One of the highlights for me on our recent trip (of which there are many…is there a limit to highlights?) was getting to plan and present an easy craft to a group of ladies in Kosovo. This group, consisting of ladies from the village where we were staying as well as from a sister church in Pristina (Kosovo’s capital city), meets periodically for fellowship, crafting, food, and a short talk.
Hmmm, could’ve been anywhere, huh? I promise we were thousands of miles away!
My cousin’s lovely Irish wife, Primrose (really, I wish everyone could have an Irish cousin named Primrose, she’s so sweet!) had asked me before leaving, but we had decided the craft should be using things they could actually get in Kosovo, so I shouldn’t try to bring anything. Since chalkboard crafts are pretty popular here in the States, I thought it would be easy and fun to make different kinds of chalkboard labels to use on things like jars and baskets they already had.
Since I had discovered that flat black paint works just as well as chalkboard paint, I thought it wouldn’t be a problem to find paint there to use to label the jars. Um, three shops later we finally found a ‘flat’ black spray paint (the brush-on paint only came in huge containers) – the word flat is in quotes because it wasn’t, really. It was more of an eggshell, but thankfully worked!
And for labels I found out that a textured, black cardstock looked like chalkboard when ‘primed’ with chalk (rubbing and then wiping the surface) – talk about using what was available!
In the end, both painting labels on jars and creating paper labels turned out perfect for all levels and interests. They did not know about chalkboard crafts, so it was fun to teach something new – and many had never used spray paint before, either, so they came away with a couple of new skills.
Oh, did I mention that most didn’t speak English? It was harder, to be sure, to teach with an interpreter (how much do I say at a time? did that translate well? oops- I went on too long…), but guess what? Yep, crafting crosses all barriers! I mean, look at those smiling faces (ugh, why did the best photo of everyone have me looking down?).
Of course, that could’ve been because of all the good food and sweet ladies, but I’m gonna go with the craft, okay?