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100 Years

02/26/2017 00:10:00 AM

A customer asked me for a 100th birthday card. I have made a handful of them before, and even one for a lady who reached the grand old age of 102, but they are always very special to make. I mean, what an age to reach!My birthday is in May. ...

Givat Barfilia

02/19/2017 23:38:00 PM

We had heavy rain last week, but today the skies are almost as blue as they appear in these photos. I actually took them a few months ago when I visited a local beauty spot, but never got round to blogging about this interesting place. Time ...

Love

02/14/2017 23:51:00 PM

Mister Handmade in Israel likes my papercuts. For Valentine's Day I created this hand cut card with lots of curves on it. I decided to test myself and move away from my more usual block lettering (though aesthetically I do rather prefer block). ...

A Scientist Turns 70

02/12/2017 00:22:00 AM

This gentleman, a scientist, recently celebrated his 70th birthday. He is always travelling for his work in prenatal diagnosis, his wife told me, but otherwise he can be found sitting at his computer all day, calculator in hand. His hobby is ...

Makeup

02/05/2017 23:53:00 PM

Eden's Mum asked me to make a card for her daughter's birthday. She sent me a list of all the themes for this year's card. Driving lessons, hoop earrings, eye makeup by Urban Decay and fancy makeup brushes were mentioned, and Eden's hair should ...

The Field of Narcissus Flowers

02/01/2017 00:16:00 AM

Sadeh HaNarkisim, the Field of Narcissus Flowers, is a field north of Tel Aviv, in the Glilot Junction area, one of Israel's busiest traffic arteries. It is one of Israel's largest wild narcissus, or daffodil, fields, and attracts local nature ...

With All My Love

01/28/2017 23:44:00 PM

Local friends may recognise this couple. I always tell my customers that my paper designs are not exact portraits, but sometimes I do capture a good likeness. I think, well hope, that this card is one of them.My friend asked me to make a card ...

Fourteen

01/24/2017 09:43:00 AM

I can't quite believe that it is almost a whole year since we were preparing for this. Jewish boys become Bar Mitzvah at the age of thirteen. Last week the youngest son celebrated his fourteenth birthday. It seems to be, ahem, a difficult age. ...

100,000

01/20/2017 03:41:00 AM

Proud to have just reached 100,000 hits on my blog!Please keep visiting.

Florentin

01/20/2017 00:01:00 AM

The youngest teenage son mentioned some time ago that he would like to do a graffiti tour in Tel Aviv. He's at that lovely age when everything I ever suggest is "boring", so I was more than happy to arrange this during the recent Chanukah break. ...

Climbing

01/16/2017 00:03:00 AM

Ro'i likes the idea of parkour jumping. His Mum isn't so keen. She didn't want me to show her son jumping between buildings, so together they decided on a picture of him climbing a tree instead. Apparently he climbs on everything!Mum also suggested ...

Allon's Bar Mitzvah

01/11/2017 01:29:00 AM

Some of my customers send me a list of two or three hobbies when they order a customised card. Others keep it really simple and ask for just one theme. This lovely customer sent me a great long list of things that her son enjoys and, though ...

Sitting on the windowsill

01/07/2017 23:52:00 PM

A customer asked me to make a birthday card for her Mummy. She wanted me to show a black cat sitting on a windowsill, looking out on to an English garden. This was a fun and slightly different brief for me, and it was a lovely card to create. ...

The Best of 2016 - Part II

01/03/2017 00:16:00 AM

1. Nahal Taninim Nature Reserve  2. Lohamei Hagetaot  3. Ein Afek Nature Reserve  4. Making the Desert Bloom  5. The Monument to the Negev Fighters Brigade  6. The Yehi'am Fortress  7. Be'ersheva  8. The Sharon Coast National Park  9. ...

The Best of 2016 - Part I

12/29/2016 02:25:00 AM

1. Amitai and Gavriel  2. Made with Love  3. Gadi  4. Eden  5. Nadav  6. Daniel  7. Jack  8. 18 Years  9. Hanan  10. RichardThis year Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is on Christmas. The first night (Jewish holidays begin at sunset) ...

