“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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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 been working on some gift tags for you to print out.

You may download the printing file at the link: Gift tagz

I want to thank all of my lovely readers out there… keep those lovely comments coming in!

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cachette is an online store that was introduced to me as a designer store for designed home products. However, a quick search through their site and I realized that their most appealing products are their fine foods, packed in elegant packages. I think that if you choose the right products and pack them in a nice basket, you can make a great house warming gift.

 

One of the most important things in gift giving is to tap into one’s unfulfilled desires. Think about it, usually we don’t like to buy expensive products for our own use. A gift is an opportunity to give someone something they wouldn’t get for themselves. You really can’t go wrong when you buy someone something that would be both needed and appreciated. The tricky part about putting together a basket of goods is deciding what to put in it. If you don’t know the likes and dislikes of the recipient, stick to the basics. You should also consider allergies, ideology (vegetarian, vegan, etc) general dislikes and quality. If possible, try and find out which foods are the recipient’s favorites, and more important which are his/her least favorite. This is a very important issue that makes the difference between the success or failure of the gift.

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…

Time really flies when you are a new mother. I can’t believe that almost a month passed by since Eli came into our lives.

I thought I was doing well with my blogging when I realized that it’s been 10 days since my last post… It’s not too bad, but I do try to post every week, and I really didn’t notice that ten days have passed.

Anyways, finding time to blog isn’t my only trouble, since tomorrow is my spouse’s birthday! I hate it when birthdays snick up on me like that. Now, since we became parents, naturally we are more cautious about our finances. Therefore, we decided to have a “no gift policy” this year… However, I believe that gift’s are not about cost…. I think that the best gift’s I received were low cost with a lot of thought. Problem solved right? Wrong! I am still stumped! I need a nice, low cost, easy to make idea. This idea would be perfect: a quality time clock! This gift idea (that my good friend gave to another good friend) really hit’s the spot. Simple, easy and smart.

 

 

She simply took a picture of our friend and her husband, printed it out and inserted it instead of the numbers. All you need is a picture with the person you wish to have quality time with and a cute clock that you can open up.

It’s a nice way to remind someone you want to find the time to share together, even if you are both very busy. I know that with the new baby, we will have to find some time to spend together.

 

I know I have been falling behind my blogging lately… Usually I post once a week but lately it had become once every one and a half to two weeks. I actually have so many pending posts and some followup posts I still haven’t gotten to, so I really don’t have a good enough excuse… So I hope to catch up a little. Even though I have many pending posts I found this lovely DIY project by hoot Designs, originally made in Design sponge. Since it is a great idea for new years, I thought I’d share it with you.

 

The concept is really cool! It’s your basic “Dear journal” for everything that happened on each day and if you keep jotting down highlights of your day throughout the month, by January 1st you’ll have a great record for the past year. Imagine how wonderful it would be in 2052 to open this box and reminisce. What I especially like about this project is that it’s a simple DIY. What I love about  DIY projects is not only that they are fun to do and make great personal gifts, but also because they really open your mind to new ideas, and you can alter the initial design according to your needs. I like both the hoot designs and design sponge calendars, but if I were to make one myself, I would probably add a little of my own flare into it…

I want to note that this idea can be great for almost any occasion that involves a  new beginning or end of a period. using the same concept you can make great gifts such as a Pregnancy journal, a graduation log, a teachers diary…. The sky is the limit.

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