our l.i.f.e. in words

Here it is.  My little memory board of life.

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You first saw this bare plywood board way back in December when I had it hung above our tv trying to find some inspiration in the piece.

What, you don’t hang dirty, unimproved plywood above your tv and live with it there for months?!?  And take pictures with all kinds of cords lying around?  Sigh.

It’s literally a piece I saw in our wood pile one day and thought “that’s a nice size, it would make a good piece of wall art of some kind”.  I had obviously imagined it going vertically above the tv.  It already had a little piece of wood screwed into it that worked perfectly as a hanger on an already existing screw in the wall.  Easy peasy.

But, then I decided to switch up our tvs and that plan no longer worked.  Bummer.

Then I had another idea.  I’ve actually had the idea for a few months.  I needed to get a few paint pens to make it work.  I found them at Michael’s when we were in Florida in March.

So, why I didn’t do anything with it until this past weekend I have no idea. #happytoprocrastinateonadailybasis

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I made a list of a bunch of things that reminded me of my life with my husband.  Where we met, things we did, places we’ve lived, favorite vacation spots, sayings that make us chuckle, just all around randomness that is only meaningful to us.  Smile.

I took a regular ol’ sheet of 8.5 x 11 lined paper, measured 3 inches wide and made block style letters to spell the word LIFE.
I used a black pen to outline the letters on my plywood, that has been painted black for a few months now.  Sigh.  #notsurewhyI’msuchaprocrastinatorsometimes

This is the same “tracing” technique I used here.

Then, using the paint pen, I just wrote all of my words in the lines.

I was actually really worried that the paint pen would wear down and fray (can a paint pen fray?) really quick because of the roughness of the wood.  But it didn’t at all. I had never used a paint pen before but I was really impressed.  I do have a little ombre effect going on in the F.  I thought the pen was running out, but I just need to refill the tip with paint by pressing it onto a scrap piece of paper a few times.  (I only ended up needing one pen for this project.)

Yep, TOTALLY coincidental that the first super bright white word is Chad.  Coincidental yet serendipitous I say.  :)

I think she could use a frame, but I don’t have any spare molding lying around so she’ll go frame less for now.

And the lettering isn’t perfect.

And my penmanship is hideous in some spots.  As per usual.

And where I meant to write Ois – one of our favorite towns in the Greek Islands – I put Oil instead.  Oh oil…what a fond memory.  ;)

And the plywood is a bit chippy and doesn’t even really have straight edges.  But I love her.
Rough around the edges, imperfect, a little messy, a bit misinterpreted in spots yet entirely meaningful.

Sounds about right.  :)

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And I have a fun idea for updating it a few years down the road when we’ve accumulated new words, thoughts and memories to add.  And when I say “we”, I totally mean ME.  When asked, the husband’s only contribution was to say that he’s sure I’ve thought of everything.  Thanks bunches for your help, honey.  ;)

I was also thinking of writing somewhere on it “the first 12 years” … but once I hung her I didn’t want to take her down. #hiimlazynicetomeetyou

So, tell me.  Have you taken any random pieces of wood from your scrap pile and made anything you love?  Made any similar kind of meaningful word art of your own?  (I just typed “owl” instead of “own” … apparently it’s the words starting with “o” that give me trouble.)

And…just a friendly reminder that the next party in our little every other month series is this month.  The last Tuesday of this month to be exact.  May 29th at 7am eastern time to be specifically exact. MISSION: Possible … The Great Outdoors.  So, get out there (literally!) and do something awesome!  We can’t wait to see it.  And by we I, of course, mean Kelly, Kari, Andrea and Linda.  :)

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About Karah

I'm Karah and I'm so glad you're here! I'm a small town girl from the North East who finds myself moving around with my husband and pups every few years and constantly on a journey to make the most of every space we find ourselves in. That little space between what has been and what will be. It'd be so cool if you'd like to join us for the ride.
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45 Responses to our l.i.f.e. in words

  1. Anne says:

    Such a cute idea. Chippy wood is all the rage – haven’t you heard?!!

    lol

    xox

  2. This rocks! I love paint pens – I have a whole collection somewhere (yes, I need to get organized)!

    Ah, I do have grand memories of oil – doesn’t everyone! And hanging chads (remember them)!

