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Step 23 – I did something creative

Working full time and looking after a family didn’t leave me a lot of time for anything else including getting around to doing all sorts of low priority tasks around the house. Amongst my list of ‘things to do sometime’, were two chairs and a bench seat that desperately needed re-upholstering. As I was looking through the latest adult education class booklet, I noticed an upholstery class. It was just a term and thinking it might be a way of sorting one of my chairs so I enrolled. The class provided all the equipment needed and I bought the material for the new covers.

For a couple of hours a week I found myself in a fun group of people encouraging each other working on some interesting ‘projects’.

What a revelation! Firstly that I was able to do it and secondly I could produce a reasonable result.

As well as meeting new people, I had the satisfaction of re-upholstered furniture. This end result was a boost to my confidence and encouraged me to have a go at other things that interested me in the future.

Overall it was a very pleasing experience.

Have you got any little improvement jobs that need doing that you might be able to do yourself with a bit of help? You never know what you can do until you try.

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