Friday, October 23, 2009

Family Rules: Dance in the Rain


Dance in the Rain is such a beautiful phrase and what an excellent life application! We all pass through seasons of difficulty. BUT if we can figuratively dance through the rain, it's a lot smoother journey. Attitude is key to happiness....especially during the storms in our life.

As I was thinking about all of this one day, I realized that there were a few more life lessons that I wanted my family to know about....I just needed a way to express it as a daily reminder!

Then I came across the most beautiful canvas of FAMILY RULES on Lindsey's blog. I knew I could take that concept and use some rules mixed in with helpful phrases to create MY OWN canvas! I mentioned in my giveaway post that I was doing a project from Lindsey's lovely blog and this is it, finally!

Here's the how to:

-Paint your blank canvas. I painted the whole thing but really you just need to cover the edges and sides. I used a 24x36 inch wrapped canvas. The original canvas on Lindsey's blog was made with one much bigger though.


-Select your paper (this is the fun part!)


-Cut your paper using varied widths and fun edges. I have scissors and rulers that do some fun cuts as you see in these photo below:
I left some edges straight as you can see here:

I also used traced the edges of bowls to cut some scalloped edges, see photo below:


-Use mod podge to adhere your paper to your canvas. This stuff was a little beast for me! It wouldn't cooperate, leaving my project with tons of flaws!! BUT, I tried my best and that's good enough {wink}. I also used the gloss finish mod podge to give my canvas a finished look. I did 2 coats on the top of the paper. Let this dry overnight.

For fonts I read ideas to either use scrapbook vinyl stickers or print out fonts from online. You can also just "go with it" and write using your own style. I wrote free hand and just went with it to give it a more personal look. I used Painter's Paint Pens and they ROCK!! I adore these pens now! I used dark brown with a medium point. Here are some up close shots of some of my varied writings:

And this last font I waited until the paint was almost dry then I dabbed and rubbed a Q Tip on it repeatedly to give it a worn look.
-To finish the project off, I added ribbon to either side of the canvas. The ribbons are two completely different sizes, patterns, and colors because my intentions with this canvas were to have the whole thing be mixed and varied.

- I also added a couple paper frames to cover my mistakes embellish it.

This square frame was originally a bright white and it looked terrible! So I soaked it in a cup of tea to give it a more antiqued look so it would match my color theme.

And that's a wrap!

MOORE FAMILY RULES
1) Show respect at all times
2) Celebrate together
3) Cuddle when you're sad
4) Keep your promises
5) Dance in the rain
6) Never give up
7) Use gentle words
8) Be on each others team
9) Work cheerfully
10) Be honest always
11) Listen with your heart
12) Forgive easily


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63 comments:

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

Love this idea! I will put this into my things I want to do file. Thanks for sharing it!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

I just love this idea...it looks great! Thanks for sharing it...I will pass this one on to friends and family. Hope you have a FUN weekend!

Blessings,
Linda

Darla said...

This is wonderful and I so needed to read these rules today!

Katrina said...

This is such a wonderful idea. You did a great job. I love those rules. Thanks for sharing. And thank you for leaving a comment on my post for my daughter's birthday.

laterg8r said...

what a wonderful project - love all the rules :D

Judy@cutest-little-things said...

I love love love this idea! And I love the rules! This is definitely something I'll file away to try - although I'm not sure mine will turn out nearly as cute!

Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kelly said...

I'm swooning! I love this project and will definitely be trying it.

lindsey said...

it looks so great!

Jill said...

That's wonderful! YOU SO CRAFTY!!!

Red Writing said...

GREAT job! I am in love with this idea and plan on making them for a few of my close family members for Christmas. I am going to ask them to give me their rules and go from there.

Thanks for the great how-to and tip on the paint pens!

Keelie

The Harris Family said...

Wow it is so pretty. I love this idea and the rules you used. I can't believe you freehanded the letters-you have beautiful handwritting (mine not so much).
-Crystal

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

This is a great idea. You will be surprised how much of this will stick when it is posted for the family to see daily. I did a list of family rules years ago but it was not nearly as pretty and creative as this.
Dena

Matt and Ashlee said...

That is Darling!!!

KISHA said...

I found your blog from a facebook post.
It's sweet and I LOVE the board of family rules!!
I'm a decorator and LOVE when practical things can be part of my decor!

Kathleen Grace said...

I think this is the greatest idea! It makes me wish I had seen this when my kids were little. It's beautiful, personal, and a great thing for the children to see every day.

b. said...

L.O.V.E. it!!!!

Tracey said...

It turned out just beautiful Lisa! I especially like your #7 and #12!!

:) T

Jenny said...

Super, super neat! Awesome idea!

Abby Killam said...

This is awesome! love the idea of it- where did you find such cute paper??

portatoredichrist said...

This is my favorite project you have done... Yes, even more than your walls. Everything about it is perfectly you. Each of these rules came from your heart. I know because I have seen you put each of them into practice. As "cute" as those words might sound, there is an incredible about of wisdom in them. Good job Lissy! 1610

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

This is such a cute idea! Your's turned out beautiful!

Manuela

Jane said...

Lisa,
You did a marvelous job with this canvas. Just think, your kids will grow up seeing this canvas everyday. You will be amazed at how many of these thoughts they will tuck away in their hearts...only to pull these words out when they need them.

