Drora's surprise giveaway

Drora's surprise giveaway
4 Dec.2019

יום חמישי, 21 בינואר 2021

Hanukkah and Chruistmas gifts (2)

Hello dear readers,

After the long wait,  nothing was lost or damaged.  I am very happy to show you the beautiful gifts from two great blog friends and one beloved granddaughter.

The first parcel arrived on Sunday. It was brought home from the post office by my daughter Galia. it was the parcel from dear Birgit.  You can imagine both Birgit's and my relief at its arrival. Nilly, my other daughter, surprised me by coming to visit a little earlier.  A visit from both daughters at the same time was a cause for celebration.  We sat down and happily opened the parcel, drawing out treasure after treasure.  Then we had tea and devoured the marzipans before I had a chance to take photos.


Craft stuff and delicious"have-been" marzipans.




 

Solly:  Why didn't you stop them? The three of them shamelessly ate all the marzipans and left nothing for us.            




Baalatova:  While they did it,  I silently confiscated the beautiful glass robin. Like you, it also has wings.  You'll be able to have a lot of fun flying around together. We'll keep the robin.




 from the German Christmas shop of Käthe Wohlfahrt


THANK YOU SO MUCH DEAR BIRGIT!


On Monday, Faby's parcel Fabiola awaited me in my post box with the lovely handcrafted items by Faby.  I'm very sad that my own gifts for Faby haven't reached her yet.

THANK YOU SO MUCH DEAR FABY!





Another parcel for Hanukkah, I received from my granddaughter Tali who for the time being lives with her husband and 3 little kids in a charming and very beautiful city, Utrecht in Holland.








THANKS, MY DARLING TALI!

I haven't started yet on a new BookNook. While waiting for the strict lockdown to be over, and having plenty of new lake shells from the Sea of Galilee, as well as seashells from our Mediterranean sea beach, I decided to make more shell items.  I also made some flowers again and used beads for 3 of the flower vases in the photo below.















I also used Birgit's craft supply to make a little tree.  The tree trunk is a Rosmarin branch and smells lovely.  I touched it up with a diluted brown acrylic paint, when dry, I stuck to the branched pieces of the ground green foam.






  

I wish you, my dear readers and friends, a nice weekend and good health with blessings.







יום שבת, 16 בינואר 2021

Hanukkah and Christmas gifts.

Hello dear friends,


Because of the COVID-19 situation, the mail service is very slow.  The first of my overseas gifts, sent by a blog friend, arrived 2 days ago.  And. as we all know the proverb "BETTER LATE THAN NEVER" I am touched and moved to tears with my gifts from one of the most generous persons on the blogs, Ricardo.

There were two parcels.  One of them containing a collection of postcards from Charles Dickens's novel "A Chrismas Carol".  I remember seeing on my friends' blogs the little shelf with the 3 files held by the wooden corners displaying a cute little bear.  Don't be mistaken, I was glad for you, my dear friends but a little envious. Now I too am the proud owner of these. 



The second parcel was beautifully crafted especially for me (here comes the part of the watery eyes).

The Hannukah Menorah, (remember the children's work I showed in one of my previous posts).  It is packed in a red felt-lined wooden box, with a pyrographed cover, saying Happy Hannukah in Hebrew. A lovely little Hannukah card and a traditional Hannukah Dreidel which I'll explain separately. The Jewish religious with Hebrew letters scroll is really beautiful.  The round wooden box the scroll packing is a clever work of art by itself. There was no way to show its inside on a photo.










The dreidel is a small spinning toy.  It has a Hebrew letter on each of its 4 sides. נ ג ה פ  - Ness Gadol Haya Po which means a Great Miracle Happened Here. The letters have a numeric value.  In addition to their holiday gifts,  each child gets his turn to spin the dreidel and gets a prize of small change according to the value of the letter which shows on top of the toy at the end of the spinning.  This is what is called in Hebrew Hannukah cents.

I am thrilled and happy with my wonderful new treasures and don't have enough words of thanks to express my gratitude for your kind gesture, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, DEAR RICARDO!