O Christmas Tree

12/22/2016 01:36:00 AM

I live in an area that does not really acknowledge Christmas. I have seen chocolate Santas in a few shops and have heard Christmas pop songs on BBC Radio 2 on the Internet, but otherwise there is very little sign of the holiday over here. The ...

"PAW Patrol is on a roll!"

11/22/2016 00:26:00 AM

Young Benjamin recently turned 5. His Mum is diligent about ordering my cards for her children's birthdays, so Benjamin receives one of my customised birthday cards every year, just as his brothers do. Last year Benjamin was getting a trampoline ...

Sixteen

11/17/2016 00:10:00 AM

Sixteen seems like an important age here in Israel. Now he is sixteen my eldest son can open his first bank account; will receive his Tzav Rishon, or the "First Draft Notice," from the Israeli army which is used to set his physical profile and ...

Making the Desert Bloom

11/13/2016 00:59:00 AM

In the last few weeks we've celebrated Rosh Hashanah, then Yom Kippur, closely followed by the festival of Sukkot. Sukkot commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land. The six days between the ...

Sam's Album

11/07/2016 00:28:00 AM

For the second time this summer I made the THIRD Bar Mitzvah album for members of the same family. Sam celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at the beginning of October. I made an album for his brother

The Young Ones

11/03/2016 01:09:00 AM

It was birthday time for

Uncle Ronnie

10/30/2016 01:01:00 AM

A customer ordered one of my extra large cards for her Uncle Ronnie with the intention of framing it for his birthday. She sent me a super long list of the things she and her Mum feel represent him. He is a handy man, she wrote, and so a sc ...

Lohamei Hagetaot

10/20/2016 01:12:00 AM

It's time to write the last blog post about our mini-break in the

Basketball, Books and Barbecuing

10/16/2016 00:41:00 AM

A lovely new customer contacted me about a birthday card for her husband. She wanted me to create a card with an illustration of her lawyer husband on it and to somehow include his love of basketball and books. She also requested a background ...

The United Nations and the Golani Brigade

10/09/2016 23:58:00 PM

Adi and Gabi each receive one of my customised birthday cards

Paper Creatures

10/05/2016 00:52:00 AM

The Old Jaffa Museum is one of my favourite small galleries. There often seems to be something that interests me there, from Dolls Art

Gilad's Album

09/28/2016 00:25:00 AM

I'm always very pleased to hear from a returning customer, particularly one who wants to order her THIRD Bar Mitzvah album (the next one, if she wants one, will be for a Bat Mitzvah). I have already made albums for Adir

Power of Two

09/24/2016 23:35:00 PM

A customer asked me to make an anniversary card for old friends who were married in Israel but now live in the USA. They were coming to Israel to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. She wanted me to create a card showing the two of them ...

The Yehi'am Fortress

09/20/2016 00:07:00 AM

Back in July Mister Handmade in Israel and I visited the Yehi'am Fortress National Park as part of our mini-break whilst the boys were at camp. I haven't yet blogged about it - better late than never!The Yehi'am Fortress is located in the western ...

Once there was a Doctor, a Cabbie and a Lawyer...

09/15/2016 00:26:00 AM

A customer of mine asked me to create a special card for her doctor who, she told me, is amazing in every way. He talks, he listens, he never rushes. No other doc comes close, she said. So she wanted a special card to thank him.She sent me some ...

Guy's Album

09/10/2016 23:55:00 PM

In my last post I showed you the artwork I created for Guy's Bar Mitzvah.

Guy's Bar Mitzvah

09/04/2016 23:49:00 PM

Guy lives in the UK but celebrated his Bar Mitzvah here in Israel in the summer. His Mum and Dad, dear friends of ours, were keen for me to create the artwork for his celebrations, as I had done for his sister

Cyprus - Part II

09/01/2016 01:17:00 AM

Cyprus is known for its beaches and watersports and we had a marvellous time in beautiful Latchi, a Greek Cypriot village on the Akamas Peninsula, renting out a speedboat and taking it out to the Blue Lagoon, a popular bay. The water was warm ...

Cyprus - Part I

08/29/2016 00:01:00 AM

The distance from Cyprus to Israel is 224 miles (360 kilometres), with an approximate travel time from Jerusalem, Israel to Nicosia, Cyprus of 41 minutes. Goodness knows why it has taken us so many years to visit the country when we live so ...

