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I have a very dear friend named Kelly. We have been close friends since we were first married and our husbands served in the military together. We went through our first pregnancies together and we have lived overseas at the same time. Now she lives across the country from me and we see each other infrequently, but she will always be one of my most valued friends.
I think it was while we were pregnant, each with our first child, and we each had boys, that we were having a conversation about what kind of mothers we wanted to be and what kind of home we wanted to have for our children. We talked about wanting our children to want to be at home. For our homes to be a place of comfort and refuge for them. We wanted our children to want to bring their friends home where everyone would feel loved, wanted and safe. It wasn't too long after that conversation that Kelly sent me a gift. It was this plaque with a quote from Mary Dawson Hughes.
It has hung in my kitchen over my sink for many years now. You can see it is getting a little worse for wear. But I have read it almost every day of my life since receiving it. It reminds me of how I want my home to be. And, it reminds me of my dear friend, who is the best example of what a friend should be and of what loving motherhood looks like.
If you can't read the words, here is what they say:
"How often thoughts and hearts return to a home that's filled with love!"
I decided that I would love to have this written up larger for everyone to read besides myself! I am still practicing my hand lettering, so don't judge! But, if you have beautiful writing, you can try it for yourself. I am not giving you a printable, but I will tell you how I did it.
I found this really great set of Sharpies in many colors on Amazon that makes me drool! This is a great price and it would be a great gift for any of your artsy/craftsy friends or family!
As I was working out in my head how I would do this project, I thought that I would like to add some dimension to it. Replacing the word "hearts" with actual hearts was a no brainer! I just painted some little wooden hearts that I had and fit them into the sentence. I placed them at angles to add interest.
My first thought for the word home was to purchase a wooden house shape and paint it much like the one on the original plaque (only simpler). But then, I found the little metal house on clearance at Michael's! I decided it was perfect! It has those cut-outs in it, so I just backed it with a colored paper to make it more legible. Then, I used a glue gun to attach it, giving it some height from the canvas.
So, you could do a wooden house or another metal house, or just paint a house right on the canvas, but I like the added dimension.
Of course, this technique will work with any saying you love. Just thing about if there is some sort of tangible symbol that you could use to replace some of the words. I think it makes the piece more interesting to look at.
Even though I am still a little embarrassed by my uneven lettering, I still love the sentiment and hope you do, too!
Thanks Kelly for this reminder to fill my home with love over the years! I feel like we are seeing the fruits of those labors.
PS- You can see that I love to add dimension to things! Here are a couple of other posts you might like!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!