Archive | December, 2011

(Some of) My Best Reads – 2011!

28 Dec

In no particular order, these were just some of my best reads this year:

1. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

2. The Night Watch – Sarah Waters

3.  Room – Emma Donoghue

4. The Girl With Glass Feet

5.  The Help – Kathryn Stockett

6.  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

7.  Honeymoon With My Brother – Franz Wisner

8.  My Cousin Rachel – Daphne DuMaurier

9.  The Invisible Bridge – Julie Orringer

Have already sneakily begun my 2012 reading list – what’s on yours? check out GoodReads for great recommendations, reviews & an easy way to keep track of your reading lists!

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…Buddy

25 Dec

Baby Boom

25 Dec

‘Just as he has entered into the covenant, so may he enter into Torah, into marriage and into good deeds’. 

This morning I attended the brit milah for a brand-new baby boy, and was so moved as I watched his parents, grandparents, family, friends and community welcome him into the world.  Boaz Asher, we can’t wait to get to know you – may you be a source of  great pride for your lovely parents! Lia and Hillel, a HUGE mazal tov! x

She’s crafty, that one.

22 Dec

Photography credit: momtastic.com

DIY! Seriously! Really, search me and my skirt pockets, I have no idea where the desire to DIY everything came from. There’s this strange need, which honestly never existed before, to fill our home with things made with my own hands, and my hubbie’s hands (he’s winning by a mile), to paint and bake and sew and glue and mod podge and all these other things I used to like other people doing for me.  Yes, it’s awfully fun to go on Etsy and admire other people’s handywork and then buy it.  Having super creative friends make this stuff for you is also extremely wonderful (wink and a headnod to Oreo, Lia & Jojo for super fantastic creations still talked about in our household ) but, no longer! Now I want to do it myself.

When my lovely parents asked what I wanted for my 30th birthday, I willed myself to say “a fancy drinks cart, circa 1936, with a bottle of Jack thrown in”, but what came out was “a sewing machine please”, which thrilled my (artistic and creative) mother no end. Now I find myself browsing sites for Japanese cotton, fun fabric, washi tape and tutorials on sewing. Who knew?

For as long as it lasts, I’m embracing this new urge to ‘do’ and am following up on all my open-ended projects, and addding these new ones:

Tinting Mason Jarsperfect little vases, growing plants on balcony & household knicknack holders.

Mistletoe Balls –  The Martha does it again with these little guys. I want to make tens of these, string them up all over town while munching on candy canes to celebrate the season… then I remember I live in Israel, and it might not be appreciated. Just around my workspace then 🙂

Harry Potter ButterBeer Cupcakes –  Life feels just a little bit emptier without the anticipation of another HP book or film in the works. The first time I pictured those pasty Hogwarts kids sipping on Butterbeer at The Hog’s Head pub I really wanted to taste it, and while these contain no beer at all, I feel like they will be equally as delicious and were happily created in the true spirit of HP geekdom.

Bokeh

21 Dec

Photography credit: instantshift.com

Along this bumpy road to adulthood (which in my mind eventually leads to a place called ‘parenthood’ where people need to know a little bit about everything so that they can answer questions from small and inquisitive people) am learning bits and bobs about stuff from people along the way.  It’s wunderbar to chat to people who have an ‘expertise’, or read blogs by people pursuing their dreams. I have no such thing (expertise, maybe some dreams) but I think lots of us like to quiz people about their ‘thing’ and learn a nugget or two. I tend to become obsessed with the nuggets (sometimes, dare I say, even a snippet) until it’s displaced by a new interest.  

At the moment, my favourite nugget is bokeh. I know little to nothing about photography, but a friend recently introduced me to the technique. You can read its definition here, and because I don’t have the foggiest about apertures or lenses, let’s just say… it’s cool. And pretty. Oh, so pretty.  I also like that in older photography, a blur would’ve been a bad thing, and today there’s bokeh – which finds beauty in the quality of the blur. I like that.

There’s something about photos of European cities – caught in all their rainy greyness –  which use bokeh to pick up on streetlamps, or bus headlights, that makes me feel awfully nostalgic.

Photography credits:  i.anton flickr stream; Shelley Bucher; Pinterest.