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The Ten Leopards

Everyone knows that there is nothing a leopard loves more than his spots. But what happens when he sneezes them all off? Told in sweet, rhyming verse, this imaginative retelling of the healing of the ten lepers puts a fresh spin on a Bible favorite.

The Rich Camel

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Scheduled for Publication in 2023.

Camelot is a Camel with quite a ‘flair for fashion,’ and he loves his fancy clothes. But when Jesus challenges him to give them up in order to follow him, can he do it? He loves Jesus and wants to go, but “who will I be without them?” he wonders. This fun and imaginative retelling of “The Rich Young Man” puts a fresh spin on the bible favorite.

Author Nina Harris

Nina Harris grew up in scenic Idaho, where she often explored the mountains and forests near her home. She began writing poems and stories when she was very young. She has often found inspiration in the wonders of nature She has had a few poems published and her first Children's Book, "The Ten Leopards," was published in 2019. This fun rhyming story is a retelling of the story of 'The Ten Lepers' from the bible---but with leopards!

 

With eight children of her own, Nina stays in tune with the fun and wonder of childhood. She loves spending time with her kids and also leads church youth activities.  Her creativity is a big help when it comes to kid's activities. She has done everything from teaching sewing and cooking classes to painting her son's bedroom to look like the ocean.

 

Nina and her family still live in Idaho.

 

 

 

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Pioneer Day Ornaments

With Pioneer Day coming up soon I thought I would show some special ornaments I made. This ornament commemorates our pioneer ancestors. 

To make these ornaments you will need several things:

 1- You will need a Pattern. You can copy or draw a pattern onto paper. For my Pioneer Day ornament I used a simplified drawing of a man and woman pulling a handcart. This symbol is also the "Faith in every footstep" symbol used to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the pioneers entering the Salt Lake Valley. (Note: under my pattern is the number 1856 which commemorates the Willie and Martin handcart companies.)

  2- You will need white oven bake (or air dry) clay (I used Sculpey oven bake). Homemade clays can work however it is harder to get the sharp details especially the smaller the ornament. Slowly work the clay in your hands until it is pliable and can be rolled out.

3- Take a rolling pin and roll the clay out until it is about 1/4th inch thick. Roll out on a smooth surface.

4- You will need cookie cutters or round objects to cut out shapes. I used a 2 1/2 inch pipe to cut out the circles the right size. I used the bottom of a plastic cup to mark the inward circle.

 5- A toothpick or other molding tools will also be necessary. Lay the pattern over the circle of clay and either press the toothpick along the pattern or poke holes through the paper to mark the clay. Remove the paper and use your molding tools to perfect the pattern. Dig out at least one hole in the ornament so that it can be hung on a string. Add words around the outside of the ornament. For my Pioneer ornament I chose the words--"The price we paid to know God."

6- You will need craft paint, paint brushes, and clear gloss spray. I used blue, black and gold paint on my pioneer ornament. After the paint dried, I gave it a coat of clear gloss to seal and protect it.

7- Lastly you will need about 5 inches of yarn or string to make a loop through the hole so you can hang the ornament.