Saturday, November 10, 2012

Numbering Our Days

They're everywhere.

Phone numbers.
Social security numbers.
Pin numbers.
House numbers.
Account numbers.
Zip codes.
Shopping days 'till Christmas.

And now...
we're craving them in home decor.

I recently added more numbers in my home.
Two trays...77 & 877. (OK - 877 is for Etsy)

The numbers are stenciled by applying
black shoe polish over ASCP Old White. 

I love the look of it. 
Aged - worn off - highly industrial.
Nicely transparent.

So far, I've painted numbers in acrylic paint...

Annie Sloan Chalk paint...

even tried ASCP on canvas.

I'm not walking around my house
LOOKING for things to number, but
I bought these pillows last spring
at another of Julie's garage sales.
They were plain gray canvas...
with nice feather inserts.

I wanted to jazz them up to go on my
yet uncovered $60 ugly plaid sofa from the
thrift store. (You remember, the one
waiting for canvas upholstery
when the dog and her boy move out.)

I thought, "I will paint a number on them!"
Great idea, right? Since they're medium gray,
I opted to go with a lighter beige number.

As I painted them, I thought, 
"These remind me of something..."

Yep. That's what came to mind.
(Not that I have SEEN prison uniforms...
maybe on TV? The jail uniforms where I
live are bright orange. Still...that's what
came into my mind.)

So, I had my camera with me earlier this week, 
and showed my co-workers photos of the 

My co-workers are the absolute best!
We pray together, hold each other accountable, 
diet together, etc. They seriously ROCK.
And they're totally honest with me,
always speaking the truth in love.

So, as I flipped through my photos,
showing them orbs and numbers,
they were saying sweet things like, 
"YOU are SO creative!" and I was
totally eating it up. 

Then, when I got to the gray pillows with 
beige stenciled numbers, sweet Debbie giggled,
"They look like prison uniforms!"
Hmm. We must watch the same TV shows.

Since I don't want to think of prison uniforms
(yes...still a work in progress),
I'm working on a fix for this botched project.
Any ideas?

Word for the Day:
Psalm 90:12
Teach us to number our days
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

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SHUG IN BOOTS {Beth} said...

While I totally thought of prison uniforms before I read that, and I don't have a "fix" suggestion for you, I did think, it would be cool to put them in smaller numbers on the back of a gift pillow. Say you got a bride and groom a wedding related pillow or a new baby a sweet embroidered pillow ... on the back, in small numbers, you could put the wedding date or the baby's birthdate. :)

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Prison Uniforms and same TV shows... you're so funny!
... I was thinking maybe you could stamp USA MAIL on them or something.

...or INMATE #...HA! just kidding!


farmhouse-story said...

oh, i love the gray pillow, revi!---i grew up next to a prison...bright orange outfits! i guess they want them to stand out...

Elizabeth said...

Maybe add letters and some other design element so it looks like a post modern sampler?

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

I love the prison number idea...but then I also have a giant pickle on my dining room wall.

must love junk said...

I'm crazy about numbers (and letters, too) and have them all over my house! I love all of your items 'jazzed up' with numbers-including the pillow!