Hello again! Hope you’ve had a wonderful week and are looking forward to the weekend. What do you have planned? We don’t have any plans to speak of, but I am hoping to spend some time tidying up the garden so that I can start to sit out there and enjoy it.
Thank you for all your likes, shares and comments on my birthday post, they were so appreciated. As I mentioned in that post, I took a creative evening at our church on wednesday called The Creative Hub. It’s a group organised by a lovely friend of mine called Jayne. The idea is that anyone who likes crafts and any kind of creating can go along, and with like minded people, in a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere, create. It is not a church specific activity, it’s open to anyone to come along.
I had mentioned to Jayne, maybe a couple of months back, that I would be interested in taking one of the evenings. Her vision for the group was and is for different people to take the evenings to share what they do and enjoy, so she was over the moon with my offer. I was so looking forward to it, but on Monday I started thinking “why did I offer to do this? I can’t think of anything that a group of creatives don’t know or haven’t tried yet”! I had a real battle in my mind about it and felt like I had nothing to share.
Who knows that some of the things we think about ourselves are not good and we don’t have to listen to them? I used to accept whatever came into my mind which was an overwhelming amount of negativity, but I have learnt so much over time to believe the good stuff, the truth of who God says I am and that not all thoughts are
Thinking so negatively about myself for much of my life was not only detrimental to me, but also those around me. Who wants to be around someone who is always so negative?
Once I got my thoughts straight I decided that I would do some decoupage. Incase you haven’t heard of decoupage it is simply glueing pieces of paper (or in my case, tissue) to an object that you want to decorate. You can buy the expensive bits to do this but I do it using 50/50 pva glue to water and give it a good mix, this lasts for months on end in a sealable container. I then use the packs of tissues with all kinds of designs from flowers to golf clubs and bunting to wellies which you can find in gift shops and garden centres and I’m sure many other places.
I supplied wooden hangers, tiles to turn into coasters and champagne flutes to decoupage the stem. When the majority said that they had never done decoupage before I was really surprised, one lady said it was something she had always wanted to try but had never gotten round to. Good job I didn’t give in to the negative thoughts. What really struck me about the evening was lots of people with the same materials, coming up with such different results, it was incredible. I was inspired to try things that I haven’t thought of before. I’m so disappointed that I forgot to take some pictures to share with you.
I had really lovely feed back from everyone and they were all happy when they left, (maybe partly due to the bubbles I took to toast inkatesshoes birthday)! I absolutely loved doing it and would love to do it again. The outcome of the evening for me was that we are all unique and have unique things to bring to life, whoever you are. Don’t ever discount yourself because you don’t feel ‘good enough’. We are all good enough, more than good enough and we all have value!
What are your thoughts?
If anyone would like me to do a post on decoupaging inkatesshoes style, let me know and I will endeavour to make that happen.
Wishing you all an amazingly blessed weekend.