Ein Afek Nature Reserve

08/22/2016 01:27:00 AM

Last month Mister Handmade in Israel and I went up north for a few days whilst the boys were at summer camp. Now, you might have guessed by now that I am not the type to sit and sunbathe for days on end. When we go away I like to see the area ...

A Bikini, Beaches and a Bandanna

08/16/2016 06:40:00 AM

May recently turned 18. Her auntie told me that she is a glamorous young lady who loves sunbathing, but is also very studious, oh, and she is addicted to her iPhone too!I gave her a bright red dress, popped a bikini and some school books on ...

Yonatan's Album

07/29/2016 00:14:00 AM

Yonatan's Mum, a regular customer and a dear friend of mine, told me months ahead of time that she wanted an album for her son's Bar Mitzvah. Yonatan's

Beit Yellin

07/25/2016 00:25:00 AM

Motsa

60, 70, 80

07/20/2016 00:35:00 AM

A customer told me that her husband really likes my papercut cards (mine too!) so she was keen for me to make one for his recent 60th birthday. I based it on this design, cutting out the greeting by hand from white stock. I then lined it with ...

Tomer's Album

07/13/2016 23:55:00 PM

Tomer is a keen West Ham United Football Club fan. The colour scheme at his Bar Mitzvah celebration was going to be all claret and sky blue, West Ham's home colours, so it was obvious that I should show him in a West Ham shirt on the cover of ...

Hosmasa and Mikveh Yisrael

07/10/2016 01:02:00 AM

Not long ago Mister Handmade in Israel and I spent the day in the nearby city of Holon. The city was founded on sand dunes six kilometres from Tel Aviv in 1935 (the name comes from the Hebrew word holon, meaning "(little) sand") and in the early ...

Congratulations and Celebrations

07/04/2016 06:05:00 AM

A customer asked me to create a graduation card for her daughter but had a very specific request. She wanted a card that was split into two halves - one half showing her daughter in her mortar board and gown to represent her university studies, ...

A Birthday Cake Card

06/30/2016 00:39:00 AM

Mister Handmade in Israel's birthday, my birthday and our anniversary all come close together, so at this time of the year I end up making several special cards.

Avital's Album

06/26/2016 03:06:00 AM

Avital knew exactly what she wanted on her Bat Mitzvah album. She had checked out some of my previous designs and was ready with her list of likes. She wanted music notes on the cover, to represent her piano playing, and her Mum told me that ...

18th Anniversary

06/19/2016 00:38:00 AM

Mister Handmade in Israel and I recently celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. He is a big fan of my papercut cards, so for our anniversary this year I made him this card, cutting out our names, the number of years we were celebrating and ...

A Birthday Card for a Boss

06/14/2016 01:29:00 AM

A customer asked me to create a 60th birthday card for her boss. She had some very specific requests. She wanted me to create a paper version of her boss

"Cornflakes of Champions"

06/09/2016 01:57:00 AM

Last year I created a birthday card for Jonny showing him sitting at his desk in his new role as Marketing Director at Unilever

Nahal Taninim

06/05/2016 00:46:00 AM

One of our most successful days out during the

Ethan's Album

05/30/2016 00:29:00 AM

Ethan celebrated his Bar Mitzvah in the middle of May. His Mum asked me to create an album that all their guests could sign at the start of

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

Tel Beer Sheva

05/19/2016 00:03:00 AM

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 ...

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 ...

The Monument to the Negev Fighters Brigade

05/01/2016 00:56:00 AM

On the second day of our trip to Be'ersheva

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 ...

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 ...

Robotics, football and more

04/14/2016 00:56:00 AM

Matan was turning 15.

Be'ersheva

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Thirteen

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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,

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,

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 ...

18+18+21

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

Fifteeen

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. ...

Birthday Twins

11/10/2015 00:06:00 AM

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

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 ...

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.

Ladybirds and Rabbits

10/27/2015 01:13:00 AM

A customer liked the anniversary card

Ashkelon

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 ...

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

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 ...

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 ...

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!

Hare Pie?

09/21/2015 00:39:00 AM

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

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,

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

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 ...

Hula Nature Reserve

08/30/2015 02:15:00 AM

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

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,

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...