When you hear the word “wreath” what do you think of? I immediately think of the popular Christmas decorations that are suddenly everywhere the day after Thanksgiving. But here’s the thing… though they have taken on that connotation in modern America, wreaths have a deep history across time and the globe. And what I have realized is that coming home to a wreath on my door is like being greeted with a nice warm smile and it makes me happy. At Rosh Hashanah I put up a pomegranate wreath. At Halloween, I had a monster face wreath. For November, I have enjoyed my sweet felt flower wreath. And now that we are entering the dark time of year and it’s almost Hanukkah, I wanted something even more fun and cheerful. But sadly, a quick google search for “hanukkah wreath” turns up almost nothing but a few wreaths made of blue and silver ornaments (note to stores – round ornaments are pretty Christmassy even if you make them in “Hanukkah colors”). So, what’s a girl to do? Make something of course!
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SHALOM! Greetings from rainy Seattle (although this morning there is actually a hint of sun!) I am still here although lately having trouble finding time and space to craft. We had some basement flooding and now a forced remodel in the works. My lovely craft room was unfortunately not spared and is currently lacking the bottom third of the wall as well the floor and all the furniture 😦 Continue reading
Hanukkah is just over a week away and I have cards to address, presents to wrap, and of course crafting to do! But that doesn’t mean we can’t do an abbreviated countdown this year. And thanks to the length of this year’s countdown, I’ve managed to include a nice little refresher on how to play dreidel should you have forgotten (or your kids are trying to make up the rules!)
If you look around at all of the Advent calendars out there, there are just as many designed for adults as there are for kids. But, in the land of Hanukkah decor, it seems that most of the designers seem to think only little kids celebrate Hanukkah. So last year I decided to make my husband his very own Hanukkah Countdown for each night of Hanukkah.
There is a Yiddish proverb that says “Man plans and G-d laughs.” This sort of sums up life over the last several months as our family has dealt with some unexpected health challenges and stress. But we are hanging in there and our kids still want to countdown to Hanukkah (and some of you who haven’t given up on me have emailed and do too). So, without further ado, this year’s Made by Mamaleh Hanukkah Countdown Calendar.
Despite newborn sleep deprivation and very little crafting happening lately, I couldn’t skip creating a new Hanukkah countdown calendar for this year. And with Hanukkah starting in just two weeks, it’s time to start counting!
I have been missing in action and I do apologize. Things have been insanely busy and that has meant blogging and crafting have had to take a backseat. But with Thanksgiving almost here, it’s time to start thinking about Hanukkah. Some of you have emailed to ask if I’d be doing the yearly printable countdown calendar so of course I had to oblige. Without Thanksgivukkah to spur on this year’s calendar design, I joined the Frozen-craze still going strong in my son’s world and made this year’s calendar a bit frosty, complete with star of David snowflakes.
Ever since Halloween finally came and went last week, my four-year-old has asked me numerous times, “When is it time for Hanukkah?” So, since last year’s printable Hanukkah countdown calendar was such a hit, I decided to make a new version for this year. Since this year Hanukkah overlaps with Thanksgiving, I decided to embrace the fall colors to help your little ones count down the anticipation in the days leading up to Hanukkah (or Thanksgivukkah as so many are calling it). Unlike last year, I couldn’t make chai (18) to Hanukkah work thanks to the calendar configuration but it’s designed for you to start counting down on Sunday, November 10th.
I’m back! Not sure where the time has gone but it’s been way too long since I’ve posted and I do apologize. If you’ve stuck around despite my absence, thank you ever so much! I can’t believe that November is here and that Hanukkah is right around the corner. It starts the evening of November 27th which means it is just over 3 weeks away! So time to start shopping and/or crafting some gifts! Today’s project is one that would be perfect for Hanukkah or really any gift-worthy occasion.
Please excuse the interruption in the regularly scheduled high holiday programming but there was a challenge over at Moxie Fab World that I just needed to enter and it required me to think of Hanukkah while in the midst of Rosh Hashanah prep. OY! So, over in the Moxie Fab World, there was a Holiday Gift Tag Challenge. And yes, even though Rosh Hashanah is a clearly a much bigger holiday than Hanukkah, the challenge was for the winter holidays, namely Christmas but since Hanukkah doesn’t appear to be getting much love, I decided I better throw my hat in the ring. Continue reading