Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Honey Bear New Year Card

The Jewish New Year is only weeks away so now is the perfect time to create these adorable New Year cards for Rosh Hashanah.  You can even get the kids involved before school starts—just have them cut the shapes from colored paper and glue stick onto cards.
You'll need:
colored paper (gold, light brown and dark brown)
ready made cards and envelopes
sharp scissors
glue stick
sharpie marker
a brown colored pencil

Simply copy and paste onto a word document and trace onto colored paper. 
After all the shapes are cut, glue onto a finished blank card. You can draw the detail on the top of the hat with a sharp colored pencil and add the face with a sharpie pen.

For the labels, you can print these the same way, just be sure to print in color.
So cute right?
Even the "Farmers Markets" postage stamps I bought at the post office have an autumnal feel which looks good with the honey bear!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Thinking About Rosh Hashanah

Are you still in summer mode? The weather here in Connecticut has definitely changed—becoming much cooler at night, Moussia and Yosef go back to school next week and the mums are out in the supermarkets. That means fall is right around the corner and so is Rosh Hashanah.

Here are a few of my favorite (and most pinned!) Rosh Hashanah posts from the last few years.

Apple Cake

Jewish New Year's Card With Photos

Table Setting

Hostess Gift

Okay, so maybe we still have a few weeks of summer left but it's not too early to start planning holiday preparations now!

Friday, August 15, 2014

The New Old House:The Girl's Room

We just finished painting the living room and there's still so much more to do on the first floor but I'm already thinking ahead to the children's bedrooms because that's where the real fun begins!
The two girl's share a room...although it has great bones boasting a bay window and fireplace, it's tricky to design. There is only one spot for two beds in the nook under the windows, and it will be a tight squeeze fitting in the twin beds. I have to come up with very slim bed frames that take up as little space as possible and I'll be making upholstered headboards. Each girl will have a reading lamp behind their headboard and a chair for a shared desk. I've been loving coral lately and this room is the perfect place to introduce that color.

You may remember I bought these two Canonball bed frames last spring before they moved into the house. I was going to paint them black and use them for the girls but now that they're in the room the space is just too tight for such large beds...
Lesson learned: Don't buy things for a new house until you're moved in. Luckily, I listed them on Charish and they just sold! It's a great website to use if you are selling vintage pieces of furniture.

Have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The New Old House: The Third Floor

The third floor of Ariel's new house has three bedrooms and a bath. It will serve as guest quarters for the many visitors (mostly students) they will have over Shabbat and holidays. 

Although I've driven down route 9 in Amherst many times I never noticed this old sign until Ariel pointed it out and mentioned how great would be be as a poster hung on the third floor!  A few weeks ago while visiting, I took a quick photo and sent it out to Staples (they are now having a special on large blow-up photos).
I put it in an inexpensive frame from Michael's (40% off)...
and it will hang in the hallway--first thing people will see when they get to the top of the stairs!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Paper Straw Light Fixture

The ceiling light in Ariel's dairy kitchen was doing it's lit the kitchen which tends to be on the dark side. But it was just a bare light bulbso sad!  We needed to keep the functional part of the light but make it more appealing on a tight budget.
I created a fixture to cover that light bulb and still let the light through for under $5.00!
I already had lots of left-over paper straws was various birthday parties—it's okay that the colors didn't match since it was going to be spray painted. The embroidery hoop was from the craft store and I already had the floral wire and snipers.

Here is the inspiration photo from Pinterest...
and here is a shot of the bare ceiling light before...

To make this, insert the floral wire inside the paper straws to create the shape you are going for. I kept looking at my inspiration photo and imitating that shape as I worked.  The only change I made was using the ring for the top instead of forming it into a point.
Use the wire to attach each shape to one another. When I finished, I used a bit of hot glue where the straws met to cover up the holes in the straws.
I already had the paint—a quick spray of primer covered up all the stripes and made the gold paint go on nice and even. Scotch indoor mounting squares adheres it to the ceiling.
The porcelain base was also painted with gold craft paint.
So much better than a bare light bulb, right? Who knew paper drinking straws could make such a pretty light fixture?

Friday, August 8, 2014

This + That

Summer is speeding byI don't mind since fall is my favorite season. I'm ready for cooler weather and more of a scheduled day! Here are some highlights from my week...
1. Bought two of these accent tables for a client and I love them so much I might just order two more—one for me and one for Ariel's new house.
2. If you're serving apples on Rosh Hashanah table try cutting them all fancy like Mutitaedibleart and you'll really impress your guests!
3. Target has some new embroidered pillows and they. are. gorgeous.
4. This week I'll show you how I made this light fixture for under $5.00!

Shabbat Shalom and have a great weekend.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Pillows

Since we moved eighteen months ago, the two khaki colored chairs in our den have been wearing the white pillow inserts for months and were crying out for some covers. While shopping at a local fabric store a while ago for a client I came across this Tess Hickory fabric and knew it would be perfect for my chairs. 

I'm a sucker for anything with dots and these dots are embroidered with a gold metallic thread onto the gray silk fabric which makes them even more interesting.
I sent them out to be professionally made since my sewing skills are bad pretty basic and such beautiful fabric should have some well made covers!
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