Anyhow, today at Young House Love, they're having a thrift store challenge. You're supposed to take a $20 to a thrift store and see what you can score with it. Here's my take!
Madi and I hit up our local thrift store last Friday to get this thing done. She wouldn't cooperate for pictures, probably because she didn't want to be seen with me sans makeup. She's 19 months old, and I'm already subjecting the poor child to public humiliation. : )
It's for sale on Etsy for $16. I liked it a lot, but it was only an 8X10. And, like I said, it was $16. So of course, I tried to DIY. First, I tried using Microsoft Word. What a joke! Then I pulled up GIMP (a free but not very intuitive image editing/generating software) and played around for a while. Once I finally figured out how to manipulate text, I was able to put this together pretty easily:
Anyway, blown up as big as it is on our wall, I can see imperfections (like how "protects", "trusts", and "perseveres" don't line up perfectly on the left side *shudder*) that would probably put me in the loony bin if I let them, so I try to only look at it from at least five feet away. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
I had it printed by Shutterfly for $8.64 after a $20 discount that came in our latest box of diapers, and was shocked at how quickly it arrived.
After spray painting the frame, I used the original "art" board to make a mat. I just cut a rectangle out of the middle about a half-inch smaller both ways so there would be room to attach the poster on the back.
Happy flippin' Friday!
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