Hello my dears!
Don’t you love spring? I love the feeling of blossom in the air and I have wonderful news to share! I opened my own interior design studio. Since I live in Israel, that’s where I’ll be working, however, you are all welcome to visit my very new website www.karenb.co.il
This is such a wonderful,Â thoughÂ nerve breaking, time in my life. I wouldÂ appreciateÂ your thoughts and comments now more than ever!
Wishing you all a wonderful spring! May you flourish all year long!
It’s been such aÂ hectic month!!!Â I really neglected my blogging duties, but I have a great excuse. Two months ago, I started my own business as an interior designer. Â I’s been a wild ride so far, I guess I won’t be able to blog as much as I used to for a little while. But stick around, I promise, I will keep writing about great gift idea’s that will really inspire you. Speaking of inspiration;Â TheÂ previousÂ post I wrote inspired me to write about gifts for princesses. I can’t believe I never thought of this before.
Here are myÂ favoriteÂ gifts fit for a princess:
1. Your precious little girl will love to make-believeÂ with these printableÂ Princess masksÂ byÂ BessiePooh.
2. A true princess remains a princess from the minute she wakes up in the morning until… Well, until forever. Just because the sun is down doesn’t mean that the crown should come off. IÂ absolutelyÂ adore theseÂ Princess BeddingÂ by Snurk.
3. Make your little princess feel like one from the moment she starts her day. WithÂ Disney’sÂ princessÂ waffle makerÂ , everyÂ breakfastÂ is fit for a princess.
5. Being a princess isn’t as easy as it seems. Matilda Â can tell you all about it, since sheÂ comes from the palace where she serves the queen. She writes all the secrets about the palace in her diary. A great gift for a new princess who wants to know all about life in the palace.
6. A princess, whether real or make-believe, needs a palace where she can play and read. I especially love thisÂ Princess tentÂ that would serve a young princess for many years of fun and games.
Between you and me, if you feel like a princess, you are a princess. Just remember to wear your invisible crown.
2012 was such a meaningful year to me. I became a mother, I quit my job and decided to open my own design studio. I always believed in doing the brave thing as apposed to the safe thing, however, being brave isÂ scary and I really hope that the changes I made in my life are going to work out for the best.
Every year Pantone, known as the world’s color authority, come up with the color for the upcoming year. 2013 color choice is Emerald, a lively, radiant color that is associated with elegance and beauty. I am happy to present my color of the year gift guide.
1. A great gift for newÂ beginningsÂ is a camera toÂ captureÂ all the magical moments. The emerald greenÂ Fisheye camera, is aÂ fashionableÂ choice with a circular kick.
2. This isÂ defiantlyÂ a personal choice. After opening my own design studio, thisÂ T-shirtÂ literaryÂ begged me to join this round up… Well maybe noÂ literary, but it just felt right.
3. Add a dash of goodÂ fortune to someone’s year. A lucky cloverÂ BraceletÂ should do the trick.
4. With fourtune comes welth. A wallet is a wonderful way for wishing abundance. I especially like thisÂ Heart Lock walletÂ byÂ UrbanÂ outfitters.
5. A new year is always a time for hope. AnÂ inspirationalÂ 2013 printÂ is a welcomed motivation.
6. Winter is a time for cosiness. Whether a wool hat, a scarf orÂ mittens, make it Emerald, and you are sure to give a trendy gift.
I can’t wait to see what 2013 hold for me. Wishing a happy new year to all of you.
I always thought that men are impossible to buy for, but lately I find that there are more and more coolÂ giftsÂ outÂ thereÂ for the fineÂ gentleman.
Here is a roundup of some of my favorites gifts for men:
1. Not sure what to get? Money is always a good gift, but you really want to see your money put intoÂ somethingÂ rather than spent on everyday groceries.Â The bomb shapedÂ Money boxÂ designed byÂ Yegor Zhgun, is a way to give someone a head start to something they want. All yourÂ recipientÂ has to do is write down the purpose of the savings and drop the bomb once the bank is full.
2. A custom madeÂ Inspector stampÂ is a great little gift for the man who wants to leave a mark in this world.
3. A great gift for the guy with a desk is aÂ Memo Globe. He’ll never have to look for a piece of paper again.
4. TheÂ Key Bottle OpenerÂ is a necessary item for any guy who like to have a cold beer with his friends on a regular basis.
