My “2021” Mother’s Day Memory

It started when I visited my Facebook page a couple weeks before Sunday, May 9th, 2021, the day on which Mothers are celebrated all over the world. I clicked my notification button and noticed that one of my friends “Nashon Jeremiah Arts” had posted an Event called “Paint with Me”. It immediately caught my attention. You see recently I found my interest in painting growing and I wanted to feed this new appetite.

This Event was carded for Mothers. I read the details and thought to myself, what a perfect date for my mother and I. I immediately told her about it and was happy to hear that she was willing to embrace the challenge to “Paint with me”.

On entering the Studio, guests were offered a drink. I instantly noticed the setting of the room and became excited. The black and gold creative writing “Paint With Me” which was posted on what can be described as an accent wall, caught my attention and helped to create a positive first impression. The tables were well prepared for us with mini easels and nicely shaped wooden plaques on which we were expected to paint. Gold decorated bottles lined each table which were well supplied with paint, paint brushes, water and an apron. Background classical music could be heard as we took our seats and anticipated what was prepared for us. It was an intimate evening of poetry and painting within a friendly warm environment.

The featured poem of the evening was entitled “Envisioned” and was presented by Chemal Copeland of the Grenada Writers’ Association. Below are a few lines from that wonderful poem..

“How can I repay you for the aches and pains, nine months and days, nauseous and sore, moody and bored. Stiffness, cravings and so much more. Splitting pain and chance of death to give life in labouring breath; holding the gentle smiling frame. You knew everything would never be the same.”

Several other poems were read, which were all inspiring. My favourite moment however, was the featured painting. I got to paint with my mother and that was really cool. Mom was all into it, may I hasten to mention that my mom was 80; the oldest in attendance..

The Artist Nahshon Jeremiah, guided us to complete wonderful paintings of a mother carrying a child on her back. By following a few easy steps we were able to crate art that we were all proud of; there were twelve (12) participants in total.

Everyone contributed to the wonderful atmosphere. The evening was filled with creativity, humour and and giving. Mom and I were the top winners of the evening. Imagine that! Between both of us we won five prizes. I couldn’t believe it! I thought to myself, it was just our moment and we should embrace it with gratitude.

100% hats off to Nahshon and Princess for being awesome hosts and offering us the opportunity to create timeless memories. I am very happy Mom and I were a part of “Paint with Me”, the experience was meaningful and beautiful!

Today I inspire you to explore ART, you would be amazed how it provokes the creativity, fun side of you. Take the time out to create, to explore and to learn something new.

This piece was my favourite! It was done by Sharmaine Mc Meo. Great Job Sharmaine! Your painting is lovely!

Trusting God through the detour Poster

I believe it was sometime last year (2020) when I was reflecting on how my day did not go as planned. I felt myself becoming anxious then remembered that there was no need to . I created this poster to remind myself that I can trust God through the unexpected turn-offs, corners, ditches and even highways. It can be scary having to change direction suddenly; no warning, no time to contemplate. I have proven that God is reliable in these times.

I love the colours! It makes me feel calm and hopeful! Hope you like this Poster and it inspires you to enjoy your detours.

Always working!

When this poster was created I was in a deep trench of fear, disappointment and discouragement. I was a bit confused about some events in my life and I had to accept that I didn’t understand every detail about my situation. In those defining moments I chose to trust that God was still by my side, working behind the scenes on my behalf. I chose to wait, allowing him to do his thing while I grow.

Naked before a loving God!

I love creating cool inspiring posters. In this poster, I am seeking to depict man’s search for God and in turn God’s love for man. God loves us enough to pursue us and he sees our nakedness; he sees our vulnerability.

Feel free to use this poster to inspire your friends……:)

Obedience to God is never in vain. My first Christian Writers’ Meet-up!

On October 13th, 2018,  I was blessed to be able to successfully host, the first ever Christian Writers’ meet-up.   It was a vision given by the Holy Spirit Himself.  Sorry, I really have no apologies, but I can’t take the credit.   If you don’t believe the Holy Spirit can speak to people, then the rest of the article may not interest you.

I confirmed that it was the Holy Spirit when I saw the outcome of the Event and when I received feedback from those in attendance.  I met a number of persons for the first time at that Event and I immediately connected with them, wanting to get to know them better.   Following feedback received, through the evaluation forms circulated at the Event, I saw the need to organise a simple follow-up activity and that’s what I did.   On December 8th, we held a follow-up Social. 

Now, if you were one of the persons who sponsored the Event held on October 13th, you would be happy to know that it was not in vain.   As a result of your blessings, as a result of the support of each Writer who attended and as a result of the faithfulness of God, I can truly say, it was not in vain.

One writer told me that he has been writing for years, has written 13 books  and now he is seriously considering embracing online technology as he prepares to launch his 14th book.   Maybe, just maybe, he would start his first website.   

