Monday, January 23, 2012

Auntie M's Destiny

I have discovered my purpose in life.

My discovery happened today when I received the most amazing picture ever.

The sonogram of my sister's belly.  Also known as: my unborn niece.

So excited to be an aunt.

In fact, being so excited, helped me discover my purpose in life!


I am destined to be an aunt to nieces and/or nephews AND, because I love crafts so much, I must sew and make things for my nieces and/or nephews.

Doesn't that just sound fantastic?

Forget a profession and all of that worthless stuff.  Who needs it?

You might have assumed that this post is about something I made for my new're wrong.  I just needed to rant about being an aunt and how excited I am.

I'm actually going to brag on a project I did for my brother's birthday.

I think it's awesome.  I was inspired to do it because I actually want something like it for myself.

You could say...this was kind of a trial run for what I will make for myself...just don't tell my brother. 

It might make him feel unimportant or something.  :)

So, this is what I made.  A sign my brother can hang up in his house.  

The inspiration came from a blog you can see here.

I started out by buying different sizes of plywood from Lowes and screwing them together.
I then stained the wood with Minwax in Early American from Lowes.  I had to stain it twice, just a heads up.  And, it's important to give yourself a day for the stain to fully dry.
The stain turned out beautifully!
I wanted to put a really cool phrase on it, but of course, I couldn't make a decision.  So, I decided to do something easier.

You know, something star!

Yeah. If you think that will be easy, you're crazy.  Just like me when I made that decision.

Completing the star was a LONG process.  I tried free handing it...that failed.

Basically, if you're going to do a star, either have a projector like the lady in the original blog, or have someone the majority of the work.  That's what I did.  Thanks to my brother-in-law, we have the next picture.  He used protractors and all of that crazy stuff I haven't used since 6th grade.
Once we found the five points, I used blue painters tape to make the outline of the star as well as the center lines which, we hoped would end up making it look 3Dish.

I painted the area around the outer lines of the star as well as the assigned areas in the center of the star.

Here is the end result...well...except for the fact that it should be hanging on my brother's wall in his house.
I think it's awesome and I'm really proud of it.

There is NO way I could have done it without the help of mi familia.

I would love to give a detailed price list of this project, but it was sponsored by my parents since it's technically a birthday present from them.  I'll give an estimated amount.

-Wood (different sizes)- $25 for 8 boards
-Minwax in Early American- $8 for 1 quart
-Painters blue tape- $6
-Foam brush- $1
-Screws taken from my Dad's collection
-Screwdriver borrowed from my Dad
(Everything was purchased from Lowes)

Total:  $40.00

Hope you enjoy!

Mrs. W...or as I will be called come June 23rd, Auntie M

1 comment:

  1. It turned out great! And I can't wait to see what you will make for Baby G! :) I may have bought some fabric yesterday to start on some projects...I'll keep you updated.