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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Halloween!!!


These are the crafts I'm offering for my Halloween Craft Week this year.  The first sign is for the door for Halloween.  It is done on a 1x8x8 and is reversible.  I used vinyl as a stencil for both sides.  It's just much more durable, especially for signs that will be outside.

 Trick or Treat, smell my feet is on a 1x12x12 board.  I painted the board pumpkin, used the vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering black.  Then I ripped off the vinyl and sanded the edges.

  Happy pumpkin spice season, is on a 1x12x12 board.  I painted the board pumpkin, used the vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering black.  Then I ripped off the vinyl and sanded the edges.
 Scaredy Cats Welcome is on a 1x12x24 board.  I painted the board black, then placed the stencil and painted EVERYTHING white.  Then I went back and painted the cat purple.  I painted everything white because it saves so much more time.  Otherwise I would have had to paint 5 or 6 layers of purple to make it show up on the black.
 Broomsticks, bats and toads is on a 1x12x14 board.  I painted it black, then put a stencil down, I painted all the lettering white, and pulled off the vinyl.  I lightly sanded the edges.
Dead & Breakfast is on a 1x12x14 board.  I painted it black, then put a stencil down, I painted all the lettering white, and pulled off the vinyl.  I lightly sanded the edges.

I'm also offering a countdown that I made for myself 2 years ago, but never offered for a craft day, but it's super cute so I tossed it in there.
This trio of Vintage 1940's Halloween designs are all 3 made on 1x6x12 boards.  First I painted the boards black, then white.  Then I put down 1 set of stencils and stenciled on the black parts of the cats and crow, also all the stars and swirls up above.  Then I put on a second set of stencils and added on all the layers of color on top of the black.  Then I sanded enough to bring out some of the black that I had originally painted underneath the white layer.  I'm loving them!


Saturday, September 3, 2016

Christmas...a bit early

 These trees are made on a 1x4x15 boards.  I painted them with a brown wash.  Then put vinyl stencils on and painted them white.  Then I pulled off the stencil and sanded the edges of the boards.  Then I hot glued rusty tin stars on top of the trees.  I purchased them from Factory Direct Craft.  It think they were 1 3/4" if I remember right.  Then I took jute and wrapped the boards randomly with them on top and hot glued the edges on the backside of the boards.
Oh Come All Ye Faithful is made on a 1x12x24 board.  I painted it Americana Napa Red and used the vinyl as a stencil.  I painted the lettering white, and pulled the vinyl off.  Then I sanded the edges a bit.

Christmas Tree Farm is 1x12x24.  I painted the board white, then put a stencil down.  I used a combination of Americana Napa Red and Craftsmart Hunter Green for the lettering.  Then I pulled off the vinyl, sanded the edges of the board and rubbed it with walnut oil to antique it a bit.

Establish a house of...

This sign was made on a 1x10x32 pine board.  I painted it black, used the vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering white.  Then I ripped off the vinyl and sanded the edges a bit.  Love it!

Fall Crafts

 Some of these crafts are custom orders and some are for a Craft Night at my church.  This Gather measured 4.5x24.  I painted the board white.  Then I used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering black.  Then I ripped off the vinyl and sanded the edges and went around with black ink to antique it.
 This FALL sign is made with 1x4's.  The pallet measures 12x28.  First I built the pallet, then painted it white.  Then I put a vinyl stencil on and painted the lettering black.  Rip off the vinyl and it's finished!
 This happy Fall y'all is also a pallet.  I used 1x4's to build it to 12x28.  I painted the entire thing black, then used a stencil to do the lettering.  The lettering is Craftsmart Dark Yellow, Pumpkin and White.  For the banner across the top, I used canvas and cut it to triangles.  I painted it the same colors as the lettering and hot glued it to bakers twine, then hot glued the entire thing to the pallet.
Every year I fall for....this sign measures 1x12x18.  I painted the board white, used vinyl as a stencil and painted some of the lettering black and some a Pumpkin color.  Then I ripped off the vinyl, sanded the edges of the board and went around and across a bit with a walnut stain.

Thankful is made on a 1x8x18 board.  I made it exactly like the sign above except without the Pumpkin paint. ;) 

But the Lord Stood with Me & Gave Me Strength

This sign is made on a 1x12x14 pine board.  It was a custom order for a woman who recently lost her husband in a car accident.  I painted the board black, then used the vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering white.  Then you pull off the vinyl and sand the edges of the board to distress it.

As for Me & My House We Will Serve the Lord

This past year, I've had 26 of these custom ordered, I'm finally getting around to posting one of them! It is made with a 1x12x48 pine board.  You paint the entire thing brown then put on vinyl lettering and paint over the entire board again in white.  When it's dry, pull off the vinyl lettering and it will show the brown paint underneath.  Then I take 1x2 pine boards cut at the right lengths to build a frame.  I had stained those a rich brown color and then nailed them to the pine board.  The board with the hooks underneath is a 1x6x50 board.  I bought the hooks at Hobby Lobby and attached them with screws.  These are super popular right now!

If You Think Our Hands Are Full, You Should See Our Hearts

This sign was a custom order.  It is made with a 2'x2' piece of oak plywood.  I painted that white and put a vinyl stencil.  Then I painted the lettering black and ripped off the vinyl.  I stained 1x2 pieces of pine board with an Early American Minwax stain and attached them to the plywood with brad nails.

