my reminder to dream

If you’ve been a faithful blog reader for the past few years, then you know how much my life has been impacted by learning to dream with God. I have found so much freedom in dreaming. When I felt my “one word” for 2011 was dream, I had no idea what that would mean. I was completely overwhelmed by seeing dreams come true and am still overwhelmed when dreams unfold before my eyes.

blank woodAll of that to say, dream is a five letter word that is dear to my heart. I now find I’m in a place where I have to carve out time to dream. In the busyness, it doesn’t just happen. To remind myself to dream, I made a sign to hang in my bedroom.

dream stickers

Do you remember that terrible storm we had back in February? Well, I salvaged some great pieces of eucalyptus to use for signs. After weeks of putting them under heavy surfaces so they would dry flat, they were finally ready. Isn’t it such a fabulous shape?

dream in progress

I wiped any dirt off and adhered stickers to it. I used the Main Street Wall Creations Jumbo Stickers found on Amazon. Then I applied white acrylic paint. I had no latex paint and the idea was to use things I had on hand. It feels more fun that way. I was going for more of a whitewashed look, so I dipped the brush in paint and then in water before applying to the wood. I am extremely happy with the end result.

dream sign

There’s a bedroom redo in the near future, and this piece is going to be perfect for it. I might have to put a sealer around it, though. It seems Jeremy may be allergic to eucalyptus.


I am linking up with Jennifer @ Studio JRU for today’s In The Studio. It’s a bittersweet thing. Jennifer is ending her blog the end of this month. However, the weekly In The Studio linkup is going to continue right here on this blog! Friends, I would really, really love to see you all link up each week sharing your creative heart. I’ll explain more about it this next week, but consider it, ok? It’s a very encouraging place!

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    Bren Graham Thebeau
    April 26, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I love that you salvaged in order to make your sign as a reminder to dream, because that is often what dreams do, salvage those parts of us that beaten down, discarded or overlooked. Great post!

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    Jill Wellington
    April 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    So whimsical and pretty!

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    April 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    What a great project! The letters really pop and you made the whitewashed effect without having to buy anything. Very clever! I can't wait to see pictures in your redone bedroom. 🙂

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    April 27, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I love the way this turned out, and that you made do with what you had on hand! I hope sealing it solves Jeremy's allergy problem!

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    April 30, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I love it! I really need to find some time to create some artwork that is meaningful like this…maybe abide or hope.

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    April 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    i love this, jen! such a beautiful art piece. i hope a sealer will keep the allergy problem at bay! 🙂

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