my new nephew and a tutorial

He's here! 
He's here!
My newest nephew arrived Wednesday, August 14th.
His name is Wesley Paul.
I love him. 

And don't you just love how people say "arrived", like new babies just show up like a package you ordered from Amazon? Now having delivered my own child, I think that term is a bit flawed, as it does not *quite* include the fullness of bearing a child you carried around helped make for 9 months. 

But seriously, he is awesome and I haven't even met him yet. 
And my sister looks AMAZING, no? 

Wesley Paul, 
my first Carroll nephew,
my seventh overall nephew:
I love you intensely with a kind of "you're family!" love that you will one day understand. I pray for your little life-- that you will be healthy and love Jesus-- and I pray for your family that they will know how to love you well. 

I made Wesley's two older sister's name signs when they were born, and wanted to carry on the tradition. This time I had Pinterest, so I steered away from the traditional paint on canvas and got a little creative…and manlier, in my opinion. 

If you want to know how to do this, it's simple I promise. Either go to Pinterest and type in "string art", or follow these simple steps:

-Find a cool board you want to use. I had a piece of barn board that had a cool knot in the middle. I liked the unevenness of it. I scrubbed it clean, since it had been in an actual barn for many years, and then did a slight white wash over it. I didn't want it to truly look too white, so I kept it faint. 

- Then find a font you like. Type up the name and print it as big as you need it for your board. The thicker fonts will probably work better. 

- Buy some old nails for 50 cents from your local, family owned hardware store. You don't have one of these stores? I feel sad for you. Start nailing! I nailed about 1/2 inch to 1 inch apart, all around the letters. I really liked the look of the rusty nails with the barn board.

-Once all your nails are in snug, tear up the paper. You should be left with just an outline of the letters. 

- Now find a comfy spot, and get out your string. Then get to it! I discovered that it was best to go around the outline of the letter a couple of times before filling it in. Once you've done that, then the "secret", if there is such a thing, is just making a bunch of different paths from nail to nail, as many times as you like. Obviously the more you do this, the more filled in it will be. 

There were a couple of times I thought one nail when with a letter and it didn't and I had to retrace my steps [which is the outlining it first worked best], but otherwise it is fairly fail proof! 

I've seen it done with each letter being a different color, or using multi-colored string. Kali wanted one color, as this was an accent in his room…and because she is a one color kind of person. 

It really was a fun project, and I can't wait to see it up in Wesley's room. But more than that, I can't wait to see him! 

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*carrie* said...

LOVE the pic with the proud mama and grandpa to a BOY!

I have never seen that string art--neat.

When do you get to meet the new *arrival*?

Pink Pamalamma said...

Aww, congrats to your sis! The name string art is so cool!!

Melinda Moss said...

In my opinion, women are never more beautiful than when they have just given birth to a child. The happiness just shines through and that's all you see. Make up cannot hold a candle to that happiness. Every one looks very happy in these pictures, even Wesley!
I have also recently fallen into Pinterest and LOVE IT!!