A moment of clarity…

Hello!  Have you been well?  I hope so.
Before anything else, I would like to thank those of you who linked up to my very first double linky party with Crafty, Scrappy, Happy.  I was so nervous, but as usual, you came through.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart; you have no idea how much I appreciate it.  If you haven’t linked up yet, you can still do so until the end of the day tomorrow (Saturday) as I’ll be picking my three favourite links on Sunday.  I have been visiting your wonderful blogs and let me tell you that it’s not going to be an easy task.
I have tried to write this post several times only to press the delete button again and again.  You see, I have been feeling very insecure about this little blog of late and I am finding it hard to express myself without sounding like a pity fest or me looking for sympathy.

There are times when I feel like I can take on the world and can bring this little blog to new heights (whatever that might be).  I feel empowered to create, share and hopefully inspire you.  I feel like I have so much to offer….

But just like the weather changing from one day to the next, I become so insecure – and so I create this and that and my projects just sit there waiting to be shared.

 Such is the case with this wreath…

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It’s made of coffee filters, dyed in coffee.  I think it’s pretty and I love that it incorporates my love for vintage book pages and nature.

 So here it is friends…..

 I love the texture that coffee filters give. Its an illusion of softness and romance….

Yet in reality, the coffee filters are brittle as they were dried in the oven and they have an overwhelming coffee scent. 

And so as I type this post, I have a moment of clarity….
This wreath is beautiful in my eyes even though I know its faults.  I will never be able to please everyone, but as long as you can see my heart behind my work, perhaps you will also accept it as beautiful.

Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts with you as this blog has become not only a creative outlet, but also a place where I can share feelings with you.

Have a beautiful day!

much love always,
Lucy

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Comments

  1. says

    I. Love. This. I have a fall coffee filter wreath from last year that I was hesitating even putting up bc I was just lint of over it, until I saw your book page leaves and sticks!! I’m so doing this! Thanks for the inspiration!! It’s amazing!

  2. says

    OMG! You feel insecure? I can’t even begin to express to you how much I admire you and wish I had Your God given artistic talent. Please continue to share!

  3. says

    That IS the most beautiful wreath! I’ve seen others with coffee filters, but the twigs, book leaves and little birdy are the PERFECT touches. Glad I stumbled upon your blog.

  4. says

    It turned out gorgeous. I made leaf-shaped book pages last year, but didn’t cut them out quite as intricately as yours, but then, that’s why you’re an artist ;). I didn’t realize you were hosting a linky…I’ll see if I have something that qualifies right now. Hugs, Kim (I may be copying this!)

  5. says

    What always strikes me about your posts is that they are sincere and real. Whether you write something funny or tender or even pitiful, it is always heartfelt. When you share with us, you allow us each a glimpse of your heart because I know you truly love what you create.

    Create a blog/craft manifesto or creed. You will not feel insecure about what you create when you use your talents and gifts and heart.

  6. says

    Such a juxtaposition from the lovliness of the wreath to the nervous tone of your words. Don’t be nervous… my mom always told me that I should only worry about what I can control. You can’t control what other people think of your work, so instead focus on what it means to you and the joy of creating it. And you do that beautifully!!

    Have a nice weekend!

  7. says

    I always enjoy visiting your blog. You are very talented and make amazing things. I love this wreath. It is gorgeous. I would enjoy the coffee smell since it’s one of my favorites. You won’t always be able to please everyone so please yourself and most of all those you love.

    Ruth

  8. says

    Lu!!! Did you say it SMELLS LIKE COFFEE? Well, I am pretty sure that would be the PERFECT thing for me! ah…but does it smell like STARBUCKS coffee?;>) I love it-I think you did a fabulous job and it just looks Earthy to me! You are far more talented than you give yourself credit for…an amazing artist resides in that beautiful head of yours! You just keep on creating and posting and we’ll just keep hanging on to every crumb you throw us! Hmmmm…gotta get dying some of my coffee fllters now. I wonder how the brown ones would look? xo Diana

  9. says

    I think that the best thing not to feel insecure about our little blogs is not to care about pageviews and visits too much… Publish what WE like, feel free not to write if we are not inspired. Otherwise it’s too much of a business and it creates anxiety! :)
    I love your little blog by the way :)
    Cecilia

  10. says

    I love and feel the same way as Cecilia! You do everything so perfectly in moderation with your blog (or at least it feels that way to your fans (or at least to me)). You are honest, you are genuine and you have an beautiful eye for crafting things that are beyond amazing! I really really have a hard time jumping on the wreath band wagon buttt leave it to you to create something so wonderfully beautiful that I feel like I might actually drool! I LOVE your ideas and I LOVE your blog. If you wanted to go far with it you would with no problem, and if you want to keep it simple you still will have fans from all over adoring any moment you give us! xo
    Jaime

  11. says

    Oh how I wish Blogger would let us edit our own comments instead of removing them. It just seems so rude.
    Anyway, I just wanted to say that you have more creativity in your little finger than I have … period.
    I love what you create with your own special touches. It’s an inspiration. I have two bouquets of hand crafted coffee filter roses to prove it. SO there! Thanks for being here. Take care.

  12. says

    Wow! Your wreath is beautiful! And we can’t smell it through the computer screen :) I wonder if there’s another less smelly way to dye the filters?

