and colour ! Love it.

    1. Munira says:

      Thanks Al! I hope Fatu’s reading all these heartening comments! 😀

  11. auntyuta says:

    I admire your sister’s artwork. Thank you so much for telling us about it and for showing us the beautiful pictures.

    1. Munira says:

      Thanks for admiring Aunty Uta 🙂

  12. Munira, your photographs are beautiful. I’d love to able to check out Fatu’s shop and linger over her beautiful artwork. (I’m already in love with that dark wood tray!) I don’t know why I can’t find the page for her shop on Facebook. I’ve been trying for half an hour.

    1. Munira says:

      I took that dark wood tray from Fatu cos it really is beautiful….but then she took it back saying I don’t need any more trays and then went ahead and took my plain worn-out Thai ones and revamped them! Win-win 😉

  13. Sparks, I found it by doing a google search for “Jazzing with colour facebook.” See if that helps, perhaps.

    1. Thanks Kathryn, but I just tried that exact phrase on Yahoo, Google and Bing and still all I get are Clairol and other hair color links, Munira’s post, and links about music. Pages and pages of all that, but not Fatu’s site. I’m beginning to wonder if I’ve fallen into The Twilight Zone!

      1. Thanks for the link Kathryn!

  14. Lovely!! very creatively and vividly painted. The intricate designs are mind blowing! kudos. which type of colors does she use on wood?

    1. Munira says:

      Thanks Tasneem! She uses enamel and acrylic, mixing colours to get better shades than the ones you get straight out of the tube/can 🙂

  15. photokunstler says:

    What a talented sister you have! Fatu’s work is absolutely gorgeous, and I have to say that I sat here smiling as I browsed through her works of art.

    Thank you for sharing with us!!

    1. Munira says:

      Needless to say, I’m really very proud of her 🙂 And I’m glad this post made you smile!

  16. Here’s the link to Fatu’s Facebook page:


    Hope this helps anyone who’s looking.


    1. Munira says:

      Thanks Kathy! You beat me to it 😀

  17. saks says:

    WoW!!! The pics make fatema’s stuff look more gorgeous than they already are. I have always admired Fatema for her energy and drive, her relentless pursuit of her endless goals with incredible enthusiasm . This writeup makes me feel even more proud her. This was a great idea Mun… bless you and your kind , giving heart.

    1. Munira says:

      Awwww, it’s easy when you have inspirational sisters…..! You’re next 😀

  18. satsumaart says:

    Wonderful!! I love the colors and patterns. The clothes and bags are my favorites. (I have a similar footscrubber in my shower! Without the paint of course.) Fatu could sell on Etsy. 🙂

    Yay sisters. 🙂

    1. Munira says:

      Yay sisters indeed!! 😀

      Enjoying your travel journal Lisa……and y’know what? Amu and you have crazy reactions to insect bites in common!

      1. satsumaart says:

        Bleh! We of the sensitive skin are a worldwide tribe! ;b

  19. I feel drunk from all the gorgeous colours and your photography.

    Drunk I tell you. And I’m loving it.

    Like the lady above suggested, maybe your sister could sell via Etsy.

    Beautiful … and I want some! 🙂 MJ

    1. Munira says:

      Well, that’s one kind of drunk I totally approve! Thank you MJ! Don’t even know what Etsy is…..will look it up 🙂

      1. satsumaart says:

        It’s an online marketplace for handmade goods. It works really well for some people, but it’s easy to get lost in its vastness! However, it’s a very convenient way to sell crafts to a global audience. I have a shop there that I haven’t updated in months: satsumabug.etsy.com

  20. Sibella says:

    Munira, I am amazed by your sister’s art work. I paint my self and have always loved seeing other people’s art and comparing how is it similar or different from mine.
    My compliments to Fatu! I will look her up on FB! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

    1. Munira says:

      Hey Sibella, it would be so cool to see some of your artwork too, though how you’d fit that in with your baking theme will take some creativity 🙂
      Compliments have been duly conveyed and the artist is much obliged!

  21. Bindu says:

    This is creativity! Her designs are truly unique. And the photos are lovely too. Luv to ur sis.

    1. Munira says:

      Thank you Bindu! And Fatu sends love back 🙂

  22. Woww!!Dazzling stuff..u sisters aree really talented munira aunty! U with your mind-boggling writing and Fatema aunty with her creativity and then there’s Shireen autny whom i love for her nature and sincerity!:)

  23. Wendy says:

    Fatu does beautiful work! I found her facebook page and ‘liked’ it. The colors are delicious 🙂 I also love your photography. Very beautiful 🙂

  24. mohsingilani says:

    Sorry but i am going to try this. Thanks for inspiring 🙂

  25. Anonymous says:

    I love your sister’s work! I was wondering how much the “big, all-accomodating trays” are for? Also, is there a way she can mail them to Lahore? Thanks! (:

  26. noor-us-saba says:

    hey munira ur things r jxt tremendous. actually i need a bag, yew said me to order online, bt cn yew tell me tht where i can get the variety of bags to see.. plz tell me as early as possible..

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