Monday, August 20, 2012

Hometown Glory

Have you ever had this project that you've dreamed of for months? In your head you've planned everything out. You've been able to see the finished product. Then you've anxiously waited until you had enough money, time, patience etc. to complete. This is my project.

Our walls photograph horribly, but they're really a nice tan shade-I promise!
After seeing so many prints and artwork of this nature all over Pinterest, I was really interested in the idea. With plans to move in with Mr. Charming for quite a while, I immediately envisioned these frames above our bed. My original plan was to hang them the day we moved so I could claim my side of the bed, because we would always fight over that side. I ended up getting my side sans pictures (of course) but still waited for the day when they would hang above.

The hard part was that we didn't know we were moving to Richmond until late May. So when I daydreamed I just pictured all of the states I was hoping I'd get to move to in that middle frame. Virginia was a top choice, so I was pleased when we both received Richmond job offers.

Though I had the plan for a while, I had a hard time figuring out just how I'd manage to cut out the states. I figured I would mess them up if I tried to do some tracing/free hand kind of thing. That's of course what I ended up doing and they're not too bad. Now I love Maryland, but let me tell you...she's a b*tch to cut out.

I ended up finding this site (yes, driver's license info....I know) with clear, solid pictures of each state. I enlarged them to fit in a word doc and printed them out. I then got some navy and white scrapbooking paper and went to work. I cut the excess from around the state print and taped it to the scrapbook paper (just some loops of scotch tape, because of the SB paper texture it shouldn't tear if you buy the cardstock kind) and then cut around the print out, which left me with the state cut out in the SB paper. Sounds easy--but I'm pretty sure I gave myself carpal tunnel by the end. Taped the states onto the navy, then cut out some little coral hearts and taped them to our hometowns.

When I was searching for letter stickers to use for the words I legit gasped in AC Moore when coming across these. If you look very closely, you'll see they have a yellow quatrefoil print. Now, of course you can't really notice this as the prints hang on the walls, but we have quatrefoil all over our bedroom so I found them quite fitting. And all around adorable.

I'm still enjoying walking into our room and gazing at them. My idea finally came to fruition and I did the project all in one night! I definitely have a bad habit sometimes of starting a craft and leaving it in the corner for a month until I finish it. I'm working on that. I still have two more things I'd like to make for our room, then decoration in there will be pretty much complete. 

Additionally, I'm slightly annoyed that Maryland goes so far to the left that there's no navy showing between the state and frame. I'm thinking of doing a little bit of plastic surgery on her for a sliver of navy. I'd probably mess the entire thing up and should just stay away. 

What project has currently been on your mind? Now's a better time then never to get started. Make some plans and shopping trips this week and get crackin' this weekend!



Lindsay said...

LOVE this idea! It almost makes me wish that my husband and I weren't living in the same state that we're both from... though I've been thinking of doing the same thing with some prints of VA - a collage of them? You've got me thinking, that's for sure! :)

Gail Purath said...

this is a great idea, and since my husband and I have lived in 8 states and 2 foreign countries, I could create a photo wall with these. I love the idea and you did a great job. Gail (

livingcrunchy said...

Cute! Stopping by from Simply Senstaional Tuesday. I agree with Lindsay, living in the same state we are both from!

sophistifunk said...

i love the prints, such a cute idea! and your bedding is amazing!
have a great weekend :)
p.s. i'm your newest follower :)

xo brie