Every year I struggle as to what to get or make for my son-in-law.
Men are hard enough to buy for but add "in-law" to that and you have someone you haven't grown with or seen growing up and it gets even harder.
This year however I got lucky!
This summer when I went to a fair with my daughter I found a very unusual object that immediately made me think of my son-in-law!
Oh boy was I excited!
I still didn't know what I was going to do with them but I had a direction and time to think about it!
Eventually I thought, I'll make him a lumbar pillow.
He has back issues so I thought that would be nice.
But then I thought...
find a poem and make a wall hanging!
After finding the poem, I ran over to Graphics Fairy and found a great image and off to my craft table I went!
first I had to hit the computer and clean up the image in GIMP,
then print it on a piece of patterned paper from my stash.
I pulled out one of the "ok" pictures I found at the Dollar General a few months back and sat down at my desk and got to work.....
sanding, painting (with true burgundy Folk Art paint), modpodge,
ribbon (from my stash), suede glimmer mist,
a little vintage photo and walnut stain distress inks
some really cool hemp twine from Really Reasonable Ribbons.
this is what I made.....
And the "very unusual object" I found.....
Deer Antler buttons!!!
How cool are they?
I love them!
As much as I love them though, I never would have bought them if it weren't for my son-in-law.
He's the only hunter in the family,
the only one who would appreciate them the way I think he will!
I sprayed the cream ribbon with suede glimmer mist then sewed the buttons on with the twine.
Here is the hunting poem that I found online.....
A close up of the Deer image I found at Graphics Fairy.....
I edited the image in gimp, removing the background then added a texture image (Back in) from Kim Klassen on top to give the deer a little more of a shadowed affect.
I am so happy with this,
I can't wait to send it to him!
I will be linking this to
Graphic's Fairy - Brag Monday