Ever wake up in the morning and stumble into the bathroom with one eye still closed and a bird’s nest for a head of hair? Well, this happens to me often. I reach for my glasses, and examine the day ahead of me. My outlook on life come 7 a.m. is not always the brightest, but all that changed this past summer.Anne and I went on a two-week road trip from Philadelphia, PA to Chicago, IL, with many stops along the way. We stayed in a hip hostel in Ohio City, Cleveland’s artisan neighborhood. (This was one of our most favorite places, but that’s a whole other story!) And in our bathroom that day was a framed “YOU LOOK GREAT” message hanging opposite the medicine cabinet. My heart leapt with joy!This message was a little blessing to read come morning. While it is written backwards, it appears correctly when looking at it via the bathroom mirror. Genius? I think so. No wonder Da Vinci used this method!Creating this self-esteem-boosting message (or one similar to it) is very simple! Once you have gotten your papers and markers picked out, flip your stencil so that its front face is touching the paper. All you need to remember is to write the individual words backwards, too. For example: “YOU LOOK GREAT” will be spelled “UOY KOOL TAERG.” Got it?! The last step is to find a picture frame. I used a black 5 x 7 frame from Blick.I made this particular sign as an apartment-warming gift for my dear friend Caroline. Its versatility makes it a great gift idea, or even just another way to spruce up your own bathroom.
What’s a phrase that you would want to read one-eyed in the morning?
Note: All photos were taken by Caroline Wurtzel. Check out her graphic design work here!