Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Como siempre digo, solo Dios sabe lo que paso cada dia. Si compartes lo que sientes, algunas personas no les importa, no lo creen, o pueden hasta juzgar, o se distancia para no tener que lidiar con ello, y si no se comparte nada, la depresion crece y crese adentro de uno, y alguns veces uno no tiene ni ganas de levantarse, y se lucha por ocultarla y ser positivo por otros lo mas que se puede, y estar siempre alli por otros, cuando otros muchas veces no va a estar alli por uno. Depresion no es algo que se puede combatir y se ira asi por asi, se puede pelear, y tratar de sobrepasarla, pero siempre estara alli, especialmente cuando uno se siente solo, y cuando no se tiene con quien compartirla y que este alli por uno ( y No!, no importa si uno esta casado o no), todos necesitamos a un buen amigo en la vida cerca ademas del esposo/a, alguien quien por lo menos llame cada dia o de vez en cuando para ver como uno esta, salir con uno aunque fuese a tomar una tacita de cafe o te, e invitarlo a uno a visitarlo/a a su casa (si es hombre "lo", si es mujer "la"), y preocuparse por uno tanto como uno se preocuparia por el/ella. Jesus puede ayudar, pero recuerden, uno siempre necesita a alguien alli para uno. No cierren el corazon a personas que conozcan que sufran depresion, algun dia todos podremos necesitar a alguien alli para nosostros tambien.

Like I always said, just God knows really what I go through everyday. If you share what you feel, some people may not care, may not believe you, even they may judge you, or even keep away from you to not bother with that, and if you don't share, depression keeps building up inside you, and some days you do not even feel like getting up from the bed anymore, and you hide it by trying to be positive as much as you can, and try to be there for others, when other may not be there for you. Depression is not something you can just fight it and it will go away; you can fight it, and try to overcome it, but it will still be there, specially when you feel alone, and when you do not have someone to share it with and be there for you ( and No!, it doesn't matter if you are married or not, everybody needs a good friend in life close by besides their partner, someone who at least will call you everyday or often to find out how you are, to go out with you and have a cup of coffee or tea, and invite to her(if you are female)/his(if you are male) place, and care, as much as you will do for her/him if you could). Jesus can help you, but remember, you still may need someone there for you. Don't shut your heart to people you may know who may suffer of depression, one day you may need someone to be there for you too.

As far as we do not hurt anybody.....

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is so true, but sadly some people still even if it happens to them, instead of getting kind and helpful to not let anybody else go through that, they become bitter and they like to let other people suffer like them did or worse with the excuse that if they did not have anybody for them, why they should help others now. So sad! 

And also, a lot of people do not like to help others at all, even when they can really help, because they do not believe the other what the other person is going through, but sooner or later their time will come, and they will feel how it is to feel alone, with nobody to help even when those people can, and when nobody will believe them or understand them as they did with others before.


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6 Best Reasons to Give Hand-Made Gifts

Best Reasons to Give Hand-Made Gifts for Special Occasions
Best Reasons to Give Hand-Made Gifts for Special Occasions

There's Nothing Like a Hand-Made Gift from a Loved One!

Choosing the right gift for your loved one can be difficult, particularly when you're shopping for somebody who seems to have absolutely everything already! The last thing you probably want to do is spend money on a gift that's going to sit on a shelf, unused, or a trinket your loved one will look at once in a while but which otherwise serves no purpose.
Does anything hurt more than knowing that a gift you chose to give someone isn't what your recipient wanted? This can be particularly tough. So if you're looking or something special and not only unique but one of a kind, then you might want to think about giving a hand-made gift instead of purchasing something from the store.
Please note that making your gifts at home doesn't mean that they will cost less than what you can purchase from the store. Particularly in the case of fiber crafts (knitting and crocheting), it may indeed cost you more to purchase materials than to purchase a completed item at the store.
The purpose in giving hand-made gifts is to give something that is personal and individual to the person receiving the gift. You might not save money, but you give a particularly meaningful gift.
Hand Made Gifts are Wonderful for Any Occasion!
Hand Made Gifts are Wonderful for Any Occasion!

#1 Hand-Made Gifts are One of a Kind

Any hand-made gift you make is one of a kind. No two creations will ever be the same as one another, and this gives each piece special meaning. Even if you use the same pattern twice, you'll never reproduce the afghan that you made for your mother. The one you give your sister will be different. If you make hand-made candles for gifts, the scents and colors will be unique: You'll never make them the same again.
Needle crafts (of all kinds) lend themselves most to individuality because of variations in fabrics, yarns or cording. On the other hand, these are also the most expensive crafts to give as gifts and generally take the most time to produce. If you're looking to save money on your gifts, needle crafts aren't a good choice.
Handmade gifts are unique by design.
Handmade gifts are unique by design.

