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Monday, 23 February 2015

A marriage of convenience?

Once a year it's time for a rant....

For quit some time now we played with the idea to have a sabbatical year (or even longer), leave the kibbutz and return to the Netherlands for a while. I am fifty plus and husband is going to be 55 soon. I doubt we would find work right away, but if we wait even longer we won't for sure find any and will always be saying if only we would have tried...  Two of the kids want to come (18 and 20) and a third perhaps in 2 years when she finish her studies. If  I would leave, my mom of 77 who lives with us here in the kibbutz and has a pension from Holland would have to come too. She is to old to get any housing in Holland and I would take her in with me again (mantelzorg). But here comes the absurd. My husband can't come due to new immigration laws in Holland to curb marriages of convenience - and ONLY in Holland! Nowhere in Europe they have these laws. I would have to go by myself, my mom and the girls, get a job (yeah right away I"ll find something) and prove to the authorities that I earn 1600 euros a month and show a contract of a year in advance (who gives you a contract for a year nowadays?). Only than can I apply for a visa for my husband and it will take another couple of months. So all together with the luck of finding a job right away it will take months, years before he can join us (while he works the most hours). I am married for 27 years. I have worked for over 30 years and never claimed social benefits or unemployment benefits, neither did my husband or my children.

I was advised to go and live half a year together in Belgium or Germany and get him a five year visa there, as none of the other European countries have these crazy Dutch laws. How absurd is that?

Some one else advised to get husband a Lithuanian passport (EU) as almost his complete family was murdered there in the Holocaust and he can rightfully obtain a Lithuanian passport (but would loose his Israeli one, which he will never do..If only his family would have had a chance to flee to Israel 75 years ago...).

How can they call Israel an apartheid state when Israel took me in 27 years ago, just for being married to an Israeli. When Israel took in my mother because I lived there. When Israel took in my catholic Colombian son in law just for being married to my Jewish Israeli Dutch daughter?

In 2014 185.000 people immigrated/returned to the Netherlands. A total of 22.500 Syrian refugees now live there. I, a Dutch citizen (I have ONLY my Dutch passport), with four Dutch children and an elderly Dutch mother, can not return without leaving hubby behind. I used to be proud of Holland.....


Friday, 13 February 2015

Digihop February freebie - Love is in the air

The new digihop is going to start soon (upload 13-17th Feb) and this month it is all romance. Theme lovebirds! Hope you like it!

Find the hop here.
Find my part here.


I am working hard on my new store. I will make a post about it soon. In the meanwhile, my store at CSD is still on sale and will close at Feb 28th. Many of my products at CSD will not be available again, so grab them while you can! 35 % off!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Coolscrapsdigital is closing

My store at CSD has a closing sale! Doors will officially close on February 28, 2015 at midnight. Please ensure that you retrieve your downloads prior to Feb 28, 2015 as they will no longer be available after this date. I will open my store at a new store soon,  but not all my products will make the move. More about the new store will be posted soon!


Thursday, 15 January 2015

Digihop January freebie!

The first digihop of 2015 is ready! Cold winter layers in beautiful colors for those cold winterpages! Get the other parts here (upload is between Jan 13-17th, so come back later if not all parts are there yet).

My part:


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Hanukkah, new kit and freebies!

Well this might very well be my last post this year! How fast this year went by!  Here we are in the middle of my favorite holiday, the festival of lights, Hanukkah (Chanukah). When we"ll lighten our last candle next week, most of you will prepare for Christmas :) So hereby I wish you all wonderful holidays with your loved ones!

In the mean time I have finally uploaded my new Hanukkah kit to store. I wanted something different than the traditional blue and white and have chosen for a mint-grey-yellow-brown color scheme and a grungy feel! I really love how it came out!


Sample layouts at CSD gallery and digitalk

and a matching freebie!

I know I just had the Black Friday Sale, but I am featured designer the coming week and that is something we always celebrate with a sale and a featured store product in the CSD newsletter for free! My store will be on sale only this week!

If you subscribe/d to the newsletter at CSD you will be able to grab my free product with the coupon code inside the CSD newsletter of this week!

My free product is a matching pack of solid craft and cardstock for the new Hanukkah kit (or any other craft project).

Have a great Sunday!

Monday, 15 December 2014

Back from abroad and a new digihop freebie!

I returned from the Netherlands last weekend and we just had a wonderful time there (I might post some photos later).  It was cold, around zero Celcius but we enjoyed much. As I returned I got a cold from which has not passed yet, but feeling better already. During our stay in Holland my mom's cat Flip died (he was around 9 years old), so it was a sad homecoming for her. Also one of my cats Couscous is missing. I think she might have had a bad fall (she loves to climb the roofs and high furniture), but I can't find her anywhere.
Also we had an operation for our eldest Sharon who is suffering from detaching retinas. The first op didn't succeed but hopefully the next one will. And my mom in law started her first chemo for lymphoma. So it's been an eventful week for us since our return!

