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This little cozy arrangement will give any space into a cozy, holiday vibe!

We placed ours in the kitchen to contrast with the black granite:

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You need two containers (one has to fit inside the other)

A handful of red dreidels

A few red flowers cut close to the bud (I used 3 carnations)

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Day 2 of the Hanukkah Craft Countdown….

thedreidelbowls

Very simple, yet elegant and chic way to display your dreidels…

You can purchase chalkboard bowls, or you can make your own using chalkboard paint.

 Choose 3 different types of dreidels:

Write dreidel, dreidel, dreidel in your best script handwriting… and done!

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Hanukkah Craft Countdown

Hanukkah is almost here!  I’ll be sharing a craft a day with ya’ll to get us into the spirit.  I’ll also try to remember to tell ya where I got all my stuff.  Hanukkah is one of the best holidays for decorating because there are actually materials available…wow what a concept.  Thank you to the xmas decorators for spearheading the way for us Jewish decorators… anyways!  Up first is this cute, simple festive wreath.  Something is kind of vintage about it, no?  Okay so wreath is from dollar store, and the stars and dreidels are from target.  Hot glue and done!  Here are some step-by-step pics ;)

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From the 99 cent only store. I think it was in with xmas stuff. It’s a small wreath, about 1 foot across.

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The never-ending Target foam goodies. Bought after Hanukah for $2

If you can’t find these items.  There are similar ones on Amazon:

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 See you tomorrow for another craft! (Sign from Michael’s)

Although some might say that Hanukkah has become the Jewish Christmas… I say, that might be true. I have been see A LOT more unique Hanukkah decorations popping up. I also say…great! I think it is wonderful that there are finally some fun Hanukkah decorations and blooming traditions in the USA. So agree or not, there is now a Jewish version of the “Elf on a Shelf.” His name: Mensch on a Bench.  Isn’t he a cutie?  Complete with full rabbinic outfit and Hanukkah candle!

Mensch on a Bench Hanukkah Decor w/ Hardcover Book & Removable Bench

 His job? I assume to hide around your house for your little ones to find much like the Elf on a Shelf. Of course, he could just add to your Hanukkah holiday decorations. Let me know if you’ve adopted your own!


B”H this was an amazing year. We were able to buy our first house–an adorable one story, 4 bedrooms, and an amazing backyard. As we were touring our soon-to-be home, all I could think of was…I AM GOING TO GET A SUKKAH THIS YEAR! So, here we are, right before the holiday and it’s time to get started.

Wood_Fencing_1

Originally, my husband and I thought we would buy fence pieces and just nail them together… But then we remembered that we don’t have a truck to get these things home. Plus, it’s a lot of work! So we continued our search through lowes and came across these popup gazebos:

contemporary-gazebos

So our idea became, make the gazebo, and take the top off. Then, we’ll get bamboo mats to make the s’chach (roof). The s’chach needs to be made of natural, organic materials. Stay tuned for the finished product!

Do you ever wonder how religious families afford such large seforim? Me too! Many religious families have HUGE Jewish book collections. They must spend thousands of dollars on books. I have been slowly making a collection searching on amazon and ebay for used Jewish books and sometimes I get a great deal and other times I can’t find anything. I recently found a website that looks like they have a large collection of great orthodox Jewish books for cheap. They don’t seem to have everything but you might find some really interesting things if you do some searching on their site. Let me know if you find anything good! http://www.jewishusedbooks.com/

We are all praying for peace in the Middle East and for the violence to stop. Let’s do something productive and Daven for our brothers and sisters fighting for our country. Say this and share. Let’s do what we can and not just stand by. Am Israel Chai!

5. Get him some unique cufflinks. I love these Murano Glass Cufflinks… got these for my own dad!

4.For the Star Wars fan… Star wars bottle opener! They have the death star, Hans Solo, and more (if you’d believe it.) Find them on Think Geek

3. Get him a unique tie. They even have glow in the dark ties and bow ties! I think they officially have made everything! You can find them on Electric Styles

2. Can’t go wrong with a good book. Guns, Germs, and Steel is an excellent book for any history loving fathers out there.

1. The most last minute gift is…

We have just finished Shavuot and now the long wait through the summer for the High Holidays….
There will be two fast days over the summer but other than that, not too much Jewish decorating going on. Unless of course you choose to celebrate Tu B’Av! The Jewish day of love. It usually falls in the middle of the summer. I don’t personally know anyone that celebrates Tu B’Av… but maybe we should all start.

According to My Jewish Learning…

Originally a post-biblical day of joy, it served as a matchmaking day for unmarried women in the second Temple period (before the fall of Jerusalem in 70 C.E.). Tu B’Av was almost unnoticed in the Jewish calendar for many centuries but it has been rejuvenated in recent decades, especially in the modern state of Israel. In its modern incarnation it is gradually becoming a Hebrew-Jewish Day of Love, slightly resembling Valentine’s Day in English-speaking countries.

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