Rosh Hashanah Crafts and Preparations

We have spent the last week preparing for one of the holiest of all Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and oh, it’s going to be a good one.
The next year will be so, so happy, I really can’t wait!

This year we will be celebrating with wonderful, open and amazing new friends, which is very exciting. We are all really looking forward to it. This year’s celebration will be so different from the last year!

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The Hebrew calendar is shorter than the Gregorian calendar, and so the Jewish New Year does not happen on the same (Gregorian) date each year, but it usually happens in Autumn.
Rosh Hashanah is a time where we look at our actions during the past year and also make plans for how to better ourselves for the new year. It’s a time to take stock and say sorry to the people we my have mistreated. On Rosh Hashanah we also dip apples in honey to symbolise our wish for a sweet new year, and so our Rosh Hashanah crafts are apple and honey themed!
We made these adorable handprint beehives with some fingerprint bees, I really love how they turned out and I am hoping that I will remember to make these each year to see how the little ones are growing up. (They do insist on growing up even though I have asked them to stop.)

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Our Rosh Hashanah cards are always the same design, a stamped pomegranate with the words Shana Tova (Happy New Year) in Hebrew.
These have been delivered to the neighbours already, as I didn’t want to risk losing them in the chaos that is currently our craft cupboard.
We still have to make more for our family, too!

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We also made a really simple apple print bunting decoration to go above our Nature Table.

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There is still lots to do, my favourite being the menu planning (and recipe testing!) and of course more decoration crafting, too!
I am so looking forward to this year’s celebration, I hope I will find time to snap a few pictures to share with all of you!

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The Pencil Book Sneak Peek – Pencil Weaving

I am so excited to be able to share a craft from the pages of our book with you.
The Pencil Book, which will be published on the 2nd of October, is full of fun crafts and ideas for things you can make or do with pencils.
We love pencil weavings, and somehow they usually tend to find their way onto our Autumn Nature Table, so I thought this may be a good time to share this with you.

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Pencil Weaving

You will need
Two pencils (We like the ones that look like sticks!)
Yarn in any colour or colours you like. We will be using a beautiful handspun merino alpaca blend in brilliant Autumn colours.

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How to:
Start by putting one pencil on top of the other in a cross shape.
Use the wool to knot them together tightly.

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Now start weaving by wrapping the wool around each arm of your cross, going under and over each one.
After a little while you will be able to see the weaving to take shape.

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Continue until you feel that your weaving is finished and secure the wool with a knot.
You can display your weaving in a window or use it as a decoration in your home.

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Progress

It was scary, saying out loud all the things we know about Boo, and I wanted to thank you for your kind and encouraging words, your advice and your hugs, both virtual and real. Thank you for sharing your stories with me. It means so much to us. I will reply to your messages shortly, but we took the last two days to just be together, to look for pinecones and owl feathers, say hello to squirrels and to collect acorn caps.

Brother and Sister

We received Boo’s appointment in the post. We will be seeing a consultant in early November.
Angelman Syndrome can be diagnosed with just a simple blood test, so we may have a diagnosis much sooner than we thought.
Patience does not come easy to me and I’m not very good at waiting, so we have been making sure to enjoy every day.
We are able to go for walks again now as the early Autumn sunlight is not too bright for Boo. We like to walk in the evenings just in case, though.

Sunrise over a paddock

I love those farm sunsets!
We will be back properly on Monday.
Wishing you a beautiful weekend!

(The beautiful photos were taken by my lovely Mr. Flower)

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Google Play Voucher Giveaway

Today I have another really great giveaway for those of you who are in the UK.
We have teamed up with Three Mobile for a great educational and fun opportunity.
As you know our little ones use iPads for their screen time ever since Boo started using one in the hopes of eventually communicating through it.
Each tiny person has their own, as their needs and abilities are all so different.
We are pretty selective about the kind of apps we put on there, but luckily there is always a lot to pick from.
Some of our favourites are the Toca Boca apps, which are open-ended, full of adorable and kind graphics and lots of ways to play.
The little ones particularly like Toca Tailor in which you can design clothes for a virtual little person or animal, picking fabric patterns, styles or even taking photos and creating your own patterns. It is a lot of fun and a very gentle way to play!

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We also enjoy the Toca Builders app, which is great for creative thinking skills and three-dimensional thinking.
In this app you use a variety of vehicles to build anything you like. You can paint the floor, add blocks, build upwards or sideways, the possibilities are endless. Caillou really likes to draw blue-prints of machines or robots and build them in Toca Builders!

A fun game for littler children is Lego Juniors, where you build a car from Lego parts and then drive it through a simple little world, collecting coins as you go.
There is no way to not “win” this game, and at the finish line you always get a virtual present, which makes this game fun and rewarding, and not stressful at all!

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Now that I have told you about these fun apps, all of which are available on the latest android devices such as Samsung S5, HTC One M8 & Sony Xperia Z2, let’s get to the giveaway!

Three Mobile are giving away a £50 voucher to Google Play to one lucky reader!
You could buy a whole bunch of fun and educational apps with that!
All you have to do is fill in the form below. This Giveaway is open to UK residents only.

Good Luck!

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