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I don’t think I have mentioned how much I enjoy crafting and painting. It is one of those things that I love doing and wish I did more of. I could give you a list of reasons why I don’t do this one thing that I love more often, but let’s just say I am still working on managing my time to do all the things that I need to do and still have time to do some of the things I enjoy doing! Despite all that, throughout the year I have many project ideas in my head. However, it is not until this time of the year that I get a very strong urge to start and complete some of those projects. I think it’s mainly because cooler temperatures are more compatible for making things, especially if the project requires it to be done outside. It’s also because the fall season inspires all sorts of cute decoration ideas. Let’s not forget that Christmas will be here before we know it, which provides the perfect opportunity to make Christmas decorations and handmade gifts!
I am happy to say that I have already started a few craft projects, mainly fall themed ones.
First, there is the sweater pumpkin craft. I got sucked into the Pinterest vortex one day and came across a pin for “Easy DIY Dollar Store Fall Decoration Ideas.”
One of the ideas was, you guessed it, how to make sweater pumpkins using orange Styrofoam pumpkins from the dollar store. You simply paint the pumpkins white if you don’t want the bright orange showing through, then take an old sweater, cut the sleeve off, and wrap the pumpkin in it and with a little bit of hot glue, you’re done. You can use them to decorate a table in your house or a mantle. This is my kind of project - cheap, easy, and cute.
The next fall craft project kind of found me. As I was walking down the aisles of Hobby Lobby, practicing self-control, I came across this cute, blank, wooden board that I couldn’t pass up (believe me, I still had self-control, there were so many things I saw that I wanted to buy but didn’t). The moment I saw it I thought it would be perfect for a fall word, like “thankful” to be painted on it or even a verse. I brought it home and finally decided to paint the word “blessed” on it because that is always my hope for any one that walks into the house, that they will feel blessed.
There are two other projects I would really like to start working on. The first one is to make or find scripture art to hang up in the house. I was reminded of the verse in the Bible that says to hide God’s word in our hearts so that we may not sin against Him. I have always thought that meant I had to memorize scripture! While memorization is a great way to hide God’s word in my heart, I have never been that great at it. I think another way to hide God’s word in my heart is to not hide that I believe God’s words to be true by displaying His word in my house, room, or even on my clothing, so that it remains on my mind and eventually finds its way into my heart and hopefully into others’ hearts.
I have one of my favorite verses hanging up above my mirror that I painted and framed. I see it every morning and every time I read it, it encourages me to keep on going. I think I’ve shared it before, but here it is again, Isaiah 41:10.
Lastly, one project that I have been longing to do ever since moving into my parents’ house is to make a fire pit. Why a fire pit? Well, at the moment, there is a sad looking spot where scraps of wood sit for an occasional bonfire. I think a revamp is in order, but mainly, there is nothing like spending a cool evening near a fire with good friends or family, chatting and laughing into the wee hours of the night. The sound of a crackling fire and the warmth it provides produces a relaxing way to spend a cool evening. I have many wonderful memories of doing just that, but one of the most memorable times I spent around a fire pit was last year during a trip to Massachusetts for Market of Hope, a non-profit ministry event held throughout the year and in October, in a little town called Norwood Massachusetts. Two Norwood families opened their homes for us to stay and at one of them they had a fire pit on the back patio. We had some great conversations, funny stories where shared where laughing ensued, and words of wisdom were shared by our hostess that I have not forgotten.
“God does not hurt us and if we are hurt there is a reason for it.
You just never know, but God’s ways are better than our ways.”
I needed those words then and I still need them now, so a fire pit is the project on my to-do list, so that more words of wisdom can be shared among my friends!
What projects are you in the middle of, dreaming of, or enjoying?