So I haven’t updated Robin Lane Living in quite a while because not much has been happening on Robin Lane on the home improvement front. Another school year is in full swing and I’m working on my last few graduate classes. I’ve been busy, which hasn’t left much time for crafting…but here’s the latest project…..
I was born and raised in a Baptist church, which means I was born and raised on piano and organ accompanied hymns. We sang all the classic ones, How Great Thou Art, It Is Well, Blessed Assurance, and Amazing Grace, just to name a few.
And as a child, I had memorized all these beautiful words that shared God’s great love for us and could and would sing them throughout my day. I still find myself singing these songs in the shower, while I vacuum the house, or while I’m driving down the road. And to me, there is nothing more beautiful than when a familiar hymn pops randomly into my head and suddenly, I catch myself singing. I don’t think about it, it just comes naturally.
A few weeks back, a duet sang my favorite hymn, It Is Well, during the service at church. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL, and PERFECT and brought a genuine smile to my face. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love most of the contemporary worship songs that are on the radio and that we sing in church, but these songs just cannot compare to some of the words that you find in the older hymns.
I know you are thinking, ok, get on with it. Normally this is a DIY blog, where is the DIY? I’m getting there. After the duet sang at church, we, as a congregation, sang another old hymn and while we were singing, I happened to look over to where all of our youth sits during the service and none of them knew the song. This was devastating to me, because these songs were THE songs to sing when I was growing up (and for years prior) and the kids growing up now have never heard the original hymn, let alone know it. I decided right then, I wanted to hang hymnal music on a wall in our house somewhere, so that the words are constantly in our minds and on our hearts. It is also my hope that when Andrew and I have a family, our future children will see these words and we can teach them our favorite hymns.
I went on Ebay and bought a hymnal for $4.00 (plus shipping) that a man had purchased at an Estate Sale. He said it was in pretty good shape, but honestly, I didn’t care what type of shape it was in, I just wanted the pages.
As I sat there and thumbed through the pages, so many memories came back as I started singing song after song. I picked out my favorites, obviously It Is Well, Jesus Paid It All, Amazing Grace, The Old Rugged Cross, and one of Andrew’s favorites, Wonderful Grace of Jesus. I carefully pulled these pages from the binding and trimmed the edges to make them straight.
I bought plain white wall frames from Hobby Lobby in a 5×7 size that included matting down to a 4×6. This is important because the pages of the hymnal are too small to fit in a 5×7 frame, but too big for a 4×6. I used the matting to attach the pages to instead of placing over the pages (as you normally would do with a photo). Andrew’s song was a two pager, so I bought an 8×10 frame and placed the two pages side by side.
We have this weird wall in our house that was blank, mostly because I didn’t have anything to put on it. When you are first married, the only photos you seem to have are of the wedding, but there comes a time when TOO many wedding photos is a reality. The wall was weird because it is wide, because it overhangs into the entryway, but is also skinny because only part of the wall is technically in the living room.
I used painter’s tape to tape off the sizes of the frames to get an idea of where the pictures would be before putting nails into the wall.
I like how the project turned out and it was about a 1 on the difficulty scale. The music looks great in the blank spot and I do find myself singing the songs because I start to think of the words when I glance at the wall.
I framed five songs, but decided to only put three here (just based on space), so I have two that still need hung. I haven’t quite decided where to put them just yet.