On Tuesday, I shared this project with Marilyn and her readers at The Artsy Girl Connection as part of a fun series she put together for Valentine's called Crafty Lil Hearts! Go check out Marilyn's super creative site and be inspired by the awesome Valentine projects and stories shown during her series. It'll continue on until Valentine's Day, so go join the fun!
To me, Valentine's Day is the perfect holiday for the handmade gift. Nothing says I love you like taking the time to create something sweet and sentimental for your nearest and dearest. My hubby and I don't buy each other Valentine gifts. Instead, we do sweet things, cook something special or give thoughtful, handmade cards and gifts.
This year, I decided to make my hubby a Subway Art style picture frame, listing every city the two of us have lived (both separate and together!). And, then I added a sentiment that could not be any truer: Home Is Wherever You Are. I finished the project with an old picture of us in the first city we lived together as marrieds. A sweet and sentimental gift for my hubby, don't you think?
I started this project with a discounted $0.99 frame, which I gave a quick coat of Pewter Ring paint from a Behr sample jar. Behr's Pewter Ring just so happens to be the color of our entry way, guest bathroom, dining room and living room. Yes, we like gray. After the frame was dry, I rough up the edges a bit with some sandpaper. Just enough to give it a slightly worn quality.
Using my silhouette, I cut out the names of our cities from black vinyl, making sure to vary the fonts and sizes. I decided to leave two areas blank to handwrite our names and "home sweet home" in my own script. Just another personal touch! I kept the font and colors simple and without a lot of fluff. Since, you know, it is for my husband.
I think my husband will like this sweet and sentimental Valentine gift, don't you?
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