A Little Bit of Lithuania

It has been two and a half months now, but I’m dreaming of going somewhere else again (I don’t know where…I just want to go), so I have been looking through my pictures of Lithuania. I was so blessed to go on this trip with my husband and others from our church. Lithuania was so much more to me than I imagined. We got to see a good portion of the country, and I absolutely loved it. I honestly can’t give a definite reason as to why…it just captured me. The people, the history, the landscapes, the architecture. It was all so intriguing. Inviting in an uninviting way. I want to explore the world. I want to see everything. All cultures, histories, lands, waters. A lot of these, I think I will be happy to see once. But some I will want to revisit. Lithuania is one of those. Here’s part of the reason why…

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The Vilnius Cathedral is beautiful inside and out.

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The Hill of Crosses in northern Lithuania is one of the most unique places I’ve ever been.

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Black swan at Belmontas

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My husband and my cookie in Old Town (Vilnius)

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It was so neat to explore Trakai Castle and the vendors right off the island the castle rests on.

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Tulips and pansies EVERYWHERE

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I was fascinated with the little town of Trakai, especially all the colorful buildings and houses.

(Side note: This picture is featured on Sticky 9’s blog. I won a free set of their large magnets by entering a contest on Instagram! I already have 3 sets of the medium magnets and love them. I’m hoping to fill up the side of my refrigerator eventually!)

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We climbed to the top of Gediminas’ Tower of the Upper Castle in Vilnius to experience the history there and some amazing city views.

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The churches…there were so many exquisite churches throughout Old Town. Notice the canon holes at the top of the church in the second picture and the art depicting three monks (above the door) who can be seen preserved in a glass case inside the church in the last picture.

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Antique things – an old Soviet car and posters in a small flea market

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Nida, located in the Curonian Spit, is the westernmost point in Lithuania and quite close to Russia.

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We saw the Baltic Sea in 40 degree weather. It was cold and stunning.

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On the way back to Vilnius from Nida, we stopped in Kaunas. We were there just long enough to walk some of the streets while we waited for a delicious dinner (including some of the best soup I’ve ever had) at a local restaurant (pictured), but I loved this small town (and the chocolate)!

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DIY: Canvas Print Quote Art

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Most people have most likely seen varying types of this sort of project somewhere. I’ve seen multiple versions myself, and a couple of months back I thought that I would do my own for my guest bathroom. I had a perfect small canvas print that I wasn’t using anymore, so I put it in my “various objects that I think I might use for a project someday” bin (this might or might not be the first thing I’ve pulled out of there). I saw the “quote” I chose a while back and happened to recall it, thinking it would be perfect for this little undertaking.

Since I didn’t look up a specific tutorial, I thought I would share my process.

Supplies:

  • Piece of art (canvas, wood, paper, etc.)
  • Letter stickers
  • Paint (spray or acrylic)
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Pencil

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First, I measured the canvas and identified even areas in which to place my stickers. I decided on my margins (.5 inch all the way around), then divided the remaining measurement by four since that’s how many lines I needed for my quote. I marked my lines (using a ruler for a straight line) on the canvas with a pencil and didn’t have to worry about erasing the lines since I would be painting over the markings later. I ended up with four boxes.

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Second, I adhered the stickers to the canvas. I decided not to be as tedious with spacing and such here, so I just eyeballed (weird verb) the center of each box and placed my stickers accordingly. It was somewhat helpful to start in the middle of each word and move out, but I still had to reposition some letters because not all of my stickers were the same width. Speaking of repositioning stickers, the stickers I used were thick and not very sticky, so they came off pretty easy. This was nice in relation to the ease of changing their placement, but not nice when they started coming off. So, I turned it upside down and set a couple of heavy boxes on it overnight.

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Third, I spray painted the canvas. I had a little bit of both white and ivory spray paint left over from a previous project, so I used both. My stickers still did not stick on the very edges in some places, so I tried my best to spray more directly over the canvas versus at more of an angle (but I also determined I would be okay if the letters did not have perfectly crisp lines…glad I did). I intentionally didn’t spray the edges, so they just got some light overspray. After I attained the paint coverage I wanted on the project, I let it dry then brought it in for the reveal.

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