Geek Family Rules

Trigger Warning: I’ve included photos of a terrible house fire in this post. If that upsets you, you might want to skip past them. Hi everyone! I’ve mentioned several times that I’m trying to get more into art and creating things. I actually started on this before Christmas, as there was something I had seen online that immediately made me think it would make a great gift.

Here’s a little backstory: When I was 14, I made my confirmation, and I had chosen my older cousin Nancy as my sponsor. That year ended up being way more than we bargained for. She was due to be married in June, but in January of 2004, there was a devastating fire that destroyed my aunt’s and uncle’s three-tenement home. Nancy, her parents, as well as her two sisters and their families were left displaced. My aunt, uncle, and Nancy stayed at my house until they got back on their feet.

I was a bridesmaid in her wedding that year, and she became my matron of honor in 2015. We were always close, but going through all that, we became like sisters.

Every year since my confirmation, I’ve given Nancy a little something for Christmas just to show her how much I appreciate her (and every year I get yelled at for spending money on her). This year, however, I decided to make her something instead.

I had seen a “Geek Family Rules” canvas online, and I immediately thought of her. Her family are huge fans of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars. The canvas I saw online had some references that her kids wouldn’t get, so I decided to personalize one for them.

The first 2 times I tried to make this, I wasn’t confident that I’d be able to replicate the fonts by hand. I tried to Mod Podge it twice, and the words didn’t transfer properly. So I had to put in a little more effort. I used carbon paper to transfer the letters onto canvas (it was watercolor canvas, so it was easier to do than if I had painted it in acrylic.) I then used a plain old extra fine Sharpie to darken the words.


So what do you think, friends? I think it came out pretty well for my first project!


As always, thanks for reading, and until next time!