One of my very favorite things about Christmas is the time I get to spend with my sister and her family.
We're very different, Carrie and I. She is often on the go and I'm content to be home. She's athletic and I'm...well, not. She's totally goofy and I tend to be kind of lame and un-fun.
But where it matters, we're very much the same. We share the same value of family and we both have a profound love of scarves.
(Carrie's Cmas present scarf)
Anyway, I have a hard time shopping for people. I put a ton of pressure on myself to get things right, but Carrie mentioned she really wanted some artwork for her bedroom. It seems like our own bedrooms are the last to be decorated, doesn't it?
Mine is. You should see the nasty blue color walls we're sporting right now.
With this bedspread:
I've completely sidetracked myself.
Anyway, I had been dabbling in hand lettering on wood signs ever since I raided my dad's scrap wood pile. It's amazing how he can turn the nastiest wood into something beautiful... so I had a big piece here, and I decided to attempt to create something for Carrie.
I started by diluting white paint and brushing a thin coat onto the wood.
Then, I chose a phrase appropriate for a bedroom and printed the letters out at the size I needed.
I used graphite paper to trace them onto my background.
I do not have a steady hand so this was slow-going the first time, and I learned a TON. I now use tape on the straight edges, though I'm getting better free-hand.
This is how it looked when I was done (excuse the iPhone photo).