Yesterday, I spent the afternoon creating a collage sign.
Today, that sign was out on the annual Christmas market down in the village: I, and a few other students set up a booth there, so we could get in touch witht the locals a little. We sold cotton candy, handmade soap, and handmade paper-beed necklaces. New for me: It isn’t often that you get to make cotton candy or see so many people in one spot around here!
The money raised from the soap and the necklaces will sponsor a group of young mothers in Uganda, to help them learn a trade and to support their families. They are learning things like sewing and gardening and soap making. Their lives are often times very hard, but they have hope, because they will be able to stand on their own feet someday. My mom is in direct contact with them and works with the local leaders. Check out the her blog to read more about this project:
Some people in my class decided to do a gift exchange, and as mentioned in the last post, I made a football pillow for that. But what I didn’t know is that I was not the only one who prepared a hand-made gift. The girl who prepared my gift is normally not someone who would call herself “creative”, but she was inspired to make me a little pin board.I think it’s really cute and the thought she put into it put a smile on my face :)
what I got for the gift exchange
the picture from the church service
And yesterday I was at a church service and painted on stage. It was fun, and the resulting picture is based on psalm 1 from the bible. Its main point is that a person grounded in God will be strong like a tree by the water. They will not be easily shaken and even be able to bear fruit (be supportive of others).
After the service I gave the picture to one of the visitors. He and his wife were happy for it :)
It’s satisfying to see how you can inspire people.
I hope that you can find people who inspire you, but also that you yourself can become someone who inspires others. And with that thought, have a great remaining Sunday and a great week :)
In case you are drawing a blank on gift ideas for Christmas, here are some suggestions:
Make a Card: You can use any material, like old magazines, colored paper, felt or candy wrappers. Just choose a simple design or think of your own. Here are some examples I did, but it can be much simpler as well, more is often less!
Cook a good meal
Write a Poem/Song: Find out what the gift recipient likes and have a go!
Help out around the House: Actions speak louder than words, as they say. Do something you might not normally do and do it with a good attitude.
Buy a cool Christmas Ornament: You know what he/she likes, get a fun ornament to go with it. Do they like Star Wars, Gardening, the color Orange? Find out!
Make a Mosaic Number Tile: This one is really simple and also adds a fun DIY-touch to someone’s front door. Here’s how you do it!
My CD “Crossroads”: You can also give your friends/loved ones a CD with 5 cool songs :) The “real CDs” cost 6,50Euros a piece and 18Euros for 3 CDs. Just write me an email at email@example.com or download the songs on Itunes and Amazon