Monday, 31 December 2012

new pants

I made some pants for Yotam with nice corduroy and lined with fabric from an old t-shirt (this part you can't see on the pictures)

And.... Happy New Year to all of you!


It's the season of the pecan nuts. The leafs are geting yellow and brown and are falling- I just love it. I also like to make piles of leafs so the kids can jump and hide... I loved it as a kid too.

We so far collected around 35 kg of nuts. A great supply for breads, cookies, cakes, salads... Now we just need to crack them. The girls love to crack nuts and eat them on the spot (so no big help to get a stock for the kitchen from them...)

After celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas (no big celebration for the New Year- I will sleep through the whole thing), Helen is already in the mood for dressing up and celebrating Purim (coming up in 2 months) :o)

a prince

Inspired by a blog post from Trulakids, I made a little prince doll for Yotam.

The little boy is sick. He is only crying and it's now the second day that I am just carrying him around on my arms all day... I will take him to the doctor and hopefully he will have some answers.

Sunday, 23 December 2012

any questions?

picture from here
On Friday, just after I brought Yotam to the daycare, I saw the most beautiful rainbow. I stood for maybe 5 minutes in the middle of the path and looked at the beauty of it. A double rainbow above the green trees, in the background dark rainclouds and now and then a lightning. It was spectacular!

I know some of you who read my blog and there are a lot I don't. Now and then people ask me things about life in Israel. So I thought I will try to answer some in one of my next posts. If you have any questions, please write a comment. It does not matter about what- family living, culture, politics whatever- I will try to answer.

Have a nice day and a wonderful Christmas!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

a wooden car

My husband likes to work with wood.
I love the small car he made- it's going to be a present for a new born baby.

play shop

Yotam is sick and I am at home with him. Time to finally take pictures form the stuff for the play shop that Helen got for her birthday. I would have loved to create more, but time is unfortunately limited these days.
My husband made a simple cash desk from wood. You are welcome to step by in the shop anytime ;o)

Tuesday, 18 December 2012


Do you know the children's book "The Rainbow Fish"? It was a huge hit some years ago (well- actually a lot of years ago). The kids like the glittery scales of the fish. We made our own rainbow fishes the other day.
If we would have had a bit more time (and I would have been without Yotam on my arms), we could have started with making a nice background with water colours. But as it was we started with drawing fishes, colouring them, adding some glue and glitter. The girls loved it (the glitter part, of course), the fished looked very nice and the kitchen table and floor were full of glitter :o)


Helen turned 3 last week. She wanted a penguin cake for her birthday party in the day care. Now I am no fancy cake maker... I don't see why I should stay up all night to create a cute cake that will be eaten within seconds... 
So to satisfy my daughters wishes I sew 3 finger-puppet-penguins from felt as cake toppings. Whipped cream and marshmallows for the snow.

As a present I made her things for a "shop"- felt vegetables, felt ice-cream and more... My husband made her a cash desk from wood.
No pictures so far. The days are short and by the time we get home it is already dark and I don't have time... maybe on the weekend I can post some.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

tel aviv

My husband had a company- weekend in Tel Aviv. Basically the company just paid for the hotel and we were free to do whatever we wanted.
We left the girls in the care of their grandmother, took Yotam with us and prepared for a stormy and rainy weekend. Luckily Thursday and Friday were without rain- just very windy on the beach. It was nice to spend some time away from home, in a big, buzzing city.
Of course I had to shop some fabric in fabric paradise in Nahalat Binyamin. I tried to keep it short. I know it does bore my husband and Yotam is not very interested too :o)
I enjoyed walking on the beach, watching the big waves, watching the people. It is a very nice beach and walkway.
Now we will have a busy week of birthday celebrations (Helen turns 3 today), Hanukkah celebrations and trying to fit in some Christmas-cookies-baking and decorating the house some more

early morning walk after a night with not much sleep thanks to this little guy...

The beachfron of Tel Aviv- way in the back you can see the old city of Jaffa

I would once like to just walk around and take pictures. Although I did take my camera to the "shopping-trip", I did not get a chance to also take pictures...
A few more pictures here.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

easy window decoration

The days are getting shorter... we are usually arriving at home shortly before it's getting dark. Not much playing in the garden anymore. We made some easy decoration on the windows in honor of Hanukkah and Christmas. My pictures are not the best- mainly because of all the missing light these days, but you will get the idea anyway.

I cut dots from cellophane (older kids could do this maybe by themselves  but for Neomi and Helen it was too tricky). With a mix of water and soap (I used the one for dish washing) you can glue the cellophane to the window. You can apply the soap with a brush, but I figured out that it is less messy with the fingers.
When everything was dry I cleaned a bit around the cellophane because you can see the smeared soap quite good.
The good thing- you can wash down everything easily when you want to remove the decoration.

It's also a nice way to discover how colours mix. The overlapping yellow and blue turns into green and so on...