You have given me an idea for Christmas for my boys. I just have to think of how to "man" them up a bit.
Hugs to you and your family,
Jane (artfully graced)

Jamie said...

This is great- you did an amazing job! I love how well this fits the decor of your home. Can I hire you to help me decorate mine??? ;-)

The DIY Show Off said...

So pretty! I've been wanting to make one too. :) I love the patterns and the rules! Great job!

Roeshel

Lynn said...

This is the neatest project ever! I love it. What a great idea, to have (and post) family rules. And your execution is beautiful. I think you could sell these!! It is wonderful.

Madeleine Miranda said...

What an adorable project, well done!

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

Love this idea! And your rules.

Tootsie said...

Dance in the rain is my favorite quote...this is a fantastic project! I may have to borrow this idea too!!!

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

Hi Lisa,
Hope you guys had a great week-end! Thanks for the sweet comment you left on my blog. You asked where I got my tray with the bird on it from. It was from Costco. When I saw it I didn't know where I was going to put it, but I just had to have it.
Blessings, Lisa

Clueless_Mama said...

What an amazing project! I love the rules you chose too, especially be on each others team. That is a great one and cuddle when you are sad...okay I like them all. LOL Hey I live in CO too. You should hold a class to teach me. It turned out beautiful!!!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi L!
Thank you for stopping by my blog this evening, and for reading about my precious niece Amy Dawn. I am so saddened by her passing, however I know she had suffered long enough with her cancer (this was her 2nd time with the disease). She was tired and ready to go home. I am so saddened tho, and every thought from each that has stopped by, has so touched my heart. I have signed up to follow your blog, and I pray you will come back another day and that I too will touch your heart. I so love your painting. I hope to try that with the holidays coming I have a few ideas for it.
Many thanks my friend, many thanks. Country hugs, Sherry

jenjen said...

WOW - it looks WONDERFUL! Great job. I love it!!!!

XOOX
Jen

Kristen Andrews said...

very nice and a great reminder!

Mayhem and Moxie said...

Your blog is simply amazing! I found your link through A Soft Place to Land last week and have been addicted to your site ever since. Hard to believe that so many different and absolutely wonderful blogs link up in one place every week.

I have so much to learn. :)

-Francesca

The Flying Bee said...

Your board came out beautiful! I just love it! I may need to do this for my family. I think it's a great idea!

Have a wonderful day!

Adrienne

Marti said...

What a great idea for so many family or household lists. I think yours turned out great, if there are any flaws I can't see them.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

This is amazingly beautiful and inspiring!! The mix of patterns and fonts is very cool. Well done!

Kristin said...

What a lovely idea. I adore the cuddle rule!

Tamara Jansen said...

What a beautiful and meaningful project!

Fifi Flowers said...

CUTE board... FAB rules!!! Ooooh and I love those cupcakes from your last post!!! I may have to make those... they are just too cute!!!

Terry said...

I saw the "Family Rules" too and loved it! Yours turned out really cute - great work! I found your blog from reading Restyled Home and will definitely keep reading to see what you create next!

Gail said...

Oh WOW that is too cute! I just love that.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a great idea! Loved this!

xo,

Sheila

Michelle said...

What a cool idea! It looks great. I have never tried to use modge podge but your troubles scare me. B has used it with his grandma before and made me a cool photo box in a Wizard of Oz theme (my favorite movie).

Tammy@InStitches said...

I love this..... I think everybody needs one !

Corinne @ The Splendid Stuff said...

Thanks for your comment on my page! :) PS - Love your sign! Cheers!

Chany said...

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pk said...

This turned out so cute! I love your rules too - great ones to live by.

pk @ Room Remix

Nicole @ BugaBoos said...

Beautifully done! I love it!! Such a cute idea and it looks Awesome!

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

I really love this idea. Where are you going to put it ?**

I think I would like to use this idea, but I surely would like an easier way!! May be I will consider a chalk board.

kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

words to live by! this is a great idea!

kelly

Room to Inspire said...

It looks great - and I absolutely love all of your wonderful family rules! I think I might have to adopt a few of these.

Chelsea

Kristen said...

I love yours!! I hope my readers go to it since it gives a picture tutorial ;D

Jami said...

I love it! Can't wait to try.

Kaye said...

I got here from the comment section over at We are that Family because I wanted to see yours. I too have seen these in various places around the web lately and want to incorporate them into our household. Let me applaud you on your use of handwriting! You are phenomenal at it! I will have to resort to scrapbooking letters I'm sure.

DesignTies said...

A wonderful piece of artwork, and a wonderful set of rules for your family to follow :-)

Kelly

Autumn said...

Clever idea! I love daily inspiration!

beth said...

That is so cute!! Love your family rules! :)

Kristenph said...

Beautiful! I love this idea.

The Mangerchine's said...

I LOVE this canvas, but even more, I LOVE your rules! They are definitely good ones, especially "dance in the rain!".

Shannon

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

I just love these, I'm going to have to make one of these, one day, guess I'm adding this to my LONG list of future projects! :) Love the way yours turned out!

Hoity Toity Baby said...

I am going to do this! And I know it will not only help my kids, but me, too! To remember to wake up with a smile! Sometimes we all forget to do that! I know I do!

Thanks {L} You're an inspiration!

christi said...

you are so creative! love this idea!