Behind every strong soldier, there is a strong woman who stands behind him, supports him, and loves him with all her heart. Hi, I am Preeti Yadav an army officer's wife and I am a passionate crafter and a proud mom. After becoming an army officer’s wife and a mother my life was full of crazy parenting adventures, discovering happiness in motherhood and navigating the ups and downs of military life. Currently, we are posted at Port Blair, a beautiful place in Andaman and Nicobar. I did MA and M.Ed and served as a teacher for many years in Prestigious Army Schools but crafting became my career after a Life changing experience which I would like to share with you all as the catastrophe can arrive at your doorstep in any number of similar ways. When we were posted in Kashmir in the September of 2014, that area suffered disastrous floods across many of its districts caused by torrential rainfall, that triggered flooding and landslides. My house was submerged under water and I lost everything that day. I cried a lot because I built that house with all my love but I didn’t lose hope. Soon I rebuilt it and started giving life to all my broken pieces with my crafting skills. I started posting my renovation pics on facebook and people on social media encouraged me and liked my work and slowly I had thousands of followers and that's how Craft your Wishes was born.
I think anyone you know, who has any sort of artistic pursuit, kind of goes up and down with the way they feel about their work. And I, for the most part, am a pretty happy person. But, yeah, when I had gone through that tough phase of my life I was blessed with my first Child. His presence gave me a lot of power and energy to go through that phase. I learned that life will go through changes - up and down and up again.
My area of interest in the craft are decoupage and Mixed media but in crafting there is no limit so I keep experimenting in all possible ways until I meet my expectation with my end product. I take workshops all over the country and put exhibitions wherever we are posted and sharing your artist skills with the locals gives you immense satisfaction and I was blessed to receive lots of appreciation on my work
As we teach our children to be creative it is a great opportunity for us as mothers to release our own inner creativity. Being creative with your child will allow you to see the world through their eyes and give you moments of genuine connection with your child and yourself. It's good for the soul to take some time out with the inner creative you. Take the time to think about your passions, because your passion is so very important to your well-being, your mood and most importantly to who you are. Since childhood, I always had the desire to do something out of the box but I never got a chance to explore with my own skills. When I started renovating all my broken pieces which were damaged during the flood, I realized here is the calling to follow my passion. I got so much of appreciation not only from my family and friends but from others too.
Creativity in motherhood is a hidden talent that we all possess, as each day we deal with the unexpected, play with our children and multitask.
In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves. A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty. I begin to love this little creature and to anticipate his birth as a fresh twist in my life. I’m so lucky to be a mother. If everything goes apart but you see your baby's face you can see the beauty of this world through his eyes and all your worries vanishes. I do take personal orders which I get through these exhibitions, from my social media domains or during my exhibitions and it gives me immense pleasure when all customers are happy and shares their encouraging feedbacks. Very soon, I will be setting up my personal Art and Craft studio where I will be welcoming all the creative artist from all over the country to showcase their talent and do workshops. Being an army officer's wife, I know my social responsibilities well so I also provide my selfless free services to soldier's families and children and take craft classes for them.
From my personal experience what I have learned is Don't quit! Never give up trying to build the world you can see, Listen to your heart always. There may be tough times, but the difficulties which you face will make you more determined to achieve your objectives and to win against all the odds.
A message I would like to give to all the Indian creative mothers is Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learning. Work hard and be confident in what you do, and never give up on your dreams!