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The Ilanot National Arboretum

11/24/2015 00:03:00 AM

The Ilanot National Arboretum (Ilanot is the Hebrew word for trees) was founded in 1950 by the newly established State of Israel to study which species of trees would flourish here. The information was later applied in afforestation projects all over > read more

A History Buff and a Bottle of Beer

11/19/2015 09:55:00 AM

This gentleman recently turned 40. His wife told me that he is a great Zionist, enjoys going to the gym, and is a bit of a World War II buff as well. > read more


11/13/2015 00:31:00 AM

I've always made birthday cards for my kids. One day, when I get round to it, I intend to line them up and photograph them all together. The first birthday card for my eldest son, that was shown here on my blog, was made for his 8th birthday. Back th > read more

Birthday Twins

11/10/2015 00:06:00 AM

It's a whole year since I made these cards. Now these twin > read more

The Seltzer Goat Farm

11/05/2015 01:42:00 AM

We love visiting goat farms. I'm not really sure where it comes from except for the fact that we all love animals, and two of us especially love cheese. I have written about the delightful Har HaRuach Goat Farm and Shvil Izim previously. A recent out > read more

Eliana's Album

11/01/2015 01:38:00 AM

Eliana celebrated her Bat Mitzvah last month. I made an album for her brother, a Liverpool F.C. > read more

Ladybirds and Rabbits

10/27/2015 01:13:00 AM

A customer liked the anniversary card > read more


10/21/2015 00:47:00 AM

The boys have been begging for a family camping trip for a long time. I used to camp a lot when I was a Girl Guide, but that was a long time ago and, quite honestly, I rather like a bed and a hot shower these days. During the recent celebrations of > read more

Ariel's Bar Mitzvah

10/15/2015 23:56:00 PM

Ariel recently became Bar Mitzvah in Sydney, Australia. His Mum asked me to design the invitation for his celebration. His hobbies, she told me, include karate, soccer, futsal > read more

Two Birthdays and a Wedding

10/11/2015 00:55:00 AM

Regarding the current situation here in Israel, it's hard to carry on as usual, but that's what we've got to do. We get up to work, send the kids to school, drive on the roads, and walk the streets. I am still at my desk cutting away. Here are my lat > read more

Snooker Loopy

10/06/2015 07:13:00 AM

Last year Gabi and Adi had just finished school and were preparing for their compulsory military service. This year they celebrated their 19th birthday as soldiers in the Israel Defence Forces (IDF). Even though there was a possibility that they woul > read more

Golan - Part III

09/26/2015 23:54:00 PM

If you only have time to visit one national park in the northern part of Israel, make it Tel Dan! > read more

Hare Pie?

09/21/2015 00:39:00 AM

My customer needed a card for her Ma's birthday. She picked out > read more

Golan - Part II

09/17/2015 00:21:00 AM

For the duration of our stay in the Golan Heights we stayed in the lovely cabins at Kibbutz Afik, > read more

Golan - Part I

09/10/2015 00:29:00 AM

This summer we holidayed in the Golan Heights, Israel’s mountainous northern region. We've been there several times > read more

Saba, Sue, and Arsenal too

09/06/2015 02:23:00 AM

Saba (the Hebrew word for Grandfather) was soon to be celebrating his 80th birthday. Back in 2011 I made a card for his wife for her special day. This time my customer wanted a card along the same theme, but with the birthday boy surrounded by their > read more

Hula Nature Reserve

08/30/2015 02:15:00 AM

Day 3 of our stay in Rosh Pina saw us visiting the nearby > read more

Lior, Ariella and Guy

08/23/2015 01:43:00 AM

Lior's Mum felt that I had captured her son's look so accurately on his birthday card that she suggested that I show a photo of him next to the card for you all to see for yourselves.Lior, who turned 15, > read more

Saul, Josh and Jack

08/17/2015 11:59:00 AM

Saul recently turned 50. His wife asked me to create a birthday card showing him with two black basketball players; one wearing a red vest, and one wearing green. Saul, she said, should have a white polo shirt with his company's logo on it, oh, and a > read more

Rosh Pina

08/10/2015 00:38:00 AM

The kids recently went off to camp for 12 days. Yes, 12 days! 12 whole days of peace and quiet, and time to go off and do the things that they would possibly declare "booooring!". Mister Handmade in Israel and I decided to take a couple of days off w > read more

