Monday, January 21, 2013


To make a long story short, we got new couches.  Which kind of turned into one of those "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" type of stories.  The new couches didn't go with our rug.  So we bought a new rug.  And then some of the artwork and other decorative accessories didn't seem to fit in, etc.

Months ago I was at our local Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and I saw this giant wood board leaning against the building.  It has grooves in it but I don't know what it's original purpose was.  I just knew I liked the look of it and could probably use it to make something cool for our living room.  I asked how much they wanted for it and the volunteer just laughed and said I could have it.  He even loaded it into my van for me.  I cleaned it up and gave it a good sanding and then it sat for months on the back of our couch.  Not hung on the wall...just leaning there while I figured out what to do with it.

I kept seeing water and clouds in the grain of the wood.  Every time I looked at it the lines would jump out at me.  Finally, today I hung the board on the wall and as soon as it was up there inspiration struck.  I pulled out some old chalk pastels and "colored in" the picture I kept seeing in the wood grain.  I followed the lines of the grain and basically scribbled on layers of color.  Finally, I used my hands to smear all the colors together and when I stepped back I breathed a sigh of relief.  It just fits.

I'm not a great photographer and I know it was the wrong time of day to take pictures anyway but I just couldn't wait to show you!

Even the wave was part of the wood grain.  I love all those swirls and squiggles.

 Here, you can see the awesome texture.

 Do you see how the wood grain made clouds?  I just colored them in and suddenly the story in the wood was drawn out.  Exegesis.

It's finally starting to feel like home in here again.  I hope to share more of our living room as we continue to make changes to it.  Of course, you're welcome to come over and see it for yourself, too!


  1. It looks so homey! I love what you've done! I'm praying for a new couch... I want one so badly! Your new couches look so soft!

  2. wow, lovely, beautiful, natural....talented--and that's just you! The room is amazing as well. Thank you for sharing your home!

  3. LOVE IT! Awesome! Only God can do that!!!

  4. it is remarkable how the swooshes and swirls created their own scene and that you saw it! LOVE the whole room!!

  5. God has given you such amazing talents! It's awesome!


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