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Made ornaments for activity time during Silver Lake‘s annual Christmas celebration.

Hesitant artisans young and old soon found that they could transform raw materials into artistic creations to adorn Christmas tree or decorate outdoor bushes to feed happy birds. No templates were used, just a few scrap materials and old fashioned imagination.

For tips on how we created these ornaments using pine cones, acorns and birdseed, visit the education page or download library.

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Kevin Abraham-Banks, a Sioux Falls, S.D., trucker, likes to knit

From the WSJ: Kevin Abraham-Banks, a Sioux Falls, S.D., trucker, likes to knit while passing the time on the road. Here he makes a sweater for his wife.

Here’s some inspiration for an artist date: try out some textile arts.

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “Idle Pastime: In Off Hours, Truckers Pick Up Stitching: With Less to Haul, Drivers Try New Hobbies; Quilting in the Cab,” features truck drivers who spend their downtime quilting, sewing and knitting.

The fact that you can take strands of thread and basically make something out of it, that’s awesome I think,” he said.

That’s one of the amazing things I admire about the arts: you can take ordinary things and make something extraordinary.

Another trucker in the article said,

Quilting, he said, “gives you a little bit of ownership. You’ve actually accomplished something with your time off.”

I recently started crocheting again while on vacation. The time passes anyway, why not have something to show for it?

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Anne LammotThe April 2010 issue of Sunset Magazine published Time Lost and Found, an article by the writer Anne Lammott, in which she talks about valuing finding time for creativity:

I begin with my core belief—and the foundation of almost all wisdom traditions—that there is nothing you can buy, achieve, own, or rent that can fill up that hunger inside for a sense of fulfillment and wonder. But the good news is that creative expression, whether that means writing, dancing, bird-watching, or cooking, can give a person almost everything that he or she has been searching for: enlivenment, peace, meaning, and the incalculable wealth of time spent quietly in beauty.

Then I bring up the bad news: You have to make time to do this.

Reading the whole article online on finding time on Sunset.com.

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