It’s Crafting Season!


I know. it’s been months. I have to admit, The Summer of the Lung Transplant absolutely killed my crafting mo-jo. And the few projects I did make did not make it onto any type of blog. If you are lucky, you got a couple of Instagram pics on my FB wall, that’s it.

But fall is here, the leaves are turning, and that means it’s time to get crafting. What kicked it off for me was setting up the sukkah last week. Sukkot is by far my favorite Jewish holiday. it’s long enough to see everyone, I get to BUILD a frigging building AND decorate it!!!

This year, we made no changes to the layout or size, so I got out some left over paint samples and I made a sign.  For the decor this year, we skipped the little beaded fruits and instead went UBER-crafty! The girls strung EVERY SINGLE silly band they owned into a long garland, and also each contributed part of their precious duct-tape collection to make a super weather-resistant colorful garland. We even decorated a chandelier with mealty-beads.

The Sokoloff Sukkah, 2012 edition.

The tale of the Ugly Hannuka sweater


if you don’t know this about me already, I am Jewish by choice, having converted before marrying my husband. Coming from a long line on non-practicing catholic French Canadians, the holidays to me meant crafting and decorating. Something Jewish holidays are sadly lacking in. I mean, really, for a group of people on year 5772, where are the crafts and decorations? I feel like I have already made Menorahs out of every possible material, from toilet paper rolls to shot glasses, plubimg pipes to old cell phones (OK, that last one wasn’t mine, a friend’s husband just did that).

I have noticed a new trend amongs my friends (and the Today show)…. The Ugly Christmas Sweater competitions/parties. And frankly I’m jealous. There is no Jewish equivalent. Well, there is now!

Take on 30$ Joe Fresh sweater (I’m sure Joe didn’t meant for it to be ugly, but frankly, it sort of is),








Cut up an old cardigan that got shrunk in the wash, sew it together, and you get the First Ugly Hannuka Sweater!


Proudest parts of this sweater: the chamash, which is meant to be higher than the others, is on the zipper, so when my husband puts it on, he ‘lights’ the sweater. And the little flames have tiny holes in them and I used the buttons from the cardi at the top of the candles, so my girls put the flames on the sweater according to what day of the holiday it is. And we are actually doing it every day!


placemats, take 2

she loves her placemats, but I can’t wash them fast enough to send them back to school, especially if she has 2 days back-to-back of either meat or dairy. So I just whipped up two more, using fabric from my stash and the iron-on interfusing. No sew! I know, it’s sort of lame, but she’s got the coolest placemats in the class and the teachers love the fact that they roll up into her lunch box, so they don’t have to do the wiping!

Picture_075 you might recognize the fabric on the top one, it’s an old skirt i had already repurposed as an apron. And the bottom fabric is vintage, from an Ebay purchase my husband did a while back. I couldn’t think of what to do with it (It was a single, small curtain panel), so I just cut a corner out of it.

meat and dairy placemats

The finished size is about 8 by 11, or a standard piece of paper. Small for placemats, but since there are for a 4 year old at school, I figured it was large enough. this is essentially a no-sew project, because I was lazy and did it in front of the TV with Ultra HeatnBond. I could have zigzagged the pieces on, but I was too lazy to spend the evening in the sewing room (with no TV!)

I did stitch the front and back together with fancy stiches on the embroidery machine. If you are so inclined, you coud just HeatnBond the front to the back and avoid stiching all together.Dairy

Meat The background fabrics were both from Superbuzzy, the rest from the fabric stash.