Sunday, May 29, 2011

It's A Merry Day

Good Morning Everyone!
Hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful Memorial Holiday.  I have found over the years, as I get older, that the holidays tend to mean quite a bit more to me when I can get together with family, so our celebration will be on Monday evening @ my brother's house.  It is so fun to watch all the cousins interacting with each other, although in the years to come I will be feeling sorry for my youngest nephew, he is outnumbered 4 to 1; lucky for him he has a much older brother that will hopefully help keep all the girls in line.
 In the wake of my December Daily being posted, I thought that I'd share with all of you a home decor project I made several years ago that showcases my oldest daughter's first Christmas.  Trust me I do realize that it is May, but I figure any of that 'holiday spirit' @ any time throughout the year is good - Right?  
I got this idea from Shari Carroll here, in her book titled, "Layers" where she walks readers through her steps in completing this cute little mini.  "Layers" here has inspiration galore and has motivated me many times over to get things done.  This is one of those projects that worked really fast for me, I jumped in one night when we were having computer problems and completed it within a few days following.  Funny how I seem to get a lot done when I don't have the computer or the laptop distracting me, does that happen for any of you? 
Now you will notice that the framed mini is made from light switch plates, I thought that was so unusual at first, until we remodeled our home 5 1/2 years ago and I ended up with several left over switch plate covers; being that they were no longer needed I thought about that odd decor piece that Shari had done and decided to try it.  
To this day, this is one of my favorite holiday decor pieces that I have done and although I have thought of doing one of these for my youngest daughter's first Christmas, I'm not sure it would have the same meaning because we aren't remodeling right now - in fact we have recently moved.  But that was half of the point of this project, not only was it a mini about our daughter, it was also a tangible piece of our reality @ that moment in our lives.  So for right now the material that I use for Justice's first Christmas project I feel, should somehow represent our living situation @ that moment in time.  The problem... I wouldn't have a clue what to use as the base material.  It's too bad I wasn't doing the mini right now, because I have all kinds of moving boxes that could make up a really cute mini.  LOL 
 
I think my reasons for liking the finished project so much is that I used black & white photos and the papers I chose all had the same tone (red & white), so mixing it all together gave it a real elegant look.  So this is something to think about next time you have left-over light switch plate covers, do a mini altered art piece, they are F-U-N.....fun!
Thanks for peeking, hope you liked my mini as much as I enjoyed making it.  Have a wonderful holiday, enjoy lots of love & laughter with your family & friends.  I also just want to say, "Thank You" to all of our service men & women who choose everyday to protect our country and fight for our freedom daily.....
"Thank You"
just B....grateful

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