Monday, June 6, 2011

That’s What She Said

Last week I gave two weeks notice at my job…even though I don’t have another job lined up.  When I called to tell my mom, her candid reaction was a wee-bit (read between the lines) unsupportive.   But, several hours after we got off the phone, my mom (back to her usual supportive self) sent me this e-mail:

You have my full support, whatever you do (with the possible exception of a tattoo -- unless of course it says Mother).  Tough decisions are just that, tough.   I'd think I died and gone to heaven if you became an interior designer, but whatever you decide will sound good to me.  Follow your instincts, go after what will make you happy.  I have absolute faith you will do well whatever you do. 
Love you with all my heart, a million times over.  

This is exactly what I needed my mom to say, and I think it’s pretty much the best e-mail ever…so I decided to frame it.

I used a small (5 x 7 inch) silver frame that I’d bought (for $3.99 at Michael’s) but never opened. To add some pizazz, I decide to spray paint the frame gold:

This is the type of spray paint I used: Rust-Oleum 1910830 Metallic Spray, Gold, 11-Ounce

(Side note- it’s probably a bad idea to spray paint indoors, but sometimes I do it anyway.  When I do, I setup a little spray station in my kitchen, right by the open window.  My spray station is made up of four flat pieces of cardboard- two pieces laying on the counter, two pieces leaning up against the wall….no real assembly required.)

 I’m not a spray painting pro…yet, but I’ve got these two spray painting tips to share:

1.  Spray several light layers with short breaks in between so the layers can dry- thick layers will drip and be annoying.

2.  Put newspaper under the object before you begin spraying, this will allow you to rotate the object easily, so you can easily coat every side.

While the frame was drying, I copied my mom’s e-mail into a Word document and tweaked the margins so the text would fit nicely into the 5 x 7 inch frame space. 

Once the text was printed and the frame dry, I put it all together and TA-DA, here’s how it looks on my desk:


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