Saturday, June 30, 2012

Think on These Things # 20 Cheerful Face

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Was there a Scripture verse, a song, a quote, a poem or an encouraging word that came your way and caused you to pause.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Subway Art

There are many great tutorials to make subway art.  The one I made was time consuming and the lettering isn't as precise as if the words were stenciled or vinyl.
But it has a humble, handmade look and was relatively inexpensive.
I had several ideas before settling on this method.  I considered building the project on Photoshop and having it printed onto a canvas but didn't want to pay the price for a large one and I was limited to the size.

I also thought about painting the lettering onto a canvas but decided to purchase a pine board that we cut to a 13-inch x 35-inch rectangle.
I printed out the words as a Word document in two different fonts.
Using a paper cutter, I cut around each word and, after sanding, priming and spray painting the board, I positioned them in a pleasing way.
  Using a stylist (seen on the lower left in photo above), I traced over the outline of each of the letters.
This was the hardest part of the project as I found it took a lot of pressure to leave an indentation in the board.

Each word was painted with white acrylic paint that I thinned just a little with water, using a thin paintbrush.
I sanded the edges of the board and some areas on the face as well.
 A coat of sealer and a light wash of brown antiquing paint and a final coat of sealer finished the project.
I debated whether to drill of hole on the back, add a sawtooth hanger or add a hook to the top for hanging. I had a brass hook that I had saved from an old lamp.  I thought the brass was too bright so I spray painted it black and screwed to the top of the board.  
That's it!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Celebrating Grads

Saturday we had a party to celebrate Erin's college graduation and Jared's middle school graduation
 Jared listened intently as Pop-Pop shared and prayed for our oldest grandson
 Our first-born and slightly strong-willed daughter was a little apprehensive when her dad called her to his side and began to share her accomplishments.  He reminded her of her first word, "I-will-do-it", and how that trait along with her determination, perseverance and hard-work helped her to obtain her degree while maintaining a home, career and being a mom.  This much-loved daughter has boundless energy, creativity and personality. She is talkative, bold and opinionated. 
She weathered being the oldest child and gracefully forgave us of the many errors we made as parents.
(this Einstein art was a gift to Erin made by Abbey)
 So that Erin always remembers that others appreciate and admire her many gifts and talents,
I made this subway art for her.
~ Erin Lee ~
 Some of the friends and family that celebrated with us
 I saw the candy poster on facebook and copied the idea for Jared
Sunday afternoon we gathered again to celebrate the graduation of another sweet girl.  Karli, (Top right photo between her brother and dad) is the daughter of my late cousin, Tammy.
Karli, and her younger brother and sister lost their mom in a car accident twelve years ago.  She recently received her Doctorate of Pharmacy.

My cousin Karen (Karli's aunt) was showing off her 1st grandbaby, Emma Katherine

My cousin, Caroline (in the orange dress and Karen's sister), has a daughter who is getting married in August. So we still have some more celebrations to come!


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