viva la vida felted wall art

Here’s the background story behind this Viva la Vida Wall art project:

Are there songs that remind you of a certain time in your life? I have tons of them. One of them is Coldplay’s Viva la Vida. Here’s what it reminds me of: I was in New Hampshire with my kids on vacation a few years ago. Instead of a lake day, we spent the day going to the old folks home to visit my grandmother (their great-grandmother). They weren’t that excited about the day. On the way down, we listened to this song over and over, figuring out the lyrics. Each person in the car had something to add, and explained the logic (and history) behind the words. By the time we got to the assisted living place, an hour later, we all knew the lyrics to this song. We visited my grandmother, who didn’t remember the kids and asked us the same questions over and over again. On the way back to the lake, the kids all said they were glad we went, because they could tell she was happy to have us there. My heart melted. They were exactly the people I hoped they would grow up to be. I’ve always wanted them to love their family, give of themselves, and be respectful of the people who came before us who are part of who we are. Check, check and check. It was a spectacular day in the life of a mother.

It’s been a few years since that day, and my grandmother has since passed away, but I still smile every time I hear this song. And I can’t help but turn the volume way up and sing at the top of my lungs.

So, if you didn’t already know this, being a parent is the hardest job in the world. Things aren’t always easy or perfect. Some days are frustrating, discouraging, or disappointing. I decided that I needed something to help me look at the big picture when I’m having one of those difficult parenting days, because really, when I step back and look from a broader perspective, I have great kids. Sometimes I think we have to focus on those golden moments in life to carry us through the harder ones. On my recent felting frenzy I decided to make some wall art to remind me of that sweet trip we took that summer. I found some red polka dot fabric, spray mounted the felt onto it, and put it in one of my favorite vintage frames. Now, every time I see this, I think of the strong character that is instilled in each of my children, and I know that I am blessed that the things I worry about with them are all little things compared to this.

viva la vida felted wall art

viva la vida felted wall art

viva la vida felted wall art

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4 Responses to Viva la Vida Wall Art

  1. Tee says:

    sweet memory but thanks for getting the song Indagodavida (sp) stuck in my head, lol.
    I’m not familiar with your song :(

    • Betsy says:

      Haha! Sorry about that, Tee. I don’t know your song, either. Someone once told me that to get a song out of your head, you have to sing it all the way through to the end, that songs often get stuck in our heads because we get stuck in a loop and never get to the end of the song. Give it a try!

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  3. […] that took very little time. I used the frame that I’ve used for my other changeable wall art here, here and here. It’s a vintage black metal frame. I wrapped a piece of red polka dot fabric […]

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