Thursday, 15 September 2016

drawing cards for the kids


Rosh HaShana is getting closer- the Jewish New Year.
That also means, that we parents need to prepare cards for the kids with good wishes for the new year- they usually hang them in the kindergarten/ school.
I like to make them small drawings.
This year I made a small pomegranate-king that holds an apple. Both fruits have a connection to the Jewish New Year. The pomegranate because of various reasons- but I guess mainly because this is the season of those red, juicy fruits.
Apples are dipped in honey for a sweet new year.

The cards are not finished yet- I still need to choose a background and write something.



I need to start to draw again. I used to draw a lot but in the last years I did it less and less... I feel that I am a bit "rusty" and I should practice a bit more. :-)

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

a day in the big city



I like Tel Aviv. The problem is that I get there maybe once or twice a year only. It is actually not that far (a 60-90 minute drive), but only really possible for me to go there on a Friday. And Fridays are usually spent cleaning the house, making grocery shopping and try to steal 1-2 hours for myself for knitting/ sewing etc.

Last Friday I surprised my husband with a day in Tel Aviv. He turned 40 and we still had to celebrate a bit. I organized his mother as a babysitter and this way we had the luxury of one whole day for ourselves. 

I like these trees with the beautiful flowers- no idea what they are called...

Of course I had a tiny bit of self-interest in going to Tel Aviv- I needed to buy fabric. The Nachlat Binyamin Street in Tel Aviv is fabric heaven. Yeah well- I know at least one wonderful shop in Switzerland too- but I am not there and prices are of course  m u c h  higher.
I could shop fabric for hours. But I made a small list only and set an approximate limit to my spending. I will regret it during the year when I have things I want to sew and won't have fabric- but I can't and don't want to bore my husband too much with it.

my fabric shopping results...
olives in all kinds of shapes and colours and tastes at the Carmel market

We ate lunch in a very nice small Greek restaurant next to the Carmel market. Loved the blue and white decoration. It felt almost like being on a real holiday. We ate a very tasty meal consisting of a lentil-tomato salad, fish ceviche and meat on a pita.


For the afternoon I bought tickets for a concert of the Red Band. A great show! The lead singer is Red- a puppet that has a bit of a rude, vulgar personality- which was really fun. I loved the songs, I was impressed by the actor/ singer that played the puppets. I can really recommend this show.


After the show we walked around Neve Zedek and went for dinner at the Giraffe Noodle Bar for Asian food with friends.
I very much enjoyed the day. The feeling of being in the big city, the time to enjoy as a couple, to talk, to be together.



Back in every-day-life I am currently in a bit of a strange mood. I very much miss my "home"- the green fields, the green forests, the mountains, the "indian summer", my parents and sisters and nieces/ nephews, brothers in law and other relatives and friends in Switzerland.


I am once more asking myself all kinds of questions- like why the hell I work in an office job, if I really want to stay in this country, why after all these years I still do not connect with a lot of things in Israel (besides a lot of nice things…)… I get into moods like this once in a while. Usually I manage to push them away after a few days.

Monday, 12 September 2016

construction



After measuring things, we continued to do some construction activities.
I prepared some "stations" for them.


Construction with toothpicks and marshmallows/ raisins, straws and pipe cleaners, cardboard and straws, toilet paper rolls and long wooden sticks, building blocks...
There are a lot of ideas on pinterest- my never ending source of inspiration.

Some things they can try to build  according to images I found on the internet here.



I planned to continue to look with them at famous buildings in the world and do some more construction/ architecture stuff. But on that day I got so upset about some personal stuff that I lost all my energy and will to do something creative with the kids. I was in a bad and "depressed" mood all this day... so now there are still some activities waiting. 

I love to prepare things like this for our kids. I guess it's the teacher-side in me :-)


measuring

In the last days of August the day care was closed and the kids were at home all day for a week. Some days my mother in law took care of them, some days my husband and some days I took off from work to be with them.



One day we started with a walk in the morning, We searched for some straight sticks. First they played a game they like where you place the sticks in a certain space from each other and jump over them- each time enlarging the space between the sticks.


We measured the sticks and marked them so each one had a measuring stick.

They started to measure all kinds of things on our walk.

And they also measured how far they can jump (probably also inspired by the Olympic games).

