Finally finshed frame wall..about time, I know…

I am not sure if you remember me saying
that we are trying to de-clutter our living room walls
I mean really
at one point our house looked
like a shrine to our children!

I started by simplifying our walls {here}
I was focusing on one wall in particular

I was inspired by this awesomeness

after reading about the best way to make a frame wall the process started
paper on the walls

I spray painted all my frames black
so that although they were unique in shape and texture
they would all be cohesive
Here is the wall in with just the frames hung… blogged about here {here}

then I gave my frames wings
butterfly wings that is

book-page butterfly tutorial {here}

I was unsure until today
if the wall was complete
originally I had planned to add the words
“Gloria a Dios”
added to the center of the long oval frame
the more I thought about it
I think the phrase was too long to add in such a small space

Recently I began the 1000 gifts challenge
in her book 1000 gifts, Ann describes the word eucharisteo

Ann Voskamp writes, in One Thousand Gifts, Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, 

“The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.” Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks.
But there is more, and I read it. Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy.” Joy. Ah…yes. I might be needing me some of that. That might be what the quest for more is all about–that which Augustine claimed, “Without exception…all try their hardest to reach the same goal, that is joy.”

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. (Philippians 4:11-12)

“Learn how to be thankful-whether empty or full.  Gratitude in the midst of death and divorce and debt-that’s the language I’ve got to learn to speak-because that’s the kind of life I’m living, the kind I have to solve.  If living eucharisteo is the key to unlocking the mystery of life, this I want.  I want to hunt, the long sleuth, the careful piecing together.  To learn how to be grateful and happy, whether hands full or hands empty.  That is a secret worth spending a life on learning.“  ~Ann Voskamp~

I started my book May 27th and fell in love right from the beginning
From her troubled past to the changes she made when starting her own family
Ann’s book is so captivating.

From May 29th til Sept. 5th, 2011
I will be recording 10 gifts a day
making that 1000 by the time Labor day comes

In the last 5 days I already feel better
refreshed
more positive, full of blessings.

The word Eucharisteo has made a big impact on my life
in such a short time
that I thought this would be the perfect word to add inside my frame

First I traced the inside of the frame, then drew a line down the center (using my level)
I wrote the letters eucharisteo in pencil down the center

Using black paint, I traced over the penciled letters
I chose not to use vinyl because I wanted the imperfections of hand written letters

I used a magic eraser to wash off the pencil marks
I rehung the frame
Now I have a constant reminder
to live eucharisteo
to live in thankfulness of all that surrounds me

Do you have a word that sticks in your mind?
A family word, saying or verse?
if yes how do you display it?

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Comments

  1. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

    Come strut your stuff.

  2. What a great job….I love this idea! I have some in my daughter’s nursery.

    I secretly want to do this in my hair salon.

    Great job!

    MJ
    Lucky 7 Design

  3. Chrissy- Great job!! I may have to try this at my house. We have lots of walls that are still bare. (moved in almost 2 years ago).
    And I.LOVE.LOVE.LOVE.ANN.VOSCAMP.! I’ve been following her blog for years. and have been tempted to get her book.
    http://www.amandalynnedesigns.com

  4. I am with megan… this is FABULOUS… seriously, it looks amazing! Great Job!

  5. That is amazing!!!!

  6. Er… this is amazing. Marvelous. Stunning. Insane. I love it. Thanks for sharing, friend 😉

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