Do you enjoy giving hand-made gifts to your loved ones?

  •  Yes, I do!
  •  No, I prefer to give store-bought gifts.
  •  I don't give gifts at all.
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#2 Hand Made Gifts are Personal

If you've ever had to look everywhere for the perfect gift for a picky person, you'll understand the significance of a hand-made gift being personal for the person who will be receiving it. When you choose to make your gifts rather than purchasing them, you can choose colors (or fragrances or flavors) you know your loved one will appreciate and enjoy.
Anyone who has ever looked everywhere for the perfect teddy bear for a little girl or the right color blue truck for a little boy will understand what it is to give a gift that has been personalized specifically for the person who will be receiving it. Because you can measure or choose (or even dye!) your own colors, you won't have to worry about it being the wrong color, the wrong size, or the other type. You can make all of these decisions for the person who will be getting the gift and because it's so personalized, it will be perfect!
Homemade jams, jellies and marmalade make excellent gifts!
Homemade jams, jellies and marmalade make excellent gifts!
Home-Made Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows
Home-Made Hot Cocoa and Marshmallows

#3 Hand-Made Gifts are Crafted with Love

A gift should show the person receiving it that the giver has thought about them and that the giver knows them well enough to find something that suits their personality and their hobbies perfectly. In short, a gift is an expression of love from one person to another (platonic, fraternal or romantic love). When you choose to give a hand-made gift to somebody important to you, you're sending them the message that they were worth the time that you spent in creating that gift. Your gift is infused with the love of the hands that made it for the person who will receive it.
Very few gifts feel as nice as receiving something that you know someone put time into creating specifically for you. This introduces an incredible "love factor" to these amazing hand-made gifts. Ask anyone who's ever had an afghan or teddy bear made specifically for them.
Hand Make Gifts If...
Don't Hand Make Gifts If...
You believe you can produce high quality content.
You don't know how to craft.
You have enough time to finish the project.
You're feeling particularly rushed.
You have the financial resources to put into your gift.
You don't like shopping.
Make Home Made Gifts for all Occasions
Make Home Made Gifts for all Occasions

#4 Hand Made Gifts are Fun to Make!

For those people who enjoy crafts, home made gifts are great fun to make! There is, perhaps, no better reason to make your gifts by hand than the pure and unadulterated pleasure in the creative process. If you're a creative person, making gifts for your loved ones should be fun from the planning through to the finishing and the wrapping. What better reason is there to give hand-made gifts than the fact that you enjoy creating them? If none of the other reasons on this page appeals to you, hopefully this one will.
Hand Made Gifts can be Stash Busters
Hand Made Gifts can be Stash Busters
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#5 Hand Made Gifts are Stashbusters

Most crafters have some kind of a "stash" around their home. Whether they're knitters or crocheters, quilters or paper crafters, people who enjoy making things tend to "hoard" their supplies. Particularly when items are on sale, it's easy to get ahead of yourself and stock up on what you hope to use in the future. This can be a tremendous problem for people who make crafts on a regular basis.
When choosing to make home-made gifts for your loved ones, you have the option to make your projects "stash busters" that use up items that you've been stocking up on and hoarding for future use. You can use up yarn or paper or other supplies that you've been wanting to use for a long time but for which you didn't have a project designated yet.
So break out your stash the next time you have a gift to give somebody, and get it down to a manageable size again!

#6 Hand-Made Gifts May Save Money

While it is certainly true that in some cases hand-made gifts cost more money than the store bought versions of the same item (woolen sweaters are an excellent example of this!), in some cases hand-making your gifts may save money. Hand-made candles, for example, may save money over the pricey store-bought alternatives.
If you believe that you can produce a high-quality product, it may be wise to do so when the alternative is to spent $20+ on an item you can make for less than $10. Do note, however, that it is a dirty trick to produce a low-quality product just for the sake of saving money. Only do this if you believe that your quality is high enough to make a valuable gift.

