Tuesday, 30 November 2010

lights

Tomorrow is the first of December and in our house it just does not look like Advent at all... yesterday I took out the light-garland and tried to make something more festive with it. I cut stars from thin cardboard, punched some holes into it and tied always two together. Very simple, but I like the result. Now I just need to do a lot of them to cover all the light.

So many things to do- I just don't have the time I need.
Advent and "Samichlaus" (Almost like Santa- he comes in Switzerland on the 6th of December and I just love this tradition, but it is hard to keep it up here. We usually celebrate Christmas with others and then a Santa is comming... so I might skip "Samichlaus".).
Hannukah will start on Thursday- the jewish holiday of the lights. Helen will turn one next week and I should also get the Christmas-presents ready to ship to my sisters in Switzerland.....

Have a nice day!

Friday, 26 November 2010

back home

Back home again. We had a great time in Tel Aviv. I wanted to take pictures but then I just left the camera in the car. Disapointing was the fleemarket. So many things I hoped to find... I saw a few things, but they were just terribly expensive so in the end we bought nothing.
Today I did my favourite thing in Tel Aviv- fabric-shopping. There is a whole street full of fabric shops and you can find nice fabric for a low price. Now I just need time to actually make something with all the fabric I bought.
We ate lunch in a small chinese restaurant with great food. We just sat there with friends- a dancer, a drummer and an actress... and we two "country bumpkins"- it was so nice to just sit there in the small backyard under trees with red lanterns and talk about art and music and languages and army (well- that's a inevitable subject in Israel) and other things...
In the picture you can see me playing around with the camera in the hotel.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

getting a break

I like to take pictures of nature- mostly of small details- well, at least i am trying. But I also like old stuff- like this picture of the wheel of an old tricycle we have in the garden.
Tomorrow me and my husband will go for a "pre-weekend" to Tel Aviv. It will be the first time since 3 and a half years that we will have so much time for only the two of us. Some quality time without the kids. Although I already know that I will terribly miss them, I also look very much forward to the big city :o)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

tuesday's handmade

My mother made this papercut for my husband and me for our wedding 5 years ago. I like it a lot. My mother always liked papercuts and some years ago she started to do some by herself. I hope that I will get another papercut from her for Christmas...

Sunday, 21 November 2010

nuts

The nuts-season started in our garden. Every morning Neomi is running outside to look for nuts that fell down during the night. We have a big pecan tree in front of the house and a small tree with wallnuts on the side.
I already look forward to bake cakes and brownies and bread with the nuts. Neomi has no patience- she just cracks them on the spot.

me and my younger daughter Helen


little bit of drawing while my daughter was drawing too...

and starting to make cards for Christmas...



Friday, 19 November 2010

ready for advent


I still can't believe it- but I managed to finish the advent caledar in time for Advent! Outside it is still 30 degrees and it does not feel like Advent at all. I guess I will never get used to it.
Now I will only have to find small presents to put in the pockets for each day.



Wednesday, 17 November 2010

new baby

My sister gave birth 2 weeks ago to a cute little girl. Unfortunately I could not see her in real so far. I will have to wait until February when we will go and visit in Switzerland. But- oh, how I wish I could take her on my arms right now! It is not always easy to live so far away. I made her a small drawing. I hope my sister will find a nice frame and hang it above the babys bed.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Tuesday's handmade


How I wish I could knit. I mean I know the basics and I even have a project going on... I am just terribly slow. In the past I used to knit shawls- that was quite simple.
Now I saw this gorgeous handspun yarn from Camilla. Maybe I will order some in the future and start to knit more seriously. The colours are just beautiful!
Take a look at her etsy shop.
She also has a blog with wonderful pictures from Montana where she lives (oh how I envy her!).
Take a look here.



Friday, 12 November 2010

pants

It's getting a bit colder outside and my older daughter is in need of new long pants. I started to sew some out of old jeans of mine and on the pocket I made her a small turtle. The fabric for the turtle is actually a nice green with white dots- a bit hard to see on the picture.
Next time I have some spare time I will finish them.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

simple toys

We have a box full of postcards, greetingcards and some few photographs. My older daughter loves to take them out, look at them and we can have long conversations over one card. My younger daughter only just discovered the box and she mainly likes to look at the ones with animals. I think it is a great way to spend some time, talking about far away places, about animals and other things. We also have postcards from places we've been and so it is also always nice to talk about our memories from there.

Since 3 days I am at home taking care of my younger daughter. She is sick and only slowly she is getting better. I hope that tomorrow she will be fine. Not that I mind to be at home- on the contrary- but I hate to come back to the office after this and find myself infront of a huge
pile of work...

Monday, 8 November 2010

new clothes



Here she is! The doll I found some days ago (see this blog entry) got her new clothes. I made them according to the old ones with some small changes.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

quinces


I made a little treat for the colder winter days (that hopefully will come). Quinces preserved in red wine. It is great when you serve it warm with vanilla ice-cream!
You need some canning jars- boil them first in water for a few minutes.
Here's how to do it:
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1kg of quinces- cut them into slices.
1 liter of red wine
approx. 200 grams of sugar (depending on how sweet you like it)
2-3 cinamon sticks
3-4 star anises
a bit cardamom
2-3 cloves
and a bit ginger, if you like
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cook everything together until the quince is soft.
Fill immediately into clean canning jars, seal the jars and let them cool down on a clean towel.
If you have questions- just contact me- I will be happy to answer!

simple toys


I just love those boxes. And especially my younger daughter likes to play with them. She uses them as drums, rolls them around (the round ones), tries to open and close them, tries to put one into another one.
She builds towers or I build them for her and she knocks them over. You can put something inside and use the box as a rattle.
I myself love to use the as storage for all kinds of things.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

tuesday's handmade: lovely blankets


How I long for cold days- when you want to stay in bed and read a good book and drink a hot chocolate with loads of foam...
Of course a nice blanket would be good too- rocket and bears have lovely crochet-blankets.
Take a look in their etsy-shop!