December 6 – Make.
What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?
(Author: Gretchen Rubin)
A timely question if ever there was one! The last thing I made was actually several things. On Sunday, I worked on a handkerchief I am crocheting the lace border around, I decoupaged six Christmas ornaments, made homemade turkey vegetable soup, then painted (watercolors) with my three-year-old. I haven’t painted in so long. I forgot how fun and relaxing it is! It was her first time painting and she thoroughly enjoyed it.
We plan on framing her artwork and hanging one up for ourselves and then we’ll give some of the others to family members for Christmas. They are beautiful mixtures of color that remind me of stained glass windows. A child’s imagination is indescribably magical. I hung my own picture of autumn colors in our bedroom by my vision board. My painting is not very good at all but it is mine and I am happy when I look at it.
Every year around this time, I start making decoupaged ornaments, homemade soaps and candles. It feels good to give loved ones something I make with my own hands. I put a lot of love and care into everything I make. I send that love along with each gift and hope they sense it each time they use or look at their gifts.
As for something I want to make, I’m not really sure! I need to finish an afghan for a dear friend’s little girl. I am behind on finishing it! I do want to make personalized ornaments for the new additions to our family and yes, I am also behind on that. Other than that, I’m satisfied and having fun being creative especially now that my little girl is old enough to join me at the table and create! As she kept saying last night as we painted away, “Mommy! I’m an artist!” Yes Pumpkin, you are. We all are, in some way, shape or form.