A Word of Warning about Hand Made Gifts

Please do be fair to the people you're giving gifts to. Especially in a gift-exchange situation, make sure that the gifts you're giving are high quality as you would wish to receive from somebody else. Making your gifts at home isn't an excuse to cut corners or to give a low-quality finished product. Create the best you know how in order to please the recipient of your gifts, and remember that the standard is different for children than it is for adults.
When I was growing up my mother once told me not to give anyone something I wouldn't like to receive myself: This is a good rule of thumb with hand-made gifts. If it's not something you would love to get from one of your loved ones, then you shouldn't gift it to somebody either.

The Importance of Handmade Gifts
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:00  |  Written by Charleen Touchette | Blog Entry
Giving the Grandmothers Cake photo and art by Charleen TouchetteWhen I was a girl, soon after the fall harvest I began making holiday gifts for my family, friends and teachers. Using whatever handwork or cooking skills I learned that year, I would knit, sew, embroider, bake, paint or sculpt homemade presents. As a young mom, the presents were jars of preserves, bottles of wine or dried herbs and sachets made from the gifts the Earth gives throughout the seasons. One year, I sewed placemats and napkins out of cloth remnants for each family member, and the children made punched tin napkin rings to go along. The joy we felt giving these gifts was deepened by the many hours we spent making them.
Many are rethinking holiday gift-giving thanks to the tighter economy. There is heightened awareness about the negative effects of hyper-consumerism charged to credit cards on a family budget, and on the environment and the psyche. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spent 5.7% more during the December 2011 holidays than they did the previous year. But while per capita consumption in the US has increased by 45% since 1973, quality of life has decreased by about the same percentageAffluenzathe bookPBS television program and DVD, focus on the perils of “Affluenza… overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.”
Charleen Touchette Knitting photo courtesy of Charleen TouchetteHomemade gifts cost little in materials, but the time, effort and love put into each one makes them of great value. Gifts crafted at home inspire children, are eco-friendly, use less gas and packaging, and replace fossil fuel with human energy. Making presents requires thinking ahead and thinking about the recipient, while taking the time to make something especially for them. It is also an opportunity to consider gift-giving in general—and its place in our lives, our relationships and our communities.
Cultural anthropologists explain the role gift-giving has in all societies and the ways it connects us. Beyond the community-building benefits of gifting, through establishing bonds of reciprocity and support, the actual making of gifts has a salutary effect on overall well-being in that it fosters creativity and productive, purposeful work.
In the United States, gift-giving is primarily focused on Christmas and birthdays, while in the indigenous world, it is a part of daily and ceremonial life year-round. Generosity is highly valued in indigenous cultures and leaders are respected for how much they give away rather than by how much they acquire for themselves. Among the Lakota, the word for generosity, wacantognaka, “means to contribute to the well-being of one’s people by sharing and giving freely… of not only objects and possessions, but also emotions like sympathy, compassion, kindness.” The benefit of such generosity is seen as extending to the giver and contributing to their happiness.
The Lakota host gift-giving ceremonies called wopilas (literal translation: “thank-yous”) throughout the seasons for Honoring, Naming, Adoption and other ceremonies. In fact, wopilas accompany nearly every important event in an individual’s life including graduation, marriage and memorials for the departed. According to Elizabeth Grobsmith in her book,Lakota of the Rosebud: A Contemporary Ethnography, “[t]he Lakota giveaway is an example of ‘reciprocal exchange’ that serves the function of cementing relationships, expressing mutual affection and establishing a system of what the Lakota call ‘Indian insurance.’”
In many cultures, it is customary to gift a person who compliments something you wear, such as jewelry, with the object they admire. When I learned this as a child, I decided immediately that I wanted to be a person who gives freely with such unconditional love and generosity. I find that the joys of making things and giving them away freely with an open heart results in increased happiness and well-being for everyone. When something feels so good and is so good for you and the Earth, why limit it to only one day a year? Gift-giving year-round keeps the warm holiday glow burning throughout each new year.

