Today for our Handmade Christmas gift, I wanted to share with you what I made for my brother last Christmas. He is an avid writer and reader. I probably wouldn't have made it through freshman year of collage if it wasn't for him. He taught me how to think and how to put those thoughts onto paper. I'm sure it was painful for him to work me through all those papers, but I really couldn't have done it without him. He hasn't written a book (yet), but he does blog-two actually-and they are both worth reading: Publius Online and Attack of the Books
|image found via Lil Blue Boo blog via HERE|
Anyway, I saw this post on the Lil Blue Boo blog (seriously, one of my favorite blogs) about making pencil holders. (see hers above). When I saw the one she did with the quote "A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost." - Henry James, I knew I had to do one for my brother. This quote back so many memories of me telling Dan about a book and him asking me endless questions about it and then asking if I wrote my thoughts down about it.
I totally forgot to take any pictures of the making of it, but instead of buying a pre-cut block from Michaels, I had my husband cut me a piece of 4x4. Then I drilled holes in the top just like Ashley said to do. Also I chose to stain my block instead of painting. Then using my silhouette, I cut out a vinyl stencil and painted on the quote. I love the look of paint and was so excited that it turned out so crisp.
Now I'm sure most of my brother's writing happens on a computer, but I feel like this was a perfect gift for him symbolizing what it means to be a writer.
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