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Topic: Craft (as in handcraft) (02/08/07)
- TITLE: Recreation
By Marjorie Sims
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Handicraft is defined as skill with the hands; a trade or art requiring skill with the hands; to make or work by hand.
There are many crafts I like to do with my hands; knitting and crocheting, needlework and quilting, papercrafts like scrapbooking and cardmaking, and handwriting and calligraphy.
My newest handicraft is beading, the basics of which I learned at a ladies retreat.
My mother taught me to knit and crochet, do needlework and exhibit good penmanship and to enjoy making something with my hands. I notice my sister likes to do many of the same crafts I do, perhaps because our mother passed on her love for crafting. My girlfriend recently taught me to do paper embroidery on greeting cards and is presently teaching me quilting. My very own daughter-in-laws are all creative and have each taught me something about scrapbooking.
I work on my handcrafts while watching TV, while on a long trip, while relaxing at the lake, and even at special weekend retreats. It's always a good time to be making something. Crafting in the daytime, at night, on weekends or during holidays keeps me from having idle hands.
I like doing handcrafts because developing these hobbies have been emotionally gratifying and because I have grown closer to family and friends while working on them. I also realized I liked doing handcrafts because it is recreation. Like my Creator, I enjoy making things, creating things. We are all unique
one-of-a-kind originals, the creation of a loving God. How wonderful to know we were created by the hands of God!! We are God's (own) handiwork (His workmanship) recreated in Christ Jesus. (Eph 2:10 Amp)
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