Let me start this post by saying I borrowed the title from a blog by Leanne Penny. I loved her line about making something beautiful out of something discarded. It reminded me of a tagline I use for photography, "Photography is like Grace, it can take the broken and make it beautiful". All of that fits the story here too. In fact, there are even more layers of Grace and redemption here than I feel comfortable writing about so I'll just focus on the surface - the crafts.
While I was in on my recent trip to the Middle East we met a number of families (see the last post). One family we visited a number of times. One of their sons had created this craft (in a most unlikely location) of taking pressboard, copper wire, super glue, and an assortment of other items and turning them into beautiful ornaments. The circumstances the family are faced with are less than ideal, and these crafts are actually being used to help bring in some badly needed finances. They have made replacement handles for Pampered Chef brownie spatulas in addition to the crosses and Christmas type ornaments they started with.
You will see in the pictures below, they outline the pressboard with wound copper wire. Any lettering is accomplished this way as well. Designs are either done with wire, or things like beans which are sanded to the proper shape and color. The spatulas that were being made the night we visited were being filled with crushed colored glass and ground chalk. The crosses are getting their dark brown color from coffee. The ingredient that holds it all together is super glue.
I was truly honored, because hours before we headed to the airport to begin the journey back to Cincinnati I and the other two guys I traveled with were given crosses they had made that week with our names and our wives names written in Arabic.