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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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One of my 2012 resolutions was to add more of ME into the style (or lack thereof) of my family room.  I might have taken that resolution a tad literally come to think of it, but I’m still happy with the progress so far! Let me give you a little back story…
See that artwork? It was hanging in my family room for the past year.  It’s fine… if you know me well, when I say fine, I mean ehh… take it or leave it.  In this particular case, I was ready to leave it, so I started by taking it apart.
I wanted to do something a tad more meaningful.  Trust me, I’m all about art just because it looks cool, but for some reason I was determined to create something a little “deeper” for this room.
At first I thought I’d use some cool lyrics I love.  “American Pie” has always been a favorite song, but then I  vetoed that because it just didn’t feel right and I’m sure there’s some weird deep meaning I am oblivious to.
I decided on Matt Redman’s “Blessed be the Name of the Lord”, typed it up on an 8×8 and enlarged it at Staples.  (Total cost for two was like $5.00)
Here’s the deal on the song.  I’m not all like, “woohoo it has to be a praise song” or something like that.  Truthfully, I hated this song for about 3 years and would actually leave church every time it was played.  I wasn’t being a jerk, I just couldn’t stomach it.  You may have heard me mention my twin boys in my birthday post, and  this song has a line, “You give and take away, You give and take away.  My heart will choose to say, Lord blessed be your name.”  Let me tell you for a mom that wanted nothing more than to keep holding her babies that line was beyond challenging for me.  So why put it on your wall crazy blogger? Well, over time I’ve been able to get to the point where I do trust and understand that He will give and take and it’s not going to be easy, but I’m not in it alone. He doesn’t say I’ll give and take and see ya later.  It’s only by grace that I got through each of our losses without becoming bitter and changed.  Okay, enough personal stuff, if you want to read about our journey with the twins, you can check it out here.  (Who knows, maybe it will be a help to someone.)
So I had my lyrics and needed something to go over them.  It took some brainstorming and then it hit me.  FINGERPRINTS… our fingerprints!
Here’s How I did it!
The mat needed a coat of paint. Don’t be afraid to change the color of your mat, it’s a great, quick fix.
While they dried, I pulled out my kids stamping kit and took some prints.  I’m a dork and started with my pointer, but realized a thumb is a better option.  Just press, don’t roll and don’t use too much ink.
Then, I took pictures of our prints.  I zoomed in as close as I could get, and then cropped in picasa.  Editing the picture to black and white and increasing shadows helped me see the lines.
I happened to have a mini projector on hand (borrowed from a friend about 9 months ago- oops!) and a jar of cherries! I needed the projector a bit higher and they worked perfectly.  If you don’t have a mini projector an old school, classroom one would work fine too.
Keeping it real… yes, I still have a Christmas countdown on my walls.
I taped the paper on the wall and traced in pencil.  I almost went blind.  It was not simple to see, but it still only took about 5 minutes of tracing.
I removed it from the wall and traced over my lines with a sharpie.
After reassembling the mat and frame I was ready for after pictures… Darn that my room is bright with a glare 24-7.
Here’s my new meaningful, fingerprint art.
I have a second one coming with the hub’s print, but I’ll show you that when the rest of the wall is finished! I have some fun plans brewing!
So what do you think of my new artwork?  It’s okay, you can be honest, I know it’s a little unique.

The comments +

  1. Cate says:

    You are so inspiring!

  2. Jenn Lopez says:

    Love it! Also LOVE that little projector!!! What is it called? That would be the solution to a bunch of my projects.

  3. It came out really neat! I like it a lot. Great post, Monica :).

  4. beth says:

    love you post Monica—–what a glorious day that will be!

  5. Liz says:

    I love that song. But I agree at times it is hard to hear and sing. Fabulous post and a unique piece of art.

  6. Shannon says:

    I’m not really sure what to write, but here goes.

    I just read the full story of your journey with your twins. It breaks my heart as I went through a similar situation October 31 last year and am still trying to wrap my head around it all. But reading your posts has allowed me to see that everything WILL be ok (I know it will as I pray all the time but seeing it work out in other’s lives helps). The love you feel will never go away, but the pain will eventually subside.

    You were right… it has helped someone. Thank you and I really enjoy your posts!

  7. jlanders says:

    Hey Monica- I’ve recently been catching up on all your blog posts (I’m a little behind!) so when I saw you mention on your 30th bday about the twins that you lost, I was interested to hear more about your story. (I’m Jess’ roommate from college, so I definitely know lots about you, but most of it was during college – not so much since!) So I was glad to see that you posted the link about your story…I miscarried my first sweet baby several years ago, but the memories of the week when we found out he no longer had a heartbeat, waiting for the miscarriage, and then the traumatizing night in the E.R. after excessive bleeding and pain; those memories are so, so vivid; and sometimes the grief feels so, so fresh. I don’t know what to say, but thanks for sharing your story-I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with that song too 🙂 -Jill

  8. So sorry to read about your boys…I honestly have no words for you, but this is a beautiful testament to your love for them. Beautiful, just beautiful!

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