Thursday, June 03, 2010

Father's Day Gift and Looking for a Creative High Party #2

One of my creative highs this week was finishing a gift for hubby for Father's Day. I saw this wooden shield at GW for two bucks. I almost passed it over and then I thought I could paint it and put our monogram on it.

But it occurred to me that monograms aren't really us, so I decided to stencil the white tree of Gondor (from Lord of the Rings for the non-initiated) onto the shield. I liked that someone had already hacked away at the shield so it looks as if it has seen some use.

The hardware is made of washers and shanked buttons glued together and spray painted silver. I am not completely satisfied with the stars but these will do until I can find better gems to use.

I thought the paint would be sufficient to cover the snake. I was wrong. If you look closely you can still see it. I should have sanded before I painted.

Let's Party!! The Rules:

  1. Link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog. Link to something you made that shows off your creative genius; something that gave you a creative high kind of like the endorphin rush that runners talk about. It can be an old post or a new post but it needs to be something you made.
  2. Give your entry a descriptive title.
  3. Use my button to link back to the party or add a text link in your post.
  4. I can’t accept links to etsy shops or online stores.
  5. By entering your link, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post including pictures in a spotlight at Those Northern Skies (appropriate credit and links will be given to you and your blog of course).

The Prizes:

Every Friday at the next party, I will highlight my favorite posts from the previous week.

  • My favorite entrant of the week will win an advertisement in my sidebar free of charge for one month (four weeks). If you do not have a shop, I can put your blog button up or if you would rather I can put up a button for your favorite charity.
  • In addition, for those who make a project inspired by one of my projects or one of my tutorials, I will pick one winner a month and they will get to keep an advertisement in my sidebar for two months. Plus all inspired entrants will be part of a featured post at the end of the month.
I am sharing at:

Finding Fabulous: Frugalicious Friday

A Vision to Remember: Check Me Out Saturday

Under the Table Dreaming: Sunday Showcase Party


  1. There is a great website for Father's Day gifts. Please visit

  2. Wow! Your having a party. I just stopped over to see what you have been up to lately.... you know I love a parTy!

    Great job on the shield. I hope the hubby likes it!

  3. I wanted to join in last week but wasn't on such a *high*, I am this week! Will be posting something later! Thanks for hosting :)

  4. I'm trying to join but it isn't letting me add an image! I think I'll just add one without an image :)

  5. Went for a blog hop this morning and was attracted to ANYONE making ANY kind of LOTR paraphernalia (wow, hard word to spell there...) anywho, read your sidebar bio and it reminded me of kate dicamillo's "the tale of despereaux", fab book i just finished reading to my first graders. for this and a few other reasons i do believe i have encountered a kindred spirit! happy friday!

  6. As a long lover of Gondor, the shield is really cool!

  7. Thanks for hosting this party and for the Father's Day gift idea!

  8. Nice work, I like how you stopped yourself from making something more "mainstream" and instead made something more meaningful for your family.

  9. Maybe the snake represents the influence of Denethor..

    Love the shield. I always want to cheer when people convert interesting thrift store items like this. I think it's the pinnacle of creativity. Thanks so much for linking up to Finished for Friday!

  10. Good Afternoon Melissa!! By random drawing you won my Clutch Purse Giveaway!! Email me which purse you would like (anything custom you would like to change) and your mailing address!!

    The shield is so cool. I didn't realize you were an artist too. Is there anything you can't do???

  11. What a great idea and it is soooo hard to buy for men. This would be a unique gift. TFS.

    I came here via A Vision To Remember. Hope you can visit me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie.

  12. Whoa, I totally missed this post, you're right. Yay, you're having a party!!!! I am SO all about that. :-) Lovin' that shield too!!!!

  13. What a fun gift! I'm sure your husband is going to love it! What a neat Father' Day gift for a LOTR fan! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  14. HI! I would like to invite you to join my new Pajama Party which starts Wednesday! (The link goes up tonight)