Nearly 10 months ago my Aunt Sunday asked me to
transform 2 gorgeous frames into something fresh & beautiful for her bedroom. She gave me absolutely no direction and total freedom, with a sweet "I love everything you do" and sent me on my way. She acquired them from my Grandma Barb's collection and when I rescued them from sadness & dust it was evident the crusty plastic flowers hovering over faded green velvet had seen better days.
The first thing I did when I got them home was toss every bit of nasty velvet & flowers into the trash. Only to dive in after them & save as many flowers as I could...knowing (nearly too late) that I'd reuse them. (you could call that dumpster diving I guess) Several months of storing these fragile heirlooms in my garage had me a bit discouraged. I mean, how hard could it be, right?
FINALLY a "suddenly moment" occurred. I picked up these dusty old frames with fresh inspiration. I was gonna make something great & I just knew it! Old maps seemed to be the obvious choice so I made a dash for my pile in the corner donated by my dear daddy-o. Doesn't matter what you think of me so I'll let it all out...I had to pray! I knew I'd mess this up if I didn't ask God for His help. I reached in the very center & drew out a map. Iowa then unfolded before me--the state where Barb & all the rest of the family is from. That may seem like no biggie to you but there were at least 15-20 maps in the pile. BIG SMILE here:) God is so cool!
|forgot to take before pictures so this was right after I painted|
What do you make of it? I, personally, love them. I wrapped 'em up for Christmas and since I know she doesn't read this blog the secret is safe. Shhhh.