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!