Challenge 2 Complete

I crafted! I made a cute little stenciled bicycle frame. It’s currently on the wall in my front room.

My new friend Tucker

I’ll admit, I got pretty nervous before going to the party. Thank goodness, I had a friend there. I met some really amazing women that were ready to celebrate their friend’s birthday in style. They had some delicious tacos and margaritas that really got the party started. The party was also mermaid themed. It was nice to meet some new folks in a relatively tame environment.

Also my anxiety prayers were answered. There was a dog there so I was A-OK to pet him every now and then when my anxiety hit the roof. This cute little guy Tucker was just as nervous and shy as me. I think he understood that, and he hung out with me a lot. He actually kept scooting closer to me and put his head in my lap eventually. Talk about feeling chosen. Guam’s boonie dogs are so sweet. I wish I could adopt one!

Step 1: Get them air bubbles out!

Anyway, I love the little bike that I made. We put on some aprons and got to work! The party runner started a business named Kraftibee doing craft parties. I was amazed at how easy it was. It was incredibly fun. I didn’t have any of the frustration that I usually get while trying to bumble my way through a Pinterest tutorial by myself. I loved that we all were laughing and having a good time. I heard some great stories and shared some of my own.

I was all nervous for no reason, as it often turns out with anxiety. Sometimes I just want to sit my brain down and say, “Honey… shhhhhhh. Stop thinking so much! You’re doing too much.”

Step 4: Dab your color choices.

I picked my two favorite colors. Teal and coral are so bright and happy. I attempted to do and ombre pattern on the flowers. We were instructed to dab the paints gently on the stencils. Then we waited for them to dry, which actually didn’t take too long. Peeling off the stencils was not difficult at all. I got the same oddly satisfying feeling I get from pulling the plastic off of a new TV.

The hard part for me was getting all the little individual pieces out from the bike spokes with an X-acto knife. I call my anxious shaky hands my jazz hands. They’re not advantageous to any task that requires fine motor skills. They’re always shaky so that’s fun. I’m okay with having permanent spirit fingers.

Finished product: Ta-Da!

There’s just something great about being in a room full of women, bonding over drinks and experiences. I wish I had gotten more pictures of the other creations, because all of them turned out amazing. Many there were also not good at art, but make beautiful things.

I’m really happy with the colors I chose! They popped beautifully against the dark wood.

It’s such a nice, bright addition to our home. I’m really looking forward to the next party.

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