“I was born in a factory and nursed on machine oil”

These were the words used by designer Efrat Fridenzon at a lecture she gave about her “Precision-decision” collection. Efrat “grew up” at an industrial  factory that is commonly used for production of mechanical assemblies and instruments. The collection is inspired by the world of precision using measurement tools and targets as key elements in the design. There is a fine line travelling between the physical and spiritual world, which is evident throughout the collection.

 

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Aimé pendent

 

The notion of love is physically represented in a target pendent engraved with the word Aimé (Similar to aim, “beloved” in french). The target is you and you wish that cupid hits his arrow to your heart, you wish to love and be loved.

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The “Hidden Direction”

 

A series of capsule like pendants which open to reveal a compass and a level. In the real world, the compass points to a direction while the level finds balance. Here the interpretation shifts from the physical world and finds a more spiritual definition: A guide for internal balance.

 

I love this collection since it is simple, meaningful and unisex. My favorite item is the “Hidden Direction capsule” I think it’s a lovely talisman and could work as a great gift for graduation, new beginnings or for someone who is traveling.

Efrat’s jewelry can be found at stores around the world

 

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

 

Hello-Spring

 

This is such a wonderful, though nerve breaking, time in my life. I would appreciate your thoughts and comments now more than ever!

Wishing you all a wonderful spring! May you flourish all year long!

 

 

 

 

 

Whenever a friend of mine needed a little vote of confidence, (you know, before an interview, audition, test, etc)…I would say:

“You can do anything!All you have to do is try,try and then you’ll make it”.

After they would get the Job, gig, etc… I would say:

“I told you so and now you owe me a Shnekel  (The two New Israeli Shekel coin equivalent to 50 cents)”.

For some reason this almost always worked and so, any friend who was facing a new beginning, came to me for a  sort of “Shnekel  blessing”.

One of the first gifts I posted about in this blog was a travel booklet that I gave to my friend who decided to follow her dream and needed to travel in order to pursue it. Traditionally, I told her that she will find what she needs in order to pursue her dream and that when she does she will owe me a Shnekel. I finally got to see this friend whom I haven’t seen in a very long time. We were catching up and I was telling her that I’m opening my own interior design studio and that I’m totally freaking out about it… When all of a sudden she said:

” I have to give you something”.

 

 

scheduled-gift

 

She started by apologizing since she had this gift made long ago and didn’t get the chance to give it to me. Since the trip really put her on track with her dream, she “owed me a Shnekel”.

I was so moved to get this, she most thoughtfully framed a Shnekel with the Shel Silverstein’s poem, “Listen to the mustn’t, child”.

You can immediately tell that she put a lot of thought into this gift. The gift tag, the wrapping and finally the gift itself, were all well thought and beautiful.

The funny thing was that she felt so bad for not giving me the gift before, she didn’t realize that she gave it to me when I needed it most.

 

 

I can’t believe that this is my 100th post! I was saving one of my DIY projects just for such a joyful occasion, though I must admit that I almost didn’t notice that I hit 100 posts. It was a real surprise realizing that I did,I guess it’s kind of like forgetting that it’s your birthday.

So here it is a special DIY project that I call: Our friendship in a nutshell.

There are several reasons that this post is very dear to me. First, it was a gift to my oldest and dear dear friend. Second, I came up with this sweet idea all by my little self. Third, I wasn’t sure I’ll be able to actually make this gift, so you can imagine how excited I was to see that it came out real nice.

The idea is based on the phrase “In a nutshell” which refers to describing something using as few words as possible. The idea came to me when I saw walnut perfectly broken into two shells. I thought to myself that it could be used as a little box to contain a secret message. And then it hit me! It would be such a cute gift to write down a summery of the relationship, pointing out special occasions, shared phrases and long lost memories, using a nutshell as the box. Hence, “Our Friendship in a Nutshell”.

Once I thought of the idea it was obvious which friend is going to receive it, my oldest friend. Going back almost a year and a half ago, I wrote a post about a gift I received from my oldest friend, using a shared phrase that became sort of legendary phrase among our friends: Tuna Fish Need Love. I think that the “friendship in a nutshell” gift is similar in concept to the book she made me, since both gifts are like a time capsule of memories. It was so much fun trying to remember all the silly things we did together.(Initially I thought about using pictures but then I realized that they would come out too small and probably won’t fit in the nutshell).

