Happy Birthday Shterna! A Unique Gift!

We are so excited about Shterna turning three and lighting Shabbos candles for the first time this Friday iy”h.

I wanted to make her a unique gift, just for her, about her.

So I decided to give her a set of personalized blocks that she can build with and use when playing with her little ‘play people’.

The blocks I bought were from discountschoolsupply.com which are fillable and SO MUCH fun to play with! click here to order: blocks

The ideas are ENDLESS! Just fill with whatever you wish! Aleph Beis Letters, your child’s photos or crafts! ANYTHING!

Here I used glue dots to stick miniatures into each block of the things my daughter loves the most, which is baking Challah with me and getting ready for shabbos!

The miniatures are from michaels.com and some of them can be found in their stores.

To make the Aleph Beis Chart and the Rebbe photo, print pictures (search google images for your choice and then resize to a mini size) and using double sided tape, stick into a miniature mirror (also found at michaels).

All you need to do is unscrew one end of the block and slide one clear panel out and insert whatever you are filling the blocks with. Then screw back in place the block end.


Our family just made a set of these blocks as a surprise for our Bubby who just married off her last child. At the wedding there was a mezinka dance at which all the grandchildren presented Bubby with a block they had decorated with a picture they made, their name and a little note.

This precious set of blocks will stay at Bubby’s house for all the grandchildren to play with!

Truly a special and touching gift!

DIY Shabbos Match Jars!

Wow! B”H for simchas! This past Thursday was my brother’s wedding in Chicago and this Friday night we will iy”h celebrate our daughter’s third birthday with a special Shabbos candle lighting, followed by a community kiddish and dinner.

Of course all things pink and girly will add a special touch to the event, including these diy candle lighting match jars!

The jars are from shopsweetlulu.com and the matches and adhesive match strike paper were from Etsy. (simply search your color preference).

Just fill your jars with matches and cut out the shape of your choice for the strike paper!

A beautiful way to light shabbos candles with guests!

Purim of the Arts – Center Pieces!

These center pieces were so much fun and definitely added to the decor of the room!

I got the paint cans donated from a local paint store and using glue dots so the top paint can wouldn’t roll off the bottom, positioned them on top of each other.

To make the black ‘paint’ dripping on the sides of the large can, I used adhesive permanent vinyl. You can search for this on amazon.com and it comes in a roll. Cut out a strip to fit the circumference of your paint can and then cut a pattern of ‘drips’!

You can trim any vinyl that ends up going above the rim of the can by using an exacto knife. It is VERY sticky and flimsy so as you can see, it isn’t so simple to get it flush with the can. Another idea would be to use real paint and let it drip naturally or paint it on yourself.

I used puff paint to write Purim on the paint brush and ordered mini easels from oriental trading.

The red ‘paint’ was a vinyl I found at a fabric store, but you could use any color fabric of your choice or even streamers!

The signs for the craft tables and the center piece tables are below.

purim signs for purim of arts

Purim of the Arts – Craft tables!

Purim masks for decorating. Masks are from rtdtrading.com (search Plastic White Face Mask for Craft). Feathers, pompoms, sequins are from discountschoolsupply.com. Use Tacky glue from craft stores. A fun creative way to celebrate Purim!

Ice cream tubs are perfect to hold embellishments. You can find these from shopsweetlulu.com

I wish I would have captured the artwork! This is fun for kids and adults alike! Paint is from discountschoolsupply.com as well as brushes. Palettes are from amazon. And the canvases are from Jerry’s Artarama. (8×10 sold in boxes of 20)

And gragger making! See, previous post for details!

Hamantashen Decorating Table is easy and fun. Make dough in advance, put sprinkles in paint palettes. Use parchment paper squares to put dough on and send home in clear clamshell containers with baking instructions. Don’t forget the variety of fillings!

Purim of the Arts – Feed your Creativity!

Cut out a palette using an exacto knife, on foam core board sold at Michaels or other craft stores. Then ice cupcakes using different shades of icing! Add paint brushes and your’e all set!

Rice krispy treats made into paint brushes! Simply make a tray of treats, cut into rectangles, slide popsicle stick in and dip into melted chocolate chips (mix a little vegetable oil into melted chocolate so it’s not so think). Let it drip if you wish and place on parchment paper and put in the fridge until ready to plate.

Multi colored twizzlers look like paint dripping out of the paint can!

Potato chips! Just add a sign!

Mega Buttons look like paint blobs! Yum!

Not sure why my computer kept correcting GOGH and adding a U so please if you copy this sign Van Gogh is spelled like that!

In Loving Memory.

Dear Ta,

Wasn’t it just yesterday? A young daughter sitting by your side watching you paint this jacket for Purim?

It now hangs in my closet, as a silhouette, longing to be filled with the beat of your heart.

This will be the seventh year, that I will take it out, and try it on, wear it for a few moments and look in the mirror and wonder how in the world does life really go on…

But it does….although never the same.

I can hear your voice and see your smile as I touch the brush strokes and raised puff paint designs that whimsically cover every inch with your creative soul.

I can even smell the cup of hot black tea positioned next to your paintbrushes that you would sip, as you leaned back to envision your next brilliant stroke.

Your Purim jacket of creativity. Now wrapped around my shoulders, like a heavenly hug.

A costume like none other as it hides nothing of the ache in my heart, nor the sadness of loss.

A Purim of creativity, of love and of memories.

Where the colors of my soul come to life.

Happy Purim Ta.



Wishing you all a Freilichin (Happy) Purim! 


I can’t get enough of these mini stickers! I HAD to find a way to use them so I decided to make a craft table at our Purim party with these adorable mini paint can graggers!

All you need is mini paint cans (found on amazon, search “Mini Paint Can Candy Container” and glittery gemstones (michaels.com) to make some noise…… and stickers of course!

I bought the stickers from shopsweetlulu.com – my absolutely favorite online store!

Happy Purim Preps!