Aron's Album

08/03/2015 00:20:00 AM

Aron's brother Sam celebrated his Bar Mitzvah back in 2013. His Aunty ordered a Bar Mitzvah album for him back then, and this year she asked me to create another one, this time for Aron.Aron plays the bass guitar, enjoys playing rugby, and watching t > read more

May their memory be a blessing

07/26/2015 15:03:00 PM

My friend Mandy recently celebrated her birthday. This year I decided to make her a papercut card. She and I were at art school together, ahem, quite a few years ago, so I added a little pencil next to her name. Granted these days she is using a comp > read more

Umbrellas in the Sun

07/20/2015 08:31:00 AM

Every July, the streets of Águeda in Portugal are covered in a colourful > read more

Yonatan and Ilan

07/13/2015 00:48:00 AM

Last year Yonatan favoured his headphones and was into his music. This year he's become passionate about football, in particular PSG, the French club > read more

Calum's Album

07/09/2015 01:26:00 AM

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International Exhibition of Contemporary Paper Art

07/05/2015 01:45:00 AM

I was really very excited to read > read more

Green and White

06/30/2015 00:33:00 AM

With the launch of the International BDS movements (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) against Israeli businesses and companies, many pro-Israel organisations have taken action by encouraging people to "buy blue and white", or products "made in Israel." The > read more

Something to Treasure

06/25/2015 09:01:00 AM

Anna and Udi got married quite some months ago but even after their special event my customer wanted a wedding card for them - something that they could treasure - just as she had ordered for the groom's brother. My customer sent me a beautiful photo > read more

(Not) Blowing in the Wind

06/21/2015 01:38:00 AM

Those of you who know me personally, or who have read my blog for some time, already know that I am a big fan of Israel > read more

Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary!

06/17/2015 00:23:00 AM

It's been a busy few weeks in the Handmade in Israel home. Back in May I celebrated my 45th birthday. As I get older, less and less fuss seems to be made about my big day (a shame because I quite enjoy the fuss!) but my sisters-in-law came up trumps > read more

Ore's Album

06/09/2015 00:01:00 AM

I never show a card or album here until after the date of the celebration has passed and so I have several albums to show you > read more

Jonny and Herbie

06/04/2015 06:15:00 AM

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The Weizmann House

06/01/2015 03:33:00 AM

Back in May, on International Museum Day, the youngest son and I decided to visit the Weizmann House, the home of the first President of Israel, Chaim Weizmann, and first First Lady, Vera Weizmann. > read more

The Mighty Whites and more

05/25/2015 11:10:00 AM

So the 2014–15 Premier League season is over and Hull City, > read more

60 Years

05/18/2015 02:44:00 AM

A new customer asked me to create a customised card for her very special sister who was celebrating her 60th birthday. Her sister, she told me, was born in London and made aliyah > read more

Tel Gezer

05/10/2015 00:53:00 AM

Tel Gezer National Park, located half way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, in the foothills of the Jerusalem Hills, > read more

Micah's Album

05/04/2015 01:28:00 AM

Micah loves to read - his Mum says that he's "obsessed" - and he would rather read than do almost anything else! Therefore I had to show him with a book on the cover of his Bar Mitzvah album. He also loves Pokemon and the computer game Minecraft. In > read more

Ben & Perry's

04/30/2015 01:20:00 AM

A new customer requested a birthday card for "Grampa Ben". He is an architect and, I am told, a bit narcoleptic. He can apparently fix anything that needs doing around the house, and also travels a great deal, from Toronto to his grandchildren in New > read more

The First Lego League

04/26/2015 00:48:00 AM

A bunch of kids in my city recently took part in a FIRST LEGO League national robotics competition. They finished in third place, earning themselves an invitation to represent Israel in a world tournament in South Africa in May. Before the competiti > read more

Hof Habonim

04/21/2015 00:17:00 AM

Our favourite day out over Passover was the day we drove north to the Hof Habonim Nature Reserve, just south of Haifa. > read more

The Cooking Ladies

04/17/2015 00:59:00 AM

I was so flattered when Bren's daughter-in-law, herself a talented artist and a friend of mine, asked me to create a special birthday card for her mother-in-law. Bren, she told me, loves baking cakes. She also enjoys watching the television and using > read more

