One thing that brings beauty to my life is to give. I love to think of something special or hear something mentioned and then make it or find it to gift to a sweet friend.
Here's how this one began:
I decided earlier this year not to go to Relevant this year. This is just the decision God gave me peace in - but as the time got closer for it, I was starting to wish I could go. Then, I found out my sweet blog-friend and kindred spirit Joy was going to speak. Oh, I really wished to go.
Truthfully, it wouldn't be a good time for our family. I don't know how we'd swing it financially and it's been sold out for months - so doesn't really matter anyway. But, I didn't want to wallow in this regretful feeling.
God gave me the idea of making something for Joy to send to the hotel and surprise her. I saw a number of pallet art wall hangings on her Pinterest board and wanted to make something like this for her.
David helped me scrounge the most weathered pieces of wood from back by our shed and I cut them in half and nailed them to a board in the back. Now, what should I put on it? I didn't want to directly copy the words of a sign off Pinterest, yet wanted it to be special and meaningful to Joy.
So, I headed to her blog and found her life verse and instantly knew that would be a good choice. I just free-handed the lettering and then sanded it for some aged-look. A little pennant garland out of scrapbook paper allowed me to include more of the verse on the sign.
Joy - I hope you love it! It was beauty to me to spend part of a lovely afternoon making it for you and imagining how it might bless and encourage you.