5. I find that mugs are a great gift. I always like to fill them up with some candy, I think it adds a nice touch.If your man is crazy about Mad Men, thisÂ Mad Men MugÂ Â would be perfect for him.
7. Just because I like it -Â Elephant Box.
6. My guy keeps looking at different bags. First he needed one for his laptop, but now he wants one for his I-Pad. I think he’d like thisÂ Messenger bagÂ , right Hon?
8. It’sÂ weird how all our photos are digital, I almost never print them out anymore. For the guy who loves to take photo’s aÂ Polaroid camera.
The holidays are coming and gift idea’s and advise are becoming a real necessity. As a new mother I think I became more critical ofÂ children toys. I find myself asking what is the educational value of the toys IÂ receive and as a designer I really want a toy toÂ develop my child’s creativityÂ skills. My boy is far too young to enjoy any of these toys, but here are my top 5 choices for the creative soul.
1. When my boy grows older my husband and I really want him to be the kid wearing a cape. Whenever we see a child with a cape we imagine are baby boy growing to be a creative little boy with superpowers (He already has a secret power, he melts other peoples hearts). I hope he inherits my creativity, and if he does, this DIY Superhero cape will be on his gift list. I love this gift not only because it would inspire your little one to get creative, but also since after the DIY activity is over, this cape will be perfect for dress up games, keeping that imagination running.
2. My not so secret dream is to learn how to sew. I know that one day I would learn how to do it, butÂ untilÂ then I will sulk for not starting at a young age. If you have a creative little girl who dreams of becoming a fashion designer, get her aÂ sewingÂ machine. I really know nothing about sewing machines so I looked at a sewingÂ forum, where everyoneÂ recommendedÂ buying a real machine. I did find aÂ recommendationÂ for this cute Hello kitty machineÂ at the following blog:Â Sew Store-BoughtÂ .
3. I can’t begin to explain how much I love thisÂ Any-mal SetÂ by Notoys. Â The set containsÂ one table/bench and two stools that are painted inÂ chalkboard. Your childÂ can build a castle, a train tunnel, a cat face, a pirateÂ ship or any other image of his heartsÂ desire. All S/he has to do is draw and play. My kid will have this set even if I have to build my own.
4. When I was a girl I collected Barbie dolls I even had a Barbie Â Ferrari, but I never had a Barbie doll house, and I always dreamed of a home for my barbies. I don’t know if this home I found at EtsyÂ can fit 12 Barbies,but it would be a lot of fun to assemble and decorate. I love the idea of a blank house that you can design by yourself, this is probably the reason I became an interior designer.
5. You should understand by now that I approve of spatial toys that create a creativeÂ environmentÂ andÂ enhances imagination. When I was little we used to build playhouses on trees and playÂ make-believeÂ but today there are endlessÂ possibilities for creating such environments. This cardboard construction setÂ is yet another example for a toy that requires assembly skills and would keep your child occupied with his or hers imagination.
I would like to note that even though some toys seem like they are for boys and others are more likely to fit girls, I would most definitelyÂ consider a girlÂ super-heroine or a boyÂ fashionÂ designer. I was always playing with the boys and grew up to be a girly girl adult with some boyish skills. So break the gender patterns and give those kids something to think about…
Hi everyone! Today is a quick post with some great freebies!
Iv’e been meaning to post all week but we are all taking turns being sick. Nevertheless, Iv’e beenÂ workingÂ on some gift tags for you to print out.
You may download the printing file at the link:Â Gift tagz
I want to thank all of my lovely readers out there… keep those lovely commentsÂ comingÂ in!
My printer is broken! I really wanted to print out some cool HalloweenÂ labels for this DIY Beginners witch kit, but I had to manage without it.Â However, if you have a working printer, you would be able to find coolÂ PrintableÂ labels at Squidoo, and make your own version of this kit.
What you’ll need:
1. Glass tubes.
2. AÂ varietyÂ of Halloween treats.Â I usedÂ chocolateÂ googlyÂ eyes (Eye of Newt), Gummy worms (Fresh Worms), plastic spiders (Live Spiders) and chocolate milk powder (Graveyard Dust)… However, be creative and I’m sure you’ll find some wonderfulÂ ingredientsÂ for your kit.
3. A box to wrap it up with some fun HalloweenÂ favorsÂ that won’tÂ necessarilyÂ go inside the tubes.
4. Labels (See link above).
5. Fake spider’s web for decoration.
A special thanks to my dad and auntie who went to a Halloween store in the states and brought me all these goodies back to Israel.