Jordy and Daniel

04/13/2015 08:20:00 AM

We had a lovely Passover break. We went hiking, met with friends visiting from the UK, and went to see the absolutely delightful "Paddington" at the cinema. We definitely did less than previous years, but the boys are getting older and have their own > read more

Doves and Daffodils

04/01/2015 00:30:00 AM

Chag HaMatzot, the "Festival of Unleavened Bread" in English, or simply Passover, begins on Friday. I have slowly been preparing > read more

The Ayalon Canada Park

03/27/2015 00:09:00 AM

The almond trees, the first of the fruit trees in Israel to wake from their winter 'sleep', were in full bloom when I recently visited the Ayalon Canada Park. The trees pinkish white blossoms are always a sign that Spring is around the corner, and th > read more

(They're) Leaving on a Jet Plane

03/23/2015 02:03:00 AM

Liora was turning 21. She loves the colour purple, collects elephants, and has got the travel bug! She was heading off to Thailand the week after her birthday, so my customer wanted me to feature it on her birthday card. I have shown her with a trave > read more

Dancing Girl

03/19/2015 01:17:00 AM

A new customer asked me to make a Bat Mitzvah card for a young lady called Ariella. Ariella, she told me, is the eldest of four children so, despite her age, she is a bit of a superhero when it comes to childcare, cooking and babysitting. She really > read more


03/15/2015 01:40:00 AM

The ancient archaeological site of > read more

A Second Bar Mitzvah

03/11/2015 01:05:00 AM

I have made many, many Bar Mitzvah cards over the years, but this Bar Mitzvah card request was an unusual one. It was the first time that I was asked to make a card for an 83 year old man! > read more

Eden and Emily

03/08/2015 00:10:00 AM

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Hirbet Midras

03/01/2015 00:19:00 AM

Adulam Park is a nature reserve in central Israel which spreads over 6,500 dunams > read more

Baby Baby

02/25/2015 23:42:00 PM

New baby cards are always fun to make, but this one was extra fun because the new baby is a redhead, or gingie, as they are known here in Israel. His big brother is one too (this is the card I made when he was born), so it was a cute thing to show th > read more

Beer, Brown Ale and... a Bar Mitzvah

02/23/2015 02:15:00 AM

Doug recently celebrated his 50th birthday. His many passions include the American > read more

Chai Negev

02/19/2015 00:48:00 AM

Chai Negev is an ecological village at Kibbutz Revivim, a kibbutz in the Southern District of Israel with a population of 800, of which nearly 370 are members. The kibbutz was established as an agricultural research station in 1943, on the site of a > read more

Skydiving and Studying

02/16/2015 00:20:00 AM

Maytal recently celebrated her 20th birthday. Her Mum asked me to make a card with skydiving as the main theme. Apparently that is what she chose to do for her birthday. Gulp!Green-eyed Maytal works for an orthodontist, so I added the little smiley > read more

Daphne's Album

02/11/2015 00:14:00 AM

I made a Bat Mitzvah album for Daphne's sister back in January 2013, and for her cousin in June of last year. In December 2014 it was Daphne's turn to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah and she too wanted an album for her party, for all her family and friends > read more


02/08/2015 00:22:00 AM

Remember the big surprise > read more

Flying Flags and Football

02/05/2015 00:27:00 AM

Dana celebrated her > read more

The time is 2.00am

02/02/2015 00:36:00 AM

Mizzie's husband requested a special card for her recent birthday. He wanted me to show his wife lying in bed, watching tv programs on her iPhone! He also asked if I could add something to show that the time is 2.00am. Just to make the card that litt > read more


01/28/2015 00:22:00 AM

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01/25/2015 03:23:00 AM

The very first blog post that I wrote about my youngest son was when he was celebrating his > read more


01/20/2015 00:56:00 AM

The customer who commissioned these papercut pictures as Bat Mitzvah gifts came back to me for another one, this time in Hebrew. The list of the young lady's favourite things on this occasion included dogs, dolphins (she has been swimming with them), > read more

Tilly and Maisie

01/15/2015 00:41:00 AM

Before Christmas I received an enquiry at my Etsy shop about my Kids Treasure Boxes. The prospective customer wondered if I could customise two boxes for her little girls, Tilly and Maisie. Now I haven't made any of these boxes for quite some time, f > read more

Proudly Serving in the IDF

01/12/2015 00:50:00 AM

The events of > read more

Painting Placemats

01/07/2015 00:10:00 AM

During the Chanukah break the youngest son and I went to a workshop at Kakadu. It's something that I have wanted to do for some time and it just worked out that the two of us were home and looking for a fun activity to do together.I have written abou > read more

Bat Mitzvah Beauties

01/04/2015 00:16:00 AM

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fun time. New Year's Eve is not a big holiday here in Israel, specifically because the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) actually falls in autumn, a few months previously. However, as a family we didn't let it go un > read more

? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ?

