Rainbow of Hope…
Here’s a canvas sign I made for my friend to honor the baby she lost and celebrate her upcoming baby….
Here’s a video of the process.
The road to having my 3 boys wasn’t an easy one…
My husband and I waited 3 years after getting married to start thinking about having children…I remember the first time I was pregnant, but hadn’t been to the doctor, and my mom was so delighted for us, we announced it at a baby shower for my sister – she had gotten me a little yellow onesie and sleeper – I was over the moon to be pregnant at the same time as my sister.
I went to the doctor to find I had a miscarriage…nothing quite prepares you for the doctors and nurses trying again and again with the ultrasound wand to find “no heartbeat.” I remember that day so vividly thinking that must be the worst job in the world to have to tell someone they had lost a baby… It still brings me to tears to remember all the details of hope, loss, love and “unexplained infertility” after over a year of trying again. My second pregnancy also ended in a miscarriage…those are some of most devastating times I’ve gone through with my husband.
Time passed, and after many doctor appointments, I was pregnant again for the third time. I remember the anxiety at every appointment wondering if there would be a heartbeat…so scared what news they were going to tell me. This time everything worked out and I became a mama to my precious dream-come-true, Owen.
When Owen was 1.5 years I got pregnant again for the fourth time…I went in for extra appointments because I felt concerned, but they assured me it was fine – they found the heartbeat two times. Then on the third appointment I knew. They got the wand out searching for the heartbeat and could no longer find one…all those feelings resurfaced…another baby lost.
The fifth pregnancy was sweet baby Logan, and through all my anxiety, everything turned out just like it was supposed to…Owen was thrilled to have a baby brother!
When I was pregnant with Kellen, they double-checked it was my 6th pregnancy, and I confirmed the three miscarriages along the way…
I know my life with three boys is crazy at times…but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
So when my friend asked me to make her a special wall hanging with the quote, “in every storm there is a rainbow of hope” to honor the baby she miscarried, and to celebrate her upcoming “rainbow baby” born after a miscarriage, I knew I had to do it…
Creating the canvas sign
I had never created something quite this large, but was up for anything!
I bought this beautiful soft canvas material from Hobby Lobby. Then my sweet mother-in-law hemmed the edges so it was roughly 30 x 30 in.
I used my Cricut to create the design on htv. The “rainbow of hope” font is Nostalgia with some special flourishes to make the “r, n, w, o, and e” extra fancy. I used Adobe Arabic font for the “after every storm…”
I measured and laid out the design…
I couldn’t cut larger than my 24 in mat so I had to cut the words separately for “rainbow” and “of hope”.
I laid it out, then removed the sticker backing.
Now that the sign was done, it was time for grommets…
Grommets/eyelets were something new that I hadn’t worked with before. There is a special tool you need to be able to securely fasten them along with purchasing the actual grommets themselves.
There is a front and a back to the grommet, so just make sure you have the good side facing the right direction.
I traced the grommet hole & cut it out.
I laid it out and traced the hole, then cut the hole by hand, stuck the grommet into the stand, then pounded with the hammer.
And…here’s how it turned out!
So happy for my friend and her upcoming arrival!!
Sending much love to all of the “rainbow babies” and their mamas out there…