Home: Where My Wall Is Your Canvas


March 20, 2012 by jooshanoosh

I’m not always the trendsetter in the crowd, so I’m not super clear on when vinyl lettering became The Thing that Everybody Should Be Doing.

You know the ones; you see them on the walls of living rooms everywhere. “All Because Two People Had to Get Married” or “TiVo: The Center of Our Home.”

I’m going to admit right here and now that we don’t have any up in our house. So, we’re obviously in the market. But HOW does one decide which maxim or adage to go with?

Doctrinally speaking, I’m actually not sure either of these measurements will be brought up on The Final Exam… Angels reviewing your Book of Life. “Looks like your breath was only taken away twice. TWICE! This doesn’t bode well for you. I’m just telling you that now so you’re not surprised or disappointed later.”

Too bossy.
Too much pressure.

False advertising. (P.S. I remember when we first decided to put our bike in our laundry room.)
And written in fancy calligraphy. 
I think this one is from the new For the Strength of Youth pamphlet. 
So I’m open to suggestions. My living room wall is your canvas!

33 thoughts on “Home: Where My Wall Is Your Canvas

  1. Josh says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!breatheHAHAHAHAHAHAH!I hate vinyl lettering.

  2. Anna says:

    A wise friend of mine once said, "Everything doesn't work out always." A contender worth considering, right?

  3. tookiecramer says:

    Love this post. Vinyl lettering kills me! I've always wanted to try something like "This is where the MAGIC happens…" for the master bedroom, right before an open house maybe. I once saw an paragraph long Albus Dumbledore quote above a kitchen sink. Stop the maddness. Also…for your next post, please discuss red accent walls.

  4. dalene says:

    So glad I'm not the only one. This would be ours: "We put the fun in dysfunctional. Or not."

  5. Sims Family says:

    Ken, I am thinking of putting a help wanted sign in my laundry room.

  6. Mitch says:

    My family is better than yours; we have more quotes on our walls.Working out my salvation one vinyl letter at a time.

  7. Emily says:

    Commenting simply because Mitch's comment made me laugh. Awesome.

  8. Amy says:

    Personally, the only true purpose of vinyl lettering is for your front door, to convey such thoughts as, "Keep Out" or "No Solicitors" or my favorite, "This home is protected by GLOCK." Wouldn't that look awesome in fluffy italics??

  9. Heather says:

    "Vinyl lettering is lame o"?????=)

  10. Kelly says:

    Since you're having a hard time picking one, you could say, "I used to be indecisive, but I'm not so sure anymore."

  11. topher clark says:

    "It's important to be nice, but it's even nicer to be important."

  12. DeNae / SHP says:

    Are we receiving the same revelations? Or did you just read my most recent blog post, "A Vinyl Lettering All-Call"? Or maybe spring just brings out the literary decorator in all of us.

  13. I was thinking about.."Yelling is spoken here.""You used all the glue on purpose!""PLEASE, for the love of man, hang up your wet towels.""That was a bold face lie.""I love you always and forever, and I hope you will forget how I made you feel..sometimes.""Return with your jacket. You always leave it somewhere." (0ver the front door)"All because two people fell on their heads."In the kitchen.. "Cooking is love made visible, and today In and Out Burger loves you dearly."And my favorite…"Is that bad?"

  14. merathon says:

    you is kindyou is smartyou is importantoh man. if i had a dime for every time i threw up in my mouth a little at the sight of MORE vinyl lettering…paint a big square of chalkboard paint on a wall and then let your kids go crazy with a new cheesy quote every day!

  15. Ken Craig says:

    I have not read it yet, DeNae. But like bloggers of the Old Testament, there can be many bloggers delivering the same message.

  16. Ken Craig says:

    I like that, Toph. Or a variation: "It's popular to be nice, but it's even nicer to be popular."

  17. Ken Craig says:

    I didn't say that, Heather. I just don't know where it came from and what is expected of me now that I recognize it's a phenomenon.

  18. Mary Grigg says:

    How about…Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things!I live in NC and it is just catching on here… must..stop..the..spread!

  19. Melanie says:

    We have been considering placing, in lieu of "Return with Honor" over the front door, "Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself". Feel free to do the same.

  20. While house hunting my husband and I came upon a master bedroom with "Enjoy the ride" above the bed…

  21. VikiViki says:

    That one is hilarious!

  22. Laurenkri says:

    My husband and I are considering "and they were not ashamed" over our bed. Except usually we discuss it in terms of those plaque things at Deseret Book. We never actually considered just getting it stenciled on the wall …

  23. DeNae / SHP says:

    Of course. Like the dews from heaven, a sermon on the perils of vinyl lettering can distill upon the worthy. I'm pretty sure Moses had a thing or two to say on the subject, starting with, "What the heck is vinyl?"

  24. Stephanie says:

    I have one vinyl thing on the wall, and it's a custom thing with our family goal for the year. I see all the laughing about the vinyl and I get it, but I actually like it. I love words. I love quotes. I prefer scriptures and real quotes and not just a random inspirational phrases, but I guess some people think it's cheesy. I've always printed out favorite quotes and taped them on my mirror or by the kitchen sink, etc., so I feel like vinyl is a more attractive option than that. Like I said, I don't have much, but that's only because I keep waiting to paint the walls first. I'm sure I'll give in.

  25. ~j. says:

    "Not Everything Comes With Bacon."

  26. Janelle says:

    "Remember who you are…And don't let that thought get you down."

  27. Thank you! Ok, now can someone move onto the cease and desist of Subway art, and the "In this house: We Do…" posters? I would prefer homes that "do" verbs.

  28. Gaby Seeley says:

    How about"The more you complain, the longer God makes you live."Found that in my fortune cookie once…

  29. Team C says:

    It is not only for the home, it is on rear windows of cars everywhere. I did see a good one though, it said got kids……. Want some? Had to chuckle.Maybe we could open a car vinyl store on the side of Ye Olde Improv Ice cream shoppe?!

  30. Ken Craig says:

    I love that plan, Amy! And Ye Olde Improv Ice Cream Shoppe should definitely be written in vinyl.

  31. hendricks14 says:

    I have not laughed so hard in a long time. I should have all of those written in vinyl at my house!!!

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