Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gifts for Jewish Mothers

Since Mother's Day is less than two weeks away, here are some gift ideas hand-picked especially for Jewish moms....
1. A kosher cookbook is always a welcome addition to any kitchen and this one is a treasury of vegetarian recipes from Jewish communities around the world.  2. A Jerusalem stone from Israel with Hamsa.  3. Personalized Tiny Heart Necklaces by Emily Rosenfeld. 4. Woman of Valor print in gold. 5. A pretty pink Mezuzah made of pewter and delicately hand painted in pink enamel. 6. Good Jewish Karma from the Land of Israelan AHAVA Blessing Charm. 7. The mini Shabbat Away travel set is a compact modern design with all the basic essential components for use on Shabbat anywhere in the world.

Personalized Tiny Heart Necklaces by Emily Rosenfeld In Hebrew - See more at:
Personalized Tiny Heart Necklaces by Emily Rosenfeld In Hebrew - See more at:  The center heading is "Eishet Chayil," a Woman of Valor, From Proverbs 31.  5. A pretty pink Mezuzah made of pewter and delicately hand painted in pink enamel.
is a compact modern designed five-piece custom bag with traditional style containing all the familiar and basic essential components for use on Shabbat anywhere in the world.  - See more at:
Mini Shabbat Away Travel Set

Monday, April 27, 2015

The New/Old House:A Foyer Light

When I tell you my daughter, Ariel, made a show stopping light fixture for her front hall with nothing more than paper and a glue gun you'd probably be a bit baffled. But look what she did with white printer paper and a paper lantern!
This must be the year for cootie catchers...I designed a Passover cootie catcher that I sell in my Etsy shop...

and she cut and folded almost 100 of them to created this fixture.
It was a few days of intense cutting folding and gluing, but so worth it.

It looked even better with the light shining through...
The fixture that came with the house was old and didn't reflect the vibrant young family that now lives here. Next up—the walls...stay tuned!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"Bonfires" for Lag B'Omer

This year, the holiday of Lag B'Omer falls on Thursday, May 7.  Since the most well-known custom of Lag BaOmer is the lighting of bonfires, I thought it would be fun to do some kid-friendly bonfires that can be enjoyed indoors as well as out.
This Felt Campfire Plush Playset includes flames, logs and rocks.
They'll have fun creating their own rock and paper bonfire.
A bonfire cake is the perfect dessert to finish off a Lag B'Omer picnic. Or, maybe individual bonfire cupcakes for easy transporting.

How do you plan on celebrating Lag B'Omer?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A Ring Framed Mirror

You've probably seen a lot of DIY's where bloggers use everything from chopsticks to driftwood to frame and add interest to plain round mirrors. Here's one I created that's a bit different--I used round steel rings from the hardware store that creates more of a flower shape.
The mirror I used is ten inches in diameter and I bought ten packs of steel rings from Home Depot.
1. The mirror was on clearance for $3.99!  2. I found the steel rings at Home Depot in the rope department.  3. E6000 glue worked well to hold each ring in place.  4. The rings were spray painted gold before gluing onto the mirror.
Such an easy project but a dramatic change!

Friday, April 17, 2015

This & That: April

I felt like I was all over the place this week...spring is finally here and there is much to do outdoors but many unfinished projects indoors. There were some successes and one failure...
1. Spent a fun day with all three grand kids at a children's museum last week during Passover Chol Homoed.
2. This is why I love Craig's List...I found this six piece patio set for $325! It needs some re-staining and I want to slipcover the cushions so I can pop them in the washer but still a deal!
3. Couldn't resist this Sea Urchin sculpture at Target.
4. My "paintings" for the living were a flop! I tried to do Mark Rothko inspired canvases but they just don't work so it's time for plan B. (More on that to come)

Have a great weekend and Shabbat Shalom.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Meet Yael from JewishLatinPrincess

I recently discovered Yael's new blog and was impressed with the beautiful photography and many spiritual insights woven throughout the posts. Although she writes in both English and Spanish for her fellow Latin readers don't let the name fool youher blog is totally adaptable for for any Jewish woman looking for great ideas for parties, holidays and learning more about the spiritual side of Judaism. 

What motivated you to start your blog, JewishLatinPrincess? 
I had been reading blogs for three years, mostly interior design blogs and lifestyle blogs. It became evident to me that while there was so much creativity and inspiration being shared out there, few were putting it within a Jewish context. I decided to start blogging at JewishLatinPrincess to show how all the physical things that we love and enjoy as women — food, art, fashion, design, and so on — can and should be vehicles for our spiritual expression. In other words, I set out to create a lifestyle blog with a Jewish twist, and of course a Latin twist. ;-)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Sofa Art: Do's and Don't's

I went to the art supply store this week and bought real paint (not the craft store stuff) to start painting two canvases I plan on hanging over our living room sofa.

The wall has been blank since we moved in two years ago and since it's a neutral greige it's crying out for some color! At the same time I'm working with a client, trying to figure out what to put on their sofa wall. So, it seemed like a good time to post a little do's and don't's for sofa walls.

Here's the don't:
So many people hang art that is way too small for the wall and it's hung too high.

Instead, here is what to do...
You want to fill the space so think large! It can be multiples or one large painting or print—just be sure it's large enough to fill the space.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Spring at Target

After a busy first few days of Passover I was already out of paper goods! Since we still have five more days left of the holiday I found myself at Target yesterday picking up our everyday paper plates and cups. Of course, I couldn't resist wandering through the store to see what's new for spring—here are just some of my favorites...
1. The cutest birthday party hats.   2. Three pocket wall organizer.   3. Nate Berkus gold stapler.  4. Round Rope Mirror.  5. Rope wrapped accent table.  6. Patio metal stacking chair in coral.   7. Gray Fretwork Console table.

Oh Target, you make it so hard to just run in for paper goods!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

The Seder Table

I still have cooking to do for the Seders, but setting the table is so much more fun so I took a break to set up our Seder table!
After a tough winter I wanted springtime flowers scattered along the center of the table. Nothing is even blooming yet here in Connecticut but at least we can see what's in store for us soon.
I used many of the Passover items from my Etsy shop on our Seder table. This is the first year for the cootie catchers and it should be fun trying to stump our friends!
I always slip-cover the Haggadah's. (Really, why can't the publishers use better graphic designers?) The napkins are actually paper hand towels but I think the large size works well.
I painted this Elijah cup years ago for my book, Jewish Holiday Style and I still use it every year.

Chag Sameach and A healthy and kosher Pesach!
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