Monday, March 8, 2010

Project Peek

Why does it not feel like I'm crafting unless I'm using a power sander, spray paint and power tools? Until those three things align, like the stars and the planets, it just doesn't feel like I'm truly creating something. Oh, and a hot glue gun. Those four things. All need to be present for me to feel as though I'm creating something truly remarkable, truly worth even mentioning. Of course, I know that's not true! I mean, wonderful things have been made without those four things, (with which, if one doesn't have, one cannot craft--according to my weak theory). Take sewing, for instance. One can make something absolutely beautiful and unique sewing. Or painting without spray paint. Murals, art works, frames, wreaths, all these things have been painted on at one time or another without spray paint, I'm sure.

See, my point is, that although for some manic reason, I may feel a glimmer of excitement, a ray of hope, a seed of promise, only while using spray paint, a power sander, power tools and a glue gun, others can find that same excitement without those four things. Isn't that wonderful? The world of crafting is open to pretty much anyone that needs a creative outlet. Mine just happens to involve power sanders, power tools, spray paint and a glue gun (say it with me!). :)

But, I digress.....again.

I just wanted to post a peek at a project I've been working on for Life as Lori's Spring Fling. I know that my recipient will get her little basket of goodies (no, there's not a basket in the package, but we all know and love the phrase, right?) today or tomorrow and I just can't wait to show what I created for her! Although my little dialogue up there included my love of all things needing to be plugged in to use (minus the spray paint), I did not use all of those things to make this little gem. I used a glue gun, acrylic paint and some sandpaper. Sigh. It was still a fulfilling moment, though, to see it all come together.

Do you all know this book? It's called Love you Forever, by Robert Munsch. My mother used to read it to me when I was a kid and it made her cry. I could never understand why until I had children, she mailed it to me, I started reading it to my kids and ended up crying! It's such a wonderful, heart warming book. I highly recommend it! If you are not one for blubbering uncontrollably (my husband does not understand this little tendency of mine, especially with this book), then maybe hold off on reading this for just a tiny bit. But, it's a great read, I love it!

Anyway, there's a common phrase used throughout the book (and I'm not spoiling the ending by giving this away, I'm pretty sure), that melts the heart (well, my heart). My sister gave me the wonderful suggestion to frame it for future mothers (or anyone who just needs a good cry every now and then).

So, I found a frame somewhere in my house....proceeded to break the glass in said frame, trying to get it apart. Whoops.

Found another frame that worked much better (because it didn't break), and proceeded to spray paint the heck out of it. First a nice flat black, and then a nice ivory over it.

While that was drying, I found an old t-shirt from my husband's side of the closet (he's quickly running out of t-shirts) to pad the brown cardboard part of the frame with. I wanted it to have sort of a quilted look, but I realize now I didn't really need that (sorry, hubby's t-shirt!). I then used the glue gun to attach some pretty yellow fabric over the t-shirt.

After the paint dried, I took a piece of sandpaper to it to let some of the black show through. I added some black and yellow ribbon to the top to hang the picture (with my trusty glue gun). The saying was printed up on vinyl from a friend of mine who has a little vinyl business. I figured if this little gift was not the right color for the recipient, they could change out the fabric from behind the saying. But, I think it turned out pretty cute! I hope my recipient enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it, if not more!

Sumo Sweet Stuff


  1. I LOVE this--you did a great job! super cute, and I loved reading that book growing up :) I just might have to steal this idea ;) thanks!

  2. I love that book! My mom got it for us when I was in Jr High and for Christmas I stole her locket and had that phrase engraved on the back! She had thought she lost it somewhere until it turned up under the tree!

  3. That book always makes me cry!

    Thanks for visiting my blog & commenting!

  4. I love that! I am sure your recipient will too! And I too, have my kidneys near my eyes! Always crying!

  5. Love that book! What a sweet project. My daughter would love it.

  6. That is a really sweet project. We have that book...and I can only read about one page before I start crying. Now that my son is older he reads it to me...he used to get so upset that it took so long to read the book when he was younger. Thanks for stopping by 504 Main.

  7. Love love love that you did this project! That is in my top 5 of children's books. I used to read it to my preschool class before I had my own kids. Ran across a audio tape of Bob Munsch reading his own stories to kids...he actually sings that phrase! We sing it to each other now! Thank you a million times for showcasing this wonderful story!

  8. Hi Friend!

    To say Thank You seems to not be enough!
    I cannot even begin to express to you what this gift means to me. You touched my heart and made it leap!

    You are a generous and loving soul and I am so blessed to know you.


  9. So cute! I love it and would probably attempt something similar if that book didn't make me sob uncontrollably!

    Thanks for visiting me, it seems we have similar crafting luck! With the frosting spray, with busting the glass in a frame into a million pieces trying to pry it out... And your 'babymaking' occupation totally cracked me up!

    Following your blog, I feel like I can really relate to you and your style! :)

    -Ann Marie

  10. my mom use to read me that book all the time :) She would die if she saw the frame you made. It looks beautiful....and brings back memories of course :)

  11. Well for more reasons than I can say, this has so touched my heart today! Thanks for sharing this. Be blessed. Cindy

  12. I hide that book! My daughter finds and gives it to me so she can watch me cry! She says, "cry mama." What a wonderful project. I love it!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  13. I LOVE this!! I have this book. We sing the part that. I love it. IT makes me cry.

  14. I read this book to my class every year..and cried! :)

  15. I was a pre-school pre-k teacher for 20+ years and loved the book, but was so hard to read to my kiddos, I never made it through without crying. Anyway, I loved the thought behind the book so much I gave it to my mom on mother's day one year. She passed away this past December, so now I have her copy. Would rather have my mom. Thanks for sharing, very cute idea. Would look adorable in a nursery

  16. That is a great idea, I read this to my children when they were small, I will have to keep it in mind for my grandchildren some day!


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