I love the way Family Life today shares perspective on the subject here. This quote, taken from that article, especially hits me in the season I'm in with a teen and tween. "The point of the arrow reminds us of the last essential quality we want to craft in a child: Every person needs a reason to live, a driving passion or calling that provides meaning and impact. This is a person's mission. We need to ask ourselves, "Have I more passion for the values of this world's system than for the things of God? What are my goals in life—are they ones I want my child to copy?" Every child should be helped to understand that life is a dynamic relationship with God that overflows in love to other people—a love that the Holy Spirit uses to reconcile the lost to God. Everything else, as good or innocuous as it may be, is only a prop to facilitating this mission"
Kind of gives a nice refocus to MY mission as their mama, raising them up to point outward, into this world. Oh Lord, let me be worthy of this task! So I made some artwork out of it and some of the cutest arrows to hang on my wall as a reminder. I had to share the DIY in case you wanted to do likewise. I made two because I've been given two children.
bits of fall to make a mini gallery, and the collage pin board that was previously here is on the wall opposite. Makes for a fun conversation piece as people are coming and going. That photo of an 18 month old JJ (as he was called back then) was the moment that I realized I wanted to learn photography for real. That was the photo, the moment, the magic happened for me. I'd always had a desire to learn photography but that moment was the one where I went, "YEP I'm doing this!"
A wooden dowel, a piece of thin wood like balsa wood, 1/8" thick. A pheasant feather, x-acto knife, hot glue, paint colors of your choosing (mine above), and optional- gold leaf paint.
Step 1- paint your wood dowels any way you choose. I freehanded mine but you could tape things off to make them all perfect-y. I'm not so into that. I let mine dry overnight. I also left lots of the natural wood showing.
Step 2- cut a chunk off the bottom of a pheasant feather. The bottom has the thickest shaft down the center and that's really helpful when you're slicing it in half. I cut mine about 6 inches long. Slice very carefully, and you should end up with part of the shaft on each feather piece, that way none of the feathery bits will fall off. You can trim the ends to a point like I did.
Step 3- hot glue a thin line at the ends and place feather half into it. Do the same with the opposite side and see photo below.
Step 4- Now I didn't take any photos of this part because I was too busy...but it's pretty basic. The balsa wood piece I used was thin enough to cut a triangle shape out with my scissors. Then I hot glued it right to the end of the dowel.
Step 5- This was my favorite part. I used liquid gold leaf to add finishing touches like stripes and covered the point with it as well. It kind of gave the hot glued end a finished appearance.
hand-lettered this verse (because I love that sweetly imperfect look) to go along with it, and have made it available in my shop for you, here. Also, the wheat wreath... LOVE how it turned out. I used the inside ring of an embroidery hoop that I had and then hot glued the ends of wheat stalks right onto it! So easy but I did burn myself a few times. So be careful if you make one!
Come all Ye Faithful, Vintage Ornament Giclee (also available as a wrapped canvas), and baby deer watercolor.
Quotable Christmas print, Merry Everything (and baby deer again) (Click individual links, or here to shop!)
Okay friends I hope you enjoyed your stop here! Let's go out and take this parenting gig on with purpose!