I happen to know a whole bunch of babies celebrating their very first Rosh Hashanah and thought I’d add some holiday flair to their baby gifts. Continue reading
Oy! Passover is less than a month away and I still haven’t recovered from all of our Purim fun just yet (and to add to that I have spent the day with a sick kid shuttling between doc and pharmacies). I can’t even pull it together to give you a little Purim costume recap/crafty info today (but for a quick preview check out my new FB profile pic.
But, I have a little something fun to help you start gearing up for Passover, particularly those of you with a little one arriving soon (or friends or family with a bub on the way). Ima Design Imports is back and would love to send one reader their adorable Baby’s 1st Passover onesie, perfect seder attire for your babe in arms or the perfect gift for the new addition to the family. To enter, all you must do is either 1) pin the image of the Baby’s First Passover bodysuit or 2) sign up for Ima Design Imports mailing list . Then, after you’ve done this, just leave a comment below. Extra entries are available for each of the following (just be sure to leave a comment for each):
As Hanukkah 2012 draws to a close, I want to share one final Hanukkah project with you. As you are probably painfully aware, finding a Christmas T-shirt or pajamas (or anything) for kids is so easy but Hanukkah-wise, you’ll be lucky to find anything. Last year, I lucked out and found a “Dreidel Champion” T-shirt by Carter’s. This year, armed with my trusty Silhouette, I decided to make my own using simple Ts from Old Navy and a variety of vinyl.
First up is my own version of the “Dreidel Champion” for a friend’s son:
Now, love or hate the whole princess thing, we all know it’s popular with preschool girls. So, I decided why not embrace it and give it a new twist by creating a Dreidel Princess! For this shirt I used a combo of plain, glitter and flocked heat transfer vinyl as well as rhinestones of course. Next year I may need an adult version…
I had bought some purple foil star of david ribbon on one of my 1-800-Dreidel shopping trips and couldn’t resist the chance to use it for a matching bow. A little hot glue and a pony tail holder and I was in business.
Finally, for my own mini-mensch, I’d planned to do a collage of numbers since counting is rather popular in our house at the moment but he informed me that he wanted a menorah so a menorah he got. Using gold glitter vinyl and several shades of blue in plain and flocked, I created this “8 Crazy Nights” shirt.
He absolutely loved it (he wore it more than once!). I just can’t resist the chance to show off his Hanukkah (and all around) cuteness. Hope your Hanukkah was as full of sheer joy as mine!
As Hanukkah reminds us of the miracle of light, there are so many positive ways that we can channel our collective feelings of sorrow surrounding the Newtown tragedy. My heart aches for the families and I wanted to share one outlet that speaks to my creative side. One of my favorite crafty blogs, Damask Love has created a very special project to inspire healing through creativity. Check it out if you are looking for a non-traditional way to help.
Hanukkah starts at sundown on Saturday, December 8th so less than a month to go and I’m just gearing up. We just picked out our pics from our recent family photo session with the fabulous Jennifer Tai. Now the next step is to pick a card. And yes, I order my cards since my holiday card list is just too long to think about making them myself.
This always feels like quite the task – getting just the right combo of picture(s), design and sentiment. I often go with a New Years card so as to be holiday neutral (and let’s be honest, it buys me more time). But, I’m really feeling like Hanukkah cards this year. After all we get plenty of Christmas cards even though we don’t celebrate Christmas so I don’t see why all those folks can’t get Hanukkah cards even though they don’t celebrate Hanukkah, right? Besides, it’s all about peace and light and that applies to everyone. I have a series of sites I generally go to in search of the perfect card. But before I share those with you, I have a very special treat…
Still need to take a good Hanukkah picture to show off your little cutie? How about a Hanukkah onesie from IMA Design? One lucky reader will win a “Nes Gadol Haya Po” onesie, (translation: A Great Miracle Happened Here) from IMA Design in your choice of size: newborn, 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months so you can make the cutest Hanukkah card ever! To win, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what you are doing to get ready for Hanukkah. Want additional entries? One additional entry for each of the following: 1) Like Made by Mamaleh on Facebook; 2) Share this post on Facebook; 3) Subscribe to Made by Mamaleh via email. Just be sure to leave a separate comment for each one so you get each entry you deserve! Entries must be posted by 11pm PST on Sunday, November 18th.
If you want to buy your own or maybe think ahead to Pesach with a Baby’s First Passover Organic onesie or even thinking about next Rosh Hashanah with a Sweet Like Honey Hebrew onesie, IMA Design is offering Made by Mamaleh readers a special 20% discount for order placed on their site until December 31st. Just enter coupon code: Mamaleh.
And now, without further ado, some of my favorite places to shop for personalized photo cards:
Shutterfly generally has a really nice selection of Hanukkah cards with varying price points and they have great customer service. A couple of my faves this year:
Tiny Prints does cards well whether it be holiday cards, baby announcements, birthday invites, you name it. Their Hanukkah card collection is no different. I love that this year they have some really cute cards for families that celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.
