יום רביעי, 30 באוקטובר 2019

A trip to the beach



Hello dear readers,

I realize that not all of you, especially new readers who have recently become followers of this blog, know the story of Baalatova the ancient witch and her friends.  This story, in parts, is being told on or before Halloween every year almost since this blog exists.

Skella and Skelly (A gift from my granddaughter Tali)a couple of skeletons after centuries of being stiff,  long with all their might to become flexible, floating ghosts but the Ghost Academy has a long waiting list for applicants.  The Skellies,  unable to wait for more centuries, know that they need magic help.

Baalatova the witch (A precious gift from my very talented and generous friend  Sarit who created her) had a terrible accident on her way back home from a witch and sorcerers convention. Her flying broom collided with the top of a tree, she fell down, broke a leg and, worst of all, lost her magic wand.  Without the wand, Baalatova is completely helpless. She slowly limps on her way home.

The Skellies send out their cats to find the wand, hoping to befriend Baalatova. The cats, after a long search, find the wand.  Baalatova gets a new home and is very friendly with the Skellies. Once a year, on Halloween, she uses her magic wand and special efforts to turn them, for a few hours only, into ghosts letting them have a taste of how it feels to haunt.

Solly the magical flying bear, (Another precious gift from my generous and very talented friend Birgit who created him) is immediately upon his arrival adopted by the greedy Baalatova to become her beloved pet.

Kitty the cat girl, (my latest precious gift from my generous and very talented friend Tatiana who created her) was also, immediately upon her arrival, adopted by Baalatova who now is surrounded by beloved pets.

A trip to the beach

Solly and Kitty for the first time in their life, are going with Baalatova to the beach.
Baalatova is deciding what to take along with them.

Water, hat, and sunglasses for Solly, basket for carrying the water bottles and bring back collected seashells when empty, a camera, the magic wand, and flying broom.





Solly (shouting excitedly):  Look! A human male! Didn't know they existed.



Baalatova:  Of course you didn't.  Until today your relations with humans were with females only, Birgit, me, Drora, and Kitty.  Kitty is a catgirl but dressed as a human girl. A female and a male human make a couple. They produce cubs which they call children and oddly enough, keep calling them children even when they the children become adults.



Baalatova:  Look, over there is a good place to sit and chat, watch the sea and take photos to send
to Birgit and Tatiana.









Baalatova:  Just stay there while I use my magic wand to bring another seat for me.




Baalatova:  Now we are all comfortable, breathing sea air and looking around.




Solly (shouting excitedly):  Look! A human male! Didn't know they existed.


Baalatova:  Of course you didn't.  Until today your only relations with humans have been with females, Birgit, me and Drora.  Kitty, although she's dressed as a human girl, is a female kitten. Male and female humans are a couple that makes a family.  Oddly enough they produce cubs and call them children. and keep calling them so even when the children become adults.

Kitty and Solly (together):  Oh, bliss! We can lay here and stay looking at the sea forever.

Baalatova:  Sorry, we have to be back soon. The Skellies are eagerly waiting for me to transform them for a few hours tonight into ghosts and I seriously need to have some fun too.  We plan to go haunting while the cats keep you company. No, you cannot join us, you're too young.  Wait till you grow up.

Solly:  Can I photo the beach to send to my friends overseas.  There are a few swimmers in the sea and some seated in the cafes spread along the promenade. Such a lovely sunny day at the end of October.

Baalatova:  Of course dear, that's why we brought the camera with us.

Photos were taken this morning, on the Rishon-Lezion beach strip.








Evening, Solly and kitty had a great day. They are happy and content to stay home.  For the "temporary" ghosts, fun time just started.





Happy Halloween. all! Have fun!









יום שני, 21 באוקטובר 2019

Baalatova and friends.

Hello dear readers,

Baalatova accusing looks reminded me that Halloween is next week and who knows what's going to happen to me if I don't report news about her. It's been a long while since I last mentioned her.

