This is an envelope I received  from my grandmother, it holds a wonderful memory, it is not my memory, though it is very dear to me.

Beneath the address, my grandmother’s 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 the envelope there is a CD with the movie that a close friend of the family retrieved from an 8mm film. He had it converted specially for my grandmother and the rest of the family received a copy. The movie shows, as promised, the 1956 Passover 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.

watch the video on YouTube

If you ever read Harry Potter, you will remember the pensive, 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.  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 very touching. Such a personal wonderful gift, is really priceless.

Happy earth day everyone!

As you already know, I believe that giving can be demonstrated in various ways: You can give presents, give by donation or simply give a hand to a friend. The same goes for giving back to the environment. Of course, you don’t have to wait for earth day in order to help the environment; you can do it by recycling, upcycling and by saving energy. And as for gifts, here are some nice earth friendly gifts that are sure to brighten up someone’s day while helping the world staying green. Personally, I would love to get the”Where the Wild Things Are” globe, it totally goes into my wish list! Just in case any of you were wondering…

 

 

  1. Help mother earth by using this cute “Angry little girls”  tote by Lela Lee. You will spread the recycling idea, while reducing the use of plastic bags.
  2. Wearing these bright plant jewelry by HAF will serve as a constant reminder to water your plants… Keeping it green!
  3. At first I really liked the design of the package, but once I read a little more about these mints I found out that Project 7 make everyday products that give back to the globe. Save the earth, house the homeless or feed the hungry, in any case these sugar free mints will benefit the planet while keeping your breath fresh.
  4. Upcycling is really hot right now. There is something magical about taking something old and giving it a new life. This “Where The Wild Things Are” Globe is very dear to me since it was always my favorite by Maurice Sendak.
  5. We Share The Earth is an art print for tree huggers, budding environmentalists, and anyone who wouldn’t mind an earth friendly reminder.

 

A few weeks ago I finally received my organ donation certificate. I’ve been wanting to register for a long time now, but never really found a moment to do so (sounds familiar huh?). About a year ago I read a story in the newspaper about an Israeli who was registered to give organs, but his family (due to religious pressure), did not approve the organ donation. This story really upset me and although I didn’t worry about my family doing such a thing, since they are all registered themselves, I wanted to make it official.

Just in case.

So it took a few more months for me to apply, but in the end I did it. I think that raising awareness to organ donation is important for many reasons, and although I understand the pain involved in such a situation, it doesn’t make sense not to do it. I mean, one life that is lost, can save or enhance the lives of more than 50 people!

So wherever you are in the world, dear reader, make sure you register for organ donation and make sure your family know how important it is that they respect your final wishes.

Personally, I believe that this is the ultimate gift you can give someone…

The gift of life…

 

I’ve always had a fascination with sharks, and never understood why people fear them so much. I mean, you are 1,000 times more likely to drown in the sea than you are to be bitten by a shark (Shark facts)… That doesn’t keep people out of the sea as much as a shark would… Then again, I wouldn’t want to face a shark out in the ocean.

To show my support of these magnificent creatures, here are my top 5 Etsy shark gifts:

 

1. I am absolutely in love with this shark hooded Towel by “Rubadubbuddies”, it is a great way to raise your kids awareness to sharks while getting them to go to swim class…

2.  This Shark Snack Sac by “Breezy Oaks” makes a great complementary gift along with the shark hooded towels, great for a trip for the beach or the pool… For kids who are already captivated by the world of sharks.

3.  If you are passionate about sharks, and wish to show someone you care about them, what better way than to send them an I love you more than shark week card by Sweet Dee.

4. Usually I’m not the shark tooth necklace sort of gal. However,I have a thing for bottled jewelry and I love this combination of shark tooth + message in a bottle design. I think it has the perfect balance between sweet and fierce.

5. This one is just cute… and sometimes in a gift, that’s all you need. Loving this  felt embroidery  by House of Plush.

Happy shark week everyone…

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I found a wonderful DIY post by Cathe Holden from “Just something I made“. She used old pet tags and keys to make beautiful vintage pendants. She notes that transforming a pet tag into a pendant makes a thoughtful gift and I couldn’t agree more.

 

I want to relate to the influence of nostalgia in a gift. Nostalgia is a powerful entity that taps into our deepest emotions. Hence, it may bring back sweet memories or melancholy reminiscences. However, I believe that taking an everyday item that holds a personal recaollection and turning it into a tribute in the form of a keepsake, has its therapeutic influence.

This is a great example for a truly given thought.

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