Oh my! You’re such a gorgeous collective, you kind-hearted Planetarians. Your generosity of spirit following my last post has helped lift me through today. It’s been a long one with many hours spent in the hospital with my parents, waiting for the ever-elusive doctor to arrive. It was like ‘Waiting for Godot’, for you literary fiends. Hopefully tomorrow we will finally hear Dad’s prognosis, be it weeks or months. We all want to know so we can make plans. Who knows – maybe we won’t get a definitive answer. So whilst we’re waiting, waiting, waiting, I want to share with you the little project which had me working feverishly on Sunday night after that topsy-turvy day. Here it is.
I am just so thrilled with it. I have never done anything like this before. Something in my head clicked when I recently saw the wooden ‘inspire’ sign so I bought it to play with on a rainy day. Then on Sunday night, after all the tumult, the idea came to me.
Several months ago, I was gifted some of the most divine Liberty fabric by a very special bloggy friend on the other side of the world (I intend to devote a post to her very soon) and had been saving it in my ‘Blogging delights’ box of goodies received from bloggy friends, just waiting for the perfect project. And this was it.
Inspired by my dear friend Miss Melissa’s vintage treasure chest, this is how I started out, with some PVA glue and a paintbrush.
I snipped out the fabric and started pasting. But it took ages! The first two letters took me a couple of hours, if you can believe it. The fabric kept slipping at the most inopportune moments. This is one hour in.
Here’s a close-up after two hours.
I then tried spray adhesive for the next two letters but found it incredibly tacky and had to unstick my fingers from the wood numerous times.
With the ‘i’, I used a glue stick. Finally for the last two letters, I used craft glue.
Goodness, I really admire you crafty girls out there – as a novice, I applaud your skills (oh, and can any of you tell me if I should have used Mod Podge and if so, which one – the people in Spotlight were clueless!).
Anyway, enough about the method. I am just so tickled with the end result. Whilst I was making it, I thought of my dear bloggy friend, knowing that her hands had held the fabric.
Some of the fabric was also very familiar to me as my Mum wore blouses made from it in the 1980s.
I also thought about my Dad and how he inspires me to be a better person.
But most of all, I was dreaming of having it upon the wall in 'my room' in our new house! Ah, the possibilities which lie ahead! Can’t you just see this hanging on my wall in my room of my own?
So there’s my moment of brightness created on a most difficult day. Mr PB and the pixies are delighted by it. And now I want to return to Spotlight and buy some more words to adorn our new house! All in time, of course. For now, I am just living in the moment. And now to bed – confounded bloggy rehab!