  13. says

    Lucy, you are by far the most creative person I know. You are the very last person that should be insecure! You have such a beautiful soul and such exquisite taste. I can hardly fathom that you feel this way! You are so talented and really, I admire you so much. You have such a God given gift and should, therefore, create for Him. We can never be all things to all people…do for YOU. Continue to create things that bring you joy and inspiration to others, write words that are moving and thought provoking. Do all you do for Him…forget everything else. I love your blog, it’s one of my favourites to visit. And it would be even if you weren’t my sister-in-law. Love you mucho, and know I’m only a call away. xoxoxo
    By the way…you could take this blog as far as you wanted…you really could.

  14. says

    I am new to the blogging world, having just started a few short months ago. I often feel very nervous about what I write, who is reading… if anyone and can I measure up. I thank you for being so real. And of course I love this wreath. All the best to you.

  15. Anonymous says

    Lucy,
    Amazing! I am a faithful follower. I love your style of crafting and your beautiful words of kindness!
    Evelyn
    epintoratcoxdotnet

  16. says

    This is such a new and creative take on a wreath. I like the color, texture and artistry of it.

    I would be dellighted if you would link up to Potpourri Friday currently in progress. Your participation would be grand! Incentive: There is a giveaway!

  17. says

    I think this is a STUNNING wreath! I think I’ll make a similar swag for my kitchen, since I adore the smell of coffee and I don’t have a wreath shaped space. I’ll be following as soon as I figure out how to do that from my phone, or turn on the computer because I love how you write from the heart.

  18. says

    Lucy, Wonderful wreath – love all the details and the warm feeling of this wreath!! You nailed it girl!! When I started reading your post today it was like an echo of my heart. If we love to create and love to blog then why are we so hard on ourselves? If we find joy by sharing with others then why do we use the delete button more than the send??? I guess some of us just need to stick together – encourage each other – inspire and share with each other. I always enjoy your blog – just keep being you! AJ

    queenofmynest(at)gmail(dot)com
    queenofmynest(dot)blogspot(dot)com

  19. says

    The wreath is lovely. It does have a soft, romantic feel to it. I don’t know if it helps but I too fight the insecurity battle. I am new to blogging and I still haven’t really said anything that I thought I would when first starting. Hang in there…you are not alone.

  20. says

    Insecurity is fine. Just don’t let it stop you from doing things and creating things. And as my husband is always telling me, don’t worry about what other people ‘think’. Just do what you need to do. The rest will follow. I think the wreath is wonderful! so is your blog and i’m happy to have found you via c,s,h.

  21. says

    I love visiting your blog, Lucy and I appreciate you sharing what you make and what’s on your heart. You’re an inspiration, girl. I want a wreath like that! It’s just beautiful. ♥

  22. says

    Wow! Beautiful wreath. I am so happy I found your blog. I love yr style and just might try to make this myself. I wish yoy had details on how yoy made it. I live the book leaves and the twigs with the bird. Beautiful!!
    Keep up the awesomely talented work ;)
    Your new follower
    Micia

  23. says

    I too would love to know how you made it. Basic stuff even would be great, how many coffee filters did you use, what kind of wreath, and how did you attach them to the wreath, anything you could share would be appreciated! I love it!

    Thanks!

    Erin
    Ershay8@hotmail.com

    Visiting from tt&j :0)

  24. says

    Lucy, I think you’re amazing. I love your creativity and you ARE and inspiration. :)

    Beautiful wreath! Now…off to check out that party and catch up. Have a wonderful weekend and stay positive!

  25. says

    I love your blog and thank you for sharing your soul with your readers….you’ve made me re-assess my blog which has been sadly neglected of late. I have been neglectful because I lost sight of why I started it and that was for me only. So I’m going to give it a bit of a Spring clean (it is spring in NZ) and enjoy it again. Thank you – you have a talent that is precious, treasure it.

  26. says

    This is so beautiful. Found it at Home Stories A2Z feature post, and since I will want to look at it again I just posted it in my Tumblr inspiration finds and on FB. Thank you for this beautiful inspiration.

  27. Anonymous says

    I have just discovered your blog today, and I just love reading it, you touch my heart with your feelings, they are so familiar to me….I also love God deeply and find so many things make me think of Him. I love your ideas, paintings, (the leaves are fantastic!…also LOVE the wreath…I’m going to make one for sure, please keep blogging, okay? Nancy

  28. says

    I came to your blog by way of Roben-Marie’s blog; Every Life Has a Story. I love this wreath!Are the leaves affixed so that they can be removed? I’m thinking this could stay up through Christmas by using holly leaves and berries with a little cardinal perched on the twigs? I love everything I’ve seen on your blog and have tagged it as a favorite. Thanks you!!!
    dorothy_casas@verizon.net.

  29. Anonymous says

    Hey, Just found your fall wreath via Pinterest. After reading your post and expecting directions, I discovered that you seem to be having a hard time. You need to know that you are beautiful and have incredible worth. The Almighty God made you, forming you in your mother’s womb. He makes no mistakes. If we accept Him and acknowledge what His Son Jesus did for us on the cross (died so that our sins could be paid for), then we can be confident that our security is SURE in Him. Challenge those thoughts of insecurity. They are not from God. Not only did God create you, He also created your creativity. Any expression of creativity is a direct result of His creativity since we’re made in His image. Although we’re stained and smell (like your coffee filters), He has made us beautiful.

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