Every place we have lived, I have always started unpacking and decorating every other room first and then mine last. Not this time! I need my husband and my room to be a place we can relax in- not a place where a hodgepodge of mismatches and leftover things from the other rooms is stored in. I wanted to put some sentimental pieces in our room because it is “our” space while still maintaining a clean and modern feel to it which is where the “I Do” piece came from.
It feels like my husband and I only have a couple of hours at best alone with each other. Don’t get me wrong- we love spending every waking minute with our kids (ha) but we often compete with the kids for even a simple conversation. There are nights where we have maybe spoken a few sentences with each other and then we are off to cleaning up after dinner and getting kids ready for bed. He would work and I would do my own thing. I know in the past we went on like this for months and it was a severe strain on our marriage. Marriage has to be nurtured and cared for. We sometimes put our kids before our marriage and we shouldn’t. Interestingly enough, Lorin and I have both come to an understanding that while marriage may come easily for some, it does not for us. We have to be actively making our marriage work that isn’t to say we have to work on loving each other, because we do- a lot. It is showing the other person we love them by actions whether it be sacrificing work time, or GNOs or even giving the other the biggest french fry in the box.
We have to be reminded every day that we chose to be married and remember those reasons why we chose to marry this person. Head over heels love doesn’t have to be a thing of the past. Before we go to bed we read the sign, “I Do.” We did back then and we still do.
If you’d like to try a DIY large art print (24×36″) here is a brief tutorial:
What You Need:
-Print (make your own or purchase here) an “architecture print” at Office Max or Staples. Mine cost $3.90
**How to make your own: If you have Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator, use thoe programs to type or draw out a heartfelt message. I set up my template as a 24″x36″ because that is as wide as it goes. If you don’t have the Adobe programs, use a program like PicMonkey or even hand paint or write a simple message on a large piece of white butcher paper.
-2 Round Dowels 36″ (already sold this size) $.59 ea at Joann but had a coupon
–Gold Leaf Marker (optional)
Lay out the print on a clean and dry surface. Lay out one dowel on top end.
This step kind of made me feel like a surgeon. I took the wire (4 6ish” strands) and poked a hole about an inch from the end. And then I wrapped the wire around the dowel and back into the paper. When I felt like it was tight enough, maybe 4-6 rounds, I twisted the ends.
At the end, I just twisted the end of the wires together. I tried using my fingers but the pliers had a much better grip and I was able to get them really tight. Then I did the other end and then I did the middle. I made sure to measure 18″ out and started wrapping the wire there. Now do the other side doing the same thing as before.
I then colored in the silver wire gold so it would match with the other gold in my room. This step is unnecessary unless you are crazy like me. If you are like me, you will love this pen. PAINT ALL THE THINGS!