I’ve been meaning to write another color code post ever since I posted the black and white one. TheÂ problemÂ is, there are so many colors, I didn’t know which one to pick (Choices, choices). Then I recalled that at my last shopping spree, after going through all the stuff I got, I realized that I bought mostly blue clothes with gold accessories (isn’t thatÂ weird?). SO, why not? Let artÂ imitateÂ life… I’ve decided onÂ RoyalÂ blue and gold, a very lively combination that would work for the elegant, yet colorful person. When I started browsing for items, I didn’t think that the roundup will end up being so lovely.
1. For boys, men or dinosaurs fans such as myself. A whimsical planterÂ by crazyÂ coutureÂ adds a pop of color to any room. Great as a housewarming gift for a bachelor’s pad.
2. Scarfs are almost always a fun gift, that would fit any woman. I love a scarf that gives a splash of color, you can find this one at Periay’s store on Etsy.
3. OhÂ jewelry…need I say more? Lovely Peacock bangle by Max&Chole
4. Not quite my style, but what the heck… It’s Miu Miu shoes, in blue or gold glitter.
5. Another one for the boys… A beautiful hot air balloon model.
Have a royal weekend, and remember, Give with love.
Life in the digital world is getting easier in almost every aspect of life. It’s getting hard to think about a world without emails, Facebook, blogs, Apps and well,Â basicallyÂ the internet. In this digital world there are many websites and applications that are trying to help us deal with theÂ elusiveÂ task of gifting, not to mention blogs such as this one. Here are three examples for such wonderful sites which hold a promise for an easier givingÂ experience.
Wantful,Â is a personalized pop-up shop that you create for your recipient. After answering a few questions regarding style, relation to the recipient and your budget, you choose sixteen products which are presented in a cute little gift book. All your recipient needs to do is unwrap it, decide which product they love most, and the product will be sent to them. Wantful is a great website, it is user friendly, well designed and actually fun to use. They really managed to turn the giftingÂ experienceÂ to something you would like to do. If you want toÂ experienceÂ it without actually buying the gift, you can go through the process withoutÂ checkingÂ out. Try it, it’s fun.
Giftly, is an phone app thatÂ allowsÂ you to give experience’s such as a dinner at a restaurant, concert tickets or even a cupcake. I wish I could tell you how and if it works or not, unfortunately, this app isn’t available in Israel so I can’t check it out… But it sounds great! I love the idea of giving an experience rather than a gift. Imagine getting perks fro your friends on your birthday. You could go to different stores andÂ receive fun little gifts, ending the day with dinner and a movie all prepaid by your friends…Â Â I think this is what this app is all about, if it isn’t then that’s a great app idea.
Wishlistr, is a sort of PinterestÂ of gifts. You add links to products you would like to have, and share it with your friends. The idea is really cool, but IÂ wishÂ that the website was more like Pinterest,Â offering a more visual interface. Instead you have titles and links which are not very inspiring and not easy to follow. However, I like the idea of letting people know what you would like toÂ receiveÂ other than have everyone guessing.
Now allÂ that isÂ left for you to do is go online and start giving without leaving your seat…
Â This is anÂ envelope IÂ receivedÂ Â from my grandmother, it holds a wonderful memory, it is not my memory, though it is very dear to me.
Beneath theÂ address, my grandmother’sÂ handwriting (upside-down) is visible spelling: “Seder (Passover dinner) at grandma’s April 1956, Mother’s Seder table at our house Lighting (candles?)on May 12 1956.
In theÂ envelope there is a CD with the movie that a close friend of the familyÂ retrieved from an 8mm film. He had it converted specially for my grandmother and the rest of the familyÂ receivedÂ a copy.Â The movie shows, as promised, the 1956Â PassoverÂ dinner. I see my grandmother holding my baby aunt, my father and uncle, sitting with my grandfather and my other uncle listening to my great grandmother who is whispering in his ear.
If you ever read Harry Potter, you will remember the pensive,Â an object used to review memories.The pensive is a shallow stone basin, into which are carved runes and strange symbols. It is filled with a silvery substance that appears to be a cloud-like liquid and gas; it holds the memories of people who have siphoned their recollections into it. Â These memories can then be viewed by a non-participant, third-persons point of view. Seeing this video, made me feel like one looking into the pensive, watching my young father with my great family. It feels very strange, very nostalgic but mostly its veryÂ touching. Such a personal wonderful gift, is really priceless.