This is our happy place

This was a custom order.  It measures 1x8x30.  I painted the main board white and used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering black.  When that was dry, I ripped off the vinyl and framed it with 1x2 pieces of pine stained in Walnut.

I am the son of a King nursery sign

This sign was a custom order for a nursery.  I used a 2'x4' piece of oak plywood.  I painted it black and put on a vinyl stencil.  Then I painted the lettering white.  I pulled off the vinyl and framed it with 1x2 pine that I had stained with a mahogany stain. It was super heavy!  But it turned out fun. :)

Friday, September 2, 2016

You are a Wish Come True

This was a special order for a nursery.  Such a pretty sign!  I used an Early American stain and then used the vinyl as a stencil, painted the lettering white and pulled off the vinyl.  I love all the knots and grain you can see in the wood.  :)

In this house....

This was a fun one to do.  I made a pallet out of 1x4x12 boards.  The completed project measures 12x24.  I painted all of it gray, then put on the vinyl stencil and painted the lettering white.  Then I ripped off the vinyl and it was finished!

Family Name Sign

This sign measures 1x12x24.  I painted the board gray, then put down the first stencil which was the large H and the date.  I painted the lettering black and ripped off the vinyl. When the black paint was all the way dry, I put on a second stencil and painted the Hamilton white.  Then ripped off that stencil and lightly sanded the edges.

The Best Days of Our Lives

This was another custom order sigh.  It was the most important dates to a particular family.  Wedding date and birthdates of children.  Such a fun idea and would go cute with family pictures surrounding it.

It is made on a 1x12x18 board.  I painted the board white, did black vinyl lettering and then distressed the edges of the board with black ink.

Father's Day Craft

This was a special order and I thought it turned out pretty fun!  It's a pallet made out of 1x4x12 boards. Then I did a wash on the wood with gray paint and water.  I used the vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering white, then ripped off the stencil.  :)

Norwegian Sayings

 1x8x36, stained walnut and I used the vinyl as a stencil.  Painted the lettering white and pulled the vinyl off.  I had to put it in a translator, but apparently "Takk for Maten" means "Thanks for the food".
 1x8x36, stained walnut and I used the vinyl as a stencil.  Painted the lettering white and pulled the vinyl off.  I had to put it in a translator, but apparently "Vær so god" means "You're Welcome".

Wedding Signs

 There was soooo many weddings this summer I was hired to make signs for.  People have some great ideas!  So the board above was for a table where you sign the guest book.  I stained the wood, made a vinyl stencil, stenciled the lettering white and pulled off the vinyl.  Finished!
For the one above, I made it just like the first one, but this one is a pallet that I had to build out of 1x4x12 first.
This one was a very large pallet.  And such a cool idea!  They are using this as their guest book.  Each guest will sign one of the leaves and then they will hang it in their home.  The two love birds are for the couple getting married, and the little love bird is for the grooms son.  I love that they included him! This one is not stenciled, but vinyl.  

And lastly, I think this is such a good idea to ask your guest to # something so that you can find all the awesome pictures and videos that they post on social media at your wedding and/or reception.  Super great idea!  

Two New Variations to the No Soliciting Sign Design

 So I had to make a new No Soliciting sign for myself this year.  My daughter had a friend come over and his mom loved my old sign, so I gave it to her.  This one made me giggle, so I tried this new design and loved it!  It's made on a 1x12x12 board.  I painted it black, used the vinyl as a stencil.  Painted the lettering white, and ripped off the vinyl.  Then I distressed it, added 2 eye hooks on top and threaded a ribbon through it and tied knots.  Pretty easy.

This one is made exactly like the one above it.  It was a custom order and instead of "thin mints" like my older sign, they wanted it to say Wine.  So there you go!

Hockey Boys Room

My boys are like their father, diehard hockey fans.  Their favorite team is the Pittsburgh Penguins.  My youngest son is torn between that team and that Dallas Stars secretly though ;) 
My boys also play and really enjoy the sport and their teammates.

While they were gone away to Camp Grandma and Papa with my husbands parents, I decided to surprise them with a redecoration of their room.  I hadn't updated it since my oldest son was 2, and now he's 13.  Sad, I know.  He had long ago out grew the cowboy themed room and it was time for an update!

 Pinterest had so many great ideas that people had done in various rooms.  That was an awesome springboard to get my mind going on what to do for my boys.

They have bunk beds, so I decided to put their name and numbers above each of their beds to label their own space.
 Then I just loved this Wayne Gretzky quote.  
 They have a wall of trophies and awards, so it needed a label too!
 Then, of course something Penguin.
Lastly, I made them a large 4 foot hockey vinyl which ended up being my favorite thing in the room! It's all out of navy vinyl and put directly on the wall.  They were so excited when they returned home and it was so worth the time I put into it!

Farewell to Summer!

Summer went by so quickly this year for my family.  I think this was mainly due to being too busy.  Not enough relaxing going on over here!  Ha!

I only got around to making one "summer" themed craft this summer.  And it was the only craft I made for myself.  Everything else I made was custom orders for other people.  Which I love doing, because then I can get my craft fix, but it doesn't clutter up my home or attic even more than it already is!  

This sign measures 1x12x14.  I painted it black, used vinyl as a stencil and painted the lettering and jar white, then ripped off the vinyl and distressed.  Super easy and quick.  :)