Wednesday, 30 January 2013

candle making

It's a while since we made those candles- but they were Christmas presents from the kids for grandparents, aunts and uncles... and then I simply forgot them and found the pictures again today.

It's not so easy to find simple candles here. Mostly they have special scents and cost quite a lot. I remembered that we used to make our own candles with wax leftovers from old candles.

You need:

-       Wax leftovers from old candles
-       Wick (you can get them in long pieces and then cut them yourself or you can buy already cut ones with a metal plate on the bottom)
-       Molds
-       Cans and a pot

We sorted our wax stock according to colours.
We prepared molds from milk cartons (Some I simply left square- but then they were a bit big, so I made triangular ones). Sometimes it was a bit tricky to secure the wick into place.
We filled wax into cans and put the cans into a pot filled with water. We boiled the water and waited until the wax was liquid. The liquid wax we poured into the molds.

You need to wait until one layer cooled until you pour the next layer on top.
You can fill the frame with ice cubes and pour the liquid wax over it- it makes nice candles with lots of "lacy" holes.
You can chop some of the hard wax, fill it into the mold and pour another colour over it- will look nice too (and it's faster- since you will have to make less liquid wax).

We have now a nice stock of candles left at home.
And we keep collecting left overs.

Ice-cube version- we placed a whole candle in the middle because we run out of wick...

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Tu B'Shvat


Yesterday we celebrated "Tu B'Shvat"- marking the "New Years of the Trees".
Every year somewhere in the Kibbutz new trees are planted. This year we planted Eucalyptus and Carob- trees that attract a lot of bees.
We planted "our" tree and marked him with a sign and ribbons in order to find him again when we will go and visit him during the year.
We made pita (flatbread) on the fire, ate them with chocolate spread or "labane" (white cheese spread). It was a lovely warm day.

At home we worked in the garden. Dug out the last remaining potatoes, cut branches, picked lemons and grapefruits and the girls cracked nuts…

Neomi finally finished sewing her second small bag. (The first one you can see here)

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

knitting and voting

Today are elections here in Israel- first time I can vote too and until the last moment I was not completely sure for which party to vote.
Good thing- we have a day off. We went for a walk in the wadi with friends, made a picnic in the garden and enjoyed the nice weather.

Here some pictures of the arm warmers I knitted. I love the colour and I am proud of myself that I managed to knit them (thanks to my mother who helped to start them while we were in Switzerland). They will keep me now warm in those short winter months.

We made a BBQ today and the kids enjoyed to draw with the coal on the street :o)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013


Do you know Hanoch Piven? He's an Israeli illustrator and caricature artist. We have a book at home with celebrity caricatures and I love it.
I thought that we could try to make portraits too from all kinds of materials. Of course I always imagine what I would do if I would have more time to prepare and actually make these things with the girls... as it is it usually happens squeezed in between coming home from daycare, making dinner, holding Yotam and many other things…

We took out the box with all the crafty stuff and tried to make simple faces.
Neomi loved it. Helen is still a bit small but she sat there for a long time absorbed in gluing and cutting...

I hope we will be able to try this again when the girls will be a bit older and I will have more time. Then we can paint the background, experiment more..

Monday, 14 January 2013

busy days

Our family and in the back you can see the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Hights.

We have some crazy days behind us and I fear that they are not quite over yet.
Yotam had an ear infection and we were in the hospital with him for 3 days. He was on antibiotics after this but last night he was crying again for hours and I really hope it is not the same again. Also Helen was sick with fever yesterday and I hope that today she will be all right (at least in the morning she was).

We had very stormy days last weeks with floods and snow (both not where we live) and loads of rain. It's cold- and that's the worst since our houses are not isolated, the windows have only one glass and a lot of times they let the wind in… The floor is freezing. I long for a warm fire!

My parents are here for a visit and we try to enjoy this short time together.

I feel like I urgently need one or two days off to get the house back into shape (means cleaning), to get all the things done that need to be done (mainly paperwork) and to finish the sewing I started (a dress I promised to Neomi, a blanket for the baby of my sister that is due now every day and some more)… and just a quiet minute with a hot tea on the sofa…

Snow in the Golan Hights- the clouds were spectacular... much more than on the picture
checking out the water and the green fields in the surrounding of the Kibbutz. Yotam is sleeping tied to my back.

Helen and my mother