Monday, March 2, 2015

A Trip to Michael's Craft Store

My daughter and I went to Michael's so I could pick up a couple things to enhance my creative streak. (The one I just discovered.)  A friend of mine is a teacher who taught religion (Catholic) and history.  Even though my formative years were spent with the nuns from another world, I never heard the Guardian Angel prayer.  I was so enthralled with it that I decided I was going to make something small with the prayer on it for my grandchildren.

After some consideration I decided on a small sturdy envelope in which I could fold card stock paper in with the short prayer on it.  With this technique even the oldest (15) could carry the prayer with them in their wallet.

This envelope is small enough to slip in a wallet or pocket.
The name of each grandchild will go on the white sticker at the bottom
of the envelope.
Angel of God, my guardian dear
To whom His love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard,
To rule and guide.

Also on the buying agenda was a small tube of gold paint.  I had a sponge brush at home, as well as a dollar store tin that was just the right size to fit a roll of tissue paper for the powder room.  I wish I could say I came up with the idea, but I think it will be a while until that much creativity spews forth.  I saw it on a yoo toob video.

After I washed and dried it, I sanded the tin so the paint would adhere to it.  A paper plate was brought out as a hack for a paint palette.  Brush in hand the project began.  The strokes were light and long.  Where ever did I learn to paint?  The story:

My husband was painting the wainscoting in the living room when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Thirty two days later he passed.  After a week or so I decided I needed to finish what he started.  What a mess I was making.  Nothing seemed to work for me and that paint brush.  Very gently - in the depths of my soul - I heard 'Use a light touch, Angie.  Long and light'.  I knew it was him and I sat and cried for a while.  Then I picked up the brush and the brush and I became fast friends. 

The tin with 2 layers of paint.
The only equipment I used was the small bottle
of paint, a paper plate, and a sponge brush.

The tin after 10 fast drying layers of gold paint.

The finished project.

Enjoy the day and stay safe.



  1. Your altered tin, -- that was much preparatory work and a beautiful result.
    I cannot really translate the expression POWDER ROOM into German. Maybe a ladies´ toilet or a guest toilet ?
    Or a small bath room? Yours looks quite charming indeed.

    1. A powder room is the term used for a two piece washroom. Just a sink and the 'facility'. They are normally located near the kitchen (not off of it) so guests can have easy access when needed.