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My Granny Naomi has been making these biscuits for longer than I can remember and longer than I have lived. She must have made thousands and thousands of them, but that’s not where the name comes from. Though it should. Thousand and thousands are the little candies that go on my favorites biscuits in the world.

My Granny Naomi is over 90 years old and is still younger than most people I know. When I think of someone creative, I think of her- Back in the day , before FOREVER21, or Prada,  she used to make exquisite clothes for her daughters, – if I could put my hand on her designs I would wear them today, that’s how retro I’d like to be. As kids, when we would visit her, she was always busy making a new doll, or knitting a sweater, or solving the hardest cross-word puzzle  or making  chicken soup that made everything be alright, or just baking another batch of biscuits.

In her 80′s she went online, via email, and  even sent attachments of the photos she was taking with her new digital camera because she always had a camera around her neck….ATTACHMENTS! EMAIL! I mean the woman was 80!!!!

In recent years she has lost her hearing and most of her vision, and continues to learn Braille – I mean really? How many grandmas learn Braille?

My Granny Naomi is over 90 years old, she has 4 daughters, 12 grand-children,  14 great grand children, (correct me if I am wrong) and many many more friends and people who love her!

Granny Naomi! I love you.

Granny Naomi

The hand that make magic

Magic Hands

She still does her own hair

This is what she used to look like

The Younger Years

Grandpa Harry

My Grandpa Harry

Braille books

Braille Book. Reading dots.

she sculptors these with hardly seeing

Sculptoring without seeing.

some dolls she made some time ago

Companions. We all have some at home.

when Zoe was born

This doll is of Zoe, for Zoe

When my daughter Zoe turned one, she had bangs, (before we knew who Suri was)…Granny Naomi made a doll in her liking, based on a photo. When Zoe got the doll I snapped this picture, printed it on a card and sent the note. ” Dear Granny” I sent it to the home where she lives, forgetting to put her name or room number on it. They opened it, and saw “Dear Granny” They didn’t know Shani was naomi’s granddaughter from Ameirca, but they knew that only Naomi makes these dolls that look like her loved ones. They delivered it to her and she called to tell me that I forgot to write her name.
I didn’t, her name is Granny, and she’s only Granny Naomi becasue she’s not Granny Freda…my other 90 year old Granny.

the little old lady sewing

The Workroom

January 11, 2010 - 11:31 pm

Leonie - Shani this is wonderful. I know she would be delighted if she could see!!! And yes, she would be on facebook if she could. I wish I had kept the dresses she made you when you were a year old!!!
love you , and granny does too.

January 12, 2010 - 12:14 am

Jono Barel - Wow. What a tribute. Really touching, Shani. I think this is one of your best posts, ever.

January 12, 2010 - 12:18 am

Leonie - oh and its 15 great grandchildren :-)

January 12, 2010 - 7:32 am

Sandra - Best post ever, I agree with J, but did u forget she also had an adopted daughter…me, and that brings 4 more grandkids…lol, but since u put a shot of “the workroom” picture I got her in London sooooo many years ago I still feel a part of the family! amazing post! She is so much what u wrote and a lot more! xoxo

January 12, 2010 - 9:36 am

Emily Melzer - WOW!!! incredibly touching… definitely your best :) Too bad she cant see..

January 12, 2010 - 9:39 am

Emily Melzer - WOW!! Gorgeous!! love it! definitely your best :)
Too bad she cant see..

January 12, 2010 - 11:05 am

Lynn - Really a magnificent tribute and even if she can’t see it, everyone that loves her, can.

January 13, 2010 - 12:49 pm

Leonie - And she eventually got to see it thanks to Lynn!!!!

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January 2, 2011 - 7:56 pm

Shay - This was really touching. Thank you Shani. Much love and thousands and thousands of xoxoxo’s….

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Happy New Year!

my new year’s resolutions

1.  stretch my body every morning

2. watch one good movie a week

3. this one’s not for blogging

4. keep my desk in order

5. blog more than once a week

I’ll let you know in a few months how I’m doing…..   what’s yours?

and here’s are a few samples of Holiday Cards I worked n this Holiday Season….They have been converted for blogging purposes and I hope you got one in the mail so you can see the real thing!

the gift that keeps on giving!

Have I been good this year?

Run! Robin Hood!

A true family portrait

The moment after the "decisive moment..."

January 14, 2010 - 1:34 pm

Leonie - Great cards! hope the new year is like the Decisive Moment. And that we can deal with the real ones too. Tempting to make resolutions:
1. Don’t Panic. Believe in myself and feel like everything has already worked out well.
2. Meditate (and BREATHE) daily.
3. Market my work and classes with energy and regularly. Including have a sign made to hang on the building.
4. Write down creative Ideas when they pop into my head.
5. Eat healthy food, smoke less till I stop altogether,
6. Read the books I have already bought.
7. Schedule a social and see a movie a month
8. Laugh, love, give and accept

Happy birthday mom

60 reasons to flourish

60 reasons to flourish

I wish I could say I had brought the flowers, but all I did was show up with the kids to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday. It’s my wonderful sister in law who won’t go anywhere without a bunch of flowers, so thank you- happy birthday mom- I know you’re having a great one so far and wish you another wonderful lifetime filled with love, health, wealth, creativity and happiness.

January 30, 2010 - 9:18 am

Leonie - Just saw this now a month later!!! Thank you darling daughter. I have to tell you that showing up with the kids to celebrate was worth a couple of dozen flower bunches…. not to undervalue the lovely flowers from Ruth.

The princess and the frog

and the moral of the story....

and the moral of the story....

There’sa new Disney movie with that subject matter-I read it’s got a double twist to it, I would go with my daughter if I thought we should be reading or watching any fairy tales…but I have my opinion on those, and here’s one.   I always found this story interesting, because I  felt the princess was right to change her mind; who wouldn’t? she did what it took to get what she needed and what she wanted- no matter who paid the price along the way- it’s a sheer coincidnce that she ended up with a handsome prince that she loved and lived happily ever after as far as we know…but it could have eaily gone so wrong, and how many times have we all been in this scenario? times when things did not always end like the fairy tales? at all.

How is  this connected to the photos- just the frogs. and the princess…they made me smile and think about life ahead and the rules and regulations and ideas and life this girl still has a head of her, and how many frogs are going to offer to help and then come knocking on the door? Though knowing her father…I bet he’d kick him out and tell him to come back when she’s thirty. Thats’ what I would do.

And how many frogs will she have coffee with or dinner or kiss? how many have we?

and all because of one little story that was supposed to teach little girls how to behave and listen to their fathers (who’s wives always mysteriously died, either at childbirth or just of plain weakness….

Obviously, times have changed, and today, the girl would just turn around and say ” it’s ok, I’ll just get another one on ebay!”

And the moral of the story is…..leave me a comment with one I’d love to hear what you’re thinking…if you’ve never done it before, scroll down to click on comment !

the evil witch turned her friends into statues

the evil witch turned her friends into statues

and locked her inside the castle

and locked her inside the castle

but the polka dot fairy released her

but the polka dot fairy released her

and she was free.

and she was free.

December 12, 2009 - 5:52 am

Jono - I think “The Polka-dot Princess” would make a brilliant book title.

January 6, 2010 - 11:12 am

Sharon - Aww…such pretty pictures!! Where is the place with the huge gate at the back? You’re so talented!

November 10, 2010 - 11:46 pm

Heidi Bonito - These are my faves ;)

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