The only thing better than having one of the funniest, most creative, talented friends on the planet….
….is having a hilarious, amazing genius of a friend who has written a book on how to make stuff.
All kinds of stuff.
Like stuff for your walls.
Like picture frames and mirrors and signs….
….and these wooden arrows I made for the new chalkboard wall at the gatehouse.
Here’s what the room used to look like.
Before the chalkboard wall.
Before the questionable choice of hanging a grocery sign in a living room.
I mean….there was a perfectly reasonable explanation on the whole grocery sign thing….and a good story.
But I got tired of explaining over and over and over again…..and it seemed like the brilliance of that statement piece….
….got totally lost in translation.
And so the grocery store sign retired to the kitchen….along with the groceries.
And now I had a blank wall to fill.
Enter Ashley (and Jamin).
I met her at the La-z-boy event.
I was a little speechless when I met her because I have followed her blog forever and eternity.
But here was the best thin…..as amazing as her blog is…..as amazing as her home is….as funny and hilarious and creative and inspiring and wonderful as the posts that she writes in a voice that makes you want to move in next door to her…..
….in person….she is even better.
I wish I could find the words to tell you how she much makes me laugh.
I wish I would have thought of adding glass to the top of a door to make an out door table just like she did.
I wish she would buy the white farmhouse at the end of the road and stop by for sweet tea every day.
And when I found out she wrote a book called Handmade Walls…..I shamelessly begged her to send me a copy….
….so I could put it on my coffee table and name drop her to all my friends.
And a month later this arrived at my door.
Well….actually…..it looked much cuter when it arrived.
It was pristine and perfect and wonderful.
Here’s how it looks now….after I’ve read it cover to cover and marked all the pages and made the projects….
….well-loved with worn corners and extra sawdust.
It’s full of projects like this fun lettered sign with knobs.
And layered picture frames.
And a giant frame with extra pictures.
And project after project after project…..all for your walls.
So many more than this post can hold.
But for the blank space in the gatehouse left behind when the grocery sign went to town…..
…..I wanted something special.
Something that would erase the memory of the grocery story sign forever.
So we followed the plans in the book and made two arrows….because really….why stop at one when you have directions and extra wood…..
….and the cutest carpenter on the planet with twinkling brown eyes.
And when we hung the arrows on the wall…..and I stepped back to get the full effect….I couldn’t help myself.
I ran across the room and hugged a pair of twinkling brown eyes….
….and then I twirled.
And twirled and twirled around and around.
I told myself and the chalkboard wall….how lucky we were.
And as I twirled….I was so happy for that friendship.
And for friends that were talented enough to write a book and think up how to make a wooden arrow and write down directions for anyone to make one.
And for gatehouses and chalkboard walls and chevron chairs and white fuzzy rugs.
And for a grocery store sign…..
….that knew it was just a placeholder all along.
PS For your very own copy of Handmade Walls….click here.