 

 

This is a quite simple DIY project. Follow these few simple steps:

Step 1: Break a walnut into two pieces

Step 2: Coat it with a color of your choice. I used gold leafs, but I think that a simple acrylic color would be just as good.

step 3: This is the tricky part. I wanted to be able to open and close the nutshell. At first I though about using a hinge, but that was too small. So I took a piece of ribbon and glued it to the inner side of one of the shells. This way I was able to tie the two pieces together in order to open and close the nutshell.

Step 4: Print out a small note with the friendship description and in a separate thin piece of paper the phrase “our friendship in a nutshell”. Roll the note up like a little scroll and use another string of paper, to keep the note rolled. I simply glued one end to the other, making enough room to slip the scroll in.

Step 5: Place the note inside the nutshell, allowing the thin paper with the phrase to stick out. Tie the ribbon in a pretty bow and there you have it! Your friendship in a nutshell.

Step 6: Hide the nut in a bag full of nuts and give to your friend.

 

I made this for a close friend but this really is a wonderful anniversary gift for your husband/wife, niece/nephew, Parent, teacher or anyone sharing a long history that can be described in a nutshell. Since it’s small, you can give it as a keepsake for a traveling loved one. It is a great gift for the end of the year or a new beginning.

Most importantly it is real easy to make and although it’s cheep and easy to make, it’s actually priceless.

 

 

I’ve been meaning to write another color code post ever since I posted the black and white one. The problem 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 that weird?). SO, why not? Let art imitate life… I’ve decided on Royal 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 planter by crazy couture 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. Oh 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.

My very good friend is having a tough year, or even a couple of years. We all know how tough it is when things go very wrong. You start to lose faith in yourself and sometimes it seems like things will never turn for the better. I have to admit that I’m very proud of this friend of mine. She is staying very positive despite the difficulties she’s been facing and that’s not an easy thing to do. So when I heard she just got summoned for an audition, I was thrilled. I have every confidence that she would succeed since I know how talented she really is, but I also know how hard it can be to believe in yourself. Sometimes lack of confidence combined with fear of failure can really set you back from success.

In my life, I try to always make the brave decision as apposed to the comfortable decision, and I encourage my friends to do the same. Usually I give a pep talk, but this time I decided to make her an inspirational print.

 

 

Now all I have to do is wait for her to call me and tell me that she nailed it!

Break a leg dear…

Like this print?

want to give it to a friend…

No problem, just download it: Believe.

 

My father in law turned 70 this year, and his three sons (my husband and two brothers) decided to give him a special gift: a family trip to Italy. They ordered tickets, rented a car, an Italian villa and planned every detail. They haven’t been on a family trip abroad for over 25 years…So this was a very special occasion. At first he was quite upset that they spent so much money on the trip, but once they arrived in Italy, he realized that such a family trip is really priceless… They had so much fun together and since my husband felt guilty for leaving me with our then 2 months old baby, he brought home wonderful gifts. Yay!!!

 

 

Usually finding gifts in a country which has many tourists is difficult, but Italy is somewhat different. First of all the obvious gift is food, you can bring back wine, Parmesan cheese, or balsamic vinegar and you are off the hook. The other choice is all the paper goods… Beautiful stationary, Personalized Ex-Libris  stamps for marking your favorite books and monogrammed wax seals that makes you feel like royalty. You really don’t have to put a lot of thought into an Italian gift, you just have to decide whether the recipient would rather have fine Italian products, crafty supplies, or both…

In my case… I love both! How about you?

Three more days to Father’s Day!!!  I Know you already have a printed card… but do you have a gift yet? I’ve rounded up some gifts for guys, for all of you, last minute gift people (like me). Mind you, some of these gifts work as a graduation gift as well.

 

