Handcrafted by you

Gardeners, bakers, woodworkers, quilters, farmers, knitters, quilters, craft brewers and so much more!

We’re not surprised that CC readers are also gardeners, bakers, woodworkers, quilters, farmers, knitters, quilters, craft brewers and so much more! Thanks for sending in photos of the beautiful creations you’ve made by hand.


Bill Los does wood turning on a lathe. This is an oil lamp he made from maple and Jatoba wood. He drilled a deep hole in the top for a glass insert (from Lee Valley) that holds the oil and a wick.


Sarah Brouwer makes nearly 2,000 jars of jam a year as part of her family’s strawberry farm.


A Christmas present for his wife, this scroll saw clock was made by Gary Prinsen – without using a laser.



After designing it herself, Marion Dieleman pieced and sewed this colourful quilt.


These tiny, white burial gowns for one- to two-pound preemie babies were knitted by Jannie Prinsen. She donates them to the local Children’s Hospital.


George Langebroek says he’s always wondered where birds go to die. With millions of birds in the world, why don’t we find more of their skeletons?
Using the only complete bird skeleton he’s ever found, a piece of bark and a bird’s nest that came from a storm-felled tree, Langebroek created this art piece entitled “Home at Last.”


Despite failing eyesight, 91-year-old Annie Siebring continues to crochet table runners for each of her 45 grandchildren. She raised 11 children, sewing their clothes, knitting sweaters, toques and mittens and canning endless amounts of food. Over the last 10 years, she has crocheted well over 200 pairs of baby booties for grandchildren and now great-grandchildren. Her love for making handcrafted items from baby booties to wild blackberry jam has been passed on to all of her children.


Heidi Blokland’s hobby is pottery, which she does in a little studio out in a shed. This lovely nativity set has 15 pieces, from shepherds to angels to little Baby Jesus.


Irene Bakker’s mom took a wool blanket to Canada in the 1950s – it fit a small double-sized bed, but not the queen size beds we have, she says. So Irene designed and made a quilted border for the blanket; the blended item now fits a generous queen size bed and is “back to being what it was meant to be!”


Would you believe these succulents are handcrafted from green paper cardstock? Esther Lessard inked the petals different shades of green with purple hues, curled them and arranged her creations into pottery and other vessels she found lying around her home.



Janelle Los hand embroiders wall hangings as gifts for family and friends. She’ll often include their favourite Bible verse or wedding text.


  • Angela became Editor of CC in 2009, having learned English grammar in Moscow, research skills in grad school and everything else on the fly. Her vision is for CC to give body to a Reformed perspective by exploring what it means to follow Jesus today. She hopes that the shared stories of God at work in the world inspire each reader to participate in the ongoing task of renewing his creation. Angela lives in Newcastle, Ontario with her husband, Allan, and three children.

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