Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Iron Craft Challenge - Week 8

This week's challenge was to create something inspired by the word "hometown". I have live in 9 different towns in my lifetime. That's an average of roughly 3.7 years per place. Therefore, it is hard to pick just one place as my hometown. So for this week's challenge, I came up with a project that pays homage to a few of the places I have lived.

Inspiration stuck when I found a stash of old license plates in my craft room. I decided to use them to create an art piece for my son's room, which already has a transportation-esque theme. First I gave the plates good scrubbing with some Bar Keepers Friend (that stuff is AMAZING) and water. Next, I painted a large 36" X 24" canvas (also stashed in my craft room) the same color as my son's walls. I arranged the license plates to form a large "E" (for Elliot) and affixed them to the painted canvas with duct tape and hot glue.  I thought about just sticking the license plates to the wall with command strips, but decided the canvas would look a bit more polished. I am really happy with the way this VERY simple project turned out.

I also like that the three states represented are of major significance in my life.

I spent most of my life in Virginia and actually attended part of elementary school, junior high, and one year of high school there. Its also where my husband and I got married, and its the state that both of my children were born in.

I moved to Colorado after college and only lived there for a year, but it was a life changing year! I met my husband and future in-laws Colorado, and started my career in the non-profit sector there. Because I now have family there, I get to visit Colorado at least once a year.

California is where my husband I lived before marriage and kids. We got engaged while we lived there, and spent our first year of marriage there. It was a wonderful place to get to know each other and fall in love.

Have you done anything creative with old license plates? If so, please post pictures on the namesake design Facebook page.


Amber said...

The hometown theme was tough for me also, I've lived in 5 different states and moved somewhere around 20 times. Even the town I was born in I only lived in for 9 months. I finally opted to use my current town because I do enjoy it a lot.

Manisha said...

I love your license plate idea! Wish we still had our old ones, but now that i think of it, they might all be from Minnesota!


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