Before Christmas, my mom told me her living room walls were mostly empty and she wanted something to hang on them. I looked around whenever I was out, but I couldn’t find anything that I thought she would really like. I had a few vague ideas about thing I could make for her to hang, but nothing really struck me. I had just about given up when, in an unrelated conversation, she told me she had seen the phrase “today is a good day for a good day” on a show and loved it so much it had become her motto. She loved it so much, I knew that was what she needed hanging on her wall.
The assembly was pretty simple. I found the wooden pallet plaque at a craft store. It was already stained and has a bit of twine attached to the back for hanging. Perfect for what I needed, and saved me the time of doing those things myself. The important part was the phrase.
I started off with the idea of making stencils for the letters for fear that I would mess them up if I painted them freehand, but stencils are so tedious to make and I’m just not that good at it. Instead, I practiced drawing the letters in the styles I wanted on paper to figure out how I wanted them to look and be placed on the plaque.
Once I was comfortable with how I wanted it to look, I painted the letters freehand. I used white paint for “is a good day for a” and mixed a light blue for “today” and the second “good day.” I worked slowly and carefully on the letters to get them just right. Once they were finished, I still felt like it needed something. I ended up painting on two small flowers with the blue I had mixed and a few tiny yellow dots in the center of each one.
I had a lot of fun making this sign, it’s different than most of the things I’ve made before and was a bit of a challenge to work out how to put it together. I’m really happy with how it turned out, and my mom’s reaction when she unwrapped it definitely made it worth the effort. It is not hanging in her living room, which is what I thought she would do with it. Instead, she hung it in her kitchen so she can see it when she gets home and before she leaves.