I don’t even know where to begin. This Cricut Explore Kindness Picture Frame is near and dear to my heart. See the handsome man in the photos? He’s my Dad. These photos were taken five days before he passed away.
See the beautiful girl in the photos? Her name is Ashley. She’s beautiful both inside and out, and my Dad loved going to see her every month for a pedicure.
My Dad was a big guy, and we lovingly teased him about getting pedicures. He would always say, “I don’t give a shit. I come out of there feeling like a million bucks!” Honestly, I don’t think it was just the pedicure he enjoyed. He loved hanging out with Ashley and the girls at Shabby Chic Salon.
Dad had pneumonia and was in the hospital on IV antibiotics. He had a pedicure appointment the next day and was disappointed that he had to call and cancel. The next morning, Ashley surprised him with sweet tea, munchkin donuts, and his pedicure in the hospital. Boy was he the talk of the nurses station!
I stopped up to see him later in the morning, and he was sitting back proud as a peacock. Anyone else would have been complaining about being in the hospital, but Dad never complained. Instead, he told me all about Ashley’s surprise.
That’s not really the end of the story though. What Ashley didn’t say was that she has a three month old that was up in the middle of the night. Dad’s appointment was the first of the day, so she could have taken the extra hour to get her kids and herself ready for the day. (She also has a three year old.) Instead she gave my Dad a gift that meant so much to him and to us.
Dad wanted her to take pictures and post them on Facebook, and everyone loved it. My Dad was a kind man, and it was nice seeing someone do something so sweet for him. Someone commented on Ashley’s Facebook what a wonderful thing to do, and Ashley said she was “just using her God given talents”.
Dad came home from the hospital, and when we visited him, he was still talking about what a wonderful gesture it was for Ashley to surprise him.
Little did we know, that these would be some of the last photos taken of him. You can truly see how happy he was. Ashley’s kindness will never be forgotten.
I saw this saying, and it really struck me. We regret many things in our lives, but we will never regret being kind. Anyone can be nice. Being nice is easy, but being kind is in your character.
I made this frame for Ashley to put in her shop or in her home to remind others to be Kind. If everyone was as giving of their time, we would live in an awesome world. I encourage you to use your God given talents to spread love and kindness, just like Ashley did.
Supplies For Cricut Explore Kindness Picture Frame
- Plain wooden picture frame or you can upcycle one from Goodwill
- Chalk Paint
- White Craft Paint
- Swirl Rubber Stamp
- Cricut Explore
- Adhesive Vinyl
- Fancy Flowers
- Foam Paintbrush
- Small Paint brush
- Glue Gun
- Paint picture frame with chalk paint using foam brush. If you are upcycling a frame, sand it first, before painting it. Let dry completely and paint with a second coat.
- Apply craft paint to swirl stamp using small paint brush. Stamp a random pattern over the whole frame, applying paint before you stamp each time.
- Let dry completely. Then lightly sand if you have any spots where the craft paint was too thick. You can also sand it if you want your frame to have a more distressed look.
- Using hot glue or thick craft glue, attach the flowers.
- Design your saying in Design Space and cut it out using the Cricut Explore.
- Weed the letters and apply them using application tape. I show you how I did this is the video below.
- I used really pretty scrapbook paper behind the photos, and I love how it looks with the pattern on the frame and the flowers.
If you like this frame, you might also like DIY Picture Frame for Your Bathroom.
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