Tuesday, 20 October 2015


My oldest daughter has this shirt that she really likes to wear- I call it a "bat-shirt". I though that it looked like a quite simple cut and since I had some lovely blue, light fabric I thought I will give it a try and make a similar shirt for her.
I once bought the fabric to make a skirt for myself, but never quite came around to it. 

4 years ago I sew two nice dresses for my daughters- for the wedding of my sister. The bigger dress is still fitting the younger daughter- but not for long anymore. And since I never made nice pictures, I took the chance this weekend and made some. At the time I made my own pattern with the help of some existing patterns and tutorials. Even the buttons I made myself.

Monday, 19 October 2015

this and that

Somehow September passed. I have a difficult time being away from my side of the family. It hurts me not to be able to be with them during this hard time. I am mourning the loss of my little niece from afar and it's not easy.

But then life goes on, as hard as it is. And food needs to be prepared and kids want to play and create, work needs to be done and plans need to be made...

We put our tent in the garden for the kids to play. They wanted to sleep in it, but ended up inside in their beds in the end.

Our lazy cat Bruno.

Stamping with apples on fabric bags- as a present for the Jewish New Year (Rosh HaShana)

And the youngest is always busy with drilling, hammering, screwing, sawing, fixing things...

pine cone birds

Some weeks ago we celebrated the Sukkot holiday where you build a small "hut" outside. You are supposed to eat, sleep etc in this hut and it is usually nicely decorated. Every year we make some new decorations (see also here and here) and some can be put aside to be used again the following year. This year we made small birds from pine cones.

We collected some pine cones and feathers.

We glued the feathers to the pine cone with hot glue. The eyes and beak are from felt- but you could use other materials like paper, fabric, rubber foam...

Since Sukkot is over, the birds hang now over our dining table.

Sunday, 18 October 2015


Painting with paper mache paste is fun- at least until your fingers start to get all sticky.

To make "Kleister" (paper mache paste) is very simple- basically you make a glue that you can use for everything else too. 
I make regularly glue like this.
You just need flour and water- I don't even measure the amount sometimes. I pour some flour into a pan, add some water and start to heat it. Keep stirring the mixture and add water when it gets too thick.

When you feel that the mixture is good enough, let it cool a bit until you can touch it with your fingers without burning yourself.

I put a small amount on each paper, added some drops of gouache (I guess you can use any kind of colour- should make some experiments one day) and let the kids "go wild".

They mixed/ painted with their fingers. Later I gave them some tools- like toothpicks, paper-rolls, fork…  the fun part is, that you can always "erase" what you made and make new patterns. 
The colour get all mixed up into a grey/ brown tone, but if that bothers someone you can use just one or two colours.

You could also add some glitter or sand (I would recommend to try this outside if you don't want to spend another hour cleaning the sandy/ glittery floor afterwards :-)

After a while the paste dries- the pictures get hard and the fingers stick together- so go and wash your hands- if possible without flooding the bathroom, thanks a lot! :-)

electronic parts

We found this old stuffed elephant with some kind of mechanism inside that was not working anymore. I took out the mechanism and stuffed the elephant with a bit more filling. Yotam likes the elephant. And he loved to unscrew the tiny screws and open the mechanism to see what's inside.

A similar post is here.