Happy Martin Luther King Day

Happy Martin Luther King Day“.

Today, I want to say something that will matter and as many are off today to honor what this day is, I figured it is only suitable that I take a break from crafting to honor what this day is actually about too.

This is a day that I have embraced in light of my employment because of the time that we have off but you know I don’t recall actually saying this out rightly on this day. As I read about MLK Jr very early this morning, for the first time in a long time probably, tears were literally brought to my eyes. His iconic “I Have A Dream” speech is a reminder for us all. Many of us today are not living our dreams (and life is not even about “our” dreams all the time, mind you) and many of us, at times, may feel that we are not walking the dream but I am here to tell us that even though we have so far to go, we are in some ways living towards the dream. Despite institutional barriers and what not, we can sit any where on the bus that we like, we can make it to any community the Lord wills us to be in, we can go into any building we like to and have the right to be there, we can walk side by side with our friends of ALL races, we can start looking ahead what we can do and be regardless of our race. A friend reminded me this morning, suggestively I add and I conclude, that things will never be perfect and that things such as racism and other behaviors will always be there. And yes they will be. But we can’t make strides by focusing on what we will never get to but by riding on the possibilities that are indeed possible in each of our own individual lives through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. What Martin was speaking about I can identify with not only as a African American girl but as a Christian who believes that we were ALL created equally by our Creator. In the words of MLK, I’ll leave off with this, ” The time is always RIGHT to do what is right”. Right is not based on our preferences that are ever-changing but in the inherent truths of our Lord.

Let’s get right.

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WorkWith Scrapbook Paper: Cute Notepad

Hey Guys; Happy Friday…it deserves a Hallejuah!

I am sure that many of us just got off our Christmas breaks or what not from work but man, is it bad that I am already anticipating the next day off! Anyhow, today, I wanted to share with you an idea that I had to make a spiral notebook using what I had. Unfortunately, I did not have any wire laying around ( and I was not willing to buy it) so I ended up turning the idea into a simple, cute notepad held together by two ribbons. If you are interested in learning how to create your own, keep on reading:

What you’ll need:

Scrapbook Paper ( any kind of paper will work but decorative paper is nice)

Notebook Paper

Hole Puncher

Ribbon

How you make this: 

1) Take your scrapbook paper, fold into four and cut them out. *It does not have to be perfectly cut. 

2) Take your notebook paper and cut a square piece to glue onto each piece of scrapbook paper. You can cut the corners on your paper like I did or you can just cut it anyway that you want.

3) Gather your paper all together and punch a hole into each side. You could also punch holes all across the top and weave your ribbon over and under if you’d like.

That’s all!

It really takes not a lot of time at all and just exemplifies that if something is nothing, you can make it something. This was created mainly out of scraps of scrapbook paper!

WorkWithIt, Girl: Make It Yours, Make It Work.

 

 

 

 

Merry Christmas From WorkWithIt, Girl

Good Morning or Afternoon or Evening; whenever you are reading this. I was thinking about how I can say this in a post that kind of went along with the theme of the blog and here’s what I wanted to say: 

One of the main theme’s of this entire blog is to encourage not only myself in what we have but also what you have. As a craft blog, we look at the “things” that we have and many of us, have different qualities & quantity of things to work with. However, for today I thought it’d be important to share “something” that we all can have because of the significance of Christmas.

It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the things that we will get or even that we do have, trust me I have, that we neglect the purpose of Christmas. Family & friends should be a priority but recognizing that because our Savior, Jesus Christ, was born into this world, we “have” access to his grace & mercy is the most important message we can share this season.

