Monday, September 20, 2010

Framed - Memories

Part three of my "Framed" series is all about memories and the special touch they are going to add to the "inspiration wall" of my craft studio.

Last month, my favorite yarn shop closed down. I had shopped there for decades. I even went there with my mom when I was a kid! It had been around a long time, under various owners. The most recent owner was a sweet woman that somehow made this yarn shop very welcoming and comfortable. I loved going there for yarn and inspiration but mostly to enjoy the company of other wonderful ladies. I miss it so much! I'm very happy for the owner though. She had a successful business that she loved and now she gets to enjoy a wonderful retirement with her hubby.

At the closing potluck/party, I noticed the sign hanging outside in the breezeway. I love signs! I have several old ones hanging on my walls at home. And, this one would be so special. Hmmmm?! I thought that, maybe, they might not want them and decided to ask if there was any chance I might be able to have one or buy one (there were two signs, one on each side of a lighted box). She seemed to be more than happy to pass them along. The next thing I knew, her husband was outside, on a ladder, taking the signs out. They graciously gave them to me and another one of their devoted customers. I was thrilled and honored to receive such a great souvenir of this beloved yarn shop.

I knew immediately what I wanted to do with the sign, carefully loaded it into my SUV and couldn't wait to get home and show my husband. We soon went shopping for supplies and he built a nice frame to protect and showcase my new treasure. It will be the crowning touch to my inspiration wall. It's about 50" wide by 14" tall. I love it! Click on the picture to make it larger...


I've been going a little crazy with the black paint! I even painted the frame of an applique butterfly that my grandmother made decades ago...at least 40 years, maybe more. I framed it a long time ago to protect it and I've enjoyed it on the wall for years. It's a simple inexpensive oak frame and, with the black paint, I think it will work out well in this grouping. It's 10" x 12"...


I've run into a snag with this "inspiration wall" project. I had planned to add a round wall clock to the grouping. However, after posting about the coo coo clock and thinking about how I can't stand hearing "tick tock", I decided the clock might not be such a great idea. That leaves a hole in the grouping. So, now I'm working at figuring out how I want to arrange everything and what I'll need to make it just right. So, we haven't started hanging anything yet. I'm hoping it'll be soon though. When I do, I'll be sure to post it right away. :-)

5 comments:

Benita said...

Your house sounds like mine - the walls are full and everything mixes and mingles happily together.

What wonderful memories you have and to receive that sign is lucky thing indeed. And it's a great title for your inspiration wall.

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

What a wonderful memento from your old yarn shop. It's so sad that they closed though. The sign will be wonderful and I can't wait to see the finished wall.

Margaret aka: Fact Woman said...

What a wonderful memento from your old yarn shop. It's so sad that they closed though. The sign will be wonderful and I can't wait to see the finished wall.

pineneedles4 said...

I really like your picture! How cool is that..especially with the memories that are attached to the sign!

Vanessa

Pickyknitter said...

Gahhh you are going to make me cry! I thought I was getting used to the idea of the shop being closed. That sign brought it all back. I am glad it went to you and glad for all the years I enjoyed there.