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Archive for December, 2007

Well Maren seemed to finally get Christmas this year.  She got off to a slow start when she didn’t want to do any work to earn money to buy presents, but after I talked to her she got excited.

She started asking how much were earrings from some of my friends.  I told her they were in the twenty dollar range.   Then she asked me for my friend Danielle’s email and told me I couldn’t read any of the emails.  A little later she told me she needed to make Danielle two girl bookmarks and two boy bookmarks and not to open the package Danielle sent.  She was so excited and couldn’t wait for me to open them.  They were some gorgeous earrings.

I got her a very special present.  She has been wanting her own website since she was six, so we compromised on a page on mine.  I decided to buy her a domain and have it redirected to her page.  Santa left her a letter telling her to go type www.marenscreations.com .  She was so thrilled to see it go to her page and realize she owned it.

The second incredible gift I got was from my husband.  He gave me the 26th off and watched the kids all day for me, including taking Stiles to the chiropractor.

It was a fabulous day.  I woke up and did some work on the computer and then headed to Third Place Books, where I bought Little Lord Fauntleroy and then ordered veggie lasagna and read and ate.  Then I got some lemon cheesecake.  I came home and had the house to myself for about an hour and knit a little.

Then I decided I needed a creative challenge, so I went through my picture file and got all the pictures I had printed for projects and hadn’t used.  I also got all the journal covers waiting to be embellished and got to work.  I have a great time.

Here are a few of the items I created.

 

You can see all the other items I created that day here they are the first 18 items.

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A couple of Sundays ago my daughters primary (Sunday school) teacher spoke in church.  She ended her talk by quoting one of her favorite poems The Touch of the Master’s Hand.

I have always loved the poem.  I remember quoting it when I was on my mission in Argentina.  I can still recite about half of it from memory in Spanish.  I decided I would use it to make her teacher’s Christmas present.  I would make a journal with the poem and a picture of a violin.

There was one problem.  I don’t have a picture of a violin.  I immediately thought of my friend Rebecca from Tree of Life Photography.  I figured there was a chance she had a picture of a violin.  Well she didn’t, but she did happen to have some violins and offered to take me some.  The pictures were so breathtaking so I couldn’t make just one.  Here are three of them.  Two (mine and the teacher’s) still need pages.

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I have been really busy with Christmas customs and all that fun stuff and have lots of things I wanted to share.  I thought I would start with something I just finished a few minutes ago.

My mom taught me to knit when I was a teen.  I only knit a few things and haven’t done anything with it since then.  I have seen so many gorgeous hand dyed yarns, that I decided I had to learn to knit.

So when I went on vacation with my mom in November, I asked her to show me again. 

I have been playing with it and decided that I wanted to mesh my new skills with my old.  So I started with an incredible hand dyed targhee wool from  <a href=”http://www.hyenacart.com/mosaicmoon”/>Mosaic Moon</a> and knit this great little journal cover.  I am thrilled with how it came out.

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