Thursday, December 18, 2014

An abc Pillow

The main surfaces in Yosef's room are finally done...walls, window treatments and rug. Now I'm working on accessories before I post the finished room!

I've been noticing these adorable kid's alphabet pillows for a while.  They are not expensive but the problem was I needed a "Y" and the color it came in wasn't right for his room. So, of course I had to make one myself and it was really easy.
Here's how:
1. Start with a solid colored pillow. You can easily sew one or purchase one like I did.
2. Type the font and print, them blow up on a copier to the size you want on the pillow.
3. Cut out letter and pin to the fabric. (I used gray felt.)
4. Cut the felt letter carefully with sharp scissors.
5. Pin the felt letter to the pillow.
6. Using a whip stitch, sew the letter onto the pillow. (This took a while so I worked while watching TV!)

Since this is for a boy's room I choose a simple masculine font but it would work just as well with a fun curly font or script font for a girl's room.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Home for Chanukah

The holiday of Chanukah begins tonight! 

We'll light the first candle and then begin the busy week of Chanukah plays, dinners and parties. I had such fun decorating our home and gift wrapping for the holiday using many of the projects I created for design megillah and my Etsy shop.

Have a beautiful Chanukah...physically and spiritually.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Striped Star of David Cookies

Let me begin by saying I'm not much of a baker. In fact, since I've become gluten-free ten years ago I really don't bake very often. But, when I saw this recipe over the summer in Better Homes and Garden (their version was for Fourth of July) I knew these striped stars would be perfect for Chanukah.
Here's a step-by-step on how I made mine, but you can get the recipe and more detail from the link above...

Since my version is not gluten-free I won't be tasting these :(
...I'll ask the family to let me know how they taste!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kid Friendly Menorahs

For menorah fun that kids can enjoy themselves, check these out—some are homemade, others you can purchase, but the good news they are all flame-less so kids can play "Chanukah" for hours!
I designed this electric menorah a few years back using tea lights and plastic hair rollers!
Across left to right: Door hanging Menorah, Spool and Pencil Menorah, Wood Chanukah Set, Cardboard Menorah, Play Menorah, Paper and Felt Menorah

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Chanukah Decor: Tasteful not Tacky

Here's a common dilemma: You want to decorate your home for Chanukah but most of the decor you find is cheap looking, plastic or garish colors. You don't have time to craft or you're just not the crafty type.

I feel your pain, and that's why I put together this tasteful round-up of Chanukah items
— perfect for a beautiful holiday!
1.  Hanukkah Countdown Calendar  2. Paper Dreidels  3. Happy Hanukkah Garland  4. Kids Melamine Plate   5. Art poster  6. Festival of Lights Pillow

 7. Miracles Letters  8. Embroidered Pillow   9. Hanukkah Garland  10. Star Garland   11. Blue Glitter Wood Decor   12. Window Hanger   13. Hanukkah Crackers

You're welcome.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Chanukah Star

I'm decking the whole house for Chanukah this year and since I've always had a thing for tiny blue lights I used them to wrap around a Star of David shape to add a bit of sparkle to our holiday.

All it took was a package of mini blue lights from Target, a star shape that I cut out of foam core board (the board is white on one side, black on the other) and some black tape to keep the lights pointing in the direction where I want them.

So pretty when the sun goes down.
And yes, there is a cord that hangs down and plugs into an outlet but I took some artistic license and deleted it from the photo for the sake of art!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giving Gelt

Did you know the fifth night of Chanukah is traditionally "gelt night"? This is because the fifth night never falls on Shabbat and since many traditional Jews do not handle money on Shabbat they give gelt to the children on the fifth night.

Here is a charming way to give gelt...mixing real coins with chocolate coins for a sweet treat.
The clear mini pails are from Michael's and the custom tags are from Evermine. Other kinds of containers would work too—just be sure to use a clear one so the shiny golds can be seen.
I asked the teller at my bank for silver dollars...I guess they don't make those any more but instead they have these gold dollar coins which work even better with the gold foil wrapped candy chocolate!
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