Happy Holidays

I dont think I have ever actually done a Christmas/Holiday greeting blog post before. I wonder if there is a formula, things one is supposed to say? So I will have to wing it as best I can.
The holiday season is a difficult one for me, many memories that I would rather forget, however I have children and I believe that they deserve to have Christmas memories that are good and worth remembering. But in our family our focus is not on having a huge feast, or getting lots of ridiculously expensive presents. Our focus is quite simply being together. A couple of years ago my gifts to my kids were Ambulance cover and a new working home phone. Most years they get clothes.. yes jocks and socks. And you know what, they appreciate it. They understand that the thought is more important than the cost.
So my Christmas wish for all, is that you get joy from the little things at this time of year… the joy on the face of a child catching sight of Santa, the hug from a distant relative, the smile from a loved one, the sound of ripping paper and laughter. For one day put aside the anger over a harsh word, the stress of financial worries, the past events that taint family get togethers and be thankful for the good things you do have.
Being thankful is something one should try to do everyday, but I am more than well aware of how difficult that can be… so make an extra special effort to make sure you have at least one shining day.
From me and all my family…
Happy Holidays, may joy be with you.
HaffinaCreations 🙂


Encouraging the next generation.

As some of you who have followed me for a while will know, I have children. Five of them to be exact. The 4 oldest are all males, and the littlest is a girl who seems to rule the house, but that is another story.
My children have been watching me create for years, along with my mum, and often ask to try things out. My mum has taught them knitting and cross stitch, whilst I give tips on drawing, perspective, painting and on occasion allow them to access parts of my ‘stash’.

Recently the ‘middle’ child asked if he could make some jewellery, in fact he had been hounding me a bit about it, because it had been probably a year since he last had been granted access to the hoard. I was busy creating myself, so I said yes and handed him a container of ‘mixed’ Czech pressed glass beads and other bits.
As he designed and strung he would come and show me, and I was pretty impressed, his ‘style’ has improved. A couple of times I made suggestions on what I thought would work better or be more appealing. Then when he was done I finished the pieces off for him.

During my next photography session I took photos of his pieces and then listed them in his section of HaffinaCreations (yes, he has his own category, as do his two older brothers).
A few of my artisan friends saw his pieces and frankly they were really impressed, he shows a definite talent, his eye for balance is great. When I told him and showed him the comments that had been made he was so chuffed.

My main reason for this blog post is not to toot his or my own horn, but to encourage all parents to encourage their children to find their talents. Give them a helping hand, show pride in their achievements, they are the artisans and crafts people of the future. Educate them in how to show off their creations in a positive and constructive way, help them build confidence to take the scary steps of going public with what they are doing.