Monday, September 21, 2009

It's Better to Give....

This is my great aunt Ruth.
She is an amazing woman.
At 86 years old, she still lives alone and cares for herself.
She is the most hardcore, honest, fiesty and sincere woman
I have ever had the pleasure of meeting.

When I talked to my aunt the other day she was down in the dumps.
My aunt has been ill for several years now
and I think it's starting to wear her down.

So I decided to make her something to cheer her up.

I started with this.....

This was a shadowbox frame that I had.
It was brand new and sitting around.
I decided that plain brown was NOT my aunt's style.

So, I added paint...

Heirloom white to be exact.
Two coats for great coverage.

I took out the glass and glued some gorgeous scrapbook paper to the back.
I then added a cross that I painted to coordinate with the look. pizazz.

I decided to hand paint something inspirational
as my aunt is a great woman of faith.
Still....not feeling it.

That's what it needed!

I sanded the edges and the words.
I then used my favorite distressing ink to give
a burnished look.

My aunt loved it!
She placed it on her nightstand by her bed.
I hope it will continue to give her inspiration
as she has given me.


  1. How sweet of turned out great!!!

    :) T

  2. LOVE the picture of your Aunt Ruth, what a gorgeous lady. I know how difficult it is to see someone you love so much going through a hard time. Your shadow box and cross are gorgeous and you did a beautiful job!

    How special that you gave your Aunt such a special hand made gift!


  3. What an amazing gift. I'm sure she will treasure it.

  4. That was a lovely, thoughtful gift and I'm sure your hand loved it!! Great job on transforming that plain Jane frame into that inpirational piece of art!

  5. what a sweet post...the frame is lovely. the words you used described your aunt made me feel how close you are to her. thanks for sharing.

  6. That would raise anyone's spirit. It's absolutely beautiful, just like your Aunt. I have great respect and admiration for women who are strong and fiesty. I like that word "fiesty". It is a wonderful word to discribe someone. I'll bet you're a lot like your Aunt.

  7. Such a simple loving statement... I have a feeling it will put a BIG smile on her face.


  8. What a nice thing to do for your Aunt. It looks great!

  9. What a lovely gift! I'm sure your Aunt will appreciate the love behind it too. I hope her health improves.

  10. Don't you love creating something so different then what it started out as. I know your Aunt must love it and even more so because you created it. I just love your blog name. That would have been perfect for me but I would have never thought of it!
    Have a blessed night...Tracy

    P.S. I've posted my first giveaway. Please come by and take a peek at
    I hope you don't mind my shameless self promotion.

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  12. How perfect! I know she will adore that and she sounds like a beautiful person inside and out. Hope she feels better soon~

  13. Your aunt is beautiful and I hope that she enjoys her present. Sending well wishes her way.



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