There are no words to describe the sadness in my heart and every heart after Friday’s shooting. The only thing we can do is pray. Pray for the victims, the families, and for the world in which we live. I find so much comfort in the fact that heaven is many souls richer after that day with the souls of these children and adults. I hope that I too can live my life in a way that brings me to that beautiful place as well.
A good friend shared this photo (she found it here) on Facebook and every time I look at it the heaviness in my heart is lifted a little bit more. I thought I’d share it with you in hopes that you may see the profound beauty and reality in it.
May God bless Newtown, our country, and our world.
It looks mighty fine and we love how bright it is now, but it’s lacking some serious color infusion. Well, I started that infusion with a few tweaks involving spray paint. For example, see the dark brown spoon holder to the right of the stove in the photo above? No? It’s there. It’s just melded into the color of the cook top, no individuality whatsoever.
If I’ve written it one time I’ve written it a thousand buuut, all I did was spray each of my items to be colored with a thin coat of primer, let that dry, and then sprayed them again with a few thin and even coats of color, making sure to spray at every side and angle of each item to get full coverage. You might’ve noticed my multi-tasking as I primed up Mama Mary at the same time.
The best part about this whole paint party is that it only cost me $4 for the spray paint. I already had some spray primer on hand and the napkin, spoon, and paper towel holders were wedding gifts from Target five years ago.
Still on my back burner are a hand-painted/stenciled runner, some colorful cookbooks, random decor here and there, and maybe a spray-painted coffee maker? Not sure about that last one but I’m not going to lie and tell you I positively won’t do it…
Not this mama, this Mama: Years of looking on, occupying everything from bookcases to dressers, had yellowed the whites in her eyes and everywhere else. (In case your suspicions are peaking, I’m fully aware “she” is a statue. Fact number 488 – Catholics don’t worship statues.)
The end…or is it?
*Before I start on my DIY rant and rave, I want to take a few typed words to announce to the www that it’s our fifth wedding anniversary! Holla! Neither of us can believe that it’s been five years! We’ve been verbally noting our happenings at ‘this moment five years ago’ for the past couple of days and it’s been so wonderful to relive those precious moments. This year is even more special as we have two beautiful little human beings that are the tangible blessings of our love and we are so thankful to God for them, for us, and for all the years ahead! Happy Anniversary Sweets!*
*Pst…You can get in on a smidge of our sappy love fest with this video! Otherwise, it’s back to normal programming!*
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A couple of years ago, a friend gave us a really cool, antique mirror that’s been floating around different closets in our house, perpetually waiting to be the star of a DIY project. I had always envisioned replacing the old artwork framed at the top with a family picture or some custom art. Well, the twins came along and their nursery with them and it gave me the perfect spot and the motivation I needed to give my idea life. Before I had even started working on the mirror, I had Anthony hang it one day during a minute of his rare free time right next to the girls’ closet:
During the weeks of stripe painting it came down and I finally took a few extra moments this week to create a somewhat new mirror mirror on the wall.
I went back and forth between wanting to paint it and wanting to leave it gold. Once the stripes were finished, I thought it’d help my decision to bring it back into the room and when I did, I loved the contrast of the gold with the stripes and the pinks and peaches in the room and also liked the idea of less work so gold it stayed.
So, the artwork. I loved the whole feel of the mirror being not just any old mirror, but one with a picture frame atop it and so I wanted the frame to hold something that would be a reminder to our girls of just how special and beautiful they are while they’re looking into the mirror. With that, I whipped up this with pixlr.com:
After I had finished the design, I had it printed on matte 8 x 10 photo paper.
I wanted a matte over the new artwork, but being an odd size and not wanting to get a custom matte made, I took matters into my own hands and made one myself. It didn’t come out the greatest (which might have a lot to do with the fact that I quickly did it last night around 11), but here’s how I made it anyway. The process worked, just not the creator. :)
I cut too quickly however and my top and bottom edges turned out a little less than straight which means that one of these days I’m going to have to make another matte but until then, the perfectionist in me is letting this one slide. A few coats of some white, flat spray paint, a quick reinsertion, and back in with a few rusty nails and here we are:
I still have the editable Pixlr file, so if anyone is interested in printing it out for your very own, just email me (because I’m not tech savvy enough to include a download) at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send it right over (for free of course). You can mess with the colors, the background, the font, the size, whatever you like. Then, just get it printed, frame it, and zootolo, some words to live by. :)
Have a great weekend you flawless folks!