12/22/2014 01:13:00 AM

We are enjoying Chanukah in our own way. Mister Handmade in Israel is at work (it's not a holiday which requires time off), the eldest has gone off to a youth club seminar, so it's just two of us at home during the day. Aside from lighting the candle > read more

Spinning the Dreidel

12/18/2014 00:21:00 AM

On Tuesday night we lit the first candle on our Chanukiah, sang the traditional Maoz Tzur ("Rock of Ages") song, and ate sufganiyot (doughnuts) to celebrate the first night of Chanukah. > read more

? Let It Go ?

12/15/2014 00:33:00 AM

In the midst of all the wedding planning Nomi asked me to make some cards for her nephew and niece in Australia, as she does > read more

A Wedding Card

12/10/2014 23:49:00 PM

I think you've probably figured out by now that I have discovered a new found love of papercutting. Yes, I've been cutting paper for years and I still love working the way that I do, but when I say papercutting, I mean the traditional art of cutting > read more

Nomi and Adam - Part II

12/08/2014 00:17:00 AM

I showed you the artwork in my last post and explained the different features in the image. I thought it would also be good to show you how everything came together for my friends' wedding stationery. I had invitations, thank you cards and > read more

Nomi and Adam - Part I

12/03/2014 23:42:00 PM

I came to live in Israel almost 20 years ago. I came alone (I met Mister Handmade in Israel here) and decided to study at an > read more

Nail Polish, Lip Gloss and a Cup of Tea

12/01/2014 00:11:00 AM

Ella is another person who receives Handmade in Israel birthday cards every year. Her Mum recently told me that my cards have become part of their family's birthday traditions, and that they > read more

Enot Tsukim

11/26/2014 00:22:00 AM

Enot Tsukim Nature Reserve or En Fashkha, as it is also known (Fashkha means split or broken), is the lowest nature reserve in the world. > read more

Nadav's Papercut

11/22/2014 23:54:00 PM

I've well and truly got the papercutting bug! It started with this. Then I made this. My most recent piece was this one. My eldest son's birthday was coming up, so I decided to make him a cut for his big day too. > read more


11/19/2014 00:36:00 AM

Remember this card? Well, that 8 year old recently turned 14! He's bigger now (taller than Mum!), but many things remain the same. He is still passionate about football, we still get up very early on birthdays to open presents and eat cake before sch > read more

Benjamin and Gilad

11/16/2014 00:47:00 AM

Look at this photo! Isn't it great? It makes me so happy to see this little boy holding up his birthday card, obviously so happy to have received it. I want to see lots more photos of people receiving their Handmade in Israel birthday cards please!Be > read more

Stalactites and Springs

11/10/2014 23:54:00 PM

Some time has passed since we celebrated the seven day holiday of > read more

80, 90, 100!

11/09/2014 01:40:00 AM

Birthday cards are most certainly not just for the youngsters.First I was asked for a card for an 80th birthday.Then a customer had a friend who was turning 90... and another who was soon to reach 100!I've only made a > read more

Playing the cello and learning to drive

11/05/2014 00:12:00 AM

No, you're not seeing double. I made these cards for twin boys who were turning 8 and who have the same hobbies. Last year gymnastics was their thing. This year it seems that they have moved on to judo - they both have their yellow and white belts - > read more

Kaylee's Album

11/02/2014 01:13:00 AM

Kaylee loves to sing. She is passionate about music, plays the guitar and piano, and loves to perform. Animals, swimming and watching films are also on her list of favourite things. But mainly she loves to sing.Kaylee celebrated her Bat Mitzvah earli > read more

