to do some arts and crafts

shallow focus photo of paint brushes
Photo by Deeana Creates on

I want to cut and shape and glue

With little clips of magazines

Stuck to paper, folded card

And cardboard boxes made into

Aquariums and libraries,

Mountain ranges never seen;

To make a world outside my own

With nothing more than paper hearts

And tissue paper reeds that sway.

I take a Year 7 class for my tutor sessions and I really enjoy their enthusiasm when it comes to things like arts and crafts. I was with the Year 11s last term and they are sixteen and won’t do anything.

But, as refreshing as it is to have kids that are keen, I really miss the fun that you have with primary school kids when it comes to arts and crafts.

When I was deciding what teaching course to do, I really couldn’t make up my mind between primary and secondary. I picked secondary because I knew that I could get a bit more back from that age group. I can really dig into English and push the students and I knew that would keep me from ever getting bored.

However, as I now specialise in my subject, I can’t dabble in all the other fun subjects that I did in the summer. In the summer term I made an aquarium and a volcano out of paper, card and loads of glue.

I’m going to have to click and collect some bits and pieces from Hobbycraft and do some of my own arts and crafts. It won’t be as fun and I don’t know what I’ll do with a volcano, but it should keep me entertained over half term!

Much Love

Rachel xx

Rejection (a poem)

I sometimes feel so pained and raw,

It’s quite a common human flaw,

To worry what the people think.

Have they found that hidden chink,

The one we try so hard to hide,

To protect our selfish pride?

But it’s not that we are scared,

Of how they think that we have fared.

It’s more a fear that they will force,

Us out to run the longest course,

On our own, without the backing,

Of the tribe that have done the sacking.

But really you can go and find,

The love and joy or your own kind,

Somewhere else where you will fit,

And you are free to do your bit.

So turn your back on those that fail,

To see what greatness you can nail.

The joy of creating art

I don’t get any money or any fame from making my art but it is still one of the things that I hold most dear to my heart. Because the very act of creating is what we are designed to do as human beings.

My favourite things to draw are the beautiful things in life. I like the sunsets and sunrises and I like the countryside. I love the way that the sky changes colour and the leaves turn golden at this time of the year. I love the ripples on water and the sound that it makes as it laps up on the edge of a lake or a beach. I’m not a great artist so I don’t capture it as fabulously as some, but what I do make is mine and that makes it special to me, in just the same way that I was created by God and I am special to Him.