|I took several pictures of this, all over my house, trying to avoid any reflection of my house, me or the camera in the glass. I was not successful, but this had the least reflection in it – just my camera, my wrists and my hands. ;o)|
I found this beautiful idea on Pinterest for a gift for your mom. You really should go and look at the original pin because it is so nicely/professionally done! I wanted to make one for my parents as a combination Mother’s Day/Father’s Day gift. I had such grand plans for how I was going to do this. Pinterest makes me feel like I can be Martha Stewart but I continually prove that I am only Larry the Cable Guy. I had different pieces of wood in my cart. I was going to use letter stencils in different sizes and fonts. Then I decided to paint a piece of wood white, put letter stickers on the white to spell the words and then paint black over them. When dry, I would peel off the letters and the color would show through. But all of those supplies were so expensive and, as usual, I left this project until the last minute; I was going to see my parents that night!
So, my poor, creative side started looking around Michael’s and I found the supplies that I ended up using: 16″x20″ black frame on clearance; black poster board; Sharpie paint pen in white; Sharpie paint pen in gold. I was able to cut the poster board into 3 pieces to fit in the frame so I could practice or if I make a mistake. And, believe me, the one that actually went in the frame was the 6th and last side of those 3 pieces of poster board! LOL
As a woman, I, of course, am my own worse critic. I was disappointed in the final product because it is not all spaced nicely, there was not enough room to capitalize “Nana & Pop-Pop” and my printing is not “pretty, female” printing. I was wishing I had waited until the hubs came home because his handwriting is beautiful. But then I realized, this is a gift for my parents. They made me the great parent I am because of their example. They love me unconditionally and whether I am 4 or 40, they love every thing I make or do for them and are proud of it. Just like I feel for B. And I was right; they loved it. My dad immediately took “real” art off of the living room fireplace mantel and replaced it with what I made. He said, “I’m not saying that this will be the final place for this. We may find a better spot in the house to display this. But for now, I want to put it here.” They are the best parents in the world!