At home (after all it's getting way too hot outside after 9 or 10) they continued to measure things- tables, beds, fridge....



... and themselves.

We continued to a construction part- see next post.


Thursday, 8 September 2016

yarn along


I am joining Ginny for the "yarn along" (she is knitting a beautiful pattern).
I am still knitting baby-mittens. I improved the pattern because I did not really manage to make a nice finishing last time. I also made the pattern for the "snowflake" myself this time.

Since I basically only have enough time to knit on weekends, the process is slow. But fortunately those mittens are a fast knit.

I am reading "Go set a watchman" by Harper Lee. I quite enjoy it even if I do not understand all the historic connections. 



Thursday, 25 August 2016

yarn along



I finished to knit the mittens and I have some projects that I want to start. But I decided to practice and try out some new things. 
Like the frilled cast on and finishing techniques
It's such a great thing to have all those tutorials available on the internet. If my mother and sisters would live close I could ask them for help from time to time... but since that is not the case I rely on the internet.

I am reading a nice book called "dancing in the dark" by Maureen Lee. I enjoy the story and the characters. 

Joining Ginny at her yarn along.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

yarn along


Already a while since my last "yarn along"...

I found a pattern that I saved on my computer a while ago (this link). The pattern is for thumb-less baby mittens. A cute, small project. I finished one quite fast and need to do the second one. I only need to improve my yarn tension a bit and learn how to "kitchener" the top of the mittens close (I just sew them close). I made the hypo pattern but there are other ones and I have plans to knit two pairs more...

I am reading (just finished) the book "Helen of Troy" by Margaret George. It took me quite a while but it was a very nice book. A good balance between mythology and keeping it as close to history as possible.

Please check out Ginny's yarn along and join if you like.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

writing


From somewhere I rescued once two small blackboards. Yesterday the kids re-discovered them. Yotam is not much of a drawer or painter- the girls at his age already created nice drawings. But yesterday he enjoyed to draw circles and even patterns- I was happily surprised. He even wanted to learn how to write his name and apart from the "A" where I helped a bit he managed by himself.



Helen can't wait to start 1st class (3 weeks to go). Since weeks, even months, she is so excited and in the last days she intensified her interest in learning to read and write.
In Kindergarten they learned the Hebrew letters (their names and how they look) and she's starting to "connect" them and is trying to read (Which is not so easy in Hebrew because some letters can have different sounds- not like in German where each letter has a certain sound and there are only a handful of rules in order to know how to read).

She's also learning the latin letters. Once I drew a poster with all letters and the girls use it quite often if they don't know how a letter looks like.
Helen is already managing to read and write easy words. I love to be part of this process.


Sunday, 31 July 2016

a blanket


I finished the blanket for my little niece. I am quite proud of the final product. I made two or three blankets before but never in this style. It was fun and I even consider to make another one (for the new house).


I had a few minor problems (the bias tape is always tricky...) and hopefully I can improve my sewing at one point.


I made the bias tape myself- some 4 meters of it. Next thing I would like is a bias tape maker- that would probably save some time.
I usually use this way for creating the bias tape.



My husband was creative too on the weekend. From some scrap wood from the carpentry he created a new cutting board.


Sunday, 17 July 2016

this and that

I am so happy- my sister gave birth to a little girl last week. I feel like I am on an emotional roller-coaster... I feel unbelievable happy for them, I feel sad that again a little one is born and I will see her only when she'll be already "big" - at Christmas.... would have loved to cuddle her now. And all the emotions from last August came up, when they lost their little daughter in a tragic car accident.

I promised her a cover- like I already made for their other two girls.
I am a bit in a delay... I am doing a quilt and hopefully it will turn out ok since I am not a master-quilter. So far it looks promising.



I also started to knit again after a break of a few months. I saw this pattern and thought I should try. I don't know yet if it will be a washcloth or maybe a separation between pans (that they won't scratch). I used 100% cotton yarn.


Helen was creative one day last week and made this little penguin all by herself. She also decided to make a background. It's a cute little penguin made from egg-carton and felt.


And last but not least it looks like slowly, slowly we do get somewhere with our new house...
No building approval yet, but they start to take down walls... So finally after 3 years things seem to move.


Have a great day!