I sincerely hope that you have all enjoyed my first hop. I am so excited to be able to put some of the ideas I’ve seen into home decor items for my new home. I know that I have certainly enjoyed seeing what everyone has come up with. Thank you so much to the amazing ladies who made up this talented line-up. I appreciate you!
Today’s project is a HUGE leap outside my comfort zone, but something that has weighed heavily on me. I have tried not to act on the prompting/feeling for some time. If you haven’t read my story, please click here to do so. I hesitated to include this project on my blog at all because of the nature of the content, but have felt a spiritual reprimand every time I edit my name out of your comments or freak out about it. I mean let’s be brutally honest here…IF my ex were to ever find my children and I, the WORST he could do to us is send us home to the Father a little sooner than we had hoped; we are not afraid of being with Him.
Easter seems such a fitting time to “come out of hiding”. Today we celebrate the resurrection of the Messiah, the Lamb of God. The worst anyone could do to Him was overcome on this glorious day when the stone was rolled away and the tomb was empty. With His grace and mercy, I will succeed in overcoming the emotional death my ex-husband has subjected me to. And, as my Dad said, when I can trust God as much as He trusts me I won’t have to live in fear. So…for my last project in the Home Decor Blog Hop I’m going to boldly step out in faith, trusting God to continue to keep me safe. Today I’m taking back some more of my power from he who would seek to keep me held hostage. Allow me to present my family:
This project was also a lot of work. One I started on shortly after we moved in and just finished this morning. I had to cheat because I ran out of vinyl…the part that says “The tie that binds” was added digitally. As soon as I get some more vinyl though I’ll cut it and add it. Thank you to my good friend Bonnie from A Scrap Above for suggesting this quote.
I originally saw this project in an ad flyer for the Craft Warehouse. I knew immediately I had to create it. I purchased the canvas when Craft Warehouse had it on sale for 50% off. Ironically, I haven’t seen it on sale like that since. Now, here’s what you need:Supplies Needed: 1 18 x 24 stretched canvas 9 4 x 4 stretched canvas blocks Paint (lots of it…I used some free purple paint from Glidden for the large canvas and red acrylic paint for the blocks) 9 of your favorite photos made into a 4 x 4 print size Vinyl Hot Glue Glue Dots
The steps for this are easy but because of the paint needing to dry it takes a long time to put this project together in its entirety. First you want to paint your 18 x 24 canvas. I painted using a bristled paint brush…if I were to do this project again I would use a foam brush so I don’t have bristles to pick out of the paint. Let this dry thoroughly and completely. Two or three coats maybe needed or more. I did not prime my canvas or anything I just poured the paint in the middle and painted away. Next you want to paint your 4 x 4 blocks. I painted the sides and top but in reality you really only need to paint the sides. I chose to paint the tops just in case my pictures weren’t totally perfect then there wouldn’t be any “white” of the canvas showing through. It took about 5 coats of paint to get red and not pink. YIKES!
Next, using your glue dots, apply your photos to your blocks. Don’t worry if they hang over a little bit, it’s not a big deal. Next you will arrange them on your canvas in a manner pleasing to you. I did the 3 x 3 grid like shown in the ad from Craft Warehouse. once you are happy with your placement, pick one up and glue it down using your hot glue gun. Repeat for remaining 8 blocks. Cut the words and phrases you desire in vinyl and place as you like. I left more room at the top of my canvas because I wanted two lines of text on the top. You may elect to put one line at the top and one at the bottom (or even none at all). I have a hard time with any negative space in anything I create and so I may well add some flowers or something at the ends of family…I dunno yet!
That’s it my friends…my 3rd and final project for the Home Decor Hop. On this blog you have seen a total of 5 different projects…the clipboards and name plaque, the menu, and now the family canvas. I hope you have enjoyed them and, if you choose to copy any of the ideas you’ve seen in this hop (mine or someone else’s), I’d love to see pictures!
Before sending you on to the next stop on the hop, I want to share with you the most incredible work of art. My good friend Mary has suffered a tragic loss of a loved one (please pray for her) and wasn’t able to get her project posted to take part in the hop. She did however send me a picture of the project she created. Please take a look at this:
I don’t know about you, but this painting makes my heart yearn to be sitting in a little beach chair right between the palms. Mary, thank you so much for sending me this picture and for sharing your beautiful work with me. I pray you are finding a little peace during this very difficult time. Remember because HE conquered death, so shall we!
Next up on this hop is my very good friend Krista at Krista’s Paper Cafe. I’ve already peaked at her day 3 project and it will knock your socks off (well it did mine anyway). Please be sure to check her out! There’s even a video. And, in case you have missed any of the projects for any of these three days, here’s the complete line-up. The bolded links below have posted multiple projects throughout the weekend. I hope you will take some time to check them out.
Faith: http://faithfulecreations.wordpress.com/ (this is me)
Erin N: http://www.pagesofpictures.com/
Bonita Rose http://alifeunrehearsed2.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget to leave a comment on THIS POST telling me what your favorite project was for your chance to win one of the prizes below.
Club Scrap Drop Spine Box kit
Market Street Stamps Music Background Stamp
$10 gift certificate to SVG Cuts
$20 Michael’s Gift Card
Dish towels embellished with Vintage Fabrics
Scraps 2 Treasure Flower Assortment
Scrappy Scavenger Flower Assortment
Happy Easter everyone! May God’s grace fill your spirits with peace and love! May His power over death give you hope and courage in allowing you to have power over all that may be in your life to keep you captive. Prayers and blessings to you all!