In a very, very short explanation: 

Jesus Christ, the Son of Man…the Son Of God was born by the virgin Mary; his father was Joseph. Luke 2:7: And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Who is this Baby That Was Born ? Immanuel…Jesus Christ:  Isaiah 9:6: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

What does he have to do with me ?  His purpose would be and came to be to die on the Cross to account for our sins and in doing so, the Gift Of God became available for all of us who might believe: John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

No, really, what does he have to do with my life ? Friends, without his birth, we would all be bound to death because for the wages of our sins is death ( and we have ALL sinned, yes me too). There is no sin without it’s dire consequences. Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

He sacrificed himself for our sin and because of him, we have eternal life ( 1 John 2:2). ” Have” is what I want the focus of this post to be; unlike other “religious”, they stress that you must do something to gain, but God so loved that his gift is what we “all” have access to. He died for the world, not just for some people but the WORLD. If we don’t have no”thing”, we got that and that will mean everything once we leave this world ( and of course, for our journey in it).

In conclusion, I am no perfect Christian; shoo sometimes I wonder where my faith is and if I ever knew him at all. But from one imperfect person to another, what we have ourselves is small and passing compared to what we “have” in him. It takes less of us and a lot more of him to be it, do it and believe it but we can do so in “him” because we alllllllll can have him if we choose to.

WorkWithIt, Girl: Merry Christmas: See you on December 30th 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Paperland: Christmas Bookmark

Good Morning to you!

Today, we are going to work on the last “craft” of this season and of the Winter Paperland series. All you need is some scrapbook paper, glue and a ribbon to make a sweet & simple bookmark for all of those Christmas stories and of course, the greatest Christmas story of them all: The Birth Of Jesus. I know that I typically do not post on Thursday’s but as for tomorrow, I wanted to share an different kind of post a part from crafts so stay tuned to that.

You can choose 1 design of scrapbook paper or you can choose two different designs. As I have mentioned before, I am loving scrapbook paper with the “square” design so I used one piece of card stock textured scrapbook paper, then another square design regular piece of scrapbook paper ( as shown below, already cut into a rectangle).

 

Step 2) Punch a hole into your background card stock paper and cut off the corners:

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Step 3) Glue your squares on top of your cardstock cut out and insert string into the punched hole. You are done!

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I know that this post was kind of short on pictures and explanations but nevertheless, I wanted to share it anyway. Thank you for joining me this year for Winter Paperland and god willing, I’d hope you join me as we workwithit a lot more in the new year. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you! May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.- Romans 15:13

~ Workwithit, girl!

 

 

 

An Open Letter

Good Morning,

Today, I wanted to share something that I wrote in my digital notebook, probably a few weeks ago; surprisingly yet not, this was not written in response to the horrific event that happened in Las Vegas but something else. What it was, I am not quite sure but the fact that this brief sentiment still applies just shows where we are as a nation today:

October 9th, 2017

To whom it may concern:

Today, I am writing this brief letter to those who not only who identify with the nationality that is “American” but any of those who identify with the identity that makes us all the same: human.

Today, as yesterday, as years ago, as decades ago, we have faced the redundant cycle of destructive human behavior driven by hatred, bitterness, spite, vengenfulness and what not. It is my opinion, that these intense emotions represent imminent threats, even more so than the actual acts of harm that we choose to carry out with weapons, nuclear detonation; etc. Why ? Because before we DO anything, the predecessor to doing is found in what we choose to think, how we choose to think and what we choose to do with what we think.

Many of us are afraid of what one nation can do to another but what I am afraid of is how we choose to think about one another; when in reality we were all created the same and internally, we are all the same. We are threatened by those whose skin is different than ours. We are threatened by those who cultures & beliefs are different than our own. In actuality, the biggest threat to us is not the differences that  our fellow neighbor has but the lie that says we can not get along because of these differences. Yes, we are threatened by our own flawed, egostitic and contrieved perceptions.

We have many freedoms but we also have many bondages ( restrictions) because of what we have decided to carry with us, time after time after time again. Even though we choose to carry our hostility, our lack of compassion, our carelessness, our unforgiveness, our ignorance, and our divivdness, by doing so we have only carried ourselves towards the oppression of freedom and eventually ruination. So much for being free…

It is no surprise that we, Americans, have many enemies but as an American myself, I can not speak for the actions of others now or those back when but only how I have chosen to think today and what I have chosen to do today with what I think that will subsequently shape where we will go.

