Thursday, May 19, 2011

Free, Meaningful Decor

I finally figured out what I wanted to use this plaque for!

I got it for free, back in July! The lady at the resale show told me, as I was checking out, "It's a Hummel...too bad it is chipped!" I looked Hummel up, but decided it probably wasn't worth much!

So I decided to paint it. I ripped the picture off. Most of it is still intact...just in case I want to use it for something else. Hoarder or crafty...I'm not sure!

I finally got the idea today of what I wanted to do with the newly painted plaque. So I went and quickly got a map of Texas. I saw a craft a while back where a woman had a framed calendar page. She drew a heart around her and her husband's anniversary. That got me thinking. 

I got out an old map that we had. I picked a town that meant something to me and drew a heart around it. You probably have never heard of the town, unless you are in my family. I chose Mathis,Texas. It's a tiny old town. 

I chose it because that is where my great grandma lived. All my life she lived there. There are so many memories I have in that town. Going to the Dairy Queen to get her a hot dog...she loved the chili cheese hot dog and it was a treat for her! It was a small town, so there wasn't many places to go, but every time we visited, we went to Dollar General. Sounds silly, but we didn't have those in our town yet...and getting to spend $5 on candy in there was pretty fun!

She lived in her little white house for so many years! She taught me how to play Spite and Malace and Saul. I don't remember how to play now, but I have great memories of us playing cards. 

There are so many special memories made there!

Here is how it turned out!

I am so happy with it!! I used my Mod Podge to glue the map down and then to seal it. Everything I used, I had on hand! So this project was free! :)

It is such a simple project, but it reminds me of memories that mean so much to me!


the cape on the corner said...

see, i love that! it's so special! and great inspiration for me, thank you very much. i have lots of random plaques, and i love maps, so...perfect!

Rachel said...

You are so welcome! :) I can't wait to see your's! It would look adorable to have a little grouping of these on a wall!

Monica said...

I love this idea with the map! Hmmm now I must think of a way to use it!