Valentine’s Day: Mamaleh-style

We’ve said Happy New Year to the trees and are now contemplating Purim costumes but before we get there, it’s time for the red and pink heart-filled holiday of Valentine’s Day.  I realize in some Jewish circles celebrating (St.) Valentine’s Day is a no-no and even if it’s not, there are those who simply refuse to buy into a totally commercial holiday.  I fall into neither camp – to me, it’s just a nice excuse to remind folks we love ’em, combat the winter blahs with a little color and of course it’s a great excuse for a little card-making and/or shopping.  Some of my earliest memories are gluing down doilies and applying foiled red heart stickers to family valentines.

It is only fitting that throughout this post you will see the Hebrew word for love: ahava(אהבה).  Stay tuned for some homemade Valentine cards with this in mind as well.  But for now, in case you want to give your Valentine’s Day a little bit of a MOT twist, here are a few gift ideas (so just forward this link to the loves in your life if something strikes your fancy).

  • Keeping with the theme of Ahava, you could literally get some AHAVA, some of the best skin-care, straight from the Dead Sea.  Their hand cream is my fave!  They even have a nice men’s line for the guys in your life.

  • And for your friends still looking for their funny Valentine, you can always go with this from Modern Tribe. 🙂

Hopefully you now have a few unique MOT Valentine’s ideas for whoever you want to share a little love with (including yourself!)

Note: I was not compensated for this post in any way.  I don’t think any of these companies even know I exist (except for past purchases from some).  This is all just stuff I like and hope you do too 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day to my mamaleh!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mamalehs and bubbes and tantes out there!  Today I wanted to share with you the gift I made for my mom.  Before I had my son Avi (almost 3 years ago), I was an avid jewelry-maker and even sold my jewelry but sadly it’s something I’ve done very little of in the last few years, in part because tools and small pieces do not mix well with babies/toddlers.  My mom has been wanting a new gabrielle renee bracelet for a while now and I’ve also been saving this beautiful star toggle for just the right occasion so I figured it was time to get creative.  So, using amethyst briolettes, mini apatite rondelles and sterling silver chain and wire, I created this: 

A simple, chic piece with a very subtle Jewish touch.  I love how it turned out and hope my mom likes it!  I may have to find some more of those star toggles… What did you get for Mother’s day, mamalehs?

Mother’s Day Mamaleh-style

May is creeping up on us and in case you haven’t noticed, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. If you’re like me and haven’t yet decided what you’re going to give your mamaleh this year, I thought I’d offer a few suggestions for the chic MOT momma:

  • One of my favorite Judaica artisits is Emily Rosenfeld.  I love how modern and simple her pieces are.  We have the Noah’s Ark mezuzah for my son’s room.  A great mother’s day choice would be the Tiny Heart Necklace with each child’s initials in Hebrew (either for their English or Hebrew names).

  • If you’ve ever been to Israel (or maybe Vegas), you probably know who Michal Negrin is.  If not, just think sparkly Swarovski crystals meet retro meet Judaica classics.  Here’s a sweet hamsa that’d be perfect for Mother’s Day:
  • Does your mom exist on drink coffee (or tea)?  How about a gorgeous handmade “Ima”(“mom” in Hebrew) mug for her from AgruArtsCeramics.

Hopefully you now have a few unique MOT Mother’s Day ideas for your mom or yourself (just be sure to forward this to whoever needs to know).  Happy Mother’s Day!

Note: I was not compensated for this post in any way.  I don’t think any of these companies even know I exist (except for past purchases from some).  This is all just stuff I like and hope you do too 🙂