November 24th: Fiercely Creative

Meetings, like today’s, I am so grateful for the wonderful women and mothers that attend our group.  They bring an incredible amount of encouragement and love, that they are willing to step up and help one another out through a difficult time or share a piece of their life with one another in order to encourage them. I truly don’t deserve to be blessed by all of these women.  Being the meeting right before a Thanksgiving Holiday,  we are reminded of the wonderful country we live in and the good that we have here. Often, it is easy to get trapped by the consumerism and busyness that life throws at us and we tend to loose our focus on the things that are the most important. Fortunately, Jen Witherspoon, our Hospitality Leader; reminded us that through some of her hard and sometimes tragic personal life experiences that she shared an important lesson that she has learned and it is that we shouldn’t get ourselves so busy that we miss the blessing of our children. We need to take the time to make those memories because they grow up way too fast. This was definitely a great reminder to FLOURISH in the way MOPS is challenging us to do so:

“Embrace Rest, Notice Goodness, and Celebrate Lavishly”!!

In addition to a great reminder to Fiercely Flourish, we had to be Fiercely Creative with the complexities of a difficult craft as the one chosen (sorry :/ ).  Although the process can be hard, the end result will be phenomenal!

H in Process

Wrapping paper mache letters is not for the faint of heart, despite what Pinterest says!  Unless you have L, F, or E; you can count on fighting through a more difficult and complex letter and I truly apologize to those who have crazy letters like S or K. No matter what you do, stick with it and it will be worth it!

I have included any tutorials or tips that will help make the process of wrapping paper mache letters easier and embellishments that you can adorn your letter with once complete. I have also included links to some of the best tutorials on the blogoshpere (check them out below!).

 

Please share or comment any tips or your completed project, we’d love to see them!

Completed M

Blogs:

Blog 1         Blog 2        Blog 3      Blog 4

Tips and Tutorials:

Rolling a Felt Rose     

Felt Peony Substitute     

Cabbage Rose        

How to Create a Ribbon Rose      

Felt Peony      

Felt Poinsettia

Tips For Wrapping a Paper Mache Letter

Andrea Madison

Written by: Andrea Madison, GCBC MOPS Coordinator

 

January 28th Meeting

The 2nd meeting in January was a great time getting to know our new mentor mom, Lori Foreman, and her experiences as a the wife of a husband in the FBI and her complete dependence on God during the difficult times and the times where they had many unknowns and how God sustained them. God is good.

We are grateful for Martha Cardon for coming and talking to us about her experience and survival story of having breast cancer. Martha reminded us that we need to be our own advocate and to educate ourselves; to not take health concerns lightly but to have them checked out. Because she did those things, she was able to catch her cancer at the end of Stage 1.  This experience changed her and has improved her overall health with living a preventive lifestyle.  You can read about some of the changes she made in her health HERE.

During the meeting we were also able to work on a simple, but beautiful craft for decorating around our house.  I don’t know about you, but I’m addicted to doing this now!

We painted glass with Elmer’s Glue and Food Coloring (gel not liquid). Repeating coats of the glue/food coloring depending on the color saturation.  What an easy craft with amazing results.  You can find additional instructions on Pinterest. (NOTE: prevent dripping as much as possible to get the best results)