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

this and that

The days are flying by. I could use extra hours every day to do all the stuff that I don't manage right now... baking christmas cookies and gingerbread and stollen, make all those creative, handmade presents that I still have in my head and all the lovely decoration... and even just simply to clean the house and mend clothes...

Two things I did cook in the last days and will make again:

Delicious warm apple pots- a kind of apple pie for lazy moments- and since we have a lot of pecan nuts from our tree a perfect way to use them. From the blog of ROOST.

And an absolutely delicious salad found on the blog of FOTO E FORNELLI.
It is originally from a book of Yotam Ottolenghi calles "Jerusalem"... Maybe I will buy this book (Although I generally do not buy cook books)

I also saw beautiful wooden blocks. They are expensive, but sure look good!
I am sure the kids would love them... or as decoration they would be lovely too.

Ah well- too many nice things can be found on the net.. :o)

I sent today all presents for my family in Switzerland- so that's one thing less to think about. Now I should get going with the present for Helen- her birthday is very soon- and with the advent calender.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

cowl scarf

I did it! I am very proud. I am no big knitter... but anyway I started to knit again. It's just a nice thing to do and I can do it almost everywhere.
I finished my cowl shawl. I made a mistake though with the cable stitch- I forgot to "twist" one time... I made a nice felt owl brooch to cover up the mistake :o)
I was just too lazy to open the whole thing although my mother thought I should have.
My next cowl scarf I will make longer and less wide.

Now I will have to finish the second hand warmer- pictures from this one later.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

warm feet

Winter is not that cold here- but inside the houses it's always uncomfortably chilly due to non existent isolation. My house shoes are old but now the inner sole fell apart. So to keep my feet warm and cozy I made new soles from two layers of felt (white and red), hand stitched them together and added snowflakes.
I guess they would also be great inside gumboots.

Today was quite hot and very windy. We spent the day with friends, trying not to think too much about the war. I hope this madness will stop very soon. I hope the rockets will stop to fall on Israel. I hope the army will end their bombing of targets in Gaza. I hope we will learn to live in peace.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

please stop this!

I feel sick to the stomach! Yes, I admit that I am afraid...
While I am writing this, airplanes are noisily flying somewhere through the dark sky above our home.
I am mostly scared for my kids... those small, sweet, happy, curious creatures, sleeping now in their beds.
When will this part of the world know peace? Will it ever?

I wanted to be creative this evening. I wanted to make myself a hot cacao with whipped cream on top and knit and sew.... I don't feel like it anymore.

I hope this madness will stop VERY fast.

Maybe tomorrow I will show you what I made to keep my feet warm this winter...

We can need some prayers for peace.

Good night.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

water colour

The girls wanted to paint with water colour the other day. Neomi started to drip/ throw the colour onto the paper and told me that she is painting like Jackson Pollock (wow- she did remember the name! See this post
Later on I gave them drinking straws to blow the colour around.

It's hot and dry already since days. I can't stand it... I am waiting for the weekend when my first week back at work will be over and it's supposed to rain! I want rain!!!

paper cuts

Neomi and Helen got a 5 Swiss francs coin from my grandmother while in Switzerland. It was the first ever money they had for themselves and they could choose both something they wanted to buy with it.
Neomi started make paper cuts at my parents place and so she bought for herself colourful paper circles and started to produce even more paper cuts at home.... what shall I do with those heaps of cuts?
Well- I put them between plastic sheets (the ones that stick on one side- if I would have a lamination machine, I would laminate them) and hung them on our entrance door.
Looks happy and colourful :o)

Thursday, 1 November 2012

shall we?

So we are back since almost two weeks... and as I wrote before it was hard to come back. It's not that I don't like the place we are living in. It is a good place! It's just that I noticed more than ever the differences between Switzerland and Israel... and that I more than ever think about moving to Switzerland. But it's not an easy decision... I don't like changes a lot and to move would mean a LOT of changes for everyone.

my niece
We would have to find work (that is probably the hardest part- so if anyone knows something... :o)
The kids would have to leave their friends, but I guess they would make new friends fast.
For my husband it would be a huge change and he would have to rely a lot on me... and I know from my own experience, this is not easy at all.
We would have to find a place to live... and this could be tricky too. It's not that we have a lot of savings- I mean we have, but in Israeli Shekel and it's not worth a lot in Swissfrancs.... I guess I could live 1-2 years just somewhere, but only if I would know that eventually we could afford a tiny house in the countryside with garden...

my father
But there would be so many nice things- like high quality cheese, vegetables, fruits, milk, bread...
Public transportation, mountains, snow, water, wood...
Of course my growing family... (both of my sisters are expecting babies)
The much higher standard for everything that is built...
Much more vacation days (4-5 weeks compared to hardly 2 weeks here).
Salaries are much higher (My husband and I together earn hardly a Swiss minimum salary if we convert it to Swiss Francs)- but life is more expensive in Switzerland.

my mother
standing in the rain
Ah well- I don't know if we ever will go. But now would be for sure the time. Neomi will start school next summer and we need also to decide if we want to build a house here in the Kibbutz.

If you want to see more pictures take a look here and here.