The Importance of a Handmade Gift

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People often times don't think about buying handmade gifts for a present for someone they love. They really should though. There are tons of reasons that the gifts that are made by an individual are better than some of the gifts you can buy in a store. Maybe you have never stopped to think about this. If this is something you have never considered, here are some reasons we encourage you to consider it now.
The first important reason that many choose handmade gifts is because they are helping someone out. Many people who make these put a lot of money, labor, and their heart into them. They take extra notice to detail and for that, you can't find much flaw with this. It's unlike the things that you can find in a store. These are more delicate than others and they are made with more things than any manufactured items were made with. The time alone that people put into making them is precious and you might underestimate how long it took.
The other way that you actually help a person is because you are paying their price. You might find that these handmade gifts are a bit more, but when you factor in the materials and the time they put into this, you learn that the price isn't all that bad. This is how some people support themselves. Women who work at home might use this so they have a little money of their own to go and do the things that they wish to do. There are some that use this money to donate it to a good cause. These are gifts that many try to find as they have purpose.
Many find that with this sort of gift, they can get it personalized. Personalized gifts are fun as you can make them to fit the personality of the person for which you are buying for. However, the nice thing about these gifts is that the person makes it to your liking. Many times, you can add many more touches for no extra cost. This saves you some money as many places would have charged for that sort of thing.
Some will find that buying this sort of gift is unique. There is something that makes them stand out. Sometimes, those who make their own gifts and sell them have a talent that no machine can ever produce. Other times, you will find they know just what the average person needs because it's the average person who is making such things.
These are just a few great reasons that people buy these in general. They are practical in most cases and they are full of fun and unique things that you can't readily find elsewhere. They last longer and when you talk to people who have gotten such gifts, you learn that these are the ones they remember for a good amount of time. They will cherish these things because someone toiled over them and they aren't just something that you can pick up at any old store. It has some value to it.


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Why I Think That Handmade is So Special!

I love handmade, I buy handmade, I make handmade and I sell handmade. Yet often when I am asked why handmade is so special, why each piece costs more than a similar item in the high street shops or why I bother making in the first place, in the face of such hostility I am often stumped as to what to answer. So I decided to do my research, get myself prepared for the next negative comment and be ready to stand up for what I believe in.
So what really is so special about handmade?
Well firstly it is a mistake to compare handmade with the large corporations – there really there is no comparison. We don’t sell it in the same way. We don’t buy it in the same way or even receive it in the same way.  How do you compare a jar of mass produced Jam with a homemade preserve using locally grown fruit presented in a beautiful recycled jar with a cheerful label? It’s impossible!
I would argue that handmade is more sustainable than mass production. Mass production means bulk buying and this forces the lowering of prices down the line, mainly in the production of raw materials. Lower production costs ensure that the large scale companies can make more profit whilst selling, at what first appears to be, a low price – a bargain price.
Dig a bit deeper and what this really means, is that many people worldwide are forced into jobs with little pay and this has a knock on effect those countries, in so far as they cannot develop, cannot sustain their environments and any adverse condition, such as a drought, has a far more adverse impact upon them than if they were wealthier.
The wealthier nations, such as our own, then have to subsidise these poorer countries with loans, rescue aid, charitable giving etc. That money comes from you. It’s a false economy; it’s a profit on a page but not profit in reality because if you had paid the real price in the first place there would be no need to pay up in another way. So when you look at that £1 mug from your local supermarket, it’s not a bargain, it will cost you more in hidden charges than what you initially paid for it.
Mass produced items are perceived as or actually are, ‘throw away’. A horrible culture of, if it’s broken, don’t fix it – just chuck it out, is now so prevalent, that we throw away things that are perfectly fine. We want an upgrade, the latest version, the next best thing…we want to be noticed! However what we are failing to notice is our rubbish piles growing higher and higher!
Here is where handmade excels – there is no need for an upgrade as it is perfect already. There is no need to keep up with the Jones as a handmade object is unique. Even if it is one of a series, each one will be slightly different from the next. It’s the minute imperfections that make it so desirable. Why I hear you ask!
Well, if you own a handmade, unique piece of work then only you in the whole world own it. That’s over 7 billion people who will never get to have it because you have it and if you keep it until 2050 then it will be nearer 10 million people who don’t have it! How’s that for having the edge on everyone else! Each handmade piece of work is as unique as each person in the world.
Mass production is now turning to small crafters for help. They want to try and replicate the handmade feel to an object, but it is a fake, it is not the real McCoy! However they also recognise that people do not want to live in bland, off the shelf environments. Rather than give you the real handmade object, they sell you a machine produced copy. The difference can be likened to that between a diamond and a cubic zirconium! Both are good, but I know which one I would cherish a whole lot more.
Buying handmade supports local craft industries and people, wherever you buy it. The price you pay for it is exactly what you see, there are no hidden costs. The revenue stays within the country and people are not out of work but working in their business either as individuals or groups. Taxes are paid, money is generated and the overall impact on our economy is huge. In the UK, the creative industries account for about 7% of the GDP and each artwork (and I include the handmade mug in this!) contributes to this. Furthermore government investment in the arts sees an amazing return of £2 for every invested £1. Does it make sense to cut this investment? I think not.
Buying handmade ensures that traditional making skills are kept alive and creates a demand for education in these skills. At the moment the powers that be are so busy replacing skills based training in the crafts with less labour intensive or material rich courses, more often than not, offering courses conducted on a computer and easily stored on a pen drive. The outcome of this is potentially lost skills, the demise of handcrafts and a real loss of our cultural identity. Students can be herded through the system quickly, without a huge investment and now can be charged a small fortune for it!
But what happens if the machines can no longer be run, say for example, when our petrol supplies run out. How will we as a nation reinstate these lost skills? The economy is so fragile because we have already lost so many of our skilled industries and we are now playing catch up again. Would it not be better to maintain and increase a skilled artisan base, rather than scramble around at some future date to rediscover it?
Handmade is a celebration of our contemporary lives , a living culture and not part of a mass imposed, one size fits all, consumer culture where everything looks the same and is easily boxed up. Each handmade item is about people and not machines. It is about the time and effort that goes into each piece of work, it is about the skill of each maker, the technical ingenuity of the maker, the magic of an individual’s imagination, and it is a treasure on a beach of throwaway machine made tat!
Call me biased. Say I am a ranting maker on my handmade soap box! But don’t deny the facts; handmade is far better than we have ever given it credit for!

