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Tracie's Brilliant Craft Project

Ever since I moved into Tracie's Holladay Inn, I've been looking for a nice framed picture to hang over the stairway.  That space is probably at least 12 feet high or more, and it just is screaming for something nice to hang on it.  But alas, I haven't found anything I particularly liked. At the same time, I've been looking for a really cool picture of the Salt Lake Temple. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any that have just taken my breath away.

So back a couple of weeks ago, just after ringing in the New Year, I kind of sat pondering on this again, and I had what I considered an absolutely brilliant thought. A sudden stroke of inspiration, if you will. I was looking at the most recent Conference issue of the Ensign, and all of the awesome photographs that were in it, when it occurred to me that I could cut out a bunch of said photographs, from that issue and from the other old issues I had around, and I could use those to take care of the empty wall. And that night I sat up quite late, going through the magazines, and cutting out a bunch of pictures of the Temple, and of scenery, and of religious art. Things that made me feel good and were spiritually inspiring. This was all phase 1.  Phase 2, however, was another story. Because despite having this brilliant idea, I hadn't yet got to how I would implement it. And by now I had started hyperventilating, because as we all know, crafts give me the hives. So I gathered all of the pictures into a folder until I could figure out where to go from there.

Yesterday, I finally put my plan into action. First I went to the craft store to find some time of sticky thing I could use to attach the pictures. Then it was off to Wal-Mart, for poster board, and a large frame. After getting that all home, and having a bite of lunch, I set to work. First, I laid out all the pictures in a pattern I liked, and then proceeded to transfer that pattern bit by bit to the poster board. Then I cut the poster board to fit, and set it in the frame. This process was complicated by one corner of the frame being broken. So I put quite a bit of additional effort into fixing it (thank heaven for superglue and duct tape). But nevertheless, it all looks great, and I can't wait to get it on the wall. Hopefully the frame will stay together and it will last for years. Because frankly, I'm not sure I have another craft project in me.

Here is a photo of the finished product (try not to pay any attention to the string wrapped around it - that's just to help the glue to hold).


Impressive! Can't wait to see it in person! :)

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