Here she is queening it over her beloved Solly and Kitty and her friends the Skeletons.,
making fun plans.



Baalatova -  Solly, you have been a well behaved little angel bear and deserve a visit to the beach.  I promise you a trip very soon.




Solly -  But how shall I get there? Can I have a ride with you on your broom?

Baalatova  - Silly bearie! Don't you have wings?
Solly  -  Oh sorry, haven't used them yet.  But won't it be too warm for me there?

Baalatova - The weather is getting cooler now.  We'll postpone our trip if it's raining or too warm
                    for you.

Baalatova  -  Kitty, you can come along,  riding on the broom with me.


Skelly   -   Dear Baalatova, excuse us if we don't go. It's dangerous to be on the beach in daylight.



Baalatova   - Yes, I know.  You and Skella may well stay out. By the way, I managed, with the help of friends in high positions at the Haunting  Academy, to move you up on the enlistment waiting list.  You now have only one century to wait for your entry.

Skella and Skelly  (happily jumping up and down)  - WOW!!!

Skelly  -  Please Baalatova, will you still go haunting with us on Halloween eve?  It was less fun without you last year.

Baalatova   -  I'll be happy to, but please send over Leona and the other cats to babysit Kitty and Solly.

Kitty and Solly (together) -  But we too want to go haunting with you.

Baalatova -  Impossible! You are too young.  You'll have fun with the nice cats and we'll bring you back sweet treats.

What's left to see, dear readers is if Baalatova keeps her promise of a trip to the beach.  Solly and Kitty are already impatient with expectation.

Happy Halloween!

Have a fun creative week with blessings








יום שני, 14 באוקטובר 2019

Mutshell winter scenes and a working candle tutorial

Hello dear readers,

I'm out of walnuts shells.  From the last ones at hand, I made some nativity and winter scenes.
I'll continue with the fairy-tales scenes when I get the new, fresh nuts.



All three have a snowman on one half and a little house with snow-covered trees on 
another half.








The pine trees are cut and trimmed green shades pipe-cleaners.








Made the easiest, most simple, working miniature candles today. Used a leftover birthday candle. Dipped a cutter in hot water in order not to crumble the delicate candle and cut it into 6 or more pieces. By rolling when cutting the wicker is left undamaged. Used a red nail polish to paint one piece and got me a Christmas candle.










I always admire the incredible miniature crochet works on the blogs and cherish all the mini crochet treasures I received as gifts.  It's wonderful to see what can be achieved by using threads, a hook and talented fingers.

You will probably be as awed as I am by Stephanie Pokorny's works. She is a crochet artist who made nine Halloween costumes for her kids. If you want to see more Here WOW!







I wish you all happy crafting with blessings.

יום שלישי, 1 באוקטובר 2019

Neve-Shalom village

Hello dear readers,

Today is the second day of our 2-days religious New Year Holidays. We enjoy nice weather and serene leisure.
Yesterday I had a great time visiting our daughter Nilly who lives in Neve-Shalom, a small village inhibiting an equal number of  Muslim and Christian Israeli Palestinians families and Jewish Israeli families.
Nilly and her husband were accepted by the local community and allowed to build their own house
in the village.  They recently moved to live there.  Nilly has her pottery studio on the first floor.
Here, just if you are interested, you can learn more about these peace-seeking people living side by side. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neve_Shalom. Adi and her family,  (Nilly's daughter, and our granddaughter) also have a house in Neve-Shalom.  They, for the time being, are away, living in London but will be back at the end of next year. Adi is a lawyer and fighter for human rights.

I brought along some ceramic miniatures to be painted, glazed and fired.






I couldn't stay long enough for the ice-cream-green paint to dry before glazing.  Nilly will glaze and then put them in the kiln to be fired.

Here let me show you the latest of Nilly's work.








Next visit I'll take photos of this beautiful village to show you.

I wish all my Jewish followers, here and abroad A Happy New Year!
A wonderful creative rest of the week to all my readers with blessings!!