Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blessed is the Family....

I follow a lot of great blogs via Facebook and ever so often, one of them may host a giveaway that completely swoons me.  Well, more than 6 months ago, one of the bloggers I follow (I can't remember who), did just that.  The giveaway was something from Red Letter Words.  As part of the giveaway, we were supposed to peruse their site & pick the thing we loved most. I came across this set which comes from Psalm 1:1-3 and I just fell head-over-heels in LOVE with it.

I had been wanting to get some sort of scripture regarding my family on my walls for the longest time.  I did not win the giveaway and seeing that this set was priced at $165 - $465 (depending on your mounting option), I could see that this was clearly out of my price range.

But, I'm crafty and I knew, where there is a will, there is a way.  So I saved the image on my computer so I could refer back to it when I was ready.  I grew really excited about this plan because I could customize it to the colors I want AND I envisioned putting a tree into the painting.  But, I loved that "typed" effect of the words & I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to certain things so, I knew I did not want to freehand my words.  I paid a visit to my Other Crafty Ventures board on Pinterest.  My first plan was to use stickers, paint over them and peel them off as I saw on this pin from Brassy Apple.  But, this idea was simply not going to pan out for various reasons...the biggest being that the stickers were really hard to peel off after painting over them.  I had some other tutorials pinned but, they seemed a little too complicated for my liking.  Then...just recently, one of my friends pinned another tutorial for transfering words using chalk.  Now THAT I could do!  And, the best part was, I was able to pick fonts closer to what I envisioned as opposed to the sticker collection at Michael's & JoAnn's.  So I finally got to work...

First I printed & planned out my placement

Then I used my daughter's sidewalk chalk on the back

Then, after taping everything in place, I started tracing

"It's working!!!" 

Then I traced carefully with paint before filling in the letters

I would trace & paint-trace one row at a time to ensure that my hand or arm would not rub the chalk off on the words further down.  It was a little tedious but, worth it because I am really pleased with the final outcome...

I couldn't get these on my walls fast enough! They are mounted just inside our front door.  :)

The passage in the tree trunk.

So thankful for how it turned out.
I am still pondering if I want to add a little something to my tree...perhaps some colorful dots or a little bird...or maybe a family of for each of us.  I might down the road but, for now, I think I'll leave it alone.  I'm too nervous to have come this far and possibly ruin it.

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