We actually couldn’t live without beauty


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By Alona. She and her son take English lessons together. Alona’s native languages are Ukrainian and Russian.


I HAVE a friend, Natasha, who is both beautiful and talented. She has two wonderful little girls. One of them is my god-daughter. Once upon a time, good-fortune smiled on me. I can’t imagine how I came to have such a friend. She is so special. We are even more than friends we are so close.  

     A year ago she was looking for something to buy on the internet and, by chance, found some amazing photo albums. She liked them so much, she wished that she could make something like this herself, but she was afraid that it would be impossible. Then she learned that in another town she could take a class and learn how to make handmade books. Even though she has two little children she found a way to take time to learn. The course was only a few days long. There was only one teacher and one pupil. Natasha was afraid because she couldn’t even draw! But the teacher said that the most important thing was not knowing how to draw, but knowing how to feel beautiful things. 

     The first thing she made, the quality of it was so high that even the teacher was amazed. And so, Natasha was inspired to keep going. She bought many different materials and tried to create her first card. She started with cards before trying to make a book. Her first cards she gave to friends and family. Everyone was in shock because her work was done with such love, beauty and taste. The quality and style were amazing. Nobody could believe that such cards were made by hand at home. 

     My family was lucky enough to get one of the first photo albums she made. Natasha made it for my husband’s birthday a year ago. She offered to make the gift to surprise him. I gathered some of my favorite photos and then Natasha made them look old. Each page in the album is unique. Each page has special details made of wonderful, different things. There are even little parts that move, like metal keys and locks, little wooden buttons, satin ribbons, and wheels that turn. Here and there, there are pockets tied with string where you can hide things. You can find a note or photo hidden in these pockets. Even the glue she uses is special and all the books are hand sewn and made with the best papers. The cover is made of hard board and covered with real leather. It is so pleasant to touch with your hands because it is so soft.

     Beautiful things make us a little romantic, they help us stop and think about our life. We always hurry through life and don’t notice all the beautiful, wonderful things around us. But we can’t live without these things. I think they are very important. Natasha’s talent as an artist and a person is to turn kindness and love into something beautiful she can give to other people. 

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