    Now I am going to search out some words which I am sure you included: margarita, mojito, mai tai …
    Kelly

  3. This is so cool!! And I think you have great handwriting! :)

  4. Such a sweet idea for a meaningful piece of custom art :-) All the little flaws are what make it so charming – and really, LIFE is never perfect, so all the imperfections perfectly reflect life :-)

  5. Once again you are the master of creating such meaningful and personal artwork for your home! Life is good …

    :)

    Linda

  6. Becca says:

    What a great idea. I love the way it looks, and it doesn’t have to be perfect- the imperfections give it character :)

  7. Janet says:

    Very cool. You have the best ideas…….

  8. andrea cammarata says:

    this project is awesome! it will last a life time! thanks for sharing : ) hugs…

  9. Tresa says:

    This project is so neat and sweet! I see nothing wrong with mounting a bare piece of wood to the wall and waiting for inspiration to come. You did a fabulous job!

    Tresa

  10. zoe says:

    I am so impressed just how neat your hand writing is. Mine is so bad I can hardly read it myself

  11. thistle says:

    Karah,

    I love this piece! I am totally pinning it :) You should make a font from your handwriting.

    blessings,
    karianne

  12. cassie says:

    now that, my friend, is cool. LOVE life.

  13. Debbie says:

    Make me one! This is super cool! I might copy :)

  14. Catherine says:

    This is beautiful! I love the idea!

  15. Fantastic idea! I’m pinning it to my Home Projects to Try folder, that should probably be called Home Projects that I Mostly Won’t Ever Get Around to Doing file (It’s not the projects, it’s me)… But this one has a good chance of rising to the top! Also, I posted the Outdoor Challenge Button on my blog. Just when I decided to cross a lot of yard and gardening off my list for this year… But I’ll think of/force myself into something to share. :-)

  16. How in the world is your handwriting so perfect? I love your idea. It’s very special.

  17. Karen says:

    Wonderful project. Looks great especially with chippy paint and a few imperfections (like life really is). I love those paint pens, my 14 year old son uses them for graffiti type are labels he trades. They work great!

  18. Kristy Rohm says:

    A Big Love for this one!!!! Life in a nutshell!

  19. Sue Reincke says:

    So very cool! And I did notice the entire line about the 48 team was super-bright. Love paint pens. Great idea!

  20. Robin says:

    Super idea. Great keepsake. Did your hand hurt after writing all that? I’d love to try this on a smaller scale {my hand wouldn’t cramp! and maybe I’d have enough to say to fill a single letter} like a monogram of our last name. Pinned it :) Have a great weekend.

    Robin @ happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com

  21. This is such a cool way to do sentimental art without it feeling like a shrine to your family. LOVE it. Pinning it.

  22. This is so cool and beautiful! I love it!

  23. Hey Karah,
    Thanks so much for link up your project this week at our link party!!
    -Jocie

  24. Karen says:

    It looks great, and I love that it is so personal and meaningful! I totally live with rescued unimproved junk for scandalously long periods of time before doing something with it. You are not alone!

  25. Angela Friesen says:

    Best version ever of the subway sign!

  26. this project is so ME and I’m pissed you thought of it first. Damn! Are you saving driftwood for me or not?

  27. Liz says:

    Karah, you make me smile reading this, and yes, I get hanging dirty plywood on the wall while you decide and all your disclaimers about each thing that wasn’t perfect. Ha! I can relate as I love a good disclaimer (or more!). This is so meaningful and it’s sentimental and incorporates lettering so it’s got to be top notch. Thanks for sharing. I found this post through Twigg Studios Sunday Show Off!

    Liz

  28. Sandy says:

    This is such a clever idea, I just love it. I would copy it if I had better handwriting. Great job!

  29. Lorrie says:

    This is amazing, I love it! I’m pinning and I’m now following!

  30. amy says:

    I LOVE love LOVE this. Everything about it. Even the imperfections. Pinning, doing. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays!

  31. Wow! I can’t wait to pin this! I’m thinking a “feature” on Handmade Tuesdays in in your future next week!

  32. Roeshel says:

    I love it! Personalized is one of my favorite reasons for DIY and this is such a sweet idea, Karah! I’m going to include a link in this week’s highlights. ;)

    Enjoy the weekend!

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  34. Wow…I absolutely adore this idea! Thank you for sharing. :)

  35. You’re being featured on Handmade Tuesdays next week.

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  37. Mel McCarthy says:

    Completely fabulous! Love your handwriting.

  38. Karen says:

    I love this so much. I don’t think I would have the patience to make one, my husband would actually be the one making it, but his penmanship is worse! I was getting that “watching a really good hallmark commercial and almost welling up with tears” feeling reading this post. It was that good.

  39. This is just awesome. Yes, awesome!!! I love it… and I think your penmanship is perfect. What an amazing keepsake, and such a great story behind its creation…

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