When I was offered the opportunity to participate in the Words Matter campaign through Daypress and the in(courage) program, I spent a good bit of time perusing the site to decide on which word I wanted to highlight. There were several words that came to mind, and would’ve been lovely as a feature in different areas in my home. Ultimately, I decided on the word “Family” because family is very important to me. We spend a good portion of our time participating in our community as a family, through our children’s sporting and extracurricular activities. We have a long hallway on the first floor of our home, and are planning to put this years school and sports photographs on the wall. I thought it would be nice to hang these Letterpress Blocks in the center of the wall, with the kids pictures around it.
Over the course of the past couple of decades, we’ve moved around quite a bit between military placements, job transfers, etc. Most of my family all lives in the same general area that I grew up in, and now that we’re so far away we don’t get to visit very often. However, we do stay in touch. We talk on the phone frequently, text, instagram, and facebook (so helpful in being able to share pictures of the kids activities with extended family as events are happening). Technology is a wonderful tool that allows our family to be involved in our activities, even at a distance.
One thing that is important to note is the SIZE of the letters. Y’all, I am unable to visually recognize how large or small things will be. I ordered the Stars pictured above in the 7″ size to use as bookends on another shelf. As you can see from the picture above, they are the size of the books. That didn’t register with me, haha! However, they are perfect for what I need. I got lucky Here’s how the opening of the box went:
- Me: Wow, these are much larger than I thought they’d be!
- Nick: You said they were about 6 inches, right?
- Me: Yes!
- Nick: How large do you think 6 inches is?
- Me: (Holding up fingers about 2-3 inches apart) about this wide
- Nick: Try doubling that…
- Me: Oh. Right. Hmmm. Let’s measure them. Oh. They’re EXACTLY 6 inches. Well, bigger is better. Right???
- Are we noticing a theme. I have no perception of size! For the record, I did the SAME THING when the kids school pictures came in. I ordered 8×10’s. I think I thought I was getting 5×7 size. I also recently ordered a photo put onto canvas in an 8×10. When that came it was considerably smaller than I was anticipating. I thought it’d be 2-3 times larger than it actually is. It just looks so much smaller than the school pictures, even though they’re the same size. I’m almost 40. Can I blame it on aging yet? I’m pretty sure I need to just keep a measuring tape with me at all times, especially if I’m ordering anything size specific!
For my “Family” letters, I chose the F in the 8′ size, and the amily in the 6″ size. They shipped promptly, and were packaged well. The look on my face when I took each letter out of it’s box and saw how BIG they were, was probably priceless! I knew we wouldn’t have time to hang them before this post was due (we’re still in post-season youth football and basketball has already started!), and they are too large as a group to be able to capture a picture in my usual photography spots around the house. I finally decided the sofa was the only place that I could put them all together to show them to you. I apologize for the big blue blanket behind them, I needed something to prop them up and keep them level over the breaks in the cushions! I honestly can’t tell you how much I LOVE these letters though. They are going to look amazing in the hallway, and will make me smile every time I see them throughout the day.
One winner will win a $50 Gift Card to the Dayspring Website to use towards a Words Matter Letterpress Blocks word of your choice. (Note: The word I chose was slightly over the amount of the GC I was provided, so I chose to pay the extra amount out of pocket to get the word I really wanted. The letters come in a variety of sizes and prices, so you can customize the look you want).
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