Living an ART filled life...“Creativity is a God-given ability to take something ordinary and make it into something special. It is an openness to doing old things new ways…The creative spirit is part of our heritage as children of the One who created all things. And nurturing our creativity is part of our responsibility as stewards of God’s good gifts.” - Emilie Barnes, The Spirit of Loveline

Creating Wall Art with Vacation Treasures…(it just needed a bit of ribbon)


We are blessed beyond measure with the generosity of my Mother & Father in law, who take the whole Carroll Clan (16 in all) on a BIG Family trip every other year.  It’s been one of the greatest highlights in our family’s lives and so when we travel,I love to search for a special treasure to remember our trip.

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On this trip, as I was purusing an antique store in Cairo

     (American antiques are hundreds of years old…Egypt’s are thousands!)

I found this beautifully carved Coptic Cross.

(It isn’t thousands of years old…just a replica)


But I loved it just the same.

I knew that I wanted to display it, but I didn’t just want to “nail it to the wall.”

SO…I found this great shadow box at Pottery Barn. (cute pins included)

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This is a rustic version from Pottery Barn’s online website (click on the pic to see it yourself)

There were just the same amount of holes in the cross…perfect for pining!

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I burned the edges of the cards stock a bit with a lighter to add that “vintage” feel.

*I also burn the edges of my ribbon to prevent fraying



Don’t forget to check out May Arts for the perfect ribbon to enhance your treasure!


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