Friday, December 30, 2011

A Yellow Star

actual size 1" x 2"

Just a bit of carving for an upcoming swap...yeah, that's right, I signed up for an actual LTC swap! This was a rather easy carve (stress-free!), and I used a bit of orange stuff floating around in my carving box - I forgot how lovely that is to carve. Took me right back to all those nights spent carving and subsequent days spent planting. Orange stuff mounted on black foam - cool!

I've decided that it is a lot easier on these aging eye to carve less-detailed stamps.  *smirk*

Friday, December 9, 2011

For Sweet Sarah

A special stamp for a special young lady - I'm so proud of you, Sarah!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Four Dollar Tables

On a recent thrift store shopping marathon, I found two very interesting, although ugly, end tables. Poor things - someone had tried to whitewash them and stenciled hokey-looking flowers on the tops. *grimace*

Lucky for me, they were so ugly that they were only marked $4 each, so into the cart they went.

Once home, it was time for a little make-over, so out came the decoupage! Oh yeah!

the supervisor

an opportunity to showcase
some of my favorite scrappin' paper!

why not add a stamp, too...just for good measure?

Here's the other table;
decked out with an old prayer book I had tucked away.

this is the perfect little table for our homeshul!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Getting Ready to Give Thanks

Just a little something extra for our Thanksgiving buffet...
I thought it would be simpler for our guests to have the silverware in a handy bundle, so I found some festive napkins and made paper rings. Unfortunately, I didn't have a stamp that would quite work with what I had in mind, so I carved one up. Sweet!

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving 
filled with the blessings of friends and family!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Bustin' out the tools...

Haven't carved for a bit...thought I'd share a stamp I just had the urge to carve.  Yeah, I actually had the urge to carve.  Go figure.

(The Chaverim is the name of our little band of friends who gather to worship on Shabbat and Wednesday nights; aka "besties".)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011


Well, they used to be called matchbooks.  Do you remember those?  My grandmother used to decorate them for the holidays with pretty foil wrapping paper and display them in a cut crystal dish on the coffee table.  Of course, that was during the days when everyone smoked, so it was practical as well as beautifully festive.

Since my early days of acting as festival coordinator for our congregation I have decorated match boxes.  For our biblical festivals it seems like we are always lighting candles for some reason, and I took the opportunity to spruce up the plain, generic match boxes (instead of books) to correspond with the festival.

Here's my latest for Hanukkah, which is coming up quicker than I would like to admit.  I used hand-carved stamps on these, but there are many store-bought stamps you could use, as well.

Simply craft paper cut to size, decorate with stamps then glue them to the box. (I used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive - one of my favorites.)  I chose to add a little festive sparkle with small Swarowski Elements crystals.

Now we are ready to light that menorah!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Festival Craftiness!

Now that I feel like I'm getting my feet back on the ground, my thoughts have been trickling back towards things artistic...even crafty.  To get in the spirit of the season - the season of Sukkot, that is - I needed some new decorations for the sukkah.  Somehow all my decorations from the last time I held a sukkah party have all disappeared...they were getting a little worse for wear anyway.  So, with a few extra bucks in my pocket, I set out to decorate two sukkahs (technically called succot) - one is mine and one belongs to a dear friend; this year we had 'dueling sukkahs'!  (And man, was that a fun party!)

I found fall-themed garland and floral picks at the local craft stores for 50 - 60% off regular price.  Alright, so that was a start.  Then, the thrift store was hiding a candle holder with a leafy-theme and this really cool basket that featured glass leaves woven into the design - cool! Walmart had some cheapy vinyl tableclothes and votive candles to add to the ambiance.

me & Padawan applying decor*

my fun thrift store find*

waving the lulav & etrog - what a party!*

I decided that we needed some artwork to hang in our temporary shelters, so onto the computer to print out some appropriate scriptures and blessings.

But, my favorite crafty item for the festival is my new etrog box; I've never had one and this year I got inspiration to make one.  Here's the progression of my very cool etrog box:

a $3.50 wooden box from Michael's

four little wooden 'flower pots' and some refill ink

foam padding covered with moleskin scraps...

etrog & lulav

*photo credit: Netanya Leicht
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