If I had to name my biggest struggles, insecurity would surely be in the top five.
So it's easy for me to hesitate about being creative, afraid that what I make won't be good enough.
Good enough for whom? I don't know the answer to that. Insecurity can leave you in a vague sort of not knowing.
I don't want to remain stuck in the fear of not being good enough. So I've given myself permission to create things. Here's my latest effort:
See those pretty candles? I created those by gluing birch bark to plain candles. And the arrangement on the sideboard? I created that, too.
In fact, that arrangement started with this $1.99 find from the thrift store: a beat-up old planter (not an antique, just a cheap reproduction).
I refinished the planter using a simple paint technique. Once I had it looking like I wanted, I filled it with pine cones. It looked sort of pretty just piled with pine cones, but that wasn't quite what I was going for. I wanted to do more.
Truth is, I really like to arrange flowers. My arrangements aren't fancy, and they certainly aren't professional, but I love putting elements together to create an arrangement. So I decided to do that with this planter. I left the pine cones in place, then gathered sweetgum balls, magnolia seed pods, acorns, feathers, cattails, and cotton bolls, along with a few craft store elements like lotus seed pods. I added one thing at a time to the base of pine cones until I had this:
It's just right for my dining room for Fall, I think.
Sure, I could have purchased something for that space. But the act of creating something
is good for my soul. It reminds me that I am made in the image of God, the Creator of all (Genesis 1:27).
Have you created anything lately? Share it in the comments so we can see!
This post is the second entry in a 31-day series: Caring for Myself Body and Soul.
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