These words struck a cord with me. Not just the words but the complete design. I first saw this poster art on Pinterest. I clicked on it and followed the links until I found the source. The words and design are from Karen Salmanshon. She’s a best selling author and by the description of her site, she offers self help to those who wouldn’t be caught dead doing self-help.
The meaning is clear and simple, right? Love your life so much that you don’t have time to hate, regret, or fear. If you love your life so much that you don’t put in the time for those other things, just think of how much better you would feel.
I want to teach that to my kids, especially my girl. Because in this day and age (oh, geez, did I really just type that? I feel old.), yeah, in this day and age, girls are constantly tearing each other down. Tearing themselves down. I don’t want an ounce of that kind of hatred, self inflicted or otherwise to touch my girl. I know I can’t stop things from hurting her, but I can darn well try to teach her to love her life so much, to value herself so much that she doesn’t have time to put stock into the crap people might try and sell her when she gets older. I want her to radiate so much joy from inside herself that people will just know they can’t bring her down and they shouldn’t even try. Well, I can only hope and pray that I instill those things in her, right?
DIY WOOD SIGN
- A piece of smooth plywood at least 1/2 inch in thickness, cut to the size you want. I got mine from Home Depot for a $1 because it was in their scrap/throw away pile. I know, who knew they even had a throw away pile? Not me, that’s for sure.
- Paint. Any colors or finish you want. I used Martha Stewart’s Multi-Surface Craft Paints from Michael’s. I chose a couple of colors I liked and painted the plywood with them. Like the original poster, I did some areas lighter than others, and some darker.
- Paint Pen. I got a white acrylic paint pen from Michaels since I was already there.
- Letter Stencils
- OOK Ready Screw Frame Backs
- OOK Professional Picture Hangers
- Tape measure (optional if your level is long enough)
- First sand the edges all around your plywood. You don’t have to sand it much. You just want to take off any potential splinters.
- After sanding wipe the plywood clean. I usually use baby wipes. They’re handy since we have them all over the house.
- Paint your background of the poster art using whatever colors you want. You can add a little white paint to the color to make it lighter for a worn or distressed look like in the original poster art.
- Use your letter stencils to paint on the words in the middle of the sign. (I used a Silhouette to cut out the stencils, but you can also print out the writing you want and cut the letters out with an X-acto knife. It would take a lot longer but it is do-able. Believe me, I know.)
- Once the lettering is done and dry you can get started on all the white swirly lines. I did this by hand and just tried to stay true to the original piece.
- Once everything is dry you can lay your sign face down on a flat surface and measure where you want to screw in the OOK Frame Backs on either side of the wood sign. Then you’ll screw them in using the drill.
- When your piece you can decide where you want to put it and hang it using the OOK Picture Hangers. (I’m over the moon about OOK when it comes to hanging things. They hold an incredible amount of weight and leave the smallest holes in your wall.)
Finally when your sign is done, and hung up in a place that you will look at all the time and remember the importance of the words, go relax and think about how you’re going to start showing others how much you love your life.
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