As for the graphic work, it's time again for another digihop! Children on the Go, All contributions can be found here.
The "children on the go" theme shall be awesome for scrapbooking all those Christmas photos of our children with their new toys, or our children traveling or just busy little beings during the holidays.  Let's do something a little different than all the traditional holiday kits and create something that can be used with photos of children all year long.

 Have a great week and stay warm!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Black Friday!

First of all a happy Thanksgiving for those who celebrate! My store is on sale for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! Enjoy your weekend!

I am leaving tonight for the Netherlands for a vacation with the family. I hope to be back December 6th. I won't have email access until my return, but get back to any mails as soon as I get back!

Stay warm!


Thursday, 13 November 2014

November digihop freebie!

The November digihop, The Grateful Table is about to start! Parts start to be available bewteen Nov 13-17. Get the other parts here!

and have a great thanksgiving!

Saturday, 1 November 2014


Right now we have 8 indoor cats (more or less indoors) and 6 outdoor cats.

Below some older photos of the quadruplets born in 2013: Gerrie and Ozzie (the boys) and Nina and Nala (the girls).

and our latest addition, Sean, born 2014

Nala was adopted (but she still comes around from time to time) by a family in the street and got a new name, Jessie :)

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy DSD!

This weekend it's not only Halloween  but also digital scrap booking day! In honor of DSD my scrap store will be on sale, 30% of everything, including commercial use and new items.

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, 17 October 2014

New kit and freebie!

I just released my new kit with a Sukkot theme to store
Sukkot or Sukkos (Hebrew - succot or sukkos, Feast of Booths, Feast of Tabernacles) is a biblical Jewish holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (varies from late September to late October). This year it fell in October and we just finished the holiday yesterday.
This kit has enough material for all your sukkot and simchat torah holiday photos! 
22 Papers, over 50 elements (the lulav, etrog, hadash and arava, a sukka - booth, a torah scroll, a simchat torah flag, flowers and branches, ribbons, frames, flairs and brads as well as holiday decorations), a lower case alpha with numbers and 21 wordart bits.


Sample layouts: CSD gallery - Digishop talk - and MSA gallery

and a matching freebie, a set of journal cards with a Sukkot theme! Hope you like!


Monday, 13 October 2014

October digihop freebie

The October digihop is about to start! Parts start to be available bewteen October 13-17.
Get the other parts here!

Find more of my scrap products at my store,


Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Shana Tova

Tonight starts the Jewish New Year Celebration. Wishing all my Jewish friends and blogreaders a wonderful new year, health, love and laughter, peace and prosperity. Shana Tova!

Barbra Streisand - Awinu Malkeinu (Our Father, our King)

Our father our king, hear our voice, we have sinned before you
Our father our king, Have compassion upon us and upon our children 
Our father our king,Bring an end to pestilence,war, and famine around us
Our father our king,Bring an end to all trouble and oppression around us

Our father our king,Inscribe us in the book of (good) life 
Our father our king, renew upon us.Renew upon us a good year

Hear our voice, Our father our king,
Our father our king,Renew upon us a good year


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Featured designer, freebie and fall sale

I am being featured again this week and thus 
the store is on a fall sale! 25% off 
all week at Coolscrapsdigital!

If you subscribe/d to the newsletter at CSD you will 
be able to grab my free product 
with the coupon code inside the 

Some of my new commercial use products:

and some of my Fall products:

Have a great week!


Monday, 15 September 2014

The summer break

It seemed as if the long hot summer never wanted to end. We got around 40 Celcius! It''s still hot but bearable :)

During my summer break I celebrated my birthday and got from hubby a beautiful white porcelain sink. I wanted for ages to replace my ugly sink in the tiniest shower possible. We bought an Ikea garden cart in the sale, took of the wheels, leveled the legs, drilled a hole in the top and put the sink and it's exactly as I wanted.

We spend a couple of days in Eilat at the Red Sea (had to fly back home early for a Navy ceremony for Michal, not allowed to show the photos from the ceremony). Photos were made with my cellphone, some trough the windows, so not the best quality)


We had a missing cat, Nina who fortunately turned up after 4 days. She had been attacked and had a wound behind her ear. She was totally freaked out, hungry and thirsty but she is all healed now :)

and today we got this

Yael fed Nina in the morning by putting food on top of her closet (Nina is still weary and needs to eat in a "safe"place). Than Yael stepped from her bed and misplaced her foot and landed with her hand bend. She broke the base of her hand near the wrist.

Hope to bring more regular posts now, now the weather is getting back to normal :) Have a wonderful week!