Posted by: iamlillian | May 28, 2009

Escape the daily grind

Little pleasures in life

Went for a little walk around the neighbourhood with Janice on Monday night, just to unwind after a busy morning at work.

It was cold but not windy. The temperature seemed just right for a walk.

The fun bit was we found a piece of  ‘treasure’ as we claimed it to be! =D

We were walking past Channel Ten office, down the road near the park and made a U-turn across the road.

and we spotted some abandoned unwanted furniture on the roadside, in front of some townhouses.

we went to have a closer look and we saw a wooden coffee table and a chair.

Initial thought was they must be defected in some ways to be thrown out, but upon examination, the coffee table was in perfect condition!! not even wet as it’s been quite rainy for the past few hours.

We were thrilled! =D

sadly there’s a hole in the chair, if not we would have taken it with us too.

yes, we decided to carry the table home with us. I guess we were assuming they were unwanted ‘junk’ waiting to be claimed by others/to be recycled.

and Janice quoted, “one’s junk is other’s treasure.” =)

We were like, “i know what you’re thinking…”

we started throwing out ideas of D-I-Y decorating the table!

we got more and more excited as well as inspired to turn the ordinary table into a piece of art!

yes, we were like… thinking names for the table.

‘Inspiration table’, ‘Art table’, ‘Artsy Fastsy table’, ‘Dream table’…

This is the ‘Before’ of the coffee table. Planning to D-I-Y paint/deco it!


so, we carried it home, and decided to stroll down to ‘The Forest of Dreams’ (Hurtle Square) – corner of Pulterney St & Halifax St.

‘The Forest of Dreams’ is my favorite public art. There are perfect spots to sit, under the gigantic leafy trees.


We found a spot to pause for a while. We were lying on a wooden bench-like thing, starring into the dark night sky, hoping to spot some stars in the cloudy sky.

It was simply refreshing and relaxing to just lie there and be amazed at the God of wonders who made the wonderful creations.

Just speechless. and marvel at His work.

Then we walked home, enthusiastically to research online on  ‘how to D-I-Y deco furniture’ & ideas for deco.

It made my day. 🙂 I told myself, no matter how bad/heavy the day had been, as long as it ended well, the ‘bad day’ thought will soon disappear.


Tuesday night marked my 3rd pottery lesson. Again, Janice and I walked. At a junction, i turned right to WEA, she turned left heading towards church.

It was another great time playing with the clay on the wheel. I did some painting on my pots from previous weeks. With a restricted range of paint colour, it took me a while to think of what to paint/how to decorate.

Mary, our tutor was going to fire the pots in a kiln this week.It’s a long process from throwing the clay ball on the wheel, molding and shaping the clay into vessel, transferring it onto a wooden board, letting it dry on the shelf, coming back the week after, decorating/painting, gone through firing process, glazing process and finally a finished piece of art. =)


After lesson, i was skipping as i walked home, feeling happy. Felt like i’ve achieved something. And thankful for the opportunity to do pottery again!

i would always think of God whenever i see clay being molded on the wheel. I would imagine God, our Potter molding and shaping us, the clay in His hands.

He has the full control of pressure on the clay, molding it into a vessel.

after personally experiencing the joy of molding clay on the wheel…imagine how much more delighted God is, being our Potter.

Pulling up the clay to the desired shape requires firm steady arms and fingers, in order to get the best result. Different pressure applied creates different shapes and sizes.

before pulling up the clay, the clay needs to be centered on the wheel. The potter needs to apply enough force to stabilize the clay in order to start shaping it. If not, the wobbly clay will not turn into a beautiful vessel of perfect shape.

likewise, in order to mold us, we, as clay need to be centered. Centered in God’s Word. In other words, we are to be obedient to God.  To be rooted in Him. And just let Him take control and voilà…we become God’s vessels. His useful vessels.

found 2 Bible references on God being our Potter and we the clay.

1. Jeremiah 18

At the Potter’s House

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD : 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

5 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

2. “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8)


Tuesday night ended with a funtime ‘sing-along’ with Janice strumming her guitar; finding song chords online; watching youtubes together.

One of the new favourite songs : Bruises by Chairlift (actually it’s been around for a while now. It was Ipod commercial song)

We sang songs like ‘i will follow you into the dark’ by Death Cab for Cutie, ‘The show’ by Lenka, ‘Lucky”You & I’ by Jason Mraz, ‘Quando x3’ + a few other songs by Michael Buble, ‘Lovebug’ by Jonas Brother (after hearing it in ‘A night at the Museum 2’), just to name a few.

credits to Janice for playing beautifully.

Singing is simply FUN!



  1. wow!! the table… looks completely new from where im sitting! i wonder y would anyone throw away such a good table? haha anw, yea it’s a treasure! hope u & janice hv fun decorating it soon! 😉

    the ‘forest’ looks super duper cool! ha.. i wana go there next time.

    singing sesssions…ahhh… wonderful 🙂

    *missing u lots*


  2. […] we are inspired & excited to start our next D.I.Y project on the other table we found lately! Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)sew & scrapbookEscape the daily grind […]

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