Tuesday, November 20, 2012

JOY - a hand-painted sign

One of my favourite words is JOY.  I love its significance...the way the word easily flows from your tongue...even the appearance of the letters J-O-Y placed together.  The word itself brings me happiness.

Choosing joy can sometimes prove challenging in our everyday routine.  While not joyful the weekend is over and Monday is upon us yet again, should I not have joy that God has granted me a new day (even if it is Monday)? 


As I sit here typing away, I catch a glimpse of Bella from the corner of my eye as she draws on the chalkboard.  Unaware I'm watching her, I notice her smile as she appears content with life, bringing Santa to life through chalk.  But I'm quickly distracted by the pile of chalk dust that's beginning to collect on the hardwood and suddenly that beautiful picture of our daughter's simple happiness is replaced by a need to clean up.  You see, it's that simple to lose your joy if you allow it.

So instead, I look past the mess and into her joy-filled eyes as she proudly presents her masterpiece.  Trust me when I tell you that I am not always able to see past the mess.  It takes effort and a conscious decision.  

Have you ever thought of those things in your life that suck away your joy?  Are they worth your joy?  Can you see past the 'mess'?

Some pretty berries + a handmade ribbon = JOY 

A super easy, yet very imperfect 'joy' sign that I 
made to display in Bella's room for the holidays = JOY

I wrote the letters and painted white around them.  Then using a mixture of vinegar and steel wool, I stained the letters.  After drying, I used DecoArt paints to paint the letters a soft blue and a little red laurel wreath for that pop of color.

Once the paint was thoroughly dry, I quickly brushed some more of the vinegar mixture to the edges to give it the appearance of weathered wood. 

I've always love the combination of turquoise and red.  It brings me joy. 


Thank you so much for making this place such a JOY for me ! 

much love,
Lucy



25 comments:

  1. It looks great. I don't usually like red but it looks so lovely with the turquoise xxx

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  2. Now that you mentioned it, yes, sometimes I let my joy get sucked away by things. Today's challenge is not to let that happen. Thank you. Love the sign.

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  3. A beautiful post (and sign) Lucy! You are so correct, it is a conscious decision to focus on the joy. Have a wonderful, joy filled week!

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  4. Very pretty. I like those 2 colors together too. Your photos are beautiful, as always!

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  5. Such a beautiful post (as always) and what a beautiful sign Lucy! You are so gifted - thank you for sharing. Shirley x

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  6. It is just stunning, love the photo skills too:)

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  7. The letters look really, really beautiful, Lucy! And I love this: "Trust me when I tell you that I am not always able to see past the mess. It takes effort and a conscious decision." I've been thinking about that very thing a lot lately and am trying hard not to suck the joy away from daughters over little messes and frustrations. Thanks for the reminder :)

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  8. That is beautiful...I love the simplicity!

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  9. It's fantastic! I love those colors together too. So impressed that you were able to freehand those letters like that. Great idea and a great post too. :)

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  10. ... and you brought joy to my morning :)

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  11. Oh my love this post! Your blog is a blessing Lucy! It inspires me to get my poor blog rolling.

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  12. Its so pretty Lucy, turquoise is really pretty with red.

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  13. So adorable! And such a great reminder for me to enjoy my kids and look past the mess, beautiful as always :)

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  14. My two favorite colors for Christmas. Love the sign.

    For you to be observant of how we suck joy out of life Lucy at your young age is really impressive. I only grasped this concept a couple of years ago {and you know I am much older than you}. Mainly I have learned to apply it to my marriage. I noticed one day that if I overlooked those small and annoying things I've held onto over the many years together, I would get more joy being with my husband. So I let them go. Laughed those annoyances off, and moved on. Because really, they were petty in the big picture. Can I tell you how more joy I get being with my husband now? Immensely I tell ya! Have a great week and enjoy every moment :)

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  15. Beautiful sign and I totally love that ribbon!!

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  16. Seeing that sweet sign puts JOY in my heart! xo Diana

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  17. Gorgeous sign, Lucy! I love the combination of turquoise and red. Hope you are having a great week, sweet friend!

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  18. love the ribbon, as it reminds me of my Swedish roots and beckons me to maybe give my hand a try. As for your post... once again it speaks to me personally. Thank you for sharing it! i plan to consciously have more joy as well, and think i will try something similar with 3 canvas' I purchased that I didn't use for the project I had intended too create last Spring for my daughters graduation party. They'd be perfect!
    Beautiful photography as well.

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