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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sunshine on my Shoulders

 I've been wanting to make a Spring Sign that wasn't covered in bunnies and Easter stuff for a couple months now, but couldn't find any inspiration anywhere.

Yesterday I was putting together a desk and couple chairs in my boys room and listening to ABBA and John Denver while doing it.  Hehehe, when I was little, my mom used to clean the house to ABBA, John Denver, and The Beach Boys, and now for some reason, when I clean or work on organizational projects, I crank them up.  You can mop in half the time if you have Dancing Queen on.  It's a fact. :)

Anyway, Sunshine on My Shoulders came on and I thought, well good grief, that would make a nice Spring sign and could even be left out for summer too.  So I sat down and designed it out.  And I am really really happy with the sign.  It makes me smile.
It is done on a 2x10x24 board.
I painted the entire thing Americana's Marigold.  Then put down my Chevron vinyl to use as a stencil, and mixed a little white into some Marigold paint.  Then painted that onto the negative of the stencil.  When that dried, I pulled off the vinyl and had a happy Chevron design.  
Then I put down more vinyl with my saying on it and used the negative area again.
I painted the words with Americana's Turquoise but I mixed a little black in it because it didn't match my paper that I did the pennants out of.  
When that dried, I pulled off the vinyl and then cut my pennants out of 5 different papers and got my bakers twine and mod podge.  I put mod podge on the entire sign, and while it was still wet, I placed my twine on it and the pennants. They stuck nicely to it, and then I did a second layer of mod podge to seal the entire thing.  I didn't want the paper to get ruined in the weather outside.
Anyway, it turned out fun.  :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Couple Signs for a Class Room

 A teacher ordered these signs from me for their classroom, and I thought they were such a good idea and turned out really fun.  :)

They are both done on a 1x12 board and I think they ended up being around 16-18".  The Seuss one was for a reading nook.  Such a great idea, I thought they'd be great for Teacher Appreciation gifts too.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tall 1x4 Welcome Sign

 A few weeks ago, my friend and I decided to make a craft that wasn't holiday related.  I love large signs for my porch, and I have just about every holiday covered now, but I don't have anything to leave out for those non-holiday times.  So my friend Chelon at Chatty Walls  designed this large sign for me.  

I LOVE it!  I wanted to stain the wood, so that I could see the grain.  I used 1x4x15" pieces.  I dug through my garage and found a few shades of stain that I've had lying around for years and years.  I really really wanted a green color in there.  I decided that I didn't want to buy an entire can of stain, so I used my lightest stain and added a tiny bit of craft paint to it until I got my desired color.  And it worked great!  So I just took the 18 - 1x4x15 pieces of wood and stained them in 5 different colors.  We staggered them and screwed them down on 2 - 1x4x5' boards on the back.  Then, we took the vinyl, used it as a stencil and painted the wording on, and then pulled the vinyl off.  I think it is so fun, and you can make it so original, mine is the above with the reds and greens, my friends is below with he blues and browns.  I love how different they turned out.  :)