While the initial’s U.S stand for United States, it also can represents US. US as people, as individuals from the farthest part of the world to the nearest, united, under God. Let us not be driven by flawed and repetitive emotions but driven by a value for the truth, an understanding of unconditional love and the greater change that can come for all of us when we choose to stand together. 

~ Bree

MoveIt Mondays: Wrong Focus = WRONG DIRECTION

Hi & Welcome Back to another MoveIt Monday 🙂

I was scrolling through my Facebook page feed AWHILE ago and I had come across a status that conveyed that a young lady that I used to know had just embarked on a new job opportunity. Admittedly, at the moment I was not filled with happiness for her but more so jealousy and also disappointment with my own life. As I begin to process it after my initial reaction, I realized that not only was my reaction centered around myself in a selfish way but also that I could never move on to do what I need to do and what I am meant to do by remaining fixated in a negative way on what everyone is doing that I am not.

None of us have the same path in this life and the sooner we keep that in our minds, the better off our lives can be and we can focus on living instead of dwelling. We have to catch ourselves and remind ourselves that the Lord created different journey’s with different lessons for all of our lives and just because we may not be where X is or have what Y has, that does not mean we will never. It just may mean that we have a lesson in contentment, an opportunity for growth in our faith and so on.

I say this all to say to you, be encouraged but also remember that as long as our focus is on them and what everybody else is doing, we hinder our own walk forward. We all sometimes have moments of weakness, we are imperfect beings, but we can not dwell in these moments of weakness but rise to be the person that God would have us to be. People not fixated on what other people are doing but on what we can do and how the Lord is already working in us so that we can be used according to his purpose. Once we learn to be genuine for other people, instead of bitter about what they are doing or what they have, we can truly move ourselves in the right direction.

♥ Workwithit: Make It Yours, Make It Work ♥

MoveIt Mondays: What Did You Do…

TODAY to work towards where you want to be in your future ?

Good Monday Everyone : ) I do not know about you but I find that when I look at the present state of my life versus where I would like to be or what I would like to do, I rarely do anything in the present day that would steer me in the direction towards changing my present state.

What I am trying to say is, if I look at the skills that I want to develop, the things that I would like to do, and the places I would like to go, I am not really actively working towards these things because I am NOT pursing opportunities, taking chances and just working towards what I can do NOW until I get towards where I am going that the Lord has for me to go.

This leads me to say that sometimes our…my biggest barrier is my own unwillingness to do. Whether it be laziness, lack of ambition, a lack of priorities or whatever it may be for each of us, instead of being on our way to where we want to be, we just choose to let today be apparently what we want to keep doing instead of what we need to be doing ( future tense).

If you want to go to the Grand Canyon, what did you do “today” to work towards that goal ?

If you want to be a better musician, what did you do today to work towards that goal ?

If you want to save some money for a trip or a house, what did you do today to work towards that goal ?

If you want to get a job, what did you do TODAY to work towards that goal ?

Don’t say “tomorrow” because tomorrow has not arrived and always saying “tomorrow” just neglects the current, present day that is already here ( James 4:13-17).

I want to conclude saying this, we should not beat ourselves up about what we can not do, but we should hold ourselves accountable for what we could have done that we simply did not. With consideration to what has been said here, I also want to say that the focus is NOT on the “future” when we are working towards something now but really the focus is on living these lives that God gave us. IF what we want to do and where we want to go is WITHIN the will of God and the desire of your heart is there because your focus is on God first and foremost, then you already have God who is for you to do and to be , the only thing that is stopping you is going to be you and what you chose not to do.

Workwithit: What you could do tomorrow is too late for what you should be doing today ~

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MoveIt Mondays: Don’t Assume, Just ASK!

How many times have we not done something because we assumed that the results/experience would be negative ?

