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About shikmabenmelech

Hi! I'm Shikma. a mother, a wife, a designer. I have a huge collection of papers, beads, glues, fabrics, yarn and more, that any moment is about become something new.

Little things make the difference

In order to infuse the Bat Mitzvah process with personal significance, our daughter worked on a project by herself, and gave of her own time and creativity: a masterpiece for hospitalized children
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Light and Darkness: {home made} chocolate coins

It’s fun to make these coins with kids,
That they’re quick and easy to prepare ,
That you only need three ingredients,
That the result is always beautiful and delicious,
And there’s practically no way to mess them up.
(There’s even a use for ones that break!)
So is there really anything else you could ask for? Continue reading

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Bat Mitzvah #3: Setting up the tables

we tend to like things a bit more complicated…
so we created decorations that would be beautiful and interesting to make Continue reading

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Bat Mitzvah #2: People will come

Anyone who has ever invited guests knows the challenge of arranging guests into harmonious table groups. It requires clear thinking, determination, and a certain fearlessness not often seen beyond the confined squares of only the most advanced Sudoku puzzle. There must be some computer program somewhere that pre-configures seating arrangements, but since that kind of computer intelligence is beyond me, (not to mention the inability of such a program to fix last minute emergencies) – This is what I did —
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Bat Bitzvah #1: Listing Therapy

So where do you start planning a Bat Mitzvah?
I started off by buying a notebook, and began my LISTING THERAPY;
I put everything into that notebook; ideas, addresses, phone numbers, names -absolutely everything went into that notebook.

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A Magnetizing Storytime

There are so many good reasons for story time. It supports early literacy, language and listening skills, cultivates imagination and creativity, and fosters a love of books. Best of all, story time is fun!
And story time is even more fun, when I’m reading MY book to the the cutest, most curious, funniest and very clever kids I’ve met lately.
So I made a magnetic book mark for each one of them. Continue reading

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I’m not little, I’m fun sized!

We celebrated two winter birthdays with family and friends on a Friday-night dinner with lots of food, and lots of lots of fun-size desserts Continue reading

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Personal. Portrait.

Nearly twenty years of happy marriage, four beautiful children, and three academic degrees later, his wife decides to bestow upon him a personal gift to celebrate his appointment to a senior position in his academic field.

Since this man esteems knowledge and philosophy of almost every realm, including history, literature, music, mathematics, economics, and Jewish philosophy, his wife intuitively knews that the gift that will touch his heart will be a paper cut portrait os The Maimonides Continue reading

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