  1.  Paper inspired socks by Ashi Dashi, for the dad who just graduated.
  2. Find this slingshot pencil at the curiosityshoppe. It’s a great gift for the mischievous dad who is always looking for adventures.
  3. My favorite choice for the newbie dad (who is also the sentimental type), a key chain with your baby’s footprint by Metamorphosis Design Studio.
  4. For the trendy dad, this hot Fred Perry satchel bag. Oh, sometimes I do wish I were a man…
  5. The gentlemen dad would dig these classic Brooks Brothers cuff-links… Make sure your dad has the shirt for it, or add it to the package.
  6. For the casual dad, these hand sewn Florsheim moccasins will envelope his feet with a lot of love. I think they work as slippers as well don’t you?
  7. Your father has allergies? Better get him these stylish handkerchiefs by Izola. I know the father of my kid needs one or two of those…
  8. I feel like this watch needs a post of it’s own! Pebble is a smart-watch. It’s infinitely customization, with beautiful downloadable watchfaces and useful internet-connected apps. It connects to iPhone and Android smartphones using Bluetooth and therefore you can listen to music and cycle with it… Great for the high-tech sporty dad! Be sure to visit Kickstarter and watch the video.
  9. I cannot count the amount of technology that my other half has… An iPad, a tablet, iPhone and Kindle. ON second thought, this gift might be for your mother… A beautifully designed iPhone and iPad stand by Kinodai to hold dad’s stuff.
  10. Instagram fever caught many dads… If your father is hooked on Instagram, imagine how happy he would be, spreading stickers of his photos all around. Printstagram will send you two sticker books for only 10 $!!! Happy sticking!
Which works best for your dad?

 

 

 

Mother’s day is coming up and this year it has a whole new meaning for me since it’s my first as a mother. I always knew that mothers are a special breed but these first nine weeks as a mother made me appreciate my own mother in a different light. The thought of having to care for someone else for the rest of my life is very stressful and I don’t think that feeling will ever go away.

I would like to take a moment to say a few words about my own mother since she really is a special person. I really don’t know how she manages to do it: She works late hours and still finds the time to manage a household, take care of her elderly mother, her kids and help with her grandchildren. Whenever I need her she is there, and she always knows how to sort problems out. She is a true source of inspiration.

What are you waiting for then? It’s time to start thinking about a thoughtful present for your mother so you’re not rushing last minute.

Here are some idea’s to get you started…

 

 

 

  1. For the Soccer mom: She won’t miss a game with this Halftone Calender and by next mother’s day, she’ll fill in all the dots and complete the image. Make it extra special by using a photo of your face (unfortunately, it only works with a close up picture).
  2. For the mom who has it all a Gratitude necklace, for obvious reasons.
  3. For the mom who loves to cook a Measuring spoon set , so she can add those secret ingredients to any dish.
  4. This one is for any mom, Inspirational flip flops cause we all need a little vacation.
  5. For the sentimental mom: Personalized family tree.
  6. For the hip mom, Personalized paper dolls, these are just super cute, I would love to have these on my front door.
Now, as much as I love my mother, I don’t think she would enjoy any of these gifts, she is the old fashioned mom, for her a big flower bouquet or pictures of her grandson are the best way to go. Sometimes simple is better. And although it doesn’t sound like much, I’m sure that all your mothers would most appreciate some help around the house. I know I would…

Yesterday I realized that today is our second anniversary!!! oops! I totally forgot about it and didn’t have anything ready… Some gift blogging wife am I! Thank god for the internet for quick solutions. I just Googled “anniversary gift for husband” and found a great gift on Etsy: The Eye Exam Chart Print.  I like a simple design like this one, the idea is smart and strong, the concept is simple enough: at first glance this looks like your average eye exam, but when you read into it you find a secret message hidden inside. Don’t you just love hidden messages???

Since I had no time whatsoever, I couldn’t order this online and had to make my own version. Luckily I had all the supplies. I needed a frame, colors, the print itself, (which you can DIY with Word, Power Point, Illustrator or Photoshop and print in black and white).

 

Making the gift myself gave me the freedom to check different text options, which was good since I wasn’t sure on how I wanted to phrase the sentence. You know how you use sentences differently with different people… Well, even though this sentence is  weirdly written, it is the outcome of the common language that my love and I share.

Since the first thing my husband does in the morning is sit by his desk and browse the internet, I decided that the best way to give him this gift would be to leave it at his desk. This way it is the first thing he will see in the morning. Since he wakes up before me I had to sneak it into his den at night and leave it for him to find. The surprise was almost revealed since he went to close the computer before we went to bed, but fortunately he didn’t notice that something was different.

I forgot to mention an important fact that made this gift extra personal. My dear husband has a condition that requires eye physiotherapy, hence, he has to go through the eye exam every few weeks in order to check if the treatment works. When he saw the frame at his desk in the morning, he initially  thought I was mocking him, but when he looked closely, and read the message, he realized that it was a loving gesture.

Keep in mind that I made this for our anniversary, but given the right wording, this gift can work for almost any occasion and anyone. Just use your imagination and personalize it any way you like.

 

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