At our Social persons in attendance shared what God has used the Event to do and what he is currently doing in their lives.   One lady said, “before I would receive inspiration, have a lovely thought and never write it down, then I would loose it…..not anymore, I have been noting  those inspirational thoughts that come to mind”.    One young lady spoke about her fear to share her poems with others as she thought they were not good enough and told us how she finally found the courage to share them and received unexpected highly positive responses.  

What really stood out to me was the testimony of  another young lady; she indicated that she has been taking notes at church during the sermons.  Her Pastor recently presented a series of messages and as a result of faithful note-taking, she was able to summarise these messages and present it to the church as a “Spoken Word” or Poem.   This was certainly a new idea to us.  We loved the fact that she took the initiative to approach her pastor, requesting his permission to present it during the church service.  Because he said “yes”, persons were blessed and got the opportunity to see poetry in action at church and it was well received. 

As persons continued to share, I felt a warm sensation in my stomach and a comforting reassuring peace that this step of obedience, this drive and perseverance to walk this vision towards life, was not a coincidence but a well thought-out plan orchestrated by God himself.   

Too many times we live as if we are powerless, hopeless, totally ridden of resources and we can’t make things happen.   I think it is because our eyes are often on ourselves and not on God and others.   Life is supposed to be about pleasing God and others.

So, to my dear fellow writers, if you are enjoying some success as a writer, don’t let pride sneak into your heart.   Remember you are gifted with a purpose; please stay on course and honour God with your gift.   For you who are still struggling, trying to write something that others would read, keep practicing and for others who are prompted to start and are waiting for a golden pen to fall from heaven, stop waiting.   Take up the pencil and the pad available to you and start jotting down your daily thoughts.  Yes, you can start right there.

I am thankful to God for breathing hope and life into others through this recent movement to motivate Christian Writers to write, so that someone in their world can be reached.

I will be posting a related article later today, presenting useful tips for developing your writing.  Be on the look out!

 

Preparing the room when planning Events

I have had opportunities during my church life as a youth and young adult, to plan activities at church, whether for the children, the youth or women’s department.  It allowed me to explore my abilities to plan, co-ordinate and lead others towards the successful execution of these activities.   From a simple outdoor Sunday School Class to Youth Weeks, Christmas Programmes, Retreats, Camps and most recently Conferences.  Opportunities at work brought the business perspective as  activities planned was of a “Customer” focus ensuring we kept customers happy and desirous of returning, to get access to more of our services.

All these activities have one thing in common however; there is a room, a space, or a location, where it all goes down.  There is “The spot” where the magic unfolds.

“The Christian Writers’ Meet-up” was no different, my first Event outside of the bounds of my local church or my workplace.

The chosen location was the “Allamanda Beach Resort” Conference Room.    I knew from experience that the “Room” was important; it mattered how it looked, the first impression created, its ability to keep you awake to the end  and its ability  to create a pleasant and unforgettable moment.   Never under-estimate the power of “the room”.

If you attended our first Event,  you may want to comment on “The Room”.    However, here are a few things I considered when preparing “the room”.

  1. The walls of the Conference Room were all white, the table cloths were all white, in other words there was  quite a bit of white space.  I could’ve chosen to add dark colours, may be a straight colour scheme like black against the white or blue against the white or some other colour.  However, InspireMe and Inspirational Events are about just that “inspiration” and I felt I was on the safe path with colour, bright and present colours.    This is one thing white space allows in an almost unlimited fashion, colour and a variety of it.  I chose bright green, orange and purple as the theme against the white background, with slight variations here and there.
  2. I chose to use white table-cloths because I was going to run a risk trying to get the right shade to match the colour-scheme selected.  So, I played it safe but still took little risk.   The head table to the front and the table on which the water was placed, at the back, were covered with green table cloths, while all other tables were covered with white.
  3. I chose to have large letters plotted because they clearly communicated “it was all about writing”, it was appropriate in my view.
  4. I also used foam boards covered with fabric (I have found that soft fabric adds class and elegance) to give it a unique and different look, applying innovation and creativity.   I stayed away from what was familiar to me and launched out putting new ideas to the test.  Note, that it was important for me to stick to the three main colours as much as possible, notwithstanding, getting uniformed shades was not possible in all cases, but the difference was not significant.
  5. Then there was the need for flowers;  the room needed either a really large floral arrangements or a number of small ones.  I went with the first option as I thought, less hassle; I would just need to find one focal point as against finding a number of focal points.   Note that it is important to focus your decorative pieces at key focal points; the areas that will be mostly seen. I chose a large bouquet and placed it in-front of the podium.
  6. Finally was my favourite decorative piece that added the final touch, in my view; the “Pen Prop”.  Oh how I loved that pink pen!  It was designed and created by Nahshon Jeremiah, Visual Artist and Entrepreneur.  The “Pen Prop” was “pink”, yes, pink in colour but it “blended in quite well”.

From feedback received, it seems that we accomplished what we wanted to accomplish with the “Room” and that is to make sure the environment created an inspirational memorable moment that fully complimented all the activities that unfolded as part of the “Meet-up”.  Despite the positive feedback however, I have asked myself, “What could’ve been better?”

