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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

Eden > read more

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

Solid Gold

06/23/2014 00:00:00 AM

Most, but not all of my customers are women. Occasionally a guy pops up and orders a special card for the special person in his life. In the case of this card, the gentleman concerned wanted a customised card for his wife to mark the occasion of thei > read more

Perfect Days of Football and Wine

06/19/2014 00:30:00 AM

It really is all about football at the moment in our home. First it was the FA Cup > read more

The Beautiful Game

06/15/2014 00:00:00 AM

Well, it is World Cup time, so why not write a blog post that is football related? Okay, I know that my posts often are - I live in a football-obsessed home - but none of these cards were made for members of my own family. They were created for other > read more

Noa's Album

06/11/2014 00:00:00 AM

It's always exciting to receive orders from other countries. My cards and albums have reached Afghanistan and Malaysia, India and Argentina, and I regularly send pieces off to America and the UK. This was definitely the first time that I received an > read more

Breaking Bad

06/06/2014 00:00:00 AM

There was a steep learning curve ahead for me when a friend and loyal customer asked me to make a Breaking Bad-themed card for her husband's recent birthday. I have never seen the > read more

Ashdod Dunes

05/31/2014 13:30:00 PM

It is almost > read more

Hey Girl!

05/28/2014 00:00:00 AM

Rebecca's aunt asked me to make her a birthday card with a make-up theme. Apparently her favourite brands are Mac, Bobby Brown and Urban Decay. Now, I am not very into creating "branded" cards (nor am I very knowledgeable about make-up, but that's an > read more

A Good Healthy Meal

05/24/2014 23:30:00 PM

In this post I am featuring the work of my youngest son because it's paper related and, well, because it's great! My son, who is 11, had a school science project where had to create the menu and then a model of a healthy meal. He took the project ver > read more

Happy Anniversary x2

05/20/2014 02:09:00 AM

Friends of mine both ordered cards for their wedding anniversary, just as they did last year. Fortunately they once again had very different requests and I was able to make them two very different cutomised cards.The top card was from the husband to > read more

Trash People

05/15/2014 00:00:00 AM

One of the most enjoyable things we saw over the Passover holiday was the "Trash People" exhibition at Ariel Sharon Park, just outside Tel Aviv. > read more

Happy Birthday Balloons

05/12/2014 01:00:00 AM

A customer asked me for a 21st birthday card for her nephew. No specific hobbies were mentioned so I decided to recreate this card > read more

Tiger, Tiger

05/07/2014 00:30:00 AM

I've mentioned my Dad's passion > read more

Carmel Caves

05/02/2014 00:00:00 AM

We could have stayed longer at Tel Dor but the Carmel caves in the Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve, just a 15 minute drive up the road, were calling us. I had read about the prehistoric caves, recognized in 2012 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the L > read more

Tel Dor

04/28/2014 05:15:00 AM

So another great Passover week has gone by. We travelled North, we travelled South, and as usual I have far too many photos to show you in one post! I'm going to split the posts up and introduce you to some fabulous places in Israel one at a time.The > read more

Passover, the Festival of Unleavened Bread

04/13/2014 00:30:00 AM

Passover, or the Festival of Unleavened Bread, is clearly approaching when I find myself spending almost every evening cleaning and sorting through my home, and every morning cutting out white doves and colourful Star of David's for my holiday cards! > read more

Oh Boy!

04/08/2014 00:30:00 AM

My lovely friend who requests cards for everyone in her family recently emailed me to tell me that her brother's family had grown. She needed a card for a brand new nephew and asked if I could show the whole family on it. My usual request for a famil > read more

Spring is in the Air

04/04/2014 01:00:00 AM

The beautiful anemones which we saw in the south clearly had an effect me. I have often added flowers to my cards but when I was asked to make an anniversary card for a couple who have received my cards many times before, I needed to come up with som > read more

Noah's Album

03/30/2014 23:30:00 PM

I absolutely love the fact that I am now making Bar and Bat Mitzvah books for the younger brothers and sisters of my original customers. Who knew, when I was asked to make that first book back in 2010, that they would become such a big part of my wor > read more

Iris Hill

03/27/2014 01:00:00 AM

A couple of weekends ago we made a quick visit to Shmurat Ha-Irusim or "Iris Hill", a small nature reserve located on the border between the cities of Ness Ziona and Rishon Letzion. I didn't even know of the existence of this little hill until someon > read more

Gadi's Papercut

03/23/2014 01:00:00 AM

My kids are pretty blasé > read more

Boys to Men

03/17/2014 02:00:00 AM

"Grandpa" was turning 82. He is a retired doctor, enjoys reading and loves history. My customer asked me to make a birthday card for him which would illustrate all those interests. The little stethoscope and clipboard speak for themselves. The small > read more


03/12/2014 01:34:00 AM

I've had a little go at papercutting before (you can see the results here and here) and I always promised myself that I would do more of it. Of course card orders come in and there is always an album to work on, so papercutting just for fun is put to > read more

