Wednesday, 31 August 2011

we are on strike...


Yes.... officially she should have started Kindergarten tomorrow. But there's a problem.... so all the kids, who are in the kindergarten in the Kibbutz will be on strike from tomorrow on. A decision we parents made this evening... so at least for tomorrow we will have to improvise and find a solution on who and when to be with Neomi at home... and how to explain this to her... and hopefully, hopefully a solution will be found fast and the kids can go (back) to kindergarten and get their good kibbutz-based education! Anyone who has some influence with the education-ministry or education system in Israel is most welcome to help! :o)



Monday, 29 August 2011

a new blog discovery


I discovered the blog "lilla a". If you love crafting with kids- go and check it out. For me it is a huge inspiration!
(Now I just need more time to actually do those things with my girls.... can someone tell me where to buy a time-creating-machine?)




(pictures from the blog of "lilla a"!)

Sunday, 28 August 2011

a week passed




Sunday and Monday were the last two days in the day-care for the girls. Tomorrow they will start in their new day-cares... moving up in the age-groups.
So on Tuesday we went to visit friends who live next to the beach- it was a great evening and the girls loved to be inside the warm water and play in the sand.


Since Wednesday I am a bit sick- I have a cold- the most annoying thing to have in the middle of the summer. 



We played with light-sticks in the evening.



Neomi wanted to clean the bathroom and scrubbed the place shiny... (I hate our bathroom- can't wait for a new one one day...)



I cut out the pieces for the girl's dresses for the wedding of my sister... well- it should look something like the above in the end. I will have to hurry to get them ready in time.



Neomi and I spent time with our "story-telling-cards"- you need to pick 3-5 cards and tell a story with them. Neomi is getting quite good in it :o)
I made the cards myself- just printed some pictures and glued them on paper. I got the idea from here.



My first ever try with this style of sewing (I guess it is called "free motion sewing, but I am not sure). I like the work of those artist- see here and here and they inspired me. This I made as part of a present for my husband- his birthday is next week.


Doing some more water painting in the heat....

Have a wonderful weekend!
 


Tuesday, 23 August 2011

tuesday's handmade

I am truly addicted to etsy.... Not that I buy too much (for this I would have to get an extra-job to pay for....) but only to look at all those goodies... makes my fingers itchy to be creative, makes me dream...
Here some of my favourites at the moment:
wonderful colour, beautiful flower- from DFinn

another gorgeous colour... from textilemonster


if only the wristwarmes I knitted would look so beautiful.... from Purlsandlvy


Purlsandlvy again... I can't find words...

Monday, 22 August 2011

paint



Helen is now 1 year and 8 months old. Time is running and sometimes I notice that she get's less attention than Neomi got in her age. This is only normal, I guess, for the second kid. On weekends I usually try to get up with something to do for Neomi while Helen is napping. Crafty stuff, Story telling, playing games… But time only with Helen is rare.


Yesterday I decided to do some stamping with them after the day-care. It was the first time I let Helen take part and experiment with paint… should I have done this earlier? She loves to draw with colour-pencils.
Neomi liked the potato-stamps and other things we used for stamping- but Helen was THRILLED! She loved it and could have gone on and on and on… she didn't want to stop. I had to stop her because I had to prepare dinner and could not supervise her anymore (keep her from licking the paint and painting the chair and table….:o).
I will sure do this again soon.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

sad days

I did not get my hands much on the computer in the last days.
I have the feeling that I am living in a bubble. But still I worry. The situation in israel is not too good- maybe you heared in the news. I am just sick and tired of it. I don't want to give up hope for peace, but it is not easy. I don't want to fall into the trap of hate- it's against my believes and my nature. But the worry can make me sick to the stomach... Please, God....

Whatever- I can't think about it all day- it's not helping and it's not healthy.
So I want to share with you some pictures of the illustrator Colin Jack. I found his blog here and love his caracters! Something to smile :o)



 

Sunday, 14 August 2011

and the winners are...


Since only three people commented on my give-away all three of them are winners. I guess it is holiday-time and most of you out there are away and taking time off....

Petra, Darcy and Melanie- as soon as I will have your adresses, the pony-tail holders will be on their way!

And I am trying to think about something good to cook for dinner this evening.... I feel like rice with a good sauce...



Friday, 12 August 2011

skirt for my niece


Today is my niece's birthday-party. She turned 5. I wanted to give her a puzzle but could not find a nice one- only ones with very digital-looking pictures and I like nice drawings. So I made her a skirt. It is partially up-cycled.
I hope she will like it.


If you still want to participate in my give-away you still have a chance until midnight today!

Sunday, 7 August 2011

1. blog aniversary and give-away

Today a year ago I started to blog and a whole new world opened before me. I did start once much earlier but stopped quite fast until I discovered the world of blogs again. There are so many wonderful and inspiring blogs out there... In this year I met virtually many nice people from all around the world.
I prepared a small give away. I have made 3 pairs of pony-tail-holders (of course you could alos use them for other things) for 3 of you.
All you need to do is to leave a comment and which one you would prefer (if possible) and a way to get in contact with you in case you will win.

You can leave comments until next Friday- 12th of August and my girls will draw the winners on Saturday.




Saturday, 6 August 2011

wochenrueckblick

Okay- today I will post loads of pictures. Let's see what we did during the past week...




Playing with paper, puncher, glue...



Playing with the wooden beads- keeping Helen busy for almost ONE hour!!! Filling cups and plates and try to get them on the "pipe-cleaning-thing".
(Wie sagt man Pfeiffenputzer auf Englisch???)


eating water-melon


I got a very nice present from Petra (find her blog here)- thanks, thanks, thanks!!! :o) A cellphone-cover that is matching the bag my mother made for me from a swiss-army-blanket. How absolutely nice is it to get a present from someone you only know through blogging?


And the present came with a card from lovely paper.


eating mango


tons of grapes from the garden... you can step by and get some for free...


story-telling-time


playing with the wooden cubes outside on the porch in the early morning

and last but not least:


a coffee to start the day... :o)

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

tuesday's handmade

Some nice handmade things for inspiration and dearming :o)

 Lovely hand-dyed twine from CocoaBeans- I just bought some and it is beautiful! There are other colours too.

Beautiful tags from greengrasspress.

This quilt is a dream. I love the soft colours. Made by lovelydesign.

And a wonderful dress made by lightbluegrey. Great fabric and I love the round pocket!

Have a wonderful day!

Monday, 1 August 2011

number-connecting-games

Neomi knows the numbers up to 10. It's not that someone taught her- she just somehow figured it out from asking and playing. She can recognize all numbers, but can't write them yet.
I remembered a game I liked as a kid. To connect numbers in order to get a picture. I made a few for her and she is begging me every day to make her more. They need to be simple since she knows so far only the numbers up to 10. She also needs to practice a bit more how to connect the numbers with a straight line - she tended to draw all kinds of shapes to connect two numbers :o)
For those of you who have small kids too- I scanned a few of the pictures and you can print them. In addition there is also a coloring picture.
Have fun!
the kid can add the legs and arms himself afterwards