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3 Years Old and 50 Years Young

05/25/2016 00:38:00 AM

Jordy likes doing puzzles and painting. She is also a fan of > read more

Tel Beer Sheva

05/19/2016 00:03:00 AM

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Elisha's Album

05/15/2016 00:51:00 AM

Elisha is my youngest son's best friend. They first met when his Mum and I went to Mum & Baby Group together, and they have remained good friends ever since, even though they now go to different schools.Elisha recently celebrated his Bar Mitzvah and > read more

Dove White and Sunny Yellow

05/09/2016 00:10:00 AM

We have just celebrated the holiday of Passover, or Pesach as we call it. I have explained the meaning behind the holiday previously. If you wish to read more about it, take a look at my posts here and here. Of course I made some cards for the holida > read more

The Monument to the Negev Fighters Brigade

05/01/2016 00:56:00 AM

On the second day of our trip to Be'ersheva > read more

To Our Wonderful Daughter and Fab Son

04/26/2016 01:37:00 AM

A new customer in the UK found one of my netball cards in Google Images and contacted me to see if she could order something like it for her daughter's birthday. She plays goal attack for a county team and lives and breathes netball, Mum told me. She > read more

Yael's Album

04/19/2016 00:39:00 AM

I made a Bat Mitzvah album for Yael's sister, Noa, who lives in Singapore, back in 2014. It is always exciting to receive orders from "foreign lands", so I was delighted to hear from Mum once again when she contacted me to order an album for her seco > read more

Robotics, football and more

04/14/2016 00:56:00 AM

Matan was turning 15. > read more


04/08/2016 05:32:00 AM

A couple of weeks ago both my boys were on their tiyul shnati (annual trip) with their school at the same time. On a whim I arranged an overnight trip for Mister Handmade in Israel and I to Be'ersheva, the largest city in southern Israel, often refer > read more

Jonathan and Ori

04/02/2016 12:48:00 PM

A customer requested a card for his nephew's Bar Mitzvah. Jonathan, the Bar Mitzvah boy, likes Marvel Comics, science fiction, history, Lego, sports and movies. He also enjoys his Jewish studies classes, and wants to be a movie director when he grows > read more

Amy's Album

03/28/2016 00:35:00 AM

Amy's Grandma requested a Batmitzvah album for her "Rock Chick" granddaughter. She loves to perform, Grandma told me, and does amateur dramatics. Purple is her favourite colour. > read more

Daniel and Ro'i

03/23/2016 08:08:00 AM

Football fan, Daniel, was turning 10. His favourite team is Manchester City, so Mum asked me to create a customised birthday card showing him wearing the team's sky blue shirt. He often likes to wear his favourite hat too, which Mum sent me a photo o > read more

Tel Aviv's First City Hall

03/20/2016 01:12:00 AM

Beit Ha’Ir, Tel Aviv's first City Hall, was built in 1925 at the northern end of Bialik Street. Israel's national poet, Haim Nahman Bialik, had decided to move to the Holy Land in 1924 and was in fact already so famous that as soon as he decided t > read more

Laura & Eli

03/14/2016 01:11:00 AM

My friend Laura recently got married. I wanted to give her, and her new husband Eli, something special. Now, I'm not always 100% sure about gifting my own artwork to friends. Some of them are rather puzzled about what I do. Some of them quite possibl > read more

Gadi's Album

03/10/2016 00:19:00 AM

We celebrated our youngest son's Bar Mitzvah back in January, though it still feels like yesterday in many ways! I have already shown you the design I created for his invitations and the customised card that I made for him. Of course he received a gu > read more

Eden and Miriam

03/05/2016 23:54:00 PM

Eden is into hip hop, just as she was last year. Mum was very specific about the clothes that she wears to dance in. She wears black leggings, a white vest and black Vans, I was told, and always has a red and black shirt tied around her waist. I hope > read more

Blond, Dark and Gingie!

03/03/2016 00:02:00 AM

A customer asked me to make a wedding card for Adi and Zvi. He's Anglo and she has Moroccan/Indian origins, my customer told me. She was keen for me to accentuate the difference in their skin colour, that he is blond and she is dark, but added that t > read more

Cyclamen Hill

02/28/2016 00:24:00 AM

Generally speaking there are two seasons in Israel - the Winter and the Summer. The winter is cool to cold with a few showers, and the summer is hot and rain-free. Winter in Israel starts in October-November and ends in March. It is is the most green > read more

Made with Love

02/23/2016 23:50:00 PM

My last three blog posts have been devoted to my youngest son and his Bar Mitzvah celebrations. There is still more to show you, but I think it's time for a change of scene.Mister Handmade in Israel likes my papercuts. He is also passionate about > read more

Gadi's Bar Mitzvah Card

02/21/2016 00:09:00 AM

So you've seen the invitations, now it's time to show you the card I made for my youngest son's Bar Mitzvah. When Gadi returned from his youth movement's summer camp this last year he was thrilled to show us the green and orange striped tallit, the J > read more

Gadi's Bar Mitzvah

02/15/2016 23:59:00 PM

I haven't posted anything here for almost a month, and that's a very long time for me! We've been busy you see. My youngest son was Bar Mitzvah and the many, many months of planning, discussing, emailing and more planning finally came to a conclusion > read more


01/20/2016 01:46:00 AM

My youngest son just celebrated his 13th birthday. Many of you will realise that that means he will very soon be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah. There is very little talk of anything else in our house at the moment! I have lots to show you pertaining to > read more

Petals and Palm Trees

01/14/2016 09:17:00 AM

A customer wanted "something floral" for her granddaughters' birthday cards. Both girls have unusual and relatively short names, so I cut out the letters of their names and had a lot of fun playing with colour.Another customer sent me the invitation > read more

The Sharon Coast National Park

01/11/2016 00:18:00 AM

We visited the Sharon Coast National Park, also known as Hof HaSharon, at the end of October last year. October can be wintry here in Israel but it was a beautiful day and we were able to enjoy the well-marked, easy to hike trails before the rain cam > read more

Libi's Album

01/07/2016 00:11:00 AM

Libi's brother Ariel celebrated his Bar Mitzvah back in 2013 and I made him an album for his party. This time it was Libi's turn to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah and once again her parents asked me to make an album to mark the occasion.Libi's Mum sent me > read more

You say Binyamin, I say Benjamin

01/02/2016 23:49:00 PM

Happy 2016! 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, > read more

Zara's Album

12/20/2015 01:02:00 AM

Zara celebrated her Batmitzvah last month. Her auntie asked me to create an album for her celebration. Zara's interests, she told me, include cooking - especially sushi, guacamole and pancakes, though obviously not all together - shopping, > read more

The Itri Ruins

12/15/2015 06:12:00 AM

I have often been asked over the years why I do so much running around with the kids. Why do I use each school holiday to take them to places of interest, museums and on hikes? Why not just stay home and relax? Well, apart from the fact that I learnt > read more


12/06/2015 08:16:00 AM

These two young ladies both celebrated their 18th birthday on the same date, albeit on different sides of the world! Both of their Mums asked me to create a special birthday card for their big day. For the first card, Ella's, her Mum told me that the > read more

Cowboys and Teapots

12/01/2015 02:09:00 AM

A new customer in the USA wrote and told me about some friends of hers who were planning to renew their vows after raising three wonderful children, successful careers and grandchildren. She was looking for a special card to mark the occasion.The ren > read more

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

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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

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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

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