Irish Blessing Sign
Yep, I’m at it again! Even though it takes a lot of time and is a bit fiddly, I love making stencils with my Cricut. While the sayings or quotes may not be original, my take on them is my own design. I hope you enjoy them.
We’ve had a lot of opportunities to get outside and cut wood this winter. Knock on wood (pun intended). Our winter has been pretty mild.
I put the signs together in much much the same way as I have previous ones. Pretty basic.
Because this was an Irish blessing, and with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I debated on what colors to use.
I finally opted for neutral black and white so that the sign could be used for holiday decor, as well as everyday home decor.
The particular font I used on my Cricut did not have a comma, so I created my own and added the commas after the rest of the sign was stenciled.
I did add a touch of green raffia to the rusty wire hanger as a nod to St. Patrick’s Day. The raffia is just tied around the wire so it can easily be removed or replaced with a different color.
Bushel and a Peck Signs
The new sign I made for my Valentine’s Day front porch started it. I loved it so much that I couldn’t stop at just one. I made the one on my porch using a cupboard door, but I decided to use old wood from my wood pile to make more. I actually like the way they turned out even better. I didn’t have to stencil over any raised areas, making the printing look a lot neater.
The weather gave my husband a window of opportunity this last week so I gave him my measurements and he took care of cutting everything for me.
This is my pile of boards for the sign front…
…and these are for the back braces.
The signs took longer than normal to put together because I had to pull out a zillion staples…
After dry brushing the fronts…
…I used my stencil to create the magic.
I had quite the assembly line going on.
Valentine’s Day Porch
As promised a few weeks ago, I am ready to reveal my Valentine’s Day decorating on my porch.
I’m pretty proud of myself because everything I made was done using things I already had.
This sign was made using one of my newest sign stencils. I make them myself using my Cricut. I made my sign using an old cupboard door, but I’m working on my next post showing more I made using old boards from my wood pile. I like the way they came out much better because there were no raised areas to stencil over.
The love sign is another new sign addition. I just happened to have a long board that worked perfectly.
I don’t want to put these signs away after Valentine’s Day so I chose colors that would coordinate with the inside of my house. I think they will work well with my home’s decorated style.
I made the rag swag with my stash of Valentine’s Day fabric. I thought it added a nice spot of color to the display.
And what is Valentine’s Day without roses? Yep, more things I had in my stash that were just waiting for a purpose.
We have participated in craft shows for three weekends in a row. Thankfully, this weekend we can take a break.
After each craft show I was either making more of things that had sold or making new things to fill in the holes from past sales. The shows were good, but keeping up with more projects was quite a whirlwind of activity. I didn’t take time to get pics of before or during steps of the new things, but I did make sure I snapped finished photos.
Fence Board Snowmen
I should have thought these through a little bit better when I designed them. After they were finished and I was loading them, I realized they were about an inch and a half too tall to stand in the trailer. I had to lay them down to get them in. (sigh) I will definitely be tweaking this project next time I make them.
Snowman Wall Hangings
The snowmen were made using a white chenille bedspread. For something a little different with the wood construction, I chose to put the horizontal wood braces on the front.
Giddy Up Signs
I’ve made these “Giddy Up” signs before, but it’s been a few years. They were made using the inner panels from old doors.
This was a transformation from a yard sale find. A little paint, a little sanding and a little stenciling.
There were many more projects that were just remakes on things I had sold a lot of or sold out of. Most of those I had already posted on my blog in the past so I didn’t take new pics.
My front porch finally got a transformation into fall. I hauled a screen door home from my storage unit to add height to the display. I really like the way it looks. It’s kinda perfect that it’s black too.
Happy Fall Y’all!
Wooden Door Peg Racks
These peg racks turned out even better than I thought they would.
I’ve had a stash of old wooden doors for years, but with moving to a smaller house they had to be put in storage. I’ve been on a quest to reduce our storage space for over a year and have finally got two large units down to one unit half the size of the original two. That’s great, but most of the stuff that is left in the unit are things that I use for my projects. The only thing that makes sense in having them is to actually use them. It was time to repurpose the doors.
My husband and middle son cut the doors for the racks.
Since the doors are so old, the vibration from the saw caused a few of them to come apart so reconstruction was the first order of business.
After cleaning them up and sanding them I got out my stencils.
I really liked the natural aging on the doors so I decided not to add paint. Instead, I added a stained wax over everything. I am so glad I did. I think they look amazing.
The pegs were also stained and waxed before adding them to the doors.
Some nice heavy-duty hangers on the back completed the racks.
My first craft show of the season is this weekend in Arkansas City, Kansas at the Last-Run Car Show. If you are in the area, come check it out.