Treasuring The Journey

Treasuring the journey through life, one footstep at a time.

Pinterest Project…This One is Taking Longer Than Expected May 9, 2013

Filed under: Crafty Projects,Thrift Store Finds — Treasuring The Journey @ 7:00 AM

Ahh, Pinterest!  The inspiration is endless and creativity abounds and I L-O-V-E it!  Are you on Pinterest?  Do you know what Pinterest is?  OML it is amazing!  (BTW, I am over OMG so I updated to OML)  This post is not meant to explain Pinterest and all of its pinning wonderfulness.  So, back to topic…My Pinterest-inspired Project that is taking a wee bit longer than expected to fully implement. 


So here is a snapshot of my inspirational pins for my ABC wall art project…


Pinterest Board: Pretty Projects



:-)  Those cute ABCs just make me smile.  There are probably a few more pins of ABC wall art examples on some other Boards that I have, but you get the idea. If you want to click through any of those pins, click the image above to go to the Pinterest board:  Pretty Projects


I pinned all of these over 1 year ago and have been working on this project ever since. I am sure many of you might be saying “Geez, take long to finish a project, Iris?”  and I agree this one is taking longer than even I expected, but I did add a layer of complexity to this project and thus it is taking longer.  My challenge to myself was that the letters had to come from 2nd hand sources such as thrift stores, yard/garage sales, consignment store,or off the side of the road, or of the like.  I challenge myself on an everyday basis to not shop retail when possible and this especially applies to creative projects. 


With a project like this, sure it would be easy to go to Hobby Lobby or Joann’s or wherever to purchase my letters of various fonts, sizes, and materials, but it makes it too easy, at least for me.  I want this project to be organic in nature in that by it taking a longer time to acquire the letters and them coming from different sources, they will naturally be different.  So after a year or so of collecting <hoarding> letters, here is how my ABC wall art is coming along.


Angle from A Side





Angle from Z Side



Yes, I have duplicates of many letters.  I like to keep spares for various gift giving opportunities, plus I have other letter-inspired projects in my head swirling around.  ;-)  Not to mention my hoarding issues. I wrote about those issues in my Confessional List.  It is LOL funny.  If you happen to want one of my duplicate letters, let me know.  I am sure we can work out a deal. 


I am still on the hunt for a few letters.  Did you happen to catch which ones are missing?  Funny or ironic to me is that 2 of the 4 letters that I ‘need’ for this project happen to be 2 of my former 3 initials before I got married. 


At minimum I need a , and .  

The ‘T’ I have is too itty-bitty for ‘the look’ I am trying to achieve.


I also think my two letter ‘D’s are kinda wimpy so I would like a more substantial



For the letters that need a little color pop or pattern or texture added, I think that is a great way for Cason and I to spend some time together…Craft time with decorating letters.  Yea!  :-) 


I have the wall space picked out of where I want to install the ABC wall art.  I have opted to take a slightly different approach on attaching the letters to the wall than most of the other projects I have seen.  I want this to be easily portable and moveable so I have a plan up my sleeve and I have already twisted Pete’s arm into helping me.  There will be more to come on this Pinterest-inspired Project in the coming weeks. 


Do you have a project that is taking FOREVER?!?!?  Do tell!  Got a J, V, T, or D you want to donate to my project?  Donations are perfectly acceptable according to the rules that I make up as I go along.   :-) 


Stay tuned,


P.S.  Source for J, V, D, and T.


2 Responses to “Pinterest Project…This One is Taking Longer Than Expected”

  1. Thanks, Glenn, for reading and for your comment. I have been doing A LOT of reflective, self-awareness and deep thinking lately and decided to share with others my thoughts. As to who and where this intuitive and insightful writing comes from, well I think some is genes, some is circumstances, and the rest has just evolved with life and experiences. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement…hope all is well in PA. XO, Iris

  2. Glenn Holliman Says:


    I have been reading your creative and thoughtful blogs this week, and being the family historian (self-appointed), I have been pondering where in your DNA does this reflective ability come. Hmmm…. reasoning and organizational skills – probably from your scientifically inclined father. Intuitive thinking…must be from your Mother’s side of the family. Keep up the insightful writing; I enjoy your reflections.

    Cousin Glenn

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