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(via) I found THIS (above) little DIY project on pinterest and knew I needed to have one of these canvases in my own home!  She didn't really give a tutorial so I tried to mimic what she did.  I think it turned out pretty well.  It's not perfect and I am OK with that.  Let me share with you how to make one for yourself!  Oh, and in case you're wondering, the numbers on our canvas (below) are our wedding anniversary!  Just celebrated 4 years!  Woot Woot!
15"x30" CANVAS.  You can use any size really, depending on the size of the font numbers you choose.  On sale at Joanns for $7.99.STARDOS STENCIL, size 1000, free to print here.PENCIL.PAINT. I used Martha Stewart's Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Craft Paint in Beetle Black. $1.99 at Joanns. PAINT BRUSH. Actually I used two.  A 1/4" rounded tip soft comfort brush ($2.99 at Joanns) and a 1/4" flat ox hair stroke brush I already had on hand.So, the total cost of the project:  $12.97.  Awesome.

Our Staycation Recap

If you asked my husband, he'd tell you it was one of the best vacations he's ever had.  If you asked me, I'd tell you that I've had better.  Everyone decompresses and recuperates differently and I need to keep in mind that my husband and I are very different in that respect.  He likes to do very minimal activities, if any at all on vacation, and I like to cram in as much activity as I possibly can to really maximize our time we have off from work.

Out of the entire week that we had scheduled off for vacation, we only had parts of two days with good weather.  Central Oregon is known for sunshine 300 days out of the year but the weather was pretty terrible almost the entire week, including rain and lightning and thunder.  So, I had to be real flexible with our plans and cancel some of our activities.  Having said that, we did try and get out of the house when we had sunshine.

To start off the vacay, we visited some family to celebrate Father's Day and our niece's…