I know, I know. I’ve been MIA for a (very) long time. Lots of life things have happened – some good, some not-so-good. And then I had this chance encounter with a lovely talented lady who is both a self-taught baker (like me) and a self-taught photographer (like me), and she’s a bajillion times more talented than I could ever dream of being. I told her I felt ‘insufficient’ in her presence, but that that’s a good thing – nothing inspires me to be and do better than feeling like I could be or do better. The last thing on my mind, though, was a DIY wall hanging, but little did I know how meeting this lovely person would spring it back into mind. Thank you, Claire Gunn – what a serendipitous collision of two souls! And seriously, check her out. Go. Now.
We met just yesterday on a food shoot for VILLA 47 and we got chatting about life, work and facing your fears. In not even close to six degrees of separation, we realised we have some very dear friends in common and that the chocolate sorbet she was photographing (and I was eating, coz let’s be serious…) was the same recipe she had passed onto the chef who passed it onto this chef when they worked together years before. MAD. Also chocolate sorbet…
In case you don’t know, which is highly unlikely considering her being kind of a big deal, Claire has made an incredibly successful career out of combining her talents, working hard to be authentic in her endeavors and taking no shit from nobody (‘Scuse the double negative…). I felt instantly inspired and that the rut I’d been in for a while had officially outstayed its welcome. So I’M BACK! I almost said ‘bitches’, but I won’t.
Then, after this lovely introduction to Claire, I was reminded of this old DIY I’d made a long, long time ago. Like more than a year ago! I made three of these cuties as part of my bridesmaids gifts on the night before my wedding to say thank you for just being the greatest humans alive. The words are inspired by one of my beautiful bridesmaids’ morning song that she’d always sing to me via WhatsApp voice note: “Good morning beautiful day, good morning beautiful day, good morning, good morning, good morning beautiful day.” Sounds simple, right? Coz it is. That’s what meeting Claire and remembering this little quote has thunderbolted into my brain. It’s simple to wake up and choose to be grateful for the beautiful day ahead. And focus on the good shit. And do what you love. And push yourself up and out of that rut. And get back to blogging. Coz that stuff isn’t tough, right? Asking for a friend… Jokes, that’s what this is – me getting out of that dirty little rut and back to doing what I love, no matter how tough it gets :)
Ok, so about this little DIY, I kind of made a mistake here… I cut my shape before drawing on the design and, you’ll notice, the design is a bit too big for the fabric. Do go ahead and draw your text first before cutting out the fabric, so you’re not a total noob like myself and you have a nice, evenly spaced design. If I only had to make one, I’d have started again, but I needed three for my three bridesmaids and I wanted them to be uniform, so… C’est la vie!
I hope you enjoy having a little pick-me-up hanging on your wall too :)
01. On the fabric, draw the outline of your flag shape and the design in pencil BEFORE you cut it out for an evenly aligned design (unlike what I did, as mentioned above…). Make sure you’ve left enough space on the sides to fold and iron under for the seams. I also cut a slit into each corner and cut off a small triangle so it doesn’t bulge when it gets glued to the back. Also, can I just brag quickly about my Ralph Lauren pencil? *drool*
02. Go over your design’s outline again with dry ink pen. Wet ink will bleed into the canvas and ruin your design, so really only use dry ink! I do this step so I can easily flood the design with ink in the next step without any bleed.
03. With a steady hand and fine tipped paintbrush, trace and flood the design with ink. I’ve included a short video clip of me doing this – it really is so simple, so don’t be put off by hand painting! You can do it! Allow to dry thoroughly.
04. Sorry about the supremely blurry photo! Urghhh.. Anway.. When the ink is dry, fold the ironed seams back and glue into place. At the top fold a flap of fabric over the dowel rod and glue in place.
05. Tie a length of twine onto each end and that’s it! Hang this beauty where it can remind you everyday what a wonderful gift this life is and to never let yourself stew in a rut for far too long without focusing on what makes you happy!