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What Happens When Crafting Hands You Lemons!

If you love someone, set them free. If they come back they’re yours. But, if it just sits in your living room, messes up our stuff, eats your food, uses your phone, takes your money, and does not appear to realize that you had set them free… You either married it or gave birth to it.

Last weekend I headed off to the local craft fair that is held at the fair grounds each October.  I do this every year and this is where I find some fun and special goodies for Christmas gifts and MOST of all great ideas on things to make.

One of the things that caught our eye was a sign with a play on the famous saying.  We howled at the sign and my friend really had a liking to it, but it was not quite something that would look cute in her home.  So here is my version of that idea and I think she is going to love it.  I like that I made it have a very classical and elegant feel, so it will draw a person in to read it expecting it to be inspirational and sappy and then POW not at all what your were expecting with a side of chuckles!

I found this wood box structure at Michael’s and it is 12×12.  I then painted layers using craft paint colors of brown and buttermilk.  Using Cricut Craft Room and the Wild Card font, I made a stencil of this saying…I then ROYALLY messed up with the execution the original idea and had a huge mess of paper, Mod Podge and paint and had to pull apart the big mess and sand for quite some time.  Once that was over and I slept on what in the heck I was gong to do.

I decided to cut the saying with a light brown vinyl and transfer it onto the project using transfer tape.  OH THE PAIN of taking out all the nested portions to the letters.  YUCK!  Then I had to face the reality that the lettering was too light for the project and instead of scraping off all the vinyl and cutting it out with black vinyl (like I should have and ALMOST did), I traced each letter over with black Sharpie!

Once that nightmare was over, I played around with several embellishments and decided to pull out Flower Shoppe and cut some scalloped flowers out in 2,3 4 inches sizes. I added some pearls and ribbon.

I used some pretty scrapbook paper from K&Company Designer Paper series and framed the outside boarders using Zip Dry paper glue! That stuff is awesome!

I guess you could say I originally made this project into a batch of lemons and somehow managed to salvage it into a solid glass of lemonade!

Thanks for sharing a piece of “never give up on your lemon moments, just add some sleep and heart to squeeze out some sweet lemonade” pie with me!

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