Blessing and safety to all my friends. Have a wonderful weekend.


יום ראשון, 10 בינואר 2021

Book-Nook procect completed

Hello dear readers,


I finished my first BookNook, lights, and mirror are installed. It was a lot of trial and error work but I'm pleased with the results.  The only thing left to do, as soon as the lockdown is over, is to order a framed glass front to keep it dust-free.  One of my daughters has a wall to wall library, the other one also has a large collection of books, and so have my grandchildren.  From now on  I'll be busy making a BookNook for each of them. I don't have any special theme for the future BookNooks, I just want them to look pretty with lots of plants and flowers and if possible, a book shop in each.

Without lights


With lights on




The balcony which was made over a few times.




2020 has been a terrible year for us. I lost my beloved husband, and because of the epidemic, couldn't stay with him during his last days.  It was either sink into a large dark void and cause the family anxiety and more sorrow or gather courage and go on living independently as usual.  Our beloveds are never forgotten, they stay in our hearts and souls forever. 

A few days ago I received my first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.  My second and last vaccine shot is scheduled for the 28th of January.  By the end of this month, over two million citizens here in Israel will be inoculated and by the end of this mild winter, we shall all hopefully be inoculated.  Meanwhile, we stay in strict lockdown until further notice.

I'm looking forward to a Happy 2021 and wish safety and good health for all.  

Blessings!




יום ראשון, 27 בדצמבר 2020

Decorative wooden hangers

 Hello dear readers,

I needed something to stand out from the walls of my book nook and remembered that once, years ago I made decorative wall hangers.  In my stash, there are many laser cut triangles that can easily be turned into lovely wall hangers.  I made two and here is how these were done.



After the two wall hangers will be painted and dry with the baskets on them, they'll be fixed between the windows and balcony

The light fixtures have arrived.  I plan to install the light from above and am debating how to make it. Here is a glimpse of how the book nook looks with the mirror installed.



That's all for the time being.  We are back in lockout starting today.  It will be strictly guarded for a fortnight. while most of us will get inoculated with the VOD-19 vaccine.  For me it makes no great difference, I'm still alone but not sad or lonely.  There is so much to do between cleaning, crafting, reading, keeping in touch virtually with friends and family, watching movies.  (I love black and white oldies.)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcgHGRLYaIw

Happy Holidays! 



יום חמישי, 17 בדצמבר 2020

Giveaway Results

Hello dear readers,



It's time for the raffle so here is the list of participants. I added all the names of those who kindly commented on my tutorial to those who commented on my previous, 13. Dec. post.

1. Milimari.  2. Xandra.  3.  Britt.  4.  May.  5.  Marian.   6.  Carmen.    7.Elena.  8. Fabiola.  9. Ilona.   10. . Alexandra.  11. Pilar.  12. Rosa Maria.  13. Sheila.  14. Eloisa.  14. Isabel.  16. Birgit.  17. Nina.              18. Pilar.  19. Carmen.  20. May.  21. Xandra.  22. Teresa.  23. Ana.  23. Matxalen.  25. Teredu.  26. Naran. 27. Sheila.   28.  Elena.  29.  Eloisa.  30.  Ilona.  31.  Robin.  32.  Blanches.   33. Jodi.   34. Marian.              35. Cyberarpia.  36. Birgit.  37. Rosa Maria.  38. EVA.  39. Alexandra.  40. Isabel.  41. Fabiola.


Congratulations dear Rosa Maria! Please email me your address to drorahed@gmail.com. 


We had a small relief in the COVID-19 plague situation. Families and small groups could go on outdoor trips, of course on condition of wearing masks and keeping distance. My grandson Gilad and his family traveled north and brought me a souvenir from the Sea of Galilee, tiny seashells. I got them yesterday.



Unfortunately, the number of those infected in the epidemic is rising and there may very well be another enclosure soon. I hope to be able to send the prize on Sunday morning.

I wish you a calm and safe weekend with blessings.



יום ראשון, 13 בדצמבר 2020

Advent Giveaway

 Hello dear readers,


I have decided to make a giveaway that will include the miniatures from my cookies tutorial as well as items I crafted recently see photo below. 




