Hello all you fantastic HLGOY readers! Meg here, wondering how everone’s March is going so far. Mine is much less springy than I would like. I can’t take any more snow. I need to walk outside, without a coat and preferably in flip flops, and feel the warmth of the sun on my face. Hopefully by the end of the month…fingers crossed.
I love what I do. I’m specifically talking about blogging. It has been an amazing adventure over the past two years. I have met so many incredible people and learned a lot about myself. I have always been creative, since I was a child. And I love it. I love to create. It’s healthy for me. Having this blog has, at times, put pressure on me to create. It’s forced me to really use my imagination and venture into uncharted creative waters.
I believe that each time we create we discover something about ourselves. I have grown a lot, as an individual, over these past two years. I’ve become more comfortable and confident in exactly who I am. It takes guts to be creative. It takes guts to put yourself and your ideas out there (ie. the interweb) for all to see. There is an incredible sense of fearlessness that comes when you absolutely love something (and openly voice your love) that others think is a little nutzo. I am, of course, referring to my book page hallway. No one else really likes it. They think it’s crazy. And that is completely fine, but I must admit something. There was about a day, after hearing everyone’e opinion, that I started to doubt myself. I let the opinion of others make me doubt something that I loved.
And that, my friends, is lame sauce!
It is 100% fine and dandy to love a certain design or style, even if you’re the only one who feels that way. We should never worry about what other people are doing or what other people will think. When it comes to my book page hallway I feel a bit like Buddy the elf.
“I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it!”
From time to time we all need a reminder to love what we do and to do what we love. I decided to make my reminder into a lovely piece of art. And it turned out exactly like I wanted.
I started with a piece of mdf and painted it with a semi-gloss white.
Then I flipped through an old magazine and tore out colorful pages to use for the letters.
This is one of those perfectly imperfect projects. Which is why it was so enjoyable. I had a general idea of how big I wanted each letter to be (about 3 inches) so I drew lines as a guide to keep my letters around that height. Notice how I’m using “about” and “around” quite generously? Again, not uber specific or anywhere near perfect. Which is why I free-handed the letters.
See how imperfect all the letters are? I love it.
Once I had all the letters cut out, I glued them on using a glue stick. I discovered that the glue stick cap was perfect for smoothing down the fragile magazine letters. Then, to add a little panache, I put washi tape around the edge of the board. It’s the perfect finishing touch.
I’m so happy with this, it’s perfectly me.
Do what you love and love what you do.
Until next time….