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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)

TITLE: A GIFT FOR VALENTINE
By LEELA ABRAHAM
02/13/07


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TOPIC CRAFT

TITLE A GIFT FOR VALENTINE

This week happy couples will celebrate Valentine’s Day, and express their love for one another. Family and friends also join and share their love with flowers and gifts. I visited the Mall last week to buy a gift and walked around for hours to find something appropriate and within my budget. Every store was decorated for the occasion with merchandise everywhere. I was looking for something that would be appreciated and looked attractive. I walked around for hours and finally got what I wanted. The display of hand made figurines captured my attention and I paid the price and requested it gift wrapped. This would look so grand on the mantel piece over the fire place in my friend’s house.

A piece of clay was transformed into this object of beauty by a creative individual who loved to work with ceramics. Hours of molding, drying, painting, glazing, baking and finishing touches had increased its value and usefulness. It was now adorable and would be an expression of my love for my Valentine. The display of articles in a craft shop is a glimpse of what crafts are made in the community. Some folk do it as a hobby and make some pocket money while others do it as a business. The materials are usually bought from different shops and the talented craft person creates the object of his/her choice. The intricate handwork in most of them is really fascinating

There is a lot of self gratification for the person who has created a thing of beauty. Children are encouraged to do a lot of art and craft, both in the school and home to develop their creative abilities. “Scrap booking,” is very, very popular now among women of all ages. Family albums are indeed worth a display to friends and family. Numerous types of wall hangings, Christmas ornaments, and decorative pieces are made and sold. When you need to buy a gift visit the craft store and you will always find something nice. If you have the time and patience you can do it yourself and save money having the satisfaction of creating it.

When I make a small decorative piece or enjoy the beauty of some craft items, I am always reminded of our Creator. He made the universe the earth with all the plants, animals, man, all the beauty we see is the work of His hands. In the beginning He pronounced that everything was good. He gave us the very best and we need to give Him our best too. Jesus said, ” Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” He came and gave up His life to redeem us. Are we His friends? When we express our love and appreciation to family and friends, let us prayerfully bring our valentine gift to Him. He is worthy of our all.


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