All you have to do if you wish to participate in the draw is to be a follower, old or new, and make a comment on this post. The draw will be on 17 December, the last night of Hanukka when all the 8+1 candles are lit. All 23 blog friends who commented on my previous post, (2020 Calendario de Adviento) are automatically included and will get a double chance if they make a comment on this post.



Happy Hanukka with blessings!











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יום ראשון, 6 בדצמבר 2020

2020 Calendario de Adviento

 Hola queridos lectores

Una vez más estoy aquí con ustedes, participando en el 2020 Calendario de Adviento organizado por Matxalen. Gracias Matxalen por invitarme a participar.

Este es mi paso a paso tutorial para hacer un plato de servir transparente de pata larga y galletas instantáneas sin arcilla

Hello dear readers

Once again I am here with you, participating in the 2020 Spanish Advent calendar organized by Matxalen. Thank you Matxalen for inviting me to take part. 

This is my step by step tutorial for making a long leg transparent serving plate and instant no clay cookies.





Para el plato transparente

For the transparent plate

Materiales y herramientas 
Materials and tools


Un gran goggle-eye de 1,5 cm de diámetro
Un alfiler transparente
Alicantes
Tijeras
Pegamento (pegajoso o pegamento cliente)



One large, 1.5 cm diameter goggle-eye
One transparent push-pin
pliers
scissors
glue (Tacky or hot glue)







Usa las tijeras para cortar una tira delgada alrededor del ojo de las gafas para separarlo.
Saque el pasador de metal de la parte de plástico con los alicates. El passador sale fácilmente si primero lo calienta. El plástico será la pata del plato. Empuja el extremo más pequeño de la pierna hacia una superficie caliente para aplanarlo y pégalo a la cubierta del ojo.

Use the scissors to cut a thin strip around the goggle-eye to separate it.
Pull out the metal pin from the plastic part by using the pliers.  The pin comes out easily if you heat it. The plastic will be the plate's leg.  Push the smaller end of the leg to a hot surface to flatten it and glue it to the cover of the goggle-eye.







Para las galletas
For the cookies

Materiales y herramientas 

Tools and materials





Lámina fina de espuma artesanal de color blanco y crema 
Pinturas acrilica de color marrón oscuro y blanco
esmalte de uñas rojo
Perforadora de papel de oficina regular, perforadora en forma de estrella o flor

White and cream-colored thin craft foam sheet 
Dark brown and white acrylic paints
red nail polish
Regular office paper punch, star or flower shape punch










Para galletas redondas decoradas con mermelada.:
Utilice la perforadora de oficina para cortar pequeños discos. Pinte un pequeño círculo blanco en el medio de cada disco y agregue una gota de esmalte de uñas rojo. Si desea que las galletas se vean más horneadas, mezcle una pizca de amarillo, marrón con dos pizcas de blanco aguado y cepille esta mezcla sobre ellas.

For jam decorated round cookies:
Use the office punch to cut little disks. Paint a tiny white circle in the middle of each disk and add a drop of red nail polish. If you want the cookies to look more baked, mix a pinch of yellow, brown with two pinches of watered white and brush this mixture over them.



 



Si tiene perforadoras con aberturas más grandes para permitir que entre la espuma artesanal de 2 mm, puede hacer más formas de galletas, incluso marron y blanco bombones de chocolate. 


If you have punches with larger openings to allow the 2mm craft foam to enter, you can make more cookie shapes, even brown and white chocolate candies. 







Sugerencia: la decoración festiva para Navidad se puede hacer perforando hojas de manualidades con brillo.

Suggestion:  Festive decorations for Christmas can be done by perforating glittering foam sheets.








Me dio gusto practicar mi, casi olvidado, español, por lo que agradezco a todos mis lectores que hablan español.

Les deseos Feliz Dias de Adviento

Translation re

It gave me pleasure to practice my almost forgotten Spanish for which I thank all my Spanish-speaking readers.

I wish you Happy Advent Days 











Translation resuUn gran ojo de plástico para gafas