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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Framing Inspiration

I love old frames.
I found this one at an antique shop a few years ago.
It's been sitting empty the whole time.
It's a smaller frame measuring about 4"x6".
I have many projects lined up to be done and this was one of them.
But what to put inside it???
My problem is I think too much about things
 and then of course nothing gets done. (...Sigh...)
I've been thinking about the hymn. "It is Well with my Soul",
and I need to see that reminder everyday.
So today I made it. Yeah!!
I used Pic Monkey and went to the Design and chose 4x6.
 I then cropped it to 4x5 under "no fixed proportions".
I went to the Text for my letter styling.
I chose a thinner font because I would be copying it onto fabric to stitch.
I saved it and then printed it.
I chose a piece of cardstock that I thought would look nice
 as a background for the stitchery.
It is almost the right size.
 I love these booklets of cardstock because there are
 so many projects you can do with these.
This is what it looks like inside the frame.
I found a scrap piece of osnaburg to stitch on (could use muslin)
and flannel as a backing. (I did iron them!)
I taped the osnaburg over the words, held it up to a window
and traced the letters with an erasable or dissolving marker.
It helps to put the fabric in an embroidery hoop for stability but you don't have to.

I used the backstitch to stitch the words.
 You can find out how to do that by googling it,
 but you come up from the bottom side of the fabric and then down again.
When you get to the curves of your letters your stitches will be a bit smaller.
This is what the back will look like when you are done.
 I like to have a backing so that I can weave the ends of my threads
 in and out and you don't see the line of threads on the front side.
Now to decide on a piece of lace. I love lace! This looks OK, but not too sure.
This looks cute too. It kinda matches the design on the cardstock
and it lightens things up a bit.
A piece on the top as well as the bottom.
I just used a thin line of glue to the cardstock.
Here is the finished product. What do you think?
The edges of the fabric were pulled apart to give it an unfinished look.
It's a reminder to me that in life there will always be rough patches,
but in the midst of everything
we can say as the writer of this hymn did,
"It is well with My Soul".

The colours work well here. I was going to put in on my dresser.

Is it well with your soul?

I'm going to be sharing the story behind this hymn with the ladies tomorrow night.
I made cards for each of the ladies using Pic Monkey
 and printed out four at a time on perforated cardstock
 and wrote out the hymn for them on the backside.
I wanted them to know that while they are struggling to deal with their addictions,
 that whenever they saw this card
they would be reminded that, "It is Well with My Soul".
I also made Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins for snack time
 while I have devotions with them. But I'll share the recipe another day!
Blessings, Diane 
Sharing this at:
Project Inspire(d) at An Extraordinary Day, Cupcakes & Crinoline,
Yesterday on Tuesday, The Silly Pearl
 Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
 Give Me the Goods Monday at Maison de Pax
Inspire me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
 You're Gonna Love it Tuesday at Kathe with an E
Treasure Box Tuesday at Memories by the Mile and Yesterfood
Work it Wednesday at Savy Southern Style
Create it Thursday at Lamberts Lately


  1. How fun to have discovered that beautiful old frame. I love that old hymn, too. Thanks for sharing all the details for creating your thoughtful and inspiring project. I hope your talk was well received....I'm sure the muffins were. ;)

    Thanks for sharing your lovely frame and art at Project Inspire{d}!

  2. Diane, I love what you did with this lovely old frame. Your tutorial is very helpful- all the pictures make it so clear! I am so glad you shared this at Treasure Box Tuesday! Thank you, and I hope you're having a good week! :)

  3. I can appreciate the time you put into this, and I love what you did with it. Great choice for the background. Thank you for sharing this at my History & Home link party - take care. -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  4. What a beautiful and creative piece.. I just found your blog.. so happy to follow you... I hope you will stop by for a visit and follow along with me at www.mymountainblessings.blogspot.com. Most of all, I love that you are not ashamed of your faith.. it is evident.. Blessings!

  5. Love this piece and putting it in this amazing vintage frame is perfect. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  6. Beautiful piece and just lovely words!

  7. Very pretty project. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I love how you combined materials with decorative paper and textiles! I think I may have a small frame very much like yours tucked away. What a clever idea! (I also love that hymn.) :) Thanks for sharing at Thrifty Life Thursday at Revisionary Life.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful project at Simple & Sweet Fridays! I think you did a fantastic job!

  10. I love that song ... and love how your picture turned out. I have been working on an idea with that same message, but not materialized yet. This has given me some ideas. Found you over at Revisionary Life.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures


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