I am changing how we celebrate Hanukkah.

Pretty audacious, right? well, i am tired of tiptoeing around what is right & wrong with how to celebrate Hanukkah. i grew up in Vermont with two parents, my father is Jewish & my mother converted. We grew up celebrating both Christmas & Hanukkah.¬†we got a Christmas tree. perhaps a day or two before Christmas….

treasure box art

All these origami boxes were made by Maggie Begun, my mother. Each box, in & of itself, is a treasure, BUT sometimes she puts things inside. Sometimes she makes Sculpey (polymer clay) buttons, she tumbles rocks, uses her own fused glass designs to decorate the top of each box. These boxes belong to me, lucky…

bowl of gold…

yeah, i know, i forgot #3…anyway. lets talk about trash, shall we? I bought the wreath at the thrift store for $2.00. I bought the Chanukah gelt (and candy canes, they pick) for my art students to eat, but i ask they leave their trash with me because…geez, how often do you see GOLD tinfoil?!…

give your kids something to do…

over Winter break. This was made with a student who celebrates Chanukah. The same materials can be used to make Christmas ornaments. I’ll show those ideas soon…

one of my favorite commissions

if you look super-duper close at the name beneath the word, “Siddur” you will find, absaab. Which is me. This is the second Jewish prayer book/Siddur that i have been commissioned to design/paint the covers for. I was shooting the redesigned school, the kids seeing the new changes to their school & i came across…