The Value of Handmade Gifts at Christmas

handmade gifts christmas
And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ – Acts 20:35 (NKJV)
A couple of years ago, during a time of dreaming with God about my life, I wrote down, “I will hand make every gift I give for Christmas.”
It is a lofty goal that I haven’t quite attained, but one that I still strive for as much as I can each Christmas season.
“Why are handmade gifts so important to me?” I ask myself.
Everyone expresses love in different ways.
For me, I value the thought put into the gift and taking the time to actually make it. Time is valuable, so taking the time to think about a gift and then make it with your hands equals love, at least in my mind.

There are 3 reasons why I encourage my kids to value handmade gifts:

Handmade gifts encourage creativity.

We serve a creative God which means that every single one of us has creativity in us. Giving handmade gifts encourages my children to create!
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

Handmade gifts help my kids to think of the recipient.

I love Christmas. I love celebrating the birth of our Savior. I love the baking, the decorating, the festiveness of the season. I think, in the spirit of Christmas, it’s easy for kids to enter into a “give me” attitude. Encouraging children to make gifts for their loved ones helps them focus their eyes onto others and what might bless them.

Handmade gifts create an opportunity to give without breaking the bank.

Even if there are no pennies in the piggy bank, kids can still enjoy the blessings of handmade Christmas giving. Handmade can be heartfelt without forking out a lot of dough. The Internet is full of so many great ideas to get the wheels turning on handmade Christmas gifts. Here are a few of my handmade favorites that we’ve actually made, from left to right…
Handmade Christmas
1.  A painting.
Give the kids a camera and have them go and take photos of things that strike their eye. Print the photos and then ask them to choose one to paint. If you’re a little leery of trusting your child with a camera, then have her choose from an assortment of photos already taken. You might just get a father-daughter masterpiece that you weren’t expecting!
2.  A clock.
Buy a small canvas and have the kids paint a picture or Mod Podge a printed photo on it. After it’s dry, attach clock fittings (available at most craft stores).
3.  Hair clip organizer.
For the budding seamstress, this project is an easy hand sew. Simply cut your favorite shape out of felt, stuff with filling, pin around the shape adding a long ribbon to the bottom, and sew with embroidery thread. Add an initialed heart at the bottom for weight!
4.  Silhouette collages.
Have the kids paint a background on a canvas, cardstock, or board. While that’s drying, take a photo of their silhouette against a white wall. After uploading it to your computer, put a piece of paper up to your screen and trace their silhouette. Have them fill the silhouette with a collage about themselves or about the receiver. This one is especially great as a gift for the grandparents!
5.  Stencil napkins.
Find a stencil, buy some cloth napkins, and have the kids paint the stencil using fabric paint.

My Next Best Alternative to Handmade Gifts

If I can’t give something handmade for Christmas, my next favorite go-to gift is books! I love having a stack of Christmas books easily accessible to the kids during the holidays. Two of my favorites that teach how blessed it is to give more than receive are One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham and The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs. These are books that we read year after year!

Your Turn

In Acts 20:35 Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” How do you teach your kids this important principle of giving and receiving during the Christmas holidays?