How many times have we had a question to ask but we did not ask because we assumed that the question itself was not important enough or would make ourselves look bad ?

How many times have we wanted to say something but we assumed that the reception of what we had to say would be met with negativity, rejection, etc ?

Sometimes, I think so many of us are busy protecting ourselves with our assumptions that we neglect to realize the peace of mind that we can have by just asking to get the real answer, instead of the preconceived and prejudged answer. This leads me to say that coming from experience, I have been so afraid of the negative that might be the answer that I have hindered my life and I know that I have missed out on what could have been probably many positive and uplifting outcomes. I know that it is because I am afraid of what I might lose or how I might fail but these reasons why should not be good enough reasons to keep me from living.

Today, I just want to encourage you, whoever is reading this, to don’t go off of what you think but to go off what you know. None of us will ever know if we do not try and/or if we do not ask. It is impossible to know without seeking out the answer because God did not give us the ability to see the future nor to be mind-reader so we can not live our lives pretending to be able to do so because we can’t.

It will take time to reset our negative, assuming mindset but I think we might all be surprised to find just how much we have to GAIN by asking and trying instead of what we might lose by asking/trying.

♥ WorkWithIt: Make It Yours, Make It Work ♥

~ Bre

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Life’s Been Hard…

Hello and welcome, after so long, to WorkWithIt,Girl.

Initially, I was just going to start posting those posts in which I had saved in archives for oh, so long but I figured that I wanted to actually say something with mindfulness to the present day and where I have been. Honestly, things have been discouraging, disappointing and frustrating and at the same time, there have been moments of clarity and revelation. That being said, since the last time I posted here was in June, I moved out of my apartment to stay with a friend, my job of 2+ years ended after the store I was working at closed, I started a new job that I am somewhat very disappointed in and now, I am just contemplating where the Lord has me to go next.

I had plans, they did not go the way I expected…

I had ideas, but not the strength nor passion to do them…

I had hopes, but my own hopes did not come through….

It’s crazy of God’s timing sometimes and frankly, I just did not know what more I could do here nor did I have the enthusiasm nor mind-space to do anything more here. However, today I got an email from a site whom I submitted one of my crafts ideas too and they wanted to know if I would make my blog post public again ( after being unlisted for an amount of time). Maybe that meant something or maybe not, but I will allow it to be a push and encouragement to start here again, WorkWithItGirl.

I don’t have many ideas for crafts and creating right now but hopefully, I’ll be booming with ideas very soon!

~ Bree

WorkWith Wire Wreath: Paper-Circle Chandelier

Backstory: I have recently reached a point in my life whereas I do not think I can spare a single penny more into any more craft supplies; well perhaps I am being a bit dramatic but honestly, unless I can spare a dollar here and there, I am currently just going to be creating crafts by either recycling previous craft supplies or simply doing what we do best here, creating from what we already have. That being said, today I reused the wire wreath from the Tutu Canopy that I did earlier on here and made a paper-circle chandelier.

What I Used:

Medium Sized Wire Wreath

Cardstock Paper

Tape

Paint

Ribbon

How It’s Done:

Step 1) Paint your wire wreath your color of choice. * Since I have been obsessed with this blue cotton color, I decided to use that color.

Step 2) Using a circular object, trace several circles onto card-stock paper and cut these circles out. The more, the better.

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Step 3) Paint your circles and let come to being at least nearly dry

Step 4) Lay out your ribbon in equal lengths and tape your circles via the back in your pattern of choice. * I did lay out my circles/ribbon beforehand just so I could get a general idea of how I wanted the layout of circles to be.

Step 5) Take two equally long piece of ribbons and tie them in a cross position to your wire wreath as this is how your chandelier will be hanged.

Step 6) Tie your circle strands onto your wire wreath in various places. *I did not create many circle strands ( I did maybe 6) but you can create as many or little as you’d like your chandelier to have.

There you have it!

♥Workwithit, girl: Make It Yours, Make It Work♥