How did I feel about the room!   95% Satisfied!!  I think that is pretty good for a hard self-marker.

The atmosphere in the room must also be credited to Nahshon Jeremiah (Pen Prop), “This&That Grenada” (Advice, Ideas, physical support),  Colleen Edwards (beautiful floral arrangement) and my beautiful, helpful daughter (prepared the writers’ folders).

I wish to add the projector screen, it was also creatively used to share our logo and inspirational pics; made possible by Quasim Joseph and my son Jonathan Jeremiah.

I also wish to Add music.   Music played softly as participants entered the room and at intervals when appropriate. Music chosen for the Evening was “Jonathan Mc Reynolds” Album “Make Room”.

We must admit that “The Room” is important to the execution of “The Vision”.   It is important that we put some serious thought into it, plan and execute well.

Hope you enjoyed this!  Feel free to send in your comments!

Face-painting magic

About five years ago, I decided to teach myself face-painting.   I was motivated because I had a young daughter, who would’ve been about six then.  I thought she would be a great model for practicing and it would be an exciting way to spend time together.

I purchased a professional face painting kit from Amazon and started to have fun, experimenting with designs.  I managed to paint three designs on different occasions, a butterfly, a bumble bee and part of spiderman’s face (this was painted on another’s child’s face).  My favorite was the butterfly; I have seen a few butterfly designs, all pretty and captivating to the eye.

It has been a while however, since I practiced, and I have been thinking it is time to have some face-painting fun again.  I thought to myself, I need to get my face painting techniques on.

My motivation received even more steam, when about one month ago I attended Gospel Expressions.   It is a Gospel Concert, with great children attractions,  held every year during the second quarter of the year.   As part of the children’s attractions, face-painting was offered and this year and previous years, Nahshon Jeremiah Arts was the Organisation responsible for making these kids smile.  It was really nice to see there was face painting for kids.

When my daughter’s eyes found the face-painting corner, her face began to glow, and she was immediately interested.   Not too long after, she was sitting having her face painted.   I sat and observed the artist in action and was so impressed and inspired by how smoothly and confidently she worked, creating part of a butterfly on my daughter’s face.  It was beautiful!  I immediately thought “this is pure creativity and should be shared with others”.  I loved it that much.

A few days later, I invited Nahshon Jeremiah Arts to share a tutorial on my blog and they agreed, I am so grateful.

Maybe you love working with children or you are just excited about art, then you would most likely find this tutorial interesting.   Sometimes we wonder “where could I find face painting near me?”, well next time the thought comes to mind, you can probably make it happen right in your living room.

Note the beautiful models in this article. :).

Enjoy!

Face Painting with Nahshon Jeremiah Arts!!
Written by: Princess Jaggasar of Nahshon Jeremiah Arts!!

What do I need?


Face Paint
Invest in some quality Face Paint.   Ensure that it is non-toxic and friendly to faces of all ages!

Brushes and Sponges 

Most persons use sponges designed for face-painting, or make-up sponges, as it is less time consuming when covering large areas, but paint brushes are handy, when it is necessary to produce sharp edges and well-defined styles!


Glitz and Glamour 
These are the extras or enhancements that you can use to make the painting ‘POP’! Yah! These little glitz are multi-colored, neon, translucent and textured ‘Glitter’.  On the other hand, glamour is the various types of rhinestones, beads and jewelry used.


To produce this painting, we followed 4 very simple steps:

Step one – Base – Using your sponge, lay down the main colours.

Step two -Outline – Use a high contrasting colour to outline the shape of the item being painted.

Step three – Frills and Designs- Add unique styles (curves, sharper edges than usual etc.) to the design.

Step four- Glitz and Glamour- Glitz it up! The more it sparkles/pops out to the eye, the more attractive it is.

Have fun face-painting!!

Moringa – A Healthy Choice!

Have you ever heard about the Moringa Tree?  “Trees for Life International” has shared an enormous amount of information, it will amaze you.  Seriously!!!  http://www.treesforlife.org/our-work/our-initiatives/moringa.

Moringa Diagram: Tiny leaves. Enourmous benefits.

In Grenada, where I live we also have the Moringa Tree and many have tried to be industrious with the various parts of the tree.

I am in love with the work of Eleanor Swan (featured picture) a Small Business Entrepreneur who manufactures soaps from the moringa plant.  She also produces T-Bags from the leaves of the tree.   The name of Eleanor’s business is “Spice up your life creations”.   Love the name!

I am sharing this because it is a clear example of someone who is seeking to live their life to the fullest.    One of my admirations for this business is that there are bible verses printed on the packages; awesome!

Eleanor also does beautiful  hand-made cards; I must say making hand-made cards is fun and inspiring.

Let me know if you wish to contact Eleanor through my contact form.

You may want to ask yourself “What am I drinking?” is Moringa Tea a better choice?

Let’s take advantage of the healthy opportunities around us and in turn support small businesses driven by God-given purpose.

Have a healthy & creative day!!