About Me (and some non-social media friendly moments)

Hi! I’m Menucha, the lone force behind Moms and Crafters.

 

This is me at my wedding:

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There is only one time I looked better than that:


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Who am I kidding? I look like a wreck! But that was the happiest moment I can remember. It was the moment I met my little man. M is the driving force behind this blog! He even tries to help me write….

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M is now a big boy, and now we have Baby Y on the team as well!

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About M:

 

M has many hobbies.

He enjoys putting things on top of the washing machine.

 

 

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He loves hiding in cabinets.

And his favorite thing to do is to talk on the phone!

He also loves being silly with Mommy.

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M was born in September 2013 and has never failed to delight his parents since the day we met him. Everyone insists he looks like Daddy but I think he has a mix of both…

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About Baby Y:

He may only be a baby but don’t underestimate that sense of humor!

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Baby Y was born in May 2016 amid lots of chaos. Everyone says he looks nothing like his brother, but we know the truth…

 

Left is M, right is Baby Y. The dimple gives it away...

Left is M, right is Baby Y. The dimple gives it away…

 

Baby Y is quite the cuddler, and is always ready for a hug from his mama.

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About Me:

 

I live in New York although I’m definitely still a Jersey girl at heart. I’m a craft-addict and thought I’d share my ideas with the world. I make jewelry in my spare time. Okay, who am I kiddding? I don’t have any spare time… While managing my home, family, and life, I draw adult coloring pages, write tutorials, and work as a freelance graphic designer.

 

Here I am with M sharing an earring-modeling moment.

 

My favorite letter in the alphabet is “C”. I love cookies, coffee, chocolate, chips, and cheese. That’s why I started off as a “Citron” until I married a “Ceder”. I’m a little crazy, but that’s a good thing.

I am married to Shmuel since 2010. He’s been a saint, supporting my ambition to be a stay at home mom and the many hours all my “things” take up. He washes dishes, changes diapers, and always finds some time for play (and Mommy terrorizing).

 

As you can see, I’m an orthodox Jew. I keep a strictly kosher home, I cover my hair and dress modestly, and I don’t work Friday evenings and Saturday. All my recipes can be made kosher, considering all the ingredients are certified kosher. I do not blog about religion, although I will occasionally include some crafty tradition holiday experiences or Jewish holiday recipes. My religion does not believe in trying to recruit converts, and since much of my following is not Jewish, I keep things neutral. I will, however, be happy to answer any questions anyone has pertaining to Judaism privately – simply email me.

 

Moms & Crafters is a blog run by, me, a stay at home mom, who just like you likes to create easy crafts.

If you would like to learn more about Moms & Crafters, and what you can expect to see here, you can read all about it here.

27 Comments

  1. So honored that you included our Hanukkah sensory box activities on your awesome blog!

  2. Love the picture of your son and hubby–so cute!

  3. Rockin’ about page, mama. Loved seeing all these beautiful moments of you.

  4. Found you from blogger2business website. You have a nice blog. I’ll keep visiting to get more ideas on crafts and recipes..

  5. I just wanted to doublecheck and make sure that your blog/newsletter is free.

  6. Claudia McKinnon

    I am new at this and love your site, I am from Glace Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada

  7. Love both your Sensory Haddadah and the Interactive Seder Plate. One comment: as an educator, do put the Hebrew words anywhere you have room. The same in English. The sooner your adorable son recognizes them, the more rapidly he will associate them with reading . Oh, have you checked out the Pomegranate Guild of Judaic Needlework on line?

    • Thank you! We actually have a small collection of Hebrew kids’ books, including the popular “Olivia”, and he watches “Rinat and YoYo” on YouTube to learn a little more. But we were hoping to be way ahead by now with the Hebrew, considering that’s my husband’s native language 🙂 Oh, and I’m checking out the Pomegranate Guild right now.

  8. I just came across your site last night and returned to read further on it tonight. I think the picture of you and your newborn son is MORE beautiful that the one of you in your wedding dress (which is also beautiful, by the way! :>) ) Nothing is more precious, or gorgeous, than a new life! I can’t wait to see what goodies both you and M have in store for us. Keep glowing, Mama!

    • Aw, thank you Susie – and glad to have you along! I agree, there is a beauty that you need to know to see 🙂 I do need to update this page with a photo of my second little guy, Baby Y, who was born just a few short weeks ago!

      • Hi Menucha, I have been looking at your crafts, I would like to make these and sell them on Etsy or Ebay. May I have your permission to do so. Thank you, Rayna

        • Hi Rayna,
          I do not mind if you make these to sell with the following conditions: 1. You can use my tutorial to “make something your own”. Change it up to give it your own personality. 2. Take your own images of the products (I do not allow my images to be used outside of this blog, unless it’s to share my blog post.) and 3. If you are able to, feel free to give credit to this blog. I have written more about it on this post. Thank you for doing the right thing and asking first!

  9. Hello I liked your blog a lot… Can’t wait to try the recipe and the craft..

  10. I love pictures of people laughing! This looks like a great site!

  11. Such an adorable family!!

    Thanks for sharing your talents with the rest of the world. I am going to adapt the clothespin menorah idea for my Jewish Sunday School class. The kids are 1st and 2nd graders and I am sure they will have fun making the menorah too. Shhhh, don’t tell them that it was originally meant for toddlers.

  12. I just found your site I am saving it to my home screen ! You sound a lot like me ! I am a stay at home mom of 6 ! Five boys one girl. However two are college bound and for our home with us , three teenagers and one nine-year-old ! My life is about my family and my crafting ! We are looking into buying a house and the house we want has to have a den area for me to change into a craft area because my craft stuff is taking it pretty much the whole house and the family is getting irritated LOL ! I do everything from crocheting to coloring to sewing to ceramics and making hair bows with ribbon and much much more ! I even do the fixing around the house . my has been definitely tries to help but I’m picky LOL !

    So I am very excited to be on your website and look at some of the ideas you have ! Oh before I forget I’m in Washington state clear across the United States from you , but it would be fun to share ideas !

    Have a great Thanksgiving
    S Keyc

  13. Thank you! A friend sent me a pin to “introduce” me to your printables and blog.

    I am going to meet with a few friends as our local coffee/tea shop in January to color. May I print one for each of them? If so, I will write your blog address on each copy. Thanks for your consideration! I’ll wait to hear back from you.

    Love your work! Blessings on you and your family!
    Happy Hanukkah!

    • Hi Eden! Thank you for asking first! Which coloring page are you referring to? If it’s a small group I don’t mind, as long as my link is on it – I truly appreciate your consideration! And thanks for your compliments – happy holidays to you too!

  14. This blog is awesome, thank you !

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