Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Heart Wand Tutorial - My Post for Plucky's Second Thought

Things have been quiet here lately...
I'm not really complaining, but lately I feel like I'm missing 5-6 hours a day. Although I really do my best to manage my time and although I promise myself every evening that I won't go to sleep past 10 pm, somehow when the clock strikes midnight, I'm still up and awake.

Here's what happens -

One baby still at home with mommy +
Product design studies, I just started 2 months ago +
New part time job
2 kids that still supply their share of work for mommy +
Home stuff, you know... +
Articles I started writing for an Israeli lifestyle website +
The man also needs some attention =
Thank god we decided to wait with the dog we wanted to take...

Anyhow, I'm still Plucky's Second Thought's DIY contributor, and this time I made a heart wand for Valentine's Day. My girl loves it, I hope you'll love it too. See the full tutorial here.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Shop a Week

Well, it's not really a-shop-a-week any more. More like a-shop-a-month... But, hey, we're still here, so it could have been worse... My life feels like a total chaos in the last month or so (I'm back to part-time work, after a year and a half, I began studying again but still at home with the little one), so I neglected the blog a bit. Hopefully it will get better soon...
Anyhow, Green Queen Eco Design is a fantastic shop. I've been following it for a while now. They sell mostly fabric lampshades. I actually fantasize about making one myself, but meanwhile let's just take a look at these beautiful lampshades.

Fabric lampshade
I love the color palette of this lampshade

Fabric lampshade
And this one is more on the romantic side

Fabric lampshade
I want this for my craft room! And my bedroom. And the living room...
And this one is not a lampshade nor made of fabric, but it's a great idea as a gift for kids that have everything already.

Pebbles Dominos
Pebble Dominos

Don't forget, if you know of any amazing online shop, or if you own one, let me know :)

Merry Xmas Everyone!!!
Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 22, 2013

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

I don't know how the winter is where ever you are, but here, in Israel, we had a few stormy days last week, winter has finally arrived! And so we found ourselves needing umbrellas. I wanted the kids (and myself!) to have personal umbrellas, so we sat down and began working. It's super easy!
DIY Umbrella Tutorial
You'll need -

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

- Transparent umbrella
- Permanent markers
- Acrylics
- Stencils (you can either buy them or make yourself using empty boxes, like my guitar. I used empty cereal box to make it)
- Piece of fabric and a brush (the fabric will be our ink pad for the stamps)
- Stamps

The most important thing here, is to remember to work on the inside of the umbrella. We want to try and protect our decorations from the rain.
Place a stencil on one of the triangles of the umbrella (insind, remember?) and paint using the markers or acrylics. To hold it in place, you can use scotch tape. If you're drawing details, you'll find it easier to work with the markers.

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

When you're done, carefully remove the stencil. If the paint smears, you can gently take it off using Fresh Ones. If it's already dry, or if you want to remove a big part of it, use nail polish remover.

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

In the next triangle you can try working with stamps. Use the brush to apply acrylic paint onto the piece of fabric, dip the stamp in the paint, place on the umbrella and press.

DIY Umbrella Tutorial
If you're making it for your kids, it's always useful to add their name (or write whatever you want!).

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

You can use a stecil for that too, just don't forget that we work inside the umbrella, so you should mirror write it.

DIY Umbrella Tutorial
That's Hebrew...
Decorate all the triangles the same way. Now you just need to wait for the next rain to come...

DIY Umbrella Tutorial

Have a warm winter and Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Guest Post - Yael from Derech Hayetsira

Hi Everyone!

I'm Yael from the Israeli blog
Derech Hayetsira.
I started my blog about a year ago, when I began crafting again (mostly cards) during my maternity leave. On my blog I post about activities with kids (I have three adorable kids), interesting events and of course, my projects.
I enjoy Tal's blog and proud to be her guest.
Today I made a card for a new baby using the Paper Piecing Technique.

First, I chose a cardstock to be the base for my card.

Paper Piecing Card Tutorial

Then I folded it in the middle (I want to write inside).
Paper Piecing Card Tutorial

I drew a stork on a piece of white paper.

