My hubby does different work with municipalities, in different cities and states. One such place he’s been traveling to and working on, is Detroit. He’s learned so much over the past two years from work about the city and it’s current situation, (and by extension, so have I) and in certain regards, it’s become a big part of his professional life.
So when his birthday rolled around last month, I wanted to find some way to take a moment and use that as inspiration. Because, as I’m sure you’d guess, his work is sometimes frustrating and sometimes tiring. And because he loves gifts that intend to motivate or inspire, I tried to find a small way to do both.
I decided then, that the best way to represent the city, was with a map. And as I’ve shared before, we love maps in our house. Thanks to the Etsy shop, iLikeMaps, I was able to get a great map of the city of Detroit. (Sorry, my pictures seem a little blurry here.)
I wanted to go one step further and added a quote.
The quote reads, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal,” a statement made by Henry Ford. (I thought, “a statement made by a Ford? Perfect for Motor City!”)
Using clear labels, I printed the quote out and attached it to the mat that came with the frame (a Target purchase).
All in all, it was a simple little task to upgrade and finish off a great map of the city of Detroit. We’ve hung it above my map of Brooklyn (my former work place), as you come in and out of the house. Can’t miss it. And hopefully, he remembers to keep going, although frustrations can abound when working with bankrupt municipalities.
Any fun birthday gifts others have created, in such a semi-homemade manner?
Have a great day, everyone!