Well F is for a lot of things actually. Fruit, Fun, Fan…Fruitcake, Flamingo, Fundamental…You get my point. F is the first letter in a many everyday words.
In our house though, F Is For Fay.
My husbands last name and it’s connection to me is in a sea of muddy water. I never changed my last name. It wasn’t that I didn’t want my business cards to say Jaye Fay on them, or that I was having a big case of the feminism bug. I kept my last name because I loved it, it was something that came from my Dad that I will always have (along with my eyeballs, which are distinctly the MaidenName eyeballs). I was very fortunate to have a mate (don’t tell him I called him that) who wasn’t against the two name household. The hubs has no feelings either way, at least that’s what he tells me. I love him dearly for it.
So even though I’m only socially known by my husbands last name, I still consider an F to be our “family” symbol. My brother likes to point out (while wearing a sad face) that everything should be monogramed FW(MaidenName Initial) since we’re both not legally Fays.
Are you wondering where I’m going with this yet? Well…I’m putting an F up on our wall!
Last week I showed you what our photo wall looked like when I first set it up. It looked something like this
In person this looked grande. In photos it looked a little blah. It needed to be fuller, higher, more dominant. I spent the better part of a day scrounging around for more photos, more frames, and more ideas. That’s when I came up with a genius plan.
Our photo wall is positioned in our front room which happens to hold two full bookcases (and soon to be – a third). The husband and I love books. He loves textbooks and things about boring statistical and philosophical things. I love adventure, fantasyand romance novels. Regardless of our preferred works, we love books. My idea was a collage of pages from our (read:MY) favorite books with a huge F plastered on them. This would be center stage on our photo wall.
I happened to have a large black frame already, so I painstakingly removed the old picture. I made photocopies of a bunch of my favorite parts of my favorite books and coffee stained them to give an old look to them. I would like to point out that none of Derek’s books are amongst these pages. They all relate to me, not to him. I’m not a horrible wife, I just like my stuff better. Anyways. I stuck these pages to a board and put the board in the frame. My final step is to get an F right in the middle. Initially I was going to cut out one on black paper and put it directly on the pages. I’m really hanging on the idea of painting the F on the inside of the glass though.
So I need my readers’ help now! If I were to paint the F, would you suggest a fancy F or a simple block style letter? I would love to get this project done and officially in place on the wall this week, I just can’t make the decision on my own!
Here is the wall prior to the F