Love, Brotherhood, Peace and Companionship

10/27/2014 00:53:00 AM

My family and I belong to a wonderful synagogue called Achva. > read more

Adi and Gabi

10/21/2014 00:16:00 AM

Adi and Gabi receive birthday cards made by me > read more

Bar BaKfar

10/14/2014 16:26:00 PM

We stayed at Bar BaKfar, > read more

Dear Daughter

10/08/2014 01:56:00 AM

A customer had a simple request - something pretty for her daughter. I remembered this card, made for a 'special sister' back in 2011, and decided to come up with something similar. That little bird still makes me smile.Ma'ayan loves playing netball. > read more

Noah and Adi

10/05/2014 00:42:00 AM

Noah, who lives in Australia, celebrated his Bar Mitzvah back in August. My customer told me that he is a techie > read more

Daphna's Album

10/01/2014 00:26:00 AM

Daphna celebrated her Bat Mitzvah back in the summer. Her Mum told me that she loves reading, swimming, bike riding and listening to music on her iPhone. She also enjoys drawing, playing games on her Google nexus 7 tablet, and all the subjects in sch > read more

Fast Cars, Cold Beer

09/28/2014 00:52:00 AM

In addition to several wedding and Bat Mitzvah albums, I was also busy creating cards before our trip. Of course I have also been busy creating cards since we got back, but I can't show those here just yet! The card above was made for a young man's 1 > read more

Rosh Hashanah 5775

09/22/2014 00:00:00 AM

On Wednesday evening my family and I will begin celebrating the two-day holiday of > read more


09/18/2014 00:54:00 AM

We arrived in Edinburgh full of the joys of the Highlands and admittedly we weren't sure that we were ready for a big city quite yet. However, the Edinburgh Festival was on and we had precious tickets for The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, so there was a > read more

Liza & Alexis

09/15/2014 00:11:00 AM

After three consecutive posts about my recent travels, I think it is time I showed you some of my work. This album was actually completed before I went away, but I was waiting for my customer in Germany to give it to her friends in Paris before I sho > read more

The Highlands of Scotland

09/09/2014 01:06:00 AM

The day after our explorations of Holy Island we set off once again on our travels. This time we were crossing the border in to Scotland and driving north to the Highlands. None of us had ever been that far north before and boy were we in for a treat > read more

My Marmalising Experience at Alton Towers

09/05/2014 07:39:00 AM

Hello, my name is Gadi and I’m the son of Lisa, or Mrs. Handmade in Israel. I’m sure whoever follows my mum’s blog knows about our recent trip to England and Scotland, but I’m sure most of you didn’t see her brief mention of a day trip near > read more

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne

09/02/2014 23:28:00 PM

I haven't stopped blogging. No, really, I haven't! August just simply disappeared on me, and for the first time in over six years of blogging, I missed a month. There were good reasons though. We've been to London and the Highlands of Scotland, and m > read more

Touring Israel and Baking Cupcakes

07/31/2014 00:00:00 AM

May is currently touring Israel with her youth group, though frankly, with the present troubles, I am not sure how much of this wonderful country she is actually managing to see. She'll just have to come back in quieter times! Whilst here she celebra > read more

Saba the Tailor

07/27/2014 00:00:00 AM

I'm not going to mention the terrible deaths of Israel's young soldiers, already two from my city, nor the rockets flying over our heads. I'm not going to mention the fact that nearly all the summer events have been cancelled, and that our long-plann > read more

Dolls Art

07/22/2014 00:00:00 AM

My visit to Dolls Art > read more

Typical Male

07/16/2014 00:00:00 AM

A new customer spotted this card on Facebook and decided that she too would like to order a customised card for her husband's 40 birthday. He is a typical male, she told me. He enjoys beer, barbeques and > read more

Omri's Album

07/13/2014 00:00:00 AM

Yawn! A 6.05am Red Alert wake up call wasn't quite what I was hoping for this summer, but that's what we got today. So, I'm up. I'm crafting and, of course, I'm still blogging.Here is one of my latest creations...I made a Bar Mitzvah album for Omri's > read more

A Birthday Surprise

07/07/2014 00:56:00 AM

Remember my first real attempt at papercutting? Well, I went straight from that to this! Talk about taking the bull by the horns!Mister Handmade in Israel is very supportive of the work that I do. I'm really not complaining. However, he often tells m > read more


07/01/2014 00:00:00 AM

Mister Handmade in Israel turned 50 last week. He didn't want a party or a big fuss being made, but there was no question in my mind that he was still going to receive a handmade card and a few special gifts on his big day. The boys and I planned our > read more

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