Yes, I’ve been absent for a while. If you’ve followed any of my blogs for any reasonable amount of time you know I occasionally need time “away”. I need time to focus on something other than blog posts and projects so I can pray and regroup and course correct if I need to. This last month, although I still posted some, I let go of distraction and was really able to press in and focus on things that are necessary. I’d love to say that my house is cleaner but it isn’t really. My head, heart and spirit are very clear though.
I’ve struggled a bit to find my voice since buying my own domain name and I’ve wondered what this blog should look like. And after much consideration, I think that this blog will look a whole lot like The Mrs. Adventures of Button Girl did or will look the way that I wanted my ButtonGirl blog to look. I always wanted to get to projects and recipes and creative things but I felt like I was in one of those giant, cartoon snowballs, rolling, rolling, rolling, out of control. Some things in our life have changed though and it’s given me the ability to focus on things that are fun and creative and for that I am very thankful.
I’ll talk about changes later because today I’ve got a new, fun, cheap art project to show you!
I saw a print on Pinterest a few months ago and I immediately knew I had to have it. It was during an especially dark time for me personally and the words, “I loved you at your darkest, Romans 5:8″ jumped out at me. That it’s printed on a page from a vintage book made it even more fabulous. You can find the Etsy seller here. Now, to be clear, “I loved you at your darkest”, isn’t a quote of Romans 5:8, it is actually, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ” However, I felt that it captured the sentiment of Romans 5:8 very well.
I received the package and the print was in a plastic sleeve so I still had to find a frame that would fit a page that was 6.5″ wide and 9.75″ high. It’s a wonky size for a frame. I thought about cutting it to fit but didn’t really want to. So, I took a trip to TJ Maxx and found an espresso colored frame on clearance for $4. I intended to paint it but after I looked it over more carefully I realized that it was a really nice frame with nary a ding and thought it would be a shame to paint it. It’s an 8×10 so it fit the length of the print perfectly but it needed a mat of some sort. Ever the cheap-o I decided to look through some scrap book paper to see if I had anything that would work and wouldn’t you know it, I did!
I took this picture using Pixlr-o-matic, (thanks, Christy)! It seems to capture the colors the best. The ones I took with my other camera make the colors look too bright.
I’ll give you a close-up.
My moniter is making it look too bright and washed out all at the same time- the orange is actually very muted in real life. I think you get the idea though. Using orange is a big departure for me but I love the warmth it brings to the living room.
Here’s the cost breakdown:
Art print- $9 with shipping (although the price has been recently upped to $9 for the print + $2 shipping)
Scrap booking paper- $1 (or possibly less)
For a grand total of $14.
So what say you? Do you have any fabulous, unique art? Do share!