Minted is on the spendier side but their products are gorgeous with modern sophisticated styles. This year’s selection of Hanukkah cards is simply lovely.
Snapfish has a nice selection of reasonably priced Hanukkah cards with a variety of layouts.
Oh so many choices! Maybe I’ll work on my card list so I know how many I actually need…
What about you? Are you sending cards this year? Are they Hanukkah specific?
Don’t forget to enter to win the Hanukkah onesie from IMA Design! And stay tuned for lots of fun Hanukkah happenings – gift ideas, giveaways, product reviews and of course, projects made by Mamaleh!
Note: many of the cards featured here are no longer available and links have been removed. Sorry.
And the Wine Charm Giveaway Winner!
We had another 3rd birthday party to go to this past weekend, a princess themed one to be exact. So, I thought I’d use it as a chance to have a little more fun with T-shirt vinyl and rhinestones and make the birthday girl her own, very personalized tee.
I started with a cute girls’ tee from Old Navy – I’d show it to you but it’s not on their website anymore – why are plain kids’ tees so hard to find?! Then, I used the rhinestone template I created when working on my Queen Farmer Hat. Well, to be precise, I used the first template I created that was too big for the hat 🙂
I wanted to jazz it up a bit more so I free-handed a heart in the center and later aded pink jewels to the points.
Next I cut the word “Princess” out of pink glitter heat transfer using Silhouette Studio and the font Lavanderia Sturdy. I went with the lighter Lavanderia Regular and Lilac vinyl for the princess’ name. Then, I laid everything out on the shirt using a clear ruler to get things just so.
Then I carefully ironed each piece on one at a time, finishing with the crown so it would sit on top of the words in a few spots. The final result was just as I’d hoped it would be – fit for a princess!
And finally, the winner of the Shabbat Wine Charm giveaway is…Tina David Konegan! Mazel tov Tina! Email me your address so I can get your prize in the mail!
Oh, I am so excited about this project I can hardly type! So, as you may have all figured out by now, I am totally in love with my Silhouette Cameo. It cuts paper and vinyl and fabric (though I haven’t tried that one yet) and best of all, it cuts any font! I knew even before I ordered it that I one of the things I wanted to be able to do try with it was cut Hebrew letters. Just think, the possibilities for Judaica projects or even every day projects with a jew-ish flare are endless! Here’s a little preview:
Silhouette Studio is the software that comes with the Silhouette that you can use to create whatever you are cutting. The tricky part is that it only supports English. So, here’s how to get cool Hebrew letters into Silhouette Studio (using Windows, sorry Mac folks) and cut out:
First of all, you may not know it, but many fonts you already own often contain Hebrew letters but using them can be a bit tricky since you aren’t sure where to find them, etc. So, my first recommendation is that you install the Hebrew keyboard in windows so that you can easily access the letters. This is really easy – here is a guide to adding input languages. I also recommend selecting that the language bar be docked in the taskbar so you can easily switch between languages when you are working. If you really want to make things easier on yourself, you can order some of these hebrew keyboard labels to doctor up your keyboard.
Then, open up a document in Microsoft Word, switch to Hebrew on your language bar and start typing. I am working on a gift for a friend who’s daughter’s Hebrew name is Morasha. Here you can see how it looks in several different fonts in Word. Remember, just like English, Hebrew comes in both block and script fonts. The standard ones that you probably have already, like Times, are pretty traditional (think prayerbook) Hebrew letters but there are some beautiful scripts out there that are really modern and chic. Here’s a good list. Of course, with these you can do all sorts of fun stuff using Word or whatever program you like!
Once you have your word or sentiment typed in Word, you’ll want to copy the word and then paste it into a blank Silhouette Studio document. When you first paste it, it will appear backwards like it is in this picture.
So, you’ll want to right-click and then select “Flip Horizontally” so that you can see what it looks like and play around with the fonts. The Hebrew fonts will show up on your font list in Silhouette Studio even though you can’t type in Hebrew in the program. I just love this “Dybbuk” font so after the flipping my word, I then selected a different font, sized it a bit and viola!
Now, since I am going to put this on a T-shirt, I will need to flip this again horizontally for cutting out of heat transfer so that it will be in the right direction when I iron it on. Don’t forget this step – I did the first time and cut it out in the wrong direction for ironing so sadly wasted some heat transfer material. For this project, I used the Silhouette grey flocked heat transfer. It looked great on the pink T!
But it would have been too plain to just have her Hebrew name all by itself, I needed to add some bling. So, using a combo of rhinestones from my Silhouette kit, I created a lovely rhinestone butterfly for Miss M!
The final product – a totally personalized Hebrew name T! Perhaps we’ll be lucky and Miss M will even model it for us!
Now that I know I can cut out Hebrew letters, what else should I make?? Any ideas? Ooh, so many possibilities…