Paper Piecing Card Tutorial
        Then I chose some nice cardstocks and papers for the different parts of the stork (I chose solid papers, because my background is a bit busy).
         I copied the different parts on the papers I chose (on the wrong side).
Paper Piecing Card Tutorial
Pay attention to the direction of the stork, it's important to copy all parts in the same direction.
Cut all the parts of the stork.
Paper Piecing Card Tutorial
I glued all the parts together and drew around with a black pen (I think I should have used a thicker pen).
I used thick double sided tape for the eye.

Paper Piecing Card Tutorial
Here's my card -
Paper Piecing Card Tutorial



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Inspiration for Hanukkah and a quick menorah tutorial

Sharon from the sweet Israeli blog Gonna Be 40 invited me to write a Hannukah post for the 8 days of miracles series she has on her blog.

8 Days of Miracles on Gonna Be 40

Since the original post is all in Hebrew, I translated it for you, and here it is in English...

So we're still licking our wounds from the huge summer vacation (plus almost another month of holidays for Rosh Hashana, that we had here in Israel), and now Hanukkah is knocking on our door. If you celebrate Hanukkah, I guess you also find yourself hosting a lot these days. Almost every day we have guests over – our friends, friends of the kiddos, family, neighbors – and we light candles in our 342 Hanukkah Menorah's (the kids are making maybe 100 of them every year!!!) and eat latkes and Hanukkah doughnuts. So to help you have the most amazing Hanukkah party, here's a round-up of some great Hanukkah ideas.

Oh, and how can you have a Hanukkah without a DIY menorah?… Scroll down to see an easy tutorial for a natural menorah.
So any good party needs some nice decorations, right? On the blog Style at Home you can find a cute tutorial for dreidel garland. Anyone said Christmas?…

הדרכה לשרשרת נורות סביבון

And if you want to involve the kids in all the preparations, you can have them make these great dreidel paper dolls from the blog Bringing Chesed Home.

שרשרת סביבונים

If you want your Hanukkah to look a bit like Christmas, here's a beautiful Hanukkah tree!

עץ חנוכה

The Etsy shop FrogPrincePaperie offers DIY Hanukkah printables. The set includes a banner, cupcake toppers, cupcake wraps, dreidel boxes, food labels and more.

קבצים להדפסה לחנוכה

The most important moment of any Hanukkah party is the lighting of the menorah, of course. From all the menoras I've seen online, this one, from Aunt Peaches, is my favorite! I'm definitely making one this year!

חנוכיית קרנף

For the snacks you can make marshmallow dreidels

סביבוני מרשמלו

And even Hanukkah gelts (these cute chocolate coins), like the ones on Oh Nuts.

מטבעות שוקולד

And you will need something to hold these coins. How about these dreidel boxes from Martha Stewart?

אריזת סביבון לממתקים

If you need more ideas, take a look at my Hanukkah Pinterest board.

Now, like I promised, a menorah tutorial.
The whole idea about this menorah is to look around you and use stuff that you can find in your surrounding. You can also follow my steps below, but feel free to go wild!
חנוכיה ממוחזרת

Search for a nice, straight branch. If it has a section taller than the other, it's even better, this is where your Shamash will go.
חנוכיה ממוחזרת

You can leave your menorah natural or paint it. My son wanted a colorful one, so we painted… You can use spray paint or acrylics.
חנוכיה ממוחזרת

Just like that -
חנוכיה ממוחזרת

Now find a pine cone, try to find one with scales open. Again, you can choose if to paint or leave it that way. If you decided to paint, you can paint now or after you disintegrate the scales (I'm lazy, so I painted before disintegrating it…).
חנוכיה ממוחזרת

Disintegrate the scales.
חנוכיה ממוחזרת

Assembly time. Use hot glue gun to glue 3 scales at a time in a flowery shape. Make 8 of these plus one Shamash.
חנוכיה ממוחזרת

חנוכיה ממוחזרת

In the center of each flower, glue a small, simple, candle holder.
חנוכיה ממוחזרת

That's it, your menorah is ready!
חנוכיה ממוחזרת

Happy Holidays!