The most fun was visiting a found objects artist's studio and pawing through all of the treasures that were up for grab. I scored all three letters in Gus' name (another good reason for choosing a single syllable name) and turned around a project in no time flat, which makes my husband very happy.
Here they are in their original form:
sturdy, wooden, boring
Then I quickly repurposed the 1970's Massachusetts map I scored around the corner from our house (tip: better to trace on the right side of the map, so you actually get the part of the map you want. Unless you're more talented than I am, and can see through the paper). At first I obsessed about a perfect trace, but then it occurred to me: Gus is three. And to quote honey badger, he don't care. Quick layer of mod podge, some cute stamps, a layer of poly, and done. All in a perfect spring weekend (insert pat on the back here).
or Sug, if you prefer
or those ugly boots minus a "g"
boat detail on the Cape
cycling detail in the Berkshires
car in the happy valley