The Big 1

03/09/2014 00:00:00 AM

It's always fun to create sweet cards such as these ones. The top card was for a little niece who was soon to be celebrating her 1st birthday. Now, one year olds don't tend to have so many hobbies, so I suggested a card full of cute little girl thing > read more

The Red South

03/04/2014 00:30:00 AM

In February each year the green landscape of Israel's northwestern Negev desert turns bright red when the wild anemones > read more

The Young Scientist

02/28/2014 00:00:00 AM

Daniel is celebrating his birthday today! How do I know? Well, not long ago he reminded his Mum to order his birthday card! My cards have become a tradition with his family as much as they are with my own you see, and Daniel knew what he wanted on th > read more

The Bar Mitzvah Year

02/24/2014 02:13:00 AM

It's been some time now since my eldest son's Bar Mitzvah but I've been holding off on showing his card because I didn't want my blog to become "The Bar Mitzvah blog". It does seem like I have posted a lot of Bar Mitzvah related projects lately, be t > read more

The Very Sleepy Sloth - Part III

02/18/2014 00:07:00 AM

I could have written about this card in time for Valentine's Day but I wanted, no needed, > read more

The Book Depository Bookmarks Competition 2014

02/13/2014 00:00:00 AM

The Book Depository is running a bookmark design competition with the winning 16 designs being printed and sent to their customers worldwide.Here are my entries to that competition.You can view all entries over at their Flickr group. > read more

The Soreq River

02/10/2014 08:01:00 AM

The kids love going to the beach. I am less keen. Actually, I really do love the beach when I am there, but if I could leave all that stuff called sand on the beach and not bring it all home with me, then it would make the experience all the more fun > read more

It's so Safta!

02/04/2014 00:00:00 AM

Not long ago a friend and regular customer asked me to make a birthday card for her Mother-in-law. She wanted me to show Safta (the Hebrew word for Grandmother) making her famous chicken soup in her big silver cooking pot. Now, it just so happens tha > read more

Lior's Album

01/29/2014 00:30:00 AM

Lior is a very special young man who is very into cars. Fast cars. Other hobbies include biking, his iPod and Bono the dog, but basically he loves cars. The colour scheme of Lior's Bar Mitzvah celebration was red, black and white and his Mum was keen > read more

Dig for a Day

01/26/2014 00:00:00 AM

As my boys get older it is getting harder and harder to find activities which keep everyone in the family happy. Some things are deemed "too babyish", whilst others are "boring." Not long ago we did a > read more


01/20/2014 05:20:00 AM

This year is the year of the Nerf Gun. I can't say that I love my youngest son's fascination with weapons but, hey, that's what he's currently into, so that's what went on his birthday card! He was supposed to get the said gun from his lovely Aunts a > read more

Three Birthdays and a Funeral

01/15/2014 03:57:00 AM

A customer asked me for a card for her soon-to-be 17 year old niece. She was starting driving lessons, so a car with an L-plate was requested. The cute little red car was my choice.This young man was celebrating his 6th birthday. His Great-Aunt didn' > read more

Ro'i's Album

01/09/2014 04:29:00 AM

Happy New Year! I hope that your 2014 is starting out well.Ro'i celebrated his Bar Mitzvah last month and his Mum, a regular customer and a dear friend of mine, wanted an album for him. If you look closely you will see that I squeezed his album into > read more

The Best of 2013

12/28/2013 23:47:00 PM

1. Daniel > read more

Christmas Time in Ein Kerem

12/22/2013 00:00:00 AM

Last Christmas the hubby and I visited the village of Ein Kerem, now a neighbourhood of southwest Jerusalem. Truthfully we weren't really thinking about it being Christmas time - it was a regular December weekend for us - so it was a pleasant surpris > read more

Salt and Tax Free

12/17/2013 00:30:00 AM

I am happy with most of the cards I create. Except those that I am not so pleased with... and I don't post those here. But now and again there is a card that really makes me smile. Not for any particular reason. It just makes me giggle. This was one > read more

2 Is Better Than 1

12/14/2013 11:30:00 AM

Look at this cutie, above, with his Handmade in Israel birthday card and big birthday cake! How sweet is that? Benjamin's big brothers always receive one of my cards on their big day, so his Mum quite rightly felt that he should have one too. Only he > read more

Climbing the Walls (Again!)

12/10/2013 00:00:00 AM

Back in 2012 we walked the northern section of Jerusalem's Old City walls. We didn't have time to go south towards the Western Wall that day but it was in my mind to do so. A few weeks ago we made a return visit to complete the circle.The Ramparts Wa > read more

Ariel's Album

12/05/2013 01:00:00 AM

Ariel was born in the same hospital and the day before my own son. Ariel's parents were the first people to come and say > read more

NOAM and Harry

12/01/2013 00:30:00 AM

Adi is a madrich (youth-group leader) > read more

40, 50, 80... Coming, Ready or Not

11/28/2013 00:00:00 AM

Dan turned 40 and his wife asked me to create a special card for his big day. She wanted me to show him running - he's a very sporty guy - but also wanted to somehow include his love for Israel, football and, erm, licorice! Dan also enjoys going on t > read more

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