Years ago, I saw the movie "Legacy". It is a story about Mormon Pioneers making their way to the Salt Lake Valley. The main character, played by Kathleen Beller, marries a stone mason. It is a beautiful love story. They are driven from their homes in Illinois by angry mobs, and as they traveled across the plains, the US government asked for 500 the men of the church to join forces with them in the Mexican-American War. As her husband joined the company, leaving his wife to travel with her aged father and their young children, he promises that he will return to wherever their home would be. She sobbed in his arms and said, "Wherever you are is home to me!" I have always remembered that line. If you have ever lived the military life and moved from place to place to wherever your husband is stationed, and you have to be apart from him for various lengths of time because of his service, this quote may take on new meaning for you and you can feel empathy for what those pioneer women had to go through. I learned long ago that it doesn't matter where my husband I live, as long as we are together. So, to make a long story short, that was the inspiration for this plaque for our bedroom.
I went to Michael's the other day, and these wooden sign pieces (similar here) and the scroll saw cut words were on sale for 50% off! I painted the word red because I wanted it to pop from the rest of the picture.
Before penciling in the letters on the sign, I marked where I wanted the word "home" to go so that I could fit the words around it. I just used a pencil to mark the height and width. Then I lightly penciled in the words before painting them. Remember that the technique is to write the word, then go back and make a thicker line wherever there is a down stroke.
I am a little embarrassed about my writing because I am just learning how to do it, but because this was such a personal message, I wanted to do the writing myself. It was also more difficult because I decided to paint it, rather than using a sharpie.
After the paint was dry, I used little adhesive dots to stick on "home". I wanted it to stand up away from the wood just a little . They are hard to see in this picture, but they really come in handy for so many craft projects, I always keep them on hand.
One thing I have also learned is not to be afraid to try new things. It doesn't have to be perfect, it just has to be something you like! If I decide I want to redo this lettering, I can sand it a little, paint over it, and do it again! But, for now, we are enjoying it in our room. My husband wanted to know if I really meant it, and I asked him if I hadn't already done it. He knew I had. We are so blessed with our own beautiful love story!
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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!