Yesterday started out cold and rainy, but the sun made its way by mid-afternoon and it turned into a glorious day! It was the perfect day to finish a little project I’ve been working on for the past week or so.
I am a lover of sunshine (since wayy back in the day when I used AOL Instant Messenger & my AIM screenname was lbsunshine85. Too cool for words, I know).
I love the song “You Are My Sunshine”, and used to sing it with my students all the time when I taught elementary music. The song is so appropriate for how my loved ones, especially FH, the puppy & my BFF, are always there for me when I need a smile!
I started out with a piece of burlap fabric cut to fit an old IKEA picture frame I had stashed behind the bookcase in my bedroom (among other things). For this project, I used Martha Stewart Alphabet stencils and Folk Art paint in Coffee Bean.
I used a pretty pink princess plate (left over from my grown up, 27th birthday) for my paint, and a foam pouncer to apply the paint with the stencil.
As with all of my stenciling projects lately, I exercised patience and waited between letters to avoid smudging the wet paint.
I used a piece of cardstock to create a level line for the stencils.
Here is the finished stencil, with a little flourish I added to the bottom!
So, when I went to put the burlap inside my frame, I pushed a bit too hard and… broke the glass. Oops. There went my grand plan for a quick & easy project!
So after work yesterday, I took advantage of the beautiful afternoon and took a drive out to IKEA. I purchased a similar frame that was a big larger, and figured I’d use the included mat to add some polish to my stencil.
Here is the finished product!
It’s a little bit crooked and imperfect… but that’s life, right? I dig it.
And I really dig those tulips. I will miss having fresh tulips in the house as their spring spring comes to an end!
I hope you like my little piece of sunshine! Have you ever broken an integral piece of a project mid-way through? It’s totally worth spending the money to replace the broken item & finish the job, right? 🙂